The Arctic is Russian
That's what the Russians are claiming, anyway. But once again, the maneuvering is all about oil, as Russia tries to exert further hegemony over petroleum resources.
Russia symbolically staked its claim to billions of dollars worth of oil and gas reserves in the Arctic Ocean today when two mini submarines reached the seabed more than two and a half miles beneath the North Pole.Naturally, Canada is sounding a tad miffed at such contentious move, as Foreign Minister Peter MacKay says,
In a record-breaking dive, the two craft planted a one metre-high titanium Russian flag on the underwater Lomonosov ridge, which Moscow claims is directly connected to its continental shelf.
Descending to 4,300 metres, the mini-subs Mir-1 and Mir-2 collected water and sediment samples from the seabed. Russian scientists hope the samples will shore up their claim that the ridge is an integral part of Russia.
If Russia's claim is approved by the UN, the country could gain rights over supplies of hydrocarbons that some experts put at 10bn tonnes. The ice cap is melting, making exploration and drilling for oil and gas easier.
This isn't the 15th century. You can't go around the world and just plant flags and say: 'We're claiming this territory'.Mr. Mackay is indeed correct about that. Flags really don't cut it anymore. These days you need F-18s, M-1 tanks, aircraft carriers, proxy warriors. And bombs. Lots and lots of bombs.
Meanwhile, right wingers here are still pretending that nothing like this should be happening because nothing is actually happening. Global warming is all a liberal hoax. Apparently, the Russians don't get Fox News.
I'm sure Wolf Blitzer thinks the Russians are just trying to win friends under the polar ice cap.