Inescapable World – Ticking Time Bomb Of Uncertanties

In chess, there are circumstances that you could force your enemy into a position of no escape, and of course, if the enemy seizes the opportunity first then you would be the one who could not escape the trap.  It could be your king which is the most important piece on the board to be forced into a position of retreating into a trap and cannot escape.  I think it’s the same for bigger picture as in a national circumstance.

When a country got too many friends to please, too many problems to be solved, too many places to keep the peace, then it’s a lot harder for such a country to be able to be nimble and flexible.  Without nimbleness and flexibility, stiffness could creep in and force a country into many weird positions that are unfavorable.  Too many unfavorable positions could push such a country into a subtle death trap which eventually envelopes into the inescapable trap!

Then again we could also argue that when a nation is a hermit, it’s easier for others to gang up on such a nation.  In today world, when there are so many powers that aspire to be more than what they’re yesterday, I think it’s a ticking timebomb of uncertainties.  Like if you do you’re damned and if you don’t you’re damned still.

For an example, let’s say a fictitious country named Carol is making a lot of friends, and she knows that she hates Bob, the hermit, a lot.  Bob though, he would love to inflict real damage on Carol, but he doesn’t have any friend to help him out in doing such a thing against Carol.  Friends of Carol got a friend who is the only reluctant, casual friend of Bob, and they know this friend, for some strange reasons, doesn’t want Carol and Bob to have any confrontation.  Let’s say Bob tried to tickle Carol in the most grotesque way, and Carol went on a rampage against Bob.  Friends of Carol suddenly didn’t want to have anything to do with the whole madness, because Bob got a friend that prevented others from involving with Carol and Bob.  But then this Bob’s mysterious friend suddenly teamed up with Bob to take Carol down.  Now, Carol’s friends got a problem, because they don’t know if they should side with Carol or Bob’s mysterious friend!

Let’s say Carol and Bob both thought that they would be able to outsmart the other, but perhaps one of them didn’t know that a string of scenarios that came before and after their ugly feud could turn one of them into a mouse that got trapped in a rat trap.  The inescapable trap is definitely easier to imagine for today’s geopolitical matter I think!  Why?  Too many countries got their own ambitions to worry about, and so they are making friends and enemies left and right all the time.  Just take a look at Syria and various parts of the Middle East and we could see that sometimes we couldn’t know who is a friend and who is an enemy anymore — of course, it’s also depending on which side you’re on too!

Sometimes though, I think sitting pretty and only making move when it’s prudent and safe would keep a nation safe for a long time to come in a world like ours today!  Why?  The one who sits out the longest would be the victorious one in the end!  I think it’s smart to save up energy and resources — while making gains in both energy and resources when you’re in a favorable position — for the right time!  Of course, if you’re being forced into an unfavorable position, then sitting out may not be possible in the end.  That would be unfortunate for sure.

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Energy Needs Drive World Big Chess Game

Energy need for the world is an ever changing chess game.  Countries in different regions are trying to outmaneuver one another for scarce resources, and energy resources are always part of the big chess game.  For an example, Russia wants to stay dominated in supplying energy to the regions that she has the most stakes in.  Nonetheless, world conflicts cannot be avoided, thus Russia needs to make sure she has the means and ways to not too depend on any single region for bringing in her energy resources’ revenues.

Ukraine conflict is still going on, and Russia knows that Europe is evermore an opposing force since European countries are supporting the oppositional force within Ukraine conflict.  Moreover European countries are eagerly to wean off the dependency of Russia’s energy resources since conflicts such as Ukraine might put European countries at the mercy of Russia’s energy sanctions.  Meanwhile China is an ever growing economy with a modern military that needs more energy resources than ever before to continually power her mightily growing machine.

With Ukraine conflict is still going on, Russia is eager to wean off her dependency on European countries for exporting her energy resources, and so she is looking East toward China.  Meanwhile China is not too eager to depend on Russia for energy resources since putting all eggs into one basket is a very bad idea, because everybody can use one’s dependency as a mean to sanction in a bargain or world conflict.  With this in mind, China is also looking elsewhere in the Middle East for alternative channels of piping more energy resources into China.

United States is now wanting to export more energy resources as her industry is shrinking, thus she has less needs in hoarding these energy resources.  Europe is looking toward other regions for energy resources so she can wean off her dependency from Russia.  The whole big chess game is being played out as we speak, and nobody knows who will be the victor at the end of this very big chess game.  Right after the break, check out a video I found on YouTube which is very descriptive in explaining this sort of big chess game, and the global players are Europe, Russia, United States, Middle Eastern countries, and China.