Whether on account of poor leadership, or the curse of being blessed with extraordinary energy resources, modern Russia has for now lost the only power game that really counts today: the game of globalization.
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Open the phonebook and randomly pick the name of a stockbroker or a bank president. Call that person and ask them to explain to you how a synthetic or a derivative actually works.
No matter how subtly the conquest happens, Russian control of Georgia would amount to an historic shift in the balance of power -- especially as long as the world economy is fueled by oil.
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