by Humphrey Carter

T HE former United nations weapons inspector who to this day stands by the fact there were no real grounds to go to war with Iraq and that the conflict, bar removing Saddam, was a failure, told me during an interview last summer that the United States' primary foreign policy issues were going to centre on North Korea and mounting tension in the South China Sea.

And, as we are seeing, he does not appear to be wrong about that either.
Blix, who lead the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission in charge of finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, also said that while the United States would keep its eyes on what it considered its major threat in the Far East, a deal had been done that Europe would take care of Russia, which is certainly in the thick of Europe's affairs after all its laundered money was found washed up in Cyprus.

The latter, is not a dangerous problem, but what is happening with North Korea and in the battle for oil rights and territories in the South China Sea is and hopefully, political leaders will this time listen to the advice and recommendations from the likes of Hans Blix before making any rash decisions otherwise this could be an end game with the United States and the Western world financially unable to embark on another conflict.