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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Qatar and Collapse



The country of Qatar is in crisis. Land routes into the country have been cut off. 40% of its food came through Saudi Arabia and those roads are closed. Store shelves are empty. The country has only 3 days of drinking water.

What caused this crisis? There are details in the linked BBC article, but basically it's a diplomatic dispute between regional countries.

So picture this from the viewpoint of a Qatari citizen. One day everything is going along fine. The next, for no reason within your control, your country is in crisis. Qatar is heavily dependent on imports. It's land-base can't naturally support more than a tiny fraction if its population.

That's how fast collapse can hit. It doesn't take an earthquake, hurricane, atomic war or cosmic rays from space. All it takes is a few diplomatic missteps.

Now Qatar is a small country in a volatile part of the world. They are like a canary in a coal mile. When things start to go south, it's countries like Qatar that are the first to experience disruptions.

One bright note. Since it is a problem created by diplomatic issues, it could theoretically be resolved rapidly, before things go all Mad Max.

Don't be smug thinking that because you live in a larger country that you are immune from such disruptions. Political idiots can easily destroy countries of any size. Just one threat to be aware of. That's why a general level of preparedness is a good thing. You never know what kind of odd ball threat could come out of left field.

-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. Way too many think it can't possibly happen here. It can.

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    1. It can happen here and it can happen darn fast.

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  2. Stop the world, I want to get off.

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    1. Fasten your seatbelt; it's going to be a wild ride.

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  3. And even a slow collapse leaves the unprepared up the creek without a paddle.

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    1. People can keep their eyes shut when all the indications of trouble ahead are there.

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  4. Yup , bout the same time Iran comes to Qatars rescue , then N Korea lobs some EMP devices over here....

    Sure is gonna make America great again....

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    1. For a certain value of great . . .

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