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August 2, 2007

A Really Cold War

A Russian submarine planted its country’s flag on the Arctic seabed two and half miles below the ocean surface Thursday, and Russian television stations proclaimed the nation’s rights to 460,000 square miles of ocean floor.

What? Are they still embittered about that whole race-to-the-moon thing?

Several countries have rights to Arctic resources, according to the United Nations, and so the Russian proclamation was met with derision. Still, it’s another troubling example of mankind’s endless thirst for natural resources. After all, the Russians don’t want to claim part of the Arctic just to look at it – they want it for its rich oil and gas reserves, just like we do.