… but if so maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Here’s a detailed report on the opening of the first pipeline from the Caspian Sea by the AP’s Aida Sultanova (hand’s down winner of the rogerlsimon.com-best-name-of-the-day award). She writes:
Beginning in Azerbaijan a mostly Muslim country and a U.S. ally in the war on terrorism with troops in Iraq the underground pipeline passes through Georgia and Turkey, ending at the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. It avoids going through Russia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq and Syria on its way to the Mediterranean.
Sultanova also took the accompanying photo.