But... Chavez and Uribe are spoiling for a fight, Castro gets a last dig in at the US for it's alleged involvement in the incident that sparked it off before he quits and leaves his evil brother to finish off his grand plan. The Panama canal isn't too far away from the potential scrap, oil prices are around $100 a barrel and the Israelis are stomping around Gaza killing people, again. Mugabe is printing the ballot papers (already completed, naturally) for yet another free and fair election at the end of the month, whatever it costs. China massively ramps up its military spending, surely unrelated to a recent US anti satellite missile test, sorry kindly humanitarian gesture. Meanwhile its economy threatens to implode. The Ukrainians have 'threatened' to divert gas en route to Western Europe just as a new Russian President is 'elected' in a contested and widely condemned election. And it's election year in the US and we're all one foot in the door of a recession. I mean, what could possibly go wrong.