Sunday, March 8, 2015

Indian Ocean

Not an area of the world that gets much mention in the news headlines, it is strategically one of the most important, not because it is the third largest ocean after the Pacific and the Atlantic, but because four of the worlds' "critically important access waterways" (the phrase belongs to the CIA) flow into it: the Suez Canal, which runs from the Mediterranean to the western Red Sea through Egypt; the Bab el Mandeb, which separates Djibouti and Eritrea on the African side from Yemen and Saudi Arabia on the Asian; the Strait of Hormuz, which is the key waterway for every state in the Persian Gulf; and the Strait of Malacca, on which Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Sumatra depend.

Like the other oceans of the world, it is not a country and it has no people, though its waves do ebb and flow on the shores of countries, whose people no doubt like to dip their ankles; but for the purposes of this blog, the above is all there is to say, and marks are not awarded.

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