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Old January 3 2014, 07:45 PM   #18
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Re: 'On Earth, petroleum once turned petty thugs into world leaders'

Right and many of the OPEC nations are completely opposed to the policies of the others---therefore as a bloc their power is very limited and as single players they are for the most part not at all influential.
Even the Saudis influence has taken a tumble from what it was--Iran is a outcast, Iraq nearly in civil war.

Yeah as head of state the leader of San Marino is technically a "world leader" but clearly Doherty was referring to people who actually wielded true power.
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