Dryblower and the risks ahead for BHP and Rio as they crush business and political rivals

RIO Tinto and BHP Billiton will win the iron ore battle which has pitted them against smaller rivals and the Western Australian government. But if they do not tread lightly Dryblower suspects that they might lose the war.

As the increasingly bitter confrontation stands there is not much anyone can do to resist the financial firepower, and low operating costs, of the big two.