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article imageOp-Ed: Nuclear Escalation looms in Middle East

By Christopher Wager     Feb 20, 2012 in World
As nuclear tensions build in the Middle East the world holds it's breath in hopes of a peaceful resolution between Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. Iran, as a weapon of retaliation, denies oil to six European countries.
Oil is quickly becoming the catalyst in what is sure to be an escalation in force between Iran, America, Israel, and Saudi Arabia with, the Iranian people on the front line potentially becoming the first casualties of sanctions and oil embargo put upon the Islamic nation. Without the sale of oil, Iran is unable to buy the staples of their economy the Iranian people depend on. Additionally, Iranian oil equates to food, median income and other vital goods to many other countries, which have become dependent on Iranian oil to help drive their own economies. These sanctions and embargos against the sale of Iranian oil are an attempt by the U.S. and The European Union to punish Iran for its disobedience in compliance with nuclear weapons inspectors.
Since the announcement of the sanctions and embargo, Saudi Arabia had stepped up with an offer to compensate for the loss of Iranian oil exports. This action has provoked a warning from the Iranians in which the Saudi's responded by saying they would start their own military nuclear program immediately when and if Iran in fact does develop nuclear weapon capabilities. Israel joins Saudi Arabia in acknowledging the real threat Iran poses to the region and the world with atomic capabilities. Although the two countries are worlds apart on ideology and religion, there are reports of the nations uniting against Iran to fight for their mutual survival dating back to 2007.
It is important to note Israel reportedly is holding its own stock pile of nuclear weapons. The unofficial report goes on to say Israel's nuclear program is the best kept "public secret". Leon Panetta, the U.S. Defense Secretary, as reported in an article by the Telegraph has warned that a unilateral strike by Israel risked "an escalation" that could "consume the Middle East in confrontation and conflict that we would regret".
Ayatollah Ali Khamenie, the supreme leader of Iran, released this statement after levy of sanctions and embargo assured the world sanctions put against Iran has not deterred their efforts.
Sanctions will not have any impact on our determination to continue our nuclear course.
Iran in retaliation has resorted to using the most powerful weapon they currently have, oil, by cutting off oil supplies to six European countries. It is unclear if these countries were initially given waivers by the U.S. to reduce their dependency on Iranian oil over time, in the attempt to avoid crashing the oil market.
There also has been a report stating Iran is within a year or less of having four atomic weapons ready for deployment against its enemies. Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Israel create the perfect tirade of escalation.
Meanwhile, a U.S. State department Official, Robert Einhorn, senior advise for non-proliferation and arms control, had this to say about Iran's nuclear acceleration, "strong steps need to be taken to stop Iran's headlong rush towards nuclear technology." He continued, "The situation in Iran has become more and more worrisome. The time line for its nuclear program is beginning to get shorter, so it is important we take these strong steps on an urgent basis."
As sanctions continue to put a stranglehold on the people of Iran and Israel and Saudi Arabia prepare for actions against Iran. The United States, still reeling from its own engagements in the region is put in the dangerous position of giving assurances and council to her allies without lighting the fuse of all out nuclear war.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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