Robert Dreyfuss Wed Jul 2, 8:09 PM ET
The Nation -- Last week the
Middle East Policy Council held an interesting and important discussion of what
to do about
Unfortunately, I wasn't able
to attend it, but the MEPC has helpfully posted the transcript of that event.
Led by the astute Chas Freeman, a former American ambassador to
An important aspect of the
idea of war with
Because logistics require
cooperation from countries in the region, they cannot avoid a measure of
complicity with a
Jean-Francois Seznec, a professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, goes on to suggest a point of possible conflict between Iran and Qatar involving huge gas fields.
The Iranians are very worried about the enormous development on the Qatar North Dome Field. You know, it's the largest gas field in the world. Qataris are developing it like crazy right now. And the Iranians are upset by that because they own half of that field, and they feel that the Qataris are really stealing their gas at this point. And they've mentioned that, because they have not been able to develop that field for lack of money, mostly, and lack of technology from overseas.
Seznec suggests that oil would go
to $300 a barrel if
It's fairly obvious that
[military] strikes won't solve the problem, will create additional problems,
would lead to a wider threat against American and other interests, and would
lead to a war with no obvious end. But aside from that, a military strike on