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Loss of oil is greatest threat from Saddam

To those who question the threat posed by Saddam Hussein to our national security, let me offer a realistic scenario:

Using the protective umbrella of atomic weapons, Iraq will have again invaded Kuwait and made incursions into the territory of other neighboring nations like Saudi Arabia. Utilizing missiles based in Kuwait, he will be able to effectively block all sea activity in the Strait of Hormuz, thus having the power to cut off his neighbor’s ability to export their oil.

We, and by extension, our entire economy, will then be hostage to Saddam, who will control the flow of most of the world’s crude oil. Far-fetched? Let me remind the skeptics that at the conclusion of World War II, a militarily inferior Soviet Union was able, by the possession of nuclear missiles, to hold the West at bay for over 50 years while it enslaved all of Eastern Europe.

Those who think only in terms of a direct assault on America fail to recognize that Saddam’s ability to cut off our oil imports poses a greater threat to America than a bomb in a suitcase.

Tony Rohl

Grass Valley

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