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  •  wouldn't take nukes to do that (none)
    You'd only need to scuttle a good number of ships in the Straits of Hormuz, (any old rusty hulk would fit the bill, long as it was big enough, and the Straits are pretty shallow waters) and target the Saudi and Kuwaiti pipeline terminals and refineries with conventional/incendiary tipped medium-range ballistic missiles.

    After they got the Straits cleared again, which would take a good bit of time, the rubble of the oil infrastructure would still take years if not decades to rebuild/refit completely.

    And I suspect they probably have a few mines lying around as well, just to make the clearing and reworking project a bit more interesting.

    No more oil-based economy for quite some time in most of the world.  Quick, easy and cheap.  Kind of a big middle finger to rest of us if we get too adventurous out there.

    •  unshinkable destroyer (none)
      straight of hormuz is Iran ace card. There is nothing Bush can do about the fact Iran own the straight and the mountain range.

      Bush can bomb the tiny bits of land to smithering, it'll still be there and Iran can simply repour new concrete building.

      Bush can't use nuke either, cause then the entire striat will be poisoned.

      So, if there is war in that area. Iran wins.

    •  But think ... (none)
      ... of the killing oil companies will make when oil doubles in price overnight!

      When we outlaw free speech, only outlaws will speak freely. - DaveOinSF

      by Bob Love on Fri Jul 22, 2005 at 04:58:10 PM PDT

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