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The Middle East Situation

Two more important thresholds were crossed in the Gulf last week, with thedestruction by US warships of two Iranian offshore platforms, and the firstIranian missile strike on a Kuwaiti offshore installation. Taken together, theincidents confirmed the trends towards growing US embroilment in Gulfhostilities; increasing identification between the US and the GCC states,especially Saudi Arabia and Kuwait; and mounting antagonism between the...