JAMES M. DORSEY: Held up as a model of a modern Islamic state Turkey faces some formidable difficulties
RICHARD SILVERSTEIN: What if we can’t find alternates? What if Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Libya can’t fill the gap? What if the oil price goes through the roof?
ROB L. WAGNER: As tensions increase all parties are beginning to make calculations regarding the effect of a possible conflict in the Arabian Gulf.
RICHARD SILVERSTEIN: Right now I’m thinking of that Marx Brothers line: To war! To war! Fredonia’s going to war! Except this will be far from a farce.
DAVID ROBERTS: It appears that both the United States and Iran’s domestic political requirements have spun the region into a dangerous spiral.