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The apparent imminence of war

The entire region between the Mediterranean Sea and India is a seething cauldron of threats, counter-threats, plots, conspiracies, economic sanctions, and military movements. At any moment, an incident, misunderstanding, or accident could cause the cauldron to boil over into open interstate war.

The neuralgic points are India and Pakistan; Iran and the Gulf States, Saudi Arabia, Israel; plus Turkey and Syria, Iran. Intervening to one degree or another are Russia, China, and the US.

The immediate focus of concern is Iran. Economic sanctions are having a major effect on the Iranian economy, resulting in strikes and demonstrations.

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