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Pumping up the pressure
Saudi Arabia may join other Arab states in using oil as a weapon in the Middle East conflict

Jeremy Rifkin, The Guardian, April 26, 2002

Up to now, the prevailing wisdom on Wall Street has been that there was "a very low possibility" that Arab oil producers would cut supplies. This may, however, be wishful thinking. What no one seems to be taking into account is how powerless and desperate millions of Arabs are likely to feel in the months ahead if the violence between Israel and the Palestinians continues. The bottom line is that the oil card may be the only weapon open to the Arab world. If the collective rage of the Muslim world boils over, look for young Muslims to take to the streets in large numbers, as they already have in Iraq, chanting "Arab oil for the Arabs". The public pressure to use oil as a weapon against Israel, the US and the west might be too politically charged for Saudi Arabia and other Gulf governments to ignore.
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