Sec­ond Holo­caust?

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asym­met­ri­cal re­tal­ia­tory ca­pa­bil­i­ties that range from sow­ing hun­dreds of mines in the Strait of Hor­muz (through which passes 30 per­cent of the world’s seaborne oil) to tak­ing out oil pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties in hos­tile Gulf na­tions, as well as at­tack­ing U.S. bases and fa­cil­i­ties through­out the Mid­dle East. Oil prices wouldn’t take long to triple.

Most of Mr. Bolton’s geopo­lit­i­cal back­ers were those also ar­gu­ing for the in­va­sion of Iraq, be­gin­ning a whole year be­fore it took place in 2003. Af­ter spend­ing more than $1 tril­lion in Iraq, the U.S. now has the world’s largest em­bassy in Bagh­dad — 104 acres on the banks of the Tigris River, 15,000 em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing 2,000 diplo­mats (vs. 85 in neigh­bor­ing Turkey), at a cost of $736 mil­lion and $1 bil­lion a year to run — but it still has lost the bat­tle for in­flu­ence to Iran. At least that’s what re­cent high-level Iraqi of­fi­cials say when speak­ing pri­vately on their vis­its to Washington.

There is noth­ing new about Iran’s nu­clear am­bi­tions.

In 1968, a few months be­fore Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as pres­i­dent, Bri­tain’s Prime Min­is­ter Harold Wil­son de­cided that his coun­try would give up all of its se­cu­rity obli­ga­tions east of Suez, all the way to Sin­ga­pore. The Nixon Doc­trine then anointed Shah Mo­hammed Reza Pahlavi of Iran as the guardian of the Per­sian Gulf and its sta­tis­tics-de­fy­ing oil re­serves.

Through­out the 1970s, the shah spent tens of bil­lions on troop car­ri­ers — from nine Boe­ing 747s to huge Hov­er­craft — so he could re­act in less than a day to any coup at­tempts in the Gulf by the Soviet bloc and its friends, such as Iraq’s Sad­dam Hus­sein. Through­out the post-world War II era, Bri­tain man­aged the same se­cu­rity watch with its Tru­cial Oman Scouts units for $40 mil­lion a year.

In 1972, the shah pre­dicted to this re­porter that one day Iran would en­sure the se­cu­rity of the Per­sian Gulf by be­com­ing a nu­clear power. No sooner was the shah de­posed by the mul­lahs in 1979 than se­cret plans were laid to pur­sue the same quest.

Three decades later, they are al­most there.

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