THE MIDDLE EAST: The Arabs' Final Weapon

"Oil and politics don't mix," Saudi Arabia's King Feisal once proclaimed, brusquely rebuffing arguments that he should cut off oil to nations that supported Israel. In the energy-crisis years of the '70s, however, oil and politics not only mix; they form an entirely new —and dangerously explosive—element in the equation of world power. That reality was made all too plain last week by Feisal himself. Speaking more strongly than ever before, he very clearly warned the U.S. that its support of Israel might be at the price of Saudi oil —oil that...

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