The Op Persian Freedom was getting a littel of point so thought we could do with a different angle: WHO IS WINNING HERE THE WESTERN WORLD OR THE OIL PRODUCING STATES Oil is now over $70 a barrel, the US is a net importer as is the rest of the western states. If oil continues to rise and it will if the Iranian President continues to make slightly deranged statements and the West responds with aggressive retorts. Me thinks the Iranians have a plan that has nothing to do with Nuclear weapons and everything to do with economic warfare. The Soviet system fell via Reagan's economic war plan. Could the USA be heading in the same direction, at what point does oil become too expensive, at what point does the budget deficit cause the Dollar to crash? If the dollar crashes, the adage that if New York Sneezes the world gets a cold will be more like the world will get "Bird Flu"! Iran is getting lots of money for its oil, the west needs its oil, the President keeps scaring everyone - it is a self-fulfilling prophecy.