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In a match with political overtones, Iran plays Qatar in a World Cup qualifier Tuesday that both nations need to win to maintain hope of reaching next year's tournament in Brazil.
S. Rob Sobhani's May 20 opinion piece ("Standing steadfast with Bahrain") rightly notes that Bahrain needs stability, but his call for the United States to shore up the current Bahraini dictatorship is off base.
S. Rob Sobhani's piece on Bahrain ("Standing steadfast with Bahrain," Commentary, May 20) once again draws attention to a vitally important political conflict in a nation that has been a close U.S. ally for the past six decades. Mr. Sobhani's call for renewed U.S. commitment to the kingdom deserves applause, as does his warning about an Iran-inspired campaign to provoke further unrest on the island.
As Washington surveys the landscape of the Middle East in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, it becomes clear that the ensuing chaos resembles something closer to a long, harsh winter than a hopeful beginning.
Lawmakers in the tiny but strategic nation of Bahrain are outraged with the United States and accuse the U.S. ambassador — apparently a mild-manner professional diplomat — of waging "war" against the Persian Gulf kingdom, home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.
Mercedes will start the Spanish Grand Prix from the front row after Nico Rosberg had the fastest qualifying time ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton on Saturday.
The United States and much of the rest of the world depend on oil from the Persian Gulf. If the Persian Gulf or the Strait of Hormuz were obstructed or closed, the economies of many countries, including the United States, would be adversely affected. It could be catastrophic.