A mushrooming crisis is developing in the Persian Gulf-Indian Ocean region that threatens the very existence of the United States, Western Europe, Japan and the rest of the free world. Its implications are so awesome that we may be on the very brink of the prophesied "Great Tribulation." Never in recent times has such a vast - and highly strategic - area of the world been threatened with widespread political instability. The fulcrum is strife-torn Iran, but this "arc of crisis" - to use the words of President Carter's National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski extends all the way from Bangladesh, on India's right flank, to the tip of southern Africa. Explains Brzezinski: "An arc of crisis stretches along the shores of the Indian Ocean, with fragile social and political structures in a region of vital importance to us threatened with fragmentation. The resulting political chaos could well be filled by elements hostile to our values and sympathetic to our adversaries."
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