The fourth Middle East conflict ripped a new hole in the fabric of the Atlantic alliance. For the first time, Europeans are thinking seriously about who should control their future security. A"SWORD OF DAMOCLES " dripping with oil, hangs ominously over the nations of Western Europe. At any moment it could descend, severing with one swift stroke the remaining arteries which carry the industrial lifeblood of the Middle East to Europe's heartland. Arab oil producers, akin to the old rhyme, are "keeping a list and checking it twice, going to find out who's naughty and nice." Each month they conduct a careful review of European attitudes and intentions. Only those nations publicly sympathetic to their cause are allowed continued undiminished access to the energy riches caverned beneath the arid Arab sands.
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