January 23rd, 2012
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (CNN) – For the past three years I have taken part in what is known within a group of 50 business and policy makers here in Riyadh as the “sand and snow expedition.” It starts from the capital of Saudi Arabia at the Global Competitiveness Forum and finishes at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

From an editorial standpoint you can, in one week, capture the views of the world’s largest oil producer and the latest on the Arab Spring before moving on to an arena with some 2,600 chief executives and political leaders trying to share the stage perched high among the Swiss Alps.

The visit in Riyadh included an exclusive interview with the wealthiest businessman in the Middle East, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (pictured), chairman of Kingdom Holdings. From the 67th floor of the tower that bears the name of his group, Prince Alwaleed delved into some of the most sensitive issues in the region, from the Arab Spring to sanctions on Iran.

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In the halls of the GCF, executives expressed deep concerns about potential conflict with Iran and the impact such a move would have. As he does with some of his investments, Prince Alwaleed took a contrarian view.

“I don’t believe war is inevitable,” he said. “I don’t believe the Strait of Hormuz will ever be closed because Iran knows this is suicide.”

A week ago Saudi Arabia, through oil minister Ali Al Naimi, offered to supply 2.5 million barrels per day in the event that Iranian crude was forced off the market. Alwaleed reaffirmed that pronouncement was indeed a correct one.

“It is not only wise, but a very political and strategic phrase from our oil minister who reflects the views of King Abdullah. For Saudi Arabia to go public and say we will flush as much oil as needed to compensate for any loss of Iranian oil, that is a big message to Iran, don’t keep threatening the world economies.”

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The interview followed the release of 4th quarter earnings, which dropped 20 percent due to unrest in some of the key markets: Kingdom Holdings has hotels under the Four Seasons, Fairmont, Raffles and Movenpick brands. While not pleased with the latest results, Prince Alwaleed did say 2012 may be a turning point in the Arab Spring: “I can confirm we have seen the bottom in 2011 and we are seeing indications that as 2012 commences we are seeing an improvement in tourism industry in our region.”

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He was suggesting that violence – aside from Syria - may have reached its peak, but not so optimistic about how long it will take to reach political stability. “We are getting into unchartered territory. We cannot really judge where they are heading. We are seeing the aftermath of the revolutions.”

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And the prince drew historical comparisons to revolutions in France, Russia and Iran: “Really we cannot judge it is too early. Some revolutions take 20-30 years. We hope that is not the case in our region.”

From outside the region looking in, many foreign investors have been alarmed at the rapid inroads made by Islamist parties in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Morocco.

“No doubt that the Islamic path or factor is playing a role right now,” said the prince. “I believe they don’t have any choice but to be business friendly. They would like to continue to rule their countries.”

Record youth unemployment - one of the key drivers of the Arab Spring - needs to be addressed quickly suggested the chairman of Kingdom Holdings and member of the Saudi royal family as a nephew of King Abdullah.

We then addressed the issue on many minds here - the eventual succession of the king and whether reforms he has put in place will far outlive him. “I believe there is no choice for Saudi Arabia and whoever succeeds King Abdullah, God forbid after he lives long, that they have to go down the reform path.”

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  1. viiknm

    Ass licking the Americans as usual

    January 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  2. cnn


    January 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  3. Timber!

    Saudi prince bows to USA

    January 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  4. Hope

    Keep on kissing US a.. and see where that would take you.Can not wait for history to show how stupid and none creative kiss as sing people you are.Shame on you prince

    January 23, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  5. Hassan

    The prince knows the only reason he and his family is being kept in power is because of the US. All the arab people hate the saud family as much as they hate Israel.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  6. Minority Supporter


    January 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  7. Big al

    What stupid pathetic comments from ignorant people. Saudi Arabia has been a good ally of the United States for many years. You morons need to read the facts.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
  8. TheSecretsHaveGoneMad...

    And the King of Iran back in March of 1966 died in an accident??? and I got tropical property for sale in Antartica....Saudia Arabia is not a friend to anyone...look how they treat their women...guess it will take one to teach them some global manners...kill em all let God sort em out...

    January 23, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
  9. saywhat

    how is he a loser? He is taking $$$$$$$$$$$ to the bank. Total wealth that none of you can ever come close to.

    January 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
  10. SideOfABullet

    Ahh Saudia Arabia dicktacting again...betcha Iran has a bullet for yooo-hooo...killing their King...really Saudi's??

    January 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
  11. peterr54

    Is it just me or does the Kingdom's fabled heel-licker Bin Talal not sound a bit like the clown who once said "Crisis, what crisis?"

    January 24, 2012 at 12:19 am |
  12. sam

    At least half of these posts are from the same guy with different names. However, fellow Americans, this article is a good example to just chill out with all the "Islamophobia" stuff...there's crazy people of every race and religion.

    January 24, 2012 at 12:43 am |
  13. ali

    yeah a retard with money that is disrespectful to islam and muslim people, shame on you for being a muslim , dont forget your time will come a.hole

    January 24, 2012 at 12:45 am |
  14. Anthony Kovic

    Nobody elected this snotty rich prince or his ruling family. They represent no one but their own greed and run a police state that ruthlessly stifles and imprisons anyone opposing their regime. A woman can not even go out on her own in this backward islamic society that pretends to be a nation. The US should look to the Canada's tar sands for oil, and get up off its knees to this "ally".

    January 24, 2012 at 1:02 am |
  15. Nick Bowman

    He seems like a reasonable fellow. Saudi Arabia is a strong ally of the US and the UK. The Saudis seem to have thoughtful leadership. I'm glad to hear that the prince feels as though Saudi Arabia will have to take note of the revolutions (in Libya, Egypt, etc.) and reform socially and politically. Although they are steadfast friends, the ancient Saudi society has evolved rules and punishments that are alien to western people. Hopefully, we can encourage progressive reform. Certainly, I'm glad to witness their resolve to defend the region against Iranian aggression.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:48 am |
  16. Floyd Burgoz

    I agree that the closing of the Straight of Hormuz would be suicide for Iran. And we will not see the war that some are hoping for. Worst case would be a small campaign of US Naval Assets Obliterating Iranian Military Assets.

    January 24, 2012 at 3:43 am |
  17. wasso

    What's with the hat ?

    January 24, 2012 at 4:21 am |
  18. walee

    Closing hormuz would be the end of Iran and they are bluffing and can not do it
    they are playing game trying to finish their nuclear program

    January 24, 2012 at 7:53 am |
  19. Carlos

    Saudi is playing a smart role. What do you expect them to do? Join Iran? Saudi seeks what will help not only their nation alone,. but as well as the Middle East, so they stick to the US and EU.

    He's an intelligent man, I don't get what you people are saying and hating on the guy for backing up the US and EU. US and Saudi have always been close, Saudi provides so much for the US and vice versa.

    He will obviously talk in the defence of US and EU before defending Iran. The Iranian government is posed as a terrorist group, and theres a tiny mad man going all crazy threatening country after country. In that case, I highly support what the Prince said. Ahmedinejad will fall like any other dictator did.

    January 24, 2012 at 8:10 am |
  20. Carlos

    And Hassan, I've been in UAE, an ARABIC country for 23 years, and I'm half Arab. I have no idea what you're saying when you say "The arabs hate Saudi"

    And also "As much as they hate Israel?" I'm a supporter of Israel, alongside MANY other people over here, YES in an Arabic country.

    Stop being a typical Arab and ranting on things you have no clue about.

    January 24, 2012 at 8:14 am |
  21. re: wasso

    hey man it's a table cloth from a new york diner I mean dive...they want to be like an American...lol...what a maroon!!

    January 24, 2012 at 9:23 am |
  22. van helsing

    i have lived in saudi arabia for a long time. i could say that if saudi people want change and reform.. the religion from the governmant.... as u see there are lots of incidents here in saudi arabia that the world dont know, and guess why,,, its beacuse of media black out, before any news comes out from saudi arabi it is aleady edited. thier so called religion is always on top of their government dictating what to do... these so called clerics and haia's are the ones pulling saudi arabia back to stone ages, its because they do not want thier people to know how to live free and with love... to make the story short,, freedom and love soesnt exist in saudi arabia.....

    January 24, 2012 at 9:26 am |
  23. AL AHMAD


    January 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  24. @carlos

    go to a mosque and yell i love Israel and we will watch the beheading video online... Half arab lol. your a full liar. The people of the ME blame saudi for the instability not israel or america. Just saudi... if it wasn't for their blind support for the west and israel the ME wouldn't be in this predicament and would be the richest most advanced corner of the world. Instead 60% of the arabs cant read or write. Go bow down to prince al-scamm the country. How about mister supper rich build a drainage system for saudi arabia? they are so smart and so rich but yet they dont know how to deal with rain water. LOOOOOOOOOOL

    January 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  25. soso

    Can't you people speak devoid of hate for a day? must killing be your biggest innovation for life? your hate has been on for centuries now and you have achieved nothing out of it and you are not given it up? the Saudi Royal family are human with passion and sentiment and most be allowed to speak. if the Saudis boot lick American, then who do you haters boot lick? Can't you people see anything good out of humanity? Evil work in every one, just that some allow good to over take evil in their life. Good is living, evil is killing and hate. live let live people.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  26. jo tschida

    Personally I would like to see the end of the Iranian threats right now. Israel should send all 100 of their f-16 fighter jet's that we sold them and have extended range and bomb them into submission. Military targets. then fly home over Saudi territory. All the Saudi's would do is applaud. I don't know about you but I am getting tired of this treating Iran like a bunch of babies throwing their tantrums. Just one of our Aircraft Carriers could take care of the entire Iranian Military Machine. Why do they insist on having Nuclear weapons? All they will do is send it Israels way and force us to turn Iran into one small glowing sandbox. (Iran is 4% smaller than Alaska.) They sure have some brass balls. But from what I have seen these areIslamic Extremists. and they like to die. After all they get 72 virgins.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  27. themanfrommars

    A bonanza foe the Saudi, US and multinational oil companies, its a simple economics, down with other oil exporting country will obviously benifited them.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  28. Squeezebox

    Let Iran close the strait. Then they'll see what US drones really look like – as they destroy the Iranian navy!

    January 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  29. Smart Guy

    That's why the Prince is a ruler getting rich....he has good business sense.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  30. DirthousePolitics

    Nothing like a table-cloth wearing poor-little rich boy to speak...lol...all the Static from his Dirthouse politics...open the box and see what is inside...BOOM...pay back for killing the Iran King in 1966....if there is a relative floating in the world better hope they don't go Psychosocial and Slipnot your King of Saudia Arabia..pay back time??? Tune in...

    January 24, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  31. Amr Azim

    This Saudi Prince is a disgrace to all Arabs – he is nothing but an American Spy! He pretend to be a Muslim – where he is actually kneeing down to the West! Shame on him.......

    January 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
  32. aznmilitia

    Chinese on our door step in mexico and you guys still cant get along .......you'll be the first to die in battle

    January 25, 2012 at 6:15 am |
  33. aznm militia

    remember bin laden died in03 so we liquidated Bhutto for outing the info..... think on what bigger game IS happening........ the u.s. has become the greatest evil...... ask Chile, Nicaragua, panama, graneda, vietnam, korea should i go on (war is $) mercenarys in africa for influence before the east gets it .......wake up, committee of 300 has sold us out

    January 25, 2012 at 6:36 am |
  34. zedana01

    very sad situation See the elephant is dying and die


    January 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  35. Panzerduck

    Saudi Arabia is a proggresive Muslim state, whose leaders sold oil futures to A .So what does the Libya, Tunisia, Afganistan, Egypt, Syria , Iraq, Lebbanon Isriali connflict, Yemen,Iran, India, Packistan, Waziristani thang has to do with me?

    January 27, 2012 at 7:19 am |
  36. Panzerduck

    Did I miss Anyone?

    January 27, 2012 at 7:20 am |
  37. Peace Lover Jihadist

    A big Shame on you for the kind of useless life you are living and suporting enemy of ISLAM againsgt your sister (MUSLIM) country

    January 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  38. Patrick a.

    This idiot better start to realized real quick that America has no friends only business partners,if and when your monarchs get in real trouble,they will drop you just like they did Mubarak.
    You know the Saudi population don,t like you.

    January 28, 2012 at 2:09 am |
  39. terrible_ted

    The Arabs have always been, and will always be, a backwards little people.

    January 28, 2012 at 4:13 am |
  40. Chris

    Agreed, terrible_ted. Between them and sub-saharan Africa, it's almost embarrassing to call them human.

    January 28, 2012 at 5:50 am |
  41. Mr Howdy 2 u

    The Saudis have trillions of oil dollars! They can afford to buy a million tons of ammunition....if they are worried about Iran, why dont they join Israel and go take care of Iran on their own? Why is it we must endure an oil embargo from Iran so that the Saudis can then charge us 150 dollars a barrel for oil? Doesnt that sound like the have a dirty interest in it all? I think the UAE, the Saudis, and Israel need to take care of their problems with Iran on their own. Afflicting 700 million people with fifty percent gas hikes is not the most efficient way to solve the potential problems with Iran.

    January 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  42. toadears

    Totally off subject...check out this guy's wife sometime. Gorgeous!

    January 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  43. To Prince Alaweedo

    Since you are worried about Iran having possession of a nuke, why dont you join israel, the UAE, Jordan and others and confront Iran on your own? You have the weaponry by now...why must 700 million people suffer for your sakes, while at the same time you will make a tremendous profit off the oil you sell to us when Iran cuts off their supplies! I think as Ron Paul suggests, it is time for all of you in that area to take matters into you own hands and see what solutions you can find. We dont have the money or energy or conviction to continue policing the middle east! All we want is the oil and we pay enough for it!

    January 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  44. tony

    I wonder if this King is not seeing what is happening to the kings in those regions. Shah of Iran ( Exiled and died while in exile and even the US refuse to except him), Saddam (hanged and announced traitor) Gaddafi (found dead in sewage) Mubarak ( hardly escaped but even his trail will come as the dust settles in Egypt). There is 2 or 3 more kings left in that region. Once those child molester and corrupt kings are gone the region is going to integrate into the modern world shortly after that.

    January 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  45. just a person

    Hmm, A high authority on Arab Spring...a prince of an oppresive regime, home to the 14, 911 terrorists and the funders of the taliban and alqaeda and the most repressive islamic order the wahabis. We the United states support this regime and protect them, also just signed a 60 billion dollar arms sale deal. This prince's uncles who are running Arabia are respponsible for more terror then any other group in history. Cnn has given his lowness an opputunity to speak about the arab spring.....what a joke....Cnn in my opnion is now lower the fox news...... Now it is crystal clear to me why Dr. Paul is itching to get to the white house...

    January 29, 2012 at 1:58 am |
  46. reality

    Saudis are more terrified of iran and the consequence of a war with iran then anyone. If these sanctions have the desired effect thats like standing in the way of a hippo and his lake. Iran has enough missiles to wipe isreal off along with the house of saud and all their oil refinaries, air bases, naval bases, military/supply and power plants. Also US has enough missile power to level iran so thats why your not seeing anyone make the first physical move to attack. All the arabs, US,Isreal,Uk,Nato are joining hands to screw iran and after 35 yrs they still cant do anything real about it so imagine how powerful iran must be. Saudi knows better then anyone, these are media propeganda

    January 29, 2012 at 6:11 am |
  47. webex

    This being a USA election year, a lot more posturing is going to happen. It is brinksmanship but I do not think there will be a war or clash with Iran. EU is stupid trying to be an American dog. It can hardly solve its own problems. China will just buy all the Iranian oil that is available and ship via... Straits of Hormuz. Do not worry, the Straits will remain open.

    January 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  48. Ian

    Every country have to be understand that... They all do good business to buy oil and gold things for Sandian's own rich life, It very smart business people.... I am sure that Iran very crazy to believe as evil as hell, because they are not good thinking the way they believer itseft... When, that time come too soon, God will be there for Iran believer to go to hell... I don't trust Iranian people.... MUST TO LEAVE ISREAL AND SANDIA ARABS ALONE... And watching your back of God still watch all of you....

    January 29, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  49. Alvord

    Saudis can talk very brave knowing that we(Americans) will do their fighting for them. Ultimate decision to fight is made by the American people, not the U.S. president. Let the Saudis new best customer, China, shed blood for them. Isn't it interesting that China is probably Iran's best customer too.

    January 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  50. electric52

    You stupid idiots, this man IS the establishment, and doesn't have to kiss anyone's ass. Here's the reality for all you doomsdayers and conspiracy freaks. If Iran is STUPID enough they will try to close the Straits of Hormuz and as soon as the US has verifiable evidence of such an undertaking then the US Navy will obliterate, as needed, whatever Iranian naval assests are in the region. You're talking about a chump change country that went to war with Iraq for four years without winning it. It was a stalemate. MMMMM let me see .... this is a hard one .... the US took out Iraq in oh 23 days. Now as long as we don't go into Iran, and there is no reason to go into Iran, we'll just obliterate them from the sea and air, and Saudi Arabia and Libyia will make up the difference in oil and all those "honerable" Iranians can suffer in their disbelief in who is that guy with the name nobody can say ... ak da what?

    January 30, 2012 at 4:41 am |
  51. jokey

    he is ass hole, and big treat to ME. Some day USA will corrupt and take all Saudi's trillons of dollars which monarch saved
    in it and show Obama's uncut ,black dick. shame on you King.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:53 am |
  52. mihaela

    Why all those hate insults? no need: SA and Iran are both supporting terrorists. So is USA. Because of it all the world is suffering. point. The prince is just making lots of good investments, providing work not only for Saudis but for Americans etc. And remember who suffers in a war: innocent people. Stupid Bush and his friends did so much damage to the stability and power influence in the Golf, Iran and his shias now are controlling Iraq. Saudis payed the Americans a bundle, so get your facts right first. And you may be able to trust a Saudi but not an Iranain!

    January 30, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
  53. jashva

    There is at least 3 middle east wars that Israel have got us involve and if the Israel by any mean get us involve in another war then, after alot of casualties, we american will punish Israel for too much asking. from Truman's time with the instigation of the former shah of Iran that got us involve with an Israeli commando to accept him in the Whitehouse till date whom we have senators and representatives put Israel above American interests and giving billions of dollars without any return to Israel have to be blamed for worlds problems as well as what we have problems at home.
    This trillion dollars deficites are most of it from that money,wepons,and else given to Israel plus the interest on it. all those sanators and representatives should be lawfully punished. Next after Iran war is Israel war for getting us involved with so many wars. After all, why Israel is not one of the states. we virually give them more than what we give to any State. That may cuase us the break of our country in pieces.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:35 am |
  54. Royce Harris

    I don't understand why the Iranian leader don't undersand, that we are just about to reset the doomsday clock and blow the hell out of your country. Certainly it will cost us a few bucks to do it but you better believe we can do it. The deeper down the bigger the explosion. You are never going to get nukes, because the world don't trust you with them. You could save your fellow countrymen's lives just for cancelling this nuke building crap. If not prepare to see those 72 virgins who are around 86 years old that now have about 30 or fourty kids you must take care of

    January 31, 2012 at 7:06 am |
  55. Fisherman

    I was wondering if you Mr Armagrdeon of Iran can allow me to fish in the Gulf of Harmos for about 6 hours,
    I should be easily recognized as the ship will be painted a Navy Blue with 21 Navy fighters Aircraft on board.With
    60 Cruise missles showing. We keep a full supply of just about everything we need in the way of food and ammo
    in case the fish start bittingv good and then we might want to stay a lot longer.Wish us luck. and have a nice day.

    January 31, 2012 at 7:25 am |
  56. Shon joe

    Iran is a theat i belive we should had wipe t5he out a long time ago...before they became what they are today.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  57. Shon joe

    sory my computers retarded i meant to Say we should had wiped them out the face of the Earth a Long time Ago...

    January 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  58. N.

    I don't know why ordinary people do not think about what's going on in the world! Iran don't even need Nuclear bomb.They are trying to reach high technology knowledge.That's all..." why they can not use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes?"
    Just imagine you are a part of Iranian government; then US and Europe came to you and tell You "we are BIG BROTHERS and don't like to have a new brother in our family!so keep quite and gimme this knowledge! you don't need this!"
    what would you do ?

    February 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  59. Chegos

    What you guys think if there was a possibility for this prince to succeed Obama and become the next president of United States of America? Where the world would be?

    February 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  60. Carl P

    negative people....so many around the world its sickening.....all negative unless it involves them. Poor things.

    February 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  61. Foghorn Leghorn

    ***** STUPID POST OF THE DAY *****
    Everything in this post is either wrong, or a flat out lie.


    There is at least 3 middle east wars that Israel have got us involve and if the Israel by any mean get us involve in another war then, after alot of casualties, we american will punish Israel for too much asking. from Truman's time with the instigation of the former shah of Iran that got us involve with an Israeli commando to accept him in the Whitehouse till date whom we have senators and representatives put Israel above American interests and giving billions of dollars without any return to Israel have to be blamed for worlds problems as well as what we have problems at home.
    This trillion dollars deficites are most of it from that money,wepons,and else given to Israel plus the interest on it. all those sanators and representatives should be lawfully punished. Next after Iran war is Israel war for getting us involved with so many wars. After all, why Israel is not one of the states. we virually give them more than what we give to any State. That may cuase us the break of our country in pieces.


    February 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  62. reality

    Saudi leaders are traitors to the region, At least Iran has common man as leaders, These Saudi thugs are looting their population since centuries.

    February 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  63. faruck

    The saudi family should share their money with the poor bedoiuns, then have wa wa with a camel!

    February 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm |

    This person is taking his country wealth for decades and calling his own business, investing around the world like a business man. Unemployment is high and poverty is worst in that region where people are literally selling their clothes to feed children. We should be careful in trusting these guys they will say anything to make us feel better.

    February 13, 2012 at 3:33 am |
  65. Albert Von Sachsen

    S it takes this prince about 3 weeks to end up saying what everybody has been saying since Iran threatened to close Hormuz. One cannot but wonder how much he actually paid for his diploma. Talal is probably not very proud of his Bin.

    February 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  66. Albert Von Sachsen

    Faruk: what is having wa wa with your camel?

    February 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  67. Albert Von Sachsen

    Yashva: Are you sure you are American? You sure don`t write like one.

    February 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  68. Jonathan

    CNN and their inaccuracies. Russia has surpassed Saudi Arabia as world's largest oil producer.

    February 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  69. Mike

    When the lube runs out I wonder if all this reach-around and ass kissing from both sides will continue or will we then see true colors. We are such a pathetic little species, we kill each other everyday for what, the liquefied remains of previous species, feces and dead matter. We value that more than the beauty that is all around our planet and our own species. We haven't even evolved mentally to the point to understand that every human is a citizen of earth and inherits a piece of it for his own life, when he dies that passes on to his kin or someone else not as a paid privileged but as a innate right of being born to this planet. No one ever owns land, we are of the land and to it we all return, has been and always will be.

    February 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm |

    Iran must be stop at all cost in developing nuclear weapon. They are immediate threat to developing countries in the middle east. Their government told middle east countries supporting US, BRITAIN and EU will face serious consequences which include shooting major infrastructure areas critical to civilian for which within their medium range missile. How crazy these people threatening civilian if it won't support them. These people don't realize that a single drop of nuke will make them suffer for 30 years. Wake up and make the best option before it's too late

    February 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  71. Nick Wolf

    It appears that Iran wants to have nuclear power. This is best done by the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor technology which was developed by Enrico Fermi and Alvin Weinberg at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The reason this technology was never pursued is because you cannot build a bomb out of it. The Nixon administration cut off funding for this technology in the 1970s and it has reamianed a forgotten source of energy ever since.

    It might be best to google liquid fluoride reactors and thorium as an energy source. Judge for yourselves, this technology is far safer than anything built out of a pressurized water reactor like Fukushima. The world has seen what happens when a pressurized water reactor undergoes any form of stress. The only reason the pressurized water reactors were developed, is because you can make a bomb out of them.

    February 18, 2012 at 2:14 am |
  72. Bob Smith U.S

    @Nick Wolf : I agree most countries (Including U.S) Jumped on the Inferiority of the " Bomb " rather than a Beneficial balance of the two for Basic Energy use !

    I personally don't have any doubt that the Saudi's would step in to help recover or promote their Oil in this instance as it would help Fatten their Wallets along with Keeping a good stance with U.S and EU Allies as the rest of the
    Middle East Implodes on itself . $ Per Barrel may increase as production will for them ?

    And If they did decide to close the Strait , How Many Bunker Busting Bombs would it take to turn the Strait of Hormuz Into the " Bay of Hormuz " ? = Free Passage for Everyone :) Also a perfect place for Artillary Practice for U.S Ships.

    February 19, 2012 at 7:46 am |
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