Gas at the Pump Could Go To $20 If War Comes to the Straits of Hormuz

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Gas at the Pump Could Go To $20 If War Comes to the Straits of Hormuz

By YOUSSEF IBRAHIM, Special to the Sun | January 10, 2012

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Irans threat to close the Strait of Hormuz is a promise of heart attack for the worlds economy and a challenge for military planners.

Yesterday, Iran doubled its taunt by sentencing a former marine with dual Iranian-American citizenship to death, for spying.

The moves set up America and its Western allies for a confrontation with Iran.

A clash would be the third armed conflict after Iraq and Afghanistan. The former two began triumphantly until they transformed into quagmires. How is a new conflict likely to evolve?

Iran has used American hostages in the past to extract money. Whether it crosses this line to execute the 28-year-old Amir Mizraei Hekmati, who served in Iraq, remains to be seen.

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