published Friday, June 15th, 2012

Outsmarting the tyrant

When you live in a neighborhood with a particularly loud, obnoxious family right across the street, challenges exist. Especially if that neighbor tends to bully and make demands on passersby. The challenges usually are overcome through avoidance.

Such is the case with Iran's neighbor, across the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, the United Arab Emirates, an American ally.

While the clamor continues in Iran for a nuclear program under the guise of domestic energy production, official Iranian media outlets published a June 10 commentary titled "The Necessity for the Islamic World to have the Atomic Bomb." The state-controlled media noted that "Yes, having a nuclear weapon is a right" because "America is the main enemy of the Islamic Republic of Iran."

One of Iran's latest threats has been to close the Strait of Hormuz, the narrowed waterway that measures only 21 miles from shore to shore and connects the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman leading into the Indian Ocean. This navigable stretch is the access point for about 20 percent of the world's oil that is exported from the Persian Gulf area.

While its yapping, mouthy neighbor has been rattling sabers in response to sanctions due to its nuclear pursuits, the United Arab Emirates, home to an international business center, Dubai, and Fujairah, one of the world's busiest maritime refueling stops, has been outsmarting the tyrant.

The UAE has been busy building a new pipeline, four feet in diameter, that winds through the Abu Dhabi desert for 236 miles across the Hajar mountains, businessinsider.com reported. Fujairah soon will be the port at which up to two-thirds of the current Persian Gulf oil supply will be loaded onto tankers that completely bypass the Strait of Hormuz, ending the area's instability ... and Iran's threats.

The director general of Fujairah municipality, Mohammed Saif al-Afkham, noted the commissioning of the new pipeline during the month of June, according to The Associated Press.

The pipeline now is being "tested," and is expected to carry 1.5 million barrels of crude daily at full production. The transition from refueling station to pipeline endpoint will be accompanied by a 200,000-barrel-per-day refinery, also under construction in Fujairah.

The U.S. should learn a lesson: Using your own resources, building your own infrastructure, having a vision for future energy needs, and working with regional partners prevents the choke-holds of tyrants, stimulates the economy and secures a nation's sovereignty.

Yeah, you remember Keystone Pipeline, too.

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