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The Tigris, Euphrates and Jordan rivers are pretty much the only fresh water sources, aside from ground water, in 'the mid-east', and Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Israel and Jordan all have non-trivial military capabilities, especially Turkey, which could be a nuclear power if it wished. On the Arabian peninsula who is there to fight for water? Yemen, perhaps? Scarcely enough to make it worth while.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Feb 15th, 2012 at 08:08:49 PM EST
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They also all have coastlines. The point I am making is very, very simple. Desalination plants on a sufficient scale to water a nation would cost tens billions, including the energy infrastructure to power them. Compared to the cost of even a short victorious war, this is chump change. Therefore, you would have to be a complete moron to go to war over water.
by Thomas on Thu Feb 16th, 2012 at 04:45:48 PM EST
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Sadly, complete morons are not rare.
by rootless2 on Sat Feb 18th, 2012 at 08:09:18 PM EST
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