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The Perils of an Arab NATO

The U.S. and Western powers should be cautious of an Arab NATO.

The Middle East could be seeing more of these.

Photographer: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images

A military coalition of Arab nations acting in unified self-interest, finally showing responsibility for their collective defense: Who could object to that? The answer is almost no one -- unless it is also an alliance that brings the world closer to a Sunni-Shiite cold war that could spread beyond the Middle East.

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