The Middle East Runs Out of Water

Article posted on June 2nd, 2015 by WhatAmIMissingHere

DID YOU KNOW? red Rubber Stamp over a white background. BasicEDITOR’S COMMENT: In addition to everything else, now it appears that the Middle East is facing the real possibility of running out of water. You have to wonder if the Obama administration has factored this growing crisis into its calculations for dealing with Iran, or, given this administration’s past history of incompetency, one wonders, if they are even aware of this growing crisis and the eventual threat to human lives. Somehow, one would also hope that calmer heads would prevail, and that a regional solution to this issue could be achieved with Israel’s recent desalinization plants that are helping to produce an abundance of water.

By Daniel Pipes

A ranking Iranian political figure, Issa Kalantari, recently warned that past mistakes leave Iran with water supplies so insufficient that up to 70 percent, or 55 million out of 78 million Iranians, would be forced to abandon their native country for parts unknown.

Many facts buttress Kalantari’s apocalyptic prediction: Once lauded in poetry, Lake Urmia, the Middle East’s largest lake, has lost 95 percent of its water since 1996, going from 31 billion cubic meters to 1.5 billion. Over two-thirds of Iran’s cities and towns are “on the verge of a water crisis” that could result in drinking water shortages; already, thousands of villages depend on water tankers. Unprecedented dust storms disrupt economic activity and damage health.

Nor are Iranians alone in peril; many others in the arid Middle East may also be forced into unwanted, penurious, desperate exile. With a unique, magnificent exception, much of the Middle East is running out of water due to such maladies as population growth, short-sighted dictators, distorted economic incentives, and infrastructure-destroying warfare.

Israel provides the sole exception to this regional tale of woe. It too, as recently as the 1990s, suffered water shortages; but now, thanks to a combination of conservation, recycling, innovative agricultural techniques, and high-tech desalination, the country is awash in H2O (Israel’s Water Authority: “We have all the water we need”). I find particularly striking that Israel can desalinate about 17 liters of water for one U.S. penny; and that it recycles about five times more water than does second-ranked Spain.    (my emphasis)

READ all of Daniel Pipers’ comments about the possibility of the Middle East running out of water from the Washington Times here.

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