Friday, July 23, 2010

Mideast Nations Lining Up Against Iran

 The German news magazine Der Spiegel has an interesting article about the nations of the Middle East that are lining up to oppose Iran. Der Spiegel is usually a left-wing publication, but their article here seems to capture the fear that is permeating the Arab nations in the region.

The understanding that Iran cannot get nuclear weapons seems to be almost universal:

Almost all Arab neighbors have a hostile relationship with the Islamic Republic. Saudi Arabia suspects Iran of stirring up the Shiite minority in its eastern provinces. The Arab emirates accuse Iran of occupying three islands in the Persian Gulf. Egypt has not had regular diplomatic relations with Iran since a street in Tehran was named after the murderer of former Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat.

Jordanian King Abdullah II warns against the establishment of a "Shiite crescent" between Iran and Lebanon. And Kuwait, fearing the Iranians, installed the Patriot air defense missile system in the spring.

It will be interesting to see how the Arab nations in the region will react if the United States or Israel does not act militarily to stop Iran's nuclear ambition. Saudi Arabia is the only one strong enough and close enough to strike the nuclear sites effectively.

Cross-posted at World Threats.

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Alezend said...

Oh shit its going to be a middle eastern meltdown of Allah proportions.

Alezend said...

But seriously I wouldn't be surprised if one or even a few of them made a move on Iran in the near future. Tensions and grudges are more common than sand in the region.