Monday, April 16, 2012

On the Iranian Threat to Arab Nations

Arab News has published a powerful polemic by Tariq Alhomayed, editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat:

For more than seven years we have warned of the danger of Iranian infiltration in the region, and Tehran penetrating our states, repeating that Iran is not a “friendly” state, but rather an occupier of Arab lands.

Many became jaded with these warnings, even believing they were an exaggeration, but today, after the Iranian president’s visit to the occupied Emirati island of Abu Musa, such people have started to panic and have finally become aware of the danger of Iran!

However, is fear alone enough, particularly at the political level? The answer is no. Iran is active in Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and Bahrain, and today it is supporting the tyrant of Damascus Bashar Assad, whose troops have so far killed more than 10,000 Syrians.

In addition to all this, here is President Ahmadinejad daring to visit the occupied Emirati island of Abu Musa, as the first Iranian president to do so since Iran occupied the islands. The timing of this visit has clear and blatant implications, as it comes before the start of negotiations with the international community in Turkey, surrounding the Iranian nuclear file. The timing also coincides with UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan’s visit to Iran.

This means that Ahmadinejad is effectively saying that Iran will negotiate using our region as play cards, rather than what Tehran can offer the international community with regard to the nuclear issue, i.e. Iran’s trump cards will be its interference in our region! Iran does all that, and Ahmadinejad dares to visit the occupied Emirati island of Abu Musa, but what about us, the Arabs? Where are we in relation to all that is going on?