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Monday, April 27, 2009

Arab countries as nervous as Israel over Iran

Dennnis Ross, President Obama's special envoy to Iran (pictured), will be heading to the Middle East this week to assure America's Arab allies that unlike Israel, India, Poland, Georgia and Colombia, their interests will not be sold down the river by the Obama administration. America's Arab allies have a lot about which to be concerned.
Some Arab officials said they have seen little evidence that Iran is moderating activities that they view as destabilizing to many Mideast governments. Morocco severed diplomatic ties with Tehran last month, alleging Iranian diplomats were seeking to convert Moroccan citizens to Shiism, Iran's predominant religion. Egypt this month arrested 50 members of Iranian-backed Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia and political party, for allegedly seeking to undermine President Hosni Mubarak's government while transferring arms to the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Iran has denied that it is seeking to destabilize its neighbors. Mr. Ahmadinejad has attended GCC summits and called for better relations between Iran and other regional countries.

Egyptian officials in recent weeks have publicly cast doubt on the utility of holding negotiations with Iran's leadership. "Any talk about dialogue with Iran is complete admission and submission to the fact that Iran has an influential role," Hossam Zaki, the Egyptian foreign-ministry spokesman, told reporters this month.

U.S. officials have been seeking to engage Iran on regional security issues, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, as a vehicle through which to build diplomatic ties. They have said a rapprochement with Tehran could lead to Iran being included in international security forums. The challenge, the officials say, is to include Iran without being seen as condoning what many view as its threatening behavior. Recent comments by Iranian officials suggesting that the Persian Gulf island-state of Bahrain is a wayward Iranian province have incensed Arab leaders.

"The Gulf states need to be told from the highest levels in Washington that there won't be a grand bargain cut behind their back," said a senior Arab diplomat engaged on the Iran issue.
Too bad Israel, India, Poland, Georgia and Colombia won't be told that a grand bargain won't be cut behind their backs. In fact, the Obama administration is expected to cut deals with Iran, Russia, Venezuela and Cuba that will undercut those allies' interests.

What could go wrong?


At 1:27 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

What America's friends don't know won't hurt them - so they're being led to believe.

What could go wrong, indeed

At 4:55 AM, Blogger Ray Chandler..., Seeker of Equality said...

There is always more to the story than the controlled medias are telling. Those who own the mainstream medias have created the desire that the west see Iran, Venezuela, Cuba and others, just as they did Iraq, as "The Access of Evil".

The only reason Saddam was hung, is that he would not take dollars for oil, nor would he allow for corporate takeover.

Iran is in the business of protecting it's resources and its people, not murdering people.

If the readers here were to hear the true words spoken by Ahmadinejad, you would also realize that he did not say he wished to push Is-Ra-El into the sea, but rather push those "Zionists" who have hijacked that country into the sea.


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At 10:22 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

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