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Friday, May 21, 2010

How a nuclear Iran might play out

Over the last three weeks, I've written a few posts about the Hezbullah spy ring that was busted by Kuwait (and which apparently also extended into Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates). Lebanese blogger Tony Badran explains how this is likely to become a modus operandi for Iran in the Gulf (yes, of course Hezbullah was serving Iran), and what Iran hopes to accomplish there.
While its conventional military power is limited, Iran has engaged in such manipulation through the IRGC’s Al-Quds Force, amplifying its sway through its surrogates and through arms smuggling. The potential interplay between a nuclear Iran and its regional alliances raises serious doubts about the effectiveness of a containment strategy directed against Iran – which is, nevertheless, fast emerging as a consensus strategy in Washington. Especially unconvincing is the notion that the United States can place the burden of its containment efforts on the shaky scaffolding of the Gulf Arab states. 

Iran’s objective is to replace the US as the primary power in the Middle East, and to reshape the region’s security architecture. Tehran has been pushing the GCC countries to sign a new, collective security treaty with Iran, which has presented itself as the new regional security guarantor, therefore, implicitly, the acknowledged regional hegemony. Iran has been making it clear to its neighbors that the presence of American forces on their territory is a “source of instability” that must end. If Iran goes nuclear, it will have even more means to persuade these states of its displeasure.

The Iranian cell in Kuwait was reportedly monitoring, among other things, American movements and military bases in the country. While many might read such behavior as preparing retaliatory action in the event of a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, there is an alternative interpretation: a nuclear-armed Iran, through cells active in the weak Gulf Arab states, will seek to pressure those countries to terminate American basing rights on their soil and agree to new security arrangements that enhance Tehran’s regional influence. 

What could go wrong?


At 9:24 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

And it would would be a world with no place for Israel in it. Israel cannot live with a nuclear Iran.

What could go wrong indeed


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