Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Iran seriously imperiled over nuclear program by it's "allies"

This came out in the Russian press around the same time it was announced
on the news last night that medvedev supposedly said Russia has concerns
over Iran's nuclear program. This sudden about face by Arab nations
long friendly with Iran and by Russia must be taken as a serious
sanctioning of invasion. Consider at this point Iran is most
vulnerable, as amrikan/zionist forces may decide to go for broke in an
all out invasion and would use the slightest pretext to do so.
Peter Khan Zendran

Arab World Supports War Against Iran?

09.07.2010 Source: Pravda.Ru URL:

Israeli hawks that urge to strike preventive blows on Iranian nuclear
objects have found a radical ally in the Arab world. Yousef al-Otaiba,
the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the USA, stated that positive
sides of the military solution to the Iranian nuclear problem outweighed
possible negative results of the use of force in the struggle against
the nuclear program of Iran, The Washington Times wrote.

The UAE Ambassador straightforwardly supported the use of military force
in case economic sanctions against Iran are proved inefficient. The
official acknowledged that the use for force against the Islamic state,
a direct neighbor and a trade partner of the UAE, would lead to severe
economic consequences. The UAE’s trade turnover with Iran makes up $12
billion a year. Such a measure will also trigger massive protest actions
in the Muslim world, the official said.

"We cannot live with a nuclear Iran," the envoy said at a conference in
Aspen, Colorado. "I am willing to absorb what takes place at the expense
of the security of the UAE,” he added.

Russia Today: “We cannot live with a nuclear Iran” – Arab diplomat

The diplomat said in an interview with the Atlantic Magazine that many
Arab states in the region would turn their backs on Washington and move
towards Teheran in the event the US administration failed to stop Iran.

Otaiba was quoted as saying that he "absolutely" wanted the US to use
force to halt Iran's nuclear program.

"Countries in the region view the Iran threat very differently," he
said. "I can only speak for the UAE, but talk of containment and
deterrence really concerns me and makes me very nervous. Iran doesn't
have nuclear power now but … what makes me think that once they have a
nuclear program, we are going to be able to be more successful in
containing them?"

He also said that Iran’s nuclear program posed a much bigger threat to
the UAE than to the USA. “You’re seven thousand miles away. It
threatens your assets and the peaceful process in the region, it may
disrupt the balance of forces, but it does not threat your existence,”
he added.

The remarks from the UAE’s high-ranking official sparked harsh
criticism in Teheran.

"I hope the government of the UAE will correct this viewpoint," said
Kazem Jalali, spokesman for the Iranian parliament's National Security
and Foreign Policy Committee.

Jalali also said that the Iranians may no longer travel to the United
Arab Emirates to avoid possible ill attitude on the part of the UEA
authorities. The money, which the Iranians spend during their visits to
the Emirates, helps the UAE endure the economic crisis, the official

Iran now intends to cut economic ties with the UAE. The head of the
Iranian Board of Trade stated Wednesday that the level of commercial
ties with the Emirates would be cut. The ties will be cut in response to
the UAE’s decision to execute the UN Security Council resolution about
the new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Last week, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates ordered to
freeze 41 bank accounts of Iranian companies and natural persons in
order to implement the new sanctions against Iran. In June, the
financial authorities of Dubai informed the companies located in free
economic zones of the emirate about the need of taking precautionary
measures during operations with Iranian banks.

Economic sanctions do not scare Iran. The living standard in this
country has never been high. The Iranians can endure a lot, even if the
sanctions make their lives even worse.

Some “hotheads” in this nation may take UAE official’s remarks in
Washington as a reason for taking actions with unpredictable
consequences. US Senator Josef Lieberman also stated during his recent
visit to Israel that the US Congress was discussing an opportunity for
using military power against Iran to make the nation shut down the
nuclear program.

It is worthy of note that Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Foreign Secretary
of Saudi Arabia, shares the above-mentioned opinions expressed by Yousef
al-Otaiba. The sanctions were a long-term solution to the Iranian
nuclear dispute and Saudi Arabia country wanted an “immediate”
resolution, Faisal said during Hillary Clinton’s visit to Saudi

John Bolton, the former US Ambassador to the UN believes that Al-Otaiba
reflected the opinion of all leaders of Arab states in the Persian Gulf.

The United States has been increasing its military presence in the
Persian Gulf. Israeli submarines and missiles appeared in its waters as
well. The current state of affairs in the region reminds the possible
scenario of preparations to the so-called non-contact war, which NATO
conducted in Yugoslavia in 1999.

It is quite possible that the unprecedented remarks from the UAE
ambassador will start verbal artillery preparations to the real war in
the Gulf.

Ivan Tulyakov

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