WikiLeaks: Arab Attitude Toward Iran

I found these leaked cables to be less of a revelation and more of a confirmation of what I generally believed to be the Arab attitude toward Iran. In one of the cables, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia called on Washington to ”cut off the head of the snake”. The Arabs clearly are not going to be able to defeat Iran in a conventional war, so they must rely on the United States, even Israel, for protection.

It had been reported that the Saudis would give the Israelis permission to fly over their territory to bomb Iranian nuclear sites. I do not know if this is true. But it appears much more plausible now, considering these cables. In addition, the UAE ambassador said that military force should be considered to stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.

As far as I am concerned, there is nothing remarkable here on Iran, however, there is a much stronger “Arab Lobby” urging the U.S. to military action than I had thought.

“Diplomacy and sanctions alone may have little chance of preventing an Iranian bomb, but Presidents Bush and Obama haven’t been wrong to be cautious. A US or Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear-weapons facilities most likely would unleash hell. Hamas and Hezbollah would set Israel on fire at once; Iran could retaliate against American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Syria might get drawn into the conflict. The whole region could come apart at the seams.

President Obama has to make a choice between a terrible option and an even more terrible option, and it’s not obvious which one is which. He can at least rest assured, however, that if he opts for war or a credible promise of war, he’ll have a lot more support than President Bush did in the protracted Iraq war.”

‘US in Mideast? Now, they want us’

“[W]hat the Wikileaks documents reveal is not a conspiracy of any kind but a scary and growing gap between the private assessments of American diplomats and allies in the Middle East and public statements made by U.S. government officials. The publication of these leaked cables is eerily reminiscent of the Pentagon Papers, which exposed a decade-long attempt by U.S. officials to distort and conceal unpalatable truths about the Vietnam War, and manipulate public opinion. The difference is that while the Pentagon Papers substantially vindicated the American left, the Wikileaks cable dump vindicates the right.”

‘Deadly Fictions’

”By Whatever Means Necessary’: Arab Leaders Want Iran Stopped’

‘Saudis accuse Iran of harboring al Qaeda network’

‘Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites’

‘UAE’s Ambassador Endorses an American Strike on Iran (Cont’d) – International – The Atlantic’

7 December, 2010


One Response to WikiLeaks: Arab Attitude Toward Iran

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