The Gulf States and Iran

[Wall Street Journal] Max Boot - In a recent visit to the Persian Gulf region organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the top issue throughout our meetings in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia was Iran's ambitions to dominate the region. Iranians are aiding extremists who are undermining nascent democracies in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon. The beneficiaries of Tehran's largess include Hamas, Hizbullah and even, the evidence indicates, al-Qaeda. Iran is building up its military arsenal, and has threatened to shut down the Persian Gulf. What particularly concerns Gulf Arabs is the possibility that Iran could go nuclear - a concern unlikely to be erased by the ambiguous findings of the new NIE. The writer is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

2007-12-05 01:00:00

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