bARABie – Hard Hitting Facts

April 24, 2007

Iran and Beyond

Filed under: Uncategorized — barabie @ 2:25 pm

The target is not simply Iran, but the “Shia Crescent,” a term first coined by King Abdullah of Jordan. This “Crescent” includes Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the Alawi-dominated regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The Alawites are of Shia origin. The Shiite-dominated government in Iraq is generally excluded because of its alliance with the current occupation forces led by the United States and Britain.

Suddenly, rhetoric like the “eastern tide” and the “Persian menace” have begun appearing in official newspapers in the region, although the average Arab does not view Iran as a threat. A recent Zogby International poll of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) found that roughly 80 percent of those polled considered the United States and Israel the biggest threats to their security, while only 11 percent listed Iran. Further, fewer than 25 percent believe Iran should be pressured to halt its nuclear program, while 61 percent think Iran has the right to a nuclear program even if it results in nuclear weapons.

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