By lex, on November 29th, 2010
Is anyone else the least bit surprised that 1) our friends in the Kingdom aren’t terribly keen about the notion of a nuclear armed Iran, and 2) they’d very much like someone else to take care of it?
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme, according to leaked US diplomatic cables that describe how other Arab allies have secretly agitated for military action against Tehran.
The revelations, in secret memos from US embassies across the Middle East, expose behind-the-scenes pressures in the scramble to contain the Islamic Republic, which the US, Arab states and Israel suspect is close to acquiring nuclear weapons. Bombing Iranian nuclear facilities has hitherto been viewed as a desperate last resort that could ignite a far wider war.
The Saudi king was recorded as having “frequently exhorted the US to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons programme”, one cable stated. “He told you [Americans] to cut off the head of the snake,” the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir said, according to a report on Abdullah’s meeting with the US general David Petraeus in April 2008.
The Sauds are concerned that Iran is an exporter of both oil and terror, you see. And the competition from Iran interferes with the Saudi’s virtual monopoly on both natural resources.
Also on the list of those wishing that somebody else would fight Iran were the leaders of Bahrain and Jordan. (Israel wants to fight Iran, but no one will let them.)
Also, if you’re Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, you’re probably not overly concerned that among the whole world, your only real friend is North Korea. However, if you’re Supreme Poobah Ali Khamenie, you’re probably starting to wish you hadn’t thrown the election for Ol’ Beady Eyes right about now.