So now the world has been made aware, thanks to Wikileaks, what anyone with their ear to the ground has known for yonks -- that Saudi Arabia and other Arab states have been desperately pressing the US to bomb Iran. The Guardian reports:
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.
... Leaders in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt referred to Iran as ‘evil', an ‘existential threat’ and a power that ‘is going to take us to war’... In a conversation with a US diplomat, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain ‘argued forcefully for taking action to terminate their [Iran's] nuclear programme, by whatever means necessary. That programme must be stopped. The danger of letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it.’ Zeid Rifai, then president of the Jordanian senate, told a senior US official: ‘Bomb Iran, or live with an Iranian bomb. Sanctions, carrots, incentives won't matter.’What price the Jewish/Israel/neoncon warmonger conspiracy now??
In talks with US officials, Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed favoured action against Iran, sooner rather than later. ‘I believe this guy is going to take us to war ... It's a matter of time. Personally, I cannot risk it with a guy like [President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad. He is young and aggressive.’
Also CiF Watch augments it with: "The only silver lining in the wikileak scandal: The Guardianistas were proven wrong about Arab fears of Iran"
I hate to say we told you so (ok, I actually don’t mind so much), but for those at the Guardian and elsewhere, who, for years, have claimed that the only ones pushing the U.S. to attack Iran were (pick from four) Israel, Jews, neocons, or the Israel lobby, you were wrong. To those who advanced argument after argument, with something approaching religious intensity, that the Arab world’s number one concern is the Palestinian issue, you were wrong