Apr 17 2012
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Ahmadinejad is in Abu Musa, while we...
Many became jaded with these warnings, even believing they were an exaggeration, but today, after the Iranian president's visit to the occupied Emirati island of Abu Musa, such people have started to panic and have finally become aware of the danger of Iran!
However, is fear alone enough, particularly at the political level? The answer is no. Iran is active in Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and Bahrain, and today it is supporting the tyrant of Damascus Bashar Assad, whose troops have so far killed more than 10,000 Syrians.
This means that Ahmadinejad is effectively saying that Iran will negotiate using our region as play cards, rather than what Tehran can offer the international community with regard to the nuclear issue, i.e. Iran's trump cards will be its interference in our region! Iran does all that, and Ahmadinejad dares to visit the occupied Emirati island of Abu Musa, but what about us, the Arabs? Where are we in relation to all that is going on?
Nuri Al-Maliki cranes his neck into our affairs, and violates the sanctity of Syrian blood, and the only punishment we give in return is to receive Tariq Al-Hashemi!
President Ahmadinejad visits Abu Musa and we confine ourselves to statements of condemnation. Meanwhile Tehran openly supports Assad with men and arms, whilst we are confused as to who is leading the efforts in Syria, and who will provide the first step. We have not seen a genuine Gulf effort toward China and Russia, while Walid Muallem has flown to Moscow and Beijing.
Today we should call for a new Gulf-Arab effort to save the Syrian people and restrict the Iranian hand there.
We must use all our trump cards, of which there are many, to launch a Gulf-Arab diplomatic effort, with the participation of Turkey of course; an effort similar to the phase prior to the liberation of Kuwait. There are two main objectives: The first diplomatic, the other to support the Syrian rebels and the Free Syrian Army. Assad continues to bomb cities and kill Syrians, and he is exploiting Annan's cease-fire to arrest the greatest amount possible of peaceful Syrian activists. Meanwhile, we await the outcomes of Annan's efforts, which are doomed to the same fate as his efforts in Rwanda!
Thus, the question is: If we don't mobilize when Ahmadinejad visits the occupied Emirati island of Abu Musa, then when will we mobilize?
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