It is hard to overestimate what is happening. Talks about a customs union and a common currency among the Persian Gulf’s Arab states have been going on for a long time without any progress. But, thanks to the ‘Iranian threat’ this might change very soon. Just as European integration always moves faster when there is an external threat, Persian Gulf Arab integration is now moving faster because of Iran.
And, this week these states announced the organization of a common military command. This surely is a precursor to more to come.
The Arab region is fearing that Iran is breaking free of its isolation. Every Sunni Muslim country is now convinced that Iran will do everything it can to further destabilize the region by supporting Shia Muslim protests that make up a very large portion of these Arab state populations. The fact that their old allies, the US and the EU, are the engines behind the new deal with Iran, makes them unreliable in the eyes of many Sunni leaders.
Could it be that quite simply they don’t trust the U.S. and E.U. – as surely the Shah of Iran should not have? Or is it that they fear a continuation of the “freedom wave” to their countries, which surely would undermine the semi-feudal regimes in power in these countries? Unquestionably, not a single one has any measure of democracy or governments with popular mandates. They are insecure and it shows. And ironically, the Mullahs in Iran appear to be drivers of democratic ideals – when the Mullahs themselves have a legacy of brutality and totalitarianism.
Iran has become the scapegoat – unifying the enemy! And has done more to inspire Arab unity then Israel ever did. Isn’t that funny or strange? Another Muslim nation considered enemy number 1???
And it’s not all bad news for the West or Israel. Making Iran a “lulu” has contributed beautifully to massive arm sales. In October the U.S. announced a $10.8 Bn sale of arms to Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. This caps off over $25 Billion in sales to the same states in the past 2 years.
It seems Iran’s nuclear program ended up having a VERY positive impact on US arms exports.
But what is also interesting is the extent of Saudi and Qatari cash that is involved in Libya, Egypt, Syria… you name it. There is an unusual level of financial involvement in the political affairs of other nations in the region, which in the end make leadership in those nations beholden to these Persian Gulf Arab states. All this has led to Arab solidarity and unity.
Iran has become the pretext for Arab unification and this unification is leading to engagements in other political theaters. What a show?
As I have said many times, the Mullahs are precisely what the west wants in the region. A struggling contained but scary Iran is precisely what the ‘doctor’ ordered. Iran has become a very useful tool in this form. With all this money to be made, the West has no vital interest in the freedom and liberation of Iranians… they are only interested in exploiting Iran’s ugliest sides to produce more cash!!!