May 6, 2011

Regional Unrest Benefiting Iran

David DolanBy David Dolan

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Israeli military leaders have issued a stark assessment warning that the escalating political turbulence rocking the Middle East and North Africa this year has been aiding the radical regime in Iran in its ongoing attempts to transform the country into a regional superpower. In particular, the IDF officials point out that higher world oil prices following in the wake of the upheaval in Libya, Bahrain and elsewhere in the troubled area is pouring much needed money into Iranian government coffers. This money flow may allow the Shiite country to dodge the economic bullets resulting from international sanctions imposed on the regime in an attempt to get it to halt its threatening uranium enrichment nuclear program.

The assessment came as controversial Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a cheering throng in the southeast of the country that a “new Middle East will emerge in the near future without the presence of the United States and the Zionist regime, and their allies.” He maintained that Washington and Jerusalem — which he termed the “global arrogance” — are attempting to spark an Iranian military showdown with regional Sunni-Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia.

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