Gulf States Endorse "Military Option" Against Iran

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The latest development in the neverending saga of Iran, comes via the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) which states that according to the Gulf states, the military option may be the best option to deal with the Iranian nuclear program, as the contra-Iran (no pun intended) axis is now complete. The article also reflected "the Gulf states' growing tension and concern regarding Iran's nuclear program, and mentioned their proximity to the Bushehr reactor." What is scary is that the straw man of military intervention is pretty much presented as a fait accompli, and alternatives to military intervention are not even considered as an option. The timing could not be worse: as we highlighted earlier, John Bolton believes that there is ticking clock (through the 21st) after which the option of "striking" Iran with manageable casualties becomes negligible. And lastly, and certainly not making matters any easier, was the earlier revaluation by AFP, that Iran is preparing to unveil an array of weapons next week. An impartial reader would be forgiven if left with the impression that at this point a military operation is all but granted. Yet, keeping an eye out on spot oil, indicates that the realistic chance of an incursion is still negligible, at least as judged by oil prices. We believe that is still one of the best advance warnings indicators of a geopolitical shift. Unfortunately, if the oil market is in any way comparable to stocks in its predictive ability, it just may be that oil is, for once, a reactionary indicator instead of forward looking, in which case it will be useless as a predictive force.


An editorial in the Saudi daily Al-Madina, published in the wake of announcements in Iran and Russia regarding the imminent activation of the nuclear reactor in Bushehr, took a hard line vis-à-vis the Iranian nuclear program, claiming that the military option may be the best way to deal with it. The article reflected the Gulf states' growing tension and concern regarding Iran's nuclear program, and mentioned their proximity to the Bushehr reactor.

Following are excerpts from the editorial:[1]

"Tehran's [August 13, 2010] announcement, confirmed by Russia, that an Iranian nuclear reactor would be inaugurated this month in Bushehr, on the Arabian Gulf coast, and that it would be equipped with fuel and would operate as a nuclear facility, is an indication that the region is now entering a new phase.

"In taking this action, Tehran is ignoring all the advice, warnings, and requests to halt its nuclear program, or at the very least to try to continue it under clear and open international inspection that would guarantee that it does not have a military facet. If [Tehran] insists upon going ahead [with the program] without the agreement of the international community, it will bring embarrassment and suspicion upon every [country] that supported [Iran's] right to peaceful nuclear energy.

"More importantly, by means of this action, Tehran is moving its conflict with the international community into high gear, and [in this case] some may consider the military option to be the best solution. [Delaying recourse to this option] may lead to a point where it is impossible to implement it – if Tehran manages to produce a nuclear bomb of its own.

"What is of concern is [the fact] that the Bushehr reactor is closer to several Gulf capitals than to the Iranian capital itself, as well as the fact that it is very near the crucial oil routes which pass through the Arabian Gulf – placing the neighboring countries in great danger, both in the event of an attack and in the event of radioactive leakage. Moreover, [the Bushehr reactor] may become the site where Tehran will develop its nuclear weapons, which it may use to impose demands or exert pressure on the region. This is a suspicion that Iran has not managed to refute to date.

"If Tehran is interested in the success of its nuclear program for peaceful purposes, and if it wants to make progress in order to ensure prosperity for its people, it must maximize its cooperation with the IAEA. The IAEA, for its part, must display a little flexibility with Tehran, since... equipping the reactor with nuclear fuel is the point of no return. When this happens, the Bushehr reactor will become a facility for nuclear energy.

"All parties must be judicious in confronting the new situation, and must make sure that the inauguration of Bushehr is not a preamble to disturbances or tremors in the region."

[1] Al-Madina (Saudi Arabia), August 15, 2010.

And confirming that Iran will not take any incursion lightly, is the following from AFP:

Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Tuesday that Iran  will unveil next week an array of weapons, including missiles, speedboats and a long range drone, the ISNA news agency reported.

Two missiles, Qiam (Rising) and the third generation Fateh 110 (Conqueror) would be tested next week when Iran marks the annual government week, Vahidi said in reference to the Iranian week which starts on Saturday.

Iran will also unveil the long-range drone, Karar, he said using the nickname of revered Shiite Imam Ali.

On Sunday Iran launches its annual government week which runs until August 30 and is an occasion to showcase Tehran's achievements.

Iran has previously paraded a version of Fateh 110 which has a travel range of 150 to 200 kilometres (90 to 125 miles), but the range of the surface-to-surface Qiam missile was not reported by ISNA on Tuesday.

Vahidi said production lines of two missile-carrying speedboats, Seraj (Lamp) and Zolfaqar (named after Imam Ali's sword) would also be opened next week.

Vahidi said the unveiling of these weapons indicate that "sanctions have had no impact on us, but made us more experienced and self-sufficient."

Iranian officials regularly boast about the Islamic republic's military capabilities and Vahidi's announcements come at a time when local officials have been warning against any attack on the Islamic republic.

Tehran's archfoes, the United States and Israel have not ruled out a military strike against Iran to stop its controversial nuclear programme.

Last week a top commander from the Revolutionary Guards said Iran will mass produce replicas of the Bladerunner 51, often described as the world's fastest boat, and equip them with weapons to be deployed in the Gulf.

Also on August 8, Iran took delivery of four new mini-submarines of the home-produced Ghadir class. Weighing 120 tonnes, the "stealth" submarines are aimed at operations in shallow waters, notably in the Gulf.

h/t Keith

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Mad Max's picture

To think that WWIII would pit the US against Russia - who ever could have foreseen that?

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

ZBIG.  Me.  You....

Oh you were being rhetorical!  Gotcha ;)

Tense INDIAN's picture

many had predicted:

Flashback 2007: Israel Warns World War III May be Biblical War of Gog and Magog



caconhma's picture

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) does not speak for "Islamic States". It is a DC-based neocon zionist-terrorist organization.

During the last century they and they-alike have destroyed Russia. Now, it is America in their cross-hear for a destruction. They wage a total war against the USA.

With total control the mass media, Hollywood, and pornography business they already destroyed the cultural and moral fabric of the American society. They have already ruined the US economy. Involving the USA in endless international wars and the phony war on terror here in the USA, these neocon zionist-terrorists are well no their way to ruin of whatever still left of the US Constitution and democracy.

It is the time for America to defend itself from these neocon zionist-terrorist enemies! 

papaswamp's picture

Debka is reporting some crazy action going on in Iran....

"Two mysterious incidents are reported by DEBKAfile in the run-up to the fueling up of Iran's first nuclear reactor Saturday, Aug. 21.Tuesday, Aug. 17, an Iranian F4 Phantom fighter jet was claimed by Tehran to have crashed 6 kilometers north of the Bushehr nuclear reactor in southern Iran. DEBKAfile's military sources report it was shot down by Russian-made TOR-M1 air-missile defense batteries guarding the reactor."

"On Aug. 1, three unidentified UAVs slammed into the reactor buildings, scaring the townspeople who were sure the plant was under American or Israeli attack.

After the heads of government in Tehran put their heads together to try and identify the drones, without success, the defense ministry emerged with a communiqué reporting that a single drone had crashed on the nuclear reactor's dome, but insisted it was launched by Iran's Revolutionary Guards to test the alertness of the air defense personnel guarding it and the effectiveness of its anti-air radar system."


Whether any of it is true or not I have no idea.

Iam_Silverman's picture

"a communiqué reporting that a single drone had crashed on the nuclear reactor's dome, but insisted it was launched by Iran's Revolutionary Guards to test the alertness of the air defense personnel guarding it and the effectiveness of its anti-air radar system.""

So, was this test classified as a success, or a failure?  I'm still scratching my head over that one.

caconhma's picture

Stop paying attention to zionist lies.

Iam_Silverman's picture

"Stop paying attention to zionist lies."

Very well.  Will you provide me with the truth then?

It was a retorical reply.  A retoric.......  Oh. never mind.

Mitchman's picture

If the Saudis are worried about the reactor, let them bomb it.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Exactly.  If the House that is Saud is worried, let them be.

Mitchman's picture

We're consistently selling these guys fighter jets and other materiel.  Let them use it.  Not us.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Do they know how to operate these said machines and whatnot?

Anywho; agreed.

Treeplanter's picture

Yeah, but the Saudis are not the lean mean fighting machine that overthrew the Hashemite dynasty with a vanguard of Jihad fanatics.  The Persians are a different animal altogether. In this case the House of Saud are a bunch of Fraidy Cats.  I wonder if Israel is waiting for a public request from them and the Gulf States to take down the Persians.  Wouldn't that be ironic?

New_Meat's picture

LH-please stop, the ear-worm is killing me. - Ned

bugs_'s picture

Would those be members of the 57 states?

bonddude's picture

Expect that count to increase.

He wasn't supposed to tell you how many states there really are. Slip up.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Him and Cameron, couple of loose lipped morons.

Ragnarok's picture

Throw this in too, just for fun:

Russia's grain ban spotlights Egypt's politically explosive dependence on cheap bread


Treeplanter's picture

That's ironic.  Rome once depended on Egypt's wheat harvest.

Ragnarok's picture

Well all of North Africa's harvest, but the tilt of the earth had something to say about that.  Desertification Bitchez!

Treeplanter's picture

Had to be man made global warming.  West Virginia coal and all.

bonddude's picture


Ripped Chunk's picture

"FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS" Chuck Heston as a senile political tool.

bonddude's picture

I'm talking about Moses not Bowling for Columbine.

Did you have a point?

Iam_Silverman's picture

"Did you have a point?"

Not likely, they use James Brady as a semi-functional tool too.'s picture

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-- Moses in Planet of the Apes

Apostate's picture

"Sir, I don't think we can go any more retarded than we already have been."

"Damnit, son, don't give me problems, give me solutions! Full retard hasn't been enough!"

"Well, sir, we could start cutting out portions of our own brains and then eat the chunks raw."


[one meal later]

"Hrrumrghgl... get Bolton on the line... tell him that the "show must go on." Do you chair green the bumble? Huh? Of course I'm making sense! Just call him!"

chet's picture

Not sure one editorial by a non-official in a Saudi paper can be construed as "Gulf States endorsing military action."'s picture

British "intelligence" used an undergraduate's term paper to make the claim that Saddam could attack their nation in 45 minutes.

Cathartes Aura's picture

cue: chortle

++ many clever retorts!

Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

More from the hoist-with-your-own-petard files: If we hadn't destroyed Iraq, they would've kept the balance with Iran (at least more than now). Mind you, if Iran were Sunni instead of Shia, all oil would be cut off for any contemplation of war with their Islamic brothers.

As for Saudi gumption, they can't seem to make much use of the advanced weaponry except for briefly bombing defenseless Yemen.

Bringin It's picture

I don't have a TV, but when I travel, if the hotel room has a TV, I turn it on.  ... So there's Anderson-360 going Skud-Stud over "Iranian missiles that can travel 6,000 miles and hit Paris and London."  Go to 11:30 PM commercial break.  Come back.  "That's 6,000 kilometers.  That was a mistake.  Not 6,000 miles.  They can hit Israel."



flacon's picture

Orwellian News Flash: "Nobel Peace Prize winning President goes to war."

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Ever notice how David Letterman recycles jokes over and over and over?

1984, bitchez!  ;)

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"Ever notice how David Letterman..."



Treeplanter's picture

The Loser in Chief is not that desperate.  Yet.

Moneygrove's picture

maybe the bush twins can join the army now !!!!!!!!!! lol

Mad Max's picture

Tonight on Faux News: Who wants to be an Archduke Ferdinand?

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Israel is Germany?  Just sayin'.

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Yeah Haaahvaahd has a great track record picking winners...LOL.