July 20, 2007 | Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi
Recent Iranian implied threats to “liberate” some of the Gulf states, and an Iranian editorial calling Bahrain a district of Iran, have caused great consternation in the Gulf states. In Iran's view, every region of the Gulf is essentially Persian and not Arab; moreover, a large Shiite population lives in the Gulf. In the eyes of the Arab states, the threat to wipe the Sunni world from the map is graver than the Iranian promise to annihilate Israel.