WikiLeaks Sheds New Light on Arab Views on Iran

Among the tens of thousands of documents released by WikiLeaks saying all kinds of good and bad things about world leaders, there seems to be one leader which almost everyone seems to agree about: that is of course the leader of Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The documents point to a great fear and distrust of Iran, especially among the countries of the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, according to the released documents, has repeatedly pressed the US to stop Iran’s nuclear program and to destroy their nuclear facilities. In King Abdullah’s own words, “to cut off the head of the snake.”

The King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa as well as Zeid Rifai, a Jordanian lawmaker separately but in agreement have also urged the US to stop Iran. Rifai is reported in one document to have told an American official to “bomb Iran, or live with an Iranian bomb.” Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed stated that “Ahmadinejad is going to take us to war.”