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Tuesday, November 30, 2010


"Arabs" alarmed by Iran

So reads the AP headline in the San Jose Mercury News (and presumably elsewhere) this morning, except for one detail - they didn't include the quotes. Just who are the "Arabs" in the headline who comprise the "depth of alarm across the Middle East" discussed in the article?

Exactly three of them are quoted in the article (indirectly by being quoted in the leaked cables) as having urged an attack on Iran: the King of Bahrain, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and the King of Saudi Arabia. Hmmmm. I'm noticing a trend. How absolutely astonishing that three monarchs would be concerned about a country who represents an example of having toppled their own U.S.-backed monarch. But "Monarchs alarmed by Iran" just didn't sound like a headline that would resonate with the American people.

As for the people of the region, and their feelings about Iran? Not a word.

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