Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mubarak: The Persians want to devour the Arabs

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak spoke out against Iran during a meeting with members of the Egyptian ruling party, according to a report in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida on Thursday. Mubarak accused the Islamic Republic of trying to subsume its Muslim neighbors, telling the forum that "the Persians are trying to devour the Arab states."

This statement of Mubarak comes at a times of rising tensions between Sunni's and Shiites in the Arab World. Egypt recalled the country's diplomatic envoy from the Iranian capital earlier this week following an increase in tension between the two countries. Recent strain between Cairo and Teheran has grown as several demonstrations in Iran called for the hanging of the Egyptian leader. The Iranian FARS news service reported that participants in recent student demonstrations outside the Egyptian diplomatic mission in Teheran also chanted "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" and burned an Israeli flag.


Snake Oil Baron said...

I don't know which came first, Mubarak's comments or Iran's recent urging of Egyptian and Saudi Arabian people to overthrow their governments for "treason" (read as: not hating Israel loudly enough).

Not that it matters which came first. Tensions are rising.

John Stringer said...

I do not know where it began; years ago, I fear. The Arabs see with apprehension how Iran (not Arab, not sunni) gains influence (Hizbollah, Hamas).

Saudi Arabia especially is afraid, as Eastern Saudi Arabia is heavily Shi'ite.

We see here a clash of civilizations; Arab vs. Persian. I fear that in the decades ahead, this will be bloody. Was the Iraq-Iran war (1980-1988) the beginning?