April 20, 2011
Saudi Arabia's Iran Conundrum
Iran warned Saudi Arabia on Monday of the dire consequences of Riyadh's intervention in Bahrain. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's adviser for military affairs, Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, told journalists, "The presence and attitude of Saudi Arabia (in Bahrain) sets an incorrect precedence for similar future events, and Saudi Arabia should consider this fact that one day the very same event may recur in Saudi Arabia itself and Saudi Arabia may come under invasion for the very same excuse." A post-U.S. Iraq renders the Saudi kingdom vulnerable to a future Iranian invasion.
The remarks made by Safavi, who formerly served as commander of Iran's elite military force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (1997-2007), constitute the first time Tehran has issued such a...
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