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    WikiLeaks: Mideast nations urged strike on Iran

    Secret U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks reveal distress among Mideast nations over Iran with some leaders urging the U.S. to take whatever steps necessary to halt its nuclear program.

    Summaries of discussions with Mideast leaders between 2006 and 2009 published Sunday on the New York Times website, among others indicate at least two countries favoured U.S. military action to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

    During a meeting on Nov. 4, 2009, between Bahrain's King Hamad and U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, the king argued forcefully for U.S. action against Iran, saying: "That program must be stopped. The danger of letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it."

    The account is included in a summary of the meeting sent to Washington by the U.S. ambassador to Bahrain.

    Saudi Arabia also urged the U.S. to take a hard line against Iran. A summary of a meeting on April 20, 2008, between U.S. officials and Saudi King Abdullah noted the king's frequent exhortations to the U.S. to attack Iran and put an end to its nuclear weapons program.

    "He told you to cut off the head of the snake," Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S. is quoted as saying.

    "The foreign minister also stated that the use of military pressure against Iran should not be ruled out," the summary said, while noting that the minister called for "much more severe U.S. and international sanctions on Iran."

    However, the United Arab Emirates took a softer line on Iran, according to a summary of a meeting on April 29, 2006, with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and his brother, who was foreign minister.

    "As tensions escalate between Iran and the international community, the UAE is growing increasingly nervous," the ambassador reported. "Although the UAE regards Iran as one of its most serious threats to national security, UAE officials are reluctant to take actions that could provoke their neighbor and compromise their extensive trading relationship."

    Not surprisingly, Israel encouraged a hardline stance on Iran.

    A summary prepared June 2, 2009, of two meetings in Tel Aviv with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak quoted him as saying "no option should be removed from the table" when confronting Iran and North Korea.

    Barak added that engagement with Iran would only work in conjunction with a credible military option, it said.

    The summary, prepared by the U.S. ambassador to Israel, said, "Mr. Barak had argued that the world had six to 18 months 'in which stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons might still be viable.' After that, Mr. Barak said 'any military solution would result in unacceptable collateral damage.'"

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    Re: WikiLeaks: Mideast nations urged strike on Iran

    Not surprising. Taking out Iran had serious consequences in terms of balance of power in which other nations in the region would stand to gain.

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    Re: WikiLeaks: Mideast nations urged strike on Iran

    Makes perfect sense. Instead of going after the symptoms, take out the source.
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    Re: WikiLeaks: Mideast nations urged strike on Iran

    You are suppose to make a comment, no just post a link.
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    Re: WikiLeaks: Mideast nations urged strike on Iran

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    Makes perfect sense. Instead of going after the symptoms, take out the source.
    You mean Saudi Arabia which is still the leading funder of AQ dont you?
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    Re: WikiLeaks: Mideast nations urged strike on Iran

    It has been pretty common knowledge among those that follow that type of thing that the Saudis would support an attack on Iran.. just not in the public realm most likely.

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    Re: WikiLeaks: Mideast nations urged strike on Iran

    Julian Paul Assange and anyone else who works for wikileaks should be on the FBI most wanted list. They should be hunted down and killed. I would go as far as to say that Assange who has a warrent out for his arrest in Sweden for rape should be at the top of the most wanted list with Osama bin Laden.

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    Re: WikiLeaks: Mideast nations urged strike on Iran

    Quote Originally Posted by SgtRock View Post
    Julian Paul Assange and anyone else who works for wikileaks should be on the FBI most wanted list. They should be hunted down and killed. I would go as far as to say that Assange who has a warrent out for his arrest in Sweden for rape should be at the top of the most wanted list with Osama bin Laden.
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