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The United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States said Tuesday that the benefits of a military strike against Iran's nuclear program would outweigh the short-term sacrifices.
Please someone correct me if I have misread this, but it seems to me this ambassador is outright saying that if the US does not stop the Iranian nuclear program, the Arab world, at least the smaller parts of that world, will out of necessity shift toward an alliance with Iran.
Al-Otaiba warned that other Arab states in the Gulf would cultivate ties with Tehran if President Obama fails to stop the Islamic republic's nuclear ambitions.
"There are many countries in the region that if they lack assurance that the US is willing to confront Iran, they will start running for cover with Iran," he said. "Small, rich, vulnerable countries do not want to stick their finger in the big boy's eye if they do not have the backing of the United States."
“Countries in the region view the Iran threat very differently, I can only speak for the UAE, but talk of containment and deterrence really concerns me and makes me very nervous. Why should I be led to believe that deterrence or containment will work?” al-Otaiba is quoted as saying on The Atlantic’s website.
The ambassador concluded that his country would never accept a nuclear Iran.
"The United States may be able to live with it," he said. "We can't."