Not Just a Loose Cannon, but a Regional Threat
Frida Ghitis highlights evidence that a nuclear Iran is a concern not just to the West and Israel:
[United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef al-]Otaiba, whose country lies less than 100 miles from Iran’s coast, noted that Iran is much more of a threat to the UAE than to the United States. If countries “lack the assurance that the U.S. is willing to confront Iran, they will start running for cover towards Iran.”
Otaiba subtly removed another line from the traditional script, the part that suggests Israel is also a threat. “There’s no other threat,” he declared, “There’s no country in the region that is a threat to the UAE.”
None of the players, in that neck of the woods, are pure, and the word games and subtexts proliferate, but in our debate about Iran as lunatic theocracy, we sometimes we lose track of the continued relevance of plain ol’ geopolitical interactions.