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Iran Turns Up the Heat in the Gulf

Eyeing regional domination, the mullahs seize on the uprising in Bahrain.

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'Reza Kahlili'

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May 10, 2011 - 12:00 am
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The radicals ruling Iran have also threatened Saudi Arabia with serious consequences for its suppression of the protesters in Bahrain.

Iran’s leaders, who see the recent insurrections in the Middle East as an opportunity to further incite the people in the region to overthrow their U.S.-backed governments, view Bahrain as a prime target and a strategic one. It is, of course, home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet.

Agents of the Islamic radicals ruling Iran have long infiltrated the Shiite population of Bahrain, in the hopes that, one day, they would succeed in creating the atmosphere for a revolution. Their plan has been to force a takeover by Bahrain’s majority Shiites and expand Iran’s influence from the Persian Gulf’s chokepoint outward. Saudi influence — not to mention U.S. supremacy — would be crushed.

Just weeks ago, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s representative to Iran’s universities, Hojatolislam Ali-Reza Panahian, stated that “the uprising in Bahrain is the best opportunity to begin setting the stage for the emergence of the Twelfth Imam, our Mahdi.”

“The situation in Bahrain alone,” he continued, “could be the catalyst to cause the disintegration of the United States and lead to the downfall of that straw empire.”

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Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the author of the award winning book, A Time to Betray. He serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI).
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