Iran called the deployment of foreign troops in Bahrain unacceptable on Tuesday and warned Saudi Arabia and its ally Washington of "dangerous consequences" for intervening in the island nation's political crisis.The Real Effect
About 1,000 Saudi soldiers entered Bahrain on Monday as part of an effort by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to help the government cope with protests by members of the Shi'ite majority.
The move has alarmed Iran, the main Shi'ite power in the Gulf where most ruling families are Sunni Arabs. Analysts say Saudi Arabia's action might increase tensions with Iran -- both major oil exporters -- to dangerous levels.
"The presence of foreign forces and interference in Bahrain's internal affairs is unacceptable and will further complicate the issue," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said at his weekly news conference.
Tehran said Washington was responsible for pushing its ally and oil supplier Saudi Arabia into getting involved in Bahrain, a small but important U.S. ally which is home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.
Washington is working overtime to get their war with Iran. In some ways, I'm surprised that Iran hasn't taken the bait yet, but they seem to be far more staid then the United States. Note that despite Obama's empty no-war campaign vitriol, Iran still remains in the cross-hairs. Further, note that there is little foreign policy differences overall?
The chess pieces continue to move around the board as the world awaits the Golden Dawn that heralds the Rising Phoenix.