Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves as he addresses the Iranian residents of Dubai May 13, 2007. Ahmadinejad called for an end to the presence of U.S. troops in the Gulf during a visit to the U.S.-allied United Arab Emirates on Sunday, an Iranian news agency reported.
Iran’s president led a raucous anti-American rally on Sunday in this tightly controlled U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf, a day after a low- key visit by Vice President Dick Cheney aimed at countering Tehran’s influence in the region.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a cheering crowd that America was to blame for creating instability and robbing the region of its wealth.
“We are telling you to leave the region. This is for your benefit and the benefit of your nation,” Ahmadinejad shouted to the crowd of thousands at a soccer stadium. “The nations of the region can no longer take you forcing yourself on them. The nations of the region know better how to create peace and security.”
Ahmadinejad’s visit was the first by an Iranian head of state to this Sunni-led Arab country since its independence in 1971 and his rally was remarkable in a country where political parties are banned and power is held solely by tribal families.
Cheney’s quiet visit Saturday to the Emirates, which hosts three American military bases, was part of a tour of the region to try to curb Iran’s growing influence. On Friday, from an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, Cheney warned Iran that the U.S. and its allies will keep it from restricting sea traffic as well as from developing nuclear weapons.
Iran’s Mullahs and Ahmadinejad want the Emirates, Oman and other Gulf States to drop their alliance with the United States. This is the start of expanding Iranian hegemony in the region to include Sunni Arab countries.
And, why Iran is helping Iraqi insurgents fighting the United States in the Iraq War.
Is the picture getting clearer for the rest of the world?
An Iranian girl holds posters of Iran’s President, Mahmood Ahmadinejad, during his visit at the Iranian Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday May 13, 2007. Ahmadinejad is in UAE for a two day visit.
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
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