The Stratfor daily email digest mentions that some of the Gulf States are asking if a newspaper editorial calling Bahrain part of Iran represents an official position.
Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad al-Khalifa summoned Iran's charge d'affaires to answer questions about Tehran's official position on an editorial written by Hussain Shariatmadari, managing editor of Iranian daily newspaper Kayhan, in which Shariatmadari calls Bahrain an Iranian province, The Media Line reported. Shariatmadari, who is also an adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, wrote that Bahrain was separated from Iran under an illegal agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom and the Shah of Iran."
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In his editorial Shari'atmadari claimed the main demand of the Bahraini people was the return of the "Bahraini Province" to its motherland, Iran. Shari'atmadari also said Bahrain was separated from Iran following "an illegal agreement between the Iranian shah and the governments of the United States and Britain." ...
In March 2007 an Iranian dissident diplomat revealed details of the recruitment and training in Iran of citizens from the Persian Gulf states. 'Adil Al-Asadi was an adviser to Iran's foreign minister and was later posted to Dubai as the Iranian consul. According to Al-Asadi, after receiving military training in Iran, these mostly Shi'ite citizens formed dormant cells in the Persian Gulf states, where they now await Iranian orders.
An age that feels itself able to scoff at the naivete of Pentagon for failing to craft an exit strategy in Iraq and offer advice on counterinsurgency theory to professional soldiers might do well to remember the words of a famous insurgent, Mao Tse Tung. He summed up his strategy in these words: when "the enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue". Those who argue that a forced retreat from Iraq is without serious consequence and may in fact promote regional stability should ask themselves the question: is Bahrain really a province of Iran? "When the enemy retreats, we pursue."