Sunday, November 28, 2010

Middle East nations afraid of Iran

As I mentioned in my last post, I think those who leaked the information to Wikileaks should be tried for treason and shot, however, since the information is now on the internet, the damage is done and there is no further harm in discussing it.

With that in mind, while the American Left doesn't seem all that concerned about Iran, the same cannot be said for several Middle-Eastern Muslim nations. I mentioned Saudi Arabia in my last post but there are also concerns expressed in Wikileaks documents by other Middle-Eastern countries. For example:

Here is a Wikileaks document from the Kuwait embassy:
And one from Saudi Arabia
Another from the an embassy in Oman:
Another from Abu Dhabi:
Another specifically from the Crown Prince in Abu Dhabi:
This from the UAE:

It appears that Middle-Eastern Muslim nations have more sense when it comes to Iran than many in the American Left!


Kevin said...

I applaud you for using the information provided by WikiLeaks to make a point about the dangers of Iran.

However, leaking information that a corrupt elitist government deems as "secret" is not deserving of death. This is a matter of conscience. Perhaps the person should be tried and penalized, but death is too much.

The death penalty needs to be reserved for individuals who willfully seek out and murder other people.

Dennis said...

We'll have to agree to disagree. I think the potential damage these leaks could do to international relations is incalculable--the inability for our allies (or enemies) to trust that their interaction with our diplomats could lead to wars. Treason of this magnitude should be punishable by death.

Kevin said...

Perhaps these governments should seek to educate their populaces to discern meaningful facts from random tidbits of information, to actually think for themselves, so that when information is presented they can ask meaningful questions, expect detailed and complete answer from media and their political representatives, and generally seek to understand in broad strokes what their governments are doing.

I prefer not adopt a nanny-state that I trust whole-heartedly to tell me what I need to know... a state that can decide what information can solicit leaks of information from it's citizens and can murder them for leaking information it doesn't want them to give out.

Perhaps we can agree that the same rules that apply to low level individuals who choose to leak information should apply to the government elites, including the President, who leak information to further their own objectives. I suspect that if a President was held accountable, up to death, for the authorized leaks of his staff there would be far fewer information leaks.

Kevin said...

To make my point even clearer... The US government routinely leaks information to further its objectives. Now that a mass of information is leaked that does not further its specific goals (or the goals of the protected elites who have leaked previous information) the US Government hypocritically lashes out at this "terrorist" leaker.