Iran, celebrating Army day, is rattling its regional nighbours. Although President Ahmedinejad called for “honest unity” in the Middle East, the supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s military advisor said Saudi Arabia’s behaviour in Bahrein was “a kind of ignoble heresy.”
Ahmedinejad also responded sharply to Sunday’s criticism of Iran by the western-backed Gulf states.
“The cheating and interference, the bilateral confrontations; these forms of oppression, these threats will not protect them,” he said.
While Iran has hailed the revolts in the Arab world as an “Islamic awakening” it has supressed all protests at home. It has also remained silent on the protests in Syria, an ally of Tehran.
It is also threatening to take action over the Gulf Cooperation Council’s sending of troops into Bahrein to quell protests there, where fellow Shi’ites, in the majority, are ruled over by a Sunni minority. Last week there were protests outside the Saudi embassy in Tehran.