Khomeini: Chapter Two

McLaughlin, John
April 1982
National Review;4/30/1982, Vol. 34 Issue 8, p475
The article discusses the impact of the possible victory of Iran in its 19-month-old war with Iraq on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The GCC is comprised of six member states, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. It was formed as a means to strengthen the region's economy, culture, and security. Iran has always opposed the GCC, calling it the West's strategy to defeat Iran's ideological penetration into the Gulf region. If Iran wins the war, it would demand a membership in the GCC and also structural changes to Islamicize its constitution in a fundamentalist way. The GCC will not permit the U.S. to form its military bases in the Gulf region, under pressure from the Arab position on non-alignment.


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