While most Americans and westerners are oblivious to this story, Iran is actually a much bigger menace throughout the Mideast than has been generally realized. The world knows about Iran’s efforts to obtain nuclear weapons as quickly as possible and its announced declaration to “wipe Israel off the map.” What has not been widely realized in the West is that Iran has a determined and coordinated plan to overthrow Sunni Arab governments as well. This anti-Sunni effort by Iran not only is an effort to impose Persian Shiite dominance on Sunni nations, but also an effort to create a “second front” against the Israelis and the Americans. If Iran can topple Sunni Islamic governments and replace them with governments friendly to Iran, it will enable the Iranians to relocate their weaponry much closer to the Israeli borders. It would also allow Iran to effectively control Mideast oil supplies and it could rapidly increase the oil prices charged to Americans and westerners or even impose an oil cutoff. Consider the evidence.

Iran is trying to encircle Saudi Arabia by toppling the Sunni Regime in Yemen. Most Americans do not realize that Iran and Saudi Arabia are fighting a proxy war in Yemen. Iran is supporting a rebel group called the “Believing Youth,” and Iran has been furnishing it with many weapons. The first link below (from China’s news agency) reports that the Yemeni Navy intercepted a ship manned by Iranians which was bringing Iranian weapons to the Yemeni rebels. A BBC report on this same event is included as the second link. It was recently reported that the Israelis intercepted a large shipment of weapons sent by Iran to Hezbollah forces in Lebanon. However, the seizure of Iranian weapons being shipped to Yemeni rebels confirms Iran is trying to topple Sunni Arab governments as well.

The Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels and Saudi forces are already engaged in heavy combat. The third link below (from Abu Dhabi) reports that Saudi warplanes have bombed six rebel targets inside Yemen and that Saudi forces and Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels are fighting battles on the Saudi border. The Iranian-backed rebels even claimed to have captured Saudi territory in one battle. The fourth link is a November 7th update from the same Abu Dhabi newspaper that the battle between the Saudi military and the Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels has entered its fifth consecutive day. Saudi Arabia reportedly fears that the nation of Yemen is becoming “ungovernable.” Saudi fears appear to be well-founded. If Yemen disintegrates and becomes a base for Iranian proxies seeking to overthrow the Saudi government, Saudi Arabia will face Iranian forces on both its northern and southern borders. Iran is not the only force seeking to topple the Saudi government. The fifth link below is from a Malaysian media source that Al Queda weapons caches are even being found in the Saudi capital. Osama bin Laden is a Saudi Arabian and his Al Queda organization would love to weaken or topple the Saudi government as well.

The sixth link below is from a Kuwaiti source, and it reports that Iran’s Hezbollah proxies in Lebanon have established a base in Kuwait and are seeking to destabilize that nation as well. The Kuwaiti press reports that Hezbollah has not been able to infiltrate the Kuwaiti military itself, and we can hope that this report is accurate. Active Hezbollah activity in Kuwait threatens not only Kuwait, but neighboring Saudi Arabia as well. However, Iran has even wider goals in mind.

The seventh link below reports that Egypt arrested 49 Hezbollah infiltrators earlier this year and charged them with espionage and trying to destabilize the nation of Egypt. These Hezbollah agents are, of course, proxies of Iran so they were spying for Iran and trying to further Iranian goals by undermining Egypt. Egypt, while not technically Arab, is also a Sunni regime, and it has reason to feel internally insecure. Its leader, Hosni Mubarak, is aging and his son is his designated successor. But there are reports that many in Egypt’s military are not happy with this choice. Also, the Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamic group which seeks to overthrow the Egyptian government altogether and change Egypt into an Islamic radical state. That result would please Iran immensely, so Hezbollah can be expected to help the Muslim Brotherhood’s efforts to topple Egypt’s government.

Isaiah 19 is a prophecy about Egypt, and it uses the phrase “in that day” six times in the latter portion of the chapter (verses 16, 18, 19, 21, 23 and 24). The phrase “in that day”‘ references the “Day of the Lord,” a time in which God intervenes in human events to climax the “latter days” of this age. In the beginning of Isaiah 19 is a verse which indicates a civil war will occur in Egypt sometime before the climax of this latter day period. Isaiah 19:2 prophesies: “I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians; and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbor; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.” Verse 17 prophesies that “Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt.” The time setting of these prophecies isn’t altogether clear, but if such events are to occur just prior to the Day of the Lord, these prophecies could indicate a civil war will occur within Egypt and that the Israelis (“Judah”) will intervene in that war. On the other hand, verse 17 may reference the Israeli-Egyptian wars which have occurred since the founding of the Israeli nation in 1948. If so, that prophecy may already have been fulfilled by wars in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973. Although the exact timing of this prophecy about Egypt is unclear, verse 2 foretells an Egyptian civil war, and I wanted to bring this chapter to readers’ attention in the event such a conflict comes to pass in the future. The final link below is from an Islamic website with many different postings about the murky Egyptian leadership succession process after Hosni Mubarak leaves office. Note the fourth posting which opines that the Egyptian military “…would forcibly overthrow Gamal Mubarak” if he tried to ascend to power when his father departs. That statement hints at a possible Egyptian internal conflict. If Egypt does have a civil war, don’t be surprised if the Iranians, Syrians and Hezbollah back the Moslem Brotherhood and the Israelis, Jordanians and Saudis back the Egyptian military. Talk about strange bedfellows! We will have to watch and see if an Egyptian civil war does occur in the future.

In conclusion, Iran is not only seeking to destroy the Israelis, but it is also actively seeking to destabilize and overthrow Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt and other Persian Gulf Sunni states and turn them into Iranian vassals. The Sunni Islamic states may come to see that it is in their own best interests to cooperate with the Israelis against Iran.