Shi'ite Bahraini intellectual Dhiyaa Al-Musawi said that Iran, with its TV rhetoric and "juvenile methods," was exploiting the Shi'ites and getting them into a crisis. "The Iranians will not stop until they have taken complete control of a country, and have turned its inhabitants into their slaves. We shall not allow that!" he said, in an address posted on his website on August 6. In another address, posted on August 30, he said: "They will not rest until every Arab country has fallen into their hands, as was the case with Iraq."
Dhiyaa Al-Musawi: "Iran should not try to infiltrate the Arab mind, and present itself as the Vatican of the Shi'ites, claiming that all the Shi'ites support Iran and that their future depends on it: 'We are your mother and father,' 'we are constantly thinking of you.' Nonsense. With your rhetoric on TV and with your juvenile methods, you are getting the Shi'ites into a real crisis. You are causing us various problems. It is you who caused all that pain for our youth. These catastrophes were a political price they paid for the sake of your interests. Don’t think for a second that you are serving the Shi'ites. You are only exploiting them.
"We wish all the best to Qatar, and we say to the Qataris: 'The Iranians do not care about you.' Many people had a bad experience with them, including Shi'ite and non-Shi'ite political parties. The [Iranians] infiltrated [Arab] countries and destroyed them. What have they done in Iraq? How come Muqtada Al-Sadr is now establishing ties with Saudi Arabia? How come ['Ammar] Al-Hakim is thinking of doing the same? It is because they have had enough of what the Iranians have been doing. The Iranians will not stop until they have taken complete control of a country, and have turned its inhabitants into their slaves. We shall not allow that! Therefore, I support an Iraqi-Saudi alliance.
"I'm talking as someone who lived for ten years in Iran. I know the Iranian mentality and the way they think. I am familiar with the way the Iranian regime thinks. They will not rest until every Arab country has fallen into their hands, as was the case with Iraq."