These three shaykhdoms literally had money to burn, and did. At the same time, they could not escape changing the government, the society, and the economy".1 From the years of pre-oil discovery to the present post 9/11 years the security issues concerning the Persian Gulf States have undergone a radical and conceptual change in the geo-political reality of the globe. Traversing temporally the issues of regional conflicts and supremacy to issues concerning partnering on either side of the iron curtain divide to support ideological hegemony and expansion; the Persian Gulf States have now emerged as independent, affluent, modernized nation states that are accountable both for their internal security to their own populations and responsible for their alleged and tacit cooperation to varying hues of terror activities globallyfor external security of the global population as evidenced by the 9/11 and subsequent events in London Bombings. With the drawing down of the iron curtain and emerging globalized world this accountability has been brought to sharper focus than ever before. This essay examines the emerging shape of the Persian Gulf security amongst these countervailing considerations.This paper would traverse the entire gamut of Persian Gulf security right from British control days to the present post WTC and Iraq War policy initiatives of the US.
The now popular and actively sought after phrase war on terrorism had its origin in a spate of bunched and planned terrorist activities the world over with the US as the prime target. Examples of such Muslim extremist actions in civilian arena abound and received maximum negative western press in the world trade center and pentagon episode-where Muslim extremist organizations had strategically planned to put pressure on the world's most powerful democracy i.e. the US through terrorist activities.Some US based Muslim organizations like the . Similarly London bombings sent terror waves through out London forcing the British government to take all possible precautions. Muslim involvement is evident in all these terrorist episodes; however the link to Persian Gulf nation states is not so much apparent as yet. In order to obtain this clarity some Western media reports are pertinent. For instance consider the following, "last week President Bush made a long-overdue decision. He ordered the closing of the Holy Land Foundation, a front for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, headquartered in Richardson, Texas, with branch offices in Paterson, N.J., Bridgeview, Ill., and San Diego. The Holy War Foundation have taken the needle of suspicionwould be more like it. "Established in 1989, the Holy Land Foundation took off when it received a $200,000 cash infusion from Mousa Abu Marzook, who once lived in the United States but was deported in 1997 and has resided in the Middle East [Persian Gulf] since. Marzook is a Hamas leader and the brother-in-law of Ghassan Elashi, chairman of the Holy Land Foundation".2 Another isTake the instance of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), headquartered in Washington, which is perhaps the best known political Muslim body in North