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Ball is on Iran pitch

NOW that the ball is on Iran’s pitch, it is up to the Iranian authority to prove its good intention after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia took a new step of extending a cooperative hand to Tehran to maintain peace in the Gulf. This is far from tension which has been dominating the region over the past years due to wrong steps taken by the revolutionary Islamic regime and its persistence in knocking doors that led to the dead end for the past 35 years.

The Kingdom’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, took a giant step when he invited his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Jawad Dharef, to visit Riyadh; despite what the Kingdom has undergone due to Iran’s interference in its internal affairs and that of Bahrain, Yemen, Iran, Lebanon and Syria. Apparently, the Kingdom’s political sagacity always beats the Persian recklessness which only leads matters to the edge of the cliff. Indeed, Saudi Arabia and Iran are two great nations in the region. Nevertheless, it is also true that Saudi Arabia has a natural strategic surrounding represented by the GCC countries. In spite of its small area, population and limited capabilities; this cooperation forms a strong frontier which cannot be underestimated. No one can fail to assist it because this cooperation is like spears which are hard to break when tied together. This cooperation has proven for decades that they are united and no one can divide them.

Since the return of Imam Al-Khomeini in 1979 and departure of the Shah from Tehran, the Iranian politics have sparked flames of conflicts as it openly announced its political goal to export its revolution to the Arab world. With this political objective, the Iranian regime strived to transform people in the Arab world to become Shiites. This move has ‘awakened’ sedition which was dormant for many centuries; yet all throughout those years, it failed to achieve its goal. It couldn’t transform anyone; not in the GCC countries, Yemen, Egypt, and even Africa where several nations have no divine religion. The spiritual conviction of people has never been a commodity circulated in the political markets; instead, these nations operate through the inspiration of a verse from the Holy Qur’an: “You have your religion and I have mine.” In fact, the era of evangelism ended centuries ago.

If the failure of Iran to export its revolution has been transformed into interference in the internal affairs of other countries under the pretext of making Iran the ‘police’ of the region; then, this illusion has also been wasted due to events in the past years. It is now up to Tehran to be convinced by the principle of good neighborhood; which Riyadh has been adhering to, not as a sign of weakness, but its realization of the concept of not allowing the region to become the center of continuous tension. This is where efforts and resources are wasted while the people of the region continue to pay a high price.

It is very important that Tehran is finally convinced about its inability to defeat these nations (GCC) which have international alliances, as well as the weight and strength to confront - as we mentioned earlier - any aggression. This is why the GCC countries reluctantly look at the goodwill indications from Iran’s officials, but these countries will never be at ease until the Iranian leadership commits itself to remove the area from the herd’s trench, because this trench only leads to more alienation and isolation. As long as the GCC countries cling heavily on good relationships between the two shores, it is up to Iran to realize it will never find a better and sincere friend than its Arab neighbors.

The return of Iran to rationality and positive reaction through Prince Saud Al-Faisal’s statement will establish new relations between the regional countries. The meetings between two regional giants will reflect positively on several issues, whether in Yemen or Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon or even the bloody conflict in Syria; especially if the bitter experiences have convinced Iran’s leadership that it will never rule any of these countries.

Finally, it is important to say, the positive relationship will allow Iran to reap more and better fruits than its hallucination that force will have beneficial returns. The nuclear weapon will never benefit anyone who possesses it; instead, it will become a catastrophe.  Also, destabilizing the neighbor is akin to shaking the stability of a country which has been suffering from the choking international embargo. Therefore, we say once again: Today, the ball is on Tehran’s pitch, so it is up to it to Iran not to turn the ball into a fireball and burn itself.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times


By: Ahmed Al-Jarallah

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