SOMETHING evokes pity in what Iranians are going through, particularly the injustice caused by the Mullah regime’s detachment from reality.
This is happening while the Iranian economy continues to collapse. The value of its currency (toman) depreciated against the US dollar by 30 percent within a day. This is in addition to the collapse of its civilian plane which is no longer fit for flying and very high unemployment rate in a nation where the youths constitute majority of its population.
Amid all these, commander of Quds Force in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Qasem Suleimani has threatened to wipe out Israel “in revenge of Imad Mughniyah’s blood.”
Such threats have become obsolete given that Mughniyah was killed 10 years ago. This makes us wonder where Iran has been all this time. Or is it acting in accordance with adage, “They pounced us with slaps and we pounced them with insults?”
Undoubtedly, the sanctions imposed on Iran have exhausted its objectives as Tehran’s regime continues to fund and sponsor terrorism in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain or other countries. It fills the missile arsenal and threatens from time to time to exit from the nuclear agreement by militarizing its nuclear projects.
Hence, it is important to have a realistic look into the recent statement made by US National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster who called for “more forceful action to halt Iran’s increasing development in the terrorism operation.”
On the other hand, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly stated during the Munich summit that Iran must be held responsible for pushing the region towards the nuclear arms race. Therefore, he addressed Tehran through Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif saying, “Do not test our resolution.”
This could be the beginning of big and serious steps which the international arena has started taking to confront Iran through the two stances taken by US and Europe to halt Iran’s frivolity in the region. We all know that unlike Iran’s empty threats, Israel follows through.
It is no longer farfetched to assume that an international movement has entered a completely different stage to punish the Mullah regime, forcefully stop its missile program and prevent it from destabilizing security in the region.
This is due to what the international community has endured and heavily paid in the last four decades due to terrorism practiced by Iran, starting in Afghanistan and its support for ‘al-Qaeda’ and ‘Taliban’; as well as through the sectarian militias in Iraq and ‘IS’. This does not end with ‘Hezbollah’ which strives to prevent Lebanon from benefiting from its oil wealth by threatening to start new war against Israel.
This is due to responding to Iran’s demand for a huge share of Lebanon’s wealth, or else, it will never allow the Lebanese to benefit from their wealth.
It is clear that Iran’s stumble amid intense populace threats against the Mullah regime will lead to engage in a new adventure which the obnoxious revolutionary leaders are preparing.
However, before they make a move, they should learn from the lessons of history; especially from the late Egyptian President Jamal Abdul-Nasser’s rhetoric which brought woes of occupation and loss of land to Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Syria.
Abdul-Nasser lost within six hours what he used as a threatening tool for 15 years, pushing his leadership towards destruction. This is exactly what Tehran’s Mullahs are currently waiting for.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times