IT WAS not surprising for the United States of America to declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. This is due to the fact that it is the force behind every dirty operation that the Iranian agents have been executing in the region and the world, and even locally against Iranian elements.
Therefore, the decisive step taken by the US to counter organized terrorism was supposed to happen a long time ago.
Iran responded in a strikingly naïve manner through Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh who stated that his country will take reciprocal measures if Washington declares the Islamic Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization.
Iran will put the US Armed Forces on its blacklist beside ‘ISIL’, and a bill has been prepared to regard the US forces and military bases as terrorist areas.
Undoubtedly, the US decision is bound to be executed. Various countries around the world will abide by it, while Iran’s decision is just for local consumption so it will not have any impact. This is due to the fact that Iranians, together with different nations around the world, realized that threats posed by the Mullah regime are futile.
Since 1979, the Mullah regime has been launching threats. It threatened to destroy the White House and everyone inside. It even threatened to turn the Arabian Gulf water into a grave for US soldiers, in addition to other many rhetorical statements in line with adage: “They showed us with slaps, we showed them with insults.”
The leaders of Iran were delusional during the term of the previous US administration, thinking they can benefit from the easygoing mode manifested by president Barrack Obama, and that they are able to reestablish their position in the international community through the nuclear deal.
Former president Obama was seen in the interests intersection between Israel and Iran in the Arabian region in a manner which could perhaps pave way for Tel Aviv to complete its scheme of destroying major Arab countries; especially, Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
This was clearly manifested in Iran’s direct military interference in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon; and its constant attempts to destabilize Saudi Arabia.
The declaration of Tehran’s leaders that they control four Arab capitals was just an episode of the intersection of interests. However, the reality is that the confrontation in Yemen and the Arabian Gulf was a huge disappointment after the utter failure to prove their control over those capitals.
Despite the prolonged war, the Revolutionary Guard, through the Houthi rebels, did not advance on the ground. In fact, they are still in the same narrow geographical square.
Since the dimension of Iran’s game was clear in Syria, Damascus sought alliance with Russia which has no plan to change the religious culture of Syrians as the case with Iran; while Iraq is currently sweeping out the dust of Iranian interference by turning towards the Arabs and reinstating its pan-Arabism.
Perhaps, Lebanon is a clearer model of this destructive Iranian game and serving Israel’s interests. The divine victory, which the Hezbollah militia was babbling about together with Tehran after the 2006 war, turned out to be divine punishment for the Iranian expansionism scheme.
This is reflected in the magnitude of destruction and number of victims in that war.
The outcome of all these events and incidents is the Iranian boogieman which did not quench Tehran’s thirst for recording a victory, even if it is illusionary, in any confrontation.
Therefore, the response of the Mullah regime to the US decision is just a bounced cheque; or rather, it is nothing more than babbling of the sick. On the other hand, the entire world, in the future, will deal with the Revolutionary Guard based on its status as a terrorist organization.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times