WHOEVER follows the Iranian media machine, even for a moment, will notice the narrow-mindedness of the Mullah regime which portrays its strength as that of major powers in the world while the United States of America and other influential countries are just extras in its battle with the people and the international community.
This reality becomes clearer with every sunrise whenever the leaders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, legislators, president, ministers or their supreme leader Ali Khamenei come out to announce victory in a war which has yet to start.
From the words of the deputy Revolutionary Leader: “All ships, including that of the Americans, in the Gulf and northern part of the Strait of Hormuz are under the complete control of Iran,” to Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s statement that “Iran will witness the end of Trump, not the end of Iran”… are just rhetoric in pipe dreams.
It was said in the past: “Talk about something insane with a sane person and if he believes it, he is not sane.” This applies to the Mullah regime which operates based on a skewed principle taken from the Nazis’ Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels who said: “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.” This principle would have been possible in the first half of the 20th century when the propaganda tool was completely under the control of the ruling regime; but is no longer the case in the 21st century, especially after the information technology boom which turned the entire world into a small village.
The statements of Iran’s officials target the locals – around 64 percent of them are youths who do not pay attention to the local official media tool. In fact, this tool has become the center of sarcasm as it indulges in the digital revolution to the furthest level.
Iranians are enduring chronic unemployment and continuous deterioration of living standards – below the poverty line; hence, when they protested several months ago, their objective was to highlight the deplorable living standard of the country and to counter the individual ambitions of the Mullahs in usurping the wealth of the country at the expense of the general public.
The protest is similar to that of 1979 and the Mullahs are fully aware of this, so they resorted to exporting their crises. The events involving the regime over the past few weeks proved that Iran has no ability to fight and its dependence on its regional gangs will not be beneficial.
The issue has become more complicated for Iran, especially after the announcements made by credible international agencies which put Iran behind the commercial ship sabotages at the coast near Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE); in addition to the bombing of some vital areas in Saudi Arabia and the rocket crash in Baghdad’s Green Zone near the US Embassy.
Therefore, hiding behind those gangs is more problematic for Iran; given that the basis of the current crisis is the terrorist behavior of the Mullah regime and its gangs, as well as the lifting of the infamous nuclear deal.
Based on these facts, the US’ clear warning of dire consequences for Iran if it tampers with its interests or that of its allies was not a smokescreen. This is exactly what mediators conveyed to Tehran regarding the seriousness of the US in cutting Iran’s claws or even chopping off its head if it persists with its behavior.
This is what was revealed by Oman’s foreign ministry, Japan and also Germany; not the rumors made by Iran’s media machine claiming that mediations are aimed at stopping Iran from destroying the US and its allies’ military bloc in the region.
It seems the Iranian game is about to end. There is no escape for the regime and its supreme leader but to accept the reality based on the Quranic verse: “And do not walk upon the earth gloriously. Indeed, you will neither tear apart the earth nor reach the mountains in height.”
The arrogance of the Iranian media and its rhetoric will never win a war written by the pens of the Mullahs alone; or else, their destiny will be similar to that of Saddam Hussein and the officials of his regime whose pictures are printed on play cards.
They should believe the lie of the divine victory which Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah brags about. This is due to the fact that Almighty Allah does not help impostors and oppressive murderers.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times