FORMER Iranian president Mohammad Khatami said he does not expect the current regime to continue until the next parliamentary election, which will be held in 10 months, due to the internal situation.
This statement is about reality, not a dream or illusion, considering his opposition to the incumbent authority. Based on this, we the Khaleejis, being close neighbors of Iran, ought to frankly speak and disclose everything we feel to its leadership.
O supreme leader Ali Khamenei, I am a citizen of the Gulf region who supported your revolution in 1979, assuming it was a populist revolution on the oppressive regime or as the matter was portrayed to the world by Iranians.
We saw a new start which could be built on rhetoric you adopted on the brotherhood in Islam and principles of good neighborhood. At the time, no country in the region doubted good relations based on peace and stability between us.
However, the first surprise came in your constitution which incorporated the principle of ‘Imamate’ Islamic State that starts with the occupation of Gulf countries under the theme ‘Imamate’ and the guardianship of Islamic jurist commonly known as ‘exporting revolution’.
The second surprise was through the State creed under the tag of a single creed. Perhaps, it is an internal issue and no one from outside should interfere, but not when it transforms to instigate creedal and sectarian tensions in the Arab and Muslim world.
It was necessary to pause for a long time on this matter, especially when such creedal position started interfering in Bahrain, the eastern part of Saudi Arabia and Iraq. As per your creedal perspective, such areas are occupied and must be liberated.
Before the Khomeni revolution, there was no division in the Muslim world between a Sunni and a Shia. In fact, these creeds do not exist in the frame of worshipping. If this view existed among Muslims, they would have exploited it in standing up to the regime of Shah which was a Shia. They would have also created major hostility towards it.
Nonetheless, the concept of Muslim unity as per the nature of diversity and tolerance embedded in Islam would have been the strongest, albeit secondary, of such contradictions. It would have been nonsensical which could lead to social destruction.
The third surprise, or rather shock, started with war bells sounded through terrorist operations against civilians in Iraq. This paved way for a fierce war that continued for eight years with a toll of about four million people from both sides – the dead, injured and crippled; in addition to the displaced and the migrants as well as losses of about $600 billion.
At the time, the regime was completely unmasked when it exploited the war to carry out more terrorist operations in the region – whether in Kuwait or the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; especially in the sanctuary of Kaaba, and the explosions took a toll on pilgrims. This includes the launching of sectarian militias in the Arab world titled ‘Hezbollah’ that bleached itself with the blood of innocent people in the region and the world.
Within the period you attracted foreign forces into the region and fought a war which had no victor – neither you nor Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, you urged Saddam to invade Kuwait in order to flee from his internal crisis.
On your part, you resorted to the threat of occupying Bahrain. You continued with your expansionism scheme based on the illusionary concept that Persian ethnicity is superior. You embarked on restoring the glory of the empire brought down by the light of Islam when it entered Persia.
O guardianship of the Islamic jurist
The term ‘guardianship’ entails guidance in direction, logic, stance and wise view on matters. This is associated with spreading peace between nations, not division and war. Perhaps, you should return to your constitution which stipulates this matter in various articles, especially in what is categorized as general principles.
Unfortunately, what the region endured due to the behavior of your leaders in the past four decades – during the reign of the late Imam Khomeni or your reign – was not more than incitement of sedition and striving towards war. It was as if you were implementing the nonsensical statement of your former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Your former president saw the importance of expediting the spread of injustice, corruption and wars in order to speed up the emergence of the awaited savior (Mahdi). We, the Muslim world, the Shia before Sunnis, know that the emergence of the awaited savior will not happen in this form; instead, it is a promise of redemption for Muslims on Judgment Day.
In the past four decades, your hands were extended to Lebanon, when you splashed yourself with the blood of its children. In this beautiful country, which is almost in ruin today, you prompted about four million of its people to migrate. You desecrated this country, the lungs from which the Arab world breathed through civilization and freedom. You transformed it into a police State where the laws of the jungle prevail. Hassan Nasrallah and his gang ‘Hezbollah’ are thriving and blossoming in such chaos.
You extended your hands to Iraq and messed up with it to destroy the best example of national coexistence among Muslims. You liberated blood-thirsty monsters that helped form ‘DAESH’. You gave way for them to take over a huge chunk of land in Iraq in order to create the ground for sectarian and creedal conflicts, the fire of which will perhaps be extinguished after a hundred years.
You went to Syria where you claimed to defend its people whom you made into wood to fuel the expansionism war under the rhetoric of reaching Mediterranean shores.
In Yemen, you hijacked the Yemenis’ grievances and demands through the Houthis and ignited war which has been going on for the past four years.
All this is due to the desire to infiltrate the Arabian Peninsula and control Islamic holy sites in a bid to religiously cover your Persian scheme. Despite the ongoing war and your missiles which the Houthis are launching towards Saudi Arabia, your scheme keeps on failing in front of the coalition army and the Yemeni resistance movement.
O guardian of the Islamic jurist
Long is the list of shocks and surprises which prompted us to take hostile position from the destructive behavior you have been exhibiting in the past 40 years.
Almighty Allah says: “O people of the Scripture, come to a word that is just between us and you, that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partners with Him, and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allah. Then, if they turn away, say: ‘Bear witness that we are Muslims.’”
If Almighty Allah called upon the people of the Scriptures to a word that is just between us and them, should it not be a priority between Muslims themselves, or is it that, to you, the claim of being an Islamic republic is devoid of reality when it is associated with ambitions of people who are ruling with the mentality of the dark ages; who are moved by expansionism ideology, control and dominance?
In the past 40 years, the region lost about $3 trillion due to wars you caused, sanctions you brought upon your people and the terrorism you nurtured.
Would it not have been better if this money was spent for the wellbeing of the people, especially the Iranians – 56 percent of whom are living below the poverty line? Do you not see that any future war, irrespective of its intensity, will lead to total collapse in the infrastructure of your country, wave of immigration and displacement of millions of your people to neighboring countries?
Do you not see that you will never win such war because the entire world is against you?
Supreme leader Khamenei
A conference will take place in Makkah in the coming days. It is a precious opportunity for letting go of your ego and pride, coming to your Muslim brothers by letting go of every nonsensical war, and saving your people and the regional people … Is this not the word that is just between us and you?
It is a very important occasion during this blessed month in which instigation of hatred and sedition is worst in terms of sins. It is a very important occasion where action should be louder than words; as long as you claim to uphold the principles of good neighborhood, brotherhood of Muslims and strive towards joint development.
This can be achieved through a clear statement at the Muslim conference in Makkah through which you disown, with one word, the terrorist gangs and dissolve them, and refrain from interfering in the affairs of other countries. There is no better place for you to declare this than in the next conference at the holy city of Makkah if you truly want good neighborhood.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times