THE terrorist attack on Baqiq and Khrais in Saudi Arabia is nothing but a provocative attempt by Iran to involve Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries in an open and direct war; apart from the proxy war in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
The aim is to break the wall of the present internal crisis that the Iranian regime is facing. This is similar to the scenario adopted at the beginning of the Khomeini revolution as he wanted to absorb the people’s reaction to the big number of executions which resulted in the death of thousands of Iranians.
At the time, the regime was in need of an external action to divert the attention of the world from Iran and to stabilize its feet in governance after stealing the revolution from political blocs such as Mujahedi Khalq, Tawdah Party and other national entities which are not based on religion. The regime then launched a number of terrorist operations in Iraq as part of its expansion project with the aim of exporting the revolution.
Over that period and with the acceleration of bombing and assassination crimes carried out by the Iranian intelligence, Saddam Hussein met the late King Fahd bin Abdulaziz. Saddam said he was fed up with the Iranian terrorist attacks, so he thought of waging war against Iran. King Fahd asserted such actions can be contained for the Iranian regime to lose the opportunity it needed to unify the people and reduce their indignation, stressing that the issue should not lead to war.
Nevertheless, Saddam was not persuaded by such a wise position; thus, he launched the eight-year war which served as the life jacket of the Iranian regime that picked it up to unify the people and stabilize its governance.
Furthermore, the Iranian regime used the war with Iraq as an excuse to carry out terrorist operations outside the Iranian borders. Therefore, the regime formed mercenary militias in Lebanon, Iraq and a number of Arab countries.
In recent years, the regime resorted to the old scenario due to the growing exasperation of the people as a result of international sanctions and blockade on Iran because of its terrorism strategy. However, it failed to engage Israel in a direct war. Israel is now cutting the Iranian claws in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon and weakening the power of mercenary militias there.
The Iranian regime tried to urge the United States to be involved in a direct war but the latter preferred using the economic weapon by imposing economic sanctions with the support and commitment of the international community.
Thus, the Iranian regime resorted to plan three – use Houthi gangs to drag Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries into war through the Yemeni gate. Thanks to the wisdom of Gulf countries, they defeated the Houthis, limited confrontations in Yemen and prevented the war from infiltrating the Arabian Peninsula.
It is true that the terrorist action in Baqiq and Khrais is very huge, but the most important thing is to force the Iranian regime to miss the opportunity. Instead of dragging Saudi Arabia into war, the entire world is supporting it while the global blockade on Iran is getting tighter.
Moreover, this prevented the Iranian regime from getting any gain by increasing oil prices in case sanctions are lifted to prevent oil shortage in international markets. In other words, Saudi Arabia adopted the rule it has been implementing for decades – leave the foolhardy to seek suicide. Thus, Mullah regime will witness the negative consequences of its action in the coming days – worsening life crisis, financial and economic sanctions, political chaos, and losing the exit they have been seeking.
Despite the fact that the Mullahs have distinguished relations with Russia, it seems they learned nothing from Russia but the suicide game of Russian roulette.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times