IN his recent speech which was aired on American CBS channel, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran has no intention to wage war against any country. If you take the statement seriously and consider it an announcement of good intention, we want to ask: Does it mean Iran will stop its military and security interference in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Kuwait and Bahrain? Or, is it merely a slogan, similar to what the president declared earlier “Death to America”?
It seems the stances of the Mullah regime indicate that we are in front of a country with multiple sources of decision or it has no decision-maker, so we are worried every time they make a stand. This prompts us to read between the lines, as this country which has no intention to wage war against anybody is responsible for the deeply-rooted sectarianism and doctrinism in political conflicts in some countries in the region like Iraq where the conflict is regarded as war between the Sunnis and Shiites. This is evident in the ‘programmed’ displacement from cities and villages penetrated by doctrinal elements. The attitude does not differ from that of DAESH.
In Lebanon, many officials have uttered statements regarding what they refer to as ‘injustice to Shiites’. The same method was used in Bahrain and Yemen where they created their Trojan horse and launched the so-called ‘Ansarullah’ movement. In addition, they started ‘coating’ the conflict with the remaining Yemenis to make it appear like a sectarian conflict.
We also want to know if Iran has given up the stance, which Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani announced when he said, “The Arabian Gulf countries should not block Iran’s ambitions; otherwise, we will bring all Arabs back to Makkah as they were 1,500 years ago.” Was his verbal threat against Kuwait at the time, which was aimed at instigating chaos in the society, a hint on what some sleeper cells planted in the region can do? He even linked the statement with a provocative stance against Kuwait saying, “We have a significant, strategic and popular power and we will not give it up. In addition, half of the Kuwaitis follow the supreme leader of Iran.” In international traditions, the statement is considered an open call to wage civil sectarian war against Kuwait which was and is still shocked by the discovery of the Iranian spy network. However, Larijani did not tell us then if he would send only Sunnis to Makkah or if he would send Arab Shiites with them? I remember well how Larijani threatened Kuwait by saying, “If American Zionism is trying to topple Al-Assad, we openly say that Syria’s fall today means Kuwait’s fall tomorrow. Understand whatever you want.”
Today, when we look at the latest developments in the region and the Kuwaiti-Iranian relations in the past three years; particularly after the discovery of the Iranian destructive network which is known as ‘Abdally cell’, as well as the violation in Al-Durrah oilfield and the speech of President Rouhani, we realized that Iran’s statements on good neighborhood and cooperation are just attempts to cover poison with honey. In other words, these are threats ‘coated’ with diplomatic speech. How can we be safe from a country with contradicting stances and a regime that does not tell the truth? Is Rouhani’s speech enforced on the Revolutionary Guard and the followers or servants? Just asking!
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times