IRAN’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, during a seminar at the diplomatic relations academy affiliated to his ministry, described the storming of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early last year as “somehow foolish and historic betrayal”.
In one way or another, this late confession to the crime represents an important change in Iran’s foreign policy, which has been imposed by the developments in regional and international events. It is based on an Arabic adage that says, “People get afraid but are not ashamed”.
Undoubtedly, the return of the USA to its senses over the danger posed by Iran’s regime through its nuclear pact with the 5+1 countries created a hold from which snakes of terrorism emerged and returned to frivol in the region and threaten international interests.
This is what pushed the new US administration towards rectifying the historic mistake of its predecessor and reviewing the pact, creating fears in the Mullah regime.
Since Mohammad Javad Zarif has admitted to this “historic betrayal”, will that be all or will it be followed by other confessions?
On this basis, we would like to ask Zarif — “Isn’t interfering in the affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain and establishing terrorist cells there considered as a historic betrayal of the neighborhood?”
Isn’t it also foolish to cause chaos in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, particularly in the eastern region of that country or make continuous attempts to disrupt the Hajj (pilgrimage) season throughout the past 38 years?
How would Zarif describe the attacks carried out in Kuwait through terrorist cells and the smuggling of weapons? Was it foolishness or stupidity? What about its interference in Yemen and its support of the rebellion against the internationally recognized authority, rendering the Arab nation to be divided, suffer from hunger and the collapse of its institutions?
Isn’t it sneaking into the Syrian and Iraqi lands considered as a historic betrayal?
Aren’t Tehran’s considerations of today not different from that of any other country? At a time when you are seeking affection from Saudi Arabia after the series of setbacks your regional scheme suffered, you are striving to disturb the stability of the remaining Arab countries and weaken the GCC countries.
By depriving its 80 million citizens of their rights, Iran has spent and continues to spend on its militias such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Al-Houthis in Yemen as well as its gangs in Iraq. Isn’t this a historic foolishness that no one can cure?
When one sees unemployment becoming the highlight of a television debate among presidential nominees instead of the nuclear pact, which many thought will open the gates of wealth for Iran, why doesn’t the regime consider this as a betrayal of the people of Iran, especially since unemployment among them has reached about 25 percent, as admitted by its leaders?
What about the “bazaar” traders who represent the main engine and are supporters of Khomeini’s revolution in 1979? They are suffering from continuous international sanctions and lack of financial flow. Now they are raising their voices higher in protest against the global isolation. Doesn’t the Mullah regime consider it as a betrayal of its people after four decades of being duped into believing that divine victory is approaching?
Regardless of the considerations which made Mohammad Javad Zarif admit to the crime, it would not erase the fact that he indicated to the perpetrators, even though indirectly.
He revealed the source of the disease in his country which made the hotheaded ones venture into either the strategic decision-making industry or in the Revolutionary Guard, which strives to achieve an unseen vision that is based on causing chaos, massacres and destruction of the world.
Nonetheless, this confession represents the tip of the iceberg, which is based on compound foolishness that emerges from misconception of Islam and is not part of any of its doctrines.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times