IT IS a big risk for anybody to think that lifting sanctions on Iran will make the Mullah regime change in terms of dealing with the region. This idea has been widely promoted at various levels, especially after the speech of US President Barack Obama and his signature on the order to lift the sanctions related to the nuclear program. Like the story of the hunter and the bird, we want to remind those people of what the bird said while waiting for another slaughter, “Consider the deeds, not the tears.”
The action taken by Iran is associated with the Zar rituals, as they express jubilation over what they regard as triumph. The action does not signify any change in the Iranian terrorist operations and intervention in the affairs of other countries. We have to take into consideration the Persian expansionist activities carried out within 37 years, not only in the Arab world but across the globe as well.
The regime, whose media engine in the Arab world is trying to depict it as peaceful, is working towards brotherliness through conventions. It remains silent over what the Iranians regard as ‘hostility to the regime’. It is rich in criminal history which could put its leaders into prisons of the International Criminal Court.
From February 1979 till date, the Iranian policy has been based on taking revenge, inciting crisis and controlling the region under the slogan, ‘exporting revolution’. The regime formed a group of gangsters known as Hezbollah in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Iraq. In Kuwait, the group carried out 35 terrorist operations on its own such as explosions, assassination attempts, aircraft hijacking and spy cells; while its destructive activities in Saudi Arabia have not stopped.
The story of Iraq is unique due to the revenge policy of the Mullah regime that expelled Imam Al-Khomeini to France. Al-Khomeini’s group created affiliations at the same time in order to satisfy the desire of Muammar Gaddafi to lead the Arab world. Al-Khomeini personally requested for ‘concealing’ the Higher Shiite Council leader in Lebanon, Al-Sayyed Mousa Al-Sader, who had political disagreement with him.
Throughout the last four decades, the Mullah regime has had no charity society in the Arab world. It started interference in Lebanon through Hezbollah’s long chain of abduction of Westerners and bombing of diplomatic missions, including the American and Iraqi embassies in Beirut. From there, the group spread its terrorist wings to the Arab world by forming destructive cells consisting of Saudis, Kuwaitis and Bahrainis who were trained in camps in Lebanon.
It is unfortunate that the Arabs, who are defending Iran, cannot see its interference in Sudan and some Maghreb countries. They claim that Iran is protecting Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, but it is actually destroying the Muslim and Arab regions through its usual methods. It is enough to remind whoever is trying to depict Iran as acting in solidarity with Palestinians in their fight for their rights about the indirect communication and trading channels with Israel. The Contragate scandal is just the tip of the iceberg, apart from Yemen where the activities of the Mullah regime are not hidden through the Houthi group.
The US President said, “Implementing the nuclear agreement will distance the Middle East from wars and it will be safer.” On the other hand, the media engine of the destructive regime has started making provocative statements about the alleged ‘injustice’ suffered by Iran.
The Arab countries should move quickly by initiating normalization of Arab and GCC ties with Iran. We want to use the adage, “Once bitten, twice shy,” for these people. If we are suffering due to the ‘bloodletting’ of Tehran regime, is it not our responsibility to consider the actions it has taken and whatever its hands have done, not the tears in its eyes?
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times