IS Iran really striving for stability in the region and formation of good relations with its neighbors on the other side of the Arabian Gulf?
Was the visit of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the Sultanate of Oman and the State of Kuwait intended to close many of the open files concerning the provocations and threats of Iranian officials and their agents towards various Arab countries? Or was it part of the election campaign aimed for Rouhani to win the second presidential term?
The history of relations between the Gulf Cooperation Council member states and Iran, which dates back to 1979, does not inspire our trust towards our Persian neighbor who continues to live in an illusion of supremacy, strength and change of regimes.
This is because building on faulty pillars will result in threats to the relations of sand houses built on the shores of a sea that is raging with intimidations and flexing of muscles.
Many chances were given to Iran by the GCC countries to end tensions in the region, but the latter often reciprocated with terroristic operations, destruction and espionage similar to what happened in Kuwait with the so-called “Abdali Cell”.
Before that, there was continuous interference by Iran in the affairs of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, and instigation of sectarian tensions, which led to a civil war in Iraq and increased sectarian division in Lebanon. It also destroyed the unity of Yemenis and attempted to create a stepping stone in Yemen for it to infiltrate the Arabian Peninsula. When considering all this, how can trust be reinstated?
Everyone knows the ruling mechanism of Tehran, its several factions or rather masks, those who direct the actors in the drama, the game of moderate voices and mild statements, and the way Iran knows to humble itself when matters become serious.
Testimony to this is the open statement made a year ago by President Rouhani’s advisor, claiming that, “The capital of Iran’s empire is Baghdad”. At that time, a calming statement was issued by Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Jawad with his ever-smiling face.
Another recent testimony is Rouhani’s recent visit and how the Lebanese mouthpiece Hassan Nasrallah emerged and waged intimidations on the GCC countries, even before the one who is assumed to sign his paycheck had not yet arrived in Tehran.
Undoubtedly, the actual message came from Tehran and Beirut, and not what was carried by Rouhani. It is now clear that even Iran’s supreme leader does not possess the right to make decisions concerning foreign relations, as the actual leader is the Revolutionary Guards, who represent the decision maker in Iran.
The six GCC countries had realized this reality especially after the nuclear deal was signed with the moderate mild factions in Iran, while, the project of nuclear armament and ballistic missiles had secretly continued.
The GCC countries also realized that they cannot depend on this deceitful regime, due to which they continued to solidify relations with their historic allies in the region.
In this regard, the leaders of Iran should learn from Israel, which recently understood the fact that its military nuclear project of about 200 massive destruction weapons would not be of any benefit to it. This is because Israel realized that only peace can guarantee its stability and existence, while terrorism, murders, displacements and demographic changes will only increase its isolation.
Regardless of Tehran’s attempt to beautify its diplomatic appearance and image, it can never mend what it destroyed through its continuous terrorism for over 38 years.
Therefore, even though we welcome the tour of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, the firm conviction still remains that the decision concerning relations is neither in his hands nor in the hands of the government.
Perhaps, sooner and not later, the decision will be in the hands of Karobi, Mousawi, Khatami and many others who led millions in the green revolution to restore sense in the leadership and emancipate Iran from adventurists who burdened the people of Iran with abject poverty, deprivation and siege.
If Rouhani’s tour was aimed for election purposes, he assumed wrong because the GCC countries are not ballot boxes in the provinces of Iran. This block is not concerned about who will win the elections, considering the fact that reformists and conservatives are two faces of the same coin of terrorism, expansionism and greed.
Therefore, Iran’s leaders know quite well the way to maintain good relations and cooperation between Iran and its neighbors on the other side of the Arabian Gulf. The first step towards this is for Iran to actually let go of its expansionism plan.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times