Sunday , December 16 2018

Whom should we believe in Tehran?

Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times
Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

THE statement made by Iran’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Munich on “better future between Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” did not even reach the information media when he contradicted himself in Brussels by attacking the Kingdom through its concerns in Syria.

In fact, the minister did not finish his statement in Munich before Khomeini’s representative — Muhsin Ridai — landed a blow on Zarif’s statement by lashing out at the Kingdom. Adding another blow was Khomeini’s representative in the Revolutionary Guard Ali Saeedi whose recent statement highlighted Iran’s inferiority complex towards the Kingdom, which is an owl in the eyes of the regime of slanderers and terrorism.

Readers of Iran’s incoherent statements would conclude that the regime in Tehran speaks for the interests of each individual there, not the interest of Iranians who continue to live in difficult circumstances — one crisis after another. This nation barely exits from a crisis before entering another which is more devastating than the previous one.

Indeed, the GCC countries want better neighborhood relations with Iran — relations based on mutual respect and cooperation — but the question still stands: Is there anyone in the Mullah regime that wants such kind of relations?

For the past 37 years, we have been listening to the same statement until we have memorized it; “Good neighborly relations.” Those talking about such relations are not always the ones calling the shots in Iran. In fact, all we hear from those calling the shots in Iran are vanity, glory and challenge.

However, various encounters and occasions with this regime exposed its reality, given that what they say is just a voice ‘façade’. Therefore, we ask those talking about “better future between the Kingdom and Iran:” Whom should we believe in Tehran? Shouldn’t those uttering these words stand firm by what they say, and not change positions now and then?

Events throughout the past years have proven that Iranian foreign ministers do not really speak for the regime’s politics. Instead, decisions are taken in the dark dungeons of the Revolutionary Guards, conservative factions and office of the supreme leader. Because we do not know the real identity of the current leaders of Iran, we will continue suffering from expansionism madness being spread in the region by the day walkers of this regime.

Therefore, it is impossible for the GCC countries to take the words of Zarif seriously. If the minister is serious in his question on what prevents cooperation between Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — in fact with all GCC nations, he should look at what the Revolutionary Guards and its intelligence agents are doing in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the eastern region of Saudi Arabia.

The minister should look at Iraq and Syria where organized operations are ongoing to ruin relations between people of the same community, as well as to spread sectarianism, hatred and cause creedal massacres, murders and ethnic displacement.

Furthermore, the minister should not forget to contemplate on Yemen, where members of the Revolutionary Guards have never ceased to operate. Actually, all the pillars of the regime, have openly announced their plan to occupy Yemen through the ‘Trojan’ Houthis.

On Lebanon, there is talk without reservations about what the Iranians have done in that country, including the Hezbollah group and its leader Nasrallah who continues to arrest and assassinate the Lebanese, while crippling the entire country. Thus, what better future is Iran’s foreign affairs minister talking about? Is it similar to the occupation of the three islands in the United Arab Emirates?

Zarif, together with every member of the regime, should wake up from the ‘hangover’ of the nuclear deal signing with the P5+1 countries. They should realize that the signing of this deal and its 12 years negotiation can be compared to the act of taking a gun from a small child who seem not deterred to fire at everyone around him.

The deal has left Iran to rejoice over what it assumes as victory, whereas in reality, it is complete disrobement for Iran, given that if these countries (P5+1) were up to creating more tension in the Middle East, it would have allowed Israel to wipe Iran’s display of strength in hours — exactly the same way it happened with Iraq’s nuclear scheme in 1981.

Hence, the person with a yellow smile should not rejoice that much. He should let go of retrogressive statements as long as his country’s politics is similar to mercury which cannot maintain any position.

After 37 years of the Mullah regime in power, it seems Iran is in need of a catastrophe which is almost similar to the political shock of the 1979 revolution in order for it to change its behavior, as well as the perception of Arabs towards it once it respects international diplomatic protocols.

It should not attack embassies governed and protected by international protocols and it should stop committing crimes against humanity. This is because no one in the GCC countries does not want good natural relations with Iran. But before that happens, Iran should remove its black mask and wipe off the conspiracy dust covering its once beautiful face.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

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