THE Kingdom of Saudi Arabia took the most basic step when it decided to sever diplomatic ties with Iran. However, such step should have been taken since the Mullah regime launched provocative campaigns years ago. The Kingdom was fed up after the closure of all doors of dialogue among the ‘banks’ of the Gulf. The regime erroneously thought that a group of agents and mercenaries are able to grant them the region on a plate of innocent bodies or to demarcate small sectarian and doctrinal States through the blood of safe people in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.
Anyone who follows up Saudi’s foreign policy knows well that it is not built on reaction, as it is based on balance and good way of handling various files. In addition, it respects the sovereignty of other countries without interfering in their internal affairs. It decisively confronts threats to its security or any attempt to interfere in its internal affairs irrespective of the circumstances. Therefore, if it has been wisely handling, for the past four decades, the file of altercations, interferences and terrorist practices of the Tehran regime against it; the Kingdom adopted such policy in accordance with its astute power to keep the minimum level of relation with Tehran in a bid to stop tensions in a sensitive region.
Unfortunately, the Mullah regime confronted this political rationalism with stubbornness and arrogance, as well as the language of threat and treason; whether through the slogan of ‘exporting revolution’ or by attempting to change the social and cultural faces of nations or seeking to revive the old Persian empires which are now considered history. This move aimed at protecting the region to prevent the current Persia from sinking in the quagmire of civil war which will definitely affect the entire region.
The regime of the mid-century has laid down its policy since 1979, along with countries in the region, based on the principle of domination over these countries. It arrogantly interfered in Bahrain, disregarding its sovereignty and independence while announcing its plan to attach the latter to Iran. It has planted conspiracy cells in Saudi Arabia and these cells did not even hide their destructive goals. The series of speeches delivered by the ‘destroyer’ – Nimr Baqer Al-Nimr – were aimed at dividing the Kingdom in order to establish a small State for a social component that does not represent even seven per cent of the population, along with his provocation against the institution of ruling. Anyone who heard these speeches will realize that the final goal behind the programmed terrorist attacks carried out by the regime of sectarian chaos throughout the past decades is to divide the Kingdom and the big Arab countries, exactly like the international Zionist attempts.
The attacks carried out by members of the Revolutionary Guard and ‘Basij’ group on the headquarters of Saudi’s embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad triggered the Saudi fury, because all treatments failed to stop the plague of terrorism from spreading. Therefore, cauterization is the last solution – a treatment that should be adopted by all Arab countries, particularly the GCC countries. For example, Kuwait has not been safe from the Iranian terrorist operations for decades; up to the extent of attempting to assassinate its Amir, hijack his plane, bomb public utilities and carry out piracy operations on its ships. Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have not also been safe from terrorism. Consequently, it has become necessary to close such a door, because the malpractices of the Mullah groups do not only threaten State security but that of the entire region as well.
We have to say that GCC countries, with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the forefront, are strong. They are not linked with Iran through an umbilical cord; hence, there is no truth in the claim of its leaders that these countries will be harmed if ties with the bad regime are severed. On the contrary, any change in diplomatic relations will be more harmful for the Mullah regime; as evident in the economic crisis the nation has been facing due to the policies of its leaders.
Today, after the Saudi stance and Bahraini decision to sever ties with Tehran, as well as the decision of UAE to reduce the level of diplomatic representation and dismissal of the Iranian ambassador to Sudan; it has become necessary for all Arab countries to take a stand and ouster the Iranian ambassadors in their territories. This is in addition to cutting commercial ties and restricting movements, as Tehran might get up from the ‘heeltap’ of arrogance which caused massive destruction in the region.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times