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THE Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states’ condemnation of the recent assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is a clear manifestation of their good intentions towards Tehran. They consider it as an act of terrorism and contrary to the international norms.
This GCC condemnation also conveys a peaceful message to the Mullahs regime in order to urge it to change its behavior towards its neighbors and put an end to the norm of hurling threats day and night.
Undoubtedly, the Iranian military nuclear project represents an existential threat to the GCC countries, which makes it a humanitarian necessity before being a political one to prevent the project and put a stop to it in order to neutralize the region from potential disasters.
In addition, the international community unanimously would not allow a regime, which has proven in the last 40 years to be impotent in all aspects, to possess such powers especially after losing its credibility in almost everything related to it as far as its leadership is concerned.
However, there is an opportunity, even regionally especially in its relationship with the GCC states, to prove its good intentions and translate the positions announced by some of its leaders regarding aspiration to build relations based on peaceful neighborhood and cooperation.
Today Tehran has an actual opportunity to give up the provocative language it uses against its neighbors. It should therefore not reward these countries with a terrorist response for their peaceful stance.
This is in terms of its stances, either by moving its sectarian gangs in Bahrain and the UAE, or with a second “Abdali cell” in Kuwait, or fuelling the Yemeni war by providing the Houthi gangs with more Iranian missiles to bomb the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, or reactivating its sectarian militias in Iraq to slaughter more nationalist Sunnis and Shiites and fuelling the situation there.
Nonetheless, in such a condemned operation in the Arab world especially in the Gulf region, no country in the Middle East, with the exception of Israel, supports this type of violence because it senses the negative consequences of this type of operations, as it had previously suffered from the terrorism carried out by Iranian cells in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.
Therefore, you realize that such behavior cannot be justified, and will only lead to more tension, wars and skirmishes, backwardness at all levels, and further economic losses.
For the past 40 years, these countries have worked towards confronting the terrorist behavior of the peacock vanity regime with goodness and more peaceful stances as well as honest pursuit of better relations with it, because they realize, through the wisdom of their leaders, that any tension in the region will bring to them and their people more losses and devastations.
However, it is unfortunate that this pacifism has always been met with obstinacy and more threats; in fact, the Persian boasts of exporting what it refers to as “revolution” which in reality is the quest for expansionism to restore an imperial glory that died hundreds of years ago.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times