When it comes to the Iran-US relations, verbal tensions and media crossfire have not ceased for quite a while, but the new aspect of the current tension is the soaring momentum coupled with accusation of actual assault on the interests of the US allies, with fingers starting to point towards Iran.
The soaring momentum of this tension started with the sabotage of the commercial ship off the coast of Fujairah Port in the UAE, followed by an assault on the oil facilities in the middle of Saudi Arabia. The matter then escalated to an attack on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman, followed by attack on Saudi’s Abha Airport, which occurred after attacks on Najran Airport.
Undoubtedly, all these attacks have no military effect, but as per political perspective, the effects of these attacks are beyond military aspects. These consecutive events are occurring within a short span of time and with a single subject (actor) in terms of where the fingers are pointing, while the US and its allies are at the receiving end.
All these give a skewed impression of indifference and continuance of the political game, followed by assaults on several Houthi interests in Sanaa through bombardment of its airport, and shooting down other mobile and stationary targets. The current situation has two parties that openly declare their animosity towards each other. However, one side is the subject, and the other is the object which looks, declares and acts via media.
It is clear that the US has not yet seriously dealt with this issue by at least protecting its allies and its interests. It is somehow difficult to determine if the American political game is with its allies or with Iran. Perhaps Iran is being used as a goad, intentionally or otherwise, but what is definite is that Iranians are playing their major role which preoccupies the minds of the regional countries, whereas the US ally is dealing lightly with Iran’s role in all of this.
Enough of statements, which are characterized by high and low tones based on the vague perspective of the US, are being made. The straight-up response came from Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in an interview with “Sharq al Awsat” daily in which he affirmed that his country is ready to deal with Iran as per the stage requirements with a clear conscience for dealing with the Iranian administration.
This is happening when Trump keeps on shifting up and down through his statements. I am not sure whether there is something transpiring under the table between the two countries – Iran and the USA.
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By Yousef Awadh Al-Azmi
“Man has lived so far on idolatry: Idolatry in moral; idolatry in politics, and idolatry in philosophy” – German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900).