THE Iranian president-elect Ibrahim Raisi did not delay in revealing the intentions of his policy for the coming years of his rule.
During his first press conference, he announced a death sentence for any glimmer of hope on the improvement of his country’s relations with neighboring countries. If everything goes well, these improved relations would have helped rebuild international confidence in Iran; otherwise, there would be no change to the difficult reality faced by 80 million Iranians because of the regime’s aggressive policies.
In his first statement, the president-elect said, “We do not mind restoring diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia and reopening embassies in both countries”.
The words in the title seem good, but its content is drenched in poison, especially when he added, “Saudi Arabia should stop its attacks targeting the civilians and infrastructure in Yemen”.
He is forgetting the many questions raised by international human rights organizations and bodies of his role in the execution ceremonies of dissidents. He is forgetting that his “Revolutionary Guards” which elected him is the one that directs terrorist operations against civilians in schools, economic facilities and holy places in Saudi Arabia, while Riyadh defends itself through internationally guaranteed and legitimate means.
Therefore, if someone is responsible for the bloodshed in Yemen and Saudi Arabia, it is the Mullahs regime. It is the one that should stop its attacks on Saudi Arabia and its threats to the Arabian Gulf states.
Despite six and a half years of Iranian terrorism, the internationally sanctioned president has come to give advice, when it is he and his regime that are more deserving of it.
If he wants good relations with the neighboring countries, he should stop the toxic scheme known as “exporting the revolution” which his neighbors have been enduring for the past 42 years.
This scheme is an expansion project that aims for the transformation of the region according to the Safavid approach, which was established by Shah Ismail in the sixteenth century who had forced and killed about two million people who refused to convert to the new sect.
After the coup led by Khomeini against Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran acted in a similar manner. His government started the eight-year war with Iraq, in which about four million Iraqis and Iranians were killed, wounded, and displaced. Both countries incurred losses of about USD 600 billion in that war.
Over the past decades, the ruling junta in Iran followed a policy of interfering in the affairs of Arab countries such as Lebanon which it turned into a ruined farm controlled by a hired gang, Iraq where it practiced a policy of revenge against the people of Iraq, Syria where it plundered its wealth and killed its people, and Yemen, in addition to its terrorist operations in various parts of the world, and espionage acts in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, not to mention the propagation of Shiasm in Morocco, Egypt and some African countries by Iranian intelligence in an effort to build spy networks in those countries.
There are those who bet on changing the US administration’s approach of dealing with the Tehran regime, especially after the systematic misleading information given by Hassan Rouhani’s administration regarding the Vienna negotiations and its almost-daily announcement of great progress in them, the latest of which was the claim to lift sanctions on Iranian oil. This is in contrast to the US punitive measures that exposed such misleading information, especially the ban on electronic trumpets and the websites of Iranian institutions that promote the terrorist regime.
The international community is well aware that this regime, which is evil and lives on blood wherever it goes, cannot change its character. Therefore, Ibrahim Raisi’s call for the revival of relations with Saudi Arabia seems very scandalous. If it was sincere, it should have started by ceasing the aggression against Saudi Arabia, and bringing an end to the killing of Yemenis with Iranian daggers and then lamenting over them.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times