AMERICAN President Donald Trump opened a window for Iran by inviting its leaders to call him in order to avert new war in the region. Undoubtedly, this war will be different from the previous ones in the region; given that its repercussion will reach the base of collapse of the Mullah regime and agitation of populist demonstrations amid starvation and choking economy crisis.
This opportunity seems to be the last for the regime in Iran which foolishly attracted foreign military in an unprecedented manner to the region through its terrorism practices and interference in the affairs of neighboring countries.
In addition, Iran harbors and aids terrorists through the militia wings it formed as per the rhetoric of Ayatollah Khomeini’s establishment four decades ago.
It is imperative for the regime in Iran to acknowledge its failure in ‘exporting’ its revolution. It fell into evil deeds as manifested in its interference in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen; as well as the calamity it brought to its pillars and subordinates.
It is now time for this regime to wake up from its megalomania and delusion to control the region. It should focus on its own affairs and deal with the problems of its people.
No nation in the region will allow Persia to dictate its fate, even in the place where it claims to have religious and cultural alignment with its people. This is manifested in Iraq, especially after the eruption of populist anger over ‘popular mobilization forces’ and Iranian militias along with the creedal and sectarian religious organization. This came after Persian ambitions to dominate the region were exposed in Najaf and its grand religious reference.
Based on these facts, Iran, which is choked with blockade, is not in any position to engage in confrontation; particularly after the recent gathering of American forces which resembles the eve of Saddam Hussein’s fall in 2003.
The US clearly warned Iran that military provocation towards American armed forces or commercial vessels passing through the Strait of Hormuz and Strait of Mandeb will lead to war.
It is standard practice in politics to ensure harmony between dreams and capabilities to realize dreams; in this case, objectives. However, it seems this reality eluded the decision makers in Iran who have been trying to hit the wall in the last four decades – an act which usually ends in hurting the hand.
All the remaining method to prevent the reckless regime from engaging in bloody adventures is to put more pressure on it by imposing more sanctions or by being deserted by the European Union after President Hassan Rouhani intensified the intimidation tone, in addition to the American military assembly and collapse of its militias in the regime due to its financial crisis.
The first to hear the current ringing war bells in the Arabian Gulf are the Iranians who will continue suffering the bitterness of sanctions, as long as the ruling regime does not yield to the sound of logic.
Therefore, there are only two options to solve the problem – negotiate on new agreement which has no stipulation about explosives or eruption of hunger demonstration from inside. In both ways, the arrogant show of weapons will be useless this time, especially after its failed tests.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times