Time: September 12, 2018
Iran has no longer any more ways to pursue with its evil plots aimed at destabilizing the countries in the region. The plans of the Mullahs to undermine the security of the Latin American countries and Africa have already been foiled. Latin America is no longer a mine for smuggling cocaine to serve the interests of the terrorist Hezbollah. The African governments did not allow Iran to spread its Shi’ism and sectarianism that would have dealt a blow to the national unity of the people of the Dark Continent.
In Yemen, the slaps are much louder to the extent that there are directives for Houthis from Tehran not to send a delegation to attend the UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva. The Houthis have lost more maritime passages and ports where they used to receive weapons and spare parts of missiles from the Mullah regime. The Houthis have also started losing ground in the battle for Yemen while the legitimate nationalist forces, with the support of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen, have taken control of more regions, cities and villages that were reeling under the Persian colonial rule. In Syria, unlike in the past, Iran does not enjoy now a free hand.
But the unexpected surprise came for Iran from the neighboring Iraqi city of Basra. It had planned a total change in the demographic structure of Basra, and even managed to have a hold on Iraqi oil supplies as well as on its strategic port of Umm Qasr. It was also another surprise for Iran when the people of Basra, both Sunnis and Shiites alike, stormed its consulate in Basra and torched the premises of militias whom Tehran misused to expand its influence so as to colonize Iraq and exploit its resources and capabilities.
More than a year ago, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi had decided that the proper way to save Iraq from the disasters that virtually paralyzed the country would be through restoration of the Arab identity for Iraq and not turning again to the Persians. Since then, Abadi made his historic visit to Riyadh in 2017 and concluded an agreement with Saudi Arabia to establish a joint Arab committee to pinpoint the pathways of bilateral cooperation, especially in investments and infrastructure, while taking advantage of the Arab and Saudi prominence at the regional and international arenas for the betterment of Iraq. Finally, Abadi, in his capacity as the commander in chief of the Iraqi armed forces, ordered the dismissal of the commander of the Hashad Al-Shaabi militias and this further weakened the position of Iran.
During the last Iraqi elections, Iran made all attempts to lure in the voters to support the candidates in its favor. However, the results have proved otherwise and it did not serve the interests of Tehran so that it can exercise its influence in the Iraqi affairs. It was not possible for Iran to influence the larger bloc in the parliament to ensure the return of former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki to head the new government, while getting a free hand for its another mercenary Hadi Al-Amiri, leader of the Iran-backed Badr Shiite militia.
The Basra protests attain its significance mainly because of the fact that it is the outcome of the first Iraqi popular consensus in confronting the Iranian interference in their country after the war with Iran led by the deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 1980s for similar reasons. That war ended with the defeat of the Mullah regime during which the role of its agent Doha was also exposed.
It seems that Iran is incapable of achieving any of its goals with regard to its dreams to impose its hegemony over the region after an exposure of its plots and the revelations of scandals of its agents. Here comes the great role of the Decisive Saudi Arabia toward the criminal interventions of Iran. It is also to be noted that Tehran’s dispute with the United States has been doubled after assumption of office by Donald Trump as president of US.
Iran is not in a position to confront Saudi Arabia unless through its spies and mercenaries. It is also not possible for Tehran to incorporate Lebanon, Syria and Gaza into its fold because of its inability to build a military force, which is capable of facing the international forces that are prepared to support these countries in the event of a military standoff.
It is certain that the demonstrators of Basra shout slogans at the squares and streets and these slogans are meant what Iraq now intends to have: “Iran go out: Basra free, free.” This is the same slogan that resounds the Arab will in confronting the Persian influence; whatever may be the outcome of this confrontation with the Mullahs of Tehran, Qum and their agents.
— The author is the editor-in-chief of Okaz. Follow him on Twitter: @JameelAlTheyabi