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Tuesday, January 26th 2016 07:06 PM

Truth about Arab – Iranian conflict

Mohammed Bamatraf

The last Saudi-Iranian row was not the first and will not be the last as the Iranian regime has been insisting to interfere in the Arab affairs through their proxies in the region.

Nor the Saudi regime or any other Arab regime will allow any other Arab capital to fall into the hands of Iran after Beirut, Baghdad and Damascus. That’s actually why Saudi Arabia thought it was time to cut off the Iranian hand in its southern border (Yemen) in a preventive step against besieging it with the Iranian influence.

As a matter of fact, the Arab-Persian conflict is not a newly-born issue. It started since the Fall of Babylon in 539 B.C. and has still been taking place in different ways and intensities.

Even though the Iranian regime say to embrace Shiite Islam as the only official religion of the state, the regime seems to be more loyal to the Persian nationalism. Iran has not been only trying to weaken its assumed opponents in the region, but also to claim that many Arab areas belong to the Persian territory, including Bahrain and large areas of Iraq.

Though we are in the 21st century, the Iranian state is run by the mentality of the distant past. The regime only looks at the Arabs as enemies, not as neighbors and deals with them on basis of mutual interests.

Saudi Arabia has called the Iranians to respect the sovereignty of the Arab states and to stop plotting against the Arab world and backing the dictatorial regime of Assad in Syria, but Iran has been insisting to refuse these calls through its practices.

Unfortunately, the Iranian regime found some weaknesses in the Arab world through it could create unrest and disputes between the Arabs themselves. However, the sectarian card is not the only thing that the Iranian regime has been trying to play with through inciting the Shiite minorities against their governments, but they also attempted to convince some Sunni Muslims that they are on their sides, like the southerners in Yemen and Hamas in Palestine before they woke up to see the truth of the Iranian regime’s real intentions.

Since his coming to throne, King Salman bin Abdulaziz has adopted a deterrent strategy against the Iranian intervention in the region. This strategy has started with the airstrikes in Yemen against the Iranian-backed Houthis and the forces of their ally, the now-ousted president Ali Saleh.

However, the Saudi-led military operation in Yemen was not the first military reaction against the Iranian intervention in the Arab affairs as Saudi Arabia participated indirectly in the Iraqi-Iranian war, and later through sending military forces to Bahrain.

Iran has to cope with the basic requirements of diplomacy and to know that its intervention must be limited within its borders. From now on, Iran and its proxies will face deterrence as they try to create disorder in the Arab region. Iran must remember that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones! And if it does, then the Operation Decisive Storm will be ready to blow again.

 

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