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Merkel, Macron’s pro-Iran stance will push more chaos in the region

The siren drills in a number of Saudi cities is not a routine amid the tense circumstances of the region as Iran continuous firing ballistic missiles targeting populated Saudi cities through their Houthi agent in Yemen, which shows the danger facing everyone.

Despite this and the spread of the organized violence by the Iranian regime, both governments of Germany and France are promoting the idea to overlook the Iranian wars and respect the nuclear agreement with it.

For the first time and bluntly, German Chancellor Angela Merkel talked about strengthening her country’s military defense policy away from the United States, telling the Iranian president over the phone that she is committed to the agreement and cooperating with Iran. Along with Merkel, the French president also chose to be separated from Washington, promising the regime in Tehran to trade with it, announcing their desire to become more independent of their permanent American ally.

The positions opposing the US president’s decision to break the nuclear deal with Iran poses a series of perceptions that seems positive, but in reality it is drastically negative. France and Germany commitment to the agreement might be out of believing that it is the lesser of two evils. They claim that their position gives Iran an opportunity to think and interact positively so as not to lose Europe, after it had lost the US. Germany and France are promoting their biased positon to Tehran as if to prevent the regime from re-building nuclear weapons and rationalize its policies.

Both Germany and France are giving wrong indicators to the Iranian supreme leader that he was right in his position against Washington and that he does not need to reform his regional policies. We are afraid that the Merkel-Macron’s messages is what is going to push more chaos and wars in the region.

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

On the other side of this open positon, the Germans and French do not have enough guarantees for Tehran’s military and economic behavior. Thus, both countries give wrong indicators to the Iranian supreme leader that he was right in his position against Washington and that he does not need to reform his regional policies. We are afraid that the Merkel-Macron’s messages is what is going to push more chaos and wars in the region.

Creating more chaos

The US president Trump may not be tactful, but in this case he is right.

The nuclear agreement is the worst one in the modern age and it must be modified. The Middle East region, even with its bad standards, never knew wars, violence and dangers like those occurred after signing the agreement. The future would be worse as long as the Iranian regime sees that the major powers had abandoned its charging means. The Israeli- Iranian confrontation in Syria was only the result of this agreement which provides the regime with money, allowed it to spread and makes it fee free in the region. The Europeans has temporary solutions for huge wars, like in Syria, they donate more tents and blankets, they are wrong in this. Syria would create more worries due to the imbalances of powers in the region. As they tried in Libya, which is located directly in their security area, the Southern Europe security. Europe, whether as a combined or single powers, could only handle the Civil war in Libya, by deploying the maritime police to prevent immigrants. Thus due to absence of central authority and not enabling peace there, Libya became a passage to thousands of Africans, who are ready to drown in order to immigrate to Europe. Europe’s sleeping policy needs one of two solutions; either that US would bear the burden of the military confrontation or let the countries to region burn. Europe is not capable of making any war decision, it does not have the ability to agree on a joint military work. If it had not been for the US interference in Bosnia, the crisis might have been there in Europe itself until today!

Can the Germans and the French let us know their solution for what Iran is doing in Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Yemen? They do not anything but seeking to sell weapons, but they refuse to send forces or offer information or logistical services! With exception of a symbolic French force in Syria, we could not say that it makes a difference on the ground!

Thus, The Europeans submission to the Iranian regime is at the expense of the restless Iranian people and the countries of the region which are all targeted by Iran. The only choice left is to get ready for wider wars.

This article is also available in Arabic.
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Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. A veteran and internationally acclaimed journalist, he is a former editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, where he still regularly writes a political column. He has also served as the editor of Asharq al-Awsat’s sister publication, al-Majalla. Throughout his career, Rashed has interviewed several world leaders, with his articles garnering worldwide recognition, and he has successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today. He tweets @aalrashed.

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Last Update: Saturday, 12 May 2018 KSA 17:01 - GMT 14:01
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