Who among Arabs is betting on Iran?

What do Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon currently have in common?

On top of being countries that suffer from the poisonous Iranian harm, or actually because of it, they have popular anger and explosive whines from the burdening and costly economic expenses. Protests that do not end, sometimes to demand the removal of garbage, sometimes due to power cuts and water contamination, and sometimes to protest against economic hardship, like what’s happening in Lebanon, Iraq and Iran.

The anger’s essence is poured onto the political category itself or rather on the regime and the entire political contract so is it a coincidence that all of these countries are all influenced in one way or another by apparent and secret Iranian influence?

If Iran, which wants to impose its influence on these countries, is itself sipping from this cup of economic bitterness, how can it be a model that can be trusted and relied on?

Mashari Althaydi

Declining economy

In Iraq, people attacked the headquarters of the parties that support the Iranian camp, like Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq and the Badr militia. In Lebanon and despite the strong Shiite bilateral alliance – at least until now – there are angry manifestations at the political sectarian “system” that harmed the country’s interests, as for instance the tourism season was harmed in addition to damages to the local banking sector.

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As for Yemen, activists in Sanaa called for a “revolt of the hungry” against the Houthi militias as it is primarily responsible for the ailing conditions that the Yemeni people have reached, ever since their coup against legitimacy at the end of 2014. Meanwhile, the Yemeni currency, the rial, continued to decline yesterday against foreign currencies.

It reached an unprecedented decline despite the measures adopted by the legitimate government and the Central Bank in Aden to restore a stable currency exchange rate and put an end to the manipulation of the banking market.

If Iran, which wants to impose its influence on these countries, is itself sipping from this cup of economic bitterness, how can it be a model that can be trusted and relied on?

The public’s wise men said: “He who is next to a happy man, is happy!”

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

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