On Iran and its siege

Despite their refutation, I am utterly convinced that the Muslim Brotherhood and the mullahs’ regime in Iran are well-coordinated in stances in a way that serves the orientations of political Islam.

It has also been proven that Iran and Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda work with each other in harmony. Needless to say that al-Qaeda is the armed wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Americans know this well as they have documents to confirm it.

The Muslim Brotherhood is very well-aware that the fall of Shiite political Islam will result in their extinction. The example of the theocratic state, which is advertised by the Muslim Brotherhood and the mullahs of Iran, is archaic and cannot achieve the interests of the people.

It is in the interest of the West and the Western weapons industry that there remains a “boogeyman” that pushes wealthy Gulf states to buy more weapons. Therefore, I am certain that the Houthis will keep operating in Yemen (meaning there will remain a terrorist force like Hezbollah) next to us in Yemen

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Concessions to Israel

Iran’s extent of economic collapse has made it difficult for it to resist for a long time. Perhaps the main reason that has deferred the popular uprising in Iran is that the Iranian opposition, with its different orientations and tendencies, lacks unified leadership.

However, the “hunger” of the Iranian people is exacerbating and the national currency is deteriorating. In the end, the revolution of the hungry is destined to happen unless the Iranian mullahs surrender and sit with the Americans at the negotiating table. I for one do not rule this out. Iranians will resist until the last breath, and when they reach the conclusion that they will either fall or will have to negotiate then they will negotiate.

But what I really fear is that when the time comes Iran will offer concessions to Israel in a way that meets Israel's security needs. In return, Israel will ensure that Iran’s expansionist project in the region survives; especially when it comes to Hezbollah and the Houthis, the Iranian proxies.

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It is in the interest of the West and the Western weapons industry that there remains a “boogeyman” that pushes wealthy Gulf states to buy more weapons. Therefore, I am certain that the Houthis will keep operating in Yemen (meaning there will remain a terrorist force like Hezbollah) next to us in Yemen. We cannot accept this whatever pressures are exerted on us, because it is an existential issue.

The terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, Iran’s mullahs, consider the Kingdom and the UAE as existential enemies. In my opinion, the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran know that shaking these two countries’ stability in the short term is impossible, so they are working for the long term, and their arena is not in hard power but in soft power. It must be admitted that we have neglected building an influential soft power to the point of abandonment, even though we have all the necessary tools.

All I want to say is that we should not just settle with the American siege no matter how powerful it is in weakening the mullahs’ regime in Iran, because ultimately the Americans care about Israel's security, and if they guarantee the latter’s security in a way that reassures them, they will not necessarily clip Iran’s wings in a way that preserves our security and safety.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Mohammed Al Shaikh is a Saudi writer with al-Jazirah newspaper. He tweets @alshaikhmhmd.

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