With Trump ready to confront Iran, is death knell sounding for the regime?

Tony Duheaume

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With the removal of Rex Tillerson by Donald Trump from his post as Secretary of State, it could well prove to be the end of the line for the Iran deal.

Donald Trump had frequently condemned the one-sided agreement during his campaign trail, calling it the “worst deal ever”, and has continued that stance as US president, while Tillerson has continued to endorse the agreement.

As far as being a risk to world security is concerned, over recent years, Iran has been striving hard to rebuild its long-lost empire. As far its present Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is concerned, the main building blocks to construct this empire have come in the form of his regime’s domination of Syria and Iraq, which his military managed to achieve through armed intervention via invitation.

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But the Iranian regime’s proposed conquests haven’t ended there, Yemen is also high on the agenda for takeover, as just like Syria and Iraq, which are needed as a land corridor to resupply Hezbollah, as well as a route of access to the Mediterranean Sea, Yemen is of great strategic value to Iran, in its proposed plan to close in on Saudi Arabia.

Iran’s ultimate goal of full domination of the Middle East goes through an injection of insurgency. When Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini founded the Islamic Republic of Iran, it came about through the slaughter of thousands of his own countrymen.

Then after Khomeini’s death in June 1989, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was nominated Iran’s Supreme Leader, and with a mixture of confrontation and feigned mediation with world leaders, he mastered the game of playing one nation against the other.

Feeling confident that his new mix of brinkmanship and mediation, using the good cop/bad cop technique, carried out through a succession of presidents of varied personalities, would eventually lead Iran to the greatness it was seeking, he entered the Iran deal.

Adhering to agreement

Throughout the period the Iran deal has been in place, the Iranian regime has been using cash returned from “adhering” to the agreement, to modernize and reequip its military, and embark on a program to produce nuclear-capable long-range missiles; which mirror the actions of an administration building up for war, not pursuing peace.

But as far as far as building a Persian Empire was concerned, Khomeini saw his Islamic Revolution as just the start of a wider struggle; his true vision was to spread his own form of radical Shiite doctrine across every nation in the Middle East, and eventually the globe, through the export of revolution, upheaval and terror, a struggle which still continues under the present Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

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Once Iran was in Khomeini’s hands, he created a worldwide network of terror, led from Tehran by belligerent members of the regime, who immediately began to build-up a suicide-warrior cult within the ranks of the more radical groups within its military, its subservient Lebanese militia Hezbollah, and other affiliates across the world.

If Khomeini had lived to fulfil his dream, all other religions would have been wiped from the face of the earth, and this he would have attained through an all-out policy of hegemony, which would have included the destruction of Israel.

Also included on his list of enemy states were all countries aligned to the United States – or “Great Satan”, as the Iranian regime preferred to label it – and also, all of the ruling monarchies of the Gulf States, which the mullahs despise with fervour.

Mike Pompeo (File Photo: AP /Jacquelyn Martin)
Mike Pompeo (File Photo: AP /Jacquelyn Martin)

As far as the Iranian mullah leadership is concerned, with their cultural identity steeped in the mysticism of past Persian civilizations, it has allowed a nationalistic fervour to grip the whole of the security apparatus operating within Iran, as they crave for a return to the glory days, when their beloved Persian nation controlled most of the Middle East.

The administration has worked hard to instil such fervour for its revolutionary government deep into the minds of the population, in an effort to protect the regime from outside forces, as well as those inside that might have the ability to overthrow it.

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By constantly pointing toward threats from enemies both outside and within, the regime has created a culture of fear and paranoia, in a bid to keep the masses behind them.

Through instruction and manipulation, by both education and the state-owned media, the regime has done its best to ensure that the nation’s mind-set is fixed on self-sacrifice, which plays fully into the hands of the mullah leadership.

Should a full-scale war ever break out against a powerful outside force, there would be no fear of death in combat situations amongst many of the population, no matter how heavily the odds were stacked against them, as a nationalistic zeal has been instilled in Iranians since birth, and its citizens would rather martyr themselves than subdue to an outside enemy force.

Trump take

But as far as Iran’s export of terror is concerned, Donald Trump has made it clear on how he believes Iran is “behind every problem” in the Middle East, and has made it clear how the US administration is “working with allies and partners to block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon and confront its sponsorship of terror and bloodshed all around the world.”

So, with the Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo replacing Tillerson as Secretary of State, a man acknowledged for his hawkish line on Iran, who in the past has called for regime change, and a man known to be fully in tune with Donald Trump where foreign policy is concerned, the death knell could well be sounding for the expansionist policies of the Iranian regime, and its collapse might soon follow.