The isolation of Tehran
One should bear in mind that Tehran’s regime remains isolated despite the nuclear agreement
The escalating political action on the part of Tehran and its supporters against Saudi Arabia in the Hajj pilgrimage season demonstrates the complexity of the crisis besetting Iran.
The Hajj pilgrimage is not new. Therefore, there is no explanation behind the Iranian supreme leader’s newly-stated opinion toward it and about Saudi Arabia’s religious duty toward pilgrims and visitors.
Contrary to what is being circulated by Tehran and its counterparts in Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq, the Iranian regime is suffering from the consequences of the war in both Syria and Iraq.
Hezbollah is Tehran’s most prominent representative in the region, represented by Hassan Nasarallah who is also facing a worst case scenario given that his militia’s death toll in Syria has reached around 1,600 and thousands have been wounded, according to Western press estimates.
Last Wednesday, Radio Israel cited an official source as saying: “A decade after the second Lebanese war, the Israeli deterrent power remains in place on the northern border while Hezbollah has become more preoccupied with the situation on the Lebanese borders with other states and with the internal criticism against it.”
Contrary to what is being circulated by Tehran and its counterparts in Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq, the Iranian regime is suffering from the consequences of the war in both Syria and IraqMshari Al Thaydi
It is also worth mentioning that Iran is facing political and a legal isolation after the classification of Hezbollah as a terrorist group by the GCC countries, especially Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, and also after the Arab league classified it as such.
On the other hand, the statement released by the summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation held in Istanbul last April has condemned Iran for meddling in other countries’ affairs and backing terrorist organizations. It also accused Iran of employing sectarianism in a declaration voted for by 50 members.
Many Muslim and Arab countries, especially the African ones - like Sudan, the Comoros and Djibouti - have cut ties with Iran while other countries are watching Iran carefully as well.
Therefore, we must not ignore these facts amid rising Iranian voices led by some Western media outlets, especially British leftist ones.
In terms of the Iranian escalation toward Saudi Arabia regarding its duties towards the pilgrimage and its care for Muslims, the goal seems to be clear according to the Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei.
The bottom-line? Despite the necessity of countering Iranian propaganda, one should bear in mind that Tehran’s regime remains isolated despite the nuclear agreement led by Obama’s administration, or as I call it the death kiss of Obama.
This road has a clear end. It remains to be seen whether Iran will embrace reality.
This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on Sept. 9, 2016.
Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi 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. Al Thaydi 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.