An analyst commenting on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent statements – comparing Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to Hitler – acknowledged there is a historical and sectarian conflict between Iran and the Gulf countries but said the comparison with Hitler may not apply.
I think what the crown prince meant is that Khamenei is a leader who is managing an expansionist and ideological regime and who hasn’t even blink after he subjected hundreds of thousands to death or helped others kill them.
It is a regime that rejected reconciliation and openness to its Arab neighbors and the West and that continues to direct most of its capabilities toward building a hostile and superior military state with a network of agents that consist of terror groups from Indonesia to Central Africa.
Europe’s problem all started due to Hitler’s hostile tendency and his attempt to seize what he viewed as vital areas for Germany’s security, like Czechoslovakia, Poland and France. He continued to expand and did not stop until the Allies united against him and decided to confront him.
Iran is the only political regime in the region that provided al-Qaeda with support and refuge inside Iran following the September 11, 2001 attacksAbdulrahman al-Rashed
The same model
We are facing the same model and same situation. Tehran’s leader justifies sending Revolutionary Guards to Iraq and Syria by saying these are vital areas to Iran, although his country does not share any borders with Syria.
The guide and his religious and military commanders clearly state that the entire Middle East region submits to them and that they will subjugate whatever is left of it. This is not only conveyed via words but also through their actions in Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon, Somalia and Central Asia.
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The regime of the Iranian Islamic Republic has been ideological and fascist ever since clerics assumed power around four decades ago. This does not mean there is a sectarian Sunni-Shiite conflict, like the commentator said, as Iran stands behind extremist Sunni organizations like Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Iran is the only political regime in the region that dared and provided al-Qaeda with support and refuge inside Iran following the September 11, 2001 attacks and the US’ invasion of Afghanistan and destruction of their terrorist bases.
We also cannot comment on the conflict with Iran and on the threats it poses by saying that Iran is ethnically fighting Arabs because it is a Safavid state as this simplifies danger since the ruler himself, who represents the top authority, is not Persian but he has Azerbaijani roots.
Fascist and expansionist
We believe that Iran’s current authority is fascist, expansionist and dangerous as it does not know any limits. We think its guide will not stop at what he describes vital areas but will expand like fascist invaders did.
He will head toward Saudi Arabia and on his way he will pass by Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain like Hitler did when he seized Baltic states, Ukraine and Belarus as he executed his second phase of his scheme towards invading the Soviet Union.
Actually, most Gulf disputes with Iran’s republic are solvable but Iran’s political regime does not want to seek a solution as the entire state has been established on the basis of an expansionist partisan and military project that greatly resembles ISIS which talks about establishing the caliphate state that is an expanded colonial state that is obedient to it.
This is Hitler’s dream. The Khomeinite Iranian project is like that of Nazi Germany – it has no value for people’s lives, regardless of who they are.
This article is also available in Arabic.
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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