Is war an alternative to the deal?

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

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Remaining silent over the nuclear deal with Iran was the worst choice that resembled swallowing a blade.

Cancelling it was the least painful option, and it will not mean a rapid breakthrough and peace but it will diminish the Iranian regime that will try to rebel and threaten and intimidate the region’s countries by spreading more chaos and wars. We must realize that what is next will neither pass easily nor quickly.

So what’s to gain from scrapping the deal if it has consequences that will open more of the gates of hell? Withdrawing from the deal and reviving economic sanctions aim to put back the evil genie in the bottle and locking him up. It needs time and effort before we see any change in its behavior.

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Due to the danger which everyone sensed, and before the sanctions were even imposed, the toman lost one third of its value, Total withdrew from developing Iranian oil fields and the European Airbus company is talking about cancelling deals to sell airplanes which the Rouhani government were thrilled about and marketed as victory against its rivals.

Do not underestimate the crisis which Tehran’s government faces and the regime’s fears. The crisis may relapse on the domestic level and lead to domestic conflict among the regime powers and it may encourage the Iranian people to protest more. In the end, the result may be the collapse of the regime somehow!

A policy is required for the region’s countries to confront this wounded regime which will try to export its crisis and ignite more wars. Countries in the region did not seek to transfer war to make it within the regime and they did not fund foreign fronts against it.

Firing missiles on Riyadh, destroying border cities, killing 600,000 Syrians and inciting against the Palestinian Authority are tantamount to war that must be confronted

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Right to defend

They also have no hand in the popular protests that are happening every week in more than one city. However, they have the right to defend their security and the region’s security by confronting the Iranian regime in Syria and Yemen and thwarting its project in Iraq and Lebanon.

The recent parliamentary elections’ results in Lebanon confirm that Tehran is progressing quickly to confront the region in every possible way. Liberating Lebanon, Syria and Iraq from Iranian domination and getting the Iranian regime out of Yemen are linked to besieging the regime economically and restraining it.

Confronting the Iranian regime revolves around several fronts such as thwarting its activities in war zones, making it pay a high price and standing with the Iranian people, who are fighting a peaceful war, and morally supporting them.

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European countries, which want the nuclear deal but do not care about the price the region’s countries are paying must be pressured as they must take a stance to either be with us or with Iran since what the latter is doing targets the region’s regimes and stability.

The aim of confronting Europe is to send a clear message to Tehran and to further pressure the Iranian regime to know it must halt its activities if it wants to survive. Firing missiles on Riyadh, destroying border cities, killing 600,000 Syrians and inciting against the Palestinian Authority are tantamount to war that must be confronted.

Is there hope of peace after this dangerous escalation with Iran? The aim of escalation, pressure and boycott is to amend the regime’s behavior as changing it is up to the Iranian people who are better at judging it and confronting it if they decide to do so. We do not want to criticize the Iranian regime for its practices and follow suit by planting chaos and changing regimes.

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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