After tightening American sanctions on Iran, which reached Iranian oil that is the backbone of Iran’s finances, the Khomeini republic’s keepers seem like they’ve lost their mind. The regime’s active figures, such as the smiling Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the always-scowling “Hajj” Qassem Soleimani, the ambassador of strife in the region, are making strenuous efforts to address this.
Zarif is doing what he does best, embellish and modernize the fake face of the Khomeini ideological republic. Meanwhile, Qassem Soleimani is warmly praising the threats of the most prominent moderate Iranian dove, Hassan Rouhani, to block the Strait of Hormuz if Washington implements its promise to impose sanctions against Iranian oil exports.
There’s nothing new here. It is the game of distributing roles and insistence on denial even if Iranian intelligence agents are arrested for planning to carry out terror attacks. An example is the arrest of diplomat Assadollah Assadi who works at the Iranian embassy in Vienna over a suspected plot to carry out a bomb attack on an exiled Iranian opposition group in France.
This approach resembles the Nazi Goebbels’s approach of denying and lying until people eventually believe you, even if they’re kind to you like the gentlemen in Europe – we salute leftist figure Senora Federica Mogherini who is fighting for the European deal with Iran.
Moment of truth
The purpose of the Trump administration’s determination against the Khomeini regime is clear and it’s to force the latter to surrender and quit sponsoring terrorism. The moment of truth has come no matter how much the Iranian regime deceives others.
The keepers of the Khomeini republic will do what they do best, energize terrorism and open diplomatic gaps to maneuver.
Iran may use the Afghan arena to attack America, according to an article by Russian author Igor Subbotin in Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily and published by the Russia Today website. Subbotin spoke about Tehran’s preparations for a painful response to American sanctions and about the possibility of transferring the Shiite Afghans, “the Hazaras,” from Syria to fight the Americans in Afghanistan. According to the Times, sources in Kabul and in Taliban said Iran is doubling its support to fighters of the Sunni Taliban for the same purpose.
This is the common Iranian response to manage terrorism and cooperate with all terror networks, both Sunni and Shiite, to serve Tehran’s interests. Meanwhile, Iran through its “civil” masks tries to play the game of diplomacy and sweet talk.
For example, after Iran's OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili attacked Trump because he requested OPEC to work on decreasing oil prices, he suddenly said: “Our brothers in Saudi Arabia are a proud Muslim nation that’s educated and mature and it will not allow you to talk to us in this tone!”
Imagine the world without the Khomeini republic, just imagine!
This article is also available in Arabic.
Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi 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. Althaydi 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. He tweets under @MAlthaydy