The upcoming year will mark 40 years of the Iranian regime’s existence, which represents four decades of failure to achieve its unrealistic goals of controlling the region and exporting the revolution. It has neither succeeded in exporting its revolution, nor been able to protect it at home.
In fact, the Iranian people want to dispose of it, now more than ever, as it has become a heavy burden on Iran and the Iranians. This regime has only brought hostility to the country, in addition to economic and political sanctions. Iran does not have a single friend among the civilized countries as all the regime’s friends and allies are those who are singing outside the global flock who mostly suffer from economic crises of their own or of civilizational and human regression.
The time for slogans, propaganda and deceit has ended. Instead of threatening the Iranian people with the fate suffered by the people of Syria, Iran should focus on change, and the regime must itself start to change, reform and revert to realityMohammed Al-Hammadi
Tehran needs to reconsider its political and strategic calculations due to the people’s indignation and external pressures. Instead of threatening the United States and the superpowers and not complying with international laws, charters and ethics, Tehran must look at itself impartially and with clarity and admit that its ideological project has failed and has no prospect of recovery.
Time to 'shape up'
The time for slogans, propaganda and deceit has ended. Instead of threatening the Iranian people with the fate suffered by the people of Syria, Iran should focus on change, and the regime must itself start to change, reform and revert to reality so that Iran becomes a disciplined and responsible state, and a real partner in maintaining the security and stability of the region, and a hand that builds along with its neighbors.
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It should stop creating chaos in the region and disturbing the security and stability of its neighbors by supporting and financing terrorism and jeopardizing global interests by threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz or carrying out acts of aggression.
The Iranian officials' quarrel with America is not in Tehran's favor. The American president’s response to Rouhani's recent remarks was clear, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ recent condemnation of Iran's actions in the Middle East, including its support of Assad and the Houthis, must be taken seriously.
Moreover, every country in the region agrees with Mattis’ statement that: “It’s time for Iran to shape up and show responsibility as a responsible nation. It cannot continue to show irresponsibility as some revolutionary organization that is intent on exporting terrorism, exporting disruption across the region.”
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This is what all countries, the countries of the region in general and the Arab states in particular want. The suffering witnessed by Iran's neighbors due to the Iranian regime has never ceased over the last four decades. Once a crisis ends, this regime engulfs the countries of the region into another crisis thus causing problems for these nations as well as for the Iranian people.
After all these years and in light of recent events, one wonders: Is there hope that this regime will change its behavior? Is there hope that Iran will again become a state and not a revolutionary organization with a terrorist and extremist ideology?
The article is also available in Arabic.
Mohammed Al-Hammadi is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad newspaper and Executive Director of editing and publishing at the Abu Dhabi Media Company. He founded and was Editor-in-Chief of the Arabic edition of National Geographic magazine, and has held numerous positions in journalism since joining Al Ittihad in 1994. Al-Hammadi has been a columnist for more than 15 years, including writing a daily column for seven years and producing a weekly political column in Al Ittihad since 2001. He has also worked as a parliamentary editor for seven years, covering the proceedings of the Federal National Council in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to being an active participant on social networks, Al-Hammadi has an interest in new media and is currently working on a project to ease the transition from traditional to digital and smart media. Al-Hammadi has received numerous awards and is a member of a number of organizations and federations. He features regularly in broadcast media as a regional political commentator and has authored several books including Time of Ordeal (2008), The UAE Democracy (2009) and The Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood (2016). Twitter: @MEalhammadi.