After the strict economic sanctions against the terrorist Iranian regime went into effect, the regional and international scene clarified in terms of those who defend this regime, whether Arabs or foreigners and left-wing or right-wing, using different excuses.
It’s normal for the Khomeini regime affiliates such as the Lebanese Hezbollah, the Yemeni Houthis and the Iraqi Popular Mobilization to speak out against these sanctions. This is normal as they are part of the Khomeini body, and if one body part suffers, the rest of the body falls ill.
Those are not the ones I will address or talk about as I will talk about those who claim political or sectarian disparities. Take the Palestinian Hamas Movement, the Brotherhood’s body, mind and spirit in Palestine, as an example and how it screamed in anger against the sanctions targeting the Iranian regime.
The Hamas Movement issued a statement commenting on these US sanctions saying: “These sanctions aim to weaken the factors of steadfastness.” The Movement also voiced its “solidarity” with the Iranian regime adding that it “stands by Iran and by all the vivid forces in confronting the Zionist-American arrogance.”
Let’s put Hamas aside as it’s just a “movement” even if it’s a “government” in the Gaza Strip which has been afflicted due to them and to Israel’s strikes. Let’s look at the emotions of the Turkish president and his stance from the harm targeting the protector of terrorist Shiite militias in the entire Levant.
Commenting on the sanctions, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “We don’t find the (Iran) sanctions appropriate,” adding: “These are steps aimed at unbalancing the world. We don’t want to live in an imperialist world.”
It’s normal for the Khomeini regime affiliates such as the Lebanese Hezbollah, the Yemeni Houthis and the Iraqi Popular Mobilization to speak out against these sanctionsMashari Althaydi
What seems like a dispute, even if bloody, on the Syrian arena between Ankara and whoever is with it from among the Brotherhood groups and Tehran was a “temporary” dispute, and in the essence, Iran and Turkey with their affiliates, such as Hamas, Hezbollah or the Houthis, are in one camp which spinal cord is political Islam.
We all know about the mutual principles and the mutual support between the Brotherhood group and the Khomeini group. It’s well-known that Ali Khamenei, Iran’s current Supreme Leader, admired the thought of Sayyid Qutb, the famous Brotherhood preacher of extremism, and that he translated some of his books to Farsi.
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Anyway, this fuss over the fate of the ruling Khomeini group expresses the brutality and seriousness of sanctions and this is what Ahmad Amirabadi, an Iranian MP for the city of Qom, talked about when he said on Twitter: “All people and institutions who were active in going around the previous sanctions are included in the current sanctions.” He also asked: “Who delivered this information to the enemy?”
It’s important to see the picture clearly without any ambiguity or illusions and knowing: Who is siding with whom? And why?
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.