Union of Ira­ni­ans against Wash­ing­ton and Riyadh

Tehran Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tehran Times ed­i­tor-in-chief @ghaderi62 By Mo­ham­mad Ghaderi

In re­cent months, we have been wit­ness­ing the uni­fi­ca­tion of the United States and Saudi Ara­bia against the re­gional poli­cies of the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran. Strength­en­ing ISIS and Tak­firi groups, pre­vent­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion, cre­at­ing con­stant crises in the Is­lamic world, etc. were among the joint ap­proaches by Wash­ing­ton and Riyadh to pre­vent the vic­tory of the axis of re­sis­tance in the re­gion. On the other hand, the United States and Saudi Ara­bia made their best ef­forts to pre­vent ISIS de­feat in Syria and Iraq. How­ever, ISIS’s death de­stroyed many of the Saudis’ and White House’s equa­tions and plans in the West Asian re­gion.

The United States and Saudi Ara­bia are now strug­gling to main­tain the se­cu­rity cri­sis in the re­gion on the one hand, and on the other hand, they in­tend to re­de­fine ISIS survivors in the re­gion. How­ever, Don­ald Trump and Mo­hammed bin Sal­man (who have be­come the main leader of the Riyadh po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary equa­tions) are un­wit­tingly com­plet­ing the puz­zle of their si­mul­ta­ne­ous col­lapse in the re­gion as well as in the in­ter­na­tional sys­tem.

An over­view of the re­cent anal­y­sis by the New York Times re­veals how con­fus­ing Wash­ing­ton and Riyadh have been in their joint plans against Iran. This com­mon feel­ing of con­fu­sion shows it­self in the be­hav­ior, con­duct and speeches of Amer­i­can and Saudi politi­cians. The New York Times re­cently out­lined the im­pact of anti-Ira­nian poli­cies of Amer­i­can and Saudi Ara­bian govern­ments on pub­lic opin­ion in Iran. We read in this ar­ti­cle that Don­ald Trump and Saudis have united Ira­ni­ans.

At the be­gin­ning of this note, the writer refers to var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal be­liefs in the Ira­nian so­ci­ety and men­tions that the change in the Ira­ni­ans’ ap­proach (and their po­lit­i­cal al­liance) can be due to two main fac­tors; one is Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion as the U.S. pres­i­dent, and next is the in­crease in Saudi Ara­bia’s op­po­si­tion to Iran and the ten­sion caused by Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man.

The New York Times sees Iran’s piv­otal role in de­stroy­ing the ISIS ter­ror­ist regime in Syria and Iraq as a com­mon is­sue of which all Ira­ni­ans are proud. It writes: «Two peo­ple are the stars of Ira­nian in th­ese days; Ma­jor Gen­eral Qasem Soleimani and Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif.»

The writer of this ar­ti­cle be­lieves that Trump and the Saudis led it to a point that now the Ira­ni­ans are more likely to sup­port the view that Wash­ing­ton and Riyadh are not to be trusted, and that Tehran has be­come more pow­er­ful than be­fore. There are some points that need to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion in an­a­lyz­ing the con­tent of this ar­ti­cle by New York Times:

Ba­si­cally, the United States and Saudi Ara­bia have started a joint ven­ture against Iran. How­ever, this in­vest­ment has failed now. Dur­ing the pres­i­dency of Barack Obama, there were dis­agree­ments be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Riyadh over is­sues such as how to con­front Iran (es­pe­cially with re­gard to the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion). Saudi of­fi­cials have al­ways be­lieved that if the Obama pres­i­dency ends and Democrats do not suc­ceed in re­gain­ing power in the United States, the hon­ey­moon will start for the United States and Saudi Ara­bia, and they can, with the co­op­er­a­tion of each other, re­strain the axis of re­sis­tance.

Saudi au­thor­i­ties also be­lieved that in case of Trump’s pres­ence at the White House, the Amer­i­can-Saudi project could have fur­ther sup­port for ISIS and Tak­firi groups in the West Asian re­gion. As a re­sult, dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, Saudi of­fi­cials backed Trump. Even some of Trump’s elec­tion com­men­taries against the Saudis didn’t pre­vent the Saudi House to de­sist its sup­port for Trump. All th­ese were be­cause Riyadh au­thor­i­ties sought to change the ex­ist­ing equa­tion and tran­si­tion to a sit­u­a­tion that they saw as «a de­sir­able sit­u­a­tion.»

Fi­nally, the Saudis wishes came true and Tramp be­came the Pres­i­dent of the United States. Riyadh au­thor­i­ties tried to prove their good­will to Trump, and while giv­ing mas­sive arms ran­soms to the United States, played ex­actly on the United States ground. Trump also wel­comed the Saudis’ ac­tions and be­came the main sup­porter of the Saudi crimes in the re­gion, es­pe­cially in Syria, Iraq, Ye­men and Bahrain. How­ever, the com­mon pre­dic­tion of the Amer­i­cans and the Saudis didn’t come true! In spite of the syn­ergy be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Riyadh in con­fronta­tion with Iran, even­tu­ally the re­gional equi­lib­rium was such that Amer­ica and Saudi Ara­bia did not reach their com­mon re­gional goals. The de­feat of ISIS in the re­gion and the fail­ure of the White House and the Saudi House to pre­vent the emer­gence of the Re­sis­tance Front, have turned them into pas­sive and de­feated play­ers.

The United States and Saudi Ara­bia are now over­whelm­ingly con­fused. On the one hand, they have turned into the main losers in the re­gion; losers that have lost the power of lead­er­ship and man­age­ment of West­ern Asian equa­tions. On the other hand, they see a re­mark­able union of Ira­ni­ans in their con­fronta­tion with the United States and Saudi Ara­bia. The Wash­ing­ton and Riyadh con­duct against Iran have led Ira­ni­ans to unite against the «Amer­i­can-Saudi» axis.

Ul­ti­mately, the only way be­fore the United States and Saudi Ara­bia is to ac­cept their de­feat against the Re­sis­tance Front, and to change their ap­proach in the re­gion and in the in­ter­na­tional sys­tem. If this doesn’t hap­pen, they will have to pay more ex­po­nen­tial ex­penses for their con­fronta­tion with Iran and the axis of Re­sis­tance. Ob­vi­ously, the fail­ure of Wash­ing­ton and Riyadh on the ISIS front was not merely a mil­i­tary break­down, but a com­plete fail­ure in the in­tel­lec­tual, eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary are­nas. A de­feat that its ef­fects and con­se­quences will be prob­lem­atic for both of th­ese play­ers for a long time. There­fore, the only way and the best way for Don­ald Trump and Mo­ham­mad Bin Sal­man is to sign the fail­ure doc­u­ment of Wash­ing­ton and Riyadh in the re­gion (es­pe­cially in Syria and Iraq).

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