In the mayhem of the Middle East these days, with ISIS wreaking and gaining control over large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, the last thing that we need is Iran, being the world leading state sponsor of terrorism, “central banker of international terrorism” and so forth, to be lobbying Sunni states in the region to admit Tehran to the anti-ISIS coalition.
A plan for Iran to join an alliance alongside the West and Arab states against the Islamist group, with Russia also a member, was discussed during a visit by the mullahs’ top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif to Moscow recently. This should sound major alarm bells and those who understand the mullahs’ regime – or at least are not willing to sacrifice everything for business transactions with Tehran – when joining a broad-based campaign against Isis has become an increasingly public goal for Iran.
A senior Iranian diplomat told the media recently, “There is no border at the moment between Iraq and Syria and Isis has its headquarters in Syria, so it is artificial to keep a campaign just to Iraq.”
The mere fact that Iran is now daring to say “There is no border at the moment between Iraq and Syria” says it all. This is enough to realize what Iran is up to and how it is seeking to spread its octopus-like tentacles across the region, especially when US President Barack Obama has no stomach to take a serious role in the Middle East.
While the West has shown weakness on this matter, as usual, the Syrian opposition who have been inflicting severe blows to Assad’s army recently and gaining strategic ground, won’t buy any of this. There would be formidable obstacles to Iran taking a major role against ISIS in Syria. The Syrian opposition, who have fought Tehran-backed Hezbollah fighters in the conflict, are bitterly opposed to an Iranian presence in their country. They are downright insisting on the removal Assad from power, no strings attached.
Following the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran, Tehran’s mullahs must not feel emboldened to seek more concessions from the West in other fields of foreign affairs.
Iran has been suffering major setbacks in Syria, Yemen and Iraq these days, especially with its main-man former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki dismissed from his vice president post and fleeing to Iran. The mullahs are also barely holding on to their regime as internal problems are causing major headaches for Tehran. Furthermore, hardliners are furious about the recent nuclear deal and major rifts are tearing the regime apart from within. In such a day age, the last thing needed is to throw a rope to the Iranian regime and help it out of this mess. The mullahs’ in Tehran are the roots of all problems in the Middle East, and rest assured that one day we will be looking over unveiled documents showing how Iran actually had relations with ISIS, as it has had with the Taliban, al-Qaeda and many other even Sunni extremist groups.
Conclusion: The Iranian regime is at its weakest point right now and the only support for Iran should be for its people in their quest for democratic change. The people’s demands are growing and the regime just simply cannot provide for the people. This is the time where Tehran must be hit hard where it hurts: from the Iranian people and their organized opposition.