Tensions are already flaring between the United States and Iran’s regime, especially after U.S. President Donald Trump kept a campaign promise of exiting the highly flawed Iran nuclear deal.
To add insult to injury for Tehran and in response to the Iranian regime’s new bellicosity throughout the region, America under Trump has plans to rally its Middle East allies to form an “Arab NATO” coalition.
For far too long the Iranian regime has created, and then taken advantage of, rifts across this flashpoint region, under the dangerous flag of “Islamic Revolution” across the Middle East.
Couple the new “Arab NATO” entity with increasing anti-government protests across Iran, you have an asset targeting Tehran’s regional Achilles’ Heel.
Ever since the early days of the 1979 revolution, when the clerics assumed power, Iran has been meddling in the internal affairs of countries throughout the Middle East.
Iraq was the first victim, starting from the 1980s Iran-Iraq War instigated by Iranian regime founder Khomeini by calling on the Iraqi army to revolt.What the world has witnessed in Iraq from 2003 onward has been obvious, making it unnecessary to explain how Iran has opened the gates of hell into this country. The Iraqis, many nations across the Middle East, and hundreds of thousands of people across the globe continue to suffer from Iran’s atrocities in Mesopotamia.
As the Revolutionary Guards was established inside Iran, Tehran’s rulers sought to expand their reign by launching the Lebanese Hezbollah in the early 1980s. This terrorist group has been very effective in wreaking havoc across the region through truck bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, training other Iran-backed groups to conduct terrorist attacks, and all out massacres. The latest of which we continue to witness are the consequences in Syria.
Iran has also plagued Afghanistan to the east with evidence of the Taliban enjoying material support from Tehran. “The Afghan Taliban have been accused of using Iranian weapons in the war against the authorities in Afghanistan, preventing the establishment of security and peace in the country,” a recent report reads.
The Iranian regime also stands accused of facilitating the passing of Al Qaeda terrorists involved in the 9/11 terror attacks that left nearly 3,000 people dead.
Strategically located at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula and with an eye over the Bab-el-Mandab water strait, Yemen has been a prey of Iranian meddling for years. It is common knowledge now that Tehran supported the Houthi militias’ taking over the country to establish a base in the backyard of its regional arch-enemy, Saudi Arabia.
The Iranian regime has through the years provided funding, arms, and training for the Houthi militias, most notoriously firing ballistic missiles into the Saudi kingdom and more recently reports of a possible drone attack targeting the Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Kayhan daily, known as the mouthpiece of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, recently published in large print quoting the Houthi spokesman warning international companies: “Missiles are on the way. Evacuate Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Riyadh.”
Further instigating tension are recent reports of Houthis launching attacks on two Saudi oil tankers in the Red Sea, threatening all commercial ships passing through the waterway leading to the Suez Canal and links Europe to the Indian Ocean.
Reports also indicate the Houthi staged their missile attack on the massive tankers in coordination with Iran’s “Saviz’ ship in the Red Sea & Tehran’s operatives sent the ships’ positions to the Houthis prior to the attack.
The history of Iran’s Middle East meddling is now obvious for all. The recent spark in Middle East violence and unrest are the direct results of Tehran sensing its influence across the region, and very ruling establishment back home, threatened significantly.
The Arab NATO, dubbed as the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA), “will serve as a bulwark against Iranian aggression, terrorism, extremism, and will bring stability to the Middle East,” according to a White House National Security Council spokesperson.
Washington, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi accuse Tehran of destabilizing the Middle East, fomenting unrest in numerous Arab countries through proxy groups and increasingly threatening the very balance of this entire region.
The Arab World is showing how their alliance is capable of pushing back Iran’s influence in Yemen, as Houthis continue to suffer setbacks. Needed now is a drive building on this initiative through a broad regional effort to include as many countries as possible and taking a firm stance against Tehran’s increasingly dangerous belligerence.
With protests and domestic unrest escalating across Iran, the ruling regime is in a very weak position. This provides the best window of opportunity to target Tehran’s regional Achilles’ Heel and ending the clerics’ Middle East ambitions once and for all.