The deed has been done. The (IAEA) has confirmed ’s compliance with its obligations under the , the key to the lifting of anti-Iranian sanctions.
’s parliamentarians are hugging one another; most US Republican lawmakers are highly sceptical if not downright enraged at what they perceive to be a deal with the devil. President Hassan says “has opened a new chapter” in respect to its relationship with the world while hailing the sanctions-lifting “a glorious victory”.
It certainly is a victory for , especially when the IAEA has stated its nuclear weapons ambitions were shelved nine years ago. Not only does it stand to receive its frozen assets worth in the region of $100bn, global corporations are queuing to negotiate lucrative deals including major oil giants. Moreover, word has it that has been stockpiling oil to flood the market; this at a time when there is a glut that has driven down prices.
President Barack has sought to silence the deal’s critics asserting ’s implementation of the agreement “marks a fundamental shift in circumstances with respect to ’s nuclear program”. This is nothing but a red herring. Vice President and Secretary of State were pushing for a US-Iranian detente long before they took office.
In fact, I predicted this dark day – so detrimental to interests and security – would come years ago. At its core, this has little to do with nuclear weapons and all to do with facilitating becoming a regional power in league with to exert control over , in particular, and Gulf States, and to rebalance regional power in ’s favour.
Iranian-born American academic and author Vali Nasr warned of an upcoming showdown between and in his book “The Shi’a Revival” claiming that ’s growing strength and reach makes it a preferred US partner because it is too strong to destroy and should be brought onside with engagement rather than confrontation.
’s former Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel was quoted saying, “the must find a new regional diplomatic strategy to deal with that integrates our regional allies, military power and economic leverage.”
I am convinced there is much more to this narrow deal than meets the eye. I transmitted my concerns of a potential ‘Grand Bargain’ in a report to Gulf leaderships during June 2013 and I have laid out my fears in numerous columns since. If I was concerned then, I am deeply disturbed now. This is one time I hate to be right.
However, faced with this fait accompli the world must join forces to shore up its defences. Thankfully, there are concrete moves in that direction. has woken up to the dangers following ’s direct interference in its internal affairs not to mention its use of proxies in , and . I am somewhat relieved that a Joint Force is on the table and a Muslim anti-terrorism coalition has been formed with the participation of 34 predominately Muslim states.
Sad to say that among our sister nations there are those enjoying close relationships with in a less than transparent way. We know that behind the scenes they have been furthering Iranian interests during its years of virtual isolation. Now they are no longer needed, it is only a matter of time before turns on them too. They need to be cautioned by the and if they continue their pro-Iranian policies, then we have no choice but to build a Trump-style wall between us and them.
Most importantly, and Gulf States can no longer rely on mere verbal assurances from their US ally purporting to be their protector when President and his Secretary of State celebrate the release of billions of dollars to the biggest supporter of terrorism in our times. has admitted that there are no guarantees that a portion of those billions will not go to advance ’s ideological and territorial ambitions within the region.
, which the US has generously removed from its terrorist blacklist, will continue its killing spree in and with impunity and will be free to transform into an Iranian province. ’s efforts to grab control of and , upon which it has made successive territorial claims, will be strengthened by mega sums of cash. is aware the money will be spent on terrorism and the further destabilisation of the and in particular the Gulf, but has ignored the concerns of ’s friends in his rush to seal a narrow agreement which fails to take ’s crimes into account.
has tried to placate countries with an invitation to heads of state to meet with him at his retreat. Just last week, US Secretary of State met with Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs to persuade him there is nothing to worry about, which according to press reports he is not buying especially since the administration expressed its “dismay” over the execution of convicted terrorist while seeming less dismayed over the torching of the Kingdom’s embassy and consulate by rabble suspected of being in the regime’s pay.
Fact is the US must put its money where its mouth is. Sweet words partnered with yet more offers of weapons sales will not provide us with a good night’s sleep. Basically, our governments must receive clarification from Mr whether the US is with us or with . We must demand that the proves it genuinely has our interests at heart by leaning on to comply with the following measures:
The official severing of ’s relationship with , which is strangling and has chosen the wrong sides in both and .
An end to ’s arming and financial support of Shiite in .
A commitment from ’s Supreme Leader Ali to dismantle its terrorist cells within Gulf States and to quit their infiltration with spies.
’s agreement to negotiate the independence of , renamed Khuzestan following ’s seizure, so that the population reduced to third-class citizens can regain their independence, their natural resources and their dignity.
’s acceptance that the body of water it refers to as the “Persian Gulf” is henceforth known as “the ” given that 85 per cent of the population of countries surrounding the Gulf (including Arabs) are .
I must point out that I have nothing against the Iranian people of whatever faith or sect. They have all been oppressed socially, economically and politically since 1979 when the Ayatollah turned up to send the country back to the Middle Ages. Despite its wealth, 55 per cent of urban Iranians live under the poverty line. People there live in fear in a country where women are stoned, men hung from cranes in public places and even poets and songwriters are jailed and lashed.
Given that the US, that fought hard for the deal, is now ’s prime benefactor, the administration should find ways to ensure the billions of dollars released are used to build the economy, improve infrastructure and create jobs and must tie any future rapprochement to an improvement in ’s miserable record
I look forward to the day when the Iranian people reject their fanatical regime and reclaim the freedoms and prosperity they enjoyed under the Shah. Only then should be welcomed into the community of nations – and in that event I will be celebrating too.