Iran’s threatening posture
Tension throughout the region has become a serious problem. It has reached its peak in Syria, Iraq, and more recently in Yemen, where Iran continues to defy United Nations Security Council resolutions, and insists on breaching the naval blockade formed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition to prevent the armament of the rebels.
Iran has dispatched a ship escorted by its navy, claiming that it was only carrying humanitarian aid. However, it seems to be a new attempt to support the rebels with arms. What made it suspicious is that Iran did not allow the United Nations forces, based in neighboring Djibouti port, to inspect the ship. In addition to that, the destination of the ship is the Yemeni port of Hodeida, which is controlled by Houthi rebels known to be allied to Tehran.
Iran has previously tried to do the same thing. It dispatched a ship two weeks ago — under the same pretext — but after the United States warships rushed to inspect it in the Red Sea, the Iranian ship made a U-turn and returned home. This time, the ship was escorted and protected by a number of Iranian warships. The Iranian military threatened to attack Saudi Arabia if coalition forces inspected/intercepted the ship.
The Iranian bullying embarrassed Obama’s administration, which seems to be desperate for a deal with Tehran on its nuclear program. This despite the fact that the Iranian regime is supposed to need the deal the most but has yet to demonstrate its good intentions and behavior.
It is clear that Iranian threats against Gulf countries are a direct message to the White House, which is trying to reassure the parties that the concept of reconciliation with Iran is different from its actual interpretation, and that the United States does not have to be engaged in the protection of the Gulf in light of the nuclear agreement.
Unfortunately, the history of the mullah-ruled Iran has been full of tension. It only backs down through the use of force, not through diplomatic reconciliation. A year ago, Iran tried to send what it said was a humanitarian aid ship to Gaza, but when Israeli commandos attacked and inspected it, they discovered arms covered by cement bags. Iran did not dare to do anything except verbal condemnation.
Iran seeks to keep the war raging in Yemen by urging its allies to reject reconciliation and supporting them with more arms, as it is doing in Syria. Iran believes that by igniting more wars — after Lebanon, Gaza, Syria, Iraq and Bahrain — it will impose itself as the dominant regional force. For that reason, we are not as positive about the nuclear agreement as Obama envisages us to be, because we are sure that it will only stimulate the evilness of the Iranian regime.
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