Developments in the Middle East have been accelerating at an unprecedented pace, gaining the attention of all analysts and monitors. The presence of two senior American officials in the region, Vice President Joe Biden in Turkey and Secretary of State John Kerry in Saudi Arabia raised many eyebrows.
America is ready to intervene militarily in Syria to destroy ISIS if a political solution for the Syria crisis fails, Biden said in a press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara.
Kerry took part in an emergency meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council Foreign Ministers in Riyadh. This session was specifically held in preparation for the Munich talks on the Syria crisis, to discuss Iran’s meddling in the region and methods to block such measures.
Washington is attempting to compel Iran to implement all articles of the nuclear deal, Kerry stressed. However, he revealed his country’s concerns over Tehran’s activities in the region, such as supporting the Lebanese Hezbollah and expanding its nuclear program.
The alliance formed between two regional powerhouses, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, following the formation of a strategic cooperation council, and the U.S. joining in line, reflects a regional coalition against Iran’s meddling in the Middle East. These are new and significant developments.
On the other hand, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the 101st Airborne Division will be dispatched to Iraq for the fight against ISIS. This division will focus its cooperation with inspired local forces to defeat ISIS. Carter also emphasized on arming Sunni tribes in the provinces of Anbar and Neinawa in Iraq. Iran views this turn of events as a threat to its interests. Carter’s remarks shows a new approach adopted by the U.S. regarding matters on the ground in Iraq.
Terrified of such developments Iran has begun ridiculous saber-rattling to cloak its own fear. Khamenei’s remarks at a gathering of Revolutionary Guards Air Force personnel and expressing his gratitude to those IRGC navy members who apprehended 10 American sailors last month are such examples. Furthermore, on a daily basis we are witnessing IRGC commanders making similar ridiculous remarks that not even a child would believe.
When Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani for the 2nd time visited tunnels containing the regimes long-range missiles, these attempts became even more hilarious considering the fact that IRGC and paramilitary Bassij members are dying in large numbers in Syria.
Developments in the Middle East are not at all in Iran’s interests. On one hand many countries, including 35 Islamic nations led by Saudi Arabia, have formed regional and international alliances. On the other hand the reality on the ground following the nuclear agreement and the regime’s internal disputes have all left Tehran terrified. This regime understands very well that following the nuclear deal the international community will be coming after other issues, with Iran’s terrorist meddling across the region, such as Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain, Sudan and … topping the list. This will erupt into even more divides inside the regime, cloaked to this day, and eventually bring the human rights dossier on the table.
As all senior regime officials are saying, the future looks very bleak for the Iranian regime, and yet very inspiring for the Iranian people.