Tehran's Suspicious Quest for Greatness

Iran’s revolutionary regime wants to remain a recalcitrant adolescent, and refuses to mature into adulthood or a nation based on logic, which would require it to follow guidelines and keep its commitments. Since the advent of the Islamic revolution over 28 years ago, Iran has done little to adopt a common sense approach. Instead, it is becoming involved in illegal adventures that contradict international law and come close to war.

Perhaps the Iranian regime hopes that by keeping its people on constant alert, they can prevent the ideas of revolution from being replaced by logic. Perhaps Tehran has had to renew the Ayatollah Al-Khomeini’s revolution and keep the country in an adolescent phase long enough to devise a strategy to recruit Syria and Hezbollah into challenging the international community by supporting its nuclear program

While this is going on, former Iranian President and Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council [], Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, ended his five-day visit to Damascus with a warning to the United States and Israel against any plan to attack Iran, saying “such an attack would affect not only Iran but the entire region.”

With Iran asking the States of the Gulf Cooperation Council [] to support its adventures, something else that may harm the entire region, we have the right to ask Rafsanjani why Iran insists on creating disputes with the international community, and why does it claim to be bigger than the region and its people? We cannot understand the urgency with which Tehran seeks greatness. Iran, which claims to be a part of this region, says it has no plans to impose its military might on the region.

If this is really true, then why doesn’t Iran find a way to ensure security and stability in the region, rather than leading it to the brink of a war? Rafsanjani is trying to comfort Gulf Nations by inviting them to join Iran’s adventure. But if Rafsanjani’s intentions are really so good, why doesn’t he sit at the negotiating table and end the Three Islands Crisis with the U.A.E. []? Why can’t he conduct negotiations to end the massacre in Iraq and ensure that Iraq’s political process is not jeopardized?

GCC states, which are currently focusing on developing their countries and people, are not interested in war or misguided adventures. Because of their fear of Iran, the Gulf States are keen to strengthen ties with their superpower allies. Rafsanjani, who is now in Kuwait and who claims that Tehran is serving the interests of the region, will certainly hear some plain talk here, to the effect that Iran’s actions are by no means serving the interests of the region, especially those of GCC States. Iran is returning to the days of its original revolution,which will endanger the entire region.

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