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Iran clerical regime cannot be trusted as a reliable partner on international stage

The Hawks in Iran

The Hawks in Iran

The naive perception of bringing the clerical regime back into the international community has been boosted following the ’landmark nuclear pact’, but the major blunder of this perception is the lack of in-depth knowledge of the reactionary nature of this regime.
The fundamentalist theocracy ruling Iran has all the more turned to terrorism and meddling in the affairs of other countries to fill the gap of its nuclear bomb making machine.
The following article written by a political commentator who has the in-depth knowledge of Iranian regime will illustrate why this perception is doomed to fail and must be put aside before more despair and disappointment arises.

Peace from Hawks in Iran is a Farfetched
In the midst of the horrific killings in Iraq in 2008, Iran sent an unusual and unexpected message to the United States. Through Qassem Suleimani, the shadowy commander of its elite Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, Tehran informed Washington of its vast and growing influence in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and Afghanistan. And Suleimani was the man in charge, acting as Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s close confidant. One can now add Bahrain and Yemen to the list. Despite the nuclear agreement and twin elections held in February, there are no signs of interest from Iran indicating an interest in peace anywhere in the Middle East, and such expectations would be improbable, to say the least.
Hopes were raised last July when Iran joined a 'landmark' nuclear pact sealed with major world powers to curb its dangerous nuclear ambitions. Supporters of this policy argued significant changes would be witnessed if the outside world opened its arms to the regime in Iran. A successful integration into the international community would provide access to the highly potential 79 million population of this strategically important oil-rich country, they argued. Enormous economic opportunities were promised for companies from Europe and across the globe.
However, as Iran stands to gain a windfall of $150 billion following sanctions reliefs, wake up calls alarmed the world over when Iran test-fired two ballistic missiles with messages of destruction for Israel. No noteworthy shift in Iran’s confrontational approach is probably the most modest of all explanations. One sensible conclusion is ultraconservative hardliners, and their loyal Revolutionary Guards, continue to call the shots and remain diehard to their hostile position vis-à-vis the West and all neighbors across the Middle East.
Tehran is known to dispatch senior Quds Force commanders as 'advisors' to shore up Bashar Assad in Syria, with the Lebanese Hezbollah providing the forces needed on the ground. Shiite Houthi rebels backed by Iran have destabilized the internationally-recognized central government and established a haven of instability for terrorists from all walks of life. This has rendered into a crisis in Saudi Arabia’s southern backyard. Needless to say the Saudis are a major ally of the West and Iran’s archrival for influence in the region. Iran supplying arms to Hamas continues to cause trouble in Palestine.
Inside Iran the regime has shown no indication of welcoming a friendly attitude to neighboring states. Following the nuclear pact, Tehran has in fact advanced and magnified its ballistic missile program, in obvious violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions. The initial declaration to further develop its ballistic missile capabilities was delivered back in October 2015 in a clear act of defiance, responding to a threat from Washington to adopt new sanctions. A dangerous reminder is the fact that intelligence experts have warned of Iran designing its ballistic missiles - with the support of North Korea - to deliver a nuclear payload. Tehran took another step forward to declare cooperation with Moscow to obtain state-of-the-art anti-air defense systems. None of the above resemble the actions of a country set on a path of peacefully reintegrating into the international community.
Upgrading military hardware at home and escalating regional meddling makes crystal clear how hardliners remain on the throne and keeping a close watch over key regime activities. Much of these measures are under the direct supervision of the notorious Quds Force, reporting directly to Khamenei in Tehran. This provides Suleimani the open hand to carry out military and secret operations abroad. Exporting its fanatical beliefs across the Middle East is a central tenet of this regime, while Quran, the book of Islam, condemns the killing of a single human as killing mankind in its entirety.
Following the 2003 war Suleimani supervised the formation of a network of Shiite militia proxies loyal to Iran in Iraq. Today, these groups are wreaking havoc across the country and are a main element behind aggravating sectarian turmoil. Suleimani was the man Tehran sent to Moscow to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to rush to Assad’s support in Syria. This measure tilted the balance of power at a time when Assad’s overthrow at the hands of the Syrian opposition was imminent.
After entering its sixth year, the Syrian conflict has once again become the West’s number one priority. Rest assured the recent terror attacks in Belgium have brewed from the Syrian crisis, and another reminder of how urgent a solution is for Syria. However, any future diplomatic drive to bring an end to the deadly fighting should be adopted with this very important understanding: regardless of the negotiations results, the regime in Iran has no interest in any peace in Syria today, or the Middle East tomorrow, let alone welcoming a constructive relationship with the outside world, ever.
Submitted On March 24, 2016

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