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Is it high time for an Iranless Middle East?

Ali Khamenei; Credit: Morteza NIKOUBAZL

In the realm of politics, coincidences are few and far between. Even when they do occur, they often serve the strategic interests of superpowers, particularly in critical regions like the Middle East. Today, the parties entangled in conflicts within this region experience varying degrees of tension, yet the superpowers’ focus remains on their own interests, while human rights, freedom, and dignified survival are pushed aside.

The recent incident at the Military Academy in Syria’s Homs was not a mere accident. It rather symbolized a complex predicament involving the Assad regime and Iran. When seeking the perpetrator, one does not need to possess extraordinary insight to debunk allegations of “terrorism” in northern Syria. The northern regions had already paid a civilian toll before the blood at the military academy had even dried. The accused lacked the necessary means, and logistically, they couldn’t have executed such an act. In fact, there was nothing to gain for them but an inevitable disaster.

“examining the fundamental question in every crime – who benefits – sheds light on the likely perpetrators”

Considering the Assad regime and Iran as culprits may seem implausible at first glance. However, examining the fundamental question in every crime – who benefits – sheds light on the likely perpetrators. The potential benefits for both parties, pending further revelations, appear boundless.

It’s worth noting that Russian intelligence had detected and warned of an impending criminal act. The failure of Assad and Iran to heed these warnings raises questions, challenging Russia’s influence. Could this be a reaction to Iran’s exclusion from the “Russian-Turkish-Assad” meeting, or perhaps an attempt to divert attention from the unsettling and embarrassing uprisings in Southern Syria?

Bashar Assad’s recent declaration of “victory in his war against the Syrian people” who opposed him raises eyebrows. Was it a mere slip of the tongue or a coincidence that he announced, in an interview with Chinese television just ten days ago, that the war in Syria had not concluded? How could this war be reignited when the frontlines lie dormant, and the peaceful Suwayda uprising remains a source of embarrassment? Does what occurred in Homs last week bear any resemblance to the bombing of the “Crisis Cell” in 2012, as it sought peaceful solutions in Syria, only to be disrupted by Soleimani and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, who opted for a violent crackdown on Syrian demonstrators? Was this the catalyst for the removal of the crisis cell?

“Assad failed to realize that Iran regarded him as a tool, while it contemplated a broader scope for its project, facing its own dilemmas and challenges”

Assad might have believed that reopening the war dossier, coupled with his emphasis in the interview with Chinese television that “the war had not ended,” would provide a magical solution to his most severe crisis in years: Encompassing economic collapse, the Suwayda uprising, unrest along the Syrian coast, and mounting failures at the Hague Court.

Amid all these developments, Assad failed to realize that Iran regarded him as a tool, while it contemplated a broader scope for its project, facing its own dilemmas and challenges. Following the Homs incident, Iran mobilized the Palestinian organization “Hamas” to divert attention. This move would have a far-reaching global impact, enhancing Iran’s image on the world stage.

In just 72 hours, the Gaza events, with their ties to Hamas, garnered more media coverage and prompted greater political and military mobilization than the Syrian crisis, despite its tragic nature, received in 72 months.

“The Middle East is approaching an era where lies, pretense, and arms will no longer hold sway, as America can no longer tolerate a mullah-led project that was initiated in 1979”

The world is now witnessing the inception of a new conflict in the Middle East, and it will undoubtedly yield consequences. The true political beneficiary may turn out to be Israel, serving as an advanced vanguard for the Western project.

The Middle East is approaching an era where lies, pretense, and arms will no longer hold sway, as America can no longer tolerate a mullah-led project that was initiated in 1979, with the aim of advancing the Zionist agenda by controlling one of the world’s most crucial regions. The Iranian Mullahs’ project appears to primarily serve their own interests, while complementary initiatives like Hassan Nasrallah’s party, which has encroached on Lebanon, and the Assad regime with its various transgressions, have evolved into obstacles for what’s referred to as a “new Middle East” characterized by lasting peace, the American way.

There are no coincidences in significant global events, and it raises the question of whether something grim looms on the horizon, reminiscent of what history has labeled a “world war.” The mullahs of Tehran may be key players, albeit with a measured approach, and regrettably, the Arabs might be the fuel for what’s unfolding, with their blood and flesh at stake.

Yahya Alaridi
Yahya Alaridi
PhD in Media and Linguistics, George Town University, USA; Former Dean of the College of Media, Damascus University; Former Director of Channel Two (broadcasting in English), Syrian TV.

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