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Why Iran is Overeager to Master the Middle East

Iranian opposition rally against Iranian mullahs

Iranians rally against Iranian mullahs who expedited their nuclear project as of the beginning of Arab-spring. Photo credit (PHILIPP GUELLAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite the presence of so many transnational problems, Iran’s nuke program and the Syrian dilemma are by far the most controversial issues on the international political theater. Navigating away from discussing over again the machinated failure of the international community to stop the first massacre of the 21st century (the terrorizing civil-sectarian-regional war in Syria) and contain its long-acting disastrous consequences on world peace, toward another Middle Eastern hot water: Iran.

The crucial issue presently in dispute across the world is whether the recent nuclear deal between Iran and Group 5+1 will really end the ongoing nuclearization process of the Islamic Republic of Iran or not.  Here and there, most of the roaming queries revolve about the applicability and continuity of such touch-and-go bargain. Though the mainstream questioning is pertinent to Iran’s deal, the primary question should rather be about why Islamic Iran is overeager to acquire superior capabilities, nuclear and conventional alike.

Western countries at large ideate the Geneva agreement as the best peaceful way to defuse Iran’s nuclear operations and impel the unruly state to play in accord with international rules. While, almost all Middle East governments, including Israel, are very skeptical about Iran’s intent, and more about its full abidance of this penalty-free deal in the long run. They reason out this deal as an Iranian tricky chess move or game timeout upon which they can inject more oil dollars into their dry economy.  This incredulity, however, is owed to a strong conviction of most Middle East policymakers that Iran’s stealthy goal is to establish a Persian pan-Shiite empire through it can dominate the Middle East and Arabia.

Considering these contradictory viewpoints, truth seekers find themselves stimulated to conduct extensive researches so that to verify the verity of these serious suspicions. During their search, they come across many political leaders and intelligence analysts who argue for or against Iran-west nuclear deal. However, they also find that only a few leading politicians and political theorists have openly discussed the possible motives behind the current wild militarization process and nuclear programs of oil-rich Iran.  Nonetheless, only a small number of political analysts and observers have explored whether there are ideological reasons for this unprecedented Iranian political and military interference in the internal affairs­­ of Arab countries—let alone digging up why Iran interferes in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

While piles of scratch-the-surface analyses about Iran’s strategy overfilled the media; it was the Iranian leaders and senior mullahs who delivered straight answers about their long-term objectives. With a brief chronological review of Iran’s public declarations, as of Khomeini’s revolution in 1979 as yet, we will find that Iranian leadership and dominant mullahs have always proclaimed one Islamic rationale or another for their confrontational policies and militarization process.

They clearly declare, now as then, that they aim to cleanse Jerusalem of the Zionists, obliterate Israel from existence and recapture Muslims’ land (Palestine) from the infidels. Distinctly, Iranian officials and religious leaders correlate Iran’s strategy with some divine notional battle of combating anti-Muslim satanic powers, (namely as declared: the “Great Satan” (U.S.,) and its diabolic godson (Israel) along with many masked Arab coconspirators), who will always seek to undermine the rise of true Islam: the Shiite Islamic Republic in Iran, and beyond

Within that context, it is not hard to conclude that the Iranian Islamic Republic has religiously and ideologically obligated itself to acquire overpowering force (by developing nuclear weapons, heavy artillery, long-range missiles, and mobilizing pro-Iranian Shiite armed groups abroad) to overmatch anti-Iran forces. Toward that goal, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard does all tricks to fund and support rebellious Arab-Shiite factions, most of whom are ideologically primed to follow the Iranian Shiite path and, most importantly, Ayatollah’s commands.  On top of that, they heavily arm a number of Arab militant groups and paramilitary Shiite parties—like the Lebanese Hezbollah and Iraqi Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas brigade, for example—and provide unlimited military support to the two Shiite-led Arab regimes: Syria and Iraq.

On the face of it, Iran’s proponents argue that it is a power struggle between two regional rivals, mainly between Iran and Saudi Arabia, owing to some national and regional interests. Other advocates foresee Iran’s activities as unavoidable response to guard the interests of Arab Shiite minority against the injustice and intimidation of Arab Sunni majority.  In the same manner, it might also surface as an Iranian struggle to ensure political independence, maintain national security, and preserve territorial integrity. Keeping in mind that Iran’s diplomats tend to argue that the nuclear process is meant to provide their country with the necessary alternatives in order to avoid depending on oil-based energy resources.

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However, Iran’s opponents argue that the Iranian justifications are invalid. To them, it is so because the Iranian Islamic Republic is practically in conflict with almost all Arab countries, not with one or two states—let alone with Western countries.

Secondly, it is so because the modern history of Arabs and Iranians demonstrates that Arabs were quite moderate in dealings with their fellow Shiite minorities (92.5 % of Arab Muslims are Sunni and 7.5 % Arab Shitte) compared with Iran’s documented oppression of their Iranian Sunni citizens (9% of Iran’s population). It is worthy to add that Shiite Arabs still enjoy much more relaxed settings than Iranian Sunnis do, even after the harmful Iranian meddling in Arab affairs.

Thirdly, apart from discussing how and who triggered the Iraq-Iran war, opposers of Iran affirm that no Arab state has ever posed a threat to Iran’s national interests and territories or armed the underprivileged Iranian Sunnis or sent out militant groups to fight for Sunni’s denied rights on Iran land. Whereas, it is the Islamic Republic who actually emplaces out its revolutionary guards and commands pro-Iran armed militant groups to fight Iran’s nonaligned Arabs in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Bahrain, for example. Remembering that it is the Iranian ruling mullahs who incessantly reasserts historic claims for Bahrain, and dauntingly precludes the United Arab Emirates from extending its sovereignty over Abu Musa, as well as the Greater and Lesser Tunb islands— not to discuss Iran’s dormant claims for parts of Iraq and Kuwait.

Fourthly, it is mind-numbing to listen to Iran officials and propagandists proclaim having a fight with the so-called “Great Satan” and devilish Israel, while Iran forces are fighting, directly and indirectly, only Muslims like in Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon; for example. This is also because, in reality, Islamic Iran has never fought by its own forces any of its alleged diabolic enemies when it had the chance. Instead, it eased up and made way for the U.S “satanic” forces to invade Iran’s two neighboring Muslim countries: Iraq and Afghanistan— let alone why Iran retains covert ties with most “satanic” western countries (seemingly, the Israeli connection in Iran Gate was just a warm-up).

Last, not least, it is naive to believe that the world’s fourth-largest oil producer which contains 10% of the global proven oil reserves is in urgent need to acquire nuclear capabilities just to divert its state’s energy resources. Add up that, it is irritating to hear Iranian officials relate their nuclear program and provocative strategy to the quest for national security and independence; meanwhile, they continue to jeopardize the national security and infringe the sovereignty of other countries.

A systematic analysis of the actualized facts should lead us all to question why the Iranian mullahs hold this aggressive will to power. More precisely, what is the Islamic Republic of Iran really wants to achieve from such an obsessive militarization process? And, why Iran is in constant confrontation with the Arab world? Could it be because they intend to actualize their 1300-years-old Shiite dream of mastering the Arab Muslim world?

A look at the cancerous elements of the ancient Shia-Sunni conflict and its aftermath, and in view of the current hostile undertakings of the Shiite Iran and Arabs uncertain status quo, one has to conclude that it is an undeclared war between political Shiism and political Sunnism–though by proxies. To name things by its name, it is all about the ascendency of Shiism and dominance of Persia over the Middle East. In any political setting, it is a power struggle between Shiite extremists and restrained political Sunnis, which turned into an open war between pro-Iran Shiite paramilitary and a complex of combatant Sunni fundamentalist movements that could blow out the entire region.

Alas, if the current craziness does not end soon, this sectarian wildfire could spread in all directions to burn down the entire Middle East, even those who think they are safe.

Obviously, the majority of Muslims, be they Shiites or Sunnis, should read the history of some flourishing nations to realize that they will never overcome their backwardness so long as religious fanaticism, hatred, and violence are their walks of life. Neither Persia nor Arabia will rise again to a leading role while racism and narrow-mindedness are their norms.  Taking into consideration that, secularization, democratization, and human development should be the means and objectives to discontinue living in dark ages. Otherwise, living in the dark ages they will continue.


Author’s Note: This article is also published at Arabian Gazette



12 comments on “Why Iran is Overeager to Master the Middle East

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  2. Margaret King
    December 31, 2013

    Mohammad, you state: “…as of Khomeini’s revolution in 1979 as yet, one can find that Iranian leaderships and dominant mullahs have always proclaimed one Islamic rationales, or another, for their confrontational political track and militarization process. They clearly declare, now as then, that they aim to cleanse Jerusalem from the Zionists, obliterate Israel from existence and recapture Muslims’ land (Palestine) from the infidels. Distinctly, Iranian officials and religious leaders correlate Iran’s strategy with some divine notional battle of combating anti-Muslim satanic powers (namely as declared: the “Great Satan” (U.S.,) and its diabolic godson (Israel) along with many masked Arab coconspirators), who are sought to undermine the rise of true Muslims—Islamic Iran, first of all.”

    Perhaps that is their agenda, pure and simple. Are you familiar with the ancient history of Cyrus the Great, who ordered the renovations of Jerusalem’s temple? He did so because the Persians with their related tribes in Iraq and Greater Syria (including today’s Lebanon and Palestine) were the real beni Isra’il (Israelite tribes). Jerusalem was theirs. The original “promised land” that God gave the beni Isra’il was the Fertile Crescent, the territory conquered by the followers of the Prophet Musa (real name of Moses, who inhabited the lands we now call Iraq/western Iran, the Persian Gulf – including Bahrain), and that took place during the final centuries of the third millennium BCE. (Forget the Bible’s version of events, distorted by the Jewish scribes in Jerusalem between the 9th and 5th centuries BCE, who as the Quran states, took the stories out of their correct chronology and location). Never happened that way, and thus began the rift between the Persians and the Jews, who made the biblical stories all about them, claiming God gave the Jews Palestine as the original “promised land”, and they, the Jews, were the original “Hebrews” – not so). The Jews of Palestine have been demonizing the Persians since the era of the Maccabees (Book of Esther is a perfect example). They had been doing it for centuries before that too.

    When the Quran states, in Al A’raf, Surah 7:137, that the beni Isra’il inherited the lands “in both East and West – lands whereon We sent Our blessings…” that was the Fertile Crescent, from the “Euphrates to the Nile,” and history, based on archaeological discoveries, has proven it. When the same surah states that God “leveled to the ground the great works and fine buildings which pharaoh and his people erected,” the reference is not to today’s Egypt (where all the pyramids are still standing), and where not a single shred of evidence shows this was the location of the Exodus (despite Christiana Amanpour’s recent program on CNN that was laughable at best).

    The point is that the ancestors of today’s Shi’ites are the original beni Isra’il, who inhabited the entire Fertile Crescent and areas of the Persian Gulf, Bahrain in particular. They were expecting the Prophet Muhammad as their final Messenger and savior. That is why they became Muslims. They were prepared by the Messiah ‘Isa and his followers, who warned all their people throughout the Fertile Crescent, that if they did not submit to the armies of Islam, they would be destroyed on the battlefield. It was the Messiah ‘Isa who told them that the Jews of Palestine would be the first to reject the Messenger, and would do everything in their power to cause his mission to fail, but they would not succeed. When factions among the Jews in Palestine distorted the Messiah ‘Isa’s teachings, leading to the development of Christianity, it was the beni Isra’il of Persia/Iraq (the real Nasara), who condemned them for their blasphemy and waited eagerly for five centuries for the Islamic armies to liberate Jerusalem from the Byzantines. The famous biblical prophets are all buried in Mesopotamia and the Iranian Shi’ites worship at the tomb of the Prophet Daniel in Susiana province, because he was their Prophet.

    Today’s religious clerics of Iran, who see the U.S. supporting the modern state of Israel (an Ashkenazi European state), that denies the Messiah ‘Isa ever came (star of David on their flag), and continues to demonize the Muslims (treating the Palestinians as their conquered slaves), is to them the great Satan, that once again denies religious truths.

    As for the Shi’ites trying to control their original lands, the Fertile Crescent (which they are doing now), the ancient Hebrew texts (their religious literature) state that after the conquests of the Fertile Crescent by the armies of Islam, and after the beni Isra’il accepted the final covenant between God and His people, they would regain control of their “original lands,” conquered by their ancestors. That is what they expected, and as a display of their anger at the turn of events, they chose to separate themselves and follow their own Imams, denying the first rightfully chosen Caliphs. They expected that during the current era, justice would prevail and they would regain control of those lands. The clerics do see this as a religious battle against the great Satan: A minority of 90% non-religious European holocaust survivors, mostly illegal aliens, who decided to usurp Palestine, throw out its inhabitants, and create their Messianic new state, supported by fruity evangelicals who actually believed this was a “sign” of a second-coming (another distortion of religious texts).

    This is all about religion, prophecies, and ancient injustices. As the Iranians see it, if Israel can have a horde of 250+ nuclear weapons aimed at all the Muslim capitals, then why shouldn’t the Iranians have a right to defend themselves? The U.S. isn’t placing sanctions against Israel to obey any international laws. Instead, once again, we are back to the era of the nationalistic Maccabees, with their candelabras and Purims, demonizing the Persians, while the hood-winked evangelical fools in congress insist on carrying out Israel’s agenda, because they actually believe the biblical version of ancient history is accurate, and refuse to acknowledge any scholarly studies that prove otherwise.

    Until the ancient injustices and historical truths are addressed, you won’t see a change in attitude between the Shi’ites and the Sunnis (who simply never understood pre-Islamic history). Both sides are wrong and have made serious errors in judgment.



    • Mohammad S. Moussalli
      December 31, 2013

      Margaret, you have raised so many historic issues in your comment, most of which need long discussions that I think cannot be done via this medium. Yet, I agree with some parts, and disagree on other points
      Thank you Margaret


    • Linda Banks
      December 31, 2013

      Brilliant way to start the day, another truthsayer! I, being a native born, have always wondered what would happen if we simply made the government adhere to the last treaties signed by the great white fathers Move back your lines of demarcation(msp). Thanks for the early mlorning brain stimuli, something to think about and do a little more research.


  3. Linda Banks
    December 30, 2013

    This whole affair leaves me wondering,’ Okay, as I watch all the faces of the players that make it to the big screen; those that represent all of us folks that need protecting from the truth; what are you not telling me, because your body language is screaming at me Liar, liar, pants on fire!
    Good evening “M” !! again you have nailed the truth right down to where we need to be listening!! Hope you and your family are safe and having a wonderful Holidasy season. From the Pacific Northwest, I bid you aduieu,(msp) .


  4. Kevin Willey
    December 28, 2013

    Where to start? Nothing new in one group being repressed by another. Just look to the American experience, that being the repression of the native peoples. Yse is several cases oil was the root cause.
    Hard to blame Iran for wanting part of the pie, they have the oil the world wants, and those who rn the country realize the sanctions against them limit what they can sell.
    Syria? Is not Russia supporting the the regiem?
    What is hapening today is nothing more than tribal warfair with modern armaments.
    Until the Old Men who do not like each other get over it, nothing is going to change…


    • Mohammad S. Moussalli
      December 28, 2013

      “What is happening today is nothing more than tribal warfare with modern armaments,” that was very close to reality.
      Thanks for commenting Kevin
      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


  5. Dr. Paul "Chip" Hill
    December 28, 2013

    Mohammad, your argument strikes true. Iran must be treated as a petulant child by the international community. In 2014, look for the US/Iranian ties to reflect the old Detente formulated under US President Richard Nixon and employed very masterfully against the old CCCP in the 1970’s and throughout the remaining Cold War years – and arguably still used to some extent by the US with Putin’s Russia, today. Applying the Nixon doctrine of Detente could be reduced to this… “reward your friends and punish your enemies”.
    Very simply stated, the US will agree to disagree with Iran. The US openly recognizes that we do not trust Iran; nonetheless, the US will work with Iran where Iranian and US interests merge. As the US rewards its allies and friends in the Middle East, it will continue to punish its enemies (Iran, government of Syria, etc.). At some point, Iran will have to decide how badly it wants to continue to be punished for meddling in the affairs of its neighbors and trying to bring about its oft dreamed conquest of its regional neighbors; verses, acting like a respectable member of the international community and being ‘rewarded’ for it actions. Iran runs a substantial risk of incurring internal dissent – to include even larger riots than seen over the past few years – once the people get used to the recently realize the benefits of a relaxed economic thaw in the icy past relations between Iranian nuclear plans and the rest of the world.
    This process may take a generation or two; however, it is a safer way to proceed – short of a war – and should offer a better way mold future Iranian political aspirations.
    Once again, my friend… well stated. I always enjoy reading your articles!
    Have a Happy New Years!


    • Mohammad S. Moussalli
      December 28, 2013

      Let’s hope that this “saver way” succeed-though I don’t think so.
      Thank you Chip
      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


  6. Angela Grant
    December 28, 2013

    Hi Mohammad,
    Do you believe this whole deal is a farce? In many ways, Iran and Israel have much in common. The politics is an enigmatic maze. However, I am fascinated the more I learn.

    Great article, thanks.


    • Mohammad S. Moussalli
      December 28, 2013

      I have great doubt about the deal-though I believe this peaceful road have to be tested. But the real question, which will expose everything, is what if it didn’t work. We have to wait and see.
      Thank you Angela
      Merry Christmas and Happy New year


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