Al-Ahram newspaper aired an interview with Lebanese President Michel Aoun a few hours before arrived on an official visit to Cairo. In response to the daily’s editor-in-chief question about the future of Arabs’ relations with Iran and Turkey, Aoun replied, “These countries must maintain special relations because there are many mutual interests.”
The editor-in-chief then asked Aoun whether Lebanon, under his command, will serve as a “bridge for a Gulf-Iranian or Arab-Iranian understanding.”
Aoun answered, “Why not? Trying is better (than doing nothing) as at least there is the honor of trying.”
“The way they – whether it’s Aoun or some Egyptian media outlets – depict the situation with Iran is wrong. What’s happening between Arab countries – including those in the Gulf – and the Khamenei Regime is not a temporary political dispute or a media battle and more importantly, it’s not a sectarian, a Sunni-Shiite, division or a nationalistic struggle between Arabs and Persians. This is what some media outlets, which do not have a clear understanding of the entire situation, try to show,” writes Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi, who presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya” in his article for Al-Arabiya.
Without Iran’s invasions and interventions, there would be no problems for Bahrain, or Saudi Arabia or Morocco, he continues, and adds that,“The same applies to Sudan or to Yemen’s government or to the majority of the Syrian people whom al-Nusra Front and ISIS do not represent like the Assad regime’s propaganda machine claims.”
Al Thaydi refers to the suppressed Green Movement, saying that the problem with the Khamenei Regime “is with the ideological regime with its dangerous doctrine that first subdues the Shiite Iranians, like the Arab Ahwaz, and other ethnic and religious groups. It even suppresses the Shiite Persians who support the Regime but call for reforms.”
The Iranian regime is governed by Khamenei, whose ideological precepts include control over the Islamic world. Khamenei views himself as the guardian of Muslims who, according to Al Thaydi, is not just an extremist cleric, like thousands others across the world, one who has established a Regime that possesses money and weapons and that has “gangs” to promote his ideas. He says that Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon are nothing but mere arenas to this ideological Khamenei invasion.
The Lebanese Party Hezbollah is not a party of resistance, according to Al Thaydi, Hezbollah is an authentic organic extension of Khamenei’s Revolutionary Guards.
It is the duty of the president of any country to control arms, maintain the state’s control over them, and subjugate everyone to the same authority of law.
“Let’s wait and see how President Aoun performs,” Al Thaydi concludes.