Almost everyone has welcomed news of the ceasefire in the Palestinian territories after days of intense fighting. That is, except the warmongering clerical regime in Iran.
In a message, the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei called for distribution of more arms and finances to continue the fighting. His remarks are part of a broader regime strategy to export terrorism across the region.
Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas’s political bureau, publicly praised the Iranian regime for its support in the bloody conflict. Tehran’s backing of Hamas led to the killing of more innocent civilians.
The Palestinian people and the head of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas have condemned the violence, calling for peace instead.
While world powers continue negotiating with the Iranian regime over the revival of the nuclear deal, the regime is trying to cover up its incurable internal crises by waging war and conflict in the region.
Like Haniyeh, the Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, has also publicly acknowledged that his organization is indebted to the regime for almost everything it has.
Tehran continues to fund international terrorism while the Iranian people reel in widespread poverty and struggle against the coronavirus pandemic. On January 8, 2021, Khamenei banned the import of American and British vaccines into Iran. This is while, according to independent opposition sources, the virus has taken 300,000 Iranian lives so far.
This week, even former firebrand president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned of the coming of an “impending flood” of social protests. “I warn you, there is a flood coming,” he said, drawing parallels with the 1979 revolution, which overthrew the Shah.
Ahmadinejad’s unfiltered warnings are a stark reflection of the growing realization within the regime that the society is on the verge of explosion. The massive uprisings in November 2019 shook the regime in its entirety and further consolidated that strong fear.
As the highest regime authority, Khamenei is more terrified of this situation than anyone else. Still, he has no other choice but to divert the national wealth to funding terrorism and regional violence. To escape internal crises, the mullahs have always opted to brew external ones.
In this regard, Ali Fadavi, who currently holds office as the second highest commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, about the regime’s provocative, criminal, and war-mongering plan in Yemen on May 28, 2021 said: “We have all seen the divine promise in the Gaza war, and we will soon see it in Yemen. It is necessary to decide on an important task in these important days before the elections and on the eve of June 5th. (Mashregh News, May 26, 2021)
But regional tides are swiftly shifting against the regime. Calls are growing to curb the regime’s terrorism and missiles program. The more that the international community stands up to the weakening terrorist regime, the more it will back down because Tehran only understands the language of firmness. Appeasing a bully will only embolden it.
Within Iran, the disenchanted and severely impoverished population chants: “Neither Gaza nor Lebanon, I sacrifice my life for Iran,” and “Leave Syria, think about us instead.” The regime’s regional designs and meddling are roundly condemned by the Iranian people.
At the same time, internationally, the regime’s missile program and regional adventurism are under ever-increasing scrutiny. Khamenei could pay a heavy price for his remarks and plans.
All this means that the regime is, by definition, at a strategic impasse. It can neither continue the status quo nor find a suitable alterative path. So, the mullahs are gladly exploiting the willingness of its foreign interlocutors to negotiate and to avoid raising pressure on their faltering regime.
Western powers should instead make it clear to the Iranian regime that the era of extremism and terrorism is over. Otherwise, as its multiple attempts have demonstrated in recent years, the regime will breed more terrorism from Palestine to Paris, and from Baghdad to Washington, D.C.