Clifford D. May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, says that today's Iran is attempting to rebuild nothing less than the Persian empire. In his essay, "Satrapy fishing in Yemen," published yesterday in the Washington Times, May argues that the latest Middle East flare-up in Yemen is part of Iran's master plan to resurrect Persia as a global superpower.
This plan, says May, is obvious to an unlikely pair of Middle East leaders. Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia's King Salman concur: Iran is pursuing a "pincer movement" that represents "a threat to the Gulf and the entire world."
Netanyahu is the one who called Iran's plan a "pincer movement."
May explains. "To the east of Saudi Arabia is the Persian Gulf, in and around which is the world’s largest repository of known oil and gas reserves—vital to the international economy. The Gulf’s only outlet to open waters is the 24-mile-wide Strait of Hormuz. More than a third of the petroleum traded by sea passes through this strait, which Iran’s rulers have for years referred to as their 'territorial waters.' On a number of occasions, U.S. ships in the Strait have been harassed by Iranian vessels.
"To the west of Saudi Arabia is the Red Sea. Iranian domination of Yemen would mean control of Bab-el-Mandeb, the 'Gateway of Tears.' This 20-mile-wide strait separates Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula from Djibouti and Africa. Whoever controls Bab-el-Mandeb also controls marine traffic in and out of the Red Sea, which has, at its northern end, Egypt’s Suez Canal.
"Control of these two waterways would give Iran an economic chokehold on Europe and Asia. With Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen already under Iranian domination, other Arab nations would soon come under severe pressure to accept the suzerainty—and perhaps the hegemony—of what could legitimately be called a new Persian empire."
For its part, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Saud al-Faisal is the one who recently called Iran's nuclear ambitions and regional warmongering as “a threat to the Gulf and the entire world.”
Again, May explains. "A quick tour of the neighborhood: Much of Syria is already an Iranian satrapy. Hezbollah, Iran’s terrorist foreign legion, is the most powerful force in Lebanon. Iranian military advisers and Iranian-backed Shia militias increasingly call the shots in Iraq. And now Iran is aggressively supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen."
And, says May, the United States is both enabling and assisting Iran to achieve its superpower goal. Just last weekend, May writes, "Amir Hossein Motaghi, an Iranian public relations aide, defected to the West. According to the Telegraph of the United Kingdom, he revealed that American diplomats have been carrying Iran’s water. 'The U.S. negotiating team [is] mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,' he said in an interview."
According to May, nothing could bolster Iran's "ambitious plan" more "than for America and Europe to lift economic sanctions [against Iran] and end their opposition to Iran’s nuclear weapons program. That appears to be where [today's] delayed and drawn-out talks are heading.
"Summing up the current state of affairs, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency—a position from which he was forced to resign in 2014 because his analyses contradicted the Obama administration’s rosy narratives—told Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace that 'Iran is clearly on the march,' in response to which the White House has adopted a policy of 'willful ignorance,' and that the only way to limit the damage now is to 'stop all engines on this nuclear deal.'"
But "it is unlikely that President Obama and his envoys will give up their pleasant fantasies about the Islamic Republic of Iran. On the contrary, 'smart diplomacy' may soon include awarding both economic and nuclear weapons to jihadi revolutionaries vowing to annihilate America’s allies and, in time, bring 'Death to America' as well.
"If Iran’s supreme leader does become a 21st century emperor, he’ll have the United States to thank — and may do so in creative ways."
Source: (Bridges for Peace, April 2, 2015)
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