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Al-Seyassah, Kuwait

It is Iran that May Soon Find Itself 'Wiped Off the Map'


"This recent Iranian threat to close the Strait of Hormuz is more reckless and dangerous than the September 11 terrorist attacks which changed the world. … If Iran follows through with its threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, it will pay the price, not only by feeling the stick of the international community, but by being wiped off the map."


By Ahmed Al-Jarallah*



Translated By Ahmed Amir


December 31, 2011


Kuwait - Al-Seyassah - Original Article (Arabic)

THE international isolation imposed on Iran's Mullah regime has created such a miserable situation there, that Tehran has turned into a snake that bites itself when there is nothing else around to bite. Statements made by some of the regime’s leaders about closing the Strait of Hormuz if the international community imposes an embargo on Iranian oil exports is just bluster that the world has grown used to. These are threats from a regime that has been bringing trouble on itself by inviting international isolation and sanctions for decades. Recently, the regime has accelerated the region's militarization by threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, ignoring the fact that such an act would not only be seen as a provocation by Gulf Arab states, but to the world at large, which obtains 40 percent of its oil through the Strait. Tehran's stance reflects the regime’s desperation and the extent to which it has lost any sense of rationality.



This most recent Iranian threat is more reckless and dangerous than the September 11 terrorist attacks that changed the world. This requires preventive action to stop this terrorist regime from being a continuing headache to the world. Regardless of Iran's threats, matters cannot be left the way they are. This is especially true because since 1979, the world has suffered as a result of the recklessness of the Iranians - particularly its constant threats toward the Arabian Gulf.      



Will a world that has suffered so much from the fires of terrorism allow itself to suffer even more from the Mullah’s regime’s version of state terror and its threat to international peace and security? Will it allow Iranian terrorist groups to instigate unrest, security crises and terrorist acts committed in the Arab and Muslim worlds?


Yet Iran’s capabilities are known to us all, and it is far weaker than its leaders seem to know. Perhaps they should learn from the case of one of their fellow travelers, their former neighbor Saddam Hussein, who liked to talk big about his nuclear potential - which after international inspections and war, turned out to be non-existent except in Saddam's deranged mind. The same applies to the Mullah’s regime, which even failed to prevent a computer virus from disabling every piece of equipment in its nuclear reactors. The Iranian regime should chalk this up to a lesson learned and comply with its international obligations before it's too late.




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If Iran follows through with its threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, it will pay the price, not only by feeling the stick of the international community, but by being wiped off the map. The Gulf States and the rest of the global family, particularly those on the Gulf Cooperation Council, should not rest or feel peace of mind in the face of the threats regularly issued by Revolutionary Guard leaders. This will require great care since we are dealing with a regime used to resorting to treachery and which, with its conspiracies over recent years, has created the most suffering in our nations. The isolation Iran is experiencing may push it to do something foolish, especially if it continues to plant its subversive cells in many of the region's countries as part of its scheme to sow confusion, unrest and insecurity.


*Ahmed Al-Jarallah is the editor-in-chief of Kuwait's Arab Times and Al-Seyassah  




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