Like Saddam Hussein, are Iranian leaders boasting of their nuclear program and military prowess when in fact they are quite weak? Ahmed Al-Jarallah, the editor in chief of Kuwait’s Al-Seyassah, warns Iranian leaders to step back from the brink and retract their threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, a waterway through which 40 percent of the world’s oil flows – before it is too late.
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.
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 deranged mind of Saddam. 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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