Iran and Qatar have a penchant for interfering in affairs of Arab world, says analyst
Instead of using its resources for the wellbeing of its citizens, Iran has squandered its wealth in trying to export its revolution and spark unrest and instability in the Arab world. In fact, it is this total disregard for the educational and health sectors that led to the recent uprising in various Iranian cities, according to Tariq Al-Bardisi, an international relations analyst.
Speaking to Al-Riyadh Arabic paper, he said that Iran was interfering in the affairs of the region through its militias – whether the Popular Crowd Forces in Iraq, Hezbollah in Syria and Lebanon, or the Houthis in Yemen. These militias are trained and funded by the Iranian regime even as the international community remains a mute spectator. The world powers know Iran’s plot very well and also realize that it is too late for the Arab countries to confront this threat, he said, noting that if Iran stops supporting the Houthis in Yemen, the terror group will be destroyed.
The analyst added, “All this unrest and instability are due to the weakness in the Yemeni street. The Houthis do not recognize the borders of the state and do not understand the concept of territorial integrity. They are totally unmindful of these international norms.”
Regarding the interference of Hezbollah in the civil wars in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, Al-Bardisi said that these interventions are clearly violating the sovereignty of Arab states. But the Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are confronting this Iranian onslaught, he noted.
Regarding the Qatari crisis, Al-Bardisi said: “Qatar is a small country in terms of land size, political role, and population. This is what it sees as problems. Qatar is ambitious to play a key role in the region and be the right hand of the United States. Consequently, Qatar pokes its nose everywhere in the Arab world with the help of its wealth. The Arab Quartet was flexible and fair when it talked about six principles for Qatar to adopt for the boycott to be lifted. These principles are consistent with international law as regards to non-interference in the internal affairs of other states and curbing terrorism. Qatar can easily take these steps and reconcile with its neighbors.”
In response to a question on the grave situation in Syria, he said that the Syrian issue is complex, with many phases and changing scenarios. “I imagine that Syria has been in a dark tunnel for seven years. International mercenaries are using Syrian soil as a playground. The country has been turned into a corpse for vultures to devour. Iran wants to open a corridor extending from Tehran to Baghdad, to Damascus, to the Mediterranean. Russia and Turkey have their own interests in mind as they continue to engage with the situation in Syria.
Al-Bardisi stressed that Saudi Arabia can certainly lead the Arab world because the Kingdom has seen the various elements of progress, prosperity and success.