By: Nikoo Amini "Riyadh Daily"
The main question: What the correct policy is for dealing with Iran

For more than 4 decades the Iranian regime has been investing heavily on its interference in the region, from Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and even Yemen and North Africa.

For decades this regime has been investing heavily on its relations with the Assad, making it capable of sending arms, supplies and financial support to its Lebanese offspring, the Hezbollah. This has been a policy that has left nations across the region, paying the price with their lives and from their pockets.

“The Iranian regime is a threat to the security and stability in the Middle East and Gulf countries”, according to Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Saqr, head of the Gulf Research Center.

During these years, the leaders of Arab countries repeatedly admired this fact and warned against the growing threat of the Iranian regime.

‎After the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, debates over the nuclear agreement have risen. The international community should be prepared to turn its attention to the main question of what the correct policy is for dealing with the Iranian regime


What are the options and what is the solution?

There is some disagreement about the right way to do it, and about the threat of escalating tensions.

After the massive popular uprisings that shook the regime in late December and January when Iranians demonstrated in more than 140 cities throughout Iran, the main actor came to the scene. It is worth the attention of the most important slogans that the people repeatedly chanted: like “death to Khamenei” and “death to Rouhani”, “ hardliner, reformer, the game is now over”, Indeed they rejected the notion of any moderation inside of the clerical regime.

These ongoing protests also are debunking the claims that the nuclear agreement helped the Iranian people and their welfare. The Iranian economy is in total shambles.

Not a day goes by that the Iranian state press does not submit stories of workers and civil servants who are striking or protesting after not being paid for as long as 23 months.

Actually, the Iran government can not respond to the people needs since there is no money. The economic windfall from the nuclear agreement has been plundered by the ayatollahs or by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, or used for backing Syrian dictator Bashar or financing terror groups like Hezbollah and Houthis in Yemen.

The situation is so unstable that a very senior ayatollah, Javadi Amoli addressed the officials of the regime on April 27 and sad: “If there will be an uprising, all of us will be thrown into the sea.” He added, “Of course many of the officials escaped, many have created a safe place to get away but we have nowhere to escape to.”

In a nutshell, a new factor has come into Iranian politics: the people’s factor. This is the mullahs’ nightmare and their Achilles heel and also the missing part of the US foreign policy.

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