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Iran: Friend or Foe of Arabs?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Mohammad Khajouei

“Iran is the main cause of the crisis in the region”; “Iran is seeking to spread its influence in the Middle East”; “Iran is interfering in internal affairs of Arab states”; “Iran is the biggest challenge to the Arabs”; “To resolve the Middle East dilemma requires settlement of the Iranian challenge”; “Arabs must stand against expansionist demands of Iran”; etc.

These are headlines and highlights that have appeared in certain international and regional media recently and are repeated time and again these days and officials in certain Arab countries too fan the flames of this propaganda line.

But is Iran really an enemy of Arabs and does Tehran truly pose a threat against Arabs?

Let’s look for the answer to this question in Iran’s behavior.

Following some harsh statements made against Iran by certain Arab officials in recent days, Tehran instead of responding to those remarks in the same tone took the initiative to avoid spread of tension. Tehran dispatched its foreign minister to some of the countries that are accusing IRI of being a source of crisis in the region to show them and the world that not only it is not after crisis building in the region but always works for the cause of lasting peace, security and stability.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in a meeting with his Saudi counterpart Saud al-Faisal in Riyadh reiterated: “We are convinced that settlement of the regional problems will be possible only by adopting a regional strategy. We believe that constant political consultations and exchange of views is inevitable in this respect.”

Iranian leaders are well aware that the security of IRI depends on the security of the region and for the same reason have been trying to prevent escalation of tension and restore tranquility and stability to the region through consultations with the regional countries.

Under these conditions, the question is: “What is the reason for this wave of Iranophobia?” A little thought will make us realize that the foreigners who in the opinion of Iran are the main cause of the crisis in the region are behind this anti-Iran wave. They are the aliens who think have a right in the region and want regional security arrangements to come under their supervision but at the same time face broad opposition from the peoples of the region. They are trying to present their issues in a way to turn them into the problem of others and take advantage of others’ possibilities to resolve their own problems.

By pursuing a policy of Iranophobia, the United States has been attempting to steer Arabs towards such affairs as integration with Israel, arms purchases, providing military bases in the region, and abandoning their real and genuine Arab identity particularly vis-à-vis Palestine. This recurring policy which has resulted in continued US military presence in the region and Washington’s domination over the Arab states continues to be practiced under conditions that the US has also proposed the idea of negotiations with Iran in order to implement its policies more smoothly.

Although the regional and global developments expose Washington’s need to use Iran’s potentials to evade the crises beyond its borders, nevertheless the US is trying to use this topic to provoke the Arabs against IRI. In other words, by playing a dual game vis-à-vis Iran and Arabs, the Americans intend to secure their interests in both camps.

Considering that the US has failed to forge a global consensus against Iran it is now trying - by provoking Arabs against Iran - to pretend that Tehran is a threat against the region so that it could justify its hostile actions against IRI.

And another bitter reality is that officials of certain Arab states have entered a game that is run by another party. The Arabs must realize that Iran is a friend and seeks tranquility in the region and that lasting stability will be established in case of non-intervention of foreigners and through collective action and integration of all the regional countries. Arabs should know that Iranians owing to their valuable and ancient civilization would regard it below their dignity to be a cause of instability. Iranians have realized that peaceful coexistence requires peace and friendship with neighbors. And it seems that many Arab nations have come to understand Iran’s status and intentions. Al-Jazeera TV reported recently that according to an opinion poll, 89 percent of the public opinion in the Arab world believe that Arab leaders instead of hostility with Iran must learn progress, resistance, generosity and democracy from IRI.

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