Terrorism
Tuesday June 27, 2017

Saudi Arabia Rules out Resumption of Relations With Iran

In a televised interview, Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that there could be no rapprochement between his country and Iran. Accusing Iran of fostering sectarian violence, Saudi Arabia's defense minister stated, (they) "wish to dominate the Muslim world.” 

The Deputy Crown Prince serves as the Saudi defense minister and oversees the government's overhaul of its economy. In the TV interview on Tuesday, he said, “How can we get along with a regime which has an extremist ideology … and a profound wish to dominate the Muslim world and spread the Shiite faith?"

Victims of Iran Terrorist Attacks Are Compensated

Economic sanctions have been used as a way to bend the will of rogue governments. Sometimes they are effective and sometimes they are not. 

However, one good thing to have come out of certain sanctions imposed on Iran is that a number of American families are receiving payments for being a victim of what has been considered by the US as a state-sponsored act of terrorism. The victims are those that have been injured, or the families of those killed, by acts of terrorism perpetrated by Iran.

Iran at the Centre of Middle East Problems

Before the Second World War, conflicts in the Middle East were caused by issues regarding colonisation. After the war and after the colonisation had finished, conflicts got more and more serious and the blame was pinned on the battle between the western and Soviet camp during the Cold War.

New wars were starting after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the nineties. They started in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan, and there was also significant trouble in Eritrea, South Yemen, Algeria and Egypt – all because of political vacuum.

Using Jihadists to Counter Threat of Iran Is Not a Valid Option

In August 2014, the leader of Iran-backed Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said that the Islamic State posed a threat to the Middle East. He said that the “monster” is growing and that it does not recognise “Shiites, Sunnis, Christians, or Druze, Yazidis, Arabs, or Kurds”. He said that Arab monarchies were under great threat and declared that the presence of Hezbollah in Syria is primarily to “defend Lebanon, the resistance in Lebanon and all Lebanese”.

Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Iran and its proxies have had victory after victory and have been given legitimacy time and time again.

Nikki Haley: Iran Chief Culprit of Trouble in the Middle East

The US representative to the United Nations - Ambassador Nikki Haley – was the chair at the latest UN Security Council debate regarding the situation in the Middle East. At these meetings, Israel is always discussed, and not often in a positive light. 

However, Haley wanted this latest debate to be different. She acknowledged that it was essential that an Israeli-Palestinian solution was negotiated, but said that the debate has a tendency to get nowhere.

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