Staff writer, SF
The Iranian Regime is one of the biggest threats to peace and security in the Middle East. This has been true since the 1979 Islamic Revolutions in which the Supreme Leader and the mullahs stole power from the people and it remains true to this day.
The Regime only wishes to extend its influence across the Middle East, using proxy groups to destabilise countries by encouraging divisions between legitimate powers, intervene in civil wars to prop up dictatorships, and even taking advantage of the fight against ISIS to control large swathes of the region.
This was recently addressed by a coalition of Arab states who cited Iran’s destabilising behaviour as having a negative impact on the region. The Coalition Supporting the Legitimacy of Yemen identified Iran’s supplying of proxy groups, like the Houthis, with advanced weaponry as particularly alarming and noted that is violated UN Security Council Resolution 2216.
The coalition’s spokesperson, Colonel Pilot Turki bin Saleh al-Maliki, condemned these militias for murdering the Yemeni people, exposing them to famine, fear, and disease by looting humanitarian aid, and the systematic abuse of children by recruiting and using child soldiers in warfare.
He also said that Iran had threatened the security of other Middle Eastern countries, like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain.
Al-Maliki said: “Terrorist and armed groups cannot possess such powers, especially ballistic and surface-to-surface missiles.”
The Houthis and Iran claim that the weapons were manufactured by the terrorist cell, but they show clear hallmarks of Iranian manufacture and the Houthis don’t have the expertise necessary to create them.
This was backed up by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir during the meeting who noted that Iran was prolonging the crisis.
He said: “Iran regime is providing armament and weaponry to the Houthis and (supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Salah). [The Iranian regime] has destroyed the efforts to end the crisis in Yemen at the same time by disrupting talks between the legitimate government [of Yemen] and the militants [of the opposition].”
Iranian meddling is present across the Middle East from Iraq, to Syria, to Lebanon and far beyond. UN resolutions are doing nothing to stop the Regime from interfering in other sovereign states to supply terrorist groups with weapons and training in order to eventually seize power.
But things are changing. There is a new US policy on Iran. The Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the military arm of the Regime, have recently been designated as a terrorist organization for decades of terrorist activity. The other Middle Eastern countries are standing up against Iran.
It seems as if the Regime may soon be defeated and their people free.