Iran’s positions towards the current Qatari crisis have revealed several facts which Tehran cannot deny or cover with Rouhani’s or Zarif’s diplomacy. Iran, in its deception and efforts to cover up the double standard policy of its foreign and domestic ones, has forgotten or may be ignored few facts. While Rouhani’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, was saying during a meeting with the Qatari ambassador in Tehran that his country opposes any kind of pressure or threats against neighboring countries, we see Iranian extremists’ leaders, who are more effective in making political and military decisions than Rouhani and Zarif, coming out with threats to the similar neighboring countries, Zarif claimed that his country does not accept any threat to them! That includes what the secretary of the Iranian Expediency Council and the former commander of the Revolutionary Guard, Mohsen Rezaee, has said when he insulted the United Arab Emirates, which is far more advanced than his country, by claiming to be a tower of paper that would collapse without missiles!
Such statements have revealed the clear contradiction and the Iranian double standard policy in the region, and confirmed that Iran’s disruptive behavior in the region is above the diplomacy and powers of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his government, which has long claimed to seek to improve relations with neighboring countries, however, no actual implementation of such claims on the ground and Iran’s behavior remains completely contradictory to what Rouhani and his team claim.
The other contradiction was evident in the Iranian positions towards the Qatari crisis in general. The Iranian media and Rouhani’s government tried at the beginning of the crisis to show that Iran has took a neutral position towards this crisis and even announced its readiness to mediate and support dialogue to find a solution. However, other powerful Iranian parties have announced their support to Doha with all that it needs to stand firm on its positions against the boycotting Arab states. The Iranian regime adopted a very negative policy in dealing with the current crisis by exploiting it economically, politically and even militarily. Tehran quickly opened channels of intensive talks with Doha to supply it with crops and all that it needs of products and commodities. By supporting Qatari’s sponsoring terrorism policy, Iran aimed at taking Qatar out of the Gulf States’ sphere and to distort the image of the boycotting Arab countries.
Under the pretext of providing assistance to Qatar, the Iranian military and security plans began. Reports have claimed that there are elements of the Revolutionary Guard in Qatar and that is for two purposes: the first is to protect the Qatari regime from any internal revolution; and the second is to train the Qatari military and security forces and to help the Qatari regime by information and media in dealing with the crisis through planning and drawing Doha’s policies towards this crisis. The similarities between the Persian media and the Qatari one has revealed to what extent the Revolutionary Guard is in control of the institutions of the Qatari regime, especially the media. The Iranian and Qatari media have found in this crisis an apt place to falsify the facts and to distort the image of the boycotting countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
There is an Iranian plan indeed to tear Qatar out of the Arab body in what serves the interest of Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. However, the indicators of the failure of this plan has begun to appear clearly, as Iran cannot replace the role of the Arab countries towards Qatar for many reasons, especially that Iran is increasingly suffering from problems and cannot deal with the others’ problems. In addition, there is growing opposition and internal and external Qatari’s opposition against Iran’s negative intervention in the crisis and its attempt to Persianize the Arab state, Qatar. More importantly, the Arab states and the international community will not allow any more of Iran’s negative interventions even if that had to be dealt with militarily, which would be the beginning of the end of the Iranian and the Qatari regime together.
Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre
13 September 2017