Since the advent of the current Iranian regime in 1979, double-standards is the basis of its policies and relations with the countries of the world, especially regional ones. It uses such policy in its handling of regional and international issues and exploits it more in its relations with the countries of the region as a game to escape dilemmas that may has been involved in because of its violations of international law and the sovereignty of other countries, its interference in the affairs of others and the creation of groups and spies that spread sedition and division or carry out bombings that threaten the security of the countries and other hostile behavior towards the countries in the region.

The events and developments that the region is witnessing and the Iranian way of dealing with them reveal the double standards of the Iranian policy as well as the media discourse towards the region and its issues. It also shows the objectives of Iranian policy aimed at creating more divisions in the region in order to achieve the expansionist objectives of the Iranian revolution.

We have not seen for a long time any consensus among the Iranian officials on a common position or behavior in dealing with any issue other than that agreement on the spread of terrorism and extremism and the interventions here and there. This reveals the game that the Iranian regime is playing at home and abroad through the creation of two different parties in thought and behavior to run the country’s internal and external affairs, so that the most open and moderate one is assigned to negotiate and talks and reach agreements that satisfy some parties and avoid enmity of other parties. The other party, the hardliners, however, is the one that works secretly to instill spies, create extremist groups, implement the mullahs’ agendas, plan for terrorist attacks, and instigate strife and division to weaken states so that can be easily controlled.

Currently, the Iranian regime is playing a satanic game by dividing those who run the country into two teams:

The first is a moderate team led by Hassan Rouhani, the president of the Islamic republic with limited powers. His mission is to enter into negotiations and engage in dialogues aimed at reassuring the international community about Iran’s controversial behavior in the region, with the aim of winning friends, deceiving them and pushing the evil of any prospected enemy, all with deceitful statements and smiles.

The second is the hardliners led by the Revolutionary Guard and other security apparatuses, backed by the ideas of radical clerics and hardline leaders. The goal of this group is to work towards achieving the objectives of the Iranian Revolution set by Khamenei in secret ways through blatant interference in the countries of the region and the recruitment of sectarian groups that owe loyalty to the guardian of the jurist so it can be Iran’s sectarian hand, which threatens the peaceful coexistence between all sects and religions in neighboring countries.

These two different groups, both in ideology and behavior, show the double standard of Iranian policy and its real objectives. So, at a time when Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif is visiting some country in the region, we might see the Quds Force is planning to carry out bombings or assassinations to destabilize the security of these very countries!

Our problems with Iran are many and varied, from the double standards of its policies and through what it fifth columns do and not ending with its blatant and bloody interventions in the region.

The Arab countries have suffered a lot in their dealings and relations with the Iranian Republic, until many of them came to sever these relations and expel the Iranians from their territories, while some others preferred a downgraded diplomatic representation placed under scrutiny and close attention.

In fact, what prompted many countries in the world to distance their selves from Iran is the double standard of the Iranian politics and the lack of confidence of other sides in the Iranian state. Iran has violated many of the treaties and agreements it has signed and has not adhered to. A good example is its non-compliance with the gas agreement it signed with the United Arab Emirates, known as “Crescent”. It also violated many international laws, especially with regard to human rights, which explains the extent Iran has reached of international isolation, which has adversely affected the lives of the Iranian citizen, and prompted the United States to get out of the nuclear deal after it became confident of the lack of credibility of the Iranian intentions, and that the regime in Tehran has exploited this deal and the hundreds of billions of dollars it has gained have gone to supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region.

It is expected that the Iranian regime will continue to play the game of double-standards and even with more vigorous, despite the withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear deal and the return and tightening of sanctions. On one side, Rouhani’s government and his team will continue to pursue politics and diplomacy to open channels of communication with the countries of the world and show flexibility in dealing with others that could prevent any international outrage that might lead into a military operation against Tehran that could lead to the collapse of the regime. On the other hand, the Revolutionary Guard, the Quds Force and the Iranian intelligence services will continue to carry out their intervention and terrorist activities in the region but more effectively!

Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre

23 September  2018