The delegations in the conference had one sentence in common when speaking against the Iranian regime: the Iranian regime is the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, said by US Vice President Mike Pence as well as Saudi FM Adel al-Jubeir. This consensus by itself makes it clear what a hostile atmosphere against the Iranian regime had been present in the conference.
Also Turkish FM ‘Mevlut Chavushoghlu’ put this same issue another way while pointing to regime’s interventions in Syria and Iraq. “Iranian regime is seeking sectarianism in the region”, he said.
The remarks made by Saudi FM had wide reactions in regime’s media, each one headlining one of his remarks with concern. Titles such as “accusations made by Saudi FM: Iran is the biggest sponsor of terrorism/ Iran was hosting the leaders of Al-Qaida while the US was fighting them”, was seen in all the state-run media.
Meanwhile Iranian regime’s FM ‘Mohammad Javad Zarif’ tried to assure his foreign counterparts of regime’s capacity for following the nuclear deal formula to initiate another round of ‘win-win’ game similar to Geneva talks. “We’re not going to antagonize any country. We never initiated any feud and don’t intend to do so, either”, said Zarif in his interview with BBC World Service, Monday February 20)
The question that remains, however, is that especially following Hassan Rouhani’s ‘moderate’ visit to Oman and Kuwait, and the announcement by the officials of the two countries that the regime has agreed to Persian Gulf Cooperation Council’s demands, why Zarif’s remarks not only failed to draw attention, but they had negative consequences as well?
The answer can be easily found in state-run papers. Etemad, for instance, writes on February 21: “the leaders and elite in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Turkey had this vision in recent years that with Barack Obama as President, the US administration wouldn’t take any specific measure against Iran in order to put Tehran under pressure.”
Meaning that now the era has changed and the countries in the region see no obstacle in the way of seriously dealing with Iranian regime and settling the account with it. That’s why they no longer accept regime’s deceptive remarks and tactics and reject them altogether.
This fact has been more clearly stated by a state-run newspaper. “To pass this stage, Iran has two options ahead. First, to strongly counter-react in areas in which the United States has vital interests, and the second is for Iran to act within the frameworks laid out by the United States in order to continue to have a role in the region and get out of the harnessed state. No doubt, the second option would ensure more strategic advantages for Iran.” (Jahan-e-Sanat, February 20)
So, it could be said that ‘Obama’s Golden Era’ is over for the regime. And with that the tactics relevant to that era are also rejected, with no one in the region or the world accepting them. Thus, the Munich Security Conference’s message which is nothing but ‘Change of Era’ has been conveyed to the regime, meaning that the time to get away with being held accountable has passed.
This fact is backed by three important factors. The first is Iranian community’s explosive atmosphere, which is also acknowledged by regime’s officials.
The second factor is the international pressures which we call it ‘change of era’, a harsh reality the regime has found out well despite all the ‘moderate’ flattering and window-dressing it did during the recent Munich conference.
The third factor, which for Khamenei and other regime leaders is even more dangerous than the other two as it directs and makes both of them happen, is the organized, nationwide, and strong Resistance of Iran. The more the regime becomes weakened and crippled, the younger and stronger the resistance grows, gaining more domestic and international credit.
Source: / ncr-iran /