Originating in the early days of the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corpus was meant to guard the allegedly hard-earned achievements of the Revolution.
The idea of point of no return in itself has elements of destiny and “force majeure”. It is a means to express a feeling of loss of control, stating that from this stage on there is or will be nothing else to do, but giving in into imminent inevitability
A threshold as a kind of borderline, and given that Iran has no intentions to stop at all, the idea of a nuclear threshold state is not relevant and will never be. The threshold provides some western states a feeling of control over a rogue and raving process that does not care what the West thinks, wants or defines.
Iran shows growing weakness. The current regime is under never-ending attack, not only from foreign entities, but first and foremost from its own population.
Lebanon used to be the Paris of the middle east, an oasis for free markets, good investments and relative stability. The leftovers of French influence accompanied by Maroon Christian presence allowed the survival in a not so safe environment.
Iraq’s tourism sector is a key source of revenue and domain of influence for Iran. Iranian actors’ deep involvement in this industry is not limited to its well-known historic ties to religious tourism and visitation of Iraq’s Shi’i sacred sites.
Iranian companies, engineers, and builders flourish as Iraq is in a seemingly perpetual state of reconstruction that requires heavy industry and related services. Iraqi oligarchs, banks, and companies with documented records of abetting Hezbollah and the IRGC carry on unimpeded.
The State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO), Iraq’s national company charged with the exclusive authority to supervise the trade, sale, and export of the country’s oil is central to Iran’s exploitation of the Iraqi economy
Through powerful Iraqi Shi’a militias, political allies, and a web of business networks, Iran has long utilized the Iraqi banking sector as a main artery for its economic activity in Iraq.
The Iranian people are modern day slaves to the Islamic revolutionary system, suffering dearly so that the leadership and the rich and wealthy can enjoy these dire times in their mansions. No country is more stricken by COVID-19 than Iran.
Iran is enriching Uranium to a higher level, keeps developing centrifuges for high enrichment and stockpiling enriched uranium to shorten the time period needed to produce weapon grade uranium, all of these only because the US left the JCPOA and allegedly without really wanting to produce an atom bomb.