What’s Trump waiting for to deal firmly with Iran?

It doesn’t seem that Iran’s supreme leader will ever understand that everything has a price in these horrible times. So, what are Trump and his allies waiting for?
Thursday 19/09/2019
Hesitant to strike. US President Donald Trump lands at San Diego International Airport in San Diego, California, September 18. (AFP)
Hesitant to strike. US President Donald Trump lands at San Diego International Airport in San Diego, California, September 18. (AFP)

The average citizen, with no interest in politics and its secrets, knows very well that Iran is undoubtedly behind the recent attacks on Saudi oil refineries. He knows that the attacks do not mean that Iran’s target is just Saudi Arabia but it is part of a declared war on the world’s energy sources and against the security of a region where the interests of countless non-Gulf and non-Arab countries, starting with the United States, China, Japan and India and down to Somalia and Djibouti, are concentrated.

This is not an isolated incident. Through the actions of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), either directly and publicly or through its proxies and agents in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria and by targeting Arab and foreign oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf or by launching drone attacks on oil production sites in countries that Iran classifies as the closest and most important allies of US President Donald Trump’s America, Iranian leaders, both military and civilian, are sending a message to the world and America in particular: Either stay away from the regime’s nuclear projects and occupation activities in the Arab region, extending from the shores of the Arabian Gulf to those of the Mediterranean and Red Seas, or suffer permanent and painful headaches.

If these Iranian activities were nothing more than a response to Trump’s policy of economic, military and political suffocation he insists on continuing, they would perhaps have some justification on the basis of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”

However, Iran’s subversive and destructive colonialist behaviour was born with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s regime. This is based on the idea of exporting the revolution to neighbouring countries and dominating by force the region’s wealth to twist the arm of the international community and force the strongest countries before the weakest to accept Iran’s absolute and non-negotiable tutelage over the Middle East.

Is Trump still not convinced of this? If the answer is no, then what is he waiting for to be convinced?

In 1982, the oil tanker war between Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and Khomeini began and continued until both sides realised they were losers in that stupid game and that they had to stop, so they stopped.

Then, after seven years of fighting, without either side winning or losing, the two stubborn adversaries resorted to urban warfare. So, Khomeini’s rockets started falling on Baghdad and Saddam’s missiles on Tehran.

Then, they turned to sabotage and began shooting down civilian aircraft and blowing up train stations and ports, until they realised that whichever side wins this type of warfare would also end up being a loser, so they stopped the madness. Finally, Khomeini had enough, swallowed his pride and agreed to a ceasefire.

Couldn’t the Iranians find in the dark pages of that stupid war any lessons to learn and keep?

If the Iranian leader who started this latest war on oil tankers, oil fields, airports and ports has easily found agents who did the fighting on his behalf against the governments and people of the region and against the interests of the world, then wouldn’t it be just as easy for wealthy America and its rich allies to resort to using the same tactic as Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and do battle with Iran through proxies?

Nothing is easier than finding agents willing to meet aggression with aggression and launch drone and missile attacks on Iranian oil refineries, the IRGC’s vessels and warships, ports, ammunition depots and aircraft hangars. Nothing is easier than an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. He who had started it first is the one who is misguided and most deserving of punishment.

Above everything else, it doesn’t seem that Iran’s supreme leader will ever understand that everything has a price in these horrible times. So, what are Trump and his allies waiting for?