Despite that Washington holds more than $26 billion Iranian accounts frozen in US banks and ‘crippling sanctions’ against the Islamic Republic since 1980s – many western leaders believe that it’s America’s proxy wars for the Zionist entity in the Middle East that made Iran a regional power.
British foreign secretary, Lord David Owen, claimed in December 2011 that America’s removal of Saddam Hussein being a threat to Israel and subsequent nine-year occupation of Iraq made Iran regional super power.
On January 27, 2015, Patrick J. Buchanan made a similar claim. Buchanan is a known Islamophobe. He was Republican party’s presidential candidate twice, in 1992 and 1996. Though he was associated with Jewish-controlled MSNBC for nearly ten years – he got fired under pressure from Jewish groups for saying the truth in his 2012 book, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2015? that Israel lobby AIPAC has too much power in the United States.
Buchanan wrote: Last week’s panic was triggered by the ouster of the pro-American Yemeni President by Houthi rebels. Suddenly, we heard wails that Iran has now captured four Arab capitals – Baghdad, Beirut, Damascus and Sanaa.
George Bush sent an army up to Baghdad (in 2003), ousted Iran’s greatest enemy, Saddam, disbanded his army, smashed his state, and brought to power a Shia majority with religious and historic bonds to Iran.
As for Damascus, Iran is but backing the Alawite Shia regime of Bashar Assad, whose father, Hafez Assad, was Bush I’s ally in Desert Storm.
As for Beirut, Hezbollah arose as a resistance movement when Ariel Sharon invaded Lebanon in 1982. Yitzhak Rabin would come to regret the consequences: “We let the Shia genie out of the bottle.”
But if al-Qaeda and ISIS are our real enemies now, Iran, Hezbollah, Assad and the Houthis are all de facto allies, fighting on the same side with us.
A closer look reveals a Shia minority in a Sunni-dominated world where Shia are despised heretics. And of all the terrorist organizations we have the most reason to fear and hate – al-Qaida, Islamic State, Ansar al-Sharia, Boko Haram — none is Shia, all are Sunni.
What about Iran’s drive to build a nuclear bomb? Well, Israel has 100-300 atom bombs. America has thousands. Iran’s Muslim neighbor Pakistan has scores. And Iran? She has no bomb.
Shamus Cooke, American writer and social service worker doesn’t agree with the US-chest-beating claim. On October 25, 2014, he wrote: Iran’s regional power is bolstered by its political and religious connections throughout the Middle East. Not only does Shia Muslim Iran exert automatic authority over Shia majority Iraq, but also over Shia Hezbollah and Shia-led Syria. This region-wide dynamic is often referred to as the “Shia Crescent.” There also exist sizable oppressed Shia populations in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, and Turkey that act as intrinsic political thorns in the sides of these Sunni sectarian governments, giving Iran a powerful political base in each case.