Only language Iran understands is strength and Biden and Cameron are just weak, blasts Ben Habib

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
Ben Habib

By Ben Habib

Published: 23/04/2024

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Reform UK candidiate Ben Habib delivers his analysis of Britain's relationship with Iran

Cameron and Biden argue this would risk a regional war. They are wrong. There has been a regional war raging for decades. Iran has been a thorn in the side of every Middle Eastern country either at peace or seeking peace with Israel and the West.

Hamas is funded by Iran. As are Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen. Iran is a troublemaker.

The 7 October terrorist attack on Israel was not a unilateral act by Hamas. They were promoted into it by Iran.

At the time, Saudi was on the verge of agreeing a normalisation of relations with Israel, in return for which it would have received nuclear technology and a defence treaty with the US. The loser from such a deal would have been Iran. Its influence reduced in direct proportion to that gained by Saudi.

Iran and Saudi have been vying for supremacy in the region for decades. They have been and are actively engaged against each other in proxy wars in Libya, Yemen and Syria as well as competing for influence in Iraq.

The real war is not between Israel and Hamas. It is between Saudi and the US/ Israel on the one hand and Iran on the other.

If this was not clear last week, it surely is now after Iran’s outrageous attempt to deliver death and destruction to Israel with the launching of over 350 missiles and drones.

It beggars belief that Camreon and Biden are against Israel retaliating. By openly seeking a “de-escalation” they are undermining peace in the region.

The only language Iran understands is strength. Not to retaliate would be to send a signal to Iran that it is open season on Israel.

Thankfully, Israel will strike Iran, though its strike would be all the more potent with the vocal support of its Western allies.

Not only is the UK and US asking for restraint from Israel, they and the EU are openly suggesting Iran be rewarded with another version of the nuclear/ trade deal Obama did back in 2015. The message being sent to Iran is: attack us and you will be rewarded.

The assessment which Tehran will make is that it should continue to attack until we take the knee to its belligerence.

As ever Western foreign policy in the region is wrong.

We were wrong to go to war and destabilise Iraq in 2003. We (Cameron and Obama, with Biden as Vice President) were wrong to stir up the Arab Spring in 2011, rendering Libya and Syria failed states and nearly breaking Egypt. It was the Arab spring that prompted the emergence of ISIS. We were wrong to do a deal with Iran in 2015.

And we are wrong now not to be taking a firm stand against it.

If we want regional peace, Iran and its allies in the region must be tackled.

The other problem country, and which we she away from for vested interests, is Qatar.

For too long we have turned a blind eye to Qatar where the Hamas leadership resides and through which Iran is funding Hamas. At he very least Qatar should be required to mend its ways or face sanctions.

If Qatar’s role is ended, Hamas loses its funding and Iran’s position dramatically weakens. All of this with much less bloodshed and more positive long-term outcomes.

The Middle East and the World would be a safer place if Iran has its wings firmly clipped.

Sadly, Cameron and Biden are not the people for it. They are weak and appease. They are thereby undermining peace.

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