The Demise of the Architect of Iran's Regional Ambitions

(Arab News-Saudi Arabia) Baria Alamuddin - Over the broken backs of Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq, Qasem Soleimani desired a Greater Persia bristling with nuclear and ballistic rockets, capable of threatening America, Israel and the Arab nations on equal terms. Iran - its economy shattered by sanctions - is succumbing to the same imperial overstretch as ancient Persia. Its people are starving while warmongering leaders struggle to pay the wages of overseas proxies. Is the demise of the architect of Iran's regional ambitions not a lesson in the ruinous consequences of seeking to dominate far-flung territories beyond their borders? Perhaps the best form of defense is not to be an aggressor in the first place. Instead of terrorizing ourselves over the worst-possible scenarios of how Khamenei may choose to respond, we would be wise to act decisively in support of the best-possible outcome: the curtailment of Tehran's hegemonic ambitions.

2020-01-07 00:00:00

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