Wednesday, February 1, 2017
IRAN, YOU'RE SERVED !
Icheoku says the Islamic Republic of Iran has been served notice that its meddlesomeness will no longer be tolerated, and not by the new administration in Washington DC. In a very terse statement, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said "As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice." Icheoku says it is now left for Iran to weigh its options accordingly and decide what to do with and how to respond or react to the notice. But a wise Iran will know that President Donald John Trump means what he says and says what he means and that he has little to no love for Iran and therefore be smart enough not to give him reason to destroy them.
It is the same Iran which took American sailors hostage last January 2016 and paraded them on television just to humiliate them; and refused to release them until they forced an apology from the United States government. It is the same Iran which in 1980 took Americans hostage in their embassy in Tehran and for a lengthy period of time. It is the same Iran that is sponsoring Hezbollah militancy in Lebanon and all its terrorists activities throughout the Middle East and Israel. It is the same Iran that has been meddling in Iraq, Syria and the entire Middle East as well as the Arab world and for such a very long time too. It is the same Iran that is fighting a proxy war in Yemen through the Houthi militia and also sponsored a failed insurrection in Bahrain. It is the same Iran which has been menacingly approaching United States naval assets in the Persian Gulf trying to provoke an incident and confrontation. It is the same Iran which signed an agreement to be of good behavior and was handsomely rewarded with $150 billion; but is now testing missiles in addition to other provocative misbehavior.
According to NSA Flynn, instead of Iran being thankful to the United States for the agreement Iran is now feeling emboldened. Icheoku says Iran will be making a grave mistake if it fails to advise itself properly that American people feel that enough is enough; and that the Trump's administration will not put up with its continuing misbehavior or sit down idly and not act on their provocations. Iran is increasingly becoming a continuing nuisance which needs to be abated and surely, they might very soon get their wish. Luckily enough, the Trump administration has now put Iran on notice that it will not stand its unending needling and poking, not anymore. The Trump administration, following the latest Iranian missile test and an attack on a Saudi Arabia warship by Iranian backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, has telegraphed Tehran that they must stop further acts of intransigence or reap the whirlwind. Icheoku agrees that the time has come to confront Iran's destabilizing behavior across the Middle East, a situation which was exacerbated by Obama's weak and ineffective administration's failure to respond adequately to Tehran’s malign actions – including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international norms.
Icheoku says the mullahs in Tehran must advise themselves properly that the tension between their country and the United States of America which has been simmering since 1979 is about boiling over and their country will be at the receiving end of what the United States military will be prepared to dish out. If it they miscalculate and hostilities erupts, the Iraqi operation shock and awe will pale in comparison to fighting a war which was declared since 1979 and only waiting for an appointed time. A situation which is not helped by the no love lost relationship existing between the two countries and the current American President Donald John Trump does not leave anyone in doubt about his coldness towards Iran and said as much during his campaign and have also acted on it with the 7-nation prohibition of entry into the United States. Those mullahs must take into cognizance the large number of options available to the United States government should it decide to take appropriate action to stop or deter the continuing Iranian provocations.
ICHEOKU disagrees with the views expressed by Ali Vaez that war with Iran will make the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts look like a walk in the park because at the end of the day, Iran will be the one left with a bleeding nose and a badly bruised battered bloodied body. Iran waged an eight year long war with Iraq which they could not win and fighting America will not be any easier undertaking either. At worst they will resort to terrorism but will bear the brunt of any resulting conflict and it is going to be a very costly mistake on their part to throw their hat in the ring to go forth. That Iranian neighbors including Pakistan and Saudi Arabia would like to see the wings of Iran clipped and would readily support any military action against their arch enemy and a rising force in the Middle East is without a doubt. It is heartening to hear Saudi Arabia's government's full rejection of the suspicious activities and interventions by the Iranian regime and its agents.
It is now up to the regime in Tehran to decide what it will do; what it decides to do or how it chooses to react or respond is entirely up to them. The aces are with America and a wise Tehran would just hunker down, fully aware that President Donald John Trump will not mind looking the other way while Israel executes its plan of action against Iran; or better still impose the full weight of the United States on them, economically and militarily as well as diplomatically. President Trump could also order the navy to confront Iran in the Persian Gulf and let the tree fall where they may. Either way and whatever happens going forward, Iran must know that heeding this notice is their best outcome because unlike Barack Obama, Donald Trump does not backdown and will strike with a brutal force should push come to shove.