Are the allies leaving Washington in the Iranian Issue?

Ali Hajizade

Editor’s column


Once in a while the USA President Donald Trump said something smart, but this time he was not supported by the European allies.

The other day Trump vociferously stated he won’t assure the Congress anymore that the nuclear deal with Iran is in the interest of the USA. Donald Trump also urged the Congress to impose the additional conditions to Iran on the issue of the further lifting of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

In fact, the agreement of 2015 which was given a green light by Obama’s spineless administration, suited not everyone in Washington, moreover, the closest allies of the USA in the region were also extremely unhappy with it. This discontent has significantly contributed to the crisis between Obama’s administration and the allies in the Gulf.

It is noteworthy that Iran is posing a serious threat to the neighbors even without a nuclear weapon and is serving as a destabilizing factor in the region. Iranian regime fully interferes in the internal affairs of neighboring states such as Iraq, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, tries to interfere in the internal affairs of Azerbaijan. Iran is making proxy war in Yemen, providing financial and logistical support and supplying Hezbollah in Lebanon and Assad regime in Syria with arms. A gross violation of human rights including rights and freedoms of national minorities such as Kurds, Azerbaijanis, Arabs, specifically, Sunni Arabs and many other small-numbered people’s is a separate topic. Iran has the second highest rate of the number of death penalties after China.

In the light of these factors, it is easy to understand Trump’s strong criticism, and imagine what will happen if such a regime possesses nuclear weapons.

However, as we see, Trump’s criticism has not been supported by the European allies, who preferred to adhere to the agreements with Tehran. Europeans, in fact, follow their favoured policy of appeasement of an aggressor, that was when they gave Czechoslovakia up to Hitler, turned a blind eye to the Anschluss of Austria and European politicians demonstrated the same towards the Russian aggression against Georgia and Ukraine.

Unlike Europe, in the region, in particular, in Israel and Saudi Arabia (these two countries are the number one targets for Tehran) Trump’s words were welcomed. At the same time it should not be forgotten that the American President’s words and promises do not always coincide with real actions. Can this case become an exception? It will become clear soon.

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