Iran Begins To Lash Out As They Realize They Can't Hold Out For 2020 US Election

News Image By Eyal Zisser/ June 18, 2019
Share this article:

The slew of terrorist attacks perpetrated recently by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the most recent being directed against oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, are more proof of the pressure harsh U.S. sanctions are putting on Tehran. 

Washington is slowly strangling the Iranian economy, and the ayatollahs are finding it difficult to find a way out of the noose they feel tightening around their necks.

The Europeans, as they usually do, are expressing understanding of Tehran's difficulties but not doing anything to help it. Whereas Russia and China, the ayatollah regime's most important allies, are not known for handing out bonbons--and even if they wanted to help Iran, their economic ability to do so is limited.

The Iranians thought they could hold on until the 2020 U.S. elections, in the hope that if a new government were voted in, pressure from Washington would ease up. But the Iranian economy has collapsed faster than officials in Tehran thought it would, and the economic distress has led to increased civil protests within Iran. 

The budget hardships also forced Iran to slash the generous aid it provided to its various satellites throughout the Middle East, including Hezbollah and the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his close associates, who supposedly belong to the moderate camp, have tried in vain to find a diplomatic solution through the friends of Iran in Europe, and even the help of Russia and China. 

It quickly became clear that both Rouhani and his foreign minister, Javad Zarif, are the tail of the dog and it's the IRGC who decide on policy in Iran. The IRGC wants to maintain its power and promote terrorism throughout the Middle East, even if Iranian citizens are the ones who have to pay the price.

Therefore, the Iranians have decided to turn up the flames, hoping that the Americans will agree to ease the sanctions as a way of avoiding any escalation that would hurt U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf. 

On the other hand, leaders in Tehran are hoping that Europe and possibly even some Gulf states will cave in the face of terrorism and urge Washington to give up its policy or take action themselves to placate Iran.


There is a huge number of real money online pokies casinos out there that are accepting players from New Zealand and that allow them to play the games for real cash and win real prizes. The vast majority of the online casino NZ will offer you their games to play straight from your computer or your mobile phone.


Iran is a paper tiger. While it is capable of making its neighbors' lives miserable and spreading terrorism throughout the region, when it is confronted directly and red lines are drawn--and when other nations are poised to strike--Iran falls back. 

That is what happened in Syria, for example, where Israel managed to check Iranian attempts to entrench itself. Besides which, Iran does not have the capabilities to withstand America's military might, should it ever be turned on Tehran with full force.

Tehran is hoping that it can keep walking a tightrope and believes that through threats and terrorism it will achieve its goals and avoid total economic collapse. It appears that the Iranians are being encouraged by the international community's lukewarm response and especially by the U.S.'s conduct, which they perceive as weak and hesitant. 

In the end, the Middle East is like the Wild West--anyone who draws a gun should shoot, or else their threats will carry no weight.

It cannot be denied that the United States is sending mixed signals. On one hand, it is applying harsh sanctions against Iran, but on the other, it is making it clear that it intends to pull out of the Middle East and not get bogged down in the muck of regional disputes. 

Washington is pointing an accusing finger at Iran as the party responsible for last week's attack on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, and is even threatening to respond if Iran dares to attack American interests.

However, the Americans are also expressing a willingness to enter into dialogue with Tehran. Even more importantly, they are not responding to Iranian terrorist attacks in the region.

Other than Israel, none of the countries in the region--particularly the Gulf states--have the ability to confront Iran on their own. 

So Washington will be forced to deal Iran a severe blow--not only to deter it but to prevent escalation and war. It would be better if that blow came sooner rather than later.

Originally published at - reposted with permission.

Other News

July 16, 2019Identity Politics Devours Itself

When you build a movement based on identity politics, which by nature divides, you cannot expect to cultivate unity. You cannot expect to ...

July 16, 2019Left Wing Jews Against CUFI Are Called Out Over Evangelicalphobia

It doesn't really matter how hard a group like Christians United for Israel tries to reach out to Jews and the organizational Jewish world...

July 16, 2019Facebook Plans Targeting Of "Misinformation" Leading Up To The 2020 Election

Facebook has promised to crack down on "misinformation" (opinions they don't like or posts that violate their agenda) in the months leadin...

July 16, 2019Why Palestinians Do Not Trust Their Leaders

Two recent public opinion polls have revealed the depths of Palestinians' mistrust for their leaders. Both polls showed that an overwhelmi...

July 15, 2019Global Earthquakes 3 Times Above Normal - Dozens More Hit The Ring Of Fire

Within the last 48 hours we have seen large earthquakes going off like firecrackers all along the Ring of Fire. Japan was hit with a 6.1,...

July 15, 2019Media Silent As Christians Persecuted Worldwide

Persecution of Christians in the Middle East is now close to "genocide", a UK-commissioned report just revealed. The same threat has also ...

July 15, 2019Civilizational Suicide: Qatar's Vision Shapes American Classrooms

Qatar's vision for America is now being peddled through our children's classrooms, targeting a pliable population and one with a long shel...

Get Breaking News