By: Shahriar Kia (Political analyst)
Appeasing Iran failed.. How to move on?

The Iran nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was eventually signed in 2015 after a series of initially covert, and thus overt talks amongst various parties.

While the deal was boasted of enjoying a long slate of strengths, its imperfections were cloaked by JCPOA advocates – led by senior Obama administration officials – and allowed the broader challenges posed by Iran to go unanswered.

All, from left to right, liberal to conservative, Democrat and Republican, must come to realize that the rendered cons of the Iran nuclear deal completely overshadow the very few pros.

However, defined, the West has appeased Iran and given way for Tehran to continue advancing its ballistic missile arsenal, dispatch proxies across the Middle East and escalate domestic human rights violations, all for the sake of garnering the nuclear accord.

Vital now is how to address the matter and execute the necessary alterations.

Voices are heard claiming to resolve each and every case of Iran’s belligerence is an idealistic expectation and the best approach is compromising with Tehran and succumbing into providing concessions.

What is unfortunately easily neglected is the fact that Iran has been able to launch and continue sectarian and proxy wars in numerous frontiers, including at least four regional countries.

Following the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Iran witnessed the overthrow of a major rival to its east, and the gates of this country opened to Tehran’s meddling objectives. 

To this very day, Iran has fueled unrest in this country through different meddling measures, recruited Shiite fighters to be marshaled to the war in Syria and is now accused of providing arms and explosives to Taliban fighters.

Iran also took advantage of the 2003 Iraq war to flood its western neighbor with malign influence. Tehran’s devastating political, social and economic impact in Mesopotamia is now undeniable and has caused havoc across the land, especially launching massive sectarian wars against the minority Sunni community. 

This deadly effort continues as we speak under the banner of fighting the IS group.

The atrocities of Syria have now after six years and counting become all too familiar. Considering the Levant its 35th province, Tehran has gone the limits to prop and maintain its puppet, Bashar Assad, in power in Damascus and maintain his dictatorship upon the majority Sunni populace at all costs. 

To this day over half a million Syrians have been killed, above 12 million are displaced inside the country and abroad, and God knows what percentage of the entire country is considered destroyed. 

All these thanks to the windfall of billions received by Tehran under the JCPOA.

And the story of Yemen is yet another craftsmanship of Iran seeking to spread its reach and influence, this time into the backyard of regional archrival and an important US ally, Saudi Arabia. 

Iran’s continued funneling of arms, equipment, and money to the Houthis in Yemen has produced one of the most horrifying humanitarian disasters in our world today and even threatens vital international shipping lines in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden with sea mines, anti-ship missiles and suicide boats packed explosives. Such “support” has been delivered at the courtesy of Tehran, enjoying the financial leverage provided by the JCPOA.

To this end, even if we take into consideration the argument that the JCPOA prevented a war between the US and Iran, how are we to explain the four wars Iran has launched and/or fueled in this flashpoint Middle East?

Let’s face it.. If appeasing Iran granted us a highly flawed pact curbing its nuclear ambitions to some extent under sunset provisions and prevented one war, we cannot deny the fact that Iran has taken advantage of the situation at hand to prolong four wars of its own.

It is high time to recognize this misguided approach and adopt a policy capable of reining in Iran’s conglomerate of bellicosity. The first such step should be to end Iran’s crusade of four wars across the Middle East.

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