God’s army has plans to run the whole Middle East

Hezbollah, the group at the heart of the Lebanese conflict, is the spearhead of Iran’s ambitions to be a superpower, says Iranian commentator Amir Taheri

You are the sun of Islam, shining on the universe!” This is how Muhammad Khatami, the mullah who was president of Iran until last year, described Hezbollah last week. It would be no exaggeration to describe Hezbollah — the Lebanese Shi’ite militia — as Tehran’s regional trump card. Each time Tehran has played it, it has won. As war rages between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, Tehran policymakers think that this time, too, they can win.

“I invite the faithful to wait for good news,” Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said last Tuesday. “We shall soon witness the elimination of the Zionist stain of shame.”

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I think Mr. Taheri is correct on Iran’s ambition, at least in being the dominant power in the Middle East, and the Islamic world. In virtually every other conflict involving Israel, the Islamic countries would be united in their opposition to Israel, in this conflict between Israel and Hezbollah that is not the case. My guess is that States like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan and Egypt also recognize what Iran is attempting, and they are not too happy about it either. If Iran were to be the dominant force in the region that means that Shia Islam would play a much more prominant role in their own countries. That is likely something the Sunni leaders in most Arabic countries will not accept lightly. So perhaps there is a glimmer of hope here. Just maybe leaders in various arab countries throughout the Middle East will recognize that the greatest threat to their own regimes comes not from Washington or Jerusalem, but from Tehran.   

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