The minute the July 14th nuclear accord between the West and Iran was signed in Vienna, the mullahs were rushing their delegations to Moscow to demand the transfer of the advanced S-300 missile system from Russia. Hat’s off to President Obama! This is just the first of many consequences of the “historic” and “landmark” agreement reached with Iran.
Iran’s possession of such a missile defense system will definitely complicate any future strikes that the international community may deem necessary, including strikes against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in the event that the world comes to realize that Tehran has no intention but cheating on the nuclear deal and rushing for the development of a nuclear weapon.
The completion of this sale speaks to the source of some concerns that traditional US allies have on the growth of Iranian influence over the Middle East. President Obama literally gave the green light for this sale, and rest assured this is just the tip of the iceberg of many other setbacks to come.
If anyone thinks the S-300 transfer is considered an isolated incident, they are very wrong because the bigger picture is of a larger expansion of cooperation between Tehran and Moscow, which has included mutual evasion of international sanctions, mutual support for the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and just recently, joint naval maneuvers off the northern coast of Iran. The two country’s top diplomats have also talked about seizing the opportunity to expand economic and military relations.
And what about China? They won’t sit idly by. Many Western analysts are now deeply concerned about the emergence of a broad coalition of Asian powers opposing Western interests.
Along with its ambitions in the South China Sea already causing troubles for the United States, Beijing has also set its eyes in expanded military and trade relations with Iran, as with its own joint naval exercises in the Persian Gulf.
Meanwhile, understanding the complicated situation in Syria and how Bashar Al-Assad and his forces have suffered major blows, Iran is all of a sudden seen rushing for a proposal to end hostilities and seeking Russia’s blessing in this regard. And of course, Tehran will be insisting on Assad continuing his rule, which has been rejected by the US and much of Europe (unless they are willing to appease and compromise on this matter like the nuclear accord…)
The same picture is seen in Yemen and Iraq because Iran understands very well that after signing the nuclear agreement everyone in the region have realized Tehran is at a very weak position: Saudi Arabia launched its ground support for popular resistance forces in Yemen, and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani set forth major reforms that Tehran described as a “political earthquake” in Iraq.
So, one must congratulate Mr. Obama for the “unprecedented” deal his negotiators signed with Iran. Instead of placing Iran in the corner, it has allowed Moscow to rush to Tehran’s support and consider it as a major ally purchasing its sop. Rest assured, if the West doesn’t act soon, it will be too late to be pity of signing the nuclear accord in the first place.
Appeasement once led to World War II and the loss of 60 million lives. God knows what will the price of appeasement be in a radicalized Middle East for mankind?