Iran Meets Partners: Hizballah, China and Russia
It is open information that Iran funds, arms and coordinates among disparate terrorist organizations throughout the Levant, be they Shi’ite or Sunni. As well, understood is Hizballah’s role as the de facto arm of Iranian foreign policy, with the degree of separation between the two recognized only by the willfully blind. It is within that context that former Iranian president and current Iranian Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Rafsanjani’s meeting with Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Damascus should be viewed.
After talks with Bashar Assad, a co-supporter of Hizballah and itself a client state in many ways to Iran, Rafsanjani told Nasrallah that “unity among the different Lebanese resistance groups was the key factor,” another confirmation – if needed – of Iran’s deep and guiding connection to terrorist organizations in the region beyond just Hizballah.
Nasrallah’s response was telling, as he said that Iran’s continued nuclear development gives “great spiritual boost” to not only the Shi’ite Hizballah, but to virtually all of the Islamic terrorist groups throughout the region.
Why would developments toward nuclear power plants, as Iran claims, provide such a “great spiritual boost” to terrorists, whose mission it is to destroy infidels, be they the Saturday people, the Sunday people, or as displayed in Iraq, against ‘apostates’ of different sects within Islam?
One wonders what morale boost Middle East terrorists received when the proposed Iranian-Indian gas pipeline was announced.
None. Nor do they care about nuclear power plants and electricity generation and supply developments. But the prospect of nuclear weapons, through which the infidels can be intimidated or vaporized into defeat? Now that excites them and pertains to their mission.
Iran receives much moral and material support from powerful veto-wielding members of the Security Council, allowing them to continue on their path to nuclear armament.
China (‘Concerned’ China) has sent an envoy to Iran, Assistant Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai, for stopover talks before both proceed to Moscow to join up with the other Iranian enabler within the UN Security Council. A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said, “The visit aims at stepping up exchanges with all parties concerned in a bid to help resolve the nuclear issue.” He added that China is “worried about the way in which things are developing.” That could mean a lot of things, but likely refers more to the American debate over strikes hitting a crescendo.
China is certainly more concerned that Iran is causing such a stir than it is about the race toward nuclear weaponry that is causing it. Given the choice, China chooses a nuclear Iran over a disruption of their favorable oil deals with the oil-rich terror sponsor. Those energy agreements are the primary motivator for China’s refusal to support any form of sanction or penalty via the UNSC.
For Russia, which was busy downplaying the Iranian breakthrough developments early in the week, Iranian oil is of little consequence, as they themselves are on of the world’s largest producers. As was the case in Saddam’s Iraq, it is the enormous military and technological trade with Iran that fuels their objection to UN sanctions or any other tangible action. The nuclear plants at Bushear have yet to be completed and even more plant construction is in the works. Hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars serving as an influx to a cash-starved Russian economy.
As with China, given the choice, the Russians appear comfortable with accepting a nuclear armed Iran – even one complicit in Russia’s own conflict in Chechnya – over the loss of favorable trade.
At nearly $70 per barrel, the Persian Gulf’s second largest oil producer has been experiencing a windfall influx of funds. This is thought by many to be the true aim of the Iranian strategy: Drive up the price of oil and reap the rewards. But there is little room in the minds of the messianic leadership beyond such an interim strategy’s usefulness in eventually ‘paving the way for the 12th Imam’s return.’ Remember Ahmadinejad’s claim of a green aura while speaking at the UN, and the UN audience members’ inability to even blink when he was speaking about the return of the Mehdi. Those who believe Iran’s grand strategy is oil price manipulation fail to recognize the horrific reality of the Iranian leadership’s unshakable religious beliefs, beliefs not limited to Ahmadinejad.
So with its abundant oil and the cash windfall it has produced, Iran and its allies, bought and paid for many times over, are to assemble in Moscow.
Some are even beginning to question if one may have just left Tehran for Vienna.