Political Analyst Dr. Yadollah Javani has weighed in on the strategic importance of
the region where Iran is located. The full text of the analytical piece follows.
Iran is located in the most strategic region in the world, i.e. West Asia, and enjoys an extremely significant status. It is a geographical region with historical, cultural, economic and security commonalities, and changes in any part of it influences other areas. West Asia links three key continents: Asia, Europe and Africa.
Important waterways in the world, including the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Oman, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, are located in this region. Also, strategic straits such as Hormuz, Gibraltar, Bosporus, Dardanelles and Bab-el-Mandeb lie in this region, which has made global economic transactions dependent on those straits. There are 14 strategic spots in the world seven of which are located in West Asia. From a religious standpoint, Muslims make up 93% of the region’s population. Economically speaking, the region is home to the world’s major oil and natural gas resources, and that is why countries, especially Europeans’ dependence on this region increases day by day as far as energy supplies are concerned.
Due to all the above-said reasons, the Americans have an eye on this region. They regard domination over West Asia as a sine quo non for securing domination over the whole world and maintaining their position as a super power. During history, colonial powers have looked at this region through the same prism and sought to secure their domination over the region. Therefore, this region in Asia has been the scene of serious rivalries between major world powers over the past five centuries, especially in the past 100 years. With the triumph of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979 and establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in that region, a major historical change took place. After several hundred years and with the emergence of the Islamic Revolution, a regional, domestically-developed and very strong power called the Resistance Front led by Iran has taken shape in this strategic region against the infiltration and domination of foreign powers.
Now, West Asia is stage where two different powers are facing off. The outcome of this standoff will determine the future world order and the direction in which history will move in the third millennium. Supported by their European, Zionist and Arab allies, including dynasties such as the Al Saud regime, the Americans seek to retain their lost domination in this region. Iran, with the help of the regional nations and the Resistance Front, tries to put an end to the infiltration of foreigners in the region, bring about unity among Muslims, lay the foundation for a new Islamic civilization and make the Muslim world regain its real status in the international system. Whatever has happened in the region between Iran and the US over the past 40 years has been over such a future. Now the question is, "What will the region’s future be like? How will the destiny of this strategic war play out? Which side and power will emerge victorious in the region?
In response, one can say clearly and firmly that awakened Muslim nations are the winners of this strategic and historical combat. With the Islamic Revolution, nations were awakened, and with the Islamic awakening, now a powerful resistance front has been formed in the region to stand up to the infiltration of foreigners as well as their cronies and corrupt puppet governments. The past forty years have witnessed victories in wars involving the US and its allies. Fighting against terrorist groups such as the ISIS was one of the most complex and most dangerous theatres of war in Iraq and Syria over the past seven years. The outcome of those conflicts can be summed up in a statement made by Trump, who has acknowledged that his country has spent $7trilloin on Middle East wars over the past 17 years, but to no avail. Now, Iran’s strategic influence in the hearts of the regional nations coupled with Iran’s presence in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, etc. has turned into a horrific nightmare for the US, Zionist regime, some European governments and reactionary Arab governments in the region. At this point in time, the US-led hegemonic powers’ main concern is Iran’s influence and presence in the region.
They have realized well that the stabilization of Iran’s influence and presence in the region will result in major changes both in the region and across the world. Accordingly, the Americans have formed an anti-Iran front to sound the death knell to Iran’s regional and influence via exerting different kinds of pressure. Will they succeed? Will the Americans mange to impose their will on the Iranian nation through missile and regional JCPOSs, whose strategic objective is to harness Iran’s defense power and end Iran’s regional influence. Will they manage to bring the region under their domination once again, and, in addition to revive their domination, reinforce the shaky pillars of the Israeli regime, Saudi Arabia and other totalitarian governments?
There are numerous indications which suggest the US will suffer a heavy defeat in the region. Accordingly, wise Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei weighed in on the destiny of this conflict and the future of the region.
"The Americans must leave the West Asia region. It is the US which should leave here, not the Islamic Republic.”
The Leader then added, "The Persian Gulf is our home. West Asia is our home. Here is our home,” and added they pursue wicked goals and want to trigger sedition.