Morocco & Iran: Never Friends, Forever Foes

Morocco & Iran: Never Friends, Forever Foes


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mourad beni-ichDr.Mourad Beni-ich is a Political, Intelligence & Strategic Analyst based in Washington, DC. You can follow him on Twitter at: @MonarchKnight[/symple_box]

Washington, District of Columbia- It has been six years since the Kingdom of Morocco cut its diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran. I can say that they were six peaceful years that many analysts thought Morocco had benefited from having that Persian virus removed from its body.

For strategic reasons, both the Kingdom of Morocco and Iran thought of reincarnating what was considered dead and buried. I, for one, deeply believed that the Islamic Republic had shifted its policies and strategies to more a constructive relationship with the world, more especially Arab and Muslim nations. This is proved to be wrong unfortunately.

The true foundation of politics is clear: Machiavellianism by excellence! Iran, like any other State in the world, is basing its general policies on what will be beneficial to its strategies to spread its hegemony, not only regionally, but at a global scale and on different forms.

What triggered me to write about the rather complex Moroccan-Iranian relationship is how the chauvinistic regime of the Mullahs is reasoning its foreign policies. After just a week since the Moroccan Monarch met with the newly appointed Iranian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco as a token of opening a new chapter between Rabat and Tehran, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards issued a controversial statement accusing the Moroccan diplomacy to be held hostage to the global Zionist agendas.

What is clear at first glance is that the Mullahs in the Islamic Republic of Iran are doing all they can to avoid the rhetoric from any possible negotiations and confrontations with the world. They want to impose their agendas by all possible means. What is also clear is that the Iranian regime is itself a hostage of its own SAVAK (Iranian Intelligence Service). The latter seems to tighten its grip on how the “elected” government runs national affairs and stronger than ever before.

This is an unprovoked and unjustified attack on Morocco from the regime of the Mullahs. The Kingdom extended its hand to collaborate with Tehran and begin a new chapter on the ground of founding strong grounds for partnership to create new political and economic ventures. Tehran thinks otherwise!

[symple_box color=”white”] quote rightquoteWhat would the Kingdom of Morocco gain from reviving its diplomatic
ties with Iran? As far as the current situation in the world dictates, nothing! 

I think Iranian Mullahs quickly forgot what happened in 2001 and 2003. I think they believe that the world turned the other way when they provided every logistical and intelligence assistance to the U.S troops invading Afghanistan and Iraq. Do they really believe that Washington under George W. Bush just took Iran off the list of the “Axis of Evil” right after the invasion of Iraq? Did anyone wonder why Tehran quickly dropped its principle about cooperating with the “Great Satan”? What did Tehran gain out of the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq? Of course, a lot, otherwise, Mullahs would never deploy SAVAK agents to gather every piece of information for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the North Western region of Afghanistan, or the strongholds of Saddam Hussein and Baath party in Iraq.

Iran got rid of all its enemies in the Middle East, with weak government in Kabul, Shiite government in Iraq, Alaouite regime in Syria, Iran’s proxy Hezbollah is pretty much running the political show in Lebanon. Iran succeeded to spread its web all over the region.

Iran wanted to reshape the Geo-strategic structure in the entire Middle East, with guarantees that Israel will be forever, on the ground, far from the reach of Iranian missile system. Iran is still harvesting the results of joining forces together with the United States. The U.S. policies towards Tehran softened comparing to over a decade ago by lifting many economic sanctions and praising Tehran’s “cooperation” with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAOA) in regards to Iran’s nuclear program. Such a program is not just a threat to the security of the Middle East and destabilizing the balance of power in the region, but it is a threat to the international security. Yet, Mullahs knew how to play the game right and bargained well to establish themselves as a potential regional superpower alongside Israel and Turkey.

What would the Kingdom of Morocco gain from reviving its diplomatic ties with Iran? As far as the current situation in the world dictates, nothing! Even the idea of containing the potential enemy to deter his viciousness is not an applicable scenario when it comes to any kind of relationship with the Shiite State. Iran’s true agenda is to spread Shi’ism globally and ensure that the descendants of those who, at some point of Islamic history, opposed Ali are exterminated. They want to pave the way to their long-anticipated Mahdi. This is the true agenda of Iran, and with the increasing number of Moroccans fostering Shi’ism, I strongly doubt that Iran would not be the right strategic partner to the Kingdom of Morocco. Iran will certainly embrace the Shi’ite minority in Morocco and finance them, and we do not want to experience what Saudi Arabia had to go through within the last two fifteen years.

The latest Iranian blunder against Morocco is certainly taking all efforts to reconcile to point zero. The response should be firm and ensure that the Iranian Mullahs realize that they cannot intimidate the Moroccan foreign policy or interfere in Morocco’s internal affairs. This is a clear violation of all international diplomatic ethics. It is about time that the world understands that the only matter than concerns The Islamic Republic of Iran, is enforcing its hegemony and spread its ideologies and its own version of interpretation of Islam globally. Rather than this, any possible partnership with Tehran will be considered a suicide mission that will backfire and will not end up well.

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