On Sunday (February 19) speaking at the Munich Security Conference (MSC), Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif declared that “we live in the post western global order which has implications for West Asia”, and off course Iran.
Zarif continued to suggest that within this post Western global order, a zero-sum approach is no longer valid. In fact, he ended his speech by insisting that “we must begin defining problems in a non-zero-sum way.”
The observers of international relations theories know quite well that the zero-sum approach, has its origin in the economic zero-sum game theory. In this economic model, a mathematical representation of a situation is calculated, where each participant’s gain or loss is exactly balanced by the losses or gains of the other participant.
As a reminder, Zarif represents the Iranian theocracy, the world’s top State sponsor of terrorism, responsible for massive human rights violations in Iran, and continued death and destruction in Syria.
This representative of terror, in a diplomatic linguistic triangulation is suggesting to the international audience that:
- The West, meaning super powers such as the United States no longer have the hegemonic political/economical/military leverage.
- In order to achieve security and stability globally, mainly from widespread terrorism, you need a “collective solution” which means, negotiating with Iran.
Iran’s hollow diplomatic bolster at MSC, is a timid reaction to the current US administration’s vision to stand up to Iran and the threat of regime change.
However, the same day at MSC, the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister, Adel Al Jubeir, did not mince any words by pointing the finger at Iran’s terrorist activities. He stated that:
- Iran remains the biggest State sponsor of terrorism in the world.
- Iran has as part of its constitution, export of revolution.
- Iran does not believe in the principle of citizenship, it believe that the Shias all belong to Iran and not the countries of their origin.
- Iran does not believe in the principle of good neighborliness or non-interference in affairs of others. This is manifested in interference in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
- Iranians have dis-respected the International Law by attacking embassies, assassinating diplomats, planting terrorist bombs in other countries, by harboring and sheltering terrorists.
- Iranians have blown up Khobar towers in 1996
- They have smuggled weapons and missiles to the Houthis in Yemen in violation of UN Security Council Resolution.
Al Jubair proceeded to ask; “How can we deal with a neighbor whose objective is to destroy us?”
Iran’s deplorable display at the Munich Security Conference, revealed a theocratic leadership that is hypocritically operating on a zero-sum basis in the region and is delusional with the mirage of a post Western world order, hoping that no one notices its massive human rights violations at home, quest for nuclear weapons and worldwide terrorism.