Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stands as air force commanders salute during their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader. (AP)

By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

December 1, 2017

Reviewing the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent comparison of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to Hitler, an analyst says that albeit historical and sectarian strife does exist between Iran and the Gulf countries, the comparison doesn’t suggest that Iran is Hitler.

The Crown Prince’s statement clearly draws the comparison based on a leader, who runs an expansionist theocracy and does not think twice about putting the lives of hundreds of thousands up against death—or has at least aided others in the killing.

Tehran had refused to reconcile and open up to its Arab neighbors and the West, and continues to invest almost everything in building a hostile and superior military state further empowered by a network of terror proxies covering up the map from Indonesia to Central Africa.

Europe’s problem with Hitler started with his tendency to use hostile power and unbound ambition to take over countries he saw as key to securing Germany, like Czechoslovakia, Poland and France.

And Hitler’s expansion saw no end until states came together and decided to confront him.

What the Gulf faces today is a regime following in Hitler’s footsteps. Tehran’s Supreme leader justifies sending Revolutionary Guards to Iraq and Syria by labeling the countries as ‘key’, although his country does not share any borders with Syria.

The Iranian Islamic Republic regime has swayed towards ideological fascism ever since clerics overran state institutions four decades ago.

This does not translate into a sectarian Sunni-Shi’ite conflict, like the analyst commented– Iran stands behind extremist Sunni organizations like Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Iran is the only political regime in the region that provided al-Qaeda with support and refuge inside Iran following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

It would also be downplaying the gravity of the threat to suggest that recent confrontations and conflicts are simply Iran waging an ethnic-inspired brawl with Arabs in the name of a remerging Safavid dynasty.

Iran’s supreme leader, who rests on the top of Iran’s pyramid of authority, is not Persian himself but descends from Azerbaijani roots.

Iran’s current authority is fascist, expansionist and dangerous as it does not know any limits. The Supreme Leader, who points in what course the country’s actions will take, will not stop at what he points out to be vital areas, but also expand like fascists did.

He will head toward Saudi Arabia and on his way, he will pass by Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain like Hitler did when he seized Baltic states, Ukraine and Belarus in the second phase of his plan to invade the Soviet Union.

Actually, most Gulf disputes with Iran’s republic are easy to settle, but its political theocracy does not want to seek a solution as it’s anchored by an expansionist partisan and military project that greatly resembles ISIS—the same terror group which talks about establishing a self-styled caliphate with expanded colonial substates that obey.

This is Hitler’s dream. Khomeini’s vision for Iran is like that of Nazi Germany – it has no value for people’s lives, regardless of who they are.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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