- Speaking or writing as an Iranian citizen makes it difficult
to weigh in on the latest remarks made by the UAE Foreign Minister, Abdallah
Bin Zayid Al Nahyan, who likened Iran's legal sovereignty of its Persian
Gulf islands to the Zionist regime's occupation of Syria's Golan heights.
Putting the nationalistic bias and prejudice aside, some focal points should
be considered regarding what the novice FM has grumbled in his latest statements
before the Federal Council of Emirates.
- To one's utmost surprise, Mr. Nahyan is interestingly
36 years old, and it means that he is one year younger than the country
he represents internationally since the official establishment of the state
of United Arabic Emirates dates back to 1971, and Nahyan is born on April
30, 1972. So, from a basic comparison with his Iranian counterpart who
is a veteran, 57-year-old diplomat, one can simply figure out that Nahyan
is too inexperienced and green to make verbal attacks against a country
which has existed on the face of earth for the past 7500 years, and mathematically,
7500 is more than a little bit bigger than 37! Mr. Manouchehr Mottaki,
the Iranian counterpart of Mr. Nahyan, has been a senior diplomat and politician
for the past 30 years, serving in various departments and sections of Iran's
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, so even if Mr. Nahyan has started his diplomatic
career since he was 10, he would still lag 3 years behind Mr. Mottaki in
terms of political experience.
- The impolite rhetoric of UAE Foreign Minister is being
widely circulated by the British and American mainstream media outlets,
and one may doubt for a moment whether the plots designed to threaten Iran's
territorial integrity are being directed from the White House, Tel Aviv
or Abu Dhabi.
- I've seen some pictures of the building of UAE's Federal
Council, namely parliament, and I don't put the blame on Mr. Nahyan's shoulders
for making such ludicrous remarks that even his Iranian counterpart refused
to issue a response to. The building is a gloriously-ornamented magnificence
edifice and a 36-year-old young man would be unquestionably affected by
the supreme environment of such a building to express that "the occupied
islands of Abu Mousa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs will sooner or later return
to the UAE".
- Those who sit behind the seats of this building are supposedly
the representatives of a nation, and Mr. Nahyan has categorically promised
them to bring back what he considers to be his paternal inheritance, albeit
this is not exceedingly unusual in the Israel-allied Arab nation to calculate
the global equations on the basis of familial and paternal skirmishes;
the ruling family of Al Nahyan has been struggling and clashing with a
well-off neighboring tribe, namely Al Qassimis, who signed the 1971 British-brokered
deal with Iran which designated to Tehran the full sovereignty of Abu Mousa,
Greater and Lesser Tunbs (three small islands in the Southern Persian Gulf)
in lieu of the sovereignty of Ras-Al Khaimeh Protectorate as a British-owned
- Anyway, Mr. Nahyan courageously promised the representatives
of his nation to bring back, sooner or later, "its islands" which
Iran has "occupied" unlawfully.
- There are some possibilities, and one may think of some
caustic motives which has drawn the young man to make such "uncalculated"
comments, as Iran's FM Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told the media.
- Firstly, the bitter, nightmarish outfall of Dubai which
was once the sugary, lovable dream of Emirs in Abu Dhabi can be recalled
as the basis for UAE's projection towards Iran, the adjoining neighbor
which can be attacked on a regular or irregular basis for some sort of
entertainment. Dubai was slated to become the heaven of Middle East with
multi-billion-dollar investments of the American and Zionist-owned companies
who would search their Middle Eastern ideal in the seashores of Persian
Gulf, but with the continued "miscalculation" of young people
such as Mr. Nahyan who rule the young country of UAE, Dubai's sweet dreams
now do not exceed a frightening depression.
- In order to distract the public opinions from the dissolving
slump in Dubai, one should take action, and who can be a better subject
than Iran that is busy confronting the spates of black propaganda by the
American, British, French and German media outlets from one hand and the
continued threats of military strike and a permanent "table"
which is home to "all the options" on the other?
- The other option might by a lack of geographical knowledge.
As a friend, who is almost a few years younger than Mr. Nahyan, I would
cordially invite him to spend a few hours reading some scientific and geographical
materials regarding what he is drumming for.
- If he does not have enough time, I'll be more than glad
to summarize for him the whole story.
- Being afraid of the growing Soviet influence in the Southern
regions of Iran, the British forces occupied three Iranian islands, named
Abu Mousa, Lesser Tunb and Greater Tunb in the year 1902.
- Iran and Britain fought over the islands for decades
until 1968, when the Britons pulled their troops out from the Indian Ocean
and Persian Gulf as a reconciliatory stance.
- Then, in 1971, as the colonial protectorate of Ras al-Khaimeh
and Sharjah, Iran signed an agreement with Sharjah with the arbitration
of British government to take responsibility for the islands' security
while recognizing the sovereignty of Bahrain and the UAE.
- Now everything is clear. If Mr. Nahyan, who should be
supposedly aware of the modality of international regulations and agreements,
insists to return "his" islands "sooner or later" back
to his paternal homeland, UAE and Bahrain should be reattached to Iran
as they were the provinces of Iran until the 1971 Iran-Briton-Sharjah agreement
- Mr. Nahyan and his family members can take sovereignty
of three islands they claim to be the owner of, and the United Arabic Emirates
will be returned to Iran. That's a fair swap!
- Anyway, Mr. Nahyan should be referred to the demographical
data of his country which indicate that there're 400,000 Iranian citizens
living there. If these 400,000 people pull their enormous capitals and
skyscraping investments out from the economy of UAE, I doubt whether Israel
and the U.S. would suffice to lend a hand to UAE to keep up with the barest
rudiments of its flimsy life.