Why Iran is attacking American sites – OpEd – Eurasia Review

By Hossein Beizayi

The animosity between Iran and the United States began the day the mullahs took power in Iran. A barrage of anti-American slogans and flags burned by thugs associated with the regime has taken place at every opportunity and has gathered throughout Iran from the start of the revolution and to the present day. At the height of such antagonism was the attack on the US Embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979. Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days by student activists affiliated with the new Islamic government in Iran. The Tehran regime celebrates this occasion every year, burning American flags and photos of American presidents while chanting anti-American slogans and preaching a multitude of rhetoric against America in ill-attended and poorly organized mosques and rallies. .

However, there has been an increase in sporadic and organized attacks on US soldiers, convoys, military bases and embassies in the region by Iran’s proxies over the past two years. Here are some of these attacks:

December 2019 – Hundreds of pro-Iran protesters attempt to storm the US embassy in Baghdad, scaling the walls and forcing the doors open.

June 28, 2021 – Two rockets were fired at the United States Embassy inside the Baghdad Green Zone.

July 6 – 2021 – A drone attacked Erbil Airport in northern Iraq with explosives, targeting the US base on the airport grounds.

July 7, 2021 – According to Reuters, US diplomats and troops in Iraq and Syria have been the target of three rocket and drone attacks, including at least 14 rockets that hit an Iraqi air base housing US forces, injuring two servicemen Americans.

October 21, 2021 – A military outpost in southern Syria was hit by a coordinated attack, but U.S. officials said no U.S. troops stationed there were injured or killed.

December 15, 2021 – The United States and its military allies shot down a small drone that allegedly threatened a US outpost in southern Syria just weeks after the same base was attacked by drones and gunfire. rockets.

January 5, 2022 – Iranian-backed troops fired missiles at US bases in Deir ez-Zor. The next day, a Katyusha rocket hit a US military base near Baghdad International Airport. On the same day, another missile was fired at a US military base in Baghdad. There have also been recent road bombings against US military bases in Iraq. Qaani, head of Iran’s infamous Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said: Soleimani’s assassination.

What is behind such cowardly attacks by Iran and what could they learn from it? All logical minds in the world are well aware that the Iranian military is not up to the level of US military might. The sanctions imposed on Iran have affected the modernization and repair of the Iranian military apparatus inherited from the Shah. Although Iran has been very active in exploring the black and illegal market to bring its military status to a reasonable level, it has yet to achieve this goal.

On the other hand, Iranian officials must constantly sharpen their anti-American rhetoric and paint a powerful facade of their military might to boost the morale of their national forces. A multitude of insane military maneuvers here and there and sometimes in a few weeks testify to these empty demonstrations of force.

When Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s number two man and the world’s most dangerous terrorist, was killed by the US military, scores of Iranian officials vowed to take “the toughest revenge” against America. Two years after the assassination, there is no sign of the promised revenge. This is because the Iranian regime cannot take revenge. The truth is that the attacks on US bases in the region by Iran and its proxies are meant to be a dirty game of propaganda and an attempt to convince its own forces that Iran is still capable of harming the United States despite all the setbacks of its allies in the region. In addition to these reckless attacks, Iran is spending millions and millions of dollars to keep its proxies in its camp and use them to carry out its vicious intentions in the region.

Iran has shown that it will use all its devices to stir up trouble and be the source of instability in the region. Peace, security, stability and prosperity in the region cannot be achieved while the regime in Tehran is in power. It is time for world powers to accept this reality that to expect logic, normalization and proper behavior from Iran is just a mirage.