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Doing What 300 Spartans Could Not Do

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...As in the recent past, we cannot ignore the efforts of the USA to design the cultural, ethnic and sectarian regional balances in the future. Although the "gun boat" diplomacy, which was applied in the past and damaged its own dynamics in the process, was abandoned, it is a known fact that the USA always aims to be at the top of the global geopolitical power pyramid with new paradigms... 

In 1943, Roosevelt showed a map of the Middle East to the British Ambassador to the US Lord Halifax and said: “Iranian oil is yours. We will share the Iraqi and Kuwaiti oil. Saudi Arabian oil is ours.” In fact, the rapprochement between Iran and West, which has been tried to be implemented recently means going back to the sharing made during 1940s. Although the relations between the West and Iran continued similar to the Cold War reflex after the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the "Iran–Contra affair" that emerged in 1986 revealed that the West's "win-win" relations with Iran continued under the covers in real politics.

Recently, both Iran, the USA and the UK have felt the need to take a step based on the fact that including Iran in the global geoeconomic network, each in line with their own interests, is a vital situation for their energy route strategy. In addition, the West paved the way for Iran to regain its power to become a geopolitical, geocultural regional actor in the position of a "new swing country" in the developing and changing regional balances. As is known, experts describe such countries as "swing countries" due to their cyclical variable approaches in the international system, and they consider the acquisition of these countries important in terms of securing the future of the new world order. It is certain that the USA has moved to a new concept of the future. Accordingly, it is known that the USA has implemented different moves in different regions in order to maintain its global position and maintain the international system. This is how we can understand the attempts to include Iran in the dirty game in this process. As in the recent past, we cannot ignore the efforts of the USA to design the cultural, ethnic and sectarian regional balances in the future. Although the "gun boat" diplomacy, which was applied in the past and damaged its own dynamics in the process, was abandoned, it is a known fact that the USA always aims to be at the top of the global geopolitical power pyramid with new paradigms.

In addition to preventing Iran from becoming an unruly actor outside the game by incorporating it into the global game, it seems ideal for Western hegemony to keep energy policies under control. For example, the fact that they are driving Iranian oil and gas into their own markets against Russian oil and gas, which Europe is condemned to, is an important gain and strategy for Western allies. All Western global rulers, especially the USA and England, found the Middle East and Asia's creation of new parameters to develop their own independence with their own unique methodologies dangerous in terms of cumulative impact. The risk that the global distribution of power, including Turkey, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, and even Russia, with military, political and economic cultural rings, will shift towards the East; they have sufficiently unsettled the forces that hold the global chain and, in this context, have not stopped implementing solid projects that would fuel political instability, sectarian and ethnic conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, Asia (such as DAESH and Boko Haram, PKK) with the aim of saving the day while developing long-term projects. Countries in the region are being destabilized by a strategy that can be called "moving the war to enemy territory", which began with the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan in the new period. (Since the sins and weaknesses of the Islamic world in bringing such solid structures to life are a separate analysis and discussion topic, I do not think it is necessary to mention them in this article.)

In the global Western hegemony, the definition and scope of the enemy can change at any time in line with cyclical interests. As long as they do not conflict with their interests, the political, religious and cultural positions of a geography can be supported in the future, provided that it is mobilized in its own interests. While Afghans who fought against the Russians during the Cold War were pronounced "Mujahid" in the Western authorities and in the media, and even all kinds of logistical support were provided to these fighters, after the US occupation of Afghanistan, Afghans resisting the occupation began to be called terrorists.

Another and more striking example can be Japan and the West relations. As it is known, after the Russo-Japanese War of 1905, it was echoed in Eastern countries and Asia as “Japan's victory over the West”. However, Japan suffered an irreparable defeat in 1945 when an atomic bomb was launched over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in was against the United States to completely liberate Asia from Western rule. Since Japan's victory was perceived as a victory over the West, even if the victory was against Russia, the West was avenging 1905 in an interesting way and with a revanchist reflex, re-feeling and adopting Western hegemony in geostrategic regions under American military patronage.

It is not difficult to foresee that this agreement will continue with marriage from the fact that the Western states have agreed with Iran on the nuclear negotiations and from the subsequent developments, and to understand that nothing has actually changed on the Western front. From a regional perspective, we are facing an Iran that is too important to be overlooked and underestimated in the region, which has an ancient culture, has managed to maintain its geocultural position in the Islamic civilization basin after their acceptance of both the Persian Empire and Islam, but has also realized that it has been in political turmoil for a long time. In the near future we may see Iran which has a strategy that does not fight illegally and Iran is likely to bring its energy and financial policies to global scale. The hellion of the West in the region, Israel's efforts and plans for Iran have already been foiled by the West. Iran is one of the three countries in the Middle East that is one of the geopolitical partners that the West cannot give up. But it should be known that Israel is not among these three. So, in the near future either Israel will be normalized and involved in the game, or it will agree to be kicked off the field by the West.

Turkey should continue to develop and strengthen its close relations with Iran in foreign policy without being provoked. Recognizing the drawbacks and risks of the global political awakening for their own political future, Western governments and the intelligentsia continue to keep regional terror instruments ready to use, as they find it more feasible for their own political and economic interests to maintain sectarian, religious and ethnic conflicts in a controlled manner in the areas of influence. For Turkey, instead of producing new enemies, regional geopolitical partnerships should be increased and strengthened rapidly.

It has been seen once again that neo-liberal Western imperialism has not abandoned its habit of saving the one who is about to drown in the river and attempting to rape on the shore. The USA, taking its wish to revenge as far as the Persians, subdued Iran with a kind of soft power diplomacy, which it could not defeat with the Hollywood-made "300 Spartans", which is full of anti-Iran propaganda. Although Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that this agreement was a "win-win" process for them, the West was again the winner at this critical threshold. We will see together whether the esoteric "Persian Fire" will be an unquenchable fire over oil and natural gas in the Middle East and global ecopolitics in the near future, or will it turn into a never-ending tension in terms of regional balances and peace.

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