By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
After the proxy war in Gaza orchestrated by the Iranian regime, with the will and support of Tehran’s mullahs, significant political and international developments have unfolded. These developments have raised a question in many political circles: “Can America stop the warmongering and crisis-inducing policies of the Iranian regime by targeting its proxies?” Despite the initial consensus to avoid direct conflict with Tehran’s mullahs, the political and strategic approach of “head of snake is in Tehran” is gaining traction. What evident is that the international forces’ attacks on the proxy forces’ strongholds in the region serve as a prelude to establishing the political and social groundwork necessary to end the policy of appeasement and signal a genuine and comprehensive effort to dismantle the leadership in Tehran.
The reality is that the structure of the mullahs’ proxy forces in the Middle Eastern countries primarily relies on the existence of the “Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps IRGC.” This force serves as the IRGC’s leverage for exporting crises, wars, and terrorism beyond Iran’s borders, to exert hegemony over the political and strategic landscape of the Middle East. This strategy enables the regime to survive against uprisings and civil unrest involving the Iranian people, particularly women and youth. Khamenei, the regime’s Supreme Leader, has stated that if the regime does not engage in conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and other places, it should confront the Iranian people in the streets of cities like Tehran, Isfahan, Hamedan, and Kermanshah. By “enemy,” he means the people of Iran.
If the mullahs of Tehran do not genuinely retaliate against the blow dealt to their proxies by international coalition, it will undermine their warmongering and terrorism-exporting apparatus. This situation also legally sets the stage for a potential uprising of the Iranian people to overthrow the regime. The regime understands this represents a breaking point in the power balance chess game and obstructs its political propaganda in the region. Consequently, it refuses to back down.
However, it is crucial to acknowledge that striking at the “snake’s head in Tehran” also carries significant political implications, namely, ending the policy of appeasement toward this regime. Without doing so, Khamenei will not tolerate military strikes against his proxies, and retaliatory actions will persist. Similarly, the United States will not abandon its policy of compromise, negotiation, and appeasement with the mullahs, nor will it embrace the democratic process in Iran. While reducing the tactical capabilities of the mullahs is beneficial, it alone will not be a definitive and strategic solution to eliminate the global threat posed by religious fascism.