The Interpreter: "the US leadership is afraid of losing its positions in the Middle East'
The independent analytical publication The Interpreter wrote that the West needs to recognize the need for Russian help in resolving the Syrian crisis. Western analysts are struggling to discredit Moscow's actions in Syria, seeking out hidden motives in the actions of the Russian leadership. In fact, the real aim of the Kremlin is a political settlement of the situation in Syria, as well as the search for a compromise in the negotiations with the US, which could lead to joint action against the terrorist group Islamic State. In addition, Russia is the only country which has declared the need to protect the Christians and Alawites in Syria.
The aggression against Russia is due to the fact that the US leaders cannot forgive the Kremlin for being caable of taking advantage of the strategic blunders of the United States against Syria, and was able to enlist the support of partners in the Middle East, and the government of Bashar al-Assad. Gradually losing allies, the USA has no argument against Russia, so it applied such a method as an information war, aimed at creating a negative image of the Russian Federation. However, even Europe is not responding properly to such a provocation from the US side, rightly believing that it is necessary to establish relations with a powerful partner, Russia.
The only way to cope with the Syrian crisis is to act together. However, the US leadership is afraid of losing its positions in the Middle East, which could lead to further confrontation between Russia and the US. The Syrian conflict has not been solved in the past many years and could go on even longer if Islamic State doesn't disappear from the stage, which is a huge threat to the region and to the world as a whole. Having all the means to counter ISIS, the US and Russia working together could do it for a short period of time. However, this would mean that America will have to abandon the ideology of the struggle against ‘Russian aggression’ and cease to make the country enemy number one. And if there is no enemy, then there are no foreign policy goals, which in turn is not profitable for the militarist lobbies among the US leadership.
The British publication The Guardian wrote about the changes that await Iran after the cancellation of the Western sanctions. Proponents of stricter measures applied against Iran are celebrating, hoping that if the Islamic Republic violates the agreement, they will be able to reimpose sanctions in order to control key aspects of Iranian policy.
However, it is worth considering the fact that Western sanctions have been applied against Iran since the earliest days of the Republic and they did not bring desired results, although they affected the economic situation in the state. Despite the best efforts of the United States to isolate Iran, Iran's ties with the rest of the world have never been completely severed. The state managed to find partners both in America and in Europe, who were willing to cooperate despite criticism from the United States. That is, in fact, the lifting of sanctions will primarily be an indicator that will show whether the US and Iran can cooperate on issues of international policy as equals or not.
Today, the Islamic Republic does not see the US as a partner on which the Republic can count, and this position of the state is certainly justified. The US leadership does not cease to rely on the fact that through the threat of sanctions against Iran it would be easy to control the Republic. However, this position once again underlines the failure of US foreign policy, which does not understand the course of realpolitik.