The Iranian empire stretches from Balochistan to Lebanon in a vast expanse of land from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and this is only the beginning from the perspective of Iran’s strategists. Tehran’s planners imagine eventually controlling the entire Islamdom as the world’s only superpower and ultimately the entire world. It ought to be kept in mind that Iran is the international community’s leading strategist and pre-eminent long-term thinker.
Dismantling the Iranian empire should however be an urgent strategic priority. This includes its Western flank, namely Syria and Lebanon. There is no such thing as “containing” the Iranian empire because it will no doubt continue to expand according to its master plan unless it is rolled back, imploded and dissolved both outside and inside Iran’s internationally recognized boundaries.
The international community would be well advised to show understanding for a joint IDF-SDF operation that would liberate Syria and Lebanon from the scourge of Ba’athism and Khomeinism and set a new regional order in the northern Levant. Rolling back the Iranian empire should indeed be a priority for the international community as well.