(File pix) Pro-government demonstrators waving the national flag during a march in Iran’s holy city of Qom recently as tens of thousands gathered across the country to support the rulers after days of unrest. AFP Photo

THE Middle East conflict is expected to worsen this year.

It follows the clashes between protesters and pro-government supporters in Iran.

It was learnt that the chaos was sparked by economic uncertainty and high cost of living.

Nevertheless, the truth is that the chaos was the result of political interference by Western countries to control their interests in the Middle East.

The economic sanctions imposed on Iran through the
United Nations have affected
the country’s economy and people.

History never lies, and it is the best lesson to learn in investigating the reason behind the conflicts that have happened over the last few decades.

Iran seems to be the next target, after unscrupulous parties stoked turmoil in Iran’s neighbouring countries.

It began in Iraq and Afgha-nistan in 2003, with the invasion by the Western alliance in the name of peace.

Iraqis and Afghans are far away from peace, and the war between government forces and rebel groups is ongoing.

The conflict has been extended to Syria in 2011 through a cold war between the government and forces opposing it.

The effects of the crisis are still felt, seven years on.

In 2015, the conflict spread to Yemen between two factions claiming to represent the Yemeni government, along with intervention by the West.

At the end, Yemenis felt violated by the war, which killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.

In 2016, a well-planned attempt by rebel troops to topple the Turkish government was prevented by the people, who stood by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Looking at the present situation, the conflict has extended to Iran.

Certainly, this conflict will pave the way for Israel to strengthen its presence in the Middle East and take over Golan Heights and Sinai Peninsula in the next couple of years.

Clearly, the chaos in Muslim nations has an adverse impact on Muslims.

Muslims must stand united and uphold the spirit of peace and solidarity to prevent foreign intervention.


AHMAD SHAHIR ABDUL AZIZ

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang

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