US Special Envoy to Iran Brian Hawk
warned of the dangers of Iranian expansion in the region, noting that Iran is
seeking to reproduce the Lebanese experience in Yemen.
Hawk stressed that Iran should be
prevented from consolidating its influence in Yemen, in parallel with
restricting Iranian expansion in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.
“The world must face Iran’s
ambitions, otherwise the Iranian crescent will become a full moon,” Hawk
said in an article in the Wall Street Journal.
The US warning comes to warn of the
dangers of Iranian cross-border influence extending from Lebanon, Syria and
Iraq to Yemen.
Hawk talked about the major game
played by Tehran in Yemen, the “Lebanonization” of the country, ie
the reproduction of the Lebanese experience.
Hawk proceeded from Iran’s support
for the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon to explain his point of view. It began
with the support of militant sectarian groups in the early 1980s, the most
violent of which was later combined into a single organization called
Thanks to Iran’s financially and
militarily generous support, the party became a state within the state and
served as Iran’s gateway to expand its influence in Lebanon.
The same game is played by Tehran
today in Yemen, according to the US official: “Here, the Iranians had the
upper hand in the outbreak of war they incited
the coup of Houthi militia.
In Hook’s view, Iran is using Yemen
today to strengthen its regional standing. What is more dangerous is that it is
using its alliance with the Houthis to threaten the arrival of a quarter of the
world’s oil supplies by controlling the Straits of Bab al-Mandab and Hormuz.
Hawk, who has criticized his
country’s poor media coverage of Iran’s role in prolonging the tragic conflict
in Yemen, has come to the obvious conclusion: “Preventing Iran from
establishing itself in Yemen is a necessity.”