Iran: ‘We Won. The Americans Have Lost It.’

Majid Rafizadeh, an Iranian-American political scientist and scholar, is president of the International American Council and serves on the board of the Harvard International Review at Harvard University. Rafizadeh is also a former senior fellow at the Nonviolence International Organization based in Washington, DC and is a member of the Gulf project at Columbia University. He can be reached at rafizadeh@fas.harvard.edu. Follow Rafizadeh at @majidrafizadeh.


Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at the Friday prayer ceremony in TehranBashar Al Assad has been reelected as the president of Syria for an additional seven years, in an election that is not considered to be legitimate.

Since the election, Iranian authorities have been boasting about their role in keeping Assad in power and keeping their vow. This bragging comes at a time when the Obama administration is eagerly pushing for a final and comprehensive nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic in Geneva, which would urge the United Nations Security Council to remove all economic and political sanctions against Iran.

Iran is already receiving billions of dollars from the United States for signing the interim nuclear deal.

Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the military adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, triumphantly and openly expressed his sense of victory by stating on the government-run Press TV, “The strategy of the US Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and European countries to overthrow Bashar al-Assad has failed,” adding, “this is a strategic failure for the Western, Arab and Zionist front and a big victory for the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Tehran is attempting to show the failure of the US’s and other Western countries’  foreign policy initiatives and campaigns regarding the Syrian crisis. Senior Iranian officials have told the Guardian that the concentrated attempts to overthrow President Assad has failed, and this election shows that Tehran and its staunchest ally, Damascus, have won the war.

Accordingly, chairman of Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi, an influential political figure and governmental insider, pointed out, “We have won in Syria,” adding, “The regime will stay. The Americans have lost it.”

The celebratory announcements and declarations are aimed at sending political signals from the Islamic Republic to the United States and other Western countries regarding Tehran’s power and its role in the region. The Islamic Republic is asserting its ownership of Syria and the region. Tehran had even sent its observers to monitor the objectiveness and fairness of elections in Syria, in order to illustrate its possession of the country and the crisis.

A burst of announcements and declarations have come out of Iran, from top Iranian foreign policy figures, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, celebrating this victory.

The major point is that the more sanctions are eased against the Islamic Republic, the more they seem to view the United States as a weak country, and the more Iranian authorities feel emboldened to pursue their ideological, geopolitical, strategic, economic, and regional hegemonic ambitions.

President Hassan Rouhani has been inspired to ignore the international sanction and sign a trade deal worth billions of dollars with Turkey. Rouhani’s visit to Turkey this week would be the first official high-level meeting between Tehran and Ankara in nearly 20 years. Turkey has ignored American concerns regarding this deal. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Islamic Republic are skirting the international economic sanctions against Tehran. Turkey and the Islamic Republic have recently been implicated in several sanctions-busting schemes. These sanctions-busting schemes have assisted the Islamic Republic to evade sanctions and illicitly pay in cash.

Iranian authorities have boasted that they kept Assad in power against the will and power of the US. When it comes to Syria, Iran has spent billions of dollars in terms of financial credits, used Hezbollah to fight alongside the Syrian government forces, utilized Iraq as a territorial platform to deliver arms to Syrian forces, deployed Iraqi Shiite militias, and is currently deploying Afghan Shiites to the region according to latest reports.

Although the Islamic Republic repeatedly denies that it has deployed Iranian revolutionary troops on the ground in Syria (or it has sent officers to train Syrian governmental forces despite the valid and credible videos and reports), Iran’s military has mourned the killing of senior Revolutionary Guard officers while fighting in Syria on several occasions. Such as Abdollah Eskandari, who was killed fighting just south of Damascus, according to a statement released by the Iranian Defense Ministry. Iranian officers being killed in Syria are currently numbered at 60 “martyrs” according to Syrian opposition sources.

Syria has been used as a platform by the Islamic Republic to project its power into the Arab world since its birth in 1979. In addition, Iranian authorities are using the current Assad victory as a credible vindication for Iran’s financial, advisory, economic, and military steadfast backing of Assad’s government.

There is a strong correlation between the United States’ action to ease sanctions on Iran and Iranian authorities’ increasing announcements against the US; announcements claiming that the Americans have lost and the Islamic Republic is the winner. Iranian leaders do not view American policies to remove sanctions against Tehran as a favor or positive act. Their leaders are repeatedly characterizing the Obama administration and US as weak. They point out that these policies forged by the United States reflect her weak and declining power around the world. The question is, why have the policy advisors of the Obama administration (and President Obama himself) not acknowledged these announcements by the Iranian leaders about their increasing pursuit of regional hegemonic power and illicit trade deals as a warning to the United States and the world?

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  • Muhammad67

    Absolutely true. Americans are losers.

    • Softly Bob

      Not as big losers as Muslims though, who by the fact that they follow a false prophet and worship Satan are destined to lose big time – forever!!

    • CowboyUp

      Americans aren’t losers, our executive branch and senate are being run by traitors.

    • Demetrius Minneapolis

      Hey Mo, how are your brethren doing over in the mid/near east these days? I really enjoy watching them slaughter each other; such a treat to see two legged animals destroy one another into a hopeful extinction. Have you ever thought that all this is part of a master plan? Payback for 9-11? A higher deity correcting errors of the past?
      PS – I hope the women survive, we can use more housekeepers over on this side of the pond.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      DEATH to fascist iran!

      HANG the ayatollahs!

      LONG LIVE PERSIA!

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      As the Duke would say, … you DO know who the Duke was, right? … “That’s been said, before.”

    • Kevin Doty

      LOl come say it to this armed Moron! not all of us are, but i want you to think like that so we can identify your kind when the killings start!!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Absolutely true. Muslims are winners..

      See 160,00+ dead in Syria (Arabs killing Arabs)

      You “win” muhammed.

    • Dyer’s Eve

      Really? I thought the losers were those who have burnt-out cars littering their bomb-shattered streets, their people traumatised by relentless war at the behest of a relentless war-mongering religion. Add to that; moribund, war-ravaged economies, and people fleeing for their lives, absolutely terrified out of their wits. But, of yeah, the Yanks are losers, aren’t they. Which part of the world does the above describe? I’ll give you a hint, quiz kid; Middle… come on, say it… East.

    • American Patriot

      You are a loser, you Islamist monkey.

  • zoomie

    good thing iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

  • Kevin Doty

    hink what you want, we will blow your azz off the face of the earth!

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  • http://www.twitter.com/changeirannow ChangeIranNow

    Despite Iran’s attempt to persuade the world otherwise, it remains a brutal theocracy. Iran is only interested in spreading its influence at the expense of domestic well-being of its own people. Money, arms, fighters for Assad and Syria and now offering $500 bounties to Afghan refugees to fight in place of Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Support for Hezbollah and Hamas terror groups. Manipulation in Iraq to attack dissidents at Camp Liberty and Camp Ashraf and arrest without trial dissidents.

  • fpm

    It’s for once Iranians are saying a truth.

  • philmon cluebattingcage

    “The question is, why have the policy advisors of the Obama administration (and President Obama himself) not acknowledged these announcements by the Iranian leaders about their increasing pursuit of regional hegemonic power …”

    Consider the distinct possibility that Obama and his policy advisers are fine with it, and, in fact — this is what they want.

  • Hussam Imtiaz

    National Council of Resistance of Iran, a broad coalition of democratic Iranian organizations, groups, and personalities, was founded in 1981 in Tehran, Iran on the initiative of Massoud Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian Resistance. For more info visit http://www.ncr-iran.org/

  • Kevin Doty

    keep thinking tht way! that’s what we want.!!