In a TV interview, Iranian analyst Mohammad Sadeq Al-Hosseini called Saudi Arabia "a tribe on the verge of extinction." Al-Hosseini, a former advisor to Iranian President Khatami, further said: "We in the axis of resistance are the new sultans of the Mediterranean and the Gulf... and we will shape the map of the region. We are the sultans of the Red Sea as well.
Following are excerpts from the interview, which aired on Al-Mayadeen TV on September 24, 2014:
Mohammad Sadeq Al-Hosseini: The Bab Al-Mandeb Strait and the Strait of Hormuz tighten the noose on the Red Sea, on Israel in the Suez Canal…
Interviewer: And you think that Saudi Arabia will have nothing to say about this? The Bab Al-Mandab Strait tightens the noose on its oil experts as well…
Mohammad Sadeq Al-Hosseini: Saudi Arabia is a tribe on the verge of extinction. The Saudi ruler represents a tribe on the verge of extinction. This is what the top observers say. End of discussion.
Abd Al-Malik Al-Houthi is now the boss in Yemen, and he will become the boss of the Arabian Peninsula, and when this happens… Abd Al-Aziz Aal Saud used to say [to the Saudis]: "When Yemen is weak, you are strong, and when Yemen is strong, you are weak." He said when he established Saudi Arabia in 1923. Now the tables have turned. Now the Yemenis have become strong, while the Saudis have become weak. I am not talking about wealth, arms, or international relations, but about the making of geo-politics and history. We are in the middle of a transformation. A third world war has begun…
Interviewer: According to an American report, by 2050, Yemen will control the Arab region.
Mohammad Sadeq Al-Hosseini: Absolutely. All of this began at the gates of Damascus… What changed the map was the steadfastness of the Syrian people and army, of Hizbullah, and of the Iranians in Damascus, when they prevented the fall of the city on September 3, 2013. Obama drank from the goblet of poison three times: at the gates of Damascus, at the wall of Gaza, and on the outskirts of Baghdad. Today, he is drinking from it for the fourth time – this time in Sanaa.
[Obama] wants to return to the region, but in a new guise and with new tactics. However, it is too late for that. You cannot return to the region, Obama – not you nor anyone else.
Interviewer: Then who will take charge?
Mohammad Sadeq Al-Hosseini: We in the axis of resistance are the new sultans of the Mediterranean and the Gulf. We in Tehran, Damascus, [Hizbullah's] southern suburb of Beirut, Baghdad, and Sanaa will shape the map of the region. We are the new sultans of the Red Sea as well.