Operation Decisive Storm, Arab Rage At Iran As Expressed In Cartoons






The Arab press has recently been awash with cartoons condemning Iran’s intervention in Arab countries. The cartoons appeared mainly in the Gulf press and in London-based Gulf newspapers, as well as in the Jordanian and Egyptian press. They portray Iran as sowing destruction in the Arab world and taking control of it as part of its bid for regional hegemony, and often depict Iran as a demonic figure or as an animal such as a serpent, octopus or spider. 

Many of the cartoons focused specifically on Iran’s intervention in Yemen, following the takeover of Yemen by the Houthi rebels, and Saudi Arabia’s subsequent launch of Operation Decisive Storm there. The operation increased the tension between the Gulf states, which support Yemeni President ‘Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and Iran, which supports the Houthis. These cartoons in the Gulf press portrayed Iran as being behind the Houthi rebels as part of its efforts to take over the region. The Houthis were often depicted as snakes, daggers or puppets used by Iran. 

The cartoons expressed support for Operation Decisive Storm and for the Arab coalition that is fighting the Houthis. The operation was depicted as neutralizing and defeating Iran’s regional plans, as saving Yemen from the clutches of the Iranian monster, and as annihilating the Houthis, Iran’s servants.

The following is a sampling of the cartoons.

Criticizing Iran’s Interference In Arab Countries, Bid For Regional Hegemony

Iranian hand reaching out to grab the Arab world (Al-Arabi Al-Jadid, London, April 12, 2015)

Iran dreams of gobbling up GCC states (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, March 30, 2015)

The Iranian spider has the Arab world in its web (Al-Khaleej, UAE, April 9, 2015)

Iran juggles Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, February 11, 2015)

Iranian serpent bearing the slogans “death to America”, “death to Israel”, “curse the Jews” swallows Yemen, having already devoured Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. (Watan News, Jordan, March 26, 2015)

Iranian octopus clutches Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen in its tentacles (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, March 24, 2015)

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