MP: US Intervention in Syria Creates More Problems for Israel
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iranian lawmaker on Tuesday warned the US against military intervention in Syria, saying such a scenario would cost Israel dearly and create a morass for the US, from which it will not be easy to escape.
“If the US would make (an antagonist) move against Syria ... the Zionist regime’s problems will be doubled,” Esmaeil Kowsari, a member of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee told Tasnim.
“If United States initiates a war against Syria, ending that conflict would be beyond its control," Kowsari said, adding that he beleives most of the anti-Syrian rhetoric is part of a "psychological campaign, rather than a prelude to a serious move.”
Diplomacy is the best way to resolve the crisis in Syria, and we do not want the conflict to expand further, as there are lots of Muslims in the region, the Iranian MP said but cautioned that if the US made a (military) move, Iran, too, would make appropriate decisions.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Monday evening dismissed Western allegations that he used chemical weapons as politically motivated,warning Washington against any military intervention in that country.
"Failure awaits the United States as in all previous wars it has unleashed, starting with Vietnam and up to the present day," he said.
Assad said Syrian government forces had been close to where rebel forces say chemical weapons were used last week. "Would any state use chemical or any other weapons of mass destruction in a place where its own forces are concentrated? That would go against elementary logic," Assad stated.
Russia has been Assad's most important international ally, supplying his troops with arms and resisting pressure at the United Nations for tighter sanctions on Damascus.
Russia's Foreign Ministry said Monday that it is very concerned that Washington may respond militarily to the alleged chemical weapons use by the Syrian government.