Iran's Parliament Condemns US War Rhetoric against Syria
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A possible US strike against Syria could endanger security in the whole region, an Iranian lawmaker said, and cautioned Washington that any irrational move will harm Israel.
“Military intervention will imperil regional security, and any shot fired at Syria will trigger a similar response against Israel, and the Zionist regime will be dealt a crushing response," Hossein Naqavi, a member of Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission told Tasnim on Saturday.
The (anti-Israel) resistance front would not let the US and other western countries to invade Syria and would strongly respond to any attack, he said.
In similar remarks, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari warned the US about severe consequences of any military intervention in Syria, and stressed that the possible war in Syria would result in imminent destruction of the Zionist regime of Israel.
Speaking to Tasnim on Wednesday evening, The IRGC commander pointed to the recent US war rhetoric against Syria, and stated that Washington and its allies have resorted to “direct military threat” against Damascus after the Syrian nation defeated their “proxy war scenario.”
The IRGC commander’s remarks came after Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei stated that military intervention in Syria will be harmful to the US, and noted that meddling of trans-regional countries in the region will only result in more antipathy towards them.
“If such a move (possible attack on Syria) takes place, the Americans will surely suffer losses just like what they underwent in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Ayatollah Khamenei said on Wednesday, addressing Iranian cabinet members here in Tehran.
The Leader also described the US possible military intervention in Syria as “a disaster for the region,” adding, ”Trans-regional and foreign powers’ intervention in a country will result in nothing but igniting fire, and will also increase the nations’ aversion to them (meddling countries).”
“Such fire is like a spark in a powder keg, whose aftermath and ramification will be unclear,” Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out.
“The region is passing through sensitive and critical days,” the Leader cautioned.
The remarks by Ayatollah Khamenei came while the US and some of its western allies have announced their readiness to hit Syria, on the pretext of suspected chemical attack by the Syrian government.
Earlier, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed western allegations that he used chemical weapons as politically motivated and warned Washington any US military intervention would fail.
"Failure awaits the United States as in all previous wars it has unleashed, starting with Vietnam and up to the present day," he said on Monday.
Assad also 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.