Rafsanjani: Ripples of Military Intervention to Go beyond Syrian Borders
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The aftermath of a possible US military intervention against Syria, even though limited in scope, would not be limited to Syria itself and could be keenly felt far beyond that country's borders, chairman of the Expediency Council said Saturday.
“ The effects of a possible US aggression against Syria would not be limited to that country, and the dangerous warmongering game may afflict the whole region,” Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said.
Rafsanjani, who is also a former two-term president, emphasized the strategic significance of Syria in the region and said that that country resembles a strong castle for encountering Israel, adding, “The Islamic Republic of Iran must act carefully and wisely in dealing with the US adventurist moves that have cast a pall over the region.”
Speaking to Tasnim on Wednesday evening, IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari 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 a possible US 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.