If Damascus Falls, Europe Won't be Far Behind: US Senator
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – As a new report details the devastation wrought upon Syria by four years of rebellion, a Virginia state senator who once thanked the Syrian government for defending Christians is worried about the fate of Damascus, the Middle East and Europe.
"If Damascus falls, the dreaded black and white flag of ISIL will fly" over Syria, Virginia state Senator Richard Black said.
"Within a period of months after the fall of Damascus, Jordan will fall and Lebanon will fall,” he told RT, adding that the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) would then target Europe next.
Black is no stranger to the Syrian crisis. Last year, he wrote a letter thanking the government in Damascus for a "gallant and effective campaign" to liberate Christian villages on the border with Lebanon.
Years of US interventions in the Middle East and elsewhere have resulted in vast numbers of displaced Christians in Syria, Iraq and the Balkans. "If you look at the history of American involvement," since the first Iraq war, Black told RT, "the one central theme has been that in each instance we've purged Christians from various countries."
The current conflict in Syria began in 2011, when the US-backed terrorists began an armed rebellion against President Bashar Assad’s government.
By 2013, large portions of eastern Syria and western Iraq had fallen under control of ISIL militants.