The Rahbar, Imam Seyyed Ai Khamenei of Iran has warned against any attack on Syria saying it will have catastrophic consequences not only for the region but also for the US. He said the results would be no different from what the US faced in Iraq and Afghanistan.
August 28, 2013, 18:43 EDT
The Rahbar, Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei of Iran has warned against foreign intervention in Syria and said any military involvement would be catastrophic for the Middle East and extremely harmful to US regional interests.
He made the remarks during a meeting with President Hassan Rohani and members of his Cabinet in Tehran today. The Rahbar said the Americans would incur losses similar to what they sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan, if they go ahead with their attack Syria.
“The intervention by trans-regional and foreign powers in a country will have no result other than kindling the flames [of war] and will increase the hatred of nations for them,” the Rahbar pointed out. “Such warmongering is like throwing a match in a powder keg whose true dimensions and consequences cannot be imagined.”
In a report on August 27, Robert Fisk, the veteran Middle East correspondent, who currently writes for the British daily, The Independent, said that the chemical attack could not have been carried out by Bashar al-Asad since there were three Hizbullah members also injured in the attack. Fisk revealed that they were being treated in a Beirut hospital.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon also appealed for time and said UN inspectors needed at least four more days to verify who was responsible for the chemical attack. The Syrian government, including President Bashar al-Asad, Foreign Minister Waleed Muallam as well as Syria’s UN ambassador Bashar Jafari have all denied Syrian involvement in the attack. Instead, they insist it was the rebels that carried out the attack to force the US and its allies to get militarily involved in Syria.
In his Wednesday meeting with President Rohani and his cabinet, the Rahbar also touched on the situation in Egypt and said the Islamic Republic cannot turn a blind eye to the massacre of the Egyptian people. “We are not interested in meddling in the internal affairs of Egypt, but we also cannot close our eyes to the massacre of the Egyptian people.... We condemn the massacre of completely unarmed civilians,” the Rahbar said.
He said that the Islamic Republic condemns the perpetrators of such a massacre no matter who is responsible. He warned against a “civil war” in Egypt saying it would have catastrophic consequences “for the Muslim world as well as the entire region.”