Syria’s Assad regime using chemical weapons against innocent civilians, shocked many around the world. Withered bodies of innocent children, shown on TV, tormented to death by chemical gas, passed a message to all human rights activists of the world.
Despite the fact that we live in the 21st century, the brutal vulgarity of the Middle Ages remains still. Desire for revenge arose against a dictator that has already taken half a million lives to sustain his throne is very much alive.
In response, the strikes against Assad’s chemical sites by U.S., Britain and France were welcomed by public opinion the world over.
Nevertheless, despite all the excitement, the end resulted in the unpleasant policy of appeasement allowing the real perpetrators to walk free.
The Ayatollahs sitting in Tehran, who have kept Assad on his feet, simply got away.
On different occasions, Iranian regime officials have defined their meddling in Syria and other neighboring countries as means to keep the danger away from their own borders.
Iran’s interfering in neighboring countries has become more evident in the past decade. On February 4th, 2018, the Arab-language Sky News TV broadcasted an interview with Deputy Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) chief General Hossein Salami.
“The two armies of Iraq and Syria are considered the depth of Iran’s strategy,” he said. “It is not logical for a country to close its security circle inside its borders. The best strategy is to fight the enemy at a distance.”
A few days before that Ali Kabar Velayati, a close adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, told the same TV station that his country’s influence in the region was definite and they would not step down.
“Iran is trying to be the major effective force in the Middle East,” he said. “If it was not for Iran’s assistance, the two countries (Syria and Iraq) would have collapsed.”
In an earlier occasion Velayati had said, “Should we have not provided aid to the Iraqi and Syrian people, we would face a conflict worse than the (1980-88) war with Iraq. The enemy had come as close as 20 km from our borders and we pushed them back up to 50 km.”
A reason proving that the Iranian regime is behind the growth of chaos and instability in the region can be found in the words of Mohammad Golpaygani, a secretary to the Supreme Leader.
In January he claimed that IRGC Quds Force chief Qassem Suleimani was preparing and organizing suicide volunteers to be dispatched on missions abroad.
Tehran’s officials, from time to time, have acknowledged their military presence in the region. On November 23, 2017, Khamenei said in a long speech, “The Islamic Republic of Iran would rush to the support needed anywhere for the fight against heresy and arrogance”.
Last year in January, Iran’s official news agency quoted the Defense Minister, General Amir Rahimi saying, “Tehran considers itself responsible for the people of the region.”
The Ayatollahs have defined their meddling in Iraq and Syria as the “fight against terrorism.”
In 2016, IRGC chief Mohammad Ali Jafari revealed details of Iran’s military presence in the Middle East, bragging that 200,000 troops IRGC-associated troops were spread throughout five countries.
In a 2015 speech marking 1979 revolution anniversary, President Hassan Rouhani said, “Iran has helped establish security in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.”
Those who suffer most from the Ayatollahs’ meddling in Syria are the nations of Iran and Syria.
In a conference in Paris organized by the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), senior Syrian opposition figure George Sabra said, “The paws of fundamentalism, sectarian and terrorism is in Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut ad Sana, while its head is in Tehran.”
Speaking at the same conference NCRI President Maryam Rajavi said, “Khamenei and IRGC commanders have repeatedly said should they not fight in Syria and Iraq they have to line up in Tehran, Hamedan and Isfahan… Despite all the repression and arrests they have imposed on the society, the people’s uprising has put them in a constant state of horror.”
Rajavi urged the European Union to insist on the expulsion of the IRGC and its proxies from Syria and other countries in the region, as well as to stop Iran’s missile programs.
This article was first published alriyadhdaily