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Guard Commander Warns U.S. on Syria: 'You are Making Another Mistake' (Kayhan, Iran)


Is the United States about to commit only the latest in a long series of Middle East blunders? This news item from Iran's state-run Kayhan has a less bellicose tone than what we became accustomed to during the Ahmadinejad regime. By quoting leading officials, including newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani, the article, more advisory and less confrontational, takes the form of a word of caution to someone who is extremely accident prone.


September 6, 2013


Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

Brigadier General Hossein Salami, second in command of the elite Revolutionary Guard, has some advice for Washington on Syria: don't do it.


PRESS TV VIDEO [STATE-RUN]: Debate on the wisdom of a U.S. attack on Syria, Sept. 5, 00:24:35RealVideo

TEHRAN: President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday warned that any American military action against Syria will be detrimental to nations in the Middle East and its U.S. allies.


"Iran, as it has stated before, considers any action against Syria not only harmful to the region but to friends of the United States, and believes that such a measure will benefit no one," Rouhani told at the 14th summit of the Assembly of Experts.


"We strongly condemn the exercise of any hostile measures against countries in the region, particularly Syria," said President Rouhani, who is also a member of the Assembly of Experts. "Today, our region suffers from a severe crisis and is in a very delicate position - clear evidence of which is seen in Syria," Rouhani pointed out.


The president described foreign meddling and outsider support of terrorism as the main reasons for problems in the Middle East, including Syria, and he said that U.S. President Barack Obama's last-minute decision to seek Congressional approval before a military strike on Syria shows that the war rhetoric in Washington lacks legitimacy both at home and abroad.


President Rouhani reaffirmed Tehran's resolve to continue providing humanitarian support to the nation of Syria, saying, "As long as Syrians face problems, the Islamic Republic of Iran will fulfill its religious and humanitarian obligation to provide them food and medicine."


Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan cautioned that a U.S. military strike on Syria would spread crisis, insecurity and instability throughout the region.


"U.S. military action against Syria will increase the level of instability and spread the crisis beyond the country's borders," Dehqan said after a cabinet meeting.


"In the event of a U.S. military intervention in Syria, the war could spread like a virus to every country in and around the region, worsening regional insecurity," he added.


Because of the Afghanistan and Iraq experiences, the defense minister said, "the Americans have a high degree of uncertainty about having the capacity to orchestrate a successful and controllable operation in Syria. The Americans may start a Syria war, but they will be unable to control its conclusion." In any event, he said that Syria has effective anti-aircraft and offensive systems, and doesn't need outside military hardware to defend itself.


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During a series of phone calls with his Irish, Dutch, and Indonesian counterparts, Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif also warned that a military intervention in Syria could have negative consequences for regional and global security.


Zarif expressed hope that the international community would focus on finding a political solution to the situation Syria, since resorting to force violates international law. At the same time, he condemned the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere in the world.


Meanwhile, Brigadier General Hossein Salami [of the Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force] warned that any attack on Syria could not be limited to the country, and that aggressors would be trapped in a quagmire.


"We are on the threshold of a strategic turning point for the region, and more generally, the Muslim world," Salami said, who is the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' second-in-command.


"What we are witnessing is a consequence of the repeated losses incurred by the U.S. and its allies, both here and in the West, over the past three decades," the general added.


General Salami noted that the United States, the Israeli regime, and their regional allies, have failed to achieve their Middle East objectives and are strategically exhausted.


"These defeats have led the United States to try and penetrate the center of gravity of the Islamic resistance, which is Syria," he said.


Salami said a war on Syria would be "a very dangerous game," stressing that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict, and that Israel must reconsider its security strategies.


Describing the Middle East as a "world of political dominos," the Iranian commander said, "Any world power talking about the concept of limited war is making the gravest possible historic mistake. The time of trial and error is over for the United States. An attack against Syria will drive American forces into a quagmire in terms of place, and in terms of time.

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"Who can guarantee that a military attack on Syria will remain confined to the geographic borders of Syria?" he asked. "Can anyone [regional leader] promise that interfering in Syria within Washington's strategic framework won't endanger their own national security? ... Can plans made on paper account for a fire in a powder keg?"



"as a main pillar of resistance, Syria is a country that has been targeted with security, political and military assaults, and the resistance of the Syrian people, army and government over the past three years has been praiseworthy," Salami said.


Hailing Syria as a country that has stood up to Israel for over five decades, Salami warned the U.S. and its allies against military action against Damascus.


"If the Americans hadn't committed so many mistakes before, perhaps we wouldn't be making such forceful remarks. However, because their behavior and actions in the region have been so replete with error, we are warning them not to make yet another," the Iranian commander said.


Referring to the fact that Syria has decided to defend itself, Salami said, "History shows that any nation that defends itself honorably will eventually turn its territory into a cemetery for the aggressors."


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Posted By Worldmeets.US Sept. 6, 2013, 4:29am