Rafsanjani condemns US military threats against Syria
Press TV -(Sat Sep 7, 2013) Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has condemned US threats of military action against Syria.
Rafsanjani on Saturday expressed concern about mounting US rhetoric against Syria, saying the global arrogance is seeking dominance over Muslim countries and threats against Syria are part of the same objective.
“Unfortunately Syrians, who have been struggling for about two years with civil war, all kinds of suffering and extraordinary displacement, are now also under foreign [military] threats because of unproven allegations of chemical weapons use,” Ayatollah Rafsanjani said.
Condemning the use of chemical weapons in anyway, Rafsanjani emphasized that the Islamic Republic is itself a victim of chemical weapons during the Iraqi-imposed war in the 1980s.
The rhetoric of war against Syria primarily intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.
However, Damascus has categorically rejected the claim, and announced that the chemical attack had actually been carried out by the militants themselves as a black operation.
On September 1, US President Barack Obama said he would seek congressional authorization for an attack against Syria as Washington “cannot and will not turn a blind eye” to an alleged chemical attack in the Arab state. The Obama administration has, however, said it “has the right” to attack Syria even if the Congress does not approve the measure.
The UN, Iran, Russia, and China have warned against war on Syria.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.