The civil war in Syria is going from bad to worst: the death toll keeps rising (between 250,000 to 350,000 people), counting more than 7 million displaced people. 4 million Syrians are considered “refugees” and who knows how many are fleeing Syria to seek refuge in Europe.
By redefining the rules of the game, Tehran finds it possible to support Assad in his civil war while continuously blaming others for the outcome of the civil war, including the plight of those Syrian refugees who are escaping from the troops of Assad and of Iran.
Of course, Tehran is not solely responsible for the Syrian civil war but the hypocrisy of Tehran is so blatant that it is inexcusable.
Warning: these quotes by Iranian leaders stink of hypocrisy:
- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani: Rouhani “urges Europe to meet its humanitarian duty towards refugees“. Remember that most of these refugees are running away from the civil war supported by Assad’s and Iran’s troops. Perhaps it is Rouhani who should meet the “humanitarian duties towards refugees” by forcing Assad to stop the war and hold free elections!
- Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani: Tehran supports Assad based on “religious, human, and ethical duties“. Where are Tehran’s “human and ethical duties” towards the Sunni rebels who are deemed by Tehran as “terrorists” and the Syrian refugees who are fleeing Assad’s and Tehran’s troops?
- Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani: “Some countries are mistaken when they search, in closed door rooms, for solutions to the crisis in Syria and take decisions in this regard on behalf of the Syrian people“. It is first and foremost Tehran that “is mistaken when it searches, in closed door rooms, for solutions to the crisis in Syria and takes decisions in this regard on behalf of the Syrian people.
- Iran’s FM Mohammad Zarif: The people who have called to oust Assad “are responsible for the bloodshed in Syria” and “no solution can be imposed on the Syrian people from outside Syria”. Really? No blood on Iranian hands? Not even the hands of Iranian soldiers and Hezbollah militia? Not even the hands of the people in Tehran who are supplying Assad with weapons and money? And if it is an internal Syrian issue, what is Ian doing there?
- Iran’s Deputy FM Amir Abdollahian: “Assad played a pivotal role in the war on terrorism“. Assad, fighting terrorism? The same Assad who is accused of horrifying massacres of rebels and civilians? It is Assad and Iran’s war on the Syrian rebels that unleashed the ISIS rampage and it is Iran that is using Hezbollah terrorist militants to fight for Assad.
- Iran FM Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham: “Our neighboring countries should end their support for the extremist groups, terrorists, killing innocent people of Yemen and creating waves of refugees in Syria and Iraq“. Perhaps Tehran should walk the talk and end its support for Assad/Houthis which has resulted in “killing innocent people of Yemen/Syria and creating waves of refugees in Syria and Iraq.”
Tehran’s “Endless Support”
Assad is definitely one of the biggest benefactors of the nuclear deal with Iran, since the influx of cash from lifting the sanctions will allow Tehran to inject more money into Syria (estimated at $10 billion until now). Furthermore, Moscow, now Tehran’s closest buddy, has taken up Assad’s cause and is increasing its military and financial support there. Moscow, now deeply involved in Syria, not only wholly supports Assad but calls any demands to oust him “counterproductive”.
The West is at an impasse: If it supports Assad, the trickle of refugees will turn into a flood and Iran and Russia will win the day. If it doesn’t support Assad, his government may fall and in the void, ISIS might try to take over the Syrian government.
From its part, the Syrian government is certain of Tehran’s support according to Syria’s FM Wallid al-Moallem: Iran, he says, plans to “double its support to the axe of resistance…(and)…Iran will not change its stance toward the Syrian crisis“.
Again, Tehran is not wholly responsible for the war in Syria but its attempts to portray itself as the savior of the Syrian people are simply preposterous. Tehran isn’t supporting Assad for the welfare of the Syrian population – it is doing so for control and hegemony. It works to save Assad’s minority (12%) Alawite government, which is closely related to Shiism. Meanwhile, Sunni Syrians are getting killed, fleeing their homeland to find refuge in Europe.