Less than two weeks ago, Kaveh Afrasiabi PhD, told us that Tehran is revising its opinion of Syrian regime by telling President Bashar al-Assad “to meet the legitimate demands of protesters and to respect people’s right to elect and achieve freedom“.
Now, British journalist, Patrick Cockburn has claimed in British daily Independent that Iranian President Dr. Ahmadinejad has advised Tehran’s ally for the last 30 year, Syrian regime to ‘talk to the protesters’.
Interestingly, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, warned foreign powers yesterday, not to interfere in Syria and let Syrian resolve their own problems by themselves.
While the western Zionist Occupied Governments (ZOGs) are stepping up pressure on Syria, in contrast, China, Russia, Islamic Republic and Lebanon say that the Syrian authorities should be given more time to reach a political settlement.
Ahmadinejad in a recent interview with Portugal’s RTP TV network, said that current western and US threats to Syrian regimes are aimed at salvaging the Zionist regime and promoting their own interests in the region.
“Regional nations can assist the Syrian government and people in the implementation of essential reforms and resolution of their problems,” Dr. Ahmadinejad insisted.
Patrick Cockburn is no fool. He is an award-winning British journalist and author of several books. However, when someone has to write a propaganda piece – one usually loose his sense of rationality.
“Iran traditionally likes to put its money on more than one player in any confrontation in which it is involved outside its borders,” wrote Cockburn. I wonder if Cockburn knows that the US, England, France, Germany, Russia, China and Israel have all been putting their money and armies to achieve similar goals.
“Iran’s alliance with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Baathist regime is crucial to Iran in maintaining its status as a regional power,” claims Cockburn. First of all, Syria has no military muscles which could help Iran, Hizbullah or Hamas. Hafiz Assad occupied Lebanon to protect Israel from Islamic resistance on Washington’s request. Islamists in Iran don’t ally with an athiest Baathist Party which includes secularist Alawite, Sunnis, Christians, Druz and communists. Iran-Syrian alliance is based on Syria’ strategic location and Damascus receives financial aid from this alliance. In reality, it’s Iran’s military strength, powerful economy and Shia-majority Iraq and Lebanon which makes Iran a regional power.
“Its own effective suppression of the Green Movement in Iran since 2009 showed a more careful balance, using enough force to frighten, but not so much it creates hundreds of martyrs,” says Cockburn. Now, that’s what I call a pot calling a kettle black. Does Cockburn believe that the foreign-funded riots against Ahmadinejad’s overwhelming victory in 2009 – were worse than the recent mass riots against the British government – in death and property destruction?
Patrick Cockburn may be surprised that not only Shia Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki but also American Sunni Viceroy in Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai is also closer to Tehran. And so is Pakistan’s Shia President Asif Ali Zardari – and Christian Presidents Michel Suleiman (Lebanon) and Hugo Chavez (Venezuela).
Cockburn concludes his article by throwing some cold water on Israel and its western poodles.
“Iran’s enemies are jubilant it might lose in Syria a vital regional ally. Probably they rejoice too soon. Iran will do what it can to prop up the Assad regime, but it is taking such steps as it can to reach an accommodation with any successor“.
The fact is no matter who replaces Ba’athist regime in Damascus, it will be anti-Israel as we see in case of post-Ba’athist Iraq,