Speaker: Western attack on Syria to spark regional turmoil

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani cautioned the US and its western allies against a possible military attack on Syria, and said that the move will result in regional turmoil.

“The aftermath of such an irrational move (military attack) will be regional turmoil,” Larijani said, addressing a parliament session on Wednesday.

He also described the US plan for a possible military strike against Damascus as a “weak and half-baked strategy,” and cautioned that the ramification of a US-led operation will work to the detriment of the Zionist regime of Israel.

In relevant remarks on Tuesday, a senior lawmaker stressed that foreign military intervention in Syria is doomed to failure, as some western countries seem to be ready to wage war on Syria on trumped up charges.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has from the very beginning been opposed to all types of foreign intervention in Syria, particularly the military type,” Chairman of the Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee Vahid Ahmadi said.

He also added that “the Zionists have instigated the western countries to consider a military action against Syria” and the recent atrocity of the terrorists in using chemical weapons is in keeping with that agenda.

While the US and some of its western allies have announced their readiness to hit Syria, on the pretext of suspected chemical attack by the government, Russia and China have stepped up their warnings against military intervention in Syria, with Moscow saying any such action would have “catastrophic consequences” for the region.

The US defense secretary has said the military is ready to launch strikes if President Barack Obama orders an attack, and allies say they too are ready to act.

And their pretext is that the Syrian government was behind the suspected chemical attack on areas around capital Damascus on August 21, a charge the government has strongly denied.

Meanwhile, the American public shows no willingness to get involved in another costly conflict in the Middle East.

Only 9 percent of the surveyed believe President Barack Obama should take action on Syria, while some 60 percent of Americans said the United States should not intervene in Syria’s bloody civil war.

By Tasnim News Agency

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