Iranian Majlis member criticizes OIC over Syria

An Iranian lawmaker has lashed out at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for remaining tight-lipped over the brutalities against civilians in Syria, calling for an emergency meeting on the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.

“It is regrettable that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation remains silent although it is witnessing atrocities as well as heinous and inhumane acts by the agents of hegemony in Syria and other countries in the region, and shows no effective reaction to the shedding of the blood of the oppressed people of these countries,” said Mohammad Hassan Asafari, who is a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Majlis, on Saturday.

He added that certain puppet Arab governments are also acting against the will of their nations by providing financial aid for possible military action on Syria.

The Iranian legislator warned that a US military strike against Syria would definitely bring about “very bad consequences” for regional countries, particularly the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The US should know that it will not benefit from military action against Syria, Asafari said, adding that Israel will be the first victim of a potential war.

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.

A number of Western countries, including the United States, France, and the UK, were quick to engage in a major publicity campaign to promote war against Syria despite the fact that Damascus categorically rejected the claim that it has been behind the attack.

On Tuesday, August 27, speculations became stronger about the possibility of a military attack on Syria. Media outlets reported US plans for likely surgical attacks, which would be in the form of “cruise-missile strikes,” and “could rely on … US destroyers in the Mediterranean [Sea].” The plan was said to be awaiting US President Barack Obama’s go-ahead.

On Wednesday, however, the British government, the United States’ closest ally, announced that its support for military intervention in Syria would require a second vote in the country’s parliament. A first non-binding vote in the British legislature on August 29 rejected a British role in a potential war on Syria.

On Friday, August 30, NATO also distanced itself from participating in any military intervention in Syria, with the chief of the Western military coalition, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, saying he did not “foresee any NATO role” in an international war on Syria.

Nevertheless, Washington has remained defiant, saying that it is willing to go ahead with its plans for a strike on Syria without the approval of the United Nations or even the support of its allies.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011.

By Press TV


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