Resistance mindset, public opinion averted US war on Syria: Iran MP

The United States halted its plan to attack Syria as Washington was apprehensive of the resistance movement and the opposition of the world public opinion to such an offensive, an Iranian lawmaker says.

In a Saturday interview, Mohammad Esmaili, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Majlis, pointed to “myriads of problems” that the US faced over its decision to attack Syria, adding, “The most important reason behind the US backtracking on [its decision to launch] a military strike against Syria has been the resistance mindset.”

“Even the American and European people do not approve of an attack on Syria under the pretext of chemical weapons use, because US officials had also used a big lie, that is the discovery of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), to attack Iraq,” Esmaili stated.

In 2003, the United States and its allies invaded Iraq in blatant violation of international law under the pretext that Baghdad was in possession of WMDs. However, no such weapons were ever discovered in Iraq.

A Gallup survey, conducted September 5-8, indicates that Americans’ trust in Washington’s ability to deal with international issues is at an all-time low, with only 49 percent saying they have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in the federal government.

Esmaili expressed optimism that the US decision to halt its war plan against Syria will boost the morale of the Syrian army and lead to more defeats for the foreign-backed Takfiri militants in the coming days.

On September 9, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Muallem said Damascus welcomed a proposal by Russia for the Syrian chemical weapons to be put under international control.

Obama has said that plans for a military strike against Syria could be averted if the Syrian “gesture” regarding the Russian proposal is “real.” Obama said it takes time “to tell whether this offer will succeed.” He has, therefore, asked the US Congress to postpone a vote on the plan for an attack on Syria.

The rhetoric of war against Syria first gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside the country and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds on the outskirts of Damascus.

The Syrian government categorically rejects the allegation and says the militants carried out the attack to draw in military intervention.

By Press TV


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