Syrian Army regains ground in the ancient Christian village of Ma’loula.
While Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is convinced that U.S. President Barack Obama is deceived in regards of the events in Syria and being pushed into a trap, the units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were able to retake almost the full control about the ancient Christian village of Maaloula (Ma’loula / Arabic: معلولا) near the capital, Damascus.
In a new interview with the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif about the ongoing conflict in Syria and the increased rhetoric of war by the U.S. administration in Washington, the regime in Tel-Aviv and such totalitarian dictatorships as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran said that US President Obama is being pushed into a trap on Syria.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in this new and long interview about the situation of Iran in terms of the accusations that it would attempt to produce nuclear weapons and in regards of the threats of war against Syria, that a number of people inside the United States and some outside the United States want to put the U.S. President Obama into a trap. According to the statements by Iran’s Foreign Minister, he is convinced that Barack Obama was reluctant to start a war on Syria.
The Foreign Minister of Iran added that the trap was aimed to get him involved in a war in order to address the hypothetical issue of the use of chemical weapons by Syria’s government in Damascus. Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that he uses the term of a “hypothetical issue” in regards of the alleged use of chemical weapons (e.g. poison gas) by the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus because there is still no proof and any convincing evidence that units of the Syrian army have used chemical weapons against Syrian civilians on the orders of the governance of Syria in Damascus.
Afterwards, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pointed out in this new interview that his country Iran “as a victim of the use of chemical weapons” condemns any use of poison gas and other chemical weapons, regardless of the culprits and the victims. However, Tehran also believes that no side has the right to take the law into its own hands. Thus, so the Iranian Foreign Minister, the U.S. administration of Barack Obama in Washington has no “legal claim to act at the same time as the prosecutor, judge, and unfortunately the executioner” in dealing with the conflict and turmoil in and around the Syrian conflict.
The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran stressed that particularly in light of the US’s own record of supporting regimes, which have used chemical weapons, the United States should not act as the prosecutor, judge, and the executioner at the same time because that is in regards of, for example, the US support for the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, which has used chemical weapons against Iranian soldiers and civilians but also against its own people in e.g. Halabja, just not credible and acceptable.
In contrast of the accusations by the Obama administration against the Syrian government that it allegedly has used chemical weapons (poison gas) against its own people, the allegations in regards of the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq are proven and confirmed. Not to mention that the evidence is convincing, in contrast to the presented evidence by Washington for its accusations against Damascus.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also mentioned the chemical experts of the United Nations (UN) and their visit to Syria. He said that the UN team has not produced a report yet and even if the team of chemical experts under the lead of the Swedish arms expert Ake Sellström will produce a report, it has no mandate to determine the responsibility and the situation is far from clear.
The Foreign Minister of Iran hopes that the Russian proposal to put the chemical arsenals of Syria under an international supervision of the United Nations (UN) will decrease the threats of a possible US-led war against Syria and will also help to move chemical weapons out of the Middle Eastern region.
However, while the chemical weapons in the arsenals on Syrian soil are dangerous for Washington, the Obama administration rates the chemical arsenals in Israel as OK. That is the usual double standard by Western governments when it comes to the regime in Israel and other Middle Eastern states. According to Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Middle East has already enough problems and difficulty that a war against a country in the region by Western military forces should be prevented in any case. The Middle Eastern region should not to be engulfed in a war in which toxic gas and other weapons of mass destruction are used, so Iran’s Foreign Minister.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif added that any use of chemical weapons is a crime against humanity but that also the threat of use of military force is also a criminal offense in regards of the international law.
The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran stated in his new interview:
“Unfortunately it seems to me that the United States seems to be living in the 19th century when the use of force was a prerogative of states, it is not. I believe the United States, the president of the United States, who seems to be a very fine constitutional lawyer, has to look into his law books, his international law books, which he has not, I think, reviewed recently, and consider the fact, that when he concedes, as he did last night before the American people, that there is no imminent or direct threat against the United States, then the United States doesn’t have any standing under any provision of international law, to take law in its own hands.”
And in terms of the mentioned trap for U.S. President Barack Obama, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif explained in his interview that the President of the United States is probably being pushed into such a trap that was designed by some certain sides inside and outside the United States to achieve their interests in tension and hostility and to launch a baseless and senseless war against Syria. Mohammad Javad Zarif regrets it that also some certain states in the Middle East try to push Obama into a war on Damascus.
According to the Foreign Minister of Iran, these Arab countries in the Middle East have tried to change the military balance in Syria for the last two years, and even already since the beginning of the Syrian conflict. Those who are fighting in Syria against the Syrian army and Assad’s government in Damascus are “mostly extremists and Takfiris who have come from outside” and many have deep links to the terrorist organization of Al Qaeda.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also explained the situation that a US-led war against Syria will neither decrease the suffering of the Syrian people nor resolve the conflict in the Arab country.
Zarif said in these regards:
“Let me just tell you that in the 20th century, 85 percent of the cases, where a country resorted to force, have resulted in that country either being annihilated or not achieving the intended consequences of the war, so that shows to you empirically that force is no longer effective. I hope that the United States, which is the mightiest country on the face of the earth, would come to this realization that it is important to use other means of influence; force is no longer effective.”
The Foreign Minister of Iran is convinced that even some countries “are unhappy” that Iran tries to avoid a war on Syria, although he does not know “what extension of logic can in fact be used” by these Arab states in the region who are “unhappy that a diplomatic avenue is being sought and hopefully found in order to avoid a major catastrophe on their doorsteps” by a US-led war against Syria.
According to the Iranian Foreign Minister, any military action by foreign military forces against Damascus will lead to a major catastrophe with dire consequences in the Middle Eastern region. Iran’s Foreign Minister is also convinced that a US-led military strike against Damascus will increase the extremism, boost the terrorism and also lead into a deeper sectarian divide.
And all this, so Mohammad Javad Zarif, for a “short-sighted interest to change the balance of forces inside Syria through more bloodshed, more killing of innocent people.”
In the meantime, as mentioned, the units of the Syrian army were able to retake almost the full control of the ancient Christian town of Maaloula (Ma’loula / Arabic: معلولا) near the capital, Damascus. The Syrian army has pushed out the foreign-backed terrorists and al-Qaeda-affiliated fighters from the famous historic town in the north of Damascus. According to the correspondent of Press TV, about 90 percent of Maaloula (Ma’loula / Arabic: معلولا) is now back under the control of the united of the Syrian army, while the foreign-supported jihadist forces and terrorists have fled to the mountains that surround the Christian village.
In the last days, armed terrorists and Islamists from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) and the Qalamun Liberation Front have attacked the Syrian village of Maaloula (Ma’loula) and its Christian and Muslim residents. Several Christian churches were damaged or destroyed by the attacks of the US-backed terrorist and jihadist forces. Last Wednesday, the armed terrorist groups were able to capture some parts of the ancient and famous village, which is located about 70 kilometres in the northeast of Damascus.
However, it currently seems that Rand Paul, a US Senator, was correct in his recent statement that the Syrian Army and President Bashar al-Assad try everything to protect the Christians in Syria against the sectarian rage and violence of the foreign-backed terrorist forces and the armed jihadist units of the Syrian al-Qaeda offshoots such as the al-Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) and that the Christian town of Maaloula (Ma’loula / Arabic: معلولا) will soon be completely under the control of the units of the Syrian army, which will hopefully be able to restore security again.