Why Iran supports Syria
August 9th, 2012
03:00 AM ET

Why Iran supports Syria

By Tim Lister

In public at least, the message was defiant. Beleaguered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sitting alongside Iran's intelligence chief, proclaimed Tuesday "the determination of the people and government of Syria to cleanse the country of terrorists."

His Iranian visitor, Saeed Jalili, responded, "What is happening in Syria is not an internal issue but a conflict between the axis of resistance on one hand and regional and global enemies of this axis on the other." Jalili's comment was made public by the Syrian news agency that al-Assad's government runs.

It's a familiar theme for the Iranians, who have cast events in Syria as part of a much broader ideological battle. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has similarly characterized events in Syria as a "war between the front of hegemony and the front of resistance."

Ayham Kamel of Eurasia Group believes the Iranians must be alarmed that the tide is running fast against al-Assad.

"Iran probably has excellent information regarding Assad's position. That information would make clear that Iran is increasingly likely to lose its only ally in the region, greatly reducing its strategic reach," he says.

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  1. OT

    The IRI must be looking at everything that is going in the Middle East, and thinking whatever happes in Syria, will happen in Iran. IRI is facing so many challenges at home and internationally, that it is no longer if it can survive the wave of change, but when! Always in the defensive, always in the reactive, the IRI is slowly but surely running out of options. Let's see what happens in Iran, when in oil rich Khusestan the Sunni rise and want to separate; let's see what the IRI will do when the Azeris and the Kurds want to separate as well. IRI look and observe: what goes around, comes around. IRI days are numbers. Too bad though it will such a bloody transition as well in Iran – but wait and see when all these die hard sworn enemies of the US, the military, the revolutionary guard, defect at the sight of major change coming. There will come a day, when the children of IRI representatives around the world will be hunted, and killed. Mark my words, those days are coming.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  2. Jaimie

    Assad is trying to find anyone who will support him in the elimination of the Syrian people. Iran now is there to help them

    August 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  3. Jaimie

    Give Iran what the FSA in giving Syria

    August 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  4. saeed

    usa and britain can always find a couple of stup,pid ghanian niggg,ers that they can steal there rescources or worse these stupid,d ghanian nigg,gers are willing to give there rescources for free. what can i say a nigg,ger is a nigg,ger and always will be a stupip,d nig,gger.

    August 9, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
    • Jerome

      i've seen you're comments before. you are'nt a "saeed". very often you'll comment as "saeed" then underneath that comment as "saeedisschoupid" or something like that. you aint foolin anyone.

      August 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  5. OffTheWorldPolitics

    The Iranian regime exists much like the North Korean regime does, and much like Nazi Germany did during WWII. They deny their populous a better quality of life. They justify this by maintaining a constant state of tension. This is why the regime claims it must stay in power, because the people supposedly need this in these uncertain times. These people abuse their position by perpetuating hostility. In so doing they make their population chattel to use for suicide bombings, war, drug smuggling, gun smuggling exc.

    The Persian people need to wake up and realize what is going on. They gave the reigns of power to a group that would rather let them all die than give it up.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:27 am | Reply

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