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Iran warns against intervention in Syria

2012-03-22 21:40

Tehran - Iran on Thursday stressed its opposition to any foreign intervention in Syria, its chief Middle East ally, and called for a "political" solution to the bloody conflict there.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran once again reiterates its emphasis on solving the current Syrian situation via political means and refraining from any hasty move and intervention," foreign ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast said, according to the website of state television network IRIB.

Iran "will go along any plan that does not violates this nation's sovereignty, which includes the reform plans by the president and helps stability and calmness and also prepares the ground for national dialogue," he said.

Monitors say more than 9 100 people have been killed in the year-old revolt against the regime of President Bashar Assad that has been met with a brutal crackdown.

The UN Security Council on Wednesday passed a statement urging Assad and his foes to implement "fully and immediately" a peace plan put forward by international envoy Kofi Annan.

The plan calls for Assad to pull troops and heavy weapons out of protest cities, a daily two-hour humanitarian pause to hostilities, access to all areas affected by the fighting, and a UN-supervised halt to all clashes.

Comments
  • Fred - 2012-03-22 22:08

    Iranian soldiers are on the ground helping Assad

      Badgerspoon - 2012-03-22 22:15

      @Fred - Is there any proof of that? Admittedly that would make sense.

      Donald - 2012-03-22 23:33

      @Badgerspoon there are lots of Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah ground soldiers killing civilians

      Pierre - 2012-03-23 04:11

      What about US forces on the ground helping and supplying weapons to the rebel forces?

      Fred - 2012-03-23 05:17

      Unfortunately only minimal involvement by the US. Hardly any.

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-03-22 22:13

    Any hope of a "political" solution is far gone, you can't kill 9,000+ people and then say "let's talk".

      Fred - 2012-03-23 02:17

      And draft a new constitution which allows him to stay in power for another fourteen years. Imagine if the Apartheid regime had done this. Incredible the arrogance and selfishness.

      Pierre - 2012-03-23 04:44

      The US killed 3-4 million civilians in Vietnam, but they still wanted to talk. In Iraq the civilan death toll just due to the US bombings were 30000 in the intial days of the invation.

      Fred - 2012-03-23 05:05

      You're twisting facts to support your preconceived beliefs. The 30,000 number is of military and paramilitary forces. The more you do this, the less credible you become.

      Fred - 2012-03-23 05:18

      Your numbers about Vietnam are also lies. What's the matter with you man. Everyone can just Google. Are you that arrogant?

      Pierre - 2012-03-23 07:50

      No Fred, you are the one that confused facts with your fictional believes and has lost your credibility already. (Are you working for the CIA?) There is also a number around 30000 for troops and paramilitaries, but civilian deaths as a direct result of US invasion (ground and aerial forces) are reported as ranging from low thousands up to 7000 and one even as high as 36000, which might be on the high side. The point is the numbers range widely depending on the reports, but large amounts of civilians were killed by the US, comparable or more to the death toll in Syria. You cannot get away from that.

      Pierre - 2012-03-23 08:32

      Fred mate, I got the numbers from Wikipedia, but Vietnam is a different matter so am keeping it short. Vietnam claimed in 1995 a number of 4 million civilians and 1 million combatants. The US has no real claim to honesty anyway; referring to the lie of the Gulf of Tonkin incident. A lie LBJ used to start that war, but the Gulf of Tonkin incident never happened !! (You can Google it.) Thus I take the numbers from Vietnam as the US versions are not automatically more correct.

      Fred - 2012-03-23 15:39

      You picked the highest number you could find and put it in the US column, whereas in fact that estimate is of all Vietnamese who were killed by both sides in the conflict, which included the Soviet Union by the way. You're basically lying and present a dishonest picture of reality.

      Pierre - 2012-03-24 01:26

      Fred - First you lie about the numbers I report, finally now you except that I did have a reported number, but you have some other drivel to denounce it. Yes those numbers are the total deaths, and I never denied that. However if the war was not started most of those deaths would not have occurred, thus the nation that started the war should take responsibility for it. (By the way some reported numbers from the US, put the TOTAL number of deaths at 2-3 million. Still a staggering amount. It is not that Vietnam claim millions and the US only hundreds. You are very dishonest in your comments.

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-22 22:13

    Ohhhhhh, but it is Iran with Russia, who are the ones interfering in Syria, supplying it with containerships full of military hardware, and off course accompanied with Iranian (and Russian ) 'advisers/experts !!!!

      Pierre - 2012-03-23 04:37

      And the Americans are not supplying the rebels with weapons? Anthony - We disagree on Syria, but I think we both want human rights to prevail. You see the US intervention as a way to get more traditional democracy and human rights to Syria. I wish that was true, but I see the US as just expanding their power and nothing much will change for Syria's citizens, except their cities destroyed. Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya are not better off after tons of US/NATO bombs. So to Egypt although they escaped the bombs. Dictators have only been replaced by warlords or military governments. Afghanistan is maybe better off in areas, but after a decade of military intervention the Taliban is still controlling large parts of the country with harsh Sharia law. Saudi-Arabia, one of the closest allies to the US in the region, has one of the worst human rights records and is one of the most totalitarian countries. US intervention does not imply human rights.

      Fred - 2012-03-23 05:14

      Assad is destroying Syria. Are you blind. Iraq was ruled by a violent UNELECTED dictator who waged war on Iran that cost the lives of ONE MILLION people. He gassed thousands of Iraqi Kurds, detained and tortured tens of thousands more and his sons ran amuck killing, torturing, and raping. Libya was ruled by a mad, narcissistic UNELECTED dictator who stole billions of dollars that belonged to Libyans, and used the Libyan army to kill, detain, torture and rape tens of thousands of Libyans all to continue his 42-year UNELECTED rule. He declared himself the KING OF KINGS of Africa, such was his megalomaniac personality. Afghanistan was being used by Al-Quaida and the Taliban to wage war on the freer world and launch suicide attacks and plant car bombs that have cost the lives of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of civilians, mainly Muslim. How blind can you be? How much pain and suffering, how much disenfranchisement do you want Muslims to experience? Wake up!!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-23 06:55

      Pierre, With Iraq and Afghanistan, and sure with Vietnam, we might find some common ground, but it does not look like the same,re N Africa and the ME. To say Libya is not better off today, is just not true. Go and ask the Libyans!! They got rid of a tyrant and his ever so corrupt and violent sons, who terrorized them for 42 years. Is all ok now in Libya ? Off course not. This gaddafi destroyed just about anything remotely to do with a democracy. Political parties, unions, the judiciary, the security forces ( who were used exclusively to keep him in power !!). It can take years and years, to put in place a government fairly elected by its people. But let me assure you, one will not find many Libyans, who want back " the good old days" The same cetainly also counts for Egypt. They are well on the way to have a government choosen by the people. And this crazy stuff that these uprisings were orchastrated by the West is just stupid. The West was far better off, with their tyrant "friends" who were the leaders in N Africa, before the uprisings!! Coming to Syria, it is very doubtful, there are ground troops from the USA and Europe in Syria. The political systems in these countries( accountability ) make this impossible. A handful of special forces; maybe, but even that is doubtful. This is the problem; the unarmed demonstrators have been left to themselves, to be mowed down by this assad terrorist. And...80 % of all arms in Syria, are either Russian or Iranian !!

      Pierre - 2012-03-23 08:44

      Anthony, I think you will find the people in Libya are too scared to acknowledge Gaddafi as many Gaddafi supports (whole communities as reported by BBC) are still in jail and many claim torture. But we will have to wait and see if these countries get quicker to democracy than they otherwise would have through more peaceful means. However I am surprised you seem to deny that US/NATO are exploiting these uprisings. (Libya is not a better example.) I hope you right that things will work out for these countries; a few years back I would have agreed with you, but am only recently a bit disillusioned with the West.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-23 11:16

      Pierre, Don't be disillusioned with the West. Take one yardstick to determine the value of any country; DOES IT PROTECT AND RESPECT ITS OPPOSITION With all its faults, The West has got a pretty good track record on this !!!1

  • Badgerspoon - 2012-03-22 22:13

    It's always easy to tell the world not to get involved in a civil war when it isn't your family being killed. The UN should send peacekeepers in ASAP and tell Iran to go fly a kite over a nuclear reactor.

  • Malcolm - 2012-03-22 22:26

    http://news.antiwar.com/2012/03/07/stratfor-emails-covert-special-ops-inside-syria-since-december/ #notyourmainstreammedianews

  • Assis - 2012-03-22 22:39

    The Iranian gov. hits the end of the road again, they so need to travel the road to Damascus.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-23 16:09

    useless iran...SA better cut its oil supply from Iran. I used to be an Iram theoretical nuclear expert living in SA until I read this article. I think Israel can now go ahead and bomb their useless brainless skull that aren't able to count the number of people killed by assad. Now this makes sense a lot if Iran can get hold of a real makoya nuke then dictators and communists all over the world could do as they please while the world watches...

      Fred - 2012-03-23 16:29

      Exactly, except the Iranian regime are humans too and should not have their "useless brainless skulls bombed".

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