As the United States gears up for a military offensive against Syria, an Iranian lawmaker warns that Washington ' s control over the course of the war will only be limited to its launch.
“The American rulers may be able to make the decision on when to start the war, but ending it is certainly not in their hands, ” said Vahid Ahmadi, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Majlis, on Monday. Although Washington is bent on mounting an attack against Syria, the US Congress is mulling over when and where the strike will end, Ahmadi said.
He touched upon the lies and deception the US used to justify its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, adding that the public are unlikely to fall for Washington’s subterfuge for a third time and accept its case for a strike on Syria.
Ahmadi also pointed to Washington’s major objective of protecting the interests of the Israeli regime in case of an attack on Syria, expressing confidence that military aggression against the Arab nation would threaten the existence of the Tel Aviv regime. He said the US seeks to launch a war of nerves against Damascus in an effort to slow down the Syrian military’s momentum in making gains against foreign-backed militants. By sending more military aid to militants, said the MP, Washington sought to give them an upper hand against Syrian government forces, and thereby strengthen the US-led alliance against Damascus in the Geneva-2 Conference, but that did not happen. On Saturday, US President Barack Obama said he would seek a congressional authorization for an attack against Syria as Washington "cannot and will not turn a blind eye” to an alleged chemical attack in the Arab state. The Obama administration has, however, said it "has the right" to attack Syria even if the Congress does not approve the measure. The call for military action against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused Assad’s government of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.