(Persia Digest) – Recent news indicate that the US and its allies are preparing for a military strike against Syria under the pretext that Bashar Al Asad forces have used chemical weapons and toxic gas earlier this week. Warships and aircraft carriers just deployed to the area are also witness to this. Russia has warned against any strikes on Syria and reportedly placed its forces on high alert. Israeli forces carried out a strike on a military airbase in Syria two days ago, during which seven Iranian militaries were martyred. Is the region moving towards a big war?
In an interview with Persia Digest, former Iranian diplomat and foreign relations analyst, Fereydoun Majlessi, said: “The formation of regional and trans-regional forces in Syria do not indicate a move towards a big war, because the US has only targeted Iran for a showdown.”
He added: “Iran has been used over the past few years to fight Daesh in Syria. Now that this mission has been completed, it is time to focus on the survival of Israel. This is a responsibility shouldered by the US who will carry it out at any expense.”
He continued by saying: “The Israeli strike on T-4 airbase only targeted Iranian forces, because Syria has been torn apart and is essentially not a threat to Israel.”
Majlessi mentioned that the US will limit itself to missile attacks this time, as it did in April 2017, and added: “This time, the US is aiming for Iranian forces and not the Syrians. Russia will show no reaction, because it has no need for Iran and is unwilling to pay the price for Iranian issues with the US and world powers. Russia only intends to keep its military base in Syria.”
In answer to the question of what policy Iran must pursue in case of a US missile strike, Majlessi answered: “Iran must adopt a logical strategy which is non-intervention in Arab-Israeli relations and support for Arab demands (whatever these may be).
Majlessi pointed that chemical strikes by the Asad regime is a big lie and the Syrian government has carried out no such attacks. He added: “This has been concocted by the US as a pretext for strikes on Iranian forces in Syria in order to force Iran into responding to such attacks.”
He stated that Trump is a powerful madman, and added: “If Iran reacts to strikes by the US, it will face a multifold response from the US who intends to bring the war to Tehran.”
When asked about the possibility of a military confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Majlessi answered: “A military confrontation is unlikely, because the two countries do not share a common border to deploy ground forces. Saudi Arabia is also aware that in case of an airstrike against Iran, it will be showered with thousands of missiles by Iran. The present tensions between the two countries will, however, continue.”
This former diplomat commented on the proposal of mediation by Iraqi Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and said: “Iranian officials must keep in mind that Muqtada al-Sadr is a patriot above all and supports the Arabs. This very same Iraq will ultimately join Saudi Arabia via the US in the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran.”
He added: “Despite all the costs incurred by Iran in keeping Bashar Al Asad in power, even he may turn his back on Iran in the end and negotiate with Israel and the US if necessary.”
Majlessi went on to say: “US strategy to eliminate countries it considers to be enemies is to drag them into a war of attritions as a foreplay for an economic blow.”
He continued: “The US in effect destroyed the Soviet Union in Vietnam in a war of attritions, because it had to spend millions of dollars in that country on a daily basis when it was unable to do so. Subsequently, the US took this strategy to Afghanistan. With the direct presence of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, the US was able to implement its strategy to the fullest.”
Majlessi stated: “Today, we can see the same policy unfolding in the case of Iran who is paying a high price for its presence in Syria, Iraq, etc on the one hand, and is besieged by the US on the other.”