The fact that Iran’s destabilizing tentacles reach far and wide is not new (especially for our regular readers). The fact that Hezbollah is supporting Assad in Syria is likewise no longer newsworthy. Even those with a rudimentary interest in the Middle East cannot escape the numerous articles elucidating Hezbollah’s on-the-ground open support for Assad’s regime.
However the reports earlier this week highlight a wider degree of long-term planning between the parties.
“Iran and Hezbollah, its Lebanese proxy, are building a network of militias inside Syria to preserve their interests in the event that President Bashar al-Assad’s government falls or is forced to retreat from Damascus, according to US and Middle Eastern officials…
“A senior Obama administration official cited Iranian claims that Tehran was backing as many as 50,000 militiamen in Syria. “It’s a big operation,” the official said. “The immediate intention seems to be to support the Syrian regime. But it’s important for Iran to have a force in Syria that is reliable and can be counted on.”
At the same time, AFP reported the complaints of Yemen’s security chief:
“Yemen’s national security chief on Saturday accused Iran of “damaging Yemen” as the interior ministry said it was pursuing a probe into an Iran-linked arms shipment which was seized last month.
“Such a shipment cannot be made by traders or smugglers… Only an official power stands behind it,” national security chief Ali Hassan al-Ahmadi told reporters in Sanaa.”
Notice this same ambassador reiterated the worn-out mantra that Iran rejects all forms of terrorism. Seems Iran defines terrorism differently than the rest of us, as we learned once again through this Press TV quote of Iran’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations criticizing the UN’s approach regarding counter-terrorism.
A rather large case of the pot calling the kettle black. The media certainly got this one right.