Iran on Syrian Chemical Massacre

Faced with chemical weapons use in Syria, it appears from the reportage that Iran is currently struggling between the typical knee-jerk reaction and a more sober approach.

This grappling is fairly transparent: first there was Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s response pinning the blame on the rebels, then followed by Rouhani basically backtracking from Zarif.

(No amateur when it comes to politics and diplomacy, of course, Zarif has quickly adjusted to the change in style: he appears to have been the first world official to announce Bashar Assad’s alleged readiness to allow in UN inspectors.)

Rouhani’s mentioning of Iran’s past suffering at the hands of Iraqi chemical weapons is nothing new. Indeed, Iranian diplomacy consistently raises this point in world fora. What may be new, however, is inclusion of the issue in the Syria context – where Assad’s culpability is a matter of growing international consensus.

Of course, the media’s task at the moment does not begin and end with monitoring the response by Iran – which clearly knows who just used chemical weapons in Syria. For example, one question worth probing is what role Tehran may have played over the years in advancing the Assad regime’s chemical weapons program.  Apropos, according to this Washington Post piece:

Syria has expanded its chemical weapons arsenal in recent years with help from Iran and by using front organizations to buy sophisticated equipment it claimed was for civilian programs.

There are also aspects to developments in Syria with bearing on the wider crisis with Iran, as pointed out in the past few days by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. In his view, “Syria has become Iran’s testing ground,” and that Tehran is “closely watching whether and how the world responds.”

Who knows, he may be right.

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3 comments on “Iran on Syrian Chemical Massacre
  1. […] who shortly after entering office reiterated his country’s support for Assad. He’s been more cautious about the chemical massacre, but hasn’t budged from this broader regime […]

  2. Abdullah Ijaz says:

    Thanxx for sharing…………like this

  3. triangles says:

    what if there was no chemical weapon used by Syrian gov
    what if your sources are wrong?

    there’s a famous saying that says, if someone sleeping, he can be weaken up by calls, but if someone pretending to be asleep, the whole world can not wake him up!!

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