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NOW IRAN THROWS SUPPORT BEHIND SYRIAN REGIME WHICH IS KIND OF SOMETHING MAYBE
August 7 2012
Tehran, Iran – Syria has not had many friends over the years. Though the nation is one of the oldest in the world, boasting the world’s oldest continuously occupied city, the modern state has been a little less progressive than the one of antiquity. That has resulted, for the most part, in the country not being all that well liked around the world.
Since the uprising in the country began a year and half ago those fragile friendships, the few they did have, have fallen away for the most part. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey have all completely abandoned Bashar Assad and his regime leaving the country very much alone in the world.
Russia has stood by its old friend and to a lesser degree China has voiced support, but still the Syrian government has been left very much alone in the world, fighting their battles alone. Now though one more ally has finally stepped up and issued their unequivocal support for Assad and his government, old benefactor Iran which would be just great if they weren’t under sanctions, a blockade, and the persistent threat of war themselves.
“Iran will never allow the resistance axis – of which Syria is an essential pillar – to break,” said Iranian government official Saeed Jalili presumably not really realizing what Axis generally refers to in English.
Assad, meeting with the officials, made it clear that he was determined to rid his country of rebels and terrorists, presumably even if that means destroying every last stick and stone on Syria soil.
It’s not clear what support, given their current situation, Iran can actually give Assad or even if they would actually be interested in such a thing in reality.
“These two countries have long been joined at the hip, Iran because it loves to pretend that it wants to destroy Israel and Syria because it actually wants to destroy Israel and so a partnership and even friendship that extends beyond those goals was inevitable, which is what we are seeing now,” said Scrape TV Middle East analyst David Gershwin. “It has to be nice for Syria to have that support, to have any real support at this stage, though I don’t know what real value it has for Assad and his government. They need money and goods and that is something Iran can’t even afford themselves so there is no way they are giving any to Syria. It’s nice but kind of meaningless ultimately.”
Iran has of course been in all kinds of trouble over the nuclear program, something Syria has supported in the past.
“It is in many ways very heartening that countries in times of crisis like this can come together and support one another. It is in many ways something that really speaks to the human spirit, spirits of course both governments have sought to stomp out and crush when people oppose them but when they support them clearly they are totally loyal,” continued Gershwin. “I doubt this particular relationship will go anywhere or mean anything at this point simply because neither country has much to offer the other. Really, they don’t have anything at all so it’s just talk. Nice talk, kind of, but still just talk.”
Iran also voiced support for itself but that was taken as a given.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent