IRAN VERSUS SAUDIS
Syrian Crises exposes Arab double game towards the West
Wahhabi King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia sat next to Shia President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahamadinejad. It was a first during fasting of holy month of Ramadan. Sunnis Arabs are greatly concerned about the fate of Syria. Arabs want to break up the "Shia Crescent" which they see rising over the Middle East. They dont see West hitting Iran hard and so they play a double game. Saudis believe that Iran is exporting its version of Islam since the Revolution of 1979. Arab Gulf states fear that they might be next on the list of regime changes which began with the Arab Spring protests in January 2011.
7 August 2012
During talks in
Damascus, Saeed Jalili said was an essential part of an "axis of resistance". Syria
The statement came a day after Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab defected to the opposition.
Syrian TV showed President Assad greeting Mr Jalili, his first TV appearance in two weeks.
Mr Jalili was quoted as saying: "
Iran will not allow the axis of resistance, of which it considers to be an essential part, to be broken in any way." Syria
Correspondents say "axis of resistance" refers to
Iran, Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in . Gaza
The ultimate fall of the Assad regime could leave
dangerously isolated. Its diplomatic activism is an effort to underscore that whatever happens it remains an essential regional player. Iran
13 Aug 2012
Iran and Saudi Arabia would hold direct talks in Mecca to address the crisis in and cool the region's growing sectarian divide. Syria
18 Aug 2012
The conflict in
Syria is a struggle between the United States and Iran whose outcome will decide whether the Middle East follows the path of an Iran-inspired Islamic movement or US influence, a top Iranian official said on Saturday.
"Today, we are in the final with the United States in Syria," Mohsen Rezaie, secretary of the Expediency Council that advises supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.
Syria falls into the hands of the Americans, the Islamic Awakening movement ( 's term for the Arab Spring) will become American. But if Iran Syria maintains its policies, the Islamic Awakening will take root in Islam," said Rezaie, who used to lead 's powerful Revolutionary Guards. Iran
Khamenei has portrayed the series of Arab revolts since late 2010 as inspired by
's own 1979 Islamic revolution, which overthrew a US-allied monarchy. Iran
The Islamic republic is a staunch ally of
's regime, and has vowed to do everything to defend Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's grip on power. It denies, however, sending fighting forces or arms to Syria . Syria
remains independent and doesn't fall into the hands of the Americans and the (Western) occupiers, the Islamic Awakening in the region will turn towards Islamism," Rezaie was quoted as saying. Syria
He added that
Syria was part of a "golden belt" in the Middle East that the wanted to dominate. The other links in the belt, he said, were United States Iran, Iraq and . Afghanistan
US officials allege that the Revolutionary Guards' elite special operations unit, the Quds Force, was behind numerous attacks on US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, which America invaded in 2001 and 2003 respectively.
General Hassan Firouzabadi, the head of Iran's armed forces joint chiefs of staff, was quoted by the Revolutionary Guards' website Sepahnews as renewing Iran's accusation that the United States was backing Al-Qaeda cells in the Muslim world.
"Bolstering Al-Qaeda and the Takfiris (extremist Salafist groups) to conduct a civil war in
and massacre Syrians only reinforces these groups, which will use their experience to deal even more severe blows to the Westerners," he said. Syria
Saudi king sits next to
's Ahmadinejad in goodwill gesture Iran
Foreign ministers of the 57-member body have already agreed to suspend
over President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on protests. The decision, which requires support of two thirds of members and is strongly opposed by Syria Tehran, is expected to be implemented on Wednesday at a summit called by Abdullah in the holy city of . Mecca
Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran have tussled for influence in recent years in sectarian conflicts across the
Middle East. In giving 's leader such a prominent place at the summit - shown on Saudi state television - King Abdullah was making what analysts described as an important gesture. Iran
"It was a message to the Iranian nation and, I assume, to the Saudi people, that we are Muslim and we have to work together and forget about our differences," said Abdullah al-Shammari, a Saudi political analyst.
Ahmadinejad, wearing the dark suit and shirt without tie favored by Iranian leaders, sat at the left hand of the octogenarian king in his traditional Arab robes. The two were shown talking and sometimes laughing together.
As each of the leaders, including those of major Middle Eastern and South Asian states, arrived in the entrance chamber, Abdullah rose to meet him followed by Ahmadinejad.
The emir of
Qatar, which like Saudi Arabia has voiced support for 's rebels, sat on Abdullah's other side. Syria
Analysts had billed the summit as a potential showdown between
Iran and Sunni states led by Saudi Arabia over 's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his 17-month suppression of a popular uprising. Tehran
"I think Abdullah is trying to tell Ahmadinejad that whatever
Saudi Arabia wants with regard to Syria is not going to be directed against ," said Saudi political scientist Khalid al-Dakhil. Iran
Riyadh has also accused Tehran of fomenting discord in the Gulf by backing a popular uprising among majority Shi'ites in Bahrain against the Sunni monarchy there and stirring unrest among Saudi Arabia's own Shi'ite minority.
Analysts said the move to place Ahmadinejad next to Abdullah was intended to soothe sectarian ill will across the wider
"King Abdullah was showing Shi'ites: we haven't tried to skip over you and ignore you. And he was showing to Sunnis here that here is Ahmadinejad and he is a Muslim too. He is not different to us," said Shammari.
That message was reinforced in Abdullah's opening speech to the conference, in which he proposed setting up a center for dialogue between different Muslim sects.
Thu Aug 16, 2012
The weekend earthquakes killed 306 people and injured 3,000, according to an official toll, and the
issued a statement sending "the Iranian people" its condolences and saying, "we stand ready to offer assistance in this difficult time".# US
However, the head of the interior ministry's crisis management organisation, Hassan Ghadami, told local media
had declined aid offers. Iran
Iran did not accept the offer for sending humanitarian aid for quake survivors," he said. US
"We do not believe the
put forward the offer in good faith. We are currently having a medicine supply crisis because of sanctions. US
"Do us a favour and lift the sanctions."
Iran's response underlined what it saw as US hypocrisy, given that Washington this year has done all it can to isolate Tehran, by imposing economic sanctions.
Iran's Red Crescent said it had rejected other offers of aid from Germany, Taiwan and Russia, media reports say humanitarian cargoes from a handful of countries, including Qatar, Pakistan, Switzerland and , have arrived. Azerbaijan
US stressed that Americans had ways of sending assistance to for the quake, despite the sanctions. Iran
"Americans wishing to provide humanitarian assistance to Iranians during this time may donate food and medicine without obtaining an Iranian transactions regulations licence," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
The US and Iran have no diplomatic relations and have been involved in a tense diplomatic standoff for decades, most recently over Tehran's nuclear program. AFP
Supporting al-Qaeda to boomerang on Western sponsors
18 Aug 2012
A senior Iranian military commander has warned the Western countries against the ramifications of lending support to al-Qaeda and other extremist groups, saying the actions of such terrorist networks will ultimately target the West.
It will not take long until al-Qaeda and extremist groups realize the deceitfulness of the West and change the direction of their actions against the interests of the West, said Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi on Saturday.
The Iranian commander pointed out that no Muslim group, whether Shia or Sunni, support al-Qaeda and other extremist groups, and reiterated that all the Islamic countries are obliged to counter the threat of these terrorist groups that “fight against Islam and kill Muslims.”
US, Britain and will not be able to provoke al-Qaeda and the extremists to infiltrate into the Muslim world and pose a threat against the Islamic countries, he added. Israel
In the 1980s, the
United States assisted the so-called Mujahedeen militants in Afghanistan to fight the forces of the former Soviet Union. The al-Qaeda later emerged from the same group that had years earlier received US weapons and training.
Just over a decade later, the
US attacked to topple the Taliban regime, which it accused of harboring al-Qaeda. Afghanistan
Political observers say the
US favors the presence of al-Qaeda militants and other extremists in to help the country’s armed insurgents overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Syria
According to chairman of the US House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Rogers, as many as a quarter of the many insurgent groups in
see themselves as al-Qaeda offshoots. Syria
9 August 2012
Hezbollah will give crushing response if Tel Aviv attacks
: Nasrallah Lebanon
17 Aug 2012
Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has warned that the anti-Israel resistance movement will turn the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis into a living hell if Tel Aviv attacks
Addressing Hezbollah supporters on the occasion of the International Al-Quds Day, Nasrallah said on Friday that Hezbollah has both the capability and the courage to defend Lebanon and that the movement's missiles are ready to strike back certain targets inside Israel in self-defense if Tel Aviv launches an attack on Lebanon. #
"If we are forced to use them to protect our people and our country, we will not hesitate to do so... and that will turn the lives of hundreds of thousands of Zionists into a living hell," Nasrallah said, adding that Hezbollah has fixed its targets.
He also said that a possible future war would be extremely costly for
Israel and incomparable with its 2006 war against . Lebanon
Hezbollah leader said
Israel's humiliating defeat in the 33-day war in 2006 is the main reason behind Israeli military officials' opposition to the government plans for launching war against another country, namely . Iran
He also criticized certain Arab states for fueling the unrest in
Syria by supporting and funding anti-Damascus insurgents, saying that they are serving Israeli interests by doing that since Tel Aviv wants the anti-Israel resistance axis to lose . Syria
Nasrallah described some Arab leaders as "leaders of sedition" over their tough approach toward
to stop funding media outlets that promote division among Muslims. Saudi Arabia
The Hezbollah leader also condemned the Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) decision to suspend
’s membership, saying that the move means a green light to more killings and bloodshed in the country. Syria
Nasrallah also urged Muslims around the world to adopt a unified stance on Israeli-Palestinian conflict and al-Quds issue.