[Major General Qassem Suleimani, commander of IRGC Quds Force, is expressing his view as to why the world is attacking Syrian regime and why Iran is defending it. He gives two reasons: Syrian regime’s role in Resistance Front and not compromising with Israel, and its closeness to Iranian regime.]
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Major General Qassem Suleimani asks: Why is the world focused on Syrian regime and Syrian geography? What is the issue? Is it about one person and accusations against him? Is it about the issue of minority and majority and dictatorship and other various issues? Or is it something else?
Suleimani makes a distinction: Let me first make a distinction between Syria and other Arab regimes. Then I will tell you why we are defending there. Perhaps for the first time, contrary to my own manner which is in general not talking about these issues, I want to talk about this in this noble ceremony which is held in the name of a martyr. In Arab world, there are many different countries. They are very rich.
Suleimani describes how and when Arab countries turned their back on Palestine: Except for a short period of time, all these countries turned their backs to Muslims’ cause whose true symbol is Palestine. All of them. Everybody saw the infamous Camp David Accords. What Egyptian regime did at the time of Anwar Sadat with traitorous Begin. They thrusted the sword into the Muslims’ heart the from behind. Muslims’ frontline collapsed. This was a traitorous hand. And that was the beginning of betrayal. And that was trespassing the boundaries and crossing the red lines. The same thing happened in Karbala. There, this traitorous hand developed a treason in the world of Islam. And as you see, it has gradually grown until now. Arab countries in Persian Gulf region. This country that has confiscated the holy shrines of Ka’ba, Mecca, and Medina. They are competing for getting closer. This is the result of that treason. That wicked hand and that traitorous hand had such an impact.
He continues: Then Egypt was lost, at the time of King Hussein. Then Morocco was lost. All of them. One by one, they established overt or secret relationship [with Israel], and left the Muslims alone.
Suleimani praises Syrian regime for not compromising with Israel: There was only one country in the Arab world. That country was ready to sacrifice its own lordship, its own leadership, its own security, its own sovereignty for Muslims. And this is not exaggerating. They did this. At the time of Clinton, everything was supposed to come to an end in Paris, and the issue of peace between Syria and Zionist regime was a done deal. They had written everything on the paper. Hafez Assad went to Paris for signing it. Then in the morning he didn’t show up. They asked him why. And he said, ‘I remember when I was a young officer, I used to swim in Lake Tabria. This belongs to Syria.’ He didn’t do it [sign the deal]. And it wasn’t just for a piece of land. It was because he knew what would be the impact of Syria’s compromise over Resistance Front against Zionist regime. So, he didn’t sign it. All those preliminary works by the Americans and the west — they had all come [to Paris] — he disrupted all of it.
Suleimani continues: And then at the time of Bashar Assad. You all saw it. This wasn’t a long time ago. King Abdullah went to Syria and took Bashar Assad to Lebanon—the very Lebanon that had driven out Syrian army, and had brought down the statue of Hafez Assad from middle of Beirut. He took him there and told him, ‘Son, Lebanon is for you.’ What did he want from him? He asked him to let go of Iran, to let go of Hezbollah. (In diplomatic practice that is common and privileged, many people lose themselves, and call it great, significant achievement. And then they call it national interests, without knowing exactly what it is.) He did not accept it. As for attacking Syria—this new situation….
Suleimani says: 4 years ago, (excuse me, last year, 4 years had passed from this incident.) Syrian regime was under extraordinary pressure. Just like now, from within and without, external and domestic conspiracies were used for breaking this regime. They were using all in their powers, just as they are doing now.
He goes on: The Russians mediated for holding a negotiation between Saudis and Syrian regime. Mr. Mohammed bin Salman, the 2nd crown prince, who is in hurry and wants to set aside the first one, and might even kill his own father to replace him, went to Russia. The Russians talked to him, and he agreed to this mediation. The Russians were present, there was somebody from Syria, and Mr. Mohammed bin Salman had gone there as well. It had been as if nothing had happened. He had asked about Mr. Bashar Assad, how he is, how his family is. He says, ‘when I saw that the atmosphere is very good, I said ISIS is a public threat against all of us. Let’s join each other to fight them.’ Mr. Mohammed bin Salman had said, ‘this is nothing, we will finish ISIS and Al-Nusra Front in just one day. Don’t worry about that. You have only one problem. Your problem is having relationship with Islamic Republic. You disconnect that relationship, and take stance against them. Then all this will be over.’
Suleimani talks of problems with Syrian regime: He is right. Syria has 2 problems. That they say this regime is like this and like that. Unlike all of them, I haven’t come here to only defend the Syrian regime. I want to state a fact. We see all these Arab countries. In Saudi Arabia, almost 30% [of the population] are Shia. There is not one general manager from this 30%, or 20% or 25% population. In Bahrain, there is 70% of a clan. And they will not accept even one minister from them. Not even one high-ranking officer is accepted, not even one low-ranking officer.
He claims that Syrian people support the regime: But then 98% of Syrian regime belongs to Sunnis, to Druzes, to Christians. All groups have roles in it. The minority which they say is ruling over the majority, has used less than 10% of its own share—only 2% of its own 25% population share. Only 2%. If people are against this regime, how come the Syrian army is resisting for 5 years? Why is this army – 98% of which are Sunnis, from its high-ranking officers, its defense minister to commanders of divisions, brigades, battalions—still standing? In this nation, there are millions of people in Homs, Hama, [inaudible], Latakia and other different provinces. Then why aren’t they rebelling against this regime, if people don’t want it?
Suleimani concludes: This regime creates two problems for them: first, it is the centrality of Syria in Resistance Front and in its support for the Resistance; second is this regime’s closeness to Islamic Republic. This is their problem, and nothing else.