[Qassem Suleimani is explaining why defending Syria and Zeinab’s shrine is important for Iran.]
Qassem Suleimani asserts: Defending Zeinab’s shrine is defending Imam Hussein’s shrine in Karbala. By God, defending Zeinab’s holy shrine is defending Ali ibn abi Talib’s shrine in Najaf. By God, if Syria falls by their hands, they will destroy all holy places of Shia, just as they exploded Samarra with bombs. Defending Zeinab’s shrine is defending Imam Reza’s shrine in our own Iran. All these are interconnected. This is not an ordinary defense. This not a small defense. It is not an incomplete decision, not a small decision.
He concludes with a quotation: Imam [Khomeini] said, “if you stand against our religion, we will stand against your world with all our powers.”