The hardline fundamentalist Tehran mayor who withdrew his candidacy in this week’s Iranian presidential election earlier this week has claimed that Iran owes its security and peace to the Iranian troops fighting in Syria on behalf of the dictator Bashar al-Assad.
In this footage broadcast on Iranian state TV’s Channel One, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said that Iran had survived war not due to reaching a nuclear deal with the Western powers but owed its peace and security to the “martyrs” killed in Syria, who he said had died in order to keep Iran safe and stable.
“Of course we don’t expect these words to be said, that through the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA, commonly known as the Iran deal or Iran nuclear deal] we were able to drive away the shadows of war from the country. That’s not a fair statement. Well, our people know and I thank them. Who should be I thankful to? Thanks for their soldiers, thanks for their rulers, thank for their commanders, thanks for their heroes, thanks for heroes such as the Commander-in-Chief Qassem Suleimani, thanks for the martyrs who defended, and those martyrs who are defending the shrine, thanks for the martyr Hossein Hamadani, thanks for the martyr Nazari, thanks for the martyr Gholami, for the martyr Balbasi [four of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commanders killed in Syria]; it is these martyrs who brought peace and security to the country. While those who raised these terrorists [a reference to Western powers and Arab states] and now in the depths of Europe have insecurity, as well as in the regional countries there is no security.”