Iran’s position in relation to Syria


One of the issues raised these days in Iran is the lack of a clear stance on movement of people in Syria; an issue that have been addressed by western media repeatedly and they have condemned Iran for supporting and defending the Syrian government.

Regarding this, we are going to examine the reasons whether Iran is charged or not?

Syria is the main ally of Iran in the region and also is the first country which recognized Iran after 1979, the Iranian Islamic Revolution; while other Arab countries were still considering a decision to recognize Iran or not, based on their interests. Besides, during the eight-year war between Iraq and Iran, Syria defended Iran unlike other Arab countries which either were neutral or supported for Iraq and Saddam. However, despite a history of good relations between the two countries, Iran and its officials not only didn’t confirmed Syrian government actions against protesters and expressed their worry toward the lack of freedom and repression of the protesters by Bashar Assad, but also recommended the Syrian officials to perform legal reforms in favor of people, which most important recommendation to Syria government was made by Iranian supreme leader.

So, we state a few reasons why Iran has refused to support Syria’s protesters:

  1. 1.Suspicious news on protests: Looking at the news of various media on Syria unrests demonstrates that almost all of them have quoted their news from Reuters, AP and other western media.

Anyone familiar with the Syrian ruling government knows that media restrictions in the country don’t allows the establishment of expedition correspondents inside turbulence cities. So, these media acquire their news from the opponents of Syrian government.

On the other hand, western media have shown that don’t respect the principle of impartiality on selection of news and release these news completely in line with their goals and desires. Therefore, they sometimes appeal to strict censorship or committed conspicuous errors.

As an example of strict censorship:

These media have heavily censored the news of crimes committed by Al-Khalifa and Al-Saud in Bahrain because the leaders of these two families have followed the western thoughts. The interesting point is that the release of news related to unrests in Syria by these media began exactly on the day when Saudi soldiers entered Bahrain and shelled the protesters at Manama’s Lolo Square.

  1. 2.The differences between Syria protests with Islamic awakening revolutions in other Arab countries: It seems that the behaviors of Syrian protesters are not very similar to that of other Arab countries. Rather, it resembles to some extent to the behaviors of Iranian protesters in 1388. Some similarities are as follows:
    1. A)Syrian rioters brutally murdered government supporters and sent their remains for their families after being captured.
    2. B)There are other nationalities among the detainees (such as Pakistanis, Afghans and etc.)
    3. C)Another similarity with disorderly accidents is the destruction of public property, assassinations and bombings and sabotage works.
    4. 3.U.S and its allies’ support for the protests and its causes:

Since Syria is allied with Iran and forms an anti-Israel triangle in the region (along with Lebanon and Iran), U.S, Israel and their Arab allies are trying to incite and provoke protests aimed to Collapse of Assad regime, decreasing Iran’s influence in the region.

In this regard, CNN News channel called increasing fear of Iran’s power in the region as a cause of U.S and its allies’ support for the Syria protests.

This report states that America has contributed to the Islamic Republic during last ten years through removing of Iranian enemies such as Taliban and Saddam. On the other hand, in 2006, Lebanon’s Hezbollah showed a hard resistance against Israel and in 2007, another Iran’s ally, Hamas, managed to get Fatah out of Gaza. Besides, Iran’s scientific progress, especially on nuclear issue has been impressive in these years.

It should be added that America is in retreat from Iraq and Afghanistan and its economic conditions alongside power struggle for the next year presidential elections will keep the country away situation management in the region.

In such circumstances, it is Iran that will be introduced as the final winner in the region.

Although Egyptian regime headed by Hosni Mubarak and Iraq headed by Saddam Hussein were considered as hard competitors for Iran in the region formerly, current Iraq state has become a close friend of Iran and also there is a mutual desire to restore the relationships between Tehran and new Egypt government. The collapse of Syria state could be a large success for Arabs including Saudi Arabia which seek to contain the Iran’s influence in the region in any way.

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