´Syria military intervention would engulf Israel´ (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS 05/31/12)
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Any crisis caused by a military intervention in Syria would engulf
Israel, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warned Wednesday, the
Tehran Times reported.
Larijani´s comments came as the US hinted at bypassing the UN to put
at end to Syria´s 14-month assault on its opposition.
Speaking to reporters after international mediator Kofi Annan´s
deputy, Jean-Marie Guehenno, gave the 15-nation council a bleak
assessment of the impact of Annan´s efforts to halt the violence in
“US military officials probably have a poor understanding of
themselves and regional issues because Syria is in no way similar to
Libya, and (the effects of) creating another Benghazi in Syria would
spread to Palestine, and ash rising from the flames would definitely
envelop the Zionist regime,” the Tehran Times quoted Larijani as
“It seems that the United States and the West are seeking to pave the
way for a new crisis,” he continued.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said Wednesday that
there were three ways the Syrian conflict could end.
The first would be if Syrian President Bashar Assad´s government
decided to comply with its obligations under Annan´s six-point peace
plan - stopping its military assaults on Syrian towns, withdrawing
heavy weapons, returning troops to barracks and talking with the
opposition on a "political transition."
The second option would involve the council taking action to pressure
Damascus to fully comply with the Annan plan, she said.
Neither of those scenarios appear likely because Damascus has shown
no interest in living up to its commitments and Russia has made clear
that any Security Council moves to step up the pressure on Assad´s
government through sanctions are out of the question.
"In the absence of either of those two scenarios there seems to be
only one other alternative, and that is indeed the worst case," Rice
said, adding that it was unfortunately looking like "the most
"That is that the violence escalates, the conflict spreads and
intensifies," she said. "It involves countries in the region, it
takes on increasingly sectarian forms, and we have a major crisis not
only in Syria but in the region."
In such a case, Rice said, the Annan plan would be dead and the
Syrian violence would become "a proxy conflict with arms flowing in
from all sides."
"And members of this council and members of the international
community are left with the option only of having to consider whether
they´re prepared to take actions outside of the Annan plan and the
authority of this council," she said.
She did not specify what kind of "actions" she meant. The United
States has led past military interventions that were not authorized
by the Security Council, namely in Kosovo and Iraq. So far the United
States and its Western allies have rejected military options and said
they would not arm the (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/31/12)
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