Iran's Threats over Syria

(Al Arabiya) Majid Rafizadeh - Senior Iranian military generals and members of parliament issued clear threats and warnings to the U.S. and its allies on Tuesday that any military strike on the Syrian government would not only lead to a retaliatory attack on Tel Aviv, but would also engulf the entire region. According to Iranian leaders, the U.S. and its allies will encounter "the flames of outrage" and "perilous consequences" from Tehran and Damascus if they carry out military strikes against the Syrian government. Militarily speaking, Iran can launch Shahab ballistic missiles on Tel Aviv. Additionally, the Iranians have the ability to order Assad to strike Israel and can make use of Hizbullah. Yet by analyzing Tehran's isolated position in the region, it becomes obvious that Iran's warnings are merely political rhetoric. Any strike against Israel, the U.S., or Arab countries would be political suicide for Iranian leaders. Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, an Iranian-American scholar, is president of the International American Council.

2013-08-30 00:00:00

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