As the nuclear talks between the six world powers (known as the P5+1: referring to the permanent five members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany) and Iran have gone under the international spotlight, the continuing support of the Iranian government for President Bashar al Assad and his governmental apparatuses have been overshadowed by the international community, and particularly the United States.
Next week marks the fourth anniversary of the Syrian uprising. The uprising initiated by some schoolboys writing their demands for freedom and justice on walls in the southern city of Deraa. The Syrian police and mukhabart (Syrian intelligence) responded by mass arrests and torture. Syrian people who were inspired by the other popular uprisings across the Arab world, went to the streets calling for the release of political prisoners and for political reforms.
If it was not for Tehran’s military, economic, political, advisory, and intelligence support, would Assad have lasted more than his counterpart leaders in Egypt or Tunisia?Majid Rafizadeh