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Sun Sep 8, 2013, 01:33 PM

134. Iranian leaders said so, restated for political purpose, but their people know:

Iran ex-president says Syria government launched gas attacks: news agency

DUBAI | Sun Sep 1, 2013

(Reuters) - Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said the Syrian government, a strong ally of Tehran, had carried out chemical weapons attacks against its own people, the semi-official Iranian Labour News Agency reported on Sunday.

"The people have been the target of chemical attacks by their own government and now they must also wait for an attack by foreigners," Rafsanjani said, according to ILNA. "The people of Syria have seen much damage in these two years."


(Reporting By Yeganeh Torbati, Editing by William Maclean and Andrew Heavens)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/01/us-syria-crisis-iran-rafsanjani-idUSBRE98007R20130901

Obviously taken from:

Iran's ex-president says Syria govt launched gas attacks | Reuters

http://iranian.com/posts/view/post/20074

UPDATE 2 - Iranian agency drops Rafsanjani remarks critical of Syrian government | Reuters

DUBAI, Sept 1 (Reuters) - An Iranian news agency quoted former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as saying Syria's government had attacked its own people with chemical weapons, but later replaced the report with a different version that did not attribute blame for the raid...

"The people of Syria have seen much damage in these two years, the prisons are overflowing and they've converted stadiums into prisons, more than 100,000 people killed and millions displaced," he added.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/01/syria-crisis-iran-rafsanjani-idUSL6N0GX0G620130901?feedType=RSS&feedName=basicMaterialsSector&rpc=43

The Iranian based news agency later retracted that one part, even changed it to rebels, for reasons that are obvious. Since Iranian money has supported Assad for years and the Iranian people have not forgotten the 100,00 that were killed and another 300,000 permanently damaged by nerve gas:

Iranian Officials Walk Fine Line On Syria Chemical Weapons

...Iranians know all too well the horrors caused by chemical weapons. More than 100,000 Iranian soldiers and civilians are estimated to have been victims of the poisonous gas used by Saddam Hussein during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War. Many are still suffering the long-term effects of chemical agents.

Iran's support for Syria, which has already come under criticism by many Iranians, could become even more unpopular as more countries point the finger at the Syrian regime over the suspected chemical attack on August 21.

To justify its continued support for Damascus, Iran has the option of blaming rebels for the attack or simply ignoring the culprits and calling for the prevention of the use of chemical weapons...


These deaths are on the USA through Reagan's supply or at least intel given Saddam in the eight year war with Iran. As a bitter Iranian said:

"Our gassing was not a red line," wrote one Iranian on social media in reaction to the report.

http://www.rferl.org/content/iran-syria-fine-line/25087912.html

This is not the Reagan era. The USA, Iran, China, Russia and other nations are finding that what was appropriate according to interests in resources in the past, cloaked under belief in religion and ideology or bound by political and economic logic, will no longer hold. The values their people believe in now supercede such systems of thought.

But the world has moved significantly toward the humane with the CWC and major powers as well as small ones, reducing their WMD as never before and that should not be given up easily. Syria did not sign onto the CWC, neither did Iran, Israel or several others. They are less than 2% of the world but these weapons could cause havoc for the other 98% at any time. Russia has eliminated 90% of its total stockpiles of all kinds, the USA is still less than 60% destroyed. Most others are CW free at this time.

Some messages from Iranians agree with the government narratives, some do not:

Vox Pop: Ordinary Iranians React To Events In Syria

Text messages from Iran:


"Tell the Iranian people to pray for Bashar al-Assad's defeat because, God forbid, if he wins then Syria has to be rebuilt with Iranian money" -- Soltani from Amol

"Only with an iron fist is it possible to uproot the brutal dictatorship of Assad and free Iranians from his burden." -- Tavoos

"Iran's leaders care about Syria more than their own people." -- Balooch from Khuzestan Province

"Those [Iranians] who have invested their dollars in Syria are afraid of the popular movement of the Syrian people because they'll lose their investments." -- Farshad from Meshkin


There are even unsigned comments that welcome the USA removing Assad...

http://www.rferl.org/content/iran-farda-reaction-syria/25088946.html

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