|Iran says US more
threatening than Iraq, never wants US victory |
Tehran, April 4, IRNA -- Iran on Friday stressed that it never wants
the US to succeed in the Iraq war, cautioning that it considers the US
as more threatening than Iraq.
Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said the Islamic
Republic is strongly against the ongoing war on Iraq, and voiced
concern that the threats posed by the US to Iran are far greater
than those by Saddam and the Baathist regime of Iraq.
"We never want the US to become victorious over Iraq, because the
US is more dangerous (to us) than Iraq, as is viper to a scorpion and
a pit to a hole," he said in an address to Tehran Friday prayers.
"This is our ideological position and our political experience."
Rafsanjani said Iran is neutral in the Iraq crisis from the
military point of view, and that Tehran will not side with any of the
However, he stressed, this never means that Iran will be
indifferent toward the harm that are inflicted on the Iraqi nation as
a result of the US war.
"No one can say Iran supports Iraq... On the other hand, we cannot
be indifferent toward the fate of the Iraqi people and will defend
them and their interests as far as possible," Rafsanjani said.
The former president of Iran further called on the US and Britain
not to harm the Shiite Muslim shrines in Iraq's holy cities, warning
them of "heavenly revenge".
Rafsanjani said the Shiites will never accept any insult to their
sanctities and to provoke their sentiments, and cautioned that the
Shiites as history has showed will humiliate the oppressors.
He said the "US dream castle of dignity" will be eventually
ruined, and that Washington's hegemonic aspirations will trigger
independent movements and will also develop terrorism.
Rafsanjani recalled the remarks by Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak
that the war against Iraq would create "a hundred Bin Ladens" as a
prudent political comment, stressing that the hatred which is resulted
from the US-led invasion of Iraq would encourage the people to become
He further said the US would never become victorious in the war
against Iraq, warning that "many complicities" await the Americans
after the war is over.
"The result of the US-led war on Iraq is no longer a victory...
It would merely be the defeat of the Baathist regime, and the
occupation of Iraq in real terms will never happen from now on,"
"Still, whether the Iraqi regime is removed or not, a very
difficult future is awaiting the Americans for they have been got
bogged down in a quagmire from which they cannot easily get out."
Rafsanjani said the US anti-Iraq campaign will be "registered as a
big strategic and historical mistake in the dossier of the US
Elsewhere in his remarks, the former president recalled the 23th
anniversary of the US breaking off diplomatic relations with Iran on
April 7, stressing that Washington had broken the ground to freeze tie
despite Iran's liking.
"We never wanted to break our ties (with the US), but it was the
US leaders who always broke the ground," Rafsanjani said.
"Breaking ties has never been our policy... We used to think that
there is still room to work on (our relations with the US), and we
still have the same belief... But it was always the US officials who
He recalled the US support for the Iraqi regime to wage a war on
Iran, their plotting military coups against the Iranian government,
their acts of espionage through the "Den of Spies" (US Embassy),
and their economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic as the cases
by means of which Washington had contributed to the deterioration of
He said Iran has always been ready to start talks with the US
under equal conditions, and provided that Washington abandons its
"anti-Islamic and colonial" policies in the region.
Still, Rafsanjani said, it is regrettable to see that the US has
never satisfied our prerequisite.