Iranian insider: Israel will be destroyed if the West attacks Syria

Reza Kahlili Contributor
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A former Iranian intelligence officer in the Revolutionary Guard Corps is warning the West that any attack on Syria will spark a coordinated counterattack on Israel that will obliterate the Jewish state.

“The West is quite familiar with the doctrine of ‘The Sword of Damocles.’ This is the sword that constantly is kept on the neck of the enemy, and at any time the enemy makes a mistake, then its precious one is killed,” said Hassan Abbasi during a conference held Thursday in Iran titled “Syria, the First Line of Resistance.”

“The Islamic resistance has its sword on the neck of the Zionist regime,” Abbasi said, “and with such a hostage, if NATO, which has plans to attack Syria, commits to its plan, we will then reveal our strategy.”

Abbasi heads the Center for Doctrinal Strategic Studies, one of the most radical elements in the Islamic regime. He helped develop the strategy of engaging American forces both in Iraq and Afghanistan, believing such action on this proxy level would not only force the U.S. out of those countries but also keep it too busy to even think about an attack on Iran, giving Iran free time to pursue its illicit nuclear program.

Abbasi rattled Iran’s sabers at Europe in 2005, saying that his country had “a strategy drawn up for the destruction of Anglo Saxon civilization. We must make use of everything we have at hand to strike at this front by means of our suicide operations or by means of missiles.”

Abbasi and other officers also plotted the expansion of terror networks around the world, including on U.S. soil. Iran has stated on the record that it has identified more than 800 sensitive sites in the U.S. for attacks, believing that the threat is an incentive for the West to steer clear of any confrontation with Iran.

According to Mashregh news, an outlet run by the Revolutionary Guards, Abbasi said that since the beginning of the Arab Spring — which Iran calls the “Islamic Awakening” — four American-backed governments have already collapsed.

“Under the current condition where operations are in place for revolutions in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other countries … the terrorist activities in the heart of Syria are of utmost importance to us,” Abbasi said.

“The oppressors — having $16 trillion in debt, and where 27 countries within the European Union are consumed with economic problems — are trying to change the environment of the current Islamic Awakening,” he added.

“The first wave of awakening was the Islamic revolution in Iran, the second wave of awakening in Lebanon and Palestine, and the third wave of the Islamic movements was in 12 Arabian countries, which the West is trying to stop.”

Abbasi said the next phase of the “awakening,” as Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated in 2011, is action by “oppressed Muslims” in Europe. The fifth is the Occupy Wall Street movement in the U.S.

The United States, he said, is deceiving itself in thinking the Arab Spring is a movement against the region’s dictators, and not a revolt against America and the Israel.

The “unraveling in Syria” is part of an American-Israeli plot, he alleged, considering the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the new threat on the southwest. Israel and the U.S., he continued, aim to secure the Jewish state’s borders from the Golan Heights to southern Turkey, a NATO member.

“The main reason for the unraveling in Syria, caused by this Western plot, is to show that the regional movements are not anti-America and anti-Zionist,” he said. “And of course with the elimination of Syria, they want to destroy the resistance in Lebanon.”

Abbasi warned that their “oppressors” want to turn Syria into another Libya “where they start with conflicts within, then a NATO bombardment to replace the current government.”

“It’s necessary to warn the American strategists that the Zionist regime is hostage to three forces: one, the Syrian government, then the resistance in Lebanon, and last the Islamic resistance in Gaza,” Abbasi said.

If Syria is attacked by NATO, he warned, the resistance, instead of responding to NATO, will attack Israel.

Iran not only has sent forces to help Assad suppress the uprising, but also has established a joint war room with Syria and Hezbollah, warning that any aggression against Syria will result in a brutal response. (RELATED: Iran will not tolerate fall of Assad, establishes joint ‘war room’ with Syria, Hezbollah)

Syria’s Bashar Assad has rejected all efforts by the international community to stop the massacre, which so far has killed more than 17,000 people, including women and children.

Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the author of the award winning book, A Time to Betray. He is a senior Fellow with EMPact America, a member of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and teaches at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA).