Iran demonstrated how loyal and chilling its alliance with Syria is this week, when it vowed revenge if the United States launches a limited attack against the Bashar al-Assad regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons.
That revenge will come in the form of worldwide terrorism, Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Forces, told Iran’s Assembly of Experts, the group that chooses that country’s Supreme Leader, vowing that “[w]e will support Syria to the end,” according to The Daily Caller.
This comes on the heels of more specific and personal threats made last week by a former official in Iran. The Caller reported:
And in an unprecedented statement, a former Iranian official has warned of mass abductions and brutal killings of American citizens around the world and the rape and killing of one of Obama’s daughters should the United States attack Syria.
Alireza Forghani, the former governor of southern Iran’s Kish Province, threw down the gauntlet last week. Forghani is an analyst and strategy specialist in the supreme leader’s camp and closely aligned with Mehdi Taeb, who heads the regime’s Ammar Strategic Base, a radical think thank, and thus speaks with the blessing of the Islamic regime.
“Hopefully Obama will be pigheaded enough to attack Syria, and then we will see the … loss of U.S. interests [through terrorist attacks],” he threatened as the Caller reported. “In just 21 hours [after the attack on Syria], a family member of every U.S. minister [department secretary], U.S. ambassadors, U.S. military commanders around the world will be abducted. And then 18 hours later, videos of their amputation will be spread [around the world].”
On Iran’s order, then-CIA station chief William Buckley was abducted by Hezbollah in Beirut in 1984 and and later killed. The video of Buckley’s torture and murder was delivered to the U.S. embassy in Athens. Former CIA Director William Casey described that was depicted on the video.
“They had done more than ruin his body. His eyes made it clear his mind had been played with. It was horrific, medieval and barbarous,” he said.