Iran warns West against military action in Libya

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 19:27

Tehran: Hardline Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad on Wednesday warned the United States against military
intervention in Libya, saying such action would create a
graveyard for its soldiers.

Ahmadinejad, under whose presidency animosity between
Tehran and Washington has heightened, said the current
situation was completely different to what it was during the
tenure of former US president George W Bush.

"(Bush) used a deception named September 11 to prepare
the ground to invade Iraq and Afghanistan," Ahmadinejad said
at a public speech in the western province of Lorestan.

"Be warned that if you intervene militarily one more
time, in any of the countries in North Africa or the Middle
East, the regional nations will rise and dig the graves of
your soldiers," he said, referring to reports that the West
was weighing up military option to oust Libyan strongman
Moamer Gaddafi.

Ahmadinejad, in his speech broadcast live on state
television, reiterated all the regional "dictators" were
backed by Washington.

"Today, they (the US and its allies) claim they are
confronting dictators... (But) everywhere in the world, in all
of the Muslim world, in all of the Middle East, wherever there
is a dictator, he is backed by them," he said.

"And now they come and say they want to support the
people... but your plans have been derailed... today no one
recognises your claim of supporting the people."

Ahmadinejad said on Monday that US weapons were
"killing" the protesters in the uprisings sweeping the Middle
East and North Africa.

Yesterday, Iran`s foreign ministry also warned against
military action in Libya.

Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the
"inhumane violence" unleashed by Gaddafi loyalists against
Libya`s "popular movement... should not provide an excuse for
military interference by other countries.

"They (Western countries) should not try to turn
countries into military bases," Mehmanparast was quoted as
saying on the website of Iran`s English-language Press TV
channel.

The Iranian statements came in response to reports
that the West, including the United States, was considering
the military option against Gaddafi`s embattled regime.

However, such intervention was looking less likely
today after US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said "there is
no unanimity within NATO for the use of armed force" against
Gaddafi.

"We also have to think about frankly the use of the US
military in another country in the Middle East," Gates added.

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 19:27

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