Humanitarian aid is great, especially when it’s the type that explodes.
Iran bragged today that it sent a 40-ton shipment of “medicines, blankets, tents, medical tools and dialysis equipment” to Damascus on Thursday.
Leaked emails published this week by the Guardian already show that Syria’s Bashar al-Assad has received lots of helpful advice from Iran on how to deal with democracy demonstrations — such as emphasize “hostility to Israel, the first enemy of the Muslims.”
Turkey has already been finding arms shipments from Iran to Syria, and intelligence indicates that the cargo planes are carrying weapons in addition to Band-Aids. Emails leaked by WikiLeaks last month also state that Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps members have been on the ground fighting in Syria.
The only confirmation you need, really, is Iran’s assessment of the situation in Syria, as reported by the semi-official Fars News Agency:
“Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.”
Make that peaceful pro-democracy, anti-regime protests.
“In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of stirring unrests in Syria once again.”