Riad al-Shaqfa, president of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, says Iran is a partner in the massacre being carried out by the ruling Assad regime and that the Brotherhood has evidence to prove it.
In an exclusive interview with Today's Zaman on Thursday, Shaqfa said they have abundant evidence to prove this partnership. He said Iran is providing political, financial and military support to President Bashar al-Assad's government, but particularly military support, via Iraq. Shaqfa underlined that there is a large number of Iranian military experts in Syria who are committing this massacre. Regarding Iran's stance on the Syrian issue, Shaqfa stressed that Iran is “contradicting itself.” “For approximately 14 centuries Iranians have been grieving against the oppression of Husain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. But now they are standing next to the oppressor instead of standing next to the oppressed.”
When asked how to read Annan's six-point peace plan, Shaqfa said if the plan is applied as mentioned, it would mean the end of the current regime. “If the regime accepts the plan, they will try to buy more time and will do their best to show that the plan is a failure.” He also added that any democratic election in Syria, which could be held under international oversight, will bring about the end of the regime. He said the plan is important and that the Muslim Brotherhood would like to see it succeed.
Touching upon the possibility of UN intervention, Shaqfa said their experience has shown them that neither the Western countries nor the United Nations took serious action on the Syrian issue and he added that approximately 12,000-13,000 people have died and 10,000 were displaced, while the international community still remains silent.