The White House has been indicating that any intervention in Syria would be solely for the purpose of punishing Assad for using chemical weapons against his people—that the goal of any retaliation is not regime change, and that the scope of the intervention would be measured in days and not weeks or months.Yet if Iran has its way, those kinds artificial limitations on the scope of war might be hard for President Obama to stick to:
“In case of a U.S. military strike against Syria, the flames of outrage of the region’s revolutionaries will point toward the Zionist regime,” the semiofficial Fars news agency quoted Mansur Haqiqatpur, an influential member of Parliament, as saying on Tuesday. […]Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, meeting with visiting Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman in Tehran on Monday, predicted the Syrian conflict would escalate far beyond its borders if other regional nations continued to aid the Syrian opposition.“Their supporters must know that this fire will finally engulf them as well,” Mr. Khamenei said, according to the Mehr news agency.
Iranian rockets raining down on Israel could make this a much wider war in a hurry, a war that the United States would have no choice but to participate in. War is inherently chaotic and messy, and no amount of talk can ensure that a limited undertaking is guaranteed to stay that way. We hope President Obama is in fact thinking bigger picture than he’s letting on, and that he has a broader regional strategy in mind.[Ayatollah Ali Khamenei photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons]