As Congress debates whether to support President Obamaâ€™s call for a limited strike against Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons, Iran isÂ vowingÂ to back Bashar al-Assadâ€™s regime to the hilt and threatening to unleash terrorism should the U.S. strike.
Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iranâ€™s Quds Forces, Wednesday told the Assembly of Experts â€” the body that chooses the supreme leader â€” that â€œ[w]e will support Syria to the end.â€
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 Obamaâ€™s daughters should the United States attack Syria.
â€œHopefully Obama will be pigheaded enough to attack Syria, and then we will see the â€¦ loss of U.S. interests [through terrorist attacks],â€ he threatened. â€œIn 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].â€
A similar act was committed in a video of the torture of William Buckley, a CIA station chief who was abducted in Beirut in 1984 and later killed by Hezbollah on Iranâ€™s order. That video was dropped off at the U.S. Embassy in Athens. Former CIA Director William Casey later described what he saw in the video: â€œThey had done more than ruin his body. His eyes made it clear his mind had been played with. It was horrific, medieval and barbarous.â€