'Libya war repeats Iraq attack scenario'


Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani

Iran’s parliament speaker slams the West’s offensive on Libya, saying the US involvement in the Libya war under President Obama resembles the Bush-era invasion of Iraq.

“It so appears that the Libya scenario is similar o the scenario of confronting with [executed dictator] Saddam [Hussein] in Iraq,” Mehr quoted Ali Larijani as saying on Thursday.

“Because in Iraq they devastated the infrastructure in the first place, imposed sanctions for as while and then launched an invasion with the infantry,” Larijani argued.

The head of Iran’s legislative body denounced the West and the international community’s dual policy regarding the violent crackdowns on popular uprisings in the Arab world.

He criticized the United Nations for ordering foreign military intervention in Libya under the pretext of targeting government forces given the world body’s silence on the joint brutal repression of protests in Bahrain.

He hailed the wave of popular revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East for exposing Washington’s insincerity in its support for democracy and human rights and its preference when it comes to economic benefits and oil revenues.

“Obama’s address to people exposed behind-the-curtain objectives as they are involved in destroying buildings in Libya so that they can take control of a part of the Libyan territory and through another scheme capture Libya and its vast oil reserves,” the official went on to say.

He said all this proves that Obama does not differ from his predecessor George W. Bush, whose administration ignited the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“So much incongruity between slogans and practice for a country like the US, with so many slogans, is so ugly,” Larijani regretted.

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