BEIRUT: Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc said Thursday a possible U.S. strike on Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons would be "direct and organized terrorism” that would threaten the region, regardless of pretext.
“The bloc considers U.S. aggression on Syria or the threat to do so as direct and organized terrorism which represents a challenge to the region and its people, as well as a blatant threat to regional and international peace and security,” the bloc said in a statement following its weekly meeting.
The statement said Hezbollah condemned and rejected the possible attack regardless of what prompted it.
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in favor of using military force in Syria on Wednesday and a congressional debate is expected next week when U.S. lawmakers return from holiday.
The U.S. accused Syrian President Bashar Assad, Hezbollah’s main ally, of using chemical weapons against its people on several occasions including an Aug. 21 attack, which Washington said killed over 1,400 people.
Assad’s allies, Iran and Russia, have warned the U.S. against attacking Syria.
Iran has said that aggression on Syria would engulf the entire region and threaten Israel.
In its weekly statement, Hezbollah’s lawmakers also said the attack would reveal the American designs to dominate the region.
“The U.S. administration reached a level of direct involvement in Syria which proves that the crisis in Syria is a conspiracy, part of a strategic project to control the region,” the bloc’s statement said.
The statement also touched on the recent political deadlock in the country, blaming Hezbollah’s rivals in the March 14 coalition of seeking to create political paralysis.
"The challenges facing the country, its mounting problems as well as its regressive constitutional institutions places Lebanon on a dangerous path which will threaten its stability and fate,” the bloc said.
“March 14 is fully responsible for the current reality because it insisted on disrupting parliamentary sessions and the formation of a government,” it added.
The statement also said that such behavior proves that the coalition “rejects true participation.”