On Sept 4, Wednesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad said that "The Syrian government will not change position even if there is World War III."
An exclusive interview with AFP highlighted the fear of a looming World War 3 and end of days happening as a result of the Syria crisis.
"The United States is currently mobilising its allies for an aggression against Syria. Iran, Russia, South Africa and some Arab countries have rejected this aggression and are ready to face this war that the United States and its allies, including France, will declare against Syria. The Syrian government will not change position even if there is World War III. No Syrian can sacrifice the independence of his country."
As a result of the statement of Mr Muqdad, Google searches for "World War 3" reached its peaked in the wake of the Syria crisis as proven by the research graph below:
Google searches for Syria World war 3 End of Days at its peak as a result of the Syria crisis
The people have the entire reason to be scared, after all, ever since the Syrian conflict started back in March 2011, there were already 110,000 causalities, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The figure excludes the recent casualties from the Syrian chemical attack that had happened on Aug 21, 2013.
Also, major countries were on a standby to join and support their allies in case World War 3 will indeed happen.
The fear of World War 3 was sparked by President Obama's calling for lawmakers to say yes to his plan of a military strike on Syria. He was also convincing international leaders to back up his plan, saying that the world should not be blind and deaf to the "barbarism" of the chemical attack on Aug 21. He said that it is not his or the U.S. credibility at stake, but the credibility of the entire worldwide communities.
"My credibility is not on the line. The international community's credibility is on the line. And America and Congress' credibility is on the line, because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important," as quoted by a report from Reuters.
The credibility of U.S. is also in question as one political scientist alleged that the Syria chemical attack is an Obama-Al-Qaeda conspiracy to set up Al-Assad.
France, a U.S. ally had followed suit and said that if the international community do not act against Syria, the regional peace and security is at stake.
"To not act would be to put in danger peace and security in the entire region. What credibility would our international commitments against non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction including nuclear weapons stand for?" according to Prime Minister Jean-Marc of Ayraut in his speech during a debate on Syria.
Meanwhile, allies, Russia and Iran, said that any military strike from U.S. or any other country may lead to devastating regional repercussion.
Although Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he will join a military strike against Syria if it was proven it launched the chemical attack, Mr Muqdad said that Moscow remains Syria's ally in Damascus.
But in an interview broadcast earlier Wednesday, Mr Putin appeared to strike a more conciliatory note by saying he did not exclude agreeing to strikes if it was proven the regime had carried out the alleged gas attack.
Yet, Mr Muqdad stressed that Moscow had not wavered in its support of Damascus.
"The Russian position is unchanged; it's a responsible position of a friend that is in favour of peace," he said.
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