Observers across the world believe that the recent US air strikes on Pakistan and Syria were mainly aimed at informing Iran that Washington believes in the right to attack states that it considers to be terrorist havens.
"A parallel new Bush Doctrine is emerging, in the last days of the soon-to-be-ancient regime, and it needs to be strangled in its crib. Like the original Bush Doctrine...this one also casts international law aside by insisting that the United States has an inherent right to cross international borders in 'hot pursuit' of anyone it doesn't like. They're already applying it to Pakistan, and this week Syria was the target. Is Iran next?," said senior political analyst Robert Dreyfuss.
"The raid may have been intended to send a message to the Iranians that they could face a similar fate if they continue to oppose US policies," political strategist Marwan Kabalan wrote in an Oct. 30 article in The Gulf News.
Meanwhile, Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki dismissed such notions on Tuesday, saying that the Bush administration is in no position to 'send messages' to Iranians.
Mottaki said the US raids against Syria and Pakistan testify to the recklessness of Washington's 'War on Terror' campaign in the Middle East.
"Washington's recent actions in Syria and Pakistan signaled a dismal failure in the twilight of the Bush administration, rather than a clear message to Iranians," said Mottaki.
The deadly US raids on Syria and Pakistan, which resulted in the loss of countless civilian lives, sparked world-wide condemnation in the past two weeks.
"It is obvious that such unilateral military actions have a sharply negative effect on the situation in the region, and widen the seat of dangerous armed tension," read a Russian Foreign Ministry statement dated Oct.27.
"During the US chopper attack on Syria on Sunday, innocent people were killed, and again children were among the dead," press tv quoted Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi as saying in an Oct.27 press conference.