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Israel suffers a major defeat in Syria

We can say with certainty that the Israeli regime will fight harder. They will come up with more ridiculous lies and fabrications. We are expecting them to conjure up new and improved hoaxes because they just won’t give up too easily.

…by Jonas E. Alexis

 

The Washington Post has reluctantly acknowledged a few days ago that it is now very difficult to remove Assad from power.[1] This obviously is pregnant with meaning. Israel, as we all know by now, is the main culprit behind the Syrian war. They wanted to overthrow the Assad government since the beginning of time.[2]

Keep also in mind that Israeli officials even called for the assassination of Assad a few months ago.[3] According to the Jerusalem Post, Housing Minister Yoav Galant even declared that “the rule of the Assad regime is the worst since the Nazis in WWII.”[4]

There is no doubt that the Israeli regime has exhausted almost every possibility to get rid of Assad. The conjured lies and fabrications; they said Assad was killing his own people; they said Assad supported terrorism; they told us ad nauseamthat Assad used chemical weapons on his own supporters; they saturated the West with fake news; CNN in particular conjured up all kinds of strategies to present completely false narratives about Assad. Shmuley Boteach, America’s famous rabbi, even declared last June that “A Righteous Israel Must Bomb Assad’s Crematoria.”[5] Here is Boteach at his best:

“For more than six years now, Syrian President Bashar Assad has waged a vicious war against his own people.

“So far, nearly half-a-million people have been killed. And according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, at least 207,000 of those were civilians — including 23,000 women and 24,000 children. Ninety-four percent of those civilians were killed by Syria, Iran and Russia. Then there are the 117,000 people who have been detained by Assad — or who have ‘disappeared.’

“These are the grim statistics of Assad’s blood-drenched campaign of self-preservation in Syria. The details of this slaughter are just as disturbing. Assad has launched rockets against civilian centers, used heavy artillery to attack medical centers, besieged and starved entire neighborhoods, dropped exploding kegs of gasoline on noncombatants and used lethal nerve gas against women and children.”[6]

Boteach obviously thinks that summoning categorical hoaxes and frauds in order to invade a sovereign country is legitimate. In fact, the Talmud permits that.

But the simple fact is that Assad is still in power. The lies and fabrications obviously didn’t work, and they Syrian people weren’t fooled by Israel’s manipulation. They unanimously declared that their country was being destroyed by outside forces, namely, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Israel. And people like Boteach can never explain to us why the large population in Syria is till supporting Assad.

Assad is killing men, women and children by the thousands, but those civilians want to keep Assad in power! How can Boteach explain this? Well, there is no explanation because Boteach seems to think that his readers are just stupid and they won’t be able to detect what’s really taking place.

In any event, we can ignore people like Boteach. They cannot reason serious things out precisely because they have deliberately rejected metaphysical reason. Moreover, thanks to Russia, Assad is still thriving. One army official, Special Operations Command chief Army General Raymond Thomas, is even worrying that Russia “could force the US out of Syria.” He said:

“Here’s the conundrum: We are operating in the sovereign country of Syria. The Russians, their stalwarts, their backstoppers have already uninvited the Turks from Syria. We’re a bad day away from the Russians saying, ‘Why are you still in Syria, U.S.?’ If the Russians play that card, we could want to stay and have no ability to do it.”[7]

One can see why many officials are now attacking Vladimir Putin. One can see why they are perpetuating the categorical lie that Putin is persecuting homosexuals:

In any event, we can say with certainty that the Israeli regime will fight harder. They will come up with more ridiculous lies and fabrications. We are expecting them to conjure up new and improved hoaxes because they just won’t give up too easily.


[1] Greg Jaffe and Adam Entous, “Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow,” Washington Post, July 20, 2017.

[2] “’Israel wanted Assad gone since start of Syria civil war’ – Syria,” Jerusalem Post, September 17, 2013.

[3] Anna Ahronheim, “Israeli minister calls for assassination of Syria’s Assad,” Jerusalem Post, May 16, 2017.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Shmuley Boteach, “A Righteous Israel Must Bomb Assad’s Crematoria,” Algemeiner, June 20, 2017.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Quoted in Tom O’Connor, “Russian military could force the U.S. out of Syria, army official says,” Newsweek, July 21, 2017.


Sputnik: ‘Persian Gulf is No Place for US Navy’

This handout image provided Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from the U.S. Navy purports to show an Iranian vessel making a close approach to a U.S. coastal patrol ship USS Thunderbolt, right. The U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots near the Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf.

A US Navy patrol boat fired warning shots on Tuesday near an Iranian vessel in the Persian Gulf. Tehran slammed the incident as “a provocation.” In an interview with Sputnik, military expert Dmitry Litovkin said that the mere presence of US warships in the Gulf is fraught with unpredictable consequences.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) blamed the American vessel, the USS Thunderbolt, for provoking the tense encounter.

It said that the US ship had come dangerously close to the Iranian naval ship on a patrol mission in international waters the north of the Gulf, and fired two warning shots “with the intention of provoking and intimidating” the Iranian sailors.According to Iran’s Press TV, the Iranian ship ignored the Americans’ “provocative and unprofessional act” and proceeded with its mission. The IRGC later said that the US ship had left the area.

In an interview with Radio Sputnik, military expert, Captain 3rd Rank, Dmitry Litovkin said that there is no place for the US Navy in the Persian Gulf.

“The Persian Gulf is very far away from US territorial waters. Still, it was the American ship that opened fire. Iran is washed by the Persian Gulf and has a security zone there, which it controls. What the US Navy is doing there is a very big question,” Litovkin said.

He added that the Americans have several big naval bases in the region, which apparently control oil traffic in the Gulf.

“From the standpoint of the International Law of the Seas, the Americans’ actions in the Gulf are absolutely illegal. What are they doing there? They are conducting a military operation in Iraq and trying to impose democracy on Syria. All the other countries in the region which are against this are thus seen as being in the way,” Litovkin noted.

He said that the US was doing much the same in other parts of the globe.

“I remember how a Russian fighter jet ”buzzed” a US destroyer in the Black Sea, turning on its electronic jammer and forcing the  shocked Americans to beat a hasty retreat. However, it was the US ship approaching our shores, not our plane flying towards the US coast. It’s a case of who is at home and who is not,” Dmitry Litovkin emphasized.

In a similar incident in August, Pentagon officials said Iranian speedboats had “harassed” US warships in the Strait of Hormuz. They claimed that Iranian boats moved close to two US Navy destroyers with their weapons uncovered in the strait in an “unsafe and unprofessional” encounter.Based on the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Iran has the right to “decisively confront” any menacing passage through the Strait of Hormuz, according to IRGC second-in-command,  Brigadier General Hossein Salami then told Press TV.


Latest Russian Sanctions Ignite New Cold War

Russian officials are saying that the latest sanctions thrown on Russia are equivalent to igniting a new Cold War. Russia promises to retaliate for the latest sanctions are being imposed unjustly on their country. It seems to be the sanctions are two benefit the US in the gas market


US Plan to Re-Occupy Iraq Faces Iraqi Resistance

Iraqi VP gave the US a piece of his mind

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The US’s longstanding project to push for an independent Kurdistan in the oil-rich regions of northern Iraq and Syria in the downstream of the defeat of the ISIS have run into strong headwinds. This could have been anticipated because the plans essentially devolve upon the balkanization of Syria and Iraq, which will be seriously resisted by the non-Kurdish Arab people.

The Iraqi Vice-President Nouri Maliki did some plain speaking on Friday when he warned the US against any attempt to claw its way back into Iraq as an occupation force on the pretext of fighting the ISIS threat. Maliki said: “We do not want a military base in al-Waleed, the Iraqi society is against foreign bases on the country’s territory … I told the US side it was not in its interests to return to Iraq to establish military bases again.”

Maliki was instrumental as the then Iraqi Prime Minister in slamming the door shut on continued US military presence beyond 2009. The Obama administration eventually settled scores by ousting Maliki and having him replaced by a more amiable leadership in Baghdad. But then, Maliki cannot be put down for long and the irrepressible Shi’ite politician is back on the centre stage of Iraqi nationalism. The wheel has come full circle.

Now, Maliki didn’t speak out of turn. Three developments in the past ten days suggest that practical steps are being taken by other interested parties also to subvert the US calculus. Thus, Turkey simply decided to ‘declassify’ the exact location of the American military bases in northern Iraq in the Kurdish region. It was supposed to be ‘Top Secret’ information but Turkish news agency Anadolu nonetheless published the details of their exact location, nature and size ten days ago.

It transpires that the Pentagon has surreptitiously established not less than eleven US military bases in northern Syria so far.Unsurprisingly, Pentagon is peeved that the Turkish ‘leak’ puts the lives of US service personnel in jeopardy! Now, isn’t that funny? After all, war is dangerous business; besides, when you go and set up a string of military bases in a faraway country without bothering to even intimate the local government, you are asking for serious trouble.

True, the terrorist groups rampant in Syria and Iraq now know precisely where to hit if they want to get at American interests. Although the western media have been advised not to carry the Anadolu report, it is bazaar gossip now all over the Muslim Middle East. ((The map detailing the 11 US bases is here.)

Evidently, it is payback time for Turkey on the first anniversary of the attempted coup of July 15, 2016, which Ankara believes had CIA backing. Also, Turkey is livid that the US is consolidating its military presence in northern Syria and is beefing up the Kurdish militia by way of providing the strategic underpinning for an independent Kurdistan.

Indeed, Turkey is a stakeholder (along with Iran and Russia) in preserving the territorial integrity of Syria and Iraq. Thus, in another development last Thursday, Moscow confirmed that it has struck a major arms deal with Baghdad to deliver “a large batch” of advanced Russian-made T-90 tanks to the Iraqi military. Vladimir Kozhin, an aide to the Russian president on military-technical cooperation, disclosed this to Izvestiya newspaper and it has also been confirmed by the Iraqi defence ministry. T-90 is among the best-selling tanks in the world.

So, what is Moscow’s game plan? At the most obvious level, Moscow is reclaiming its traditional partnership with Baghdad (till the US invasion of Iraq in 2003) in the military field. Without doubt, Russia intends to contest any attempt by the US to exercise monopoly in this field. Second, in political terms, Russia estimates that a strong Iraqi army is the best guarantee against any moves to challenge the country’s unity. Indeed, Iraqis have seen that T-90 tanks have done splendidly well in the operations against ISIS in Syria, especially in Aleppo.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, an Iran-Iraq defence agreement has been unveiled in Tehran. The Iranian news agency IRNA reported yesterday that the agreement provides for the “expansion of cooperation and sharing experiences in the fields of fight against terrorism and extremism, border security, training, logistics, technical and military supports.”   

Of course, like Turkey and Russia, Iran also would have high stakes in ensuring Iraq’s territorial integrity. Kurdish separatism is a challenge that Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran have faced in the past. The shared concerns in this regard could be the basis of a regional convergence in opposing the US plans to encourage Kurdish independence.

The Iraqi Shi’ite militia, trained and equipped by Iran and supported by Iranian advisors drawn from the elite Quds Force, have played a crucial role in the liberation of Mosul and in the overall struggle against the ISIS. Known as the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, they form the backbone of the Iraqi war machine.

From the Iranian perspective, it is of utmost importance to strengthen the ‘axis of resistance’, given the Trump administration’s hostile policies toward Tehran. Iran will see any prospect of  US presence in Iraq as an existential threat. Put simply, keeping Iraq, a major OPEC country, out of the US orbit becomes an absolute strategic necessity for Tehran.