The idea of ‘exceptionalism’ is deeply ingrained in our national DNA: American author

By Mohammad Mazhari

January 18, 2021 – 11:34

 TEHRAN – An American author says toppling governments around the world is one of Washington’s “specialties”. 

“Overthrowing governments is one of our specialties,” Stephen Kinzer tells the Tehran Times.   

Kinzer also criticizes U.S. exceptionalism. 

“The idea of ‘exceptionalism’ is deeply ingrained in our national DNA,” Kinzer tells the Tehran Times. 

“Last week gave us a glimpse, on a greatly reduced scale, of the havoc we have wreaked elsewhere.”

Kinzer, a former New York Times journalist, says no nation like the U.S. intervenes in others’ domestic issues. 

The following is the text of the interview: 

 Q: How do you assess the recent mob attack on the Capitol building by pro-Trump protesters? What is the message of this incident for the U.S and the world?

“In the U.S. as in most countries, politics often is more powerful than the law.”A: Over the last century, no nation has intervened as often as the United States in so many countries so far away from its own borders.  Overthrowing governments is one of our specialties.  Last week (January 7th) gave us a glimpse, on a greatly reduced scale, of the havoc we have wreaked elsewhere.

Q: U.S. administrations and institutes mostly back protests against governments all around the world but when it comes to the U.S., they rally around national integrity. Isn’t it a kind of double-standard?

A: The idea of “exceptionalism” is deeply ingrained in our national DNA.  Americans grow up presuming that, as Secretary of State Madeleine Albright famously asserted, “We are the indispensable nation, we stand taller and we see further than other countries.”  Our leaders believe they know what is good for the world better than the world itself knows.  This has led the United States to incite rebellion and subversive violence in dozens of countries.  To replace the governments we overthrow, we often promote corrupt demagogues.  Now we face the same combination at home: insurrection and demagoguery.

Q: Why did you publish a tweet saying: “My friends abroad keep reassuring me:  There can never be a coup in the United States because there is no American embassy there?”

“Now the U.S. faces the same combination of ‘insurrection and demagoguery’ at home.” A: The joke is that coups in most countries happen not for domestic reasons, but because of intervention by covert agents who work from the U.S. embassy.  This is not completely true, but true enough so that everyone gets the joke.

Q: Is there any mechanism in the American constitution to prosecute a president who violates the law?

 A: We do have an impeachment procedure but it is political in nature, not legal.  In the U.S. as in most countries, politics often is more powerful than the law.

Q: The Democratic Party of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden succeeded to take control of the Senate. Do you expect the victory would lead to a change in U.S policies, especially in foreign policy areas?

A: Biden will make substantial changes to government policies relating to education, transportation, labor, energy, immigration, and other domestic issues.  There will be no major change in foreign policy.  The U.S. will continue seeing Russia and China as enemies and working more often to confront them than to compromise.  There will, however, be some change in policy toward Iran.  How substantial the change will remain unclear?  It is the subject of intense debate behind the scenes in Washington and the incoming Biden administration.

Q: How do you assess American police’s behavior after pro-Trump fans stormed the Capitol Hill in comparison with its reaction to the summer protests? Was the Insurrection Act applicable?

A: President Biden himself said it: “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol.  We all know that’s true. And it is unacceptable. Totally unacceptable. The American people saw it in plain view.”

 

المرسوم 6433 / 2011 جريمة بحق لبنان والتمسّك به جريمة أكبر

العميد د. أمين محمد حطيط

من غير إطالة والعودة الى مسار إجراءات تحديد المنطقة الاقتصادية الخالصة للبنان، نكتفي بالتذكير بأنّ لبنان في تداوله لهذا الملف ارتكب جملة أخطاء عرّضت حقوقه للخطر والضياع، وكان الخطأ الأوّل في العام 2007 عندما أرسل وفداً ناقص الأهلية والمؤهّلات القانونية والمهنية الى قبرص للتفاوض على الحدود الغربية الجنوبية للمنطقة الاقتصادية تلك. وكان خطأ يومها في وضع النقطة (1)، ولكن لبنان وبسبب أو آخر لم يوقع الاتفاق النهائي مع قبرص ما جعل الحقّ قابلاً للتصحيح بالتراجع عن الخطأ، فلبنان لم يبرم الاتفاق هذا، ولم يجعل لاتفاقية ترسيم حدود المنطقة الاقتصادية وضعاً قانونياً ملزماً له خاصة أنّ رئيس الجمهورية لم يوقع ومجلس الوزراء لم يقرّ، ومجلس النواب لم يأخذ علماً ولم يصدّق وبقيت المسألة في إطار مشروع اتفاق لم يسلك مساره القانوني.

وبعد جمود سنتين، حرك الملف ووضع بعهدة قيادة الجيش بقرار من رئيس الجمهورية، وهنا رُسم خط جديد لحدود المنطقة الاقتصادية اللبنانية الجنوبي يعدّل الخط السابق وينقل نقطة الزاوية الجنوبية الغربية للمستطيل من النقطة 1 الى النقطة 23 ويعطي لبنان مساحة 863 كلم 2 زيادة عما كانت الاتفاقية مع قبرص تعطيه. وهنا ظنّ لبنان أنه صحّح الخطأ المرتكب من قبل وفد فؤاد السنيورة الى قبرص واستعاد مساحة مهمة للبنان في منطقته الاقتصادية الخالصة، وحتى يثبت العمل دولياً سارع الى توقيع مرسوم أرسله الى الأمانة العامة للأمم المتحدة يعلمها بها بحدود المنطقة الاقتصادية اللبنانية التي رسمها وفقاً لاتفاقية قانون البحار للعام 1982 التي انضمّ إليها لبنان في العام 1994.

وهنا وللوهلة الأولى ظنّ المتابعون للقضية أنّ في فعل الحكومة اللبنانية وإيداعها المرسوم 6433/2011 الأمم المتحدة صيانة لحقوق لبنان ودفاعاً عن ثرواته وحدوده وتصحيحاً لخطأ عرضها للخطر، ولكن في الحقيقة انطوى هذا المرسوم أو واجه أمرين خطيرين: الأول إقليمي دولي والثاني حقوقي داخلي.

ففي الأول امتنعت «إسرائيل» عن الإقرار بالحقوق اللبنانية المحددة بالمرسوم المودع لدى الأمم المتحدة واعتبرت انّ لبنان بتوقيعه مشروع الاتفاقية مع قبرص يكون قد أقرّ عملياً بمدى الحق الذي يدّعيه، وهي لا تتقبّل فكرة أي تعديل وتتمسك بالنقطة 1 الظاهرة في الخريطة المرفقة بمشروع اتفاقية لبنان/ قبرص.

اما في الثاني وهنا الوضع أشدّ وأدهى فيتعلق بالمرسوم ذاته والخريطة المرفقة به، حيث إنّ دراسة الملف تؤدّي الى تسجيل الملاحظات الخطيرة التالية:

أولاً: رسم لبنان خط حدود منطقته الجنوبيّة من النقطة 18 قرب الشاطئ الى النقطة 23 واختار النقطة 18 بعيدة عن الشاطئ لمسافة تتعدى عشرات الأمتار (28 م) من غير أيّ سند او مرجع او مرتكز قانوني ما يجعل قانون الخط (18-23) خطاً واهناً لا يرتكز على حجة قانونية تمكن من الدفاع عنه.

ثانياً: أرفق بالمرسوم خريطة يظهر عليها اسم «إسرائيل» بدل فلسطين في اعتراف واضح وبوثيقة رسمية لبنانية موقعة من رئيس الدولة بكيان العدو خلافاً للموقف الرسمي اللبناني.

ثالثاً: لم تظهر الخريطة المرفقة بالمرسوم 6433 /2011 حدود لبنان الدولية مع فلسطين المحتلة، وفي ذلك مماشاة للعدو الإسرائيلي الذي يريد التنصل من اتفاقية بوليه نيوكمب.

أما من حي الشكل فقد غاب عن المرسوم توقيع الوزراء/ الوزير المختص واكتُفي بتوقيع وزير الأشغال بينما وفقاً للقانون اللبناني فإنه يجب الحصول على تواقيع وزراء المال والدفاع والخارجية، وبغياب هذه التواقيع يكون في المرسوم عيب جوهري يقتضي التصحيح إما بالأبطال او بالإبدال.

وعلى ضوء ذلك بات ملحاً إلغاء المرسوم 6433 واعتباره كأنه لم يكن لأنّ التمسك به يعني ببساطة اعترافاً بـ «إسرائيل» وتنازلاً عن حدود لبنان الدولية مع فلسطين وإطاحة باتفاقية «بوليه نيوكمب» وباتفاقية الهدنة. وهذا ما فعله وللأسف اتفاق الإطار الذي يبقى من غير قيمة قانونية ملزمة وفقاً للنظام القانوني اللبناني حيث لم تصدّقه أيّة جهة رسمية مخوّلة او ذات صلاحية دستورية، ثم انّ موقف العماد عون صحّح او سدّ ما جاء فيه من ثغرات.

ومن جهة أخرى فإننا نذكر بأنّ لبنان وقبل إعداد المرسوم أعلاه، كان قد طلب من مكتب بريطاني مختص رأياً فنياً تقنياً قانونياً حول حدود المنطقة الاقتصادية اللبنانية الجنوبية الخالصة، واستجاب المكتب للطلب اللبناني وأودع نتيجة دراسته الاستشارية العلمية والقانونية والفنية الحكومة اللبنانية في آب 2011، وتظهر الدراسة انّ للبنان حق بمساحة 2290 كلم 2 زيادة على المساحة التي حدّدت له بمشروع اتفاقية مع قبرص، ولكن الغريب بالأمر انّ الدراسة البريطانية أخفيت في الأدراج، وتمسّك المسؤول اللبناني بما كان أعدّه من مرفقات ومضمون في المرسوم 6433 /2011 وأرسله إلى الأمم المتحدة بعد شهرين من تلقي الدراسة البريطانية، باعتباره وثيقة رسمية لبنانية تحدّد حدود المنطقة الاقتصادية اللبنانية.

مع هذا التباين في الموقفين اللبناني و»الإسرائيلي» تدخل أو أدخل الأميركيون لفضّ النزاع، على أساس انّ سقف الطلب اللبناني هو ما حدّد في المرسوم 6433 (أيّ المطالبة بـ 860 كلم 2) وسقف الطلب الإسرائيلي هو الخط B1-1 وانّ الخلاف واقع على 860 كلم2، وبعد طويل تفاوض غير مباشر توصل فريدريك هوف الى رسم خط اقترحه لفصل النزاع بحيث يعطي لبنان 55% من المنطقة المتنازع عليها ولم يستطع هوف أن يفرض اقتراحه على الطرفين فتجمّدت المفاوضات وأوقف هوف حركته المكوكيّة بين الطرفين.

في هذه الأثناء عاد لبنان وتحديداً قيادة الجيش لمراجعة الملف من أساسه واستعانت القيادة بأعرق وأهمّ الخبراء ومكاتب الدراسات الأوروبية وتوصّلت الى نتائج صادمة، حيث إنها وقفت على حقيقة خطر الأخذ بمشروع الاتفاق مع قبرص/ ووهن وخطورة الأخذ بما جاء في المرسوم 6433 /2011 الذي لا يمكن الدفاع عنه لأنه لا يستند الى أيّ حقيقة او مرجعية قانونية وتوصلت بنتيجة الدراسة الى رسم الخط النهائي العلمي والقانوني لحدود المنطقة الاقتصادية بشكل يأخذ بالاعتبار اتفاقية «بولية نيوكمب» واتفاقية الهدنة التي منهما تؤخذ نقطة البرّ التي تنطلق منها الحدود البرية شرقاً والحدود البحرية غرباً، كما وقانون البحار للعام 1982 الذي يحدّد قواعد وأسس رسم حدود المنطقة الاقتصادية البحرية، ورسمت بنتيجة ذلك خطاً جديداً هو ما يجب أن يكون حدود المنطقة اللبنانية جنوباً. وللمفارقة تبيّن أنّ هذا الخط هو متطابق بنسبة 99% مع الخط الموصى به من قبل المكتب الاستشاري البريطاني ذاك الخط الغارق في الأدراج الرسمية اللبنانية منذ آب 2011.

وعلى ضوء هذه الحقائق القانونية والوقائع الميدانية العملية بات على لبنان أن يسارع الى إصدار مرسوم يصحّح به خطأ الماضي ويصون مصالحه وثرواته، عليه أن يسارع بالفعل وعلى مرحلتين الأولى إلغاء المرسوم 6433 /2011 وإبلاغ الأمم المتحدة بالإلغاء وسحبه منها بتوقيع من سبق ووقع، والمرحلة الثانية إصدار مرسوم نهائيّ يتضمّن الحق اللبناني كاملا ويحمل تواقيع الوزراء المختصين.

أما القول بأننا لسنا بحاجة الى هذا الأمر فيعني ببساطة التمسك بالمرسوم 6433 الواهن والخطر وغير القابل للدفاع عنه ما سيؤدي الى التفريط الأكيد بالحقوق اللبنانية، فحجة لبنان بالمطالبة بحقه بـ 2290 كلم 2 ضعيفة بوجود المرسوم 6433 لأنّ الأخير يفسّر بأنه إقرار لبنان بمدى الحق اللبناني والإقرار سيّد الأحكام، فإذا لم يصحّح العيب هنا ضاع الحق اللبناني وانّ كلّ من يؤخر او يعارض او يعرقل سحب المرسوم 6433 من الأمم المتحدة وإرسال البديل الصحيح يكون عن قصد أو غير قصد يضعف الموقف اللبناني التفاوضي ويفرط بالحق اللبناني بثرواته البحرية إقراراً بالاعتراف بـ «إسرائيل» وتنازلاً عن اتفاقية «بوليه نيوكمب» والحدود الدولية التي ترسمها كما تظهر الخريطة المرفقة به.

*أستاذ جامعي – باحث استراتيجي.

Washington’s Bastille

Washington’s Bastille

January 16, 2021

by Jimmie Moglia for the Saker Blog

Trump’s supporters, having found the vanity of conjecture and inefficacy of expectations, resolved to prove their own existence, if not by violence, at least by physical presence.

They came forth into the crowded capital with an almost juvenile ambition that their numbers would be counted, their voice heard and their presence noticed.

But every upheaval, from Spartacus to the Bastille, is subject to unexpected developments. However peaceful the intents may be, the man involved in a turmoil is forced to act without deliberation, and obliged to choose before he can examine. He is surprised by sudden alterations of the state of things, and changes his measures according to superficial appearances.

Still, the corporate media, whose intestinal refuse is paraded as news, triumphs in every discovery of failure and ignores any evidence of success.

But, revolutionarily speaking, the storming of Washington was a success. And Trump did not expect, inspired or willed the unfortunate deaths.

If and when some reliable evidence will be produced, it will be probably found that parasitic elements, with dubious sponsors and of dubious character, joined the crowd.

This would only surprise the unawareness of the thoughtless. Even in Kiev, the ‘revolutionaries’ included characters who actually shot into the crowd from sundry buildings – as documented, in an intercepted phone call, by a then female president-of-something in the European Union.

Yet, when all is said and done, Washington may prove more eventful than the actual Bastille. For the date of the Bastille’s capture (July 14, 1789), became a French national commemorative event only through a convenient historical post-scriptum.

The punctilious historian may remember that the Bastille, like the Capitol dome in Washington, was visible from all of Paris – a medieval fortress, 100 ft high. At the time of the riot it only held seven prisoners, nor the mob gathered to free them. They wanted the ammunitions stored inside the wall.

When the prison governor refused, the mob charged and killed him. His head was carried round the streets on a spike.

Of the seven liberated prisoners one, a mentally-ill, white-bearded old man was paraded through the streets while he waved at the crowd, four were forgers who disappeared among the rabble, another, also mentally ill, was later re-incarcerated into an asylum. The only nobleman, and potentially an ‘enemy of the people’, was the Count de Soulange, who had been imprisoned at the request of his family for sexual misconduct.

The irony continues. Insensible to its possible historical value, the revolutionaries contracted with an enterprising bourgeois to demolish the tower.

After subduing the revolution Napoleon did not like the suggestive ideological connotations of the Place de la Bastille and thought of building there his ‘Arc de Triomphe’ (the one now in the ‘Etoile’), but that did not prove popular.

Therefore he ordered, instead, to build a huge bronze statue of an imperial elephant. A plaster model, a facsimile of the future finished product was built and inaugurated, but the wars made funding difficult. Waterloo and the Restoration did not help either. The plaster elephant stood in the iconic square from 1814 to 1848 when irreparable decay prompted its demolition.

But I digress.

As for the Washington’s Bastille, the related and subsequent events have openly shown the essentially unlimited power of the swamp, which, Don Quixote-like, Trump said he would attempt to drain.

Most of us know that the UUABLPPTH [Unmentionables Unless Accompanied By Lavish Praise plus their lackeys – hereinafter referred to as the ‘unmentionables’] make up the core of the swamp. I will return to them later, but the massively falsified elections, incontrovertibly show, among other things, how much the unmentionables hate the deplorables – in the instance and probably 60% of the nation.

Generally speaking and under often-recurrent conditions, elections are a rite enabling citizens to believe or continue to pretend that they live in a democracy rather than in an authoritarian regime.

By tradition, the absolute obedience of the population to absurd and incoherent decrees (“Patriot Act” et als.) has repeatedly reassured the masters that whatever they impose, the deplorables will accept.

For example, the Vietnam war protesters of old, plus peace-loving, cultural-marxists and amphetamines-laden youths met with policemen and waved flowers under their nose as an act of rebellion. But the war only ended seven years later. Meanwhile the richer and/or well-heeled dodged the draft, while the poorer didn’t. Besides, that ‘flower-inspired’ rebellion was not aimed at ending the war (or the war would have ended), but at turning upside down universally accepted ethics, and with ethics, perhaps unbeknown to them, the world as we know it.

Nevertheless I don’t think we should single out Americans for blame. Already in 1552, the young Frenchman Etienne de la Boetie wrote his “The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude” to address the central problem of political philosophy, namely the mystery of civil obedience.

Why do people, asked Etienne, in all times and all places obey the commands of the government, which always constitutes a small minority of the society? To him the spectacle of general consent to despotism (or in the recent American case, to fraud) is puzzling and appalling. “All this havoc – says he – descends upon you not from alien foes, but from the one enemy whom you yourself render as powerful as he is, for whom you go bravely to war, for whose greatness you do not refuse to offer your own bodies unto death. He who thus domineers over you has only two eyes, only two hands, only one body, no more than is possessed by the least man among the infinite numbers dwelling in our cities. He has indeed nothing more than the power that you confer upon him to destroy you. Where has he acquired enough eyes to spy upon you, if you do not provide them yourselves?”

Good question, we may say, but the problem remains. It is understandable in general, but only confusedly answerable in detail, due to the infinite intricacies of our individual lives. Therefore, a blanket indictment of the deplorables for letting themselves be driven by the unmentionables is theoretically logical but practically unjustified.

Still, during the Washington’s Bastille and for the first time that I recall, the unmentionables felt some concern for their ass. It is tragic that some of the revolutionaries died, because, as we know, the intent of the rally was peaceful and nothing compared to what was witnessed throughout America in 2020.
The lackeys’ official horror and concern for ‘democracy’ show that there is no vice so simple but assumes some mark of virtue on its outward parts. All that wringing of arms and shows of deprecation are falser than oaths made in wine. For none of the Capitoline lords would answer why they didn’t want to recount the votes. Leading the average deplorable to conclude that there is no more faith in them (as a lot) than in a stewed prune. For their intoxication with themselves will give no way to reason.

Equally, the Washington’s Bastille brought to the attention of many how much the Constitution has sunk under the feet of the unmentionables. Here is but one example – not to repeat what the readers already know, but to show the arrogance associated with the systems of censure the country is subjected to.

After the death of Ms. Ashly Babbit, shot by a policeman, an Internet friend of mine published the following post on his FB account, along with her picture.

“This is Ashly Babbitt. She was shot and killed by law enforcement during a protest in America. No one will take the knee for her. There will be no murals in her honor. The media will not mourn her death. She is white therefore her life does not matter for the establishment.”

FB returned this message,

“Your account has been restricted for 30 days because your post did not follow community standards.”

To comment on FB’s response the author said, “Mourning the death of this woman on Facebook is banned. Yet we have spent many months mourning the death of a drug addict, a criminal, an abuser, a man who broke into a woman’s home and put a gun to her stomach in order to extort money out of her. We have been paying our respect to this man all over the world for the best part of last year. And this woman who proudly served her country, she is now dead and you cannot even pay your respects to her own social media.”

The restraint and politeness of the censored statement are beyond question. And its censuring should make us pause. For it shows the scorn of the enemy for the rest of us. A scorn that should include the concurrent barrage of nauseating platitudes and the unrestrained bubbling to the surface of a diabolical hatred, no-longer disguised but steeped deep in history.

The Internet is yesterday’s telephone and Zion did not invent the Internet, nor computers, computing and communication software. Yet, the communication engines and components, companies and operations, Google, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube are owned and controlled by the unmentionables.

From his soul in hell, Coudenhove-Kalergi must be laughing his head off. His predicted new world, made up of ancient-Egyptians-looking deplorables lorded over by the unmentionables, cannot any longer be branded as a conspiracy theory. Under our own eyes there is the shape of things to come at large.

For he who controls speech controls opinion. Opinion molds thought and thought drives action. Therefore monopoly of opinion leads to control of action, and action includes just about every aspect of life and liberty.

Besides, free speech is ultimately vital to being human. It is the most important aspect of everything we refer to as freedom. Lack of freedom is the triumph of tyranny. And the train of tyranny drags in tow injustice, repression, murder, corruption, unjust and unnecessary wars.

Even earlier and more primitive media, newspapers and radio, controlled by a few, were the engines of persuasion and coercion to drive millions into quasi-genocidal world wars.

As an aside and in this respect, Germans owe a debt of historical gratitude to the Soviet Union. For it was fear of the Soviets that prevented the implementation of the “Morgentau Plan”, already signed by Roosevelt and Churchill, to be carried out after the end of WW2 – a plan that included the sterilization of all Germans. Disbelievers may wish to consult the details of the plan, as well as the book, “Germany Must Perish” printed in the US during the war.

Restricting free speech is necessary in every war and every tyranny. And we can identify tyranny by how much freedom of speech we have and by how much we can criticize the rulers. For reason and truth can outweigh lies and corruption. But massive suppression and an avalanche of lies and propaganda can make a mockery of factual truth and stuff the ears of men with false reports. Many, sick of show and weary of noise, turn off the set, how many we know not.

In this respect, technology and the power of global corporations to corrupt the minds have never been more powerful and ominous, in all history.

Furthermore, media of all types can now control feelings as well as the more primitive emotional parts of the brain. Never has government been bigger and more able to repress freedom with an infrastructure that includes the FBI, CIA, NSA and their counterparts in individual states and nations.

Never past tyrants better controlled their subjects than the globalists today. The threat to the freedom of the western peoples of the world is the greatest threat to their existence. Suppression of freedom of speech is exampled in the attitude of a controlled media, which is totally against the common feelings of the majority.

Most peoples of the world and nations want to preserve their nationality, country, customs, habits, religion and way of life. None of the corporate channels reflect these beliefs and objectives.

The axis of movies, Zionist Hollywood, ever since the abolition of the “Motion Pictures Production Code” act (1954), has been an extremely powerful engine of persuasion and shaper of belief, custom, habits and action, as well as an inculcator of hatred, let alone depravity. For reference read this article [ https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2021/01/14/the-jewish-role-in-promoting-cannabis-and-why-its-bad-for-you/ ]

The sum of these forces led to the US summer of 2020. Which was not a summer of discontent, but an extended season of Hollywood and media-inspired hatred. And mass hatred, as opposed to individual hatred, is an organized phenomenon.

The current biggest shapers of thought and human action are the networks of social media, primary tools for sharing ideas and learning things.

Owning and controlling these organizations are a few people, whose ethnic affiliation is undisputed and unmentionable. They can decide what the world can see, say, hear and consequently think.

Dismissing the reality and the consequences of this ideological monopoly as a ‘conspiracy theory’ is an insult to the minds of millions.

The conspiratorial element of a theory depends on identifiable circumstances and hypotheses. Even historically sanctified characters such as president Franklin Roosevelt stated as follows,

“In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way…” The point is that many of the major world events that shape our destinies occur because there is a plan behind them.”

In the same line of thought, if we were merely dealing with the law of averages, half of the events affecting a nation’s well-being should be good for that nation. If it were just a matter of incompetence, the leaders should occasionally make a mistake in favor of the deplorables. Instead it is planning and foresight that form the shape of things to come at large.

Not that chance is necessarily ruled out. According to his biographers, even Hitler firmly believed in grasping at fleeting opportunities. In a speech or lecture to his adjutants given in 1938 he said, “There is but one moment when the goddess of fortune wafts by, and if you don’t grab her then by the hem you won’t to get a second chance.”

The quote came to mind in thinking about the disparagers who have compared Trump with Hitler. Stupidity is sometimes invincible but, probably unbeknown to his detractors, Trump as a president, shared some characteristics associated with leaders who reach power outside the canonical paths – canonical paths that often include corruption, opportunistic servitude and/or crime.

For one, by all appearances Trump had far less authority on his advisers and subordinates than what we think a president has – an authority that seemingly weakened with each passing year. Also, a characteristic of heads of state who over-rely on advisers is a conscious desire ‘not to know.’ Even if they are later deemed directly responsible for what happened.

It is total speculation but the assassination of the Iranian General Suleimani may be one such instance. Though in other cases the reverse is true. The opening towards Kim Yong Sun of North Korea fits with Trump’s general style.

On the other hand, the policy towards Venezuela, though justified imperialistically, does not fit the profile. The ‘self-proclaimed’ Guaido’ is a puppet worthy of a Simpsons cartoon. Based on what I know of the country (readers may also consult my article “Don’t Cry for Me Venezuela”), the regime is anything but what described by the unmentionable media. The tight economic sanctions, the equivalent of a war, the arbitrary freezing of Venezuela’s gold reserves in London, the theft of CITGO, (the Venezuelan oil company operating in the US), the placing a bounty of 15 million $ on the head of Maduro, the many failed coups d’etat – quite open in planning and gross in execution – do not seem consistent with Trump’s character, at least as displayed in his general demeanor and other occasions.

Incidentally, the two ‘ambassadors’ of the Guaido’ puppet, in the US and Britain, are unmentionables. And there is an extant recording of the UK ‘ambassador’ Newman where she discusses assigning the Esequibo mineral-rich area – disputed between Venezuela with Guyana since the early 1800 – to an Exxon consortium of sorts.

Besides, in my view and independently of ideological convictions, in oratory, consistence, intelligence and demeanor Maduro towers over all former and latter members of the Trump administration put together. A remarkable achievement, I think, for someone who started as a bus driver and union leader to become the president of Venezuela. And although I cannot, of course, verify its accuracy, there is information among some Venezuelan sources that Trump expressed a secret admiration for Maduro.

To conclude, most records of history are but narratives of successive villainies, treasons and usurpations, massacres and wars – of which professional historians explain causes and effects.

As a non professional historian but a rude mechanical who earns his bread upon the Athenian walls I offer here an extremely arbitrary theory. On the ground that, just as a right line describes the shortest passage from point to point, a plausible historical explanation is that which connects distant truths by the shortest of intermediate propositions.

Therefore I select few key events – constituting an arbitrary beginning and its connecting causal links to the present. In the instance, fractional banking, 1968, Reagan and the Washington Bastille.

Fractional banking is a generally familiar idea whose implications, I think, are not sufficiently realized due to the apparently neutral effect of the term ‘fractional’. Risking the contempt of professionals and economists I will reduce the notion to its core with an example.

A bank that owns, says, 10 k$ in gold can loan out 100 k$ in money that does not exist – at say, 10% yearly interest.

After one year, globally, the borrowers return 110 k$ to the bank, (loans plus interest). Of the globally returned 110 k$, 100k$ are the money that did not exist, but the 10 k$ paid as interest correspond to the labor expended by the borrowers.

Let’s for a moment overlook where the borrowers got the additional 10k$ from, because for the purpose of this demonstration, the point is not important.

The bottom line is that with an investment of 10 kS of actual money (gold for example) the banker realizes an interest of a real 10k$ or 100%. Now with 20 k$ of actual money he can lend out 200k$ of non-existing money and so on.

It follows that the bank’s wealth increases exponentially. Consequently, sooner or later, the bank or banking system will essentially own and control – directly and indirectly – everything that has a demonstrable commercial value.

Fractional banking became the operating system of the first modern capitalism only at the end of the 17th century, with the establishment of the Bank of England. Which, unknown to many, was a private bank that lent money to the crown for conducting business and waging wars. Money paid back from the taxes on citizens.

The system is so brilliant in its simplicity that we must wonder why was it not applied centuries before.

And here we meet again with the unmentionables. Christianity, as well as Islam for that matter, considered interest usury and usury a sin.

The philosophical tricks by which Christian rulers tried to skirt the issue are ingenious and often amusing. Suffice to say, with a gross generalization, that it was found more expedient to let the unmentionables handle the matter. From thereon begin their path to unstoppable power.

As for 1968 – the second selected event – there took place a brilliant ideological operation, and again I generalize for simplicity. For the 1968 ‘revolution’ launched the ideology aimed at the deconstruction and destruction of the family, customs, traditions and gender distinctions. Destruction leading eventually to the assault on nationalities and ethnicities.

That destruction is in progress. I suspect without proof that the unmentionables’ hatred for Trump stems from his effort, however feeble, to mount an opposition. Opposition to a new world order where humans become merchantable individual atoms, drifting on the smooth world plane of exchangeable merchandise.

As for Reagan, with his background as a Coca-Cola cowboy, he was the perfect president for cutting the taxes of the rich, under the now all-but-forgotten theory of ‘trickle-down economics.’ Perhaps a thinly-disguised reference to the parable of the rich Epulon, from whose table fell the crumbs for the starving deplorables of the time.
From then on and on a planetary scale the already exorbitant assets of the overclass, began to increase immeasurably. And deregulation triggered a race to the concentration of capital and activities. Resulting in the stratospheric wealth of the few, with which they can buy everybody and everything, and become a dominant power over the traditional states, as even the events of the last few weeks unquestionably prove.

Remember Reagan’s, “The state is not the solution of problems, the state is the problem”. And now the state, the law and even health (e.g. Covid) are turning into a mockery of themselves.

In the end and in my view, the Washington’s Bastille was but the externation of long repressed and related feelings of helplessness.

To those who cannot but feel nauseated by the means used to impose the current presidential ticket on the rest of us, I will quote the answer, attributed to the wife of a Turkish diplomat at the court of King Lois XV. A courtier was asking her what happiness consisted in. “My lord – she replied – our happiness depends on the circulation of the blood.” [… ma foi, Monsieur, notre bonheur depend de la facon que notre sang circule.]

The others may reflect that, after all, man is little more than an instrument in an orchestra directed by the muse of history.

Zionist Entity Admits Failure in Preventing Hezbollah from Possessing Precision Missiles

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The Zionist entity finally acknowledged it has failed in preventing Hezbollah from having precision guided missiles, Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar reported on Monday.

In an article published on Monday, Al-Akhbar’s Yahya Dbouk reported, citing Israeli intelligence, that Hezbollah’s arsenal of now includes hundreds and not dozens of precision guided missiles.

“After a long time of denial, Israeli enemy’s intelligence has finally admitted that Hezbollah now possesses hundreds of precision missiles that are capable of hitting sensitive sites across the Zionist entity.

Hezbollah’s movements to develop its arsenal were “despite hundreds of strikes in Syria, which were aimed at preventing Hezbollah from transferring such missiles,” Dbouk said, noting that this “will have high influence on decision makers in Tel Aviv.”

“According to estimations by Israeli intelligence quoted by Israeli Channel 13, Israeli enemy’s efforts to prevent Hezbollah from having precision missiles have failed.”

“Syria strikes did not prevent Hezbollah from developing its capabilities to manufacture and install mid-range and long-range precision guided missiles, according to Israeli estimations, ” Dbouk said.

Source: Al-Akhbar Lebanese daiy

«إسرائيل» تعترف بعد طول إنكار: حزب الله يملك مئات الصواريخ الدقيقة

يحيى دبوق الإثنين 18 كانون الثاني 2021

«إسرائيل» تعترف بعد طول إنكار: حزب الله يملك مئات الصواريخ الدقيقة
(هيثم الموسوي)

بعد مدة طويلة من الانكار، أقرّت استخبارات العدو الاسرائيلي بأن حزب الله تمكّن من امتلاك عشرات الصواريخ الدقيقة، التي تصنّفها «اسرائيل» خطراً استراتيجياً لا يمكن التعايش معه. في السابق، كان العدو يتحدّث في احسن الاحوال عن عشرات الصواريخ، التي يمكنها اصابة المواقع الاستراتيجية والحساسة في الكيان. اليوم، اعترف بأن ترسانة المقاومة من السلاح الدقيق الاصابة، باتت تحوي مئات الصواريخ، رغم مئات الغارات التي شنها جيش الاحتلال في سوريا، لمنع نقل هذه الصواريخ او مكوناتها الى لبنان. اعتراف سيكون له اثر عميق على صانع القرار في تل ابيب، وخاصة لجهة الانكفاء عن العمل العسكري ضد لبنان.

أشارت التقديرات الاستخبارية الإسرائيلية إلى نجاح حزب الله في التزوّد بمئات من الصواريخ الدقيقة، التي عدّت حتى الأمس القريب خطاً أحمر لا يمكن لتل أبيب أن تسمح بتجاوزه. هذا الإقرار جاء بعد إنكار طويل، سعت تل أبيب خلاله عبر وسائل مختلفة وفي أكثر من اتجاه، للحؤول دون تحقّقه، لكن من دون جدوى.
هل يعني ذلك اقتراب موعد تنفيذ العدوّ تهديداته والتسبّب بمواجهة عبر استهداف عسكري مباشر لما يعرفه عن هذا السلاح، وخاصة أن المواجهة العسكرية الواسعة كانت محلاً لمناورة ضخمة نفّذها جيش الاحتلال في الفترة الأخيرة؟ أم أن السلاح الدقيق نفسه (وأخواته) الذي سعت «إسرائيل» إلى منع المقاومة من اقتنائه، هو نفسه عاملٌ مؤثر في تعزيز واقع انكفاء العدو عسكرياً عن لبنان، بعدما تحول «مشروع الدقة» المتعلق بصواريخ حزب الله إلى «ترسانة دقة»؟

وفقاً للتقديرات الإسرائيلية المنشورة في الأيام القليلة الماضية، والنشر في ذاته لافت (القناة 13 العبرية)، فشلت مساعي «إسرائيل» في منع حزب الله من التزود بالسلاح الصاروخي الدقيق. وهو فشل جاء بعد الضربات التي شنتها في سوريا والتي استهدفت إرساليات صاروخية دقيقة ووسائل نقل تتعلق بمكونات ما تسميه «مشروع الدقة»، وهي ضربات وفقاً للتقدير الإسرائيلي «لم تمنع حزب الله من تطوير قدرة ذاتية على تصنيع وتركيب صواريخ دقيقة متوسطة وبعيدة المدى».
الإقرار في ذاته، بعد إنكار، لا يغيّر واقع امتلاك حزب الله هذا النوع من الصواريخ، التي تؤكد التقديرات في تل أبيب أنها قادرة على «شل منظومات استراتيجية في إسرائيل». إذ سبق لحزب الله، على لسان أمينه العام السيد حسن نصر الله، أن أكد في أكثر من مناسبة، في الأشهر الأخيرة، النجاح في امتلاك ما يكفي من صواريخ دقيقة. وفي حينه حاولت «إسرائيل» الإبقاء على إيحائها بأن «دقة الصواريخ» مجرد فكرة وطموح لدى حزب الله لم تترجم ميدانياً نتيجة الجهود الإسرائيلية لصدّه، وهذا هو الهدف من إصرارها على مصطلح «مشروع الدقة». فما الذي تغيّر الآن؟

هذا التطور من شأنه تخفيف مستوى دافعية «اسرائيل» للاعتداء على لبنان، وإنْ كان لا يلغيه


الإقرار بعد إنكار، من شأنه أن يشير إلى اتجاه ومستويات المواجهة بين الجانبين للفترة المقبلة، وتحديداً من ناحية «إسرائيل»، التي باتت في موقع المتخلّف عن وعود أطلقها صنّاع القرار في تل أبيب، وفي المقدمة رئيس حكومة العدو بنيامين نتنياهو، بأن «إسرائيل لن تسمح» لحزب الله بالتزوّد بالسلاح الدقيق، وأن «كل الخيارات مطروحة على الطاولة».

وهذا التغيير، أي امتلاك حزب الله صواريخ دقيقة بالمئات وهو مقبل على مراكمة المزيد منها، يعدّ سبباً في دفع «إسرائيل» إلى «اتخاذ قراراتها»: إما السعي إلى الصدّ والمنع، ولاحقاً محاولة تدمير الصواريخ مادياً، رغم ما يمكن أن يعقب ذلك من مواجهات يقدَّر بقوة أن تتحوّل إلى مواجهة شاملة؛ وإما الانكفاء، لأن استهداف بعض الصواريخ الدقيقة لا يلغي وجود بعضها الآخر الذي يتعذّر تحييده، ويمكن لحزب الله استخدامه في المقابل رداً على الاعتداء نفسه، وهو قيمة إضافية عسكرية مؤثّرة تضاف إلى القدرة العسكرية «التقليدية» التي كانت كافية في ذاتها لمنع «إسرائيل» من تفعيل خياراتها العسكرية ضد لبنان.
عملياً، قد تكون الدائرة مفرغة: الصاروخ الدقيق الذي يدفع «إسرائيل» إلى مباشرة اعتدائها العسكري، هو نفسه الذي يتسبب في امتناعها عن الاعتداء. كانت هذه المعادلة

قائمة ومؤثرة بين الجانبين في «السلاح التقليدي» الذي تراكم بعشرات الآلاف، رغم التهديدات الإسرائيلية. وهي معادلة باتت معززة أكثر مع السلاح الصاروخي الدقيق، القادر على الإيذاء المركّز والموجّه، وبما يتيح للمقاومة، كما يرد في التقرير العبري، إصابة مبنى الكريا في تل أبيب (وزارة الأمن وأركان الجيش).

ما تقدّم يعني أن العدو الذي سعى طويلاً للحؤول دون امتلاك المقاومة للصواريخ الدقيقة، بات معنياً الآن بمنع مراكمة إضافية عددية لهذه الصواريخ، مع سعي للحؤول دون استخدامها الفعلي. وهو تطوّر من شأنه تخفيف مستوى دافعية «إسرائيل» للاعتداء، وإن كان لا يلغيه. فخيارات «إسرائيل» الواقعية والهادفة إلى منع حزب الله من امتلاك «الدقة» شيء، وخياراتها في منع استخدامه لهذه الصواريخ التي باتت موجودة، شيء آخر. بل إن واحداً من محددات معظم الخيارات المتاحة، بداهة، أن تسعى «إسرائيل» إلى مواجهة هذه الصواريخ عبر امتناعها عن فعل ما يتسبب في دفع حزب الله لاستخدامها ضدها، الأمر الذي يؤدي بالتبعية إلى مواصلة انكفائها عن شن الاعتداءات المباشرة في الساحة اللبنانية.

وكان السؤال ليكون منطقياً أكثر، إزاء المواجهة واحتمالاتها، في الفترة التي سبقت امتلاك حزب الله الصواريخ الدقيقة، إذ إنّ ما بعدها مغاير لما قبلها. في التفصيل، يشار الى أن تحمّل «إسرائيل» تكلفة المواجهة المحتملة كنتيجة معقولة ومقدّرة لمحاولة منع حزب الله من امتلاك «الدقة»، أكثر منطقية وأكثر ترجيحاً من تحمل تكلفة حرب عوائدها وفوائدها تقتصر على تحييد مؤقت وجزئي لهذا السلاح. يعني ذلك أن «إسرائيل» باتت الآن معنية أكثر من السابق ــــ نتيجة نجاح حزب الله في تدعيم جهوزيته ومستويات ردوده بالسلاح الدقيق ــــ بتحييد المواجهة ومنع مسبباتها. إذ لا يعقل أن تتسبب في تفعيل سلاح ما ضدها، في سياق مساعيها التي باتت مركّزة أكثر على منع تفعيله. وهو ما ينطبق بشكل كبير جداً على السلاح الدقيق في لبنان.

قد يناقش البعض في أن هذا التغيير، أي الصواريخ الدقيقة، من شأنه دفع العدوّ الى فعل ما كان يهدد به، وإن أدى ذلك إلى مواجهة بين الجانبين، فهذه ترجمة فعلية لتهديداته. والإقرار بعد إنكار، مقدمة للاعتداء الإسرائيلي المقبل على هذه الأسلحة، عبر تهيئة الرأي العام الداخلي والخارجي لتلقّي تبعاتها.

فكرة العدوان على لبنان «لأهداف انتخابية» خاصة بنتنيناهو هي فكرة بلا دعائم منطقية


بالطبع، هذه المجادلة لا تخلو من وجه صحة. فالعدو غير مأمون الجانب، وهو يتحيّن الفرصة لتوجيه اعتداءات حتى في الساحة اللبنانية، وخاصة إن كان هدف الاعتداءات تحييد تهديد استراتيجي على شاكلة وبمستوى السلاح الصاروخي الدقيق لدى حزب الله. لكن في المقابل، العوامل التي من شأنها منع تنفيذ الاعتداءات، أقلّه تلك المباشرة التي تستدعي في أعقابها ردوداً مقابلة وتبادل ضربات، ومن ثم مواجهة واسعة، أكثر ثقلاً وتأثيراً على طاولة القرار في تل أبيب، من العوامل الدافعة لشن الاعتداءات، وإن كانت تلك العوامل الدافعة للاعتداء حاضرة دائمة كما هي حالها منذ سنوات، ومدار تقدير وإعادة تقدير على مدار الساعة.

يضاف إلى هذه المجادلة أيضاً، عامل التأثير في القرار الإسرائيلي المرتبط بالانتخابات المبكرة المقرر إجراؤها في آذار المقبل، وخاصة أن نتنياهو، صاحب القرار السياسي في تل أبيب، مأزوم جداً في معسكره اليميني حيث التنافس على أشده على قيادة هذا المعسكر، ما يعني أنه يحتاج الى رافعة تأثير على الجمهور اليميني للالتفاف حوله في الانتخابات، وهو ما يتساوق مع أفعال عدائية وإنجازات عسكرية، من بينها «إنجاز» تحييد صواريخ حزب الله الدقيقة، وإن كان ذلك عبر اعتداءات عسكرية مباشرة.

في الشأن الانتخابي بوصفه عاملاً دافعاً لتحسين موقف نتنياهو انتخابياً، الحديث مكرر جداً وبات عادة متّبعة تلقائية لدى البعض عشية الاستحقاقات الانتخابية في الكيان. وهذه المجادلة بلا دعائم منطقية، إذ لا يعقل لنتنياهو وغيره، إن سُمح له في الأساس بتفعيل خيارات متطرفة في لبنان بناءً على مصالح شخصية، أن يدعم موقفه الانتخابي عبر مواجهة تؤذي «إسرائيل» والإسرائيليين، وإن كانت تؤذي في المقابل الجانب الثاني أكثر. كان ليكون الدافع معقولاً أكثر في ساحات أخرى، حيث يمكن للإنجاز العسكري إن حصل بلا تبعات وردود فعل مقابلة، ومن دون مخاطرة في الانجرار إلى مواجهة واسعة، وهو واقع منتفٍ تماماً في الحالة اللبنانية. ما يمنع «إسرائيل» من «المعالجة العسكرية» للتهديدات التي تصفها بالاستراتيجية في لبنان، يمنعها وبشكل أكثر تأكيداً، إن كان الهدف منها تحسين الموقف الانتخابي لهذا السياسي أو ذاك، وإن كان رئيساً للحكومة.

الواضح أن «إسرائيل» خسرت، باعترافها، معركة منع حزب الله من امتلاك السلاح الدقيق، الذي كانت وما زالت تؤكد أنه يمثل تهديداً استراتيجياً «لا يمكن تحمّله والتعايش معه». إلا أن التهديد في المقابل منعة للبنان، وخاصة أنه يتكاتف مع عوامل المنعة الموجودة التي دفعت العدو إلى تقييد هامش مناورته العدائية قبالة الساحة اللبنانية وحيّدت بالنتيجة رافعة الضغط العسكرية الموجودة لديها، لفرض إرادتها وأطماعها على لبنان.
إلا أن النجاح في معركة الدقة لا يلغي الحرب الدائرة بين الجانبين على تعاظم القدرة العسكرية لدى حزب الله، التي تهدف إلى إشباع الموقف الدفاعي في وجه العدو، المعني في المقابل بأن يسعى لمنع هذا التعاظم.

General Soleimani’s legacy: Unifying the Arab resistance against imperialism and hegemony

By Amal Wahdan

January 13, 2021 – 12:51

Today, the masses of the resistance movements in the region are commemorating the first anniversary of the martyrdom of General Qassem Soleimani and his companion Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. 

General Soleimani played a major transnational role across borders and sectarian lines to unite the resistance movements in the region to enable them to confront the vicious plans of the USA, Zionist and Saudi regimes to divide and control the countries of the region.
We have to emphasize and remind the whole world of the nature of this cowardly act by the USA, the Zionist terrorist colonial regime, and the Saudi criminal state. 

The assassination in its nature is an intentional and deliberate crime, a violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention. It is also a violation of the sovereignty of the state of Iraq, which is a member of the United Nations. The Iranian government has every right to take this matter to the ICC against the three countries who were involved in this crime and to the UN Security Council in addition to retaliation.  

Why did the USA assassinate General Soleimani? First of all, General Soleimani was a leader in the Revolutionary Guard, then the General Commander of its Al Quds Force, which by its name considered by the USA as a threat to the Zionist colonial regime in occupied Palestine, their military base in the area.

Second, for his extraordinary role in assisting the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, who was at war with the Israeli occupation of South Lebanon and was able to liberate the South in the May of 2000 with the great help of Iran and Soleimani. He continued to assist through the 2006 Israeli aggression against Lebanon until his assassination. Today, the Lebanese resistance movement has advanced its military and logistic capabilities by almost 100 times since 2000 and 2006.

The third is General Soleimani’s role in promoting the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip without any factional or sectarian discrimination. His strategy was to work with all Islamic and secular resistance organizations who share the ability and fit to fight a long term struggle against the Israeli occupation, “the absolute evil”, as described by him, until liberation and independence. It was General Soleimani who took the decision with Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to negotiate with President Bashar Al Assad to provide the Palestinian resistance with Cornet missiles and he took responsibility to deliver them to Gaza in 2005 which was the cornerstone in deterring military aggression. He transformed the Palestinian resistance to an advanced level.

Fourth, General Soleimani played a great military role in the joint operation room against FSA, ISIS, and Jabhat al-Nusra through the 10 years of the terrorist war against Syria. He fought hand in hand with the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah fighters, provided them with training, ammunition, and supplies.

Fifth, General Soleimani also played a great role in assisting the Iraqi resistance movement regardless of their religious or political backgrounds. He helped unite the different groups under one umbrella: the popular brigades (Hashd al-Shaabi). He provided them with training, ammunition, supplies, and logistics. He was a good companion with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy leader of Hashd al-Shaabi, and worked with him hand in hand in the different fronts in Iraq until they defeated ISIS.     

Sixth, General Soleimani also supported the Yemeni Army, popular committees, and Ansarullah in their fight against the Saudi, the U.S., and Zionist aggression of 2200 days in a row, which has left hundreds of thousands of casualties mainly among children, women, and the elderly.

General Soleimani’s legacy of uniting the resistance movements in the region from Iraq to Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and most importantly uniting the resistance forces in Gaza, the front line against the Zionist colonial apartheid regime. A deterrence power that forced the Zionist military and political apparatus from any aggression attempts or land incursions. 

The general was a man of ethics, principles, and passion; an exceptional military general with strategic thinking and diplomatic skills. He was assassinated while he was on a diplomatic mission. His assassination is a great loss for the axis of resistance and humanity but marks the defeat of the U.S. hegemony and aggression era.
 

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لأنّه رضوان…

 محمد نزال 

السبت 16 كانون الثاني 2021

لا، ليس لأنّه صحافي. هو رضوان مرتضى. لأنّه هو رضوان مرتضى. أمّا صحافي! فيا لرداءة الصفة، في العالم عموماً وفي بلادنا خصوصاً، ما لم تتجاوز نفسها إلى معنى أعلى. هي صفة، إن اكتفيت بها، زاملتك قهراً مع أرخص صور البشري الحديث.

مشكلتهم مع رضوان مرتضى. رضوان بذاته. لذا، دعكم من بهلوانيّات التضامن المهني ومواقف «اللوبيات» الإعلاميّة، التي هي، بأكثرها، ضديّة وجوديّة لرضوان الحالة. هؤلاء الذين لا يصدّقون، بل لا يمكنهم، بالتكوين الذهني، أن يفترضوا ولو نظريّاً وجود رضوان… الشخص الذي لم يبع نفسه بثمن. أعرفه جيّداً. شريك الكلمات الأولى. هو أشرف من أشرفهم. نعم، لعب بين «الكبار» وأجاد ذلك، وهذه موهبته الفذّة، وكم كره عديمو المواهب ذلك، طوال التاريخ، وكم عبث الغيظ في خيالهم تأليفات لتعزية أنفسهم. ذلك، رضوان، الذي أجاد عمله، ولم يبع نفسه. هذه هي. باختصار، هذه هي. حالة نادرة في «كار» يطفح رخصاً.

أمّا عن «الدولة»… بمؤسساتها وأجهزتها، الإداريّة والنقديّة والأمنيّة والعسكريّة، فالنفس تقرف أن تتحدّث فيها بعد عقود من العمر عاشتها هنا. لا جديد. كلّ هذا حصل سابقاً. هذا «عود أبديّ» من نوع خاص جداً عشناه ونعيشه. كثيرون تكتّلوا ضد رضوان في الآونة الأخيرة. لوبيات إقطاعيّة وأمنيّة وإعلاميّة وقضائيّة إلخ. عادي. المهم، من الجيّد أن يعرف هؤلاء الآتي: رضوان ليس وحده. عن نفسي، ولا أملك إلا نفسي، ولا أتحدّث إلا باسم نفسي… من يمسّ رضوان بأذى فقد مسّ نفسي. ونفسي هذه، من سنوات، ما عدت أحرص أن تظلّ بخير.

Why doesn’t Syria retaliate to Israeli attacks? Nasrallah’s response


Date: 17 January 2021

Author: lecridespeuples1 Comment

Interview with Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, on May 26, 2020, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Liberation of South Lebanon, followed by his December 27, 2020 annual interview.

US-Israel play poker, Resistance Axis plays chess.

« The Resistance Axis is very vigilant and watchful during this period (of transition between Trump & Biden), and must scrupulously take care not to be drawn into an escalation, in the slightest point of this Axis. We must not allow ourselves to be dragged to an unmeasured (large-scale) confrontation, to a (total) war whose timing would be the one chosen by our enemies. Of course, (open) war (against the United States and Israel) will (inevitably) happen one day or another, but we are talking about this current timing (we will choose the time and place of the Great War, not them). »

Source: https://video.moqawama.org/details.php?cid=1&linkid=2116

Translation: resistancenews.org

Transcript:

Hassan Nasrallah: […] When (in February 2014) Israel hit us in Janta, on the Syrian-Lebanese border, they were hoping to change the rules of engagement, thinking that if they hit us in a border area, we wouldn’t feel obliged to retaliate. We retaliated (hitting an Israeli patrol the following month) in the Shebaa farms (occupied Lebanese territory). When there was the (failed) Israeli drones attack in the southern suburbs of Beirut (in August 2019), I said that we would retaliate outside the Shebaa farms, which did not mean strictly speaking that we forbade ourselves to retaliate there, but it was a clear indication that from now on, no point on the border between Lebanon and occupied Palestine would be immune from our retaliation, and that we could strike anywhere. Previously, Israel was used to always expects our attacks in the Shebaa farms, while all the rest of the border, all the settlements were safe. But I wanted to send this clear message: when you attack us, no point on your (usurped) border will be safe. Israel has been vigilant ever since, and that is why there has been no attacks in Lebanon. Nobody asks why? All those who are eager to get rid of the weapons of the Resistance, can they explain to us why Israel used to attack Lebanon whenever they felt like it from 1948 to 2000, then suddenly stopped, except for the war of 2006? This is thanks to the deterrence equations imposed by the Resistance. Israel knows full well that a retaliation would be inevitable. This is one of the rules of engagement.

So Israel is looking for another way (to attack us). What happened with the drones in the southern suburbs of Beirut was an Israeli attempt to carry out an attack without leaving any fingerprints. They were unmasked because the operation failed, but the goal was to strike without leaving any fingerprints. Because Israel knows very well that if it leaves its mark, it must certainly expect a response from the Resistance, and it knows well what that implies. Even when the tunnels (between Lebanon and occupied Palestine) were discovered, Israel sent to Lebanon through three different channels —Egypt, Cyprus and UNIFIL, i.e. three channels— a message saying that they just wanted to uncover the tunnels, and that they would do nothing more, so that we would stay calm and not fight back. Israel understands that Lebanon is a very sensitive front, and this (deterrence) equation is still valid. This is what protects Lebanon: it is the Resistance.

When it comes to Syria, it must be remembered that at the beginning Israel did not strike anyone —not us, not the Syrians, not the Iranians, or any of the other Resistance movements. Israel let the events unfold in Syria, and was only supporting the armed (terrorist) groups. I’m not saying that the entire Syrian opposition was working with Israel, but there is no doubt that many armed groups linked and coordinated directly with Israel on logistics, security, intelligence, right up to supply and funding, etc. Israel hoped that the regime would collapse and the Syrian army would be dislocated, and that Iran, finding itself unable to do anything, would leave Syria, along with Hezbollah, because the situation would be irretrievably lost. This is what happened during the first few years.

When did Israel start to intervene directly inside Syria? I always say that you have to look at situations from a large point of view, and not be satisfied with the Israeli point of view. You also have to see the other side. The Israeli intervention in Syria is a proof of the victory of Syria and of the victory of the Resistance Axis in Syria. For if Israel had still had any hope that the armed groups & takfiris it was supporting, funding and covering had any chance of winning the war in Syria, they would not have needed to enter the scene.

Journalist: But hasn’t that resulted in an imbalance of deterrence (in favor of Israel, as it strikes Syria with impunity)?

Hassan Nasrallah: I’m coming to it, I’m explaining things step by step. When you read the latest statements by Israeli leaders, when asked why they intervened in Syria, they say it is because they realized that (the terrorist groups) would not win. Israel understood that we were going to win in Syria, that the Syrian army was recovering its health and strength, that the presence of Iran and Resistance factions in Syria was taking root. The takfiri groups that occupied the Syrian part of the Golan have been evacuated, and the Golan is a very sensitive subject for Israel… It can’t even bear anyone taking pictures there! This clearly indicates their weakness. The fact that Israel does not tolerate anyone taking photos of positions in the Golan, [not even the inhabitants of the occupied Golan], is a sign of weakness and not of strength. Seeing that Syria was triumphing and recovering, and that there was no longer any hope of victory for the armed groups, Israel resolved to strike positions here and there, to try to hinder the transfer of Syria’s weapons in Lebanon —everyone knows that our missiles do not fall from the sky, and that Syria’s historic role has been to arm the Lebanese and Palestinian Resistance.

Even in Israel’s recent operation, when they hit one of our cars on the Syrian-Lebanese border…

Journalist: And you retaliated (with an incursion into Israeli territory).

Even though Israel’s “apologies” are pitiful and will in no way prevent a deadly response to the deaths of two Hezbollah fighters in an Israeli strike last August (see War of nerves: Israel begs Hezbollah to retaliate), it should be noted that the Zionist entity is doing everything it can to avoid touching Hezbollah members in Syria, going so far as warning them before they target a vehicle, as seen in this video from last April.

Hassan Nasrallah: I’m not saying we retaliated, and I’m not saying we didn’t hit back. Israel was quite capable of killing our fighters, this is not a mistake on its part. They fired a warning shot, or gave a warning, for the fighters to get out of the vehicle, and then they hit it. Why didn’t they want to kill these young (fighters)? Because there is a clear equation: if Israel kills one of our fighters, whether in Lebanon or Syria, we will retaliate. This equation has been proven in practice (time and time again). This is why when, at the same time as the Israeli drone incident in the southern suburbs of Beirut, two of our fighters were killed (by Israel) in Syria, the Israelis evacuated the border for 7 kilometers, on the whole border. They stayed like that, standing on one leg and a half (ready to run for their lives), for 7 days, and if we hadn’t hit that vehicle, they could have stayed like that for 14 days, a month or two whole months. It’s part of the rules of engagement. So far, when Israel strikes (in Syria), it strives not to kill anyone at all, for it fears it will come to a point where the Syrian leadership, or the leaders of the Resistance, will no longer be able to withstand these strikes. Even in this battle, Israel does not have a free hand (and knows the situation can explode at any moment).https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x7v64pq

Maybe someone will retort that Israel (often) strikes (Syria) and the Resistance Axis is not responding, and that we should impose a balance of deterrence in Syria. I will be very frank. This issue is continuously discussed and debated. The Syrian leadership is the one who has the last word, because the decision is theirs, even though the battle concerns us all, and we are all targeted. Sometimes there is the impression that Israel’s goal is escalation, and that they want to push the situation into open war against Syria. Syria is (caught) between two priorities: on the one hand, the battle inside is not over, the terrorist and takfiri groups are still present and are on the lookout for the slightest opportunity to gain strength; on the other hand, escalating into a war between Syria and Israel would run counter to the primary objective (of ending the terrorists). Syria still needs time. Let me explain this point well, because there are a lot of people criticizing us, saying that Israel is hitting Syria and Syria is doing nothing. I don’t know how far the Syrian leadership can tolerate these strikes, and there is a threshold that, once crossed, would result in an (inevitable) retaliation (without fear of escalation), but so far they consider that Israel intervenes to protect armed groups and change the equations in their favor, and lead Syria to a regional war; and it is not in the interest of Syria, which is waging a global war on terrorism, to be drawn into a war against Israel, so what it takes is patiently enduring it. This is what we call strategic patience. But within the framework of this (policy of) patience and endurance, there are certain rules which remain valid and which are respected by Israel and by us, and in any case, Israel does not achieve any objective by its strikes: they did not interrupt the transfer (of missiles), and they recognize it themselves; they failed to expel the Iranians from Syria, and they never will, and the same goes for Hezbollah; and they have failed to weaken the Syrian army, which continues to strengthen. We can defeat the objectives of these Israeli attacks without going to a (devastating) regional war, which would not be in Syria’s interest, at least not at this stage.

Let us recall that in addition to having shot down an Israeli plane in February 2018, in May 2018, Syria retaliated by launching several volleys of missiles against Israel, which hastened to demand a truce: see Syria Imposes New Rules of Engagement on Israel

The danger, and I always warn Israel about this, is that patience has limits. Endurance capacity has limits. The Syrian leadership, and the situation in Syria in general, can absorb some aggression and remedy it within the framework of this vision (of strategic patience), but perhaps Israel will make a mistake or blunder that will exhaust this patience. Israel (isn’t acting rationally, it is) sheer adventurism. Israel has no interest in entering a regional war, and it is very vigilant in this regard.

Journalist: But some analysts say Israel has opted for hit-and-run attacks even if it will lead to war.

Hassan Nasrallah: It’s more psychological warfare than an (accurate) description of reality.

See Nasrallah: IDF has turned into a Hollywood Army, any War against Iran would mean the end of Israel & US Hegemony

Journalist: Regarding your operation (a triple infiltration into Israeli territory following the destruction of Hezbollah’s vehicle in Syria), Hezbollah did not announce that it had retaliated. But why did you retaliate when there had been no martyrs of the Resistance? Doesn’t the equation say that you only retaliate if your fighters are hit? What was your target?

Hassan Nasrallah: Hezbollah did issue issue a statement on this, so I’ll refrain from commenting. [Hezbollah’s policy is to claim the great majority of its operations, but to leave doubt for some; remember that Israel hardly ever claims its own operations, which is an admission of weakness.] […]

***

Annual interview with Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on December 27, 2020, by the Lebanese pan-Arab channel Al-Mayadeen. This interview lasted almost 4 hours.

Source: https://video.moqawama.org/details.php?cid=1&linkid=2184

Translation: resistancenews.org

Transcript:

Hassan Nasrallah: […] Nobody has precise data, sure and reliable information according to which Trump or the Israeli enemy are about to launch some operation in the days which separate us from January 20, if the guy [Trump] ends up submitting to the election result [Laughter] and leaves the White House. But there are analyzes in this direction, especially with a personality of this caliber, affected by so much follies: arrogance, recklessness, effrontery… Especially since this madman is now in a great anger: he is an angry madman. Everyone expects such an act (of madness) and such an eventuality, whether it is actors outside the United States like Iran, Lebanon or Palestine, or elsewhere: even inside the United States, top leaders from both Democratic and Republican parties are worried about what this angry and mad President might do in the next few days, (fearing the worst). So we cannot deny this possibility. But I consider that everything that has been said (on this subject) is only analysis, and is not based on clear and proven information. Even the reports about an an Israeli nuclear warship or submarine sent to the Persian Gulf, via the Suez Canal, are not true, (Israel would never dare to do such a thing). Are the US or Israel going to do something (stupid) or not? Is it a psychological warfare to deter possible armed actions against American troops & interests with the approach of the first anniversary of the assassination of Soleimani and al-Muhandis? All these hypotheses are possible.

The Resistance Axis is very vigilant and watchful during this period (of transition between Trump & Biden), and must scrupulously take care not to be drawn into an escalation, in the slightest point of this Axis. We must not allow ourselves to be dragged to an unmeasured (large-scale) confrontation, to a (total) war whose timing would be the one chosen by our enemies. Of course, (open) war (against the United States and Israel) will (inevitably) happen one day or another, but we are talking about this current timing (we will choose the time and place of the Great War, not them).

Journalist: But don’t you think the threats are particularly pressing? Netyanyahu threatens, the Israeli Chief of Staff threatens…

Hassan Nasrallah: When the Israelis openly threaten and raise their voices publicly, know that these threats do not hide anything material. This is how I understand it: (the more Israel threatens, the less risk of war). We remain vigilant and ready for anything, 24 hours a day, on all battlefields, but this is our analysis: the enormous media hype is a clue that there is nothing serious to fear, it is only psychological warfare, they are only trying to dissuade members of the Resistance Axis from doing anything against them (this is a defensive posture).

Journalist: What do you think of the visit of US Chief of Staff Mark Milley to Israel? In what framework did it happen?

Hassan Nasrallah: Our analysis on this, and it is analysis and not information, is that it has to do with the months and years to come. The Trump administration is about to leave, and a new administration will take its place. It is said that Biden will have a different approach to the Palestinian question, to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab conflict: for example, maybe he will support the two-state solution, rejected by Trump & Netanyahu; they have a different take on the details of the Deal of the Century that Trump wanted to impose. With Iran, there is talk of a return of the Biden administration to the nuclear deal, which greatly worries the Israelis and others (Gulf countries), etc. Thus, the Israeli government is worried about the new US administration. Note that it is not the Secretary of State for Defense or the Secretary of State who came: these personalities will no longer be in their posts with the new administration. But as regards the Chiefs of Staff, as a rule, they do not change fundamentally when a new administration takes over, except in some (rare) cases. I think it was not Trump who sent Mark Milley, but the Biden administration, with a message to reassure Israel about what will happe next. […]

See also Nasrallah explains why Qassem Soleimani is unique and how he defeated ISIS in Iraq & Nasrallah’s outburst: ‘If you don’t want to respect Covid-19 health & safety measures, go away from people!’

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HRW: “Israel” Systematically Repressed Palestinians in 2020

HRW: “Israel” Systematically Repressed Palestinians in 2020

By Staff, Agencies

Human Rights Watch [HRW] says the apartheid “Israeli” regime “systematically repressed and discriminated” against Palestinians last year.

HRW said in a report on the year 2020 that the “Israeli” regime’s practices “far exceeded the security justifications” it often gave.

In the occupied West Bank, including East al-Quds [Jerusalem], the “Israeli” Occupation Forces [IOF] martyred 20 Palestinians and injured at least 2,001 as of October 5, HRW cited figures presented by the United Nations [UN] Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs [OCHA].

“‘Israeli’ authorities have rarely held accountable security forces who used excessive force or settlers who attacked Palestinians,” HRW said.

It also cited the “Jerusalem [al-Quds] Legal Aid and Human Rights Center” as saying that the apartheid  “Israeli” entity held, as of September, the bodies of 67 Palestinians martyred since 2015.

The apartheid “Israeli” regime said in September last year that it would use the bodies of deceased Palestinians as bargaining chips to have the bodies of IOF members purportedly held by resistance factions in Gaza released.

The HRW also criticized the entity’s 13-year-old siege of the Gaza Strip and other restrictions imposed on the Palestinians in the enclave.

“These restrictions, not based on an individualized assessment of security risk, robbed with rare exceptions the 2 million Palestinians living there [the Gaza Strip] of their right to freedom of movement, limited their access to electricity and water, and devastated the economy,” the organization said.

The HRW also denounced the “Israeli” move to tighten the restrictions in August as “unlawful collective punishment.”

The report added that, “Egypt also sharply restricted the movement of people and goods at its Rafah crossing with Gaza.”

The New York-based group also said that the apartheid “Israeli” regime facilitated the further transfer of “Israelis” into settlements constructed in the occupied West Bank, slamming the practice as “a war crime”.

The HRW referred to a report by Peace Now in which the “Israeli” group said the “Israeli” entity last year approved the construction of more settler units in the occupied West Bank – 12,159 as of October 15 –more than in any other year since the group began tracking those statistics in 2012.

More than 600,000 “Israeli” settlers live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 “Israeli” occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.

All “Israeli” settlements are illegal under international law as they are built on occupied land.

The HRW also cited OCHA as saying that the “Israeli” entity demolished 568 Palestinian houses and other structures in the West Bank, including in East al-Quds, as of October 19, 2020, leaving 759 people displaced.

Most buildings were demolished under the pretext of lacking “Israeli” building permits, which are almost never given.

Referring to about 600 checkpoints and other permanent obstacles set up by the entity within the West Bank as of June, the HRW said, “‘Israeli’ forces routinely turn away or humiliate and delay Palestinians at checkpoints without explanation.”

“أجبرها على التراجع”.. بالفيديو: الجيش الإيراني يرصد غواصة مجهولة

المصدر: الميادين

14 كانون الثاني 18:47

الجيش الإيراني: الغواصة المجهولة قد تم رصدها قبل أن تقترب من منطقة العمليات
وحدات الجيش الإيراني ترصد غواصة مجهولة الهوية حاولت الاقتراب من منطقة العمليات حيث كانت تجري مناورات في مياه بحر عمان وسواحل “كنارك”.

أفاد بيان لدائرة العلاقات العامة في الجيش الإيراني، بأن وحدات الجيش رصدت غواصة مجهولة الهوية حاولت الاقتراب من منطقة العمليات حيث كانت تجري مناورات في مياه بحر عمان وسواحل كنارك جنوب غرب إيران.

وذكر البيان أن طائرات الاستطلاع تحركت على الفور ووجهت نداءات تحذرية لحمل الغواصة على مغادرة المنطقة حيث أجبرت بالفعل على المغارة سريعاً ترافقها طائرات ومروحيات الجيش.

الجيش الإيراني:  طائرات الاستطلاع تحركت على الفور ووجهت نداءات تحذرية

وكانت مواقع تابعة لحرس الثورة  ذكرت أن الغواصة المجهولة قد تم رصدها وقبل أن تقترب من منطقة العمليات. 

وتواصل القوة البحرية للجيش الإيراني مناورات “اقتدار – 99” في يومها الثاني والأخير على مساحة واسعة تمتد من سواحل مكران الإيرانية إلى بحر عمان وشمال المحيط الهندي.

وذكرت العلاقات العامة للجيش أن أنواعاً مختلفة من صواريخ كروز البحرية أطلقت، اليوم الخميس، من السواحل والسفن الحربية المشاركة في المناورات وأصابت أهدافها بدقة شمال المحيط الهندي.

من جهته قال المتحدث باسم مناورات “اقتدار – 99” حمزة علي كاوياني، إن “القوة البحرية للجيش تتمتع اليوم بقدرات عالية في مجال صواريخ كروز البحرية، وتمتلك طرازات متنوعة منها”، موضحاً أن “لهذه الصواريخ دور كبير في حسم المعارك”.

وأشار كاوياني إلى استخدام أسلحة ومنظومات في هذه المناورات “لايمكن الكشف عن تفاصيلها”، مؤكداً أن أي “اعتداء على الحدود الإيرانية البحرية سيواجه بهذه الأسلحة والصواريخ”.

وانطلقت مناورات “اقتدار 99” البحرية، صباح أمس الأربعاء، بمشاركة مختلف الوحدات البحرية. وكشفت البحرية الإيرانية عن واحدة من أضخم وأهم سفنها وهي “مكران”، خلال المناورة.

وقالت مصادر الميادين إن “السفينة مكران” الإيرانية تزن 121 ألف طن وهي جزء من مشروع إنشاء قاعدة بحرية في شمال المحيط الهندي.

السفن الإيرانية تحاصر الغواصة الأميركية لحظة اقترابها من منطقة المناورات

البحرية الإيرانية تكشف أن الغواصة التي اقتربت من منطقة عمليات المناورات الإيرانية يوم الخميس الماضي كانت أميركية، مشيرة إلى أن القطع البحرية وجهت تحذيرات شديدة اللهجة للغواصة ما أجبرها على الابتعاد عن مكان العمليات.

البحرية الإيرانية أجرت مناورات في مياه بحر عمان وسواحل
البحرية الإيرانية أجرت مناورات في مياه بحر عمان وسواحل “كنارك” جنوب غرب إيران

كشف العميد البحري في الجيش الإيراني حمزة علي كاوياني أن الغواصة التي حاولت الاقتراب من منطقة عمليات المناورات يوم الخميس كانت أميركية.

وأشار كاوياني إلى أن الغواصات والسفن الإيرانية حاصرت بالكامل الغواصة الأميركية لحظة اقترابها من منطقة المناورات، وأجبرتها على التراجع.

وأوضح أن القطع البحرية كانت قد وجهت تحذيرات شديدة اللهجة إلى طاقم الغواصة، ما أجبرهم على الابتعاد عن مكان العمليات.

هذا ورصدت يوم الخميس الماضي وحدات الجيش الإيراني غواصة مجهولة الهوية حاولت الاقتراب من منطقة العمليات، حيث كانت تجري مناورات في مياه بحر عمان وسواحل “كنارك” جنوب غرب إيران، وأجبرتها على التراجع.

ونفذت القوة البحرية للجيش الإيراني مناورات “اقتدار – 99” في يومها الثاني والأخير على مساحة واسعة امتدت من سواحل مكران الإيرانية إلى بحر عمان وشمال المحيط الهندي، والتي انطلقت صباح الأربعاء، بمشاركة مختلف الوحدات البحرية.

وكشفت البحرية الإيرانية عن واحدة من أضخم وأهم سفنها وهي “مكران”، خلال المناورة، وتزن 121 ألف طن وهي جزء من مشروع إنشاء قاعدة بحرية في شمال المحيط الهندي.

وذكرت العلاقات العامة للجيش الإيراني أن أنواعاً مختلفة من صواريخ كروز البحرية أطلقت، من السواحل والسفن الحربية المشاركة في المناورات وأصابت أهدافها بدقة شمال المحيط الهندي.

وفي سياق متصل، أكد قائد القوة الجوفضائية في حرس الثورة الإيراني أمير علي حاجي زادة أن القوات الإيرانية قادرة على ضرب جميع القواعد الأميركية في المنطقة وتدميرها خلال لحظة واحدة. وقال إنه “رغم امتلاك الأميركيين للقوة إلا أن حرس الثورة تعلموا كيف يحاربونهم وبإمكانهم ضربهم وتدمير دفاعاتهم، وتوجيه ضربة شديدة لهم، عبر إطلاق 500 صاروخ في آن واحد بنحو لا يمكن تعويض خسارتهم”.

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JOE BIDEN’S WAR

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Joe Biden’s War

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The 2000 presidential race being done and over, except for the tens of millions of Americans who believe the election was stolen and a general cloud of illegitimacy that will hang over the Biden presidency for the entirety of his term, Joe Biden finds himself in the place of a dog who was chasing a car—and caught it. Given the magnitude of America’s problem, one would have to be a spectacularly vain and/or power-hungry individual to want the job of President, but then again, who if not Joe Biden is that guy? And now that he has the job, he will have to address a broad range of domestic and international issues in a way that somehow prevents the increasingly intractable problems from causing a system-wide crack-up of US politics. The occupation of the US Capitol with the participation of great many active and retired police officers and members of the military, to the point of prompting US Joint Chiefs to issue an unprecedented proclamation to their troops to shut up and follow orders, means that the temptation to seal the deepening chasms dividing the US society through some sort of desperate foreign adventure intended to secure new markets and resources for US corporations, and therefore US workers and farmers, will increase. That expansion is to be accomplished at the expense of China and Russia, replacing their own homegrown corporations and state monopolies with US-based ones, on the model of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states, and even European countries that are heavily penetrated by US financial and information technology firms to the point of having sacrificed a great deal of their sovereignty. Russia and China have preserved themselves from becoming US “semi-periphery”, in both economic and political sense, which makes them obvious targets for Biden’s own “maximum pressure” campaigns to subjugate them, of the sort that Iran and Cuba, for example, have been bearing for decades. But while it’s clear that US will be openly hostile to both China and Russia, seeking to delegitimize their political institutions and promote destabilization and regime change, it does not appear the Biden administration foreign policy team has a clear plan on how to prioritize between these to biggest targets.

The Indirect Road to China

It is evident from a variety of sources, including quasi-private think tanks like the Atlantic Council and the pronouncements of senior US military officers like Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Milley that the US establishment regards China as a rising power and Russia as a declining one. The latter assessment appears to be based on a simple lack of understanding of processes occurring within the Russian Federation in the last two decades, combined with the Western propensity to regard course of history in linear rather than cyclical terms. US power has grown since 1776, therefore it will always continue to grow. Russia’s power declined after the collapse of USSR, therefore it is bound to continue to decline. But regardless of the source of the misconception, in practical terms it means that while China is viewed as the bigger threat, the Main Enemy, as it were, Russia is seen as a more vulnerable and therefore more attractive target. Judging by the changes in the US policies toward Russia, it appears that the goal of US foreign policy became first regime change in Russia, followed by economic isolation of China that would be much easier to achieve once both the Middle East and the Russian Federation, potential or actual sources of vast quantities of raw materials China’s manufacturing and population require, became US satellites in the same way Australia, for example, already is.

This development would place China in a position identical to Japan’s in the late 1930s, a country that proved highly vulnerable to steadily escalating US economic warfare and which moreover could not capitalize on its Non-Aggression Pact with USSR due to its rather ill-conceived alliance with Nazi Germany. Once isolated by US pressure, Japan gambled everything on a three-theater war against China, the British Empire, and the United States which it ultimately lost. Moreover, should Russia become a US satellite state, its military forces could be committed to a land campaign against China, in the name of “democracy promotion”, mirroring USSR’s decision to join the war against Japan that was solicited by Western powers unwilling to sustain the heavy losses an invasion of Japan would inevitably cause.

The Russian Bear Refuses to Play

The “Free Russia” component of US strategy went into high gear in 2014, when it was expected that the Kiev Maidan would be swiftly followed by one in Moscow, particularly after Western economic sanctions that were imposed as “punishment” for the reunification of Crimea. Were that strategy implemented two decades later, it would have likely enjoyed quick success. Instead it merely validated Prime Minister Witte’s “if you give Russia 20 years of peace, you won’t recognize her”. Instead of becoming a US client state, Russia became more independent and assertive internationally, demonstrating this not only in Ukraine but also in Syria. In spite of the US dominance in the Middle East, the small Russian military contingent in Syria proved impossible to dislodge through the usual US means of supplying and directing proxy non-state actors against the Russian presence.

It does not appear that Western powers-that-be have fully grasped the import of the 2014 “stab in the back” to the Russia-West relations for contrary to the usual Western propaganda, the Russian Federation in 2014 was very much a West-oriented country, seeking greater membership and involvement in Western economic and political institutions. The betrayal of these aspirations by Western actions means that Western leaders are now viewed as utterly untrustworthy, which means that greater exposure to and interdependence with Western economies and institutions is seen as a source of mortal danger to the Russian state. Since both nature and geopolitics abhor a vacuum, the West’s rejection of Russia meant better and more extensive relations with China, motivated by both countries’ shared interest in countering aggressive policies aimed at each of the two. In practical terms it means that it is not in China’s self-interest to see Russia succumb to Western pressure, just as it is not in Russia’s interest to see China fall either. That convergence of Russian and Chinese interests means that Obama-Harris foreign policy will have to reassess the Obama-Biden strategy of “Russia first, China second”.

Escalation or a Two-Front War?

Simply continuing the Obama-Biden strategy will be tempting but tricky. For starters, US sanctions against Russia have already greatly escalated during the Donald “Kremlin Asset” Trump presidency, whose initial outreach toward Russia which triggered #RussiaGate was likely nothing more than an attempt to interest Moscow in an alliance against Beijing, followed by economic warfare when it turned out Moscow was not about to sacrifice its stable relationship with Beijing for the sake of courting favor of fickle and unreliable United States and other Western countries. OFAC’s admission that there is hardly anything more that can be sanctioned in Russia suggests that all the “painless” options have been exhausted. Further expansion of sanctions, by leveling them against Russia’s sovereign debt or cutting Russia off from SWIFT, for example, would also have serious consequences for the United States and Europe. There is a reason these lines have not been crossed yet, and it remains to be seen whether the Biden Administration will be desperate enough to cross them. Further escalation of sanctions would also damage US-EU relations that Biden claims he wants to restore, and it is telling that Biden is framing the restoration of these alliances in terms of opposing China. Germany’s opposition to Trump-era sanctions against North Stream 2 means that the United States is limited where Europe’s vital interests are concerned.

Joe Biden’s War

Moreover, it does seem that the US “Deep State” is frustrated by Russia’s resistance and is getting impatient to finally grapple with China. It has already made many moves in that direction during the Trump administration, including the crackdown on Huawei, the effort to ban or seize Tik-Tok, last-minute moves to expand US contacts with Taiwan in violation of the “One China” policy, and most notably by the growing importance of naval and air power in Pentagon thinking. When Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Mark Milley of the U.S. Army says that the Army will need to have its spending cut in order to bolster the U.S. Navy budget, this is no longer some Trumpian whim, but rather an expression of broad-based consensus preferences. Something that violates the long-standing if unwritten rule that each of the three major services, Army, Navy, Air Force, gets an equal share of the defense budget, cannot be anything other than an indicator of a major shift of focus.

Because while a US naval build-up would have consequences for Russia, since USN warships carry long-range land-attack missiles that are to be supplemented by hypersonic weapons and possess anti-ballistic missile defense capabilities, they are hardly suitable for the task of “defending the Suwalki Gap” and other NATO missions in Eastern Europe. Even the US Marine Corps, which during the Cold War had a major European NATO mission in Norway, is shedding its tanks and artillery to reshape itself as a force for littoral combat in the many archipelagoes of western Pacific. So, if anything, it looks like the United States military is actually sacrificing its ability to put boots, and tanks and guns, on the ground in continental Europe for the sake of putting ships and planes into and over the East China Sea and possibly the Arctic Ocean.

Biden’s team could try to reverse all that, but doing so would carry high political costs. Hunter Biden’s China ties are a liability that will be exploited should Joe “show weakness” toward China. The “Uyghur genocide” rhetoric will only intensify in the coming years, there is nothing that Biden can do to stem that, not anymore than Trump could tamp down on the “Russian collusion” theories that proliferated over the years. China’s success at tackling COVID-19 has only raised the sense of urgency about the “China threat” among the US supremacists. And finally there are the domestic US constituencies, often consisting of traditional Democratic Party voters, who backed Trump because the confrontation with China meant the possibility of manufacturing jobs of coming back to the US.

Oceania vs. Eurasia

All in all, it does not appear possible that Biden will have the luxury of picking and choosing theaters of Cold War, which sets us up for the spectacle of the United States that could not defeat the Taliban attempt to tackle two Eurasian major powers all at once. As in the previous iteration of “Cold War”, the battlefield will be the peripheral countries that are torn between the United States and the Eurasian powers. These include the European Union, whose economic interests are not served by US-led escalation toward either Russia or China, but also Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Australia, Philippines, and even India which collectively represent a geopolitical “no-man’s land” since their alliance commitments to the US are balanced by economic ties to America’s “designated enemies”.

Whether the United States is up to the task of handling this kind of a challenge is an open question. China’s, Russia’s economic systems are far more viable than they were during the Cold War, and are also healthier than Western economies that are struggling under massive debt burdens and require constant monetary stimulus policies by their respective central banks. US internal problems and divisions will likewise drain attention and budget funding away from international adventures. Should Biden focus on implementing this extreme foreign policy agenda at the expense of domestic priorities, the next round of isolationist backlash in the US will be even stronger than the previous one. So the situation in many ways resembles that facing the Nixon Administration in the late 1960s. However, is anyone in the Biden Administration willing to pursue détente policies?

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Iranian Nuclear Weapons. Is Israel Too Scared To Strike?

The key standoff in the Middle East, that between Israel and Iran, has been steadily ramping up.

Over the last two months Israel and its allies, primarily the US and Saudi Arabia, have done quite a bit to antagonize Iran and attempt and impair it from achieving its ambitions.

Iran’s response is coming, and the aim is an asymmetric counter attack that would heavily hamper Israel’s interests.

Tehran’s response will likely be two-pronged:

On the one hand through its proxies and allies – namely the Houthis in Yemen who are pushing back Saudi Arabia and inflicting heavy losses on it. Iran recently sent advanced suicide drones to Yemen, so Riyadh appears to be in for a surprise.

Separately, it’s operating through its allies in Iraq and Syria, as reports of US convoys suffering explosions are becoming a rather regular occurrence.

On the other, Iran’s nuclear program appears to be developing steadily, and the Wall Street Journal even stoke the oven by claiming that Tehran was nearing production of a “key material for nuclear warheads”.

There’s been no confirmation to that, but it also works to Iran’s benefit and will be used as a mechanism to check if Israel is willing to attack its nuclear program, once again, after allegedly killing Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Tehran is working to produce its enriched uranium, which it maintains is for peaceful purposes, and uses this as a lever to pressure the United States and force Israel’s hand. Most recently, Iran said that Washington’s return to the Nuclear Deal, as incoming President Joe Biden has signaled, was simply “extortion” if its not accompanied by a lifting of sanctions.

As such, Iran says that not only must Washington want to return, but it also needs to do something to make up for their past failures – namely, lift the sanctions the Trump Administration imposed.

Israel, feeling the urgency of its situation, warned that if the US were to return to the Nuclear Deal, it would feel forced and strike the facilities being used in Iran’s nuclear program, in order to hamper any progress, it may be having towards an alleged weapon. If this really happens, this will easily lead to a large-scale regional war.

Currently, Israel and the US have largely played their hands – attacks on various proxy positions, as well as various threats and military deployments.

For Iran, the field is wide open and its Tehran’s turn to make its move and it is likely to be an asymmetric action, not focused in a single point of tension, but rather on several.

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What to Expect in 2021: Madness, Mayhem, Manipulation and More Tyranny

John Whitehead
ABOUT JOHN W. WHITEHEAD. Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People  is available at www.amazon.com. Whitehead can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org.

Global Research,

January 06, 2021

By John W. Whitehead

“Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”―George Orwell, Animal Farm

What should we expect in 2021?

So far, it looks like this year is going to be plagued by more of the same brand of madness, mayhem, manipulation and tyranny that dominated 2020.

Frankly, I’m sick of it: the hypocrisy, the double standards, the delusional belief by Americans at every point along the political spectrum that politics and politicians are the answer to what ails the country, when for most of our nation’s history, politics and politicians have been the cause of our woes.

Consider: for years now, Americans, with sheeplike placidity, have tolerated all manner of injustices and abuses meted out upon them by the government (police shootings of unarmed individuals, brutality, corruption, graft, outright theft, occupations and invasions of their homes by militarized police, roadside strip searches, profit-driven incarcerations, profit-driven wars, egregious surveillance, taxation without any real representation, a nanny state that dictates every aspect of their lives, lockdowns, overcriminalization, etc.) without ever saying “enough is enough.”

Only now do Americans seem righteously indignant enough to mobilize and get active, and for what purpose? Politics. They’re ready to go to the mat over which corporate puppet will get the honor to serve as the smiling face on the pig for the next four years.

Talk about delusion.

It’s so ludicrous as to be Kafkaesque.

A perfect example of how farcical, topsy-turvy, and downright perverse life has become in the America: while President Trump doles out medals of commendation and presidential pardons to political cronies who have done little to nothing to advance the cause of freedom, Julian Assange rots in prison for daring to blow the whistle on the U.S. government’s war crimes

You’d think that Americans would be outraged over such abject pandering to the very swamp that Trump pledged to drain, but that’s not what has the Right and the Left so worked up. No, they’re still arguing over whether dead men voted in the last presidential election.

Either way, no matter which candidate lost to the other, it was always going to be the Deep State that won.

And so you have it: reduced to technicalities, distracted by magician’s con games, and caught up in the manufactured, highly scripted contest over which beauty contestant wears the crown, we have failed to do anything about the world falling apart around us.

Literally.

Our economy—at least as it impacts the vast majority of Americans as opposed to the economic elite—is in a shambles. Our infrastructure is falling apart. Our government has been overtaken by power-hungry predators and parasites. And our ability—and fundamental right—to govern our own lives is being usurped by greedy government operatives who care nothing for our lives or our freedoms.

Our ship of state is being transformed into a ship of fools.

We stand utterly defenseless in the face of a technological revolution brought about by artificial intelligence and wall-to-wall surveillance that is re-orienting the world as we know it. Despite the mounting high-tech encroachments on our rights, we have been afforded a paltry amount of legislative and judicial protections. Indeed, Corporate America has more rights than we do.

We stand utterly powerless in the face of government bureaucrats and elected officials who dance to the tune of corporate overlords and do what they want, when they want, with whomever they want at taxpayer expense, with no thought or concern for the plight of those they are supposed to represent. To this power elite, “we the people” are good for only two things: our tax dollars and our votes. In other words, they just want our money.

We stand utterly helpless in the face of government violence that is meted out, both at home and abroad. Indeed, the systemic violence being perpetrated by agents of the government—inflicted on unarmed individuals by battlefield-trained SWAT teams, militarized police, and bureaucratic government agents trained to shoot first and ask questions later—has done more collective harm to the American people and their liberties than any single act of terror or mass shooting.

We stand utterly silenced in the face of government and corporate censors and a cancel culture that, in their quest to not offend certain viewpoints, are all too willing to eradicate views that do not conform. In this way, political correctness has given way to a more insidious form of group think and mob rule.

We stand utterly locked down in the face of COVID-19 mandates, restrictions, travel bans and penalties that are acclimating the populace to unquestioningly accede to the government’s dictates, whatever they might be (as long as they are issued in the name of national security), no matter how extreme or unreasonable.

We stand utterly intimidated in the face of red flag laws, terrorism watch lists, contact tracing programs, zero tolerance policies, and all other manner of police state tactics that aim to keep us fearful and compliant.

We stand utterly indoctrinated in the collective belief that the government—despite its longstanding pattern and practice of corruption, collusion, dysfunction, immorality and incompetence—somehow represents “we the people.”

Despite all of this, despite how evident it is that we are mere tools to be used and abused and manipulated for the power elite’s own diabolical purposes, we somehow fail to see their machinations for what they truly are: thinly veiled attempts to overthrow our republic and enslave the citizenry in order to expand their power and wealth.

It is a grim outlook for a new year, but it is not completely hopeless.

If hope is to be found, it will be found with those of us who do not rely on politicians that promise to fix what is wrong but instead do their part, at their local levels, to right the wrongs and fix what is broken. I am referring to the builders, the thinkers, the helpers, the healers, the educators, the creators, the artists, the activists, the technicians, the food gatherers and distributors, and every other person who does their part to build up rather than destroy.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, “we the people” are the hope for a better year. Not Trump. Not Biden. And not the architects and enablers of the American Police State.

Until we can own that truth, until we can forge our own path back to a world in which freedom means something again, we’re going to be stuck in this wormhole of populist anger, petty politics and destruction that is pitting us one against the other.

In that scenario, no one wins.

There’s a meme circulating on social media that goes like this:

If you catch 100 red fire ants as well as 100 large black ants, and put them in a jar, at first, nothing will happen. However, if you violently shake the jar and dump them back on the ground the ants will fight until they eventually kill each other. The thing is, the red ants think the black ants are the enemy and vice versa, when in reality, the real enemy is the person who shook the jar. This is exactly what’s happening in society today. Liberal vs. Conservative. Black vs. White. Pro Mask vs. Anti Mask. The real question we need to be asking ourselves is who’s shaking the jar … and why?

Whether red ants will really fight black ants to the death is a question for the biologists, but it’s an apt analogy of what’s playing out before us on the political scene and a chilling lesson in social engineering. So before you get too caught up in the circus politics and conveniently timed spectacles that keep us distracted from focusing too closely on the government’s power grabs, first ask yourself: who’s really shaking the jar?

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Trump’s not-so-secret art of containing China

Trump’s not-so-secret art of containing China

January 16, 2021

by Pepe Escobar with permission and first posted at Asia Times.

It was hardly a secret throughout the Trump administration. Now, dying embers within sight, and with minimum fanfare, comes the declassification – virtually the whole document, minus a few redactions – of the US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific.

Why now, no less than 30 years before the usual, standard US declassification/public record protocols apply? Don’t expect an answer from Trump or from his National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien.

O’Brien’s premise, presenting the declassification, is that, “Beijing is increasingly pressuring Indo-Pacific nations to subordinate their freedom and sovereignty to a ‘common destiny’ envisioned by the Chinese Communist Party.”

This is nonsense in multiple levels. The best Mandarin-English translation for China’s overarching strategy is “community with a shared future for humanity” – a Confucius/Marx crossover based on trade/connectivity and sustainable development.

No nation is pressured to surrender their “freedom and sovereignty” to join the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It’s a voluntary decision – otherwise over 130 nations would not go for it, including many in Europe. The strategy is not ideological; it’s based on trade. Moreover, China is already the top trade partner for the overwhelming majority of these nations.

Is Beijing trembling?

Since 2018 we were all familiar with the basic contours of the Trump administration’s “overarching strategic guidance” for the Indo-Pacific.

These are the Top 5 items – with no euphemistic softening:

– to maintain that sacrosanct US “primacy”, code for uncontested military power;

– promote the Quad (US, Japan, India, Australia);

– fully support the (failed) Hong Kong color revolution;

– demonize everything connected to BRI;

– and invest in “the rise of India”.

On the military front, things get way trickier: the imperative is to prevent Beijing, by all means necessary, from “dominating the first island chain” – that is, the island ring from the Japanese archipelago to Taiwan all the way to the northern Philippines and Borneo. Moreover, “primacy” should also be maintained in the “area beyond”.

So once again this is all about naval containment.

Chinese strategists obviously studied their Mahan and Spykman thoroughly – and understood that the US Navy would ultimately play their trump card as a naval embargo.

Thus the Chinese Heartland strategy to contain the US’s Rimland strategy: pipelines from Russia and Central Asia (energy supply chain) and BRI (trade). A neat combination of “escape from Malacca” (in terms of oil and gas supplies) and overland connectivity.

A graphic example is the importance of the southern sector of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In the long run, that offers Beijing, via Gwadar port, prime access to the Indian Ocean, bypassing Malacca. That can even be enhanced by upcoming Chinese investment in neighboring Chabahar port in Iran, in the Gulf Of Oman.

In contrast, US strategists advising the Trump administration, apart from not improving on Mahan and Spykman, completely ignored China’s economic pull all across Eurasia. They ignored the fact that scores of nations from Central to South and Southeast Asia (the ASEAN 10) would not sacrifice their trade/investment relations to the benefit of a Made in the Beltway “vision”.

The recent signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) deal all but buried the Indo-Pacific strategy.

As much as they are not reality-based, the core lineaments of the Indo-Pacific strategy are not bound to change much under Biden-Harris. They will be tweaked – in a “back to the future” manner. The Biden-Harris point man for China is bound to be none other than Kurt Campbell, the man who invented the “pivot to Asia” concept that was then embraced by Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State and Obama as President. Campbell now argues that emphasis on the sacrosanct “primacy” may be somewhat alleviated.

Is Beijing trembling? Hardly.

The 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party falls next July 23. Exactly one day before the declassification of Indo-Pacific, President Xi Jinping outlined his – and the CCP’s – vision for no less than the next three decades, culminating in the 100th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in 2049.

So here’s Xi Top Three – in a nutshell.

– Keep calm and carry on, despite the ravaging effects of Covid-19, unrelenting Western – especially American – hostility, and the trials and tribulations of the crumbling US Empire.

– Focus on domestic development, in all areas.

– Focus on China’s priorities; then whatever happens the world outside will not be able to interfere. China’s priorities include solidifying its own “primacy” in the South China Sea while diversifying trade/development strategic options all along BRI.

It will certainly help that China’s GDP is bound to grow by almost 8% in 2021 – as estimated by IMF/World Bank. Astonishingly, if that’s the case GDP by the end of this year will reach the same level that pre-Covid Western forecasters were predicting by the end of 2019: 5% growth each year for the next two years. China may have grown roughly 2% in 2020, booming foreign trade included.

Goldman Sachs is branding the current economic environment “the Chinese phenomenon”. China remains the high-speed rail locomotive of global capitalism. It’s easy to notice which way scores of nations see the wind blowing when they compare it with what’s just been declassified.

Axis of Evil: “Israel” Pushes Biden to take it Easy on Saudi Arabia, UAE

Axis of Evil: “Israel” Pushes Biden to take it Easy on Saudi Arabia, UAE

By Staff, Agencies

Senior “Israeli” war officials informed journalist David Barck that the apartheid entity plans to lobby the incoming US administration to avoid confrontations over human rights and other contentious issues with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt.

This comes as US President-elect Biden has promised to put human rights and democracy at the forefront of US foreign policy, and he skipped over all three when placing phone calls to the leaders of 17 countries after his election victory.

He was particularly critical of Saudi Arabia during the campaign over the aggression on Yemen and human rights issues.

According to Barack, “Israel” sees its security and intelligence relationships with the three countries as central to its strategy to counter Iran and an important pillar in regional security.

Now, “Israel” fears that Biden will not only seek a deal with Iran, but also cool relations with America’s Arab partners.

Behind the scenes, the “Israeli” war officials told David that they plan to make the case to the Biden administration that the region has changed over the last four years, with a new regional alignment forming as “Israel” strengthens its ties with Arab countries.

“We were very close to losing Egypt several years ago and our message to the Biden administration will be: ‘Take it slow, dramatic changes took place, don’t come with predispositions and don’t harm relations with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE,'” a senior “Israeli” official told the journalist.

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WhatsApp Delays Controversial Data Changes amid Public Outcry

WhatsApp Delays Controversial Data Changes amid Public Outcry

By Staff, Agencies 

WhatsApp announced on Friday that it would postpone changes to its terms of service for at least three months amid an outcry the mobile messaging service would share confidential data with its parent company, Facebook.

We are now delaying the date by which users will be required to review and agree to the terms,” the company said in a blog post. 

The changes, which were supposed to come into effect on February 8, will now be pushed back to May 15.

WhatsApp said the update would not “strengthen our ability to share data with Facebook”, but was primarily intended to help businesses communicate better with their customers through the platform. 

“We know there has been confusion and misinformation about this update, and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts,” the company said.

WhatsApp conversations will continue to be end-to-end encrypted and neither Facebook nor WhatsApp will be able to see these private messages, the company says.

The announcement of the update last week caused panic and anger among many of its users, who claimed the messaging service was abandoning its core founding values regarding privacy rights. 

The application has built its reputation in particular on data protection.

The Plan for Cold War II

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12.01.2021 

Author: Phil Butler

It’s a new year. It’s a time for a change. We need to look at geopolitics differently. That is if we are ever going to have peace and prosperity that is sustainable, and for all. This is why I have decided to take a new approach to political analysis.Today, we must shine the course light of reality on the shadowy agencies of propaganda and manipulation. My first subject will be the Ford Foundation.

Before I get into the reasons for this supposedly altruistic organization’s skullduggery, I should point the reader to a former Ford Foundation beneficiary named Arthur Cyr, and is the report “On Russia’s Putin, Biden must be sharper than his predecessors”. Cyr is a Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) Senior Fellow and a key executive with the aforementioned foundation.

The Ford Foundation is supposed to be on a mission of advancing human welfare. The endowment created by Edsel Ford, of Ford Motor Company fame, now has more than $13 billion in assets and makes grants for over half a billion dollars every year. The foundation supposedly strives for things like world peace, but in reality, the charade of maintaining diversity in higher education, the subterfuge of furthering the arts, it’s about control, lasting control of the “system” of democracy in the west. Digging into the shady history of the foundation immediately brings to light people like Horace Rowan Gaither, who besides being an investment banker, was also the administrator of the Ford Foundation, and one of the founders of Rand Corporation.

Some readers will be familiar with the Gaither Report, which influenced US policy toward Russia like no other. Gaither’s committee’s recommendations to then-President Dwight Eisenhower shaped the arms race and the Cold War that bled both countries dry by feeding the military-industrial complex. Without going into an in-depth history lesson, it was the Gaither Report that ended up being the operational guidebook for the Kennedy/Johnson administration in 1960. The Strategic Air Command (SAC), America’s strategic missile command, and conventional warfare priorities were reshaped in line with what Gaither and his colleagues proposed. Key committee people were brought into JFK’s inner circle, and they would later advise LBJ on carrying out Vietnam and the Cold War. This is all outlined in “The Gaither Committee, Eisenhower, and the Cold War”, by David L. Snead.

Gaither and men like Bernard Brodie, Henry Kissinger, Robert Osgood, Paul Nitze, and William Kaufman made sure that the United States developed a military that was capable of conducting what would later be termed “limited wars”, and President Eisenhower left office announcing the danger of the so-called “military-industrial complex” to the American people. The general who commanded all allied forces in World War II, called out the warmongers in public, just before Kennedy took office. And the Ford Foundation was a key partner in this “deep state” network. Later, when Kennedy balked at escalating Vietnam, and when relations with the Soviet Union warmed up after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the “network” turned on the new president. JFK was assassinated, LBJ immediately escalated Vietnam, and a generation of Americans died while the coffers of corporations filled with gold.

No one can say whether or not Ford Foundation actors had any part in the Kennedy assassination, but the record of the foundation is stained with blood from a dozen wars. It should be no surprise, that much of what went on in the Gaither Committee remains classified. What we do know is that the committee was packed with generals and those vested in a huge military buildup aimed at real or imagined enemies of America. One time US Steel CEO Benjamine Fairless was on the committee, and so were Edward Ryerson (Inland Steel), and Robert Lovett (Sec. Defense who directed the Korean War). I’ll spare the reader the full list of warmongers who designed US military strategies from World War II until the present. It’s only important that I show the meaningful contributions to world peace that the Ford Foundation has made these last 84 years. Today, the Ford Foundation supports scholars at universities like Johns Hopkins, where the foundation’s president Darren Walker gave the commencement speech for the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in 2017. I mention this speech because of the darkly poetic symbolism it represents.

Paul H. Nitze was a key member of the Gaither Committee and the architect of Cold War policy development for several presidential administrations. The scholar Ernest R. May once said that Nitze’s notorious NSC 68 “provided the blueprint for the militarization of the Cold War from 1950 to the collapse of the Soviet Union at the beginning of the 1990s.” The NSC 68, for those unfamiliar, was initiated during the Truman administration and rejected any notion that alternative policies of friendly détente and containment of the Soviet Union. Both Lovett and Nitze were instrumental in creating these policies. The policies of unceasing war, untolled death and destruction, and hundreds of trillions wasted on militarism can all be traced directly or indirectly to our idealistic, wonderful, philanthropic Ford Foundation. The industrialists, the legendary figures that shaped the current world order, they are all tied to the current insanity and Russophobia aimed at the figurehead of Russia. From Forrestal in World War II to Ford, Rockefeller, the SALT treaties, to the survival of civilization as these people view it, the titanium threads that bind these people and their ideas enslave us all. Terms like “monumental” are overused, but in the case of the Ford Foundation, the word is appropriate.

I am not the first researcher to accuse the Ford Foundation of international skullduggery. Activist Arundhati Roy connected the foundation, along with the Rockefeller Foundation, with supporting imperialist efforts by the US government during the Cold War, as well. More recently, Ford Foundation’s president was caught reaching out to the notorious Hillary Clinton friend John Podesta who worked for Chief of Staff for Obama, for trying to coerce India’s Narendra Modi into backing off on accusations the foundation was interfering in Indian politics. But coercion like this is nothing compared with how Ford Foundation and other such institutions have altered the fabric of America and the world. It’s fair to say these NGOs have been the instrument by which the liberal world order has manipulated everything from education to human rights, health, and welfare to warfare. If monumental is a word for Ford Foundation, a synonym is “catastrophic” if we ever hoped for peace and prosperity in our time. And Vladimir Putin is the villain for dragging his country out from underneath all this?

If you were looking for the reason society in the west seems to be breaking down, don’t look at COVID-19 or vaccines. Look at how the Ford Foundation and other fat-cat organizations are helping to deconstruct the world to rebuild it in the image of the liberal elites. Don’t look at Donald Trump as a crazy conservative big mouth, look at the outgoing president as a means to an end. Look at what is happening without rose-colored glasses, and with the full knowledge that multibillion-dollar organizations cannot be philanthropic. Read “The Billions of Dollars That Made Things Worse”, and then consider. Should the new president be sharper than the old ones? No, it’s not necessary. All Joe Biden has to do is listen to the Ford Foundation and its backroom elites, and Cold War II can go on as planned.

Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, he’s an author of the recent bestseller “Putin’s Praetorians” and other books. He writes exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”

ماذا حصل ليل الخميس الجمعة في البادية السوريّة؟

باريس – نضال حمادة

تشير معلومات حصلت عليها في العاصمة الفرنسية الى فشل عملية إنزال وقصف لأحد المواقع التي يتمركز داخلها إيرانيون وحلفاء لهم في بادية دير الزور، وأشارت إلى عمل عسكري مشترك أميركي – بريطاني – الماني – «إسرائيلي» على الحدود بين العراق وسورية.

حسب المعلومات التي حصلت عليها «البناء» استنفرت مطارات عدة لهذه العملية منها مطار قبرص، حيث تتمركز قاعدة عسكرية بريطانية.

كان هناك جنود «إسرائيليون» على الأرض، وجنود بريطانيون وألمان أيضاً، يبدو أنهم نقلوا بمروحيات من قاعدة التنف الى مسافة كيلومترات عدة من الهدف، وحسب المصدر تفاجأ المهاجمون بأوامر توقف العملية وتأمر من هم على الأرض بالانسحاب، لقد اكتشف المهاجمون أنّ الإيرانيين كانت لديهم معطيات او شكوك بعد غارات يوم الثلاثاء وفي لحظة ما لم تقصف الطائرات أيّ هدف. كان الهدف المحدّد قد أُخلي.

لا تؤكد المعلومات إطلاق صواريخ أرض جو، لكن حصل إطلاق نار أفشل العملية ويبدو أنهم كانوا محتاطين ويعلمون مسبقاً بالهدف ولم يكونوا هناك.

في النهاية، وحسب المصادر الفرنسية جميع الغارات التي حصلت خلال الأسبوعين الماضيين كانت مقدّمة وتغطية لغارة ليل الخميس الجمعة التي توقفت بعد اكتشافها.

المصدر يقول إن لا إصابات في صفوف «الإسرائيليين»، ويشير الى أنّ القوة الألمانية والبريطانية كانت مع «الإسرائيلي» في المكان نفسه، ويبدو أنّ هناك إصابات قد وقعت، وتشير المعلومات إلى أن الغارات سوف تستمرّ بوتيرة أعنف حتى نهاية ولاية ترامب من حيث المبدأ…

Fearmongering?! Norway Links 13 Deaths to Pfizer Vaccine

Fearmongering?! Norway Links 13 Deaths to Pfizer Vaccine

By Staff, Agencies 

Inoculation with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine began four days before New Year’s Eve in Norway. Since Svein Andersen [67] at the Ellingsrudhjemmet elderly home became the first Norwegian to take the jab, over 33,000 Norwegians have received the vaccine in the subsequent weeks.

It was announced in advance that the vaccine may cause side effects of varying severity, and now the Norwegian Medicines Agency has mapped which ones have occurred in the country. A total of 29 side effects were reported, yet with an alarming share of deaths.

“Of these, there are 13 deaths, nine serious side effects and seven less serious side effects”, medical director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency Steinar Madsen told national broadcaster NRK.

A total of 23 deaths have been reported by the Norwegian Medicines Agency in connection with the vaccination. However, only 13 of these have been assessed so far.

All the surveyed deaths have occurred among frail, elderly patients in nursing homes. All of the dead are over 80 years old and some of them are even over 90.

“It seems that some of these patients get such severe side effects in the form of fever and malaise that it can lead to a very serious illness even, an more serious one, which may lead to death”, Madsen said.

At the same time, Madsen emphasised that these cases are rare and that many thousands of frail people have been vaccinated without a fatal outcome. “Frail” means patients with advanced heart conditions, dementia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other serious diseases.

Madsen said his authority is not worried about the extent of side effects confirmed so far.

“We are not alarmed by this. It is quite clear that these vaccines have very little risk, with a small exception for the most frail patients”, Madsen said.

The nine patients who have had serious side effects complained of allergic reactions, strong malaise and severe fever. The seven less serious side effects included severe pain at the injection site.

Still, the Norwegian Medicines Agency cautioned the authorities to carefully consider the order of vaccination.

“Doctors must now carefully consider who should be vaccinated. Those who are very frail and at the very end of life can be vaccinated after an individual assessment”, Madsen said.

This is in line with the recommendations realeased by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health earlier this week.

Previously, six people died during the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine trials, but only two of them were actually given the vaccine. The other four were given a safe placebo solution of salt and water.

Norway has seen over 57,000 cases of COVID-19 and over 500 deaths.

The Sheep Syndrome

The Sheep Syndrome
Peter Koenig is a geopolitical analyst and a former Senior Economist at the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked for over 30 years on water and environment around the world. He lectures at universities in the US, Europe and South America. He writes regularly for online journals and is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed; and  co-author of Cynthia McKinney’s book “When China Sneezes: From the Coronavirus Lockdown to the Global Politico-Economic Crisis” (Clarity Press – November 1, 2020).

Peter Koenig is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.

January 15, 2021

by Peter Koenig for the Saker Blog

Today and during the last few days new “measures” – restrictions of freedom imposed by governments for reasons of “public health security”, i. e. preventing the spread of covid infections – have been tightened throughout Europe. Literally, these treacherous governments say, “we have to tighten the screws”. Seriously. WTF – who do they think they are? Servant of the people who elected them and who pay them. This is high treason. But people take it without asking too many questions, some complaints but not strong enough… we are living in the midst of the Sheep Syndrome.

They – these supposedly people friendly governments – call them “measures”, a euphemism for lockdown – sounds better in the ears of a public tired of continuous and more and more repressions. This second, in some countries even third lockdown, includes further business closing, more severe control on home-office work, police-enhanced social distancing, mask wearing, no indoor group activities, only 5 people may meet in an apartment… and, and, and.

For example, there are about 75 studies – give or take a couple – about the uselessness and even dangers of mask wearing. They address especially the danger for children and young adults… but nobody, nobody in the bought-compromised and coerced, bribed – western governments pays any attention to them, nor does, of course, the presstitute mainstream media. They keep to the narrative – MUST wear a mask – MUST keep the safe 6ft. distance – police enforced.

They also impose homeoffice, knowing damn well that any serious psychologist and sociologist tells you how devastating this is for the individual – loneliness, lack of physical contact, encounter and interaction with colleagues – as well as for society as a whole. Without physical contact it breaks apart. This is of course all wanton – thus, all restaurant closings, all events where people gather and interchange, is forbidden.

People are unhappy. Yes, but not enough to stop this tyranny! – Well, I better behave otherwise I’m going to be punished. – FEAR! – Fear leads to the sheep syndrome – that deep-deep social disease which besets us today – and has done so for a while. People, we got to get out of it.

But, it seems, people are not yet tired enough to stand up in unison, screaming “enough is enough”, we do not continue this is government tyranny, we stop beying.

And yes, to give the tyranny more weight, more credibility, it is enhanced by a so-called Task Force (TF), a group of coopted “scientists”, especially established by the Powers that Be, to inform them what to do. It is an old method of a decision-making duality, when governments have to, or want to, take decisions that are not popular, they ask the Task Force for advice. However, the TF has been told and knows exactly what they have to advise. That’s a premeditated lie.

In the UK and France new lockdown measures were imposed already for days, Austria and Switzerland announced them a couple of days ago – the EU as an entity – says nothing, does not coordinate, does not want see that these lockdowns are not only destroying the individual nations’ economy, but they bring the entire EU to economic suicide. The EU is hamstrung by Washington and by NATO.

The new lockdowns – and possibly more are planned as more waves of covid are in the making – until everybody is vaxxed – and has his / her electromagnetic gel injected in their bodies with an DNA-altering substance. So now, they are totally controllable over time. And the time horizon set for total digitization of everything is 2030. AI and robot control of humans – making them into transhumans that’s the goal for the UN Agenda 21-30. And the instrument to achieve it is the Bill Gates created Agenda ID2020 (see https://www.globalresearch.ca/coronavirus-causes-effects-real-danger-agenda-id2020/5706153 )

More lockdowns are killing more small businesses, shops, and restaurants. Creating more hardship of small business owner, more bankruptcies, more misery for the people and their families, losing their jobs.

Just imagine – home-teaching, a family of 4, both parents work, the kids have to have each one a reasonably powerful computer to be able to connect to the school teacher – the kids have to have reasonable computer skills to manage home-learning, and the parents, even if they have time, do they all have the reasonable computer skills to help their kids? – Does every family in the already much covid-hardship affected society have the resources to spare for buying the needed electronic gear for the kids?

It is a disaster. Again, a wanton disaster. Because it will result in less or non-educated children in the west – non-educated kids will become easier manipulatable adults – well, they are expected to fall – in lockstep – into their parents Sheep Syndrome. – Or will they? – That’s where dynamics may not meet linear elite thinking and expectations.

Now, this is happening in the Global North. Imagine how it is in the Global South, where increasing poverty, misery and famine is ravaging entire societies, in cases more than two thirds of a country’s population. How will these kids be distance-taught? – They simply won’t. So, we have a situation where the Global South produces uneducated kids, because they simply don’t go to school. Most of them will remain poor, they will be the perfect laborers for the elite – or cannon fodder for the wars the rich nations have to (or want to) fight to satisfy their greed. Never forget, wars are profitable. But foremost because of their sociopathic thirst for more and more power and money.

Listening and talking to people in the street and to small business owners, they are all upset, and many of them say they may not survive, may never reopen, despite the subsidy they receive form governments. In Switzerland, the head of “Gastronomie Suisse” said with another lockdown, up to 50% of restaurants may not survive. A similar figure had been mentioned in Germany and Austria – and surely the situation is likewise devastating elsewhere too.

We are talking predominantly for the west. The situation in the East, Russia and China and their allies in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is different, in as much as they have a people-friendlier approach to covid-eradication.

In the west, in some cases, people’s entire lifesaving, their life achievements, their family businesses, are killed for the sake of a useless and purely oppressive rule. The purpose of this rule is not to stamp out a disease, but covid is a means to instill fear and make us compliant, for worse times to come. Because, let me tell you, whatever you may think that in the summer of 2021, or next year, 2022, we will get back to normal – we will not. Never. If we let them do what they are doing now.

This small Globalist Cabal, via its ultra-rich handlers – billionaires with two and three digits of Silicon Valley – does not only have the power to censoring whoever is against the Matrix, but they are all censuring in unison the President of the United States. What does that say about a country, or about a society we live in, a society that calls itself “democratic”?

No matter how much you like or dislike your President, doesn’t it occur to you that this is the embodiment of freedom of speech that is taken away from you? – But again, we do nothing. We watch and complain, but we do nothing. We let it happen. Wouldn’t this be a golden opportunity to block and boycott all social media platforms? Period. – Live without them, for Christ’s sake, some 20, 30 years ago we didn’t even know that they existed, or to what extent we will be hooked on them.

If we can still think independently, it’s now the time to cut yourself loose from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and what all their names are — don’t use them. Get back to regular human-to-human communications, dialogues, meeting each other, calling on the phone, landline if possible. Yes, I’m serious.

Think about the consequences of following this trend of no free speech, but a steady increase in AI-ization by algorithms that are precisely using the data you give them on the social platform to further enslave you; by ever more robotization and digitization – to the point when we don’t even realize that our brains have been wired and “hacked” by DARPA-developed super-computers, and we will believe and follow orders we are directly implanted by such super-computers, managed, guess by whom – by the Globalist Cabal – at which point we have irreversibly become the embodiment of the Sheep Syndrome. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is an advanced research and technology branch of the Pentagon.

Does anyone want that?
I doubt it.

We have to find a way to act now. I don’t have the solution. But maybe collectively connecting with each other spiritually, we will find a solution – or we will make a solution emerge.

That would be the noble way – changing an utterly abusive environment with conscientiousness and with spiritual thinking; emitting high-vibrating vibes that influence our collective destiny. But we have to believe in it and in ourselves as a solid and solidary collectivity.

If we fail as humans to claim back our human and civil rights and preserve them, eventually Mother Earth will clean herself. She will clean out the inhuman swamp. Maybe it needs one or two huge and lasting cataclysms; a massive earthquake with a disastrous tsunami, a gigantic eruption of one or several volcanos, darkening the sky for weeks, or a monster hurricane or ice storm that destroys and paralyzes parts of civilization, or a huge solar explosion, knocking out the world’s electric and electronic grid – ending digitization of everything on the spot.  – All this might be much worse than what covid, or its inventors, ever did.

After such a cataclysm, much of humanity might have to start from scratch – from near-to-zero, and certainly without digitization – but with the now lost freedom, to start afresh and develop freely and sovereignly according to our needs.

For decades the Global Cabal has showered us with self-aggrandizing lies, with promises of comfort, of well-being, but with the notion that competition rather than cooperation will be the salvation. These well-thought-out lies led to a society of egocentric psychopaths – not only, but enough to influence the trend of society, of our dystopian lives. We have gradually acquiesced in LOCKSTEP to a move of societal, even civilizational destruction, from where there is no return.

Let’s work ourselves out of the Sheep Syndrome – NOW.


Israeli Media Joins Lebanese-Arab Campaign against Al-Qard Al-Hasan Association, Mossad Detecting Depositors’ Accounts

 January 15, 2021

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The Zionist media outlets joined the Lebanese-Arab campaign against Al-Qard Al-Hassan Association, highlighting the importance of the anti-Hezbollah propaganda with respect to the Zionist enemy.

The Israeli media considered that Hezbollah had built a parallel economy, adding that Al-Qard Al-Hasan Association attempts to be an alternative for the banking system in Lebanon.

A Mossad officer was quoted by the Zionist media as reporting plans to detect the depositors’ accounts at the association and betting on the Lebanese campaign on its role in the context of pressing Hezbollah.

The Lebanese media’s role in portraying Hezbollah as the main culprit involved the Lebanese economic collapse as well as accusing the party of causing Beirut port blast would instigate more Lebanese citizens against it, according to the Mossad officer.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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