موسوي للميادين: ناقلات النفط تفتتح مرحلة جديدة.. لا لحصار بلد مقاوم

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موسوي: الإدارة الأميركية تمارس البلطجة بمصادرة المصافي الفنزويلية
موسوي: الإدارة الأميركية تمارس البلطجة بمصادرة المصافي الفنزويلية

الخبير والدبلوماسي السابق أمير موسوي يكشف للميادين أن إيران وحلفائها في محور المقاومة وأميركا اللاتينية، وضعوا سياسة جديدة، وقرروا ممارسة “سياسة واضحة وقوية ضد التصرفات الأميركية”.

قال الخبير الاستراتيجي والدبلوماسي الإيراني السابق أمير موسوي، للميادين، إن “أبرز رسالة يحملها إرسال الناقلات الإيرانية إلى فنزويلا هو رفض الحصار من الآن فصاعداً، مضيفاً أنه لو تم التعرض للناقلات بأي طريقة كانت “لتغير وجه العالم”.

وأوضح موسوي أن إرسال الناقلات “يفتح مرحلة جديدة عنوانها رفض حصار اي بلد مقاوم”، مبيناً أن إيران “وضعت سياسة جديدة بالتنسيق مع محور المقاومة ودول في أميركا اللاتينية”.

وأضاف موسوي أن “الاستعدادات كانت قائمة لردع اي تعرض أميركي للناقلات، والانتقام كان سيصبح سريعاً”، موضحاً أن الإيرانيين “جاهزون الآن لأي تحرك أميركي، وسيرصدون أي رد أميركي، وسيردون عليه ليس عسكرياً فقط”.

وكشف أن الإيرانيين “قرروا مع حلفائهم ممارسة سياسة واضحة وقوية ضد التصرفات الأميركية”، لافتاً إلى أن “الإدارة الأميركية بدأت تشعر بجدية إيران في المواجهة، وامتلاكها ما يخلط الاوراق”.

ورأى موسوي أن “الإدارة الأميركية تمارس البلطجة بمصادرة المصافي الفنزويلية”، ذلك لأن الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب “بات في مرحلة انزواء، وفقد مصداقيته بسبب سياستيه الداخلية والخارجية”، وفق موسوي.

ويأتي إرسال ناقلات النفط الإيرانية إلى فنزويلا، ليشكل بحسب موسوي “ضربة للولايات المتحدة”، وليكون “أكبر من هجوم عسكري أو قتل أميركيين”، مضيفاً أن “إيران متمسكة بشروطها، بعيداً عن العقوبات أو الضغوط الأميركية، وهي ازدادت قوة ودعماً لحلفائها”.

وشدّد موسوي على أن إيران وصلت “إلى مرحلة من الجاهزية ومواجهة أي مستجد، وعلى واشنطن التزام حدودها من اليوم وصاعداً”، لافتاً إلى أنه لا يمكن للتصعيد أن يحصل “لأن الرد سيكون حاضراً، والجاهزية موجودة لدى محور المقاومة كافة”.

وأكد موسوي أن “إيران أثبتت أنها دائماً إلى جانب حلفائها أياً كان الثمن والضغوط”، بينما أثبت الأميركيون أنهم “ليسوا أهلاً للثقة، وبالتالي الشروط الإيرانية ستكون أصعب”.

وأوضح أن “هناك الكثير من ناقلات النفط الإيرانية التي ستتوجه إلى الصين تأكيداً على كسر الحصار”، حيث “اشترت الصين 10 ملايين برميل نفط من إيران نقلتها 5 ناقلات نفط إيرانية”.

وتوقع موسوي “تغييرات كثيرة في سياسة الإدارة الأميركية التي لم تعد مقبولة أبداً في المنطقة”، كما توقع “تطوراً هاماً حيال الحصار المفروض على قطاع غزة”. 

ووصلت، صباح اليوم الأحد، ناقلة الوقود الإيرانية “فورتيون” إلى المياه الاقتصادية الفنزويلية، بالتزامن مع دخول الناقلة “كلافيل” مضيق جبل طارق، في طريقها إلى كراكاس.

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American Mercenaries Soiled Themselves In Failed Venezuela Coup (Ruslan Ostashko)

American Mercenaries Soiled Themselves In Failed Venezuela Coup (Ruslan Ostashko)

Translated by Sasha and subtitled by Leo.

For anybody wondering why there are two links, we are trying to get into the habit of posting videos on both YouTube and Dailymotion. Since the subtitle process is different on Dailymotion than on YouTube, it may take a while to perfect it.

Translated by Sasha and subtitled by Leo.

For anybody wondering why there are two links, we are trying to get into the habit of posting videos on both YouTube and Dailymotion. Since the subtitle process is different on Dailymotion than on YouTube, it may take a while to perfect it.

Over 1,200,000 infected, 70,000 dead by COVID-19, food shortage – the US has serious problems. But the democracy peddlers from Washington don’t have time for that. Instead of fighting the epidemic, the American elite keeps trying to establish marionette regimes in the countries where they can carve up natural resources, and they soiled themselves, as it happened again in Venezuela.

The less opportunity the US has to solve problems in their customary manner – by flooding it all with money, the more often they result in all sorts of embarrassments. For instance, the recent disgrace of the supposedly 5th generation aircraft F-35. This is the very case of whatever the amount of money you pour in it doesn’t help. Because the school of engineering has degraded and the real achievements have been replaced by imitation for the sake of redistribution of billions.

The American foreign policy is in a similar situation. Washington has always relied on force, and on a usual scheme of buying out parts of the local elites, so they would help to overthrow the unwanted government. Very recently this again yielded results in the South American Bolivia. Because the overthrown president Evo Morales behaved exceedingly vegetarian. But there is also Venezuela which for the US plays the role of a bone in their throat. Our [Russian] strategic bombers fly over there. Rosneft is working there. There also sits Nicolas Maduro, whom they attempted to overthrow by force a few times but to no avail. And now we have more public self-soiling.

RIA Novosti: “On 3 May, the Interior Minister Nestor Reverol announced that a naval invasion staged by Colombian militants from the direction of La Guiara in the north of the country was thwarted. According to him, the militants tried to invade the country on high speed boats. The Speaker of Venezuelan National Assembly Diosdado Cabello clarified that 8 attackers were killed and two captured.” “He also announced that one of the captured was an agent of the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Later Cabello informed that on Monday, the military and the police in the Northern Sate of Aragua captured another 8 participants of the Sunday naval invasion, including their leader Antonio Sikea.”

The mercenaries were recruited by the Americans among the former members of Venezuelan security forces, who had deserted earlier to the side of the so-called pro-Western opposition, while their American leader has rich experience of participation in conflicts unleashed by the US; from invasion of Iraq to operations in Libya and Syria. Is it then surprising that in Washington they immediately sang denial – the man wasn’t theirs and the US had nothing to do with it?

The American DEA denies that its operative was detained during an armed assault attempt in Venezuela, asclaimed by the country’s authorities.” “The Agency did not take any part in the events of the past weekend, stated the agency’s press service, having advised to also inquire in the State Department.”

The humor in the situation is such that the US media themselves already wrote about the US’ part in yet another attempt to overthrow Maduro.

Iron Curtain (Telegram account): “The Head of PMC ‘Silvercorp USA’ Jordan Goudreau claimed that on Sunday, 3 May he initiated the operation of overthrowing President Nicolas Maduro. However it failed. As The New York Times stated, the group was tasked with penetrating into Venezuela ‘with heavy weapons’, seizing the government buildings within 96 hours, and arresting of the country’s president Nicolas Maduro. The bet was made on ‘demoralization’ of the army, but the Venezuelans managed to defeat the mercenaries.”

It’s no matter whether the American was a DEA operative or had a different ‘roof’. It is clear that now, as he got caught, he is being retroactively removed from any US governmental structure and they will claim that it was his private initiative. Although, if the published information about his work in the White House Secret Service is correct, it is also clear that the operation was sanctioned by the highest ranks of the American state. And that the US has been trying to openly overthrow Maduro for two years is a generally recognised fact. The events demonstrate that the American capabilities for forcible influence over uncomfortable governments are withering away. And the American elites themselves contribute to it enormously while preparing for the autumn battle for the presidential post.

This is why it is not surprising that The New York Times quickly seized the topic of the failure in Venezuela. This will be presented as Donald Trump’s failure and he, in turn, will surely remind the Democrats their disgrace in Benghazi, where during Obama, the American nurtured terrorists killed US citizens. In general, they keep gnawing on each other in Washington. In the meantime, the star-stripped hegemony weakens month by month. And this is good, because the world will be able to breath more freely, when the democracy exporters will spend all their efforts on fighting each other inside their own state.

AMERICA’S MEDDLING IN VENEZUELA HAS NO BOUNDARIES. AFTER A FAILED COUP ATTEMPT, TRYING TO INSTALL A BOGUS PRESIDENT AND IMPOSING CRIPPLING SANCTIONS, WILL IT EVER BE HELD TO ACCOUNT?

May 21, 2020, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

America’s meddling in Venezuela has no boundaries. After a failed coup attempt, trying to install a bogus president, and imposing crippling sanctions, will it ever be held to account?

Venezuela is back in the news again, just weeks after yet another failed coup attempt that was almost certainly backed by the US. This time, it’s the American sanctions against the country that are making the headlines – measures that caused US company AT&T to shut down satellite TV provider, DirecTV, thereby depriving Venezuelans of a number of foreign channels.

The irony, of course, is that while it’s US sanctions that are the cause of this shutdown, had it been President Nicolás Maduro who closed DirecTV, you can bet Western media headlines would be screaming about censorship of the media (although most were rather quiet when Estonia shut down Sputnik.).

The impact of this latest development will be a major inconvenience for most of Venezuela’s poorest – another example of how the sanctions are not merely targeting the administration but the people themselves. US sanctions against Syria, Venezuela, Iran and a long list of other targeted nations have deprived them of access to vital medicines, medical equipment, income and more.

As I noted in a prior article, the Center for Economic and Policy Research estimated that a staggering 40,000 Venezuelans died in 2017 and 2018 due to sanctions. This shameful statistic lends weight to former UN expert Alfred de Zayas naming sanctions as a form of terrorism, “because they invariably impact, directly or indirectly, the poor and vulnerable.”

So well done, America, for adding another layer of misery to the heap you’ve already created.

The plan to abduct Maduro

Just a couple of weeks beforehand, on May 3 and 4, Venezuelan forces had prevented 60 paramilitaries on two speedboats – including Americans – from carrying out their plan to kidnap Venezuela’s president and replace him with Juan Guaido, who the US and Canada have been attempting to install as president since early 2019.

Guaido, the self-appointed ‘interim president’, was aware of the plot, which involved a contract of $213million according to documents that have entered the public domain. The US and Canadian authorities were most likely in the loop, too. 

Guaido first announced himself as ‘interim president’ in January 2019, to the surprise of most Venezuelans and with no election. Most countries rejected this breach of Venezuela’s sovereignty, with only a smattering of Western terrorist supporting countries that advocate regime change – and some nations that they bully – endorsing him. 

A month later, there were failed Western-backed attempts to ram ‘aid trucks’ (loaded with wires and nails) through Colombia’s border with Venezuela, the goal being to vilify the government for failing to accept what was clearly not aid (and was not coming via a proper channel either).

In March, the unpopular Guaido was booed and fled from a pro-government area in Caracas, ironically with Venezuelan security protecting him from an angry crowd. In the same month, I tried to see the supposedly massive pro-opposition rallies I had heard of in the capital, but instead came across huge pro-government demonstrations

In April, Guaido and a violent right-wing opposition leader, with the backing of the US, attempted a coup— an attempt clearly rejected by masses of Venezuelans. Fast forward to January this year and Guaido failed to be re-elected as president of the country’s National Assembly.gwedo

Guaido attempted to scale a fence before the vote took place. His claims that he was barred from entering have been disputed. (Reuters) via Venezuelanalysis.com

In spite of the absurd amount of backing Guaido has received from Western governments, it seems even some opposition within Venezuela don’t want him, and would prefer to return to dialogue with Maduro’s government.

Perhaps this was down to Guaido staffers’ alleged involvement in embezzling ‘humanitarian aid’ funds. Photos taken with  Colombian drug traffickers and paramilitary leaders probably didn’t help his cause, either.

After so many Guaido false starts and flops, and their failure to bring him an iota of legitimacy, surely it’s time for the US and Canadian administrations to accept they are flogging a dead horse?

What’s the UN doing?

On Tuesday, Venezuela’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, tweeted: “May 20 at 3:00 pm, the UN Security Council will debate the situation in Venezuela. The meeting was requested by Russia after the terrorist armed attack carried out from Colombia on May 3. We will denounce to the world the aggression against our people.”

While I do of course support Venezuela’s desire to denounce the attempted coup, and the bloodshed that could have prevailed – including of civilians – had the paramilitaries been successful, forgive me for being cynical that justice will prevail.

After all, history has shown that nothing is done when the US and allies commit war crimes in Syria. Likewise, they have never been held accountable by the UN for what they did in Iraq. And what about the war crimes of Israel against Palestinian civilians, and the Saudis against the Yemenis?

Sadly, I don’t have an answer as to what’s a better option than attempts for justice and accountability via the UN.

But I know this much: this won’t be the last failed attempt to overthrow Venezuela’s government, and it won’t be the last time the country and its allies have to condemn immoral and illegal US and Canadian acts.

So vile are these governments that even now, while the world is focused on dealing with Covid-19, they are scheming to bring more misery to the people of Venezuela. They should hang their heads in shame, but they’ve got none.  

RELATED LINKS:

My Venezuela 2019 Youtube playlist

-Venezuelan woman: “We didn’t vote for you, Guaido. Trump, stop f*cking us over. [VIDEO]

-Reminder of Corporate Media Lies on Venezuela [VIDEO]

Venezuela isn’t Syria… but America’s war tactics are the same

US is manufacturing a crisis in Venezuela so that there is chaos and ‘needed’ intervention

Western leaders, screw your ‘Sanctions Target the Regime’ blather: Sanctions KILL PEOPLE

Canada and the Coup Attempt Against Venezuela, by Arnold August

COVID-19: The Slippery Slope to Despotism is Paved with Lockdowns, Raids and Forced Vaccinations

By John Whitehead

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Until now, the police state has been more circumspect in its power grabs, but this latest state of emergency has brought the beast out of the shadows.

You have no rights. That’s the lesson the government wants us to learn from this COVID-19 business. Well, the government is wrong.

For years now, the powers-that-be—those politicians and bureaucrats who think like tyrants and act like petty dictators regardless of what party they belong to—have attempted to brainwash us into believing that we have no right to think for ourselves, make decisions about our health, protect our homes and families and businesses, act in our best interests, demand accountability and transparency from government, or generally operate as if we are in control of our own lives.

We have every right, and you know why? Because we were born free.

As the Declaration of Independence states, we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights—to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness—that no government can take away from us.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped the government from constantly trying to usurp our freedoms at every turn. Indeed, the nature of government is such that it invariably oversteps its limits, abuses its authority, and flexes its totalitarian muscles.

Take this COVID-19 crisis, for example.

What started out as an apparent effort to prevent a novel coronavirus from sickening the nation (and the world) has become yet another means by which world governments (including our own) can expand their powers, abuse their authority, and further oppress their constituents.

Until now, the police state has been more circumspect in its power grabs, but this latest state of emergency has brought the beast out of the shadows.

This road we are traveling is paved with lockdowns, SWAT team raids, mass surveillance and forced vaccinations. It is littered with the debris of our First and Fourth Amendment freedoms.

This is what we have to look forward to in the months and years to come unless we can find some way to regain control over our runaway government.

The government has made no secret of its plans.

Just follow the money trail, and you’ll get a sense of what’s in store: more militarized police, more SWAT team raids, more surveillance, more lockdowns, more strong-armed tactics aimed at suppressing dissent and forcing us to comply with the government’s dictates.

It’s chilling to think about, but it’s not surprising.

We’ve been warned.

Remember that Pentagon training video created by the Army for U.S. Special Operations Command? The one that anticipates the future domestic political and social problems the government is grooming its armed forces to solve through the use of martial law?

The chilling five-minute training video, obtained by The Intercept through a FOIA request and made available online, paints a dystopian picture of the future bedeviled by “criminal networks,” “substandard infrastructure,” “religious and ethnic tensions,” “impoverishment, slums,” “open landfills, over-burdened sewers,” a “growing mass of unemployed,” and an urban landscape in which the prosperous economic elite must be protected from the impoverishment of the have nots.

But here’s the kicker: what they’re really talking about is martial law, packaged as a well-meaning and overriding concern for the nation’s security.

This COVID-19 crisis is pushing us that much closer to that dystopian vision becoming a present-day reality.

For starters, let’s talk about the COVID-19 stormtroopers, SWAT team raids and ongoing flare-ups of police brutality.

With millions of dollars in stimulus funds being directed towards policing agencies across the country, the federal government plans to fight this COVID-19 virus with riot gear, gas masks, ballistic helmets, drones, and hi-tech surveillance technology.

Indeed, although crime rates have fallen dramatically in the midst of this global COVID-19 lockdown, there’s been no relief from the brutality and violence of the American police state.

While the majority of the country has been social distancing under varying degrees of lockdowns, it’s been business as usual for the nation’s SWAT teams and police trained to shoot first and ask questions later.

In Kentucky, plain-clothed cops in unmarked cars used a battering ram to break down Breonna Taylor’s door and carry out a no-knock raid on her home after midnight. Fearing a home invasion, the 26-year-old emergency medical technician and her boyfriend—who had been in bed at the time of the invasion—called 911 and prepared to defend themselves. Taylor’s boyfriend shot one of the intruders—later identified as police—in the leg. Police fired at least 20 shots into the apartment and a neighboring home, killing Taylor. The drug dealer who was the target of the late-night raid lived 10 miles away and had already been arrested prior to the raid on Taylor’s home.

In Illinois, police opened fire in a subway station, shooting a 33-year-old man who allegedly resisted their attempts to tackle and arrest him for violating a city ordinance by passing between two cars of a moving train. Ariel Roman, a short-order cook, claimed he was suffering from an anxiety attack when he was “harassed, chased, tackled, pepper-sprayed, tasered and shot twice” by police.

In Maryland, police dispatched on a nuisance call to break up a crowd of neighborhood kids (half of them teenagers, and the other half youngsters around 4 and 5 years old) gathered in an apartment complex parking lot opened fire on a 29-year-old man seen exiting his car with a gun. An eyewitness claimed, “the officer pointed a flashlight and his gun at the group immediately and began chasing and shooting a minute or two after getting out of the patrol car.” Police reportedly shot the man after he threw down his gun and ran in the opposite direction.

In Virginia, more than 80 local, state, and federal police agents risked spreading COVID-19 to “a highly vulnerable population” when they raided a low income, public housing community in an effort to crack down on six individuals suspected of selling, on average, $20 to $100 worth of drugs.

In Texas, a SWAT team backed up with a military tank Armored Personnel Carrier raided Big Daddy Zane’s Bar whose owner and patrons were staging a peaceful First and Second Amendment protest of the governor’s shutdown orders.

Battlefield America: The War on the American PeoplePolice have even been called out to shut down churches, schools and public parks and beaches that have been found “in violation” of various lockdown orders.

Now there’s talk of mobilizing the military to deliver forced vaccinations, mass surveillance in order to carry out contact tracing, and heavy fines and jail time for those who dare to venture out without a mask, congregate in worship without the government’s blessing, or re-open their  businesses without the government’s say-so.

There are rumblings that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will start thermal screenings to monitor passengers’ temperatures in coming weeks. This is in addition to the virtual strip searches that have become routine aspects of airport security.

Restaurants in parts of the country are being tasked with keeping daily logs of phone numbers, emails, and arrival times for everybody who participates in dine-services, with no mention of how long such records will be kept on file, with whom they will be shared, and under what circumstances.

With the help of Google and Nest cameras, hospitals are morphing into real-time surveillance centers with round-the-clock surveillance cameras monitoring traffic in patients’ rooms. Forget patient privacy, however. Google has a track record of sharing surveillance footage with police.

And then rounding out the power-grabs, the Senate just voted to give police access to web browsing data without a warrant, which would dramatically expand the government’s Patriot Act surveillance powers. The Senate also voted to give Attorney General William Barr the ability to look through the web browsing history of any American — including journalists, politicians, and political rivals — without a warrant, just by saying it is relevant to an investigation. If enacted, privacy experts warn  that the new provisions threaten to undermine the free press by potentially preventing the media from exposing abuses of power or acting as a watchdog against political leaders.

If we haven’t already crossed over, we’re skating dangerously close to that line that keeps us on the functioning side of a constitutional republic. It won’t take much to push us over that edge into a full-blown banana republic.

In many ways, this is just more of the same heavy-handed tactics we’ve been seeing in recent years but with one major difference: this COVID-19 state of emergency has invested government officials (and those who view their lives as more valuable than ours) with a sanctimonious, self-righteous, arrogant, Big Brother Knows Best approach to top-down governing, and the fall-out can be seen far and wide.

It’s an ugly, self-serving mindset that views the needs, lives and rights of “we the people” as insignificant when compared to those in power.

That’s how someone who should know better such as Alan Dershowitz, a former Harvard law professor, can suggest that a free people—born in freedom, endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights, and living in a country birthed out of a revolutionary struggle for individual liberty—have no rights to economic freedom, to bodily integrity, or to refuse to comply with a government order with which they disagree.

According to Dershowitz, who has become little more than a legal apologist for the power elite, “You have no right not to be vaccinated, you have no right not to wear a mask, you have no right to open up your business… And if you refuse to be vaccinated, the state has the power to literally take you to a doctor’s office and plunge a needle into your arm.”

Dershowitz is wrong: while the courts may increasingly defer to the government’s brand of Nanny State authoritarianism, we still have rights.

The government may try to abridge those rights, it may refuse to recognize them, it may even attempt to declare martial law and nullify them, but it cannot litigate, legislate or forcefully eradicate them out of existence.

Up to now, we’ve been largely passive participants in this experiment in self-governance. Our inaction and inattention has left us at the mercy of power-hungry politicians, corrupt corporations and brutal, government-funded militias.

Wake up, America.

As I  make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, these ongoing violations of our rights—this attitude by the government that we have no rights—this tyrannical movement that is overtaking our constitutional republic and  gaining in momentum and power by the minute—this incessant auction block in which government officials appointed to represent our best interests keep selling us out to the highest bidder—all of these betrayals scream for a response.

To quote the great Rod Serling:

If we don’t listen to that scream—and if we don’t respond to it—we may well wind up sitting amidst our own rubble, looking for the truck that hit us—or the bomb that pulverized us. Get the license number of whatever it was that destroyed the dream. And I think we will find that the vehicle was registered in our own name.”

Why U.S. Must Be Prosecuted for Its War Crimes Against Iraq

By Eric Zuesse

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The reason why the U.S. Government must be prosecuted for its war-crimes against Iraq is that they are so horrific and there are so many of them, and international law crumbles until they become prosecuted and severely punished for what they did. We therefore now have internationally a lawless world (or “World Order”) in which “Might makes right,” and in which there is really no effective international law, at all. This is merely gangster “law,” ruling on an international level. It is what Hitler and his Axis of fascist imperialists had imposed upon the world until the Allies — U.S. under FDR, UK under Churchill, and U.S.S.R. under Stalin — defeated it, and established the United Nations. Furthermore, America’s leaders deceived the American public into perpetrating this invasion and occupation, of a foreign country (Iraq) that had never threatened the United States; and, so, this invasion and subsequent military occupation constitutes the very epitome of “aggressive war” — unwarranted and illegal international aggression. (Hitler, similarly to George W. Bush, would never have been able to obtain the support of his people to invade if he had not lied, or “deceived,” them, into invading and militarily occupying foreign countries that had never threatened Germany, such as Belgium, Poland and Czechoslovakia. This — Hitler’s lie-based aggressions — was the core of what the Nazis were hung for, and yet America now does it.)

As Peter Dyer wrote in 2006, about “Iraq & the Nuremberg Precedent”:

Invoking the precedent set by the United States and its allies at the Nuremberg trial in 1946, there can be no doubt that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a war of aggression. There was no imminent threat to U.S. security nor to the security of the world. The invasion violated the U.N. Charter as well as U.N. Security Council Resolution #1441.

The Nuremberg precedent calls for no less than the arrest and prosecution of those individuals responsible for the invasion of Iraq, beginning with President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Condoleez[z]a Rice, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz.

Take, for example, Condoleezza Rice, who famously warned “We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.” (That warning was one of the most effective lies in order to deceive the American public into invading Iraq, because President Bush had had no real evidence, at all, that there still remained any WMD in Iraq after the U.N. had destroyed them all, and left Iraq in 1998 — and he knew this; he was informed of this; he knew that he had no real evidence, at all: he offered none; it was all mere lies.

So, the Nuremberg precedent definitely does apply against George W, Bush and his partners-in-crime, just as it did against Hitler and his henchmen and allies.

The seriousness of this international war crime is not as severe as those of the Nazis were, but nonetheless is comparable to it.

On 15 March 2018, Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies headlined at Alternet “The Staggering Death Toll in Iraq” and wrote that “our calculations, using the best information available, show a catastrophic estimate of 2.4 million Iraqi deaths since the 2003 invasion,” and linked to solid evidence, backing up their estimate.

On 6 February 2020, BusinessInsider bannered “US taxpayers have reportedly paid an average of $8,000 each and over $2 trillion total for the Iraq war alone”, and linked to the academic analysis that supported this estimate. The U.S. regime’s invasive war, which the Bush gang perpetrated against Iraq, was also a crime against the American people (though Iraqis suffered far more from it than we did).

On 29 September 2015, I headlined “GALLUP: ‘Iraqis Are the Saddest & One of the Angriest Populations in the World’,” and linked to Gallup’s survey of 1,000 individuals in each of 148 countries around the world, which found that Iraq had the highest “Negative Experience Score.” That score includes “sadness,” “physical pain,” “anger,” and other types of misery — and Iraq, after America’s invasion, has scored the highest in the entire world, on it, and in the following years has likewise scored at or near the highest on “Negative Experience Score.” For example: in the latest, the 2019, Gallup “Global Emotions Report”, Iraq scores fourth from the top on “Negative Experience Score,” after (in order from the worst) Chad, Niger, and Sierra Leone. (Gallup has been doing these surveys ever since 2005, but the first one that was published under that title was the 2015 report, which summarized the 2014 surveys’ findings.) Of course, prior to America’s invasion, there had been America’s 1990 war against Iraq and the U.S. regime’s leadership and imposition of U.N. sanctions (which likewise were based largely on U.S.-regime-backed lies, though not totally on lies like the 2003 invasion was), which caused massive misery in that country; and, therefore, not all of the misery in Iraq which showed up in the 2015 Global Emotions Report was due to only the 2003 invasion and subsequent military occupation of that country. But almost all of it was, and is. And all of it was based on America’s rulers lying to the public in order to win the public’s acceptance of their evil plans and invasions against a country that had never posed any threat whatsoever to Americans — people residing in America. Furthermore, it is also perhaps relevant that the 2012 “World Happiness Report” shows Iraq at the very bottom of the list of countries (on page 55 of that report) regarding “Average Net Affect by Country,” meaning that Iraqis were the most zombified of all 156 nationalities surveyed. Other traumatized countries were immediately above Iraq on that list. On “Average Negative Affect,” only “Palestinian Territories” scored higher than Iraq (page 52). After America’s invasion based entirely on lies, Iraq is a wrecked country, which still remains under the U.S. regime’s boot, as the following will document:

Bush’s successors, Obama and Trump, failed to press for Bush’s trial on these vast crimes, even though the American people had ourselves become enormously victimized by them, though far less so than Iraqis were. Instead, Bush’s successors have become accessories after the fact, by this failure to press for prosecution of him and his henchmen regarding this grave matter. In fact, the “Defense One” site bannered on 26 September 2018, “US Official: We May Cut Support for Iraq If New Government Seats Pro-Iran Politicians”, and opened with “The Trump administration may decrease U.S. military support or other assistance to Iraq if its new government puts Iranian-aligned politicians in any ‘significant positions of responsibility,’ a senior administration official told reporters late last week.” The way that the U.S. regime has brought ‘democracy’ to Iraq is by threatening to withdraw its protection of the stooge-rulers that it had helped to place into power there, unless those stooges do the U.S. dictators’ bidding, against Iraq’s neighbor Iran. This specific American dictator, Trump, is demanding that majority-Shiite Iraq be run by stooges who favor, instead, America’s fundamentalist-Sunni allies, such as the Saud family who own Saudi Arabia and who hate and loathe Shiites and Iran. The U.S. dictatorship insists that Iraq, which the U.S. conquered, serve America’s anti-Shiite and anti-Iranian policy-objectives. “The U.S. threat, to withhold aid if Iran-aligned politicians occupy any ministerial position, is an escalation of Washington’s demands on Baghdad.” The article went on to quote a “senior administration official” as asserting that, “if Iran exerts a tremendous amount of influence, or a significant amount of influence over the Iraqi government, it’s going to be difficult for us to continue to invest.” Get the euphemisms there! This article said that “the Trump administration has made constraining Iran’s influence in the region a cornerstone of their foreign policy.” So, this hostility toward Iran must be reflected in Iraq’s policies, too. It’s not enough that Trump wants to destroy Iran like Bush has destroyed Iraq; Trump demands that Iraq participate in that crime, against Iraq’s own neighbor. This article said that, “There have also been protests against ‘U.S. meddling’ in the formation of a new Iraqi government, singling out Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk for working to prevent parties close to Iran from obtaining power.” McGurk is the rabidly neconservative former high G.W. Bush Administration official, and higher Obama Administration official, who remained as Trump’s top official on his policy to force Iraq to cooperate with America’s efforts to conquer Iran. Trump’s evil is Obama’s evil, and is Bush’s evil. It is bipartisan evil, no matter which Party is in power. Though Trump doesn’t like either the Bushes or Obamas, all of them are in the same evil policy-boat. America’s Deep State remains the same, no matter whom it places into the position of nominal power. The regime remains the same, regardless.

On April 29th, the whistleblowing former UK Ambassador Craig Murray wrote:

Nobody knows how many people died as a result of the UK/US Coalition of Death led destruction of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and, by proxy, Syria and Yemen. Nobody even knows how many people western forces themselves killed directly. That is a huge number, but still under 10% of the total. To add to that you have to add those who died in subsequent conflict engendered by the forced dismantling of the state the West disapproved of. Some were killed by western proxies, some by anti-western forces, and some just by those reverting to ancient tribal hostility and battle for resources into which the country had been regressed by bombing.

You then have to add all those who died directly as a result of the destruction of national infrastructure. Iraq lost in the destruction 60% of its potable drinking water, 75% of its medical facilities and 80% of its electricity. This caused millions of deaths, as did displacement. We are only of course talking about deaths, not maiming.

UK’s Prime Minister Tony Blair should hang with the U.S. gang, but who is calling for this? How much longer will the necessary prosecutions wait? Till after these international war-criminals have all gone honored to their graves?

Although the International Criminal Court considered and dismissed possible criminal charges against Tony Blair’s UK Government regarding the invasion and military occupation of Iraq, the actual crime, of invading and militarily occupying a country which had posed no threat to the national security of the invader, was ignored, and the conclusion was that “the situation did not appear to meet the required threshold of the Statute” (which was only “Willful killing or inhuman treatment of civilians” and which ignored the real crime, which was “aggressive war” or “the crime of aggression” — the crime for which Nazis had been hanged at Nuremberg). Furthermore, no charges whatsoever against the U.S. Government (the world’s most frequent and most heinous violator of international law) were considered. In other words: the International Criminal Court is subordinate to, instead of applicable to, the U.S. regime. Just like Adolf Hitler had repeatedly made clear that, to him, all nations except Germany were dispensable and only Germany wasn’t, Barack Obama repeatedly said that “The United States is and remains the one indispensable nation”, which likewise means that every other nation is “dispensable.” The criminal International Criminal Court accepts this, and yet expects to be respected.

The U.S. regime did “regime change” to Iraq in 2003, and to Ukraine in 2014, and tried to do it to Syria since 2009, and to Yemen since 2015, and to Venezuela since 2012, and to Iran since 2017 — just to mention some of the examples. And, though the Nuremberg precedent certainly applies, it’s not enforced. In principle, then, Hitler has posthumously won WW II.

Hitler must be smiling, now. FDR must be rolling in his grave.

The only way to address this problem, if there won’t be prosecutions against the ‘duly elected’ (Deep-State-approved and enabled) national leaders and appointees, would be governmental seizure and nationalization of the assets that are outright owned or else controlled by America’s Deep State. Ultimately, the Government-officials who are s‘elected’ and appointed to run the American Government have been and are representing not the American people but instead represent the billionaires who fund those officials’ and former officials’ careers. In a democracy, those individuals — the financial enablers of those politicians’ s‘electoral’ success — would be dispossessed of all their assets, and then prosecuted for the crimes that were perpetrated by the public officials whom they had participated in (significantly funded and propagandized for) placing into power. (For example, both Parties’ Presidential nominees are unqualified to serve in any public office in a democracy.)

Democracy cannot function with a systematically lied-to public. Nor can it function if the responsible governmental officials are effectively immune from prosecution for their ‘legal’ crimes, or if the financial string-pullers behind the scenes can safely pull those strings. In America right now, both of those conditions pertain, and, as a result, democracy is impossible. There are only two ways to address this problem, and one of them would start by prosecuting George W. Bush.

 

إنجازاتُ أسَدِ سورية أقوى من شائعاتٍ محبوكة بعناية غربيّة

د. وفيق إبراهيم

تنهال الشائعات التي تستهدف الدولة السورية في وضعها الداخلي وعلاقاتها مع حلفائها الروس والإيرانيين وحزب الله.

الاهداف هنا واضحة وتركز على الإساءة للتماسك بين المتحالفين الذين صدّوا اوسع هجوم على دول مستقلة منذ الحرب العالمية الثانية. وجرى استخدام الارهاب والجيوش الاردنية والتركية والأميركية والاوروبية والخليجية والاسرائيلية وتسعير التباينات المذهبية والطائفية والعرقية بشكل لم يستبقوا فيه أية وسيلة خارج الاستعمال.

لذلك كان من الطبيعي ان يعززوا من وسائلهم ليعاودوا بخدعة الاعتراف بنجاح محور الدولة السورية وروسيا وإيران وحزب الله في الميادين السورية. انما بمعاودة الانقضاض عليه من زوايا مختلفة.

هنا كان الاعلام هو الوسيلة المفضلة خصوصاً بانتشاره في العالم العربي والاسلامي والغربي.

مع فائدة اضافية للحجر بسبب كورونا التي رفعت من معدلات المتابعة الإعلامية في الليل والنهار.

بذلك بدأ الاعلام المتنوع باطلاق سرديات عن إفلاس الدولة السورية بسبب الانهيار الاقتصادي في لبنان من جهة والحصار الأميركي – الغربي عليها، القابل للازدياد الى حدود خنقها نهائياً من جهة ثانية، خصوصاً أن مجزرة «قانون قيصر» الأميركي للمقاطعة الكاملة مع سورية تبدأ في منتصف حزيران المقبل.

وهكذا بالتدريج انتقلت الشائعات الى إطلاق أخبار عن اندلاع خلافات بين اغنياء من اقرباء الاسد يزعمون ان الدولة تريد الاستيلاء على مؤسسات يمتلكونها وقدرها مليارات عدة، ويلتقطون فيديوهات متتابعة مصورة بالهاتف الجوال على طريقة الواتس آب لرامي مخلوف احد ابرز الاغنياء وقريب للرئيس الاسد وهو يناشده لحمايته من الذين يريدون الاستيلاء على شركاته في دوائر الدولة.

هنا تبدو الحبكة الخبيثة من هذه الشائعات لأن الدولة المفلسة العاجزة عن الوصول الى الاموال الخارجية تأكل نفسها، حسب ما تقوله الخرافات.

هذا ما يجعل الشائعات تكبر وتنمو وتحفر لها امكنة في مخيلات المتابعين وحتى لو تراجع مفعولها، فإنها تعتمد على المثل المصري الذي يقول: «طلقة الرصاص التي لا تصيب تدوش». اي تسبب صخباً وضجيجاً وهذا هو المطلوب.

بالتتابع أيضاً، لمزيد من ترسيخ فكرة إفلاس سورية، اطلقت قوى لبنانية محسوبة على الخط الأميركي الاسرائيلي الخليجي اشاعات عن تهريب بضائع مدعومة من الدولة اللبنانية بمئات ملايين الدولارات الى سورية وان المهربين لبنانيون ينسقون مع اجهزة رسمية سورية وقدموا هذه المعلومة على اساس انها طارئة وطازجة.

ليتبين ان هذا التهريب من الحدود اللبنانية – السورية قديم يرقى الى ثمانية عقود على الأقل وذلك بسبب التداخل الاهلي والاجتماعي بين البلدين اللذين سلخهما المستعمر الفرنسي عن بعضهما بعضاً مفرقاً بين العائلات الواحدة على جانبي الحدود.

هناك ميزة اضافية وهي ان هذه الانواع من التهريب الحدودي موجود بين أميركا والمكسيك ودول أميركا الجنوبية واليمن وجوارها وفي كامل الحدود العالمية بين الدول في اوروبا وافريقيا.

لكن الاستناد الى شائعات عن إفلاس سورية يجعل من أي ترهات قابلة ومناسبة لاجتياز الموانع المنطقية التي يستخدمها العقل.

لذلك ذهب مطلقو شائعات التهريب الى المطالبة بنشر قوات دولية تقفل حدود لبنان مع سورية اليس هذا هو الهدف الكامن من وراء شائعات الإفلاس؟

هذه عينة لما يزاوله الاعلام الذي يستهدف سورية لكن هناك امثال اخرى، على رأسها رامي مخلوف احد اقرباء الرئيس بشار الاسد الذي يحتل صدارة الأخبار عن سورية فيعتبره الاعلام الغربي والخليجي والاسرائيلي والتركي رمز الفساد المرتبط بالدولة، لأنه يمتلك شركات وعقارات وفنادق بعشرات مليارات الدولارات واكثر ويترأس شركة سيرياتيل للاتصالات.

للاشارة فإن اسم مخلوف المتداول في الشرق والغرب اصبح اكثر شهرة من الممثلين العالميين وحتى ممثلات الإغراء.

لم يكتفِ اصحاب الشائعات المتواصلة بهذا الحد فذهبوا لاستغلال العلاقات بين سورية وحلفائها، ناسجين اتفاقات أميركية روسية اسرائيلية تريد إخراج إيران من سورية، وبنوا عليها عشرات بل مئات البرامج والمقالات المدبجة مستندين لأخبار بثتها وكالة انباء روسية خاصة، تبين آنفاً انها مخترقة.

كذلك استفادوا من برامج معادية للدولة السورية أعدها مقدم برامج من اصل عراقي في محطة روسيا اليوم وتبين أيضاً انه بعثي سابقاً ومؤيد لصدام حسين.

لقد جرى استغلاله بعرض مقابلات من إعداده مع رموز سورية معارضة، بينها مناف طلاس إبن قائد كبير في مرحلة الأسد الأب هو العماد مصطفى طلاس.

لذلك ابتدأ الاعلام الغربي يزعم ان رحيل إيران عن سورية مسألة ايام وربما اشهر لأن روسيا تريد هذا الامر اكثر من الأميركيين والاسرائيليين لانها تريد احتكار النفوذ في سورية.

اما الشائعة الرديفة والمواكبة للاولى فهي حديث عن خلاف روسي – سوري، لأن الرئيس بوتين يريد استبدال الاسد باتفاق مع الأميركيين والاتراك ينهي «ازمة سورية» بكاملها.

للمزيد من الإثارة اطلقت الشائعات الإعلامية ايضاً خلافات سورية – إيرانية اصابت حزب الله في بعض المجريات، وزعمت ان القيادة السورية تلقت عرضاً أميركياً غربياً تؤيده «اسرائيل» يقبل ببقاء الاسد في الرئاسة مقابل طرد الإيرانيين وحزب الله من سورية بكاملها وليس مقابل الجولان فقط.

لقد سقطت هذه الشائعات الواحدة تلو الأخرى. ببيان روسي واحد نفى اي تنسيق مع الأميركيين معادٍ لإيران معتبرين انها في سورية بطلب من حكومتها الدستورية الشرعية التي يقودها الرئيس بشار الاسد. فيتبين انه بيان حسن الإعداد اصاب الشائعات الثلاث بحجر واحد، اولاً بنفيه اي خلاف مع الإيرانيين وهذا يعني ضمناً عدم وجود اتفاق مع الأميركيين، معتبراً ان إيران في سورية هو قرار من الدولة السورية بما يؤكد على شرعيتها، فالدولة تطلبها للحضور وتدعوها للانسحاب حسب مصالحها بالتوافق مع الطرف المعني، كما ان البيان بحد ذاته مؤشر واضح على العلاقة العميقة بين بوتين والاسد.

فهل هذا كافٍ لإزالة كامل الاضرار التي تسببت بها الشائعات؟ بالطبع لا لانها مستمرة بعرض مقاطع مصورة لمخلوف وربما تستحضر مقاطع اخرى لنجوم فساد آخرين مؤيدين من الغرب وتطالبهم الدولة السورية بضرائب متأخرة لم يدفعوها وذلك بتوزيع رشى على الفاسدين في تلك المصالح مستغلين علاقات لهم مع بعض السياسيين في الدولة.

للتنبيه هنا، فإن الدولة السورية التي ليس عليها ديون للخارج ليست أكثر إفلاساً من مجمل بلدان المنظومة العربية وهي الأقل فساداً بينهم على الرغم من الحصار الكامل المفروض عليها من المحور الأميركي الاسرائيلي السعودي.

قد يبدو مطلوباً وجود اعلام عربي متخصص بعرض بالتعاون مع اعلام دولي صديق حقائق عن مدى الفساد السياسي في الدول العربية التي أصبح سلوكها علنياً فيما النزاهة اصبحت غير قابلة للتطبيق الا خلسة.

بالنتيجة فإن تراجع الضغط العسكري عن الدولة السورية يمنحها فرصة استعادة حقوقها من مفسدين نهبوا السوريين ويتغطون اليوم بالأميركيين وحلفائهم، وهذا لن يفيدهم لأن الاسد هزم هؤلاء في معارك بدأت منذ خمس سنوات وتتواصل مع القضاء على الفساد الداخلي.

سفن إيران إلى فنزويلا… «سمكةٌ ودرس صيدٍ» معاً!

الأخبار

الثلاثاء 19 أيار 2020

سفن إيران إلى فنزويلا... «سمكةٌ ودرس صيدٍ» معاً!
أجمعت تصريحات العديد من الخبراء والمحللين على أن السلوك الإيراني المتّبع هذه المرة «جديد» (أ ف ب )

من ميناء «الشهيد رجائي» الإيراني الذي تعرّض لهجوم «سيبراني» إسرائيلي (وفق ما نقلت «واشنطن بوست» الأميركية) انطلقت خمس ناقلات وقود محمّلة بالبنزين، مُشهرة وجهتها المفترضة ـــ فنزويلا ـــ على خلاف ما تقوم به السفن التي تنقل النفط الإيراني ومشتقاته، في العادة، بهدف تضليل متتبّعي الأثر الأميركيين.

وتزامن كشفُ بيانات تتبّع السفن عبورَ تلك الشحنات إلى البحر المتوسط فمضيق جبل طارق، مع تحريك واشنطن سفناً حربية باتجاه البحر الكاريبي، بحسب تقارير إعلامية، لتعود الأخبار عن احتمال تجدّد «معركة الناقلات» إلى الواجهة.

وتكافلت التصريحات الرسمية الإيرانية لتؤكد أن طهران «ستردّ» على أي محاولة أميركية لاعتراض تلك السفن أو قرصنتها، بالمثل، في حين حملت وزارة الخارجية الشكوى من السلوك الأميركي إلى الأمم المتحدة، ناقلة «المواجهة» إلى الملعب الدولي.

التوقيت والإخراج
أجمعت تصريحات العديد من الخبراء والمحللين على أن السلوك الإيراني المتّبع هذه المرة «جديد»، من دون تقديم أجوبة حاسمة حول سبب هذا التغيير وهدفه، باستثناء «الفكرة البدائية» الأميركية عن حاجةِ إيران إلى السيولة النقدية، وتكامل ذلك مع نقص الوقود الحاد الذي يحاصر فنزويلا.

غير أن إيران المتمرّسة في بيع نفطها رغم الحصار، كان يمكنها ــ لو أرادت ــ إتمام «الصفقة» من دون خوض نزالٍ جديد مع الولايات المتحدة، خاصة وسط أجواء «الهدنة التوافقية» السائدة في العراق، بؤرة التوتر الرئيسة بين الطرفين.

وتكشف طبيعة وتواتر التحركات الإيرانية التي تلت التصعيد، أن طهران أعدّت نفسها للمواجهة المفترضة، ولتجييرها لاحقاً في لعبة شد الحبال مع الأميركيين.

وهي تراهن على أن ردّ الفعل الأميركيّ لن يكون «منفلتاً» عن قواعد الكباش خلال المواجهات الأخيرة، ولا سيما في جولة «معركة الناقلات» السابقة؛ ويدعم ذلك أن الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب، الذي يستعد لخوض انتخابات صعبة، قد يحجم عن إطلاق مغامرات عسكرية الآن، وهو ما دأب عليه خلال ولايته الأولى، متّخذاً من سلاح العقوبات عمادَ هيمنة بلاده في الخارج.

«محور طهران – كاركاس»

العنوان السابق كان لمقال في «وول ستريت جورنال» الأميركية، في العام 2009، عمّا يمثّله تعاون العاصمتين من خطر على المصالح الأميركية؛ وفي منطق الدول المتضامنة ضد الحصار الأميركي، إيران تردّ اليوم عبر هذه الشحنات الجميلَ لفنزويلا؛ فالأخيرة تحدّت في عهد هوغو تشافيز العقوبات الأميركية المفروضة على إيران، وأمّنت لها إمداداً من البنزين زهيد الثمن، يقارب 20 ألف برميل يومياً.

ويمكن عبر جولة على حسابات فنزويلية (في مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي) مؤيدة للرئيس نيكولاس مادورو، رصد «شعارات الامتنان» التي وجّهها أصحاب تلك الحسابات لطهران، على خطوتها التي لم تكتمل بعد، مرفقة بصورٍ لمادورو وتشافيز وقائد «فيلق القدس» الإيراني السابق، الجنرال قاسم سليماني.

التضامن الإيراني يأتي في وقت تمارس فيه واشنطن، وبشكل معلن، سياسة «الضغط الأقصى» تجاه فنزويلا؛ ومع واقع سوق النفط العالمي الحالي، وأزمة «كورونا» الاقتصادية والطبية الخانقة، باتت كاركاس في حاجة ماسة إلى الدعم، الذي يشحّ يومياً بسبب العقوبات.

هذه الخطوة اللافتة على الساحة الدولية، سيكون لها تأثير محدود على الواقع المعيشي في فنزويلا، ولكنها ستحوّل «القرصنة الأميركية» إلى مسألة رأي عام دولي، على خلاف ما جرى في الأشهر القليلة الماضية.

خطوة في برنامج

قرار نقل التحدي إلى مواجهة علنية، جاء بعد حملة إعلامية وسياسية أميركية، اتهمت إدارة مادورو بصرف احتياطيّ الذهب في البلاد، وتحويله إلى إيران تسديداً لتكلفة خدمات تقدمها الأخيرة.

وبمعزل عن رواية «استنزاف الذهب» الصادرة من واشنطن ــ فيما هي تصرف حسابات فنزويلا المجمدة لصالح أنصار خوان غوايدو ــ فإن طهران تتعاون بالفعل على مشروع مستدام لتخفيف آثار الحصار الأميركي على كاركاس، وهو بعنوانٍ عريض: إعادة تأهيل محطات تكرير النفط.

البرنامج المشترك تضمن خطوات ضرورية لتفعيله، كان أبرزها من جانب كاركاس، التغييرات التي أجراها مادورو في إدارة قطاع النفط؛ إذ عيّن الرئيس نائبه السابق طارق العيسمي وزيراً للنفط في أواخر نيسان الماضي، والأخير هو الشخص الأمثل للتنسيق مع الجانب الإيراني في هذا الشأن وفي هذا التوقيت، فهو معاقب أميركياً بتهم عديدة، وسبق أن اعتبرته تقارير أميركية المسؤول بشكل مباشر عن تسهيل وصول آلاف من عناصر حزب الله وفيلق القدس إلى أميركا الشمالية، عبر بلاده فنزويلا.

وفي شهر نيسان نفسه، بدأت سلسلة رحلات جوية شغّلتها شركة «ماهان أير» الإيرانية (هي التي قالت تقارير أميركية أنها كنست ذهب كاركاس)، في نقل أجزاء وقطع غيار لصيانة مصفاتي كاردون وأمواي الفنزويليتين (يمكن في حال إتمام إصلاح المصفاتين، تكرير ما يصل إلى نحو 200 ألف برميل في اليوم).

الرحلات انطلقت مباشرة من طهران إلى مطار جوزيفا كاميخو الدولي، في شبه جزيرة باراغوانا، وأكدتها وزارة النفط الفنزويلية قبل تعيين العيسمي بأيام. ووفق تصريحات لهيئة الطيران المدني الفنزويلية، تلقّت «ماهان أير» تصريحاً حكومياً خاصاً للقيام بأكثر من 20 رحلة طيران مباشرة، لضمان توصيل جميع قطع الغيار والفنيين الذين سيجرون الإصلاحات.

وليست مهمة الإصلاح المرجوّة سهلة، بحسب ما قالت أوساط نقابية فنزويلية في قطاع النفط لوسائل إعلام محلية. غير أن إيران تملك ميزة نسبية في هذه الحالة، فالمصفاتان الفنزويليتان بنتهما شركتا «Shell» و«Creole Petroleum» (الأخيرة سلفُ شركة «Standard Oil» التي تطورت لاحقاً إلى «ExxonMobil»)، فيما عملت شركتا «Shell» و«Esso» (الآن «ExxonMobil») على تطوير وإنشار العديد من مصافي النفط الإيرانية.

وما سبق يعني أن التقنيات والمكوّنات وقطع الغيار في عدد من مصافي إيران متوافقة مع نظيرتها في مصفاتي كاردون وأمواي؛ أي إن إيران وفنييها يملكون ميزة نسبية هنا. ويندرج التعاون بين الدولتين، في هذا الشأن، تحت بنود اتفاقات وقّعها تشافيز ونظيره الإيراني حينها محمود أحمد نجاد، في العام 2007.
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