Trump’s Plan for Iran: Put MEK Terrorists in Charge

Trump’s Iran Plan: Put Terrorists in Charge
by Ron Paul

Back in the 2008 presidential race, I explained to then-candidate Rudy Giuliani the concept of “blowback.” Years of US meddling and military occupation of parts of the Middle East motivated a group of terrorists to carry out attacks against the United States on 9/11. They didn’t do it because we are so rich and so free, as the neocons would have us believe. They came over here because we had been killing Muslims “over there” for decades.

How do we know this? Well, they told us. Osama bin Laden made it clear why al-Qaeda sought to attack the US. They didn’t like the US taking sides in the Israel-Palestine conflict and they didn’t like US troops on their holy land.

Why believe a terrorist, some responded. As I explained to Giuliani ten years ago, the concept of “blowback” is well-known in the US intelligence community and particularly by the CIA.

Unfortunately, it is clear that Giuliani never really understood what I was trying to tell him. Like the rest of the neocons, he either doesn’t get it or doesn’t want to get it. In a recent speech to the MeK – a violent Islamist-Marxist cult that spent two decades on the US terror watch list – Giuliani promised that the Trump Administration had made “regime change” a priority for Iran. He even told the members of that organization – an organization that has killed dozens of Americans – that Trump would put them in charge of Iran!

Giuliani shares with numerous other neocons like John Bolton a strong relationship with this group. In fact, both Giuliani and Bolton have been on the payroll of the MeK and have received tens of thousands of dollars to speak to their followers. This is another example of how foreign lobbies and special interest groups maintain an iron grip on our foreign policy.

Does anyone really think Iran will be better off if Trump puts a bunch of “former” terrorists in charge of the country? How did that work in Libya?

It’s easy to dismiss the bombastic Giuliani as he speaks to his financial benefactors in the MeK. Unfortunately, however, Giuliani’s claims were confirmed late last week, when the Washington Free Beacon published a three-page policy paper being circulated among National Security Council officials containing plans to spark regime change in Iran.

The paper suggests that the US focus on Iran’s many ethnic minority groups to spark unrest and an eventual overthrow of the government. This is virtually the same road map that the US has followed in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and so on. The results have been unmitigated disaster after disaster.

Unleashing terrorists on Iran to overthrow its government is not only illegal and immoral: it’s also incredibly stupid. We know from 9/11 that blowback is real, even if Giuliani and the neocons refuse to understand it. Iran does not threaten the United States. Unlike Washington’s Arab allies in the region, Iran actually holds reasonably democratic elections and has a Western-oriented, educated, and very young population.

Why not open up to Iran with massive amounts of trade and other contacts? Does anyone (except for the neocons) really believe it is better to unleash terrorists on a population than to engage them in trade and travel? We need to worry about blowback from President Trump’s fully-neoconized Middle East policy! That’s the real threat!

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

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US Troops in Europe to Outnumber all European Troops Combined

US Troops in Europe to Outnumber all European Troops Combined

By Lyuba Lulko,

“who is the aggressor? Is Russia building its bases near the USA to protect Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and other countries?”

GR Editor’s Note

First published in April 2015, this article constitutes a “Russian perspective” on the deployment of US-NATO troops in Eastern Europe. The US-NATO militarization of Eastern Europe directed against Russia has been ongoing for several years. The threat is real.

It should also be noted that US troops have been stationed in several Western European countries including Germany and Italy since the end of World War II.

(Michel Chossudovsky. GR Ed, May 4, 2018)

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The Americans are planning the largest increase of their military presence in Eastern Europe since the Cold War. The Pentagon announced plans to deploy a tank brigade in Europe in February 2017. Why not immediately, especially against the backdrop of the “Russian aggression?” As a matter of fact, there is no aggression. Instead, the United States occupies Europe.

Not that long ago, Pentagon officials announced plans to deploy 4,000 troops, 250 tanks and Bradley armored vehicles, self-propelled howitzers and 1,700 pieces of other wheeled vehicles and trucks in Eastern Europe.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Wark said that many countries of Eastern Europe questioned the readiness of the United States to protect them, especially against the background of  “Russian aggression.” The above-mentioned measures were taken to prove otherwise.

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Poland and Bulgaria 

A report from the European Command of the US Armed Forces said that the total number of US troops in Europe would thus be equal to three brigades. This contingent will be shared between  Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania and Bulgaria. American people and equipment will be present in each of these countries, Gen. Ben Hodges said.

According to The National Interest, NATO’s growing presence in the Baltic States – the most likely flashpoint for a confrontation with Russia – will demonstrate NATO’s determination to protect its members. However, it turns out that the tank brigade will not be deployed in Eastern Europe under the aegis of NATO. The move will be made as part of the US program titled European Reassurance Initiative. The $3.4-billion program requires approval from Congress to become reality.

Secondly, who is the aggressor? Is Russia building its bases near the USA to protect Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and other countries?

Does Russia need to give way to “peace loving” initiatives of the North Atlantic Alliance?

Does Russia’s military doctrine mention anything about a preemptive nuclear strike? No other country has started so many bloody conflicts all over the world. There is also a very nice American tradition to betray allies, should something go contrary to plans.

The Americans prefer to bomb someone and see what happens. They will not die for Europe. The main concern is the Russian-German alliance that targets Asia. Yet, it is possible to end this initiative by bribing politicians and spreading adequate propaganda.

Thirdly, if the threat of the Russian aggression is as serious as it is painted, why not increase the military presence immediately? Why does the USA want the unlucky Balts, Poles, Romanians and Bulgarians tremble with fear for nearly a whole year? Is the Russian aggression an imaginary threat? Why send tanks to Europe if a nuclear conflict could destroy them in minutes?

USA occupies Europe on Roman Empire principles

As for Europe, it is not just dependent on the United States – it is occupied by the United States. The occupation is based on principles of the Roman Empire: the Romans used military garrisons to contain local population should they rebel against Rome’s exploitative and predatory policy.

What if a country of Eastern Europe decides to re-engage with Russia despite the Transatlantic Pact and sanctions? That would be a reason to use American military garrisons. Nobody will dare to utter a word, because US troops in Europe will soon outnumber all European troops combined. With the help of US troops, Poland, Bulgaria and others of the ilk will have the honor to die first in the much-talked about nuclear war.

Russia has no territorial or other claims to Europe. However, moving troops to its borders without a good reason for it is a very dangerous game. Russia will not repeat the experience of 1941. Russia will take necessary security measures in response to NATO’s growing military presence in Europe, especially in the eastern part of the continent, Alexander Grushko, Russia’s Ambassador to NATO said. Moscow’s reaction to such a move will be adequately efficient, he added.

The USA never sends its troops to places where it smells war – it evacuates them from such places instead. For example, We have recently seen the evacuation of NATO’s troops from Turkey, a NATO member.

“The Americans do not want to get involved in a real war. They do not want to mess with North Korea, – Eduard Limonov, writer and political activist told Pravda.Ru. –

Donald Trump says that it is about time the Americans should stop protecting all for free. The Americans have a plethora of their own problems: a huge public debt, high unemployment, and the situation is getting worse. Instead, they spend enormous money on other countries. This will stop soon. The Americans will return to their North America, and their interference in global affairs will decrease.”

The Syrian Crisis is NOT a Civil War

Agreement Reached to Evacuate Terrorists from Homs, Hama countryside

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Militants evacuation

An agreement to evacuate terrorists from Homs and Hamad countryside was reportedly reached on Tuesday.

SANA news agency reported that there were “information that an agreement has been reached to evacuate the terrorist groups from the northern countryside of Homs and the southern countryside of Hama.”

According to the agreement, all terrorists will hand over their heavy and medium weapons to the Syrian Army within two days as of the date of agreement signature. The legal status of militants who agree with the settlement will be settled, and those who reject it will be evacuated along with their families to Jarablus and Idlib, SANA reported.

The agreement also provides the entry of the Syrian Arab army into the region, the return of all state institutions and departments to the area in addition to opening the international highway that connects Homs and Hama during three days as of the signature of the agreement, according to SANA.

Terrorist groups also pledge to hand over maps of tunnels, landmines and ammunition depots, according to the agreement.

 

RASTAN POCKET MILITANTS REACH RECOSILIATION DEAL WITH GOVERNMENT FORCES

02.05.2018

A recosiliation deal between the Syrian government and militants operating in the Rastan pocket has been reached, according to pro-government sources.

According to the Syrian state-run media, militants and their families will be able to evaucate from the Rastan pocket in northern Homs towards the militant-held parts of Idlib or Aleppo provinces.

The militants have to hand over their heavy and medium weapons to government forces within 2 days from the start of the agreement’s implementation.

“The agreement also provides for settling the status of militants who are willing to settle their cases, , the entry of the Syrian Arab army into the region, the return of all state institutions and departments to the area in addition to opening the international highway that connects Homs and Hama during three days as of the signature of the agreement.

According to the agreement, terrorist groups pledge to hand over maps of tunnels, landmines and ammunition depots,” the SANA reports.

The strategic Homs-Hama highway will also be reopened.

The negotiations between the government and militants in the Rastan pocket were relaunched earlier this week after the Syrian military had deployed its offensive units preparing for a launch of a military operation in the area.

Rastan Pocket Militants Reach Recosiliation Deal With Government Forces

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SAUDI AIR FORCE POUNDS YEMENI CAPITAL IN ATTEMPT TO ELIMINATE TOP HOUTHI MEMBERS

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28.04.2018

Saudi Air Force Pounds Yemeni Capital In Attempt To Eliminate Top Houthi Members

F-15 fighter jets of the Royal Saudi Air Force

On April 27, warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition conducted a series of heavy airstrikes on several areas in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, according to local sources.

The collation reportedly targeted the HQ of the Yemeni Ministry of Interior, the al-Daylami airbase, the Presidential Palace, the al-Najdah military camp and several other positions where the Houthis are stationed.

According to the Yemeni al-Masirah TV, the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on Sanaa injured six civilians, including women and children.

The UAE-based al-Arabiya TV reported that the Saudi-led coalition is trying to target several leaders of the Houthis who have recently arrived to Sanaa to attend the funeral of Houthis top member Saleh al-Samad, who was assassinated by Saudi Arabia on April 19.

These new airstrikes confirm that the Saudi-led coalition is now working to damage the Houthis chain of command by targeting their political and military leaders.

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Not good for arms sales: Despite all Efforts by Warmongers in Washington, Peace has Broken out on the Korean Peninsula

Despite all Efforts by Warmongers in Washington, Peace has Broken out on the Korean Peninsula – Robert Bridge

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The leaders of North and South Korea stunned the world on Friday by declaring a new age of peace between their long-divided states. But to credit Washington for this remarkable turnaround would be sending a dangerous message.

To say that the situation on the Korean peninsula has been moving ahead at breakneck, roller-coaster speed would be a great understatement. Just a few months ago, the world held its breath as Pyongyang slammed yet another round of US-backed sanctions as an “act of war.” In the background of the breakdown was Donald Trump, armed with an insurmountable ego and a very active Twitter account, helping to drive up tensions to the boiling point.

This week, the mood could not have been any more different had white doves and rainbow-colored unicorns descended upon the Korean peninsula from the heavens and broke out in song and dance.

Few could have imagined the historic event that was playing out before them: Kim Jong-un strolled hand-in-hand with South Korean President Moon Jae-in across the forbidden Militarized Zone, thus becoming the first North Korean leader in 65 years to enter South Korean territory. But that was just the beginning of April’s shower of political surprises. Kim and Moon went on to commit themselves to eliminating nuclear weapons on the peninsula, and pledging to sign a formal peace treaty later this year.

The two Koreas have essentially been at war for the last 68 years, since a formal peace treaty was never signed following the cessation of hostilities during the Korean War (1950-1953).

So, now that peace has swept the Korean peninsula, any guesses as to who may get the credit for this historic breakthrough?

Yes, you guessed right, the very same global superpower that until recently was acting like a schoolyard bully with Kim Jung-un, forcing him to choose between going head-to-head against overwhelming US military might, or battening down the hatches and getting to work building up its national defenses.

Kim Jong-un gambled with the latter approach. And it would appear that he has won. At least for now.

Nevertheless, at least one Western publication, The Telegraph, has come out and declared its support for Donald Trump as their candidate to win a Nobel Peace Prize for “defusing” the Korean crisis.

“This year’s prize should go to an American leader who for once has earned it: Donald Trump,” the British tabloid declared, in a thinly veiled swipe at Barack Obama, the last American to seize the tarnished trophy. “If President Trump succeeds… he will have defused the most dangerous crisis the world faces at present.”

Can it really be argued that the Trump administration – which has been playing a nerve-wracking game of nuclear chicken with Pyongyang for over a year – deserves credit for detonating the Korean peninsula time bomb? Personally, I believe that historical rendering of events is not only categorically wrong, it is simply dangerous because it condones the utterly reckless behavior displayed by the Trump administration as a method for solving crisis.

Let’s face it: nobody could have predicted what sort of response the North Korean leader – who seems every bit as egoistical and unpredictable as Donald Trump – would have made as he faced not only regular US-led naval “decapitation” drills off the coast, but the occasional verbal barrage from the US commander-in-chief. Like this beauty, for example, from the torrid month of August, 2017: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States… they will be met with fire and the fury like the world has never seen.”

North Korea may be accused of being many things, but slow to learn is not one of them. After observing what happens to countries that lack the military power to defend themselves – not least of all Iraq in 2003, followed by Libya in 2011 – Pyongyang set out to bolster its defenses without delay. And this was happening long before either Kim Jong-un or Donald Trump were rumbling on the political scene.

Since 2006, North Korea has conducted six nuclear tests, with the latest and most powerful detonation coming in September of last year. Thus, it was not the Trump administration’s aggressive approach that brought Pyongyang to the negotiating table. North Korea has long been preparing for the moment when it could feel secure enough to enter negotiations from a position of strength.

That golden moment was sealed in November when Kim Jong-un’s government claimed that it had launched an upscale intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) – a Hwasong-15 – capable of “carrying a super-heavy warhead and hitting the whole mainland of the US.” That launch sent an unmistakable message to Washington, not to mention America’s Pacific allies, like Seoul and Tokyo, who were growing very weary of the fireworks display.

Yet it was not Kim Jung-un who they blamed the most for the outbursts, but rather Donald Trump and his administration’s reliance on a “big stick” policy. That approach had simply become untenable since the prospect of a nuclear war in the Asian Pacific had become too catastrophic to even consider.

In other words, it had become clear that the only way forward was to sit down and hammer out a deal with Pyongyang.

At this point, Kim appears satisfied that his country is capable of defending itself against any would-be aggressor that may attempt to relieve his country of its sovereignty. Far from the same tragic fate that greeted Iraq or Libya, Pyongyang is negotiating from a position of strength, as well as sovereignty.

All things considered, it seems to be a very unfortunate lesson, which places so much emphasis on military power and readiness, but it is one that the United States has forced weaker nations of the world to learn. In a hurry.

سورية درّة التاج وحزبُ الله في الزمن الجديد

أبريل 27, 2018

محمد صادق الحسيني

لا قدرة للأميركي على استعادة زمام المبادرة في الميدان السوري، ولو تعلّق باستار «كعبة « بن سلمان وقاعدته القطرية…!

ولا شجاعة لدى قاعدته الثابتة على الأرض الفلسطينية المسماة «اسرائيل» بتغيير موازين القوى أو تغيير قواعد الاشتباك في الميدان السوري حتى لو صعدوا ضجيجهم الى السماء بخصوص «النفوذ الإيراني وتصاعد وتيرة قوافل دعمه الصاروخي لحزب الله»..!

ولا أمل من كل محاولات الصراخ الأميركي ولا المسكنات الأوروبية الواعدة بـ «ملحق» للاتفاق النووي قادر على أن يهدئ من روع الأميركي المنهزم وروع ذنبه الإسرائيلي المرتعد خوفاً من تطورات مجهولة له…!

وعليه يمكن القول إن لا أحد في صفوف معسكر العدو قادر على التأثير على الخط البياني الصاعد لتحالف كتلة أوراسيا التي غدت قوة عالمية رادعة لحلف الأطلسي تضمّ بالإضافة الى روسيا والصين وإيران لأول مرة في تاريخ التوازنات الدولية قوة غير حكومية مؤثرة وفاعلة بمستوى الدول هي الأولى من نوعها في تاريخ الصراعات الدولية اسمها حزب الله…!

إنه زمن جديد غير زمنكم يا عتاة العالم الاستكباري، إنه زمن المقاومة، زمن حزب الله وسورية وإيران..!

من هنا فإن الكلام المجاني وغير المسنود عملياً عن دخول قوات «عربية» الى سورية، أو تشكيل إقاليم مستقلة هنا أو هناك أو فيدراليات مدعومة من الإسرائيلي او التركي او السعودي الوهابي، ما هو إلا جعجعة بلا طحين..!

ذلك لأن المايسترو المفترض لكل هذه السيناريوهات المرمية في الإعلام هو الأميركي المهزوم والمنكسر والعاجز والذي يستعدّ في الأفق المنظور للهروب الى بحر الصين الجنوبي، محاولاً البحث عن تحديد مصيره المهدّد بخطر كبير لا يقل عن خطر خروجه من البحر المتوسط خاسراً..!

فكيف بجيوش مسحوقة ومطحونة طحناً في الميدان على مدى سبع سنين..!؟

في أول زيارة لـ«إسرائيل» يقوم بها قائد للقيادة المركزية الأميركية، فشل الجنرال فوتيل في إقناع القيادة العسكرية الإسرائيلية بمزايا سحب القوات الأميركيه من سورية.

وقد حاول إقناعهم وتهدئة مخاوفهم من خلال إبلاغهم بأن قيادته ستترك قوة محدودة في المنطقة، من دون تحديد مكان وجودها، لمراقبة تحركات الجيش السوري وإيران وحزب الله في منطقة الحدود الأردنية السورية مع الجولان.

لكن القادة الإسرائيليين لم يقتنعوا بكل ذلك، وأبلغوه بأن خططه بعيدة كل البعد عن إمكانية وضع حد لجهود إيران إقامة بنية تحتية عسكرية في سورية والتي تشكل الخطر الأكبر على الدولة العبرية. وقد غادر الجنرال فوتيل من دون أي نتيجة…!

هذا هو الخبر الذي يبين لنا القلق الأميركي والهلع الإسرائيلي من نتائج تحول تحالف محور المقاومة من وضع الدفاع الى موقع الهجوم..!

وكل ما عدا ذلك كلام مجاني يبين تخبّطاً استراتيجياً تعيشه الولايات المتحدة الأميركية، سيسبّب ذعراً وصداعاً مزمناً لسنوات طويلة لدى اتباعها الأعراب والعثمانيين الجدد والإسرائيليين وما تبقى من غربانهم السود هنا وهناك..!

نعم قد يكون صحيحاً بأننا نعيش مرحلة برزخية انتقالية ينبغي الحذر فيها من محاولات إعادة إنتاج الأزمات والحروب والفتن، إذا لم نحافظ على منجزات الانتصار الاستراتيجي الكبير..!

وإن علينا الانتباه الشديد من محاولات تسلل العدو الى مواقع نفوذ متقدمة في صفوفنا في محاولة لاستعادة زمام الأمور، لكن علينا التوقف ملياً أيضاً بأن قوى الأمة الحية متمثلة في محور المقاومة باتت اليوم بمقدار كبير من القوة والثبات ما يجعلها بمثابة بيضة القبان التي تستطيع أن تخلط الأوراق وتقلب الطاولة على الجميع، إذا تعرضت معادلة النصر الكبرى لأي عدوان داخلي أو خارجي!

غنه عالم جديد ينهض بروح العنفوان له اليد العليا على عالم بالٍ منخور من الداخل بكل أنواع الهزيمة والاندحار..!

سورية ستكون سريعاً درة التاج الذي يزين العالم الجديد، ولا أحد بإمكانه إعادة عقارب ساعة المقاومة العربية الإسلامية إلى الوراء..!

بعدنا طيبين، قولوا الله.

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