The brutal invasion of Iraq: Media – he made an unfortunate mistake

May 19, 2022

This speaks for itself and needs no comment.

US-sponsored ISIS Terrorists Assassinate Two Officials in Daraa Province

 ARABI SOURI

US-sponsored terrorists of an ISIS-affiliated group operating out of the Al Tanf area have assassinated the head of the town council and the head of the Baath Party in the town of Al Nuaymah in the eastern countryside of Daraa.

Ali Awad Abboud, acting head of the town council, and Fouad Abboud, the head of the Baath party constituency in the town arrived dead at the National Hospital of Daraa, a source in the hospital informed the Syrian news agency Sana in a statement.

The hospital source said in the statement that both victims were killed by gunshots to their chests confirming the information circulating by local sources in the town who said ‘unknown gunmen shot the two officials in the town’ and they immediately fell dead.

This assassination indicates it was carried out by terrorists highly trained by an agency with such experiences, like the CIA or one of the US military agencies that carry out similar crimes around the world.

We’ve reported on the 23rd of December 2021, less than 5 months ago, the assassination of the mayor of the town of Al Nuaymah Alaa Al Abboud, he was killed by a bomb planted under his car, and some other members of his family were injured in the terrorist attack.

We also mentioned in the report on the previous assassination how the remnants of ISIS terrorists and members of the ISIS-affiliated terrorist group Maghawir Thawra operate out of the 50 kilometers no-fly zone established by the Biden forces illegally deployed in the Al Tanf area in the furthest southeastern Syrian desert, these forces have carried out military drills with the terrorists who also hold hundreds of Syrian families in the infamous Rukban concentration camp as human shields.

Syrian people, state and army officials, politicians, scientists, and tribal notables have all been targeted by the US-sponsored ‘Moderate Rebels’ or call use the latest trend by NATO the ‘Foreign Legion’ – Syria Branch, the US under the Noble Peace Laureate Obama have created these terrorist groups after failing to take over Syria by the color revolution dubbed Arab Spring, later beefed up by Trump, and now came back the diverse, most inclusive regime of Biden to continue investing in these terrorist groups to punish the Syrian people for not accepting the modern-day slavery decided upon them by the owners of the USA.

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Biden Forces Occupying Syria’s Largest Gas Field Carry out a Military Drill

ARABI SOURI

Biden forces illegally occupying Syria’s largest Conoco Gas field in Deir Ezzor province carried out a military drill using live ammunition, yesterday Sunday 15 May 2022, local sources have reported.

The local sources added that helicopters from two illegal military bases run by the Syrian oil and gas thieves of the US Army took part in the drill with sounds of explosions heard dozens of miles away from the gas field, the sources added the loud sounds of explosions to the heavy artillery and mortars used during the drill.

Biden forces have been beefing up their illegal military bases in the northeastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, mainly in the oil and gas fields in the region, with advanced gears and armored vehicles like the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, in addition to logistical support material, assorted weaponry, and large caches of ammunition.

This latest drill comes a month after a military drill carried out by the US army oil and gas thieves with their proxy Kurdish SDF separatist terrorists, the 4th of April’s drill included surface to surface missiles, fighter jets, tanks, and artillery.

Though the Biden junta continues the policies of his predecessors in justifying the illegal presence of their forces in Syria by claiming they’re fighting ISIS (ISIL), the only thing they have not done yet is actually combat ISIS, all they did was empower ISIS by dropping weapons and ammunition, by mistake – for the record, multiple times, air-lifting ISIS commanders when endangered and moving them to other regions where soon terrorist attacks were carried out against the Syrian army and civilians in the Syrian desert.

Another thing that the Biden forces have excelled at in Syria is plundering Syria’s grains, including wheat and barley, oil, and gas, thus depriving the Syrian people of their food to eat and feed their children, and fuel to heat their homes, cook their food, and transport within their own country, this comes on top of the inhumane blockade the US regime imposes on Syria and the draconian sanctions it imposes on countries and companies, especially US companies willing to do any legitimate business with Syria.

The US armed forces illegally deployed and operating in Syria have earlier gone to further lengths in their support to ISIS, in particular, by carrying out a military drill with one of the ISIS-affiliated terrorist groups so-called Maghawir Thawra within the 50 kilometers kill zone they control in the Al Tanf region in Syria’s furthest southeastern desert at the border junction with Iraq and Jordan.

What remains a puzzle for the rest of the world, especially the victims of the US wars on humanity around the globe: don’t the US citizens, mainly the taxpayers, have other priorities in their lives than to kill and maim innocent people on the other side of the planet? How about securing food for their own children, at least, not talking about the healthcare issues, infrastructure, housing, pandemics, jobs, et al, instead of spending their hard-earned tax money on financing the Military-Industrial Complex?

Turkey, Israel, Al Qaeda, Kurdish SDF Coordinated Attacks against Syria

ARABI SOURI

Turkey, led by the madman sultan wannabe Erdogan, Israel’s most loyal servant, Israel itself, a host of Al Qaeda and its affiliated terrorist groups, the US-sponsored Kurdish SDF separatist terrorists, with the guidance of the USA and all the help they could receive from other NATO members have escalated their coordinated attacks against the Syrian people, the Syrian army, and the local defense units in central and northern Syria.

Israel carries out its heaviest bombing in months against four Syrian provinces, Hama, Homs, Tartous, and Latakia, the Kurdish SDF separatist terrorists besiege the Syrians in cities and towns in the northeastern Syrian provinces of Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, and Hasakah, and Turkey with its sponsored Al Qaeda terrorist groups join their efforts to attack and bomb local Syrian defense units, towns, and villages in Aleppo countryside.

The past 24 hours are considered the most violent in the US-led war on Syria in the past two years as this video report by Reda Al-Basha for the Lebanese Al Mayadeen news channel adds:

The video is also available on BitChuteRumble, and TikTok.

Transcript

This explosion took the escalation in the northern countryside of Aleppo to levels where the drums of war are beating again, eleven martyrs from the local defense west of Aleppo; Turkey’s militants targeted their bus with a guided missile.

Turkey entered the line of engagement, its artillery bombed villages and towns in the northern countryside of Aleppo, which reflects Ankara’s efforts to expand its geographical escalation from northeastern Syria to its northwest.

Rizan Haddou – Political Analyst: It is a Turkish message, the Syrian opposition factions are just a postman. The message is addressed first to Iran in response to the tension that has marred Turkish-Iranian relations recently. It is also a message to Russia for Turkey to announce that it is the guarantor and is able to control the Syrian opposition factions, which demand to exploit the Russian-Ukrainian war and Russia’s preoccupation, in order to open fronts inside Syria.

The Turkish messages of fire received a violent response from the Syrian army. The Syrian warplanes returned to the skies of the de-escalation zones, destroyed a camp for the Olive Branch militants, and the raids targeted the 111th Regiment of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS aka Al-Qaeda in the Levant) west of Aleppo.

An air raid on its side and artillery shelling did not exclude the Turkish military bases.

Sohaib Masri – Syrian journalist: These fronts witnessed a cautious calm more than a year ago when Putin and Erdogan signed a ceasefire and agreed that these fronts would remain calm. There were minor skirmishes through shooting or shelling targeting empty places where there is no military presence, but yesterday there was a new escalation.

24 hours ranks the most violent on the Aleppo fronts for two years, a reality that brings Turkish plans to establish a buffer zone in northern Syria to the forefront of events again, and puts the region at the gates of battles whose fire is looming on the horizon.

Turkey’s transfer of its military escalation from northeastern Syria to its northwest, at a depth of 30 km, reminds us of Turkish efforts to establish a buffer zone along the border with Syria. Ankara wants it as an area to ensure the preservation of its tools from armed groups that can be employed according to the requirements of Turkish needs and interests.

Reda Al-Basha, Aleppo – Al-Mayadin.

End of the transcript

The coordinated attacks are all carried out under the supervision and sponsorship of the Biden junta, led by a demented old man whose hysteric madness against Russia is leading him to burn the world to save his family’s and his cult’s investments in Ukraine, and elsewhere. Distracting Russia in Syria after the Turkish madman Erdogan blocked the Russian navy fleet from moving out of the Black Sea to reach its naval base on the Syrian coast near Tartous sounds like a good strategy presented by some of his non-bright aides.

The main problem with the USA and its satellite states, entities, and terrorist groups is when they put a plan they put it only from their perspective and how they see the world, they do not take into consideration their adversaries counter plans and capabilities, hence the endless failures of the US foreign policies around the globe despite the unspoken level of criminality ever since it took over the empire of evil title from the British somewhere during WWII.

The USA might be at a better advantage than its stooges, it mainly fights from a distance and nobody is interested in waging a war against a wounded beast, the world is watching it licking its wounds and howl through its final days until it implodes from within; the US stooges, however, are either within the battlefronts or directly on its borders, the blowback of the failures will have very harsher repercussions against them.

Make no mistake, the response is coming, sooner than earlier anticipated after the latest escalations, it will come to Israel, its loyal Turkish servant the regime of the Turkish madman Erdogan and his plethora of Al Qaeda terrorist groups, and the ones who will pay the highest price are, as usual, the Kurdish separatists, their only consolation is they’ll join the temporary entity of European and other Zionist settlers in Palestine in paying the price, history repeats itself because it produces lunatics in abundance, lunatics who refuse to learn from history’s lessons and refuse to learn from their own mistakes.

US Troops Smuggle 70 Oil Tankers Out of Syria

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(Photo credit: MEHR News)

Washington’s forces have smuggled hundreds of oil tankers out of Syria over the past few months

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US occupation forces have reportedly continued looting Syrian oil from the northern Al-Jazeera region of Syria’s Hasakah governate, as a US-military convoy of around 70 oil tankers made their way towards Iraq through the illegal Al-Waleed border crossing on 14 May.

According to local sources in the Al-Yarubiyah countryside, the convoy was accompanied by an additional 15 trucks carrying military equipment bound for Iraq, as well as six armored vehicles.

This comes just one day after 46 US vehicles were reportedly transferred out of Syria through the same border crossing.

US troops and their proxy in northern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), are in control of most of the oil fields in Hasakah and Deir Ezzor and have been regularly smuggling Syrian oil out of the country to sell it abroad.

Dozens of similar US convoys have been reported over the last year and a half. On 18 December 2021, nearly one hundred oil tankers were smuggled into northern Iraq through the same illegal crossing.

In August 2020, a US company, Delta Crescent Energy, signed a deal with the armed groups to develop oil wells and a refinery in areas under the US occupation.

Damascus reacted angrily to this move and accused the US of engaging in “state piracy.”

On 10 January, Syrian media reported that the US occupation and one of its various armed groups, set up a refinery to process stolen oil in the town of Rmelan in Hasakah governorate.

According to the report, the installed oil facility has a capacity to refine 3,000 barrels of oil per day.  The refinery was set up in order to increase the looting of Syrian oil by the US occupation.

The US occupation has smuggled tens of thousands of barrels of Syrian oil into Iraq.

Several US military convoys come under attack in Iraq

May 15 2022

Iraqi resistance groups have stepped up strikes against US military convoys in recent months

ByNews Desk

US soldiers speak to families in rural Anbar, western Iraq. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Susannah George, File)

US military convoys have come under attack by unknown militant groups in several Iraqi cities, according to a 15 May report by Mehr News Agency.

Citing local sources, the report states that three US military logistics convoys came under attack in the Iraqi cities of Al Diwaniyah and Samawah.

There have been no reports about the details of the damages, casualties, nor of any groups claiming responsibility for the attacks.

Another attack on a US military convoy, also in Al Diwaniyah, was reported by Sabereen News on 11 May.

Attacks on US forces in Iraq have seen an uptick in recent months after Baghdad’s failure to implement a law passed by parliament to expel foreign occupation forces from the country.

The vote came in the days following the assassination of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Commander Qassem Soleimani and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) deputy-chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in 2020.

Roadside bombs have also recently targeted US forces in Dhi Qar and Anbar.

Iraqi resistance groups have pledged to only lay down their arms after the full withdrawal of US forces in Iraq.

Recently, US troops stationed at Harir Air Base in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) opened fire on a number of houses and one car in Erbil’s Basrma district on 9 May.

The Governor of Basrma, Jangawar Azhgayi, told Rudaw that US troops were conducting drills when the accident happened. He also confirmed that no casualties were reported.

A video released by Telegram news channel Sabereen News on 28 April allegedly showed the transfer of ISIS fighters by two US Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters inside Iraq.

Over the years, US occupation forces in Iraq and Syria have faced several accusations of collaborating with the Takfiri armed group, despite claims to the contrary.

In August 2017, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported seeing US choppers transporting ISIS fighters in and out of the city of Deir Ezzor multiple times.

“The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that a new airdrop was carried out in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor, by the forces of the International Coalition … reliable sources confirmed to the [SOHR] that the International Coalition transported members of the ‘Islamic State’ organization.”

Nasrallah: Voting is message to those conspiring against resistance السيد نصر الله: الاقتراع يوم الأحد رسالة إلى المتآمرين على المقاومة ومستقبل لبنان

May 13, 2022

Nasrallah: Voting is message to those conspiring against resistance

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen English 

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah stresses that the United States is covering up corruption in Lebanon while its allies cast the blame on the resistance.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (Click for the video)

The strongest message sent through the martyrdom of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is the fact that she is Christian, Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Friday, in a nod to the Israeli occupation’s indiscriminate criminality that knows no bounds and is not only directed toward Muslims.

“The Israeli enemy killed Christians and Muslims, violated their sanctities, and demolished their homes […] everyone is jeopardized by the policies of the racist and inhumane Israeli occupation that will not change,” Sayyed Nasrallah said during an electoral rally in the northeastern Bekaa region of Lebanon.

He stressed that martyr Abu Akleh was a witness to Israeli criminality and the occupation’s oppression of Palestinians. “The brutal reality of the Israeli enemy has not changed throughout its massacres in Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt.”

Sayyed Nasrallah offered his condolences to the families of the Syrian soldiers who were killed at the hands of terrorist groups in the countryside of Aleppo earlier today.

Bekaa always been integral part of resistance

“The Bekaa region and its people have always been an integral part of the resistance,” Sayyed Nasrallah stressed, citing the people’s support for the resistance since its establishment and their contribution to the founding of the movement. “It is [in Bekaa] that the most important confrontation took place in 1982, which halted the progression of the Israeli enemy.”

“The shelling of the region was not only in revenge for the resistance’s operations, but in compliance with an Israeli policy [Tel Aviv] closely follows to pressure people and to send a message to the people of Bekaa to expel the resistance from the region,” he added.

“They want the people of Bekaa to give up the resistance and its arms through political, financial, and media aggression,” he explained, recalling that the operations had been launched from the region as a whole and led to the martyrdom of many prominent leaders until the entire region was liberated, “and still, the [resistance did not halt its] operations on the Western Bekaa front.”

In the southern region of Bekaa, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted, “the most prominent and dearest men in Bekaa were martyred, Sayyed Abbas Al-Mousawi and [his wife] Um Yasser.” He also praised the region for its participation in resisting the Israeli occupation during the July war of 2006, mourning the martyrs lost in Baalbek and the Western and Central Bekaa.

“You are Hezbollah, and you are the resistance. It would not be right to say you are with the resistance, because, throughout the past 40 years, you did not refrain from offering your dearest people, and you chose the resistance as your ideology,” the Hezbollah chief underscored.

“There are parties conspiring against your sacrifices and your victories, and your response must be appropriate.”

According to Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the people must not forget those who stood with Lebanon, i.e. Syria and Iran. “They are part of the electoral campaign today. We must also remember those who stood by Israel and offered it support while today, they advocate ‘freedom’ and ‘independence’, especially the United States and several Arab States [who are supporting the occupation] behind closed doors.”

Parties prevented Lebanese Army from battling ISIS on Syria-Lebanon borders

“If the terrorist groups succeded in Syria, they would have jeopardized Bekaa and the entirety of Lebanon […] those who supported the terrorist organizations only cared for toppling the authorities in Syria,” he explained.

Sayyed Nasrallah also revealed that there had been a political decision to prevent the Lebanese Army from combatting the terrorist groups on the borders. “If [the parties that prevented the Army from combatting terrorism] had the majority in the government, they would never dare take a decision as per which the Lebanese Army responds to any aggression.”

Resistance’s weapons never prevented reform

Commenting on the electoral campaigns in the 2022 Lebanese legislative elections, Sayyed Nasrallah said, “We heard many funny things in the slogans and speeches. We saw a remarkable campaign of hatred, and this is an indication of the moral and intellectual decadence of some figures representing themselves as leaders who want to solve crises.”

One of them is responsible for the vanishing of $11 billion and the economic policies that led to the current crises, and he is currently saying that the path toward saving Lebanon starts with liberating the country from Hezbollah,” Sayyed Nasrallah stressed.

He also stressed that there are parties “taking the Lebanese people for fools by fearmongering and spreading misinformation against Hezbollah […] the resistance’s arms never prevented anyone from repairing the power grid and building dams, nor did it take the catastrophic financial policies during the past decades.”

The Hezbollah chief accused the United States and its allies of smuggling depositors’ funds abroad, calling on the parties that “made their electoral lists in the US embassy” to ask Washington to return the smuggled money. He also accused it of preventing investments in Lebanon, covering up for corruption, and working to starve the Lebanese people.

“We heard that on May 15 (the day the elections will be held in Lebanon), this finger (pointing to his index finger) will be broken… I know that this finger infuriates the United States, the terrorists, and the enemies of Lebanon,” Sayyed Nasrallah stressed.

“Casting your ballots on the election day is a message to those conspiring against the resistance and its arms, as well as the future of the Lebanese people,” he concluded by telling the people of Bekaa and Lebanon as a whole.

السيد نصر الله: الاقتراع يوم الأحد رسالة إلى المتآمرين على المقاومة ومستقبل لبنان

الأمين العام لحزب الله، السيد حسن نصر الله، يؤكّد، خلال المهرجان الانتخابي في البقاع، أنّه “لا بد من الدولة العادلة والقادرة، من أجل معالجة مشاكل المنطقة، في مختلف الملفات التي يواجهها الناس”.

الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصر الله

أكّد الأمين العام لحزب الله، السيد حسن نصر الله، اليوم الجمعة، أنّ “الرسالة الأقوى في شهادة الصحافية الفلسطينية شيرين أبو عاقلة هي أنّها مسيحية”. 

وفي كلمةٍ له، خلال المهرجان الانتخابي في البقاع، أضاف السيد نصر الله أن “الرسالة من شهادة شيرين أبو عاقلة هي أنّ العدو الإسرائيلي قتل المسيحيين والمسلمين، واعتدى على مقدساتهم، وهدم بيوتهم”، وأنّ “الجميع في خطر من سياسات النظام الإسرائيلي العنصري واللاإنساني، والذي لن يتبدل مهما فعل المطبّعون”. 

وأشار إلى أنّ “الشهيدة أبو عاقلة كانت شاهدة على جرائم العدو الإسرائيلي، وعلى مظلومية الشعب الفلسطيني”، مشدداً على أنّ “حقيقة العدو الإسرائيلي الوحشية لم تتغير، من مجازر فلسطين، إلى لبنان، إلى مصر”. 

وأضاف السيد نصر الله أنّ “أول الذين يجب أن يشعروا بالخزي والعار هم المطبّعون، ودماء أبو عاقلة وصمة على وجوههم ونواصيهم وأيديهم”، آملاً أن “توقظ دماؤها الضمائر الميتة وتستنهض الخير والشرف المتبقّي في هذه الأمة”. 

كذلك، عزّى السيد نصر الله عائلات قوات الدفاع الشعبي في الجيش السوري الذين استشهدوا، في وقتٍ سابقٍ اليوم، على أيدي الجماعات التكفيرية في ريف حلب. 

البقاع كان دائماً جزءاً أساسياً من المـقاومة

وتوجّه السيد نصر الله إلى أهل البقاع المشاركين في المهرجان الانتخابي، قائلاً إن “البقاع وأهله كانوا دائماً جزءاً أساسياً من المـقاومة، تأسيساً وجبهةً وحضوراً في الميدان، وإسناداً ودعماً. وفي أرضه حدثت المواجهة الأهم عام 1982، والتي أوقفت تقدم العـدو الإسرائيلي”. 

وأضاف أن “معركة السلطان يعقوب ومعركة المديرج أعطتا رسالة واضحة إلى الاحتلال، مفادها أنه خلال أيام قليلة بدأت عمليات المقاومة، بحيث تفاجأ باستنفار أهل البقاع. وبالفعل، فإن الاجتياج توقّف”.

وذكّر السيد نصر الله، في السياق، بالأعوام الأولى للمقاومة، منذ عام 1982، بحيث كانت العمليات تحدث في المناطق المحتلة، بينما “كان يحدث رد الفعل الإسرائيلي في البقاع”، لافتاً إلى أنّ “القصف الإسرائيلي لم يكن فقط للانتقام من عمليات المقاومة، بل كان سياسةً إسرائيليةً متَّبَعةً دائماً من أجل الضغط على الناس، وهدفه أن يقول لأهل البقاع: أَخْرِجوا المقاومة من بلداتكم”. 

وأضاف: “يريدون من أهل البقاع التخلي عن المقاومة وسلاحها، عبر القصف، سياسياً ومالياً وإعلامياً”، لكنّ “العمليات انطلقت من البقاع إلى البقاع الغربي، وسقط شهداء قادة إلى أن تحرر البقاع، ومع ذلك لم تتوقف العمليات في جبهة البقاع الغربي”. 

وأردف السيد نصر الله بالقول إنّ “في أرض الجنوب استُشهد من البقاع أغلى وأعز رجال البقاع، السيد عباس الموسوي والسيدة أم ياسر الموسوي. وفي حرب تموز/يوليو كنتم حاضرين في هذه الحرب، ورجالكم يشاركون في الجبهات”، لافتاً إلى أنّ”هناك لائحة طويلة من الشهداء الذين سقطوا في بعلبك الهرمل والبقاعَين الغربي والأوسط”. 

وخاطب أهل البقاع قائلاً: “أنتم حزب الله وأنتم المقاومة، ولا يصح أن نقول أنتم مع المقاومة، لأنّكم خلال 40 عاماً لم تبخلوا بدمٍ ولا بعزيز ولا بشيء، وكانت المقاومة خياركم وعزمكم وبصيرتكم”، مؤكداً أنّ “هناك من يتآمر على تضحياتكم وعلى انتصاراتكم، ويجب أن يكون جوابكم في هذا المستوى أيضاً”. 

وبحسب السيد نصر الله، “يجب تذكّر الذين وقفوا إلى جانب لبنان، أي سوريا وإيران”، مؤكّداً أنّهما “جزء من الحملة الانتخابية اليوم”، مضيفاً أنه “يجب أن نتذكر الذين وقفوا إلى جانب إسرائيل وساندوها، واليوم يتحدثون عن الحرية والاستقلال، وفي مقدمتهم أميركا، وبعض الدول العربية من تحت الطاولة”. 

 الجيش اللبناني مُنع من المواجهة في معركة الجرود

وتطرّق السيد نصر الله إلى معركة الجرود، مؤكّداً أنّه “لو قُدِّر لمشروع الجماعات الإرهابية أن ينتصر في سوريا، لشكلت هذه الجماعات خطراً على البقاع وكل لبنان”. 

وذكر أنّ “الذين دعموا الجماعات الإرهابية كان همهم سقوط الدولة في سوريا، ومحاصرة المقاومة في لبنان”، لافتاً إلى أنّ “الجيش اللبناني مُنع، بموجب قرار سياسي، من مواجهة الجماعات الإرهابية في الجرود”. 

وأضاف السيد نصر الله أن “في معركة الجرود هناك مَن منع الجيش من المواجهة. هؤلاء لو كانوا أكثرية في أي حكومة، فلن يجرؤوا يوماً على اتخاذ قرار، ليردّ الجيش اللبناني على أي عـدوان. هؤلاء أرسلوا الوفود وعقدوا المؤتمرات الصحافية” هناك دعماً للمجموعات المسلحة. 

 لا بدّ من الدولة العادلة والقادرة 

وفيما يتعلّق بملف الإنماء في المناطق اللبنانية، قال الأمين العام لحزب الله إنّه “في كل مكان حضرنا فيه بقوة، استطعنا أن نكون فيه أكثر في خدمة الناس”، مضيفاً: “نحن إذا تولّينا مسؤولية وزارة لا نأخذ منها مالاً، بل ننفق فيها مالاً”. 

وأوضح، في السياق، أنّه “لا بد من الدولة العادلة والقادرة من أجل معالجة مشاكل المنطقة، وتطويرها في مختلف الملفات التي يواجهها الناس”، واعداً اللبنانيين بمشروع استراتيجي لكل البقاع، و”هو مشروع النفق الذي يصل بيروت بالبقاع”. 

وكشف السيد نصر الله أنّ “النفق هو بمثابة اتوستراد داخل النفق، وله فوائد متعددة في اختصار الوقت، وفي النقل، ويعيد مرفأ بيروت إلى موقعه الاستراتيجي في المنطقة”، مصرّحاً أيضاً بمشروع سكك حديدية إلى جانب الأتوستراد ومشاريع أخرى. 

وأضاف: “يجب أن يتابَع المشروع من جانب النواب الذين سيمثّلون البقاع في المجلس الجديد، بناءً على ما بدأه وزير الأشغال الحالي، وهو ابن البقاع، من اتصالات بسفارات دول وشركات خاصة، وقد تحدث مع إيطاليين وفرنسيين وصينيين ومصريين وأتراك وإيرانيين”. 

وأكّد السيد نصر الله أنّه “سيُبذَل مزيد من الجهود التي تتركز على المشاريع الزراعية وعلى التصريف الزراعي”، مؤكّداً أنّ ذلك “على درجة عالية من الأهمية”.

وأفاد بأنّ “هناك مشروعاً سنعمل عليه جميعاً، هو اللامركزية الإدارية، والعمل في الحكومة والمجلس النيابي الجديد على إنهاء ملف العلاقات اللبنانية السورية”، مشدداً على أنّ “عودة العلاقات الطبيعية بين لبنان وسوريا على المستوى الرسمي سيستفيد منه كل لبنان، وخصوصاً البقاع”. 

سلاح المقاومة لم يمنع أحداً من الإصلاح

وبشأن الحملات الانتخابية التي جرت، قال السيد نصر الله “إننا سمعنا، في الحملات الانتخابية، كثيراً من الأمور المضحكة، وشهدنا حالة عجيبة من بث الكراهية والضغينة في لبنان”. ورأى أنّ ذلك “يؤشر على مستوى الخفة والانحطاط، أخلاقياً وفكرياً، عند بعض من يقدّمون أنفسهم قادةً، ويريدون حل الأزمات”. 

وتابع أن “أحدهم مسؤول عن اختفاء 11 مليار دولار، وعن السياسات الاقتصادية التي أدت إلى الأزمات الحالية، ويقول إن طريق الإنقاذ يبدأ من تحرير الدولة من حزب الله”.

ووفق السيد نصر الله، فإن “هناك استغباءً للناس، عبر التخويف من حزب الله بطرائق سخيفة”، مؤكّداً أنّ “سلاح المقاومة لم يمنع أحداً من إصلاح الكهرباء وبناء السدود، ولم يقرر السياسات المالية المفجعة خلال العقود الماضية”. 

وشدّد على أنّ “واشنطن هي التي ساعدت، مع جماعتها، على تهريب أموال المودعين اللبنانيين إلى الخارج”، مضيفاً أنّ “من شكل لوائحه الانتخابية في السفارة الأميركية فَلْيُطالِبْ واشنطن باسترجاع أموال المودعين اللبنانيين بعد تهريبها”. وأردف أنّ “أميركا هي التي تمنع الاستثمارات في لبنان، وتغطي على السرقات، وتعمل على تجويع اللبنانيين”. 

وأضاف: “سمعنا أنه في الـ15 من أيار/مايو سيُكسَر هذه الإصبع (مشيراً إلى أصبعه). وأنا أعرف أنّ هذه الإصبع تغيظ أميركا والتكفيريين وأعداء لبنان”. 

وختم السيد نصر الله خطابه قائلاً: “الاقتراع في يوم الانتخاب هو رسالة إلى كل المتآمرين على المقاومة وسلاحها ومستقبل اللبنانيين”.

The role of the US in Seif Al-Quds exposed

May 11, 2022 

Source: Al Mayadeen English

By Farah Hajj Hassan 

What role did the US play in the Israeli aggression against Gaza during the battle of Seif Al-Quds, and how can its relentless support for the occupation continue despite dissenting voices within its own government?

The role of the US in Seif Al-Quds exposed

The battle of Seif Al-Quds in Gaza was a turning point in the Palestinian-Israeli equation, with severe consequences for the occupation, even if it was touted as a victory for “Israel” by the west.  

“Israel” unleashed its aggression against the Palestinian people, killing 313 Palestinians, including 71 minors.

Like the latest Israeli occupation forces (IOF)’s assaults on worshippers in Al-Aqsa during the holy month of Ramadan, last year’s events were preceded by the main catalyst – the assaults on the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods in East Al-Quds by settlers under the protection of the IOF.

Whereas in the past, the Israelis had a monopoly over the narrative concerning their actions within the occupied territories, in 2021 they suffered an unexpected blow on social media they did not expect. Pro-Palestinian content was being circulated and shared on social media platforms like never before.

#SaveSheikhJarrah became a trending hashtag and prominent Palestinian voices and pro-Palestinian supporters amplified their voices on platforms in a way that just could no longer be ignored or repressed by “Israel”.

Social media sites did attempt to limit pro-Palestinian content repeatedly but could not face off against the Chinese platform TikTok where live images and videos were shared, depicting the very ugly reality that Western media outlets were deliberately clouding. 

Read more: 7 months In… Is the TikTok Intifada still raging?

How does the US contribute to the aggression? In the same way, it currently contributes to Ukraine’s war due to its vested interest against Russia… with billions of dollars in arms.

As with Ukrainian troops, the US participates in funding and training initiatives with Israeli troops in order to continue its brutal aggression against the people of Palestine. 

In January, a US-based Breaking Defense military news outlet reported that the Israeli occupation has a list of weapons it planned to urge the US to add to its possible emergency stockpile to use against Iran and Lebanon.

In May of 2021, US President Joe Biden approved a deal to sell $735 million worth of precision-guided weapons to “Israel”.

Months after the battle of Seif Al-Quds, the US approved a bill that limits the security assistance of “Israel” to $3.3 billion annually, while it ensures a “series of programs aimed at furthering peace in the region.”

What part of giving an occupying force $3 billion annually for use against an oppressed and blockaded people is part of furthering peace? 

Not only does the US fund “Israel’s” largest-ever “defense” program, the Iron Dome, but it continuously pours billions into the Israeli security fund.

Read more: Iron Dome; “Israel’s” crushed pride

No better friend: The USA

When the US approved the Iron Dome funding, Yair Lapid, the Israeli Foreign Minister, declared that “Israel” has no better friend than the US. 

How can he be wrong, when during the Seif Al-Quds battle, Biden’s statements only mirrored those of Presidents before him, touting “Israel’s” right to “defend” itself, without a word of criticism directed at “Israel”?

Not only that, but the US blocked a UN Security Council motion that would have ended the Israeli violence.

In December, the US inked a deal with “Israel” worth $2 billion to purchase 12 CH-53K aircraft and two KC-46 refueling aircraft.

In February, in a speech to the Israeli Knesset, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed “ironclad” US support. She specifically voiced her hope that the US Senate will soon adopt legislation to support the replenishment of “Israel’s” Iron Dome.

The US has obsessively included funds for the program in its overall federal spending on several occasions despite the opposition of members of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, who consider “Israel” an apartheid state guilty of war crimes.

She went on to promise “Israel” assistance in various security areas, including the fight against Iran. Furthermore, Pelosi called Iran’s nuclear program a “global threat”, despite Tehran’s repeated assurances to world leaders that it has no plans to produce nuclear weapons.

A shift in attitudes

In September 2021, the US signed a new deal to grant “Israel” a further $1 billion in funding. Biden, furthermore, “affirmed his unwavering support for ‘Israel’ and its defense needs, and welcomed the historic $1 billion allocations to replenish ‘Israel’s’ Iron Dome system.” 

However, the allocation did not go through Congress as seamlessly as the Israelis are used to. The reason behind that is growing America-first, anti-Israeli, pro-Palestinian sentiment in the US.

The number of supporters of “Israel” within US politics is numerous, however, a new wave of dissenting voices is emerging. The most notorious is Ilhan Omar. Omar accused “Israel” of abusing human rights, saying, “We sold $175 billion in weapons last year—more than anyone in the world—to some of the worst human rights abusers in the world,” on Twitter.

“Here’s an idea: don’t sell arms to anyone who violates human rights,” she added. 

In agreement with Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib called “Israel” an “apartheid state” guilty of war crimes.

Read next: US war crime claim ‘staggeringly hypocritical’ – Ilhan Omar

At the time, Israeli media reported that the approval of US military aid to “Israel” was postponed in the wake of the opposition of a group of Democratic members of Congress. Democratic members announced that they will not vote in favor of the budget if it includes interceptor missiles for the Iron Dome.

This is a massive shift in US politics considering the amount of pro-“Israel” media coverage that US news outlets bombard viewers with. 

Not only did the US allocate the funds to “Israel” in 2021, but Biden also pledged an additional $1 billion to Bennett for the failures of the Iron Dome.

Only 8.1% of Democrats pinned the blame for the Gaza war on Palestinians, while an astounding 34.8% blamed “Israel”. Overall, Americans aged 18-34 blamed “Israel”; 30.1%, more than those who blamed Palestinians; 20.2%, and 45% of Democrats aged 18-34 blamed “Israel”, more than those who blamed Palestinians; 6.1%. 

Furthermore, 43.7% of Democrats and a quarter of Americans overall, want the US to “apply more pressure on “Israel,” including holding out on the funding. 

On July 29, 2021, the University of Maryland Critical Issues poll from June 22 to July 21 shows that the polarization within the US concerning the “Israel/Palestine debate” is only growing. 

Ukraine good, Palestine bad

Finally, what many pro-Palestinian activists have noticed is the stark difference in the support the US has been touting for Ukraine and how it massively differs from the media’s attitude toward the Palestinian struggle.

Not only was the US the main contributor and constant enabler of Israeli aggression against Palestine for years, but it also has the audacity to claim it views Palestinians and Israelis in the same light. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in June tweeted that “Israelis and Palestinians deserve equal measures of security, freedom, opportunity, and dignity.” 

To want equal measures of security for an oppressor and his victim is an oxymoron. The US knows that “Israel” is the settler and aggressor and knows very well that its constant financial and moral support is the reason “Israel” has become as emboldened as it is.  

The US loves playing the sanctions game, as we saw with Russia, Iran, and China

When it has a reason to declare a war on a nation, it usually does everything in its power to interfere. Why then does it enable “Israel” to continue its crimes? Because “Israel”, like Ukraine, is a pawn for US interest in the region.

As the military operation in Ukraine continues, millions of refugees flee to neighboring countries, and as massive encouragement is given to Ukrainians’ “popular resistance”, Palestinians around the world wonder why their cause has not been backed even remotely as close to Ukraine’s?

Read next: Palestine and Ukraine: Colossal difference in treatment and narrative

Could it be because they have been resisting for more than 70 years and not only a couple of weeks?

The reality is that the West and the US in particular only encourage resistance when it is in their favor.

Soon after the military operation was initiated, the West circulated gut-wrenching images of Ukrainian civilians with Molotov cocktails in an attempt to “resist” Russia. Meanwhile, Palestinians, who are internationally recognized as occupied people, are called “terrorists” by Western media, are accused of using human shields, are attacked in Western media for being “anti-semitic” due to BDS policies, and are widely told to give up their cause and agree to a two-state solution to “end the violence.”

According to Nour Odeh, a political analyst, what this crisis has done is reveal and expose the fact that powerful countries treat international law as a tool to serve their political goals and interests, and they are willing to bend the law − and to even undermine it − in order to protect an ally like “Israel”.

This is exactly what the US has done for decades. However, with the Resistance in Palestine achieving a remarkable victory, the US and “Israel” remain wary and have come to realize that a confrontation with Palestine now is nowhere close to previous confrontations.

كلمة السيد نصرالله في المهرجان الإنتخابي في صور والنبطية

 9 May، 2022

فيما يلي كلمة الأمين العام لحزب الله سماحة السيد حسن نصر الله في المهرجان الانتخابي الذي اقامه حزب الله في مدينتي صور والنبطية 9-5-2022.

أعوذ بالله من الشَّيطان الرَّجيم، بسم الله الرَّحمن الرَّحيم، والحمد لله رب العالمين، والصَّلاة والسَّلام على سيدنا ونبينا ‏خاتم النَّبيين أبي القاسم محمَّد بن عبد الله، وعلى آله الطيبين الطَّاهرين، وأصحابه الأخيار المنتجبين، وعلى جميع ‏الأنبياء والمرسلين‎.‎ السَّلام عليكم جميعاً ورحمة الله وبركاته..‏‎

يقول الله سبحانه وتعالى في كتابه المجيد: ‏
بسم الله الرّحمن الرَّحيم
‏(يُثَبِّتُ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا بِالْقَوْلِ الثَّابِتِ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ ۖ وَيُضِلُّ اللَّهُ الظَّالِمِينَ ۚ وَيَفْعَلُ اللَّهُ مَا يَشَاءُ) (27)‏
صدق الله العليّ العظيم

إنني في البداية أرحّب بكم جميعاً الإخوة والأخوات والأهل الكرام في مدينة النبطية مدينة الإمام الحسين عليه السلام، ‏وفي مدينة صور مدينة الإمام السَّيد عبد الحسين شرف الدّين والإمام السيد موسى الصّدر أعاده الله بخير.‏

نرحب بكم وأنتم الذين أتيتم من كل أنحاء الجنوب، من جبل عامل، من أقضية محافظتي الجنوب والنبطية، من كل ‏المدن والقرى والبلدات، لتعبّروا دائماً وكما كنتم طوال العقود الماضية عن صدقكم ووفائكم وإخلاصكم وعظيم ‏حضوركم ووقفتكم وإبائكم وصمودكم ومقاومتكم وانتصاركم، اشكركم على هذا الحضور الكبير. ‏

قبل أن أبدأ بالكلمة، من واجبي أيضاً أن أتوجه بالتعزية بفقد العلاّمة الكبير سماحة السيد محمد ترحيني إلى عائلته ‏الشريفة، إلى أهل بلدته الكرام بلدة عبّا، الى أهلنا في الجنوب، الى كل اللبنانيين، الى علمائنا الكرام، الى طلبة العلوم ‏الدينية، الى الحوزات العلمية بفقد هذا العالم الجليل والفقيه المجاهد والاستاذ المعلم والناصر المؤيد للمقاومة بيده ‏ولسانه وقلمه وقلبه ودعائه وموقفه.‏

أيها الإخوة والأخوات، نحن اليوم في مهرجان انتخابي، شاءت الظروف ان تأتي الانتخابات بعد شهر رمضان، جاء ‏العيد، جاءت أيام الصّمت الانتخابي، ضاق وقتنا، لم يبق امامنا سوى يوم الاثنين ويوم غد الثلاثاء ويوم الجمعة، اي ‏اننا نخطب ونلتقي بين أيام الصّمت الانتخابي، هذا اضطرنا لأن نجمع الاحتفالات والمهرجانات وإلاّ كل دائرة بحدّ ‏ذاتها تستحق مهرجاناً منفصلاً وإحياءً كاملاً، لذلك اليوم نحن مع الجنوب وغداً إن شاءالله مع بيروت وجبل لبنان ‏ويوم الجمعة القادم مع أهلنا الكرام في البقاع.‏

وأنا أشاهد هذا المنظر الكبير والجميل من أعماق قلبي كنت أتمنى أن أكون بينكم وأن أقف أمامكم وأن أخاطبكم ‏مباشرةً، ولكن على كل حال هذا جزء من مقتضيات المعركة القائمة أن اتكلم إليكم من بعيد. عندما نتحدث في هذه ‏الأيام ما يخطر في البال وما يجب أن يُقال سأضطر أن أقسمه إلى ثلاثة أقسام، وما اقوله اليوم هو لكل لبنان وإن كان ‏فيه خصوصية الجنوب، كنا نودّ في مهرجاناتنا الانتخابية أن نبدأ من هموم الناس الحقيقية، من آلام الناس وأوجاع ‏الناس المباشرة، في شهر كانون الثاني وشباط وآذار ونيسان هناك جهات ومراكز دراسات أجرت إستطلاعات رأي ‏في كل الدوائر في الـ 15 دائرة، وسألت الناس عن أولوياتها، عن اهتماماتها والاغلبية الساحقة كانت تتحدث عن الهم ‏الاقتصادي والمعيشي والمالي عن أموال المودعين، عن الكهرباء، عن الماء، عن البطالة، عن فرص العمل، عن ‏غلاء الاسعار عن المحتكرين عن الفساد، وأنا قرأت كل استطلاعات الرأي هذه لأنها كانت موضع اهتمام بطبيعة ‏الحال، وقليل من الناس في كل الدوائر من كان يطرح سلاح المقاومة، لم ترد مسألة سلاح المقاومة كإهتمام وكأولوية ‏وكمشكلة وكمعاناة وكمسألة ملحة ومستعجلة يجب على المجلس النيابي الجديد والحكومة الجديدة ان تعالجها، ولكن ‏للأسف الشديد جاءت بعض القوى السياسية مبكراً واستلّت من كعب لائحة الاهتمامات سحبت موضوع سلاح ‏المقاومة وجعلته عنوان المعركة الانتخابية الحالية، ومنذ عدة اشهر والى اليوم نسمع صراخاً وخطاباً وتحريضاً ‏وكلاماً ليس بمستوى قائليه حتى، جعلوا هذا الموضوع عنوان المعركة الانتخابية الحالية، ولذلك لنبدأ من هنا، ‏لنتحدث من هنا، كنت اود أن اتحدث عن المساهمة في بناء الدولة العادلة والقادرة، عن أموال المودعين، عن الملفات ‏المختلفة، على كل حال اليوم أنا سأركز على هذا الموضوع وإذا تبقى وقت أدخل الى موضوع آخر، لكن بالتأكيد يوم ‏غد ويوم الجمعة ان شاءالله سأتناول بقية الملفات، سأناقش معكم بالمنطق بالحجّة بالدليل بالوقائع من موقع المسؤولية ‏من الميدان العنوان الذي فرضوه هم للمعركة الانتخابية:‏

أولا، أريد أن يعرف اللبنانيون جميعا أن اولئك الذين يدعون اليوم إلى نزع سلاح المقاومة، بل ذهب بعضهم قبل أيام ‏في خطاب إنفعالي صوتوا لنتخلص من حزب الله ومن حلفاء حزب الله، أي تجاوز الموضوع مسألة مقاومة وسلاح ‏مقاومة، أريد أن يعرف اللبنانيون أولاً، أن هؤلاء أصلاً يجهلون ويتجاهلون ما عاشه الجنوب وما عاناه اهل الجنوب ‏منذ قيام الكيان الغاصب المؤقت في فلسطين عام 1948، انا لا أفتري عليهم، في عام 2006 عندما دعا دولة الرئيس ‏نبيه بري الى طاولة حوار وذهبنا وشاركنا في طاولة الحوار ووصل الكلام الى الحديث عن الاستراتيجية الدفاعية، ‏أحد هؤلاء الزعماء السياسيين – يلي هوي اليوم معلي صوتو ومكتر زيادة – قال في الجلسة، ويوجد تسجيلات ‏المجلس النيابي موجودة، قال اسرائيل لم تعتد على لبنان،”هذا الذي يطالب بنزع سلاح المقاومة، اسرائيل منذ ‏‏1948 الى 1968 اي في بدايات العمل الفدائي في جنوب لبنان، اسرائيل لم تعتد على لبنان، إسرائيل لم تشكل ‏تهديداً للبنان، اسرائيل لم تفتعل مشكلة مع لبنان، هذا إما جاهل وإما متجاهل، والغريب أيها الإخوة والأخوات وأيها ‏اللبنانيون أن لبنان بلد صغير وأن أهل الشمال يعرفون ماذا يوجد في الجنوب، البلد ليس 100 الف او 200 الف كلم، ‏ونحن نتكلم عن تاريخ قريب معاصر اي قبل 70 أو 80 سنة، ومع ذلك يقولون لنا ذلك، اذكر على طاولة الحوار ‏حصل نقاش، أجابه دولة الرئيس نبيه بري وأجبته أنا، ثم قام احد الاخوة من المشاركين في الوفود، وذهب وجاء ‏بكتاب وثائق من جريدة السفير وعرضه على الحضور، وقال لهم انظروا هذه الوثائق ماذا فعلت اسرائيل منذ عام ‏‏1948، أيها الإخوة والأخوات يا أهل الجنوب ويا أيّها اللبنانيون، الكيان الغاصب أعلن عن وجوده وكيانه في مثل ‏هذه الايام في 15 أيار 1948 في وقت لم يكن هناك بعد عمل فدائي ولا مقاومة فلسطينية ولا مقاومة لبنانية في ‏جنوب لبنان، قام بمهاجمة القرى الحدودية، هجّر الكثير من سكان القرى الحدودية، وهرب الناس مع أثاثهم وأنعامهم ‏وما استطاعوا ان ينقلوه، دخل الى بلدة حولا ونفذ فيها مجزرة مهولة قضى فيها عشرات الشهداء من الرجال والنساء ‏والاطفال والصغار و الكبار. هذه هي إسرائيل بالـ 48 والـ49 والـ 50 واكملت، الامام السيد عبد الحسين شرف الدين ‏في ذلك الوقت ارسل رسالته المعروفة لرئيس الجمهورية آنذاك، وطالبه بأن تأتي الدولة لتحمي الجنوبيين ولترسل ‏الجيش الى الحدود لتدافع عن سكان القرى الحدودية ولكن لا حياة لمن تنادي، وقال له ان لم تكن قادرا على الحماية ‏فلتكن الرعاية، فليكن هناك ملاجئ، فليكن هناك دائماً دعم للجنوبيين ليبقوا في أرضهم حتى لا يهجّروا حتى لا يتحول ‏الجنوب سريعاً الى فلسطين ثانية، ولكنهم لم يصغوا! في الخمسينات كان جيش العدو يدخل الى القرى الجنوبية، ‏فيقتل ويخطف ويهدم المنازل ويحرق المزروعات ويخطف حتى رجال قوى الأمن الداخلي ويدخل حتى الى مخافر ‏الدرك القليلة التي كانت موجودة هناك.

في الستينات قام العدو الاسرائيلي بقصف منشآت الوزّاني التي كان يراد ‏ان يستفيد الجنوبيون منها، من مياه الوزاني وكانت مشروعاً مدعوماً لجامعة الدول العربية، ولكن لم يحرك احد ساكنا، وهكذا استمر الحال في الستينات والسبعينيات.

اذا الجنوب وأهل الجنوب بدأت معاناتهم منذ بداية قيام هذا الكيان الغاصب لفلسطين المحتلة، اما من يأتي ويقول اسرائيل هاجمت الجنوب واعتدت على الجنوب كرد فعل على العمليات الفلسطينية، هذا كذب وهذا افتراء، من 48 لـ 68 لم يكن هناك عمليات فلسطينية ولا عمليات مقاومة.

إذاً هؤلاء إما جهلة أو متجاهلون، أساساً هذا يكشف أنهم لا ينظرون إلى إسرائيل على أنها عدو وعلى أنها تهديد وعلى أنها صاحبة أطماع لا بالوزاني ولا بالليطاني ولا بمياه لبنان ولا بأرض لبنان ولا اليوم بغاز ونفط وثروة لبنان، هذا أولاً.

ثانيًا، في سياق هذه المعركة أيضًا هذه الأيام لجأوا إلى التضليل والتزوير للنيل من المقاومة، ‏واختبأوا خلف عمامات كبيرة وقيادات جليلة خصوصًا في الطائفة الشيعية، وإن كانت هذه القيادات ‏على المستوى الوطني وعلى مستوى الأمة عندما أرادوا أن يميّزوا بين المقاومة الحالية، أو ‏بتعبيرهم شيعة المقاومة وبين سماحة الإمام السيد موسى الصدر أعاده الله بخير، وسماحة آية الله ‏السيد محمد حسين فضل الله رضوان الله عليه، وسماحة آية الله الشيخ محمد مهدي شمس الدين ‏رضوان الله عليه. واسمحوا لي هنا أن أدخل من هنا لأذكّر بمواقف ومقاومة وخطاب الإمام ‏الصدر والسقوف العالية لسماحة الإمام موسى الصدر التي لم تصل إليها حتى اليوم، لا مقاومة ‏حزب الله ولا مقاومة حركة أمل ولا أيّ مقاومة وطنية أو إسلامية في لبنان.‏

من هذا الباب وسأكتفي ببعض النصوص والوقائع من سيرة الإمام السيد موسى الصدر لأنّه كان ‏هو فعلًا المؤسس للمقاومة والقائد للمقاومة إلى حين اختطافه عام 1978. الإمام الصدر منذ أن ‏جاء إلى لبنان واصل الخطاب في هذه المسألة، كما كان الإمام شرف الدين كان يرى بأمّ العين ‏الاعتداءات والتهديدات والتجاوزات الإسرائيلية ولطالما تحدّث عنها، وبدأ يطالب الدولة اللبنانية، ‏يطالبها بالجيش، يطالبها بتقوية الجيش اللبناني وبإرسال قوات كافية من الجيش اللبناني إلى ‏الحدود، ولم يكن هناك احتلال وقتها، نتحدث بداية الستينات لم يكن هناك احتلال. ‏

لاحقًا في عام 1967 جرى احتلال مزارع شبعا وتلال كفرشوبا، لكن الاعتداءات كانت متواصلة. الإمام ‏الصدر كان يخاطب الدولة ويقول لهم إذا كان عديد الجيش غير كافٍ تعالوا درّبوا شبابنا، أنا ‏حاضرـ كان يقول أنا الشيخ، المقصود بالشيخ، المعمم، عندها الإمام كان شابًا وقتها أنا الشيخ حاضر ‏أن أتدرّب على السلاح، وأن أقاتل مع الشباب، دّربوا شبابنا، سلّحوا شبابنا. أنتم قاتلوا بشبابنا ‏لندافع عن الجنوب لكنهم لم يكونوا يصغون إليه، تعرفون لماذا؟ مثل البند الأول لأنّ الجنوب ‏والقرى الحدودية لم تكن في يوم من الأيام منذ 1948 موضع لا أولويات الدولة ولا اهتمامات ‏الدولة أصلًا، وهذا لم يكن فقط شأن الجنوب هذا شأن الجنوب، شأن البقاع، شأن عكار، شأن الشمال، ‏الأطراف التي تمّ إلحاقها بلبنان الكبير عام 1920. هذا جزء من سياسة الإهمال وإدارة الظهر من ‏قبل الدولة لكلّ هذه المناطق لم يكونوا يصغون للإمام الصدر.

الإمام الصدر حاول، إنتقل من عاصمة عربية إلى عاصمة عربية، أنا كنت أقرأ، واقعًا يحترق قلب الإنسان على هذا الرجل الكبير الذي قضى أيامه يسافر من عاصمة عربية إلى أخرى، من دمشق ‏إلى القاهرة، إلى الرياض، إلى عمّان، إلى الكويت إلى إلى إلى… ليتكلّم مع الملوك والأمراء ‏والرؤساء العرب من أجل أن يتحمّل العرب مسؤوليتهم في الدفاع عن الجنوب. وعندما جاءت ‏قوات الردع العربية إلى لبنان حاول الإمام الصدر أن يدفع بقوات الردع العربية إلى الجنوب ‏ليدافع العرب عن الجنوب، ولم يوفّق، هو يقول أنا بقيت في الـ 74 و75 أنا بقيت عشر سنوات ‏أطالب الدولة بأن تأتي إلى الجنوب لتدافع عن الجنوب، ولكن لم يصغوا إلي، ولم يستمعوا إلي، ‏ولم يقبلوا منّي.‏

ولذلك ذهب الإمام الصدر إلى الخيار الآخر، هذا يجب أن نعرفه جميعنا في لبنان كلّ اللبنانيين في ‏كل المناطق اللبنانية يجب أن يعرفوا لماذا لجأ الجنوب وأهل الجنوب إلى خيار المقاومة المسلّحة ‏بشكلها الحالي والقائم، واستندوا في مقاومتهم المسلحة إلى بقية أهلهم في بقية المناطق اللبنانية في ‏البقاع وبيروت والجبل والشمال. لم يكن هذا حماسًا أو انفعالًا أو هوى نفس، وإنّما كان الخيار ‏الذي اضطروا إليه وأجبروا عليه نتيجة تخلّي الدول العربية، وجامعة الدول العربية وأيضًا، وأولا ‏نتيجة تخلّي الدولة اللبنانية وحكوماتها المتعاقبة عن الجنوب وأهل الجنوب والدفاع عنهم، لذلك ‏ذهب الإمام الصدر مبكّرًا في السبعينات إلى الخيار الآخر.‏

أقرأ لكم بعض النصوص التي هي موجودة في عشر مجلدات، حتى يعرف ‏هؤلاء أي مقاومة يريدون أن يطالبوا بنزع سلاحها. لا أقول أي مقاومة يريدون نزع سلاحها، ‏‏”فشروا أن ينزعوا سلاحها، فشروا أن ينزعوا سلاحها”، ولكن أقول المقاومة التي يريدون أن ‏ينزعوا سلاحها. يقول الإمام الصدر في 21 – 1 – 1971 في ذكرى عاشوراء في الكلية ‏العاملية، إسمعوا جيّدًا هذا كلام الإمام، واجب كلّ إنسان أرادت السلطة، أم لم ترد، يعني لم يعد ‏مباليًا بالدولة، فقد يئس أنّه نريد أن ننتظر قرار من الدولة، عليكم خير، واجب كل إنسان أرادت ‏السلطة، أم لم ترد أن يتدرّب ويتسلح كعلي بن أبي طالب والحسين بن علي وإذا لم يُجِد استعمال ‏السلاح، فذلك انحراف عن خط علي والحسين على كل شاب أن يتدرّب ويحمل السلاح لتأسيس ‏مقاومة لبنانية تلقّن العدو درسًا، “خلص” ذهب إلى هذا الخيار. ليس هناك خيار، ننتظر الجيش، ‏الدولة، الدول العربية، قوات الردع العربية، المجتمع الدولي، الإمام الصدر من واقع التجربة ‏والحرص وصل إلى هذا الخيار.‏

إسمعوا مقطع آخر يقول في 26 – 3 – 1975 في نادي الإمام الصادق في عيد المولد النبوي ‏الشريف إنّ التدريب على السلاح واجب كتعلّم الصلاة ،هذه المقاومة إنّ التدريب على السلاح ‏واجب كتعلّم الصلاة واقتنائه ولو بعت فراشك واجب. الإمام الصدر يدعونا أن نشتري السلاح، ولو ‏بعنا فراشنا. واجب كاقتناء القرآن أقول لكم ذلك في يوم مولد محمد وعلى منبر محمد وفي بناء ‏الإمام الصادق اللهمّ اشهد أنّي تعلّمت التدريب على السلاح وأقتني السلاح من عندي. الإمام بشيبته ‏تدرّب على استخدام السلاح واشترى السلاح ووضعه في بيته ليقاتل.‏

في مقطع ثالث في 20 – 1 – 1975 يتفقّد الإمام المهجرين من أهل كفرشوبا في مرجعيون ‏كانوا في المدرسة، وممّا قال إنّ بداية الاحتلال ظاهرة والخطر يهدّد الوطن، ولم نكن وصلنا ‏للاحتلال في 78 الإمام الصدر كان يتحدّث عن الاحتلال، ونخشى أن تبقى السلطة في درس ‏الخطة الدفاعية، نتحدث متى؟ سنة 75. مازالت السلطة في لبنان أيها الجنوبيون أيها الشعب اللبناني ‏من 1975 تدرس الخطة الدفاعية، ولم تنتهِ من دراستها ونحن في عام 2022. والبحث عن ‏الموقف ويقول الإمام الصدر مع العلم إنّ البحث عن الدفاع عن النفس والكرامة جزء من وجود ‏الإنسان لا يحتاج إلى اتخاذ قرار لذلك. لا نحتاج نحن أن ننتظر الدولة حتى نتخذ القرار، “أكثر من هيك” ‏الإمام الصدر مبكًرا كان يتحدّث عن إزالة إسرائيل من الوجود، من يستغرب الآن خطابنا يقول ما ‏هذا الخطاب. الإمام الصدر كان سابقًا قبل أن تقوم الجمهورية الإسلامية في إيران وتنتصر الثورة ‏الاسلامية في إيران، وتطرح قيادة الثورة استراتيجية إزالة إسرائيل من الوجود، إسمعوا الإمام ‏الصدر ماذا كان يقول. كان يقول في 6 – 10 – 1974 بالأونيسكو يجب إزالة اسرائيل من ‏الوجود، يجب إزالة إسرائيل من الوجود، فإسرائيل وينظر لهذا الموضوع لماذا يا سيدنا؟ فإسرائيل ‏بهيئتها الحاضرة عنصر عدواني ووجودها يخالف المسيرة الإنسانية، وبعكس التحرّك الأساسي ‏للحضارة الإنسانية، فلذلك لا مقام لها معنا ولا لها بيننا مكان.‏
هذا الإمام الصدر وهذه مقاومة الإمام الصدر، أنا أقول لكم بكل صدق ما أشرت إليه قبل قليل ‏السقف الذي كان يخطب ويتحدّث ويفكّر فيه الإمام الصدر حتى نحن الآن لم نلامس هذا السقف، لم ‏نجرؤ على قول ما كان يقول رغم أنّ الظروف الإقليمية اليوم أفضل بكثير، وظروف المقاومة ‏أفضل بكثير، وظروف بيئة المقاومة أفضل بكثير.‏

أذكر فقط شاهدين، الشاهد الأول وأنا أقول لمن يختبئ اليوم في مكان ما من لبنان خلف عباءة ‏الإمام الصدر، هل يقبل بهذا المنطق؟ هذا منطق الإمام الصدر، إسمعوا ماذا يقول سنة 1974 في ‏المسجد العمري الكبير في صيدا؟ يقول الإمام الصدر في المسجد وكان احتفالًا كبيرًا وقتها. نحن ‏نريد الجنوب ونحن في قلب الجنوب في صيدا، نريده أن يكون منطقة منيعة صخرة تتحطّم عليها ‏أحلام إسرائيل، وتكون اسمعوا وتكون نواة تحرير فلسطين، وطليعة المحاربين ضدّ إسرائيل، ‏الجنوب رأس الحربة ضد إسرائيل وقاعدة لتحرير الأرض المقدسة، لا نريد جنوبًا هزيلًا مثل ‏اليوم في ذاك اليوم. أو في شكل دويلات، نريد جنوبًا متمسّكا بلبنان مرتبطًا بهذه الأمة، مرتبطة ‏بهذه الأمة يا دعاة الحياد، مرتبطة بهذه الأمة موحّدًا مع العرب، رأس حربة لهم لا جنوب هزيلًا ‏مفصولًا، بل نريده جنوبًا مانعًا قويًا. هل نستطيع نحن أن نقول رغم كلّ الظروف الأفضل بكثير ‏من ظروف الإمام الصدر؟ هل يتحمل أحد أن أقول أنا أو الرئيس نبيه بري أو أي مؤمن بالمقاومة ‏هذا الكلام الذي كان يقوله الإمام الصدر؟ نحن مازلنا تحت السقف. في يوم القدس أقصى ما ‏تجرّأت أن أقوله أنا مثلًا أقوله أنا وأمثالي كنا نقول إنّ القدس ‏هي جزء من عقيدتنا قبل أيام، هي جزء من عقيدتنا وديننا وكرامتنا وعرضنا، ونحن أمة وقوم لا نتخلى لا عن عقيدتنا ولا عن ديننا ولا عن كرامتنا ولا عن أرضنا، لكن اسمعوا الجرأة في خطاب الامام الصدر، يقول في 17/8/1974 في حي السلم: “عندما إحتلوا القدس حاولوا أن يقصموا ظهر الإسلام ويُحطموا واقع المسيحية”، إسمعوا أيها اللبنانيون، أيها المسلمون والمسيحيون، يقول الإمام الصدر:” عيشنا من دون القدس موتٌ وذل، عيشنا من دون القدس موتٌ وذل، وعندما يتنازل الإنسان المسلم أو المسيحي عن القدس فهو يتنازل عن دينه، وعندما يتنازل الإنسان المسلم أو المسيحي عن القدس فهو يتنازل عن دينه”، من يَجرؤ أن يقول هذا الكلام اليوم؟ أنه عندما نتنازل عن القدس يعني نحن خرجنا من الإسلام وخرجنا من المسيحية.

على كلٍ، هذا الإمام ذهب إلى هذا الخيار بعد كل هذه التجربة، ما أود أن أقوله هنا في ختام هذا ثانياً، أن علماءنا وقادتنا وكبارنا منذ 1948 كان خيارهم الدولة والجيش، وأن تأتي الدولة ويأتي الجيش ومؤسسات الدولة لِتدافع عن الجنوب وان يُقاتلوا هم معها وإلى جانبها وتحت رايتها، ولكن للأسف الشديد دائماً كانت الدولة تُدير ظهرها للجنوب ولأهل الجنوب.

ثالثاً: هؤلاء الذين يُطالبون اليوم أو يُنادون بإلغاء المقاومة ونزع سلاحها، يتجاهلون ويتنكرون لكل إنجازاتها الوطنية والقومية، لسنا نتكلم عن شيء عابر أو عن شيء يمكن أن نُلغيه أو شيء يمكن ان نتجاهله أو شيء يمكن أن نَتجاوزه أو شيء وجوده هامشي في بلدنا وفي تاريخنا وفي مجتمعنا، بل نتكلم عن مقاومة لها إنجازات هي الأعظم في تاريخ لبنان، أكبر إنجاز في تاريخ لبنان منذ 1948 إلى اليوم هو تحرير الجنوب والبقاع الغربي في 25 آيار 2000، حيث تُصادف ذكراه السنوية بعد عدة أيام.

يتجاهلون إنجازات وإنتصارات هذه المقاومة، التي بإختصار شديد حررت كامل الأراضي اللبنانية المحتلة، والعدو الإسرائيلي وصل إلى بيروت وإلى جبل لبنان وإلى البقاع الغربي والساحل واحتل كل الجنوب، هذه المقاومة وحدها هذه المقاومة بكل فصائلها، بين هلالين عندما أتكلم عن المقاومة فإنني أتكلم عن حزب الله وأتكلم عن كل الذين حملوا السلاح وكل الذين قاتلوا وكل الذين قدموا الشهداء، نحن لم نحتكر المقاومة في يوم من الأيام ولم نُصادر إنجازاتها في يوم من الأيام، بل نَعترف بفضل كل صاحب فضل، المقاومة حررت كامل الأراضي اللبنانية، “بَعد عِنا ” مزارع شبعا وتلال كفر شوبا والقسم اللبناني من بلدة الغجر .

المقاومة حررت الأسرى، بكرامة وعز عادوا مرفوعي الرؤوس من سجون العدو في مراحل مختلفة، نعم بقي لدينا بعض الملفات، كملف الأسير يحيى سكاف، وملف محمد عادل فران وملف عبدالله عليان هذان الأخوان المفقودان، هذه الملفات نُتابعها، بعض المفقودين الآخرين، بعض أجساد الشهداء.

المقاومة في لبنان دقت المسمار الأخير في مشروع “إسرائيل الكبرى”، في حرب تشرين 1973 الجيشان السوري والمصري أوقفا هذا المشروع، جمداه مؤقتاً، اندفعت “إسرائيل” 1982 وكانت تُريد أن تَبتلع لبنان كجزء من مشروع “إسرائيل الكبرى”، هزيمتها في لبنان دق المسمار الأخير في مشروع “إسرائيل الكبرى” ، لماذا؟ وكذلك تحرير غزة بعد ذلك، لماذا؟ لأن “إسرائيل” التي لا تستطيع أن تبقى في لبنان كيف تستطيع أن تحتل سوريا أو تحتل مصر؟ نتحدث عن الحلقة الأضعف في دول الطوق، وعجزت عن البقاء فيه، راح “إسرائيل الكبرى”، هذا إنجاز المقاومة في لبنان ومعها أيضاً المقاومة في فلسطين.

هذه المقاومة في 2006 حطمت مشروع “إسرائيل العظمى” التي تعتدي على كل المنطقة وتَتكبر وتُهدد وتُعربد و.. و.. و..و…. إلى آخره.

وكذلك فعل الفلسطينيون في غزة في الحروب المتلاحقة، وآخرها في معركة “سيف القدس” العام الماضي، ويَفعلونه اليوم، في كل يوم يفعله الفلسطينيون، يُحطمون صورة “إسرائيل العظمى”.

من إنجازات المقاومة أنها أسقطت مقولة “الجيش الذي لا يُقهر”. من إنجازات المقاومة في لبنان أنها عطلت ألغام الفتنة الطائفية بعد إنسحاب العدو من جزين ومن الشريط الحدودي، خلافاً لما حصل في مناطق لبنانية أخرى عندما خرج منها الصهاينة واشتعلت الفتنة الطائفية.

أعادت المقاومة للبنان ولشعوب المنطقة الثقة بالنفس والإيمان بالقدرة على صُنع الإنتصار، هذا الإحساس بالكرامة والعزة والحرية والسيادة هذا صنعته المقاومة، هذا ليس مجرد كلام، هذا لم يَصنعه الشعر، بل هذا صُنع بالدماء والعرق والآلام والتضحيات وفقدان الأحبة والأعزة بالتهجير والصمود، واليوم وهو الأهم، بعض الناس في لبنان يقول لك: الله يعطيكم العافية، قاومتوا وحررتوا، الله يعطيكم العافية، طيب ولكن هناك أمر يحصل اليوم هو أهم من التحرير، وهو الحماية، حماية جنوب لبنان وحماية القرى الحدودية في لبنان وحماية الوزاني والليطاني من أطماع “إسرائيل”، حماية كل لبنان من العدوان الإسرائيلي، من الذي يَحمي لبنان الآن؟ بصراحة بصدق بدون مجاملة المقاومة، بصراحة بصدق بدون مجاملة المقاومة، كجزء أساسي في المعادلة الذهبية “الجيش والشعب والمقاومة”، لكن الذي يَصنع معادلات الردع وتوازن الرعب مع العدو اليوم هي المقاومة.

هذا الأمن الذي يَعيشه الجنوب وأهل الجنوب والقرى الأمامية، من الذي صنعه أيها اللبنانيون؟ هذا خطاب للكل، لكل الناس،”خليه يجاوبونا”، خصوصاً أُؤلئك الذين يَسمعون خطابات نزع سلاح المقاومة، بالحد الأدنى منذ 14 آب 2006 إلى اليوم، كم مضى من الوقت حيث كانت فيه القرى الأمامية تنعم بالأمن، كل القرى الأمامية؟ بمعزل عن طائفة من يسكنها، مسلم أو مسيحي، شيعي أو سني أو درزي، الكل في القرى الأمامية يشعرون بالأمن والطمأنينة والأمان والسلامة والعزة والكرامة والسيادة والقوة والعنفوان، يبنون عند الشريط الشائك، ويزرعون عند الشريط الشائك، هذا من صنعه؟

اليوم إذا تخلى الناس عن المقاومة، وتخلت المقاومة عن سلاحها وعن مسؤولياتها كما تُطالب، من يحمي جنوب لبنان؟ ومن يحمي لبنان؟ هذا هو الإنجاز الأهم الذي ما زال قائماً وموجوداً.

رابعاً: هؤلاء الذين يُريدون أو يُطالبون بنزع سلاح المقاومة، عندما تُطالبهم بالبديل، لبنان في دائرة الخط إلا إذا كانوا يُصدقون بأن “إسرائيل” صديق وحمل وديع وليس لديها أطماع وليس لديها تهديدات، ما هو البديل؟ لا يُقدمون لك بديلاً.

أنا في سياق كل النقاشات منذ العام 2006 إلى اليوم، نحن نُقدم إستراتيجية دفاعية ونُقدم خيارات ونُقدم بدائل، ولا نَسمع منهم سوى كلمة واحدة “سلموا سلاحكم للدولة”، ” لا دولة إلا في سلاح واحد”، “ماشي الحال” لكن كيف نَحمي البلد؟ لا يوجد جواب، نُناقش ونَطلع، أتذكر جيداً خطابات الإمام الحسين (عليه السلام) يوم عاشوراء، عندما كان يُخاطب اهل الكوفة ويَستدل لهم” يا عمي أنا قتلت حدا أنا تعديت على حدا أن عملت شي أنا إبن بنت نبيكم أنا … أنا.. أنا.. أنا.. أنا.. ” وأصحابه طلعوا وخاطبوهم وأخر شيء ماذا كانوا يقولون له؟ ” يا حسين لا نَفقه ما تَقول إنزل على حكم يزيد وإ\بن زياد”، أليس نسمع ذلك في مجالس عاشوراء؟

حقيقةً أنا إحساسي منذ العام 2006 ، منذ أن بدأ نقاش الإستراتيجية الدفاعية في لبنان هذا هو، “لا نفقه ما تقولون”، ” سلموا السلاح والله يعطيكم العافية”، يا “حبيباتي” من الذي يحمي البلد؟ ومن الذي يحمي الجنوب؟ ومن الذي يحمي الضِيع؟ ومن الذي يَحمي القرى الأمامية؟ لا يوجد جواب.

ولذلك، في تلك الطاولة أنا قَدمت إستراتيجية دفاعية، لم يُجاوبوني، قال لهم الرئيس بري:” طيب جاوبوا؟ علقوا؟”، طلبوا رفع الجلسة مع العلم أننا لم نبدأ سوى منذ ساعة!!! قالوا: كلا، هذا يحتاج إلى درس ويحتاج إلى عقول ويحتاج إلى خبراء”، ومنذ العام 2006 إلى اليوم لم يُقدموا ملاحظات على الإستراتيجية الدفاعية، لا يوجد إلا “لا نفقه ما تقول”.

قبل أشهر عندما دعا فخامة رئيس الجمهورية العماد ميشال عون إلى طاولة حوار، ووضع بند الإستراتيجية الدفاعية، لماذا قاطعوا؟ لأنهم لا يُريدون أن يُناقشوا!!!

أنا أقول لكم بكل صدق، يوجد إخوان يقولون لي أحياناً: ” ليك سيد أحسن شي ننهي هذا الموضوع، إطلع أنت شي يوم وقل: يا خيي نحن خلص، معش حدا يحكي معنا بإستراتيجية دفاعية، نحن معش جاهزين….”، كلا كلا كلا، نحن اليوم وغداً وأمس ومثلما كُنا في العام 2006 وحتى آخر نفس: “جاهزون لنناقش إستراتيجية دفاعية وطنية” لماذا؟ لأنه لدينا منطق وحجة ودليل وتجربة وتجارب تاريخ ووقائع، الذي يَهرب من النقاش هو الضعيف ومن لا حجة له ولا دليل له، لذلك لم يُقدموا البديل.

طيب، يطلع أحد ليقول للناس: الجيش، أكيد الجيش موضع إحترام، الجيش اليوم ومنذ مدة طويلة لديه عقيدة وطنية جيدة وممتازة، لديه قادة وضباط وجنود أكفياء وشجعان وأوفياء، ولكن السؤال: هل الجيش اللبناني حالياً هو قادر على تحمل هذه المسؤولية؟ هل الجيش اللبناني بِعديده الحالي في مقابل “إسرائيل” الجيش الاقوى في الشرق الأوسط، هل الجيش اللبناني بِتسليحه الحالي، بصواريخه وطائراته ودفاعه الجوي، سيقولون: طيب أعطوه سلاح، طيب هل الجيش اللبناني بطريقة إنتشاره وجيشه الكلاسيكي وثكناته وقواعده قادر لِوحده على حماية لبنان؟ كلا، الجيش والمقاومة والشعب مع بعضهم بالكاد نقدر أن نَحمي البلد.

إذاً، هم لا يُقدمون بديلاً، هم يَدفعون بالجيش اللبناني، لأنه المشكلة الأخرى غير الجيش اللبناني ستكون مشكلة القرار السياسي، من في لبنان يُريد أن يأخذ قرار سياسي، إذا قصفت “إسرائيل” قرانا، أن يقصف المستوطنات؟ من ؟ دُلوني من؟ الإمام الصدر كان دائماً يحتج عليهم بهذا الأمر، كان يقول لهم: “هذا جيش شجاع، ولكن أنتم لا تَجرؤون على اتخاذ القرار”.

خامساً: الذين يَدعون إلى نزع سلاح المقاومة هم من حيث يَعلمون أو لا يَعلمون، حتى لا يقول أحد أن السيد “يُخون”، لكن أنا أعرف أن بعضهم يعلمون، لكن لِنُحسن الظن، ونَقول: الذين يُطالبون بنزع سلاح المقاومة، من حيث يعلمون أو لا يعلمون، يُريدون أن يُصبح لبنان مكشوفاً أمام العدو الإسرائيلي، في البر أعود أيام الأربعينات والخمسينات والستينات والسبعينات والإجتياحات والإحتلالات، في الجو، في البحر، أن يَعود الإسرائيلي لِيعتدي على أي مكان في لبنان، هل يَجرؤ الآن؟ ليطلع سلاح الجو الإسرائيلي ليقصف أي مكان في لبنان، ليس في الجنوب، بل في أي مكاان في لبنان، هل يجرؤ؟ لماذا؟ فليجاوبونني لماذا؟ هل بسبب قرارات دولية أم مجتمع دولي أو جامعة الدول العربية؟ لماذا؟ هذا جوابه واضح، واضح ومن البديهيات “مثل الشمس الطالعة”، ولكنهم يتنكرون للحقيقة، هم يُريدون وهذه هي النقطة الأهم التي أُريد أن أتكلم بها الان هم يريدون أن يتخلى ‏لبنان عن أهم ورقة قوة له في موضوع إستخراج النفط والغاز من مياهه، ‏اليوم أيها اللبنانيون وأيها الجنوبيون اليوم لدينا أزمة إقتصادية ومالية ‏ومعيشية، فلنتكلم بصراحة، هنا يريدون رفع الدعم وهنا يرفعون الضرائب ‏وهنا يتكلمون بال ‏tva‏ هناك يريدون ان يطردوا الموظفين وهنا يريدون أن ‏يرفعوا الاسعار، وهنا يريدون أن يشحذوا من صندوق النقد الدولي وهنا نريد ‏مساعدات وهنا نريد قروض، حسنا، لدينا ثروة هائلة بمئات مليارات ‏الدولارات على بعض التقديرات، أنا لست خبيراً، لكن هكذا قال المسؤولون ‏اللبنانيون، لدينا ثروة في مياهنا من الغاز والنفط، مئات المليارات من ‏الدولارات، يعني بالتأكيد نستطيع أن نسدد ديننا وأن نحسّن وضع بلدنا وايضا ‏ان نقوم بنهضة هائلة دون ان نخضع لشروط أحد، حسنا لماذا لا نستخرج ‏النفط والغاز؟ “والله” اسرائيل لا تسمح لنا بذلك، مختلفين على ترسيم الحدود، ‏حسنا اليوم الفرصة الذهبية، أنا أقول للبنانيين، اليوم لبنان أشد ما يكون من ‏‏1948، لليوم لبنان أشد عوزا وفقرا وأشد حرمانا، يومها كان الامام الصدر ‏يتكلم عن الجنوب والبقاع وعكار المحرومين، اليوم الحمد لله الذي لا يحمد ‏على مكروه سواه، كل المناطق اللبنانية باتت محرومة، الفقر والحرمان ‏والعوز والحاجة والبطالة عابرة للطوائف وعابرة للمناطق، حسنا، متى ‏سنستخرج هذه الثروة؟ عندما نموت؟! عندما نذل؟! عندما يصادر لبنان؟! ‏عندما لا يعود هناك سيادة في البلد ومع ذلك 3 أو 4 مليارات من صندوق ‏النقد الدولي ماذا تفعل؟ القليل من القروض من سيدر وغير سيدر ماذا تفعل؟َ ‏نحن بلد منكوب، منهوب، جائع، فقير، مهمل، نحتاج الى مئات المليارات من ‏الدولارات، من جاهز في العالم؟ حتى الدول العربية، الدول العربية في الشتاء ‏الدنيا برد وصقيع لم يرسل أحد منهم سفينة مازوت، هذه المئات المليارات من ‏الدولارات موجودة في بحرنا ومياهنا، أنا أقول للدولة اللبنانية اليوم أمامكم ‏فرصة ذهبية والان أكثر، بعد الحرب في اوكرانيا أوروبا تبحث عن الغاز ‏وعن النفط وهي على مرمى حجر من شواطئنا اللبنانية، بالتأكيد هناك من ‏سيشتري منا، من لبنان هذا النفط وهذا الغاز، حسنا، هذه فرصة ذهبية ‏تاريخية، تفضلوا، أنا لا أريد كما قلت سابقا أن أتدخل في ترسيم الحدود ‏البحرية، لبنان رسم بلوكات، حيث تعتقدون أن هذه مياهكم، ولديه بلوكات ‏اعرضوها على التلزيم للتنقيب ولإستخراج النفط والغاز في الجنوب هنا، وأنا ‏أؤكد لكم أن هناك شركات عالمية ستقبل، لا يقول أحد إسرائيل ستمنعنا، أنا ‏اليوم وأنا أخاطب أهل الجنوب المجتمعين في النبطية والمجتمعين في صور ‏أقول للدولة اللبنانية وللشعب اللبناني وللبنانيين لديكم مقاومة شجاعة وقوية ‏ومقتدرة وتستطيع أن تقول للعدو الذي يعمل في الليل وفي النهار على ‏التنقيب وعلى إستخراج النفط والغاز من المناطق المتنازع عليها أن تقول ‏للعدو، إذا منعتم لبنان نمنعكم، نعم، نحن قادرون على ان نمنعهم، نملك ‏الشجاعة والقوة والقدرة، وأنا أضمن لكم ذلك ولن تجرؤ شركة في العالم ‏أن تأتي الى كاريش او إلى اي مكان في المنطقة المتنازع عليها إذا أصدر ‏حزب الله تهديدا واضحا جديا في هذه المسألة، تفضلوا، اليوم لا يشكنا أحد ‏أن المقاومة قادرة على فعل ذلك، ولا يشكنا احد ان العدو سيتراجع لان ما ‏يأخذه هو وما يحتاجه خصوصا في هذه المرحلة وهم يعرفون جيدا كيف ‏يغتنموا الفرص، هم يعرفون حاجة أوروبا للغاز والنفط، سيتراجع، ‏وسيطنّش، وفي كل الأحوال هذا حقنا الطبيعي، على ماذا يستند لبنان ليتمكن ‏من إخراج ثروته من الغاز والنفط من مياهه الاقليمية؟َ! يخرج من يقول لك، ‏يستند الى الحق، الحق يا حبيبي في هذا العالم؟َ تتكلم معي عن الحق؟! هذا ‏الشعب الفلسطيني منذ العام 1948 قرارات دولية صدرت وأعطته حقوق ‏ومنها حق العودة ولكن هذا الحق الذي لا يستند الى قوة لا يحترمه أحد في ‏العالم، لبنان اليوم إذا أتى الاميركي في زمن ترامب وكوشنير شخصيا الذي ‏يستثمر الان أموالاً عربية في إسرائيل، كوشنير شخصيا صهر ترامب كان ‏يهتم بموضوع ترسيم الحدود البحرية، إذا الأميركان ذاهبون قادمون ‏يفاوضون لبنان من أجل سواد عيون لبنان؟ كلا، لأن للبنان الحق؟ كلا، لأنهم ‏يحترمون لبنان؟ كلا، لأنهم يعرفون أنه يوجد في لبنان مقاومة ستدفّع العدو ‏ثمنا إذا منع لبنان من الاستفادة من حقوقه ومن ثرواته، لأنهم يخافون من ‏ردة فعلنا، هم يأتون ويفاوضون ويضغطون ويحاولون أن يأخذوا ‏بالمفاوضات ما يحقق مصلحة إسرائيل، وأنا أقول للدولة اللبنانية تريدون أن ‏تكملوا في المفاوضات، هذا شأنكم، لكن لا في الناقورة ولا مع هوكيشتيان ‏ولا مع فرنكشتاين ولا مع أينشتاين يأتي إلى لبنان، من طريق المفاوضات ‏وخاصة مع الوسيط الاميركي الغير نزيه والمتآمر والمتواطىء والداعم ‏لإسرائيل لن نصل إلى نتيجة. لكي يخرج لبنان من فقره ومن عوزه ومن ‏حرمانه ومن إهماله ومن ديونه ومن جوعه، لا نقول مثلا نحلم بذلك، هذا ‏متيسر الان ولكن يحتاج الى قرار والى موقف كبير، وقادرون على ذلك، ‏لبنان بتضامنه، إذا تضامنا نحن قادرون أن نفرض على العالم كله وليس على ‏العدو فقط أن تأتي الشركات لتبدأ بإستخراج النفط والغاز من مياهنا الاقليمية.‏

خامسا أو سادسا، الذين يطالبون بنزع سلاح المقاومة، هم يريدون أن يبيعوا ‏هذا الموقف للأميركي وللغربي من أجل ان يحصلوا على الحماية السياسية ‏والمالية، ليقولوا نحن حماتكم ومشروعكم وحلفاؤكم، والا هذا ليس مطلبا ‏شعبيا، كل إستطلاعات الرأي قالت ذلك، مع ذلك أنا أريد أن أخاطبهم، ‏‏”لنفترض جدلا”، أنكم وصلتم الى هذه النتيجة، هل تتوقعون أن الأميركي ‏سيكتفي بذلك؟ خذوا تجارب كل الدول العربية المحيطة بنا، بعد مسألة ‏المقاومة سيقولون لكم يجب أن يعترف لبنان بدولة إسرائيل، أميركا أيها ‏الأخوة ترسل وفودا من وزرائها إلى أندونيسا، أندونيسيا أين وفلسطين أين؟ ‏من أجل أن تعترف أندونيسيا بإسرائيل، كيف بلبنان؟ سيطلبون منكم أن ‏يعترف لبنان رسميا بإسرائيل في الحكومة اللبنانية وفي المجلس النيابي، ‏سيطلبون منكم ليس فقط الاعتراف، سيطلبون منكم التطبيع مع إسرائيل، ‏سيطلبون منكم توطين الفلسطينيين في لبنان، أنتم دعاة نزع سلاح المقاومة، ‏هل تؤيدون توطين الفلسطينيين في لبنان؟ نحن نريد للفلسطينيين ان يعودوا ‏إلى ديارهم وارضهم وإلى وطنهم، وإلى حقوقهم اعزاء كرماء، سيطلبون ‏منكم ويطلبون منكم، يوجد شيء عند الاميركيين أسمه المطالبات ليس لديها ‏حد نهائي، لا يقف عند حد، عندما تستسلم للشرط الاول يخرج الشرط الثاني ‏والثالث والرابع والخامس، حسنا، لنفترض البعض يقول إذا سلمنا سلاح ‏المقاومة ستحل أزمتنا المعيشية والاقتصادية، لنفترض أننا سلمنا السلاح ‏وإعترفنا بإسرائيل وطبعنا مع إسرائيل ووطنا الفلسطينيين وقبلنا بتوطين ‏اللاجئين أو النازحين السوريين، بعد ذلك؟ هل ستحل مشكلتنا الاقتصادية ‏والمعيشية؟ بلا كثرة إستدلال، هذه مصر أمامكم، مصر التي تعاني في ‏أزماتها المعيشية والاقتصادية وتتخبط في ذلك وتعمل في الليل وفي النهار ‏لتخرج من هذه المأساة، هذه الاردن وهذه السلطة الفلسطينية، هذه السودان، ‏يا أخي فلتأتوا لي بدولة كانت في صراع مع العدو، لا تقول لي الامارات، ‏الامارات دولة غنية، هي من تعطي أموالا لإسرائيل، لا تحتاج إلى من يعطيها ‏أموالا، فلتأتي لي بدولة كانت في صراعا مع العدو أو لها موقفا من العدو ‏وإعترفت وصالحت وسلمت وطبعت، والان تعيش رخاء إقتصاديا بفعل ‏إستجابتها لهذه الشروط الاسرائيلية،

أيها الإخوة والأخوات، ما شهدناه خلال الحملات الانتخابية والاعلامية والسياسية، خلال كل الأسابيع الماضية، من حرب سياسية وإعلامية وتحريض طائفي ومذهبي على المقاومة يصح فيه قول أحد إخواننا الأعزاء أن ما نواجهه في هذه الانتخابات حرب تموز سياسية. البعض في لبنان اعترضوا على هذا التوصيف، لا هذا توصيف صحيح، لماذا؟ في حرب تموز 2006 التي كانت أدواتها عسكرية وسلاح جو وقصف وصواريخ ونار وقتل وتدمير، ماذا كان هدف الحرب؟ إلغاء المقاومة، التخلص من المقاومة – اليوم هم يقولون أنهم يريدون أن يتخلصوا من المقاومة – ونزع سلاحها، ألم تكن هذه أحد أهداف حرب تموز العسكرية؟! الآن ما يطرحه هؤلاء حرب تموز سياسية، لأن الهدف الذي ينادون به، يقولون للناس صوتوا لنا حتى نذهب إلى المجلس النيابي ونشكل حكومة لننزع سلاح حزب الله، لننزع سلاح المقاومة، أليس كذلك؟ هذه أدبياتهم، إذاً هذه حرب تموز سياسية بأدوات سياسية وليس بأدوات عسكرية، بالخطاب وبالتحريض وبالتلفزيون وبالكذب وبالافتراءات وبالاتهامات وبالدجل وبالوعود الكاذبة ووو إلى آخره…
أيها الإخوة والأخوات، يا أهلنا في الجنوب وفي كل لبنان، أنتم الذين انتصرتم على حرب تموز العسكرية فبقيت المقاومة وبقي سلاح المقاومة، انتصرتم بصمودكم، بدمائكم، بعرق جبينكم، بسهركم، بشجاعتكم، بثباتكم، اليوم نحن نتطلع إليكم في كل الدوائر الانتخابية لنقول لكم يجب أن تنتصروا في حرب تموز السياسية بإرادتكم، بأصواتكم، بوفائكم وبصدقكم. في حرب تموز العسكرية تطلب الأمر أن نضحي بالأبناء، بالأعزاء، بالأحبة، كثير من الشهداء، كثير من الجرحى، عشرات آلاف البيوت المهدمة، أما اليوم في حرب تموز السياسية نخرج من بيوتنا صباح الخامس عشر من أيار، من بيوتنا التي بنيناها بعرق جبيننا ونحن مرفوعي الرأس نشعر بالعزة والكرامة والحرية ونمارس المقاومة السياسية لتبقى لنا المقاومة العسكرية المسلحة، هذا هو المطلوب في الخامس عشر من أيار. أقول للبنانيين، لبعض المترددين، يقول لك المقاومة على رأسنا، سلاح المقاومة على رأسنا، لكن نحن لا نريد أن نصوت لأنه عندنا أزمة معيشية، يعني إذا لم تصوت للمقاومة ستُحل أزمتك المعيشية، أصلاً يا أخي ويا أختي إذا كان هناك أمل في لبنان أن تحل أزمتك المعيشية هي بسبب المقاومة التي ستضمن للبنان استخراج النفط والغاز من المياه الإقليمية.

أيها الإخوة والأخوات، على الجميع أن يعرف في لبنان أن هذه المقاومة ليست شيئاً عابراً يمكن للبعض – لا أريد أن أستعمل أي عبارات ولا أن أسيء لأحد – يمكن أن يتوهم البعض أو يتصور البعض أنه يمكن التخلص من هذه المقاومة ومن سلاح هذه المقاومة، هذه المقاومة هي الإرث الانساني والحضاري والأخلاقي والروحي والمعنوي والمادي لشعبنا ولمناطقنا وخصوصاً للجنوب منذ عام 1948، يعني 74 عاماً، هذه المقاومة اليوم هي إرث، هي بقية، هي تجسيد، هي خلاصة 74 عاماً من الآلام والدموع والتهجير والخوف والقتال والدماء والدموع والشهداء والجرحى والمهجرين والمنكوبين والبيوت المهدمة، هي حصيلة تضحيات قادتنا الكبار من الإمام الصدر إلى بقية علمائنا وقادتنا، هذه المقاومة التي أدعوكم اليوم إلى أن تقفوا إلى جانبها وإلى جانب حلفائها، لأن حلفاءها مستهدفون أيضاً، هي ليست مقاومة فلان وفلان عام 2022، هي مقاومة الإمام شرف الدين، هي مقاومة الإمام موسى الصدر، هي مقاومة سماحة آية الله السيد محمد حسين فضل الله، هي مقاومة سماحة آية الله الشيخ محمد مهدي شمس الدين، هذه المقاومة قُدم من أجل أن تتواجد وتنمو وتكبر وتتعاظم وتنتصر أغلى التضحيات، شيخ الشهداء الشيخ راغب حرب، سيد الشهداء السيد عباس الموسوي، خيرة شبابنا وقادتنا، من محمد سعد إلى خليل جرادي إلى عماد مغنية وفي طريق الدفاع عنها مصطفى بدرالدين. هذه المقاومة حتى وصلت إلى ما وصلت إليه اليوم هي حصيلة آلاف الرجال والنساء الذين ذهبوا إلى المعتقلات، إلى معتقل الخيام، معتقل عتليت، معتقل أنصار، السجون الإسرائيلية، وعاشوا معاناة طويلة. هي حصيلة تضحيات آلاف الجرحى الذين ما زالوا يعانون حتى اليوم من آلام الجراح. إذاً هذه ليست مقاومة عابرة، وشعبها لن يتخلى عنها، لأنهم هم المقاومة، لأنهم هم أصحابها، نعم، من العوامل المهمة لتعاظم هذه المقاومة إنتصار الثورة الإسلامية في إيران، وقوف الجمهورية الإسلامية إلى جانب المقاومة ودعمها لها بكل وسائل الدعم، وقوف سوريا إلى جانب المقاومة ودعمها لها بكل وسائل الدعم، ولكن في نهاية المطاف هذه المقاومة هي مقاومة هذا الشعب وأهل هذه القرى وهذه البلدات وهذه العائلات وهؤلاء العلماء وهذه المدارس وهذه الحوزات، هي مقاومة الشعب اللبناني، مسلمين ومسيحيين وشيعة وسنة ودروز وبالتالي لا يتوقع أحد أن يتخلى شعب المقاومة عن المقاومة.

اليوم أيها الإخوة والأخوات – الآن خطابنا اليوم كله ذهب على المقاومة لأنها عنوان الانتخابات – من يريد أن يحافظ على لبنان فليصوت للمقاومة وحلفائها، من يريد أن يدافع عن لبنان، من يريد أن يحمي لبنان، من يريد أن يتمكن من استخراج ثروة لبنان النفطية والغازية فليصوت للمقاومة وحلفائها، من يريد أن يحافظ على مياه لبنان فليصوت للمقاومة ولحلفائها، من يريد أن يبقى لبنان في قلب المعادلة الإقليمية، من يريد أن يبقى لبنان محترماً في نظر العالم، يزوره العالم ويأتي إليه العالم فليصوت للمقاومة وحلفائها.
هذا نداؤنا لكم، طبعاً بالمناسبة في ختام الكلمة اليوم، الاسرائيليون أعلنوا عن بدء مناورتهم الكبرى في فلسطين المحتلة وكما قلت في يوم القدس اليوم نحن نجتمع هنا وفي بقية الأيام سوف نستمر في العمل الانتخابي ولكن كما قلت في يوم القدس الآن أعلن وأقول لكم الآن الآن – يعني في الساعة السابعة – لأن اليوم بالنهار الجنرالات بدأوا يلملموا أنفسهم، ابتداءً من الساعة السابعة نحن طلبنا من تشكيلات المقاومة الإسلامية في لبنان أن تستنفر سلاحها وقياداتها وكادرها ومجاهديها ضمن نسب معينة ترتفع مع الوقت وتكون في أتم الجهوزية، اللبنانييون سيكونون منشغلين في الانتخابات، هناك من يهاجم المقاومة وهناك من يدافع عنها ولكن المقاومة لا تأبه بكل أولئك الذين لا يعرفون ما يقولون وتسهر في ليلها وفي نهارها لتكون على أهبة الاستعداد ولتقول للعدو وأجدد القول للعدو أي خطأ باتجاه لبنان، أي خطأ باتجاه لبنان لن نتردد على مواجهته، لسنا خائفين لا من مناوراتك الكبرى ولا من جيشك ولا من وجودك، ونحن الذين كنا نؤمن منذ أكثر من عشرين عاماً أنك أوهن من بيت العنكبوت فكيف بنا اليوم.

اليوم أيها الإخوة – بقيّة الملفات غداً إن شاء الله – اليوم يا أهلنا في الجنوب أيها الشرفاء يا أكرم الناس وأطهر الناس وأشرف الناس موعدنا معكم في الخامس عشر من أيار مع المقاومة، مع الإمام موسى الصدر، مع السيد عباس، مع الشيخ راغب، مع كل الشهداء والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته.

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Biden Forces Continue Stealing Syrian Oil; Kurdish SDF Terrorists Killed

ARABI SOURI

Biden forces and their Kurdish SDF separatist terrorists continue ‘business as usual’ by stealing more of the Syrian oil and breaching Syria’s sovereignty as both of them work for the ‘Greater Israel’ project which has the Turkish madman Erdogan play a leading role in it, the Syrian national resistance in northern Syria also continue ‘business as usual’ by targeting the oil thieves and their proxy terrorists.

More than 50 vehicles most of which are tankers loaded with stolen Syrian oil were seen heading toward the Kharab Al Jir (Karab Al Jeer) military airport in the northeastern Hasaskah province before heading to Iraq through an illegal border crossing, the vehicles were operated by the Biden forces illegally present in Syria and were guarded by the Kurdish SDF separatist terrorists.

Near the village of Al Sajir in the northeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, a group of Syrian national resistance attacked an illegal military point manned by the US-sponsored Kurdish SDF separatist terrorists, local sources confirming the attack also confirmed casualties among the targeted terrorists.

More in this report by the Syrian Ekbariya news channel:

The video is also available on BitChuteOdysee, and Rumble.

Transcript

A number of the US-sponsored SDF militants were killed and wounded in separate attacks targeting militia vehicles and points in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

Al-Ekhbariya reporter quoted local sources as saying that an armed attack was carried out by unidentified persons with machine guns and RPGs, targeting a military point of the SDF militia in the village of Al-Sajir, north of Deir Ezzor, amid almost confirmed news of the death and injury of a number of militants of that militia.

The American occupation transferred a convoy of tanks filled with stolen Syrian oil and military equipment to its base at Kharab Al-Jeer Airport in the Yarubiyah countryside, in preparation for its expulsion to Iraq through the illegal Al-Waleed crossing.

Local sources indicated that a convoy of 50 vehicles, mostly tankers loaded with stolen oil, and a number of tankers loaded with artillery and military equipment, were accompanied by eight military armored vehicles of the American occupation forces headed from the Tel Hamis area in the eastern countryside of Hasaka to Kharab Al-Jeer airport in the town of Al-Yaroubiyeh, which the occupation forces use as its base.

The sources pointed out that the exiting vehicles stopped at Kharab Al-Jeer Airport to head to the illegal Al-Waleed crossing.

End of the transcript.

All of the Biden’s regime talks, and the talks of the regimes of his predecessors in the USA and in all NATO member countries, about the need to respect the freedoms of people, protect the borders of countries, respect the sovereignty of nations, as their current hysteria over Ukraine’s sovereignty and integrity, are all talks to justify their policies, talks targeted for the consumption of their gullible citizens who only foot the bills of the criminal interventions of the ‘Collective West’ in the targeted countries, the only goal is the hegemony of the haves in order to have more on the account of the rest of the world.

The sanctions (legally termed: unilateral coercive measures) the collective west imposed on Russia allegedly for the Russian military operation in Ukraine are nothing but a continuation of punishing countries who reject the absolute US hegemony, for decades, the US consecutive regimes have imposed inhumane sanctions and blockades on Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, and many other countries, their sanctions on Syria dubbed ‘Caesar Act‘ are the most draconian sanctions as they target companies and entire countries who deal with any Syrian business.

In addition to their illegal occupation of areas in northern Syria, where Syria’s main oil fields and wheat fields are, the Biden forces also occupy a military post in the furthest southeastern desert at Al Tanf area where they provide a protected zone for ISIS remnants.

Erdogan’s Plan to Israelize Northern Syria with a Million Settlers on Track

ARABI SOURI 

Israelize northern Syria is the real plot: reports from Turkey claim that the Turkish madman Erdogan is planning to ‘return’ up to a million Syrian refugees to their country with the help of city councils in Azaz, Jarabulus, and Tal Abyad.

One of the sites, the Saudi regime’s mouthpiece Al Arabiya reported: ‘Erdogan said on Tuesday that Ankara was aiming to encourage one million Syrian refugees to return to their country by building them housing and local infrastructure there.’

Saudi Bin Salman’s propaganda outlet claimed that Turkey is home to more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees,’ adding ‘Erdogan is facing rising public anger over the refugees’ presence and is wary of the issue dominating next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections.’

From my knowledge of this creep flip-flop hypocrite mafia-business partner, and war criminal Erdogan, I believe he’s ‘returning’ the families of his followers, not the Syrians uprooted from those areas infested by the Turkish army and a collection of terrorist groups spanning from the so-called National Army to ISIS (ISIL) all of which follow the same offshoot sect of Islam that Erdogan managed to radicalize the Sufi sect of Turkey into.

The Turkish madman Erdogan is replacing the people of northern Syria with terrorists and their families from other areas and from other countries from China to Latin America who joined the ranks of the ‘foreign legion’ he helped create.

That foreign legion includes his beloved and loyal anti-Islamic Muslim Brotherhood and Wahhabi terrorists including the Chinese Uighur, the Northern Africans, and others from the Central Asian stans of Turkic origins he collected.

We have repeatedly reported that the Turkish neo-Ottoman sultan wannabe wants to Israelize a buffer region in northern Syria to separate secular Syria from the radical Muslim Brotherhood Turkey he and his AKP clan are ruling (see hereherehere, and in other places on our site,) we devised the term ‘Israelize‘ to describe these evil plans.

On the other hand, the NATO-sponsored Kurdish SDF separatist terrorists have been actively working on a similar agenda to Israelize the parts of northern Syria they occupy with the help of the Biden oil thieves regiment of the US Army, also with the help of Israel and all of NATO combined, even Russia had supported them in the past and is yet to declare a new position toward their war crimes against the Syrian people in the provinces of Hasakah, Deir Ezzor, Raqqa, and Aleppo.

Make no mistake, the Saudis are hand-in-hand with the Turks, Qataris, US, Israelis, and the rest of NATO in the plot against Syria, any differences between them do not affect their joint efforts to destroy the Levantine country and slaughter its people, Syria, the last secular nation in the region and way beyond is an existential threat to entities like the temporary settlement dubbed Israel, the Al Saud fiefdom dubbed Saudi Arabia, the Arabia gas station dubbed Qatar (pronounced Gutter), and what Turkey has turned into under the rule of the UK empire-invented Muslim Brotherhood clan.

If Erdogan manages to carry out his agenda, he will be planting the seeds of a never-ending civil war his masters in Tel Aviv and Washington have long sought for the region. There will be no rest in the places where people were forcibly uprooted from their land and their land was gifted by those who do not own it to other people who do not deserve it; more than a century of the Palestinian cause hasn’t taught these fanatics that the real owners of the land will not give away their rights to their land to imported settlers even if all of the world’s superpowers and super-rich countries with all their evilness work toward achieving such war crime.

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“She’s exposing the TRUTH in Ukraine and they don’t like it | Redacted Conversation with Eva Bartlett”

 Eva Bartlett

This is an interview I did the other day with journalist Clayton Morris on his excellent program, Redacted.

I’m very grateful to him for interviewing me & also for being so well-informed himself!

Some Related Links:

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Accused of Treason and Imprisoned Without Trial: Journalist Kirill Vyshinsky Recounts His Harrowing Time in a Ukrainian Prison

Ukrainian strike on Donetsk market was a terrorist act

Here’s what I found at the reported ‘mass grave’ near Mariupol

They Saw and Heard the Truth — Then Lied About It: Media on Donbass Delegation Omitted Mention of Ukraine’s 8 Year War on the Autonomous Republics

On the OSCE’s claims of Russian war crimes

*Russian Military expert Andrei Martyanov’s sites:

-His Patreon

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-His blog

-our interview: Russian Military expert Andrei Martyanov on Russia’s denazification operation in the Ukraine

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Mr Putin at the expanded meeting of the Prosecutor General’s Office Board.

April 25, 2022

At the expanded meeting of the Prosecutor General’s Office Board. Photo: RIA Novosti

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Prosecutor General, colleagues,

Earlier this year, we celebrated 300 years of the Russian Prosecution Service, once again emphasising its significant role in the history of the Fatherland, the development of our society and the building of the foundations of a rule-of-law state.

During the annual expanded meeting of the Prosecutor General’s Office Board today, we will sum up the results of your work in 2021, considering the current situation, and will discuss objectives for the short and long term.

I should note that over this latest period, the prosecution bodies have maintained positive momentum with respect to a whole range of key performance indicators. Prompt intervention by prosecutors helped to protect the social rights of over 1 million citizens, including paying almost 20.5 billion rubles in wage arrears.

Prosecutors of different ranks receive members of the public, showing a higher effectiveness rate. The number of appointments increased by more than 11 percent last year, exceeding 1 million people. Statistics show that the majority of issues reported by people were resolved. The Prosecutor General personally took charge of the most critical cases.

Here is what I would like to say in this connection. There are a number of appeals filed by our citizens concerning the issues they raise regularly but which often take years to resolve – this is what we must focus our attention on. I would like to say that prosecutors’ efforts on a specific issue are not always effective for objective reasons or because of [the lack of] funding or because of the regional and local authorities’ policies. Nevertheless, members of the prosecution service must work together with regional and municipal teams, involving the federal authorities to deal with the essential aspects of the problems each particular person is facing. I ask you not to take a formal attitude to these matters, limiting your work to reporting on the prosecutor’s response measures taken, but to really work towards the settlement of problems at the given level.

Next, it is largely thanks to your contribution that the number of unjustified inspections of businesses has decreased. You have cut short the propaganda of extremism in the information space and the illegal activities of some NGOs.

The prosecution agencies must continue improving their performance in the key areas, giving more attention to the protection of legitimate civil rights and freedoms, including social and labour rights.

Of course, I simply must mention the unprecedented sanctions pressure the Western countries have put on Russia over recent years. As all of us are aware, this pressure increased after we launched the special military operation to support the Donbass people’s republics.

The Government and our regions are taking large-scale measures to support the citizens of Russia, and we must ensure the uninterrupted operation of these social protection mechanisms at all levels. I am referring, in part, to the timely transfer of pensions, payments and benefits to low-income and large families, and the enhancement of employment assistance programmes.

In this connection, I would like to ask prosecutors, acting within the framework of their authority, to develop a special system to oversee compliance with laws during the implementation of support measures for people and all the key, socially-oriented programmes.

The state is also there to support the key manufacturing sectors, which employ millions of people in our country. The Russian economy has everything it takes to operate in a stable and uninterrupted manner in this new reality.

At the same time, it is the freedom of entrepreneurship and flexible business mechanisms that ensure that the market gets the goods it needs, help mitigate deficits and smooth out price surges. I would like to urge you to make sure that all the rights of entrepreneurs are complied with and to create a business-friendly environment for them.

However, if someone abuses their monopoly or engages in behind-the-scenes price-fixing, both the anti-trust watchdogs and the prosecutor’s office must respond in a timely and concise manner.

Russian businesses have been acting with a lot of dignity these days. Many small and medium-sized companies have yet to recover from the pandemic, but they are now facing new barriers related to the aggression against Russia, which took on the form of sanctions. In fact, aggression through sanctions – this the only way I can define what it is going on. In this situation, we need to do everything to support Russian businesses and use all the available means to this effect, including by reducing the administrative burden.

Of course, there are spheres that require inspections, especially on matters affecting people’s lives and health. In all other situations, we decided to declare a moratorium.

We need to let Russian businesses and those of the foreign companies who continue, against all odds, performing their obligations in good faith, work in peace. We need to shield businesses from excessive, unjustified and unnecessary controls. We have all the instruments we need to do this.

Of course, we must be firm in curbing any impairment of rights of businesses receiving state support or preferences. The system to support entrepreneurs must operate in all clarity and create a business-friendly environment.

Colleagues,

I would like to specifically discuss the tasks facing the prosecution agencies and the entire law enforcement sphere in connection with the special military operation in Donbass and Ukraine.

The special operation has exposed multiple violations of international law by Ukrainian neo-Nazi groups as well as foreign mercenaries. We are referring to extreme atrocities such as killing civilians, using people, including children, as human shields, and other crimes. Flagrant provocations against our Armed Forces, also with the use of resources such as foreign media and social networks, also require a thorough investigation.

At the same time, it is also necessary to suppress any crimes on the territory of the Russian Federation in the most decisive manner. This morning, the Federal Security Service thwarted a terrorist group that planned to attack and assassinate a well-known Russian television journalist. They will definitely deny this now, but the facts and evidence are irrefutable.

In this regard, I would like to say the following. To our surprise, high-ranking diplomats in Europe and the United States are urging their Ukrainian satellites to use their resources to win on the battlefield. Our partners in the United States are using such strange diplomacy – diplomats are even calling for this. But as they realise that this is impossible, they try to achieve a different objective instead – to split Russian society, to destroy Russia from within. But here, too, there is a hitch; this hasn’t worked either. Our society has shown maturity and solidarity; it supports our Armed Forces and supports our efforts to ensure Russia’s ultimate security and help the people living of Donbass. This actually means support for our people living in Donbass. So when they failed to achieve their information goals – they continued to fool their citizens of course, using their monopoly position in their countries’ information space and in some other countries, but they failed here, on the territory of Russia – they switched to terror, to arranging the murder of our journalists.

In this regard, it should be noted of course that we know the names of all the Western handlers, of all members of Western services, primarily the CIA, who are working with Ukrainian security agencies. Apparently, they are giving them such advice. This is their attitude towards the rights of journalists, towards the dissemination of information; this is their attitude towards human rights in general. All they care about is their own rights, some cherishing imperial ambitions, others holding on to their colonial past in the old-fashioned way. But this will not work in Russia.

I am asking the Investigative Committee of Russia, and all investigative bodies to record such crimes in detail, to identify their masterminds and perpetrators, to initiate criminal cases and bring them to trial, as they should. Prosecutors and investigators should carefully study these and all other facts, collect the necessary evidence to make a case, which should be used in court proceedings, including at the international level. Let me emphasise that such evidence should be accumulated for all the crimes committed by neo-Nazis and their accomplices, starting with the coup d’état in Kiev in 2014, which paved the way for civil war, bloodshed and violence in Ukraine.

Next point. We should pay special attention to people arriving to Russia from Ukraine, from the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. As of today, they number nearly one million, including over 100,000 children. People who had to leave their homes are not always in possession of the documents needed to get material aid, medical support, and to enrol children in schools or kindergartens. I urge the Prosecutor General’s Office to render these people legal assistance and protect their rights, including by reviewing their applications within the shortest possible timeframes. It is hard for these people, help them.

Colleagues,

As before, coordinating the law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime remains among the absolute and most important tasks facing the prosecution service. Yes, the fact that an almost 100-percent solve rate has been achieved with regard to the gravest crimes can be described as a good result.

But the statistics are not so good as far as the solve rate for thefts and fraud is concerned. I discussed this in detail at the Interior Ministry’s board meeting in February. I would like you to offer proposals on how to change the situation and improve the solve rate for these crimes.

The prosecutors should also be more proactive in fighting extremism. It is important to consolidate the positive results achieved in this area and put a firm stop to any actions directed at interfering in Russia’s internal affairs from the outside, destabilising our society, and fomenting xenophobia, militant nationalism and interfaith enmity. And, of course, it is necessary to respond without delay to any instances of spreading on the internet radical ideologies and false information that provoke violations of law and order or preparations for illegal actions. They are often organised from abroad, and this is done in different ways, with either information or money coming in from those parts.

As before, protecting the rights of minors is among the priorities of the prosecution agencies. It is necessary to follow more closely and impose more severe punishments for crimes committed against children and adolescents, as well as to take additional measures to radically reduce the number of offences in this area, including pre-emptive and preventive measures.

Next, we should focus on checking how the federal budget funds are spent, primarily funds allocated for federal and national projects, as part of our fight against corruption. But, of course, we should not forget about the municipal level and the regional level, and also keep an eye on the funds spent to fulfil the state defence order and develop the defence industry.

You should pay close attention to some other important areas, including skilled support for government cases in court, environmental protection and management, and oversight of compliance with the rights of inmates of detention facilities.

I am confident that the prosecutors are well aware of the scope and importance of the tasks facing their agency and will do all they can for their effective implementation.

Colleagues, I want to thank the heads and the personnel of the prosecution service for their dedicated work.

I wish you new, significant achievements. Thank you very much.

Sitrep: Urgent Briefing from the Russian Mod re new provocations

April 23, 2022

❗️ The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation (https://t.me/mod_russia_en) held an urgent briefing, (https://t.me/MFARussia/12376) detailing a provocation against the Russian Federation prepared by the USA and NATO with the accusation of using nuclear, biological and chemical weapons

💬 The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation possesses the information related to the preparation of provocations by the United States of America in order to accuse the Russian Armed Forces of using chemical, biological or tactical nuclear weapons.

There are three scenarios to be applied in order to accuse the Russian Federation.

👉 The first one is a ‘staged incident under a false flag’ that is the most probable.

👉 The second one refers to a ‘Maximally covert use of weapons of mass destruction in small volumes’ for neutralising the will power and the capacity to resist within the fulfilment of a particular operational task.

👉 The third and the least probable one is the ‘overt use of weapons of mass destruction at a combat area’.

The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation possesses the information related to the preparation of provocations by the United States of America in order to accuse the Russian Armed Forces of using chemical, biological or tactical nuclear weapons. This plan has already been developed and represents a response to the success of Russia in conducting the special military operation.

▫️Only in March and April senior officials of the Western countries have been making regular provocative ‘warning’ statements. The mass media propagate the points about the possibility of using weapons of mass destructions by Russia.

▫️For example, the National Security Advisor J.Sullivan has commented on Biden’s words that the USA “in kind” to the possible use of weapons of mass destructions by our country. And on February 27 the American permanent representative to the UN Greenfield announced an intention of Russia to use any instruments ‘under a false flag’, including chemical and biological weapons for intimidating the Ukrainian population and the international community.

▫️Against this background, the US State Department considered positively the transfer of up to 400 sets of personal protection equipment, 390 NBC reconnaissance devices and 15 ‘Stryker’ reconnaissance vehicles.

Staged use of WMD is aimed at accusing Russia of using prohibited weapons with the subsequent implementation of the so-called «Syrian scenario», in which the state is subjected to economic and political isolation, as well as exclusion from international organizations, including the UN Security Council.

▫️A possible way forward is to put pressure on the countries loyal to and friendly to the Russian Federation, including India and China, to compel them to impose sanctions on our country.

❗️We would like to recall that the Russian Federation completely destroyed its chemical arsenal on September 27, 2017, which is confirmed by an OPCW certificate. In turn, the United States, with its strong financial, economic and technical potential, is the only country party to the Chemical Weapons Convention that still possesses an impressive arsenal of chemical warfare agents (672.5 tons).

▫️CIA Director Burns’ statement about Russia’s possible use of tactical nuclear weapons is absurd. With the current level of technical equipment of the international nuclear test monitoring system, it is impossible to conceal the use of such weapons. If the CIA director does not understand this, then he is either unprofessional, or he is being misled.

▫️The biological weapons programs in the USSR were completely phased out in 1972. At the same time, the number of U.S. biological laboratories is incomparable to other countries. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Washington controls 336 laboratories in 30 countries, which is of great concern.

To date, the United States is the only state in world history that has used all three types of weapons of mass destruction.

▫️The dropped nuclear bombs during the Second World War on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the use of toxic chemicals in Vietnam and Iraq – all these crimes were not properly assessed by relevant international organizations.

❗️Thus, in an attempt to discredit the special military operation of the Russian troops, the Kiev regime, at the suggestion of the American administration, is able to implement scenarios in the near future that will lead to the death of tens of thousands of Ukrainian citizens and cause an environmental and humanitarian catastrophe.

The various posts on the Mod Telegram channel starts here:

https://t.me/mod_russia_en/1059

Mind tricks: Why resistance to Israel and imperialism are called ‘Shia causes’

April 20 2022

The Arab and Muslim street remains firmly opposed to western imperialism and Israel. So their Arab Sunni rulers began calling all resistance ‘Shia.’

By Omar Ahmed

Would Sunni Arab monarchs be able to continue conspiring with the west and Israel without labelling those who resist collaboration as ‘Shia?’Photo Credit: The Cradle

The past several decades have seen the political ascendency of Shia Muslims in West Asian geopolitics. While initially ignited by Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979, it was the aftermath of the illegal US invasion of Iraq in 2003 which accelerated this political shift by paving the way for Iraq’s Shia majority to govern.

A year after US troops occupied Iraq and overthrew its Sunni president Saddam Hussein, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, fearing a growing influence of Iran among Iraq’s Shia majority and their regional coreligionists, coined the phrase “Shia Crescent.” This so-called ideological belt, it is hypothesized, runs from Tehran through several Arab capitals, including Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut, and later Sanaa.

The idea has been criticized as it treats the Shia as a monolith and greatly exaggerates the extent of control or influence Iran exerts over the region.

Tehran’s efforts to forge ties with friendly governments, powerful political parties, and militia forces are arguably based on pragmatism and self-interest rather than sectarian ideology. Among the state and non-state actors that provide Iran with its regional strategic depth – and therefore, influence – are Sunnis, Druze, Christians, Alawis, Zaidis, and other non-Shia populations. This alliance is more commonly – and accurately – known as the Axis of Resistance and its fundamental tenet is opposition to both western imperialism and the Zionist project, and a desire for self-determination.

Axis of Resistance

With Tehran at its nexus, this network consists of both state and non-state actors. Notable Shia factions include Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs), Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement and Afghan and Pakistani brigades.

Sunni Palestinian resistance movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad are also considered to be a part of the axis, and an armed affiliate of Hezbollah, the Lebanese Resistance Brigades (also known as Saraya), is composed of Sunnis, Maronite Christians and Druze. At the state level are the mostly Zaidi, Ansarallah-led, de facto government of Yemen and the Alawite-dominated government of Sunni-majority Syria.

While not part of the axis per se, Sunni-majority Algeria has also consistently opposed Zionism and could strengthen its ties with Iran, especially in light of growing tensions with neighboring Morocco whose government has recently aligned with Israel.

Traditional western-aligned Sunni Arab states such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan have all expressed their own concerns about this Shia-majority, ‘Iran-led’ axis, and along with Israel have opposed the Resistance Axis. It is due to these mutual interests that there have been several proposals for a “Sunni-Jewish alliance.”

Arab normalization with Israel

This new public alliance tangibly materialized in 2020 with the signing of the Abraham Accords and the normalization of ties between Israel and the UAE, Sudan, Morocco and Bahrain (the latter is a Shia majority nation ruled by a Sunni royal family). Certainly, it ended years of speculation that there were indirect, covert ties between Tel Aviv and several Arab states.

However, it is important to differentiate between the policies of these governments and the popular sentiments among their citizens. According to an opinion poll carried out between 2019-2020 by the Qatar-based Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS), the majority of the Arab world (88 percent) opposes any normalization with Israel. This includes the Persian Gulf: “Refusal to recognize Israel is proportionally the highest in the Gulf region,” the report found.

Nevertheless, last month’s Negev Summit ushered in an unprecedented level of security cooperation between Israel and Arab states and may be a precursor to an ‘Arab-Israeli NATO‘ equivalent intent on confronting the Axis of Resistance, especially over heightened fears of a nuclear-powered Iran, should efforts in Vienna to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) fail.

The Palestinian issue

After the humiliating and resounding failures of pan-Arab nationalism to liberate occupied Palestine following the Six Day War in 1967, Egypt lost its position as the leader of the Arab world. This was cemented after Egypt made peace with Israel under Anwar Sadat in 1979, the same year as Iran’s Islamic Revolution.

As one of, if not the most pressing and long-standing Arab and Muslim issues of our time, the Palestinian cause was essentially abandoned by the Sunni Arab leadership, only to be championed by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its regional allies. Symbolically, the first statesman to visit revolutionary Iran was Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat who was given keys to what was once the Israeli diplomatic mission-turned Palestinian embassy, as it remains to this day. “We shall liberate the land of Palestine under the leadership of Imam Khomeini,” Arafat declared during his historic visit.

Significantly, during the 1990s, Iran’s support to Palestinians was not merely diplomatic but military too, as Iran has consistently been the main patron of Palestinian armed resistance factions Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), something acknowledged by the movements themselves.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, itself established with the help of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has also been instrumental in assisting Palestinian factions in training and developing weapons capabilities. Early last year, IRGC Aerospace Force commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh stated, “All the missiles you might see in Gaza and Lebanon were created with Iran’s support.”

‘Iranian-backed’ doesn’t make these ‘Shia causes’

Well before the Abraham Accords, there were signs that a regional narrative was being developed to aid Arab autocrats in breaking with the popular causes of the Arab/Muslim world, namely resistance to Zionism and western imperialism.

Two years after King Abdullah’s ‘Shia crescent’ narrative began to be employed, the 2006 Lebanon-Israel war broke out. Although a historic ‘Arab nation’ victory against Israel was achieved that year, in a new public turn, the Arab League and the Saudis in particular were instead scathing in their criticism of Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah for what they said was an unprovoked and irresponsible conflict.

We have now reached an epoch, whereby vocal or material support for a plethora of resistance efforts in West Asia is seen as being ‘Shia’ or even ‘Persian’ rather than Arab or Muslim causes. These include the central issue of Palestine, as after all at the crux of it – that is to say armed struggle – it is only the Resistance Axis that now provides support where it materially matters.

The Palestinian cause has not always been a ‘Shia’ cause, argues Hussain Abdul-Hussain of the pro-Israel Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, who alludes to the anti-Palestinian sentiments in South Lebanon before the rise of Hezbollah. He claims – a criticism parroted by the pro-west Sunni monarchs – that Iran “found in Palestine a good tool to undermine the sovereignty of Arab Sunni governments” and to win over support from “Arab Sunni masses.” This assessment disregards the fact that even before the revolution, under the rule of Iran’s Shah, Iran’s religious and secular opponents were popularly pro-Palestine and opposed the Shah’s support of Israel.

Who else will oppose Zionism and western imperialism?

In Iraq, there is a lingering threat from pockets of ISIS remnants and legitimate grievances about continuing US military presence, which is likely to continue for years to come. Both of these threats to Iraqi sovereignty have been targeted by “Iranian-backed Shia militia,” many who are an integral part of Iraq’s armed forces in the form of the PMUs. Ironically, these anti-ISIS forces were in fact initiated by a religious ruling from within Iraq, independent of Iran’s diktats.

The world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, is in Yemen which has been bombed and besieged almost relentlessly for seven years by a US/UK-backed and armed, Saudi-led coalition. Yemen’s resistance to this foreign aggression is led by the Ansarallah movement and its allied Yemeni armed forces. Here too, the Arab Sunni monarchs’ narrative has played a nefarious role, labelling Yemen’s resistance as ‘Shia,’ where in fact they are mainly Zaidis, who are in many ways closer to Hanafi Sunnis and who pray in Sunni mosques. As Iran and its regional axis support anti-imperialism, they are naturally more aligned to the Yemeni resistance, who are almost always now labelled as ‘Iran-backed’ or ‘Shia’ for their resistance against decades of exploitation and subjugation by Saudi Arabia.

For the divisive case of Syria, supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state against the aggressions of hostile states has also been cast as a ‘Shia’ cause, despite the fact that Syria’s Shia community – not to be confused with the Alawites – form a very small minority in the majority-Sunni country. Yet when contextualized as an important actor in the Axis of Resistance, in particular as a transit point between Iran and Lebanon and occupied Palestine, the sectarian designation becomes apparent.

The common denominator for these conflicts is that there is an opposing force to the Axis of Normalization and its US backer. It has become imperative, especially for the burgeoning Sunni Arab-Israeli alliance, for these forces to be deliberately cast as ‘Iranian-supported Shia proxies’ in order to dampen their own populations’ support for popular resistance.

Arab and Muslim populations everywhere would otherwise likely support operations to purge western military interventionism and Israel’s aggressions from West Asia. But say ‘Iran,’ ‘Persia’ or ‘Shia’ and the Arab Sunni elite manage to confuse and quash mass popular resentment of their own malign behaviors.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of The Cradle.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with India Today television channel, Moscow, April 19, 2022

April 20, 2022

https://www.mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/news/1810023/

Question: The big question that most are asking is the reason for this operation, the reason for President Putin to take the country to war at a time when we have seen negotiations and talks taking place. What was the reason? We know that America said that Russia was going to carry out operations. New Delhi certainly was not aware of it. Many countries said that it is not something that is going to happen, but it did happen.

Sergey Lavrov: The real reason is the complacency of most countries of the world after the end of World War II, when our Western colleagues, led by the United States, declared themselves winners and in violation of the promises to the Soviet and Russian leadership started moving NATO eastward. They kept saying: “Don’t worry, this is a defensive alliance, it is not a threat to Russian security.” It was a defensive alliance when there were NATO and the Warsaw Treaty, and there was the Berlin Wall, as you remember, both physical and geopolitical. It was very clear what was the “line of defence” for this “defensive alliance.”

When the opponent disappeared, both the Warsaw Treaty disappeared and the Soviet Union disappeared, they decided that they will move the “line of defence eastward.” They did this five times without explaining against whom they are going to defend themselves, but in the process building up their advanced assault capacities and choosing the former Soviet republics, especially Ukraine, as the springboard against the Russian interests.

As early as 2003, for example, when they had a presidential election in Ukraine, the West was publicly and blatantly demanding Ukrainians: you must choose, are you with Russia or with Europe? Then, of course, they started pulling Ukraine into the European Union Association Agreement. The agreement provided for zero tariffs for Ukrainian goods in Europe, and European goods in Ukraine. We had a free trade area agreement with Ukraine in the context of the Commonwealth of Independent States. So, we told our Ukrainian neighbours: guys, we have zero tariffs with you, but we have protection with the European Union, because we negotiated WTO entry for 18 years. For some time, we did manage to protect some sectors of the Russian economy – agriculture, insurance, banking, and some others – with considerable tariffs. We told them: if you have zero [tariffs] with Europe and zero [tariffs] with us, we are not protected against European goods, which was part of the deal when we entered the WTO.

Then in 2013, when the Ukrainian President understood the problem, he asked the European Union to postpone the signature of the Association Agreement. We suggested that the three of us – Russia, Ukraine, and the EU – could sit together and discuss how to proceed. The European Union in a very arrogant way said that this is none of your business, we do not put our nose in your trade with China or other countries, so this is going to happen. Then the President of Ukraine decided to postpone this ceremony. The next morning, the demonstrators were on Maidan in Kiev.

In February 2014, the European Union helped negotiate a deal between the President and the opposition. Next morning, the signatures of the European Union representatives – France, Germany and Poland – were absolutely ignored by the opposition, who staged a coup and declared that they are creating a “government of the winners,” that they will cancel the special status of the Russian language. They threatened to throw ethnic Russians out of Crimea, they sent armed groups to storm the Crimean parliament. That is how the war started. The Crimeans said: “We don’t want to have anything [to do] with you, leave us alone.” As a I said, there was a threat from armed groups. The eastern areas of Ukraine said: “Guys, we do not support your coup, leave us alone.” They never attacked the rest of Ukraine. The putschists attacked them, having called them terrorists. They called them terrorists for eight long years.

We managed to stop this bloodshed in February 2015 – the so-called Minsk Agreements were signed, providing Eastern Ukraine with some special status, language, the right to have some local police, special economic relations with the adjacent Russian regions. It was basically the same as [the agreement] the European Union negotiated for the north of Kosovo where Serbs live. In both cases, the European Union failed totally to deliver on what was guaranteed by the signatures of its members. For eight long years, the respective governments of Ukraine and Presidents of Ukraine were saying, blatantly and publicly, that they were not going to implement the Minsk agreements, that they will move to Plan B. They continued to shell the territories of these [self-] proclaimed republics during all these years. We warned the Europeans, the Americans, and Ukraine that they are ignoring something which was endorsed by the United Nations Security Council. To no avail.

People do not want to go back into this history because they prefer to take events on their immediate merit, but these particular events are rooted in the desire of the United States and what we call the collective West, to rule, to dominate the world and just show everybody that there would be no multipolarity. It would be only unipolarity.

And that they can declare Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yugoslavia, located tens of thousands of miles from the United States, threats to their security, and can do whatever they please there, levelling cities, like they did with Mosul in Iraq, and Raqqa in Syria. Russia has been warning all its colleagues that just on our borders you have been creating a springboard against us: you have been pumping arms into Ukraine, you have been totally ignoring the legislation of Ukraine, which prohibited, completely prohibited the Russian language, you have been encouraging neo-Nazi ideologies and practices. The neo-Nazi battalions were very much active against the territories which proclaimed themselves independent and who were promised special status. It’s inside Ukraine.

It was all linked with Ukraine becoming NATO’s springboard, and NATO expansion. They were saying that Ukraine will be in NATO. Nobody can stop Ukraine if it so wishes. Then President Zelensky said that he might think about coming back to possess nuclear weapons. In November last year, my President suggested to the United States and to NATO to sit down, to cool off, and to discuss how we can agree on security guarantees without NATO’s further eastward expansion. They refused. In the process, the Ukrainian army radically intensified the shelling of those republics in violation of all the ceasefire agreements. We didn’t have any other choice but to recognise them, to sign mutual assistance treaties with them, and, in response to their request, to send our troops as part of special operation to protect their lives.

Question: You provided the basics: the history, as well as the present context. But you also said, President Putin himself said, that this is not targeting civilians or the citizens, people of Ukraine. It is to do with the administration. We know that in international foreign policy parlance it is used quite often: not in my backyard. America says it all the time, and many other countries say it. But should an entire people, and entire population be punished for an administration wanting to carry out independent foreign policy?

Sergey Lavrov: I don’t think it’s about any independence. Since 2013, and maybe even earlier, hundreds and hundreds of US, UK, and other Western security and military experts have been openly sitting in the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence and the Ukrainian security apparatus. They basically were running the place.

As for the civilians, immediately when this special operation started in response to the request from Donetsk and Lugansk in full compliance with Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, when it was announced by President Putin, he said that the sole purpose of this operation is to demilitarise and denazify Ukrainians – these two problems of the country are intimately linked. We have been targeting only military infrastructure. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian army and the so-called nationalist battalions, which are using Nazi insignia, swastikas, which was borrowed from Indian history, but twisted the wrong way, and insignia of Waffen-SS battalions, these people were using and continue to use civilians as human shields. They were placing heavy weapons in the middle of towns and cities, next to schools, next to kindergartens, to hospitals. The internet is full of the testimonies of the people who were living in these places, and who were asking these people not to do this.

Unfortunately, nobody in the West actually pays attention to the facts, which we have been providing. Instead, they are staging some fake situations, like a couple of weeks ago with the place called Bucha. The Russian troops left on March 30, I think, and for three days the city was back in the hands of the Ukrainian administration. The mayor of Bucha Anatoly Fedoruk was publicly saying that the city is back to normal life. Only on the fourth day, they started showing images of dozens of corpses lying in the street, which was only a few days before shown as being back to normal. Then a few days later in the city of Kramatorsk, which was fully in the Ukrainian hands, they summoned people to the railway station, and attacked them with a Tochka-U missile. It was proven beyond any doubt that the missile was fired by the Ukrainian army. That’s why the next morning it was out of the news in the West because everybody understood the obvious nature of this provocation. Now, The New York Times says that they have the proof that cluster bombs were used by the Ukrainian army.

Speaking of civilians and the rules of international humanitarian law, I can once again assure you that our army operates against the military infrastructure and not against civilians.

Question: Mr Lavrov, you said that Russian forces have only targeted military facilities. Even if there were military facilities or tanks that have been placed in civilian areas, Russian forces did not show restraint in taking them down. Hence, there are civilians who have been killed. There has been bloodshed, whether it is the outskirts of Kiev, primarily Mariupol, Volnovakha – absolutely raised to the ground. Some responsibility has to be taken by the Russians also on the bloodshed?

Sergey Lavrov: It is always terrible when military activities bring damage to the civilians and to the civilian sector, to civilian infrastructure. As I said, when people have been killing ethnic Russians, citizens of Ukraine, in the east for eight years, no TV representatives, be it Asian, be it African, be it Latin American, be it European, be it the United States, paid any attention to this. The Russian journalists have been working on the contact line, on the side of the republics, round the clock, showing the atrocities committed by the Ukrainian neo-Nazis and Ukrainian armed forces. And during all those years not a single foreign journalist cared to come to the other part of this line of contact to see what was going on there.

The statistics available from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe indicate that the damage afflicted on the civilians and the civilian infrastructure on the side of the republics, the [self-] proclaimed republics, was five times more and bigger than the same figure for the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government.

This is not to say that we can just ignore the victims and the damage to the civilian infrastructure, but once again I want to emphasise a very important thing. This outcry started only when the Russians decided to protect Russians who are citizens of Ukraine and who were absolutely discriminated. There was no outcry when the city of Raqqa, for example, in Syria was levelled with dozens and hundreds of corpses lying there unattended for weeks and weeks. The American military never had any scruples about achieving their military goals, be it in Syria, be it in Iraq, be it in Afghanistan, for that matter.

This is a tragedy, when people die. But we cannot tolerate the situation when our Western colleagues say that they can do anything they want. They can encourage the government in Kiev to be as Russophobic as it takes. They would not tell them to stop prohibiting the Russian language in education, in media, stop banning all Russian speaking channels, including Ukrainian channels, they would not tell them not to prosecute the opposition, who favours dialogue with Russia, and to stop violating the commitments to give special status to the territories where the Russian speaking population dominates.

Question: You made a very important point because India Today has travelled to Donetsk and we have been putting out these reports. It is very important because it is important to understand the plight of Russian descent and Russian speaking people in Ukraine. There is no taking away from that. We will talk about Donbass. But coming to the allegations against Russia of genocide, of war crimes, and on the fact that chemical weapons have been used by Russian forces, what do you have to say to the visuals? You said that there were no bodies. There were bodies in the basements that have been found much later that would have been found anyway much later. Will there be no investigation that will be carried out? Why just say that it did not happen?

Sergey Lavrov: We are investigating the atrocities of the neo-Nazi battalions of Ukraine and of Ukrainian armed forces. There is a special commission created by the Russian chamber – there is a public organisation which is very experienced. They have been discovering the fakes staged by the so-called White Helmets in Syria, in many other cases. We will not cease our efforts to establish the truth.

We are used to the fact that the United States, the United Kingdom, and other Western countries have a very interesting habit: they just throw in news when they believe this news will work ideologically for their benefit, and then, when it comes to the facts, and when more facts are discovered, putting a big question mark on their assertions, they just lose interest.

2007, London. Poisoning of Mr Litvinenko. Huge outcry. The investigation begins, and after a few weeks a public inquiry is announced, which in the UK  means that it is secret. Until now, we cannot get the facts about what had happened to Mr Litvinenko.

2014, Malaysian Airlines Boeing. Shot down over Ukraine. We presented a huge amount of facts. We requested that we be part of the investigation – no way. Ukrainians who did not close their skies during the conflict were invited to this investigation group, Russia was not. Malaysia, as the owner of the plane, was invited only five months later after the Australians, the Dutch. They and the Malaysians agreed among themselves that anything coming out of this room must be subject to consensus, meaning that Ukraine, which did not close the skies, had a veto power on this investigation. We could not get the truth on this one as well.

2019, Salisbury poisoning. The people disappeared. The only proof which was made public is “highly likely,” as Theresa May said. The Brits insisted on the expulsion of Russian diplomats by most of the European countries. When I asked my friends, did they provide proof beyond the public statements about “highly likely” it was Russia, they said “no, but they promised to.” I checked one year later, whether this was done, it was not done. And so on, and so forth.

2020. Our opposition blogger Mr Navalny was poisoned. We asked the Germans. We immediately responded to the German request to let him go to the Berlin hospital. Twenty-four hours after the request he was flown to Berlin. We don’t have any confirmation who was flying with him, where did they get the bottle which is the key element in this investigation. When we asked the Germans to show us the formula which they discovered in his blood, they said this is a military secret.

It is us who until now insist on the truth about Litvinenko, about the Skripals, about Malaysian Boeing, and about Navalny. The stories that they stage in Ukraine these days are of the same nature.

Question: Going back to the investigations, you are saying that that Azov battalion is absolutely shameful, yes, they should be investigated. They are neo-Nazis, and they should not have been incorporated or integrated into any military regime in any country. But if you introspect and look at your own people as well, is there any instance of denying and rejecting claims? Will there be investigations against your own people if they have done wrong? Will they be held accountable?

Sergey Lavrov: We have a law that prohibits the military to do anything which is not allowed under international humanitarian law. Any violations are registered and investigated.

On Azov, it is interesting that you mentioned it. Azov was listed in the United States in 2014 or 2015 as a group that cannot be supported, that cannot legitimately operate, and it was prohibited by Congress to provide any assistance to this battalion. Everybody forgot about this or rather they certainly remember what this group is about, and they decided to put their money on this group.

In Japan, as you know, they passed a special decree by the government that Azov is no longer a neo-Nazi group, and the Japanese government apologises for listing Azov as such. And of course when President Zelensky in his camouflage was asked about Azov by some journalists, who felt that something was wrong with these neo-Nazi trends, Zelensky said quietly: Azov, they are what they are, we have many groups like this. They are part of our army.

You, I mean the media, started asking questions about Azov only when the military operation was launched. For eight long years, nobody lifted a finger, nobody bothered about what was being groomed in Ukraine, as a continuation, or rather a resurrection, of what was boiling in Europe in 1930s.

Question: President Zelensky said that Russia plans to use tactical nuclear weapons.

Sergey Lavrov: He says many things. Depends on what he drinks and what he smokes. He says many things.

Question: Do you think it was a strategic miscalculation by President Zelensky to take on Russia when there was no certain assurance from NATO and the European Union that they would actually back Ukraine?

Sergey Lavrov: President Zelensky came to power with the promise of peace. He said that he will reach peace on the basis of the Minsk Agreements. A few months later, he said he cannot implement the Minsk Agreements because the Minsk Agreements are “unimplementable.”

Question: It was the Russian forces, the DPR.

Sergey Lavrov: No, he never said that it was because of the military situation on the ground. He said that it is unthinkable for Ukraine to give special status to any part of his territory. But it was very “thinkable,” if I may say so, when Ukraine was created, to put together the territories which now (those in the west) never celebrate Victory Day, May 9, and the eastern territories, which would never celebrate the heroes honoured in the west: those who collaborated with Hitler. With this difficult composition of territories, to say that Ukraine can only be a unitary state, and that it would not give special status to these people even if the Security Council demands so, I believe that this was not very far-sighted.

Had he cooperated as he promised to his electorate when he was elected, had he cooperated in implementing the Minsk Agreements, the crisis would have been over long ago.

Question: Did the West betray Zelensky?

Sergey Lavrov: No, I think the West played Zelensky against Russia and did everything to strengthen the desire to ignore the Minsk Agreements.

The “West” is a broad notion. It’s the United States and the Brits. The rest of the West, including the European Union, is just an obedient servant.

Question: Tactical nuclear weapons. Will Russia ever use them?

Sergey Lavrov: Ask Mr Zelensky. We never mentioned this. He mentioned this. So, his intelligence must have provided him some news. I cannot comment something which a not very adequate person pronounces.

Question: As a P5 member, as a nuclear power, will nuclear be an option at all, on the table at all?

Sergey Lavrov: When the Soviet Union and the United States in 1987, Gorbachev and Reagan, decided that they have special responsibility for peace on this planet, they signed the solemn declaration that there could be no winners in a nuclear war, and therefore a nuclear war must never be launched.

After the Trump administration came to office, we have been telling them, because tensions were aggravated: “Why don’t we try to send a positive political message to the entire universe and to reiterate what Gorbachev and Reagan pronounced?” During all the four years of the administration, they refused to do so.

But we were really encouraged when President Biden was inaugurated. Five days after his inauguration, we repeated this offer, he first agreed to extend the [New] START treaty without any preconditions. In June 2021, when they met with President Putin in Geneva, they issued this declaration. This declaration was issued on our initiative. After the Americans and the Russians said that there must be no nuclear war, that they won’t think about it, we started to promote the same commitment in the context of the P5. Not the United States, not UK, not France – Russia. Eventually, earlier this year, in January this year, the P5, at the level of presidents and heads of government, issued the statement which we initiated and which we were pushing through for all these years.

Question: So nuclear is off the table?

Sergey Lavrov: This statement, both the Russian-American statement, and the P5 summit statement, were issued on the strong insistence of the Russian Federation.

Question: Coming back to the Donbass region, DPR, LPR. The independence of these republics is non-negotiable for Russia when you talk to Ukraine. What happens if the negotiations succeed between Ukraine and Russia and should there be a settlement, will Russia withdraw from other areas: Sumy, Kharkov, Zaporozhye, Kherson, Nikolayev?

Sergey Lavrov: I thought you are a journalist, but you can be a spy. I am not discussing the military operation, for obvious reasons it is never the case.

On the territorial situation, we recognise DPR and LPR within the administrative boundaries of the former Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. The Minsk agreements were signed when these two territories were split roughly half and half. Now the militias of these republics are fighting to get their territory back.

When they had a referendum in 2014, it was held on the entire territories of the former regions. But then the coup leaders started the war, which they called an anti-terrorist operation, and they took a considerable chunk of both regions. So, yes, we recognise LPR and DPR within their declared territories as a result of the referendum.

Question: Which in fact includes Mariupol and Volnovakha, as part of Donetsk.

Sergey Lavrov: Yes.

Question: My question is, if there is a settlement between the two sides, and they recognise, which President Zelensky said he would not, he said that they are going to fight for Donbass to the very end, so where are the red lines?

Sergey Lavrov: I cannot intelligently discuss what President Zelensky says because he always changes his mind diametrically.

He was the initiator of the negotiations, which we accepted. At some point we were disappointed because they were changing their mind every time, coming late, leaving early, but then in Istanbul, about one month ago, it was on March 29, they brought a paper, saying that we are not going to be a member of any military alliance, that they will be neutral. In return, they asked for security guarantees, preferably P5, maybe some others, and it was written and initialled by the head of the heads of delegations. The security guarantees they were asking for would not cover Crimea and the territories in the east of Ukraine.

It was not our language, it was their language. Now President Zelensky says “no way.” They started backtracking even earlier. But this is a paper with the signature of the head of the Ukrainian delegation. So, before we can intelligently discuss what he says one day or another, we need to have clarity about the credibility of this person and about his team.

Question: Was there any understanding in Istanbul on the withdrawal of Russian troops from Kiev, as well?

Sergey Lavrov: We changed the configuration of our presence. This was announced immediately after Istanbul that since we believed that they brought something which could serve as a basis [of an agreement], we made a goodwill gesture, and we changed the configuration in the Kiev and Chernigov areas.

This was not appreciated at all. Instead, this Bucha thing was immediately staged and played, like Skripals were played in Salisbury, like the Malaysian Boeing, like Navalny, played, but immediately put aside when the hard facts were presented which they cannot challenge.

Question: There are mayors who have been appointed now by Russia in Berdyansk and Melitopol, and they are saying that they will hold a referendum, that they are not going to go back. Is that the plan?

Sergey Lavrov: That’s the outmost democracy, right? A referendum – people saying what they want.

Question: Which means that you are securing your land boundary in Sumy and Kharkov, but also the waters, if you look at Zaporozhye, Nikolayev.

Sergey Lavrov: People have been suffering in all these places for eight long years, when neo-Nazis were prohibiting them to speak their own language, prohibiting them to commemorate the heroes of World War II, of the Great Patriotic War, prohibiting to have parades and to have any events to commemorate the fallen, the parents, the grandparents of these people.

Now when they have thrown away these neo-Nazis, and say that now we will decide who will be running the place – this is our mayor, this is our legislature, I believe that this is a manifestation of democracy after so many years of oppression.

Question: It seems that Ukraine has lost more land than it would have gained by negotiating on Donbass.

Sergey Lavrov: It’s the decision of those who have been running Ukraine, of those who have been sabotaging the Minsk agreements, in spite of the UN Security Council decision. We are not up for regime change in Ukraine. We have said this repeatedly. We want the Ukrainians themselves to decide how they want to live further in a way, which would not repeat the Minsk agreements, when they did decide that they did not want to do anything with the coup leaders, who immediately said that they are against anything Russian: culture, language, everything what these people cherish. Then they were promised something by the European Union and cheated.

We want the people to be free. To decide how they want to live in Ukraine.

Question: Russia is one of the most sanctioned countries in the world. How long can you sustain?

Sergey Lavrov: I don’t think we are thinking in the context of sustaining. Sustaining means, you know, you sustain, you take some hardships, and hope that, sooner or later, this would be over.

Russia has been under sanctions all along – Jackson–Vanik, then it was repealed, but Magnitsky Act was introduced, then we were punished for the free vote of the Crimeans, we were punished for supporting those who were in favour of keeping the Minsk agreements, but the Ukrainian government did not want them to get what they promised, and so on and so forth.

So, now we have come to a very straightforward conclusion. We cannot rely on our Western colleagues in any part of our life, which has strategic significance, be it food security, which we managed to ensure ourselves after 2014, be it, of course, defence, and be it some strategic sectors where high-tech is developing and indicating the future of the mankind. We did not have time to achieve self-sufficiency in all these areas, but in most cases, we resolved this issue. Of course, we are open to cooperation with all other countries who do not use illegal, illegitimate unilateral measures in violation of the UN Charter.

India is among those. We cooperate bilaterally. I visited a couple of months ago, and we cooperate in many international organisations.

Question: Speaking of India, India is under immense pressure to sever ties, to cut down imports of energy, of fuel, but India has stood its ground. In terms of reliability, is there a concern that India should have with regards to the kind of defence cooperation both countries have? Could there be delays in deliveries of critical weapons systems that India is buying from Russia, such as the S-400s? What is the conversation you have been having with New Delhi on this ground?

Sergey Lavrov: India is our very old friend. We called our relationship a long time ago a strategic partnership. Then, about 20 years ago, the Indian friends said: why don’t we call it a “privileged strategic partnership?” Sometime later, they said that this was not enough. Let’s call it “especially privileged strategic partnership.” This is a unique description of the bilateral relations between India and Russia.

With India, long before all this became such a hot potato, we supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s concept “Make in India” and we started substituting simple trade with local production, shifting production of the goods needed by India on your territory. It was for quite a number of years already that we have been promoting the use of our national currencies in settlements between the governments of the two countries.

We promoted national information systems, transmission systems, like SWIFT. You have your own, we have our won. They are being used more and more. Payment cards: we have MIR, you have RuPay. They are mutually supportive. It is not, you know, a huge percentage, of the overall volume of trade, but it is steadily growing. On defence, we can provide anything India wants. Technology transfers in the context of defence cooperation are absolutely unprecedented for any of India’s outside partners.

Question: We have got away with a waiver from the United States for the S-400s, but future collaborations, could they become difficult?

Sergey Lavrov: You know, when the Americans say that they are in favour of democracy all over the world, they mean only a very specific thing – that it is up to them to decide who is democracy, and who deserves to have some good attitude on behalf of Washington. When they convened this summit of democracies, you only need to look through the list of invitees, to understand that it is not about real democracies, it is about something else. The Americans now run all over the world, their ambassadors have priority number one to go to the foreign ministry, to the government of the country where they serve and say: “You must stop talking to Russia, you must join sanctions against Russia.”

Well, long before this crisis, I have been talking to the Americans, to the Europeans, I told them: when you say democracy, democracy, and at the conferences you always want this language on rule of law and democracy, I asked them about adding that apart from the national level, we want democracy and the rule of law internationally. They don’t like it. When they push everybody in this anti-Russian camp, when they go to India, when they go to China, to Turkey, to Egypt, countries with their own thousands years of history of civilization, of culture, and when they are not even ashamed to publicly tell you what to do, I believe something is wrong not only with manners, which always has been the case, but something is wrong with the mentality.

When Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, says publicly: “We, the United States, has not yet decided whether to introduce sanctions against India for the S-400s,” they have not decided what is good for you. His under-secretary Wendy Sherman later said: “We must help India understand what is important for its security.” How about that?

Question: I suppose your counterpart gave them a befitting reply on how to conduct one’s foreign policy?

Sergey Lavrov: Absolutely. I respect Subrahmanyam Jaishankar very much. He is a seasoned diplomat, and he is a real patriot of his country. He said that we will be taking the decisions on the basis of what India believes it needs for its development, for its security. It’s respectful. Not too many countries can say something like this.

Question: You mentioned China. For us, the China factor is very important. Russia has a unique relationship when it comes to ties with China and ties with India. You mentioned the United States of America, so again, I am going to go back to the US. Recently, in one of the visits, deputy national security advisor said that should India continue ties with Russia, there will be consequences. If, he said, there is another incident at the LAC, then the US will not come to India’s rescue. The statement is flawed, because there are two points. One is that he said “should there be another incident,” not recognising that the Chinese are still on Indian soil. Secondly, he said that they will not come to India’s rescue, but they did not come in the first place. But where does Russia stand?

Sergey Lavrov: We stand in favour of resolving any conflicts on the basis of arrangements negotiated directly between the parties, like, just like it was in Ukraine, when the two parties, the rebels, as they are called, the separatists, as they are called, for us they are self-proclaimed republics, on the one side, and the government, which came to power as a result of the coup, on the other side had a deal, negotiated and endorsed by the Security Council. It is another matter that the government, with the instigation of the West, failed to deliver, but the method is the one which we believe should be applied everywhere.

After those incidents on the border, we welcomed the resumption of the discussions between the military of India and China, the discussions between the politicians, at the level of the foreign ministers, and we hope that this would be resolved. We cannot use those threats, which are absolutely normal for the Americans, who say “or else, there would be consequences.” It is their favourite statement.

What we would like to do, as Russia, we would like to promote the formats where India, Russia, and China participate together. It started in 1996-1997, when Russia’s Foreign Minister at that time, Yevgeny Primakov, suggested the RIC format – the troika formed by Russia, India, and China. It happened, and we continue to convene in this format. I think, last November there was probably the 20th ministerial meeting. Not only foreign ministers, but also ministers of economy, ministers of trade, political scientists meet, which may not be very much publicised, but it is a very useful format.

We were very much in favour, even we were the leading force in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to promote this, of the full membership of India, together with Pakistan, in this organisation. This is another premise for China and India to be together in the company of their neighbours, and to build more confidence.

Question: Finally, before I let you go, sir, Europe is looking to halt gas from Russia. Come summer, policies might get harsher. But you are looking for the dedollarisation of the global energy market by dealing in roubles. How do you propose to do that, should they start halting?

Sergey Lavrov: There will be no change for the Europeans and other countries who buy our gas. The reason for this decision was very simple and obvious. When they froze the Russian assets in dollars, euro, yens, and the pound sterling for the amount of more than 300 billion euros or dollars, those were mostly the money kept in Western banks after we received payments from them, from the Western countries, for our gas deliveries.

In other words, they paid us, and they stole the money from us because those were the currencies which are linked to the Western banking system. So what we told them to do: they would not be paying directly to Gazprom’s accounts abroad, but they would be paying to a bank called Gazprombank. It is an independent entity. They would be paying the same amount which they have to pay under the existing contracts, but they will pay these amounts to a special account which they have to open with this bank. There would be a parallel account in roubles. So they pay euros, and then inside this bank these euros are transferred to the rouble account, and from this account Gazprom receives roubles.

Question: So you are not running losses at all on the money Russia is to receive from Europe? There is no money that has been stopped?

Sergey Lavrov: Exactly. As of now, they would not be able to keep the money in their banks, the money that they not even owe us, but which they paid to us already. I believe this is something which does not contradict contracts. They would still be paying in euros or dollars or whatever was the currency of the contract, but we will have insurance that this robbery would not happen again.

Question: Finally, sir, before I let you go, I have to go back to that question on eastern Ukraine. Intensification of war efforts now in eastern Ukraine – is the trigger the flagship warship Moskva that sunk. What really happened there? Is that one of the triggers now why we see more intensification against Ukraine?

Sergey Lavrov: No, this operation in the east of Ukraine is aimed, as was announced from the very beginning, to fully liberate the Donetsk and Lugansk republics. This operation will continue. Another stage of this operation is beginning. I am sure that this will be a very important moment of this entire special operation.

Question: What happened to the warship?

Sergey Lavrov: It is for the Ministry of Defence. They explained what happened and I cannot add anything to this.

Question: On that note, many thanks for joining us here on India Today. It was indeed a pleasure, sir.

Sergey Lavrov: Thank you very much.

Question: That was the Foreign Minister of Russia speaking exclusively to India Today.


Notes on information availability from the Russian Federation:

The best video is on Telegram:  https://t.me/MFARussia/12362
This is the first complete address from the Russian MFA that they posted on Telegram since the attack on the availability of Russian information started.  It is also a complete interview in English and without translators.

The Indian interviewer is smart and respectful.  Mr. Lavrov is patient and clear.

It is still a hit-and-miss exercise to get complete information from Russian professional sources.   You can see these interviews live on Ruptly but there is no playback.  The videos and transcripts are on the Russian Foreign Ministry site, but frequently there is no playback.  In copying this transcript just a while ago, the Russian MFA site went down again.

It is important to see or read these completely in order to find nuance and context. It seems to be a fashionable journalistic method to report on one or two snippets only. In that, the Russian media sources are not helping us to help them. Here is an example.  Mr. Lavrov’s takeaway quote on being asked about Zelenski, is:  “He says many things, depending on what he drinks or what he smokes.”   RT decided to shorten that, and said:  “He says many things, depending on what he drinks.”   Incorrectly reporting even direct quotes does not serve the Russian cause.

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Remembering President Saleh Al-Sammad, 4 years after his assassination by US-backed Saudi airstrike

19 Apr 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

Naseh Shaker 

On the 4th anniversary of his assassination, Al Mayadeen English interviews the secretary of President Saleh Al-Sammad about several topics including his memories with Al-Sammad. 

Q&A: Remembering President Saleh Al-Sammad, 4 years after his assassination by US-backed Saudi airstrike

Ahmed Al-Razehi, the secretary of Saleh Al-Sammad, former president of the Supreme Political Council, an executive body formed to rule Yemen, recalled Al-Sammad martyrdom with his six bodyguards on 19 April 2018 by a US-backed Saudi-led coalition airstrike. He said it was a “tragedy,” and since then, he has been devoting his life to publishing his memories with Al-Sammad on social media.

In an exclusive interview with Al Mayadeen English, Al-Razehi said he did not expect that the US-led coalition would target Al-Sammad in “this treacherous and cowardly way”.

An airstrike targeted the Al-Sammad convoy in Hodeidah after he delivered a speech at the local councils’ assembly along with the Hodeidah governor.

Late President Saleh Al-Sammad along with his secretary Ahmed Al-Razehi (left) during a popular event (Courtesy of Al-Razehi for Al Mayadeen English)

62 persons were accused of participating in the assassination of Al-Sammad according to the Specialized Criminal Court verdict. The primary figure accused of his assassination is US President Donald Trump, followed by Saudi Arabia, UAE leaders, and Yemeni military leaders of the Hadi Saudi-backed Government.

Al-Razehi talked about how Trump and other leaders of the Saudi coalition must be brought to justice. He sent his messages to the countries that were involved in the assassination of Al-Sammad, and mentioned the kind of relationship Al-Sammad wanted to establish with western and neighboring countries.

Here is  the full interview:

Q: First of all, tell us how did you survive the assassination of Saleh Al-Sammad and his bodyguards, and what was your reaction when heard the news about his assassination?

A: I wasn’t with President Saleh Al-Sammad during his last visit to Al-Hodeidah Governorate, during which he was targeted by the US-led coalition, and I wish I had been with him, to have the honor of martyrdom with an exceptional leader like President Al-Sammad, who made every effort to promote and defend Yemen and achieve the aspirations of the Yemeni people in liberation, independence, building a modern Yemeni state, and achieve victory for the oppressed Yemeni people.

The news of his martyrdom was a tragedy for me, and I did not expect that the US-led coalition forces would target him in this treacherous and cowardly way. For me, the news of his martyrdom was a target of the whole Yemeni state and an assassination of an entire country. His only concern was Yemen and building a state of institutions. He devoted his life to this goal. He was in the first ranks of the front lines to fight the Saudi aggression.

Despite my grief and sorrow, his assassination represented a source of pride for me, because President Al-Sammad offered his soul to this country as an exceptional leader. History has recorded his brave stance in its brightest pages, and the martyr President Al-Sammad will remain immortal in the hearts of generations inspired by his sacrifice and redemption.

Q: The first accused of the assassination of Al-Sammad is former US President Donald Trump… Why wasn’t the case brought to the International Court of Justice, as it is the judicial organ of the United Nations empowered to settle disputes between states?

A: The accused persons in Case No. 12 of 2019 are 62 persons, and the top person of interest is US President Donald Trump. The case took its own course in the national judiciary: the Criminal Appeals Division in Hodeidah Governorate convicted 16 defendants of the crime of assassination and were sentenced to death and to discretionary penalties, with all their properties confiscated.

Regarding the foreign defendants in the assassination of President Al-Sammad, including US President Trump, the first-instance verdict postponed the decision of panel proceedings against them and returned the case file to the Prosecutor’s Office for investigation.

Thus, there are two tracks in this heinous crime, the first is through the national judiciary, being the only competent body in this case, and the second track is the prosecution of the accused before the international judiciary. Some procedures are taking place in this aspect, by completing the file of this case and others tho prosecute the leaders of the aggressor countries and all those involved in committing war crimes against the Yemeni people, and all details will be revealed at the right time through the competent authorities.

Q: How can the leaders of the US-led coalition countries be prosecuted to punish the killers of Al-Sammad and his companions?

A: The judicial and concerned authorities have been collecting evidence to complete documents related to the crimes committed by the offenders and bring these judicial cases to national or international supreme courts  – in order to ensure that the leaders of these countries and all those involved in the assassination of President Al-Sammad and his companions will not enjoy impunity and remain unpunished.

The legal organizations and centers have been responding vigorously to the prosecution of  Presidents and military leaders in their countries. Therefore, there will be a day when they will be convicted for the grave crimes they committed against the Yemeni people.

Late President Saleh Al-Sammad with his secretary Ahmed Al-Razehi (right) (Courtesy of Al-Razehi for Al Mayadeen English).

Q: Why are Yemeni criminals fleeing from justice like Hadi and Al-Ahmer who are not yet arrested, seized, or their properties confiscated?

A: There are procedures carried out by the Yemeni judiciary as a judicial authority that operates independently and professionally in this aspect according to legal procedures, so the judiciary is taking its own course. 

There are also procedures taking place regarding the preventive detention of the property of the leaders of mercenaries and traitors affiliated with the US-Saudi-led aggression involved in committing war crimes against the Yemeni people and destroying their properties and capabilities. The offenders will not benefit from these leaders or prevent them from judicial or popular prosecution.

Q: Could you recall Al-Sammad’s discussions with the US and Britain, regarding the war on Yemen in light of his speech to The New York Times in 2015, in which he expressed the desire of Ansar Allah to establish normal relations with the US and KSA?

A: President Al-Sammad affirmed more than once Yemen’s openness to dialogue with various countries of the world, except the Zionist entity, and keenness to establish cooperative relations based on respect for Yemen’s sovereignty and independence and non-interference in its internal affairs, based on peer-to-peer and not subordination and dependency, taking into consideration the Arab and Islamic issues,  notably the Palestinian cause which is the central issue of the Ummah (nation).

President Al-Sammad also affirmed that Yemen is keen to enhance cooperation with its regional and international environment in a way that serves Yemen’s interest, security, and stability, and also achieves the security and stability of the region in the face of the challenges it faces.

Maybe this liberation trend didn’t attract his belligerents, and the countries of regional and international power felt threatened by this approach. They took this initiative as an attempt that would prevent them from exercising their hegemony over Yemen, and from plundering its resources, and violating its sovereign decision.

Q: What was Al-Sammad’s role that upset America and Britain and pushed them to take part in the cowardly assassination?

A: President Saleh Al-Sammad was an exceptional figure, the consensus of the national forces, and a unique leader in the history of Yemen, distinguished by his courageous stances, asceticism, and political acumen, stripped of all worldly ambitions and not even having a home for his family, except for his residency in Saada, which was also hit by the raids of aggression.

He led Yemen in a difficult period overwhelmed by the forces of evil and tyranny, and despite the challenges of aggression and siege, we witnessed during his presidency a lot of achievements, both at the level of the state institutions, laying the first rock of the modern Yemeni state through his national project, “A hand that protects and a hand that builds”.

President Al-Sammad’s liberation and renaissance approach, getting out of the mantle of dependency are precisely what disturbed the countries of aggression, led by America, Britain, and the international powers, which planned to target him. They thought they would succeed to eliminate his liberation project, but the result was the opposite.

Q: Finally, what message would you like to send to the international community on the fourth anniversary of President Al-Samad’s martyrdom?

A: The international community should be well aware that the assassination of the martyr President Al-Samad will not go unnoticed, and will remain a witness to its complicity in the crime.

The second message is that the assassination of President Al-Sammad will not weaken the will of the Yemeni people, but will rather increase their determination to continue steadfastness and persistence in the face of the forces of aggression and hegemony. This murder will be a strong motive for the leaderships in Yemen to follow his approach and pursue the building of a free and independent Yemen and to continue his project “A hand that protects and a hand that builds”. 

The third message is that President Al-Sammad will remain immortal in the conscience of the Yemeni people and inspire all the free people in the world in the face of arrogant forces to free themselves from political tutoring and dependence, and live with dignity and pride, whatever the challenges and difficulties could be.

And the fourth message on the [fourth] anniversary of the martyrdom of President Saleh Al-Sammad is that the Yemeni people will not forget this crime and its perpetrators will be punished sooner or later, as they are unbreakable people.

The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

Sitrep: Operation Z

April 16, 2022

Source

By Nightvision

Let’s start off with some significant Mariupol updates. The Primorski / port area was further captured, some say dividing it in half, and guys on the ground are now saying the entire section may fall by tomorrow or at latest by the end of this weekend.

That would leave only the Azovstal factory because the other big news was that the Illych factory has completely fallen to our forces as well, and this was the only other pocket of UAF left. There is a lot of footage from the Illych capture.

Drone footage of DPR/RF forces storming it and capturing the last few UAF Marines 

(alt link: https://www.bitchute.com/video/aY4HS5Bpawm5/)

A lot of UAF equipment recovered there, hidden in the factory, including many American hummers https://www.bitchute.com/video/G1HMTwSk6OH5/

Full interview of one of the POWs with subtitles: https://www.bitchute.com/video/m4P2ylBqhv3W/

Another British merc captured as well: https://www.bitchute.com/video/Erio4G6vzPJS/

He is this guy, Shaun Pinner https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10569039/Ex-British-soldier-Shaun-Pinner-says-chaos-line-Ukraine-Russian-conflict.html

This merc also served with Cossackgundi in the YPG for years in Syria, and it’s been said he’s even served in Bosnia in the 90’s and is likely part of British Intel forces.

And for those that haven’t seen the previous British merc, Cossackgundi, here are a few outtakes from his interrogations: https://www.bitchute.com/video/z6hfHjgWGhaX/

And a Russian news report states the following: https://iz.ru/1321114/2022-04-15/v-sf-zaiavili-o-nalichii-soldat-stran-nato-sredi-plennykh-na-ukraine

“Among those captured in Ukraine there are military personnel from the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO). This was announced on Friday, April 15, by Andrei Klimov, deputy head of the commission of the United Russia party for international cooperation…

“We already have prisoners among the military personnel of NATO countries, we will show all this when we conduct trials, and the whole world will see what really happened,” he said during a briefing with the media. The senator also said that there are mercenaries in Ukraine from Asia, Africa, Great Britain, the USA and other states. He recalled that mercenaries are not military personnel and they are not subject to international law.”

So it seems according to this they do intend to put them on trial.

This is how the map is looking now. That small sliver of Primorski section in the SW by the port, and then just the massive Azovstal factory complex.

And as many of you know, the factory was reportedly already bombed by Russian long range heavy bombers, Tu-22m’s in what is reportedly the first usage of the bombers in the conflict so far. Footage:

https://ok.ru/video/3397653039744

There’s still no word on the general strategy, as we’ve all seen rumors Russia would flood the factory, or etc. We don’t know if this bombing run is a one-off, and only to bomb certain sections/positions, or a general strategy they will employ to level the entire complex (doubtful). Personally I don’t see the point of bombing now, unless with bunker busters, as we know Azov troops are secured deep in the basement, but there may have been some strategic positions to hit for now, to soften them up before the next phase of the Azovstal assault. For instance, Azov forces likely mined the entire area, and perhaps this is an attempt to first demine and clear all booby traps via large bombing run to prepare the area for ground assault.

In the time of writing this, the Russian MOD apparently reported that the full urban area of Mariupol has been captured, and the map would now look like this:

However, I leave the previous up because once in a while the Russian MOD has been known to jump the gun and I personally haven’t seen the on-the-ground indication yet that Primorski has fully been cleared, although there were several indications it was very close, so maybe it is true. If that’s the case, then there is literally nothing left apart from the Azovstal factory complex.

Either way, we get closer and closer to the end where Mariupol comes home. And on that note there’s some interesting updates. Firstly, apparently anchors at the Crimea24 news station in Crimea are already referring to Kherson as the ‘Kherson People’s Republic’, ‘that is, an entirely separate and seceded political entity from the Ukrainian Central Government.’

And not far away, the Energodar city sign changed from a Ukrainian to Russian flag:

As for news about Phase 2, here are some assorted updates:

There continue to be reports from both sides that a largescale Russian Phase 2 offensive is days away. One source in Donbass even said this: “The head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration believes that the Russian troops do not start the offensive because of bad weather.”

Meanwhile a regional administrator in Barvinkove and separately, the head of Donetsk regional military administrations, urged evacuations as ‘Russia is set to launch a large-scale military operation in a few days.’

My view has been that it won’t come until Mariupol is done, but with that said, they may begin it anyway because some reports indicate forces have already been disengaged from Mariupol and sent both north and towards Kherson because so few UAF remain in Mariupol, they don’t need a large force anymore. Wargonzo / Pegov reports that the famous Somali battalion of DPR will be re-deployed to Avdiivka outside of Donetsk where a large offensive is planned to break through the densest of enemy lines, and some of them have already been redeployed there.

In short, various ‘chirps’ from both sides continue to indicate Russia is almost ready with the preparations for Phase 2, we just have to wait and see if they’re waiting for the ‘symbolic’ fall of Mariupol to begin, or whether they’ll begin without it. We know the Pentagon said last week that the offensive would start “within a week”.

As some others have posted this already, unconfirmed but it matches the general gist I’m hearing everywhere else:

“The Pentagon instructed the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to withdraw all the remaining artillery to the cities on the eastern front – Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, where they can fire behind civilians. Restraining the offensive of the Russian troops is prescribed by small mobile groups armed with mortars and anti-tank systems, moving across the steppe in civilian vehicles. There is nothing surprising in the fact that the Americans impose terrorist tactics on their pets, in which their people are taken hostage. But the fact that Ukrainian resources write about this quite openly, and treat such methods with understanding, and as the only correct one, cannot but amaze.”

There is video evidence of this now that’s emerged where UAF is mostly operating in the style of ISIS ‘technicals’ where they mount a machine gun on a pickup truck and drive around the countryside in search of fast ambush opportunities on RF rearguards, supply lines etc., but unlike ISIS they’re armed with tons of ATGMs and Manpads.

One Russian T-72B3 came home to base last night near Izyum having been reportedly struck as many as 2 or 3 times by Javelins and Nlaws, but its Kontakt-5 reactive armor had no problem shrugging them all off. Photos show Kontakt-5 damage around the turret indicating possible “top attack” (such as NLAW and Javelin) as opposed to normal RPG style weapons hitting lower broadside on the hull. Just further proof that Western weapons are performing abysmally. In fact the ONLY consistently confirmed proof I have seen, out of thousands of videos, of tank kills on Russian armor all comes from the Ukrainian Stugna-P ATGM, which is a Ukrainian/Belarussian produced weapon.

One frontline reporter several days ago said, upon breaching a UAF position they found a bunch of spent Russian/Soviet legacy RPGs laying on the ground, while next to them was several western (NLAW/Javelin) units that were completely unused. You can figure out what this implies.

But of course the U.S. continues to offload its stock of junk on Ukraine: https://www.bitchute.com/video/cW8vv4om4cJJ/

Czech sends MLRS https://twitter.com/Cyberspec1/status/1514471276437401601

While British SAS go straight to Kiev to train the Nazis directly https://www.rt.com/russia/553973-uk-commandos-train-ukrainians/

U.S. also expands its intel sharing with Ukraine, and has stated it will help Ukraine in preparing strikes onto Crimea. U.S. says it won’t overtly help Ukraine with strikes on RF territory, but it doesn’t recognize Crimea as RF territory so it considers it legal to give the UAF signal/satellite intel to strike Crimea.

https://www.rt.com/news/553853-us-intelligence-attack-crimea/

Meanwhile the Pentagram says, “The Pentagon now says Russia is in the midst of a major jamming operation attempt of Ukraine’s access to GPS signals, which if successful would have a huge impact on Ukraine’s ability to navigate the battlefield and operate advanced aerial systems such as drones.”

https://www.zerohedge.com/military/russia-ratcheting-efforts-jam-us-provided-gps-signals-ukraine-pentagon

The article mentions Switchblade drones, and how they use GPS which is disrupted by Russian jamming. On that front, we have new reports that as of yesterday, two Switchblade drones were already used against Russian tanks in the Kharkov / Izyum area, neither of which did any damage.

“Two American Switchblade UAVs (“Flipknife”) attacked the positions of Russian tankers, but did not cause any damage. Apparently, the operators are just beginning to master the new technique.” (reported by the reliable frontline correspondent Sasha Kots)

It is confirmation the drones are now in theater. But there’s 2 varieties, the 300 and 600 series. We don’t know yet which they have. The 300 is fairly useless against vehicles.

You can see an inside look into these unparalleled Russian jamming systems which have no equal in the world: https://www.bitchute.com/video/dFe6qSXQF3IX/

If you read my last report with this video: https://youtu.be/_CMby_WPjk4?t=1584

You’ll know it spoke a lot about Russian ability to shutdown all communications on the front via these various EW stations like the famous Krasukha. In the bitchute videos above, the soldiers talk about how these systems shutdown all cellular communications, fry Bayraktar drones, etc., and this is exactly corroborated in the Dr. Karber presentation at West Point above, where he says all cellular and military radios go blank in a wide swath of territory.

Here’s some more info on the particular complex: https://military-wiki.com/the-power-of-russias-murmansk-bn-electronic-warfare-complex/

Also yesterday the S-400 was used for possibly the 2nd time of the conflict. The first was in the opening days, a S-400 system in Belarus destroyed a Ukrainian Mig-29 over Kiev (very long distance) which was piloted by one of Ukraine’s most legendary pilots.

The new usage was said to be against one of the helicopters that attacked the Russian Klimovo village in the Bryansk region. The helicopter apparently was shot over the village of Gorodnya in the Chernihiv region of Ukraine, about 35 km from the Russian-Ukrainian border.

One analyst writes:

“1. This means that air defense has been strengthened in the border areas. S-400 divisions “do not go alone.” At least a regiment, at least two divisions and a command post. 2 combat vehicles for each

2. The helicopter was shot down at low altitude at a distance of about 35 km from the border, read at least 50-60 km from the division. This means that the target for the division was below the radio horizon, which, on flat terrain and an antenna post deployed not on a 40V6M tower, but on a conveyor, would be about 40 km. This is possible only in the interaction of the S-400 air defense system with the A-50 AWACS aircraft or with the Su-30 fighter and the use of the 9M96E2 missile with an active homing head, which is capable of independently capturing an over-the-horizon target according to the data of the air defense system itself or the specified aircraft.”

Video of the shot down helicopter https://twitter.com/Cyberspec1/status/1515294027608104965

In that same region were huge losses for the UAF yesterday. Reported several squads to be completely destroyed while there were many prisoners. You can see photos of the prisoners on most of the popular telegram channels.

Meanwhile in the risible and deteriorating U.S. Navy, humiliation continues to mount:

https://www.rt.com/news/553992-navy-commander-fired-f35/

Here’s a good current map of the overall situation: https://twitter.com/War_Mapper/status/1515118706682122244

And here’s how British Intel reportedly views the coming Phase 2 operation:

By the way, one last note. Some have asked about the news that ‘General Aleksandr Dvornikov’ was appointed as supreme commander of the entire operation, particularly since I previously posted a snippet that had his name in it. The truth is, there is no actual proof or confirmation whatsoever from the Russian side that he has been ‘appointed’ or ‘promoted’ in any way. Even if you search his name in cyrillic on Russian official news sites like Tass there is nothing whatsoever on it, and no such announcement from the MOD. So keep in mind all such information is only as per the “Pentagon’s” alleged secret intel, albeit on sites like wikipedia it is already listed as 100% official and confirmed that he is in fact the supreme commander.

With that said, it may very well be true. And if it is, that’s a good thing, because Dvornikov by all qualifications appears to be a very strong commander who was responsible for much of the success of Russia’s Syrian campaign. Keep in mind he is officially the commander of the entire Russian Southern Military District, with its famed 58th Army, etc., and he continues to be listed as the commander of this district. The Southern is arguably Russia’s most experienced command post due to its involvement in some of the hottest Russian frontlines of the past years, such as the 2008 Georgian war which was primarily prosecuted by the 58th Army of the Southern, stationed in Vladikavkaz. To the 2014 Crimean crisis as well, which was primarily handled by this district. Not to mention it appears the Southern District has possibly the highest contract servicemen percentage of any of the districts, which wikipedia lists at 98% as of 2016.

Though the ‘Western’ district is the ‘prestige’ one, as it guards Russia’s most vital western European flank, and was previously headed by Gerasimov himself, and is probably outfitted with the highest percentage of technologically advanced units (such as the 4th Guards Tank army which is mostly comprised of modernized T-80U’s as opposed to the T-72’s of many other districts), the Southern is the one that has seen the most action in recent years, and has acted as the ‘shock troops’ for various Russian crises.

So the fact that Dvornikov, who was given the highest honors, “Hero of the Russian Federation” medal for his work in Syria, was then promoted to the head of the Southern District after his Syrian service, means the utter trust Russian leadership has in him. So if it is true he is internally now running the entire SMO, then that can only be viewed as a positive. But let it simply be stated that this is completely unconfirmed, and may never be confirmed officially by the Russian side.

And some final assorted things:

DPR troops humanely feed their POWs (quite a contrast to how Russian POWs are treated): https://www.bitchute.com/video/GyMLSCgz3rhn/

Russian White Swans of death spotted in the skies of Russia not far from Ukr border, but reportedly this is practice for the upcoming parade (or is it?)

An interesting look at the logistical side, Russian mobile kitchens and laundromats – how daily troop life functions: https://www.bitchute.com/video/lbyWPdJXtXy2/

Chechens put finishing touches on Mariupol districts: https://www.bitchute.com/video/zH6ZymTy6EZ7/

Russia ships mass Bm-21 Grad reinforcements: https://www.bitchute.com/video/fbCOVZvcygVl/

More reinforcements head through Kharkov: https://www.bitchute.com/video/kcnOFC8OeDvQ/

Zelensky brags behind the scenes how Macron is his “bestie” who texts him privately (is this legal?) https://www.bitchute.com/video/4OCZ4XRXfAHs/

Crew of the sunken Moskva cruiser re-enlists to continue service in Navy. So much for fake rumors they were all killed, etc: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/nnwlaOOuDM1W/

Another UAF base in Nikolayev destroyed. https://www.bitchute.com/video/LqyoUGfEwKLC/

There’ve been many huge strikes in Kiev, Kharkov, Nikolayev, etc, that have flattened a lot of bases and factories in the past 2 days since the sinking of the Moskva. In fact in the past day alone, over 300 UAF soldiers were reportedly killed in these strikes all over Ukraine.

Today Zelensky revealed for the first time that UAF losses are alleged to be only 2500-3000 total. But this is a clear lie as the Donbass alone has 3000 POWs. The Russian MOD countered with new realistic losses of the UAF today, which are in excess of 23,000+ troops. https://www.rt.com/russia/553998-russia-ukraine-casualties/

Graphic (18+) Russian Spetsnaz force once again ambushed a UAF squad near Izyum: https://www.bitchute.com/video/qoqS4oNnHmtD/

Also slightly (18+), Chechens in Mariupol show the clearing of one of the last districts: https://www.bitchute.com/video/yoEdnDP6jUUT/

The Real ‘Reset:’ Russia Outlines the Inevitability of a Nuclear War they Will Win (vital)

 April 17, 2022

By  VT Editors

NATO nuke exploding over Yemen 2015

Russia says the US engineered World War II and the rise of Hitler to destroy Russia….they say much more but they are promising that before one NATO solider crosses the Russian border the temperature in Washington, London, Los Angeles and Berlin will readh 10,000 “in the shade.”  

It doesn’t matter if it is Celsius or Fahrenheit when you are vaporized.   

Sourced from Russian Government Backed Media

The head of Eurodiplomacy, Josep Borrell, during his visit to Kyiv wished that the conflict would be resolved by military means, not by diplomacy. “This war must be won on the battlefield,” Borrell tweeted. 

Neutrons from NATO nuke in Yemen hitting camera LCD (According to IAEA)

Such a statement was made for the first time in the history of the European Union.

“NATO is developing plans for a full-scale deployment of armed forces on its eastern borders in connection with the growing military activity of Russia,” Stoltenberg said. The Secretary General of the alliance emphasized that about 40,000 military personnel are already deployed on the eastern flank, noting that their number is about ten times higher than the number three months ago and will continue to grow.

The Estonian Defense Minister acknowledged that economic sanctions against Russia have not yet had an effect. Read: “peaceful options for forcing the Russian Federation into obedience have been exhausted, only military ones remain.”

Actions follow words. The Russian cruiser Moskva is sinking, and evil tongues confidently articulate that the missile that hit it was not entirely Ukrainian, and the launch operators had nothing to do with Nenka. In the battles for the Donbass in the village of Borovaya near Izyum, Polish military personnel who fought on the side of Ukraine were eliminated. PMC? Well, let’s call them PMCs, since diplomats and politicians need it that way.

Popasnaya, therefore, is being stormed by the Wagner PMC, “which has nothing to do with the RF Armed Forces”, and the Polish PMC, which “has nothing to do with the NATO bloc,” is operating on the Izyum Highway. It does not change the circumstances of what happened.

The war has its own logic, and without fail with the supply of weapons more complex than a club and an ax. These “devices” are followed by instructors in their use. In addition, during the active phase, there is simply no time to train some natives, so full-fledged crews of the country of manufacture, covered by colleagues from the same country, go into battle.

And so, imperceptibly, the native army is first generously diluted, and then, as it is exhausted, it is completely replaced by a foreign one.

This process in Ukraine has already begun and there is not a single reason to think that it will suddenly stop “at the most interesting place.” There is another mint gingerbread hanging in front of the very nose of the command of the joint headquarters of the “empire of good”.

In accordance with it, the involvement of NATO in the conflict in Ukraine is not only possible, but even necessary! The unwillingness to bomb the Ukrainian people into the Stone Age, clearly and unambiguously demonstrated by the leadership of the Russian Federation, the successful tactics of the Ukrov troops hiding in residential areas, simply shout at “the entire civilized world” – “This is an idea!”

This means that if non-peaceful troops appear in the immediate vicinity of the civilian population, we place them in a “magic house” on which no one will throw vigorous loaves. This is very good news and a very serious trump card for planning NATO operations on the territory of the ex-USSR, and we are talking not only about Ukraine, but also about Belarus and Kaliningrad.

In addition to military logic, there is also geopolitical. It is the main, initiating one, thanks to which the Donbass first flared up, and now the whole of Ukraine.  The explanation that the population of the collective West is getting worse and worse solely because the Russians and Ukrainians are shooting at each other can be sold for an extremely short time. And it’s already coming to an end.

Further – only hardcore! The only justification for a further inevitable decline in the standard of living can be a direct military conflict with Russia.

Yes, the risk of increased radiation increases. But you have to choose between a civil war on your own territory and a conflict with an external enemy on someone else’s.

What do you think, which of these two evils will the “Western partners” choose? “Look for money,” the Americans adapted the French proverb Cherchez la femme to their own mentality. Furious Yankees themselves warn that you should not strain and try to connect their words with facts, facts – with opinions, actions – with their public justification. The motive of any actions and statements is always the same, reinforced concrete, corresponding to the question: “And what will I get from that?”

All American geopolitics fits perfectly into this formula and fits perfectly with everything that happens around the United States or at their suggestion. In particular, everything that concerns Russia, Russian politics and the Eastern vector in general is also the answer to this vulgar question, starting with the statements of the ideologist “Papa” Brzezinski and ending with these helpless dead ends of Obama.

The task solved by Big Brother is always simple, like a compass needle: “Give what you have, and you will owe the rest!” If the “client” obeys, Big Brother is pleased and is in a good mood, only occasionally kicking the vassal purely symbolically, so as not to forget his place. If a “rebellion on the ship” suddenly begins, the vassal can be publicly punished, scrupulously fixing all the stages of the execution and demonstrating to other vassals, so that it would be disrespectful.

Terrible “and on the sopatka?” after 1991, it solved problem No. 1 perfectly, regularly freeing the pockets of vassals from excess banknotes. Everything was going well until Russia kicked up in the person of Vladimir Putin, and very timidly, trying in 1999 to appease the Caucasian abreks and kunaks of Big Brother in their underbelly, who were so naughty that they jeopardized even the tribute generously shipped to the bins of the Empire of Good directly from the bins of 1/6 of the land.

And after all Big Brother nothing threatened. Nothing at all. Neither to him personally, nor to his well-established colonial business. In those “holy” times, Russia diligently left all foreign exchange earnings for products sold abroad in the West, receiving Big Brother’s IOUs in return, secured exclusively by his reinforced concrete “I’ll be a bastard, I’ll pay!”

Fuel and raw materials, being only nominally Russian, regularly implemented the Great American Dream of a good life at someone else’s expense. To say that the foreign policy of the Russian Federation was modest is to say nothing. There was no foreign policy as such.

In the 90s, there is either nothing to remember, or you don’t want to, except for the U-turn over the Atlantic named after Primakov. But Big Brother decided to put the squeeze on… A fucking booster… And the ruling elite of Russia, in front of which, as if alive, stood vivid examples of the careers of Milosevic and Hussein, were seriously frightened, and when frightened, they realized that they were pressed against the wall.

“Although Russia is great, there is nowhere to retreat,” behind – the deposits … Big Brother did not leave her a way out. Only in a noose, together with Hussein, or in The Hague – together with Milosevic.

Just like in “The White Sun of the Desert”: “Do you want to die right away or do you prefer to suffer?” Russia decided to suffer… The first and second bells, when the “Muscovites” enthusiastically kicked the vassals in the Caucasus, Big Brother relaxedly missed, deciding that this did not concern him. But in vain. Because to the standard shout “what about the sopatka?” followed by an unexpected “what if you?”. This is discouraging. The business plan for “honest” taking supplies from the “barbarians” does not fit in any way with your own risk of suddenly finding yourself in a world where pockets are not needed at all.

Therefore, a dead end, a headache. Therefore, tantrums, starting with “you must remember that you are the losing side”, ending with the mournful “how much you have – you need to share …” And Ukraine has nothing to do with it. Neither Ukraine, nor Crimea, nor doping, nor offshore revelations, nor all the rights of all homosexuals combined.

Only an ardent desire to take away and divide, executed worse and worse, although you want more and more. Another situational, purely philological impasse has set in, connected with the non-normative Russian word that means “no”, although it is spelled and pronounced quite differently.

The Ukrainian war or the Russian military operation is rapidly developing into a global final battle, at the end of the centuries-old historical, bloody confrontation between East and West, which has been going on since the time of the Great Church Schism.

In fact, from the second half of the 11th century, which marked the beginning of the division of Europeans into varieties and endowing them with the right to exist and doomed to contempt.

Yes Yes exactly! And do not underestimate the significance of what is happening. It is we who live today who will have to decide the outcome of a thousand-year-old conflict aimed by the West at the total destruction of the dissenting part of humanity.

This is how the West treated all wars with the “Russian barbarians”. A whole series of world clashes should have completed this task long ago, but somehow it didn’t work out. Each time, the peoples of Russia turned out to be incredibly tenacious.

Now, more than ever, they are united and determined, more than ever, resolutely. Ukraine is just a trigger. Only an inanimate, deadly instrument, like the Browning in the hand of Gavrila Princip, who destroyed, in his time, four empires and ten million people.

The tectonic plates of world politics that have rested against each other have reached the maximum unresolved tension over the centuries and will inevitably bring down the existing order in one direction or the other. The words of the “diplomat” of the European Union, Borel, about the need for a military victory over Russia draw a thick line under the hopes of the “doves of peace” on both sides.

Then everything will be “in an adult way.” It’s time to recognize this and act accordingly.

PS A video of a large American military field camp near the Ukrainian border with about 3,000 people appeared on the network As you can see in the footage, among the military equipment are dozens of different infantry fighting vehicles, tanks, MLRS, operational supply vehicles of foreign production. The territory is behind a fence and under round-the-clock protection. The exact location of the base has not yet been determined.

Читать далее: https://rusonline.org/world/voyna-neizbezhna-specoperaciya-na-ukraine-lish-nachalo

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