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The Absence of ’Political Unity’ Among Arabs & Islamic Holy Sites in Al-Quds

In June 1967, the one-eyed Moshe Dayan staged his entrance into occupied east Al Quds to mirror that of British General Edmund Allenby, who walked through the same gate after defeating the Ottomans fifty years earlier.

The Absence of

The theatrics guaranteed that Dayan’s instrumental role in bringing some of the holiest sites in Islam, Christianity and Judaism under ‘Israeli’ occupation, would not be forgotten by the history books.

In fact, the ‘Israeli’ minister’s considerable contribution also encompassed a role in coining the now-universally accepted name of that conflict – The Six Day War – which is a biblical reference to God’s creation of the world in six days.

Later that summer, the Soviet leader at the time, Leonid Brezhnev, said that, “not every one of our workers understands why two million ‘Israelis’ defeated so many Arabs equipped with our weapons.”

During a meeting in Budapest on July 11 that same year, Brezhnev and his colleagues outlined an array of “weak points”, starting with the absence of “political unity” among the Arabs.

Fast-forward to the modern-day Middle East, and those weaknesses are more apparent than ever; morphing into unholy alliances, espousing religious persecution and legitimizing the ‘Israeli’ occupation of Arab lands.

The Tel Aviv-Manama Connection

The current inferno engulfing Al Quds is little more than a natural progression of the path chartered by Moshe Dayan five decades ago; the collective punishment of the Palestinians and burgeoning ‘Israeli’ control over the city’s al-Aqsa Mosque – Islam’s third holiest site.

The most recent discriminatory restrictions by the ‘Israelis’, which included barring men under 50 years of age from taking part in Friday prayers, left five Palestinians dead and hundreds injured.

But despite the carnage, most Arab regimes remained conspicuously silent, failing to produce public displays of solidarity with the Palestinian cause, or translate Arab and Muslim anger into mass demonstrations – or even harshly critical articles.

Arab monarchies in the Persian Gulf refrained from making any concrete public statements on the matter. The silence extended to news reports, where one would have been hard pressed to find much in the way of details concerning events at the al-Aqsa compound.

During a televised interview, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister, Khalid bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, broached the subject in a noticeably dismissive manner, stating that ‘Israelis’ and Palestinians dying is something “happening every day”.

Such sentiment can hardly be described as surprising, at a time when Arab monarchies are proposing concrete steps toward establishing better relations with Tel Aviv.

Bahrain’s ruling Al Khalifa clan has also made significant overtures in recent months, aimed at normalizing ties with the ‘Israelis.’

And as the standoff in Al Quds stretched into its second week, a similar ban, nearly 2,000 kilometers away in Bahrain’s northwestern village of Diraz, hit the 54-week mark.

Diraz, which has been besieged by Bahrain’s security forces since last summer, houses the Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque, where Shiite worshipers have been barred from congregating for Friday prayers since last summer.

The restrictions – part of the regime’s clampdown on the kingdom’s Shiite majority and political opposition – are increasingly mirroring tactics employed by the ‘Israeli’ occupation, including widespread arbitrary arrests and forced demographic changes.

However, Manama and Tel Aviv appear to have a lot more in common than a shared interest in persecuting religious majorities.

In May, Manama provided a forum for a verbal clash between the ‘Israeli’ and Palestinian soccer leaders, when it played host to an ‘Israeli’ delegation at the annual FIFA congress.

The end result was touted as a “victory” by Tel Aviv.

In January, an official in Tel Aviv told The Times of ‘Israel’ that his government enjoys “good relations” with the Bahraini monarchy, and in 2016 Manama’s top diplomat paid tribute to the late ‘Israeli’ President Shimon Peres, whose lengthy political career was marred by allegations of war crimes against the Arab people.

The regime also came under a wave of criticism after hosting a Zionist delegation for a candle-lighting ceremony marking the first night of Hanukkah.

It goes without saying that these relations are not based on shared values or deep intimacy but rather a common goal of undermining Iranian regional interests.

In this respect, Bahrain is only a small extension of Saudi foreign policy, which now openly recognizes the need to sidestep the more intractable issue of Palestinian statehood for the sake of better ties with Tel Aviv.

Is Riyadh betting on history repeating itself?

فيصل طالب جونسون بشنّ حرب 1967 لإضعاف مصر وسورية والفلسطينيّين

In the lead-up to the 1967 war, the title of ‘the greatest threat to the survival of the Saudi kingdom’ – currently reserved for the Islamic Revolution and Shiite Iran – was held by secular revolutionary Arab nationalism led by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

At the time, the kingdom and Egypt were fighting a proxy war in Yemen with 50,000 Egyptian troops backing the Republican government in Sana’a.

The kingdom was on the defensive and under severe strain. At home, the Royal Saudi Air Force was repeatedly grounded in the 1960s because its pilots kept defecting with their jets to Egypt. Rumors of coup plots were widespread.

And then, miraculously, the ‘Israelis’ devastated the Egyptian army. The ’67 war also dealt a mortal blow to Nasser’s Arab nationalism, which would eventually be eclipsed by the rise of political Islam.

Saudi Arabia’s King Faysal quickly sprung into action, cutting oil exports to the U.K. and the U.S. in what would turn out to be more of a symbolic PR stunt than an effective measure against the ‘Israeli’ allies.

Nevertheless it was more than enough to transform Riyadh into the new champion of the Palestinian cause, especially when it came to Al Quds and its Islamic Holy sites.

Surely the Saudis are not hoping for an identical outcome in their dispute with the Iranians. After all, the notion of ‘Israeli’ invincibility, established after the ’67 war, has long been shattered, and even the ‘Israeli’ identity conceived by Dayan-era officials is facing an existential crisis.

But perhaps the thinking in Riyadh is: ‘the ‘Israelis’ saved us once, maybe they can do it again’. 

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29-07-2017 | 08:50

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Egyptians Protest Plan to Cede Islands to Saudi

June 16, 2017

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Egyptians continue to take to the streets against the parliament’s recent approval of a controversial plan to transfer the sovereignty of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, even after police arrested dozens of activists who had called for mass protests.

Egyptian police raided homes in the capital, Cairo, and at least 10 provinces across the country and arrested at least 40 people before nightfall on Thursday, said lawyers Mohammed Abdel-Aziz and Gamal Eid.

The detainees, most of whom were linked to secular democratic parties, have been arrested for calls on social media for protests to be held Friday at Cairo’s Tahrir Square against the parliament’s Wednesday approval of a deal to hand over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

At least eight people, including three journalists, were also arrested during a rally on Tuesday, facing charges of disrupting public services and security and protesting without a permit, said the lawyers.

“The government has chosen more oppression rather than dialog,” Eid said. “The arrests are meant to distract anyone who intends to protest tomorrow and sow confusion in the ranks of the opposition.”

A Facebook page named “Giving up land is treason,” has urged people to protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Thousands have so far backed the call.

Last year, a similar call for protests over the islands drew thousands of people. Police, which had been deployed in large numbers, beat up and arrested hundreds of protesters and activists.

The deal, which was agreed during a visit to Egypt by Saudi King Salman in April 2016, has so far been subject to challenges in court over the past year. It even became a source of tension between Riyadh and Cairo.

Source: Press TV

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Macron’s rationality and the Syrian-Iraqi borders عقلانية ماكرون والحدود السورية العراقية

Macron’s rationality and the Syrian-Iraqi borders

يونيو 4, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

Russia through the force of its President Vladimir Putin and its Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was present in two important stations outside the priorities of the US President Donald Trump, and beyond its distinguished relationship with Turkey as well as its keenness to support it with a balanced role within a regional system led by Moscow where Ankara and Tehran represent its parties. Moscow had an understanding with Paris that allows its inclusion to the efforts of building a new regional system under the sponsorship of Russia, it  made the same thing with Cairo. In the US absence of the war of Libya between the government of Firas Al-Sarraj who is supported by Turkey and NATO, and the commander Khalifa Hafter who is supported by Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Moscow devoted its importance to support Egypt, but in a remarkable change toward the political rationality the new French President Emanuel Macron after his meeting with the President Putin emerged to announce the support of a political solution in Syria that does not impose a negative attitude towards the Syrian President, on the contrary  it paves the way for a cooperation with him on the basis of the Russian equation, which based on linking the transitional stage with keeping the state and its institutions, which means adopting the constitutional shift starting from a government in the light of the Syrian President and ending with elections according to a new constitution in which he participates.

When the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Choukri talks about a strategic cooperation in the war on terrorism that includes logistic, technical, operations, and intelligence support through a joint operations room with Russia, and when the President Macron talks after his meeting with the President Putin about a strategic cooperation committee that aims to put a comprehensive vision about the war on terrorism and the establishment of a comprehensive stability in the region, without ignoring to indicate to open the French embassy in Damascus but it is not among the priorities now, after it was from the taboos, then this means the success of Moscow to include two important forces in the policies of the Middle East; France and Egypt along with Turkey and Iran even from different positions to create the political solutions as the necessity of the war on terrorism.

To the extent through which Macron knows that the French interior supports a foreign policy that based on the openness to Russia and the solution in Syria in cooperation with the Syrian state, after his ancestor Hollande has put his popularity a cost for a reverse consideration, the Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi and his government know the vitality of the battle of Libya for the security of Egypt, and they both know that NATO will not support Egypt in its war against the government of Al-Sarraj, while Russia will not break up its relation  with Turkey which supports Al-Sarraj, but it will continue supporting Egypt to win this war. France and Egypt were observing carefully the last wars of the US administration before making the critical shift toward Russia. The war has a title to prevent the connection between the Syrian army and the Popular Crowd across the Syrian-Iraqi borders, because this connection means practically resolving the course of war and the direction of the new balances, but this connection is no longer possible to be prevented after the arrival of the Popular Crowd to the Syrian borders and the progress of the Syrian army by having control over twenty thousand square kilometers from Badia towards the borders despite the US warnings.

Mohammed Bin Salman will go to Moscow to meet the President Putin having these considerations along with the need to cooperate with Moscow to control the oil market and its prices, after the Saudi expenses have been increased, and after the deficit resulted from the visit of the US President increased.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

عقلانية ماكرون والحدود السورية العراقية

مايو 30, 2017

ناصر قنديل

– فيما حضرت روسيا بقوة برئيسها فلاديمير بوتين ووزير خارجيتها سيرغي لافروف في محطتين هامتين خارج دائرة أولوية الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب، وعابرة فوق علاقتها المميزة مع تركيا وحرصها على استيعابها بدور وازن ضمن منظومة إقليمية تقودها موسكو وتمثل أنقرة وطهران جناحيها، توّجت موسكو مع باريس تفاهماً يتيح ضمّها لجهود بناء نظام إقليمي جديد برعاية روسية، وفعلت الشيء نفسه مع القاهرة. ففي غياب أميركي عن حرب ليبيا بين حكومة فايز السراج المدعوم من تركيا وحلف الأطلسي وقائد الجيش خليفة حفتر المدعوم من مصر والسعودية، وضعت موسكو ثقلها لمساندة مصر. وفي تغيير لافت نحو العقلانية السياسية خرج الرئيس الفرنسي الجديد إيمانويل ماكرون بعد لقائه الرئيس بوتين ليعلن دعم حلّ سياسي في سورية، لا يشترط السلبية تجاه الرئيس السوري بل يفتح مجالاً للتعاون معه إلى قاعدة المعادلة الروسية التي تقوم على ربط المرحلة الانتقالية بالحفاظ على الدولة ومؤسساتها، ما يعني اعتماد الانتقال الدستوري، بدءاً بحكومة في ظلّ الرئيس السوري وانتهاء بانتخابات وفقاً لدستور جديد يشارك فيها.

– عندما يخرج وزير الخارجية المصري سامح شكري يتحدث عن تعاون استراتيجي في مجال الحرب على الإرهاب، يتضمّن دعماً لوجستياً وتقنياً وعملياتياً واستخبارياً عبر غرفة عمليات مشتركة مع روسيا، ويخرج الرئيس ماكرون من لقائه مع الرئيس بوتين يتحدّث عن لجنة تعاون استراتيجي بهدف وضع تصوّر شامل للحرب على الإرهاب وإقامة استقرار شامل في المنطقة، من دون أن يستبعد فتح السفارة الفرنسية في دمشق بقوله ليست ضمن الأولويات حالياً، بعدما كانت من المحرّمات سابقاً، فذلك يعني نجاح موسكو بضمّ قوتين وازنتين في سياسات الشرق الأوسط هما فرنسا ومصر إلى جانب تركيا وإيران، ولو من مواقع مختلفة وخلافية، لصناعة الحلول السياسية كخلفية ضرورية لخوض الحرب على الإرهاب.

– بالمقدار الذي يعرف ماكرون أنّ الداخل الفرنسي يساند سياسة خارجية تقوم على الانفتاح على روسيا والحلّ في سورية بالتعاون مع الدولة السورية، وأنّ سلفه هولاند وضع رصيده الشعبي ثمناً لعناد معاكس، يعرف الرئيس المصري عبد الفتاح السيسي وحكومته حيوية معركة ليبيا لأمن مصر، ويعرفان أنّ الأطلسي لن يساند مصر في حربها على حكومة السراج، بينما لا تتوقف روسيا عند علاقتها بتركيا الداعمة للسراج وتمدّ يدها كما في السابق لمصر للفوز بهذه الحرب، لكن فرنسا ومصر كانتا تراقبان بعناية آخر حروب الإدارة الأميركية قبل إحداث النقلة الحاسمة نحو روسيا. والحرب لها عنوان هو منع التواصل بين الجيش السوري والحشد الشعبي عبر الحدود السورية العراقية. وهذا التواصل يعني عملياً حسم وجهة الحرب ووجهة التوازنات الجديدة، وهو تواصل ما عاد ممكناً منعه بعد بلوغ الحشد الشعبي الحدود مع سورية، وتقدّم الجيش السوري بالسيطرة على عشرين ألف كلم مربع من البادية باتجاه الحدود، رغم الإنذارات الأميركية.

– يتوجّه محمد بن سلمان إلى موسكو للقاء الرئيس بوتين، وأمامه هذه الصورة ومعها الحاجة لتعاون موسكو في ضبط سوق النفط وأسعاره، بعدما زادت النفقات السعودية وزاد العجز بمترتبات زيارة الرئيس الأميركي.

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Palm Sunday Attacks Against Christians–What are the Ramifications?

At least 44 people have been killed and scores of others injured in bombings carried out at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt. ISIS has claimed responsibility for both attacks, while the US government, which essentially has served as ISIS’s air force in Syria, has somewhat hypocritically condemned them.

The first attack occurred in Tanta, a city located in the Nile Delta between Cairo and Alexandria. The bomb went off at the St. George Church, where worshipers had gathered for Palm Sunday services. At least 27 people were killed and 78 wounded.

A few hours later, a second bomb exploded–at the St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria. Here at least 17 were killed and some 48 wounded.

“So sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt. U.S. strongly condemns. I have great…confidence that President Al Sisi will handle situation properly,” said President Trump.

Mark Toner, the State Department’s acting spokesperson, called the bombings “barbaric attacks on Christian places of worship,” and assured reporters that “the United States will continue to support Egypt’s security and stability in its efforts to defeat terrorism.”

But US efforts to overthrow the President Bashar Assad in Syria would suggest that the US government has little concern about protecting Christians in the Middle East. The church bombings come just three days after the US launched Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase in Homs province in western Syria, and this wasn’t even the first attack carried out by US forces against those defending their homeland from terrorist invasion.

On September 17 last year, US coalition aircraft struck a Syrian airbase in Deir ez-Zor province in the eastern part of the country, killing at least 62 Syrian troops. The Obama administration claimed the attack had been an “accident,” but Assad said it was intentional and had lasted for an hour.

Perhaps hardly surprising, then, that Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, commenting on the attack, spoke of the “terrifying conclusion” which the world must draw from it:

“If previously we had suspicions that Al-Nusra Front is protected this way, now, after today’s airstrikes on the Syrian army we come to a really terrifying conclusion for the entire world: The White House is defending IS,” Zakharova said.

And that was back in September.

So let’s see…that’s two US attacks on two Syrian airbases in less than seven months. And in both cases Islamic State militants, almost as if they had been tipped off in advance, launched offensives immediately afterwards.

All this to overthrow a man who heads up a secular government that has protected Christians.

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“After the explosion, everything became dark from the smoke,” said one witness of the attack in Tanta.

“Deacons were the first to run out of the church. Many of them had blood on their white robes,” said another.

In claiming responsibility for the attack, ISIS stated: “The Crusaders and their tails from the apostates must be aware that the bill between us and them is very large and they will be paying it like a river of blood from their sons, if God willing.”

One analyst, in comments to RT, expressed suspicion at the timing of the attacks.

“I talked to some people [after the attacks], and they were all criticizing the terrorists and were wondering why this happened at this time: when tourism in Egypt is improving, when the country is stabilizing, there is international support of Sisi’s regime. So, whoever is doing this [the bombings] is standing behind terrorism. It’s simple to say that they are terrorists, but who is behind the terrorists? This is the issue.”

One who seems to be under no illusion on that score is Archbishop Atallah Hanna, of the Greek Orthodox church of Jerusalem.

“These misguided American policies in the Middle East are a major reason behind the mass exodus of Christians from the region that has occurred over the years,” said Hanna.

“Who created the terrorist groups and who is providing them with money and arms? Who has been destroying Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya? Who caused the displacement of the Palestinian people? All catastrophes that Palestinians have suffered and are still suffering from were abetted by American and Western governments,” he added.

Unlike the Christians of Egypt, those in Syria seem to have had a peaceful Palm Sunday.

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Syrian Christians celebrate all across .

This is possible thanks to the Syrian gov’t, which the US wants to overthrow.

 If the Assad government falls, it will, needless to say, be a disaster for Christians in Syria. But there are indications this is precisely the objective the US now intends to pursue.

The Washington Post on Sunday posted a pro-war propaganda piece informing readers the Trump administration has “demanded” that Russia drop its support for Assad. Not requested politely. But demanded.

The story quotes a top national security advisor, Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who strongly implies that Russia had advanced knowledge of the alleged chemical attack, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley are also quoted.

“I think what we should do is ask Russia, how could it be, if you have advisers at that airfield, that you didn’t know that the Syrian air force was preparing and executing a mass murder attack with chemical weapons,” McMaster said.

Is Nikki Haley going to hold up pictures of dead Coptic Christians and demand action? I doubt it.

“In no way do we see peace in that area with Russia covering up for Assad,” said Haley. “And in no way do we see peace in that area with Assad at the head of the Syrian government.”

Meanwhile, South Front is reporting that the US is now deploying forces at the Syrian-Jordanian border, and that a Navy ship loaded with US military vehicles has also docked at the Jordanian port of Al-Aqapa.

Palm Sunday in Occupied Palestine

While there haven’t been any church bombings, Palm Sunday in Occupied Palestine doesn’t seem to have been entirely uneventful.

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forces harassed Palestinian worshippers in Occupied during procession cause they raised flags.

Watch Israeli Occupiers attacking Palestinian Christians w/ palm branches in hand, during their march in Occupied J’slm

Israeli occupation forces harass Palestinian Christian in occupied Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

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Israeli forces assault Palestinian worshippers for raising our flag during procession today in occupied East Jerusalem.

There’s a Deep State in America?!

February 18, 2017

by Ramin Mazaheri

There’s a Deep State in America?!

Imagine my surprise when, on my flight back from San Francisco to New York, that’s what my trusty New York Times revealed to me.

My first thought was: I can’t believe how this horrible Donald Trump has set up a Deep State in less than a month?!

Surely Russia was involved in its formation.

Then again, I strangely find myself thinking a lot about Russia these days. I’ll admit it – when my morning breakfast was late it fleetingly occurred to me that the Kremlin was behind this slowdown in my hotel room service.

Putting that aside, I was immediately relieved when by the 3rd paragraph our nation’s paper of record had put to rest my fears of an unprecedented formation of a US Deep State with, “Not quite, experts say….”


I just don’t put anything past the evil capabilities of the Donald!

Reading the article I was surprised to find that the Deep State isn’t what I thought it was – apparently it’s only when the government leaks information to the media?

That’s funny, because one time on the SF-NYC “Job Creator Red-eye” I sat next to an Egyptian guy. Of course I was worried, at first, but I found out it he was a Coptic Christian, so that put me at ease. Who even knew they had those?!

This Egyptian told me about his country’s Deep State, and it sounded really bad:

He said that they colluded with “some Western countries” – he didn’t say which and looked kind of uncomfortable as he said it, for some reason – to stop that great Tahrir Square Revolution which was to guarantee that Israel would be safe.

“Mr. Gypsy” said that the Egyptian version of the Deep State was that their military controlled the economy, and that they bribed, imprisoned and killed people to keep their grip on the economy and control over foreign policy.

It sounded pretty bad.

I told him I was happy that Washington was supporting Al-Sisi’s military takeover with billions in aid, and that he didn’t have to thank me personally for that.

A “military” intertwined with the “economy”…I must admit, it did make me think.

Of Russia! I’m nearly certain that Putin created something similar over thereafter he banned elections, so why even verify it with some research?!

But this Egyptian must not have known what he was talking about, because the New York Times article didn’t say anything about the economy?

What they said was:

“Mr. Trump, apparently seeking to cut the intelligence community, State Department, and other agencies out of the policy-making process almost entirely, may have triggered a conflict whose escalation we are seeing in the rising number of leaks.”

Officials, deprived of the usual levers for shaping policies that are supposed to be their purview, are left with little other than leaking.”

Trump was clearly trying to cut public officials out of the democratic process, and they had no choice but to resort to these “illegal” leaks!

I mean, I’m pretty sure you don’t get elected to be a CIA spy or NSA agent, but somebody up top is and…well, I don’t know if they did the leaks…and I don’t know if the leaks are really true or not…but I’m telling you – we have to get Donald out NOW!

Anything that’s bad for Trump must be good. It’s really that simple, so case closed.

“We’re in a world now where the president is playing to the edge of his powers, and I think there are real concerns about the constitutional implications of some of the actions he’s taken,” said somebody who must be totally objective and perfect because why else would the New York Times choose them?

If there’s one thing Obama never, ever, ever did it was to expand his executive authority in ways unbeseeming to the presidential authority.

If Obama had done that, I would have been in the streets, you can bet! Trust me: I have my anti-Trump “pussy hat” in my closet and ready for the next protest!

Don’t bring up “drones”! You’ll just remind me of this guy at work nobody understands – Fazlollah “Lefty” Bittermani – he’s always doing that!

Between you and me, his last name ends in a vowel, so…you know….he may have certain sympathies. That guy really cheeses me off!

What Lefty doesn’t realize is that we are at war – not with Russia, yet – but with – not Muslims – but with…certain people, let’s just say. And the president has the right to fight war however he wants.

But when it comes to waging diplomacy the president must be restricted as much as possible!

We refuse to accept Hillary’s defeat until the Russians give back the Donbass to the Crimeans! This is simply a question of our humanitarian rights!

Trump is trying to make a liar out of not just Hillary, but of Sylvester Stallone and “Rocky IV” – even when the Russians cheat they are still supposed to lose to the Americans!

Was I back on Russia again? I don’t know…I’m like, obsessed with them, or something?

Back to the New York Times, which always reassures me when contradictions confuse me. Just after that last quote they wrote this:

That has forced officials in agencies to ask how far they will go themselves. As each side begins to perceive itself as under attack and the other as making dangerous power-grabs, it will justify more and more extreme behavior.

So clearly, these officials are justified more and more in extreme behavior…because it’s Trump!

I really wish we had some of these great, extreme officials during the Dubya era, but why bring up ancient history?

One thing is certain: During just four weeks in office Trump has clearly destroyed the culture and future of the United States and must be impeached. These officials – even if they are unelected – should absolutely not be listening to their elected leader!

Why? Well just read the next paragraph, another unassailable analyst of the Times:

“In President Trump, you have a president whose behavior shocks even more than the content of his policies.”

Yes! Behavior, not content!

I was telling my son this recently: He came in 19th place in a recent science competition (but out of 24!), and he was upset that his blue ribbon wasn’t an actual trophy.

I told him, “Son, I’m going to buy you that trophy because your behavior was correct, even if you totally screwed up measuring the contents of your volcano experiment, and it exploded and burned the girl next to you.”

I think the girl was Russian, anyway. She was certainly shocked.

Anyway, the Times goes on to say that now this dangerous Trump wants to appoint someone to review our intelligence agencies. Astounding, the gall of this man! I really think he’s psychologically insane.

“It looks, sounds and feels like a political witch hunt,” said Analyst #1 (the White one, not the Egyptian one). “It’s like pouring gasoline on the fire.”

It certainly does!

What else do you call our top elected official trying to find out what work is being illegally done in secret with taxpayer money?

I am certain this is something Putin would do with his KGB.

And that’s why Russia is not free – because the KGB cannot operate freely to undermine Putin’s attempts at diplomacy!

Don’t tell me I’m wrong, comrade!

“Mr. Flynn, in his short tenure, exemplified the breakdown between the president’s inner circle and career civil servants. He kept the National Security Council largely shut out of policy-making and sought sweeping changes in foreign policy.”

This is the US, not the USSR! Our career bureaucrats need to be in charge, not our elected officials!

Trump simply cannot make sweeping changes to foreign policy – even if he was democratically elected on that mandate – because career civil servants should run the show!

The next paragraph:

“For concerned government officials, leaks may have become one of the few remaining means by which to influence not just Mr. Flynn’s policy initiatives but the threat he seemed to pose to their place in democracy.”

Democracy is bureaucracy!

You vote for a person, they appoint an official, the person you voted for gets voted out of office, but the appointed official stays forever and amasses power – democracy!

I tried to explain this to that Egyptian guy, but he said,

“Then what’s the point of demonstrating and facing down gun barrels if the people can’t demand change?”

I kept telling him:

“But Israel is fine these days? Tahrir worked out great!”

He didn’t get it.

Anyway, Egypt is not the country who is threatening American democracy, and I don’t have to tell you who is, because I’ve just taken that pill that helps me with my compulsive psychological issues.

The Times continued:

Even if each individual leak is justifiable, as insubordination becomes more sustained and overt, it inches deeper into the gray zone of counter-democratic activities.

I already had the feeling that every anti-Trump leaks was justifiable, and that we are still many, many inches away from counter-democracy, so thanks Gray Lady! I almost had to take that other pill for my anxiety!

And “insubordination” is clearly justified because, as I said, in 4 weeks Trump has already proven himself to be a new Hitler! Don’t get me started on Steve Bannon!

“I don’t think you can say in advance what inappropriate deep-state activity would look like, because we haven’t seen this before,” said Analyst #1.

Exactly – this is a totally new day, and this was all appropriate deep-state activity. We’ve never seen anything like this in the history of the world, much less America.

I told this to Lefty back at work and he started ranting about Kennedy. I totally did not see what Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy had to do with this, but who can fathom what goes on in the mind of a Fazlollah?

The main thing is that we get Trump before he does damage to free trade, because my corporation and all businesses are totally helpless against the government.

They have no influence at all…unlike Egypt.

“There, ‘the deep state is not official institutions rebelling,’ he said, but rather ‘shadowy networks within those institutions, and within business, who are conspiring together and forming parallel state institutions.’”

We all know that there is absolutely nothing like this which is happening in America.

And that’s why the idea of business being involved in America’s Deep State did not appear until the 7th-to-last paragraph. I almost didn’t read that far!

And that’s why the New York Times finished on this heartening note:

“This war between the intelligence community and the White House is bad for the intelligence community, bad for the White House, and bad for the nation’s security.”

See? Our so-called Deep State has nothing to do with business. The New York Times is right next to Wall Street, so they would surely know, right?

Now if you’ll excuse me I have to make a call to the Pentagon for my work.

No, I’m in defense contracting or anything, but the Pentagon is the world’s largest employer…hard to work around them in the United States!

And the profit margins – wow!

I’m so glad our owners had a personal contact in there.

Frankly, I thought the New York Times’ headline was a bit too alarmist: “As Leaks Multiply, Fears of a ‘Deep State’ in America”.

But I’m glad they immediately put those fears to rest.

With that content, I would have run a headline like: “Internal leaks justified as Trump could affect share prices”.

I think that would have been more accurate.

Frankly I’m a bit surprised such a non-story could bump Russia off the front page?

Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. His work has appeared in various journals, magazines and websites, as well as on radio and television.

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