نصرالله يقطع طريق الحرب الأميركية على إيران

نصرالله يقطع طريق الحرب الأميركية على إيران

روزانا رمّال

بعد دخول حزب الله الأزمة السورية من بابها العريض والمشاركة الميدانية القتالية فيها وتحقيقه مكاسب أمنية جديّة، وبعد دخول إيران الحرب بثقل عسكري واستخباري ولوجستي جنباً الى جنب مع الجيش السوري، لم يعد ممكناً فصل خطاب امين عام حزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله عن مركزية حضوره في هذا الحلف الذي أعلن منذ اقتسام ملف قتال «الإرهاب» في ما بينه بكل الاراضي السورية ان الخطر القومي وتهديد الأمن الحيوي للمحور هو «واحد».

المقاربة الإيرانية والسورية إضافة لحزب الله في مسألة مواجهة الانتكاسات أو تقاسم الأرباح في المنطقة أصبحا وجهة متكاملة ومؤسسة لهيكل المقاومة التي يعتبرها الحلف ضرورة في ديمومة رسالته وحضوره، ففي وقت تتمسك إيران بشعار الراعي للمقاومة والمستضعفين وكل أحرار العالم أمام الطغيان المتجسّد بمنظارها أميركياً و«إسرائيلياً»، باتت مسألة الدعم المباشر مترجمة واقعاً بحضور القوى القادرة على تبيان جدوى الحلف ومغزاه.

تقود إيران في اليمن حرباً غير مباشرة مع السعودية ومن ورائها «إسرائيل»، وقد أكد امين عام حزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله بذكرى مهرجان القادة الشهداء بأنها حرب «إسرائيلية». ضمن هذا المنطلق، يُشرّع حزب الله مسألة دعمه القتال في اليمن وهو ليس قتالاً ضد مجموعات إرهابية مثل داعش أو النصرة ولا يشبه على الإطلاق مسألة قرب الحدود مع لبنان على غرار مدينة القصير السورية وضرورة استباق الحرب قبل أن تصل لبنان، بل إنها ترجمة لواجب ودور تفرضه «إسرائيل» أينما وجِدت أو وجدت خيوط مشاريعها فتخلق «المشروعية».

هذا الحديث يؤكد ان حزب الله لا ينتظر إذناً ولا تمنعه «حدود» عن المشاركة في القتال داخل فلسطين المحتلة على غرار مشاركته في الحرب السورية بثقل، وفي الحرب العراقية واليمنية على شكل خبراء ومتدرّبين، كما أكد نائب الامين العام لحزب الله الشيخ نعيم قاسم لـ«البناء» في وقت سابق.

الأكيد أن حزب الله لن يتأخّر لحظة في المشاركة في أي دور قتالي داخل فلسطين المحتلة، وأنه كان ممكناً أن يتقدم المشهد لو كانت الأمور أسهل ومفتوحة لوجستياً، ولو كان هذا الأمر حاجة لا يستطيع الفلسطينيون تحقيقها. وهنا باب آخر يستدعي استذكار دعم إيران وحزب الله للحركات المقاومة على اختلافها داخل الأراضي المحتلة وخارجها.

«التدخل» «واجب»، حيث أمكن، بالنسبة لحزب الله الذي يشكل عصب هذا المحور، لكن الأهم قدرته على أداء أدوار استثنائية تحت عنوان صفته كحركة مقاومة لا تفتحها أو تشرّعها الصفة الرسمية للدول. لهذا السبب هو يشارك في حروب في اليمن والعراق وسورية من دون أن يشكل هذا توريطاً مباشراً للبنان أو حتى لتلك الحكومات أو الجهات التي شرعت مشاركته كـ»خيار خاص».

يرفع حزب الله مسألة قتال «إسرائيل» أينما وجدت عكس ما يُشاع أو يُطلب منه حصر المهمة في الأراضي اللبنانية، وهو أمر منافٍ للواجب والمقدّسات العقائدية ولروحية الصراع مع «إسرائيل» بالنسبة له.

خطاب نصرالله في ذكرى قادة حزب الله الشهداء جاء فيه ما يقلق «إسرائيل» لدرجة «مهولة» بالشقّ المتعلق في دعوته أو نصيحته للحكومة «الإسرائيلية» بأنه لا يجب عليها فقط إخلاء خزان الأمونيا في حيفا، بل عليها تفكيك مفاعل ديمونا النووي، والسلاح النووي «الإسرائيلي» الذي يشكّل تهديداً لكل المنطقة فيتحوّل عبر معادلة حزب الله هذه تهديداً لـ«إسرائيل» وشدّد عليها بأن المقاومة تفي بما تَعِد.

لكن هذا التهديد ليس تهديداً محصوراً بحسابات الحزب مع «إسرائيل» محلياً ولم يعد يتوقف عند كلمة خارجة عن منظومة أو محور بأكمله. فكلمة نصرالله التي تأتي بمقدمة هذا المحور في حربه مع «إسرائيل» وتوحيد جبهات القتال لكل المحور منذ الحرب السورية في المنطقة كلها هي إشارة شديدة الوضوح الى استحالة اعتبار مسألة الحرب الأميركية على إيران وما تطلقه الإدارة الأميركية من تصعيد كلامي «فُهم» على أنه نيات لحرب على طهران أمراً ممكناً أو بالاستطاعة فصله عن حيثية المحور ونظرته لمسألة الحروب الأميركية «الإسرائيلية». بالتالي حيث تكون «إسرائيل» سيكون هناك حزب الله أو مَن يستدعيه ضمن «الحلف». وهو الأمر نفسه الذي تعتمده واشنطن أو تل أبيب وحلفاؤهما في أي حرب على إيران بما يعنيه استخدام قواعد أميركية في الخليج لضرب إيران أو في تركيا. وهذا كله يبيح استخدام الحلفاء القدرات العسكرية الموحّدة كافة في حروبهم وهو ما تشرّعه العلوم العسكرية والسياسية ضمن ماهية الأحلاف وأدوارها تاريخياً.

وبعد رفع مرتبة تهديد حزب الله لمصاف الدرجة الأولى وفق التقارير الأمنية «الإسرائيلية»، وهو ما أعلنه نصرالله ليليه إيران ثم المقاومة الفلسطينية، فإن تحليل كلمة نصرالله في أجهزة الاستخبارات الأميركية و«الإسرائيلية» معاً سيأخذ بعين الاعتبار تعقيداً دقيقاً، وهو ما أخذه نصرالله على عاتقه بإعلانه استعداده لسحق قدرات «إسرائيل» النووية وغيرها بالكامل. وهو الأمر الذي «تخطّى» عملياً إشكالية ملف إيران «النووي» الذي أصبح يشكّل في هذه الحالة تلويحاً كلامياً وإعلامياً. فلم يصدر أي تهديد عن إيران باستخدام سلاح نووي ضد «إسرائيل» مثل ما ألمح أمين عام حزب الله وتناوله الخطر النووي على «إسرائيل» بشكل معاكس من جهة لبنان.

نصرالله يقطع الطريق على حرب أميركية «إسرائيلية» على إيران ويُبعد توقيت الحرب «الإسرائيلية» عن لبنان.

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“This report comes to justify the terrorists’ defeat and the victories of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies,” the source added.

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Reaffirm their commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic as a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, non-sectarian and democratic State, as confirmed by the UN Security Council;

Express their conviction that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict and that it can only be solved through a political process based on the implementation of the UN Security Council resolution 2254 in its entirety; …

Reiterate their determination to fight jointly against ISIL/DAESH and Al-Nusra and to separate them from armed opposition groups; …

Support the willingness of the armed opposition groups to participate in the next round of negotiations to be held between the government and the opposition under the UN auspices in Geneva as of February 8, 2017

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Chapter 1. Basic Principles

Article 1

• The Syrian Republic is an independent sovereign state, based on the principle of the rule of the people by the people and for the people, the rule of law, equality of all before the law, social solidarity, respect for rights and freedoms and equality of rights and duties of all citizens regardless of any differences and privileges. …

Article 2

• The sole source of power in Syria shall be its multinational and multi faith people. … The People of Syria shall exercise their sovereignty in accordance with the Constitution directly by means of a referendum, and through their representatives elected on the basis of universal, equal, direct suffrage by free, secret and personal ballot. …

• No person carrying another nationality, in addition to the nationality of Syria, may occupy the position of a member of the People’s Assembly, a member of the Constituent Assembly, President of the Republic, Prime Minister, a deputy prime minister, a minister, or a member of the Supreme Constitutional Court. …

Article 3

The State shall respect all religions and religious organizations, and ensure the freedom to perform all the rituals that do not prejudice public order. Religious organizations shall be equal before the law. …

Article 5

• The political system of the state shall be based on the principle of political pluralism, and exercising power democratically by secret ballot. …

Article 6

• Ideological diversity shall be recognized in Syria. No ideology shall be proclaimed as State ideology or as obligatory. Public associations shall be equal before the law.

• The State shall ensure security and protect the rights and freedoms of national and religious minorities.

• The establishment and activities of political parties and other public associations whose goals and activities are aimed at the forcible changing of the basis of the constitutional order and at violating the integrity of the State, at undermining its security, at engaging in terrorism, at creating armed units, at instigating religious, social, racial, national, and tribal strife; and that are based on sectarian, regional, class, professional discrimination, or on discrimination by gender or origin, may not be undertaken. Such organizations may not be part of the social and political system in Syria. …

Article 7

• Laws and other legal acts, which are adopted in Syria, must not contradict the Constitution.

• Universally recognized principles and norms of international law as well as international agreements of Syria shall be an integral part of its legal system. …

• Syria shall maintain good neighborly relations with other countries based on cooperation, mutual security and other principles stipulated by international legal rules.

• Syria denounces war as an infringement on other countries’ sovereignty and a means to resolve international conflicts.

Article 10

• The army and other armed forces shall be under public oversight and shall defend Syria and its territorial integrity; they may not be used as an instrument of suppression of the people; they may not interfere in politics or participate in the transfer of power. …

Article 11

• In Syria the freedom of economic activity is guaranteed, and private, State, municipal and other forms of property shall be recognized. Property may not be used to infringe on human and civil rights and freedoms, public and State interests, and human dignity.

• Developing the economy on the basis of different forms of property is aimed at improving the people’s wellbeing. The State shall use market principles to bolster economic development, guarantee freedom of entrepreneurship and prevent monopolization and unfair competition in economic relations. …

• Natural resources shall be publicly owned. The law shall regulate how utilization rights for natural resources or concessions are granted. …

• No discrimination by gender, origin, language or faith shall be allowed. …

• The State shall provide women with all opportunities enabling them to effectively and fully contribute to the political, economic, social and cultural life, and the State shall work on removing the restrictions that prevent their development and participation in building society. …

Article 14

• Protection of the environment shall be the responsibility of the state and society and it shall be the duty of every citizen. …

• The National Bank of Syria is owned exclusively by the State. …

Article 18

• Everyone shall have the right to life, security and freedom and the State shall guarantee these rights. No right can be restricted or denied to a person unless otherwise provided by law and following the decision by the appropriate judicial authority.

• All persons shall be equal before the law without discrimination among them on grounds of gender, race, nationality, origin, color, religion, personal convictions, beliefs or views, and economic and social status. …

Article 20

• Everyone shall have the right freely to seek, receive, transmit, produce and disseminate information by any legal means. In accordance with the law the State ensures freedom of the press and mass media.

• Propaganda or agitation, which incites social, racial, national or religious hatred and hostility, and propaganda of social, racial, national, religious or linguistic supremacy, shall be prohibited. …

Article 22

• Everyone shall have the right to the inviolability of his (her) person, home, personal and family privacy.

• Collecting, keeping, using and disseminating information about the private life of a person shall not be permitted without his (her) consent.

• The State shall guarantee a person’s right to privacy of correspondence, of telephone conversations and of postal, telegraph and other communications. This right may be limited by law to prevent a crime or to uncover the truth when investigating a crime.

• Except when the law says otherwise or when following a court’s order, nobody may enter a home against the will of its occupants. …

Article 23

• Everyone shall have the right to work in conditions, which meet safety and hygiene requirements, and to receive remuneration for labor without any discrimination whatsoever. …

• The law shall regulate employer-employee relations based on economic principles and the norms of social justice.

• The State shall guarantee the right of its people to lawfully form labor associations and unions and to join them. …

Article 26

• Everyone shall be guaranteed social security payments for legal retirement age, in case of illness, disability, loss of breadwinner, incapacitation, unemployment, and in other cases specified by law. Minimum state pensions and social benefits shall be established by law. …

• Everyone has the right to health protection and medical care in state and municipal health institutions. …

• Everyone shall have the right to education. The State shall guarantee free secondary education. …

• Punishment shall be personal; no crime and no punishment except by a law.

• Anyone shall be considered innocent until his (her) guilt is proven and confirmed by a court sentence. …

• No one may be investigated or arrested, except under an order or decision issued by the competent judicial authority. …

• No one may be tortured or treated in a humiliating manner, and the law shall define the punishment for those who do so.

• Any person who is arrested must be informed of the reasons for his arrest and his rights, and may not be incarcerated except by an order of the competent judicial authority.

• Any person sentenced by a final ruling, who has carried out his sentence and the ruling proved wrong shall have the right to ask the state for compensation for the damage he suffered. …

Article 35

• Members of the People’s Assembly shall be elected by the public, secret, direct and equal vote. They shall represent the whole people of Syria. …

Article 49

• The President of the Republic is elected for the term of 7 years by citizens of Syria on the basis of universal, equal, and direct suffrage by secret ballot.

• No person can hold the office of the President of the republic for more than two consecutive terms.

• The candidate who wins the election for the President of the Republic is the one who gets more than one half of votes of those who take part in the elections. If no candidate receives such majority, a rerun is carried out between the two candidates who receive the largest number of votes. …

Article 51

3) the candidacy application shall not be accepted unless the applicant has acquired the support of at least 35 members of the People’s Assembly and (or) the Constituent Assembly. No member of the Assemblies can support more than one candidate. …

Article 59

The President of the Republic might call for a referendum on important issues which affect the higher interests of the country. The result of the referendum shall be binding and come into force as of the date of its announcement by the President of the Republic. …

Article 82

The term in office of the current President of the Republic shall be 7 years from the swearing-in date. He has the right to run again for President of the Republic. The President’s term in office as stated in this Constitution shall apply to him as of the next presidential elections. …

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The U.S. had demanded that the Syrian public be prohibited from being allowed to vote for Bashar al-Assad when elections for Syria’s Presidency will next be held. The U.S. government and its allies had held polls throughout Syria, all of which showed that Assad is by far the preferred person, among all Syrians, to lead the nation. The declaration in Astana commits Syria unqualifiedly to democracy, and also opposes the breaking-up of Syria into ethnic enclaves — Sunni, Shia, and Kurdish — which the U.S. regime (such as in a recent Rand Corporation commentary, but actually ever since at least 1957) had striven for (as the likeliest way to enable the American aristocracy’s allies, the royal families of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, to pipeline their oil and gas through Syria into Europe, and so undercut Russia’s prices in the world’s largest oil-and-gas market — it’s economic war against Russia). (And its being a «Pipeline War» was confirmed in a 3 September 2016 news report from German Economic News, «Energy war over Syria: Fight only along future pipelines».)

Iran, though itself a theocratic-Shiite regime (after the 1953 fascist U.S.-British-installed regime was overthrown in 1979), has never objected to Assad’s secularism. Of course, Russia, a secular nation after having abandoned the Marxist faith in 1990, has no problem at all with a secular ally. Turkey under Erdogan did, however, have a problem with it, until the U.S. tried to overthrow him to help the Sauds and Thanis. But the increased secularism that’s in the Russian-proposed constitutional draft would be especially unacceptable to the jihadists who have been trying to overthrow Assad. Perhaps those jihadists — many if not most of whom have been imported into Syria by the U.S.-Saudi-Qatari alliance — will need to be either killed or expelled from Syria before any such document will be able to be seriously considered. Russia has there, in its proposed draft constitution for Syria, laid down the gauntlet to The West, to decide whose side The West is really on.

Is it on the Sauds’ side, or on Russia’s side?

SYRIAN ARMY KILLS OVER 74 RATS IN DER’AH; SAA LIBERATES OIL FIELDS; TERRORIST CANNIBALS EAT OTHER CANNIBALS IN SLAUGHTERFEST

Ziad Fadel

DER’AH:

 74 إرهابياً بين قتيل ومصاب في عمليات للجيش بدرعا وريفهاThe Syrian Army has put the kibosh on all the dreams of the Saudi/American/Jordanian/British terrorist supporters and enablers in Jordan.  The Southern Front has been exposed as a major strategic flop.  Even the terrorists, who are being supported by the U.S. despite claims that the Americans are fighting a war against them,  are losing men and materiel at a rate which is not sustainable any longer.  Efforts to recruit more terrorists among the thousands of refugees in the camps of Jordan have met with failure as Syrians are beginning to realize the trap into which they have fallen.  With Trump now plugging the inroads to the U.S., Syrian refugees have come to the unavoidable conclusion that their fate is in their country and under the leadership of one central government.  tO help these wretches along, the SAA has killed over 74 rodents during the last 72 hours.

For the last 4 days, without even a mention in the Zionist-controlled MSM, the Syrian Army has been battering the terrorists in Der’ah with an heretofore unseen ferocity.  It’s been now 8 months since the arrival of highly advanced artillery and rocket systems from both Russia and the Islamic Republic and the SAA has absorbed these new platforms with remarkable alacrity.

 

Der’ah City:  Using those new artillery and rocket systems, the SAA demolished the Nusra/Alqaeda presence in the Al-Manshiyya Quarter destroying one T-62 tank and killing all the crew aboard it.

 

Al-Furun Neighborhood:  Yesterday, the SAA artillery and missile units destroyed another tank incinerating the crew of rats in their seats.  Another pickup with 23mm cannons was also disabled.

 

Old Customs Building:  A mortar launch pad and its crew were liquidate when an SAA missile hit the bull’s eye.

 

Al-Nu’ayma:  An entire nest of rodents was annihilated 5 kms east of the City.  The terrorist rodents announced the deaths of these:

Maalik ‘Ali Abaazeed

Muhammad Raashid Abaazeed

Anas ‘Adnaan Kulayb  

 

Syrian Perspective obtained these names also:

Ghaalib Sa’eed Ansaari

Muhammad Mushaabik Farah

Zayn ‘Abdul-Ameer Fadhl

Badr Hassan Rahhaal

Ahmad Jaabir ‘Ali Al-Bardaan

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HOMS:

We are but a few miles from Palmyra.  The SAA is moving slowly and cautiously into the areas most prized by the ISIS vultures.  We have learned that the SAA has poured large numbers of troops into the Bayaaraat area allowing the army to liberate Al-Kilaabiyya Village and all its surrounding farms.   As of today, the ISIS terrorist vermin have not been able to squeeze one single drop of oil from any of the oil fields it once controlled.  If anything will break ISIS, it is going to be its imminent bankruptcy.  Turkey is no longer able to keep a lid on its purchase of oil from the fields of Syria.  Erdoghan is approaching this problem gingerly lest he alienate, once again, his newly acquired Russian partners.  With Saudi Arabia, a bankroller for terrorism, itself on the red side of the ledger, ISIS will begin losing members at a rate far greater than what exists today.

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IDLIB:  Ziad told you that Idlib would become a self-inflicted slaughterhouse for the terrorist rodents who have congregated there.  And, so, it is taking place now.  Yesterday, reports came in of rodents in Khaan Shaykhoon,  from the various factions of the FSA, such as Jabhat Tahreer Al-Shaam, being forced to kneel down for execution at the hands of Jund Al-Aqsaa.  According to Wael, in Latakia, many were beheaded in the classic style of ISIS using dull blades to sever the head from the rest of the carcass.   The mass executions were carried out in the presence of hundreds of horrified civilians who transmitted the events to the central government.  The speeches preceding each act of savagery indicated dissatisfaction with “moderate” terrorists participating in the Astana and Geneva peace talks.

 

In another event underlining the pure amorality of the United States and its Zionist allies, Jund Al-Aqsaa advertised its slaughter of over 100 so-called members of the FSA.

“5th Infantry Division:

Saddaam Abu Ayham Al-Hamad

Abu ‘Abdullah Al-Shaykh

Ihsaan Muhammad Al-Laban

Muhammad Al-Naasser

‘Abdul-Mun’im Al-Naasser

Moussaa Al-Saalih

Sulaymaan Al-‘Abdullah

Sulaymaan Al-Khashabi

Ibraaheem Mousaa Al-Ramadhaan

Muhammad ‘Abdul-Rahmaan Al-Jaassim

Muhammad Al-Ramadhaan

Na’eem Al-Subay’iy

Khaalid Al-Subay’iy

Khaalid Nooreddeen Al-Judoo’

Khaalid ‘Abdul-Razzaaq Judoo’

‘Aamer Al-Judoo’

‘Abdul-Razzaaq Saalim Al-Jalmood

Hussayn Shihaada Al-Raheel

‘Abdul-Qahhaar Al-‘Ubayd

‘Izzeddeen Anwar Al-Rahmoon

Taariq Mustafaa Al-Judoo’

Waleed Ziyaad ‘Abdul-‘Azeez

Muhammad Fadhl Al-Judoo’

Ridhaa Al-Darweesh

Mahmoud Al-Jaraad

Yaaseen Al-Jaraad

‘Abdul-‘Aleem Hassan Al-Thalji

‘Abdul-‘Aleem ‘Abdul-Kareem Al-Hassan

Muhammad ‘Abdullah Al-Hassan

Khaalid ‘Abdullah Al-‘Ubayd

 

And the list goes on and on.

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ASTANA AND GENEVA:  The list of “opposition activists” who attended the new conference at Astana II:

1.  Nassr Al-Hareeri  – Opposition Coalition

2.  Muhammad Sabraa – Independent

3.  Muhammad Al-Shamaali  – Turkmen Coalition

4.  Fu`aad ‘Ulayku  – Kurdish Coalition

5.  Alice Mufarrij – Coordination Committee and Islamist cross-dresser

6.  ‘Abdul-Majeed Hamw – Coordination Committee

7.  Nash`at Tu’ayma – Coordinating Committee

8.  ‘Abdul-Ahad Istayfu – Coalition

9.  Khaalid Mahaameed  – Cairo Platform

10. Basma Qudhmaani – Independent and CIA agent par excellence

11. ‘Alaa` ‘Arafaat – Moscow Platform

 

Military Delegates:

12.  Faatih Hassoon – Jabhat Tahreer Homs

13.  Bashshaar Al-Zu’bi – Southern Front

14.  Mu’tassim Shamir – Yitzhak Shamir’s grandson and member of Faylaq Al-Rahmaan, Southern Front

15.  Ahmad ‘Uthmaan – Liwaa` Al-Sultaan Muraad – Northern Front

16.  Ziyaad Al-Hareeri – Southern Front

17.  Haytham Rahma – Faylaq Al-Shaam, Northern Front

18.  Khaalid Al-Naabulusi – Southern Front 

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HAMA:  LATIF MOHAMAMMED SHOWS US NORMAL LIFE IN HAMA UNDER GOVERNMENT CONTROL, SOMETHING THE LYING MEDIA WILL NOT EVEN MENTION:

 

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From Waf, Pat and Latif, Syrian children finally smiling as the rodents are being exterminated.

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TARTOUS:

One Million barrels of oil have arrived in Syria at the port of Tartous.  The petrol will be crucial to the restructuring of Syria’s energy sector and provide citizens with much-needed fuel.  

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TURKEY:

 

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An American terrorist rat teaching his Syrian rodents the techniques of terrorism somewhere in Turkey.  (Thanks, Latif)

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NEWS AND COMMENT:

Brandon’s outstanding analysis of how the CIA destroyed Michael Flynn:

More about propaganda for those who are academically interested in programmatic lying:

http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/02/12/syria-uk-academic-slams-amnesty-international-and-ngo-complex-propaganda-campaigns/

Manufacturing Dissent:  a must-see documentary for all interested in the war on the Syrian people:

More lying exposed by the wire:

http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/02/15/fake-news-week-assad-and-russia-slaughter-in-syria-deconstructing-the-medias-fake-war-crimes-narrative/

Read this interesting article about a documentary from Bolivia: (From Pat Henningsen)

http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/02/15/fake-news-week-western-msm-complicit-in-fueling-artificially-ignited-syrian-war-bolivian-filmmaker-says/

And the interview with the reporter who broke the story:

http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/02/16/ep-14-patrick-henningsen-live-witness-to-war-with-guest-carla-ortiz/

The plan to oust Assad exposed: (Sharmine sent this one)

https://twitter.com/BradRHoff?t=1&cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%3D%3D&refsrc=email&iid=6b366fd6a1754b38a5a92e79c88e851b&uid=1179929389&nid=244+272699403
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Sayyed Nasrallah Advises ’Israel’ to Dismantle Dimona: Ammonia Tanks Unsafe, Wait our Surprises!

Sayyed Nasrallah Advises ’Israel’ to Dismantle Dimona: Ammonia Tanks Unsafe, Wait our Surprises!

Zeinab Essa

Hizbullah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech on the anniversary of the Resistance Martyr Leaders.

As His Eminence welcomed the crowd gatherings in Baalbek, and Southern Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah congratulated the scarifying Iranian people and its leadership on the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, which fulfilled the prophets’ dreams.

On the anniversary, Sayyed Nasrallah elaborated that we insist on commemorating the Leaders Martyrs Day as a sign of love, loyalty, and firm position as well as continuous Jihad.

He further said: “The real image of Hizbullah and the Islamic Resistance is that of Sayyed Abbas, Sheikh Ragheb and Haj Imad,” noting that “we insist on presenting the Martyr Leaders as models for the resistance’s generations.”

“They are the masters of victory, which had been achieved in their life by their Jihad and patience,” he added, pointing out that “we talk about the great victory on the Syrian field over the US- takfiri scheme, and our role in this victory, we talk about the role of martyrs, who are the Masters of victory.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also hailed the families of all martyrs, the wounded and the liberated prisoners.
In parallel, he hailed the real men of the Resistance fighters, the Lebanese Army and the Syrian army, who are defending us in such a cold weather.

On the “Israeli” continuous threats against Lebanon, the Resistance Leader noted that the “Israeli” leaders and military generals are recently much threatening with the 3rd Lebanese war.
“The “Israeli” army assumes that the strategic Arab surrounding isn’t that of enmity, while that of Hizbullah is a major one,” he said.

Moreover, Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say that “after the election of [US President Donald] Trump for the US presidency, the “Israeli” talk of the 3rd Lebanese war has escalated.”

“This intimidation is not new and it seems that there is a permanent “Israeli” objective to pressure the resistance community in Lebanon, and after Trump was elected US president, this intimidation has returned. Trump’s election does not scare us, even if claims that he will give Netanyahu the green light to wage a war on Lebanon turn out to be true, since the issue of war on Lebanon is not hinging on the American permission.”

However, he assured that “We’ve been hearing the talk of “Israeli” war on Lebanon since 2006.”
“Every other day we hear statements about the third Lebanon war and about the coming vengeance. The new threats are based on the election of Trump, but the policy of the new American administration in the region is not clear,” His Eminence explained.

Meanwhile, he denounced the fact that “the Arab’s cover for an “Israeli” war on Lebanon has increased. There exists some Arabs who are ready to finance an “Israeli” war on the Resistance.”
“The Arab cover that allowed “Israel” to attack Lebanon in 2006 is also still present. The issue is not about the US permission or the Arab cover but rather whether or not they will be able to achieve a victory. This is the main question.”

Acknowledging that “”Israel’s” position is evolving with respect to Hizbullah, and this year we were on the top of the threats to “Israel”,” Sayyed Nasrallah welcomed this fact as “as a sign of pride for us.”

“For “Israel”, political conditions allowing a war over Lebanon have always been there, “but the main question for them is, will they win the war? The main issue is, what the price they are willing to pay is,” he asked.

However, the Resistance Leader assured that “all of “Israel’s” rhetoric about possible war on Lebanon is part of a psychological war. The strength and firmness of the resistance and President Michel Aoun’s unwavering stance will deter “Israel” from waging any war.”

In response to the “Israeli” threats, Sayyed Nasrallah sent a sounding message: “I call upon “Israel” not only to evacuate the Ammonia tank from Haifa, but also to dismantle Dimona nuclear facility.”

He also warned the apartheid entity: “Wherever you moved the Ammonia tanks to, it’s to be targeted by the resistance.”

According to His Eminence, “We can turn the threat into an opportunity and to transform “Israel’s” nuclear weapons to a threat to “Israel”, to its existence and settlers.”
“Everyone has become to know that the air war alone does not make a victory,” he mentioned, elaborating that “they know what will happen to them and what the risks are if the missiles hit the Dimona reactor.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also reiterated that the enemy believes in the power and the ability of the resistance in Lebanon and that when it says, it does what it says.

Once again, Sayyed Nasrallah addressed the “Israelis” by saying: “On July 2006, you assumed that you have enough information on the resistance so you attacked. However we surprised you. If your battalions came to southern Lebanon, what will happen to them? We always have something to hide and you will be surprised with what we had hidden, which can alter the course of any fool war that you might wage.”

Moving to the Palestinian cause, the Resistance Leader slammed the fact that “Israel” continues the process of Judaization in a wider range, the Judaization of al-Quds, the expulsion of its inhabitants and even preventing the pray calls.

“The talk emerged of transferring the US embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds. The importance of this is that the US abandoned the idea of a two-state solution to anyone who believes in this path,” he said, raising the question: “Where is the Arabs’ position and their response to the aggressions of the Zionist enemy?”

According to His Eminence, “This bad situation of the Arab made Netanyahu said that he had never believed in his life that the Arab states are to be considered as an ally, not an enemy.”

“A day after meeting of Netanyahu and Trump, they announced the death of the negotiation process, and for “Israel”, there is no such thing as a Palestinian state,” Hizbullah Secretary General highlighted, pointing out that “the “Israelis” themselves are unfortunately talking about the final stages of the Palestinian cause.”In response, Sayyed Nasrallah assured the Palestinian people that the world will not remain as it is, nor will the region…”We are witnessing the final chapters of the elimination of the Palestinian cause.”

To them, His Eminence said: “Do not to surrender and continue resistance and confidence in the option of the Resistance.The most important and greatest forms of resistance in Palestine is the uprising of al-Quds and individual operations. The fall of masks and hypocrites who lied to you for decades is very important.”

On another regional level, Sayyed Nasrallah clarified that “today Bahrain is an occupied state. There are Saudi forces in Bahrain who have killed the people of Bahrain.”

Moreover, he viewed that “the execution of three Bahraini young men is a Saudi decision, and if they have some wisdom, they wouldn’t have carried out the death sentence against them.”
“He who bets that the Bahraini people is tired after six years has to see the recent scenes and acknowledge that this people will not surrender,” His Eminence vowed.

“Saudi Arabia that created Daesh is the one responsible for hundreds of thousands of martyrs killed in Iraq, Syria and Sinai and other places,” Sayyed Nasrallah continued as he expected Daesh’s defeat.

Elsewhere in his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah praised the Yemeni people for their resistance against the Saudi aggression, saying the Yemenis prevented Riyadh and its allies from achieving their goals of war.

“The Saudis and their allies imagined they could end the military campaign “in only weeks,” but they were “mistaken,” he added, unveiling that there exists confirmed data that “Israel” is a partner in the Saudi aggression on Yemen: a partner in finance and in terms of information and technology.”

His Eminence also underscored that “Every day, there are Yemenis and Saudis who are killed, and thousands of children are starved…Most Yemenis are still sacrificing and resisting the aggressions.”

Moreover, Sayyed Nasrallah predicted that “Just like we gained victory in 2000 and in the July [2006] war, we are now approaching victory over the American-Saudi-“Israeli” scheme called Daesh.”

Source: al-Ahed news 

16-02-2017 | 19:00

 

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