SOUTHFRONT SENDS WARMEST GREETINGS TO US DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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August 06, 2020

We are pleased to inform you about another eye-opening report about SouthFront’s work released by the highest levels of the US government.

In early August, the Global Engagement Center of the US Department of State released a report entitled “Pillars of Russia’s Disinformation and Propaganda Ecosystem”. At least 13 of the 77 pages of this report are dedicated to SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence as a “pillar” of Russian disinformation and propaganda.

Please find the full version of report on the official website of the US Department of State: HERE

SouthFront Sends Warmest Greetings To US Department Of State

SouthFront also feels obliged to make some comments regarding the content of this brilliant investigative report dedicated to our endeavour. We do not think that our comments include anything really new, but it will be useful to recall the history of SouthFront’s creation and development.

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First of all, we want to compliment the authors of the report. It has a very straight and useful logic: If some media organization has Russian citizens or people of Russian origin among its members, or, God forbid, other links with Russia, this media is beyond question spreading Russia’s disinformation and is controlled by the Kremlin.

SouthFront Sends Warmest Greetings To US Department Of State
GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda

Setting the tone for the depth of the investigation, the part of the report about SouthFront starts by repeating tired tropes about the registration of the SouthFront website domain (southfront.org) by a Russian domain registrar Reg.ru. This is an open secret and we’ve repeatedly said that this was done intentionally in order to secure the domain in the case of an attempt to censor it. Recent developments demonstrate that this decision was well founded.

Then, the US State Department repeats Facebook stories created to justify the censorship of SouthFront’s public page with about 100,000 subscribers.

SouthFront Sends Warmest Greetings To US Department Of State
GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda

The reports’ authors took from the  claims made by Facebook in “April 2020 Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report” what they thought to be the most important part: the allegation that SouthFront was based in Crimea, and used this allegation to associate SouthFront with another organization with a similar name “News Front”. This media organization is in fact based in Crimea and officially registered in Russia.

This cheap trick is presented as if it were the result of an in-depth investigation and itself a great revelation of SouthFront’s roots. Nonetheless, many of our readers and subscribers who have been following SouthFront for years well know SouthFront’s history and there has been no secret made of the fact that a few members of SouthFront are of Russian origin, from Russia or are Russian citizens. There are also members from other post-USSR states. This does not mean that SouthFront, as an international team of independent authors and experts, is based in Crimea or that the SouthFront Steering Committee is located in Crimea. This is a blatant lie and we are ready to prove this in court.

It is easy to see that SouthFront has always provided a platform for the various, sometimes opposing, points of view shared by our members, volunteers and contributors. SouthFront also freely provided its umbrella brand for authors and groups of authors, who share the main principles of SouthFront and stand against mainstream disinformation, global censorship and the enforcing neo-liberal, globalist world order.

The report states that the SouthFront account deleted by YouTube in 2015 included ‘crimeanfront’ in its name and makes far-reaching conclusions using this claim.

SouthFront Sends Warmest Greetings To US Department Of State
GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda

This is a clear factual error. Even the screenshot used in the report itself confirms this by quoting the following words: “Our new channel is https://youtube.com/user/crimeanfront”. If that is the new channel, then it is only logical to assume that some other channel was deleted. Right?

So here are the actual facts: The channel deleted in April 2015 had the link ‘https://www.youtube.com/c/southfront’ and was removed due to a suspicious story with copyright claims by NATO-affiliated Nordic Films LTD.

Here is the message then shared by our friends, including The Saker:

SouthFront Sends Warmest Greetings To US Department Of State
GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda
SouthFront Sends Warmest Greetings To US Department Of State
GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda

After the deletion of that channel, SouthFront volunteers of Russian origin proposed using the already existing YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/crimeanfront. At that time, this channel already had a certain number of subscribers. Therefore, it was useful to employ it instead of creating a new one with a zero base audience.

Unfortunately for the US State Department investigators, the facts go contrary to their conspiracy theories. If the US analysts had really wanted to go into the matter and produce useful material instead of potential toilet paper, they would have found out that that YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/crimeanfront was not deleted in April 2015.

Of course, SouthFront Team is arousing fear among members of the Washington establishment. Nonetheless, the situation itself causes a sad smile.

The next part of the report is based on screenshots showing the redesign of https://www.youtube.com/user/crimeanfront and claims of some person insisting that he created Crimean Front that later became News Front. Using this, the authors of the report claim that SouthFront and News Front are somehow “at least began as sister organizations”.

It is hard to dignify such a superficial investigation with a comment. Even when the SouthFront concept was being created and the like-minded group of people that later created SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence and evolved into SouthFront Steering Committee first got together, we had no links to the aforementioned organizations.

On top of this, the YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/crimeanfront provided to SouthFront by volunteers was not linked to the aforementioned organizations. This is why they were not using this channel. Instead, SouthFront got it for free over 1.5 years after the developments in Crimea in 2014.

At the same time, there is no secret that in 2015 and coming years, SouthFront, an endeavour dedicated to the coverage of conflicts around the world, was covering developments in Ukraine. It’s easy to find this if one opens southfront.org and checks the category #UKRAINE.

As to the idea of the endeavour that later was named SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence, it first appeared in 2012-2013 and came about as a result of the rapid deterioration of the international situation around the world, especially in the Middle East.

The developments in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and Syria in 2014 became the turning point that led to the creation of SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence, the SouthFront Steering Committee and to the main foundations of our work: independence, the commitment to freedom of speech, human rights, and combating media disinformation and censorship.

Trying to link SouthFront with News Front, the State Department report ignored the obvious fact that SouthFront appeared earlier than News Front. This can be seen from the date of the creation of the first Facebook page of SouthFront, and screenshots shared by the report’s authors themselves. Therefore, there are two main versions:

1) SouthFront is an all-mighty Kremlin tool that influences other Russian ‘proxy sites’ and ‘disinformation and propaganda’ on the international scene, and its members are on a first-name basis with Vladimir Putin;

2) In the world of State Department fairy-tales, the use of the word “Front” in the name of an organization indicates a connection to any other organization also using “Front” in its name.

Conspiracy theorists may be surprised to learn that SouthFront is a largely volunteer organization with a regularly changing team composition. So, we want to seize this opportunity and inform the US experts about some realities of modern informational warfare and disinformation.

Dear friends, you may have failed to notice this, but in the modern information society, new network organizations work on principles that are quite different to those employed 10-20 years ago. Lies, double-faced policies and distortion of facts by government-funded media set the basis for SouthFront’s power and influence. It is a high time to understand that this concerns people around the world and inspires them to get an independent point of view.

SouthFront Sends Warmest Greetings To US Department Of State
GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda

We can perhaps excuse Department of State personnel for not knowing that when one obtains a domain name via a domain registrar, the registration data shows the physical address of the domain registrar office. However, the inability to notice that SouthFront has always had a PayPal account with a .ru address and that this address has always been public and easily found on southfront.org is beyond our understanding.

Do the authors really think that if SouthFront Team members were to work secretly for the Kremlin or Russian intelligence services (for example, the mighty GRU), we would not have found the time to obtain an address through Yahoo.com or some other non-.ru service?

SouthFront Sends Warmest Greetings To US Department Of State
GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda

The next part of the investigation showcases 7 links allegedly confirming that SouthFront “directly aligns with Kremlin talking points and disinformation.” Since the launch of southfront.org, we have released several tens of thousands of articles, videos and graphic pieces. Apparently, the State Department staff spent a lot of time checking them to find these seven posts. In any case, SouthFront has never denied that we provide a platform for all sides interested in a constructive discussion, including the pro-Russian perspective.

It is also interesting to note how the authors of the document described SouthFront articles criticizing the internal situation in Russia and the actions of Moscow. For them, this is just a “tactic” to hide “an ocean of Kremlin-aligned disinformation”. However, if one employs this approach, one would have to find that CNN, the Washington Times, the New York Times and other outlets, which release critical articles about Russia, must also be a part of the sophisticated Kremlin-affiliated disinformation network.

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GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda

Joking aside, if one checks SouthFront articles questioning the actions of the Russian authorities or criticizing them, one would find hundreds of content pieces. In fact, it is hard to find a southfront.org article that would provide a solely positive view on the current internal political situation in Russia or on the actions of Moscow in the last 1-2 years.

The COVID-19 disinformation part also shows no creativity. We have already stated this on previous occasions, but it bears repeating: SouthFront well understands that the COVID-19 outbreak is a sensitive issue. This is why our articles about the outbreak/pandemic always include links to sources and facts. The fact, which deserves special attention, is that SouthFront articles do not fuel hysteria and fear regarding the COVID-19 spread. We seek to objectively cover the situation.

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GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda
SouthFront Sends Warmest Greetings To US Department Of State
GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda

The report includes 6 examples of supposed COVID-19 disinformation. SouthFront releases about 30 content pieces per day. Articles, videos and graphic pieces dedicated to the COVID-19 outbreak make up less than 1% of the content released by SouthFront in 2020 so far. This is less than a statistical error. Nonetheless, the State Department report reads as if half of SouthFront content is ‘COVID-19 disinformation’ and most of the rest is made up of official statements by the Kremlin.

SouthFront Sends Warmest Greetings To US Department Of State
GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda

The part of the paper entitled Niche Graphics Capabilities emphasizes the “professionally designed” SouthFront visual content. We, the SouthFront Team, want to say thank you to the Department of State for its high praise of our work. This will motivate us to even greater efforts in the field to produce even more high quality content.

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GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda

The conspiracy theory explaining the evolution and redesign of southfront.org’s side bar is a third rate fairy tale.

State Department investigators made several screenshots of the partners section of old southfront.org’s side bar pretending that its changes are something ‘strange’ and need ‘explanations’. It seems that far from everybody in the State Department spent time in university doing something useful. At least, we can recommend that they google “Occam’s razor”.

A small hint for State Department employees reading this article: Occam’s razor is the principle that, of two explanations that account for all the facts, the simpler one is more likely to be correct.

Time is moving on. Life is a complex and variable thing. Conflicts start and conflicts end. The geopolitical game continues, the balance of power in different regions of the world changes. It would be strange to expect that the list of organizations with which SouthFront stays in touch or cooperates would not also change over the years. SouthFront has always provided its content for free, on the basis of the fair usage principle, without any paywalls. Therefore, in 2015, when the conflict in Ukraine was dominating the media and SouthFront was producing at least 10% of its content on the issue, there was one list of media partners. In 2018, when the US-Iranian conflict escalated, the partner list was already different, and included some Iranians.

Meanwhile, the website itself was redesigned and optimized and the southfront.org sidebar made way to create additional free space; for example, for the ‘MAPS & INFOGRAPHICS DATABASE’ banner.

GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda

GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda

In the end, the content of the report just sinks into a conspiracy abyss allowing no chance for common sense to reassert itself. Likely in an attempt to link SouthFront to Iran or to the ‘bloody Assad regime’, the Department of State quotes a comment sent by SouthFront volunteers to Syrian Free Press. The comment includes a proposal to share videos with that blog, and is signed by SouthFront volunteers, not by the SouthFront Steering Committee.

This fact can only serve as a demonstration of the umbrella (franchising) nature of the SouthFront organizational structure. With the exception of facebook.com/southfronten, all the links mentioned in the comment are de-facto independent branches of SouthFront voluntarily created by groups of motivated people from different countries and affiliated with SouthFront only through their commitment to the SouthFront principles at that moment.

SouthFront is always glad to assist and provide consultancy help to people that stand up for freedom of speech and against the globalist censorship.

What is really strange is that State Department investigators failed to find the still existing independent branches of SouthFront in northern and western Europe. Probably, this could serve as another signal of the ‘depth’ of this investigation.

SouthFront Team is sorry to conclude that the Department of State of the world’s sole super power was unable to provide any facts to confirm their speculations about SouthFront being a front for Russian disinformation. Bogus stories, which have been circulating in various media outlets and think tanks funded by Euro-Atlantic structures for years, do not count. In reality, this likely means that the authors did no research of their own in the field and just copy-pasted and patched together already existing reports made by their friends from affiliated or allied organizations.

Thank God, the authors did not try to link SouthFront to supposed Russian meddling in the US election.

After such ‘high-quality investigations’ in this field, the Department of State would not even have a theoretical chance of saving face.

It would be interesting to get the reaction of the bosses of these staff members and of the leadership of the State Department itself, to find out what they think about such quality of work. It is highly likely that the group of State Department specialists that prepared the report presented it as an exclusive investigation that required a significant amount of time and financial resources.

Proposal to US Department of State

SouthFront proposes the leadership of the US Department of State expert help in the field of covering the work of SouthFront as a pillar of Russia’s disinformation and propaganda network. Exclusively for the Department of State, we are ready to prepare weekly reports about our work with a detailed overview of our content, links to the most interesting articles, videos and graphic pieces, and entertaining behind the scenes content about our work.

We are sure that these reports will be not less professional and entertaining than the paper described above. SouthFront’s direct assistance will also help Mr. Pompeo and his employees to avoid foolish factual mistakes in future (e.g.when somebody is not even able to read their own screenshot).

And last but not least, the State Department would be able to save hundreds of thousands of US taxpayer dollars. The US government would then be able to use these funds to combat the COVID-19 outbreak or help combat veterans.

Please, feel free to contact SouthFront via email: info@southfront.org

On August 5, the US Department of State also offered Russians $10 million for information about Russian meddling in US

Taking into account the high level of regard for SouthFront work held by the US government, you also can contact us regarding this topic. $10 million would be a useful donation to SouthFront’s budget. The contact email is the same: info@southfront.org

By the way, US government personnel know our email address very well. In previous years, we have received emails from them with proposals for fruitful cooperation.

As to the style of emails sent to SouthFront, we recommend that the staff of the State Department  contact their counterparts in the Department of Defense. They act and write much more professionally and are not too shy to ask about things that are interesting to them.

Using this opportunity, SouthFront wants once again to assure Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Department of State of our highest consideration.

Sincerely yours,

HAY’AT TAHRIR AL-SHAM ACKNOWLEDGED DEFEAT IN GREATER IDLIB BATTLE IN NEW VIDEO RELEASE

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05.08.2020 

Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) acknowledged its defeat in the last battle in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib in a new video release.

The video, titled Wa Tuhadithu Akhbaraha [Telling Its Stories], documents the battle from HTS’ point of view. The video was released by the group’s media agency, Amjad, on August 3.

In the documentary, HTS explains how its terrorists attempted to stop the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attack on Greater Idlib in 2019 using an array of tactics.

The group built its entire strategy around a single principle, “the best defense is a good offense.” Under this strategy the group’s terrorists launched a series of counter-attacks and raids at the beginning of the battle.

While this tactic granted HTS some limited, temporary success in the battlefield, it failed to stop the SAA. In the first phase of the battle, the army managed to secure vast areas in northern Hama and southern Idlib, including the town of Khan Shaykhun.

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release

As the army began advancing on the Damascus-Aleppo highway, the M5, in early 2020, HTS started to rely on more radical tactics.

The group launched large-scale attacks on other fronts, mainly Aleppo, to distract the army. The group also carried out more suicide attacks with booby-trapped vehicles and well-trained fighters who were left behind as sleeper cells.

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release

Despite these efforts, HTS failed and sustained heavy losses. The army managed to reopen and secure the M5 highway by March of 2020.

HTS’ commander tried to justify their defeat with the heavy fire power of the SAA and the support of its allies, Russia and Iran. The group ignored the vast support it received from Turkey, which inflicted heavy losses on the Syrian Army.

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release

The documentary featured Abu Mohamad al-Julani, the leader of HTS, who acknowledged that the group was defeated and attempted to reflect this as an “achievement.”

“The battle has not ended yet, yes, we lost a round in the last eleven months, but the battle is not over and we should stay determined,” al-Julani said, adding “Even if we were left with a single inch of this land.”

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release

In the documentary the group also acknowledged the loss of some its top military commanders, like Abu Ubaidah Kansafra, Saif al-Rahman al-Uzbaki, al-Mu’tasim bi’llah al-Madani, Mansour al-Daghistani, Abu Suleiman al-Hamwi and Abu Jihad al-Shafei al-Ansari.

The documentary was released by HTS following reports of an upcoming attack by the SAA on Greater Idlib. The army is already amassing troops around the region.

By releasing this documentary, HTS is not only trying to justify its defeat but also to amass public support for a new battle with the SAA. The full elimination of the terrorist group is among the top goals of the army and its allies.

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Every Day is Ashura, Every Land is Karbala

Every Day is Ashura, Every Land is Karbala

August 03, 2020

by Mansoureh Tajik for the Saker Blog

As part of a very thoughtful email last month, the Saker wrote, “In your latest contribution you wrote ‘Every day is Ashura, Every land is Karbala’ twice.  Did you know that this is my absolute favorite Islamic saying?  I also believe that this belief is the real core of the strength of the Resistance in Lebanon, especially Hezbollah.” He was referring to the article (see here) in which I invoked the spirit of that phrase in relation to two case examples of injustice suffered by the people in North Casper, Wyoming, and the people in eastern North Carolina. These were two seemingly very unlikely candidates to be contextualized oddly in an expression that is very much known to be Shi’a Islam in essence.

The Saker also suggested mindfully that I write a short history about the phrase and explain its meaning for the readers of this blog in order to, as he put it, “make it possible for my readers to get a real insight into the Islamic ethos, especially the Shia ethos,” among other reasons. I was grateful about the suggestion and delighted to yield for several specific reasons. First, the phrase is one of the most cherished expressions for me as well and I would never tire of exploring and reflecting on it.

Second, the month of Muharram and its 10th day, the day of Ashura, are right around the corner (in a few weeks) and this essay could serve as a good introduction to this year’s Ashura as a lot of relevant and interesting events are happening all around us.

Third, this month is one full year since I began writing the monthly essays for the Saker’s blog and the article could serve as an appropriate one-year evaluation and reflection piece for me. It will also be a way to pay tribute to the Saker and his wonderful blog. What better way to show my appreciation for the opportunity he affords the global audience to take a mental path less traveled than to propose the most befitting Shi’a cue to the essence of what he actually does: With his digital pen as his weapon and his passion as its ink, he stands against global injustices and tyrant oppressors with extremely limited material resources. So, zero chance that I would not have agreed to write something on the subject!

In this essay, I hope to explore the literature and speeches of the some of the most influential contemporary thinkers and scholars who have interpreted this expression and employed it in a manner that has become a powerful Shi’a Muslim doctrine guiding an effective struggle against injustices and falsehoods in our modern era. A very brief segment about the history of Every Day is Ashura, Every Land is Karbala is presented first.

The History of the Expression and Its Role as a Doctrine

These two verses, کلّ یوم عاشورا، کلّ ارض کربلا [Every Day is Ashura, Every Land is Karbala], are among the most widely used expressions by many Shi’a Muslim sages, activists, and religious scholars in one form or another. Some scholars have traced it back to Imam Ja’afar Sadiq (Peace be upon him), the sixth Imam of Shi’a Twelvers, but no actual valid narration, or hadith, exists to corroborate that claim. A few others have attributed it to the contemporaries and students of that beloved Imam, but no solid evidence exists to support that assertion either.

According to the encyclopedia of Imam Hussain, Daneshnameh Imam Hussain, the phrase کلّ یوم عاشورا، کلّ ارض کربلا may be an adaptation of the verses from a poem by the 13th Century Egyptian poet, Muhammad bin Sa’id Busiri. In one of his long qasideh poems, he wrote, کلّ یوم و کلّ ارض لکربی فیهم کربلا و عاشورا , which is translated, “Every Day and Every Land, due to my grief and sadness for them, is Ashura and Karbala.”[1]

Regardless of its genesis, however, the expression has been referenced and interpreted by very well-known Shi’a Muslim scholars like Martyr Morteza Motahari and Ali Shariyati and it has been referenced and reflected upon by two prominent imams and leaders of the Iranian revolution and the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini and Imam Khamenei. In a very significant way, Imams Khomeini and Khamenei, who are also two of the most influential Shi’a Muslim leaders of the world in the 20th and the 21st centuries, have defined and put into practice this expression as a potent doctrine and in a decidedly pivotal and successful way. We will delve deeper into this since it could be quite illuminating and would provide a better understanding of the Shi’a Muslims, the Iranian Revolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s constitution, and Iran’s international politics and stance towards the world’s arrogant oppressors.

Furthermore, it sheds light on why the expression induces “panic attacks” among the most oppressive and corrupt-to-their-core entities, like the British regime, so much so that they invest significant resources on paid religious “scholars” to re-write history and offer utterly compromising interpretations of this expression.

During the early days of the Iranian revolution, Imam Khomeini explained in one of his speeches,[2]

“This expression, ‘Every Day is Ashura, Every Land is Karbala,’ is a really important expression but many misunderstand it. They think it means we should mourn and cry every day. But its true meaning is something quite different. What did Karbala do? What role did the land of Karbala play on the day of Ashura? A handful of people came to Karbala and stood up against the injustices of Yazid. They stood against a tyrant ruler and an emperor of their time. They sacrificed themselves and they got killed but they did not accept the injustice and defeated Yazid. Every place must be like this and every day must also be like this. Every day, our nation must reach this realization that today is Ashura and we must stand up against the injustice. And this very place is Karbala and we must make this place, right here, a Karbala. It is not restricted to one land. It is not restricted to one specific person. The story of Karbala is not restricted to a group of seventy some people and a land of Karbala. All lands must play this role. And all days must play the same role.” (Page 122)

In that speech, Imam Khomeini universalized the day of Ashura and the land of Karbala. He defined Ashura and Karbala in a way that a critical and decisive extrapolation from a specific time and place could be made to all times and all places. It reminded the Muslims in general and the Shi’a in particular about their ongoing responsibility and duty to stand up against falsehood and injustice, just like Imam Hussain, in all places and all the times.

A more direct reference was made on the occasion of the 17th of Shahriver event. The 17th of Shahrivar 1357 [1978] was the day when thousands peaceful and unarmed demonstrators were all allowed into then Jaleh Square [later renamed Shuhada/Martyrs Square] from every direction. Once the crowd filled the square, the major streets, alleys, and backstreets were blocked by the Shah’s military force. In a matter of just a few minutes the military rained a heavy fire on men, women, children, the young, and the old. A massive reaping and threshing of the crowd. “Rivers of blood” began flowing everywhere. It was the first time since the start of the uprising that the Pahlavi regime had opened fire on the masses. That day became known as the “Black Friday”.

In a powerful speech delivered on the occasion of the 17th of Shahrivar massacre in Shohada Square, Imam Khomeini made a clear and precise reference again to the Ashura and Karbala expression. In his speech,[3] he qualified the event as follows,

“The bitter memory of 17th of Shahrivar, ’57, and the bitter memories of the days of great hardship that were witnessed by the nation bore in them the sweet fruit of the toppling the palaces of tyranny and arrogance and replacing them with the flag of the republic of Islamic Justice. Is it not so that the instructive mandate of “Every day is Ashura and every land is Karbala” should serve as a paragon for the Islamic Ummah? A rising up of the masses in every day and in every land. Ashura was the rising up of the seekers of justice, few in number but fortified with their strong belief and love against tyrannical palace dwellers and arrogant predators. And the life lesson is that paragon must serve as a plan for life every day and in every place. The days that passed us by were the repeats of Ashura. And the squares, the streets, back streets, and the alleys in which the blood of the children of Islam were spilled, they were the repeats of Karbala. And in this paragon there is both a duty and a good news. It is a duty because the oppressed, even if few in number, have a responsibility, they have a duty to rise up, like the Master of Martyrs [Imam Hussain], against the arrogant powers who may have all sorts of equipment, armaments, and great Satanic power. They are charged with that duty. It is a good news since our martyrs are put in the same rank and file as the martyrs of Karbala. A good news that martyrdom is the key to victory. The 17th of Shahrivar is the repeat of Ashura. Shuhad Square is the repeat of Karbala. And our martyrs are reiterations of the martyrs of Karbala. Our enemies are reiterations of Yazid and his cronies. Karbala smashed the palace of injustice with blood and our Karbala destroyed the palace of Satanic rule. Now, it is time for us who are the inheritors of these bloods and those who have been left behind by these young martyrs not to become lethargic. We must strive to bring into fruition their sacrifice with our unwavering wills and hard fists. It is time for us to bury underneath the feet of the martyrs of goodness the remnants of that tyrant regime and the conspirators of injustice who are beholden to the East and to the West.” (Pages 445-446)

This speech was the most clear and definite way Imam Khomeini directly linked the events of the Iranian Revolution to the events of Ashura and Karbala. Another fine and noteworthy point that was raised in Imam Khomeini’s speech was this point: “the oppressed, even if they may be few in numbers, have a responsibility to rise up against the arrogant powers who may have all sorts of equipment, armaments, and great Satanic power.

The importance of this key point is appreciated only when people examine how a country like Iran which has neither the most “powerful military in the world” to be reassured, nor is she “the most powerful economy” in the world to buy her way in and out of trouble, nor the most populous nation in the world to have many lives to spare sees it necessary to defend the Palestinians, the Syrians, the Yemenis, the Iraqis, the Venezuelans, and all others in any way that she can.

It also explains how Iran mustered the willpower to take over the United States’ Spy Den masquerading as an embassy in Tehran (1979) and arrest and hold 52 spy agents for 444 days. It clarifies how Iran managed to fight an 8-year war alone (with the exception of Syrian help) with almost empty hands and under all sorts of sanctions with a regime (Saddam’s) that that the backing of all powerful governments of the world at that time (1980-1988). It lays bare the SS Bridgeton explosion (1987), the defeat of Israel and world powers in the 33-Day war by Hizbullah forces (2006), the capture of UK officers in Persian Gulf (2006), the capture of RQ-170 (2011), Syrian resistance (2011-present), Yemeni resistance (2015-present), the capture of US Sailors by Iran in 2016, RQ-4 Global Hawk capture (2019), ballistic missile attack on Ayn al-Asad (Lion’s Eye) Air Base (2020), sending oil tankers to Venezuela (2020), just to name a few examples.

The successor to Imam Khomeini, the current leader of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khamenei, too, has interpreted the expression with the same worldview. His most comprehensive explanation and the philosophy related to the phrase could be found in one of his books titled, Four Discourses: Clarification of the Circumstances, the Causes, and the Consequences of the Event of Ashura[4] Here, however, I will bring a short segment of one of his speeches in which he has a very concise and pointed reading:

“That they say, Every day is Ashura, Every Land is Karbala, it means the time passes by but the happenings in life as they pertain to humanity, the truths of the creation remain untouched. If in every era, humanity who has a role to play, if they play that role at the right time, exactly when they should play that role, then everything will be reformed. The nations will grow and achieve excellence. The humanity will grow.”[5]

When there is injustice, the role every human being must play to remove the injustice is now, not later. Not when it is convenient but when it is necessary and needed. Not just in places where it is politically correct and materially advantageous to do so but in all places that is right to do so. Not just when and where it costs us nothing but when and where it costs us all worldly things.

Another great Muslim Shi’a scholar, Martyr Morteza Motahhari, who was killed in 1358 [May 1979] by agents of a terrorist organization right after the victory of the revolution, expands on the phrase in this way,

“If we say the prophets are victorious, it does not mean a military victory. If we look at the battle between Hussain Ibn Ali (peace be upon him) with the army of Yazid and Ibn Ziyad from a military perspective, that means on the surface of things and how they appear, then Imam Hussain was defeated and they won. But if we look at the heart of the subject which relates to thoughts and beliefs, that is, Yazid’s establishment represented a movement that wished to destroy the true essence of the Islamic thought and Imam Hussain fought to revive that thought. In this case, we must examine if Imam Hussain reached his goal or not. Was he able to revive a given mindset in the world or not? We see that he could. It is one thousand three hundred years that this movement has gained a new victory every year. That is, every year Ashura is Ashura. And the meaning of Every Day is Ashura becomes this fact that every day, in the name of Imam Hussain, there is a fight against injustice and falsehood, and every day, truth and justice are revived. This is victory. What victory would be greater than this? Yazids and Ibn Ziads disappear but Hussains and Abbasses and Zaynabs remain. Of course, they remain as an idea not as a person. They remain as a guardian and the ruler of their society. Yes, those who are there die. But these who are here remain alive and eternal.”[6]

Martyr Motahhari appraises the expression in terms of its endurance over a millennium and several centuries not just as a worldview but as a lifestyle of choice. Another well-known Muslim Shi’a thinker and sociologist, Ali Shariati defines the phrase in a manner that links it to the school of Intizar, or the expectation of the coming of Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him) at the end of time in a simple but psycho-socially nuanced way:

“What does Every Day is Ashura, Every Land is Karbala mean? It is not that wherever we find, we recite the Ashura prayers! It is to expect. The philosophy of expecting means a philosophy that a justice-seeking intellectual thinker, no matter what the circumstances, is not afflicted with philosophical and historical hopelessness and despair. There are no peoples or groups like Shi’a and no school of thought like the Shi’a school of thought that would fight for thirteen, fourteen centuries; all their leaders are slaughtered; they are poisoned; they are put in jail; they are killed; all their movements are all crushed. But they never succumb to despair! Why and what factor has kept these believers still convinced, still believing, and still hopeful despite protracted periods of setbacks, hardships, and adversities,?! The belief in the inevitability of history based on the philosophy of expectation!

What does a human being with expectation mean? Look at it this way. If you are at home and expecting a guest, if it is an army unit expecting an inspector or a call for readiness or a call for war or the arrival of a commander, if it is a city expecting the arrival of a person of importance, if it is someone who is expecting the coming of guest or a friend, any sort of expectation that you examine, to expect means to be prepared and to be ready. It does not mean to be dormant and sluggish! To expect means to be ready, equipped, and responsible. Therefore, the philosophy of expectation is to believe in the inevitability of history and be reassured, in all circumstances, that standing up for justice and in retaliation for spilt innocent bloods must take place all the time. It is a battle that since the beginning of history has been moved from one hand to the other, from one Prophet of God to the other, from one Shi’a Imam to the other. This battle, generation after generation, is propounded and put before every single individual. And despite all desperate condition, this flag is decidedly victorious in the future.”[7]

Shariati points to a historical and unbreakable link among all Prophets of God, Imams, and true believers throughout all times and all places to the coming of Mahdi (peace be upon him). It is useful to open a parenthesis here and make an important note: this very idea that Shia Muslim Twelvers must always evaluate their time and place on a daily basis and see where they stand in terms of their opposition to injustices and at the same time take the necessary measures to rectify and reform in preparation for the coming of Imam Mahdi (peace by upon him) defines their Waiting and Expectation. This approach stands in stark contrast with notions of passive waiting for a savior or helping create chaos and mayhem to engineer an end of time, an approach that inevitably helps and enables corrupt oppressors of every time and every place. Close parenthesis.

In closing of this essay, I would like to include a video of Maddahi, or religious recital, about Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) by Maysam Moti’ei (here) in which he has woven together several key concepts (discussed in the article) in one neat lyrical package. Since the song does not have any English subtitles, I did a translation of the lyrics (below). والسلام.

The master and the leader is Hussain,

The sereneness in hearts is Husssain.

The whisper of his lovers and devotees,

Nothing but Ya Hussain, Ya Hussain.

Besides you, I have no thought or notion,

My kin, my belonging, my life and devotion.

To the somber recital of the killing field,

Like the pouring rain we weep.

Grieving and mourning you these nights,

Alongside the martyrs we weep.

Our tears the elegy of the Euphrates,

Our Imam “Qati’ul Abarat” killed for tears.

By our Molaa, the leader, we remain,

From Ashura is the zeal that we gain.

O Lovers! Bimsillah!

The path to Al-Quds is from Karbala!

In the battlefields, I shall never abandon Ali,

My Molaa, my Leader, Sayyed Ali.

Every Day is Ashura,

Every Land is Karbala.

O the heir to Hussain’s blood!

Mahdi, the son of Zahra, arrive!

The defender of the oppressed,

The proof from God, hasten and arrive!

References

[1] Muhammadi Rayshahri M., Daneshnameh Imam Hussain (Aleyhi-Salaam) According to Quran, Hadith, and History. Vol. 6, Page 89. Digital Copy, Available online at: http://lib.eshia.ir/27254/6/89

[2] Ruhullah Khomeini, Sahifeh-ye Noor, Vol. 10, Pages 122. Available online at: https://farsi.rouhollah.ir/library/sahifeh-imam-khomeini/vol/10/page/122

[3] Ruhullah Khomeini, Sahifeh-ye Noor, Vol. 9, Pages 445-446. Available online at:

https://farsi.rouhollah.ir/library/sahifeh-imam-khomeini/vol/9/page/445

[4] Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Four Discourses: Clarification of the Circumstances, the Causes, and the Consequences of the Event of Ashura. Digital Copy, Institute for Cultural Research in the Islamic Revolution, the Office of Preservation and Publication of Ayatullah Ali Khamenei’s Works, Enghlab Islami Publication, Tehran, Iran. Book ID#: 978-964-2951-55-0.

[5] Ayatollah Khamenei, Speech during the joint educational ceremony of the students in Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) University on Farvardin 26, 1388 (2009). Available online at: https://www.leader.ir/fa/speech/5172

[6] Martyr Morteza Mottahari, “The Battle of Truth and Falsehood.” Cultural and Scientific Foundation of Martyred Teacher Morteza Mottahari, Pages 40-41. Available online at: https://3danet.ir/morteza-motahhari-books-pdf/

[7] Ali Shariati, The Philosophy of History in Islam, Section 4. Available online at: http://www.shariati.com/farsi/tarikhdarislam/tarikhdarislam4.html

Israel announces new attack against Syrian Army as border situation deteriorates

By News Desk -2020-08-03

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – The Israeli Army announced this evening that its fighters launched an attack against military targets in Syria, describing the airstrikes as a response to an operation on Sunday.

According to a statement from the Israeli Army to Reuters, among the targets included in the strikes were Syrian observation sites, intelligence-gathering systems, anti-aircraft batteries and command bases.

The IDF spokesperson, Avichay Adraee, said in a tweet that the attacks came in response to the operation to plant improvised explosive devices that had been foiled yesterday in the southern part of the occupied Golan Heights.

He added: “The IDF considers the Syrian regime responsible for any operation that originates from its territory, and will continue to act with determination against any action that violates the sovereignty of the State of Israel.”

The source would add that their air defenses managed to intercept the enemy missiles; however, a military source told Al-Masdar that some of the Israeli projectiles did in fact hit the Al-Quneitra Governorate, at the strategic hilltop of Tal Al-Ahmar

إيعاز أميركي بإسقاط حكومة الرئيس دياب

شوقي عواضة

أعلن وزير الخارجيّة اللبنانيّة ناصيف حتي تقديم استقالته لأسبابٍ عديدةٍ أهمّها وفقاً لما جاء في بيانه بعد الاستقالة أنّ (لبنان اليوم ليس لبنان الذي احببناه واردناه منارة ونموذجاً، لبنان اليوم ينزلق للتحوّل الى دولةٍ فاشلةٍ لا سمح الله، وانني اسائل نفسي كما الكثيرين كم تلكّانا في حماية هذا الوطن العزيز وفي حماية وصيانة امنه المجتمعي، انّني وبعد التفكير ومصارحة الذات، ولتعذّر اداء مهامي في هذه الظّروف التاريخيّة المصيريّة ونظراً لغياب روية للبنان الذي أومن به وطناً حرّاً مستقلاً فاعلاً في بيئته العربية وفي العالم، وفي غياب ارادةٍ فاعلة في تحقيق الإصلاح الهيكلي الشّامل المطلوب الذي يطالب به مجتمعنا الوطني ويدعونا المجتمع الدّولي للقيام به) مضيفاً (انّ المطلوب في عملية بناء الدولة عقولاً خلاقة وروية واضحة ونوايا صادقة وثقافة موسّسات وسيادة دولة القانون والمساءلة والشّفافية) وعلى ضوء تلك الاستقالة وما جاء في أسبابها من حقّنا أن نسأل معالي الوزير حتي ماذا قدّمتَ للبنان منذ توليك وزارة الخارجية من مطلع العام الحالي وحتى تاريخ اليوم؟ وما هي المواقف والإنجازات التي تمّت عرقلتها واستدعتك إلى تقديم استقالتك؟

منذ توليك وزارة الخارجية في الحكومة اللبنانية مطلع العام الحالي وحتى اليوم لم يصدر عن معاليكم موقف وطنيّ يعبّر عن جدّية عملك من أجل لبنان، بل إنّ المواقف التي صدرت عنك لم تكن بالمستوى المطلوب لمواجهة التحديات التي يواجهها لبنان، لا سيّما على المستوى الدّيبلوماسي حيث كانت أغلب مواقفك تدلّ على استرضاء بعض الدول وبالأخص الولايات المتحدة الأميركيّة وفرنسا ونظام آل سعود. أولى تلك المواقف يا معالي الوزير برزت في 26 حزيران الماضي حين (استدعيت) السّفيرة الأميركية في بيروت دوروثي شيا على خلفية تصريحاتها ضدّ الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصر الله التي اعتبرت «أنّ الأمين العام لحزب الله حسن نصرالله يهدّد استقرار لبنان، وأنّ الحزب يمنع الحلّ الاقتصادي فيه». تصريحاتٌ تحريضيّةٌ نتيجة التدخلات الوقحة التي مارستها السّفيرة شيا استدعت أن تحلّ ضيفاً عليك في الخارجية حيث لم يصدر أيّ موقف عن الاستدعاء الذي لم تذكّر خلاله السفيرة بالمادّة 41 من اتفاقية فيينا التي تدعو جميع سفراء الدول إلى احترام قوانين الدولة المعتمدين لديها ومراعاة أنظمتها وعدم التدخّل بشؤونها الدّاخلية بل تحوّلت جلسة الاستدعاء إلى جلسة مباحثات بينكما استمرّت نصف ساعة ناقشتما فيها قرار القاضي محمد مازح بمنع وسائل الإعلام اللبنانية من نقل تصريحات السفيرة شيا التحريضية لتؤكد معاليك للسفيرة على حرية الإعلام وحقّها في التعبير اللذين هما حقّان مقدّسان ولتخرج بعدها السفيرة وتعلن من منبر الخارجيّة اللبنانية أنّ لقاءها معك كان إيجابيّاً وأكدتما فيه على العلاقات الثنائية بين البلدين وناقشتما قرار القاضي الذي طويتما صفحته. هكذا كان موقفك الوطني والسيادي من التدخّل السّافر والوقح لسفيرة الولايات المتحدة في بيروت.

تلا ذلك يا معالي الوزير حادثة اعتراض الطّائرات الأميركية لطائرة إيرانيّة في الأجواء السورية في 23/7/2020 وعلى متنها ركاب مواطنون لبنانيون يحملون الجنسيّة اللبنانيّة قادمين من طهران كادوا أن يكونوا ضحايا عدوانٍ أميركي جديدٍ كاد أن يؤدّي إلى كارثةٍ لولا اللّطف الإلهي، ورباطة جأش قائد الطائرة، وبالرّغم من سقوط عددٍ كبيرٍ من الجرحى لم تبادر معاليك إلى إدانة الاعتداء أو استنكاره أو التفوّه بأيّ حرفٍ يدين الاعتداء الأميركي. فعن أيّ لبنان سيادي تتحدّث؟ عن لبنان الذي لم تستطع فيه منع تدخّل السفيرة الأميركية أم عن لبنان الذي تمنّيته أن يكون دولة مؤسّسات ومساءلة؟

تمنّينا مثلك يا معالي الوزير أن يكون لبنان دولة مؤسّسات تستطيع من خلاله أن تضع حدّاً لتدخلات السفيرة الأميركية في بيروت في شؤوننا الدّاخلية، وتساءلنا مَن منعك من القيام بذلك ولم نجد جواباً… فتشنا يا معالي الوزير عن السبب الذي دعاك لإصدار بيانٍ يدين استهداف اليمن المحاصَر للسعودية التي تشنّ عليه عدوانها منذ أكثر من خمس سنوات. وما الذي أثار غضبك (العروبي) للتّضامن مع آل سعود ولم نرَ نفس نخوتك العروبيّة ترتجل المواقف اتجاه سورية!

فتشنا في معاجم السّياسة عن معنى الحياد الذي تبنّيته في أقدس القضايا وهي المقاومة التي لم تجرؤ على الدّفاع عنها في الوقت الذي رأيناك مقاتلاً شرساً تدافع عن العدوان الأميركي السّعودي على اليمن وتبرّر استمراره تلك المقاومة التي حمت الوطن بدماء أبنائها وصمود شعبها من العدوان الاسرائيلي والإرهاب التكفيري. في الوقت الذي كنت تبحث فيه كما قلت عن ارادةٍ فاعلةٍ في تحقيق الإصلاح الهيكلي الشّامل المطلوب الذي يطالب به مجتمعنا الوطني ويدعونا المجتمع الدّولي للقيام به) أصبح من الواضح أنّك فعلاً واجهت عوائقَ كبيرةً ومُنعت من تنفيذ مطالب المجتمع الدولي وعلى رأسها الولايات المتحدة التي تضع على رأس مطالبها نزع سلاح المقاومة مقابل تحسين الوضع الاقتصادي في لبنان، وهذا ما أشارت إليه السّفيرة الأميركية في بيروت في تصريحها الذي استضفتها على أثره في الخارجيّة.

تمنينا منك يا معالي الوزير أن تصنع نصراً واحداً يشبه بعض انتصارات المقاومين، تمنينا أن تدين تهريب العميل عامر فاخوري في أكبر عملية هتكٍ للسيادة نفذتها إدارة ترامب، لكن ذلك لم يحصل، وما حصل من خلال تقديم استقالتكم هو إعلان الساعة الصفر بإيعاز أميركي لإسقاط حكومة الرئيس حسان دياب بالتزامن مع صدور قرار المحكمة الدولية وإعادة ضعضعة الاستقرار الأمني مع المزيد من الضغوط الاقتصادية على لبنان وإشعال المزيد من الفتن. والدخول في معركة إسقاط سلاح المقاومة التي ستنتصر فيها إرادة اللبنانيين المقاومين رغم كلّ المؤامرات.

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المواجهة بين محور المقاومة وجيش الاحتلال تنتظر محطة فاصلة مع الردّ المرتقب لحزب الله على عملية استهداف موقع للمقاومة قرب مطار دمشق، نتج عنه استشهاد المقاوم علي محسن، وبالانتظار حبس أنفاس مستمرّ في الكيان وصولاً لحد الهيستيريا التي تجلت بالإعلان بشكل شبه يومي عن إحباط محاولات تسلل، وردود مفترضة، لكن كل مرة بإطلاق ذخائر مدفعية وصاروخية وإطلاق نار متواصل، وحديث عن مواجهات واشتباكات لكن من دون اعتقال أحد أو إصابة أحد أو ضبط مواد تشير لعملية مفترضة تمّ إحباطها، حتى وصل الأمر بالجيش الواقف على «إجر ونص» أن يقدّم محفظة زرقاء مزركشة بصفتها الحقيبة التي كانت تحوي متفجّرات قرب حدود الجولان المحتل، تمّ ضبطها خلال منع عملية تحدث عنها رئيس حكومة الاحتلال بنيامين نتنياهو، بصورة تثير السخرية وفقاً لأبسط القواعد العسكرية للتمويه كما يقول الخبراء العسكريون، فيما الحديث يجري عن مقاومة لديها من الخبرات ما يثير رعب الاحتلال فكيف تنطلي كذبة هذا حجمها على أحدوليل أمس شهدت سورية مواجهة متعددة الجبهات بين الدفاعات الجوية للجيش السوري وطائرات جيش الاحتلال الحربيّة وحواماته، التي استهدفت مواقع قرب دمشق وأخرى على جبهة القنيطرة، من دون أن تسفر عن وقوع إصابات وفقاً لما نقلته وكالة سانا الرسمية التي نقلت الخبرويأتي التصعيد على الجبهة السورية محاولة لشد أعصاب الرأي العام داخل الكيان وطمأنته إلى جهوزية الجيش للتعامل مع أي مخاطر مقبلة، بينما حال الجيش ليست أفضل من حال الجبهة الداخلية، كما يجمع المحللون العسكريون على القنوات العبرية الذين ما إن سمعوا عن إطلالة للأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله حتى بدأوا بالتكهنات حول ما سيقوله، والتداول بالفرضيات، لكن التحفظ والحذر سيطرا على التوقعات لجهة الاعتقاد بأن الرد يبدو متأخراً وإلا جاءت الإطلالة بعد العملية لو كانت قريبة، بينما قال آخرون إن السيد نصرالله يتلاعب بأعصاب قادة الكيان وجمهوره وهو يمسك على نقطة الألم ويشدّ، لأنه واثق مما لديه ولو تأخر في الضربة وصولاً للحد الأقصى من الاستثمار الممكن لحربه النفسية؛ بينما لبنانياً استبعدت التوقعات عن مضمون ما سيتحدث عنه السيد نصرالله، أن يتطرق إلى ما سيصدر عن المحكمة الدولية الخاصة بلبنان التي ستتلو قرارها يوم الجمعة، وأن يتناول في حديثه بمناسبة الإنتصار في حرب تموز 2006 خيار المقاومة وتطوره وتعزيز إمكاناته، وحتمية الرد على الاعتداء الذي حاول تغيير قواعد الاشتباك تاركاً للميدان أن يقرر المكان والزمان، وأن يتطرق لملف الوضع الحكومي لجهة تأكيد دعم حزب الله للحكومة وتماسكها والتمسك بها، وأن يمنح حيزاً خاصاً للتركيز على ضرورة التقيّد بالإجراءات الوقائية في مواجهة تفشي وباء كورونا الذي يسجل أرقاماً تصاعدية مقلقة.

في الشأن الحكومي كان تعيين السفير المتقاعد شربل وهبة وزيراً للخارجية خلفاً للوزير المستقيل ناصيف حتي، رسالة واضحة للداخل والخارج، وللوزراء المترددين، بأن القطار الحكومي لن يتوقف، وأن مساره لن يتأثر بمن يغادر القطار، وأن الركاب قد يتغيرون لكن القطار يواصل السير، وفقاً لما قاله مصدر حكومي تعليقاً على القبول السريع لاستقالة حتي وتعيين خلف له بأقل من ست ساعات، مضيفاً تعليقاُ على فرضية استقالة وزراء آخرين بعد حتي، بأن لا مؤشرات على ذلك، لكن لو حصل فلن يكون التعامل مع أي استقالة أخرى مختلفاًفالفراغ هو البديل الوحيد الذي تريد الترويج له الاستقالاتوهذا أمر خطير وطنياً، ينم عن عدم مسؤولية، ومن يتحملون المسؤولية معنيون بالتصرف وفقاً لإدراكهم هذه الخطورة، وعدم ترك البلد يسقط في الفراغ والفوضى.

وبحسب معلومات «البناء» فإن الوزير حتي ومنذ تأليف الحكومة التزم بسياسة رئيس الجمهورية والحكومة في القضايا الخارجية، لكن رئيس الحكومة وبعض الوزراء بدأوا بملاحظة تغيير في موقف حتي بعد جولته الاوروبية الشهر الماضي، لا سيما الى فرنسا والفاتيكان وبدأ بإطلاق مواقف في دوائره الضيقة ضد سياسة الحكومة ويتحدث عن فشلها في تحقيق برنامجها الإصلاحي وبدا انحيازه الواضح الى المحور الأميركي الأوروبي وصمته عن موضوع المقاومة بشكل يعبّر عن اعتراض على عملها ودورها، ما أثار امتعاض رئيسي الجمهورية والحكومةوبعد زيارة وزير الخارجية الفرنسي الى لبنان استثناه رئيس الحكومة عن الاجتماع المركزي الذي عقده في السرايا الحكومية وحضره وزيرا المالية والاقتصادأما القشة التي قصمت ظهر البعير فكانت مقابلته الأخيرة على قناة أم تي في ومواقفه الغامضة والملتبسة التي أعلنها من سورية والمقاومةعلماً انه وبحسب ما علمت «البناء» فإن حتي كان من الوزراء الذين دافعوا عن الحكومة وانتقدوا «الثورة» حتى الماضي القريب أي منذ مدة شهر ونصف، حيث أكد في أكثر من مجلس خاص بأن لا بديل عن الحكومة وإن جاءت حكومة أخرى فلن تستطيع الإنجاز أكثر من الحكومة الحالية التي ورثت مصائب ومصاعب العهود والحكومات الماضية، وبالتالي لا يمكن تحميلها مسؤولية الازمات المتراكمة، وشدّد آنذاك على أن الحكومة تعمل ما بوسعها وبكل طاقتها لتحقيق الإصلاحات لكن التعقيدات والعراقيل والصعوبات الداخلية معروفة وتقف عقبة أمام ذلك، الى جانب الأوضاع الصحية المتمثلة بكورونا الذي زاد في الأزمة وفي الانعزال عن الخارج وأخّر إمكانية الحصول على المساعداتفما الذي غير موقف حتي بهذه المدة القصيرة؟ولماذا اختار حتي خيار الاستقالة الفورية والمفاجئة بدلاً من خيار التلويح بالاستقالة للضغط على الحكومة للإسراع بالإصلاحات!

ووضعت مصادر مطلعة لـ«البناء» استقالة حتي في اطار المحاولات الاميركية المستمرة للتشويش على الحكومة والعمل على إسقاطها، متهمة الفرنسيين بممارسة ضغوط على لبنان تنفيذاً لرغبة وإملاءات الأميركيينوبحسب المصادر كانت الخطة الاستثمار السياسي في استقالة حتي ورهاناً على تحويل القضية الى خلاف بين رئيسي الجمهورية والحكومة ورئيس التيار الوطني الحر على تعيين اسم البديل فيعلن وزراء آخرون في هذه اللحظة استقالاتهم أيضاً بسبب عدم إنتاجية الحكومة ما يدفع برئيس الحكومة للاستقالة أو يعلن باسيل استقالة الوزراء المقربين من التياروفي هذا السياق سرت معلومات أمس عن استعداد بعض الوزراء لتقديم استقالاتهم وجرى حديث مقابل في الكواليس عن اتجاه لدى رئيسي الجمهورية والحكومة لخطة استباقية لإقالة 5 وزراء لعرقلتهم خطة الإصلاح الحكومية.

إلا أن مبادرة رئيسي الجمهورية والحكومة الى إجراء مشاورات والاتفاق على تعيين بديل عن حتي بمدة زمنية لا تتعدى الـساعات كانت ضربة معلم على رأس الأميركيين والفرنسيين كما وصفتها بعض الدوائر الأميركية، بحسب ما علمت «البناء». 

وأكدت مصادر في 8 آذار لـ«البناء» «أن لا اتجاه عند قوى الاغلبية النيابية الى اقالة الحكومة بل إن مربع الحزام الحامي للحكومة المؤلف من رئيس الجمهورية والتيار الوطني الحر وثنائي أمل وحزب الله مازال متماسكاً ومتمسكاً ببقاء الحكومة ولا مصلحة للبلد بالإطاحة بالحكومة، لأن المشروع الاميركي يريد إسقاط الحكومة لتعميم الفراغ وهذا يقضي على ما تبقى من دولة ونظام وتماسك داخلي وقدرة ماليّة واقتصاديّة على الصمود، وبالتالي يسرع بالانهيار الاقتصادي والمالي ويهدد السلم الاهلي والاستقرار الامني الداخلي».

وكان رئيس الجمهورية ميشال عون ورئيس الحكومة حسان دياب وقعا مرسوم قبول استقالة وزير الخارجية والمغتربين ناصيف حتي ومرسوم تعيين السفير شربل وهبة وزيرًا مكانه.

وأشار وهبي في حديثٍ للـ»او تي في» إلى أن «لبنان بلدنا والدولة تمر بصعوبة وعلينا أن نسعى للخروج منها»، وأكد أن «على الحكومة ان تعمل ولبنان عليه ان يسعى لفك الازمة بالتواصل مع الجميع». وقال: «لا ارى ان هناك حصاراً بل صعوبات ولدينا حضور فاعل في العالم ينبغي الاستناد اليه».

وشدد على أنه «يجب علينا ان نبادر بالإصلاحات ووزير خارجية الكويت اكد لي وقوف الكويت الى جانبنا قلباً وقالباً»، وأضاف: «أبلغني وزير الخارجية الكويتية انه سيوجه لي دعوة لزيارة»، واعتبر أن «الزيارات تأتي لتحقيق هدف ونحن وسورية بلدان جاران والأمر يكون بناء على توافق مجلس الوزراء، وعلينا التعاون بموضوع النازحين الموجود بيد وزارة الشؤون الاجتماعية، واذا احتاج الأمر التنسيق لن نتأخر»، وتابع: «أحترم المملكة العربية السعودية وكل الدول العربية وازور المملكة في أول فرصة تتاح». ورأى وهبة أن «رئيس الحكومة حسان دياب لم يخطئ مع فرنسا ويجب إعطاء الكلام حجمه والتهميش ليس من أسلوب عملي».

وكان حتي زار السراي صباح أمس، وقدّم استقالته للرئيس دياب وأصدر بياناً قال فيه: «قررت الاستقالة من مهامي كوزير للخارجية والمغتربين متمنياً للحكومة وللقيمين على إدارة الدولة التوفيق وإعادة النظر في العديد من السياسات والممارسات من أجل إيلاء المواطن والوطن الاولوية على كافة الاعتبارات والتباينات والانقسامات والخصوصيات…. شاركت في هذه الحكومة من منطلق العمل عند رب عمل واحد اسمه لبنان، فوجدت في بلدي أرباب عمل ومصالح متناقضة، إن لم يجتمعوا حول مصلحة الشعب اللبناني وإنقاذه، فإن المركب لا سمح الله سيغرق بالجميع».

وما أن أعلن حتي استقالته حتى انبرت قيادات سياسية تدور في الفلك الأميركي للترحيب وكيل المديح بوزير الخارجية الأسبق، فقال رئيس القوات سمير جعجع «إن شهادة حتي هي بألف شهادة كونها أتت بعد ممارسة عملية استمرت لأكثر من 6 أشهر ومن دون أي مصلحة سياسية»، مضيفاًلن يستقيم الوضع في لبنان طالما أن «حزب الله» و«التيار الوطني الحر» وحلفاءهما يمسكون برقاب السلطة في لبنان»، إلا أن جعجع وقبل أيام كان قد هاجم الحكومة وجميع وزرائها وأنهم فشلوا في كل شيء!

وفيما أبدت مصادر التيار الوطني الحر استغرابها من خطوة حتي، غرد نائب رئيس التيار لشؤون الشباب منصور فاضل على «تويتر» مخاطباً حتي من دون أن يسمّيه بالقول: «اذا كنت لا تعلم حجم الضغوطات والتحديات فمشكلة، اما اذا كنت تعلم واستقلت فالمشكلة اكبر …انا من المؤمنين الدائمين بضرورة إدارة البلاد من قبل أشخاص عصاميين مناضلين وأشداءعسانا مع تجربة ناصيف حتي نتعظ جميعاً ونتعلم الفرق بين السياسيين التقليديين والسياسيين المكافحين».

وفي أول تعليق فرنسي على استقالة حتي تؤشر الى ترابط بين الاستقالة والموقف الأميركي من الحكومة بعد زيارة وزير خارجيتها الاخيرة الى بيروت، كتب النائب الفرنسي Gwendal ROUILLARD على «تويترواصفاً حتي بأنّه «رجل دولة». ونوّه بأنه «كان في السلطة من أجل أن يَخدُم، وليس العكس، وكان متمسّكاً بالحياد الإيجابي، السيادة، الإصلاحات الضرورية، والعلاقات العميقة مع فرنسا».

وكتب المنسق الخاص للأمم المتحدة في لبنان يان كوبيتش عبر «تويتر»: «تعد استقالة وزير الخارجية ناصيف حتّي رسالة بحد ذاتها فهل تسهم تلك الصرخة التي تنبع من إحباط عميق في وضع لبنان على سكة الإصلاح».

وعكست أجواء السراي الحكومي امتعاضاً من استقالة حتي، معتبرة أنها من دون مبرر وتأتي في سياق سلسلة أحداث وضغوط دولية على لبنان وأوضاع اقتصادية ومالية ومعيشية وصحية خطيرة، رابطة بين الاستقالة والضغوط الخارجية على لبنان وزيارة وزير خارجية فرنسا الى بيروت والموقف الفرنسي المعترض على صلابة رئيس الحكومة امام التأنيب الذي وجهه لودريان الى الحكومة بأسلوب لم يكن موفقاًوتشير الأجواء الى أن الحكومة ورئيسها يتعرضان لحملة سياسية واعلامية غير مسبوقة تقف خلفها جهات سياسية ومالية في الداخل والخارجمشددة على أن «الحكومة مستمرة في أعمالها والرئيس دياب سيواصل تحمل مسؤولياته الوطنية بكل عزم وصبر حتى إنقاذ لبنان وإيصاله الى بر الأمان».

في غضون ذلك يطل الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله يوم غدٍ الأربعاء الثامنة والنصف مساء في كلمة يتناول خلالها الأوضاع الداخلية لا سيما موضوع الحكومة والتدخل الخارجي والضغوط الاميركية والظروف المعيشية والصحية مع انتشار وباء كورونا بشكل كبير في لبنانكما سيتطرق الى الملفات الداخلية التي لها علاقة بالإقليم، فيما يخصص خطابه في ذكرى انتصار تموز في 14 آب الى الملفات الاستراتيجية في المنطقةولن يتطرق السيد نصرالله بحسب معلومات «البناء» الى ملف قرار المحكمة الدولية المرتقب في 7 آب المقبل في قضية اغتيال الرئيس رفيق الحريريوتشير مصادر «البناء» في هذا الصدد الى أن حزب الله غير معني بالمحكمة ولا بقرارها، مستبعدة أن يؤدي القرار الى توتر مذهبي في الساحة الداخلية لكون المحكمة فقدت مصداقيتها منذ سنوات وظهر أنها مسيّسة ولم تعد محل ثقة اللبنانيين ولا حتى ثقة دول عدة، خصوصاً أنه سبق للمحكمة أن أصدرت قرارها الظني ووجهت الاتهام الى افراد من حزب الله ولم تظهر أي تداعيات في لبنان، وعلمت «البناء» أن «الرئيس سعد الحريري ليس بوارد التصعيد بعد قرار المحكمة بل يحصل تواصل واتصالات تنسيقية بين بيت الوسط والضاحية في اطار حصار تداعيات اي حدث يؤدي الى توتير الساحة الاسلامية وذلك في اطار ربط النزاع بين الحزب والتيار». وتحدثت مصادر «البناء» عن تحركات أمنية في بعض مناطق الشمال تحديداً في طرابلس متخوفة من أحداث أمنية في المدينة كعمليات اغتيال او استهداف للقوى الأمنية والجيش اللبناني في اطار التمدد التركي في المنطقة مستفيدة من الانقسام السياسي وبعض التساهل الأمني، لكن المصادر أكدت أن القوى الأمنية والجيش يقومان بدورهما في رصد وتعقب أي خلايا إرهابية تعمل في المدنية».

وكان المبنى «ب» في سجن رومية شهد مساء أمس، حالة من التوتر بعد أن عمد السجناء إلى الانتفاض وسط صيحات التكبير، وسُمع صوت إطلاق نار من قبل قوة مكافحة الشغب، وسُجلت حالات من الهلع والإغماء بين المساجين.

وتزامناً مع إعلان قرار المحكمة يطل رئيس «التيار الوطني الحر» جبران باسيل عبر محطات التلفزيون في ذكرى 7 آب متحدثًا عن المناسبة وأبعادها، وعن التطورات السياسية في لبنان، موجهًا كلامه للبنانيين عموماً وللمنتسبين الى «التيار الوطني الحر» بصورة خاصة.

ولم يغب الملف الصحي عن واجهة الاهتمام، اذ أعلنت وزارة الصحة العامة تسجيل 177 اصابة جديدة بفيروس كورونا وحالات وفاةوأشارت المعلومات الى أن «لجنة متابعة ملف كورونا سترفع توصية لرئاسة الحكومة بالتشدد بتطبيق الإجراءات الوقائية بما في ذلك المطار على أن تتضمن الإجراءات فرض منع تجول خلال فترة إقفال البلد بين 6 آب و10 آب ويبقى لرئاسة الحكومة اتخاذ القرار النهائي».

ويعقد مجلس الوزراء جلسة الخميس المقبل في السرايا الحكومية.

وسجل امس، تحليق طائرة استطلاع إسرائيلية من دون طيار من نوع «ام.ك» فوق نهر الليطاني ويحمر والشقيف وزوطر الشرقية والغربية والنبطية.

On the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Syrian Arab army: President al-Assad: The Syrian Army has always been with the people during the terrorist war

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Saturday, 01 August 2020 07:54

Damascus (ST): President Bashar Al-Assad the commander in chief of the army and armed forces  has affirmed that that the men of the army have always been with our great people during different stages of the aggressive terrorist war, noting that  the achievements they realized were great.

In a speech delivered to the armed forces and published in “Jaish al-Sha’ab”  (the People’s Army) magazine on the 75th anniversary of army foundation, President al-Assad expressed high appreciation and pride in the great victories realized by the army men, noting that the Army Day represents the confirmation of the values of genuineness, belongingness and dignified future.

“ You, brave men of our armed forces, have always been with our great people during all the stages of the aggressive terrorist war at the time some parties imagined that they could subjugate your strong will, but you defeated their delusive arrogance. You have proved that you are the men of sacrifice and bravery who do not know fear or hesitation and who pay their lives as a dear price for the dignity of their homeland and people”, President al-Assad said, adding that the army’s great victories have been clearly manifested throughout the past nine years of the terrorist war during which the colonialist forces practiced all forms of terrorism and aggression against Syria and its steadfast people. 

The President concluded his speech extending congratulations to all army personnel on this glorious day in which army members renew their pledge to defend the homeland and its sovereignty, calling on them to press ahead with their heroic march of liberating the homeland from terrorism and occupation.

K.Q.

Memorial stamp issued on 75th army foundation anniversary

Created on Saturday, 01 August 2020 09:17 

Damascus (ST): The General Establishment for Post has issued a memorial stamp in commemoration of the Syrian Arab Army Day which falls on August 1st.

The Establishment said in a statement that people can get it from post offices in various Syrian governorates for 200 Syrian pounds.

Today is the 75th anniversary for founding the Syrian Arab Army.

K.Q.

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د.وفيق إبراهيم

وحيدٌ بين الجيوش العربية في الشرق يدافع عن شعبه ودولته منذ عقد تقريباً بإرادة حديديّة مواصلاً حرباً مفتوحة في وجه الأميركيين والأتراك والإسرائيليين وبعض القوى الأوروبية محجماً المشروع الكردي ومئات التنظيمات الإرهابية المدعومة من الخليج.

هذا هو الجيش السوريّ الذي يحتفل بعيد تأسيسه الخامس والسبعين وسط حرب مفتوحة عليه لها بعدان، الأول محاولات تفتيته بذرائع مناطقية واخوانية وطائفية ورشى مالية ضخمة والثانية كسره في الميدان بفتح عشرات المعارك عليه في آن معاً لبعثرة قواه. فلا هذه أفلحت ولا تلك نجحت.. ولا يألو الجيش العربي السوري بعديده الذي ينيف عن ثلاث مئة الف جندي، من دون احتساب ألوية الردفاء والأنصار يجول في ميادين سورية من حدودها السورية مع الجولان المحتل والأردنية والعراقية والتركية، ولا ينسى حدوده مع لبنان لضبط حركة الإرهاب والتهريب.

كيف صمد الجيش السوري هذه المدة الطويلة متمكناً من تحرير سبعين بالمئة من بلاده، ومحافظاً على تماسكه؟

الإعداد الوطني المدروس لهذا الجيش، ادى الى تماسكه العسكري في وحداته وألويته بعقيدة قتال راسخة تقوم على حماية الدولة بما تشكله من شعب ومؤسسات وتاريخ يزهو على كل دول الإقليم.

هذا الشعور بالانتماء عميق لدى الجندي السوري الذي يتعلم في المؤسسات العسكرية انه يحارب دفاعاً عن أهله وشعبه وآلاف السنوات من عمر سورية.

قد يكون هذا الجانب مطلوباً، لكنه يتعلم أيضاً انه يدافع عن الشرق بأسره عندما يدافع عن ميادين بلاده.

هناك من المتخاذلين السوريين والعرب من يعزو انتصارات الجيش لتحالفاته الإقليمية والدولية، فيرد عليها إعلام أجنبي مؤكداً لها ان هذه التحالفات اتت الى سورية بطلب من دولتها ولوجود تقاطعات في المصالح تتعلق برهبتها من خسارة الدولة السورية وهذا معناه انتشار الإرهاب في بلادها.. ألم يقل الرئيس الروسي بوتين بأنه قاتل في سورية لكي لا يجد نفسه مضطراً لمحاربة الإرهاب في موسكو… وكذلك إيران التي تعرف أن هزيمة المشروع الاميركي ـ الخليجي ـ التركي ـ الإرهابي في سورية، يؤدي الى تخفيف الهجمات على إيران نفسها.

يتبين ان ادوار الجيش السوري متنوّعة لتنوع أهمية سورية في الشرق والإقليم، فضلاً عن مؤسسة الجيش نفسها التي تدرب أفرادها على اساس الانتماء للشعب والدولة.

داخلياً، قاوم الجيش إغراءات مالية من دول الخليج، شملت الأفراد والضباط والقادة بالمباشر حيناً وعبر أصحابهم حيناً آخر وبواسطة أصدقائهم وقرارهم وبلداتهم والمبالغ المعروضة تشكل ثروة وتصل مع القادة العسكريين الى ملايين الدولارات، مروراً بخمسين ألف دولار للجنود العاديين.

إلا أن هذه المحاولات عجزت عن اختراق الأسوار الوطنية العالية للجيش السوري، ولم يتأثر إلا نفر قليل لا يزيد عن ألفين او أقل، لم ينجح مشغلوهم ببناء تنظيم عسكري خاص بهم.. مكتفين ببعض الاعلانات التهريجية لصور عسكريين فارين اصبحوا عمالاً في الخليج وتركيا والمانيا، مخترعين صوراً لمدنيين، جرى إلباسهم ازياء عسكرية مع محاولات تمويهية لإخفاء وجوههم للزوم تمرير الاخبار الكاذبة.

هناك أربعة انواع من التداعيات انجزها الجيش العربي السوري في قتاله المستمر منذ نحو عقد:

الأول هو دفاعه ونجاحه بالحفاظ على وحدة سورية بتحريره معظم مناطقها وبشكل أجهض فيه أي إمكانية لتقسيم او كنتنة ناجحين، فحتى المناطق التي يسيطر عليها أكراد «قسد» في شمال شرقي سورية، لا تستطيع بناء دولة عليها، لافتقارها الى سواحل وطرقات متصلة بخارج متصالح معها وبعثرة مناطقها السوري ورفضها من قبل السكان السوريين من غير الأكراد الذين يشكلون الغالبية فيها، اما المناطق الداخلية فمستقرة في اطار الإيمان الكامل بالاندماج الوطني الداخلي.

لجهة الدور الثاني، فإن ضرب الجيش السوري للإرهاب في بلاده، أفشل حركته بالتموضع والانتشار في لبنان، معطلاً نموه في الأردن، ومحطماً بناه الممتدة الى العراق.

كما منع الإخوان المسلمين المتحالفين مع الأتراك من التموضع في أجزاء من سورية، مجهضاً إمكانية تحرّكها بحرية نحو الجوار المباشر لسورية.

كذلك فإن الجيش السوري دافع بقتاله للإرهاب في سورية عن الأردنيين انفسهم مبعثراً حركته نحو مدنهم وقراهم، علماً أن المملكة الهاشمية رعت في بدايات الحرب السورية، انطلاق الإرهاب نحو سورية وحمته وحاولت التقدم بواسطته نحو درعا عاصمة حوران، وهكذا يحافظ الجيش السوري على وحدة الأردن الذي شاركت دولته في محاولات تدمير سورية.

كذلك فإن لجم الإرهاب في سورية أسهم بإضعافه في العراق وإفساح المجال امام الجيش والحشد الشعبي فيه لتفكيك أوصال اقوى منظمات ارهابية كانت على وشك السيطرة على بغداد نفسها.

فيكون الجيش السوري بعمليات ضربه للارهاب اوقف من نموه في كامل الشرق لأنه حلقة متصلة، كانت تأمل بالسيطرة على سورية لتأمين حريات حركة واسعة لها في الإقليم.

ودول الخليج والأردن التي دعمت الارهاب هي في طليعة المستفيدين من تدمير الجيش السوري للإرهاب في سورية.

هذا ما جعل بوتين يعترف بدور سورية في منع الإرهاب من الانتقال الى مجمل الدول في العالم، ومنها روسيا، الأمر الذي يدعو الى مدى خطورة الرئيس التركي اردوغان الذي استثمر في الارهاب مهدداً بالسماح لمئات الآلاف من النازحين السوريين ومن بينهم ارهابيون الى اوروبا، وعندها بدأ الاتحاد الاوروبي يخصص مساعدات لتركيا كي تعيل بها النازحين فسرقتها وأعادت تنظيم الارهاب التركماني والاخواني بها.

بذلك يتضح دور الجيش السوري وطنياً واقليمياً وعالمياً في مكافحة الارهاب المعولم واجهاض حركته الدولية من جهة ووظيفته في تدمير الدولة السورية من جهة ثانية.

ألا يستحق هذا الجيش وساماً عالمياً على مثل هذا الدور الصانع للاستقرار في سورية والعالم؟ لذلك فإن هذا الجيش الذي يشكل مؤسسة طليعية من مؤسسات الدولة السورية، مثابر على تحقيق دور وطني يؤمن له وليس كمجرد وظيفة، إنه دور الدفاع عن سورية قلب الشرق، وبالتالي عن كامل الإقليم مسهماً في آن معاً في دعم الاستقرار العالمي.

السلاح الروسي في سوريا.. التجربة أهمّ من الابتكار


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المصدر: الميادين نت
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طريق “أم 4” جنوب محافظة إدلب السورية

أعاد حادث استهداف دورية روسية – تركية مشتركة كانت تنفّذ مهامها على طريق “أم 4” جنوب محافظة إدلب السورية، في 16 حزيران/يونيو الماضي، الحديث عن تجربة الأسلحة الروسية في سوريا، ومدى استفادة موسكو من التجربة القتالية على الأرض السورية، في قياس مدى حاجة منظوماتها الدفاعية والهجومية العاملة حالياً إلى التطوير، والقدرات الحقيقية لمنظوماتها الجديدة التي دخلت الخدمة مؤخراً، أو التي يجري إعدادها للدخول إلى الخدمة الفعلية

في ما يلي عرض لأهم التجارب التي تعرضت لها الأسلحة الروسية في سوريا.

عربات “تايجر” و”بي تي أر”.. تجربة مهمّة 

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ناقلة الجند المدرعة “بي تي أر-82 أيه”

أداء الآليات الروسية المدرعة خلال معارك سوريا بشكل عام، وتحديداً المعارك في محافظة حلب، والمنطقة الجنوبية في درعا، والمنطقة الشرقية في تدمر ودير الزور، كان جيداً إجمالاً. في حادث إدلب الأخير، تعرضت ناقلة الجند المدرعة “بي تي أر-82 أيه”، وهي الناقلة الأساسية للوحدات الروسية المتمركزة في سوريا، لهجوم مباشر من عربة مفخخة كانت متخفية على الجانب الأيمن للطريق.

ورغم قوة الانفجار، فإنَّ الأضرار التي أصيبت بها المدرعة الروسية كانت غير مؤثرة في حالتها التشغيلية، ناهيك بالإصابات الخفيفة التي تعرض لها طاقمها، بالمقارنة مع ناقلة الجنود المدرعة التركية الصنع “كيربي 2″ التي كانت خلفها، ومن المفترض أنها من فئة المدرعات المضادة للألغام الأرضية، المعروفة اختصاراً بـ”مراب”.

على امتداد المعارك السورية، لم تتضرر المدرعات الروسية من هذا النوع سوى في مناسبتين، الأولى كانت في شباط/فبراير 2016، قرب قرية الباردة غربي مدينة حمص، والمناسبة الثانية كانت جنوب إدلب مؤخراً.

السلاح الروسي في سوريا.. التجربة أهمّ من الابتكار
العربة التكتيكية المدرعة “تايغر-أم”

من العربات الروسية المدرعة التي تعرضت لاختبارات مكثفة خلال معارك سوريا، العربة التكتيكية المدرعة “تايغر-أم”، التي تعد العربة المدرعة القياسية لقوات الشرطة العسكرية الروسية، إلى جانب مشاركتها في مهام الاستطلاع، وحراسة قوافل المساعدات، وغيرها من المهام المساعدة.

وقد فقد الجيش الروسي خلال المعارك عربتين على الأقل من هذا النوع، الأولى تعرضت لأضرار بالغة على طريق خناصر – حلب في آذار/مارس 2017، والأخرى كانت تتبع لإحدى دوريات الشرطة العسكرية الروسية، وأصيبت بلغم أرضي أثناء تحركها قرب عين العرب في محافظة حلب في حزيران/يونيو الماضي.

السلاح الروسي في سوريا.. التجربة أهمّ من الابتكار
المدرعة المتعددة المهام “تايغر – نيكست”

هذه التجارب التي أظهرت بعض العيوب المتعلقة بتدريع هذه العربة، وضرورة إنتاج نسخ أكثر تسليحاً منها، أثمرت عن تطويرات جديدة على هذا النوع من العربات المدرعة. وقد ظهرت أولى ثمار هذا التطوير خلال منتدى (أرميا 2019)، الذي انعقد في حزيران/يونيو 2019، حيث تم عرض المدرعة المتعددة المهام “تايغر – نيكست”.

وفي هذه النسخة، تمت الاستفادة من التجارب الميدانية التي جرت خلال المعارك في سوريا، حيث تمت زيادة تدريع هذه العربة ليصبح من الدرجة الثالثة، بما يسمح لها بتحمل العيارات النارية الخفيفة والمتوسطة، إلى جانب الألغام، حتى زنة 6 كيلوغرام من مادة “تي أن تي”.

كذلك، تمت زيادة حمولتها الكلية إلى 1.6 طن ومحرّك ديزل جديد، بما يمكّنها من نقل 6 جنود بكامل عتادهم وتجهيزاتهم.

“البانتسير”.. أداء ثابت رغم التحديات المستحدثة

السلاح الروسي في سوريا.. التجربة أهمّ من الابتكار
هذه المنظومة يمتلكها الجيش السوري

تعدّ منظومات الدفاع الجوي الذاتية الحركة “بانتسير” من أبرز المنظومات التي تم نشرها لحماية أماكن تمركز سلاح الجو الروسي في سوريا، وخصوصاً قاعدة حميميم الجوية، حيث اعتمدت عليها قيادة الجيش الروسي من أجل دعم وحماية منظومات الدفاع الجوي البعيدة المدى “أس-400″، وأيضاً مكافحة نشاط الطائرات المسيرة التي هاجمت مراراً القاعدة. وفي كلّ مرة، أثبتت منظومة “بانتسير” نجاعتها في مواجهة هذه التهديدات.

والجدير بالذكر أن هذه المنظومة يمتلكها أيضاً الجيش السوري، واستخدمها في العام 2012 في إسقاط مقاتلة واحدة على الأقل من نوع “أف-4 فانتوم” تابعة لسلاح الجو التركي.

ورغم الأداء الجيد لهذه المنظومة في سوريا ضد الطائرات المسيرة وطائرات الجناح الثابت، فإنَّ التجربة أثبتت وجود بعض المشاكل المتعلقة باعتراضها للصواريخ المطلقة من الطائرات المقاتلة، وخصوصاً خلال الاشتباك مع الطائرات الإسرائيلية.

السلاح الروسي في سوريا.. التجربة أهمّ من الابتكار
منظومة “بانتسير-إس إم”

نتائج التجربة الروسية في سوريا أثمرت عن تحديث منظومات “بانتسير” جذرياً، ففي منتدى “أرميا 2019″، تم عرض النسخة الأحدث من هذه المنظومة تحت اسم “بانتسير-إس إم”، والتي تم تحديث الرادار الرئيسي الخاص بها، ليصبح ذا مصفوفة مسح إلكتروني نشط، ما يوفر للمنظومة مدى كشف أكبر يصل إلى 75 كيلومتراً بالمقارنة مع النسخ السابقة التي كان مدى الكشف الراداري فيها لا يتعدى 40 كيلومتراً. 

في ما يتعلّق بالتسليح، تم تزويد المنظومة بصواريخ ذات سرعة أكبر، تسمح لها بمدى استهداف أكبر يصل إلى 40 كيلومتراً مقارنة بـ20 كيلومتراً في النسخ السابقة. كذلك، تم تحميل المنظومة الجديدة على عربة ثمانية الدفع من إنتاج شركة “كاماز”. ويتوقع أن تدخل المنظومة الجديدة إلى الخدمة في الجيش الروسي في العام 2021.

منظومة “بريزيفت” الليزرية.. استخدام ميداني فريد من نوعه

السلاح الروسي في سوريا.. التجربة أهمّ من الابتكار
منظومة الليزر القتالية “بريزيفت”

في حزيران/يونيو 2018، تحدثت عدة مواقع عسكرية روسية، من بينها موقع “أفيابرو”، عن إدخال الجيش الروسي منظومة الليزر القتالية “بريزيفت” إلى ميدان العمليات السوري من أجل اختبارها ميدانياً. 

وقد ادَّعى الموقع أن هذه المنظومة اشتبكت فعلياً مع طائرات مسيرة إسرائيلية في عدة مناسبات، منها اشتباك حدث في 19 حزيران/ يونيو، تم فيه إسقاط طائرة إسرائيلية مسيرة من نوع “سكاي لارك” في أجواء مدينة الخضر شمالي هضبة الجولان المحتلة. وقد أعلن الجيش الإسرائيلي حينها أنه يشتبه في استخدام منظومة ليزر قتالية في إسقاط هذه الطائرة.

والجدير بالذكر أنَّ منظومة “بريزيفت” الليزرية تمّ الإعلان عنها لأول مرة في تموز/يوليو 2018، وهي منظومة ذاتية الحركة مضادة للصواريخ تم إدخالها بالفعل ضمن تسليح منظومة الدفاع الجوي الروسية المحيطة في العاصمة موسكو، وهي عبارة عن منصة إطلاق لأشعة الليزر، مثبّتة على متن شاحنات من نوع “كاماز”، وتقوم بمعاونة وحدات للرادار وإدارة النيران برصد واستهداف القذائف المعادية بكل أشكالها، مثل قذائف “المورتر”، وقذائف المدفعية الصاروخية، وصولاً إلى الصواريخ التكتيكية القصيرة والمتوسطة المدى والصواريخ الباليستية والجوالة.

الروبوتات القتالية.. تجربة محدودة لكن مهمة

السلاح الروسي في سوريا.. التجربة أهمّ من الابتكار
الروبوت القتالي المتعدد المهام “أوران-9”

اختبر الجيش الروسي خلال عملياته في سوريا نوعين من أنواع الروبوتات القتالية، الأول هو الروبوت القتالي المتعدد المهام “أوران-9″، الذي تم نشره بشكل محدود خلال في العام 2018. 

وقد تم الإعلان بشكل صريح عن نتائج اختباره في سوريا، وذلك خلال مؤتمر عقدته أكاديمية “كوزنتسوف” البحرية في سانت بطرسبورغ الروسية خلال نيسان/أبريل 2018. وتم تقييم تجربة هذا النوع من الروبوتات بأنَّها حقّقت نجاحاً محدوداً جداً، إذ ظهرت مشاكل في آلية عمل المدفع الرئيسي الخاص بهذا الروبوت، وهو من عيار 30 ملم، وفشل في الاستجابة لأوامر التشغيل عدة مرات، وخصوصاً خلال الحركة.

كما تعرض الاتصال بين وحدة التحكم والروبوت للانقطاع مرات عديدة، وتقلص مدى الاتصال بينهما إلى أقل من نصف كيلومتر، إضافة إلى مشاكل أخرى في أجهزة التهديف والاستشعار، وكذلك تروس نقل الحركة الخاصة بمحرك الروبوت.

السلاح الروسي في سوريا.. التجربة أهمّ من الابتكار
 كاسحة الألغام “أوران-6”

تم الكشف لأول مرة عن هذا الروبوت في أيار/مايو 2018 خلال عرض عسكري روسي، وتم تزويده بمدفع أوتوماتيكي من عيار 30 ملم، إلى جانب صواريخ “أتاكا” المضادة للدروع التي يصل مداها إلى 6 كيلومترات، ومدفع رشاش من عيار 7.62 ملم. ويستطيع هذا الروبوت التزود بصواريخ مضادة للطائرات.

النوع الثاني من أنواع الروبوتات القتالية هو كاسحة الألغام “أوران-6″، التي استعانت بها وحدات الهندسة العسكرية الروسية في عمليات نزع الألغام والعبوات المتفجرة في مدن مثل حلب وتدمر.

 عربات القتال الثقيلة.. “ترمينيتور” وما بعدها

السلاح الروسي في سوريا.. التجربة أهمّ من الابتكار
العربة القتالية الثقيلة “بي أم بي تي تيرميناتور”

من ضمن الآليات القتالية التي اختبرها الجيش الروسي في سوريا، كان العربة القتالية الثقيلة “بي أم بي تي تيرميناتور”، على أساس تجربتها في سوريا. وتمّ تطوير عدة عربات قتالية جديدة، منها النسخة الأحدث من عربة القتال الثقيلة “تي 15-أرماتا”، التي تم تزويدها ببرج قتالي يحتوي على مدفع قوي من عيار 57 مللم، إلى جانب صواريخ موجهة مضادة للدروع.

وتزوّدت هذه النسخة بمحرك تبلغ قدرته الإجمالية 1500 حصان، ويتكون طاقمها من 3 أفراد، إلى جانب 9 جنود من الممكن نقلهم، وتصل سرعتها القصوى إلى 70 كيلومتراً في الساعة، ووزنها الكلي يبلغ 48 طناً، ومداها الأقصى 550 كيلومتراً.

سلاح الجو الروسي.. الاستفادة الأكبر من عمليات سوريا

السلاح الروسي في سوريا.. التجربة أهمّ من الابتكار
طائرة من نوع “سوخوي”

أدخل سلاح الجو الروسي في كانون الأول/ديسمبر 2018 إلى الأجواء السورية مقاتلته الشبحية قيد التطوير “سوخوي 57″، كي يتم اختبارها بشكل عملي في أجواء شبه قتالية، وكان هذا تتويجاً لسنوات من العمليات الجوية الناجحة التي نفذها سلاح الجو الروسي في سوريا منذ نهاية أيلول/سبتمبر 2015 وحتى الآن.

تعود أهمية هذه التجربة إلى حقيقة أنّ آخر تجربة قتالية حقيقية للطيارين الروس، كانت خلال النزاع بين جورجيا وأوسيتيا الجنوبية في العام 2008. ومنذ ذلك التاريخ وحتى أواخر العام 2005، لم يدخل سلاح الجو الروسي في أية عمليات جوية حقيقية.

ظهرت أهمية التجربة الروسية في سوريا من خلال تصريحات وزير الدفاع سيرجي شويغو، الذي قال إن 90 في المائة من ضباط وأفراد القوات الجوية الروسية، بما في ذلك قادة وفنيّو القاذفات والطائرات المقاتلة والقاذفات البعيدة المدى وطائرات النقل، نفذوا عمليات قتالية في الأجواء السورية، وبعض الطيارين قاموا بأكثر من 200 طلعة قتالية، وهو ما يعني عملياً تمكّنهم من اختبار مناورات جوية مختلقة وتكتيكات هجومية متنوعة، وخصوصاً أن سلاح الجو الروسي استخدم كل أنواع الطائرات المقاتلة والقاذفة المتوفرة لديه، بما فيها قاذفات “سوخوي-24” و”سوخوي-25″، ومقاتلات “سوخوي-3” و”سوخوي-35″، والقاذفات الاستراتيجية “تي يو-160” و”تي يو-95″، وحتى المقاتلات البحرية “ميج-29كي” العاملة على متن حاملة المروحيات “كوزنيتسوف”. 

الطيارون الروس مروا في فترات عديدة من المعارك السورية بضغوط ميدانية كبيرة. مثلاً، خلال شهر آب/أغسطس 2016، نفّذ سلاح الجو الروسي ما متوسّطه 70 طلعة جوية يومية ضد أهداف للمسلحين في محافظة حلب. 

آخر ما تم اختباره من منظومات جديدة في سوريا، كان دبابات “تي-14 أرماتا” الروسية الجديدة ومنظومة “راتينك” الفردية القتالية. ففي أيار/مايو 2017، صرح نائب وزير الدفاع الروسي، يوري بوريسوف، أن روسيا اختبرت منظومة “راتينك” الفردية القتالية في سوريا، وهي منظومة تتكون من معدات الحماية والاتصالات والأسلحة والذخيرة، يتزود بها جنود المشاة، وتوفر لهم معلومات محدثة عن الوضع المحيط بهم في ميدان القتال، كما توفر لهم بقاء أفضل في الظروف القتالية المستمرة، إلى جانب معدات متقدمة للإعاشة والمبيت.

وفي ما يتعلق بدبابة “تي-14 أرماتا”، صرح وزير الصناعة والتجارة الروسي، دينيس مانتوروف، في نيسان/أبريل 2020، أن الجيش الروسي قام باختبار ميداني لدبابات “أرماتا” في سوريا.

دروس حرب سوريا.. قيمة التجربة الميدانية تظهر!

السلاح الروسي في سوريا.. التجربة أهمّ من الابتكار
مقاتل من الجيش الروسي في سوريا

أعطت المعارك الميدانية للقيادة العسكرية الروسية فرصة تطبيق أساليب عسكرية لم يتم تطبيقها من جانب روسيا سابقاً، ففي حرب أفغانستان، اعتمد الجيش الروسي على الكثافة العددية والقوة المدرعة بشكل أساسي، لكن في الحرب السورية، تم اعتماد العمليات الجوية، بالتنسيق مع وحدات المشاة الخفيفة الحركة ووحدات الجيش السوري والوحدات الحليفة المختلفة، إلى جانب عمليات الاستطلاع المتعددة، من أجل تنفيذ هجمات محدودة المدة والنطاق، بكثافة تضمن في كل مرة تحقيق نتائج سريعة وشاملة.

TURKEY CRIES FOUL ABOUT DEPLOYMENT OF EGYPTIAN TROOPS IN IDLIB. WHAT’S GOING ON?

The Egyptian military has deployed about 150 troops on the frontline in the Syrian region of Greater Idlib to support forces of the Damascus government, Turkish sources claimed on July 30.

“The troops were later deployed in the Khan al-Asal area in the western countryside of Aleppo and around the city of Saraqib in the southern countryside of Idlib,” the Anadolu Agency quoted its source as saying. The news agency claimed that the Egyptian service members had arrived via the Hama Air Base.

Later, Youssef al-Hamoud, a spokesman for the Syrian National Army, a coalition of Turkish proxy groups based in northern Aleppo, said that the number of Egyptian troops is in fact 148. They supposedly deployed in Syria in 3 groups via the Hama Air Base. According to him, 98 Egyptian personnel reportedly came from the city of Ismailia on July 26 and then were deployed in Khan al-Asal. 50 others arrived from Cairo Airport on July 27. They are supposedly deployed in Saraqib.

However, no flights from Egypt to the said base were recorded over the past few days. Furthermore, it is almost impossible to hide the deployment of foreign troops on the frontline in the conditions of the Syrian war, when almost every second fighter has a mobile phone and social media accounts and uses them to share pictures and videos from the battlefield.

Most likely, Turkish state media and proxy groups loyal to Ankara found a new original way to justify the illegal presence of their own forces in Syria. The accusation of other parties doing something that the Erdogan government does itself is something that Turkish media outlets regularly do.

In the earlier stages of the conflict, Turkey and its intelligence services openly allowed various terrorists aiming to join ISIS and al-Qaeda to use the territory of Turkey and camps on the Syrian-Turkish border as a transport hub on their route to Syria. At the same time, Turkey was actively involved in illegal oil trading with ISIS.

Later, when the Russian military operation, including mass bombings of ISIS oil infrastructure, convoys, and public revelation of the facts of Turkish cooperation with ISIS, put an end to this, Turkish official propaganda shifted its attention to accusations of all other parties involved in the conflict of cooperation with ISIS. It even claimed that its military operation against Kurdish militias in Afrin was aimed against ISIS.

Ankara sent almost 10,000 Syrian militants to Libya to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord. Nonetheless, Turkish outlets are crying foul about the small number of Russia-linked private military contractors hired by the UAE to support the Libyan National Army against Turkish-backed forces.

Over the past years, Turkey has occupied a notable part of northern Syria and deployed thousands of troops in Greater Idlib to protect al-Qaeda-linked terrorists there from the Syrian Army. Therefore, it would be logical for Ankara to find some ‘foreign force’ that it can accuse of deploying its own troops in the country.

At the same time, if the deployment of Egyptian troops to support the Syrian Army turns out to be true, this will be really bad news for Turkey. Ankara still seems to be unable to control its local al-Qaeda partners and the chances of a new round of escalations in the region are increasing.

The mighty Turkish Armed Forces have thus far failed to defeat the Syrian Army exhausted by years of conflict with terrorists. The outcome of the new escalation will be even more gloomy for Turkey if Egyptian forces will join the coalition supporting Damascus.

Authorities Confiscate Large Stash of Weapons and Munition Heading to Idlib

Authorities Confiscate Large Stash of Weapons and Munition Heading ...

July 31, 2020 Arabi Souri

The law enforcement authorities discovered and confiscated a large quantity of weapons and munition heading to the NATO-sponsored Al Qaeda terrorists in Idlib.

In its ongoing intensive work and thanks to the ever-vigilant Syrian security personnel and with the help of locals, the law enforcement units in Homs monitoring smuggling networks found one of the storing places used by the smugglers at the Homs – Hama administrative borderline packed with a large number of assorted weapons and their munition on its route to terrorists in the Idlib province further in the northwest.

This seizure included automatic rifles, medium machine guns, shoulder-fired missiles, RPGs, various-caliber mortars, a mortar, grenades, and a large amount of light and medium ammunition.

Authorities Confiscate Large Stash of Weapons and Munition Heading ...
Authorities Confiscate Large Stash of Weapons and Munition Heading ...
Authorities Confiscate Large Stash of Weapons and Munition Heading ...

Just a week earlier on the 22nd of July, Syrian law enforcement authorities confiscated a shipment of a large number of weapons and munition heading to the terrorists in northern Idlib countryside. That shipment included mainly medium and light ammunition, machine guns, ammunition, RPGs, medium machine guns, and propellers.

Due to the huge quantities confiscated by the Syrian law enforcement agencies all over the country, the Syrian Arab Army’s engineering unit has to destroy the found quantities as it ran out of storage places. Weapons and munition need to be stored in specially-designated high-security depots. Almost weekly, the engineering corps carry out such a procedure to destroy these weapons all over the country, they also have to notify the public beforehand and make sure the destruction site is as much far as possible from residential or farming areas.

See also:

SAA Units Discover a 20 Meters Depth Tunnel in Hama Countryside

https://www.syrianews.cc/saa-units-discover-20-meters-depth-tunnel-hama-countryside/embed/#?secret=OFr6CNGuWk

SAA Units Find Weapons, Caves & Tunnels in Cleanup; Erdogan’s Terrorists Breach CoH 19 Times

https://www.syrianews.cc/saa-units-find-weapons-caves-erdogans-terrorists-breach-coh-19-times/embed/#?secret=Y0zrHdTzeJ

NATO terrorists do not only rely on the direct supply route they have with NATO member state Turkey providing them with personnel, weapons, and logistics essentials, they have a number of supply networks established during the years when they were controlling much larger territories throughout the country. Routes from Lebanon, from the open Syrian desert connecting with Iraq and Jordan in the east and south, and naturally through the very long borders with Turkey in the north.

Our question to the citizens of the NATO member alliance, especially when a country like Germany, the locomotive of the European economy, fails to pay its dues to the NATO alliance which lead to Trump withdrawing a big number of his forces from there, wouldn’t investing in more useful things in your own countries, say healthcare, education, infrastructure, research and development…etc., be more beneficial to you and your children than investing in these terrorist groups killing and maiming Syrians? Just think about it, weapons and also its munition are not cheap, let alone the billions spent by the Pentagon and each of the NATO war ministries from your tax money as part of their contribution to the invading and destruction of other countries.

SAA Seizes 2 Shipments of NATO Weapons to Al-Qaeda Near Damascus

https://www.syrianews.cc/saa-seizes-2-shipments-nato-weapons-al-qaeda-near-damascus/embed/#?secret=Za0C2S9Z9s

Large Quantities of Weapons and Drugs Left behind by NATO Terrorists in Southern Syria

موسكو طهران وبكين… نموذج اقتصادي متكامل

د. حسن مرهج

من الواضح أنّ السياسية الصينية في المنطقة تسير وفق مسارين:

الأول – تسعى الصين إلى الالتفاف على العقوبات الأميركية وبناء تحالفات استراتيجية مع دول عديدة تناهض السياسات الأميركية في المنطقة، في محاولة لإنشاء منظومة سياسية وعسكرية واقتصادية، توازي شبكة العلاقات الأميركية قوة وتنظيماً وتأثيراً في سياسات المنطقة.

الثاني – هناك رغبة صينية واضحة لوضع حدّ للتحكم الأميركي في السياسات الدولية والإقليمية، ولا سبيل لوضع آلية تُقيد السياسات الأميركية، إلا بتحالفات مع دول قوية في المنطقة، وعلى رأس تلك الدول الجمهورية الإسلامية الإيرانية.

انطلاقاّ من هذين المسارين، ترى الصين أنّ إيران واحدة من أهمّ الدول لربط آسيا بأوروبا من خلال مبادرة الحزام والطريق، التي تمثل المحرك الأساس للسياسة الخارجية الصينية منذ أعلنها الرئيس الصيني شي جين بينغ في العام 2013، ولاعب أساسي في الحفاظ على استقرار منطقة الخليج العربي التي تعدّ الشريان الرئيس لوصول النفط إلى الصين.

وعليه، بات واضحاً أنّ أحد أهمّ أوجه العلاقة الصينية الإيرانية، تعزيز المصالح الاقتصادية والاستراتيجية، بُغية تقويض الأهداف الأميركية في المنطقة، إذ يبدو واضحاً أنّ الصين وإيران تعملان منذ مدّة على شراكة استراتيجية لمدة 25 عاماً، والواضح أيضاً أنّ الشراكة ستسمّى شراكة استراتيجية شاملة بين الصين وإيران.

وبما أنّ علاقات إيران مع الصين جادّة وتشكّل أساس التعاون الاقتصادي والاستراتيجي بين البلدين في شكل وثيقة مدتها 25 عاماً، فمن الطبيعي أن تهتمّ الدول الغربية بهذه العلاقات، وبشكل أساسي فإنّ السياسة الأنجلو ساكسونية للأميركيين والبريطانيين هي التركيز على الضغط على إيران من أجل إبعادها عن الصين وروسيا، لكن فشلت هذه السياسة، وفشلت معها السياسة الأميركية لاستعمار إيران، وما يؤكد هذا الأمر أنّ الصين ستُشارك في “بناء البنية التحتية الأساسية لإيران” كجزء من مبادرة “حزام واحد وطريق واحد”؛ هذا المشروع الذي يُعدّ مشروعاً للتكامل الاقتصادي بين البلدين.

فقد أدركت الصين وإيران وضمناً روسيا، أنّ الاتحاد والتعاون هما الوسيلة الوحيدة لتعزيز التبادل على المستويات كافة، وبات ضرورة لمحاربة المشكلات الداهمة التي يمثلها تنامي النفوذ الأميركي في الشؤون الداخلية للدول، حيث أن النفوذ الأميركي أجبر طهران وبكين وموسكو على تحييد الخلافات الثانوية، وتبني استراتيجية موحدة من أجل المصلحة المشتركة للدفاع عن مصالحهم في المنطقة.

والواضح أن أحداث مثل الحرب على سورية، والأزمة في ليبيا، والإطاحة بالنظام الديمقراطي في أوكرانيا، والعقوبات على إيران، والضغط المباشر على بكين في بحر الصين الجنوبي، كلها عوامل سرّعت في التكامل بين الصين وإيران وروسيا.

في جانب آخر مُتعلق بعمق العلاقة الإيرانية الصينية، نجد أنّ جوهر هذه العلاقة يرتكز على الاقتصاد، في المقابل ومن خلال تحليل القوة الاقتصادية نجد أن المنظمات العابرة للحدود مثل منظمة التجارة العالمية وصندوق النقد الدولي والبنك الدولي، تضمن دور واشنطن كزعيم اقتصادي، والركائز التي تدعم مركزية الولايات المتحدة في الاقتصاد العالمي يُمكن أن تُعزى إلى السياسة النقدية للبنك الاحتياطي الفيدرالي ووظيفة الدولار كعملة احتياط عالمية، خاصة مجلس الاحتياطي الاتحادي لديه قدرة غير محدودة لطباعة النقود ولتمويل القوة الاقتصادية للقطاعين الخاص والعام، وكذلك لدفع الفاتورة الواجبة للحروب المكلفة جداّ، وضمن ذلك فإنّ الدولار الأميركي يلعب دوراً رئيسياً كعملة احتياطية عالمية، وكذلك يستخدم كعملة للتجارة، وهذا يُحتم على كلّ بنك مركزي امتلاك احتياطيات بالعملة الأميركية، وتكريس أهمية واشنطن في النظام الاقتصادي العالمي. من هنا فإنّ إدخال اليوان الصيني والتومان الإيراني في التعاملات التجارية بين بكين وطهران، ومن الممكن أن تتسع مروحة هذه التعاملات بالعملات المحلية للبلدين، لتشمل دولاً عديدة ترغب بالابتعاد عن مخاطر التعامل بالدولار الأميركي، كلّ ذلك وسائل وأجراس إنذار الاستراتيجيين الأميركيين حول خطر تآكل مكانة العملة الأميركية.

في المحصلة، فإنّ الصين وإيران وضمناً روسيا بحاجة لإيجاد نظام اقتصادي بديل، لتأمين الجوانب الحيوية للاقتصاد المحلي، فقد لقد لعب انهيار سوق الأسهم في الصين، وانخفاض قيمة الروبل في روسيا، والعقوبات غير القانونية المفروضة على إيران، دوراً عميقاً في تثبيت أهداف موسكو وطهران وبكين، لإيجاد نقاط التلاقي بين البلدان الثلاثة، ولتشكيل منظومة اقتصادية قادرة على ضعضعة الهيمنة الأميركية على العالم.

مشروعان متناقضان… بينهما حرب وجود ونحن واثقون من انتصارنا

د. ادمون ملحم

ما نشهده في بلادنا من قتل ومجازر ودمار وتهجير في فلسطين والشام ولبنان والعراق والأردن ليس إلا مشاهد من حرب طويلة الأمد مفتوحة على أمتنا وعلى وجودنا الإنساني الحضاري. هذه الحرب فُرضت علينا منذ تأسست الحركةُ الصهيونيةُ العالميةُ بهدفِ إيجادِ وطنٍ قوميٍ لليهود في فلسطين مرتكزةً على فكرةِ «أرضِ الميعاد» الممتدةِ بين الفراتِ والنيلِ التي منحَها يهوه السمسارُ لشعبِه «المختار» من دونِ سائرِ الشعوبِ لتكونَ له ملكاً أبدياً كما جاء في قولِه لإبراهيم في سفر التكوين 7:17: «… أعطي لك ولنسلِك من بعدِك أرضَ غُربتِك، كلَ أرضِ كنعان، ملكاً أبدياً، وأكون إلهَهُم».

وهذه الحرب المصيرية أفرزت مشروعينِ متناقضينِ لا يمكنُ التسويةُ بينهُما:

المشروعُ الأولُ هو المشروعُ الصهيونيُ العدواني الذي يريدُ أن يُقوّضَ مُجتمعَنا من خلالِ طمسِ هويتِنا القوميةِ وتراثِنا المناقبيِ الإنسانيِ وتزويرِ تاريخِنا الحضاريِ وأساطيرِنا الجميلِة وسرقِة ثرواتِنا وكنوزِنا وآثارِنا الخالدةِ والحطِّ من قِيمِنا الأخلاقيةِ والدينيةِ الساميةِ وتشويهِ كلّ إنتاجِنا الحضاريِ ومسيرتِنا الثقافيةِ والسياسيةِ والإبداعية.

المشروع الثاني فهو المشروعَ القوميَ الوحدوي الواضح، مشروعُ سوريةَ الطبيعيةَ الحضاريةَ العريقةَ في جذورِها التاريخيةِ والغنيةِ في معطياتِها الإنسانيةِ والثقافيةِ الماضية.

المشروع الصهيوني هو مشروع استعماري سرطاني مدعوم من الغرب الرأسمالي ومتسلحٌ بأعنفِ الوسائلِ الماديةِ والعسكريةِ المدمّرةِ ويرتكز على مزاعم وهميّة خرافية.

أما المشروع القوميّ فهو مشروعٌ مجتمعيٌ إنسانيٌ راقٍ يرتكزُ على مبدأِ الاشتراكِ في الحياةِ والتفاعلِ الاجتماعيِ الطبيعيِ في البيئةِ الواحدةِ وعلى ملكيةِ الأمةِ التاريخيةِ لِوَطنِها وما فيه من ثرواتٍ وخيرات..

المشروع الصهيونيّ يعتمد البطش والإرهاب ولا يمثل إلا الباطلَ العنصريَ والنفسيةَ الهمجيةَ المتحجرةَ في مُعتقداتِها ومزاعمِها التاريخيةِ الخرافيةِ والمُفعمةِ بالحقدِ واللؤمِ والظلمِ والكراهيةِ والعداءِ للشعوبِ..

أما المشروع القومي فهو مشروعٌ حضاريٌ يمثّلُ النفسيةَ الجميلةَ الخلاّقةَ والمفعمةَ بالفضائلِ والقيمِ الساميةِ ويهدف إلى تحسينَ حياتِنا القوميةِ والمساهمة في رقيِ الإنسانيةِ جمعاء. وهذا المشروع تنهضُ به قوةٌ خلاَّقةٌ مؤمنةٌ بحياةٍ جميلةٍ تشعُّ فيها قيمُ الخيرِ والحقِ والجمالِ والحريةِ والسلام..

إنّ نتائج الحرب المصيرية تتوقف علينا نحن وعلى قدرة هذا المشروعُ القومي الطبيعي. فلكي ينهضَ هذا المشروع وينتصرُ يستوجبُ منا جميعاً الخروجَ من حالةِ الفتنِ المذهبيةِ والشرذمةِ والانقساماتِ إلى حالةِ الوحدةِ الاجتماعيةِ والتسامحِ القوميِ، حالةِ الوضوحِ واليقينِ والثقةِ بالنفسِ والعملِ بإرادةٍ واعيةٍ وخطةٍ نظاميةٍ واضحةِ الأهداف.

لا يمكنُ لنا أن نتغلبَ على الخطةِ الصهيونيةِ النظاميةِ الدقيقةِ ونحن نتبادلُ الأحقادَ الدينيةَ ونتقاتلُ على الجنةِ السماويةِ ونتخبطُ بقضايا الفئويةِ والمذهبيةِ والعشائريةِ والخصوصياتِ.. بل نتغلبُ عليها بعقيدةٍ جلّيةٍ واضحةٍ تُحيي حقيقتَنا التاريخيةَ الحضاريةَ وتعملُ لتأسيسِ مجتمعٍ مدنيٍّ ديمقراطيٍّ راقٍ يعي هويتَه وتاريخَه وقضيتَه القوميةَ ومقاصدَه الكبرى في الحياة.

لا يمكنُ لنا أن نتغلبَ على الخطةِ الصهيونيةِ بأنظمةِ الطائفيةِ والجهلِ والتخلفِ والفسادِ، أنظمةِ الهرولة وكبتِ الحرياتِ..

ولا نتغلَّبُ عليها بالسياساتِ الضيقةِ، بسياسةِ المماحكاتِ والخصوماتِ وبنهجِ التخاذلِ والتسكعِ والمساومات… بل نتغلبُ عليها بخطةٍ نظاميةٍ أشدُ نظاماً وأدهى، خطةٍ عقلانيةٍ واضحةٍ في الرؤيا والأهدافِ ودقيقةٍ في التخطيطِ والممارسةِ والإنجاز.. خطةٍ تعملُ لبناءِ الإنسانِ الجديدِ في فكرِه وقلبِه ووجدانِه، الإنسانِ الحرِ المؤمنِ بنفسهِ وإنسانيتِه، الممتلئ بقيمِ الحياةِ الساميةِ والمتسلحِ بقوةِ العلمِ والمعرفةِ والوجدانِ القومي، الإنسانِ – المجتمعِ الذي يعملُ لخيرِ مجتمعِه ورقيِه والذي يرفُضُ العيشَ الذليلَ ويحيا لقضايا الحياةِ العالية، حياةِ العزِ والشرفِ والانتصار.

ولا نتغلبُ على الخطةِ الصهيونيةِ بثقافةِ الهزيمةِ ولغةِ الإحباطِ، بنفسيةِ الخوفِ والصمتِ والخنوعِ وبأساليبِ الفوضى والتبعيةِ والاتكاليةِ والارتجالِ بل نتغلبُ عليها بخطةٍ ساهرةٍ وراصدةٍ وُمحرِّكةٍ إمكانياتِ المجتمع… خطةٍ هجوميةٍ ومصارعةٍ عواملٍ الضعفٍ والانحطاطٍ والفناء.. خطةٍ تُفكرُ برويةٍ وتستشرفُ المخاطرَ والتحديات.. تراهنُ على إرادةِ الحياةِ فينا وعلى ما يكمُنُ في نفوسِنا من قوةٍ مناقبيةٍ ومن خلقٍ وإبداع.. توقظُ النيامَ وتخاطبُ العقلَ والوجدان.. تنفخُ في الشعبِ روحَ البطولةِ والصراعِ والمقاومةِ وتُنَمِّي فيه روحَ الوعي والمعرفةِ العلميةِ والثقافةِ القوميةِ الصحيحةِ التي تزيلُ الغشاواتِ وتَقْضِي على المبادئ الفاسدةِ والثقافاتِ الرجعيةِ المسؤولةِ عن الكوارثِ القوميةِ التي حلَّتْ بنا.

في مواجهةِ المشروعِ الصهيونيِ لا خيارَ لنا إلا خيارَ المقاومةِ والصمودِ، خيارَ الصراعِ والبطولةِ المؤمنةِ دفاعاً عن الكرامةِ القوميةِ والوجودِ القوميِ والحقِ القومي. بفضلِ هذا الخيارِ فقط يمكن ان ننهي زمنَ الهزائمِ المتعاقبةِ على أمتِنا ونبدأ زمناً جديداً هو زمنُ الانتصاراتِ المشهودة، زمنُ المقاومينَ المؤمنينَ والشهداءِ الأبرارِ الذين بهم وحدهم نهزم المشروعَ الصهيونيَ – الأميركاني وسنهزمه حتماً لأن فينا قوة، كما يقول سعاده العظيم، لو فعلت لغيّرت وجه التاريخ.

What happened —and didn’t happen— at the Israel-Lebanon border?

By Sayed Hasan for The Saker blog

On the night of Sunday, July 19th, airstrikes hit Damascus International Airport. Though Israel didn’t claim responsibility for them, sticking to their longtime “zone of denial” policy, no one doubts they were the perpetrators. On Monday, the Syrian Army announced 7 soldiers were injured. It could have been one strike among hundreds of others, soon forgotten because of the lack of Syrian retaliatory measure. But the day after, Hezbollah announced the martyrdom of one of its combatants, Ali Kamel Mohsen, killed during the Israeli raid. As an Israeli commentator on Arab affairs put it in a tweet, this announcement “certainly changes the picture”. In fact, it is an understatement: it turned a tactical success into a PR disaster for the Netanyahu government, and a nightmare for the Israeli’s Army Northern Command and settlers living close to the Lebanese border. Because as everyone knew, a Hezbollah retaliation was inevitable.

We cannot understand what is happening now if we don’t put it in its broader context. Hezbollah’s rules of engagement against Israel in Syria were spelled out in January 2015, after Israel targeted two of their vehicles in Syria’s Quneitra region, killing 6 Hezbollah fighters (including Jihad Moghniyeh, son of Hezbollah’s martyred commander Imad Moghniyeh), along with an Iranian IRGC colonel. Back then, Nasrallah didn’t make any speech until the retaliation, which came out 10 days later, on January 28, when Hezbollah destroyed 3 vehicles in an Israeli convoy patrolling the occupied Shebaa farms, killing 2 to 5 soldiers —the sources differ— and wounding seven others (Israel retaliated by symbolic strikes, harming no Lebanese life or property but killing a Spanish UN soldier). Here is what Nasrallah stated in a speech two days later: https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x7v64pq

“The Resistance operation happened in broad daylight (just before noon), at the highest state of alert of the Israeli enemy, who until now is incapable of understanding how it happened. […] Because they are cowards and not (real) men, and because “They will not fight you (even) together, except in fortified townships, or from behind walls” (Quran, 59, 14), they struck us treacherously and didn’t dare to claim responsibility for the attack. As for Hezbollah fighters, because they are (real) men who don’t fear death, they attacked them frontally, face to face, and we claimed responsibility for the attack immediately after it happened. […] My message today is the following: from now on, any Hezbollah cadre or commander, any young Hezbollah (combatant) who will be assassinated (in Lebanon or in Syria), we will blame Israel for it, and we will consider it our right to retaliate anywhere, anytime and in any way we see fit.”

This equation was put in practice and even broadened in August 2019, after Yasser Dhaher and Hassan Zbib, two Hezbollah combatants, were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Damascus suburbs, and an Israeli drone attack against Beirut’s southern suburb, a Hezbollah stronghold, was foiled. Here is what Nasrallah stated in an August 25th speech:

“We will retaliate from Lebanon, and not (necessarily) from the Shebaa farms! I declare to the Israeli soldiers at the border tonight: wait for us against the (separation) wall (standing) on one foot and a half (be ready to flee for your lives)! Wait for us on one foot and a half! Wait for us (because we’ll certainly come at you)! In one day, two days, three days, four days… Just wait for us!”

While Hezbollah used to attack Israel exclusively in the Shebaa farms, a Lebanese territory occupied by Israel, they now vowed to strike anywhere, a dramatic development which put tremendous pressure on the Israeli side, for whom any human loss is a national disaster. Drastic & unprecedented measures were taken to foil Hezbollah’s retaliation: Israeli forces didn’t “hole up” in their bases as Nasrallah had advised them to, but went as far as evacuating all their positions close to Lebanon, in a width of 5 to 7 kilometers, and along the whole length of the border line. All Israeli defenses were activated. Strict security measures were taken to evacuate some settlements and forbid the remaining settlers to perform most daily activities —video footage showed empty streets & closed shops, most people being holed up in their house all day long.https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x7kl8ej

For 8 days, the mighty Israeli army appeared as the “spider web” it was, frightened and terrorized, its border barracks and outposts left deserted —as was shown by an RT crew who got inside—, its vehicles abandoned with dummy soldiers inside, with tanks scattered everywhere for days hoping to lure Hezbollah to attack an empty target (see all security measures Israel took detailed in Nasrallah’s speech back then).

Psychological warfare, perfectly mastered by Hezbollah, is a key element to understand what is happening —and not happening— right now, even before we speak of the retaliation itself. As Nasrallah put it in his 2019, September 2nd speech,

“We warned the enemy that he had to expect us (any time) from now on. This is a strength point of the Resistance. We could have remained silent, refrained from threatening (Israel of an imminent retaliation), not revealing our intentions, keeping quiet as we say, for 1, 2 or 3 days, then hit them by surprise. The military know that one of the most important aspects of a military operation is the element of surprise. But we have not done so, because our fight against the Zionist entity has a major psychological component, affecting the morale and soul of the enemy (which we strive to undermine). So we told them from the beginning to wait for us, because we were coming. In itself, it is an enormous challenge issued by the Resistance.[…] [This high alert of the enemy and the evacuation of the border outposts] are part of the punishment (we inflicted on Israel). Before we retaliated with our military operation, some people were (ironically) asking: where is your response? But (this terror situation on the Israeli side) was already a punishment and a retaliation. […] [The whole world saw the staggering difference between] our good Lebanese people (who) was normally moving in border areas, whether in villages or fields, and led a completely normal life, [while Israeli settlers were forbidden to approach “their” fields in occupied Palestine and where holed up in their houses].”

Thus, Israel seemed humiliated and defeated even before the retaliation came. It did happen on September 1st, when a moving Israeli military vehicle was destroyed in broad daylight by two anti-tank missiles near Avivim barracks, killing or wounding its occupants. While Israel had promised to hit Lebanon hard and return it to the Stone Age via all channels (diplomatic, media, etc.) in case of retaliation, the IDF didn’t hit back at all, merely firing “defensive phosphorous strikes aimed at building a smokescreen to protect themselves from further strikes”, as Nasrallah put it. Israeli TV channels showed the evacuation of a seemingly badly wounded soldier by helicopter, and his arrival at a Haifa hospital.

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But Netanyahu claimed there was not as much as a scratch in the Israeli side, and that everything had been staged in order to convince Hezbollah they had avenged their martyrs and avoid any further escalation. While this seems like a PR stunt aimed at damage control (especially when we consider that at the same time, Israeli media reported that a soldier stationed in the North was severely injured by a bizarre game of stone-throwing, suggesting a ludicrous cover-up only made possible by the strict military censorship), Nasrallah didn’t rule it out, and stated in a September 10th speech:

“Everything that was done by the Israelis in recent days, for example the Israeli dummy soldiers (in their vehicles), this shows the weakness of the Israeli army. And when things have come to what they called “the deception operation”, in which they allegedly staged the evacuation of soldiers with fake injuries that they carried on stretchers, covered in fake blood, and would thus have deceived Hezbollah (into believing that his goal was reached, to prevent him from launching new strikes). Let us imagine that you really tricked us: all that would prove is, in few words, that your renowned legendary and invincible army has turned into a Hollywood army, which makes movies for the cinema, because it became helpless on the ground, incapable, weak, fearful and cowardly, withdrawing from the border to a width of 5 to 7 kilometers (for fear of the promised response by Hezbollah.”

It would be difficult to conclude that this 2019 round ended in anything but a crushing defeat for Israel, be it on the military, psychological or PR level. Though all of this is little known to the Western public, where the media is but an echo chamber of the Israeli Army’s propaganda (even RT, Sputnik and most alternative media often take their claims at face value), there is no doubt that it was strongly present in the mind of Israel’s political & military leaders when they heard of a Hezbollah operative killed in their latest strike on Syria ten days ago. Israeli media reported the high alert status of the Army in the North, where military drills were canceled, reinforcements sent and units & defenses put in high alert in the expectation of an imminent Hezbollah attack. The usual huff and puff about Israel’s forceful response in case of an attack was heard from Netanyahu & Gantz. But as Israel is in the eye of the storm because of the coronavirus crisis & current civil unrest and daily & violent protests against Netanyahu, another round against Hezbollah, Israel’s most dreaded enemy, is the last thing they’d want. That’s why Israel took the unprecedented step of sending an apology letter to Hezbollah via the UN representative in Lebanon, as was reported by Lebanese & Israeli media, and confirmed by Hezbollah’s Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem, though the latter wouldn’t speak of its contents, and only stated that Hezbollah didn’t and wouldn’t reply to it.

Commenting on this development, Senior Lebanese political analyst Anis Naqqash, closely linked to Hezbollah, stated the following in an interview to Al-Mayadeen on July 26:

Anis Naqqash: This letter is the greatest proof of Israel’s weakness and fear of Hezbollah’s response. (Recall that in the past) Israel slaughtered (civilians) by the hundreds, and did not apologize or send (explanatory) letters. Israel committed aggressions and occupied territories, and did not apologize or send (explanatory) letters. (But) today, fearing Hezbollah’s reaction, Israel sends an urgent letter via the UN as an apology, because they are afraid of the reaction.

First, the fact that Hezbollah did not make the contents of the letter public helps to make it irrelevant. If they had published it, they would have given the impression of wanting to make public what Israel said. Second, the fact that Hezbollah did not respond to the letter confuses Israel. Despite their apologies and asking for forgiveness, what is Hezbollah’s response? Absolute silence. This leaves Israel in a state of great disarray. (Hezbollah) has also confirmed (via its Deputy Secretary General) that Hezbollah will do what they have to do when the time comes, which also leaves more to fear (in Israel).

Therefore, today Israel is clearly in a state of continued confusion and fear, and the statements of Sheikh Naim (Qassem) today will not allow them to sleep peacefully, on the contrary, they are even more worried (after hearing him).

Journalist: Israel therefore stands on one foot and a half (Nasrallah’s formula to designate the fear and terror of Israeli soldiers, ready to flee at full speed at the slightest alarm) without even the Hezbollah Secretary General needing to speak (and warn them of an imminent response)?

Anis Naqqash: The last time he warned them, but this time they (already) know what to expect. It’s like an unruly pupil standing up and facing the wall on his own every time he does something silly. Today Israel stands up and faces the wall, and does so on one foot and a half, taking (drastic) precautions. No one can say if the response will come before the Eid-el-Kebir (on July 31st) or after, or even if the response will take the Eid festival into account or not. Everything is possible on the part of the Resistance.

Journalist: But isn’t the fact that Hezbollah has not made public the contents of the letter a sign of seriousness, respect and responsibility given that it is an official letter that has been delivered via the United Nations? Isn’t that an important sign (of maturity)?

Anis Naqqash: This can only be understood by comparison with what the Arab leaders and Presidents, and even the former leaders of the Palestinian resistance factions, used to do when they received such marks of attention from the (Israeli) enemy, or from the United States or Europe. The mere fact that one of these countries paid attention to them, made a mere gesture of consideration towards them, they were quick to show it to everyone (as a sign of pride), (boasting) that they had received a glance, a letter from such or such country, an apology, etc. Their opponents saw them as eager for any sign of recognition from the enemy.

As far as Hezbollah is concerned, it is quite the opposite. Hezbollah does not attach any importance to the enemy and its stances. Of course, they study them closely (one has to know its enemy very well), but they do not give them this importance; they don’t manifest this avidity (towards any sign of respect from the enemy). Hezbollah doesn’t rush to their people telling them, “Look, look, they’ve apologized to us!” The confidence of Hezbollah’s grassroots in the Resistance is much higher than that, and they know Israel is afraid of it regardless of what they can say in any letter. This is why Hezbollah does not attach importance to it and does not bother to respond to it, making it clear that for them, whether Israel sent the letter or not, it is the same thing and it will not change anything (about the inevitable response). We have to analyze this from the point of view of psychological warfare, of politics, in order to correctly assess the strategic capacities of the Resistance with regard to political, security and media battles. […]

While Israel’s “apologies” to Hezbollah are pathetic and can prevent in no way the inevitable retaliation, it must be emphasized that Israel certainly does everything it can to avoid hitting Hezbollah operatives when it strikes Syria —and therefore tries hard not to kill anyone at all—, going so far as warning them before hitting one of their vehicles, as we can see in this video from last April.

Israel was therefore left with the crushing pressure of the unknown, especially that Hezbollah didn’t comment on what it would do or not do, Naim Qassem merely stating that the rules of engagement previously stated were still in force, and that the coming days would answer everyone’s questions. There were no doubts in Israel & Lebanon that an imminent Hezbollah retaliation was coming. The pressure & nervousness —and downright panic— at the border are probably the cause of the death of an Israeli soldier on July 22 when his car crashed in the Shebaa farms, near the Lebanese border. As a Koweiti put it on Twitter, “Hezbollah’s silence is sometimes more powerful and painful to the Zionist enemy than their missiles, because they live hours, days and weeks in a state of fear, terror and high nervousness. Silence is a destructive weapon of psychological warfare against the Israeli entity, both at the political and psychological levels.” Avigdor Lieberman, former Israeli Defense Minister, stated that “I am still worried because the North is paralyzed by the killing of one single Hezbollah member in Damascus. Unfortunately, Nasrallah proved that he does what he says, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”

In this extremely tense situation, on July 27th, the Israeli Army, parroted by the Western media (both mainstream and alternative), stated that it had foiled a Hezbollah attempt to infiltrate the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms, killing and wounding the operatives in the following skirmish while suffering no death or injuries itself. Later reports made no mention of Hezbollah casualties, alleging that their lives were willfully spared as a de-escalation measure. Here is the account of the “battle” by Haaretz’s military correspondent Amos Harel:

“While some of the details are still shrouded in fog, it’s clear that the IDF forces – soldiers from the Nahal Brigade, the elite Egoz unit and a tank crew – weren’t taken by surprise and were well prepared for their mission. An IDF lookout spotted the Hezbollah cell while it was still moving toward Har Dov (Shebaa Farms). When the cell had made it about 20 meters into Israel, in a hilly, wooded area where there’s no border fence, tanks and machine guns opened fire at it from a few hundred meters away.The Shi’ite militiamen quickly left the area.

There have been no reports of them taking casualties.

They entered Israel not that far from an IDF outpost and a road that serves troops in the area. (Har Dov is always closed to civilian traffic.) Their goal was presumably to carry out an attack – via sniper fire or bombs – on the IDF forces posted there. But given what has been reported about how the cell operated, the attempt does not seem to have been particularly sophisticated.

Thick vegetation makes it hard to hit an enemy moving cautiously even in broad daylight. The IDF has refused to say whether the soldiers were ordered to shoot to kill, or whether the plan was always to drive off the Hezbollah cell without causing casualties.

Nevertheless, there are fairly solid grounds for assuming that Israel deliberately decided on the latter course of action. Any such decision would have had to be made at the highest levels.

Had Hezbollah suffered losses in the incident, it might have felt compelled to mount an additional retaliation, and that could have escalated the situation along the border. Thus what looks like a tie with no casualties appears to be very convenient for both sides.”

This scenario makes Israel look good: according to this report, not only did they successfully foil an attack, but they did it with a concern for enemy human lives in order to avoid an escalation. Hezbollah’s “unsophisticated” attack, for a change, is supposed to make its outcome more plausible, and more acceptable to the Party of God, who can go along with it, claim he retaliated somewhat and climb down the ladder. Thus, this alleged round would give a military & PR victory for Israel, while allowing Hezbollah to save face, and Netanyahu & Gantz wasted no time in collecting their medal and warning Nasrallah that he was “playing with fire”, and that any further Hezbollah operations against Israel “would be a mistake and would be followed by a harsh military response”. Interestingly, both Netanyahu and Gantz left directly after reading their short statement, without taking any questions from the journalists. One wonders why they wouldn’t enjoy their victory.

In reality, this story is very unlikely, as the Israeli media themselves were quick to point out. In an article titled ‘Was Mount Dov incident another Hollywood show for Hezbollah?’, the Jerusalem Post recalled the Avivim mascarade and asked:

“In this day and age, everything is filmed. So where is the footage of the infiltrators crossing into Israel? Where is the drone footage of the area at the time of the incident?”

The IDF stated that they had footage of the incident and were considering releasing it, but haven’t done so far, which adds to the skepticism. Even Naftali Bennett, former Defense Minister, seemed to indirectly deny that any skirmish happenned, stating to Israel’s Channel 13 that in the region of the incident, one can get the impression that something is moving while there is nothing at all.

As for Hezbollah, they denied that any skirmish had taken place in the following statement:

“It appears that the state of terror in which the Zionist occupation army and its settlers on the Lebanese border find themselves, the high alert status and the extreme concern over the Resistance’s reaction to the enemy crime which led to the martyrdom of our mujahid brother Ali Kamel Mohsen, as well as the enemy’s complete inability to know the intentions of the Resistance, all these factors made the enemy extremely nervous on the ground and in the media, and he behaves as someone afraid of his own shadow.

Everything that the enemy media claim about Israel thwarting an infiltration operation from Lebanese territory into occupied Palestine, as well as their claims that there were martyrs and wounded on the Resistance side as a result of the bombardments which took place near the occupation sites in the Shebaa farms, is absolutely not true. This is just a futile attempt to forge illusory & bogus victories.

The Islamic Resistance affirms that there has been no clash or shooting on its part in the events of the day so far. Rather, it was one single part, meaning the frightened, anxious and nervous (Israeli) enemy, who fired all the shots.

Our response to the martyrdom of our mujahedin brother Ali Kamel Mohsen, who found martyrdom in the Zionist aggression on the outskirts of Damascus International Airport, will inevitably come, and the Zionists have only to await punishment for their crimes.

Moreover, the strikes which took place today on the (Lebanese) village of Al-Habaria and hit a civilian’s house will not go unpunished.

The next few days will soon deliver their verdict (our response to all of this is imminent).

Victory comes only from Almighty God.

Islamic Resistance in Lebanon”

Even if it was a matter of Hezbollah’s word against Israel’s, given their respective PR record, it would be safe to trust Hezbollah’s account. In fact, the Israelis themselves believe Nasrallah more than their own leaders, as was shown by polls held in Israel, Hezbollah’s huge credibility being one of its great achievements —as Norman Finkelstein statedIsraeli leaders carefully scrutinize Nasrallah’s every word. Anyway, Israel has gained nothing from what is most likely a new PR stunt. Whether the incident started as a mistake of Israeli troops firing at inexistent Hezbollah combatants conjured by their panicked imagination (IDF soldiers are world-class cowards), or whether it was all staged from the beginning in order to claim a fake victory before the inevitable, real retaliation, it is safe to believe that no Hezbollah attack happened, and that Israel further humiliated & discredited itself with this umpteenth lie.

However, it would be a mistake to think that all this show was futile. First, Hezbollah stated for the first time that the retaliation was coming indeed, though it was pretty much a given anyway. Second, they now have two reasons to strike back: their combatant killed in Damascus, and the attack against a civilian house, which puts all the Israeli settlers in the line of fire. Thus, Israel went from a bad situation to an even worse one. Back in August 2019, Nasrallah had already stated that the failed drone attack against Beirut’s southern suburb meant that from now on, the settlers would be seen as fair game:

« I declare to all the inhabitants of northern Israel and everywhere in occupied Palestine: do not live (normally), do not be in peace, do not feel safe, and do not think for one second that Hezbollah will accept such a scenario (where he would suffer such attacks in his neighborhoods without retaliating against settlers). »

Hezbollah still refrained from attacking settlements back then, focusing on military targets, but the latest escalation, even if it was likely accidental, could very well change their mind.

The only remaining question is when and where Hezbollah’s retaliation will come, and how will it unfold? As surprise is a major component of Hezbollah’s strategy, it would be vain to speculate, even if one can think that Hezbollah will take its time, in order to keep the enemy on tenterhooks. But Nasrallah gave us an interesting hint in his ‘Hollywood Army’ Speech:

“O Hollywood army, the lesson we draw from this experience, if indeed it is real (it remains to be proven true that you tricked us), is that the next time, you invite us not be content to hit one vehicle or one place, but several vehicles and several positions, so as not to be fooled by new Hollywood movies. (This comedy simulating injuries so that we’d stop hitting you) is a demonstration of weakness and helplessness (and not a sign of strength or intelligence).”

Also, many wonder if Hezbollah’s inevitable retaliation can lead to a war. It is most unlikely, and this idea has been dismissed by Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General, though he stated that they were always ready for war. But the daily threats from Netanyahu or Gantz should fool no one: Israel’s bite has never been a match for its bark, and their threats towards Hezbollah always turned out to be a damp squib. Netanyahu boasted of having won an imaginary round only because he knew that he had already lost the real one at all levels —military, psychological, PR—, and that when the deterrence & rules of engagement between Hezbollah and Israel change, it is only at the latter’s expense.

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Hezbollah denies carrying out attack on Israel, vows imminent retaliation

Date: 28 July 2020

Author: lecridespeuples

Source: Al-Manar, Hezbollah TV channel

Translation: resistancenews.org

Commenting on the events that took place today, July 27, 2020, in the occupied area of ​​the Shebaa Farms on the Lebanese border with occupied Palestine, and the information and statements released about these events, the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon (Hezbollah) released the following statement:

“It appears that the state of terror in which the Zionist occupation army and its settlers on the Lebanese border find themselves, the high alert status and the extreme concern over the Resistance’s reaction to the enemy crime which led to the martyrdom of our mujahid brother Ali Kamel Mohsen, as well as the enemy’s complete inability to know the intentions of the Resistance, all of these factors made the enemy extremely nervous on the ground and in the media, and he behaves considering that any wind blowing the bushes announces an (imminent) attack on him (Israelis are afraid of their own shadow).

Everything that the enemy media claim about Israel thwarting an infiltration operation from Lebanese territory into occupied Palestine, as well as their claims that there were martyrs and wounded on the Resistance side as a result of the bombardments which took place near the occupation sites in the Shebaa farms, is absolutely not true. This is just a futile attempt to forge illusory & bogus victories.

The Islamic Resistance affirms that there has been no clash or shooting on its part in the events of the day so far. Rather, it was one single part, meaning the frightened, anxious and nervous (Israeli) enemy, who fired all the shots (against imaginary targets).

Our response to the martyrdom of our mujahedin brother Ali Kamel Mohsen, who found martyrdom in the Zionist aggression on the outskirts of Damascus International Airport, will inevitably come, and the Zionists have only to await punishment for their crimes.

Moreover, the bombardments which took place today on the village of Al-Habaria and hit a civilian’s house will not go unpunished.

The next few days will soon deliver their verdict (our response to all of this is imminent).

Victory comes only from Almighty God.

Islamic Resistance in Lebanon”

See also Israeli strikes in Syria: fearing imminent retaliation, IDF sends apology letter to Hezbollah

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Syrian Diaries: 9 Years of War

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It’s now the tenth year since protests turned into war in Syria. Veterans and a TV cameraman look back on how they first got caught up in a conflict they didn’t understand. They share with RT Documentary the memories of bullets and explosions they live with, the losses they’ve experienced, and how their homeland has been changed by violence.

Huge number of human organs found in one of terrorists’ hideouts in Syria

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Syrian army units in cooperation with residents found a huge number of human organs  saved inside transparent bottles including chloroform in one the hideouts of terrorists in Ghadfeh village in Maarret al-Noaman region in south Idlib.  According to the Syrian News Agency (SANA), one of the doctors turned a home, located 10 km to the east of Maarret al-Noaman into a laboratory where human organs, including heads, eyes, hearts and other organs were saved in bottles.  Names of men and women were written on the bottles.  Terrorist groups have used the sale of human organs as a way to finance their terrorist acts, especially in norh Syria.  Western media reports have talked about the abduction of dozens of children and women with the aim of stealing their human organs. Turkish brokers are running the sale of organs, according to media reports. 

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The hideout included a room detected for religious studies with radical books and publications. This indicates that the militants were not members of a gang, but rather of a Jihadi group.

Hearts, Heads&Livers: Syrian Army Uncovered Hideout Of Organ Traders In Greater Idlib (Photos)

Al-Ghadfah, which is located in the vicinity of the city of Ma`arat al-Nu`man, was controlled by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham. The town was liberated by the SAA and its allies a few months ago.

Greater Idlib is known to be a hub for organ traders in Syria. Turkey is the main market for this horrific trade. Militants in the region rely on organ trading, among other criminal activities, as a means to finance their terrorist operations.

Turkey, which deployed thousands of troops and loads of equipment in Greater Idlib over the past few months, is turning a blind eye to illicit activities in the region.

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Russia and the next Presidential election in the USA

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Let’s begin with a disclaimer: in this article, I will assume that there will be a US Presidential election in the Fall. Right now, it appears to be likely that this election will take place (there appear to be no legal way to cancel or delay it), but this is by no means certain (see here for a machine translated and very interesting article by one Russian analyst, who predicts a diarchy after the election). Right now, the state of the US society is both extremely worried (and for good reason) and potentially explosive. It is impossible to predict what a well-executed false flag attack could do to the US. There is also the possibility of either a natural disaster (hurricane, earthquake, etc.) or even an unnatural one (considering the condition of the US infrastructure, this is almost inevitable) which could precipitate some kind of state of emergency or martial law to “protect” the people. Finally, though at this point in time I don’t see this as very likely, there is always the possibility of a coup of some kind, maybe a “government of national unity” with the participation of both parties which, as Noam Chomsky correctly points out, are basically only two factions of what could be called the Business Party. There might come a point when they decide to drop this pretense too (just look at how many other pretenses the US ruling elites have dropped in the last decade or so).

Alexander Solzhenitsyn used to explain that all governments can be placed on a continuum ranging from, on one end, “states whose power is based on their authority” to, on the other end, “states whose authority is based on their power“. In the real world, most states are somewhere between these two extremes. But it is quite obvious that the US polity currently has gone very far down the “states whose authority is based on their power” path and to speak of any kind of “moral authority” of US politicians is really a joke. The (probable) upcoming “choice” between Donald “grab them by the pussy” Trump and Joe “creepy uncle” Biden will make this joke even more laughable.

Right now, the most powerful force in the US political system must be the financial sector. And, of course, there are many other powerful interest groups (MIC, Israel Lobby, the CIA and the ridiculously bloated Intel community, Big Pharma, the US Gulag, the corporate media, Oil, etc.) who all combine their efforts (just like a vector does in mathematics) to produce a “resulting vector” which we call “US policies”. That is in theory. In practice, you have several competing “policies” vying for power and influence, both on the domestic and on international front. Often these policies are mutually exclusive.

Last, but certainly not least, the level of corruption in the US is at least as bad as, say, in the Ukraine or in Liberia, but rather than being on the street and petty cash level, the corruption in the US is counted in billions of dollars.

All in all, not a pretty sight (see here for a good analysis of the decline of US power).

Yet the US remains a nuclear power and still has a lot of political influence worldwide and thus this is not a country anyone can ignore. Including Russia.

A quick look at Russia

Before looking into Russian options in relation to the US, we need to take a quick look at how Russia has been faring this year. The short of it would be: not too well. The Russian economy has shrunk by about 10% and the small businesses have been devastated by the combined effects of 1) the economic policies of the Russian government and Central Bank, and 2) the devastating economic impact of the COVID19 pandemic, and 3) the full-spectrum efforts of the West, mostly by the Anglosphere, to strangle Russia economically. Politically, the “Putin regime” is still popular, but there is a sense that it is getting stale and that most Russians would prefer to see more dynamic and proactive policies aimed, not only to help the Russian mega-corporations, but also to help the regular people. Many Russians definitely have a sense that the “little guy” is being completely ignored by fat cats in power and this resentment will probably grow until and unless Putin decides to finally get rid of all the Atlantic Integrationists aka the “Washington consensus” types which are still well represented in the Russian ruling circles, including the government. So far, Putin has remained faithful to his policy of compromises and small steps, but this might change in the future as the level of frustration in the general population is likely to only grow with time.

That is not to say that the Kremlin is not trying. Several of the recent constitutional amendments adopted in a national vote had a strongly expressed “social” and “patriotic” character and they absolutely horrified the “liberal” 5th columnists who tried their best two 1) call for a boycott, and 2) denounce thousands of (almost entirely) imaginary violations of the proper voting procedures, and to 3) de-legitimize the outcome by declaring the election a “fraud”. None of that worked: the participation was high, very few actual violations were established (and those that were, had no impact on the outcome anyway) and most Russians accepted that this outcome was the result of the will of the people. Furthermore, Putin has made public the Russian strategic goals for 2030,which are heavily focused on improving the living and life conditions of average Russians (for details, see here). It is impossible to predict what will happen next, but the most likely scenario is that Russia has several, shall we say, “bumpy” years ahead, both on the domestic and on the international front.

What can Russia reasonably hope for?

This is really the key question: in the best of situations, what can Russia really hope for in the next elections? I would argue that there is really very little which Russia can hope for, if only because the russophobic hysteria started by the Democrats to defeat Trump has now apparently been completely endorsed by the Trump administration and the all the members of Congress. As for the imperial propaganda machine, it now manages to simultaneously declare that Russia tried to “steal” COVID vaccine secrets from the West AND that Russian elites were given a secret COVID vaccine this Spring. As for the US Dems, they are already announcing that the Russians are spreading “disinformation” about Biden. Talk about PRE-traumatic stress disorder (to use the phrase coined by my friend Gilad Atzmon)…

Although I have no way of knowing what is really taking place in the delusional minds of US politicians, I am strongly suspecting that the latest hysteria about “Russia stealing COV19 vaccine secrets” is probably triggered by the conclusion of the US intel community that Russia will have a vaccine ready before the US does. This is, of course, something absolutely unthinkable for US politicians who, (sort of) logically conclude that “if these Russkies got a vaccine first, they *must* have stolen it from us” or something similar (see here for a good analysis of this). And if the Chinese get there first, same response. After all, who in the US legacy media would ever even mention that Russian or Chinese researchers might be ahead of their US colleagues? Nobody, of course.

I would argue that this mantric Russia-bashing is something which will not change in the foreseeable future. For one thing, since the imperial ruling elites have clearly lost control of the situation, they really have no other option left than to blame it all on some external agent. The “terrorist threat” has lost a lot of traction over the past years, the “Muslim threat” is too politically incorrect to openly blame it all on Islam, as for the other boogeymen which US Americans like to scare themselves at night with (immigrants, drug dealers, sex offenders, “domestic terrorists”, etc.) they simply cannot be blamed for stuff like a crashing economy. But Russia, and China, can.

In fact, ever since the (self-evidently ridiculous) “Skripal case” the collective West has proven that it simply does not have the spine to say “no”, or even “maybe”, to any thesis energetically pushed forward by the AngloZionist propaganda machine. Thus no matter how self-evidently silly the imperial propaganda is, the people in the West have been conditioned (literally) to accept any nonsense as “highly likely” as long as it is proclaimed with enough gravitas by politicians and their legacy ziomedia. As for the leaders of the EU, we already know that they will endorse any idiocy coming out of Washington or London in the name of “solidarity”.

Truth be told, most Russian politicians (with the notable exception of the official Kremlin court jester, Zhirinovskii) and analysts never saw Trump as a potential ally or friend. The Kremlin was especially cautious, which leads me to believe that the Russian intelligence analysts did a very good job evaluating Trump’s psyche and they quickly figured out that he was no better than any other US politician. Right now, I know of no Russian analyst who would predict that relations between the US and Russia will improve in the foreseeable future. If anything, most are clearly saying that “guys, we better get used to this” (accusations, sanctions, accusations, sanctions, etc. etc. etc.). Furthermore, it is pretty obvious to the Russians that while Crimea and MH17 were the pretexts for western sanctions against Russia, they were not the real cause. The real cause of the West’s hatred for Russia is as simple as it is old: Russia cannot be conquered, subdued, subverted or destroyed. They’ve been at it for close to 1,000 years and they still are at it. In fact, each time they fail to crush Russia, their russophobia increases to even higher levels (phobia both in the sense of “fear” and in the sense of “hatred”).

Simply put – there is nothing which Russia can expect from the upcoming election. Nothing at all. Still, that does not mean that things are not better than 4 or 8 years ago. Let’s look at what changed.

The big difference between now and then

What did Trump’s election give to the world?

I would say four years for Russia to fully prepare for what might be coming next.

I would argue that since at least Russia and the AngloZionist Empire have been at war since at least 2013, when Russia foiled the US plan to attack Syria under the pretext that it was “highly likely” that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against civilians (in reality, a textbook case of a false flag organized by the Brits), This means that Russia and the Empire have been at war since at least 2013, for no less than seven years (something which Russian 6th columnists and Neo-Marxists try very hard to ignore).

True, at least until now, this was has been 80% informational, 15% economic and only 5% kinetic, but this is a real existential war of survival for both sides: only one side will walk away from this struggle. The other one will simply disappear (not as a nation or a people, but as a polity; a regime). The Kremlin fully understood that and it embarked on a huge reform and modernization of the Russian armed forces in three distinct ways:

  1. A “general” reform of the Russian armed forces which had to be modernized by about 80%. This part of the reform is now practically complete.
  2. A specific reform to prepare the western and southern military districts for a major conventional war against the united West (as always in Russian history) which would involve the First Guards Tank Army and the Russian Airborne Forces.
  3. The development of bleeding-edge weapons systems with no equivalent in the West and which cannot be countered or defeated; these weapons have had an especially dramatic impact upon First Strike Stability and upon naval operations.

While some US politicians understood what was going on (I think of Ron Paul, see here), most did not. They were so brainwashed by the US propaganda that they were sure that no matter what, “USA! USA! USA!”. Alas for them, the reality was quite different.

Russian officials, by the way, have confirmed that Russia was preparing for war. Heck, the reforms were so profound and far reaching, that it would have been impossible for the Russians to hide what they were doing (see here for details; also please see Andrei Martyanov’s excellent primer on the new Russian Navy here).

While no country is ever truly prepared for war, I would argue that by 2020 the Russians had reached their goals and that now Russia is fully prepared to handle any conflict the West might throw at her, ranging from a small border incident somewhere in Central Asia to a full-scaled war against the US/NATO in Europe.

Folks in the West are now slowly waking up to this new reality (I mentioned some of that here), but it is too late. In purely military terms, Russia has now created such a qualitative gap with the West that the still existing quantitative gap is not sufficient to guarantee a US/NATO victory. Now some western politicians are starting to seriously freak out (see this lady, for example), but most Europeans are coming to terms with two truly horrible realities:

  1. Russia is much stronger than Europe and, even much worse,
  2. Russia will never attack first (which is a major cause of frustration for western russophobes)

As for the obvious solution to this problem, having friendly relations with Russia is simply unthinkable for those who made their entire careers peddling the Soviet (and now Russian) threat to the world.

But Russia is changing, albeit maybe too slowly (at least for my taste). As I mentioned last week, a number of Polish, Ukrainian and Baltic politicians have declared that the Zapad2020 military maneuvers which are supposed to take place in southern Russia and the Caucasus could be used to prepare an attack on the West (see here for a rather typical example of this nonsense). In the past, the Kremlin would only have made a public statement ridiculing this nonsense, but this time around Putin did something different. Right after he saw the reaction of these politicians, Putin ordered a major and UNSCHEDULED military readiness exercise which involved no less than 150,000 troops, 400 aircraft & 100 ships! The message here was clear:

  1. Yes, we are much more powerful than you are and
  2. No, we are not apologizing for our strength anymore

And, just to make sure that the message is clear, the Russians also tested the readiness of the Russian Airborne Forces units near the city of Riazan, see for yourself:

This response is, I think, the correct one. Frankly, nobody in the West is listening to what the Kremlin has to say, so what is the point of making more statements which in the future will be ignored equally as they have been in the past.

If anything, the slow realization that Russia is more powerful than NATO would be most helpful in gently prodding EU politicians to change their tune and return back to reality. Check out this recent video of Sarah Wagenknecht, a leading politician of the German Left and see for yourself:

The example of Sahra Wagenknecht is interesting, because she is from Germany, one of the countries of northern Europe; traditionally, northern European powers have been much more anti-Russian than southern Europeans, so it is encouraging to see that the anti-Putin and anti-Russia hysteria is not always being endorsed by everybody.

But if things are very slowly getting better in the EU, in the bad old US of A things are only getting worse. Even the Republicans are now fully on board the Russia-hating float (right behind a “gay pride” one I suppose) and they are now contributing their own insanity to the cause, as this article entitled “Congressional Republicans: Russia should be designated state sponsor of terror” shows (designating Russia as a terrorist state is an old idea of the Dems, by the way).

Russian options for the Fall

In truth, Russia does not have any particularly good options towards the US. Both parties are now fully united in their rabid hatred of Russia (and China too, of course). Furthermore, while there are many well-funded and virulently anti-Russian organizations in the US (Neo-cons, Papists, Poles, Masons, Ukrainians, Balts, Ashkenazi Jews, etc.), Russian organizations in the US like this one, have very little influence or even relevance.

Banderites marching in the US

Banderites marching in the US

However, as the chaos continues to worsen inside the US and as US politicians continue to alienate pretty much the entire planet, Russia does have a perfect opportunity to weaken the US grip on Europe. The beauty in the current dynamic is that Russia does not have to do anything at all (nevermind anything covert or illegal) to help the anti-EU and anti-US forces in Europe: All she needs to do is to continuously hammer in the following simple message: “the US is sinking – do you really want to go down with it?”.

There are many opportunities to deliver that message. The current US/Polish efforts to prevent the EU from enjoying cheap Russian gas might well be the best example of what we could call “European suicide politics”, but there are many, many more.

Truth be told, neither the US nor the EU are a top priority for Russia, at least not in economic terms. The moral credibility of the West in general can certainly be described as dead and long gone. As for the West military might, it is only a concern to the degree that western politicians might be tempted to believe their own propaganda about their military forces being the best in the history of the galaxy. This is why Russia regularly engages in large surprise exercises: to prove to the West that the Russian military is fully ready for anything the West might try. As for the constant move of more and more US/NATO forces closer to the borders of Russia, they are offensive in political terms, but in military terms, getting closer to Russia only means that Russia will have more options to destroy you. “Forward deployment” is really a thing of the past, at least against Russia.

With time, however, and as the US federal center loses even more of its control of the country, the Kremlin might be well-advised to try to open some venues for “popular diplomacy”, especially with less hostile US states. The weakening of the Executive Branch has already resulted in US governors playing an increasingly important international role and while this is not, strictly speaking, legal (only the federal government has the right to engage in foreign policy), the fact is that this has been going on for years already.

The example of Sahra Wagenknecht is interesting, because she is from Germany, one of the countries of northern Europe; traditionally, northern European powers have been much more anti-Russian than southern Europeans, so it is encouraging to see that the anti-Putin and anti-Russia hysteria is not always being endorsed by everybody.

But if things are very slowly getting better in the EU, in the bad old US of A things are only getting worse. Even the Republicans are now fully on board the Russia-hating float (right behind a “gay pride” one I suppose) and they are now contributing their own insanity to the cause, as this article entitled “Congressional Republicans: Russia should be designated state sponsor of terror” shows (designating Russia as a terrorist state is an old idea of the Dems, by the way).

Russian options for the Fall

In truth, Russia does not have any particularly good options towards the US. Both parties are now fully united in their rabid hatred of Russia (and China too, of course). Furthermore, while there are many well-funded and virulently anti-Russian organizations in the US (Neo-cons, Papists, Poles, Masons, Ukrainians, Balts, Ashkenazi Jews, etc.), Russian organizations in the US like this one, have very little influence or even relevance.

Banderites marching in the US

Banderites marching in the US

However, as the chaos continues to worsen inside the US and as US politicians continue to alienate pretty much the entire planet, Russia does have a perfect opportunity to weaken the US grip on Europe. The beauty in the current dynamic is that Russia does not have to do anything at all (nevermind anything covert or illegal) to help the anti-EU and anti-US forces in Europe: All she needs to do is to continuously hammer in the following simple message: “the US is sinking – do you really want to go down with it?”.

There are many opportunities to deliver that message. The current US/Polish efforts to prevent the EU from enjoying cheap Russian gas might well be the best example of what we could call “European suicide politics”, but there are many, many more.

Truth be told, neither the US nor the EU are a top priority for Russia, at least not in economic terms. The moral credibility of the West in general can certainly be described as dead and long gone. As for the West military might, it is only a concern to the degree that western politicians might be tempted to believe their own propaganda about their military forces being the best in the history of the galaxy. This is why Russia regularly engages in large surprise exercises: to prove to the West that the Russian military is fully ready for anything the West might try. As for the constant move of more and more US/NATO forces closer to the borders of Russia, they are offensive in political terms, but in military terms, getting closer to Russia only means that Russia will have more options to destroy you. “Forward deployment” is really a thing of the past, at least against Russia.

With time, however, and as the US federal center loses even more of its control of the country, the Kremlin might be well-advised to try to open some venues for “popular diplomacy”, especially with less hostile US states. The weakening of the Executive Branch has already resulted in US governors playing an increasingly important international role and while this is not, strictly speaking, legal (only the federal government has the right to engage in foreign policy), the fact is that this has been going on for years already. Another possible partner inside the US for Russian firms would be US corporations (especially now that they are hurting badly). Finally, I think that the Kremlin ought to try to open channels of communication with the various small political forces in the US which are clearly not buying into the official propaganda: libertarians, (true) liberals and progressives, paleo-conservatives.

What we are witnessing before our eyes is the collapse of the US federal center. This is a dangerous and highly unstable moment in our history. But from this crisis opportunities will arise. The best thing Russia can do now is to simply remain very careful and vigilant and wait for new forces to appear on the US political scene.

Another possible partner inside the US for Russian firms would be US corporations (especially now that they are hurting badly). Finally, I think that the Kremlin ought to try to open channels of communication with the various small political forces in the US which are clearly not buying into the official propaganda: libertarians, (true) liberals and progressives, paleo-conservatives.

What we are witnessing before our eyes is the collapse of the US federal center. This is a dangerous and highly unstable moment in our history. But from this crisis opportunities will arise. The best thing Russia can do now is to simply remain very careful and vigilant and wait for new forces to appear on the US political scene.

Israel Reinforces Troops Near Golan Heights Fearing Hezbollah Retaliation To Strikes On Syria

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The Middle East is rapidly moving towards a new round of confrontation between the US-Israeli bloc and Iranian-led Shiite forces.

On July 26, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) deployed M109 Doher howitzers near the separation line with Lebanon. The deployment of howitzers became the latest in a series of broad measures employed by the IDF near Lebanon recently. Earlier, the 13th “Gideon” Infantry Battalion of the IDF’s elite 1st “Golani” Brigade reinforced troops near the border. The number Israeli Hermes 450 drone reconnaissance flights also significantly increased over southern Lebanon. Additional IDF units were also deployed in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. On top of this, the IDF announced that it will hold the Lebanese government responsible “for all actions emanating from Lebanon”.

These measures followed the July 20 Israeli strike on Syria, which resulted in the death of a member of Lebanese Hezbollah. Over the past years, Hezbollah has been one of the main supporters of Syrian Army operations against ISIS and al-Qaeda. Tel Aviv increases its strikes on what it calls Hezbollah and Iranian-affiliated targets in Syria every time when the Syrian Army launches active actions against terrorists and seems to be very concerned by the possibility of a Hezbollah response to the July 20 attack.

If Israel is really set to conduct strikes on Hezbollah targets in Lebanon to the retaliatory action by Hezbollah, this scenario could easily evolve into a wider border confrontation between Hezbollah and the IDF.

At the same time, tensions between local resistance groups and the US-led coalition grew in Iraq. On July 24, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, Ashab al-Kahf, announced that its forces had shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle of the US military over the province of Saladin. The group claimed that the UAV was downed by some ‘new weapon’ and released a photo showing the launch of what appears to be an anti-aircraft missile, likely a man-portable air-defense system.

On the same day, four unguided rockets struck the Pasmaya military camp, which is located 60km south of Baghdad. One of the rockets hit a garage for armoured vehicles, while another one targeted the barracks of the security unit. Two other rockets landed in an empty area. Despite causing some material damage, the rocket attack did not result in any casualties. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Pasmaya military camp is known to be hosting troops of the U.S.-led coalition and is used for training of Iraqi troops. On July 25, the coalition withdrew its forces from the camp and handed it over to the Iraqi military. According to the official statement, the coalition trained 50,000 personnel and invested $5 million into the creation of training infrastructure there.

Earlier in 2020, the US-led coalition withdrew its forces from several smaller military camps across the country. Some sources tried to present this as a withdrawal from Iraq due to the increasing attacks on coalition forces by anti-US Shiite paramilitary groups. These attacks increased significantly after the assassination of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units Deputy Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020. The attack put the region on the brink of the US-Iranian war and caused a public outcry against the US military presence in Iraq. However, in fact, the US has not been withdrawing its troops from the country, but rather redeploying them to larger bases. The US military even brought Patriot surface-to-air missile systems to provide additional protection to its forces. It also continues isolated attacks on positions of the Popular Mobilization Units, an official branch of the Iraqi Armed Forces that Washington describes as terrorist groups and Iranian proxies.

On July 26, several large explosions rocked the al-Saqer military camp near the district of Dora south of Baghdad. The Al-Saqer military camp hosts forces of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) as well as the Iraqi Federal Police. Large quantities of ammunition, which were stored in the camp, exploded. Iraqi Security Media said the ammunition exploded as result of “high heat” and “poor storage”. Nevertheless, sources affiliated with the PMU rejected these speculations. Local sources claimed that the explosions were caused by US drone strikes. An MQ-1 Predator combat drone was spotted over the al-Saqer military camp just after the incident. This was the second situation of this kind that happened in al-Saqer. In 2019, a US drone strike hit a weapon depot at the camp.

The current situation sets almost no prospects for a de-escalation in Iraq. The main goal of attacks by local Shiite groups is to force the US to withdraw troops from the country. At the same time, the US is not planning to withdraw its forces and uses these attacks to justify the increase of its campaign against pro-Iranian forces in the Middle East.

Israeli strikes in Syria: fearing imminent retaliation, IDF sends apology letter to Hezbollah


Date: 27 July 2020

Author: lecridespeuples

Al-Mayadeen report, July 25, 2020.

On July 26th, Sheikh Naim Qassem, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General, confirmed that Israel sent them a letter via the UN, though he refused to comment on its content. He stated that Hezbollah declined to reply, and would not comment on what it is going to do, leaving Israel on coals of fire.

Video: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7v8atj

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Senior Lebanese political analyst Anis Naqqash, closely linked to Hezbollah, stated the following in an interview to Al-Mayadeen on July 26:

[…] Anis Naqqash: This letter is the greatest proof of Israel’s weakness and fear of Hezbollah’s response. (Recall that in the past) Israel slaughtered (civilians) by the hundreds, and did not apologize or send (explanatory) letters. Israel committed aggressions and occupied territories, and did not apologize or send (explanatory) letters. (But) today, fearing Hezbollah’s reaction, Israel sends an urgent letter via the UN as an apology, because they are afraid of the reaction.

First, the fact that Hezbollah did not make the contents of the letter public helps to make it irrelevant. If they had published it, they would have given the impression of wanting to make public what Israel said. Second, the fact that Hezbollah did not respond to the letter confuses Israel. Despite their apologies and asking for forgiveness, what is Hezbollah’s response? Absolute silence. This leaves Israel in a state of great disarray. (Hezbollah) has also confirmed (via its Deputy Secretary General) that Hezbollah will do what they have to do when the time comes, which also leaves more to fear (in Israel).

Therefore, today Israel is clearly in a state of continued confusion and fear, and the statements of Sheikh Naim (Qassem) today will not allow them to sleep peacefully, on the contrary, they are even more worried (after hearing him).

Journalist: Israel therefore stands on one foot and a half (Nasrallah’s formula to designate the fear and terror of Israeli soldiers, ready to flee at full speed at the slightest alarm) without even the Hezbollah Secretary General needing to speak (and warn them of an imminent response)?

Anis Naqqash: The last time he warned them, but this time they (already) know what to expect. It’s like an unruly pupil standing up and facing the wall on his own every time he does something silly. Today Israel stands up and faces the wall, and does so on one foot and a half, taking (drastic) precautions. No one can say if the response will come before the Eid-el-Kebir or after, or even if the response will take the Eid festival into account or not. Everything is possible on the part of the Resistance.

Journalist: But isn’t the fact that Hezbollah has not made public the contents of the letter a sign of seriousness, respect and responsibility given that it is an official letter that has been delivered via the United Nations? Isn’t that an important sign (of maturity)?

Anis Naqqash: This can only be understood by comparison with what the Arab leaders and Presidents, and even the former leaders of the Palestinian resistance factions, used to do when they received such marks of attention from the (Israeli) enemy, or from the United States or Europe. The mere fact that one of these countries paid them attention, made a mere gesture of consideration towards them, they were quick to show it to everyone (as a sign of pride), (boasting) that they had received a glance, a letter from such or such country, an apology, etc. Their opponents saw them as eager for any sign of recognition from the enemy.

As far as Hezbollah is concerned, it is quite the opposite. Hezbollah does not attach any importance to the enemy and its stances. Of course, they study them closely (one has to know its enemy very well), but they do not give them this importance, they don’t manifest this avidity (towards any sign of respect from the enemy). Hezbollah doesn’t rush to their people telling them, “Look, look, they’ve apologized to us!” The confidence of Hezbollah’s grassroots in the Resistance is much higher than that, and they know Israel is afraid of it regardless of what they can say in any letter. This is why Hezbollah does not attach importance to it and does not bother to respond to it, making it clear that for them, whether Israel sent the letter or not, it is the same thing and it will not change anything (about the inevitable response). We have to analyze this from the point of view of psychological warfare, of politics, in order to correctly assess the strategic capacities of the Resistance with regard to political, security and media battles. […]

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While Israel’s “apologies” to Hezbollah are pitiful and can prevent in no way its inevitable retaliation, it must be emphasized that Israel certainly does everything it can to avoid hitting Hezbollah operatives when it strikes Syria —and therefore to kill anyone—, going so far as warning them before hitting one of their vehicles, as we can see in this video from last April.

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“Any amount counts, because a little money here and there, it’s like drops of water that can become rivers, seas or oceans…” Hassan Nasrallah

السؤال المقلق: ردّ المقاومة سيكون متناسباً أو غير متناسب… وأين؟

د. عصام نعمان

المشهد الإقليمي بالغ التأزم بدلالة هذه المعطيات:

»إسرائيل» قصفت بصواريخها موقعاً عسكرياً قرب دمشق ذهب ضحيته شهيدٌ لحزب الله.

سبق لقائد المقاومة السيد حسن نصرالله أن أعلن قبل أشهر تصميم المقاومة على الردّ في حال خرقت «إسرائيل» قواعد الاشتباك وتسبّبت في استشهاد مجاهدين لحزب الله سواء في لبنان أو سورية أو أيّ مكان آخر.

نصرالله أكّد انّ الردّ «لن يكون بالضرورة في مزارع شبعا المحتلة إنما في لبنان».

تجدّد الجدل بعد العدوان الإسرائيلي الأخير حول عبارة «الردّ سيكون في لبنان». بعض الخبراء العسكريين قال إنه سيكون حصراً داخل الأراضي اللبنانية. بعضهم الآخر استبعد ذلك وشدّد على أنه سيكون من لبنان وفي أي مكان تحتله «إسرائيل» في لبنان او سورية او فلسطين.

أعقب العدوان تحرّش مقاتلات أميركية بطائرة ركاب مدنية إيرانية فوق منطقة التنف السورية المحتلة فاضطرت الى الهبوط سريعاً إلى مستوى أدنى ما ألحق أضراراً بدنية بركابها قبل هبوطها بأمان في مطار بيروت الدولي.

إيران استهجنت التحرّش العدواني الأميركي وتوعّدت بالرد في المكان والزمان المناسبين، كما صدر عن قيادة محور المقاومة تهديد بالردّ على أيّ اعتداء يستهدف أحد أطرافه.

توقعت القيادة السياسية والعسكرية الإسرائيلية وتحسّبت لردٍّ أكيد من حزب الله فنشرت قوات برية إضافية على طول الحدود مع لبنان، وأخلت دونما ضجة بعض المستوطنات الحدودية، وقلّصت المجال الجوي في شمال الكيان الى 6 كيلومترات بدعوى تسهيل كشف التهديدات المرتقبة ضدّها من لبنان.

رئيس الحكومة نتنياهو أمر وزراءه بعدم التعليق على مسألة العدوان وكيف يمكن أن يكون شكل الردّ من حزب الله وذلك منعاً لأي إحراج لأطراف الصراع!

الولايات المتحدة حركت حاملة طائراتها ايزنهاور مع 12 مدمّرة الى المياه اليونانية بدعوى إجراء تدريبات مع القوات الجوية اليونانية بعدما ألغت مناورة «النجم الساطع» المقرّرة مع البحرية المصرية. كما حركت حاملة الطائرات نيميتز الى شرق المتوسط، بحسب ما سرّبته «إسرائيل».

رئيس هيئة أركان الجيوش الأميركية الجنرال مارك ميلي سارع الى «إسرائيل» للاجتماع الى نتنياهو وقادته العسكريين في قاعدة نفاتيم الجوية لتدارس «خطر إيران والوضع المتأزم في الإقليم».

في ضوء هذا الوضع المتأزم ينهض سؤال متعدّد الأبعاد ومقلق لجميع أطراف الصراع في غرب آسيا: أين سيكون ردّ حزب الله؟ وهل سيكون ردّه متناسباً مع حجم الاعتداء الإسرائيلي الأخير قرب دمشق أم غير متناسب بالضرورة؟ وهل يمكن أن يعقب ردّ حزب الله ردٌّ إسرائيلي بدعم أميركي قد يتطوّر الى حرب واسعة؟ وفي حالةٍ كهذه، ماذا يمكن أن تكون التداعيات؟

الجواب عن هذا السؤال المتعدد الأبعاد ولّد بدوره اجتهادات وأسئلة متعددة من خبراء عسكريين ومراقبين عديدين متابعين.

في موضوع المكان المستهدف بالردّ رأى بعضُ الخبراء والمراقبين انه سيكون في منطقة الجليل المحتلة حيث لـ «إسرائيل» مستوطنات عدة وقواعد عسكرية ومرافق اقتصادية يسهل على المقاومة استهدافها من لبنان مع التحوّط لردة فعل العدو. البعض الآخر لم يستبعد أن يكون منطلق ردّ المقاومة من سورية حيث لحزب الله وجود وقدرات، وان يكون الموقع المستهدف في الجولان السوري المحتلّ حيث للعدو مستوطنات ومرافق مهمة أيضاً. ويتساءل هؤلاء: لماذا لا يكون ردّ المقاومة من سورية وفي سورية (المحتلة) ما دام العدو قد هاجم موقعاً في سورية يحتضن مجاهدين لحزب الله؟

في موضوع هل سيكون ردّ المقاومة متناسباً أو غير متناسب مع حجم الاعتداء الإسرائيلي الأخير قرب دمشق، انقسم الخبراء والمراقبون بين فريقٍ رجّح ان يكون الردّ متناسباً لحرص حزب الله على إلزام «إسرائيل» احترام قواعد الاشتباك، وفريق يدعو الى ان يكون غير متناسب، وحجته انه آن الأوان، إزاء تكرار الاعتداءات الإسرائيلية من جهة، وضرورة التحذير من مغبة التمادي في هذه السلوكية العدوانية من جهة أخرى، لتسديد ضربة غير متناسبة للعدو لحمله على الاتعاظ والانكفاء.

في موضوع هل يمكن أن يعقب ردّ حزب الله غير المتناسب على «إسرائيل» ردٌ من العدو مدعوم أميركياً قد يتطوّر الى حرب واسعة، يرجّح بعض الخبراء والمراقبين ان يبقى الردّ الإسرائيلي متناسباً وإن على قدْرٍ من الشدْة وذلك لانشغال «إسرائيل»، حكومةً وجمهوراً، بأزمات وتحدّيات كثيرة ليس أقلها استشراء جائحة كورونا، وازدياد إغلاق القطاعات الاقتصاديّة، وتزايد نسبة البطالة الى معدلات غير مسبوقة، واتساع رقعة التظاهرات ضد حكومة نتنياهو بسبب تفاقم الضائقة المعيشية. البعض الآخر لا يستبعد البتّة أن يتطور الردّ الإسرائيلي، عمداً او نتيجةً لتفاعلات غير منظورة، الى حرب واسعة يبتغيها كلٌ من نتنياهو وترامب بفعل الشبق المستبّد بهما للبقاء في السلطة، ولظنّهما أن حرباً واسعة ستؤدي في نهاية المطاف الى تدمير إيران، وبالتالي تغيير وجهة استطلاعات الرأي في أميركا المائلة حاليّاً لمصلحة جو بايدن، وتفادي إدانة نتنياهو بالرشوة وخيانة الأمانة في المحاكم الإسرائيلية.

هذا الفريق من الخبراء والمراقبين يلتقي مع فريق من أهل الرأي يعتقد أن ردّ المقاومة على العدو لا يجب أن يكون غير متناسب فحسب، بل يقتضي اغتنام الفرصة ايضاً اذا ما ركب العدو الصهيوأميركي رأسه ووسّع رقعة الحرب للردّ عليه بقسوة على مستوى الإقليم برمته وبجبهة موحّدة تضمّ جميع أطراف محور المقاومة وتستهدفه بحربٍ متعددة الجبهات والمواقع والأبعاد بغية إلحاق تدميرٍ كارثي بالكيان الصهيوني لا يقوى بعدها على النهوض.

هذا الخيار (أو وجهة النظر) يجد مسّوغاته الوازنة لدى الداعين اليه عند استشراف تداعيات الحرب الواسعة التي يمكن أن تقع. ذلك أنهم يعتقدون أن الدمار الذي سيلحق بـ «إسرائيل»، سكاناً وعمراناً وصناعةً ومرافقَ ومستوطنات ومواصلات وموانئ سيكون كارثياً وبحجمٍ يفوق بأضعاف ما سيلحق بلبنان وسورية وإيران وقطاع غزة والضفة الغربية من أضرار لدرجة قد يحمل قادة العدو على تفاديه بالإحجام عن اعتماد خيار توسيع رقعة الحرب.

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