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Supporting Palestinian Intifada Tops Closing Statement of Iran Conference

February 22, 2017


The closing statement of the sixth International conference “To support the Palestinian Intifada” held in Tehran highlighted on Tuesday the importance of the Palestinian cause, calling on supporting it and avoiding marginalizing it amid the regional crises.

The statement also hailed the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance movements, stressing their role in confronting the Zionist entity.

It also called on the international organizations to denounce and deter the Israeli aggressions, warning some Arab and Muslim countries against normalizing ties with the Zionist entity.

The statement added that the US administration intention to move the Zionist entity capital into Al-Quds must draw a response from the Arab and Muslim states by closing their embassies in the United States.

Finally, the statement highly appreciated the Iranian people sacrifices for the sake of the Palestinian cause.

The Iranian capital, Tehran, hosted on Tuesday and Wednesday an international forum in support of the Palestinian cause, with hundreds of foreign guests, including senior Palestinian leaders and officials of Muslim nations, in attendance.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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Imam Khamenei: Palestine should be the Pivot of Unity for all Islamic Countries

February 21, 2017

Imam Ali Khamenei speaking at the 6th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei says all Muslim countries have a responsibility to support Palestinian resistance, which should be a source of unity in the Islamic world.

In an opening speech to the 6th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada (Uprising) in Tehran on Tuesday, Imam Khamenei said that despite the differences that exist among Islamic countries — some of these differences are natural, some originate from the enemy’s plot and the rest are because of negligence — “the issue of Palestine can and should be the pivot of unity for all Islamic countries,” the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the top priority of the Islamic world and all those fighting for freedom across the world is the Palestinian cause and unity to support that cause.

“One of the achievements of this valuable conference is announcing the first priority of the world of Islam and freedom fighters all over the world, which is the issue of Palestine and the creation of an atmosphere of harmony and unanimity with the purpose of achieving the lofty goal of supporting the people of Palestine and their truthful and justice-oriented fight,” the Leader said.

‘Third intifada to inflict another defeat on Israel’

Palestine has been the site of increased tensions since last August, when Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinians into the al-Aqsa Mosque’s compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Protests against the restrictions have been met with a deadly Israeli crackdown, which has in turn prompted strengthened Palestinian resistance, known as the third Palestinian intifada.

In his Tuesday address, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said the third intifada, while being subject to more severe suppression by the Israeli regime than the previous two, will “begin a very important chapter” in the history of resistance.

“The intifada that has begun for the third time in the occupied lands… is still moving forward in a bright and hopeful manner. And by Allah’s permission, we will see that this intifada will begin a very important chapter in the history of fighting and that it will inflict another defeat on that usurping regime (Israel),” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

‘Phased cure needed for the cancerous tumor of occupation’

The Leader pointed to the phased development of the Israeli occupation and said the cure for the disaster should also come in stages.

“From the beginning, this cancerous tumor has been developing in several phases until it turned into the current disaster. The cure for this tumor should be developed in phases as well,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

“Until today, several intifadas and a constant and continuous resistance have managed to achieve very important phased goals. The Palestinian intifada continues to gallop forward in a thunderous manner so that it can achieve its other goals until the complete liberation of Palestine,” the Leader said.

‘War of attrition on enemy has been the source of success’

The Leader emphasized that as long as the name and memory of Palestine and resistance are preserved, it will be impossible for the Israeli regime to strengthen its foundations.

Ayatollah Khamenei also said that resistance’s success has lain in “imposing a war of attrition on the enemy. In other words, it has managed to defeat the main plot of the Zionist regime, namely dominating the whole region.”

The Leader also said the “dangers originating from the presence of the Zionist regime should never be ignored,” neither should the needs of resistance in the West Bank, “because the West Bank shoulders the main burden” of intifada.

“Supporting the resistance is the responsibility of all of us,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding, “No one has the right to have special expectations of them in return for assistance.”

Around 700 foreign guests and representatives of pro-Palestinian organizations are taking part in the conference in Tehran.

Before Ayatollah Khamenei officially started the conference with the speech, Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani, who is the chairman of the conference, gave a brief opening address.

Source: Press TV


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Iran and Hezbollah respond to Donald Trump

February 18, 2017

Iran and Hezbollah respond to Donald Trump

by Sayed Hasan

Since his election campaign, Donald Trump has not hidden his fierce hostility to the international deal on Iran’s nuclear program, calling it the worst of the agreements in history and promising to dismantle it. On February 2, 2017, following a conventional ballistic missile test by Iran that did not contravene the agreement, Trump said in a Tweet that Iran, as a dissipated student, had been “formally warned” and should be “grateful” for the “horrible” deal with Tehran by the Obama administration. On February 3, new US sanctions were announced by the US Treasury Department. And on February 6, in an interview, Trump declared Iran the “number one terrorist state”.

Sayed Ali Khamenei never concealed the fact that he considered the diplomatic efforts of the Rouhani administration vain, convinced that the United States were not sincere in their approach and would renounce their commitments. Iran had already denounced several times violations of the letter and spirit of the agreement by the United States under Obama, and is now threatened with new sanctions and even aggression, which can only strengthen a nation that has been submitted to 38 years of international and unsuccessful wars aimed at destroying the Islamic Republic, and is now a regional power that cannot be ignored. Tehran, which in addition to its traditional allies, Syria and Hezbollah, now has two major strategic allies, Russia and China, has responded with its own sanctions against the United States, and by a message of the Supreme Leader.

As for Hezbollah, which also became a first-class armed force after its victories against Israel and against the Daech nebula in Syria, it certainly constituted, with Iran, the main subject of discussion of the meeting between Trump and Netanyahu on February 15. Sayed Hassan Nasrallah also wanted to send a small message to Donald Trump before its holding.

PS: About the nuclear deal, see also The Triumph of the Islamic Republic and The Islamic Republic sticks to its guns


Sayed Ali Khamenei : Trump Reveals the True Nature of America (video)

Speech by Sayed Hali Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with commanders and personnel of the Air Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army, on February 7, 2017 

The meeting was held on the occasion of the historic pledge of allegiance of Air Force officers to Imam Khomeini on the eve of the triumph of the Islamic Revolution.

Source : http://english.khamenei.ir/news/4625/The-New-US-President-Reveals-the-True-Nature-of-America

Transcript : 

[…] A Quranic ayah in holy Sura Noor says, “Their deeds are like a mirage in sandy deserts, which [the man parched with thirst] mistakes for water.” Like a mirage, a thirsty individual mistakes a piece of dry land for water. Later on when he gets closer, he sees that there is nothing: “Until when he comes up to it, he finds it to be nothing: But he finds God ever with him” [The Holy Quran, 24: 39]. He sees that there is nothing. Pinning one’s hope on shaitans is like this. Pinning one’s hope on materialistic and satanic powers is like this.

Employing reason and adopting a reasonable approach on different matters – matters related to diplomacy, management of domestic affairs in the country, resource provision, knowledge, industry and other such areas – is a necessary task, but trusting shaitans and trusting those individuals who are opposed to the essence of your existence is a grave mistake.  A power that cannot endure and accept the essence of the Islamic Republic’s existence and the essence of Islamic power cannot be trusted and relied on: “Like a mirage in sandy deserts, which [the man parched with thirst] mistakes for water.”

This is a statement that each and every one of us should keep in mind forever. Each and every person among the people of Iran should keep this in mind. You should try and work hard, you should show innovation, you should bring your real and God-given power to the arena and you should move forward with reliance on God and on His assistance and then God will help. However, if you sit and wait for Shaitan – the Great Shaitan – to come and help, then the ayah “Like a mirage in sandy deserts, which [the man parched with thirst] mistakes for water” will come true because no good comes from Shaitan.

Now, the gentleman that has recently taken office in the United States says that we should be grateful to America and to Obama administration. Why should we be grateful? We are not grateful at all. He was part of the same system that imposed those heavy sanctions on the people of Iran with the purpose of paralyzing the Islamic Republic and the Iranian nation. They hoped to paralyze us. Of course, their hope was not fulfilled and it will never be fulfilled because no enemy can paralyze Iran. He says that we should be grateful, but this is not the case and we are not grateful at all. Why should we be grateful? Because of sanctions? Because of creating DAESH? Because of setting fire to the region? They set Syria on fire. They set Iraq on fire. Why should we be grateful? Should we be grateful because of supporting the fitna that they created during the elections of the year 1388 [2009]?

On the one hand, he wrote a letter to me expressing his respect, kindness and cooperation and on the other hand, he supported the seditionists openly saying to them that they had stood behind them, thus revealing their intention to provoke fitna in the country. This is the true face of hypocrisy. He was wearing that velvet glove to cover his iron fist. I have spoken about this many times.

We do not thank them at all. We know what they have done. We know what they were doing. He says that we should thank Obama and that we should be afraid of him [Donald Trump]! We are not afraid of you either! On the 22nd of Bahman [February 11th], the people will respond to these threats and statements on the streets. They will show what position the people of Iran adopt in the face of threats. We are not afraid of anyone’s threats either.

Yes, we thank to the mister who has taken office recently. We thank him because he saved us the trouble of revealing the true nature of America. What we having been saying repeatedly in the past 30-plus years – about political corruption, economic corruption, moral corruption and social corruption in the ruling apparatus of America – was fully displayed and manifested by that mister as he revealed the naked truth about America during and after the elections. In the present time too, he is showing the truth about America with the things that he is doing. He is showing what American human rights means- they put handcuffs on a five-year-old kid- this is their human rights!

The people of Iran have found their path. The people of Iran are pushing their movement forward and taking this path with logic, reason and reliance on God and they are doing so at great speed and in a self-confident manner. Today, the people of Iran trust themselves. Our youth are working with self-confidence. Our academic organizations and institutes are filled with new thoughts in the area of science. The same is true of the area of infrastructure and various other areas. Today, rationality is the first important issue in the country. However, it is accompanied by reliance on and trust in Allah the Exalted. We know that the people of Iran will surely achieve victory on this path and that they will attain their ideal results and desires.

God’s mercy be upon our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) who clarified the truths about these matters for the people of Iran during the 10 years of his blessed life in the beginning of the Revolution. You should look at Imam’s (r.a.) speeches. He identified the friends and the enemies. He knew who the people of Iran were and he identified the goals. The reason why Imam (r.a.) said over and over again that we should not trust Shaitan and the enemy and the reason why he said that we should beware of trusting the enemy was that he knew the enemy. Of course, we used to make these statements, but today they are on the screen and everyone is watching it. The behavior of that gentleman reveals what the true nature of America is and of the comments that they make about human rights, philanthropy and other such matters. This is what we can obtain from this situation and from deliberating on Imam’s (r.a.) statements.

I hope that the Lord of the worlds bestows success on you. I hope that by Allah’s favor, you youth will be prepared so that you can carry out the great task that befalls you. Your generation should carry out a great task. The generation before you accomplished great tasks, but there are other important tasks that you should accomplish. I hope that you will prepare yourselves with reliance on Allah the Exalted and that you will deliver this duty – which you have held in trust – to future generations.

Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings.

Hasan Nasrallah: Trump must be thanked for his bluntness and stupidity (video)

Speech of Secretary General of Hezbollah, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, on February 12, 2017, during the funeral of Cheikh Hussein ‘Obaid

Source :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfOIOSg59Is

Translation :  http://sayed7asan.blogspot.fr

Lastly – on Thursday [February 16], if God keeps us alive, we will speak specifically about the regional situation, but allow me only to say a word to all those who have declared and written in the last weeks… (I have seen many statements) that Hezbollah is worried, that Hezbollah is intimidated, that Hezbollah is frightened. What is it about, friends? Trump took power. Yes, Trump is here. So what? What’s new?

The new, as said His Eminence the Guide Sayed Khamenei, may God prolong his noble life. What changes is that before, there was someone who had put on his face a veil of hypocrisy [Obama]. A veil of hypocrisy. He speaks to you in a convivial way, he sends you his greetings for your holidays, but what does he do? He imposes sanctions on you, he wages an international war against you, he makes thousands strikes that have killed thousands of civilians, he supports and becomes involved in wars like the one against Yemen where hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, wounded, starved and besieged. He supports despotic regimes such as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. He does all (evil) and creates Daech for you, so that it may sully your religion, your Prophet, your Qur’an, that it may shed your blood, take your women captive, demolish your society and your countries. But he’s jovial, and your heart is supposed to burn for him because his skin is black.

The new positive thing is that now there is someone who has put hypocrisy aside, and who says – and that is why His Eminence the Imam Leader [Khamenei] said, we should thank Trump because he revealed again the true face of the racist, cruel, criminal, murderous American government, which spills blood, represses liberties, seizes the wealth of others, plots unceasingly against the oppressed peoples.

Thank you! We are not sorry, we are grateful to Trump. Because since he took power, the real face of the American administration has been revealed, and the peoples whose discernment has been obscured and misled can finally understand it.

As for fear, it is something long gone (for Hezbollah). To all those who write, discourse, think, analyze, I say [in the name] of the white hair of Sheikh Hussein ‘Obaid, one of the great founders of Hezbollah in 1982 : We were here in 1982, and we are now in 2017. In 1982, we were only a handful of oppressed believers, fearing at any time to be captured by our opponents [Cf. Quran, VIII, 26]. The invincible Israeli army occupied half of Lebanon. 100,000 Israeli officers and soldiers were in Lebanon. 25,000 US, French, British and Italian officers and soldiers were in Lebanon [along with Israel]. There were the internal problems in Lebanon, the battleship New Jersey and others in the sea… And we were only a handful, we and the other members of the factions and resistant parties. And we were not afraid. We were not worried. We did not hesitate. Our cause was clear and certain. And after, after, after, George Bush came, with the armies again, with the battleships, aggressing countries, pushing Israel to war against us, but we were not worried nor frightened nor hesitant. We had the certainty that God would grant us victory.

This victory that God promised us in His Book, and which Imam Khomeini promised us, to Sheikh Hussein ‘Obaid, to Sayed Abbas, to the House of the brothers [founders of Hezbollah], when they went to see the Imam at the beginning of the creation of the movement, and he confirmed to them that the choice of the Resistance was the only one, and told them not to count on anyone, to expect nothing from whoever in the world, nor from us [Iran], but to rely on God and on yourselves, carry out the tasks that are incumbent on you.

And on that day, as the documents testify, on that day, when many in the Arab and Islamic world considered Lebanon to have entered the Israeli era, Imam Khomeini told the 9 [Hezbollah] people, including Sayed Abbas al-Musawi (former Secretary General of Hezbollah) and Sheikh Hussein ‘Obaid: “If you resist, I see victory engraved on your foreheads.”

This victory was achieved in 1985 (Israeli withdrawal in southern Lebanon), in 2000, in 2006, and is being realized today in Syria, in Iraq, and it will be realized in Yemen, God willing. Neither Trump nor his father nor his grandfather, neither George Bush, nor his father, nor his grandfather, or any of these racists, can infringe upon the courage, will, determination or faith of any of our children, so what about our men (adults) and our elders ?

That is why we are not at all worried but very optimistic, because when the White House is inhabited by a fool who (openly) displays his stupidity, this is the beginning of liberation for the oppressed in the world.

May God have mercy on our great and dear Sheikh, whose sad loss we regret, and may He make him dwell in His vast paradise, and raise him up with the martyrs, and let the peace of God be upon you all, His Mercy and His Blessings.

Netanyahu’s Hysterical Iran Rhetoric

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Syria and the performance of the allies Putin & Lavrov – Al Khamenei & Rouhani سورية وأداء الحلفاء بوتين ولافروف الخامنئي وروحاني

Syria and the performance of the allies

Putin & Lavrov – Al Khamenei & Rouhani

Written by Nasser Kandil,

During the past days we witnessed positions that raised debate about the situation in Syria; these positions were issued by the most prominent allies of Syria internationally and regionally Russia and Iran.  That led to confusion about the image of these two allies in the eyes of the Syrians in particular and the Arabs in general, and the people who observe and see what the Syrians and their allies say about the differences between the treatment of an ally to an ally and  the treatment of the colonial to the subordinate. Some echoes of these questions and suggestions have reached the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov from malicious sites by some of the opponents, which likened the draft of the suggested Russian constitution for Syria to the constitution that was formed by the representative of the US occupation Paul Bremer for Iraq. So this has obliged the Minister Lavrov and his spokesman Maria Zkharova to clarify.

At previous time the Russians talked about a draft of a federal constitution for Syria, and they were trying to open paths in front of the Kurdish groups, however at similar time the Iranians talked about a draft of a new constitution and constitutional reforms for Syria, and about sharing the powers of the president and the government, they were trying to form opposition platform that is similar to Cairo’s platform and Moscow’s platform. In the past days, in addition to the talk about the draft of the Russian constitution for Syria was the speech of the Minister Lavrov which we discussed here in this corner in which he said that without the intervention of Moscow, Damascus was about to fall within two or three weeks at the hands of the terrorism, and yesterday the Iranian President Al Sheikh Hassan Rouhani has said that without the intervention of Iran Damascus and Baghdad were about to be governments for the terrorists.

The debate about the Russian and the Iranian positions is divided between two extremisms, each one of them belongs to misapprehension and misconception. The first extremism is the talk about the Russian and the Iranian interests that put the two allied countries at the level of any countries that have interests that do not behave at the basis of the alliance and the diligence, but at the basis of the convergence of the spirit of tyranny and guardianship according to what they have presented to Syria and consider it a justification to practice this guardianship. The second extremism is a speech of denial that is similar to the error committed by the Iranian and the Russian speech by saying that without Syria, Iran and Russia were about to fall and there is no favor for each one of them in the victories of Syria.

What must be noticed by all the allies; the Russian, the Iranian, and the Syrian and others of those who confronted the US arrogance and its project of hegemony is that the war is not over yet and it still has rounds, and it is not possible for a declining alliance that fights on counting gains to win, so all these lapses must be discusses as lapses, starting from that the speech which expresses deeply the position of Russia is the speech of the President Putin as a leader and politics-maker, he said that Russia has fought with Syria in defense of Moscow, at a ceremony in Kremlin  he said that “ the terrorists in Syria do  not hide their expansion plans” calling his forces to be ready for the appropriate response to the threats, indicating to the permanent seek of Moscow to solve the crisis in Syria through the political and the diplomatic ways. He indicated as well that the terrorists in Syria describe frankly Russia as an enemy and they do not hide their expansion plans, pointing out that the Russian forces in Syria are defending the national interests of Russia, he estimated highly the work of the Russian armed forces in Syria considering that “the war skill of the Russian army is improving now due to the military process in Syria” he added “ Through their fighting in this Middle Eastern county, our soldiers and officers protect the interests of the Russian Federation  and eliminating the militants who call directly our home as an enemy, did not hide their expansion plans on the Russian territories and the Commonwealth of independent States. The Iranian leader and the Supreme Leader of Iran Al Sayyed Ali Khamenei said in similar speech in the funeral of Iranian soldiers and officers who were killed in Syria “if we did not fight in Syria, we would fight the terrorism and the strife in Tehran, Fares, and Khorasan”.

The speech of the President Putin and Al Sayyed Khamenei is based on the depth of the strategy and estimating the mutual contribution of the allies in protecting each other’s security. The speech of Lavrov and Rouhani is the speech of the politician who has to show the strength of the country which he represented and its status as a prelude for the international and regional negotiation. Noting that the security of the Mediterranean which Syria represents an important element in it, and on which the security of the West depends was about to change radically without the Russian and the Iranian roles, but the blame here is that the goal can be reached with expressions that do not affect or hurt the national dignity of the Syrians by showing that their role as people, army and president a secondary role in achieving the victory on the terrorism, while it is a constituent role which without it there is no value neither for the Russian support nor for the Iranian support, which without the people, the army , and the president in Syria they were as the blind US force in Iraq at the phase of the occupation or the failed US force in Raqqa due to the absence of the active ground force which is able to fill the gaps caused by the aerial bombardment in the ranks of the terrorist enemy. The effect of the show which is needed by the major countries internationally and regionally in their maneuvers would not have been underestimated if it had said that without the steadfastness of the people and the army in addition to the two allies in Syria and their support and solidarity, Damascus was about to fall and to be ruled by the terrorists.

In the issue of the constitution and the Russian draft, the followers of the politics sideline know that there is Russian plan that is similar to Astana plan, which many people talked about its failure while it succeeds in igniting a termination and extermination war between the armed groups and Al-Nusra front, as the draft of the constitution which neutralized the right of the President of standing as a candidate, and has ignored his powers in leading the armed forces and his right to be a candidate for two new terms each one of seven years, it has collected what is said by every opponent  faction regarding the other terms and has made out of its incoherent constitution and presented it to be debated upon by everyone, self-rule for the Kurds and positions that depends on sects except the non –sectarian presidencies,  no constitution that based on law, Syria will be entitled the Syrian Republic, no expanded decentralization, two election associations one is national and the other for the areas, ignored the circulation just from the Syrian state, and the final word will be for the referendum, but what is related to the President which is the strategic value of the constitution will be out of circulation after transferring all the powers related to the administrative  and the economic affairs to the Council of Ministry. Once again we say that Russia was not in need to submit a draft under its name, it is enough to gather popular opponents and assuming someone of them to submit the draft under Russian encouragement and sponsorship and to assign a secretariat from the participants to formulate a draft from the discussions under Russian implicit supervision to have the same draft under the name of Moscow Dialogues’ draft without raising what provoked murmurs to the extent of accusing Russia of guardianship.

Deeply, neither Russia nor Iran are countries that have interests in the opportunistic sense, as Syria not so for sure, each of the allies has in its records dozens of evidences of what it received to sell its alliance in prices that surpass the direct interests which it will gain from its sticking to that alliance, but Russia, Syria, and Iran have deep mutual strategic interests that based on opposing the US hegemony and countering the terrorism in the concepts of the national security and the national dignity and the sovereignty. Everything experienced by the past years is enough to say that what drives the allies is the deep strategic interests not the direct superficial interests which usually arise between the colonizer and the guardian on one hand and the subordinate on the other hand as the case with America and its allies, where no one can find a justification that is related to the deep interests and the national security for a country such as France or Saudi Arabia with America.

Neither Russia nor Iran can, knowing that they surely do not want to manipulate with the fate of Syria as some people who talk about buying and selling and transactions that they fear. There were   gaps in the performance that require the review and the attention, because the condition of the power and the cohesion of the allies is their penetrating into the popular conscience, it basis is the feeling of the national pride. It is enough to say what was said by Al Sayyed Hassan Nasrollah after the victory of Aleppo where the resistance has a big contribution in its achievement “ the Syrian people, their leadership, and their army are those who have taken the decision of the confrontation, their steadfastness is the basis for achieving the victory of Aleppo, while the role of the allies was a complementary, integrated, and a supportive factor”, pointing out that “the Syrians are making the future of their country and the entire region”.

The speech of the leaders is different from the non-politicians to which we aspire to that it will be at the level of the speech of the leaders, because we trust those by whom this speech is issued and the size of their experience, their status, responsibilities, and their awareness of the accuracy of what we experience as circumstances and pitfalls and who ambushes us at every crossroads and stop.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

سورية وأداء الحلفاء بوتين ولافروف الخامنئي وروحاني

يناير 30, 2017

ناصر قنديل

– شهدنا خلال الأيام الماضية مواقف أثارت جدلاً حول الوضع في سورية صادرة عن حليفين هما الأبرز دولياً وإقليمياً لسورية، روسيا وإيران، ما أثار تشوشاً حول صورة هذين الحليفين في عيون السوريين خصوصاً والعرب عموماً، والشعوب التي تراقب وتنظر إلى ما يقوله السوريون وحلفاؤهم عن الفوارق بين معاملة الحليف للحليف، ومعاملة المستعمر للتابع، وقد وصلت بعض أصداء هذه التساؤلات والتلميحات إلى أذان وزير الخارجية الروسية سيرغي لافروف من مواقع خبيثة لبعض المعارضين شبّهت مشروع الدستور الروسي المقترح لسورية بالدستور الذي وضعه ممثل الاحتلال الأميركي بول بريمر للعراق، ما اضطر الوزير لافروف والمتحدثة باسمه ماريا زاخاروفا للتوضيح.

– في مرة سابقة تحدّث الروس عن مشروع دستور فدرالي لسورية، وكانوا يحاولون فتح القنوات على الجماعات الكردية. وفي مرة مشابهة تحدّث الإيرانيون عن مشروع دستور جديد وإصلاحات دستورية لسورية وتقاسم صلاحيات الرئيس والحكومة. وكانوا يسعون لتشكيل منصة معارضة شبيهة بمنصة القاهرة ومنصة موسكو. وفي الأيام الماضية كانت إضافة للحديث عن مشروع الدستور الروسي لسورية، كلام للوزير لافروف ناقشناه هنا في هذه الزاوية يقول فيه إنه لولا تدخل موسكو لسقطت دمشق خلال أسبوعين أو ثلاثة بيد الإرهاب، وأمس كلام للرئيس الإيراني الشيخ حسن روحاني يقول فيه، لو لم تتدخل إيران لكانت في دمشق وبغداد اليوم حكومات للإرهابيين.

– ينقسم النقاش حول المواقف الروسية والإيرانية بين تطرفين ينتسب كل منهما لخطأ في التفكير والتحليل. التطرف الأول الحديث عن أطماع روسية وإيرانية تضع البلدين الحليفين في مصاف أي دول ذات مصالح لا تتصرّف بخلفية التحالف والحرص، بل بخلفية تقارب روح التسلّط والوصاية بالاستناد إلى ما قدّمته لسورية وتعتبره مبرراً لممارسة هذه الوصاية. والتطرف الثاني هو في خطاب إنكار مشابه للخطأ المرتكب في الكلام الإيراني والروسي، عبر القول إنه لولا سورية لكانت إيران وروسيا سقطتا، وإن لا جميل لأي منهما في انتصارات سورية.

– الذي يجب الانتباه إليه لدى الحلفاء جميعاً، الروسي والإيراني والسوري وسواهم، من الذين خرجوا يواجهون الغطرسة الأميركية ومشروعها للهيمنة، هو أن الحرب لم تنته ولم يزل أمامها أشواط، لا يمكن الفوز بها بحلف متخلخل، يتقاتل على ترصيد المكاسب، ولذلك تجب مناقشة كل هذه الهفوات بحجمها كهفوات، منطلقين من أن الكلام الذي يعبر بعمق عن موقف روسيا هو كلام الرئيس فلاديمير بوتين كزعيم صانع للسياسة، قال إن روسيا قاتلت مع سورية دفاعاً عن موسكو، وخلال كلمة له في احتفال اُقيم في الكرملين، قال بوتين «إن الإرهابيين في سورية لا يخفون خططهم التوسعية»، داعياً قواته الى ان تكون جاهزة للردّ المناسب على التهديدات، مشيراً الى سعي موسكو الدائم لحل الأزمة في سورية بالطرق السياسية والدبلوماسية. وأشار الرئيس الروسي إلى أن الإرهابيين في سورية يصفون روسيا صراحة بالعدو ولا يخفون خططهم التوسعية، لافتاً إلى أن القوات الروسية تدافع في سورية عن مصالح روسيا الوطنية. وثمّن بوتين عالياً عمل القوات المسلحة الروسية في سورية معتبراً «أن المهارة الحربية للجيش الروسي تزداد تحسناً الآن وبفضل العملية العسكرية في سورية»، مضيفاً «فبقتالهم في هذا البلد الشرق أوسطي يحمي جنودنا وضباطنا مصالح الاتحاد الروسي ويقضون على المسلحين الذين يسمون وطننا مباشرة عدواً، ولا يخفون خططهم التوسعية بما فيه على الأراضي الروسية ورابطة الدول المستقلة».

– وفي كلام مشابه للزعيم الإيراني ومرشد الجمهورية السيد علي خامنئي يقول في تشييع ضباط وجنود من الإيرانيين الذين سقطوا في سورية «لو لم نقاتل في سورية، لكان علينا أن نقاتل الإرهاب والفتنة في طهران وفارس وخراسان».

– كلام الرئيس بوتين والسيد الخامنئي مبني على عمق الاستراتيجية وتقدير الإسهام المتبادل للحلفاء في حماية أحدهما أمن الآخر. وكلام لافروف وروحاني كلام السياسي الذي عليه تظهير قوة الدولة التي يمثلها ومكانتها تمهيداً لموائد التفاوض، الدولية والإقليمية، بالإشارة إلى أن أمن المتوسط الذي تمثل سورية حلقة هامة فيه ويتوقف عليه أمن الغرب كله كان ليختلف جذرياً لولا الدورين الروسي والإيراني، لكن المأخذ هنا هو على كون الهدف قابل للبلوغ بتعابير لا تمسّ ولا تجرح الكرامة الوطنية للسوريين بتصوير دورهم شعباً وجيشاً ورئيساً ثانويا في تحقيق النصر على الإرهاب، بينما هو دور تأسيسي ما كان بدونه ليكون قيمة للدعم الروسي ولا للدعم الإيراني، اللذين كان ليصيرا بلا الشعب والجيش والرئيس في سورية، كما القوة الأميركية العمياء في العراق زمن الاحتلال أو القوة الأميركية الفاشلة في الرقة بسبب غياب القوة البرية الفاعلة والقادرة على ملء الفراغات التي يحدثها القصف الجوي في صفوف العدو الإرهابي، وما كان لينتقص من مفعول الاستعراض الذي تحتاجه الدول العظمى دولياً وإقليمياً في مناوراتها، لو قيل لولا صمود الشعب والجيش الحليفين في سورية ومساندتنا ودعمنا لسقطت دمشق وحكمها الإرهابيون.

– في قضية الدستور والمسودة الروسية يعرف المتابعون لكواليس السياسة أن هناك خطة روسية تشبه خطة أستانة، التي تحدّث كثيرون عن فشلها، بينما ها هي تنجح بإشعال حرب تصفية وإبادة بين الجماعات المسلحة وجبهة النصرة، ومثلها مسودة الدستور التي حيّدت حق الرئيس بالترشح وتجاهلته ومثله تجاهلت صلاحياته بقيادة القوات المسلحة وحقه بالترشح لولايتين جديدتين، كل ولاية من سبع سنوات، وجمعت كل ما يقوله كل فصيل معارض في البنود الأخرى وجعات منها دستوراً غير متماسك ووضعته في النقاش، ليناقش الجميع الجميع. حكم ذاتي للأكراد ومناصب تراعي الطوائف ما دون الرئاسات اللاطائفية، ولا دستور يستند إلى الشريعة واسم سورية الجمهورية السورية، ولامركزية موسّعة وجمعيتان انتخابيتان واحدة وطنية وأخرى للمناطق، وتركت التداول وسيكون مثله من الدولة السورية، وكلمة الفصل للاستفتاء، لكن يكون ما يتصل بالرئيس وهو القيمة الاستراتيجية للدستور قد بقي خارج التداول، بعدما نقلت كل الصلاحيات المتصلة بالشؤون الإدارية والاقتصادية إلى مجلس الوزراء. ومرة أخرى نقول لم تكن روسيا مضطرة لتقديم مسودة باسمها، فيكفي جمع معارضين يتداولون وتولي أحدهم تقديم مسودة بتشجيع ورعاية روسيتين، وتكليف أمانة سر من المشاركين بصياغة مسودة من المناقشات بإشراف ضمني روسي لتخرج المسودة ذاتها باسم مسودة حوارات موسكو من دون أن تثير ما أثارت من لغط وتنثر غباراً يصل حد الاتهام لروسيا بالوصاية.

– في العمق ليست روسيا ولا إيران دول مصالح بالمعنى الانتهازي، كما سورية ليست كذلك بالتأكيد، وكل من الحلفاء في سجله عشرات الشواهد على ما تلقاه من عروض ليبيع حلفه بالآخر، بأسعار تفيض المصالح المباشرة التي سيجنيها من تمسكه بهذا الحلف، لكن لروسيا وسورية وإيران مصالح استراتيجية عميقة متبادلة تقوم على مناوأة الهيمنة الأميركية والتصدي للإرهاب، بمفاهيم الأمن القومي والكرامة الوطنية والسيادة. وكل ما شهدته السنوات الماضية كافٍ ليقول إن ما يحرك الحلفاء هو المصالح الاستراتيجية العميقة وليست المصالح السطحية المباشرة التي تنشأ عادة بين المستعمر والوصي من جهة والتابع من جهة أخرى بمثل حال اميركا وحلفائها، حيث لا يمكن لأحد العثور على مبرر يتصل بالمصالح العميقة وبالأمن القومي لدولة مثل فرنسا أو السعودية مع أميركا.

– ليس بيد روسيا ولا بيد إيران، لو أرادتا، وهما لا تريدان أصلاً، التلاعب بمصير سورية، كي يتحدث البعض عن بيع وشراء وصفقات يخشاها. فما جرى هو ثغرات في الأداء تستوجب المراجعة والانتباه، وشرط قوة وتماسك التحالفات دخولها في الوجدان الشعبي، وأساسه الشعور بالعزة الوطنية، ويكفي لقول ما يجب قوله استعادة ما قاله السيد حسن نصرالله بعد نصر حلب الذي كان للمقاومة إسهام كبير في تحقيقه، «إن الشعب السوري وقيادته وجيشه هم مَن أخذوا قرار المواجهة، وصمودهم هو الأساس في تحقيق نصر حلب، وإن دور الحلفاء عامل مكمّل ومتمّم ومساعد»، لافتاً إلى أن «السوريين يصنعون مستقبل بلدهم والمنطقة كلها».

– كلام الزعماء غير كلام السياسيين الذي نتطلع إليه بمستوى كلام الزعماء، لثقتنا بمن يصدر عنهم وحجم خبرتهم ومكانتهم ومسؤولياتهم وإدراكهم دقة ما نعبر من ظروف ومطبات ومَن يتربص بنا عند كل مفترق ومحطة.

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The Coming Clash With Iran

By Pat Buchanan

February 03, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – When Gen. Michael Flynn marched into the White House Briefing Room to declare that “we are officially putting Iran on notice,” he drew a red line for President Trump. In tweeting the threat, Trump agreed.

His credibility is now on the line.

And what triggered this virtual ultimatum?

Iran-backed Houthi rebels, said Flynn, attacked a Saudi warship, and Tehran tested a missile, undermining “security, prosperity and stability throughout the Middle East,” placing “American lives at risk.”

But how so?

The Saudis have been bombing the Houthi rebels and ravaging their country, Yemen, for two years. Are the Saudis entitled to immunity from retaliation in wars they start?

Where is the evidence Iran had a role in the Red Sea attack on the Saudi ship? And why would President Trump make this war his war?

As for the Iranian missile test, a 2015 U.N. resolution “called upon” Iran not to test nuclear-capable missiles. It did not forbid Iran from testing conventional missiles, which Tehran insists this was.

Is the United States making new demands on Iran not written into the nuclear treaty or international law – to provoke a confrontation?

Did Flynn coordinate with our allies about this warning of possible military action against Iran? Is NATO obligated to join any action we might take?

Or are we going to carry out any retaliation alone, as our NATO allies observe, while the Israelis, Gulf Arabs, Saudis and the Beltway War Party, which wishes to be rid of Trump, cheer him on?

Bibi Netanyahu hailed Flynn’s statement, calling Iran’s missile test a flagrant violation of the U.N. resolution and declaring, “Iranian aggression must not go unanswered.” By whom, besides us?

The Saudi king spoke with Trump Sunday. Did he persuade the president to get America more engaged against Iran?

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker is among those delighted with the White House warning:

“No longer will Iran be given a pass for its repeated ballistic missile violations, continued support of terrorism, human rights abuses and other hostile activities that threaten international peace and security.”

The problem with making a threat public – Iran is “on notice” – is that it makes it almost impossible for Iran, or Trump, to back away.

Tehran seems almost obliged to defy it, especially the demand that it cease testing conventional missiles for its own defense.

This U.S. threat will surely strengthen those Iranians opposed to the nuclear deal and who wish to see its architects, President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, thrown out in this year’s elections.

If Rex Tillerson is not to become a wartime secretary of state like Colin Powell or Dean Rusk, he is going to have to speak to the Iranians, not with defiant declarations, but in a diplomatic dialogue.

Tillerson, of course, is on record as saying the Chinese should be blocked from visiting the half-dozen fortified islets they have built on rocks and reefs in the South China Sea.

A prediction: The Chinese will not be departing from their islands, and the Iranians will defy the U.S. threat against testing their missiles.

Wednesday’s White House statement makes a collision with Iran almost unavoidable, and a war with Iran quite possible.

Why did Trump and Flynn feel the need to do this now?

There is an awful lot already on the foreign-policy plate of the new president after only two weeks, as pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine are firing artillery again, and North Korea’s nuclear missile threat, which, unlike Iran’s, is real, has yet to be addressed.

High among the reasons that many supported Trump was his understanding that George W. Bush blundered horribly in launching an unprovoked and unnecessary war on Iraq.

Along with the 15-year war in Afghanistan and our wars in Libya, Syria and Yemen, our 21st-century U.S. Mideast wars have cost us trillions of dollars and thousands of dead. And they have produced a harvest of hatred of America that was exploited by al-Qaida and ISIS to recruit jihadists to murder and massacre Westerners.

Osama’s bin Laden’s greatest achievement was not to bring down the twin towers and kill 3,000 Americans, but to goad America into plunging headlong into the Middle East, a reckless and ruinous adventure that ended her post-Cold War global primacy.

Unlike the other candidates, Trump seemed to recognize this.

It was thought he would disengage us from these wars, not rattle a saber at an Iran that is three times the size of Iraq and has as its primary weapons supplier and partner Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

When Barack Obama drew his red line against Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war, and Assad appeared to cross it, Obama discovered that his countrymen wanted no part of the war that his military action might bring on.

President Obama backed down – in humiliation.

Neither the Ayatollah Khamenei nor Trump appears to be in a mood to back away, especially now that the president has made the threat public.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.” To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com .

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Information Clearing House.

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