Canada Ends Funding for Terror Linked ‘White Helmets’ -Tied to False Flag Gas Attacks in Syria

By VT Editors -April 22, 2021

From the Globe and Mail:

Canada has ended all funding to Syria’s famed White Helmets rescue group, with the final cut being the severance of $70 a month in stipends to 43 people who were left behind in a Jordanian refugee camp following a Canadian-led evacuation in the summer of 2018.

Canada has long been seen as one of the staunchest backers of the White Helmets, a group of civilians who earned global prominence by racing towards the front lines of Syria’s horrific civil war to try and rescue as many people as possible. The White Helmets have been credited with saving tens of thousands of lives, and the Canadian government has repeatedly boasted of the millions of dollars in annual aid it had provided to the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated group.

But Farouq Habib, deputy general manager of the White Helmets, told The Globe and Mail that Canadian funding of the organization – including specific funding for clearing mines and other unexploded ordnance, as well as money targeted at bringing more women into the organization – stopped at the end of 2019. Documents obtained by The Globe through an Access To Information request show Canadian support to the White Helmets was worth about $4-million per year, with final payments of just under $900,000 being made in March, 2020.

And now the real truth…

VT: We might also add that any NGO, and that means “non-governmental organization” that is paid by governments is 100% fake.  The White Helmets went past 100% as we will prove below.

FORGET OSCAR: GIVE THE WHITE HELMETS THE LENI RIEFENSTAHL AWARD FOR BEST WAR PROPAGANDA FILM

21st Century Wire

by Patrick HenningsonThis has to be historic low for Hollywood and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In your average lifetime, everyone will get their share of war propaganda films. In America, it’s a kind of sacred tradition, where Hollywood does the job of revisionism, paving over an otherwise uncomfortable history with a new coat of stain. It’s necessary – not just to make us feel better about ourselves, but also to cover-up any inconvenient truths and high crimes of the state.

To be honest, when I first heard about this film being promoted by Netflix, I wasn’t surprised at all because ever since the Syria conflict began in 2011, the establishment media has gone out of its way to falsely promote it as a “civil war”, and have used the NGO known as the White Helmets which calls itself the ‘Syria Civil Defense’, as its primary media protagonist in furthering that narrative.

The fact that a documentary about The White Helmets received an Oscar Award simply confirms what a glorious bubble the entertainment industry resides in, and how easy it is these days for a documentary film to used for the purposes of propaganda and made to reinforce a mainly US-UK foreign policy project.

To Hollywood, it’s a feel good documentary, designed to make us feel good about a dirty war in Syria. But this is a level of distortion and spin that would make even Joseph Goebbels’ head spin.

In his essay published at Global Research, Dr. T.P. Wilkinson explains the liberal obsession with cosmetic revisionism:

“The “wrong war” thesis is elemental to what Carroll Quigley called “liberal imperialism” in his history of the Anglo-American establishment.[2] Liberal imperialists, to which the faux gauche (the descendants of Fabianism) also belong, do not oppose empire. They simply want it to be more aesthetically appealing, and lost wars are most un-aesthetic. So what is the liberal imperialist’s answer to unappetizing military defeats? It is cosmetic surgery.”

Expensive war propaganda in Hollywood is nothing new. High profile films like Zero Dark ThirtyAmerican Sniper and Argo were all released to much fanfare. Each of them fulfilled a role in forming a more perfect American narrative, and in some cases completely rewrote history altogether. But these were meant to be theatrical releases so naturally there’s a generous dose of artistic license taken by the director. Nothing unusual there. It’s what Hollywood does. These films also had some distance between the present day and wars which had already lapsed.

A veneer of integrity is always important. Hollywood still purports to put a lot of currency in the truth. During this year’s Oscars, The New York Times ran a TV ad (above) for the first time since 2010 entitled, “The truth is. . .”

This campaign is meant to decry fake news and its ugly cousin ‘alternative facts’ to show what high standards the mainstream media has – which demonstrates the delusional world the in which the establishment exists.  Earlier this month, I wrote an exposé showing exactly how the New York Times has been America’s perennial leader in running fake news for the purposes of advancing a war agenda. It’s ironic that this advertisement would run on a night when an Oscar would be given to one of the most egregious propaganda films of all time.Last Sunday night, The White Helmets, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara, took home an Academy Award for best documentary short. Unlike Argo, or American Sniper, this was a film about a war which is happening now, but this was not a conventional documentary film. The footage was provided by a terrorist-affiliated NGO based in Turkey, operating in Syria, and who is primarily funded by the US State Dept, the British Foreign Office, the Netherlands, and other NATO member and Gulf states to the tune of over $150 million and whose chief remit is producing US-led Coalition propaganda images for mass media consumption. The film, funded and distributed by Netflix, seems to be an extension of that remit.

Watch the film’s trailer here.

Normally we think of documentaries as films that are supposed to speak truth to power, but this film does the opposite. It reinforces an Anglo-American establishment power structure responsible for one of the most violent, dirty wars in modern history. It reinforces a collection of lies placed on heavy rotation by the political and media establishments since the conflict began.

In every way, Syria is the wrong war. For the US and the UK, there’s much at stake – the legacies of two paradigmatic political figures, Barack Obama and David Cameron, along with the reputations of other architects of the west’s dirty war on Syria, like former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and British Foreign Minister William Hague. Back when the war was getting started, both Clinton and Hague were busy front-running their “Friends of Syria” whistle stop tour around the Middle East and Europe, securing Gulf cash commitments while grooming their hand-picked ‘opposition’ government in exile, holding court in various 5 star hotels in Paris, London and Istanbul. The US had tried this only a year earlier with Libya, and at the time in 2011-2012, they had every reason to believe that the Libyan formula could be repeated in Syria. Those hopes were dashed by early 2013, when it became apparent that Libya was officially a failed state. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of extremist foreign fighters and jihadi soldiers of fortune began pouring into Syria. It was an invasion. This was the West’s proxy army, ready to decapitate the government, dismember the state and destabilize the region – with the full blessing of Washington DC and its partners.

The Troika of Washington-London-Paris then doubled down by pouring billions of dollars in lethal weapons to various fighting groups laying in waiting in Turkey and Jordan, as well as those already active in Syria. There were a number of well-documented arrangements, but one of the most successful working models was for the CIA and its European NATO partners illegally supplying the weapons funnelled through Jordan and Turkey – and all paid for by Saudi, Qatari cash. All the while, the public were told by the US-led Coalition all of this was for the “moderate rebels” in Syria. These were meant to be the “freedom fighters” that Ronald Reagan referred to back in the 1980’s. As it turned out, these freedom fighters in Syria were a chip of the old block from the violent, psychopathic US-backed and CIA-trained paramilitary death squads which would wreak havoc and terrorise El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras. In Syria, they are much worse in fact, as they employed  a potent brand of warped, radical Salafi and Wahabist religious fervour as the central axis of their self-styled, Medieval nihilistic raison d’etre. Yes, these are the moderates, backed by the US, UK, France, Turkey, Germany, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, every other NATO member state, and of course, Israel, who has skill fully stayed out of the media firing line. It’s a collective project. Their mission: ‘regime change’ in Syria – to overthrow by force – the government in Damascus.

As dirty wars go, none is more filthy than this one. As the US and the UK are running point on public relations for this criminal enterprise, their big challenge has been selling it to their electorates. In order to justify the dirty war, a narrative has to be constructed and maintained. This requires a relentless negative public relations campaign demonizating the Syrian government and all of its agencies. The following talking points are therefore reinforced:

  1. Syria’s peaceful ‘Arab Spring’ uprising happened in 2011, and was violently squashed by the government.
  2. Assad is a brutal dictator, and is illegitimate.
  3. The Syrian government and its armed forces are deliberately killing their own people.
  4. The US-NATO and Gulf-backed armed ‘rebel’ opposition is legitimate.
  5. Syrian and Russian Airforce are only killing civilians, and not militant and terrorists.
  6. Terrorists do not exist in Syria, only “moderate rebels” and Syrians ‘fighting for freedom’.
  7. Therefore, Assad must be removed from power and replaced with a US-approved government.

Add to this, the entrance of Russia in the fall of 2015 at the lawful invitation of Damascus, and Russia can now be added to the demonization campaign.

These talking points are then repeated and recycled, over and over, and held up as justification for US-led, crippling economic and diplomatic sanction against the Syrian state, and the destructive policy of flooding the region with arms. In the summer of 2014, an added bonus for the US was inserted into the mix – the emergence of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Sham). The appearance of ISIS allowed the US to fly air sorties over Syria, allegedly to fight ISIS, although after 3 years the US has produced little if any verifiable progress in ‘defeating’ ISIS. In truth, the US had hoped that ISIS, along with the other al Qaeda affiliates, would somehow do the job of destabilizing Syria and overthrowing the government of President Bashar al Assad in Damascus. Meanwhile, on-script western media operatives and politicians alike still referred to them as “rebels” and “armed opposition” – violent radical terrorist groups like Jabbat al Nusra (Nusra Front), Arar al Sham, Nour al-Din al-Zinki, Jaish al-Fatah (The Army of Conquest), along with some radical remnants of John McCain’s ‘Free Syrian Army’. This was all part of the public relations con.

But that wasn’t enough. Washington and London needed a face for the evening news. They needed to personalize the conflict in order to help maintain the illusion of a “civil war” in Syria. This is where the White Helmets come in. A merry band of men, comprised of “ordinary citizens, from bakers to teachers to painters,” all donning the White Helmets to save humanity in this moment of turmoil. Raed Saleh, the group’s spokesman says his organization is guided by a verse in the Qu’ran: “To save one life is to save all of humanity.” No doubt a beautiful line, but like so many aspects of the White Helmets – it’s been applied cosmetically. Who would dare be so insensitive as to challenge such a perfect story? For war planners in Washington and London, the White Helmets provided the PR cushion they needed to help sell a filthy proxy war to western audiences. By creating and managing their own ‘first responder’ NGO, the US, UK and its stakeholder partners have been able to leverage public sympathies – enough to keep the project going, until the war was either won or lost, or until someone caught on to the scam.


In his article in Counterpunch back in April 2015, Rick Sterling summarized the White Helmet roll-out and basic agenda:

“In reality the White Helmets is a project created by the UK and USA. Training of civilians in Turkey has been overseen by former British military officer and current contractor, James Le Mesurier. Promotion of the program is done by “The Syria Campaign” supported by the foundation of billionaire Ayman Asfari. The White Helmets is clearly a public relations project which has received glowing publicity from HuffPo to Nicholas Kristof at the NYT. White Helmets have been heavily promoted by the U.S. Institute of Peace (U.S.IP) whose leader began the press conference by declaring “U.S.IP has been working for the Syrian Revolution from the beginning.”

For the last 3 years, the White Helmets have existed for the singular purpose of producing thousands of propaganda segments – videos and images which reinforce the US-led foreign policy narrative for Syria. The brutal dictator Assad using his airforce against his own people, along with his evil Russian partners. Both are callously snuffing-out the fledging and therefore, the White Helmets’ primary financiers – the US State Dept (via USAID), the British Foreign Office, The Netherlands, along with other EU member states and Qatar. Since at least 2011, each of these nation stakeholders has had a vested interest in overthrowing the Syrian government and destabilizing Syria. In 2014, a number of independent researchers in the west began to catch the White Helmets’ unmistakable stench of dupery. Cory Morningstar’s article, “SYRIA: AVAAZ, PURPOSE & THE ART OF SELLING HATE FOR EMPIRE” (April 2014), and Rick Sterling’s piece for Counterpunch, “About Those Chlorine Gas Attacks in Syria,” and also the work of researcher Petri Krohn’s notable wiki site ‘A Closer Look at Syria‘ – first cracked the facade. They were followed by extensive investigations by Vanessa Beeley who has since produced a formidable volume of research and analysis on the White Helmets and other similar NGO projects, all of which are readily available on 21st Century Wire.

Any researcher working on a White Helmets documentary would have had access to all of this information, through a simple key word search.

Interestingly, mainstream media defenders of the White Helmets such as Michael Weiss, a senior fellow at NATO’s own propaganda think tank the Atlantic Council, as well as editor at the dubious Daily Beast, claim that criticism of the White Helmets is a Russian plot organized by Putin himself. Weiss’ conspiracy theory is expected considering his employer’s affiliation, but such typical hyperbolic accusations belie the fact that the first individuals to expose this pseudo NGO are not Russian, but rather independent writers and researchers from the US, Canada and Great Britain and why not – because it’s their tax dollars that is funding the White Helmets. It’s also worth noting that in December 2016 when the Nusra terrorist hold over East Aleppo was collapsing, it was Michael Weiss who is responsible for circulating bogus reports, including that women in East Aleppo were committing ‘mass suicide’ to avoid ‘mass rape’ by Assad’s soldiers. “Seventy-nine of them were executed at the barricades. The rest — everyone under 40 — were taken to warehouses that look more like internment camps. They face an unknown fate,” he said. “This morning 20 women committed suicide in order not to be raped.”

Weiss’ source for these sensational reports: terrorists in East Aleppo. This was just one of many fake news stories disseminated in the mainstream media. Weiss then went on to repeat the fabricated story to a global mainstream audience on CNN’s Don Lemon Show.

In reality, and according to countless first-hand on the ground eye witness testimonies collected by 21WIRE and other media outlets, as the Syrian Army began liberating East Aleppo, the so-called ‘moderate rebels’ promoted by Weiss and other western media operatives were using residents as human shields, and in some cases shooting residents who attempted to flee terrorist enclaves prior to government forces liberating the eastern half of the city.

With direct funding to the White Helmets from US-led Coalition countries already well in excess $150 million – international stakeholders expect a return on their investment. That return comes in the form of dramatic ‘search and rescue’ videos, some of which may have even been produced in Turkey, and which were then sent in  a highly coordinated fashion to the editorial desks of CNN, NBC, BBC, Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian and others. At no time have any of these western or GCC-based ‘journalists’ ever queried the authenticity of the staged video and photographic productions supplied by the White Helmets. Mainly, their videos have been produced to promote a No Fly Zone, or ‘Safe Zones’ in Syria by creating the false impression that somehow Syrian and Russian air forces are targeting civilians in a Blitzkrieg fashion, using crude “barrel bombs”. Outside of the White Helmets propaganda, there is scant evidence of these ‘barrel bombs’ supposedly dropped by the ‘Assad Regime’ every day according to the White Helmets.

In the run-up to the White Helmets’ failed Nobel Peace Prize bid in October, CNN even went so far as to plant a fake story about a barrel bomb hitting a “White Helmets Center” in Damascus. Increasing attention has also meant that some people are beginning to question the group’s incredible claim at the time that it had somehow saved 60,000 lives since it started in late 2013. In one letter first published at Canadian Dimension, retired academic John Ryan, PhD, a retired professor of geography and senior scholar at the University of Winnipeg, challenged this narrative, saying:

“It is the White Helmets themselves who have claimed that they have rescued 60,000 civilians; this has not been verified by any other source. Despite such a classic conflict of interest, searching for independent evidence and disqualifying self-serving claims from belligerent parties in Syria has been ignored in much of the western media. As such, this claim by the White Helmets without any verification is next to meaningless.”

Despite the questions, the group continued to raise this figure by about 10,000 every two months. They now claim to have “Saved over 82,000 lives” since they were formed in 2013. Where are the list of names, dates, times, locations and medical reports – so as to corroborate and cross-reference the casualties with the alleged Syrian and Russian airstrikes? What’s the problem – can’t $150 million buy a little bit of administration for the White Helmets? At no point have they ever been able to produce any data to back up there outlandish numbers claims – so we can only conclude that this claim, like so many other claims by the group, are fraudulent. But when has Hollywood ever let facts and data get in the way of a good war propaganda story?

In addition, the White Helmets claim that they have trained some 3,000 ‘volunteers’ throughout Syria, and yet their training facility is actually located in neighboring NATO member state Turkey, on the outskirts of the city of Gaziantep. This is the same Gaziantep that’s been described in reports as “the home to ISIS killers, sex traders…”

‘CIVIL DEFENSE’ FRAUD

Vanessa Beeley’s investigation eventually took her to Syria, where she was able to track down the REAL Syria Civil Defense organization. The US and UK creation of the “White Helmets” required that they steal the name “Syria Civil Defense” from a real existing civil defense group based in Syria. Unlike the fraudulent western construct, the REAL Syria Civil Defense was founded 63 years ago and is a registered member of the International Civil Defense Organization (ICDO) based in Geneva. For the REAL Syria Civil Defence you dial “113” inside Syria. The White Helmets have no such number because they are not a real ‘search and rescue’ organization. Their whole existence is a fraudulent construct. Beeley spoke at length to the REAL Syria Civil Defense and what the crew told her was shocking. During the ‘rebel’ (terrorist) invasion in 2012 of East Aleppo, future members of the White Helmets arrived accompanied by armed terrorists to attack the real Syria Civil Defense headquarters. They stole equipment, killed and kidnapped real civil defense volunteers as part of their operation to loot and destroy the existing institution.

Real civil defense workers also detailed how terrorist ‘Hell Cannon‘ attacks had besieged the Old City of Aleppo, which lies right on the border with the Al Nusra front lines and was a regular target for the ‘rebels’ continuous indiscriminate attacks against residents. Resident testimonies have echoed the same story: while Hell Cannons terrorized the civilians of Aleppo, the White Helmets did nothing – probably because they were with the terrorists who were launching these attacks. Terrorist Hell Cannons use an assortment of containers – gas canisters, water heater tanks packed full of explosives, glass, metal and any other limb-shredding materials – these were fired indiscriminately into civilian neighborhoods throughout Aleppo. These crude artillery guns also just happen to have the exact destructive footprint as the alleged “barrel bombs” which the White Helmets and western media are repeatedly saying are being fired by the “The Regime” (Assad) against civilians.  If the White Helmets are to be believed, Assad’s Barrel Bombs have an impact the equivalent of 7.6 on the Richter scale. This outrageous claim was actually made by White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier on CNN. In fact, 7.6 on the Richter scale is the equivalent of a hydrogen bomb, we begin to get a picture of the scale of the lies which the western narrative has spinning and which they have come to reply on in order to prosecute this dirty war. Preserving this and other key pieces of fiction is central to the US, UK and George Soros funded public relations management of the White Helmets – and essential to their entire Syria narrative which has been described by American writer Rick Sterling as something akin to a “Feel Good Hoax.”

Forget about actual ‘search and rescue’. That’s not the primary function of this ‘NGO’. If you need to know one thing about the White Helmets it’s this: marketing. A central part of the marketing campaign is images of men with beards looking up at the sky – presumably waiting for the next barrel bomb, or the media’s favorite term – the “double tap” (apparently, this is when a sinister Assad or Putin pilot returns immediately after an airstrike just to have another crack at the White Helmets).

ALWAYS LOOKING UP: ‘Waiting for the next barrel bomb.’

In most of their videos, you will also see a large number of bearded men in jeans and T-shirts just standing around on the sidelines, always watching the camera, or looking busy – as if they are cognisant that filming is taking place. When we showed some of these videos to real first responders we were normally met with shoulder shrugs and cynical laughs. People who actually work in this trade will tell you that filming on a first responder call is a luxury no worker really has – aside from maybe a GoPro helmet cam. It’s just not something anyone in their right mind would think about very much if there were really people in need of assistance – and yet, this is all the White Helmets do, all day, every day. They film and produce well-edited emotive videos. Another aspect real first responders will point out to us is that most of the time, the White Helmets often look like they don’t know what they are doing – indicating either a lack of training or experience – which seems to at least contradict their lofty claims of rescuing 82,000 people  in three and half years – certainly that would provide more experience for 2,900 ‘volunteers’ than any other search and rescue worker on the planet. In other words, the White Helmets mythology and pantomime is not very credible to any serious observer. But it seems to be good enough for a Netflix audience, and sadly, good enough for the Academy, too.


AWARD-WINNER: “We got the shot! No need for any first aid spinal procedure here.”


STAGED: Many of the White Helmets’ child ‘rescue’ images are simply ridiculous. 

The other mandatory feature in the White Helmets marketing imagery where men with beards are running to or from a scene, they’re always carrying children over their shoulder. Again, when we showed many of these images to actual rescue workers, we were met with puzzled looks. Firstly, why does 99% of the White Helmets marketing imagery only feature small children? Are there not any adults out of the “82,000 saved” to be rescued from the rubble? The White Helmets claim they were only operational in early 2014, so that’s an average of 75 persons per day, everyday. Considering the amount of people they claim to have trained, spread out over Syria, and where actual air sorties have been flown – it seems like a near mathematical impossibility. As the White Helmets provide no incident data for the alleged 82,00 persons saved, there is no way to validate there sensational narrative. Also, you will rarely, if ever see the $150 million British-trained rescue crew ever use a spinal injury backboard – opting instead to just yank the children by the arm and throw them over the shoulder. When we showed these images to real first-responder workers, they were deemed not credible. So it’s safe to conclude that the White Helmets only care about one thing: pictures and videos – wired via satellite to CNN, the New York Times, or the BBC’s news desk.

SMART POWER & THE NGO COMPLEX

Still, despite the group’s obvious links to the US and UK governments, and to known extremists and terrorists – the western media continues to entertain this NGO as if it were a legitimate ‘Civil Defense’ organization. The pseudo NGO strategy is part of an over-arching western strategy which is related to the term Smart Power (following on from Soft Power) where western governments create shadow state organizations designed to co-opt and ultimately usurp actual state agencies – in effect weakening the real civil body by replacing it with a fake version of the original.


DECEPTION: Early on, the White Helmets used images of women in order to market crowdfunding campaigns to gullible western audiences. 

In the calculus of war planners in the US, UK and France, even if they were unsuccessful in toppling the Assad government in Damascus, these fake NGOs would still be operation in “rebel” areas in the hopes that they might be viewed as legitimate civil organizations and would then replace the real ones.

After 5 years, the US or European authorities could then cite these organizations as legitimate deliverers of public service, thus giving western governments a much-needed foothold in governerates inside the target nation, in this case, Syria. Similar projects have been undertaken to replace municipal police forces with the “Free Syrian Police“, as well as western and GCC-sponsored projects in terrorist-held Idlib to create uniformed civil cleaning staff, and so on. Why doesn’t Netflix make a documentary exposing that? If they did, that would be real filmmaking; instead what we get is more public relations promotion for a failed Western foreign policy.


LA LA LAND: White Helmet filmmakers Joanna Natasegara and Orlando Von Einsiedel basking in the glory of a job well done. 

By now, it should be obvious how this propaganda cycle has been functioning, although apparently, not obvious enough for Netflix’s award-winning filmmakers Joanna Natasegara and Orlando Von Einsiedel. The fact that their beloved White Helmets stole their name from an existing, legitimate and internationally recognized first-responder agency show be cause for alarm. For any journalist researching the White Helmets, you would think the first port of call would be to speak to the official certified civil defense body. This is what 21WIRE and Beeley did. Why didn’t Natasegara and Von Einsiedel bother to check this obvious line of inquiry? The fact they didn’t might be proof that the intention on their film was not to make a legitimate documentary, but rather to glorify to US-led narrative of the ‘moderate opposition’. By definition, Natasegara and Von Einsiedel’s work cannot rightly be called journalistic but propagandist. By promoting a pseudo ‘NGO’ funded by western government, and by giving succor to extremists, their film is directed against the Syrian people – which exactly characterizes the US and UK foreign policy in Syria since 2011.

If Natasegara and Von Einsiedel deserve any reward today it should really be the Leni Riefenstahl Award for Best Propaganda Film.

But even Nazi war propaganda filmmaker Riefenstahl could hardly image propaganda on this scale – a third sector NGO and integrated media arm,  attached to dozens of governments, paramilitary military units, intelligence agencies, hundreds of corporate media outlets, and with a multi-million dollar crowd-funding facility. If nothing else, the White Helmets operation is impressive in its scope. It’s the west’s template for building a Shadow State in target nations. If it’s successful in Syria, this formula will be recreated in other marginal hot zones around the globe. That’s why the White Helmets are being guarded so closely by the western establishment.

DOUBTS OVER AUTHENTICITY

Boston Globe columnist Stephen Kizner was one of many journalists who expressed disappointment over the Academy’s selection:

There is also the problem of obvious staging in many of the White Helmets’ supposed video rescues. The following is perhaps one of the most ridiculous. As with so many of their videos, the editing is highly misleading. In the following “Rag Doll” clip, we first see two separate views of the three men working on the rescue site – and then the edit suddenly cuts to the miraculous rescue of charming little 4 year old girl – supposedly emerging from under tons of concrete and rubble from a collapsed building. Miraculously, she is not crying and looks immaculate, while holding an equally clean rag doll. Then the edit cut jumps, and a little 3 year old boy suddenly appears from the exact same spot. Both children appear to have sustained no injuries, nor any visible cuts or bruises, and no dust. Not bad for being buried under tons of concrete, gravel and dust. Incredible, but par for the course in the completely improbable “first-responder” reality show that is the White Helmets.Watch:

After reviewing this video, it’s difficult to deny that it has all the hallmarks of a staged production piece, designed to tug at the hearts of a western public – conditioned to accept this ‘first responder’ narrative as sacrosanct, for fear of appearing callous in the face of this media-driven, multi-million dollar No Fly Zone’ public relations campaign. This is not the only fraudulent video released by the White Helmets, but even the existence of one fraudulent rescue video should be grounds to question all the group’s material.

Again, the whole purpose of these video and photos is to influence public opinion against the Syrian and Russian governments. Therefore the core mission of the White Helmets media campaign is influence western and Gulf audiences. Its objectives are as follows:

  1. To create public disfavour against the Syrian government.
  2. Maintain crippling western sanctions against Syria.
  3. Gain sympathy for jihad, recruit new fighters from Europe, GCC, Asia and other regions.
  4. Fabricate ‘evidence’ used to implicate the Syrian government and its allies in war crimes.
  5. Reinforce the narrative that Syrian and Russian Forces are deliberately targeting civilians,hospital and schools – and not terrorists.
  6. Blame Syria and Russia for war crimes (when in actuality, these crimes are committed by rebel-terrorists, White Helmets). 

SYRIAN CURVE BALLS

Back in 2003, one man was responsible for delivering the WMD lies that helped to fabricate the US and UK case for invading Iraq. His name was “Curveball”. His motives weren’t exactly straight forward: “My main purpose was to topple the tyrant in Iraq because the longer this dictator remains in power, the more the Iraqi people will suffer from this regime’s oppression.”

In Syria, the west have been constantly farming a series of curve balls – on call and ready to deliver whatever the US State Dept or the British Foreign Office need in order to grandstand in front of the UN Security Council or on the floor of Parliament.

The New York Times reported that during March and April on 2015, the White Helmets claimed that at least 20 ‘barrel bombs’ containing chlorine were dropped in six towns in northwestern Syria. It almost sounded as if the the US and UK were so desperate to establish Assad as crossing the Red Line, that they would go so far as to fabricate a case that chlorine bombs were used by “the regime”:

“Frustrated with the Security Council’s impasse over the issue, rescue workers and doctors are now working to bring evidence of chlorine gas attacks directly to the French, British and American governments for testing. The aim is to give states a solid basis for action against the attacks, in the Security Council or through quieter diplomatic pressure, said James Le Mesurier, the British director of a nonprofit group, Mayday Rescue, that trains and equips the White Helmets, Syrian volunteers supported by the British, Danish and Dutch governments.”

At the time, White Helmet founder Le Messerier was heavily involved in trying to fashion together a chemical weapons case against the Syrian government. In 2015. The NYT stated:

“Going directly to governments that have pushed for Mr. Assad’s ouster creates its own challenges. His allies may dismiss their evidence as politically tainted and can point to recent chlorine attacks in Iraq for which the government there blamed insurgents, not to mention the discredited American claims of an Iraqi chemical weapons program that were used to justify invading Iraq. To deter allegations of tampering or falsification, Mr. Le Mesurier and three Syrian doctors involved said they systematically documented the chain of custody from collection to handover. They have plenty of cases to work with. Since March 16, in Idlib alone, the White Helmets have documented 14 attacks with 26 suspected chlorine barrels that sickened scores of people.”

In the end, none of  this stuck, most likely because the White Helmets’ ‘evidence’ was either fabricated, or the ‘rebels’ (terrorists) themselves were the actual perpetrators of chlorinemustard or sarin attacks – a fact which was born out through multiple investigations already. Once again – more fraud perpetrated by the White Helmets on behalf of the US and UK governments.

In September 2016, the White Helmets were also instrumental in trying to assign blame for an incident where a UN Aid Convoy was attacked outside of the town of Urm al-Kubra, west of Aleppo. The west were quick to blame it on the Russian and Syria militaries – despite the fact there was no evidence to implicate them.

As if by magic, the White Helmets were the first on the scene videoing among the flames. A Syrian Arab Red Crescent warehouse was also said to have been hit. 21WIRE later reported that indeed, the White Helmets had helped to stage the said ‘Russian Bombing’ scene outside of Aleppo – which was automatically accepted by the western mainstream media, John Kerry, Samantha Power and others, as ‘proof’ of Russian and Syrian guilt.

HOLLYWOOD ‘CHANGE AGENTS’

One of the White Helmets documentary’s biggest advocates is none other than Hollywood actor George Clooney (image, left). In the run-up to the Oscars, Clooney, along with his wife – celebrity human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney, personally campaigned on behalf of the film. It turns out, Clooney’s interest is more than just that of an liberal activist. AP reported that Clooney is in the process of producing a feature-film version of the “White Helmets.” He stated:

“The White Helmets are the heroes. So if I can help them out at all, and people can know about it, in any way possible, that’s a good use of celebrity, I think.”

As a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Clooney seems to relish in his role of celebrity humanitarian. Unfortunately, fellow members of the Council include an impressive line-up of war criminals and other dignitaries, like Dick Cheney and Henry Kissinger, as well as a chief architect of the collapse of Libya and the dirty war in Syria, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

However, judging by Clooney’s devotion to the White Helmets, it’s pretty clear that he is either ignorant of what he is supporting, or worse – he is using his public profile to push a Deep State agenda. In September 2016, Clooney managed to get an audience with John Kerry and the US State Department in order to promote his new “anti-corruption” NGO called, The Sentry. Not surprisingly, the establishment’s globalist information outlet the Daily Beast was on hand (along with a prime segment which aired on CNN) to get the word out. Editor John Avlon writes:

“Getting Americans to care about human-rights atrocities half-a-world away is hard. Getting them fired up about confronting the corruption that fuels those slaughters is an order of magnitude harder. But that’s what actor George Clooney and human-rights activist John Prendergast are aiming to do with their new project,The Sentry.”

The Sentry, is supposed to help the poor people of South Sudan by ‘taking aim at government corruption.’ Clooney goes on to demonize the South Sudan government as utterly corrupt and redeemable only by way of the international community’ – presumably through the International Criminal Court in the Hague. What Clooney will not tell his fawning public is the CIA’s role in fomenting unrest in Sudan prior to its rather convenient partition in 2010. We say convenient because splitting the country effectively cut-off port access and therefore oil pipeline access for South Sudan of which China has been a major partner on the exploration of energy. This was followed by a dirty war in South Sudan with much of the evidence pointing to the CIA. TeleSur English reports:

“The CIA is using a mercenary warlord named Riek Machar, who has a long history of ethnic massacres and mass murder to his credit, to try and overthrow the internationally recognized government of President Salva Kiir for the crime of doing business with rivals of Pax Americana, the Chinese.”

Again, we hear the familiar tropes about ‘child soldiers’ and ‘mass rape’, and how, “we must act now” – all part and parcel of the neocolonial “helpless Africa” narrative. Clooney’s partner John Prendergast delivers emotive plea:

“The war erupted, it was a fire that just raged across the land…They’ll use attack helicopters. They’ll use rape as a tool of war. They’ll recruit child soldiers and go in and send them as cannon fodder into villages to kill people. The worst human-rights abuses being committed in the world. And this is what South Sudan has dealt with because of this fallout between these thieves over the last 2½ years.”

Watch global policeman Clooney, flanked by his celebrity friend Don Cheadle, unveiling his “forensic investigation” implicating the government of South Sudan:

Interestingly, Clooney’s Sentry Project is nested under the globalist think tank, the Center for Advanced Defense Studies and bankrolled by John Podesta’s Center for American Progress – a Washington DC-based think tank with ties to the military industrial complex. Peace activist and author David Swanson outlined Sentry’s precarious connections to America’s defense industry here.Here, we can point out that the policy of ‘evicting Chinese influence’ from Africa was included in the military directives outlined in US AFRICOM immediately after its official launch in 2007-2008. Similarly, billions in direct Chinese investment in Libya was thwarted by NATO’s illegal abuse of UN Resolution 1973 which led to the complete collapse of the Libyan state. Very quickly, we can see that Clooney’s celebrated “crusade against corruption” is very likely part of a public relations smoke screen to conceal US clandestine efforts to isolate Chinese interests in the Sudans, while nudging forward US and transnational corporate policy in South Sudan, with the ultimate goal of regime change in that country. 

You can’t help but be reminded here of another similar Deep State public relations ploy centered around the exact same location back in 2012. There’s no better example of how Hollywood’s do-gooder war is waged than Kony 2012, described in Atlantic Magazine as a viral video campaign which “reinforces a dangerous, centuries-old idea that Africans are helpless and that idealistic Westerners must save them.” Like with Clooney’s Sentry Project, KONY 2012 leveraged the power of media and celebrity to manufacture public consent through an emotive public appeal, and collected millions in public donations in the process. In this case, the antagonist was the illusive warlord Joseph Kony, leader of the Lords Resistance Army. The only problem was, at the time in 2012 no one had actually seen Kony in 6 years. Still, the campaign lobbied president Obama to deploy US forces to Uganda “find Kony” in order to “saving the children”. Despite the collapse of the project following a very public meltdown by the charity’s founder, Jason Russell, the US still went and deployed US military assets to Uganda under an expansion of US AFRICOM operations in Africa. Mission accomplished. The genius of this was that it concealed the genocide and crimes against humanity carried out by President Obama’s good friend and Uganda’s ‘President for Life’ Yoweri Museveni, whose crimes have since been well-documented in powerful independent non-CIA film production called a Brilliant Genocide. It turns out that Museveni is guilty of all the things and more – which the west had laid on the ghost of Kony. A brilliant deception. Of course, the irony of this is mostly lost on Hollywood’s humanitarian jet-set, all of whom thought KONY 2012 was such a great idea when it was first launched.

What Kony 2012 achieved on a ‘activist’ and public relations level is exactly what The White Helmets documentary is doing – an expensive smokescreen to hide the real horrors of a conflict, namely, the destructive policies of western governments and their local ‘partners’ which foment trouble and strife. In the case of Syria, it’s the US, UK, Turkey, France, and GCC support of violent, armed extremists – who the White Helmets are exclusively embedded with. The cynical use of the classic American gospel hymn, “When the Saints Go Marching In” as the documentary’s theme song by filmmakers Natasegara and Von Einsiedel speaks to level of manipulation of the narrative (see the bottom of this article, with numerous photographs of White Helmet ‘saints’).

Regarding the White Helmets project, Clooney revealed something else in his rhetoric when he remarked:

Clooney said that as a celebrity, “I can’t change policy … but I can make things louder.”

This is an example of the power-activist political set in Hollywood.

We find similar language in an interview with White Helmets director Joanna Natasegara in 2016, at the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Malaysia while promoting her Oscar nominated film Virunga and its new foundation. Natasegara refers to herself as an “Impact Producer” (aka Change Agent) using documentaries to make a big impact by reinforcing or pushing a narrative. In many ways, this is antithetical to the whole process of filmmaking, especially in the research and discovery stages, and in the investigative aspects of historical documentary filmmaking – which is about documenting events but also about looking below popular political narratives to gain deeper insights, and not pushing political or policy outcomes. Power-activism is personified by numerous online marketing campaigns calling for a No Fly Zone in Syria. At the Oscar ceremony, both Natasegara and Von Einsiedel called for ‘an end to the war in Syria’ which everyone can agree on, but it rings hollow next to the words of persons like US Congresswomen Tulsi Gabbard and Tima Kurdi, the aunt of 3 yr old Alan Kurdi who washed-up on a beach to become the face of the tragic face of the migrant crisis. Both Gabbard and Kurdi appeared on global media this week calling for the US and its Coalition allies to STOP sending arms, cash and support to extremists and terrorist ‘rebels’ in Syria. Only this can bring an end to the war and allow refugees to to return to Syria said both Gabbard and Kurdi. This plea is real and reflects the facts on the ground, as opposed to the fake narrative constructed by Natasegara and Von Einsiedel, which carefully whitewashes all clandestine involvement by US, UK and its partners (who created and are funding the White Helmets) which has aided in the systematic destruction of Syria over the last 6 years, not to mention the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands. It is no coincidence that many members  of the White Helmets have extremist ties, and the fact that this is being covered-up by Natasegara and Von Einsiedel who are literally portraying the group as “saints” – speaks to the level of deception involved in this story. Now we can see Natasegara’s modus operandi with making the White Helmets film; it’s not so much about documenting history in the conventional sense, so much as it is about ‘making an impact’ politically – on behalf of the governments who created the White Helmets, which veers into the area of propaganda again.

Watch Joanna Natasegara in an interview here from the 2016 IACC Conference:

On the surface, Natasegara appears to be waging the classic international liberal crusade by fighting against mining, oil, and poaching, in the poor, permanently ‘developing’ countries like the Congo. No one will argue that the level of corruption in African countries can be extreme in some cases, but what are the real causes of institutional corruption in those lands? Indeed, “Stopping” them (corrupt officials) in Africa, but doing little to stop them at the actual corporate level in London, Belgium, New York or Washington DC. In fact, many of the biggest corporate donors to these ‘good causes’ projects are connected to the very same corporate behemoth that activists purport to be fighting against. This cycle of power activism feeds into the cycle of neocolonialism – in what researcher Cory Morningstar so rightly refers to as “the wrong kind of green.” As it turns out, the IACC is funded by none other than Transparency International (T.I.), one of the main players in the globalist “anti-corruption” syndicate, which is very much linked to the work of Hollywood activists like Clooney. In the past, T.I. has been accused of cooking its own books in its anti-corruption investigations, including an incident in 2008 where the organization used falsified data to try and frame the Chavez government in Venezuela during one of its anti-corruption investigations. This is a good example of NGO smart power being used to undermine a target nation. Clooney and Natasegara are just two of the many public faces who represent this network.Back in 2016, when the Panama Papers story broke, seemingly out of nowhere, the mainstream media utterly failed in analysing what they were really looking at. Yes, there’s plenty of corruption and shady shell companies in Panama (but no word of the giant offshore corporate maze located in Delaware), but was the endgame of that supposedly independent ‘investigation’? Amid all the mainstream media hype and ‘anti-corruption’ grandstanding, researcher James Corbett was one of the only people who asked the right question: “So why does this new mega-leak seemingly only expose those in the State Department crosshairs or expendable others and not a single prominent American politician or businessman? And what does this have to do with the OECD’s plan for a global taxation grid?” (LISTEN to my full interview last year with James Corbett here)

Nazi propaganda filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl.

Natasegara also goes on about using “activists” and “citizen journalists” to achieve the desired ‘impact.’ Here she is alluding to the scores of Syrian “activists” and the White Helmets, who have supplied western media outlets with the images our governments want in order to reinforce the official narrative. Natasegara is promoting the exact tool she utilized in the deceptive Netflix project where all of the alleged stock ‘rescue’ footage was supplied to producers by the White Helmets themselves. Natasegara claims to have trained 21 year old White Helmet ‘activist’ Khaled Khatib in Turkey before sending him into Syria to shoot much of the footage. NPR claims that he ‘risked his life’ to shoot the film for Netflix. Khatib was later blocked from entering the US to attend the Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles. So the Netflix producers had no way of independently verifying what they’ve been given – effectively relying on al Qaeda affiliated individuals to supply them with made-to-order ‘rescue’ footage.

How can they call this a documentary?

In this case, it didn’t seem to matter to Joanna Natasegara and her co-producer Orlando Von Einsiedel whether its real or staged, so long as the White Helmets narrative was achieved.

Despite the claims by Netflix producers, Natasegara and Von Einsiedel – purpose was to reinforce the US-led Coalition fake narrative on Syria which has never resembled the facts on the ground. The US-UK establishment could not have hand-picked better tools for this job than Natasegara and Von Einsiedel. If they were real filmmakers interested in the truth, they would have paused to question why this group was founded by a senior British Military intelligence officer, James Le Mesurier, why it is based in Turkey and not Syria, and why the group only operated exclusively in Al Nusra (al Qaeda in Syria), Arar al Sham (al Qaeda affiliate) and ISIS-held areas in Syria, why are White Helmets members routinely pictured with weapons, and with terrorists. The answer is simple to anyone with half a brain and who is being honest: the White Helmets are composed of mainly partisan extremists. That’s a fact.

Still, all of this is noticeably missing from Natasegara and Von Einsiedel’s storybook version of the White Helmets, which is inexcusable considering how there’s no shortage of readily available evidence pointing directly to White Helmets’ ties to terrorists. One has to assume that the filmmakers knew about the extremist links and the US-NATO funding of the group but chose to ignore this in favor of producing their expensive piece of propaganda, and as we saw this week, both were all too happy to lap up the awards – even though the fiction they created has aided in giving political cover to illegal weapons transfers by the west and GCC states and has also been instrumental in wrongly demonizing the Syrian government while further legitimizing US-led Coalition-backed terrorism in Syria.

Concealing the White Helmet fraud under the seemingly innocuous guise of “Free Speech”, “Free Press” or “Citizen Journalism” is the absolute dereliction of any journalistic inquiry or responsibility in vetting the footage supplied by the White Helmets.

“Freedom for journalists has to be absolute. There is no such thing as restrictions on media that work,” said Natasegara.

Apparently, Oscar winner Natasegara was not too keen on free speech after Youtube artist Tyranny Unmasked posted a video critical of the Netflix White Helmets trailer. It appears that Natasegara used YouTube’s communitarian censorship system to take down the video critical of her film. Watch:

Being British, one might hope that Natasegara could apply these lofty polemics to the UK – and ask why the government still controls journalists and press through the archaic practice of issuing D-Notices, or the government’s aggressive stance towards whistleblowers with UK authorities threatening imprisonment for simply handling leaked material, or perhaps even the Leveson Inquiry’s attempt at allowing state control over what’s left of the UK’s free press. Similarly, the anti-corruption crowd might consider challenging Barack Obama’s war on whistleblowing which saw freedoms roll back at a record clip over the last 8 years. Certainly, that’s no shining city on the hill, or a role model for the seemingly lowly, poor and hopelessly “corrupt” developing world nations that the globe-trotting Natasegara is after. Only last year, we learned how the Pentagon hired elite UK public relations firm Bell Pottingerpaying them $540 million to produce, among other items, fake al Qaeda propaganda videos – to further prop-up a failed US and UK foreign policy facade. Perhaps Natasegara, or Clooney could do an “anti-corruption” film explaining how many starving children could be fed for a month or how many schools could be built, or how many water wells could be drilled – with $540 million dollars of US taxpayer money.

That’s only one example to demonstrate how the NGO operatives ignore the mountains of institutional corruption in the US and Europe, and the destructive murderous military industrial juggernaut – in favor of trying to yank the rug out from under a government located in some poor African, Asian, or Middle Eastern country which the US and its partners have their eye on for regime change.

CROWD-FUNDING TERROR

One of the saddest parts of this whole story is also that the power of marketing and propaganda means that tens of thousands of unwitting members of the public have been duped into donating their hard-earned money for this dubious NGO. If the wider public knew what Aleppo residents already know – that the White Helmets function as a support group alongside known terrorists groups like Al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, Nour al-Din al-Zinki & ISIS and others (all known extremist groups operating inside of Syria),  the White Helmets would not be celebrated as humanitarian, but rather, they’d be condemned as a multimillion fraud, customized by the West in order to give cover to the illicit practice of arming and supporting ‘rebel’ terrorists by the US, UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others.

By all accounts, White Helmets video and photo propaganda has been instrumental in aiding in the recruitment of new terrorists – new fighters from the West, Middle East and Asia – who see the contrived news reports in their countries of origin and believe the false narrative being portrayed by mainstream media news agencies. In this way, you could say that because the media are not vetting any of this material and are defaulting into a Western foreign policy bias by spinning all of their stories into emotive productions that reinforce a NATO and GCC-led ‘regime change’ and completely contrived “moderate rebel” narrative – the media are complicit in helping to drive the recruitment of terrorists internationally. By anyone’s definition, they are providing material support and comfort to known violent, religious extremists terrorists. When you break it right down, that’s exactly what is happening here. Undoubtedly, Hollywood is guilty of this.

Lastly, to see the White Helmets fundamental terrorist connection, one need look no further than to its ‘President’ Raed Saleh.

TERRORIST CENTRAL: Raed Saleh photographed with his close associate Mustafa al-Haj Yussef, leader of White Helmet Centre in terrorist-held Idlib province (Photo: al-Haj Yussef Facebook page)

Last month, 21WIRE investigative journalist Vanessa Beeley reported on White Helmet leader Raed Saleh’s close partner, Mustafa al-Haj Yussefleader of the White Helmets centre in the Al Nusra-occupied city of Khan Shaykhun, Idlib. The photo, above, clearly demonstrates the close relationship that Saleh shares with his friend and colleague Yussef, and apparently with the armed militant seen standing behind the two White Helmet leaders. On the 1st June 2014, White Helmet deputy Yussef called for the shelling of civilians during elections in Damascus.  He declares that this murderous act would be the “greatest declaration of revolution” .  

Is this the words of a “neutral, impartial, humanitarian”? Here we can see the White Helmets calling for direct violence against civilians who are doing nothing more than exercising their right to vote – in their own country. See the full story here.

So to even suggest that the White Helmets are “unarmed and neutral civilian volunteers” is tantamount to fraud. The fact that filmmakers Natasegara, Von Einsiedel and Netflix are using this false statement in their film and public relations material demonstrates outright deception on their part. 

It crucial to reiterate that the White Helmets are not a Syrian creation, but rather a product of US, British and NATO intelligence special project to use western conceived and western-funded NGO organizations to assist in the stated US-led Coalition foreign policy of ‘regime change’ for Syria by producing western and GCC-oriented propaganda designed to undermine the Syrian government and state. Founded by British military intelligence officer James Le Mesurier, a graduate of Sandhurst Military Academy. It is believed that all totalled including undisclosed funding and solicited donations, that the group has received well in excess of over $250 million dollars since coming online in late 2013. 

The following is list of known funding sources for the White Helmets as of October 2016:

To anyone who bothers to look, the White Helmets extremist links are undeniable. Watch as Al Nusra and jihadi spokesman acknowledges the White Helmets as “Mujahadeen”:

Based on the evidence presented, and the images inserted below, one can safely conclude that at the very least, filmmakers Joanna Natasegara and Orlando Von Einsiedel and Netflix did zero due diligence when researching this multimillion dollar film production. Of course, that’s being generous. It seems more likely that they were fully aware that the White Helmets are attached to the multitude of extremist and terrorist groups – and conveniently ignored this fact in favour of constructing their propaganda narrative. Hence, a case could be made that these filmmakers and their distributor have knowingly provided promotion and political support to known terrorists – which is in direct violation of numerous US, European and International laws.


White Helmet operative, seen here at a “moderate” extremist, Free Sryian Army, meeting in Idlib, clearly demonstrating political affiliation to a widely proclaimed non “moderate” militant group, unable to function without support from better armed & funded terrorist factions such as Nusra Front.  (Photo: Screenshot from video

Not only are the White Helmets embedded exclusively with extremists – they ARE extremists. Certainly, it is the choice of White Helmets members to also join extremist terrorist fighting groups, but by doing so, the White Helmets cannot rightly claim that their members are either neutral, nonpartisan, or ‘unarmed’. To claim otherwise constitutes cunning and deception on the part of the White Helmets and their promotional agents, including Netflix corporate marketing, and the film’s producers Joanna Natasegara and Orlando Von Einsiedel. If Netflix were to take this issue seriously, after reviewing readily available evidence they would remove this film from their distribution chain, and Natasegara and Von Einsiedel should return their award to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

The following are a series of over 50 visual exhibits which clearly indicate that the White Helmets are not neutral, and whose ranks are in fact filled with extremists, including those with memberships in US-Coalition-backed internationally recognized terrorist fighting groups operating throughout Syria… 

White Helmet members are clearly pictured together with violent terrorists, and also taking part in heinous terrorists acts, as well as war crimes under the Geneva Convention:

Photos below were censored by Google

White Helmet-Terrorist fighting group dual membership:

White Helmet-Terrorist fighting group dual membership:

White Helmet-Terrorist group dual membership:

As shown previously, a White Helmet speaking on behalf of the Western-backed ‘Opposition” pseudo state, in front of the “moderate” militant, Free Syrian Army, French colonial, “Syrian” flag:

White Helmets with armed opposition acting in the role of ‘victim’ in the notorious staged “Mannequin Challenge” video:

White Helmet-Terrorist group dual membership:

White Helmet are armed:

White Helmet with Terrorist disposing of mutilated bodies of Syrian National Army soldiers:

White Helmet are armed and embedded with “rebel” (terrorist) fighters:

White Helmet-Terrorist group dual membership:

White Helmet with TerroristAl Nusra Front flying the terrorist flag:

White Helmet-Terrorist group dual membership:

US-UK funded White Helmets operatives gloating while taking part in kidnapping, torture and execution of Syrian National Army soldiers, a violation of Geneva Convention on war crimes:

White Helmets pictured here working alongside with Nusra-ISIS terrorists:

“Hand in Hand with Al Nusra” (al Qaeda in Syria):

White Helmets -Terrorist dual membership:

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Possible White Helmets involvement of the Terrorist (by Nour al-Din al-Zinki) execution and beheading of 12 year-old Abdulla Issa:

White Helmets -Terrorist dual membership:

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White Helmets -Terrorist dual membership:

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White Helmets -Terrorist dual membership:

White Helmets embedded exclusively in ISIS and Terrorist-held areas:

White Helmets -Terrorist dual membership:

White Helmets ARE militants:

White Helmets -Terrorist dual membership:

Rebel media operative demonstrates support for ISIS in Syria:

By Gordon Duff and New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

It’s late July, 2018. In the Middle East, 800 men and their families are heading for Western Europe, Canada and the US, to be resettled as refugees. The true story behind their evacuation by Israel and their proposed “resettlement” as heroes is one of the most devious and frightening tales of our time.

Sources also tell us that among the 800 are top ISIS commanders who will soon be living in Germany, Britain, Canada and the United States, doing what terrorist commanders do, organizing cells and murdering innocent civilians, just like they did in Syria and Iraq and just like the White Helmets had done all along.

The White Helmets are an enigmatic group, lauded as volunteers and life savers, servant of mankind, they were organized by Britain’s MI6 as a black propaganda and anti-Assad organization funded by the governments of Britain, the US, Germany and others. They are not an NGO. There is nothing “non-governmental” about them.

Essentially, they are terrorist mercenaries.

With up to 30,000 opposition fighters inside Syria giving up arms and either rejoining Syrian society under the Damascus government in the last 12 months, or for some being resettled and perhaps continuing the fight, the 800-man force known as the White Helmets is unique.

Perhaps this is why they had to be “disemboweled” from Syria though an illegal military incursion that to the trained observer also demonstrates the curious close relationships between ISIS, al Qaeda and the Israeli Defense Forces, almost as if they were one in the same and the White Helmets were simply just another ISIS or al Qaeda organization.

It was the White Helmet’s fabricated stories of gas attacks and “barrel bombings” that drove Donald Trump to calling the elected Syrian leader “animal Assad” and launching multiple strikes on Syrian territory without UN authorization or NATO consensus.

It was the same Trump advisors and the same Donald Trump who now says he believes President Putin that, not so long ago, took the word of perhaps the sleaziest of all CIA terror operations, the White Helmets, a CIA he now says has always misled him, has always been useless, as justification for attacking Syria.

Why then did Trump attack Syria when the information he based his decision on was, by his own admission, “fake news” from his political enemies. Taking it one step further, not just fake but crazy as well, with Syria triumphant on the battle field. Syria had warned the world that the White Helmets were preparing a provocation in order to justify an American defense of ISIS against a Syria more united than ever under President Assad.

That news was everywhere, certainly across the international and alternative media that Trump is known to monitor nearly 20 hours a day on his smart phone. How did he miss it?

Trump and Putin

One thing the world now knows beyond a doubt is that Donald Trump believes Vladimir Putin. But if this is true, which we know it to be, then Trump’s actions regarding the White Helmets are bizarre and even criminal. Let us take a closer look.

On July 18, 2018, President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

They asked that Israel send IDF units well into ISIS and al Qaeda held territory, into Syria, in violation of the 1974 cease fire agreement.

There, the IDF was to, in less than 4 hours, screen 800 adult males claiming to be “White Helmets,” along with their families, load same onto busses and drive them to CIA controlled training camps in Jordan about 50 miles south of the recently liberated Syria city of Daraa.

The planning and execution of this effort, in less than 24 hours, was both incredible and heroic. Israeli forces met absolutely no resistance from ISIS or al Qaeda but were, rather, greeted with full cooperation and open arms.

Let us remember that, only a week ago, American President Donald Trump met with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Trump was effusive in his praise of Vladimir Putin, particularly in his trust of Putin and Trump’s belief that Vladimir Putin is an honest man.

This being the case, one can’t help but wonder why President Trump would ask Israel to rescue the White Helmets from the Syrian Arab Army. Moscow has stated for many months that the White Helmets are, in fact, a terrorist organization and has offered proof at both the United Nations and at The Hague backing its assertions.

In fact, the White Helmets, supposedly a civil defense NGO made up of Syrian volunteers, has long been exposed by journalists like Vanessa Beeley, Nahed al Husaini and Carla Ortiz as guilty of the murder of thousands of Syrian civilians through staged gas attacks and bombings.

The White Helmets, lauded by American leftist and Hollywood actor, George Clooney, have been cited in the media, particularly in Russia, Iran and Syria, but other nations as well, as among the most dangerous terrorists in the world.

Why then, as Trump has stated he values Putin’s opinion so much, and this is a case where Putin’s opinion is backed up by significant and irrefutable evidence, has Trump done something so stupid?

You see, it isn’t just that Trump and Trudeau asked Israel to send troops into Syria in violation of UN agreements and Syria’s sovereignty, a war crime in itself, but Trump and to a lesser extent for Trudeau, knowingly asked Israel to aid terrorists who are guilty of crimes against humanity.

It gets worse.

According to the German newspaper, Bild, the White Helmets, 800 so far, will be sent to Germany, Britain, Canada and the US. There is considerable evidence that this is an army of “800 little bin Ladens,” with many trained bomb makers, nearly all jihadists and most minimally need to be adjudicated as to their crimes against the Syrian people.

Additionally, one might well note that no screening process was employed whatsoever. We are certain that Israel simply loaded anyone who showed up onto a bus.

Let’s take a second and picture this. We have 800 families who traveled to an embarkation point deep inside the ISIS enclave in Southern Syria, an enclave shrinking by the minute.

ISIS fighters are all around, flags and guns, many carrying their head chopping swords, others with cameras and phones, recording and uploading events to their YouTube channels and Facebook accounts that are never cancelled no matter what kind of material they post.

Along side them are IDF units, in uniform, armed, standing side by side with ISIS fighters while dozens of busses are driven in from Jordan.

Does anyone find anything wrong about this picture? Do I have something wrong here?

How was this going to be sold to the public when these ISIS terrorists show up at the Toronto or Indianapolis airports and are rushed through customs and into their new lives, paid housing, free medical care for life, government checks in the mail, their children not seized, no danger of deportation and detention.

Does anyone find anything wrong with this picture as well?

Refugees are beginning to return to Syria as the Damascus government clears out the last of the terrorists from all but Idlib Province. There, al Qaeda and the White Helmets are still active, holding a civilian population in terror, rounding up political prisoners, executing hundreds and planning more chemical attacks so that President Trump will protect their reign of terror.

This is the simple truth of it.

Why America Uses Terror

Few are aware to what extent the American military, the highest paid in the world, was decimated during the contrived War on Terror. Hundreds of thousands were maimed, more wasted away in endless “deployments” while tens of thousands killed themselves.

Pentagon funds are better spent on missiles, aircraft carriers, and mercenaries while Washington political insiders rake off billions in graft.

War had to change, false flag terror, fake aid and refugee groups, fake news and standoff missile attacks while sanctions, blockades and assassinations took their toll. Key to America’s war, or perhaps more appropriately, the war America is fighting on behalf of globalist interests, is a group known as the “White Helmets.”

A Syrian child, living under ISIS terror, is dragged off the street. Bleach is poured on his head by, of all things, a fake first responder wearing a strange white bicycle helmet. His parents are terrified, other children kidnapped in a similar war are found dead, mutilated after being hacked and bashed, then dragged around repeatedly before video teams from Reuters and Aljazeera, fake atrocity victims to justify American military action against Syria.

The child is then dragged into a local hospital where a doctor, held at gunpoint, pretends to examine the terrified child while filming goes on.

Sometimes the filmed victims are paid, even filmed coming back to life, other times real Sarin gas is used, smuggled into Syria from Georgia and Ukraine, according to Serena Shim of Press TV, by mercenaries working for Google Idea Groups, a US State Department contractor.

Serena Shim was murdered on October 19, 2014.

Ensuing chemical weapons investigators find themselves followed, their families threatened and risk financial ruin and smears of any imaginable kind, in particular, being arrested with child pornography placed on their computers.

Protecting the White Helmets, a terror organization now spreading around the world, the story we will be telling here, is what President Trump calls the “fake media.” Behind it all, of course, is Donald Trump himself and Benjamin Netanyahu.

Background

For weeks now, counter-terrorism organizations around the world have been engaged in efforts to identify members of an organization celebrated by Hollywood as among the most honored and revered of our time. We are, of course, speaking of the White Helmets, accused by Russia, Syria, Iran, Turkey, and independent investigators and journalists as a terrorist organization, the “Propaganda Ministry” for both ISIS and al Qaeda.

The White Helmets, a fake NGO (Non-Governmental Organization), totally funded by spy agencies from the US, Britain, Germany, Israel and Saudi Arabia, has, for years, staged chemical attacks killing thousands, staged fake bombing attacks and produced propaganda videos promoted by the mainstream media.

Time and time again, slam dunk proof has been submitted to the UN, the ICC at The Hague and to world media that this organization has committed unspeakable atrocities and its membership is a revolving door of terrorist leaders, crisis actors and Western paid propagandists.

Evacuated by Israel for Reassignment as “Terror Cells”

On July 22, 2018, the Associated Press published the following story about the alleged rescue of a very controversial organization known as the White Helmets. The story itself is beyond understanding, a travesty of falsehood, fakery and fabrication, a narrative that defies imagination.

BEIRUT (AP) — The Israeli military in coordination with its U.S. and European allies evacuated hundreds of Syrian rescue workers known as the White Helmets from near its volatile frontier with Syria, in a complex and first-of-a-kind operation.

The evacuees, who were hemmed in from one side by advancing hostile Syrian troops and from another by militants affiliated with the Islamic State group, were transported to Jordan, from where they are expected to be resettled in Europe and Canada in the coming weeks.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Sunday that 422 White Helmets volunteers were evacuated, instead of the initial 800 cleared for the operation.

Israel’s military said the overnight operation was “an exceptional humanitarian gesture” at the request of the United States and European allies due to an “immediate threat to the (Syrians) lives.” It posted a video online showing its soldiers handing out water bottles to the evacuees.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a separate video statement, said U.S. President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and others had asked him to help evacuate the group’s members.

“These are people who saved lives and whose lives are now in danger. I authorized bringing them through Israel to other countries as an important humanitarian gesture,” Netanyahu said.

The U.S. State Department welcomed the rescue of “these brave volunteers” and cited the United Nations, Israel, and Jordan for helping with the operation.

The statement from spokeswoman Heather Nauert also called on Syria’s government and its ally Russia “to abide by their commitments, end the violence, and protect all Syrian civilians, including humanitarians such as the White Helmets, in areas formerly part of the southwest de-escalation zone and throughout Syria.”

The “evacuation” of the White Helmets is part of a larger program of building and organizing a blend of terror groups like the Gulanites that threaten Turkey, the newly deployed ISIS sent to Afghanistan by the CIA or the MEK, a bizarre terror cult the US has deployed against the people of Iran.

Decades ago it was the “contras” and the death squads that killed tens of thousands in El Salvador and up to 300,000 in Guatemala.

Coming to Your Neighborhood

Not all terrorists will continue their Saudi paid and American supported wars in the Middle East and South Asia. In order to foster compliance on the part of NATO and other governments, domestic false-flag terror attacks, even in the United States such as those that occurred on September 11, 2001, must continue.

The targets, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy will be foremost on the list with Iran blamed, of course. Such attacks are under planning right now, and the perpetrators who used to be smuggled through Kosovo into Italy and north, are now being flown into Europe and North America as “heroes.”

Normally heroes receive medals, awards, and parades but these heroes, the White Helmets, arrive by the dark of night with fake identities and fat checks from spy agencies. Their “heroic” efforts aren’t over, there are more children to kill, more chemical attacks to stage, more death, more deceit, more false flag terror and a war on Iran to bring to fruition.

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OPCW NATO Klan Strips Syria Voting Rights in The Hague

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OPCW NATO klansmen and their terrified house servants in The Hague, stripped Syria of its voting rights on Wednesday 21 April. The threat was originally launched by P3 member France, at the monthly anti-Syria chemical file meeting of the NATO klan ruling the UN, on 6 April. A whopping six days later, the UN-OPCW or the OPCW-UN published its Nuremberg crimes against humanity propaganda piece, via its IIT which is some type of geometric conversion of its FFM, as IIT is twice now twice the length of the criminally lying FFM.

Lest anyone forget, or have been thoroughly brainwashed into believing the crossword puzzle when the clue is “peacekeeping force,” NATO stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Its stenography journalists keep to the acronym, to help prevent westerners — who used to learn geography via war — from looking at a map.

OPCW is run by the NATO klan.
The first two letters of the acronym, NATO, stand for “North Atlantic.”

The NATO klansmen took over the OPCW when Dick Cheney sent John Bolton to threaten then OPCW head Jose Bustani, and then to threaten other members unless he was removed — because he refused to lie about Iraq and WMD (a similar reason as when Cheney had CIA agent Valerie Plame outted; her husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson had refused to lie about Iraq and yellow cake.).

Another reminder: THE OPCW INVESTIGATORS NEVER ENTERED KHAN SHEIKHOUN, LTAMENAH, NOR SARAQIB BECAUSE AL QAEDA OCCUPYING THOSE AREAS OF SYRIA WERE A SECURITY HAZARD.

NONETHELESS, OPCW ACCEPTED AL QAEDA’S VERBAL TESTIMONY, AND AL QAEDA’S ‘SEXXED UP’ PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.

OPCW ADMITTED ITS INVESTIGATORS DID NOT ENTER THE AREAS THAT REQUIRED INVESTIGATIONS, IN ALL OF THE FFM AND IIT ‘DOSSIERS,’ ALL OF WHICH ARE INCLUDED IN ABOVE HYPERLINKED REPORT. SYRIA NEWS HAS READ EVERY WORD OF EACH OF THEM.

NOTE THE FEATURED IMAGE OF THE HUMAN GARBAGE PSYCHOPATHS THAT SCARED THE OPCW FROM ENTERING LTAMENAH. THESE BABOONS ARE THE REPUTED MEDICS, ACCORDING TO THE NATO KLANSMEN.

Colonialist France — which tested its nukes on Algeria — has always had a special antipathy toward the Syrian Arab Republic, for ejecting its occupiers, and its occupation; Evacuation Day was just celebrated, last week.

War criminal France, which nuked Algerians in its Gerboise Bleue atrocity, France which enucleated so many Gilets Jaunes that the ophthalmologists of the country actually sent a letter to Macron asking him to please stop blinding French citizens, also led the NATO UN klan sabotage of Syria’s request for an OPCW investigation of the terrorists’ use of chemical weapons which murdered upwards of 25 people in Khan al Asal, 19 March 2013, most of them Syrian Arab Army soldiers. France’s successful sabotage was assisted by UK, US, and Israel (the latter is basically a NATO country that pays no dues).

Syria’s requests to the UN for OPCW investigations began immediately after 5 December 2012, when terrorists located in Turkey uploaded a video showing the use of a chemical weapon in a terminal rabbit experiment, threatening to unleash it against the Syrian people. The same takfiri savages released a second deadly chemical video on 12 December 2012, claiming they had a poison that could be used to destroy the al Asinn natural water supply in Lattakia, and to massacre the ethnic minority of Alawites in the region. Both videos are in this report which pre-dates the al Qaeda atrocities in Khan Sheikhoun, by four weeks and two days. The poison appears to be what the Nusra Helmets used on their kidnapped victims on 4 April, as it was quick acting and resulted in the same, painful, agonal breathing in the caged rabbit as in the children stripped half-naked, triple atrocity of kidnap, poison, and show a snuff pornography to the world’s most degenerate pathogens.

OPCW pimps for al Qaeda for perpetual war.
Remember this child? Stripped naked, pummeled with a power hose, poisoned in snuff porn which showed painful agonal breathing. One of dozens murdered by al Qaeda 4 April 2017.

The OPCW is NATO. NATO is the devil. As always — Iraq, Libya, Syria — in the making of any deal with the devil, it must only be considered in terms of a tactical necessity, to postpone the inevitable.

Despite Syria having joined the the NATO-run OPCW, turning over its unused chemical stockpile (something the US still has not done, yet there are no monthly meetings about the US ‘chemical file,’ no bombing of the US, no stripping it of its voting rights at The Hague), the NATO junta of the US, UK, France and assorted house servant criminals bombed the SAR based on the word of the Brit illegal once on trial for terrorism at home, the #NotADoctor criminal Shajul Islam, whose license to practice medicine in his homeland had long been revoked, and had it not, the illegal practice of medicine in someone else’s country is grounds for licensure revocation.

The OPCW / UN klansmen are still enraged over the ten year anniversary of the failed NATO Spring against the SAR, and likely have also been engaged in rug-chewing over the recent closure of their al Qaeda boys’ training center near Tadmor.

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The Three Deadly Components of Entitized Lebanon Heading Towards Collapse

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The Three Deadly Components of Entitized Lebanon Heading Towards Collapse

By George Haddad

A hundred years after the establishment of the “State of Greater Lebanon”, owned by the invading French General Henri Gouraud, this combination has miserably failed to achieve the fundamental geostrategic objective for that it was created in our view, which is the creation of a “Zionized Christian nationalist homeland”, in which the interests of French imperialism and the global European monopolistic financial bloc converge and merge with the interests of global Judaism; and in a race with the creation of the “Jewish nationalist homeland” in Palestine, in which the interests of universal Judaism converged with those of British [and later American] imperialism and the global monopolistic Anglo-Saxon Protestant financial bloc.

And in vain, colonial France is now trying to save the dismantled entitized Lebanon from drowning. The closest to historical logic is that colonial France itself will drown, before it can save the entitized Lebanon from drowning. The majority of analysts are now unanimously saying that the current Lebanese crisis is not a temporary crisis, but rather an existential one, entitled: Will the current entitized Lebanon remain or not?

And that’s why the sectarian heads of the entitzed Lebanon – terrified to the bone – degenerate to the point that they refuse the oxygen provided by Syria to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, destroy thousands of tons of flour provided by Iraq to help the Lebanese people, refuse to buy fuel in Lebanese pounds from Iraq and Iran, and refuse to accept the large unconditioned development offers made by China and Russia. All these crimes against the Lebanese people are committed in the name of the so-called “Lebanese sovereignty” and the preservation of Lebanon’s western “civilizational” identity.

This is why Lebanese entitized sectarians, instead of all of the aforementioned, have raised the so-called “neutrality” slogan and separated Lebanon from its Arab surroundings and affiliation, except through normalization regimes with “Israel” and even to demand the “internationalization” of Lebanon and call for foreign occupation of Lebanese territory on the pretext of preserving Lebanon’s “neutrality” and so-called “Lebanese sovereignty”.

And whatever the exits of the current crisis of forming a government in Lebanon may be, this will not eliminate – but it will further emphasize – the existential nature of crisis of the entitized Lebanon. Any scientific-historical and objective analysis of this crisis must take into account and start from the three cancerous components from which entitized Lebanon was formed, which are fundamentally hostile to the existence and life of the Lebanese popular masses of all categories and sects. These cancerous components are:

1-            Sectarianism

2-            Treason

3-            Corruption

It must be emphasized that these three “qualities” do not exist separately, but are organically related. Every sectarian is at the same time a traitor and a corrupt – corruptor. And every traitor is a corrupt and a sectarian. And every corrupt is a sectarian and a traitor. These three filthy channels pour into the swamp of association and dependency with colonialism, imperialism and Zionism.

Entitzed Lebanon found in these three cancerous components, not by coincidence, and not a defense or guarantee of the interest of any Lebanese group or community, but rather a key tool and means for the production of the “nationalist Christian Zionized homeland” project, its supplements from other communities, under the slogans of “Coexistence”, “National Pact” and “Consensual Democracy”. And the presence of the entitized Lebanon is in conjunction with the presence of its components. If these components fall, the entitized Lebanon will inevitably fall.

Perhaps it is necessary to look at the nature of the existence of this Lebanese entity, through each of its existential components:

First, the entitized Lebanon was based on a “fundamental principle” which is sectarian quotas, while giving a “preference” to Christian denominationalism in its western wing, because the leading elite in Western Christian denominationalism has a historical relationship with the colonial West. And everything in the Lebanese entity, even the installation of sidewalk tiles on any street in any Lebanese city or village, is linked to sectarian quotas. And of course, they call this “Christian-Muslim coexistence”, “religious brotherhood” and the “message to the world” conveyed by Lebanon, mentioned dozens of times in the Torah!! Belonging to the entitized Lebanon is synonymous with belonging to the sectarian quota system. There is no existence whatsoever for “their Lebanon” without the existence of the sectarian quota system, taken from the Ottoman system of “millet”, which is the system that was enshrined, “modernized” and “constitutionalized” by French colonialism and its partners and successors.

Second, the entitized Lebanon was founded on a second “fundamental principle”, which is subordination and employment to colonialism. The upper-hand in the “State of Greater Lebanon” was given to Lebanese politicians [the founding fathers of the Lebanese State] who contributed to the formation of the “Army of the Levant” in the French Army, that is the “French Armed Force” comprised of Lebanese and Syrian volunteers, and it is the same legion from which the armed forces of the “independent” Lebanese State later emerged. The “Lebanese volunteers” fought alongside the invading French forces at the Battle of Maysalun in August 1920, following which the “independence” of the “State of Greater Lebanon” was declared. They also fought in the French colonial forces during the Great Syrian Revolt [1925 – 1927], which extended to some “Lebanese” areas.

Hassan Hamadeh wrote in “Al-Akhbar” newspaper on September 17, 2019, that in 1938, the President of the Lebanese Republic, Emile Edde and Prime Minister Khair al-Din al-Ahdab supported the project of the “Jewish Agency for ‘Israel’” to settle Jews fleeing Nazi Germany in the area between Saida and Tyre, where this area must join the planned “Israel” in return for sums of money.

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This project was supported by Jewish French Prime Minister Léon Blum. But then French High Commissioner De Martel, who opposed the expansion of the British influence at the expense of France’s, disrupted the project and scolded Emile Edde and Khair al-Din al-Ahdab.

The scandalous WikiLeaks also published English reports on the Lebanese families of top landowners who sold thousands of acres of land in Palestine to the Jews. These families include: the Sursock family, the Salam family, the Tien family, the Tueni family, the Khoury family, the Qabbani family, Madam Omran, the al-Sabbagh family, and Muhammad Bayhm. And Khair al-Din al-Ahdab [the Prime Minister], Wasfi al-Din Qaddura, Joseph Khadij, Michel Sarji, Murad Dana [a Jew] and Elias al-Hajj established a company in Beirut, specifically on 19 August 1935, to buy lands in southern Lebanon and Palestine and sell them to Jews.

During the “Israeli” invasion of Lebanon in 1982, the traitorous “sovereign” entitized Lebanese marched in the ranks of the occupiers and fought alongside them in Beirut, the South and all of Lebanon, and committed the Sabra and Shatila massacre.

When “Israel” failed to defeat the Resistance in 2006, Lebanese traitors shed tears over “Israel’s” defeat.

Today, on the verge of the historic defeat of American and Western imperialism, “Israel” and Zionism in the region, entitized traitors do not hesitate to call for the foreign occupation of Lebanon, under the slogans of “internationalization”, “neutrality” and so-called “Lebanese sovereignty”.

Third, in the era of foreign rule in the Arab region [including Lebanon] – in the Ayyubid era, the Mamluk, then the Ottoman – the prevailing socio-economic system was a feudal, oppressive, eastern-style system, where the and authoritarian State is a separate and strange to the people, and the oppressed people are separate and strange to the State. The relationship of the State with all its local followers [princes, governors, the Pashas, the Beiks, and aghas, etc.] and the people, was a relationship of tyranny, murder, looting and plunder. Beyond this scourge, the masses of the people were living in a closed family and village natural economy, ruminating or re-producing themselves from generation to generation. Fair and ethical trade-offs, social integration and interdependence prevailed in public relations: farmers, craftsmen, macaroons and small traders. In that system, corruption was widespread among the State apparatus and the ruling and wealthy classes associated with it. As for the poor and oppressed popular masses, they maintained the values of honor, dignity and genuine Eastern and Arab morality.

With the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the eastern feudal tyranny system, in Lebanon, collapsed forever. And with the establishment of the “State of Greater Lebanon”, the French colonial administration worked to restore the capitalist system in Lebanon in its ugliest and lowest form based entirely on corruption, corrupting, fraud, lying, bribery, con, scam and theft. Within a few years, capitalism [with all its decadent morals] entered all aspects of political, economic, social, educational and cultural life in Lebanon. The geostrategic goal was to facilitate the project of transforming Lebanon into a “second ‘Israel’”, by weakening the national and cultural moral strength or immunity of the Lebanese people, and turning them into a torn “ragged rag” that global monopoly capitalism, namely imperialism, could control as it wanted.

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The blind can see today that all of Lebanon’s current complex crises: the formation of the Government, the criminal financial investigation, the price of the bread bundle, are linked to corruption, to the dollar and to the Governor of the Central Bank, that is, to the capitalist system that French colonialism has imposed on the entitized Lebanon.

The historical question today is: Can this entitized Lebanon continue to exist without its basic components: sectarianism, treason, and the corrupt capitalist system? Can the masses of the Lebanese people continue to live by the existence of this entity that is organically associated with American imperialism and global Judaism?

So Who Wants a Hot War?

So Who Wants a Hot War?

April 17, 2021 

by Pepe Escobar and cross-posted with Strategic Culture Foundation

It’s not by accident that the Hegemon is going no holds barred to harass and try to smash Eurasian integration by all means available.

It’s a scorpion battle inside a vortex of distorted mirrors inside a circus. So let’s start with the mirrors in the circus.

The non-entity that passes for Ukrainian Foreign Minister traveled to Brussels to be courted by US Secretary of State Blinken and NATO secretary-general Stoltenberg.

At best, that’s circus shadowplay. Much more than NATO advisers in a frantic revolving door in Kiev, the real shadowplay is MI6 actually working very close with President Zelensky.

Zelensky’s warmongering script comes directly from MI6’s Richard Moore. Russian intel is very much aware of all the fine print. Glimpses were even carefully leaked to a TV special on the Rossiya 1 channel.

I confirmed it with diplomatic sources in Brussels. British media also got wind of it – but obviously was told to further distort the mirrors, blaming everything on, what else, “Russian aggression”.

German intel is practically non-existent in Kiev. Those NATO advisers remain legion. Yet no one talks about the explosive MI6 connection.

Careless whispers in Brussels corridors swear that MI6 actually believes that in the case of a volcanic but as it stands still preventable hot war with Russia, continental Europe would burn and Brexitland would be spared.

Dream on. Now back to the circus.

Oh, you’re so provocative

Both Little Blinken and NATO straw man Stoltenberg parroted the same script in Brussels after talking to the Ukrainian Foreign Minister.

That was part of a NATO “special meeting” on Ukraine – where some Eurocrat must have told a bunch of extra clueless Eurocrats how they would be carbonized on the spot by Russian TOS-1 Buratino’s terrifying explosive warheads if NATO tried anything funny.

Listen to the sound of Blinken yappin’: Russian actions are “provocative”.

Well, his staff certainly did not hand him a copy of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu examining step by step the deployment of the annual US Army DEFENDER-Europe 21: “The main forces are concentrated in the Black Sea and Baltic region.”

Now listen to the sound of Stoltenberg yappin’: We pledge “unwavering support” to Ukraine.

Woof woof. Now go back to play in your sandboxes.

No, not yet. Little Blinken threatened Moscow with “consequences” whatever happens in Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov’s infinite patience is nearly Daoist. Sun Tzu’s Art of War, by the way, is a Daoist masterpiece. Peskov’s answer to Blinken: “It is simply not necessary for us to go around forever proclaiming: ‘I am the greatest!’ The more one does this sort of thing, in fact, the more people doubt it…”

When in doubt, call the irreplaceable Andrei Martyanov – who always tells it like it is. The Crash Test Dummy gang in D.C. still does not get it – although some Deep State pros do.

Here’s Martyanov:

As I am on record constantly – the United States never fought a war with its Command and Control system under the relentless sustained fire impact and its rear attacked and disorganized. Conventionally, the United States cannot win against Russia in Europe, at least Eastern part of it and Biden Admin better wake up to the reality that it may, indeed, not survive any kind of escalation and, in fact, modern Kalibrs, 3M14Ms, as a matter of fact, have a range of a 4,500 kilometers, as well as 5,000+ kilometer range of X-101 cruise missiles, which will have no issues with penetrating North American airspace when launched by Russia’s strategic bombers without even leaving the safety of Russia’s airspace.

The Patrushev effect

The circus went on with the phone call from “Biden” – that is, Crash Test Dummy with an earpiece and a teleprompter in front of the phone – to President Putin.

Call it the Patrushev effect.

In his stunning interview to Kommersant, Triple Yoda Patrushev mentioned a very civilized late March phone call he had with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. Of course there’s no smokin’ gun, but if anyone would come up with the face-saving idea of a Biden-Putin phone call that would have been Sullivan.

The spin from Washington and Moscow is only slightly divergent. The Americans highlight that “Biden” – actually the deciding combo behind him – wants to build “a stable and predictable relationship with Russia, consistent with US interests.”

The Kremlin said that Biden “expressed interest in normalizing bilateral relations.”

Away from all this fog, what really matters is Patrushev-Sullivan. That has to do with Washington telling Turkey that US warships would be transiting the Bosphorus towards the Black Sea. Sullivan must have told Patrushev that no, they won’t be “active” in Donbass. And Patrushev told Sullivan, OK, we won’t incinerate them.

There are absolutely no illusions in Moscow that this putative Biden-Putin summit in a distant future will ever take place. Especially after Daoist Peskov had made it very clear that “no one will allow America to speak with Russia from a position of strength.” If that sounds like a line straight out of Yang Jiechi – who made shark fin’s soup out of Blinken-Sullivan in Alaska – that’s because it does.

Kiev, predictably, remains stuck in circus mode. After getting sharp messages from Mr. Iskander, Mr. Khinzal and Mr. Buratino, they changed their mind, or at least pretend to, and are now saying they don’t want war.

And here comes the intersection between circus and the serious stuff. The “Biden” combo never said, explicitly, on the record, that they don’t want war. On the contrary: they are sending those warships to the Black Sea and – circus again! – designating an envoy, Ministry of Silly Walks-style, whose only job is to derail the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

So the cliffhanger – like a teaser for Snowpiercer – is what happens when Nord Stream 2 is completed.

But before that, there’s something even more momentous: next Wednesday, on his speech to the Russian Security Council, President Putin will lay down the law.

It’s Minsk 2, stupid

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, has struck a much less Daoist note than Peskov: “The United States is our enemy, doing everything to undermine Russia’s position in the international arena, we do not see other elements in their approach to us. These are our conclusions”.

That’s stone to the bone realpolitik. Ryabkov knows the Hegemon’s “non agreement-capable” mindset inside out. So an added dimension to his observation is its direct connection to the only solution for Ukraine: the Minsk 2 agreements.

Putin reiterated Minsk 2 on his live teleconference with Merkel and Macron – and certainly to “Biden” in their phone call. The Beltway, the EU and NATO are all aware of it. Minsk 2 was signed by Ukraine, France and Germany and certified by the UN Security Council. If Kiev violates it, Russia – as a member of the UNSC – must enforce it.

Kiev has been violating Minsk 2 for months now; it refuses to implement it. As a faithful Hegemon satrapy, they are also not “agreement-capable”. Yet now they are seeing the – firepower – writing on the wall if they as much as think of starting a blitzkrieg against Donbass.

The open secret in the whole Ukraine/Donbass wilderness of mirrors under the circus tent is of course China. Yet Ukraine, in a sane world, would not only be part of a Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) corridor, but also part of the Russian Greater Eurasia project. China specialist Nikolai Vavilov recognizes the importance of BRI, but is also certain Russia is above all defending its own interests.

Ideally, Ukraine/Donbass would be inserted in the overall revival of the Silk Roads – as in internal Central Eurasian trade based and developed taking into consideration Eurasia-wide demand. Eurasia integration – in both the Chinese and Russian vision – are all about interconnected economies via inter-regional trade.

So it’s not by accident that the Hegemon – on the verge of becoming an irrelevant player across Eurasia – is going no holds barred to harass and try to smash the continental integration by all means available.

In this context, manipulating a failed state to meet its own doom is just (circus) business.

Nuclear Deal Committee Concludes Meeting, Iran Reiterates Call for Lifting US Ban

April 9, 2021

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Nuclear Agreement Joint Committee ended the second round of its 18th regular meeting Friday in the Austrian capital Vienna. After the meeting, the delegations of Iran, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany, the European Commission and the International Atomic Energy Agency agreed to hold the next meeting next Wednesday at the level of assistants to foreign ministers of member states.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for political affairs Abbas Araqchi says Tehran will not stop any of its nuclear-related activities until Washington lifts the whole sanctions and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal.

Emphasizing on Iran’s principle stance on lifting of sanctions, Araqchi said that Tehran will not halt or even reduce the pace of its nuclear activities in particular in uranium enrichment sector.

The 20 percent enrichment of uranium is going forward even with the faster pace than the speed that the Iranian parliament envisaged in its law, he said, adding that 20 percent enriched uranium are being produced now.

The trend will go on until an accord will be reached, which will oblige the US to lift all of its sanctions, he stated, stressing that the whole sanctions should be lifted in one stage.

He further pointed to the negotiations with Europeans, Russia and China, noting that the claim that Iran is discussing with Europeans and they are holding talks with the Americans is not true, because the Iranian delegation in Vienna are negotiating with a set of current member states of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), including the UK, France, Germany as well as Russia and China; then, they put forward the issue with the US in a way they know themselves.

Araqchi went on to say that there are signs that the Americans are reviewing their own stance and move forward to lift all sanctions, but the Iranian side is not still in a position to make a judgement, because the negotiations have not been finalized.

According to the Iranian diplomat, a long way is still ahead; although, the pace of negotiation is moving forward and the atmosphere of the talks are constructive.

Source: Al-Manar English Website and IRNA

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لم يكن خافياً حجم الأهميّة التي يعلّقها الرئيس الفرنسي أمانويل ماكرون على المساهمة التي توفرها المبادرة الفرنسيّة في تشكيل الحكومة اللبنانية لحساب حصول الشركات الفرنسيّة على دور محوريّ في مشاريع ذات جدوى اقتصادية عالية يصنَّف مرفأ بيروت بالنسبة لفرنسا في طليعتها.

جاء الاهتمام الألماني بمرفأ بيروت علنياً ومنافساً للدور الفرنسي رغم الشراكة الفرنسية الألمانية في إطار المقاربة الأوروبية الموحدة للوضع اللبناني، وهذا يكشف الأهمية النوعية التي يمثلها المرفأ في الأدوار الاقتصادية للدول الكبرى وموقعها في اقتصادات المنطقة.

ربما تكون هناك اهتمامات لا تقل عن الاهتمام الفرنسي والألماني فكثيراً ما كان لافتاً ان الصين التي تتولى معداتها تشغيل مرافئ عالمية كبرى كمرفأ بوسطن الذي يُعتبر الأول أميركياً ومرفأ أمستردام الذي يعتبر الأول في العالم، وتقول المعلومات أن الشركات الصينية تنظر لمرفأ بيروت كجزء من شبكة خطوط تجارية مع العمق الآسيويّ، تشكل السكك الحديديّة بين بيروت ودمشق من جهة وبيروت والساحل السوري من جهة موازية مكوّنات أساسية لمشروع إعادة الإعمار والاستثمار، بالإضافة إلى اهتمام كوريا الجنوبية، التي قيل إن شركاتها أعدّت دراسات لتحويل مرفأ بيروت الى نقطة وصل رئيسيّة بين الشرق والغرب.

هذا الاهتمام يؤكد بالإضافة لكونه تعبيراً عن أن لبنان ليس قضية خاسرة اقتصادياً ولا هو تفليسة تنتظر مَن يديرها، فشلَ المشاريع المنافسة لمرفأ بيروت والتي تمّ إعدادها كبدائل له، ويعتقد البعض أن تفجير المرفأ كان في خدمتها، وفي طليعتها مشروع تقدّم مرفأ حيفا المحتلة كمدخل للتجارة الدوليّة نحو العمق العربيّ والآسيويّ بالاستناد الى معاهدات التطبيع الإسرائيلية الخليجية، ويتخذ العديد من الباحثين الاقتصاديين من حادثة قناة السويس التي يعتقدون بكونها مفتعلة، دليلاً على التخبّط الإسرائيلي في السعي لضرب الخيارات المنافسة لخط حيفا نحو العمق العربي والآسيوي، ومن التمسك الدولي بقناة السويس دليلاً على تعثر المساعي الإسرائيلية.

الخلاصة التي يشترك فيها الأوروبيون هي ان التطبيع لم يخلق ولن يخلق بغياب حل للقضية الفلسطينية شروط الأمان اللازمة لعمليات تجارية ستمتد على مسافة ألف كلم تعبر في جزء منها داخل الأردن الذي كشفت الأحداث الأخيرة فيه درجة القلق من وضعه تحت تأثير ضغوط وأحداث كبرى، ما يعني أن الدور التقليدي لمرفأ بيروت والرهان على توسيعه لا يزال يشكل المحور الرئيسيّ لتجارة الترانزيت بين أوروبا والعمقين العربي والآسيوي بإجماع الشركات العالمية الكبرى شرقاً وغرباً، ما يترجم اهتماماً سياسياً من حكومات الدول المعنية بالانفتاح على لبنان ومشاريع تمويل اقتصاده، والسعي لامتلاك تأثير على المسارات السياسية فيه.

Competition for the port of Beirut

It was no secret that the French initiative, and the contribution of President, Emanuel Macron, in forming the Lebanese government to order give the French companies a pivotal role in projects of high economic feasibility that places the port of Beirut the forefront.

The German interest in the port of Beirut came publicly and competing despite the Franco-German partnership within the unified European approach towards Lebanon, and this reveals the qualitative importance that the port represents in the economic roles of the major countries and their position in the economies of the region.

It has often been remarkable that China, operating major international ports such as Boston Harbor, the first American and the port of Amsterdam, which is considered the first in the world, consider the port of Beirut as part of a network of commercial lines with Asian depth, the railway between Beirut and Damascus on the one hand and Beirut and the Syrian coast on the parallel are key components of the reconstruction and investment project, in addition to the interest of South Korea, whose companies are said to have prepared studies to turn Beirut port into a major link between the East and the West.

This interest confirms in addition to being an expression that Lebanon is not an economically lost cause nor is it bankruptcy awaiting someone to manage it, the failure of the competing projects for the port of Beirut, which have been prepared as alternatives to it, and some believe that the bombing of the port was in its service, and at the forefront of which is the project of advancing the occupied Haifa port as an entry point for international trade, with the Arab and Asian depth, based on the Israeli-Gulf normalization treaties. Many researchers believe that the Suez Canal incident is fabricated, and evidence of Israeli confusion in seeking to strike the rival options of the Haifa line towards the Arab and Asian depths, and that the international adherence to the Suez Canal is evidence of the faltering Israeli efforts.

The conclusion that the Europeans share is that normalization has not created and will not create, in the absence of a solution to the Palestinian issue, the safety conditions necessary for commercial operations that will extend over a distance of a thousand kilometers that cross in part inside Jordan, in which recent events have revealed the degree of concern about its situation under the influence of major pressures and events, which means that the traditional role of the port of Beirut and the bet on its expansion continues to be the main focus of transit trade between Europe and the Arab and Asian giants by the consensus of major international companies east and west, which translates political attention from governments Countries concerned with opening up to Lebanon and projects to finance its economy, and seeking to have an impact on its political tracks.

جورج عبدالله: لن أتنازل عن موقفي ولا تُفاوضوا على براءتي George Abdullah: I will not give up my position nor negotiate my innocence

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Al-Akhbar

Lea Al-Qazi Thursday, April 1, 2021

I will not regret, I will not bargain, I will still resist

The visit of Minister Marie-Claude Najm and General Abbas Ibrahim to Paris, and their meeting with French officials to discuss the issue of the Freedom Fighter Georges Ibrahim Abdullah, reactivated the stagnant waters and raised the level of hope as his release approaches. “Negotiations are advanced,” according to follow-up sources, without exaggerating, because France still requires Abdullah to apologize for his past, while he rejects the principle of researching the origin of his political position on his struggle and from his present and his present.

«… I promise you That I will not leave you,” French President Emmanuel Macron told the Lebanese after his visit to Mrs. Fairouz last September… He was the one who came, leaving Georges Ibrahim Abdullah in French custody. Since the August 4 Beirut explosion, Macron has come twice to Lebanon, without seeking to erase the shame of his country in the Abdullah case. He spoke about the titles of “Reform” and gave lessons in “nation-building”, forgetting France’s flagrant violation of human rights in the subject of Abdullah and the continued detention of his freedom despite the expiry of his sentence in 1999. 37 years have passed since the son of the “Lebanese Revolutionary Brigades” was arrested in Paris. Since then, France has implemented the orders of the USA and ‘Israel’ enemy to prevent his release and to implement requests for parole. In 2013, the Public Prosecutor’s Office in France abstained from implementing the decision of the Paris Sanctions Enforcement Chamber to release Abdullah, and then it was entitled to reject many requests for parole.

In 2018, the Lebanese state, for the first time, embraced the cause of the fighter George Ibrahim Abdullah, to no avail. The French “blackmailed” Abdullah with his freedom and stipulated that he apologize for his past and announce his repentance, which George refused. But suddenly, his has returned to the forefront of the Lebanese scene, and talk of his release is coming to an end.

In her first is the visit to the prison of “Lanmezan”, the Minister of Justice in the caretaker government, Marie-Claude Negm, met with George twice in one day for a period of three hours. The goal of visiting France was not to meet Abdullah, rather it was basically a private visit. Before leaving Lebanon, She discussed with President Michel Aoun, Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab, and the rest of the concerned parties, if they would welcome her meeting with Abdullah, and the answer was positive.

President Aoun approached the French President, while he was in Lebanon, about Abdullah’s case. Macron raised the legal dimension, which led Aoun to decide to send a legal figure. Preparations for Najm’s visit to the prison took place after her arrival in France, and the French were keen to link approval of the visit request by not allowing the minister to give any information to the media before and after the visit, according to diplomatic sources.

Robert Abdullah, George’s brother, says that the latter “was comfortable during his meeting with Najm, especially since it was the first time that a Lebanese minister visited him, and she informed him that there is an official follow-up to his case.”

The French demand abdullah’s apology for his past to grant him a presidential pardon


The second development is the visit of the Director General of Public Security, General Abbas Ibrahim, France, and his meetings with French officials during which he discussed Abdullah’s release, as part of an additional agenda that includes the French position on the government issue in Lebanon and the background of French talk about sanctions against Lebanese officials on charges of obstructing the formation of the government.

“This time there is a French seriousness in the case of Georges Abdullah that we have not previously entrusted,” said sources following up on the issue, considering that “the negotiations have come a long way.” However, betting on the “French conscience” remains an obligation. The case did not reach the finish line, due to obstacles that the French authorities are still raising in the face of Lebanon. According to the information, before Najm’s visit accompanied by Ambassador Rami Adwan – and meeting prisoner Abdullah, she met with French officials who told her that “the key to resolving the issue is Abdullah’s issuance of a statement presenting his apology to the families of those who have fallen into the operations he was accused of carrying out and his remorse for the past, at which time a French presidential pardon will be issued for him. Set him free ».

George, who is celebrating his 70th birthday on April 2nd, reminded the Minister of Justice of his positions against imperialism, stressing his commitment to the resistance approach, reiterating his lack of remorse and refusal to apologize for his past. More importantly, George is sticking to what he had previously said: he refused to beg for his freedom, and he wishes the authorities in Beirut not to negotiate his release on French terms. He sees himself as a political prisoner, and France is responsible for his detention or even execution in prison.

Abdullah’s lawyer, Jean-Louis Chalansse, told Al-Akhbar that there were no new factors in the file, especially since “last September, we applied for a new parole for George, and we still have not received an answer until now.” The lawyer is currently considering transferring the file to the European judicial services.

The official French silence was matched by a rise in popular movements condemning the decision to arrest George. Robert Abdallah says that the movements are escalating “slowly but regularly, whether through popular solidarity or the letters that MPs send to the Elysee to release George.” It can be said that, to a certain extent, the subject has begun to turn into an issue of public opinion in France ». In this context, Alain Pujola, one of the founders of New Anti-Capitalism Party (NPA), says that in previous years, “we have been suffering from campaigns of intimidation and misinformation against George and his family in the French press.” Currently, participation in demonstrations and meetings is still relatively small, but they are widespread in many French cities.” Pujola is the founder of The Liberation Of Abdullah Rally, in an interview with Al-Akhbar, considered that “the ball is in the court of the Lebanese who have to exploit their relations with the French administration and press for release.”

The most basic rules of diplomatic work and international relations if it is committed to the release of Abdullah through the use of “legitimate” means, to suspend any cooperation with Paris until resolving Abdullah’s case ….
Not to allow Macron to restore his “colonial glories”, acting as if he were qualified to launch “rescue” initiatives, threaten political sanctions and appoint ministers and officials, Especially since Macron represents a continuation of the submissive French mentality in the face of “Israel” interests. His speech is still echoed at the Higher Institute of Business ESA before his election as president in 2017, when he announced from Beirut that he was “against France’s recognition of the Palestinian state without a peace agreement between the two parties, and against any pressure on Israel.” George is not accused of carrying out any operation against French citizens, but because his struggle was in the face of the forces of domination and colonialism and in defense of peoples, his “crime” will remain unpardoned.

جورج عبدالله: لن أتنازل عن موقفي ولا تُفاوضوا على براءتي

الأخبار

ليا القزي الخميس 1 نيسان 2021

جورج عبدالله: لن أتنازل عن موقفي ولا تُفاوضوا على براءتي
تقدّم محامي جورج بطلب إفراج مشروط في أيلول من دون جواب (مروان بو حيدر)

زيارة الوزيرة ماري كلود نجم واللواء عبّاس إبراهيم لباريس، ولقاؤهما مسؤولين فرنسيين لبحث قضية المناضل جورج إبراهيم عبد الله، أعاد تحريك المياه الراكدة ورفع منسوب الأمل باقتراب إطلاق سراحه. «المفاوضات مُتقدمة»، تقول مصادر مُتابعة، من دون أن تُبالغ بالإيجابية، لأنّ فرنسا ما زالت تشترط اعتذار عبدالله عن ماضيه، فيما هو يرفض مبدأ البحث في أصل موقفه السياسي من نضاله ومن حاضره«… أعدكم بأنّني لن أترككم»، قال رئيس فرنسا إيمانويل ماكرون للبنانيين بعد زيارته السيّدة فيروز في أيلول الماضي… هو الذي أتى تَاركاً جورج ابراهيم عبدالله في المعتقل الفرنسي. منذ انفجار 4 آب، قَدِم ماكرون مرّتين إلى لبنان، من دون أن يسعى في أيّ منهما إلى محو عار دولته في قضيّة عبدالله. تكلّم عن عناوين «إصلاحية» وأعطى دروساً في «بناء الدولة»، مُتناسياً انتهاك فرنسا الفاضح لحقوق الانسان في موضوع عبدالله واستمرار احتجاز حرّيته رغم انتهاء مدّة محكوميته سنة 1999. 37 سنة مرّت على اعتقال ابن «الألوية الثورية اللبنانية في باريس، ليُصبح في ذلك أقدم الأسرى السياسيين في أوروبا. ومن حينه، تُنفّذ فرنسا أوامر الولايات المتحدة الأميركية والعدّو الاسرائيلي في منع إطلاق سراحه وتنفيذ طلبات الإفراج المشروط. في الـ2013، امتنعت النيابة العامة في فرنسا عن تنفيذ قرار غرفة تطبيق العقوبات في باريس الإفراج عن عبدالله، ثمّ لحقها رفض العديد من طلبات الإفراج المشروط.

عام 2018، تبنّت الدولة اللبنانية للمرّة الأولى قضيّة المناضل جورج إبراهيم عبدالله، عبر ثلاثي رئاسة الجمهورية – وزارة الخارجية والمغتربين – الأمن العام، من دون نتيجة. فالفرنسيون «ابتزّوا» عبدالله بحريته عبر اشتراط تقديمه اعتذاراً عن ماضيه وإعلانه التوبة، ما رفضه جورج. لكن فجأةً، عادت قضية المُناضل الأممي لتتصدّر المشهد اللبناني، ويرتفع الحديث عن اقتراب الإفراج عنه.
تطوران «يُبرّران» هذه الإيجابية؛ الأول هو زيارة وزيرة العدل في حكومة تصريف الأعمال، ماري كلود نجم، سجن «لانميزان» ولقاؤها جورج مرّتين في يومٍ واحد، لمدّة ثلاث ساعات. لم يكن هدف وجود نجم في فرنسا لقاء عبدالله، بل كانت زيارة خاصة في الأساس. قبل مغادرتها لبنان، بحثت مع الرئيس ميشال عون، ورئيس حكومة تصريف الأعمال حسّان دياب، وبقية المعنيين، إن كانوا يُرحّبون باجتماعها بعبدالله، فأتى الجواب إيجابياً. الرئيس عون كان فاتح الرئيس الفرنسي، أثناء وجوده في لبنان، بقضية عبدالله. ماكرون شرح البعد القانوني، وهو ما جعل عون يقرر إرسال شخصية معنية بالجانب القانوني. التحضيرات لزيارة نجم للسجن تمّت بعد وصولها إلى فرنسا، وقد حرص الفرنسيون على ربط الموافقة على طلب الزيارة بعدم تصريح الويزرة بأي معلومة للإعلام قبل الزيارة وبعدها، وفق ما تؤكّد مصادر دبلوماسية. يقول روبير عبدالله، شقيق جورج، إنّ الأخير «كان مُرتاحاً خلال لقائه نَجم، ولا سيّما أنّها المرّة الأولى التي يزوره فيها وزير لبناني، وهي أبلغته وجود متابعة رسمية لقضيته».

يشترط الفرنسيون اعتذار عبدالله عن ماضيه لمنحه عفواً رئاسياً


أما التطور الثاني، فهو زيارة المدير العام للأمن العام، اللواء عبّاس ابراهيم، فرنسا وعقده لقاءات مع مسؤولين فرنسيين بحث خلالها إطلاق سراح عبدالله، ضمن جدول أعمال إضافي يشمل الموقف الفرنسي من المسألة الحكومية في لبنان وخلفيات الحديث عن عقوبات مفترضة على مسؤولين لبنانيين بتهمة عرقلة تأليف الحكومة.

«هذه المرّة يوجد جدّية فرنسية في ملفّ جورج عبدالله لم نعهدها سابقاً»، تقول مصادر مُتابعة للقضية، مُعتبرةً أنّ «المفاوضات قطعت شوطاً مُهمّاً». إلا أنّ الحَذَر وعدم المبالغة في الرهان على «الضمير الفرنسي» يبقيان واجبين. القضية لم تصل خطّ النهاية، بسبب عراقيل ما زالت السلطات الفرنسية ترفعها في وجه لبنان. تُفيد المعلومات بأنّه قبل زيارة نجم – برفقة السفير رامي عدوان – الأسير عبدالله، التقت مسؤولين فرنسيين أبلغوها أنّ «مفتاح حلّ القضية هو إصدار عبدالله بياناً يُقدّم فيه اعتذاره لذوي الذين سقطوا في العمليات التي اتُّهم بتنفيذها وندمه عن الماضي، حينها سيصدر عفو رئاسي فرنسي عنه ويُطلق سراحه». جورج، الذي يحتفل في 2 نيسان بعيد ميلاده الـ70، ذكّر وزيرة العدل بمواقفه ضدّ الامبريالية، مؤكداً التزامه نهج المقاومة، ومُكرّراً عدم ندمه ورفضه الاعتذار عن ماضيه. والأهم من ذلك، أنّ جورج مُتمسّك بما أعلنه سابقاً: رفض تسوّل حريته، وهو يتمنى على السلطات في بيروت عدم التفاوض باسمه حول إطلاق سراحه بناءً على الشروط الفرنسية. وهو يرى نفسه سجيناً سياسياً، ولتتحمل فرنسا مسؤولية احتجازه أو حتى إعدامه في السجن.

يقول محامي عبدالله، الفرنسي جان لوي شالانسيه لـ«الأخبار»، إنّه لم تطرأ عوامل جديدة على الملفّ، خاصة أنّه «في أيلول الماضي، تقدّمنا بطلب إفراج مشروط جديد عن جورج، وما زلنا حتى الساعة لم نتلقّ جواباً». ويبحث المحامي حالياً في نقل الملفّ إلى الدوائر القضائية الأوروبية.

الصمت الفرنسي الرسمي، قابله ارتفاع في التحركات الشعبية المُندّدة بقرار اعتقال جورج. يقول روبير عبدالله إنّ التحركات تتصاعد «ببطء ولكن بانتظام، أكان عبر التضامن الشعبي أم الرسائل التي يوجهها نواب إلى الإليزيه لإطلاق سراح جورج. يُمكن القول إنّه إلى حدّ ما، بدأ الموضوع يتحوّل إلى قضية رأي عام في فرنسا». وفي هذا الإطار، يقول أحد مؤسّسي «الحزب الجديد المناهض للرأسمالية ، آلان بوجولا، إنّه في السنوات السابقة «كنّا نعاني من حملات ترهيب، والتضليل الممارس ضدّ جورج وعائلته في الصحافة الفرنسية. حالياً، ما زالت المشاركة في التظاهرات واللقاءات ضئيلة نسبياً، ولكن نجد أنّها مُنتشرة في العديد من المدن الفرنسية». بوجولا هو مؤسّس «تجمّع تحرير عبدالله» يعتبر في حديث مع «الأخبار» أنّ «الكرة في ملعب اللبنانيين الذين عليهم أن يستغلوا علاقاتهم مع الإدارة الفرنسية والضغط لإطلاق السراح».

أبسط قواعد العمل الدبلوماسي والعلاقات الدولية، تفرض أن يُعلّق لبنان أي تعاون مع باريس قبل حلّ قضية عبدالله… إذا كان مُلتزماً بالإفراج عنه عبر استخدام الوسائل «الشرعية». لا أن يُسمح لماكرون باستعادة «أمجاده الاستعمارية»، ويتصرّف كما لو أنّه أهلٌ لإطلاق مُبادرات «إنقاذية» والتهديد بعقوبات سياسية وتعيين وزراء ومسؤولين رسميين، خاصة أنّ ماكرون يُمثّل استمرارية للعقلية الفرنسية الخانعة أمام مصالح «إسرائيل». لا يزال يتردّد صدى خطابه في «المعهد العالي للأعمال قبل انتخابه رئيساً سنة 2017، حين أعلن من بيروت أنّه «ضدّ اعتراف فرنسا بالدولة الفلسطينية من دون اتفاق سلام بين الطرفين، وضدّ ممارسة أي ضغط على اسرائيل». جورج غير مُتهم بتنفيذ أي عملية ضدّ مواطنين فرنسيين، ولكن لأنّ نضاله كان بوجه قوى الهيمنة والاستعمار ودفاعاً عن الشعوب، ستبقى «جريمته» غير مغفورة لدى «ورثتهم».

دور الولايات المتحدة في الانهيار المالي

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الانهيار المالي في لبنان يعود إلى الانهيار الاقتصادي الذي يشهده الوطن بشكل مبرمج وتدريجي وذلك منذ 1993. لقد أوضحنا في أوراق ومحاضرات عديدة الأسباب البنيوية التي أدّت إلى ذلك الانهيار وهي منشورة في صحيفتي «البناء» و»الأخبار» وعلى موقع منبر التواصل، وبالتالي لسنا مضطرّين لتكرارها. نكتفي بعرض الخطوط العريضة حيث الخيار آنذاك كان جعل اقتصاد لبنان اقتصاداً خدماتياً ريعياً يرتكز إلى القطاع المصرفي الذي يتحكّم بالقطاع العقاري والسياحي. فالاقتصاد المشوّه وسياسات الاستدانة المفرطة بفوائد ربوية لا مبرّر لها اقتصادياً وحتى مالياً وربط سعر صرف الليرة بالدولار بينما معظم التجارة الخارجية اللبنانية كانت مع دول خارج إطار الدولار، فكلّ ذلك أدّى إلى انكشاف تجاه الخارج وسياسة استهلاك مفرط عبر الاستيراد ما أدّى إلى عجز كبير في الميزان التجاري والطلب غير المشروع على العملة الأجنبية. والفوائد الربوية التي فُرضت قتلت أيّ مبادرة لتشجيع الصناعة والزراعة وتخفيف اللجوء إلى الاستيراد أو عجز الميزان التجاري. وإذا أضفنا عامل جائحة كورونا والضغط على البنية التحتية الصحية والإقفال القسري للعجلة الاقتصادية والتداعيات لتفجير مرفأ بيروت فنفهم حجم الأزمة القائمة. بمعنى آخر، فإنّ الأزمة المالية إنْ لم نقل الكارثة، كانت حتمية وذلك لأسباب موضوعية بغضّ النظر عن أيّ دور خارجي الذي لا يمكن إغفال دوره في تسريع وقوع الكارثة. هذه هي الخطوط العريضة التي تحكم المقاربة المقدّمة.

ما يهمّنا في هذه المداخلة هو إلقاء الضوء على المسؤولية التي يتحمّلها العامل الخارجي في تسبّب الأزمة المالية القائمة كما على دور العامل الداخلي. العامل الخارجي تقوده الإدارة الأميركية منذ بداية التسعينات عند إطلاق العولمة بعد سقوط المنظومة الاشتراكية وتفكيك الاتحاد السوفياتي. الهدف كان تحويل الدول في العالم إلى قطاعات استهلاكية فقط دون أيّ سيادة سياسية واقتصادية على مقدرات الأوطان. العولمة تزامنت مع تصاعد التوجّهات النيوليبرالية التي ركّزت على أمولة (financialization) رأس المال والاقتصاد الافتراضي. ومن أدوات ذلك التحوّل ترويج سياسة الاقتراض بحجة أنّ الدين هو الرافعة الاقتصادية لجني أكبر حصة من المردود على الرأس المال. العامل الداخلي متعدّد الأطراف ولكن القوّامة هي للقطاع المصرفي الذي حصل على الغطاء السياسي العربي والدولي في المهمة المشبوهة.

مقاربة الدور الأميركي في الانهيار المالي في لبنان تتطلّب قراءة في الاستراتيجية الأميركية في المشرق بشكل عام والمشرق العربي بشكل خاص. قراءتنا لمجمل الإجراءات التي اتخذتها الإدارة الأميركية منذ عقود تقودنا إلى أنها كانت وما زالت تستهدف سورية في المرتبة الأولى وذلك خدمة للكيان الصهيوني. فالسبب هو حماية الكيان والهدف هو سورية بشكل عام واستراتيجي والمقاومة في لبنان بشكل خاص. أيّ بمعنى آخر، فإنّ الإجراءات الأميركية عبر سلسلة العقوبات التي فرضتها على عدد من الشخصيات والقوى السياسية في لبنان، وعلى عدد من المؤسسات المالية، تأتي في ذلك السياق، أيّ استهداف المقاومة واستهداف سورية في آن واحد.

أضف إلى ذلك في ما يتعلّق في لبنان كان الرهان للنخب الحاكمة آنذاك أنّ السلام سيحّل في منطقة شرق الأوسط خاصة بعد مؤتمر مدريد، واتفاق أوسلو، واتفاق وادي عربة. وهذا الرهان، بوحي أميركي وأدوات عربية ولبنانية، هو سبب الخيار على تحويل لبنان إلى مركز مالي عبر تضخيم دور المصارف. فتمّ ذلك عبر الاستدانة المفرطة والعشوائية وغير المرتبطة بمشاريع إنمائية بل فقط لتسديد الدين المتراكم بشكل مصطنع (فوائد باهظة على سندات خزينة قصيرة الأجل لتمويل مشاريع طويلة الأجل على حدّ زعم المسؤولين آنذاك!). كل ذلك كان بتشجيع الولايات المتحدة والمؤسسات المالية الدولية التي تطالب الآن بـ «إصلاحات»! تغيّرت الأمور بعد 2001 فكان قرار الولايات المتحدة احتلال أفغانستان ومن ثم العراق. فالغطاء الدولي (الأميركي الفرنسي) والعربي (سورية وبلاد الحرمين) لم يعد قائماً، فدخلت البلاد مرحلة عدم استقرار هدفها إخراج سورية من لبنان (2005) وفي ما بعد نزع سلاح المقاومة بعد عملية عسكرية في 2006 إلاّ أنها فشلت فشلاً ذريعاً.

بدأ الضغط يتصاعد تجاه سورية في منتصف شهر آذار/ مارس 2011 خاصة بعد إطلاق ما سُمّي بالربيع العربي. استمرّ ذلك التصاعد في ولايتي الرئيس أوباما وخاصة في ولاية الرئيس السابق دونالد ترامب وبشكل أدقّ منذ النصف الثاني من ولايته تحت رعاية وزير خارجيته ومكتب مراقبة الأصول الخارجية «أوفاك» (Office of Foreign Assets Control) التابع للخزينة الأميركية والتي يسيطر عليها بشكل شبه مطلق اللوبي الصهيوني. ويشارك الولايات المتحدة كل من الاتحاد الأوروبي كمجموعة وكدول إضافة إلى المؤسسات المالية الدولية التي تهيمن عليها الولايات المتحدة.

دور الولايات المتحدة وشركائها الدوليين والعرب في الانهيار المالي في لبنان يعود إلى الموافقة والإشراف على الخيارات البائسة والسياسات الخاطئة منذ 1993 بشكل محدّد وصولاً إلى 2010. وهذه الخيارات أدّت إلى الانهيار الذي نشهده اليوم وإنْ بدأ فعلياً وعلناً عبر عقد مؤتمر باريس 1، وثم باريس 2، وثم باريس 3، وثم مؤتمر «سيدر» بدلاً من مؤتمر باريس 4! لكن خلال تلك الحقبة استطاعت الولايات المتحدة التساكن مع سورية والمقاومة في لبنان خاصة بعد اتفاق 1996. لكن تغيّرت الأوضاع بعد 2010 مع قرار استهداف الولايات المتحدة لسورية مباشرة فبدأت الإجراءات عبر محاصرة سورية من لبنان في الشقّ المصرفي حيث كان النظام المصرفي اللبناني يؤمّن التمويل للاستيراد السوري. معدّلات «النمو» في لبنان كانت حتى ذلك الحين مقبولة نسبياً وفي إطار المساكنة مع حزب الله. لكن مع «سياسة النأي بالنفس» المتكاملة مع فريق من اللبنانيين في دعمه لزعزعة الاستقرار في سورية بدأ التراجع السريع في الاقتصاد اللبناني وماليته. فكان الوقف بالتعامل مع الحسابات السورية في المصارف اللبنانية. وهذه التطورات كانت الترجمة الفعلية لانصياع الدولة للقرار الأميركي مع استمرار المساكنة الأميركية مع وجود حزب الله في الحكومة. لكن مع وصول دونالد ترامب للسلطة وتولي محمد بن سلمان ولاية العهد في بلاد الحرمين تناثرت المساكنة للتحوّل إلى هجوم ممنهج على لبنان عبر استهداف القطاع المصرفي. والاستراتيجية المتبعة من قبل الولايات المتحدة كانت «تجفيف» مصادر السيولة للبنان للضغط على المسؤولين ولافتعال أزمات اقتصادية ومالية تجلّت في ما بعد في انتفاضة 17 تشرين الأول 2019.

إرهاصات ما حصل قد ظهرت مع «احتجاز» رئيس الحكومة سعد الحريري في الرياض بعد أن تولّى محمد بن سلمان ولاية العهد. منذ ذلك الحين كان الضغط الخليجي على لبنان يزداد عبر تجنّب المواطنين التابعين لمجلس التعاون بالحضور إلى لبنان. من جهة أخرى كانت ملاحقة متموّلين لبنانيين في العديد من الدول وخاصة في غرب أفريقيا على أساس أنهم من مموّلي المقاومة كما تمّ الضغط على عدد من المصارف المحسوبة على البيئية الحاضنة للمقاومة فتمّت تصفية مصرفين (اللبناني الكندي وجمّال تراست) بحجج واهية.

البنية الاقتصادية والخيارات وثم السياسات المتبعة بتشجيع أميركي لأهداف تخدم استراتيجيتها الكبرى ليس في لبنان فحسب بل في المنطقة بأكملها هي التي تفسّر الانهيار. الدور الأميركي هو دور تفعيلي وتسريعي للانهيار ولكن ليس المسبّب لها. فإجراءات أكثر فظاظة للإدارات الأميركية المتتالية في كلّ من الجمهورية الإسلامية في إيران، وفنزويلا، وكوبا لم تفلح لأنّ البنى الاقتصادية كانت أمتن مما هي عليه في لبنان وبسبب حرص المسؤولين في تلك البلاد على الحفاظ على استقلالية القرار السياسي والاقتصادي والتفاف شعوب هذه الدول حول قياداتها. بينما الخيارات والسياسات التي اتبعت من قبل المسؤولين اللبنانيين أدّت إلى تبعية شبه مطلقة لا تقيم وزناً للحدّ الأدنى للكرامة الوطنية وتعطي للقرار الأميركي الأولوية. التقرير الأخير الصادر عن الأمم المتحدة يدين التدخّل السافر في الشأن الاقتصادي الفنزويلي حيث الدولة البوليفارية فقدت وفقا للتقرير ما يوازي 99 بالمائة من وارداتها من جرّاء الحصار الأميركي، ورغم ذلك لم تفلح الإدارة الأميركية في تحقيق أهدافها. لكن هذا لا يعني أنّ التدخل الأميركي في لبنان وإنْ كان أقلّ شراسة لا فعّالية له بل العكس هو المسرّع للانهيار المالي في لبنان.

الاستراتيجية الأميركية التي تستهدف سورية تطلّب الضغط على القطاع المصرفي لتجفيف مصادر التمويل الاستيرادي لسورية. فالبضائع المستوردة لصالح سورية كانت تموّل من القطاع المصرفي في لبنان ومن بعد ذلك يتمّ إيصالها إلى سورية. البعض اعتبر ذلك «تهريباً» لسورية بينما هو في الفعل بضائع لسورية دفعت بأموال سورية. «التهريب» دفع الجيش الأميركي لفرض أبراج مراقبة على الحدود اللبنانية بينما في الأساس هو لضبط التواصل بين سورية والمقاومة من جهة ومنع إيصال البضائع لسورية. شركة «بارسون» حازت على مناقصة عرضتها الوكالة الأميركية (DTRA) وهي وكالة حكومية أميركية موكلة بتخفيف مخاطر الدفاع كما أورده الصحافي حسن علّيق، وذلك لتعزيز مراقبة الحدود اللبنانية السورية. تمّ ذلك دون علم الحكومة اللبنانية إلاّ قائد الجيش!

الهدف من الضغط على القطاع المصرفي في لبنان وصولاً إلى تجفيف السيولة هو خلق حالة من الفوضى تؤدّي إلى تأليب الرأي العام داخل البيئة الحاضنة للمقاومة للانتفاض عليها ونزع سلاحها. هذا فشل وبالتالي بعض العقول الأميركية حذرت من تلك المخاطرة كجيفري فيلتمان الذي نصح بالضغط على حلفاء المقاومة وتحميلهم المسؤولية لتردّي الأوضاع الاقتصادية والمعيشية خاصة على ذلك الحليف المسيحي وهذا ما حصل بالفعل وهو ما نشهده في هذه الأيام. هناك تناس متعمّد لمسببّي الفساد والانهيار لأنّ الهدف الأساسي هو محور المقاومة عبر استهداف الحلقة الأضعف في ذلك المحور، البيئة الحاضنة لحلفاء المقاومة.

استجابة القطاع المصرفي للضغط الأميركي تلازم مع «فرصة» اقتناص الأموال المودعة عبر التحويل إلى الخارج لمستويات كبيرة من الودائع ما أدّى إلى انخفاض الاحتياط بالدولار. الأزمة السياسية المزمنة أعطت الفرصة للقطاع المصرفي لتحقيق أرباح سريعة وعلى حساب المودع كما أنّ عجز الدولة في تسديد التزاماتها تجاه حاملي السندات تلازم مع رفض المصارف في تسديد مطالب المودعين بحجة الوضع المالي الحكومي. طبقة سياسية فاسدة، وحكومة عاجزة، وقطاع مصرفي متوحّش في مناخ من التشجيع الأميركي للمزيد من التراجع وصولا للانهيار هو سمة المشهد الحالي.

لكن ما ينهار في لبنان هو أيضاً البيئة والقوى المؤيّدة للسياسة الأميركية. فانهيار قطاع المصارف في لبنان لا يخدم الولايات المتحدة بل العكس لأنها تفقد بذلك الانهيار أداة فاعلة للسيطرة على المواطن اللبناني والسياسة اللبنانية. لكن في المقابل فإذا كانت كلفة المواجهة مع سورية هي انهيار القطاع المصرفي في لبنان فليس هناك في الإدارة الأميركية من سيترحّم عليه، وهذا ما لا تستطيع أدراكه النخب المصرفية التي تصرّفت بشكل انتحاري وموهومة بانها ستنجح في سرقتها الموصوفة لودائع اللبنانيين دون أيّ مساءلة ومحاسبة. وهنا يكمن الخطأ الفادح في التقدير عند تلك النخب.

هذه القراءة الخاطئة لموازين القوّة عند النخب المصرفية والحاكمة في لبنان تفسّر «نجاح الضغوط» عبر التدخّل السافر الأميركي في الشأن الداخلي اللبناني. والبيئة الحاضنة لذلك التدخل ليس فقط ضمن المنظومة الحاكمة ولكن ضمن الثقافة والوعي لشرائح واسعة من المجتمع اللبناني التي تريد تحميل مسؤولية تراجعها وتهميشها إلى المقاومة ومن يدور في فلكها. ولكن من جهة أخرى هذه الشرائح ونخبها لا تشعر بالحدّ الأدنى من الكرامة الوطنية. فعندما يتجرّأ قاض لبناني على تصرّفات السفيرة الأميركية في لبنان تتمّ إقالة القاضي الشجاع الذي لا ينتمي إلى أيّ حزب ألاّ أنّ لديه فائضاً من الكرامة غير الموجودة عند هذه النخب. ويمكن أن نسترسل في ثقافة التغريب وجدوى التبعية المفرطة للقرار الخارجي واعتبار أنّ كلّ شيء غربي ممتاز بما فيه التحكّم بمصير الشعوب ولكن هذا حديث آخر.

ما يهمّنا التأكيد عليه أنّ الإجراءات والضغوط الأميركية لم تكن لتنجح لولا استعداد تلك البيئة لتقبلها دون أيّ مقاومة كي لا نقول بكلّ ترحيب. فما وصلنا من أخبار للوفود اللبنانية لواشنطن للتفاوض مع الخزينة الأميركية حول الإجراءات التي كانت تنوي اتخاذها بشأن بعض المصارف تفيد بأن بعض المصرفيين في لبنان كانوا يزايدون على الخزينة الأميركية للضغط على المقاومة وبيئتها.

الأزمة المالية ارتبطت الآن بالأزمة السياسية وتشكيل الحكومة. وما شهدناه من تبادل في الاتهامات يوحى أنّ الأزمة مستمرّة ومتفاقمة. فالتمويل الخارجي لن يأتي إلاّ بشروط تعجيزية ومن يطالب بتلك الشروط من اللبنانيين ليس معنياً بالمصلحة الوطنية بل فقط بالعودة إلى حالة ما قبل الانفجار الاقتصادي والمالي، وفي ما يتعلّق بتفجير مرفأ بيروت فحتى الساعة لا نعرف من هو المسؤول.

في الختام نقول إنّ مسؤولية الانهيار في لبنان تعود إلى العامل الداخلي وإلى العامل الخارجي وإنْ كنّنا نرجّح قوّامة العامل الداخلي وخاصة القطاع المصرفي على العامل الخارجي. فالتدخل الخارجي لم يكن لينجح لولا «استعداد» شريحة كبيرة من النخب الحاكمة لتقبّل ذلك التدخل إنْ لم تطلبه بشكل صريح. والدعوات الأخيرة لتدويل البلاد تدعم ما نقوله. فالوطنية عند هؤلاء هي آخر في المطاف وجهة نظر فقط!

*مداخلة في ندوة «كرامة وطن» في بيروت عبر «الزوم» في 18/3/2021

كاتب وباحث اقتصادي سياسي والأمين العام السابق للمؤتمر القومي العربي

NATO Supremacists Continue anti-Syria Chemical Hoax UNSC Meetings

 MIRI WOOD 

Syrian Ambassador Jaafari addressing the supremacists at the UNSC

NATO supremacists klansmen running the United Nations held their umpteenth chemical hoax anti-Syria UNSC meeting on 3 February. The UN press corps had immediately chosen not to publish a release on the bad infinity meeting, seemingly too busy in sharing the announcements of various new (temporary) permanent members engaging in ring-kissing meetings with Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres (a small photo gallery of the SG’s colonialist leanings found here).

These monthly reruns are held under the guise of implementing UNSCR 2118, which was passed on 27 September 2013; UNSCR 242 that was passed in 1967 not only does not require monthly meetings on implementation, but also does not require any resolutions to condemn occupying forces from treating wounded terrorists, nor to condemn occupying forces when they bomb from the region, nor to condemn presidents who illegally make presents of the occupied region.

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When it comes to terrorists on the occupied Golan, Israel spares no US taxpayer expense in state of art medical care

Before taking a perfunctory glance at the hypocritical arrogance of the P3 Security Council member supremacists, and their customary vomiting up lies and then eating their own, and each other’s emesis, like ravenous dogs, the following article will serve as a refresher course from the first threats to use chemical weapons against Syria, beginning 5 December 2012. It was published 2 March 2017, one month and two days before Jahbat al Nusra terrorists staged its heinous murders of mostly children who were kidnapped, for the supremacists and their media dogs, in Khan Sheikhoun.

True History of FSA Chemical Weapons Threats against Syria

https://syrianews.cc/true-history-fsa-chemical-weapons-threats-syria/embed/#?secret=27AGpDFILd


Let us take a short trip down memory lane, followed by an amnesia antidote on the chemical terror attack leading up to UNSCR 2118 (2013), possibly the resolution that incited the most excitement among the supremacists running the United Nations — that bastion of peace and security that continues to inversely unleash mayhem throughout the world.

Western P3 supremacists France, Britain, and the US have extensive histories as the world leaders in genocide, and also in deployment of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical ones. France called its nuclear bombings of Algerian tribes, Gerboise Bleue; Britain gassed Russia and also “uncivilized tribes” in Iraq; America’s Truman chuckled before telling his people that he had used the country’s two nuclear bombs against Japan, and the US has consistently used white phosphorus as an alleged incendiary device. By naming the chemical weapon white phosphorus ”incendiary device,” it becomes exempt from being considered a chemical weapon. Human beings destroyed by them are merely ”collateral damage,” oh well.

Photos of Algerian survivors of France nuclear bombings seem to be in permanent lockdown.

Let us now do a short decontamination of the NATO supremacists’ convenient amnesia:

  • The US joined the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997. The US still has over 3,000 tons of CWs that have somehow not yet been destroyed. There was no UNSC resolution when the US joined; therefore there is no ability to hold monthly meetings for its implementation.
  • In December 2012, threats of unleashing chemical attacks were uploaded to social media. The threats came from within Turkey. The criminals used rabbits in two fatal experiments; the first appeared to have used VX. In the second, the savage demonstration, the claim was made that a quick-acting poison would be used to pollute the Alsinn water supply to Lattakia. Dr. Jaafari requested a UN investigation, which was ignored (comparing the 21 December 2012 rabbit video with the original Khan Sheikhoun snuff porn video uploaded by the al Qaeda White Helmets on 4 April 2017, this author states with reasonable certainty that this was the same chemical poison.
  • On 19 March 2013, terrorists unleashed weapons-grade chlorine on Khan al Asal. Two dozen soldiers and civilians were murdered. Ambassador Jaafari’s request one day later, for a UN-OPCW investigation was sabotaged by the British and French ambassadors. OPCW investigators sent to inspect Khan al Asal five months after evidence would have been degraded arrived just before the 21 August Ghouta attack, and were diverted.
  • In May 2013, American illegal in Aleppo, Matthew VanDyke emailed former ladies’ undergarments salesman cum unemployed couch potato and gamer Eliot Higgins that terrorists had ”small quantities” of chemical weapons, and were prepared to use them against civilians, to blame on the Syrian government. 
  • In early August 2013, moderate FSA terrorists — including criminals from Qatar’s al Jazeera — raided villages in Lattakia, slaughtering men, and kidnapping women and their children. Some of the abductees were identified by their corpses shown after the terrorist chemical attack in al Ghouta, 21 August 2013. Terrorists later complained that they did not know that the missiles from al Saud contained chemical agents, that Prince Bandar should have sent instructions on how to use them.
  • The world stood on edge as Obama and other western supremacists considered the obliteration of the S. A. R., because Western-supported terrorists had used chemical weapons. Syria acceded to the CWC on 14 October 2013.
  • The UN-OPCW held several meetings high-fiving each other for the speed at which Syria’s CWs were collected and obliterated (some photos, here.). Nobody mentioned that the UN-OPCW came under missile fire via Madman Erdogan, though, while at the Lattakia port — daintily described as “volatile security conditions” in the 4 June 2014 UN news report on OPCW-UN Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag’s address to the Security Council.
  • Secretary of State John Kerry — whose ‘slip of the tongue‘ opened the door to Syria joining the CWC to avoid being Libyanized — told Meet the Press in 2014: “We struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out.” 
  • As literature has taught us there is no good outcome to making a deal with the devil (the best possible outcome is a regrouping during postponement– in this case, western supremacists — the P3-headed demon lead by Trump, bombed Syria on 7 April 2017 because a Brit illegal whose medical license was permanently revoked, told CNN that Syria had bombed Syria with chemical weapons. Almost one year later, the tripartite war criminals again bombed Syria, based on the lies of malignant sociopaths in Douma, who kidnap, murder, and one who somehow was in possession of a Syrian woman’s dead fetus.
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How did a White Helmet come into possession of a dead fetus & why does this pervert play with the body?

On 20 January 2020, an Arria Formula meeting was held on Douma, because the NATO supremacists refused to give a Security Council audience to the OPCW’s own Ian Henderson, who led the investigations (Syria News reminds our readers that the SAR immediately requested an investigation by UN-OPCW, and that the investigations were postponed after members came under sniper fire by the same terrorists who had slaughtered dozens of Syrians in Douma, uploaded what should have been recognized as their crimes, to social media, while screaming ‘chemical weapons.’). This was the same SC that refused to hear Jose Bustani in October 2020, on the pretense that he had not participated in the investigations, after which the OPCW censored people with questions, but limiting comments to its Twitter account, to the insider elite tagees.

OPCW has sold itself to NATO warmongers & functions as press liaison for al Qaeda in Syria.

Upon digesting the above, it comes as no surprise that the tripartite aggressor UN representatives — speaking for the world’s leaders in genocide, colonialism, and all other forms of supremacy — were the unified, barking rabid dogs of war, unabashedly unashamed by their hypocrisy and arrogance. The UK — the country whose Tony Blair has not only never been indicted for his war crimes involving his WMD lies about Iraq — lied that “Syria’s declaration…can still not be considered accurate & complete.” France — which never forgave Syria for ejecting French occupiers — again announced its support of al Qaeda in the SAR, functioning as press liaison to terrorists of Ghouta, Khan Sheikhoun, Ltamenah, Douma. The US — which released al Baghdadi from an Iraqi jail and sent him to Jordan with a $10,000,000 slush fund to train DAESH savages — demanded Syria to be held accountable for the terror inflicted on the country by the degenerate criminals it has trained, armed, and deployed into the country.

Utilizing his unique and uncanny skill of throwing those proverbial pearls before swine while maintaining the protocol of true diplomatic language, Dr. Jaafari again meticulously explained reality to the P3 NATO klan supremacists — and to their dancing House Servants — that Syria joined the OPCW 2013, that Syria relinquished all of its chemical weapons stockpile, that Syria has engaged in full cooperation with the OPCW.

Nonetheless, the barking hyenas continue to use these bad infinity “chemical files” as another criminal weapon — “political blackmail” — in the criminal foreign war imposed upon his country.https://www.youtube.com/embed/ky6yXqXSlRg?start=2&feature=oembed

Syria News reminds our readers that on 22 November. Syria’s President Dr. Bashar al Assad appointed Dr. Jaafari as Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister.

Though it was beginning to look as though His Excellency, Minister Dr. Jaafari were to give new meaning to Permanent Representative, this 3 February address to the NATO junta supremacists ruling the United Nations, was his final act of pearl-throwing.

— Miri Wood

Postscript:

Due to circumstances beyond her control, the author was unable to issue this essential report at an earlier time.

Dr. Jaafari took his oath of office on 14 February.

Foreign and Expatriates Minister Faisal Mekdad attends Dr. Jaafari’s swearing in, by President Assad, 14 February.

Recommended reading:

Syria’s Jaafari to UNSC NATO Klan: Let My People Breathe

https://syrianews.cc/syria-jaafari-to-unsc-nato-klan-let-my-people-breathe/embed/#?secret=IasWRsHfCX

Kurd SDF Official Defects and Exposes the Group’s Relationship with ISIS

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الفرنسيّون استأنفوا اتّصالاتهم: باريس «مصدومة» و”بي السنة” الحريري يفقد صوابه!

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الفرنسيّون استأنفوا اتّصالاتهم: باريس «مصدومة» والحريري يفقد صوابه!

تقرير ميسم رزق

الجمعة 5 آذار 2021

الفرنسيّون استأنفوا اتّصالاتهم: باريس «مصدومة» والحريري يفقد صوابه!

فقد الرئيس سعد الحريري صوابَه بعدما انكشف أمام الجميع بأنه غير قادِر على تأليف حكومة من دون موافقة السعودية. فردّ ببيان اشتباك طاول حتى حزب الله، بينما لا تزال باريس مصدومة من رفضه مبادرة الرئيس ميشال عون

ساء الرئيسَ سعد الحريري انكشافُ «ملعوبه» في ملف تأليف الحكومة. خرج أمس للردّ على ما نشرته «الأخبار» عن رفضه مبادرة رئيس الجمهورية العماد ميشال عون التخلّي عن الثلث المعطّل، إذ أبلغ المدير العام للأمن العام اللواء عباس إبراهيم أنه سيكتفي بتسمية خمسة وزراء، إضافة إلى وزير لحزب الطاشناق، في حكومة من 18 وزيراً (راجع «الأخبار»، أمس). فهذا الخبر، بحدّ ذاتِه، يُشكّل إحراجاً كبيراً للرئيس المكلف الذي ظهر أخيراً بأنه غير مستعدّ للقبول بأي صيغة وزارية قبل أن تُعطيه المملكة العربية السعودية الضوء الأخضر لزيارتها، أو تومئ إليه بإشارة قبول بالتأليف. فحتى لو قبِل عون بكل شروطه المعروفة، سيخترِع الحريري شروطاً إضافية للعرقلة. هذا ما تؤكّده «كمالة» القصة التي بدأها اللواء إبراهيم منذ أسبوعين، ربطاً بالجهود التي يقوم بها على خط الحكومة، لتقريب وجهات النظر بين بعبدا ووادي أبو جميل. فقد علمت «الأخبار» أن الفرنسيين دخلوا بعدها على خط الوساطة، معتبرين أن إظهار الرئيس عون بعض الليونة في ملف الحكومة لاستعجال التأليف يُبنى عليه، وذلك بعدما تحدث اللواء إبراهيم معهم عن أن العقدة الوحيدة التي لا تزال تشكّل عائقاً أمام ولادة الحكومة هي وزارة «الداخلية» التي يُطالِب عون بأن تكون من حصته، بينما يرفض الحريري ذلك. حينها تولّى مستشار الرئيس الفرنسي باتريك دوريل الاتصال بالحريري في محاولة لإقناعه بالتراجع عن تمسكه بهذه الوزارة إلى جانب وزارة العدل. فقال المسؤول الفرنسي ما معناه: «حلّينا عقدة الثلث المعطّل، والآن لم يعُد هناك ذرائع»، لكن الحريري قال بأنه «لم يتبلّغ رسمياً من عون هذا الأمر»، مع أن اللواء إبراهيم زاره مرتين وأبلغه بذلك.

اتصال الفرنسيين أزعج الحريري، فتواصل مع إبراهيم معبّراً عن استياء شديد، إذ اعتبر بأن هناك من يتدخّل لدى الفرنسيين للضغط عليه. وليس ذلك وحسب، فمن بين «مواويل» الحريري لنسف أي جهود، أنه رداً على موقف الوزير باسيل عدم المشاركة في الحكومة أو إعطائها الثقة، قال الرئيس المكلّف إن «عدم مشاركة التيار الوطني الحر في الحكومة يعني أن رئيس الجمهورية لا يحقّ له الحصول على خمسة وزراء، إضافة إلى وزير الطاشناق، وأنه سبق أن وافق على هذا العدد على اعتبار أنهم وزراء يمثّلون الرئيس والتيار معاً، أما وقد رفض باسيل المشاركة في الحكومة، فهذا يعني أن حصة الرئيس عون ستكون أقل».

الفرنسيّون دخلوا على خطّ الوساطة بعدما أبدى عون استعداده للتخلّي عن الثلث المعطل


قبل فترة، أجاب أحد المقرّبين من الحريري عن سؤال عن قرب التأليف فأجاب: «انسَ… الآن ما في حكومة». ولعلّ كلامه لا يرتبِط بالعراقيل الداخلية من حصص وأسماء وحقائب، بقدر ما هو تعبير عن عجز الحريري الذي أقرّ سابقاً أمام من تحدثوا إليه «بصعوبة تجاوز السعوديين» (راجع «الأخبار»، 19 شباط 2021). وإلى أن تحدّد المملكة «الموعِد المنتظر» سيخترع الحريري المعضلة تلو الأخرى ويحتجِز التشكيل في جيبه، كما أشار مكتب باسيل في بيان له أمس.

وبينما جزمت مصادر قريبة من الجوّ السعودي منذُ أسابيع بأن «زيارة الحريري للمملكة أكيدة، وربما قريبة جداً»، غادر الرجل إلى الإمارات في زيارة هي الثالثة له منذ تكليفه، من دون أن يظهر بعد ما إذا كانت هناك نتيجة سياسية لهذه الزيارات، بما أنه يعوّل على الإماراتيين والفرنسيين لتمهيد الطريق له، فيما اقتصرت المكاسب منها على بعض اللقاحات ضدّ كورونا أعطيت للحريري على دفعتين، وجرى توزيعها على المقربين منه، ومشروع مستشفى ميداني وعدت الإمارات بتقديمه للمساعدة في مواجهة الجائحة ليس إلا.

إلا أن الكلام الذي صدر عن الحريري أمس رداً على ما كُتِب، كان لافتاً لجهة أنه للمرة الأولى منذُ تكليفه يفتح الهجوم باتجاه حزب الله، الذي «ينتظر قراره من إيران، فيما لا ننتظر رضى أيّ طرف خارجي لتشكيل الحكومة»، على حدّ قول الحريري.

هذا الكلام جاء تعليقاً على ما قاله نائب الأمين العام لحزب الله الشيخ نعيم قاسم في مقابلته على قناة «الميادين» أول من أمس بأن «المطلوب سعودياً لا يتحمّله الحريري وهو مواجهة حزب الله». وبينما رأى البعض موقف الحريري «طبيعياً» لأن عقدة الأسماء الشيعية في الحكومة لم تُحلّ بعد، إلا أن مشكلة الحريري ــــ باسيل طغت عليها، قال آخرون إنه بيان «مواجهة» قد يكون إما رسالة إلى المملكة أو استباقاً لزيارة قريبة جداً!

“بكامل حريته

لكن هل بإمكان السعوديين الذين يستولي عليهم شعور القلق من سياسة الإدارة الأميركية الجديدة، وخاصة بعد الكشف عن تقرير جريمة قتل الصحافي جمال خاشقجي أن يُخصّصوا وقتاً للحريري ما داموا غير متأكدين من قدرته على تزعّم مشروع مواجهة حزب الله؟

بكل الأحوال، وضع الحريري نفسه في موقف محرج، ولا سيما مع طرف أساسي تمسّك بتكليفه، أي حزب الله. وإذا لم تأتِ زيارة الرياض، فقد يُصبِح الرئيس المكلف أضعف من أي وقت مضى. فلا هو قادر على زيارة الولايات المتحدة الأميركية التي تتجاهل إدارتها تحديد موعد له، ولا مستشاره للشؤون الروسية جورج شعبان أمّن له المواعيد لزيارة موسكو. وبين انشغال الخارج عنه والاستياء الداخلي منه، هل يُدفع الحريري الى الاعتذار؟ المعلومات المؤكدة إلى الآن هي أن الفرنسيين أجروا اتصالات يوم أمس بعدد من القوى، من بينهم عون وياسيل والحريري وجنبلاط، وعبّروا عن استغراب كبير وغضب من تعامل القوى السياسية مع ملف الحكومة، فيما البلد ذاهب الى الانفجار، بينما أكدت مصادر مطّلعة أن «باريس لم تُصدق ما فعله الحريري، وأنه هرب من التشكيل رغم تراجع الرئيس عون»!

Escape from reform towards hostile foreign alliances فرار من الإصلاح نحو الأحلاف الخارجيّة المعادية

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Escape from reform towards hostile foreign alliances

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Dr. Wafiq Ibrahim

For more than five decades, religious bodies of all sects have been silently held to support the forces of the Lebanese regime, which bankrupted and robbed the state.

These forces drained the state and people’s funds and throw the homeland on the edge of the abyss, as if they are required to maintain the western direction of Lebanon. It did, and allowed poverty to devour the country, and sectarian powers to swallow everyone.

This scene contrasts with the scene of the popular gathering that the Maronite Patriarch led yesterday in Bkerke, canceling the historical role of Bkerke, turning it into a site that wants to divide the homeland and obstruct the role of the main forces trying to defend it.

It seems that the Patriarch Al-Rahi was terrified by the great national role that Hezbollah and its allies are playing in defending the country against “Israel” and the Western project. The Patriarch believed that the era of internal change had begun to take shape, so he invested the humble crowd to reject any real internal change, intersecting with Western attempts to break Hezbollah’s internal efforts to confront Israel.

What is clear here is that Hezbollah and its allies did not deliberately focus on the issue of internal reform, in order to avoid internal clashes until reaching a historical understandings that provoke communities in depth.

However, His Eminence the Cardinal with his Western sponsors was not convinced of these justifications. To block any internal change he jumped to Bkerke’s festival to serve the Western project against Hezbollah and its allies by supporting the America, Israeli and Gulf supporters.

This is Bkerke’s festival organized by his Majesty yesterday at the Maronite Monastic Headquarters in o block any internal change.

The festival attracted a limited number, such future movement, Lebanese Force and Rifi supporters

In terms of content, the aim is attaching Hezbollah and its allies, without any project to defend Lebanon in the face of Israel’s plans, insisting on preventing any internal change, and full accession to the American project and the intimate relationship with the France, as built since the 19th century, which the Cardinal wants to renew combining a French-Lebanese Alliance – unfortunately gulf-Israeli because it is the only force capable of fighting in the Syrian Lebanese theater.

The Bkerke project is not just an internal offer of an alliance between Bkerke, the Americans and the Gulf, but rather a joining of the American project that seeks to strike at the Iranian-Syrian alliance. In addition, the Al-Rai project is aimed at rebuilding a Lebanese system that excludes the alliance between Hezbollah and the national parties from any approach to the Lebanese regime, even in the slightest rapprochement endeavors. This system was born by the West and, in the view of its Maronite coverage, must remain the same, is this possible?

The Cardinal should realize that the balance of power no longer allows excluding the role of the national parties, which have become an essential part of the Lebanese political interactions with Hezbollah, whether directly or by circumvention.

The comparison here between the nationalist, communist and Nasserist parties shows that their weights have become more prevalent over those sponsored by churches and mosques that receive Gulf billions of dollars.

The Cardinal’s project is therefore very dangerous, because it may lure forces from other sects that may not like his project and see in it a new infiltration of Maronites to seize power in the manner of the twenties of the last century. This is what Walid Jumblatt realizes well in his Progressive Socialist Party and Saad Hariri in his Future Party and his group, Likewise, Geagea, who only thinks about using Bkerke to eliminate the Free Patriotic Movement, without forgetting Sami Gemayel, who is eager to restore the glories of the Phalanges in an impossible time.

Does the Free Patriotic Movement find itself in a difficult position in the project of conflict between Bkerke and Hizbullah?

This does not seem to be the case for several reasons: Because Hezbollah is strong in its sectarian incubator environment first, and with allied parties secondly, and it has non-vibrating regional allies, namely Syria and Iran, to the Russians who coordinate with it in various stages. It also has Yemeni-Iraqi alliances that make it an unbreakable regional force.

Contrary to the Cardinal’s statement that Lebanon is a neutral country, but against whom? Lebanon does not attack “Israel” or America and the West as much as it reflects absolute neutrality. What Hezbollah and its allied parties have done is that they repelled the Israeli invasion, supported by the West and the Gulf. Does the cardinal reject the liberation of the south, or does he believe that this occupation facilitates the Maronite Gulf Control of the state?

Therefore, the Cardinal’s steps appear to be narrow because Hezbollah will not fight it by popular or military methods and may wait a certain period to re-establish an alliance with capable Christian parties such as the Free Patriotic Movement and other national parties to rebuild a Lebanese political current that does not work only in order to control the authority and its regime, but tries to work to establish an actual homeland for all its children.

Is there a possibility for external support that the Cardinal will receive from the Americans, Europeans, and Gulf with an “Israel” cover? Yes, this is possible, but it is not viable because the Syrian-Lebanese-Iranian-Palestinian alliance is very well established and this makes the situation greater than the Cardinal capabilities and the weights of his allies in other sects.

So things are not heading towards popular explosions that Geagea, Hariri and Sheikh Sami Gemayel are working on. This is because the Hezbollah and its allies are blocked for any uncalculated impulses that lead to unfortunate consequences.

Finally, it becomes clear that the Cardinal’s project is nothing more than a heresy in a broken cup of coffee, and things are returning to what they were with attempts to improve it towards deepening deepening the Lebanese-Israeli conflict on the basis of the good defense of Lebanon, On the domestic level, His Excellency may, in this wretched time, bargain to adherence to the Maronite supremacy in power, and this is something Hezbollah does not object to as much as Hariri and his group of dreamers lookin for Gulf-American to support their project to advance in the Lebanese power.

فرار من الإصلاح نحو الأحلاف الخارجيّة المعادي

د. وفيق إبراهيم

أكثر من خمسة عقود تتمسّك الهيئات الدينية من كل الطوائف بصمت وضعها في خانة كبار متعهّدي تأييد قوى النظام اللبناني التي أفلست الدولة وسرقتها.

لم يرفّ لهذه القوى جفنٌ او ارتجف هدب، تستنزف أموال الدولة والناس وترمي بالوطن في حافة الهاوية، كأن المطلوب منها ان تحافظ على الاتجاه الغربيّ للبنان. ففعلت وأتاحت للفقر التهام البلاد ولقوى الطوائف ابتلاع الجميع.

يتناقض هذا المنظر مع مشهد التجمّع الشعبي الذي أحياه البطريرك الماروني يوم امس في صرحه في بكركي، لاغياً الدور التاريخي لهذا الموقع الوطني الهام. وذلك بتحوّله من موقع أساسي يجسّد صورة قسم أساسي في لبنان الى مشهد يريد تقسيم الوطن وعرقلة دور القوى الأساسية التي تحاول الدفاع عنه.

يبدو ان البطريرك الراعي أصيب بذعر من الدور الوطني الكبير الذي يؤدّيه حزب الله وحلفاؤه في الدفاع عن البلاد في وجه «إسرائيل» والمشروع الغربي واعتقد أن عصر التغيير الداخلي بدأت ملامحه بالتشكل، فاحتاط لها بالدعوة الى حشد بكركي المتواضع ليضع البلاد أمام مشروع رفض أي تغيير داخلي فعلي، متقاطعاً مع محاولات غربية لكسر المساعي الداخلية لحزب الله بمجابهة «إسرائيل».

ما هو واضح هنا، أن حزب الله وحلفاءه في الأحزاب الوطنية لم يركزوا من عمد على مسألة الإصلاح الداخلي وذلك إرجاء للصدامات الداخلية او محاولة للزحف بها لاحقاً نحو التفاهمات التاريخيّة التي تستثير الطوائف في العمق.

لكن نيافة الكاردينال لم يقتنع بهذه المبرّرات بتفاهمات مع رعاته الغربيين قافزاً نحو مهرجان في بكركي أراد فيه ومنه خدمة المشروع الغربي المناهض لحزب الله وأحلافه عبر تأييد الحركة الأميركية المناهضة وأعوانها الإسرائيليين والخليجيين. والهدف بالطبع إعاقة أي تغيير داخلي عبر الهرولة وراء المشروع الخارجي – الخليجي وتستفيد منه «إسرائيل» بالطبع.

هذا هو الحشد الذي نظّمه غبطته أمس في مقر الرهبنة المارونية في بكركي.

أما مميزاته، فهي أنه اقتصر على عدد محدود من الحشود جاذباً أحزاب القوات والمستقبل وريفي وتجمّعات شعبية لها أثر محدود جداً.

لجهة المضمون، كان جلياً أنه استهدف الرمي على حزب الله وحلفائه مصرّاً على منع أي تغيير داخلي، ومتشبثاً بلبنان نموذج الطائف او ما يعادله ومتوارياً عن اي مشروع للدفاع عن لبنان في وجه مخططات «اسرائيل»، أما ما هو واضح فإن حشد بكركي مصرٌ على عدم التغيير الداخلي والالتحاق الكامل بالمشروع الأميركي والعلاقة الحميمة مع الفرنسيين المبنية منذ القرن 19 والذي يريد الراعي إعادة تجديدها بلبوس جديد يجمع بين حلف أميركي – فرنسي – خليجي وبكل أسف إسرائيلي لأنها القوة الشرق أوسطية الوحيدة القادرة على النزال في المسرح السوري اللبناني.

مشروع بكركي اذاً ليس مجرد عرض داخلي لحلف بين بكركي والأميركيين والخليج بقدر ما يعبر عن التحاق بالمشروع الأميركي الذي يريد ضرب الحلف الإيراني – السوري. كما أن مشروع الراعي يتوغّل نحو إعادة بناء نظام لبنانيّ يُقصي التحالف بين حزب الله والأحزاب الوطنية عن أي اقتراب من النظام اللبناني حتى في أدنى مساعي التقارب.

فهذا النظام استولده الغرب غربياً ويجب برأي تغطياته المارونية أن يبقى على النحو نفسه، فهل هذا ممكن؟

موازنات القوى الداخلية لم تعُد تسمح بذلك، وهذا ما يجب أن يدركه الراعي وصرحه، كما ان هذه الموازنات ما عاد بوسعها حجب دور الأحزاب الوطنية التي أصبحت تشكل جزءاً اساسياً من التفاعلات السياسية اللبنانية مع حزب الله بالمباشر او بالالتفاف.

المقارنة هنا بين أحزاب القومي والشيوعي والناصري يتضح أن أوزانها أصبح راجحاً على أوزان تتلقى مليارات الدولارات من الخليج وترعاها الكنائس والمساجد وبركات الغيب والحاضر.

مشروع الراعي إذاً خطير جداً، لأنه قد يستدرج تأليباً لقوى من طوائف أخرى قد لا يروق لها مشروعه وترى فيه تسللاً مارونياً جديداً للإمساك المنفرد بالسلطة على طريقة عشرينيات القرن الماضي، هذا ما يدركه جيداً وليد جنبلاط في حزبه التقدمي الاشتراكي وسعد الحريري في حزبه المستقبل ولفيفه، وكذلك جعجع الذي لا يفكر إلا باستغلال بكركي للقضاء على التيار الوطني الحر من دون نسيان سامي الجميل اللاهث وراء استعادة أمجاد الكتائب في زمن مستحيل.

فهل يجد التيار الوطني الحر نفسه في وضع صعب في مشروع الصراع بين الراعي وحزب الله؟

لا يبدو الأمر على هذا النحو لأسباب عدة: لأن حزب الله قويّ بعصبيته الحزبية – المذهبية اولاً وتحالفاته مع الأحزاب الحليفة ثانياً، وله امتدادات من الحلفاء الإقليميين غير قابلة للاهتزاز وهي سورية وإيران وصولاً الى الروس الذين ينسقون معه في مختلف المراحل.

كما أن له تحالفات يمنيّة – عراقيّة تجعل منه قوة إقليمية وازنة غير قابلة للكسر.

يكفي أنه مناقض لما اورده الكاردينال من ان لبنان بلد محايد، إنما ضد مَن؟ فلبنان لا يعتدي على «اسرائيل» او اميركا والغرب بقدر ما يعكس حيادية مطلقة، مما قام به حزب الله والأحزاب الحليفة أنهم صدوا الغزو الاسرائيلي المدعوم غربياً وخليجياً. فهل يرفض الكاردينال تحرير الجنوب أم أنه يرى أن هذا الاحتلال يسهّل السيطرة المارونية الخليجية على الدولة؟

لذلك تبدو خطوات الكاردينال ضيقة تندرج في أدنى المستوى، لأن الطرف المناهض لها لن يكافحها بأساليب شعبية او عسكرية وقد ينتظر مدة معينة لإعادة تأسيس حلف مع أحزاب مسيحية قادرة كالتيار الوطني الحر والأحزاب الوطنية لإعادة بناء تيار سياسي لبناني لا يعمل فقط من أجل السيطرة على السلطة ونظامها بل يحاول العمل على تأسيس وطن فعليّ لمجمل أبنائه.

فهل هناك إمكانية لدعم خارجي يتلقاه الراعي من الأميركيين والأوروبيين والخليجيين بتغطية «إسرائيل»، نعم هذه ممكنة، لكنها غير قابلة للنجاح لأن الحلف السوري اللبناني الإيراني الفلسطيني شديد المراس ويتمكن من مناطقه وشعبيته وهذا يجعل الأوضاع أكبر من إمكانات الراعي وأوزان أحلافه في الطوائف الأخرى.

الأمور إذاً لا تتجه الى انفجارات شعبية يعمل عليها جعجع والحريري والشيخ المقدام سامي وهذا سببه لجم الحزب وحلفائه لأية اندفاعات غير محسوبة تؤدي الى ما لا تحمد عقباه.

يتضح أخيراً أن مشروع الراعي ليس أكثر من هرطقة في فنجان قهوة مثقوب والأمور عائدة الى ما كانت عليه مع محاولات لتحسينها نحو تعميق الصراع اللبناني – الإسرائيلي على اساس الدفاع الحميد عن لبنان، أما التعبير الداخلي فمرجأ بدوره وقد يكون النقطة الوحيدة التي بإمكان غبطته المساومة عليها في هذا الزمن الرديء على أساس التمسك بالتفوق الماروني في السلطة، وهذا أمر لا يعترض عليه حزب الله بقدر ما يضايق الحريري وزبانيته الحالمين بدعم خليجي – أميركي لمشروع تقدمهم في السلطة اللبنانية.

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As Macron Courts the Far-Right, France Launches Crackdown on “Islamo-Leftism”

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By Alan Macleod

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Islamo-leftism is a label coined by the far-right, with many pointing out the distinct similarities between it and “Judeo-Bolshevism,” a term created by German Nazis linking religion with a set of political beliefs. Yet it has quickly been taken up by many in France’s political center.

PARIS — France’s Minister for Higher Education, Frederique Vidal, has sparked a nationwide controversy with her announcement that the government is attempting to stop the spread of what she called “Islamo-leftism” in universities. Part of the process, she said, would be for the state to decide “what is academic research and what is activism and opinion,” implying that academics would need government permission to research and write on topics deemed too politically sensitive.

Vidal singled out post-colonial studies as a particularly problematic area. “I think that Islamo-leftism is eating away at our society as a whole, and universities are not immune and are part of our society,” she said, warning that France was importing American “woke culture.”

Her comments provoked serious pushback from academics labeling the government’s move a massive blow against freedom of speech, with the subject trending on French Twitter.

Islamo-leftism is a label coined by the far-right, with many pointing out its distinct similarities with “Judeo-Bolshevism,” a term created by German Nazis linking religion to a set of political beliefs. Yet it has quickly been taken up by many in the political center. Le Figaro, France’s best-selling newspaper, ran a frontpage headline last week titled “How Islamo-leftism is infecting universities.” Like the U.S., France is currently grappling with its own legacy of colonialism and racism.

Le Pen lite (or heavy)?

Embattled president Emmanuel Macron has faced widespread opposition to his rule since his election, notably to his austerity policies, which provoked the largest strike since those of May 1968; a fuel tax that sparked the Yellow Vest movement; and his government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, which has led to the deaths of nearly 83,000 people.

Macron was comfortably elected in 2017 after fascist candidate Marine Le Pen made it into the final runoff against him. However, the election was marred by widespread abstention and he has struggled with low approval ratings ever since. And while many breathed a sigh of relief that France had been saved from a racist president, Macron has constantly leaned towards xenophobia and the scapegoating of the country’s 5.7 million Muslims in particular. He has used the country’s secular tradition as an excuse to ban Muslim headwear, including burqas, leading to police arresting Muslim women or even forcibly removing their face coverings in public. Macron also introduced new “Islamist separatism” legislation that would curtail civil liberties, playing into the far-right’s conception of a Muslim threat.

In a televised debate last week, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin even attacked Le Pen from the right, claiming that she was “too soft” on Muslims. A visibly surprised Le Pen was put in the position of defending civil liberties and Islam from the government. “I am strongly attached to our French values; I want to conserve total freedom of religion. That’s my opinion,” she said. With one year to go before the next presidential election, polls show Macron and Le Pen neck-and-neck.

A politically useful racist tradition

France has long carried out questionable policies regarding race. In 2010, the government expelled over 1,000 Romanian and Bulgarian Roma gypsies precisely because of their heritage. In doing so, it broke European Union law, which states that citizens of all member states have the right to live and settle wherever they like in the EU. A French court also banned the use of non-standard letters (such as ñ) in baby names, meaning that a number of celebrated names of Basque and Breton origin (two groups historically persecuted by the central government) were made illegal overnight.

It is not just in France where the government is attempting to interfere in education to stifle unwanted debate. As of 2020, schools in England are prohibited from using material from writers who have expressed anti-capitalist opinions. Meanwhile, Viktor Orban’s Hungarian government chose to outright ban the teaching of gender studies at universities.

Macron’s En Marche party appears to be attempting to undermine Le Pen’s support base among France’s white working class. Committed to neoliberal austerity politics, it is incapable of providing them with material gains. However, it can fall back on an appeal to the nation’s reactionary side by offering a harsh crackdown against the country’s Muslim population. Stoking fears of a supposed Islamist takeover of universities could be one way to do it.

Ten Years Ago: “Operation Libya” and the Battle for Oil: Redrawing the Map of Africa

Part II

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

Global Research, February 20, 2021

Global Research 9 March 2011

Author’s Note:

The following article was published almost ten years ago on March 9, 2011, at the outset of the US-NATO “humanitarian” military intervention in Libya.  Libya’s crude oil reserves in 2011 were twice those of the United States.

In retrospect. the 2011 US-NATO led war on Libya was a multi-trillion dollar trophy for the United States. It was also, as outlined in my 2011 article a means to establishing US hegemony in North Africa, a region historically dominated by France and to lesser extent by Italy and Spain.

The US-NATO intervention was also intent upon excluding China from the region and edging out China’s National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), which was a major player in Libya. 

Libya is the gateway to the Sahel and Central Africa. More generally, what is at stake is the redrawing of the map of Africa at the expense of France’s historical spheres of influence, namely a process of neo-colonial redivision.

Recent developments confirm this process. In the course of the last decade, starting with president Nicolas Sarkozy, France has become a de facto US proxy State. 

Michel Chossudovsky, February 15, 2021

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The geopolitical and economic implications of a US-NATO led military intervention directed against Libya are far-reaching.

Libya is among the World’s largest oil economies with approximately 3.5% of global oil reserves, more than twice those of the US.

“Operation Libya” is part of  the broader military agenda in the Middle East and Central Asia which consists in gaining control and corporate ownership over more than sixty percent of the world’s reserves of oil and natural gas, including oil and gas pipeline routes.

“Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, possess between 66.2 and 75.9 percent of total oil reserves, depending on the source and methodology of the estimate.” (See Michel Chossudovsky, The “Demonization” of Muslims and the Battle for Oil, Global Research, January 4, 2007) .

With 46.5 billion barrels of proven reserves [2011 data], (10 times those of Egypt), Libya is the largest oil economy in the African continent followed by Nigeria and Algeria (Oil and Gas Journal). In contrast, US proven oil reserves are of the order of 20.6 billion barrels (December 2008) according to the Energy Information Administration.  U.S. Crude Oil, Natural Gas, and Natural Gas Liquids Reserves)

The most recent estimates [2011] place Libya’s oil reserves at 60 billion barrels. Its gas reserves at 1,500 billion m3. Its production has been between 1.3 and 1.7 million barrels a day, well below its productive capacity. Its longer term objective is three million b/d and a gas production of 2,600 million cubic feet a day, according to figures of the National Oil Corporation (NOC).

The (alternative) BP Statistical Energy Survey (2008) places Libya’s proven oil reserves at 41.464 billion barrels at the end of 2007 which represents 3.34 % of the world’s proven reserves. (Mbendi  Oil and Gas in Libya – Overview).


Oil is the “Trophy” of US-NATO led Wars

An invasion of Libya under a humanitarian mandate would serve the same corporate interests as the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq. The underlying objective is to take possession of Libya’s oil reserves, destabilize the National Oil Corporation (NOC) and eventually privatize the country’s oil industry, namely transfer the control and ownership of Libya’s oil wealth into foreign hands.

The National Oil Corporation (NOC) is ranked 25 among the world’s Top 100 Oil Companies. (The Energy Intelligence ranks NOC 25 among the world’s Top 100 companies. – Libyaonline.com)

The planned invasion of Libya, which is already underway [February-March 2011]is part of the broader “Battle for Oil”.  Close to 80 percent of Libya’s oil reserves are located in the Sirte Gulf basin of Eastern Libya. (See map below)

Libya is a Prize Economy. “War is good for business”. Oil is the trophy of US-NATO led wars.

Wall Street, the Anglo-American oil giants, the US-EU weapons producers would be the unspoken beneficiaries of a US-NATO led military campaign directed against Libya.

Libyan oil is a bonanza for the Anglo-American oil giants. While the market value of crude oil is currently well in excess of 100 dollars a barrel, the cost of Libyan oil is extremely low, as low as $1.00 a barrel (according to one estimate). As one oil market expert commented somewhat cryptically:

“At $110 on the world market, the simple math gives Libya a $109 profit margin.” (Libya Oil, Libya Oil One Country’s $109 Profit on $110 Oil, EnergyandCapital.com March 12, 2008)

Foreign Oil Interests in Libya

Foreign oil companies operating prior to the insurrection in Libya include France’s Total, Italy’s ENI, The China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), British Petroleum, the Spanish Oil consortium REPSOL, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Occidental Petroleum, Hess, Conoco Phillips.

Of significance, China plays a central role in the Libyan oil industry. The China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) had a workforce of some 400 employees. The total Chinese workforce in Libya was of the order of 30,000.

Eleven percent (11%) of Libyan oil exports are channelled to China. While there are no figures on the size and importance of CNPC’s production and exploration activities, there are indications that they are sizeable.

More generally, China’s presence in North Africa is considered by Washington to constitute an intrusion. From a geopolitical standpoint, China is an encroachment. The military campaign directed against Libya is intent upon excluding China from North Africa.

Also of importance is the role of Italy. ENI, the Italian oil consortium puts out 244,000 barrels of gas and oil, which represents almost 25 percent of Libya’s total exports. ( Sky News: Foreign oil firms halt Libyan operations, February 23, 2011).

Among US companies in Libya, Chevron and Occidental Petroleum (Oxy) decided barely 6 months ago (October 2010) not to renew their oil and gas exploration licenses in Libya. (Why are Chevron and Oxy leaving Libya?: Voice of Russia, October 6, 2010). In contrast, in November 2010, Germany’s oil company, R.W. DIA E signed a far-reaching agreement with Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) involving exploration and production sharing. AfricaNews – Libya: German oil firm signs prospecting deal – The AfricaNews, 

The financial stakes as well  as “the spoils of war” are extremely high. The military operation is intent upon dismantling Libya’s financial institutions as well as confiscating billions of dollars of Libyan financial assets deposited in Western banks.

It should be emphasised that Libya’s military capabilities, including its air defense system are weak. 

Libya Oil Concessions

Redrawing the Map of Africa

Libya has the largest oil reserves in Africa. The objective of US-NATO interference is strategic: it consists in outright theft, in stealing the nation’s oil wealth under the disguise of a humanitarian intervention.

This military operation is intent upon establishing US hegemony in North Africa, a region historically dominated by France and to lesser extent by Italy and Spain.

With regard to Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, Washington’s design is to weaken the political links of these countries to France and push for the installation of new political regimes which have a close rapport with the US. This weakening of France is part of a US imperial design. It is a historical process which goes back to the wars in Indochina.

US-NATO intervention leading to the eventual formation of a US puppet regime is also intent upon excluding China from the region and edging out China’s National Petroleum Corp (CNPC). The Anglo-American oil giants including British Petroleum which signed an exploration contract in 2007 with the Ghadaffi government are among the potential “beneficiaries” of  the proposed US-NATO military operation.

More generally, what is at stake is the redrawing of the map of Africa, a process of neo-colonial redivision, the scrapping of the demarcations of the 1884 Berlin Conference, the conquest of Africa by the United States in alliance with Britain, in a US-NATO led operation.

The colonial redivision of Africa. 1913

Libya: Strategic Saharan Gateway to Central Africa

Libya has borders with several countries which are within France’s sphere of influence, including Algeria, Tunisia, Niger and Chad.

Chad is potentially an oil rich economy. ExxonMobil and Chevron have interests in Southern Chad including a pipeline project. Southern Chad is a gateway into the Darfur region of Sudan, which is also strategic in view of its oil wealth.

China has oil interests in both Chad and Sudan. The China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) signed a farreaching agreement with the Chad government in 2007.

Niger is strategic to the United States in view of its extensive reserves of uranium. At present, France dominates the uranium industry in Niger through the French nuclear conglomerate Areva, formerly known as Cogema. China also has a stake in Niger’s uranium industry.

More generally, the Southern border of Libya is strategic for the United States in its quest to extend its sphere of influence in Francophone Africa, a vast territory extending from North Africa to Central and Western Africa. Historically this region was part of France and Belgium’s colonial empires, the borders of which were established  at the Berlin Conference of 1884.

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The US played a passive role at the 1884 Berlin Conference. This new 21st Century redivision of the African continent, predicated on the control over oil, natural gas and strategic minerals (cobalt, uranium, chromium, manganese, platinum and uranium) largely supports dominant Anglo-American corporate interests.

US interference in North Africa redefines the geopolitics of an entire region. It undermines China and overshadows the influence of the European Union.

This new redivision of Africa not only weakens the role of the former colonial powers (including France and Italy) in North Africa. it  is also part of a broader process of displacing and weakening France (and Belgium) over a large part of the African continent.

US puppet regimes have been installed in several African countries which historically were in the sphere of influence of France (and Belgium), including The Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.  Several countries in West Africa (including Côte d’Ivoire) are slated to become US proxy states.

The European Union is heavily dependent on the flow of Libyan oil. 85 percent of its oil is sold to European countries. In the case of a war with Libya, the supply of petroleum to Western Europe could be further disrupted, largely affecting Italy, France and Germany. Thirty percent of Italy’s oil and 10 percent of its gas are imported from Libya. Libyan gas is fed through the Greenstream pipeline in the Mediterranean (See map below).

The implications of these potential disruptions are far-reaching. They also have a direct bearing on the relationship between the US and the European Union.

Greenstream pipeline linking Libya to Italy (right)

Concluding Remarks

The mainstream media through massive disinformation is complicit in justifying a military agenda which, if carried out, would have devastating consequences not only for the Libyan people: the social and economic impacts would be felt Worldwide.

There are at present three distinct war theaters in the broader Middle East Central Asian region: Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq. In the case of an attack on Libya, a  fourth war theater would be opened up in North Africa, with the risk of military escalation.

Public opinion must take cognizance of the hidden agenda behind this alleged humanitarian undertaking, heralded by the heads of state and heads of government of NATO countries as a “Just War”. The Just War theory in both its classical and contemporary versions upholds war as a “humanitarian operation”. It calls for military intervention on ethical and moral grounds against “rogue states” and “Islamic terrorists”. The Just war theory demonizes the Gaddafi regime while providing a humanitarian mandate to US-NATO military intervention.

The heads of state and heads of government of NATO countries are the architects of war and destruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. In an utterly twisted logic, they are heralded as the voices of reason, as the representatives of the “international community”.

Realities are turned upside down. A humanitarian intervention is launched by war criminals in high office, who are the unchallenged guardians of the Just War theory.

Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo,… Civilian casualties in Pakistan resulting from US drone attacks on towns and villages ordered by president Obama, are not front page news, nor are the 2 million civilian deaths in Iraq.

There is no such thing as a “Just War”.  The history of US imperialism should be understood. The 2000 Report of the Project of the New American Century entitled “Rebuilding Americas’ Defenses” [pdf file no longer accessible] calls for the implementation of a long war, a war of conquest.

One of the main components of this military agenda is: to “Fight and decisively win in multiple, simultaneous theater wars”.

“Operation Libya” is part of that process. It is another theater in the Pentagon’s logic of “simultaneous theater wars”.

The PNAC document faithfully reflects the evolution of US military doctrine since 2001. The US plans to be involved simultaneously in several war theaters in different regions of the World.

While heralding the need to protect America (i.e. “National Security”), the PNAC report does spell out why these multiple theater wars are required.

What purpose do they serve. Are they an instrument of peace? The usual humanitarian justification is not even mentioned.

What is the purpose of America’s military roadmap?

Libya is targeted because it is one among several remaining countries outside America’s sphere of influence, which fail to conform to US demands. Libya is a country which has been selected as part of a military “road map” which consists of “multiple simultaneous theater wars”.  In the words of former NATO Commander Chief General Wesley Clark:

 “in the Pentagon in November 2001, one of the senior military staff officers had time for a chat. Yes, we were still on track for going against Iraq, he said. But there was more. This was being discussed as part of a five-year campaign plan, he said, and there were a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan…. (Wesley Clark, Winning Modern Wars, p. 130).

Part I

Insurrection and Military Intervention: The US NATO Attempted Coup d’Etat in Libya?

European Countries Abandon Tens of Thousands of their Children in Syria

ARABI SOURI 

abandoned European children in Al Hol (Hawl) Concentration Camp Hasakah Syria - Kurdish SDF

European countries have invaded and destroyed an endless list of other countries claiming they’re spreading ‘democracy’ and promoting ‘human rights’ in the targeted countries, the practice of these western countries, in reality, is everything but related to human rights or democracy, it’s pure evil.

Tens of thousands of women and children members of families of European terrorists who practiced the ‘Western values’ in the killing, maiming, uprooting, and displacing hundreds of thousands of Syrians, are now abandoned by their countries. These are women who were married to European terrorists and bred tens of thousands of children while their husbands were demonstrating western values in Syria.

The Kurdish SDF terrorists are holding tens of thousands of those family members in addition to thousands of Syrians in concentration camps in regions under their control in the worst inhumane conditions ever imaginable. The captives in the Kurdish-run concentration camps under the US forces’ supervision hail from 57 countries, 24 of those countries are western countries.

Moussa Assi has more in this report for the Lebanese-based Al Mayadeen news channel, followed by the transcript of the English translation:

Their number is 64 thousand, they are members of the families of terrorists who came from 57 countries to fight in Syria, 80% of them are women and children whose countries, most of which are Western countries, refuse to take them back in contradiction to the stipulations of human rights laws that require states to bear the responsibility of their citizens outside their lands, just as it is the case of the other citizens and regardless of any consideration.

The result is tens of thousands of children and women who are held in very harsh conditions in the camps controlled by the Qasd militia in northern Syria.

Fionnuala D. Ni Aolain – Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism: Thousands of children have been convicted on charges that classify them as adults because of their belonging to the families of which they were born. We see countries that have taken an arbitrary line towards them, saying that they are not actual children because they were born into similar families, and this is clear to Western governments.

Western countries present various arguments for not taking their citizens back, including that they must stay close to the place where the crimes were committed in order for them to receive a fair trial.

Fionnuala D. Ni Aolain – Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism: The idea of holding tens of thousands awaiting trial is unrealistic and intended to keep these people away from their home countries. As for saying that they pose a threat to societies, let me say that the long-term risks are of leaving these children there.

Out of more than 250 French children born from marriages of ISIS terrorists in Syria, France agreed to take back only 35 children, and these are either orphans or their mothers agreed on the condition that they abandon them and remain in the Syrian camp.

Western human rights countries [sic] refuse to take back the children of their terrorists who fought in Syria. They issued a final judgment on these children that they are terrorists from birth and represent a later danger to Western societies.

Moussa Assi – Geneva, Al-Mayadeen.

End of the transcript.

A Brief Examination of Some Facts Related to Mass Vaccination

 BY GILAD ATZMON

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By Gilad Atzmon

The case of Israel, leading the world by far in the mass vaccination contest, doesn’t leave much maneuvering room for skeptics. Since Israel launched its vast vaccination campaign in December, it has been witnessing an exponential rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths. By now, the British Mutant has become Israel’s dominant COVID strain. Israel’s health system is on the brink of collapse.

In my article Guinea Pigs United I pointed out that the rise in cases and deaths correlates with the distribution of vaccines. In Israel, the Orthodox Jewish communities that were vaccinated en masse saw COVID cases rise 16-fold, while Israeli Arabs who at large refrained from vaccination saw numbers of COVID cases dropping sharply.

But Israel is not alone. Some other states have followed a similar path and their situation is becoming as catastrophic as the crisis we witness in the Jewish State. 

I would have loved to believe that it is not too late for Britain to postpone the current mass vaccination campaign and closely examine the possible correlation between mass vaccination and mutants.  For those who wonder, I am not against vaccines or modern medical practices, but I do contend that before a nation decides to inject a new substance into its muscle, it may want to verify what this substance is and what are the exact implications involved. It is crucial to verify, for instance, whether the rise in lethal mutations that we have seen in Britain is related to mass vaccination and the vaccine trials that have been taking place in the kingdom since the summer.  The rapid change in the age of COVID-19 cases which we see in Israel and Britain also correlates with mass vaccination. Do we know what are the implications of vaccines on pregnant women or embryos?

It is hardly a secret that those who seem to be enthusiastic about the vaccines are also claiming to be in favour of ‘good science’ or even ‘real’ science as they often refer to it. The statistical facts that are related to mass vaccination are not very promising. Examining the situation in the countries that are engaged in mass vaccination such as Israel, Britain, the USA and the UAE reveal that these countries witnessed a clear decline in COVID cases and deaths during late November and early December. However, just a few days after those countries launched their vaccination campaigns, the numbers of COVID cases and consequently deaths went through the roof.

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 In comparison, you should also examine the case of Britain’s neighbours such as France, Belgium and Holland. Those countries are subject to similar climate, urban conditions, and demography, yet COVID’s curve in these countries is completely the opposite: COVID deaths and cases that were in decline since mid-November, early December are still dropping until now.  None of these countries saw a sharp rise in cases, let alone deaths, in the given period (December, January).

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 As I was writing these lines I was informed that Portugal is also facing a COVID crisis. A brief examination of its latest data reveals that its COVID curve is identical to Britain and Israel. I obviously assumed that the current sharp rise in COVID cases is somehow related to the vaccine. A quick internet check revealed that Portugal started its mass vaccination campaign on 27 December. As you can see in the graph below, until that date the numbers of COVID cases per day were in clear decline. Yet, 3 days after the mass vaccination campaign started the numbers of cases started to grow exponentially. Portugal’s health system is now on the verge of collapse. Its situation is identical with other countries that favoured the mass vaccination path. 

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On Optimism

 Both British and Israeli governments report almost once a day about some ‘positive signs’ that may suggest that the ‘end of the pandemic’ is just behind the corner. These news are usually supported by claims about a ‘decline in cases.’ Needless to mention that reports on the ground usually contradict these optimistic suggestions.  But since we are in a scientific mode, let’s examine the ‘statistics.’

 A quick glance at British and Israeli ‘numbers’ reveal that the numbers of new cases in late January are in sharp decline, and this seems to be positive news,  yet the number of daily deaths keep climbing. This is very worrying.

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However, a quick examination of other European and Middle Eastern COVID statistics in countries such as Austria, France, Germany and Jordan reveals that the graphs representing numbers of new cases and daily deaths are almost identical in shape. How do we then explain the peculiar anomaly that is reported in Israel and Britain: a ‘decline’ in cases on the one hand, a sharp exponential rise in deaths on the other?

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 One (clumsy) possible explanation is that in the mass vaccinated countries less people are contracting COVID, yet for those who do the virus is far deadlier. This would mean that that if the vaccine is producing some positive results for the vaccinated (such as immunity), the general impact on the whole of society is pretty devastating, the number of deaths is growing rapidly.

 Another explanation which I believe is far more likely is that both the British and Israeli governments are conducting less tests. This obviously leads to a reduction in the number of new verified cases. It may look good in the Guardian or the Jewish Chronicle’s headlines but unfortunately it doesn’t stop the disease or its lethal impact.  

 In Israel, mass vaccination was Bibi’s genius political ploy, except that it didn’t work very well (so far). It is more than likely that Trump also gambled on a vaccine being approved ahead of the election.  As we know, Pfizer actually announced its ‘success’ very soon after the election. Needless to mention that Boris Johnson shares one or two features with Bibi and Trump.  It is more than likely that in the USA, Israel and Britain, mass vaccination was unleashed as a political tool. Peculiarly, it is the progressive and leftist crowds who are most enthusiastic about the vaccines delivered to them by the most outlandish right wing political icons of our time.

What is it that drives certain nations to morph into testing grounds with some possible grave implications? What is it that drives some nations to the vaccine yet pushes others to be vigilant and suspicious? I will try to address these crucial questions in my next paper.

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That Tripoli today … is kidnapped! في أنّ طرابلس اليوم… مخطوفة!

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احتجاجات طرابلس: غياب الخطّة الأمنيّة... والمرجعيّة

That Tripoli today … is kidnapped

Ibrahim al-Amin, editor in chief of Al-Akhbar newspaper, is pictured...  News Photo - Getty Images

Ibrahim Al-Amin

Saturday, January 30, 2021

For more than a year, on the day lebanon sparked a variety of protests, Tripoli was strongly present in the scene. But no one was able to catch the game’s strings there. Everyone participated in the celebration. Politicians, clerics, leaders and poor, old and new parties, civil societies, Arab, regional and international embassies, security agencies and local, regional and international armies, artists, media and activists of various races…

It’s been a long time, and the image of the night celebration is occupying the screens. However, there are those who have decided that Beirut needs Tripoli’s “muscles”. Buses carried what was available daily to fight the Regime’s youth or the “counter-revolutionary group”. Thus, things went on until everyone disappeared from the scene. No one knows why the motivation, enthusiasm, ability and organization have disappeared. Saad Hariri returned to form thegovernment!


For weeks after October 17, many of the city listened and scrutinised data on outside interference in the city’s activity. The positions remained the same until, about three weeks ago, delegates from the embassies of the United States, Britain, France and the European Union, toured and dialogues with state officials and leaders in all military and security agencies, carrying one clear and concise message: the difficult economic situation, the lack of government formation will inevitably lead to the return of popular protests, and we ask you not to resort to any repressive measures against demonstrators, and not to prevent them from saying what they want and doing what they want, and those who practice repression will be followed by us, and the price will be paid outside Lebanon, and the price will be paid outside Lebanon. If he doesn’t push him inside.


The letter was not ambiguous at all. The security and military authorities have even tried to examine them on the ground.


Let’s put aside all the boring political talk about power and its role. Also, let’s put aside external pressures to form a government that will proceed in the international program (offered by France) for a solution in Lebanon.  Let us put aside the natural effects of the economic and social crisis on the people of this neglected city in a way that was previously unknown to a Lebanese region, including the “loss” of the city’s wealthy people who do not leave the charity box and do not build a single factory that occupies thousands of the city’s youth and girls, and supports their families.

What is happening today indicates that Lebanon is facing the challenge of testing the regional chaos that there may be those who dream of turning it into a moment of dispensing with any connection to the state.


But is there any way to ask the questions that everyone is running away from? The government’s policy of “eliminating the threat of the use of force” is a major challenge. How can the protests be limited to local objectives that say that they strike all the positions that belong to the idea of the state, the security forces, the companies, the municipalities and other institutions on the list of targets? Do we want to repeat last year’s experience, where we go back to the obvious questions of who leads the people and what framework governs their movements, or whether the question about that is still forbidden? They are demons, other than this or that one who happens only to be from the group that sees the overthrow of Michel Aoun and the disarmament of the resistance as the only central goal?


This time, no one needs to be studied in the difficult social realities of this city, and no one needs explanations about the need for an uprising or even a coup d’état against this abhorrent power. What is happening today, according to all mental calculations, indicates that Lebanonis on the verge of challenging the test of regional chaos, which there may be those who dream of turning it into a moment of dispensing with any connection to the State, and then we will start to hear about the mass civil disobedience, the new local government, the independent or parallel administration of state facilities, and then we will find those who come out of the self-security rabbit and here the great nation… The result is that Tripoli is now kidnapped, as it has been for at least 40 years. It is waiting for election day to renew itself through money, kidnapped by the lords of the axes, the guardians of blood and the prisoners, and from a mercenary army that is spreading today like mushrooms in the name of civil society, and most of them are “the boys of embassies” of all kinds.   


The   city will continue to be haunted by the terror of the great security chaos, especially with security and military forces and agencies that know only exploitation or excessive use of force. Before who comes out to free this city and returns it to its true people!

في أنّ طرابلس اليوم… مخطوفة!

Ibrahim al-Amin, editor in chief of Al-Akhbar newspaper, is pictured...  News Photo - Getty Images

الأخبار

ابراهيم الأمين 

السبت 30 كانون الثاني 2021

بل أكثر من سنة، يوم اشتعل لبنان احتجاجات متنوعة الأهداف، كانت طرابلس حاضرة بقوة في المشهد. لكنّ أحداً لم يكن يقدر على الإمساك بخيوط اللعبة هناك. الجميع شاركوا في الاحتفال. سياسيون ورجال دين، زعماء وفقراء، أحزاب عريقة وأخرى مستجدة، جمعيات مدنية وسفارات عربية وإقليمية ودولية، أجهزة أمنية وجيوش محلية وإقليمية ودولية، فنانون وإعلاميون وناشطون من مختلف الأجناس…

مضى وقت طويل، وصورة الاحتفال الليلي تحتل الشاشات. لكن، ثمة من قرر أن بيروت تحتاج إلى «عضلات» الطرابلسيين. فكانت الحافلات تنقل ما تيسّر يومياً لمقارعة «شباب النظام» أو «جماعة الثورة المضادة». وهكذا، سارت الأمور حتى اختفى الجميع من المشهد. لا أحد يعرف لماذا اختفت الحافزية والحماسة والقدرة والتنظيم. لا أحد يعرف كيف ولماذا ولأيّ سبب انفضّ القوم، علماً بأن لا تغيير واحداً حصل. لا الأحوال الاقتصادية تحسّنت، ولا السلطة استقالت، ولا النظام سقط بيد الثوار، ولا الفقر هرب من تلك الأحياء، ولا الزعماء باعوا قصورهم وبنوا مكانها مصانع، ولا ميشال عون سقط ولا سلاح حزب الله نزع… بل عاد سعد الحريري ليؤلّف الحكومة!

طوال أسابيع من بعد 17 تشرين، كان كثيرون من ناشطي المدينة، وفاعلياتها، يسمعون ويدققون في معطيات حول التدخلات الخارجية في نشاط المدينة. لكن القائمين على «الثورة المدنية» كانوا يرفضون أصل النقاش. هم قرروا من طرف واحد أن الحقيقة محصورة في أن هناك غضباً بسبب الفقر وغياب الديموقراطية، وأن الثورة مصانة وستُستأنَف في أقرب وقت ممكن. والأكثر غرابة كان في أن أحداً من قوى السلطة أو قوى الشارع لم يكلف نفسه عناء إجراء حوار ولو جانبي بين المتخاصمين أو المشتبكين. وظلت المواقف على حالها إلى أن قام فجأة، وقبل نحو ثلاثة أسابيع، موفدون من سفارات أميركا وبريطانيا وفرنسا والاتحاد الأوروبي، بجولات وحوارات مع مسؤولين في الدولة ومع قادة في جميع الأجهزة العسكرية والأمنية، يحملون رسالة واحدة واضحة ومختصرة: الأوضاع الاقتصادية الصعبة، وعدم تأليف الحكومة سيقودان حتماً الى عودة الاحتجاجات الشعبية، ونحن نطلب منكم عدم اللجوء إلى أي إجراءات قمعية ضد المتظاهرين، وعدم منعهم من قول ما يريدون والقيام بما يريدون، ومن يمارس القمع سيكون محل متابعة منا، وسيدفع الثمن خارج لبنان إن لم يدفعه داخله.

لم تكن الرسالة غامضة على الإطلاق. بل إن الجهات الأمنية والعسكرية حاولت معاينتها ميدانياً. جرت محاولة لمطابقة التقدير الغربي مع المعطيات الميدانية لديها. والحيرة التي سادت لدى هذه أن غالبيتها لديها ناسها في الشارع، سواء على شكل مناصرين لقوى سياسية، أو على شكل مجموعات لا تزال ــــ نعم لا تزال ــــ تعمل بإمرة ضباط أمنيين من هذا الجهاز أو ذاك. وكانت النتيجة عدم توقّع أمر كبير، إلى أن انطلقت الاحتجاجات قبل أيام في طرابلس، وسط محاولات حثيثة لنقلها الى مناطق أخرى، وخصوصاً في بيروت والبقاع الأوسط وطريق الجنوب وصولاً إلى صيدا.

لنضع جانباً كل الحديث السياسي المملّ عن السلطة ودورها. هذه سلطة لم ولن يخرج منها الخير. ولنضع جانباً، كل الكلام المطابق لكلام السلطة والصادر عن قوى في السلطة انتقلت الى المعارضة. وهي قوى لم ولن يخرج منها إلا الشر كما فعلت طوال أربعة عقود. ومهما تلونت ورسمت لنفسها صورة جميلة، فهي ستظل المرآة تعكس روحها البشعة.

أيضاً، لنضع جانباً الضغوط الخارجية لأجل تأليف حكومة تسير في البرنامج الدولي (الذي عرضته فرنسا) للحل في لبنان. وهو برنامج يقضي بأن يكون لبنان تحت انتداب جديد ولو بصورة مقنّعة من خلال استخدام جماعات الـ«ان جي أوز» كقناع لتولّي إدارة الدولة، وهو انتداب يستهدف الإمساك بمقدرات لبنان القائمة أو المتوقعة، كما يستهدف جرّه الى ضفة المحور العامل برعاية أميركا وأوروبا وإسرائيل والسعودية، ما يوجب التخلص من المقاومة.
ولنضع جانباً الآثار الطبيعية للأزمة الاقتصادية والاجتماعية على أهالي هذه المدينة المهملة بصورة لم تعرفها منطقة لبنانية سابقاً، بما في ذلك «خِسّة» أثرياء المدينة الذين لا يغادرون مربع الصدقة والإحسان ولا يبنون مصنعاً واحداً يشغّل الآلاف من شباب المدينة وصباياها، ويعيل أهلهم.

ما يحصل اليوم يشير إلى أن لبنان مقبل على تحدّي اختبار الفوضى المناطقية التي قد يكون هناك من يحلم بتحويلها الى لحظة الاستغناء عن أي صلة بالدولة


لكن، هل من مجال لطرح الأسئلة التي يهرب منها الجميع؟

ترى، كيف لا يمكن لسياسي في لبنان، أو إعلامي، أو أمني، أن يقدّم خريطة واقعية تشرح طبيعة ما يجري في عاصمة الشمال؟ من هم هؤلاء المحتجّون؟ ومن هم الناشطون بينهم؟ وكيف يتمّ تنظيم تحرّكهم، ومن يقرّر هذه الوجهة من تنفيس الغضب من تلك، ومن يصرف الأموال المطلوبة (حتى لو كانت مئة ألف ليرة فقط)، ومن يقرر إعادة التركيز الإعلامي على هذه الزاوية أو تلك، ومن هو العبقري الذي يرفع الشعارات الكبيرة ضد ميشال عون وحزب الله، ثم يرمي القنابل على فرع المعلومات المحسوب على سعد الحريري الذي لا يزال خصماً أساسياً لميشال عون، ورابطاً للنزاع مع حزب الله؟ وكيف يمكن حصر الاحتجاجات بأهداف موضعية تقول بضرب كل المراكز التي تخص فكرة الدولة، قوى الأمن والسرايا والبلدية ومؤسسات أخرى موجودة على لائحة الأهداف؟ وهل نريد تكرار تجربة العام الماضي، حيث نعود من جديد الى الأسئلة البديهية عمّن يقود الناس وعن أي إطار ينظّم تحركاتهم، أم لا يزال السؤال حول ذلك محرّماً؟ ثم من هو الذي قرر أن كلّ سياسيي المدينة هم من الشياطين، ما عدا هذا أو ذاك من الذين يصادف ــــ يصادف فقط ــــ أنهم من المجموعة التي ترى أن إسقاط ميشال عون ونزع سلاح المقاومة هو الهدف المركزي الوحيد؟

هذه المرة، لا أحد يحتاج الى درس في معرفة الوقائع الاجتماعية الصعبة لهذه المدينة، ولا أحد يحتاج الى شروحات حول الحاجة الى انتفاضة أو حتى انقلاب على هذه السلطة المقيتة. لكنْ هناك حاجة إلى عدم التساهل مع الذين يحاولون اليوم، خطف المدينة وأخذها الى مواجهة نفسها فقط، إذ لا نتيجة عامّة لأي حركة من دون مشروع سياسي واضح. ولن تكون النتيجة سوى المزيد من العنف العدمي، الذي لا يشبه حتى دراما المنتحرين غضباً. وما يحصل اليوم يشير، وفق كل الحسابات العقلية، إلى أن لبنان مقبل على تحدّي اختبار الفوضى المناطقية التي قد يكون هناك من يحلم بتحويلها الى لحظة الاستغناء عن أي صلة بالدولة، وعندها سنبدأ نسمع عن العصيان المدني الشامل، وعن الحكومة المحلية الجديدة، وعن الإدارة المستقلة أو الموازية لمرافق الدولة، ومن ثم سنجد من يخرج أرنب الأمن الذاتي وهنا الطامّة الكبرى…

النتيجة أن طرابلس مخطوفة الآن، كما كانت مخطوفة منذ أربعين سنة على الأقل. رهينة يتبادلها الخاطفون. مخطوفة من سلطات تعاقبت على حرمانها من كل شيء. ومن برلمانات وبرلمانيين فاشلين. ومن زعامات لا ترتقي الى مقام فتوة الأحياء. بل تنتظر يوم الانتخاب لتجدّد لذاتها عبر المال، مخطوفة من أمراء المحاور وأولياء الدم والمسجونين، ومن جيش مرتزقة ينتشر اليوم كالفطر باسم المجتمع المدني، وجلّهم من «صبية السفارات» على أنواعها. ومخطوفة من بقايا «الثورة السورية المجيدة» الذين لا يزالون الى الأمس يعطون الدروس في كيفية العسكرة والانتقال الى مستوى جديد من «العنف الثوري»…

طرابلس فيها مساكين، يقوم دهاة من أهل النظام نفسه بتوجبه غضبهم الى حيث لن يكون هناك تغيير ولا ما يحزنون. والمدينة ستظلّ مسكونة برهاب الفوضى الأمنية الكبيرة، وخصوصاً مع قوى وأجهزة أمنية وعسكرية لا تعرف إلا الاستغلال أو الإفراط في استخدام القوة. وفي كل يوم يخضع فيه العاقلون لابتزاز المجانين، سترتفع الكلفة… قبل أن يخرج من يحرّر هذه المدينة ويعيدها الى أهلها الحقيقيين!

«سنوكر» سعوديّ أميركيّ فرنسيّ في طرابلس؟

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لم يبق أحد معنياً بأحداث طرابلس إلا وتحدّث عن ثنائية، وضع اجتماعيّ يقارب الانفجار، واستغلال سياسيّ ومخابراتيّ بالدفع بأموال لجماعات تصدّرت عمليّات الفلتان وتعميم الفوضى وصولاً لإحراق المؤسسات. وجاءت المواقف الغاضبة للقيادات التي تملك شارعاً وازناً في طرابلس إلى حد تحميلها الجيش مسؤولية التهاون كحال الرئيس سعد الحريري، أو تلويح بعضها بالأمن الذاتي كحال الرئيس نجيب ميقاتي، لتقول إن هذه القيادات ليست لديها استثمار يبرّر اتهامها بالوقوف وراء الأحداث، بل لتقول إن هذه القيادات تشعر بالاستهداف بنسبة قلقها من الجهة المحلية المعتمَدة ونسبة شعورها باستهدافها من الجهة الخارجيّة المشغّلة والمموّلة.

تنحصر الخيارات بين المحور الخليجيّ بقيادة السعوديّة، والمحور التركيّ القطريّ، من حيث الإمكانيّة العمليّة على التحرك في طرابلس والشمال، والمصلحة بالاستخدام، وبالتدقيق بالحسابات والمصالح تبدو تركيا غير معنية برسائل عبر لبنان أو سواه بينما هي في مرحلة الترقب لتبلور السياسة الأميركية الجديدة في التعامل معها، وتنحو للتهدئة كي لا تؤثر سلباً على فرضية تبلور سياسات إيجابية، كما تبدو على علاقة طيّبة بالرئيس الحريري، خصوصاً في زمن علاقته السيئة بولي العهد السعودي، بينما تبدو السعودية في حال اضطراب وارتباك وتوتر، وشعور بالضيق، مع صوت أميركي مرتفع باتجاه العودة للاتفاق النووي مع إيران، وتجاوز الصراخ السعوديّ عن شرط الشراكة في التفاوض، وقد قدّمت ظاهرة صعود مفاجئ لعمليات داعش على جبهتي العراق وسورية، ووجود انتحاريين سعوديين في عمليات بغداد، إشارات واضحة لوجود سعي سعوديّ للضغط على إدارة الرئيس الأميركي جو بايدن لتأجيل انسحابه من العراق وسورية، باعتباره نصراً لمحور تحتل إيران فيه موقعاً حاسماً، لا تريد السعودية أن يحدث إلا ضمن سلة تكون لها منها نصيب، والرهان السعودي أن الانسحاب يتعقّد كلما بدا أن القضاء على داعش لم يتحقق.

في السيناريو القائم على الفرضية السعودية، إشارتان، الأولى أن الجهة التي يتم التأشير إليها في الأحداث التي شهدتها طرابلس يتصدّرها شقيق الرئيس سعد الحريري، بهاء الذي جرى تقديمه كبديل لشقيقه خلال احتجازه في فندق الريتز، والذي يبدو واضحاً أنه يحظى بدعم ولي العهد السعودي من خلال الهواء الذي منح لمشروعه الإعلاميّ عبر قناة تلفزيونية وازنة تربطها علاقة متميّزة بولي العهد السعودي على أكثر من صعيد، وجاءت بعض التصريحات التي تشيد ببهاء من شخصيات مثل النائب السابق مصباح الأحدث، أو تتحدّث عنه كمشروع تحالف كما قال الوزير السابق أشرف ريفي، لتمنح هذه الفرضية أسباباً أكبر خصوصاً أن دور المنتدى المموّل من بهاء الحريري في ما سُمّي بطرابلس عروس الثورة كان علنياً ومعلوماً من الجميع.

في التوقيت هناك تطوّران قيد التفاوض تزامناً مع الهبّة الطرابلسية، الأول السعي الفرنسي للحصول على تفويض أميركيّ لإحياء الرعاية الفرنسية للبنان، والثاني التمهيد الأميركي لتكليف الخبير روبرت مالي بمهمة مبعوث خاص للملف الإيراني، كتعبير عن نيات أميركيّة جدية بالعودة للاتفاق وسعياً لترميم الثقة مع القيادة الإيرانيّة، وبالتوازي كانت حملة سعوديّة واسعة النطاق استنطقت بعض اللبنانيين احتجاجاً على تعيين مالي، فجاءت أحداث طرابلس لتربط مصير لبنان بما بدأ في سورية والعراق، وتقول إن تطبيق السياسات التي ستُرسم في الإقليم لن تمرّ من دون الرضى السعوديّ، ومدخل هذا الرضا التزام بعدم بتّ التفاهم مع إيران من دون شراكة سعودية، ولبنان في ظل الحضور القويّ لحزب الله ساحة مناسبة لإنعاش السياسات التي رسمتها السعودية مع الرئيس السابق دونالد ترامب، بربط أي تعافٍ للبنان بإضعاف حزب الله.

ما حدث أمس كان لافتاً، فقد خرج الرئيس الفرنسي امانويل ماكرون ليتحدّث عبر قناة محمد بن سلمان ليقول إنه متمسك بحق الشراكة السعودية في التفاوض مع إيران، بينما أعلن البيت الأبيض تجميد صفقات السلاح السعوديّة والإماراتيّة حتى وقف حرب اليمن، وتم إصدار قرار تسمية مالي مبعوثاً خاصاً في الملف الإيراني، فهل كانت طرابلس طاولة لعبة سنوكر سعوديّة فرنسيّة أميركيّة، حققت أهدافها على المسار الفرنسيّ وأدخلت الطابة المستهدفة، بينما كان الحصاد الأميركي سلبياً، وربما أدخلت الطابة الخطأ، إن لم تكن الطابة الممنوعة؟

الحملة على الجيش في طرابلس ظالمة

ما شهدته طرابلس خلال الليالي الماضية كان مؤلماً وموجعاً، سواء لما تعانيه طرابلس من نموذج فاضح لتخلّي الدولة عن مسؤولياتها الإقتصادية والمالية والاجتماعية خلال عقود، رغم كثرة الوعود، أو لمشاهد حرق المؤسسات وتخريب منشآت المدينة، خصوصاً لمؤشر الخطورة بجعل الفوضى نتاجاً وحيداً لتزاوج أزمتي تفشي كورونا والأزمة السياسية الاقتصادية المفتوحة.

تجاهل سياسيّو طرابلس خلال هذه السنوات مسؤولياتهم كرؤساء حكومات من المدينة أو من خارجها يتزعّمون تيارات سياسية تملك أغلبية التمثيل النيابي للمدينة خلال عقود، سواء بصفتهم قادة حكم أو بصفتهم متموّلين كباراً أحجموا عن بناء مشاريع اقتصادية منتجة في هذه المنطقة الشديدة الحرمان رغم وعودهم الكثيرة.

خلال مرحلة ما بعد 17 تشرين عام 2019 كانت كل مداخلات السياسيين المعارضين للمقاومة تقوم على محاولة استغلال الشارع والتشجيع على قطع الطرقات والضغط على قيادة الجيش والقوى الأمنية للتراخي مع أعمال الشغب والتخريب، خصوصاً قطع الطرقات وكلما كان يتشدّد الجيش والقوى الأمنية كانت المواقف تندّد وتدعو لتفهم الغضب بصفته تعبيراً مشروعاً.

مع أحداث طرابلس شعر هؤلاء أنهم مهدّدون، لأن اللاعب الذي يعبث بالشراع يستهدف نفوذهم ويحمل مشروعاً لا يقيم حساباً لمكانتهم ويقدم بديلاً مدعوماً وممولاً لينمو ويتقدم على حسابهم، خصوصاً أنهم يعلمون أن الراعي الإقليمي الذي اعتادوا على رعايته يعتمد وكيلاً جديداً وبرسائل يريد توجيهها للمبادرة الفرنسية التي يراهنون عليها استغلّ طرابلس واستثمر أوجاعها.

المطلوب من الجيش أن يتشدد ومن القوى الأمنية أن تفعل، لكن المطلوب من القيادت المعنية ان تتخلى عن الكيل بمكيالين وتقف وراء القوى الأمنية والجيش، لكن أن تتحمل مسؤولياتها بثلاثة مستويات، تسريع تشكيل الحكومة بالتخلي عن السقوف العالية للمحاصصة، والحضور السياسي في الشارع الطرابلسي على مستوى قيادات الصف الأول، وفتح صناديق المال وخزائن الثروات لاعتماد سياسة تضامن وتعاضد مع العائلات الفقيرة بالإضافة لحثّ مؤسسات الدولة على تسريع مساهماتها في هذا المجال.

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يستسهل بعض الإعلاميّين والسياسيين الرد على النرجسية اللبنانية السائدة عند بعض آخر يربط كل شؤون لبنان الداخلية بمستقبل السياسة الأميركيّة، خصوصاً بعد الانتخابات الرئاسية الأخيرة، بالقول إن لبنان ليس أولوية أميركية، وصولاً للقول إن الرئيس الأميركي جو بايدن عندما يذكر أمامه لبنان سيطلب الخريطة للتعرف على مكانه عليها، وكل من الموقفين يعبر عن مبالغة في غير مكانها، فبايدن يعرف لبنان جيداً ويتذكّره جيداً، على الأقل منذ تفجير مقر المارينز عام 83 وإسقاط اتفاق 17 أيار، ويتذكر أكثر من الصور التي حملها من زيارته للبنان، أن هذا البلد أذلّ وهزم الحليف الاستراتيجي لواشنطن الذي يمثله كيان الاحتلال، والذي قال عنه بايدن إن يجب على اميركا أن تخلقه لو لم يكن موجوداً، ويعلم جيداً كم بذلت الإدارات التي سبقت إدارته من مال وجهود لإضعاف عنصر القوة الحاسم الذي تمثله المقاومة في لبنان بوجه هذا الكيان، وهذا يضع لبنان ومقاومته حكماً في أولويات بايدن الشرق أوسطية. من هذه الزاوية التي ترتبط بالصورة الإجمالية للمشهد الإقليمي، من دون أن يعني ذلك أن التفاصيل اللبنانية البعيدة عن هذا العنصر، بين الأولويات أو موضع اهتمام يُذكر.

في السياسة الخارجية الأميركية يقع لبنان على تماس مع النظرة الأميركية لحيوية العلاقة المميّزة مع فرنسا، والأخذ بالاعتبار لوقوع لبنان على ثلاثة فوالق محورية في المنطقة تحاول إدارة بايدن مقاربتها عبر فك الارتباط بين عناصرها، الأول هو أمن كيان الاحتلال والثاني هو النظرة لمستقبل العلاقة مع إيران، والثالث هو الصراع الدائر حول سورية، وإدارة بايدن الذاهبة للتخلي عن الرهان على استراتيجية الضغوط القصوى الهادفة لإسقاط شعوب المنطقة ودولها أملاً بإضعاف إيران وحلفائها، ستكون أولويتها مستقبل العلاقة مع إيران، كمفتاح لإعادة رسم السياسات في المنطقة ولن تكون لها مبادرات تتخطى منع السقوط الشامل للبنان قبل تبلور مستقبل مبادراتها لوضع العلاقة مع إيران على قاعدة الاتفاق النووي كتنظيم لقواعد الاشتباك، كترجمة لعقيدة بايدن الدبلوماسية القائمة على نظرية وضع الخصم في علبة، أي اتفاق، ومشاركة الخصوم والحلفاء في ضمانة عدم مغادرتها، والسعي لملاحقته ومراقبته وتضييق العلبة عليه ما أمكن.

خلال المئة يوم الأولى من ولاية بايدن سيكون الاتفاق النوويّ بين الأولويات حكماً، وبعدها سيبدأ رسم السياسات المرتبطة به عضوياً، ومنها لبنان وسورية. وهنا يرجح أن تكون العلبة التي تسعى الإدارة الجديدة لإعادة صياغتها، قراراً فك الاشتباك على جبهة الجولان، ولو اقتضى تزخيمه التراجع عن التبني الأميركي لقرار ضم الجولان من قبل كيان الاحتلال وإلزام الكيان بوقف الغارات على سورية، لضمان تحقيق انسحاب إيران وحزب الله من سورية، مقابل الانسحاب الأميركي، وتقديم سلة تعتقد واشنطن الجديدة أنها ستثير الاهتمام الروسي لبلورة رؤية موحّدة نحو سورية، تضمن صيغة مريحة للجماعات الكردية، ولو لم تكن تحقيقاً لنوع من الاستقلال الذاتي، والحفاظ على المكتسبات العسكرية التي حققوها خلال الحرب، وحزب الله سيكون طرفاً يهم إدارة بايدن النظر إليه من زاوية هذه المبادرة، التي تعبر وفق منهجية إدارة بايدن عن المقاربة الأمثل لإبعاد خطر التصعيد في المنطقة، وفي قلبها الحفاظ على أمن كيان الاحتلال.

في لبنان سيمثل القرار 1701 وفق فهم يتضمن شكلاً ما من أشكال الرقابة على الحدود اللبنانية السورية عنوان العلبة الدبلوماسية التي ستعمل إدارة بايدن لرسم معالمها لمستقبل لبنان، حيث عودة حزب الله من سورية وتخفيض سقف التوتر على الحدود الجنوبيّة بما في ذلك الدفع بمفاوضات ترسيم الحدود، من موقع السعي لإنجاح هذه المفاوضات ولو بتقديم إغراءات للبنان وحزب الله، أهداف تلاقي محاولات ضمّ مراقبة الحدود اللبنانية السورية ومعه إذا امكن المرفأ والمطار، لتشكيل سلة لا تتضمن اعتبار سحب سلاح حزب الله مهمة راهنة، بما فيها صواريخه الدقيقة، رغم التذكير المتواصل بمخاطرها، وبالمقابل الاستعداد لتضمين هذه السلة استعداداً لدور أميركي في صياغة تفاهمات تطال النظام السياسي وتوازناته، وموقع مرجح لحزب الله ضمنها، بما في ذلك مستقبل الرئاسة اللبنانيّة المقبلة، وخصوصاً الإفراج عن مقومات مالية لازمة لخروج لبنان من الأزمة.

ستحاول واشنطن رسم هذه التصورات تباعاً مع الرئاسة الفرنسية كشريك رئيسي ومدير تنفيذي مفوّض لترجمة هذه الرؤية على مراحل تنتهي بالانتخابات الرئاسيّة المقبلة، وقد تتضمن مؤتمر حوار لبناني ترعاه باريس، وستبذل واشنطن جهدها لجعل روسيا شريكاً في عناوين رئيسية منها، خصوصاً أن ما يتصل بسورية يرتبط بموسكو مباشرة، وما يطال الحدود اللبنانية السورية والقرار 1701، ومستقبل ترسيم الحدود وعلاقته بثروات الغاز في المتوسط، اهتمامات أميركية روسية سواء من موقع الشراكة أو التنافس.

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Washington’s Bastille

Washington’s Bastille

January 16, 2021

by Jimmie Moglia for the Saker Blog

Trump’s supporters, having found the vanity of conjecture and inefficacy of expectations, resolved to prove their own existence, if not by violence, at least by physical presence.

They came forth into the crowded capital with an almost juvenile ambition that their numbers would be counted, their voice heard and their presence noticed.

But every upheaval, from Spartacus to the Bastille, is subject to unexpected developments. However peaceful the intents may be, the man involved in a turmoil is forced to act without deliberation, and obliged to choose before he can examine. He is surprised by sudden alterations of the state of things, and changes his measures according to superficial appearances.

Still, the corporate media, whose intestinal refuse is paraded as news, triumphs in every discovery of failure and ignores any evidence of success.

But, revolutionarily speaking, the storming of Washington was a success. And Trump did not expect, inspired or willed the unfortunate deaths.

If and when some reliable evidence will be produced, it will be probably found that parasitic elements, with dubious sponsors and of dubious character, joined the crowd.

This would only surprise the unawareness of the thoughtless. Even in Kiev, the ‘revolutionaries’ included characters who actually shot into the crowd from sundry buildings – as documented, in an intercepted phone call, by a then female president-of-something in the European Union.

Yet, when all is said and done, Washington may prove more eventful than the actual Bastille. For the date of the Bastille’s capture (July 14, 1789), became a French national commemorative event only through a convenient historical post-scriptum.

The punctilious historian may remember that the Bastille, like the Capitol dome in Washington, was visible from all of Paris – a medieval fortress, 100 ft high. At the time of the riot it only held seven prisoners, nor the mob gathered to free them. They wanted the ammunitions stored inside the wall.

When the prison governor refused, the mob charged and killed him. His head was carried round the streets on a spike.

Of the seven liberated prisoners one, a mentally-ill, white-bearded old man was paraded through the streets while he waved at the crowd, four were forgers who disappeared among the rabble, another, also mentally ill, was later re-incarcerated into an asylum. The only nobleman, and potentially an ‘enemy of the people’, was the Count de Soulange, who had been imprisoned at the request of his family for sexual misconduct.

The irony continues. Insensible to its possible historical value, the revolutionaries contracted with an enterprising bourgeois to demolish the tower.

After subduing the revolution Napoleon did not like the suggestive ideological connotations of the Place de la Bastille and thought of building there his ‘Arc de Triomphe’ (the one now in the ‘Etoile’), but that did not prove popular.

Therefore he ordered, instead, to build a huge bronze statue of an imperial elephant. A plaster model, a facsimile of the future finished product was built and inaugurated, but the wars made funding difficult. Waterloo and the Restoration did not help either. The plaster elephant stood in the iconic square from 1814 to 1848 when irreparable decay prompted its demolition.

But I digress.

As for the Washington’s Bastille, the related and subsequent events have openly shown the essentially unlimited power of the swamp, which, Don Quixote-like, Trump said he would attempt to drain.

Most of us know that the UUABLPPTH [Unmentionables Unless Accompanied By Lavish Praise plus their lackeys – hereinafter referred to as the ‘unmentionables’] make up the core of the swamp. I will return to them later, but the massively falsified elections, incontrovertibly show, among other things, how much the unmentionables hate the deplorables – in the instance and probably 60% of the nation.

Generally speaking and under often-recurrent conditions, elections are a rite enabling citizens to believe or continue to pretend that they live in a democracy rather than in an authoritarian regime.

By tradition, the absolute obedience of the population to absurd and incoherent decrees (“Patriot Act” et als.) has repeatedly reassured the masters that whatever they impose, the deplorables will accept.

For example, the Vietnam war protesters of old, plus peace-loving, cultural-marxists and amphetamines-laden youths met with policemen and waved flowers under their nose as an act of rebellion. But the war only ended seven years later. Meanwhile the richer and/or well-heeled dodged the draft, while the poorer didn’t. Besides, that ‘flower-inspired’ rebellion was not aimed at ending the war (or the war would have ended), but at turning upside down universally accepted ethics, and with ethics, perhaps unbeknown to them, the world as we know it.

Nevertheless I don’t think we should single out Americans for blame. Already in 1552, the young Frenchman Etienne de la Boetie wrote his “The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude” to address the central problem of political philosophy, namely the mystery of civil obedience.

Why do people, asked Etienne, in all times and all places obey the commands of the government, which always constitutes a small minority of the society? To him the spectacle of general consent to despotism (or in the recent American case, to fraud) is puzzling and appalling. “All this havoc – says he – descends upon you not from alien foes, but from the one enemy whom you yourself render as powerful as he is, for whom you go bravely to war, for whose greatness you do not refuse to offer your own bodies unto death. He who thus domineers over you has only two eyes, only two hands, only one body, no more than is possessed by the least man among the infinite numbers dwelling in our cities. He has indeed nothing more than the power that you confer upon him to destroy you. Where has he acquired enough eyes to spy upon you, if you do not provide them yourselves?”

Good question, we may say, but the problem remains. It is understandable in general, but only confusedly answerable in detail, due to the infinite intricacies of our individual lives. Therefore, a blanket indictment of the deplorables for letting themselves be driven by the unmentionables is theoretically logical but practically unjustified.

Still, during the Washington’s Bastille and for the first time that I recall, the unmentionables felt some concern for their ass. It is tragic that some of the revolutionaries died, because, as we know, the intent of the rally was peaceful and nothing compared to what was witnessed throughout America in 2020.
The lackeys’ official horror and concern for ‘democracy’ show that there is no vice so simple but assumes some mark of virtue on its outward parts. All that wringing of arms and shows of deprecation are falser than oaths made in wine. For none of the Capitoline lords would answer why they didn’t want to recount the votes. Leading the average deplorable to conclude that there is no more faith in them (as a lot) than in a stewed prune. For their intoxication with themselves will give no way to reason.

Equally, the Washington’s Bastille brought to the attention of many how much the Constitution has sunk under the feet of the unmentionables. Here is but one example – not to repeat what the readers already know, but to show the arrogance associated with the systems of censure the country is subjected to.

After the death of Ms. Ashly Babbit, shot by a policeman, an Internet friend of mine published the following post on his FB account, along with her picture.

“This is Ashly Babbitt. She was shot and killed by law enforcement during a protest in America. No one will take the knee for her. There will be no murals in her honor. The media will not mourn her death. She is white therefore her life does not matter for the establishment.”

FB returned this message,

“Your account has been restricted for 30 days because your post did not follow community standards.”

To comment on FB’s response the author said, “Mourning the death of this woman on Facebook is banned. Yet we have spent many months mourning the death of a drug addict, a criminal, an abuser, a man who broke into a woman’s home and put a gun to her stomach in order to extort money out of her. We have been paying our respect to this man all over the world for the best part of last year. And this woman who proudly served her country, she is now dead and you cannot even pay your respects to her own social media.”

The restraint and politeness of the censored statement are beyond question. And its censuring should make us pause. For it shows the scorn of the enemy for the rest of us. A scorn that should include the concurrent barrage of nauseating platitudes and the unrestrained bubbling to the surface of a diabolical hatred, no-longer disguised but steeped deep in history.

The Internet is yesterday’s telephone and Zion did not invent the Internet, nor computers, computing and communication software. Yet, the communication engines and components, companies and operations, Google, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube are owned and controlled by the unmentionables.

From his soul in hell, Coudenhove-Kalergi must be laughing his head off. His predicted new world, made up of ancient-Egyptians-looking deplorables lorded over by the unmentionables, cannot any longer be branded as a conspiracy theory. Under our own eyes there is the shape of things to come at large.

For he who controls speech controls opinion. Opinion molds thought and thought drives action. Therefore monopoly of opinion leads to control of action, and action includes just about every aspect of life and liberty.

Besides, free speech is ultimately vital to being human. It is the most important aspect of everything we refer to as freedom. Lack of freedom is the triumph of tyranny. And the train of tyranny drags in tow injustice, repression, murder, corruption, unjust and unnecessary wars.

Even earlier and more primitive media, newspapers and radio, controlled by a few, were the engines of persuasion and coercion to drive millions into quasi-genocidal world wars.

As an aside and in this respect, Germans owe a debt of historical gratitude to the Soviet Union. For it was fear of the Soviets that prevented the implementation of the “Morgentau Plan”, already signed by Roosevelt and Churchill, to be carried out after the end of WW2 – a plan that included the sterilization of all Germans. Disbelievers may wish to consult the details of the plan, as well as the book, “Germany Must Perish” printed in the US during the war.

Restricting free speech is necessary in every war and every tyranny. And we can identify tyranny by how much freedom of speech we have and by how much we can criticize the rulers. For reason and truth can outweigh lies and corruption. But massive suppression and an avalanche of lies and propaganda can make a mockery of factual truth and stuff the ears of men with false reports. Many, sick of show and weary of noise, turn off the set, how many we know not.

In this respect, technology and the power of global corporations to corrupt the minds have never been more powerful and ominous, in all history.

Furthermore, media of all types can now control feelings as well as the more primitive emotional parts of the brain. Never has government been bigger and more able to repress freedom with an infrastructure that includes the FBI, CIA, NSA and their counterparts in individual states and nations.

Never past tyrants better controlled their subjects than the globalists today. The threat to the freedom of the western peoples of the world is the greatest threat to their existence. Suppression of freedom of speech is exampled in the attitude of a controlled media, which is totally against the common feelings of the majority.

Most peoples of the world and nations want to preserve their nationality, country, customs, habits, religion and way of life. None of the corporate channels reflect these beliefs and objectives.

The axis of movies, Zionist Hollywood, ever since the abolition of the “Motion Pictures Production Code” act (1954), has been an extremely powerful engine of persuasion and shaper of belief, custom, habits and action, as well as an inculcator of hatred, let alone depravity. For reference read this article [ https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2021/01/14/the-jewish-role-in-promoting-cannabis-and-why-its-bad-for-you/ ]

The sum of these forces led to the US summer of 2020. Which was not a summer of discontent, but an extended season of Hollywood and media-inspired hatred. And mass hatred, as opposed to individual hatred, is an organized phenomenon.

The current biggest shapers of thought and human action are the networks of social media, primary tools for sharing ideas and learning things.

Owning and controlling these organizations are a few people, whose ethnic affiliation is undisputed and unmentionable. They can decide what the world can see, say, hear and consequently think.

Dismissing the reality and the consequences of this ideological monopoly as a ‘conspiracy theory’ is an insult to the minds of millions.

The conspiratorial element of a theory depends on identifiable circumstances and hypotheses. Even historically sanctified characters such as president Franklin Roosevelt stated as follows,

“In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way…” The point is that many of the major world events that shape our destinies occur because there is a plan behind them.”

In the same line of thought, if we were merely dealing with the law of averages, half of the events affecting a nation’s well-being should be good for that nation. If it were just a matter of incompetence, the leaders should occasionally make a mistake in favor of the deplorables. Instead it is planning and foresight that form the shape of things to come at large.

Not that chance is necessarily ruled out. According to his biographers, even Hitler firmly believed in grasping at fleeting opportunities. In a speech or lecture to his adjutants given in 1938 he said, “There is but one moment when the goddess of fortune wafts by, and if you don’t grab her then by the hem you won’t to get a second chance.”

The quote came to mind in thinking about the disparagers who have compared Trump with Hitler. Stupidity is sometimes invincible but, probably unbeknown to his detractors, Trump as a president, shared some characteristics associated with leaders who reach power outside the canonical paths – canonical paths that often include corruption, opportunistic servitude and/or crime.

For one, by all appearances Trump had far less authority on his advisers and subordinates than what we think a president has – an authority that seemingly weakened with each passing year. Also, a characteristic of heads of state who over-rely on advisers is a conscious desire ‘not to know.’ Even if they are later deemed directly responsible for what happened.

It is total speculation but the assassination of the Iranian General Suleimani may be one such instance. Though in other cases the reverse is true. The opening towards Kim Yong Sun of North Korea fits with Trump’s general style.

On the other hand, the policy towards Venezuela, though justified imperialistically, does not fit the profile. The ‘self-proclaimed’ Guaido’ is a puppet worthy of a Simpsons cartoon. Based on what I know of the country (readers may also consult my article “Don’t Cry for Me Venezuela”), the regime is anything but what described by the unmentionable media. The tight economic sanctions, the equivalent of a war, the arbitrary freezing of Venezuela’s gold reserves in London, the theft of CITGO, (the Venezuelan oil company operating in the US), the placing a bounty of 15 million $ on the head of Maduro, the many failed coups d’etat – quite open in planning and gross in execution – do not seem consistent with Trump’s character, at least as displayed in his general demeanor and other occasions.

Incidentally, the two ‘ambassadors’ of the Guaido’ puppet, in the US and Britain, are unmentionables. And there is an extant recording of the UK ‘ambassador’ Newman where she discusses assigning the Esequibo mineral-rich area – disputed between Venezuela with Guyana since the early 1800 – to an Exxon consortium of sorts.

Besides, in my view and independently of ideological convictions, in oratory, consistence, intelligence and demeanor Maduro towers over all former and latter members of the Trump administration put together. A remarkable achievement, I think, for someone who started as a bus driver and union leader to become the president of Venezuela. And although I cannot, of course, verify its accuracy, there is information among some Venezuelan sources that Trump expressed a secret admiration for Maduro.

To conclude, most records of history are but narratives of successive villainies, treasons and usurpations, massacres and wars – of which professional historians explain causes and effects.

As a non professional historian but a rude mechanical who earns his bread upon the Athenian walls I offer here an extremely arbitrary theory. On the ground that, just as a right line describes the shortest passage from point to point, a plausible historical explanation is that which connects distant truths by the shortest of intermediate propositions.

Therefore I select few key events – constituting an arbitrary beginning and its connecting causal links to the present. In the instance, fractional banking, 1968, Reagan and the Washington Bastille.

Fractional banking is a generally familiar idea whose implications, I think, are not sufficiently realized due to the apparently neutral effect of the term ‘fractional’. Risking the contempt of professionals and economists I will reduce the notion to its core with an example.

A bank that owns, says, 10 k$ in gold can loan out 100 k$ in money that does not exist – at say, 10% yearly interest.

After one year, globally, the borrowers return 110 k$ to the bank, (loans plus interest). Of the globally returned 110 k$, 100k$ are the money that did not exist, but the 10 k$ paid as interest correspond to the labor expended by the borrowers.

Let’s for a moment overlook where the borrowers got the additional 10k$ from, because for the purpose of this demonstration, the point is not important.

The bottom line is that with an investment of 10 kS of actual money (gold for example) the banker realizes an interest of a real 10k$ or 100%. Now with 20 k$ of actual money he can lend out 200k$ of non-existing money and so on.

It follows that the bank’s wealth increases exponentially. Consequently, sooner or later, the bank or banking system will essentially own and control – directly and indirectly – everything that has a demonstrable commercial value.

Fractional banking became the operating system of the first modern capitalism only at the end of the 17th century, with the establishment of the Bank of England. Which, unknown to many, was a private bank that lent money to the crown for conducting business and waging wars. Money paid back from the taxes on citizens.

The system is so brilliant in its simplicity that we must wonder why was it not applied centuries before.

And here we meet again with the unmentionables. Christianity, as well as Islam for that matter, considered interest usury and usury a sin.

The philosophical tricks by which Christian rulers tried to skirt the issue are ingenious and often amusing. Suffice to say, with a gross generalization, that it was found more expedient to let the unmentionables handle the matter. From thereon begin their path to unstoppable power.

As for 1968 – the second selected event – there took place a brilliant ideological operation, and again I generalize for simplicity. For the 1968 ‘revolution’ launched the ideology aimed at the deconstruction and destruction of the family, customs, traditions and gender distinctions. Destruction leading eventually to the assault on nationalities and ethnicities.

That destruction is in progress. I suspect without proof that the unmentionables’ hatred for Trump stems from his effort, however feeble, to mount an opposition. Opposition to a new world order where humans become merchantable individual atoms, drifting on the smooth world plane of exchangeable merchandise.

As for Reagan, with his background as a Coca-Cola cowboy, he was the perfect president for cutting the taxes of the rich, under the now all-but-forgotten theory of ‘trickle-down economics.’ Perhaps a thinly-disguised reference to the parable of the rich Epulon, from whose table fell the crumbs for the starving deplorables of the time.
From then on and on a planetary scale the already exorbitant assets of the overclass, began to increase immeasurably. And deregulation triggered a race to the concentration of capital and activities. Resulting in the stratospheric wealth of the few, with which they can buy everybody and everything, and become a dominant power over the traditional states, as even the events of the last few weeks unquestionably prove.

Remember Reagan’s, “The state is not the solution of problems, the state is the problem”. And now the state, the law and even health (e.g. Covid) are turning into a mockery of themselves.

In the end and in my view, the Washington’s Bastille was but the externation of long repressed and related feelings of helplessness.

To those who cannot but feel nauseated by the means used to impose the current presidential ticket on the rest of us, I will quote the answer, attributed to the wife of a Turkish diplomat at the court of King Lois XV. A courtier was asking her what happiness consisted in. “My lord – she replied – our happiness depends on the circulation of the blood.” [… ma foi, Monsieur, notre bonheur depend de la facon que notre sang circule.]

The others may reflect that, after all, man is little more than an instrument in an orchestra directed by the muse of history.

أوروبا تطالب لبنان بالتحقيق حول رياض سلامة

مراسلة رسمية في عهدة النيابة العامة للتدقيق في مبلغ 400 مليون دولار

الأخبار 

مراسلة رسمية في عهدة النيابة العامة للتدقيق في مبلغ 400 مليون دولار
(مروان طحطح)

الثلاثاء 19 كانون الثاني 2021

في تطور مفاجئ على الصعيد القضائي، تبلغ لبنان رسمياً طلباً من جهات عليا في الاتحاد الأوروبي وسويسرا لتقديم مساعدة قضائية في تحقيق جار حول ملف تحويلات مالية تخص حاكم مصرف لبنان رياض سلامة.

وعلمت «الأخبار» أن النائب العام التمييزي القاضي غسان عويدات وصلته مراسلة مباشرة (لم تُعرف بعد الطريقة الدبلوماسية، وإذا ما تمت عبر وزارة الخارجية أو عبر السفارة السويسرية في بيروت أو عبر القضاء السويسري) تطلب منه العمل مع الجهات القضائية المعنية، ولا سيما النائب العام المالي، من أجل الحصول على تفاصيل معلومات حول حوالات مصرفية تخص الحاكم وشقيقه رجا سلامة ومساعدته ماريان حويك، يصل مجموعها الى نحو 400 مليون دولار.


وبحسب المعلومات، فإن التحقيق الجاري له طابع جنائيّ ولا يخص سلامة وحده، بل سيكون له متعلقات بمصرف لبنان والمؤسسات التابعة له، ولا سيما بنك التمويل وشركة طيران الشرق الأوسط «ميدل إيست»، وبنك انترا وكازينو لبنان.

وقالت المعلومات إن الجهات الرسمية العليا في البلاد، ولا سيما الرئيسين ميشال عون وحسان دياب، وُضعت في أجواء الملف، ولكن لم يتضح بعد سبب عدم التفاعل والتجاوب مع الطلب، مع الإشارة الى أن مسؤولاً قضائياً بارزاً قال إن المسألة قد تكون مرتبطة بالإغلاق الناجم عن مواجهة جائحة كورونا. لكنّ مسؤولاً آخر قال إن السلطات اللبنانية تحاول التدقيق في إذا ما كان الطلب الأوروبي صحيحاً.

وأوضحت المصادر أن السلطات الاوروبية تدرس ملف سلامة من ضمن ملف يشمل عدداً كبيراً من الشخصيات اللبنانية وفق «لائحة شبهة» أعدت بالتعاون بين فرنسا وبريطانيا والولايات المتحدة التي طلبت من الاتحاد الأوروبي المشاركة في متابعة الملف وعدم حصر العقوبات بوزارة الخزانة الاميركية، وأن لا يبقى الأمر مرتبطاً فقط بما تسمّيه واشنطن «مكافحة تمويل الإرهاب».

مسؤول فرنسي لـ«الأخبار»: باريس لم تُخفِ رغبتها في تغييرات كبيرة تشمل مصرف لبنان بعد التدقيق في أعماله


وبحسب المصادر، فإن فرنسا وبريطانيا قررتا بشكل منفرد التحقيق في الأمر، وتم البحث خلال الاسبوع الأخير من شهر كانون الاول من العام الماضي، في ترتيب اجتماعات غير رسمية تشتمل على تحقيق مع سلامة، أو الاستماع اليه، وقد سافر الحاكم أكثر من مرة الى باريس من دون أن تتوضح الصورة، خصوصاً أن الجانب الفرنسي يمتلك ملفاً خاصاً يستند الى تحقيقات أجرتها مؤسسة فرنسية تعمل على تقصّي الملفات المالية للشخصيات العاملة في الحقل العام أو لمؤسسات رسمية كبيرة، منها المصارف.

وأفادت المصادر أن الاتصالات الجانبية التي جرت مع الجهات الفرنسية المعنية حول ملف مصرف لبنان، اشتملت في فترة معينة على فكرة التسوية التي تقضي باستقالة سلامة من منصبه ضمن صفقة تمنع ملاحقته قضائياً. وقال مسؤول فرنسي لـ«الأخبار» إن باريس لم تُخفِ رغبتها في تغييرات كبيرة تشمل مصرف لبنان بعد التدقيق في أعماله، لكنها لم تقدم أي ضمانات. وأضاف أن فرنسا «لا يمكنها تقديم ضمانات لأحد، لا في بلاده ولا في الخارج، وأن أوروبا شهدت عدة قضايا جرت خلالها ملاحقة رؤساء سابقين وقادة دول وأحزاب، ولم تنفع كل الضغوط لوقف الملاحقة».

من جهة أخرى، لفتت المصادر الى أن جهات لبنانية سألت عن سبب عدم صدور لائحة عقوبات كانت منتظرة من العاصمة الاميركية مطلع هذه السنة. وقالت إن أحداً لم يقدم توضيحات في هذا الشأن. لكن الأميركيين قالوا إن ملف العقوبات بذريعة الفساد يجب أن لا يقتصر على ما يصدر عن وزارة الخزانة فيها، وإن فرنسا وعدت بأن أوروبا ستقوم بدورها في هذا السياق. ولكن هناك تعقيدات في الآلية القضائية الأوروبية لا تشبه ما يجري في الولايات المتحدة.

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