Obama’s “Safe Zone” in Syria will Inflame the War Zone

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The road to war is paved with a thousand lies. A fresh fib was tossed on the lie-cluttered warpath to Syria, when it was announced that the U.S. and Turkey would create a “safe zone” inside of Syria — supposedly to be aimed against ISIS.

This “safe zone” is a major escalation of war, but it was described in soft tones by the media, sounding almost cuddly. In reality, however, a “safe zone” is a “no-fly zone,” meaning that a nation is planning to implement military air superiority inside the boundaries of another nation. It’s long recognized by the international community and U.S. military personnel as a major act of war. In a war zone an area is made “safe” by destroying anything in it or around that appears threatening.

Turkey has been demanding this no-fly zone from Obama since the Syrian war started. It’s been discussed throughout the conflict and even in recent months, though the intended goal was always the Syrian government.

And suddenly the no-fly zone is happening — right where Turkey always wanted it — but it’s being labeled an “anti-ISIS” safe zone, instead of its proper name: “Anti Kurdish and anti-Syrian government” safe zone.

The U.S. media swallowed the name change without blinking, but many international media outlets knew better.

For instance, the International Business Times reported “ [the safe zone deal]…could mark the end of [Syrian President] Assad…”

And The Middle East Eye reported:

“…[the safe zone] marks a breakthrough for Turkey in its confrontation with the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria. If the no-fly zone does come into being it will be a body blow for Assad and his supporters”

Even U.S. media outlets acknowledged that the primary goal of Obama’s safe zone ally, Turkey, was defeating the Kurdish fighters and the Syrian government, both of whom have been the most effective fighters against ISIS.

Syrian regime change is also the goal of the ground troops who will be filling the void left by ISIS, who The New York Times labeled “relatively moderate Syrian insurgents,” a telling euphemism.

The New York Times confirmed the goals of the safe zone allies:

“…both the Turks and the Syrian insurgents see defeating President Bashar al-Assad of Syria as their first priority…”

If the Syrian government wasn’t the target of the safe zone, then Syrian government troops would be the ones to control the safe zone post ISIS, as they did before ISIS. And if regime change wasn’t the target, then the Syrian government would have been consulted and coordinated with to attack ISIS, since Syria is involved with heavy fighting against ISIS in the same region that the safe zone is being carved out.

These steps weren’t taken because the “safe zone” plan is much bigger than ISIS.

Obama hasn’t detailed who the “relatively moderate” fighters are that will control the safe zone, but it’s easy to guess. We only have to look at the Syrian rebels on the ground who are effective fighters and control nearby territory.

The most powerful non-ISIS group in the region recently re-branded itself as the “Conquest Army,” a coalition of Islamic extremists led by Jabhat al-Nusra — the official al-Qaeda affiliate — and the group Ahrar al-Sham, whose leader previously stated that his group was “the real al Qaeda.” The Conquest Army actively coordinates with Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and is also populated with U.S.-trained fighters.

These groups share the ideology and tactics of ISIS, the only difference being their willingness to work with the United States and Turkey. It’s entirely likely that once the “safe zone” operation starts, many ISIS troops will simply change shirts and join Jabhat al-Nusra, since there is no principled difference.

Obama knows that the foreign ground troops controlling the “safe zone” are targeting the Syrian government; consequently, U.S. military planes will be acting as the de-facto air force for Al-Qaeda against the Syrian government.

Thus, direct military confrontation with the Syrian government is inevitable. President Assad is already attacking ISIS in the area that the U.S.-Turkey alliance wants to make “safe” via its coordinated military operation. Syrian fighter jets will eventually be targeted, since the goal is to allow extremist groups a “safe zone” to continue their attacks on the Syrian government after ISIS is dealt with.

This danger was also acknowledged by The New York Times:

“Whatever the goal, the plan [safe zone] will put American and allied warplanes closer than ever to areas that Syrian aircraft regularly bomb, raising the question of what they will do if Syrian warplanes attack their partners [“relatively moderate rebels”] on the ground.”

The answer is obvious: U.S. and Turkish fighter jets will engage with Syrian aircraft, broadening and deepening the war until the intended aim of regime change has been accomplished.

This is exactly how events developed in Libya, when the U.S.-NATO led a “no-fly zone” that was supposedly created to allow a “humanitarian corridor,” but quickly snowballed into its real goal: regime change and assassination of Libya’s president. This epic war crime is still celebrated by Obama and Hillary Clinton as a “victory,” while Libyans drown in the Mediterranean to escape their once-modern but now obliterated country.

If Obama’s goal in Syria was actually defeating ISIS, this could have been achieved at any time, in a matter of weeks. It would simply take a serious and coordinated effort with U.S. regional allies, while coordinating with the non-allies already fighting ISIS: Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah.

If Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Jordan were involved in the fight on ISIS it would be quickly strangled of cash, guns, and troops, and be massively out-powered. War over.

The only reason this hasn’t happened is that the U.S. and its allies have always viewed ISIS as a convenient proxy against Syria, Hezbollah, and Iran, not to mention leverage against the Iran-friendly government of Iraq.

Turkey remains the biggest obstacle to defeating ISIS, since it’s been helping it for years. ISIS has long used the Turkish border to escape Syrian government attacks, seek medical assistance, and get supplies and reinforcements. ISIS is so welcomed inside Turkey that ISIS promotes Turkey on social media as the international transit hub for jihadis wanting to join ISIS. Turkish immigration and customs looks the other way, as does the Turkish border control.

In discussing the “safe zone,” the U.S. media always ignore the concept of national sovereignty — the basis for international law. The boundaries of countries are sacred from the standpoint of international law. The only just war is a defensive one. When one country implements a no-fly zone in another country, national boundaries are violated and international law is broken by an act of war.

The Obama administration is aware of the above dynamics, but has again tossed caution to the wind as he did in 2013, during the ramp up to its aborted bombing campaign against the Syrian government.

A U.S.-Turkish no-fly zone will deepen an already regional war: Iran and Hezbollah have recently ramped up direct support of the Syrian government. As Turkish and the U.S. military enter the war space for the first time, confrontation is inevitable. Confrontation is the plan.

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Al-Nusra Front, ISIL Ask Syrian Army for Safe Passage to Withdraw from Damascus Province

Al-Nusra Front, ISIL Ask Army for Safe Passage to Withdraw from Damascus Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- The two main rival Takfiri terrorist groups, the ISIL and the Al-Nusra Front, asked the Syrian army to allow them to safely withdraw from several areas in Southern Damascus.

The ISIL and Al-Nusra Front groups called on the Syrian army to allow them retreat their forces and military hardware from al-Hajar al-Aswad and al-Tazamon towns as well as the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp.

“These two Takfiri terrorist groups have once again demanded for withdrawal from their positions in Damascus countryside after their conditions deteriorated,” Khalid Abdul Majid told the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper.

Several groups of militants have surrendered to the Syrian army in the Damascus Countryside in the last several months. The last one of such groups gave in to the authorities in the region in mid February.

Last month, Syria’s National Reconciliation Committee announced that tens of militants of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) surrendered to the government troops in the city of Zabadani.

A large number of militants laid down arms and surrendered to the Syrian authorities, the Lebanese Al-Hadith news website reported.

FSA’s senior commanders Tareq al-Zin, Ali Morad, Akram al-Hourani, Monir al-Aqa and Abdullah Rahmeh have also surrendered themselves to the Syrian army in Damascus countryside, the report added.

The development came after President Bashar al-Assad in a televised address on Sunday pardoned all soldiers who have fled the army, saying that his words served as a general decree to relevant officials.

Assad said even those who have fought the Syrian army will be pardoned. This was the third general amnesty declared by President Assad in the last four years.

Hundreds of gunmen have been laying down their weapons and turning themselves in to authorities in areas across the country.

This number seems to be on the rise as the army has been making steady gains in the battlefield against the terrorist groups, recapturing an increasing number of areas, including strategic sites, which helped cut off many of the militants’ supply routes and forced them to surrender or run away.

U.S, ignoring International Law once again, OKs airstrikes in Syria to defend “rebels” (terrorists)

US OKs airstrikes in Syria to defend rebels

Obama authorizes airstrikes in Syria, raises risk of direct conflict with Assad

In a move to increase pressure on the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, US President Barack Obama has authorized using airstrikes to defend US-trained militants if they come under attack by the government forces or other groups.

The new rules that the Pentagon recommended and Obama approved will apply only to military forces trained and equipped by the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

White House National Security Council spokesman Alistair Baskey said the Obama administration has made clear it will “take the steps necessary to ensure that these forces could successfully carry out their mission.”

According to the report, the Pentagon would only conduct “offensive air operations” in Syria in support of the newly trained militants when they fight the ISIL terrorist group.

Last month, the US military announced that it would send its first batch of trained militants into Syria in the next several weeks to fight ISIL.

On Friday, the Pentagon used airstrikes for the first time to help defend its new force when the compound it was using in northern Syria came under attack.

The Journal cited US military officials as saying that the Pentagon-trained force has been explicitly directed not to conduct offensive operations against the military forces of the Syrian government.

“For offensive operations, it’s ISIS [ISIL] only. But if attacked, we’ll defend them against anyone who’s attacking them,” said a senior military official.

“We’re not looking to engage the regime, but we’ve made a commitment to help defend these people,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

The US has not yet used air power against the government force to defend its newly-trained force in Syria. The officials said “that day would never come” because it would ignite a direct conflict between Washington and Damascus.

They said they are confident to avoid a standoff with the government of Assad because it has not challenged US air operations in Syria over the last year.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter had said earlier that the administration planned to train 3,000 by the end of the year.

Analysts, however, say many of the US-trained militants could eventually find themselves on the side of the ISIL Takfiris against a common enemy on the ground — the Syrian government forces.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011. The United States and its regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside the country.

ISIL and its So-Called Caliphate: israeli-US Tools to Divide Iraq

ISIL and its So-Called Caliphate: Israeli-US Tools to Divide Iraq

ISIL invasion

First produced in July 2014, the following GRTV documentary looks at the crisis in Iraq, prior to the launching of the US bombing campaign 

This short documentary examines the support that the US and Israel are providing to the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which use to call itself Al-Qaeda in Iraq and more recently calls itself the Islamic State, and its self-declared “caliphate.”

Audiences are presented with past analyses from the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya and Michel Chossudovsky, that connects the dots between the two crises in Iraq and Syria and the long war of the US that is ultimately aimed at controlling Eurasia.

The division of Iraq and the Middle East is part of a longstanding push into Eurasia by the US, Israel, and their allies that has consistently involved a set of pretexts and lies. Sectarian hatred between Shia Muslims and Sunni Muslims and between Kurds and Arabs is now falsely being presented as the basis for the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

The US military cannot go into any country that it desires for regime change. This is why Washington has applied other techniques for regime change. In 2006, with the failure of the US to break the Resistance Bloc or Axis of Resistance in the Middle East, the US began its “redirection” policy and opted to use insurgencies, sectarianism, colour revolutions, and intensified covert operations.

One of the people that set the stage for the division of Iraq is Joseph Biden, the current vice-president of the United States. When Biden was a US senator in the US Congress, he presented the Biden Plan to divide Iraq into three sectarian entities in 2008. In part, the Biden Plan created one of the blueprints for the political face of the current crisis in Iraq.

The US also wants the federal government in Iraq to be replaced, because it refused to help the US and its allies in the war against Syria, its alliance with Iran, Iraq’s growing trade and purchases of military hardware from the Russian Federation, and Iraqi oil sales to China. Because of Washington’s desires for regime change in Baghdad and its plans to divide Iraq, the US government has been delaying aid to the Iraqi government. Russia and Belarus, on the other hand, have stepped in to militarily help Baghdad, alongside Iran and Syria.

While the US is covertly supporting the division of Iraq, Israel is overtly been supporting this as outlined by the Yinon Plan. After the ISIL’s 2014 offensive inside Iraq began, Iraqi officials reported that the Israelis were present in Iraqi Kurdistan and also involved in assisting the ISIL fighters inside Iraq’s borders. Tel Aviv has even openly told Washington to let the different groups in Iraq kill one another, just like Iran and Iraq were doing during the Iraq-Iran War. While Israel refuses to allow or recognize Palestinian independence, Israeli officials have called for the international community to recognize the dismemberment of Iraq by recognizing Iraqi Kurdistan as a separate republic. This is because Israel plans on using the Kurdish people as pawns and Iraqi Kurdistan as a regional outpost.

The Kurdistan Regional Government has used the ISIL’s 2014 offensive as an opportunity to takeover the multi-ethnic and oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk and to announce that it plans to declare independence from Iraq. In part, petro-politics and control over energy is tied to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s plans of secession and its armed takeover of Kirkuk, which it has claimed as its historic capital. The Turkish government has already been making illegal energy deals with the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government for Iraqi oil. Reports are also surfacing that Israel will buy Iraqi oil from the Kurdistan Regional Government via Turkey.

With the takeover of Kirkuk, Iraqi oil will be sent to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, which is the Eastern Mediterranean export terminal for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline. This not only gives Israel access to Iraqi oil, but also endangers Eurasian energy integration and the
Banyias-Kirkuk Pipeline running from Iraq to Syria.

The Iraqi and Syrian people must stand united in the face of the project to divide their ancient societies and countries.


Assad: Army Confronted Challenges of Terrorist War against Syria

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AssadThe Syrian president Bashar Assad stressed that the army has risen up to the challenges that the terrorist war against Syria, adding that it represents the great embodiment of sacrifice and loyalty to homeland.

In his address, President Assad extended heart-felt congratulations to the Syrian army’s commanders and rank and file on the occasion.

He added that the Syrian army has presented by showing unwavering resolve and willingness to offer whatever sacrifices it takes to preserve the Syrian land and heritage.

“Because you embodied an example in defending the homeland and preserving the integrity of its people, the Syrian people have stood side by side with you to repulse the aggressors and to express their pride in you,” added President al-Assad, addressing the Army.

The President indicated that the Syrian army, since its foundation, has never flinched from carrying out national duties, thus proving to be worthy of the trust of the Syrian people.

Concluding his address, the President saluted the Army’s heroes and the martyrs’ families, highly appreciating “every single drop of blood spilled to protect precious Syria.”

Source: Agencies

01-08-2015 – 17:34 Last updated 01-08-2015 – 17:34

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مقتل 20 إرهابياً بينهم أتراك بغارات سورية في ريف اللاذقية

DAMASCUS:  Folks, if you abide by the MoD’s methodology, Zabadaani is still being cleaned up and cannot be declared liberated.  If you follow SyrPer’s agenda, the town is now completely under the control of the SAA and HZB.  Only a few pockets remain with rodents, all foreign, by the by, who are intent upon entry into a Paradise they believe exists somewhere in the void.  In any case, 41 rodents surrendered yesterday from various parts of the town, mostly from the center where they had to fight their way out to the Syrian Army lines.

Al-Shalaah Area:  At the center of town, at the Public Transportation Quarter, a warehouse with some ammunition was commandeered by the SAA.  Also, the SAA destroyed 2 pickups with 23mm cannons near the Al-JoJo Air Conditioning Center in the Al-Naaboo’ Neighborhood northwest of the town. Here are some of the carcasses identified in the latter engagement who were mostly killed by foreign Nusra rodents. Many were shot in the back:

Yaasser Shabbaara

Muhammad Shihaada

Usaamaa ‘Ali Hamdaan

Mahmoud Rahma Al-Ashrafaani (a/k/a “Ibn Laadin”)

Muhammad Muneer Al-Daalaati

Jihaad Faheem Rifqa

Baradaa Roundabout:  36 foreign rodents died south of Zabadaani trying to escape the firepower of Hizbollah near the Pink Palace Axis toward Al-Naaboo’ Neighborhood.  Others were killed trying to reach an area outside Buqqeen.

Baradaa Mosque:  Now under the complete control of the SAA.

NOTE TO READERS: SyrPer’s site is back up with a multitude of firewalls.  This attack on us is an indicator of how desperate the rats are to keep the truth away from the public. They failed.

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Sayyed Nasrallah’s Full Speech during the ’The Palestinian Cause Conference – ’Israel’ to Demise’


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In His Name

Full speech delivered by Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during ‘The Palestinian Cause Conference – “Israel” to Demise’ held by the International Union of Resistance Scholars at UNESCO Palace on Tuesday 28, 2015.

I take refuge in Allah from the stoned devil. In the Name of Allah, The Compassionate, The Most Merciful. Peace be upon the Seal of Prophets, our Master and Prophet, Abi Al Qassem Mohammad, on his chaste and pure Household, on his chosen companions, and on all messengers and prophets. Peace be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings.

I ask Allah Al Mighty to assist us in this conference, every time, and in every work and enable us to know our obligation first and to work according to this obligation second, and to be honest in what we say and what we do especially when the cause we are working for is a cause with such a clearly unequivocal right. Its righteousness is so clear. I mean the Palestinian cause, the cause of al-Quds, and the battle and confrontation with the Zionist scheme.

We are talking about a cause or we are fighting for a cause which has legitimate, humanistic, moral, and legal clarity in the full sense of the word. If we examined all the causes of the world and all the wars on Earth, we will not find a cause or a battle that has this level of unequivocal authenticity, rightfulness, morality, legitimacy, and humanistic aspects as the cause of al-Quds, Palestine, and confronting the Zionist scheme.

Today, there are many conflicting confrontations, struggles, and schemes. We disagree on who is right and who is wrong. What’s right and what wrong may overlap at times. However, here we are before an absolute rightful cause.

Brothers and sisters!

I believe that the stance from this cause too must be one of the main elements of evaluation. When we evaluate states, governments, peoples, parties, currents, and people and their stances, performances, and conduct and judge on them accordingly, one of the norms of evaluation must be their stance from the Palestinian cause and the conflict with the Zionist “Israeli” enemy.

Their stance, conduct, and contribution must be secondary besides other considerations. That rather must be on top of the norms which we resort to when we evaluate states, governments, people, parties, movements, sides, cadres, and personalities. 

Since the era before the foundation of the “Israeli” entity and the occupation of Palestine, this nation has been facing a Zionist scheme which has been active worldwide. It used to work worldwide and is still. Later in 1948, this scheme started to have a base and an entity – namely “Israel” – which was founded on occupying Palestine. No doubt “Israel” the state and the entity is the base, pillar, and the spearhead in the Zionist scheme. However, the Zionist scheme has a broader title, its presence is deeper, and its expansion is wider around the world.

What I want to stress first is that it is the responsibility of everyone to confront the Zionist scheme with all its expansions and forms of existence the main and most powerful and essential base of which is represented in the entity usurping Palestine and al-Quds. Hereof, I will focus in my brief word on the term ‘resisting the Zionist scheme’ or ‘confronting the Zionist scheme’ and the goal of this confrontation and this resistance is toppling this scheme, putting an end to it, and keeping it completely off our nation and our region.

We are before two projects: 

The Zionist scheme which invades, aggresses, occupies, has greed and aspiration, corrupts and is the main source of corruption vi-a-vie the second project which is that of the resistance and confronting the former scheme.

 The latter project is based on right, logic, law, and moral and humanistic values.

Tackling this confrontation, I will divide my speech into two sections. 

The first section handles some of what I call search and study. The conference may form a prelude, and we are in need of this evaluation. 

The second section handles some of what we need to do. I am saying ‘some’ because I can’t present all what we need to do.

As per the first section: The resistance project has compiled many and great achievements over decades of time since its first bullets were shot in Palestine during the British occupation of Palestine to our day. However, the latest four decades witnessed greater and more important developments, achievements, and victories on top of which comes toppling the Zionist scheme on the level of Lebanon. Well, very briefly, if we said that there is a central Zionist scheme with branches, its branch in Lebanon has came to an end. 

So on top of these achievements comes toppling the Zionist scheme on the level of Lebanon with all its various manifestations: direct occupation, Lebanese collaborating forces, “Israeli” political scheme to have hegemony over the country, normalization schemes, and influence. Anyway, we wrap up all of that in a brief word: Liberating Lebanon except for the limited geographical part – Shebaa Farms, Kafar Shuba Hills, and the Lebanese part of al-Ghajar.

Also in Palestine, as for achievements, what the successive and consecutive Palestinian resistance movements and the successive popular intifadas achieved are clear on more than one level. 

On top of these obvious achievements comes the unconditional liberation of Gaza Strip from the “Israeli” occupation.

Among the accumulated achievements is what the Resistance in Lebanon and Gaza made. Theirs was a legendary steadfastness in confronting the savage “Israeli” wars waged by one of the strongest armies in the world. We start with July War 2006 which took place like in these days to the successive wars on Gaza the last of which was the 51-day-war during the Holy Month of Ramadan last year. The Resistance movement along with those who backed and supported it could frustrate the targets of the Zionist enemy in all of these wars and consolidate the deterrence formulas and other formulas too.

Among the accumulated achievements too is restoring the Palestinian cause and the conflict with “Israel” to the forefront of the international and regional interest and imposing them on the political agendas of the world states.

Among the achievements as well is reviving the culture of the resistance among peoples, boosting their confidence in its choices through the achievements it made and the sacrifices it offered, and strengthening the sentimental and emotional relation with al-Quds and Palestine on the popular level of the nation.

It is enough that the leaders of the Zionist scheme in and outside the Zionist entity started talking for the first time in years about “Israel’s” battle of existence and the existence of “Israel”.

We heard such rhetoric clearly during al-Aqsa Intifada and also with the advanced development which the Islamic Republic is witnessing on the technological and other levels. Thus today “Israel” talks about a threat against its existence. This indeed is recorded among the achievements of the resistance project.

However, to be realistic, in recent years and due to the developments taking place in our region and in more than one Arab and Islamic country, the resistance project, states, peoples, movements, and supporters were gravely harmed; thus the Zionist scheme again made achievements after a stage of defeat, withdrawal and retreat. I will not say it is making victories; I will only say it is making achievements after it reached a stage of having its existence being threatened.

Now we come to what we need to study. As every logical person act during a war or when one of the rounds of a battle ends, the concerned persons must make statics concerning the casualties and losses. This is what we must do. So the people of the resistance must sit to discuss and see what achievements they made during the past few years as per the project of the resistance in confronting the Zionist project as a result of the developments in the region. Well, I gave examples. In fact, we do not carry statistics but we are concerned in counting the casualties and losses.

Second: We must carry a study to see what the achievements the “Israelis” made or were made to them in the past few years. That’s because some achievements were made to the “Israelis’ without any effort or pain. They did not pay any penny or fire any bullet or do anything; still they picked fruits and gained some profits. This too must be studied and evaluated.

I am calling to make studies and statistics of the casualties and losses not to weep on ruins but rather to address and make up for that or at least to limit the casualties and losses and stop the deterioration. Also when we discuss the profits that were to the interest of the enemy, our aim is to block the way before them or besiege, cripple or at least prevent them from mushrooming and developing.

I will take a closer look and give some examples. In fact, I believe that this issue is worth examining and contemplating. I will give examples to shed light without holding anyone responsible. I will talk about losses, and I do not want to hold anyone responsible or ask why this or that took place. I will only mention the results.

First: The main and most dangerous result is that Palestine and the conflict with the “Israeli” enemy emerged from the circle of international, regional, Arabic, and Islamic interest. This is undisputable. We do not need a committee to discuss that. That’s very clear. In fact, the world is preoccupied somewhere while Palestine is in another place. What is really saddening is the emergence of Palestine not only from the sphere of concern of states, governments, and regimes but its emergence from the concerns of peoples.

In fact, each of the peoples in the region have their own problems, battles, conflicts, catastrophes, and calamities. That indeed led to the isolation or the semi-isolation of the Palestinian people on one side and gave a historic chance to the enemy’s cabinet to carry its schemes on all levels away from the watching eyes of the world: judaizing, seizing lands, settlements, displacing the Maqdessis, displacing the Palestinians, tightening the siege on them on the economic level, making them starve, and intimidating them.

That is besides what al-Aqsa and the sanctities are being subject to these days. As the brethrens said before me in the inauguration words, what is taking place in al-Aqsa is frightening. 

Today one of the Rabbis came with a new heresy. He said that the Messiah will not come from Heavens. He will rather come from Earth. They ask him who the Messiah who will come from Earth is. He tells them that the Messiah is he who will demolish al-Aqsa Mosque! 

Now should Netanyahu do that; then he will be the Messiah. So you see things has gone this far. That means that whatever may happen to al-Aqsa, no one knows with what degree of interest or concern it will be met in the Islamic world, states, and peoples. Only Allah knows. These are among the losses and damages.

What took place in Syria and is still taking place is also among the losses of the resistance project because Syria had and still has a primary and central post in this project and this axis.

Iraq after the liberation and the withdrawal of the US forces as well as Yemen are two promising and great chances in the resistance project, and they are still two great and promising chances. However, they are subject to the current destructive war.

There is more and more disintegration in the official and nonofficial Arab and Islamic status quo. The enmity to the Islamic Republic in Iran is ignited more and more though now it is crystal clear that Iran is the greatest, main, and central supporter of the nation as a whole in confronting the Zionist scheme.

No doubt what is taking place in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Bahrain and other countries has its influence one way or another.

However, what is the most dangerous from my viewpoint are the psychological and sentimental repercussions which are being founded and rooted deeply in our region and in the peoples of our region against all what is Palestinian or has to do with Palestine in some societies. I do not need to give examples. I have tackled this point in many occasions. On the other hand, the most dangerous outcome is the feeling of ease and psychological serenity in dealing and communicating with the “Israelis” and the collapse of the psychological wall with them.

So now in the region it has become something normal to talk with the “Israelis”, receive support from them, take money from them, and dispatch and treat the wounded in their hospitals. In the past, many considerations would be taken for such steps. Now the walls collapsed, and gates are open. This is among the achievements of the enemy. Here we come to the second topic.

Among the achievements of the “Israelis” is that they are making use of the conflicts in the region to reach not the governments but the peoples and develop the projects of normalization between the Arab and Islamic worlds on one hand and the “Israeli” enemy on the other whether political, cultural, economic, or commercial normalization in addition to partaking in the same conferences. That did not stop; rather it is we who are not following that because we are preoccupied somewhere else. What stopped is resisting normalization.

We also have to study and evaluate the elements of strength present in the resistance project. Despite all the losses I am talking about, I do not mean to say that the resistance project is weak. I am using the term “resistance project‘ because it is broader than the term “resistance axis” which is by now equivalent to this state and that side.

So we are broadening the scope. We in the resistance project have very big elements of strength, and the “Israelis” take them seriously into consideration. Thus they are making all of these preparations, equipments, training, and maneuvers including the latest drills and emergency summons in the enemy entity. The “Israelis” know that they are confronting true forces present in the region despite all the losses and painful events we are talking about.

We must also study the new points of strength in the entire world. I believe that there are resistance movements, resistance axis, and resistance people worldwide; we have not tackled this issue in a comprehensive way. 

In Latin America, there are promising chances as well as in Africa, Asia, Europe whether on the political level, the media level, or the various other levels. This battle must be fought on all of its levels.

Moreover, in the process of reevaluation and study in light of the past lessons and all of the previous experiences, we must study and evaluate with precision whom we are depending on and resorting to after Allah Al Mighty. Who supports us and who really supports the resistance project and is still supporting it? 

Who is selling us in the slavery

market and at the first crossroad?

This part of the evaluation is very important because the one going to a battle similar to the battle of confronting “Israel” and the Zionist project must depend and resort to a strong, firm, and intact base that is not to be forsaken in the middle of the way and not to repeat the very fruitless experiences of the past and run behind mirages.

The second section of my speech has to do with some of what we need to do.

First: Working to highlight the doctrinal aspect of this cause, this battle, and this struggle, and I believe the International Union of Resistance Scholars in particular and scholars in general have a great responsibility in this perspective. This cause is above politics and above nations. This cause is above all interests, sects, factions, and races.

It is above all parties, movements, factions, and regions. This cause is above all of these minor considerations. When I say “doctrinal”, I do not mean the Islamic sense of the word; I rather mean that it is one of the main and major principles in the nation and its parties, movements, elites, peoples….

What is the outcome of asserting the doctrinal side of this battle?

One of its main results is that though we differ in politics in or outside a definite country or on the level of the nation as is the case now, though we differ on evaluating the events taking place in our region as is the case now, and though we differ in evaluating the events and in comprehending and approaching them logically, when it comes to such a cause or battle which is above politics and interests and above all considerations, this cause remains the center, the unifying point that gathers us and unifies our capacities in this definite direction even if our capacities are scattered in all the other directions.

This is the importance of consolidating the doctrinal aspect of this conflict with the “Israeli” enemy and the doctrinal aspect of the cause of al-Quds, Palestine, and the liberation of Palestine. In this perspective, the intellectual and cultural mobilization and efforts exerted by the scholars are very influential. 

Moreover, stressing the doctrinal aspect of this cause helps us in achieving psychological fortification.

I have said a while ago that the most dangerous losses are on the psychological level. I did not elaborate because it is clear and because I will go back to it later. What is our relation with Palestine? What does Palestine mean to all of us? Now we are concerned with our country, our problems, our catastrophes, and our crises. Let the Palestinians themselves see what will become of them and what they can do for themselves.

In fact, with such a mentality, the importance of the Palestinian cause descended. 

At first, Palestine was the battle of the nation and the responsibility of the nation. The entire nation must fight and hold arms and enter Palestine without recognizing any borders. Whenever any individual in this nation wanted to fight in Palestine he didn’t need any pretext or excuse or justification to defend himself.

Now we descended. Now there are national entities and national interests. We now say that Palestine is the responsibility of the Palestinian people. All of us say so; we too say so. Palestine is the responsibility of the Palestinian people. However, it is our responsibility to support the Palestinian people and to back the Palestinian people.

These are concessions. However, unfortunately, we have reached this place on the level of the nation, and Palestine became the responsibility of the Palestinian people, and we have nothing to do with that. We are not able to offer help or to support. Let everyone shoulder his own responsibilities. This is a catastrophe in this battle and in this confrontation. This is a psychological and a cultural issue.

When we highlight the doctrinal aspect of this battle saying that it is above politics, nations, interests, and regions, as such our responsibility towards Palestine, al-Quds, and confronting the Zionist scheme becomes an intellectual, psychological, spiritual, and emotional responsibility. Consequently, its practical repercussion is a totally different issue.

In this perspective, I call on the reverent scholars and the concerned in this project and this cause to adopt the message of late Imam Khomeini to designate the last Friday of the Holy Month of Ramadan Muslim as al-Quds International Day and to be very serious in that disregarding all considerations and sensitivities. This highlights the doctrinal aspect of the struggle and the issue of Palestine and al-Quds.

Thus we find that even this year and despite all the calamities, many demonstrations were staged in many of the world states on al-Quds International Day. Should those people who hit the street act according to the political, psychological, and emotional atmosphere spread currently in our region, no one would have it the street and talked about al-Quds. However, they demonstrated pursuant to their doctrinal link with al-Quds and not pursuant to any political links or interests.

So first the doctrinal aspect of the cause of Palestine must be highlighted. Indeed the scholars besides scholar organizations and unions have a major role in this perspective.

Second: The importance of exerting every effort possible to put wars off, silence ordeals, make reconciliations, and find political solutions for the current conflicts ongoing in more than one country and state. 

Third: Reviving and activating all kinds and sorts of resisting normalization with the “Israeli” enemy. I have said that all such resistance has come to an end today. We may not be able to open military fronts or the given on any such battle changed in the past few years. The given on a battle in Gaza or a battle in Lebanon indeed changed following the wars that took place in the past years.

However, resisting normalization today in the Arab and Islamic world or anywhere else had either came to an end or at least is in a dormant state. This is at a time we find normalization is still proceeding. We must search for a mechanism to launch anew an anti-normalization operation because we do not need now and in this speech to elaborate to each other the danger of normalization with the “Israeli” enemy on the outcome of this struggle and on Palestine, and on al-Quds.

Fourth: In this stage in particular and in this period of time, we are in need of a broad media and political campaign and mobilization. This requires enormous efforts to highlight three points:

The first point: Remind the peoples of the region – Muslims and Christians alike – and our nation of the true nature of the “Israeli” enemy – its savagery and brutal nature, and its terrorism and massacres, because it seems that some people quickly forget. Some people and due to the new scenes they are witnessing in the region are trying to make invalid approaches.

The Takfiri terrorism afflicting our region now is very dangerous; still, the “Israeli” threat is far more dangerous. The massacres perpetrated, stabbing bowels, slaughtering, and genocides are similar. However, the true nature of this enemy is being ignored or neglected so that it later would be presented as a friend or a guarantee for some popular groups in our region. This requires retrospective efforts.

So first we need to remind of the true savage and brutal nature of this enemy and its massacres and terrorism.

Second: To remind the governments and peoples of the region – that is if the governments listen as most of them do not hear for a period of time by now – that the Zionist entity is a beast on Palestinian territories threatening the entire region. This threat is facing the security, integrity, stability, interests, wealth, and future of this region.

The enemy’s greed did not come to an end, and its threat is still valid. However, unfortunately, some removed “Israel” from the sphere of threats. Some states every now and then reconsider its strategies, its fighting doctrine, its national security, its threats, and its opportunities. However, should some Arab states carry such re-considerations – if they would ever do such a thing – they would remove “Israel” from the list of threats; some states had done that already. This is not strange to some governments. However, what I know respecting some popular trends too is that they removed “Israel” from the sphere of enmity or threat. This is very dangerous in the track of this confrontation.

Third: Reminding the world and the nation and the peoples of the nation of the suffering of the Palestinian people and the massacres perpetrated and are still perpetrated against them every hour and every day. This must be present in all our media outlets and speeches and calls. We must remind of what “Israel” committed in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and the region. We must remind of the massacres “Israel” perpetrated during July War and before. This must not be forgotten. This must always be highlighted to underscore the position of this greedy threatening “Israeli” enemy.

Fifth: Finding frameworks to communicate and organize benefiting from every capacity or power in the world to support the resistance project away from any religious, racial, or political considerations. 

Sixth: Reverent scholars, brothers, and sisters! This confrontation requires exceptional sincerity. Here I will tackle the psychological, spiritual, and moral perspective. This confrontation requires exceptional neglect of factional, sectarian, party, regional, racial, and personal interests.

We are in a battle in which our peoples, armies, and resistance movements offered great sacrifices. Our senior leaders offered their lives and their children. The peoples were very seriously and loyally tolerant. They did not lack the spirit of sacrifices. They rather lacked from a long time ago a unified central, faithful, loyal, plotting leadership that would gather the capacities of the nation and liberate Palestine in a way competent with the sacrifices of the armies, resistance movements and peoples of the region.

This must be met with loyalty. The manifestation of which must be following whoever raises the banner of the resistance apart from his name, race [Arab or Persian], sect, religion, country… We must back, shoulder, stand by, and walk with whoever raises the banner of the resistance, and heads to the front lines to restore Palestine and al-Quds and to push the Zionist scheme away from this nation while turning a blind eye to all other considerations.

This is one aspect of loyalty – if we are so – to al-Quds, Palestine, the Palestinian people and to confronting this Zionist scheme.

Should Egypt take the lead, we must back it; should Iran take the lead, we must be with it; should Syria take the lead, we must be with it; should any Arab or Islamic country take the lead, we must follow it. Should Indonesia come from the far end of the world and say that it is ready with its policy, diplomacy, capacity, money, and capability or even people and arms and wants to shoulder this responsibility, we must all be Indonesians. This is the meaning of loyalty.

We must not peck saying these are Indonesians and we are Arabs. We must not peck saying these are Shiite, Sunnite, Muslims, Christians… However, as far as this point is concerned, what is the problem we are suffering from? 

The problem is that some do not support and some prevent these supporting from doing so. The supporter is turned to an accused or is to be blamed. The supported is turned to an accused or is to be blamed. Some resistance movements receive true support from definite states but as a result of some sensitivity to these states, the resistance movement becomes accused not only as far as its political position is concerned but also it becomes accused in its religion and its sect.

That’s the mere truth. If a Sunnite resistance movement receives support from the Islamic republic in Iran, it will not be accused in its political position but rather of Shi’ism.

Well, there is a colloquial proverb that says: You don’t have mercy on us, and you do not let the mercy of Allah to be bestowed on us!” Well, then raise the banner yourself. 

This call is on all the Arab states – kings, princes, and leaders in the Arab and Islamic world. Let any Arab and Islamic state assume the responsibility.

I am one of the people among many of these present now in the hall who are ready to guarantee for you that Iran will retreat to the rear lines thankfully and gratefully and happily because in this battle it is tolerating heavy and serious burdens, and because of this battle it is facing major threats and losing main interests in the national sense of the word. Should any Arab or Islamic state say that it will take the lead, we with all Arab and Islamic countries are ready to surpass everything and any consideration. This is indeed what we are in need of. This is the faithfulness that we need.

The last point that I want to assert and wrap my speech is fit for a contemplating pose from the conference, after the conference, and everywhere.

Today and without any preludes I say that the major problems that touch the essence of the conflict and what started rooting in the minds and convictions of many groups of the residents of the region are the serious results of what is being perpetrated in the name of Islam by Takfiri groups against all residents of the region whether Sunnites, Shiites, Muslims, Christians, or the followers of the various religious and Islamic sects. There is a special characteristic related to the religious minorities, the followers of the other religions [non-Muslims] and there is another characteristic related to the followers of the Islamic sects other than the four main sects i.e. other than our Sunnite brothers.

When we mention the other Islamic sects, we mention among them the Shiites. When saying these human groups existing in the region, I mean the non-Muslims or Muslims other than our Sunnite brethrens. So I will not need to mention their names and characteristics.

What do the battle that is being waged under the Takfiri banner, the crimes perpetrated, and the religious and political speech of these groups mean to tell us? They tell us that their problem with us is not political. I am killing you because you are the followers of this religion, if you are non-Muslims. I am killing you because you are the followers of this sect, if you are non-Sunnites. I am killing you because you are the followers of this intellect or method or way, if you were Sunnites other than us.

However, I want to put the Sunnites aside to focus on the above-mentioned groups. Where does this lead to? This is what is taking place now really. The killings these groups are perpetrating are sheer facts. They are not fabrications. No! This is the truth. It is killing according to religious or sectarian affiliation and not on political basis or pursuant to the political battle or political accusation or political project.

Where does this lead to? This leads these groups to the conviction that they are being subject to a battle of existence. Indeed, this is unprecedented in the history of the region. This region has been living under Islam for 1400 years. This asserts that what is taking place has nothing to do with Islam, the four caliphs, the good ancestors and all the ancient grand Islamic history.

When any group senses that its external human existence is threatened – its men, women, and children and not only its sanctities, mosques, churches, and schools-, it is its natural, innate right as well as its legitimate right to defend its existence. This is undisputable.

When these groups withdraw to defend their existence, the first side that is removed from the battle is “Israel” because there is an absolute priority which is defending one’s existence. If you talk to them about “Israel”, they will tell you that “Israel” is a potential threat that can be postponed, and that it is their absolute priority to confront the factual danger.

Things may develop further on the psychological, intellectual, and cultural level as I mentioned before and “Israel” may be removed from the list of enemies and consequently, Palestine will be removed from the list of concern and not only the list of priorities and the list of responsibilities. 

Things may develop to this extent. Thus I hope that we take this as a serious real danger as the “Israelis” are working and seeking to have some religious groups or some definite Islamic groups may reach a stage in which they would view “Israel” – the enemy – as a defender, supporter, or sponsor.

This is the most dangerous thing that faces the resistance project in the region. This applies to the followers of religions and sects.

The wicked “Israelis” have started to present them as such – as a defender ready to intervene to protect this sect or that sect or the followers of this faction or that faction. Things had even gone further. When I read what I will narrate to you, I recalled the following prophetic tradition – regardless from its reference. The tradition says: 

On Doom’s Day, the mercy of Allah Al Mighty widens to the extent that the Devil’s neck extends to reach each.

Imagine that the neck of the “Israeli” devil had extended to the following extent! I have read that some “Israeli” experts had said that they expect or hope that a day will come when their enemies in Lebanon will extend to them a hand of friendship and they name Hizbullah in particular!

We are at least talking about Hizbullah; or else, the Lebanese resistance is much more ancient. For 33 years, we have been in a doctrinal, jihadi, bloody struggle with the “Israelis”, and we consider the “Israelis” as one of the enemies in this world and in this existence, and we are ready in our culture and internal mobilization to starve to death and die without medicine or medical treatment, and that our bones be crushed to evade begging for help from “Israel”.

Still “Israel” looks for the day in which it expects that these enemies would extend to it a helping hand. What pushed it to dare to look forward to that? It is what is taking place in the region. I am not saying so for narration; I am rather saying so to hold the concerned sides responsible.

The scholars and elites of these sects and religions are responsible. Christian and Muslim religious men are responsible. Shiite, Druze, Alawite, Ismaelite, and Zeidi scholars are responsible as they have opened this front in Algeria. The scholars and elites who address these groups are concerned to tell them: No, you must be cautious! True we are facing such grave threats, however, this kind of address, this way of thinking, this kind of emotions do not go with our religion, doctrine, or culture.

On al-Quds Day two years ago, I said a phrase not from a sectarian background. I usually do not talk with Sunni-Shiite rhetoric. In that speech of mine, I talked about the Shia of Ali Bin Abi Taleb [Peace be upon him] but I did not elaborate. Now, I will give my interpretation.

There are western and international media efforts along with internal and external efforts to distance this group of Muslims – meaning the Shiite sect – from the battle with “Israel”. This is a goal; this is not taking place by chance; though what is befalling them is befalling others but every side exploit it in the direction that appeals to it.

What is taking place for years by now in more than one country and state is deliberate and premeditated. It aims to distance Shiites from Palestine, the Palestinian people, al-Quds, and the conflict with the “Israeli” enemy with the aim of convincing them that the side which really poses an existential threat to them are the Sunnites – not the Takfiris but rather the Sunnites – and the common points are more with “Israel” in the battle of existence.

This is an advanced level of intellectual treason. This is really taking place in the world, and I say so because I do not want to hide behind my finger. Still I want to say that these attempts are met with deaf ears in the Shiite milieu as is the case with the Christian milieu, the Druze milieu, the Sunni milieu and all other milieus.

Thus on al-Quds Day I said, and today in this conference I reiterate: This is not only the case in Lebanon. I know and contact all scholars. I know how our authorities – whether His Eminence Imam Khamenai and the officials in Iran or the other authorities around the world – think. Yes, today I am telling you: No matter what takes place and what is taking place, that will not stop though it is required that it stops, no matter the events, calamities, and pains, we as Shiites must think and as non-Shiites must think in the same way as I said on that day: 

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We the Shia of Ali Bin Abi Taleb [Peace be upon him] will not forsake Palestine, the people of Palestine, or the sanctities of the nation in Palestine.

This is not a transient stance. This is rather a doctrinal, intellectual, legitimate, jurisprudential, and sentimental stance.

On al-Quds Day, one of the scenes that touched me dearly gives evidence on the doctrinal aspect I mentioned at the beginning of my speech. I can understand that in many states worldwide people hit the street and mark the occasion of al-Quds Day. However, the case in Nubbul and Zahraa in Aleppo in Syria is quite different. Nubbul and Zahraa are two towns which have been besieged for years.

They are subject to shelling and attacks on daily basis. Some of their women are prisoners to our very day. Still on al-Quds Day, and though they are besieged, they demonstrated and talked about reaching al-Quds and al-Aqsa Mosque and praying there.

What pushed them to do that and act as such? That is done by the doctrine. As to all other considerations, they do not push them to act as such or talk as such because their priorities must be something else and their conditions must be different as a result of the situation they are living in.

Thus we are before a great responsibility. We must not allow such intellectual, psychological, spiritual or even moral repercussions of the events taking place in our region to happen.

Our brethrens the Sunni scholars bear grave responsibilities too. So far many brave positions have been taken in the past years whether in this conference or in the various scholar cadres. The extraordinary brave stances that isolated and condemned these Takfiris and their crimes are in the book of everyone’s deeds. This in fact is not an individual work; that is not an individual service. It is rather a service at the level of the nation, the battle of the nation, and the project of the nation. 

This must continue to take place because these Takfiris must be isolated.

As they are the majority, the Muslim Sunnis are concerned to assume the responsibility more than the followers of the other Islamic sects. They are concerned to reassure the followers of other divine religions and the followers of the other Islamic sects. The structure of the region and the nation means that there is a responsibility of this kind. How do we put this to action? This indeed needs assertion.

I believe that this blessed union – the International Union of Resistance Scholars – headed by the struggling resisting brave reverent scholar brethren Sheikh Maher Hammoud and his brethrens the reverent scholars and as a broad, diversified, and extending scholar framework can be a true initiator and main partner in all frameworks and movements of the resistance to redirect, restore and activate all what must be redirected, restored and activated to move forward with the project of the resistance towards the final absolute victory Inshallah.

We absolutely believe that “Israel” – this cancerous gland – is to demise and that Palestine and al-Quds will be restored to their real people. It is only a matter of time that is linked to the will, action, efforts, and sacrifices of the nation according to the Holy Aya: {Should you back Allah, Allah will grand you victory}.

Despite all of the current calamities, I believe that our nation is the nation of abundant good until Doom’s Day because the peoples of our nation are the people of awareness, steadfastness, patience, and tolerance. For that our nation will be able to surpass this ordeal and emerge stronger and more determined thanks to all the previous grave experiences. Then the trial with the source of corruption “Israel” will be very tough.

The day in which we will all pray in al-Quds is sure coming Inshallah. All of these calamities, conspiracies, and crises are mere trials to strengthen and make fit all those who believe in this project and in this path to enable them to be competent of the coming victory. Some people may gain victory but then waste it.

Allah Al Mighty wants our nation in its final victory over the Zionist scheme and in restoring Palestine and al-Quds to be competent of such grand historic victory and to be competent of guarding this victory and not to lose it as many victories were wasted.

Excuse me for taking much or your time. May Allah bless you. Peace be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings.

Source: Al-Ahed News, Translated by website team

30-07-2015 | 13:39

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