Trump’s Safe-Zone Mandate: The Blind Leading the Blind into More Blindness in Syria

Trump’s Safe-Zone Mandate: The Blind Leading the Blind into More Blindness in Syria

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Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:29

TEHRAN (FNA)- The man who has been called by psychologists and clinical psychologists “a narcissist with multiple sociopathic and psychopathic tendencies,” has just ordered the State Department and Pentagon to prepare for the establishment of what he calls “safe zones” in Syria.

The safe-zone mandate was included in the text of a draft executive order by President Donald Trump that puts harsh restrictions on people traveling from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Sudan to the United States.

The new Republican president, who wants to bring back waterboarding and believes “torture works and would help,” claims the long anticipated move is “on humanitarian grounds,” giving the State Department and Pentagon 90 days to provide a full blueprint for how they would go about it.

It’s the darkest of lies. He cannot hide such fabrications from hardcore thinkers. They get more aggravated and more provoked by his half-truths and “alternative facts” than the most painful truths:

1- Safe zones would be meaningless without a de-facto no fly zone. It would mean war with Syria and Russia. Even Trump agrees. During the campaign, he had endorsed the idea of safe zones, but also scorned Hillary Clinton for supporting the no-fly zone aspect, citing the concerns about starting such huge new wars. He said, “It would lead to World War III.”

2- The executive order is more than just an attempt at quietly considering potential safe zone options. The US flew no-fly zones over Iraq for more than a decade before the 2003 invasion. Now, it is planning to launch something similar over northern Syria. So it’s not a safe zone. Much as in Iraq and Libya, the de-facto no-fly zones often become precursors to additional military involvement at a later date.

3- This is not about humanitarianism. Washington is resisting use of the term no-fly zone, preferring the more innocuous safe zone. But after initially ignoring Turkish media reports that a deal was struck long before Trump’s presidency, war-party Washington said a protected area could soon be a reality. They say the evolving plan envisages occupation of the zone by their Al-Qaeda-linked proxy forces.

4- The scheme has no UN mandate and suggests the War Party hasn’t given up on the idea of regime change. They seek to eliminate air defenses so they can launch airstrikes against the Syrian military and free up a launching pad for their proxies to conduct attacks deeper into Syria.

5- Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey once said, “The no-fly zone seeks to deny the Syrian military the ability to launch airstrikes against terrorist groups therein.” European sources also told Kuwait’s al-Rai Daily last year, “The plan is to back moderate rebels and cripple the country’s military forces. The no-fly zone would include a ban on the movement of Syrian military forces, designed to neutralize Syria’s ability to carry out airstrikes.”

It’s a dramatic escalation and Trump’s arguing of semantics doesn’t mean much of anything here. Every indication is that the US occupying troops are not content to leave northern Syria. They are there to help terrorists keep the fighting going.

The whole idea is to derail the ongoing peace talks that has already led to an all-Syria ceasefire. It seeks to hinder the use of military power by Iran, Syria, Russia and Hezbollah against the terrorist groups of ISIL and Al-Qaeda that are not part of the ceasefire agreement.

Further still, the clandestine project is intended to provide more arms to US-backed “moderates,” help them use it to recruit and recover, operate out of the zone, deepen US military intervention, and revive the initial military objective, as happened with no-fly zones in Iraq and Libya: regime decapitation.

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Donald Trump’s foreign policy proposals have been somewhat of a mystery & his call for the establishment of safe zones in Syria, in order to help refugees fleeing war, does not provide much clarity. Turkey & Qatar, both supporters of no-fly/buffer zones in Syria, have cautiously welcomed President Trump’s call, while Russia has called for Trump to properly study the consequences of such action. The biggest unanswered question remains as to if this is proof that Trump is now reneging on his promise to work with Russia to defeat terrorism in places like Syria.

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Senate Confirms Dangerous Christian Extremist as CIA Director

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The new head of the CIA is a dangerous Christian extremist who believes the U.S. is at war with Islam.

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Representative Mike Pompeo as the new head of the powerful Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Pompeo, a Kansas Republican and prominent member of the House Intelligence Committee, is a radical Christian extremist and a sharp critic of Islam who endorses the notion of a “Holy War” between Christians and Muslims, and believes the fight against terrorism is a war between Islam and Christianity.

Speaking at a church group in Wichita, Kansas, in 2014, Pompeo claimed that Christianity was the “only solution” to combat terrorism, arguing that the greatest “threat to America” is caused by “people who deeply believe that Islam is the way.”

Pompeo told the church-goers:

This threat to America is from people who deeply believe that Islam is the way and the light and the only answer.

These folks believe that it is religiously driven for them to wipe Christians from the face of the earth.

Pompeo continued:

They abhor Christians, and will continue to press against us until we make sure that we pray and stand and fight and make sure that we know that Jesus Christ our savior is truly the only solution for our world.

In addition, at an event hosted by a Virginia-based think tank last year, Pompeo again invoked the notion of a Holy War, describing the wars in which the U.S. is involved in as being “between the Christian West and the Islamic East.”

Cosmopolitan reports that Pompeo’s past comments concerning Muslims have drawn sharp criticism. For example, in the months after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, Pompeo took to the House floor to call on Muslim leaders to denounce acts of terrorism committed in the name of Islam, declaring:

It’s been just under two months since the attacks in Boston, and in those intervening weeks, the silence of Muslim leaders has been deafening.

Pompeo went on to suggest that failing to condemn the terrorist attacks made Muslim leaders “potentially complicit” in those attacks.

In another anti-Muslim incident earlier this year, Pompeo, using veiled threats and intimidation tactics, forced a mosque located in Kansas to cancel an appearance by a prominent Muslim leader, in part because the speaker was scheduled to appear on the Christian holy day of Good Friday.

Writing for Slate, Michelle Goldberg notes:

Amid the fire hose of lunacy that is the Trump transition, however, Pompeo’s extremism has been overlooked. It’s worth pausing to appreciate the fact that America’s CIA will shortly be run by a man who appears to view American foreign policy as a vehicle for holy war.

The Washington Post reports Pompeo “is known as one of the more fanatical purveyors of conspiracy theories.” For example, previously Pompeo suggested President Obama might have an “affinity for” radical Islam.

Bottom line: Pompeo is a dangerous Christian extremist. His Holy War mentality is alarming, and completely inappropriate for the Director of the CIA.

(Large portions of this article were previously published here: Trump CIA Pick: Dangerous Christian Extremist)

Trump’s CIA pick Mike Pompeo (Image by Gage Skidmore)

G.R Editor’s Note:

What Mike Pompeo fails to acknowledge is that Christianity is embedded in the teachings of Islam. Muslims endorse the teachings of Jesus Christ, described as the penultimate prophet and messenger of God.

“In Islam, Isa ibn Maryam (Arabic: عيسى بن مريم‎, translit. ʿĪsā ibn Maryāmlit. ‘Jesus, son of Mary’‎), or Jesus, is understood to be the penultimate prophet and messenger of Allah (God) and al-Masih, the Arabic term for Messiah,[1][2] the “Christ”,[3] sent to guide the Children of Israel (banī isrā’īl in Arabic) with a new revelation: al-Injīl (Arabic for “the Gospel”).[4] Jesus is believed to be a prophet,[3] is reflected as a significant figure,[5] being mentioned in the Quran in 93 ayaat (Arabic for verses) with various titles attached such as “Son of Mary”,[6] ”Spirit of God”,[7] and the “Word of God” (source Wikipedia)

Trump Bans Muslims from Entering the United States, Launches “Holy War against Radical Islam”

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Trump’s Executive Order to ban Muslims from entering the US, will have devastating consequences both in the US and internationally.

It also has a bearing on America’s military agenda in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In his inauguration speech, President Donald Trump called for  the “civilized world” to unite “against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.”

It is worth noting that Trump’s Executive Order to ban Muslims coincides with the confirmation of Rep. Mike Pompeo as head of the CIA.  Pompeo is a Tea Party Republican, member of the House Intelligence Committee, with little experience in the practice of  US intelligence. 

Pompeo favors the reinstatement of “waterboarding, among other torture techniques”. He views Muslims as a threat to Christianity and Western civilization. He is identified as “a radical Christian extremist” who believes that the “global war on terrorism” (GWOT) constitutes a “war between Islam and Christianity”.

In other words, he is a firm support of the “global war on terrorism” (GWOT) doctrine, under the banner of a “holy war against Islam”.

GWOT is “On the Table” of the Trump Administration as an instrument of US intelligence. (Amply documented Al Qaeda and ISIS are “intelligence assets” i.e. constructs of the CIA. In turn, Al Qaeda and ISIS affiliated terrorists in Syria and Iraq are the foot-soldiers of US-NATO).

To put it bluntly,  both Trump and CIA Director Pompeo firmly believe in their own counter-terrorism propaganda. Continuity is ensured. The mainstay of US intelligence ops. using “Islamic terrorists” as instruments of destabilization and destruction prevails. Of relevance, the ban on Muslims entering the US is also part of a Homeland Security agenda.

It is therefore unlikely that there will be a major shift under a Trump administration in regards to America’s military agenda in the Middle East. According to Reuters: ”President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders starting on Wednesday that include a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries”. These countries are identified as “terror prone” nations, despite the fact that the US is covertly supporting terrorism in these countries.

Sectarian profiling prevails in regards to immigration. The ban does not apply to Christian refugees from Syria and Iraq:

Trump is expected to order a multi-month ban on allowing refugees into the United States except for religious minorities escaping persecution, until more aggressive vetting is in place.

Another order will block visas being issued to anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.

The border security measures could include directing the construction of a border wall with Mexico and other actions to reduce the number of illegal immigrants living inside the United States.

Both Trump and his nominee for Attorney general, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, (yet to be confirmed by the US Senate) have said  ”they would focus the restrictions on countries whose migrants could pose a threat, rather than placing a ban on people who follow a specific religion”. Yet the executive order does not seem to make that distinction:

Other measures may include directing all agencies to finish work on a biometric identification system for non-citizens entering and exiting the United States and a crackdown on immigrants fraudulently receiving government benefits, according to the congressional aides and immigration experts.

To restrict illegal immigration, Trump has promised to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and to deport illegal migrants living inside the United States.Reuters, Emphasis added)

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آخر رسالة من أوباما للثوار السوريين و”للاسلاميين” .. بعد ساعات معدودات من انتهاء ايامه

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

لاشك انكم تتذكرونني .. أنا باراك حسين اوباما .. ولايمكن أن تنسوني وأنا كنت منذ ساعات رئيس الولايات المتحدة الذي احتفلتم به وبحسبه ونسبه لثماني سنوات ..

 وأنا الذي انتظرتموه طويلا أن يحرر لكم بلدانكم من الطغيان ويقيم شرع الله ويعز الاسلام والمسلمين .. حيث تصلون كما تشاؤون وتبنون في كل بيت مئذنة .. حتى يصبح لكل واحد فيكم مسجد .. وتغمر المآذن والمساجد كل مدنكم فوق انقاض الكنائس والمساجد والمقامات والبيوت والمزارع .. وتطهرون بلادكم من كل غريب بحيث لايبقى بينكم الا المؤمنون .. وتطلقون لحاكم كما تشاؤون وتتزوجون ماتشاؤون من النساء وتملكون ماملكت أيمانكم من الأماء والجواري .. وتقيمون شرع الله وتملؤون الساحات برؤوس المرتدين والكفار وايدي السارقين .. وتمارسوا حقكم في رجم الزانيات حتى تشبعوا ولاتبقى حجارة للرجم في بلدانكم ..

اذا لم تتذكروني جيدا .. فلكم العذر في ذلك .. فأنتم تنسون كل من يتفضل عليكم وتعضون اليد التي اطعمتكم فهذا صار من مواصفاتكم التي لاتفارقكم وقد رايتها بأم عيني وادهشتني قدرة النسيان لديكم .. كما فعلت حماس بأحد الرؤساء الذي أطعمهم من جوع وآمنهم من خوف .. فتنكروا له وساروا معي أنا وهو من كاد يحارب من اجل أن يبقوا آمنين في داره .. بل كيف لي ان انسى ما فعل شيخكم القرضاوي الذي أكل على كل الموائد وعانق كل الرؤساء ثم أفتى بتدمير شعوب أقامت له الموائد وقتل كل من أكرمه من الرؤساء.. ووضع كل الدم في عنقه ..

اذا كانت لازالت لديكم شبهة ولم تتاكدوا أنكم تتذكونني .. فلأذكركم بعبارتي الذهبية التي دخلت التاريخ .. واقصد عبارة (ايام الأسد باتت معدودة) .. فلاشك عندي أنكم الآن عرفتموني .. فكما قال الحجاج يوما: أنا ابن جلا وطلاع الثنايا متى أضع العمامة تعرفوني .. فانني يمكن أن اقولها بنفس الطريقة: انا ابن حسين وطلاع الثنايا .. متى أضع الايام المعدودات تعرفوني ..

وطبعا لازلنا نعد ولازلتم تعدون الأيام المعدودات ولازالت ساعة الأيام تعد .. ولكن يبدو أن ساعة الزمن توقفت عن العد منذ أن قلت تلك العبارة وحدث جمود في دماء النجوم .. وصدئت عقارب المجرات وهوت الساعات والثواني في الثقب الأسود .. وخرجت أنا من الزمن كما تعلمون .. ولن أعود .. وابتلعني الثقب الأسود للسياسة ..

لاأدري ان كان الاعتذار يكفي لأنني وعدتكم بمفاتيح الشام .. ولم أفعل .. وشددت الرحال لنجدتكم في يوم مسرحية الكيماوي الشهيرة .. ولم افعل .. ووزعت عليكم الأحلام لتصلوا الى السلطة .. ولم أفعل .. لأنه كان علي أن أتعقل والا أرمي بنفسي الى التهلكة كما فعلتم أنتم بأنفسكم لأنني كنت سأصارع نصف العالم من أجلكم .. فتركت لكم أنتم ان تصارعوا نصف العالم نيابة عني .. وقد ابليتم بلاء حسنا حتى تفوقتم على من يطلق النار على رأسه وقلبه في نفس اللحظة وبسرعة قياسية ..

فما عساي الا أن أقول لكم مادحا: بخٍ .. بخٍ..

ولكن الحقيقة التي لانقولها نحن – الرؤساء الغربيين – (جماعة شعارات الحرية والديمقراطية وحقوق الانسان وماالى تلك القائمة) الا ونحن خارج السلطة هي أنكم كنت أكثر المجموعات البشرية سذاجة وبلاهة واسهلها انقيادا للاوهام .. وأبليتم بلاء فوق التصور في تحطيم بلادكم ودينكم وكل تراثكم .. انني لم اكن أتخيل أن انجز مهمتي بهذه السرعة والسهولة .. خمس بلدان بنيت في مئة سنة تحولت الى انقاض في سنة أو سنتين .. وثروات جمعت في مئة سنة تبددت في سنة أو سنتين ..

على كل حال ليس هذا هو الغرض من رسالة الوداع اليكم ..

بل اريد ان أعترف لكم بسر لم أكن قادرا على أن أبوح به قبل اليوم .. وهو أنني أخذتكم في رحلة معي الى حلم الخلافة الاسلامية .. ولكن الحقيقة هي أنني كنت أريد تحطيم الأمة الاسلامية .. وقد فعلت .. وقلبتها رأسا على عقب .. وصار كل واحد فيكم اما مشردا أو يتيما او شهيدا او قتيلا او مجاهدا او متشردا او لاجئا أو ظامئا أو جائعا أو يبيع عرضه وأولاده في المخيمات أو يبيع دينه في بلاد البرد .. وصار المسلم عدو المسلم .. ولاحقا سيصبح السني عدو السني .. والشيعي عدو الشيعي … وصار نبيكم ربما لاجئا عندنا .. لأن كل اللاجئين يتبرؤون منه ومن دينه ومقدساته من أجل أن يحصلوا على معونة أو جواز سفر .. وجنسية .. وصار نداء (الله أكبر) يخيف المسلمين اذا سمعوه في اسواقهم ..
أودعكم اليوم وأطلب منكم ان تتابعوا الرحلة .. رحلة الانتحار .. والدمار .. فلاشك أن من جد وجد وأن من سار على الدرب وصل .. وان كنت خدعتكم وورطتكم فارجو أن تسامحوني لأنني قمت بوظيفتي وتعهداتي لشعبي ودستوري .. وكان عليكم ان تكونوا أكثر حذرا وفطنة وذكاء ولاتصدقوا كل مايقال لكم ..

وقبل أن أنهي رسالتي أيها الاخوة والأخوات .. المؤمنون والمؤمنات .. أقدم لكم وصيتي ونصيحتي ..

ترامب صار الرئيس وأنا مثلكم خارج السلطة ولاأقدر أن انفعكم مثله .. ويمكنكم أن تعقدوا معه صفقة تناسبه وتناسبكم .. فهو يحب الصفقات .. وانتم كرماء وأسخياء ولاتترددون في دفع الأثمان الباهظة .. والرجل لايريد منكم الا شيئا واحدا وهو أن تجهزوا على ماتبقى منكم ومن دينكم وبلادكم ..

اهدموا المسجد الأقصى .. واهدموا الكعبة .. مزقوا القرآن .. ورددوا عبارة “من الفرات الى النيل حدودك يااسرائيل” .. وابكوا عند حائط المبكى كما فعل بعضكم .. وزوروا بيت العنكبوت (اسرائيل) لتثبتوا له أنكم لستم متشددين وانكم براغماتيون .. هو سيأخذكم الى حلمكم الذي خذلتكم به ولاشك انه لن يخذلكم .. ولاأعتقد أنه سيخدعكم .. وان فعل فانتظروا الوعد من الرئيس الذي يليه .. والا فمن الرئيس الذي يلي يليه .. ولكن اياكم أن تصدقوا أيا منهم ان قال لكم يوما بان (أيام الأسد باتت معدودة).. لأنني في آخر وصية اريد ان أؤكد لكم أن لاأحد يقرر الأيام المعدودة لرئيس الا شعبه .. وأنا سأرحل وفي قلبي غصة من هذه العبارة .. ومن الرجل الذي صارت بيده مفاتيح الزمن .. بعد ان انتصر في حلب .. وطردني من حلب .. في أيام معدودة ..

الوداع يااخوتي ,اشكركم من قلبي أنكم جعلتم ولايتي أنجح ولاية .. قتلتم فيها بايديكم أكثر مما قتلنا منكم بأيدينا .. ولم تكلفونا حتى ثمن الرصاص وحتى ثمن أعواد الكبريت لاشعال الحرائق .. وحتى الحبر الذي نوزع فيه بياناتنا تبرعتم ودفعتم ثمنه .. أنتم قاتلتم .. وانتم متّم .. وأنتم موّلتم .. وانتم خسرتم .. وأنتم كذبتم .. وانتم توليتم شتم بعضكم وشتم تراثكم الشيعي والسني .. فشكرا لكم .. شكرا لكم ..

وأخيرا وليس آخرا .. أوصيكم بأخي أبي محمد الجولاني خيرا .. وبأخي ابي بكر البغدادي خيرا .. وبكل اخوتي المجاهدين .. واخواتي المجاهدات ..وأوصيكم بالاخوان المسلمين فهم قلب الارهاب النابض وقرة عين الموساد وجوهرة التاج البريطاني .. وسلاح الغرب الفتاك ..

والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

أخوكم في الاسلام والمخلص لكم دوما
براق حسين أبو عمامة

Huffpost: Jewish woman poisoned Prophet Muhammad

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On January 13, 2017, the Huffington Post (Arabic) refused Israel’s lobby, the ADL request to remove an article published on November 29, 2016 – which claimed that a Jewish woman served poisoned food at a party given by Jewish leaders of City of Khyber to celebrate the peace treaty with the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

It is troubling that an antisemitic screed cleared The Huffington Post’s editorial review process and that our concerns so far have been ignored. We call on The Huffington Post to immediately remove this offensive entry and to ensure that the proper safeguards are in place so that the Arabic site is free of antisemitism and incitement against Jews,” said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

Maybe, the Zionist Jew moron was not told by Israeli MEMRI which translated the Arabic article that its English version was publish by The Huffington Post on September 13, 2012 under the heading, The Mercy of Prophet Muhammad. The article was written by Kamran Pasha, Hollywood writer, director and novelist.

The Prophet had complex relations with the Jewish tribes of Arabia. When he founded the Muslim community in Medina, he had drawn up a treaty with the Jews of the city, which guaranteed their freedom of religion and sought their alliance against the military attacks from Mecca. But as the Prophet’s power had risen in Arabia, some of the Jewish tribes switched allegiance to the Meccan attackers, leading to warfare between Muslims and Jews. But with the defeat of Mecca, the Prophet sought to repair the breach of trust between the two monotheistic religions and worked for reconciliation. The Jewish chieftain of Khaybar invited the Prophet to a feast to cement better ties moving forward. But not everyone was happy with hosting a banquet in the victorious Prophet’s honor, and one woman of Khaybar poisoned the meal. Several of the Prophet’s companions died, but the Prophet spit out the poisoned food before it could take effect. The assassin was captured and the Prophet asked the woman why she had done this deadly act. She shrugged and responded that Muhammad had defeated her tribe and she was simply avenging them. The Prophet forgave her and let her go,” wrote Kamran Pasha.

According to Israeli Wikipedia, the Jewish woman’s name was Zeynab bint Al-Harith, and the incident happened in June 628 after the surrender of the Jew fighters to end Muslim siege of Khyber.

American Jewish poet and historian Tamam Kahn in her 2010 book, UNTOLD: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad, says that the Prophet of Islam married two young Jewish widows. They’re Juwayriya (Barra) bint al-Harith, daughter of chief of Israelite tribe of Banu Mustaliq, and Safiyya bint Huyayy, daughter of Huyayy ibn Akhtab, the chief of Israelite tribe of Banu Nadir.

Last month, ADL had criticized The Huffington Post (Arabic) for accusing British pop singer George Michael’s homosexual tendencies.

Interestingly, on December 26, 2016, The Jewish Daily Forward boasted that George Michael’s maternal grandmother was Jewish, and at age 34 he admitted to be a gay.

Sad to hear that George Michael has died. He was an exceptional artist and a strong supporter of LGBT and workers’ rights,” Guy Faulconbridge quoted Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn saying.

Arianna Huffington, a Greek American columnist, author and actress, co-founded the Huffington Post. Her former spouse Republican millionaire congressman Michael Huffington turned out to be gay. Currently, Huffington Post is owned by Time-Warner. Its President and CEO Jeffrey L. Bewkes has a Jewish spouse Margret Lowry Brim, an Emmy award-winning TV producer.

Huffington Post is anti-Muslim, pro-Israel Neo-Conservative propaganda outlet . The so-called ‘Neo-Conservatism’ is a Zionist Jewish club.

Sayyed Nasrallah: Aleppo Battle A Major Victory, Daesh Distorted Image of Islam

Zeinab Essa

Hizbullah Secretary General, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, delivered a speech on Friday in which he tackled various regional and internal issues.

Hizbullah Secretary General Hus Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah


Daesh and Ditortion of Islam

Addressing thousands of Hizbullah university students, Sayyed Nasrallah congratulated the Muslims, Christians and all Lebanese over the blessed birth of the Noble Prophet and his grandson Imam Sadiq [PBUH] and the birth of Jesus Christ.

In parallel, His Eminence extended gratitude to the Resistance fighters on the frontlines in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Gaza and other areas south of the Bekaa.
On another level, he viewed that “Islam has not been subjected to media distortion as has happened in the past few years because of the abuses that are broadcasted to every house within minutes.”

“No distortion has happened over the decades as what has happened by the armed groups, especially ‘Daesh’ [the Arabic Acronym for the terrorist “ISIS”/ “ISIL” group] that raises flags that are sealed with the slogan Messenger of Allah,” Sayyed Nasrallah added.

He also mentioned that the terrorist groups, mainly Daesh, have committed massacres at different levels, displaying hideous means to carry out their crimes. “He who is silent over this abuse is a partner in the distortion of Allah’s religion and His Messenger.”

“Wahhabism does not recognize the birth of Prophet Mohammad. Their scholars went to the extent that they reject and consider all those who celebrate it as atheists,” he said, noting that “this holiday is known for all Muslims, Sunnis and Shiites.”

According to the Hizbullah Secretary General, “Our religion and our prophet Mohammad [PBUH] have been greatly abused in recent years. Takfiris are those who have been abusing our religion and our prophet, because they are committing their crimes in the name of this religion and this prophet. Takfiris’ atrocities are real massacres on the humanitarian and cultural level.”

The Resistance leader also recalled how the Wahhabis bombed celebrations for the Prophet Mohammad and sought to impose their ideology by force of arms. “Those who reject the celebrations of the Holy Prophet will definitely refuse the Christmas celebrations.”

As His Eminence urged all sides to condemn such acts, he emphasized that denouncing these acts should be a daily responsibility for us and we must raise our voices.

“Their crimes, killings, slaughter, burning in cages…and destruction of Islamic, Christian and other religious sites and everything linked to history. It’s a comprehensive massacre,” he cautioned.

In response, Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed that we have a moral, religious and historic responsibility to say a word, write a sentence, express opinions that reject and condemn such crimes. “Those who remain mum are partners in the crimes against this religion [Islam],” he added.”

In a similar context, Sayyed Nasrallah stated that there is a terminology that is much spread in the Western and Arab media i.e. the talk of “Islamic” terrorism, “radical” Islam and “Islamic” terrorist groups. This comes as the media insists on using the “Islamic state” and not Daesh. This has an impact on media and psychological warfare.”

Daesh Criminalities

Meanwhile, His Eminence firmly denounced the heinous act of sending a female child to commit suicide in Syria.

“It is unacceptable to take advantage of little children in suicidal attacks or to carry out killings similar to the burning of the two Turkish soldiers today. The criminals are harming the image of Islam,” he said.

In addition, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored that “that monster appeared after that to say that he had sent his scared little child to God.”

“Everyone and every Muslim in the world should condemn the criminal and barbaric monster who sent a child to carry out a suicide bombing at a police station in Damascus.”

Commenting on Daesh’s attack against the Jordanian police in al-Kark, he wondered if the latest incident does not urge the Jordanian government to be warned and take a firm position in stopping support for terrorists and armed groups who carry the same ideology.

His Eminence also denounced the heinous crime that Daesh recently committed by burning two Turkish soldiers alive. He recalled that the whole wide world knows that Turkey has provided support for Daesh more than any other country in the world.

“Turkish people are invited to take a decisive position regarding Daesh,” he highlighted, pointing out that “the Turkish government does not want its people to acknowledge how it supported Daesh through oil, arms and money and all what Erdogan has offered for terrorists.”

Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say: “Islam doesn’t direct us to do such acts. We should raise [our] voices [against these acts], whether those harmed are our allies or not.”

Aleepo Victory Major Achievement

Regarding the recent victory scored by the Syrian army and its allies in Aleppo, His Eminence highlighted that “what happened in Aleppo in recent months is one of the most brutal battles in Syria for years. The battles in the west of Aleppo included tens of thousands of militants from different parts of the world. It was a daily continuous battle with the aim of overthrowing Aleppo.”

He also described the battles in Syria’s second city as one of the harshest battles the region has seen in years.

“Aleppo’s battle is one of the major defeats of the other camp and it is a victory for the anti-terrorism front and an important military development for our camp. But this does not mean the end of the conflict but rather that the scheme that was seeking to oust the regime has ended,” Sayyed Nasrallah added.

As he unveiled that the support and mobilization provided for the battles in Aleppo cost billions of dollars at the financial and logistical levels, Sayyed Nasrallah said this astonishing support in terms of facilities and capabilities support has surpassed the amount provided by the whole Arab world for the Palestinian people over a period of 60 years.

Meanwhile, His Eminence assured that the Syrian government’s victory in Aleppo could pave the way for a political settlement to the conflict, saying that “We should fortify our success in the field and politically.” He emphasized that this could lead to the end of the conflict in Syria through political means.

He also lashed out at deceptive media reports that he said launched false campaigns about the battle in Aleppo. “Pictures of children and devastation from the July war in Lebanon and “Israeli” aggression against Gaza were claimed to be of children of Aleppo. They further brought pictures from starving children in Yemen claiming that they are in Aleppo.”

In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah stated that none of the children in Aleppo have died of starvation while thousands of children in Yemen are dying of starvation as the result of the Saudi blockade.

He continued, “all over the last week, civilians went out of the east of Aleppo, as militants fled the city.”

He asked, “Is there a city that either Daesh or al-Nusra Front had entered and emerged victorious, in which they have allowed the civilians or fighters to get out or flee?”

Refuting all claims that the Syrian army or its allies seek to establish demographic changes, His Eminence elaborated that armed groups were behind the demographic changes that happened. “There are no people of other faiths or other political affiliations in the areas that they control.”

He also assured that residents of Aleppo will return as those of Daraya.
He also reminded that both Saudi Arabia and the US sought to block any political solution. Thus, according to His Eminence, what had been scored in Aleppo is a major achievement for the Syrian army and its allies.

“The credit goes to the Syrian leadership, army and people, who took the decision to fight. Syria’s allies offered help but the Syrians are the ones who are creating the future of their country and the entire region,” the Resistance Leader underscored.

Hailing the fact that some countries have become realistic in dealing with the Syrian file, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the next stage will be focused on consolidating the victory in the city of Aleppo and its suburbs because the armed groups will seek to target the city and its suburbs.

Proportionality and Open for Dialogue

Moving to the Lebanese internal political front, the Hizbullah Secretary General assured that there exist no hurdles in the way of the Lebanese cabinet’s policy statement.

However, he urged the government not to consider itself as a merely ‘elections government. “The government must shoulder its full responsibilities towards the people at all levels, he said, noting that “it must not use the excuse of being an ‘elections government’ to justify any impotence or negligence.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also refused allegations that this government is controlled by Hizbullah. The Resistance movement only wants to ensure that the new Lebanese government represents people from all walks of life.”

“Some like to claim that this is “Hizbullah’s government” and that Hizbullah wants to seize control of the country and the institutions. These are false claims that some impotent and weak parties hide behind. We do not want to seize control of the country even if all political forces and parties ask us to do so…No one can accept to shoulder the responsibility of a country facing this amount of difficulties,” he said.

Regarding the electoral law, Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated that Hizbullah supports an electoral law based on proportionality.

However, he said that his party is open to dialogue as it understands the concerns of some parties which must be taken into consideration. “We do not back a return to the 1960 electoral law.”

“Our country is entering a state of stability [on the] political and security (levels). We’re awaiting the next parliamentary elections and we must remain alert at the security and political level because the terrorist groups are angry over their defeat. The country’s future hinges on everyone’s cooperation and understanding.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also denounced the stupid and dangerous attempt of the Bahraini regime and its supporters to storm the house of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassem with what it carries from devastating repercussions.

Source: al-Ahed news

23-12-2016 | 17:47

 

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Syrian Mufti Gives Stunning Talk on Visit to Ireland – updated

Syrian Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun is part of a delegation of Syrians currently visiting Ireland. The delegation consists of medical professionals as well as religious leaders. The above video shows Mufti Hassoun giving a talk before the Irish Parliament on December 1, comments in which he discusses the toll the war has exacted upon the Syrian people as a whole as well as a personal tragedy in his own family, with the death of his son.

The delegation’s visit reportedly also included a visit to Trinity College Dublin, and the visit has been reported on by a Catholic website (see article below).

Back in August I put up a post on a visit to Syria by a US delegation of peace activists, who had a chance to meet with Mufti Hassoun while they were in the country. Upon returning to the US, the delegation gave a presentation at the UN. You can find more on that here.

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In Ireland, Doctors, Church Leaders Tell Horrors of Life in Syria

By Sarah Mac Donald

DUBLIN (CNS) — Fifty percent of Syria’s hospitals and medical centers have been destroyed or looted and their staff kidnapped, tortured or slaughtered, a leading Syrian surgeon told members of the Irish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

Dr. Bashir Mohammad, a cardiologist, was part of a delegation of high-profile Syrian medical and religious leaders who appealed Dec. 1 for an end to punitive European Union sanctions against his country.

Mohammad was accompanied by Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham; Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II; Syria’s grand mufti, Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun; and Dr. Ahmad al Khaddour, a cardiothoracic surgeon.

Khaddour, a professor of medicine at Damascus University, explained that the group had come to Ireland “to pass the message that Syria needs help.”

“The European sanctions have affected our medical system very badly. We have a shortage of medical supplies on a daily basis. We have children dying because there is no medicine and children suffering because there is no fuel for heating.”

He highlighted how the sanctions had depleted Syria’s “capacity and capability in a very devastating way to manufacture medicines and to treat our patients.”

“The sanctions have killed more people than ISIS,” he said, referring to the Islamic State.

Prior to 2011, when the conflict in Syria erupted, hospitals had always been a safe place, but they became a “soft target,” and the country’s pharmaceutical industry was now no longer able to meet Syria’s medical needs, Mohammad explained.

He contrasted this to the situation five years ago when the country was able to meet up to 95 percent of its own medical needs and was exporting its products to more than 54 countries.

Syria is now “reliant on medication from the black market and, with the weak purchase power of our currency, we are unable to buy medication,” he said.

He told Catholic News Service: “We have lost half of our hospitals and three-quarters of our factories for medication — lift the sanctions please. We are friends to America and to the West.”

Patriarch Laham described the delegation as “ambassadors for peace.” He also asked, “as patriarch, that the bishops’ conferences of Europe gather together to raise their voice for peace.”

Speaking to CNS, the 83-year-old indicated his own personal exhaustion with the conflict. “It is war, war, war. Enough war!”

Referring to the 1,435 years in which Christians and Muslims co-existed together in Syria, Patriarch Laham stressed that faith is “part of the solution” to Syria’s war.

“Faith can really help us to make peace in the world. My slogan is ‘We should stay together to build a new world; we can stay together to build the world; we want to stay together to build a new world,” he told the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Patriarch Ignatius told the committee, “We feel sometimes we are abandoned by the international community because all they talk about are the rebels and what the rebels are suffering. But nobody is talking about the real Syrian people who are under government-controlled areas and what they are suffering.”

“Suffering has gone beyond all bounds,” Patriarch Ignatius said.

The Orthodox patriarch, who escaped a suicide bomb attack last June, spoke about the difficulty of trying to live life in such a dangerous context.

“I live in Old Damascus, not far from the street where St. Paul was led to be baptized. Occasionally we get bombs thrown on us by rebels who live about 2 kilometers away. There is no safe place left in Syria for anyone, and all Syrians need peace.

“We want a new Syria — for all Syrians — that respects diversity and gives a chance to every Syrian to serve Syria. I don’t think that having an opposition that is armed will help Syria; no country in the world would accept that, be it a moderate or unmoderate opposition. Obama and the U.S. government trained thousands of people and spent $500 million on the so-called moderate opposition, but they all joined Daesh (Islamic State) or al Nusra — except for maybe four or five groups.”

As to the situation of Christians in Syria, he confirmed that, along with other people of faith, Christians were being targeted because they were not willing to take sides.

“Our archbishops have been kidnapped and we don’t know anything about them; there are many priests who have been killed and many churches have been destroyed and Islamic scholars are also being killed. All people of faith are being targeted because Daesh and others act in the name of Islam, but they do not represent the real Islam,” he said.

Hassoun, the grand mufti, recalled how when the conflict erupted in 2011, he was told to leave but refused because he wanted to be a “bridge of peace between the opposition and the regime.”

His refusal to leave resulted in his son’s assassination outside his university. Later, his son’s remains were dug out of his grave by the rebels and have never been recovered.

“This is the revolution in Syria — if it were a revolution to reform the regime I would have been with them, but it is a revolution to kill men,” he said, urging legislators to go to Syria and see for themselves “what they have done to us.”

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The goals of the visit are to firstly send a fact-finding medical, religious, political and humanitarian mission to the Syrian Arab Republic from Ireland, as well as from other independent-minded countries; to encourage Irish charity and NGO groups to send aid to Damascus via Trócaire/Caritas and other transparent and credible conduits Syria’s venerable religious leaders recommend and to lay the foundations for a major international fact-finding and medical delegation to visit Damascus and environs on March 17th 2017, St Patrick’s Day.
The situation in Syria, as East Aleppo’s human shields show, remains very grave for all Syrians. Although this visit is strictly non-political it must be clearly stated that EU sanctions, in which Ireland is fully complicit, are responsible for more deaths than even ISIS. The bulk of the Irish people do not accept that rampant collusion or that of our media, which is a crimson blight on our neutrality.

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