History: The Zionist Origins of Saudi Arabia and Its Royals

Part I

By Rez Karim

Global Research, September 22, 2020

Recognizing the contentious nature of the subject, this two-part article relies only on official treatises, pacts and primary sourced evidence to compile a historically accurate account of the founding of Saudi Arabia and Al Saud family becoming ‘Royals’.

Growing up Muslim in a Muslim majority country, I spent most Friday afternoons at a mosque, attending the Jummah prayer. First part of a Jummah prayer calls for the Imam to perform a Khutbah – a weekly sermon of sorts. It was in one of those Khutbahs that I, as a very young boy, learnt about the plight of the Palestinians for the first time.

Indeed, it’s a common practice among Imams around the world to bring up the Palestinian issue at mosques, especially during Friday sermons, and pray for the Palestinian people. In those prayers and discussions, Israel’s name comes up inevitably. In fact, Israel’s oppression of Palestinians bears no ambiguity in Islamic thoughts. And condemnation of Israel, therefore, comes naturally to Muslims around the world.

However, what escapes awareness in almost all Muslims is the connection between Israel and Saudi Arabia. While zealously castigating Israel for its atrocities, Muslims often revere Saudi Arabia as the custodians of Islam’s holiest sites; completely ignoring the Kingdom’s role in founding the Zionist state in the first place.

Notwithstanding the existence of a deep-seated bias against Israel among Muslims, it’s important to recognize that the lack of criticism for Saudi Kingdom, alongside Israel, doesn’t come from bias. Indeed, this absence finds its roots not in bias, but in a complete lack of knowledge. Knowledge among current generation of Muslims, as well as among the world population, about how Saudi Arabia and its founding king, Abdel Aziz Ibn Saud, played a critical role in establishing the Zionist state of Israel.

Suffice it to say, this ignorance about one of the most critical periods in world history seems anything but normal. Amazingly, the world, especially the Muslim world, had been kept in darkness about this momentous chapter in Middle East history. Propaganda and omissions run rampant within the historical accounts of this period. Official Saudi sources like House of Saud website, for example, avoids any mention of British involvement in founding the KSA. Although this omission seems predictable to many, it’s worth noting that even mainstream media outlets like the BBC, and prominent historians such as Professor Eugene Rogan etc., routinely portray Ibn Saud as having acted independently during WWI, and not as an instrument for the British Empire.

Therefore, recognizing the contentious nature of the issue – and to avoid becoming yet another ‘perspective’ on the subject – this article relies only on primary sourced evidence and the following four official treatises and declarations to compile a historically accurate account of the events:

  1. The McMahon-Hussain Correspondence
  2. The Treaty of Darin
  3. The Sykes-Picot Agreement
  4. The Balfour Declaration

1. The McMahon-Hussain Correspondence

To properly understand the events that led to the creation of both Israel and Saudi Arabia, we must travel back to the early 1900s’ Middle East. At the outbreak of WWI in the region, Sir Henry McMahon, then British High Commissioner in Egypt, offered Hussain bin Ali, Sharif of Hijaz (or ruler of the Hijaz – the western Arabian region in which Mecca and Medina lie), an independent Arab state if he would help the British fight against the Ottoman Empire. Hussein’s interest in throwing off his Turkish overlords converged with Britain’s war aim of defeating the Ottomans. McMahon made this offer via a series of letters exchanged between him and Sharif Hussain, collectively known as the McMahon-Hussain Correspondence. On his 14 July 1915 letter to McMahon, Hussain stated, among other things, the following as one of his propositions:Palestine: Britain Should Apologise for the Balfour Declaration, Not ‘Celebrate’ It

“Firstly.- England will acknowledge the independence of the Arab countries, bounded on the north by Mersina and Adana up to the 37th degree of latitude, on which degree fall Birijik, Urfa, Mardin, Midiat, Jezirat (Ibn ‘Umar), Amadia, up to the border of Persia; on the east by the borders of Persia up to the Gulf of Basra; on the south by the Indian Ocean, with the exception of the position of Aden to remain as it is; on the west by the Red Sea, the Mediterranean Sea up to Mersina. England to approve the proclamation of an Arab Khalifate of Islam.”

In response, McMahon wrote on 24 October 1915:

“I regret that you should have received from my last letter the impression that I regarded the question of the limits and boundaries with coldness and hesitation; such was not the case, but it appeared to me that the time had not yet come when that question could be discussed in a conclusive manner.

“I have realized, however, from your last letter that you regard this question as one of vital and urgent importance. I have, therefore, lost no time in informing the Government of Great Britain of the contents of your letter, and it is with great pleasure that I communicate to you on their behalf the following statement, which I am confident you will receive with satisfaction:-

“The two districts of Mersina and Alexandretta and portions of Syria lying to the west of the districts of Damascus, Homs, Hama and Aleppo cannot be said to be purely Arab, and should be excluded from the limits demanded.

“With the above modification, and without prejudice of our existing treaties with Arab chiefs, we accept those limits.”

Interestingly, throughout history, there has been much disagreement as to whether this promise included Palestine. However, as we can see above, the area promised to the Arabs in McMahon’s letter excluded only the territory to the west of a line from Damascus north to Aleppo. Palestine, far to the south, was, by implication, included. Nevertheless, the British subsequently denied that they included Palestine in the promise and refused to publish the correspondence until 1939.

At the time however, Sharif Hussain believed this official promise from the British Government. He went on to make the most significant contribution to the Ottoman Empire’s defeat. He switched allegiances and led the so-called ‘Arab Revolt’ in June of 1916, which removed the Turkish presence from Arabia.

The defeat of the Ottoman Empire by the British in WWI left three distinct authorities in the Arabian peninsula. Sharif of Hijaz Hussain bin Ali of Mecca (in the west); Ibn Rashid of Ha’il (in the north); and Emir Abdel Aziz Ibn Saud of Najd and his religiously fanatical followers, the Wahhabis (in the east).

2. The Treaty of Darin

On 26 December 1915, Sir Percy Cox, on behalf of the British Government, signed the Treaty of Darin with Abdel Aziz Ibn Saud. Also known as the Darn Pact, the treaty made the lands of the House of Saud a British protectorate. The British aim of the treaty was to guarantee the sovereignty of Kuwait, Qatar and the Trucial States (later UAE). Abdul-Aziz vowed not to attack these British protectorates. He also pledged to enter WWI in the Middle East against the Ottoman Empire as an ally of Britain.

Britain’s signing of Darin Pact in December went against their promises of mutual protection made to Sharif Hussain in October; because Britain’s treaty with Ibn Saud does not oblige him to not attack the Hijaz.

The treaty also saw Abdel Aziz receiving £5000 per month ‘tribute’ from the British Government. After World War I, he received further support from the British. Support included substantially more monetary rewards and a glut of surplus munitions.

3. The Sykes-Picot Agreement 

On May 19, 1916, representatives of Great Britain and France secretly reached an accord, known as the Sykes-Picot Agreement. The accord aimed at dividing most of Arab lands under the Ottoman rule between the British and the French at the end of WWI. In its designated sphere, it was agreed, each country shall be allowed to establish such direct or indirect administration or control as they desire and as they may think fit.

Two diplomats, a Briton and a Frenchman, divided the map of one of the most volatile regions in the world into states that cut through ethnic and religious communities. The secret agreement largely neglected to allow for the future growth of Arab nationalism; which at that same moment the British government was using to their advantage against the Turks.

A century on, the Middle East continues to bear the consequences of the treaty. Many Arabs across the region continue to blame the subsequent violence in the Middle East, from the occupation of Palestine to the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), on the Sykes-Picot treaty.

Indeed, Britain’s signing of this treaty went directly against what it promised to the Sharif of Hijaz in October of previous year. As we will see in Part II of this article, Britain’s betrayal of their promises of an independent Arab state eventually led them to unleash their attack dog, Ibn Saud, on Sharif Hussain and topple him. This allowed the British to effectuate the Sykes-Picot accord, and subsequently establish the Zionist state of Israel.

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Lebanon’s future: Lebanon’s Mutasarrifate Take II:

August 10, 2020

A crossroads of civilizations, Lebanon has been often involved in wars, invasions, and sectarian warfare. Image depicts Lebanese soldiers in 1861, right after a big clash between Maronite Christians and Druze muslims.

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog

Most of the current instability in the Levant and the whole Middle East is inadvertently and inadvertently a result of the obsession about Israel’s security; both from the Israeli as well as the American sides. That said, many of the region’s problems are deep-rooted and go back to times before Israel was created and before America had any influence.

In the middle part of the Nineteenth Century, and whilst the entire Levant was under Ottoman rule, sectarian strife between Lebanese Maronites (a regional Catholic sect) and Druze (regional esoteric Muslim-based faith) left thousands savagely butchered, towns decimated, and civilians displaced. The strife escalated in 1860-1861, and as it was obvious back then that the Ottoman Empire was not far from its demise, the West was looking for half an opportunity to interfere in the Levant; and under the guise of protecting the Lebanese Maronites, coerced the Ottomans to give Mount Lebanon autonomy, under the auspices of the West.

This all happened prior to WWI, before Sykes Picot, and before any single Western nation could make a claim on Lebanon. The decision had then to be reached by consensus. This is why it was jointly reached by France, Britain, Austria, Prussia and Russia. The Ottomans had no choice but to accept and dilute their influence in the region by giving the West a post within the Ottoman Empire.

The French proposed that the ruler should be given the title of Plenipotentriary, and the word was translated to a Turkish word of Arabic origin, Mutasarrif, but that person was appointed by the West; not by Turkey, and the political entity itself was called the Mutasarrifate of Mount Lebanon.

For readers interested in my take and analysis on Lebanon’s recent history in a more detailed but concise narrative, they can go to this reference. In brief, Grand Liban (Greater Lebanon) was created by the French under the demand of the then Maronite Patriarch Howayyek in 1920. It was meant to give Lebanese Christians a sense of security, and to be a neutral country in the Middle East; with a Western outlook.

This article will not discuss the geopolitical changes that have happened since. They are in the link above. That said, with the many changes over the last century, the situation in Lebanon has become untenable.

In summary, and among other things, Lebanon has to find a way to deal with Israel, with Syria which is the heart of the axis of resistance and support of Hezbollah, its Arab neighbours who are predominantly against Syria and Hezbollah, devise a united policy as to the status and level of the presence of Hezbollah, find a way out of the current financial collapse and redefine the country’s position as either a neutral country or a spearhead of resistance.

But this is easier said than done not only because of the political divisions, but also because of the endemic corruption of its Mafia lords; Lebanon’s ruling elite and their cronies.

These are the family lines of the same lords that led Lebanon into the civil war. They all have little armies, real armies; some with tanks and artillery. The Lebanese Army is incapable of crushing them, and even if it attempts to, it will have to attack them all at once; not one at a time without risking being accused of impartiality and giving favours.

Those leaders are accused of having thieved $800 Bn from Lebanon and siphoned it overseas. And in as much as they loathe each other, they equally need each other because the existence of each of them is contingent upon that of the others.

Much has been blamed in the past on the disunity of the Lebanese themselves, but when literally millions took to the streets in October 2019, they were united, they carried the slogan of ‘kellon yani kellon’ (all of them means all of them). But before too long, meddlers and thugs were set up inside their camps wreaking havoc and disunity. The protestors were hoping that the Lebanese Army would make a move and start arresting the leaders and the cronies implanted amongst them, but the army itself is bogged down in the same game of dirty politics and loyalties.

In simple terms, the Lebanese people can become united if they have the will and they have done so in the past. They have learned this lesson the hard way, but they simply do not have the means and the power to dislodge the ruling families who control everything; all the way from daily bread to election results.

The country has been struggling for years with mountains of rubbish that the government has not been able to process, electricity shortages, water shortages, soaring unemployment just to name a few problems. It is little wonder why the economy collapsed and the Lira lost nearly 80% of its value in the last few months. Add to this COVID-19, the Caesar Act, and now the Beirut Sea-Port explosions.

Of interest to note is that the latest events in Lebanon have been capitalized on to raise the level of dissent against Hezbollah. According to some, Hezbollah was blamed for everything; even including the sea-port disaster.

Sometimes however, disasters offer silver linings. The cries of Lebanese citizens in the streets of major cities did not generate any global compassion, but after the massive blast, there seems a change in this respect.

Many nations have come forward and offered to assist the Lebanese people, and their governments are not shying away from stating that they will not entrust this aid to the Lebanese Government for distribution to those in need. This is because the whole world, not only the Lebanese people, no longer trust Lebanese officials.

Thus far, among a list of nations, aid and offers of aid came from Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the USA, and ironically, even from Israel .

But no aid offer has thus far come close to that of France. French President Marcon did not only make a promise, but he also visited Lebanon and walked on Ground Zero (thereby shooting the concept of nuclear attack in the guts) and made a very intriguing yet audacious promise. He promised Lebanon a ‘new political pact’.

What does a ‘new political pact’ exactly mean?

This promise harks back to the days of colonization when France did not only actually draw the map of the new state of Lebanon and gave it a constitution that was shaped on France’s own, but it also goes back to the days when the Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate was created, does it not?

Macron went further and promised to return to Lebanon on the 1st of September 2020, a very ominous date indeed, a date that marks the centenary of the declaration of Grand Liban.

But Lebanon is no longer under French mandate, and France is unable to receive such a mandate without international support. That said, as unbelievable as it may sound, more than fifty thousand Lebanese have signed a petition asking France to take control of Lebanon for the next ten years. And speaking of former colonizers, if such a poll was taken for the return of Turkish rule, perhaps more would sign it as the popularity of Erdogan is growing within the Sunni street.

This is not to say that Lebanese people want to be ruled by a foreign entity. It is simply because they are feeling beaten, robbed, hungry, terrorised, so helpless and have lost total faith in their own leaders and political process and are desperately screaming out for help from outside.

If the events of 1860-1861 have generated enough Western ‘sympathy’ to ‘help’ the people of Lebanon, then the events of 2020 are much more prominent and offer a much bigger opportunity and lure for a new-style intervention.

But once again, France cannot get away with doing this alone. With Russia already on the ground in Syria and America looking for a new role in Lebanon, France would have to get them on board somehow. It is plausible that a new international conference that of course includes Russia but also Turkey, but not Iran, may soon be convened to discuss the political future of Lebanon.

This time, the West will have a significantly larger incentive than the one it had back in 1861, because this time around, it will have one small eye on Lebanon, and the bigger eye on the security of Israel, as well as seeing in this an opportunity they have not been able to achieve by other means in order to reach a deal that stamps out Iranian influence and presence just at the door step of Israel’s borders.

If the international community were serious about helping the Lebanese people and the Lebanese Army, it is quite capable of freezing the assets of the corrupt leaders and repatriating those funds to jump-start the economy again. Lebanon has a huge wealth of highly qualified professionals, many of whom currently are unemployed, and are desperately needing work in a country that desperately needs rebuilding. But would they be trusted, given their miserable track record, and who would they be answerable to if they breached the agreed mandate?

But such a plan, devised by an international conference would not bear fruit unless it puts teeth into the decision, sending troops to disarm the relatively small militia of the corrupt politicians, forcefully if needed. Theoretically, and with good intentions, this is conceivable. However, since when has such an operation ever been genuinely executed and free of abuse and various stakeholder’s pursuing their nefarious agendas. How could we forget Libya? That said, the intervention in Libya was NATO-based, the presence of Russia and possibly China in any international agreement over Lebanon will add more balance.

But no one will be able to disarm the formidable army of the true resistance, Hezbollah, any more than Hezbollah will agree to lay down its weapons.

According to my analysis and predictions, it appears likely that some type of intervention will occur to cleanse the country of the political elite and their private interest militias. The pact will draw a line somewhere in South Lebanon, keep an area under Hezbollah’s control, and have Hezbollah to agree to leave Lebanese politics. This would be the biggest concession that Hezbollah will agree to, if it does. This will not give Israel all of what it wants, because such an outcome will not safeguard it from Hezbollah’s rockets, however Israel cannot expect more than that, if it does.

Russia may use this ‘opportunity’ to reach a way out of the deadlock and find a political settlement with the USA over their differences in Syria. But for this to happen, Syria will also need to agree to remove Iranian influence and presence from Syrian soil, as this fact has caused so much growing divisiveness in the region and provided an excuse for further Israeli aggression and US presence in Syria.

Most ironically in this particular context, even Chairman Nasrallah referred to silver linings in his latest speech on the 8th of August 2020, following the sea-port disaster. He said “from the womb of the tragedy, opportunities are born, and that international discussions emerging from this incident are an opportunity that must be capitalized upon by the Lebanese” I do not profess to know what Chairman Nasrallah meant, but he did add that all of those who are hedging their bets on the failure of the resistance will eventually fail.

Lebanon has probably gone the full circle, and the age of Mutasarrifate Take II is possibly only around the corner.

If Marcon is true to his word, for better or for worse he needs to act fast because he knows that the condition of the Lebanese people is dire. But no doubt, given his country’s history great skepticism prevails.

Tragically, such an outcome will catapult Lebanon right back into the age of Western custodianship. Depending on its fine details, and unless it stipulates the lifting of sanctions on Syria, its outcome may have serious further economic repercussions on Syria. Furthermore, it will take away many of the achievements of the Axis of Resistance, realistically however, such an outcome is not far-fetched.

The murderous, greedy, filthy and corrupt Lebanese political leaders would not have only destroyed Lebanon’s economy, but also returned it to the doldrums of the age of colonization.

مشروعان متناقضان… بينهما حرب وجود ونحن واثقون من انتصارنا

د. ادمون ملحم

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

وهذه الحرب المصيرية أفرزت مشروعينِ متناقضينِ لا يمكنُ التسويةُ بينهُما:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump’s Kurdish SDF Criminals: More Ethnic Cleansing in Qamishli

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July 12, 2020 Miri Wood

Bomb detonated in front of Virgin Mary Church - Qamishli - Hasakah Syria

The Trump regime’s SDF mercenaries continue to engage in the ethnic cleansing of indigenous Syrians from the Qamishli area of the Levantine republic. Local news has reported another attempted bombing of the Church of the Virgin Mary along with two other, unnamed churches, and the closure of fourteen Christian schools in the northeastern region of the country, under the protection of American illegal military troops.

Though the NATO-armed SDF (Arabic acronym, Qasad) militia is claimed to be Kurds yearning to breathe free, the traitorous separatists have merely been cannon fodder under an umbrella gang of foreign wetworkers from various NATO countries, under the protection of war criminal US military. The murderous fodder against Syrians were originally the YPG, but as this gang of thugs is on America’s terrorist list, Pentagon leaders under Obama declared a new name was required, to better market these thugs who have kidnapped Syrians, torched Syrian wheat fields, slaughtered Syrian law enforcement. In short, these terrorists are attempting to ethnically cleanse native Syrians from their land.

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Liters of blood of the Syrian martyrs in Qamishli, slaughtered by US SDF. [Archive, September 2018]


On 1 July, as a preemptive threat against the probability of Russia and China thwarting an extension of the new Sykes-Picot UN/NATO Treaty, Trump’s ambassador Kelly Craft warned of [more] mass graves in the S.A.R. should the NATO dictum not be accepted. Almost immediately upon the expiration of Security Council Resolution 2504 (2020), news came of another impending false flag chemical attack by al Qaeda operatives occupying Idlib, along with a strange blackmail attempt by certain al Qaeda factions against American illegal Bilal Abdul Kareem — the release of his degenerate, naked selfies (which the friend of child beheaders subsequently referred to as family photos) — the same terrorist faction which recently abducted Tauqir ‘Tox’ Sharif, Brit illegal from a Syrian home which he and his also English wife had been occupying.

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Al Qaeda FSA/Zinki branch kidnapped a child & proudly videoed themselves carving off his head.

Demonstrating the utter arrogance western colonialism — even while NATO countries hypocritically decry US racism, and westerners continue to feign concern over the brutal murder of George Floyd, using his death as a cover story to break from the COVID-19 lockdown — imperialist pathogenic illegals in Syria claim that the church was bombed by ISIS.

That there is no such place as Rojava is of no concern when it comes to the rancid white man’s burden to impose empire on nation-states. A gaggle of NATO operatives — represented by a Brit, an American, and a Frenchie — have been squatting in northeast Syria since 2018, and have created the imperial Rojava Information Center, a NATO independent “media bridge” from the separatist, Israelized, Kurds, to the “outside [NATO] world” (because ordinary Syrian Kurds could never run their own newspaper, without NATO operatives).

The war criminal hypocrisy of such humanitarian bastards is a bottomless pit of depravity. Ignoring the fact that the US armed SDF previously blown up vehicles near the Church of the Virgin Mary, that they have stolen Syrian homes and kidnapped Syrian children, forcing them into criminal conscription, this NATO-sponsored gang under the protection of the Trump regime illegals in the SAR, have ironically claimed that the US-created ISIS committed the bombing in Qamishli to disturb the Garden of Eden enjoyed by the US-created SDF and Muslim Arabs and Arab Christians trying to break free of their native country. The vicious sadism of this colonial criminality is further flouted in the incestuous reporting on the ‘RIC’ by the Defense Post/Global Post NATO independent sites created by a Turkish student who allegedly came to the US to study but decided to stay.

Let the western world not be fake concerned over domestic racism while flouting support for peak colonialism.

Let Trump’s imperialism in Syria be brought to an end.

— Miri Wood

عندما يقول التاريخ كلمته…!‏

د. عدنان منصور

شهد عالمنا عبر التاريخ حكاماً، طغاة، مستبدّين، خونة، بأشكال وألوان، منهم العميل والمرتزق، ومنهم العبد والمأجور، ومنهم الخادم والمأمور، ومنهم الظالم والحقود.

لقد عرفت أمتنا على مدى تاريخها كلّ هذه الأنواع من الحكام، على فترات متقطعة، فكانت تتحكّم ولو لوقت بشعوبها، تستبدّ، تبيد، تخمد أفواه الأحرار، وتقتل كلّ إنسان متعطش للحرية، والكرامة، وحقه في حياة حرة كريمة، في ظلّ أمة يريدها موحدة قوية.

غالباً ما يظنّ الطغاة أنفسهم، أنهم يحكمون باسم الشعب، ولخدمة الشعب والأمة على السواء، حتى إذا ما ذهبوا، وذهب معهم طغيانهم، انقشعت الحقيقة، ليصبح الطغاة الذين بغوا وفجروا على ألسنة الأجيال اللاحقة، تلعنهم وهم في قبورهم، وتنشد وتغنّي فكر المناضلين الأحرار. فأين مانديلا من أيان سميث العنصري الباغي في جنوب أفريقيا؟! وأين سلفادور الليندي من بينوشيه في تشيلي؟! وأين فيديل كاسترو من الدكتاتور باتيستا في كوبا؟! وأين باتريس لومومبا من تشومبي وجوزيف موبوتو في الكونغو كنشاسا…؟!

وفي مشرقنا العربي، أين مفكر النهضة أنطون سعاده من حسني الزعيم؟! وأين قافلة الشهداء المناضلين المقاومين للاحتلال الصهيوني، والمناهضين لوجوده، من الحكام الطغاة العملاء الذين تآمروا على أمتهم وشعوبهم، وباعوا قضاياها في بازار السياسة الدولية؟!

في ذكرى يوم إعدام مناضل كبير، ومفكر بارز عمل من أجل نهضة المشرق، والتأكيد على ذاته ومستقبله، نتساءل: من بقيَ في ذاكرة الأحرار، أنطون سعاده الذي بقيَ حياً في نفوس من أراد الحياة الحرة الكريمة، واستشهد على يد الطغاة من أجل عزة أمة ووحدتها وكرامتها، أم زمرة القتلة والمجرمين، والسفاحين، وبائعي الأوطان والمساومين عليها على أعتاب الدول الكبرى؟!

في يوم رحيل أنطون سعاده، يردّد الأحرار في أمّته، من محازبين، ومتعاطفين، ومحبّين، ومعجبين، ومحترمين لفكره ومقولاته وحكمه، وهم في مواجهة العدو الصهيوني وخططه، الذي حذر منه الأجيال. أما القتلة والطغاة سيبقون وصمة عار، تصبّ عليهم لعنة الشعوب الحرة وهم في قبورهم، لعنة تتوارثها الأجيال من جيل الى جيل.

وحدهم المقاومون، المناضلون، الأحرار، الشهداء، يشرّفون تاريخ بلدانهم، لتبقى ذكراهم أنشودة تحيي النفوس وتنعشها، وتحرك ضمائر الجماهير، من اجل إحياء امة، وبعث نهضتها من جديد.

*وزير الخارجية والمغتربين الأسبق

ROBERT INLAKESH ON HIS DOCUMENTARY, “STEAL OF THE CENTURY: TRUMP’S PALESTINE-ISRAEL CATASTROPHE”

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Robert Inlakesh is a Documentary Filmmaker, Journalist, and Middle-East  Analyst

I recently spoke with him on his visits to Occupied Palestine nd in  particular his two-part documentary, “Steal Of The Century’: Trump’s  Palestine-Israel Catastrophe” , the first part of which he released on  June 5.

Watch part 1

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وفد عراقيّ في بيروت: النفط مقابل المنتجات الزراعية

نور أيوب 

 الجمعة 3 تموز 2020

وصل وفدٌ وزاريٌّ عراقيٌّ، أمس، إلى العاصمة بيروت، ضمّ كلاً من وزير النفط إحسان عبد الجبّار والزراعة محمد كريم الخفاجي اللذين التقيا مساءً على العشاء وزراء: الزراعة عباس مرتضى، والطاقة ريمون غجر، والصناعة عماد حب لله. الزيارة، وفق ما تردّد في أكثر من وسيلةٍ إعلاميّةٍ عراقيّة، تهدف إلى «دعم الحكومة اللبنانية»، و«سيلتقي الوفد رئيس الوزراء اللبناني حسّان دياب، على أن يبحث معه ملف استيراد النفط من العراق».

وفيما أكّدت مصادر في رئاسة الحكومة اللبنانية أن الزيارة هي تفعيل للتعاون بين البلدين بناءً على مشاورات بدأت مع تكليف دياب، ومن ثمّ عبر أكثر من قناة، آخرها كانت زيارة المدير العام للأمن العام اللواء عباس إبراهيم لبغداد، قالت مصادر في رئاسة الوزراء العراقيّة لـ«الأخبار»، إن «هدف الزيارة هو تأكيد أهمية العلاقات الثنائيّة، وتأتي في إطار توسيع التعاون بينهما». وأضافت إنّها «تلبيةٌ لدعوةٍ قديمةٍ من الجانب اللبناني»، في حين تشير معلومات «الأخبار»، إلى أن الزيارة أقرب إلى أن تكون «زيارة استطلاعٍ للساحة اللبنانيّة، وبحث سبل مساندة لبنان في أزمته الاقتصاديّة الراهنة».

ووفق المعلومات، فإن الجانب اللبناني، ومنذ أن تسلّم مصطفى الكاظمي منصبه رئيساً للوزراء، طلب منه – غير مرّة – وضع «وديعةٍ ضخمة» في مصرف لبنان، إلا أنّ الأخير اعتذر لعدم قدرة بلاده على ذلك، في ظل الظروف الماليّة الصعبة التي تمرّ بها جرّاء انهيار أسعار النفط عالميّاً، وانعكاس ذلك بشكلٍ مباشرٍ وقاسٍ على التدفقات الماليّة. ويُنقل عن الكاظمي «أسفه» لمآلات الأزمة الاقتصاديّة في لبنان، وهو وجّه أكثر من رسالةٍ لبعض القوى اللبنانيّة، أبدى فيها رغبة بغداد بالوقوف إلى جانب بيروت في هذه الأزمة، واستثمار الموارد المتاحة. وترجمة هذا الدعم هي الوصول إلى «تفاهمٍ» بين الطرفين، يتيح للبنان بأن يُصدّر منتجاته الزراعيّة إلى العراق، مقابل تلبية الحاجات النفطيّة اللبنانيّة.

أبدى الكاظمي رغبة بغداد بالوقوف إلى جانب بيروت في هذه الأزمة


طبعاً، الوصول إلى «تفاهمٍ» – راهناً – دونه عقباتٌ عدّة. المرحلة الأولى، تقضي بـ«إطلاع الطرفين على الحاجيات المشتركة»، وفي المرحلة الثانية «إطلاق عجلة المباحثات، والوصول إلى تفاهمات»، أما المرحلة الثالثة فتوقيع المذكرة بغية البدء في تنفيذها. الكاظمي، سبق أن عبّر أمام زوّاره عن رغبته بضرورة انفتاح العراق والسوق العراقية على جيرانه، والاستفادة من الإمكانات والموارد المتوفّرة لبلورة رؤية «الطرح المشرقي» الذي ينادي به منذ أن كان رئيساً لجهاز المخابرات العراقي.

الحديث – حتى الآن – ما زال في إطاره النظري. توقيع التفاهم مقرونٌ بالتنفيذ، وهذا مقرونٌ أيضاً بقدرة كُلّ من بغداد وبيروت على تخطّي «العقبة الأميركيّة»، والتي يمكن أن تكون حجر عثرةً أمام هذا المشروع. بغداد تنظر إلى الإنتاج اللبناني عموماً والزراعي خصوصاً باهتمامٍ بالغٍ، وفي الوقت عينه تسعى إلى مساعدة بيروت بـ«المتوفّر» حاليّاً، كما تعبّر المصادر. اللافت، أن أكثر من مصدرٍ عراقيٍّ حكوميٍّ يتكتّم عن أهداف الزيارة، لأبعادها «الكبرى»، ما فُهم أنّ الكاظمي «جدّيٌّ في ذلك، ويسعى إلى تحقيق إنجازٍ ما بصمت».

ويبقى غائباً عن المشهد، التنسيق اللبناني – السوري – العراقي المشترك. حيث إن أي اتفاقات بين العراق ولبنان، وتحديداً تلك التي تتطلب نقلاً بريّاً، ستواجه عقبة رسوم الترانزيت المرتفعة التي فرضتها سوريا على الشاحنات، مع حاجتها إلى القطع الأجنبي وانقطاع الحكومات المتعاقبة عن التواصل معها لحلّ هذا الأمر بالأطر الرسمية بين الحكومتين، بما يؤمّن المصلحة المشتركة، ويعيد لخطّ الترانزيت عبر لبنان وسوريا قيمته الجغرافية، من المتوسط إلى العراق والخليج.

مائة عام من الاستقلال تنتهي ب “وطن عربي محتل”!طلال سلمان

2020-‎06-‎29

طلال سلمان

يبدو الوطن العربي، في هذه اللحظة، وكأنه “ارض مشاع” لكل قادر منها نصيب: دوله متهالكة، او تائهة عن مصيرها، او فاقدة هويتها، ومصيرها ووجودها متروك للريح.
حتى جامعة الدول العربية، التي هي مجرد “مبكى”، لا تجتمع الا في مناسبات الحزن او الاغتصاب، كما تفعل الحبشة مع السودان ومصر ببناء “سد النهضة” على حساب جيرانها الاقربين واصدقائها التاريخيين، قبل أن يغزوها الاميركيون ومعهم العدو الاسرائيلي لمنحها فائضا من القوة على حساب مصر والسودان.
وسوريا غائبة او مغيبة عن جامعة الدول العربية بناء لقرار اتخذته امارة قطر العظمى ومساندة عدد من المفيدين منها، ولو على حساب قضايا العرب المقدسة، وفي الطليعة منها فلسطين..

أما العراق المنهك بترسبات حكم صدام حسين، فعلى ارضه، بعد، قوات اميركية وفرنسية، وايرانية، مع غزو تركي لبعض شماله بذريعة مقاتلة الاكراد.. علماً أن تركيا اردوغان قد شفطت من نهري دجلة والفرات ما استطاعت من المياه لتفرض العطش مع الجوع على ارض الرافدين.

..وها هو لبنان يعاني من آثار الحصار الشديد المضروب على سوريا، مع استمرار الغارات الاسرائيلية على مواقع محددة فيها بذريعة ضرب “القوات الايرانية، مع استهداف لوجود “حزب الله” كرديف، ومع تحاشي اصابة القوات الروسية المنتشرة فيها، وكذلك مواقع القوات التركية الغازية التي تحتل بعض الارض السورية في الشرق والشمال ( منبج ثم القامشلي ومحاولة التقدم نحو دير الزور) .

لن نتحدث عن السعودية وامارات الخليج فهي “رهينة المحبسين” الولايات المتحدة الاميركية والاسر الحاكمة.. وبرغم ذلك فإنها لا تتردد في غزو اليمن واعادة تقسمه إلى شمال وجنوب (صنعاء وعدن) مع خلاف حول شبه جزيرة سوقطره الخ..

في الجهة المقابلة تبرز ليبيا، التي جعلها معمر القذافي “جماهيرية” والتي يتزاحم على احتلالها، الآن، السلطان اردوغان بجيش المرتزقة معظمهم من اللاجئين السوريين إلى خليفة العثمانيين، فضلاً عن تطلع ايطاليا لاستعادة ما تعتبره من “املاكها” السابقة، كذلك فرنسا التي كانت تحتل الجنوب (سبها وما احاط بها) فضلاً عن البريطانيين الذين جاءوا إلى طبرق بذريعة أن الجنرال مونتغمري كان يجتاجها لطرد الجنرال رومل وجيش النازي بعيدا عن مصر الواقعة آنذاك تحت الاحتلال البريطاني.


لكأننا في العام 1920 حين تقاسم المشرق العربي (لبنان وسوريا والعراق بين بريطانيا وفرنسا)، كما تم اختراع امارة شرقي الاردن، لاسترضاء الشريف حسين، مطلق الرصاصة الأولى لتحرير الامة، ومن ثم تم اعطاء نجله الثاني الامير فيصل الاول ملك العراق، بدلاً من سوريا التي لم تقبله او لم يقبله (الفرنسيون عليها..)

شعب لبنان محاصر بالجوع، وشعب سوريا بخطر تقسيم الامر الواقع: فشماله مفتوح للغزو التركي، وفي دمشق وسائر المناطق القوات الروسية، وفي بعض انحاء الشمال قوات ايرانية تساندها قوت من “حزب الله”.

لقد دارت الارض بالأمة العربية دورة كاملة، فاذا “الجحاش ملك”، كما تقول العجائز واذا الماضي ذكريات موجعة، واذا المستقبل… لله يا مسحنين!.
يا أمة ضحكت من جهلها الامم!

THE US “SOFT WAR” ON IRAN AND ITS ALLIES TURNS AGAINST WASHINGTON

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The US administration under Barack Obama drafted “Caesar’s Law” in 2016 to subdue Syria but kept it in the drawer. President Donald Trump and his administration dusted it off and are now implementing “Caesar’s Law”. In fact, Trump’s policy is manna to Iran: the US administration is playing straight into the hands of Tehran. Iran is reaping huge benefits, including more robust allies and resistant strongholds as a result of the US’s flawed Middle Eastern policies. Motivated by the threat of the implementation of “Caesar’ Law”, Iran has prepared a series of steps to sell its oil and finance its allies, bypassing depletion of its foreign currency reserves.

Iranian companies found in Syria a paradise for strategic investment and offered the needed alternative to a Syrian economy crippled by sanctions and nine years of war. Iran considers Syria a fertile ground to expand its commerce and business like never before. It has also found a way to support the Syrian currency and to avoid digging into its reserves of foreign currencies, skirting US sanctions in both Syria and Iran, while aiding the rest of its allies.

Iran supplied Syria with precision missiles and other anti-air missiles notwithstanding the hundreds of Israeli air attacks which managed to destroy large quantities of these Iranian advanced missiles but without removing the threat to Israel.

Moreover, following the announcement of the implementation of “Caesar’s Law”, Iran sent a large business delegation to Syria to schedule the supply of first necessities and goods in a time of sanctions. Iran has great expertise in this business and, after living for 40 years under sanctions, is in an excellent position to advise President Assad.

Russia also announced – via its vice Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov – that his country rejects the illegal sanctions on Syria, and that Russia will provide President Assad with whatever his country needs.

Idem in Syria: Iran proved its capability to break the fuel siege on Syria by sending several oil tankers to its ally in the Levant. Iran is ready to be paid in Syrian Lira rather than US currency for its oil. By doing this, Iran can pay its tens of thousands of allied persons spread across Syria with local currency, marginalising the US dollar.

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The US and Israel, who worked throughout the years of war in Syria to remove Iran, were in fact the impetus for Iran’s presence (and that of Russia) in the Levant in the first place. The US is now imposing “Caesar’s Law”, which will help Iran cement its presence in the Levant and Mesopotamia. It is planning to build a railway between Tehran and Damascus (and possibly Beirut): this axis will be able to transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil and tons of merchandise. The only way for the US to reduce the collateral damage is to finally accept that all of its “maximum pressure” and harshest sanctions on Iran and its allies have little chance of working. In the meantime, it is Iran that is moving ahead with a robust ring of allies, and the US and Israel which are left with Middle Eastern allies who are both inefficient and insignificant.

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SYRIA CAESAR’S LAW: WHO DOES IT TARGET, AND HOW WILL IT AFFECT PRESIDENT ASSAD?

By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai

In mid-June, the US sanctions against Syria will escalate, with the enactment of “Caesar’s Law“, sanctions designed to “pursue individuals, groups, companies, and countries that deal with the Damascus government.” This law – purportedly named after a Syrian army officer who smuggled out thousands of photos of torture by the Syrian army in prisons – is designed to prevent companies and countries from opening diplomatic channels with Syria, and to prevent them from contributing to reconstruction, investment, and the provision of spare parts for the energy and aviation sectors in Syria. The sanctions also affect the Syrian central bank, freezing the assets of individuals who deal with Syria and invalidating any visa to America. Who will abide by this law, and what are its consequences for Syria, Lebanon, and the countries that stand beside Syria?

Torture is a common practice in many nations around the world. Syria practised torture (the case of Maher Arar) on behalf of the United States of America and the Bush administration. At least 54 countries (Middle Eastern and African nations but also western countries like Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and more) supported US “extraordinary renditions” in 2001 and secret detentions under President Barack Obama. Washington thus lacks any moral authority to claim opposition to torture as a basis for its policies. Over recent decades the US has become notorious for authorising gruesome forms of torture, stripping people of their most basic rights, and generally violating human rights in defiance of the Geneva convention and above all the 1984 UN convention against torture. James Mitchell, a CIA contract psychiatrist who helped draft and apply “enhanced interrogation techniques“, disclosed several methods approved by the US administration to torture prisoners placed in detention in “black sites” outside the US, illegally but with official authorisation. Images of torture in Abu Ghraib prisons showed the world that the US use of torture and illegal methods of interrogation against detainees in Iraq. 

Thus, US sanctions on Syria cannot plausibly indicate US concern for human values and opposition to the abuse of power. Moreover, the US administration’s adherence to its own Constitution is in grave doubt, given the reaction of the security forces against demonstrators in America in response to widespread racial discrimination and racially motivated police attacks.

These new US sanctions, under the name of Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, can in no way be ascribed to some moral value, but rather to the failure by the US, Israel and several Western and Arab countries to change the regime in Syria, and their refusal to acknowledge defeat. They keep trying, and in this case, imagine that through harsh sanctions against Syria and its allies they can achieve what they have failed to accomplish through many years of war and destruction.

In the 1990s, the US imposed sanctions on Iraq (oil-for-food). Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens died as a result of US sanctions on Iraq without Saddam Hussein’s regime and his entourage being affected. Consequently, we can predict that US sanctions in general primarily affect the population and not the leaders.

The US fails to realize that it is no longer the only superpower in the world, and in the Middle East in particular. Russia has done what many thought was impossible and elbowed its way into the Levant to remain in Syria and confront NATO at the borders. China has followed as a rising economic superpower to make its way into the Middle East, mainly Iraq and Syria. Iran has already a strong presence and powerful allies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Palestine. These three countries, along with Syria, are playing a leading role in actively eliminating US hegemony in this part of the world.

In Beirut, the government cannot adopt and abide by “Caesar’s Law” and close its gates to Syria. Lebanon’s only land borders are through Syria since Israel is considered an enemy. Any national economic plan to revitalise the abundant local agriculture sector and export to Syria, Iraq or other countries in the Gulf would fail if “Caesar’s Law” were put into effect. Any regenerated industry or import/export from the Middle Eastern countries must go through the “Syrian gate”. Besides, the current Lebanese government risks falling if it implements the US sanctions. Washington is not providing any financial assistance to the Lebanese economy in crisis and clearly has no intention of offering necessary and immediate help to the crippled Lebanese economy. The US, as has become the norm, seeks to impose sanctions and conditions on the nations it targets but offers little in return to affected countries. In the case of Lebanon, its budget deficit is close to 100 billion dollars following decades of corruption and mismanagement.

The government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab is, theoretically, a technocratic and non-political government. It does not consider the US an enemy but neither is it likely to follow US dictates, since it is close to the “March 8 Alliance” whose strongest members are not US friendly. Hence, the only solution for this government or any future government is to go east towards China, Russia and Iran. America will likely lose in Lebanon, with its “March 14 Alliance” allies rendered voiceless and powerless. 

There is no doubt that the Christian party within the “March 8” political group will be challenged and affected by US sanctions. These have an international relationship to look after and maintain as well as external bank accounts. Regardless, “Caesar’s Law” cannot be implemented in Lebanon, whatever the consequences of its violation.

As for Iran, it has already been subject to “maximum pressure” and harsh sanctions increasing year after year since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, for daring to reject US hegemony. Hence, it has no consideration whatsoever for the US “Caesar’s Law”. Even more, Iran is certainly not unhappy that the US blocked the return and reopening of Gulf countries’ embassies – who dare not disobey the US wishes – in Syria. Gulf companies are no longer in the field as competitors to divide shares in Iran’s reconstruction contracts related to projects in the field of industry, trade and energy. Iran has already challenged US and EU sanctions on Syria by sending oil tankers to Damascus. Also, Tehran sent five tankers to Venezuela, another country suffering from harsh US sanctions. The Gulf and European countries – US’s allies – are thus losing their opportunity to return to Syria, to be involved in its reconstruction and to regain their foothold in the Levant.

As for Russia, it has just signed a deal with the Syrian government to expand its military airport and naval bases in Tartous, Hasaka and Hmeymim. Furthermore, it is supplying Syria with modern military hardware and fulfilling the Syrian army needs to come up to full strength. It supplied Syria with squadrons of the updated MiG-29 fighters this month in a clear message to the US and its “Caesar Act” sanctions.

As for China, it is now in a “cold war” situation over US accusations that Beijing is responsible for the outbreak of COVID-19. The US is seeking to prevent Beijing from doing business with the European market, and particularly to prevent Europe from embracing China’s 5G network and technology. The US administration is also pushing Israel to curtail trade with China and to call off its billion-dollar contracts signed with China to avoid “hurting the relationship with the US”. Moreover, the Iraqi-US relationship took a severe blow when the former Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi signed off on a $20 billion “oil for reconstruction” agreement with China. Thus China, already involved in different projects in Syria, is not likely to abide by “Caesar’s Law”.

As for Syria, it will never accept starvation nor buckle under the US’s economic siege. President Bashar al-Assad is reconstructing the liberated areas under the government forces’ controls. He is rebuilding infrastructure for the Syrian population present in the homeland, excluding the areas abandoned by refugees who fled the country many of whom will not return. The Syrian government is not suffering from the absence of the five to seven million refugees in Idlib, in refugee camps outside the control of the government or in nearby bordering countries. Those refugees are financed and looked after by the international community and the United Nations. This relieves the central government of a considerable financial burden.

Consequently, Syria does not need to reconstruct the refugees’ homes or provide them with oil, electricity, schools, infrastructure and subsidies for as long as Western countries want them to stay outside Syria. The international community wants these refugees to remain away from the central government’s control and is doing everything in its power to prevent their return so as to be able to reject a future Presidential election- where Bashar al-Assad’s victory is guaranteed.

President Assad will work with Iran, Russia and China to secure his needs. Iran has defied US-European sanctions by sending oil tankers to Syria through the Straits of Gibraltar twice. Iran is building drug and medicine factories in Syria, and is also working on other projects that it shares with Russia and China. Syria is heading toward the east, not the west, since that it is the only remaining option left to it. This is the long-awaited dream of the “Axis of Resistance”. Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are looking to Asia to reverse the US-European sanctions against them and their allies in the Middle East. By imposing further unaffordable sanctions on Syria, the US is helping the Levant come out of the US sphere of influence and presence.

Iran, Russia, China and Syria are uniting as allies with an integrated project against US hegemony. There is no place for the domination of one state over another in this gathering of nations because solidarity is required to help Syria, for example, stand as a healthy and reliable country to confront the US. Their strength grows as the weakness of the US becomes more apparent, at a time when President Donald Trump is struggling domestically and his world influence is weakening. Washington is unilaterally imposing sanctions on nations and populations, forcing some allies to follow but also forcing them to consider seriously future possibilities for detaching from this burdensome “umbilical cord.”  

The US “Caesar’s Law” aims to submit and suppress the Syrian nation and people, as Washington has attempted with Iran and Venezuela, so far failing miserably. This policy can no longer be effective because the Russian – Chinese – Iranian alliance has now become important to many countries in the Middle East. The influence of this alliance now extends to the Caribbean Sea. “Caesar’s Law” will turn against its architects: “he who prepared the poison shall end up eating it.”

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Syria: Will the Great Middle Eastern War Begin in the Levant?

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The world is in turmoil. 2020 has already brought major multiple crises, with the Iranian-American clash in Iraq which followed the US assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani, and the COVID-19 health pandemic and economic disaster that struck all continents and stole the lives of over 400 thousand people around the world, costing tens of millions of jobs. None of this, however, prevented America from imposing even more sanctions on Iran, Syria and Venezuela. Iran – already under maximum sanctions since 1979 – sent five tankers to Venezuela to break the embargo on components and spare parts much needed to process the low octane Venezuelan oil. In parallel with America’s implosion due to domestic protests caused by deep-rooted racism and injustice, in the Middle East other fronts are taking shape in the shadows, to prevent war or to trigger a wider military confrontation.

A likely front is the Levant, where preparations are being made to confront Israel and end its continued violations of Syria’s sovereignty and bombardment of hundreds of targets in Syria throughout the years of the war. This particular issue may bring the Middle East into an all-out war; one mistake could turn fatal and drag the region into an all-out clash in which Syria will not be alone.

It is well known that Israel possesses enormous firepower and strong armed forces for land, sea, and air combat, and is better equipped than any other army in the Middle East. It is also known that Israel’s main enemy and nightmare, the Lebanese Hezbollah, possesses sophisticated weapons, armed drones, and land attack long-range all-weather subsonic cruise missiles. Hezbollah also has long-range strategic anti-ship missiles, anti-tank laser-guided missiles, anti-air low and medium altitude missiles, and precision missiles. These are pointed at precise targets over all the Palestinian geography controlled by Israel, including ports, airports, military barracks, infrastructure, ships, oil-rigs and flying helicopters or jets at medium altitude. Thousands of Hezbollah’s Special Operation Forces, al-Ridwan, never lost a battle since their first engagement in Syria.

Israel has never ceased acquiring the most modern military hardware but it has failed to develop its fighting spirit. It has no newly acquired military experience on the battlefield, because the last battle it fought dates back to 2006, which was considered the second war on Lebanon (after the first invasion of 1982) which resulted in failure on many levels. Meanwhile Israel’s enemy, Hezbollah, developed and strengthened its fighting spirit following its participation for many continuous years in a very wide geographical military theatre estimated to be almost 12 times bigger than Lebanon and 60 times wider than the area of combat in which it confronted Israel in the south of Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley.

Hezbollah fought alongside classic (Syrian, Russian, and Iraqi) armies, gaining battlefield experience against armed groups trained and armed by the CIA and other jihadists affiliated with Al Qaeda and ISIS and possessing highly developed combat skills (combined with classical and guerrilla skills) and high spiritual motivation, far more motivated than the Israeli soldiers. These jihadists fought against the American army throughout its occupation of Iraq and Syria and completed their journey fighting against the Iraqi and Syrian armies and against various organizations, which gave them significant combat experience, an aspiration for martyrdom and advanced guerrilla fighting tactics.

However, their defeat by Syria and its Russian and Iranian allies dashed Israel’s hopes, as expressed by the defence minister, Moshe Ya’alon, who said that he preferred “the presence of ISIS on Israel’s borders, not Iran and its allies.” Israel attacked Syrian planes, artillery and intelligence capabilities in support of the jihadists, especially in the Quneitra areas where the Khaled bin Walid army that pledged allegiance to ISIS was deployed, and in areas favorable to al-Nusra – al-Qaeda in Daraa and other southern regions.

However, Israel was not satisfied with these attacks. Israeli jets went on to strike Syria in depth in Damascus, Homs, Hama, Al-Qaim, the desert of the Badia, and any area where there are military warehouses and missiles that Iran supplied to Syria in order to support the Syrian army and rearm it with precision missiles.

Israel was able to hit and destroy a large number of these stores. This prompted Iran to change its armament storage policy for the Syrian army. Syria has built strategic warehouses in the mountains and underground in silos, waiting for the appropriate moment to impose a balance of deterrence – in response to hundreds of Israeli raids – a moment that has not yet come. The Syrian priority is still liberation of its still occupied territories, mainly in Afrin, Idlib and surroundings, without excluding the US-occupied oil and gas fields in the north-east of Syria. 

In Idlib and its countryside, the Turkish army has established large military bases. Groups of the Hayat Tahrir Sham (formerly al-Nusra) and Ansar al-Din (al-Qaeda and the remains of ISIS) still exist in and around the established Turkish military bases (i.e. Idlib and its countryside).

However, Iran no longer wants to accept Israeli strikes on its warehouses without any response. Iranian advisers (a few hundred) are not free to respond to these attacks because the decision is in the hands of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Assad and his allies are aware that any Iranian response from Syria would most likely drag the US into the battle to support its ally Israel and have an impact in the forthcoming US elections in favor of President Trump. Trump, who suffers from countless problems in managing his foreign and domestic affairs, is far from assured of regaining his seat in the White House for another four-year term.

Hence, Iran has decided – according to private sources – to evacuate the sites of the gatherings of its advisers, not for withdrawal or for redeployment but to find bases within the Syrian Army barracks. Hezbollah has taken over the vacated Iranian buildings. Russia has been informed of the change so that the information would reach Israel, which is coordinating with Moscow and its base in Syria (Hmeimim military airport base, north-western Syria) every time Tel Aviv sends its planes to Syria to hit certain targets. It was agreed between Israel and Russia that Moscow and Hmeimim would be informed of the details of any strike hours before it occurred to avoid accidents, especially after Russia accused Israel of deliberately taking cover behind its planes to mislead the Syrian air defenses, downing the Ilyushin-20 and killing 15 Russian officers in September 2018. Russia, in turn, informs the Syrian army and its allies of coming Israeli strikes. Moscow refuses to be involved in the Iran-Syria-Israel conflict. Russia has strategic interests with all belligerents and is not a party to the “axis of resistance”.

Russia has informed Israeli leaders of this move by Iranian advisers and their presence among the Syrian army units. Russia warned Israel not to strike the Syrian army under any circumstance and informed them that the Iranian bases have been handed over to Hezbollah. 

It seems obvious that Hezbollah wants to relieve Syria and Iran from the responsibility for a response. Israel is aware that any attack against Hezbollah’s men in Lebanon or Syria would lead to a direct response along the Lebanese borders and inside Palestine. This means that Israel must think carefully before bombing any Hezbollah objective because retaliation will certainly follow, preventing a US-Israeli response against Syria. Hezbollah is offering a new “Rule of Engagement” in Syria which cripples or limit Israel’s freedom to violate Syria’s sovereignty.

Before any airstrike aimed at specific targets in Syria, Israel’s drones make sure these locations are free of Iranian advisers and that the Russian warning reaches those concerned to evacuate human personnel and reduce casualties. Israel follows the same practice when it attacks Hezbollah cars or trucks, warning drivers and passengers in advance. Israel fires a missile, and on the last occasion two missiles, in front of the car or truck so passengers understand to leave it and take a distance to allow Israel a safe-bombing. In this case, Hezbollah’s deterrent response may or may not be required or painful because only material losses are involved.

Israeli minister Naftali Bennett has stated that “Israel would hit one truck and let five other trucks pass”. Israel is looking to avoid further embarrassment from Hezbollah deterrence as happened when Israel tried to send suicide drones into the suburbs of Beirut last year. Hence, it is likely that Israeli strikes on Syria will decrease in number, or Israel will rely on its intelligence information before hitting any Hezbollah target to make sure it is free of any human presence to avoid losses and consequent further humiliation like that imposed on the Israeli army in the past months on the Lebanese-Palestinian border.

Israel is walking through a strategic minefield. The danger for Israel lies in any potential error that might kill Hezbollah members in Syria. Such an outcome would lead to an escalation that may take the Middle Eastern region into a larger and more comprehensive war. The timing will not be to the advantage of Israel and its ally Donald Trump. His presidency is already mired in foreign crises with Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, and also domestically due to Corona pandemic mismanagement plus the consequences of recent riots and racial unrest after the killing of a black American by the police- and in addition the losses of American jobs in numbers exceeding fifty million.

Hezbollah’s new rules of engagement, its advanced armaments and outstanding military experience amount to a significant deterrent. Nevertheless, wars can start by mistake. Will Israel make such a fatal mistake?

SYRIA: RUSSIA CHALLENGES THE US THROUGH THE LEVANT GATE.

By Elijah J. Magnier@ejmalrai

In 2011, a significant Western-Arab coalition joined together and invested huge finance, media support and military resources in attempting to topple the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. For this purpose, the alliance had established military operating rooms where US, British, Turkish and Arab intelligence services were established in northern Syria, Jordan and Turkey to prepare for the post-Assad stage. But this President had already refused any concessions to US Secretary of State Colin Powell when he visited him in 2003 after the occupation of Iraq. Two years after the beginning of the war, the Syrian President asked his allies in Iran and Lebanon (and then later on Russia) for help for each of them to preserve their interests, strategic goals and obligations with their Syrian partner. The Russian military intervention came in September 2015. It was due to several factors: while the Iranian and allied forces dominated the ground, the troops of Moscow were needed to dominate Syrian airspace, and this turned the tables on the Arab – international coalition. Has the situation changed today for President Assad, now that most parts of Syria have been liberated? What does Russia want: control of the Levant and the removal of Assad?

President Hafez al-Assad and his son Bashar did not offer concessions on the Golan Heights, and refused to reconcile with Israel: they would not give up Syrian territory in return for a peace deal. Many years later, President Bashar al-Assad refused to hand over the head of Hamas and “Hezbollah” as he was requested to do by the US in 2003, 2008 and even 2018. During the Syrian war, the United Arab Emirates mediated for a US delegation to visit Damascus in a proposal to end the war and rebuild what was destroyed in Syria in exchange for expelling Hezbollah, Iran and Russia from the Levant.

At the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011, Russia was not ready to emerge from its self-imposed hibernation and kept on ice its international and Middle Eastern role. The then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev allowed NATO to destroy Libya in 2011. However, in 2015 when President Vladimir Putin was in power, the screws were tightened on Syria’s allies in the vast Syrian countryside with the deployment of tens of thousands of jihadists and militants financed and trained by dozens of western and Arab countries. The Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani travelled to Moscow and was able to persuade President Putin to send his planes to the Levant to defend Russia’s interests (naval base in Tartous that the jihadists threateneded to remove) and its Syrian ally.

Since that date, Western and Arab media have not stopped mocking Russia’s military capabilities. Western think tanks hoped that Russia would fail, and predicted its descent into the Syrian quagmire. When Russia proved its efficient air superiority (Iran was committed to securing ground forces to follow through the Russian airstrikes), reckless analysts claimed, in a mirror image of the US intentions, strategy and wishful thinking that Russia wanted to remove President Assad and impose whoever it wanted because Moscow has become the dominant force in the Levant. 

And when this theory is exhausted, another naive approach begins, that there is an American-Russian understanding in Syria to displace or marginalise President Assad. Naturally, those – who have spent nine years believing, promoting and foretelling the fall of President al-Assad and the government of Damascus every month or every year – are in a permanent state of wishful thinking. They ignore what the former Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassem said when he bravely admitted defeat: “the [quarry] has escaped the trap, and the time has come to acknowledge the reality of our defeat”, he said.

Leading sources within the “Axis of the Resistance” in Syria said “there is no Russian-US understanding, but a clear challenge to Washington’s influence in the Middle East. Russia is harassing US planes, approaching these at a critical distance. Russia aims to be granted Assad’s approval of expanding Hmeimim airport, its Tartous naval base and to create more static bases in northern Syria. Russia has decided that the Middle East is part of its strategic interests for confronting the US forces that are based in the Middle East and Europe. It is only possible for Russia to survive in the Levant if it establishes a strategic relationship with President Assad, Iran and its allies. Iran’s allies take every opportunity to challenge the authority of the US in the Middle Eastern region, which falls perfectly well within Russia’s objectives. “

Since Russia decided to engage within the Syrian arena, its leadership was nevertheless concerned about falling into the Middle East quagmire. Thus, it has depended on Iran and its allies to restore power to President Assad over all the Syrian occupied territories. Therefore, Russia has no intention to earn the hostilities of the Sunni jihadists as well as confronting Shia and Alawites in an unpredictable war of attrition. If this happened, Russia would be facing another 1981-Afghanistan war, an “objective” contrary  to Putin’s plan to establish himself in the Middle East. It is essential to add that Russia does not control the land or need an army to spread, protect, or even start a new costly war, after seeing the confirmed capabilities of Syria and its allies in the battlefield throughout the years of the Syrian conflict.

“Russia has promised to modernise the Syrian air fleet and the defensive-offensive missile capability of the Syrian army. Furthermore, Moscow will invest in rebuilding part of the Syrian infrastructure projects, mainly in the field of energy. In exchange, Russia will expand its combat capability to confront the US and NATO. The Syrian President is dealing with the Russian President as a strategic ally even if Russia has allies – such as Israel – that are the enemies of Syria. Russia has decided to cooperate with several Middle Eastern countries, and this means that it wants strong allies in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. That could only be possible through its relationship with President Assad and with Iran, a strong and influential position in their respective countries,” explained the source.

President Putin has assigned the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence to negotiate with the Syrian state on expanding the military presence and deployment in other bases because Russia certainly does not wish to move away from the Middle East. American unilateralism has ended its era, and Russia’s new robust position in Syria and Libya has created a gap in ​​the NATO area of influence. Russia is no longer passive but, with its positioning, has moved to the confrontation phase. Hence, the expansion of the Russian strategic positioning has little to do with the continuity of President Bashar al-Assad in power. And Assad has decided to hold the forthcoming presidential elections notwithstanding the international attempt, which includes the United Nations, to prevent the return and vote of the Syrian refugees from nearby countries. 

Russia believes the US is weak now. Therefore, it should take advantage of President Donald Trump’s domestic struggle and the challenge he is facing in the coming months when the elections will be knocking on US doors. Russia would like to take advantage of this opportunity to progress on the Middle Eastern front, and thus establish a robust position in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. 

President Trump is struggling domestically due to the mismanagement of the “Coronavirus” pandemic and the large number of Americans finding themselves jobless. Furthermore, for more than a week, he is facing a real challenge to his ruling based on his provocative response to state-sponsored racial discrimination. He is in crisis with China and Russia. He has to swallow Iran’s challenges: not only has it bombed the largest US base in Iraq, but also violated the US sanctions on Venezuela by sending five oil tankers and spare parts to repair the refineries. The US president is showing severe weakness on several fronts and has managed to draw together both the Russian bear and the Chinese dragon to confront him. A new and solid strategic alliance – not a blind alliance – between Russia, China, Iran, Syria, and its allies in the Middle East is picking up and is challenging the US hegemony.

President Putin has appointed a special envoy as a go-between him and President Bashar al-Assad so that there is no hindrance between messages, agreements, and quick decisions that must be taken or to remove any obstacles as quickly as possible. It is the era of partnership between allies, not the age of domination and bullying or dominance, in contrast with the style of America’s usual dealings with the Middle East. The Middle East is living a new era: a balance has been created which was missing for decades.

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انقلاب تركيّ على نتائج الحرب العالميّة الثانية

د. وفيق إبراهيم

يضغط الاتراك عسكرياً وسياسياً لتحقيق المكانة المحورية بين المتصارعين للسيطرة على اعماق البحر الأبيض المتوسط وسواحل بلدانه مع بعض امتداداتها الداخلية في البر.

فما يجري أدرك مرحلة حرب ضروس بين قوى دولية من اوروبا وشرقي المتوسط وروسيا واميركا مع بعض النحيب المصريّ الشجيّ والرقص الإماراتي على حبال اميركية متينة.

مدى هذه الحرب واسع جداً لشمولها المياه الإقليمية والدولية للمتوسط في جهاته الشرقية والجنوبية فتشمل سواحل بلاد الشام في سورية ولبنان وفلسطين المحتلة ومصر الى السواحل الجنوبية في ليبيا وتونس والجزائر والمغرب وتضم أيضاً سواحل قبرص من كل جهاتها وصولاً الى اليونان.

هناك اذاً صراع مفتوح على المتوسط يأخذ شكل حرب عسكرية شرسة في ليبيا بين دولتيها المتصارعتين الغربية للسراج الموالية لتركيا والشرقية الجنوبية لحفتر المدعومة من فرنسا وإيطاليا وروسيا وألمانيا وبريطانيا، والأميركيين المكتفين بالتأييد السياسي، انما مع مواصلة الحوار مع الأتراك ورجلهم الليبي الاخواني السراج.

كما يتجسّد هذا الصراع في ارتفاع حدة التوتر بين تركيا واليونان على غاز ونفط قبرص وأعماق البحر. وهذا الموضوع محكوم باعتقاد تركي ان الأميركيين خصوصاً والغربيين عموماً بحاجة اليهم، منذ زمن الاتحاد السوفياتي، لذلك ترك الغرب تركيا تحتل الجزء المسكون من أتراك قبارصة في الجزيرة المستقلة منذ 1974.

بالمقابل تعتبر اليونان أن قبرص هي جزء من تراثها الإغريقي بالاضافة الى انتمائها القومي الى اليونان، فتتصرف اليونان وكأنها صاحبة الحق المبرم في الجزيرة وثرواتها.

لكن هذا الصراع ليس إلا الجزء البسيط من صراع عثماني – يوناني تاريخي، نجح فيه الأتراك منذ قرون عدة بالسيطرة على جزء نهائي من تركيا.

هذه الصراعات في المتوسط وليبيا تدفع نحو صراعات عالمية الطابع ومياهه الوطنية والدولية. وهذا يشمل الخلاف اللبناني مع الكيان الإسرائيلي المحتل عند الحدود البحرية في الجنوب وخلاف كامن تركي سوري على إمكانات كبيرة من الغاز والنفط في أعماق حدوديهما البحرية.

ما هي الخطة التركية؟

تشرف تركيا على مسافة طويلة من سواحل المتوسط بدءاً من حدودها البحرية مع سورية وحتى بحار اليونان، وأضافت دوراً متوسطياً لها بالسيطرة على قبرص التركية وليبيا «السراج» وتطمح من خلال العلاقة مع حزب النهضة التونسي الذي يمسك رئيسه الغنوشي برئاسة مجلس نواب بلاده. تطمح الى ضم تونس الى نفوذها. فتستطيع بذلك ان تمسك بالحدود البحرية والإقليمية لقبرص الواقعة في منتصف البحر المتوسط. وتمتد الى ليبيا براً وبحراً مع مدياتها الاقليمية، هذا بالاضافة الى ان سواحل المتوسط التركية تبيح لها التنقيب في اعماق المتوسط بين اليونان وقبرص وحتى سواحلها المباشرة، وتعتبر تركيا أنها دولة متوسطية اساسية لها كامل الحق والاولوية في التنقيب في اعماق البحر المتوسط قبالة العالم العربي من المغرب وحتى حدودها الإقليمية مع اليونان وبلغاريا، اي ما يعادل خمساً وسبعين في المئة من سواحل البحر المتوسط وبالتالي أعماقه الدولية.

هذا ما يدفع الى السؤال التالي: أين العرب من كل ذلك وأين الغرب وروسيا؟

معظم العرب في الخليج مرتبطون بالمشروع الأميركي المتريث من جهة والمشترك من جهة أخرى في الحرب عبر التورط الاماراتي في حرب ليبيا بالإسناد وبالسلاح والتمويل لقوات حفتر.

اما اوروبا فمنزعجة من الاستيلاء التركي على دولة السراج الليبية فتدعم حفتر إنما من دون السماح له بالحسم النهائي، لان المفاوضات الدولية على اقتسام المغانم في كامل البحر المتوسط لم تصل بعد الى خواتيمها، ما يتطلب تسعيراً للمعارك بدأ يظهر بالسلاح الأوروبي والإماراتي المتدفق الى بنغازي والجنوب مع قوات روسية تابعة لشركات فاغنر الى جانب دعم مصري مباشر بالخبراء والمدربين وبعض الكتائب العسكرية، بالمقابل تقف قوات تركية مع جيش السراج ومجموعات من تنظيمات سورية إرهابية وأخرى من الاخوان المسلمين. اما العرب المجاورون لليبيا، فمصر تخشى من انتصار الاخوان المسلمين الليبيين ومعها تركيا، فينعكس على وضعها في الداخل المصري، حيث لا يزال الاخوان المسلمون فيها القوة الأساسية بعد الجيش المصري. لجهة السودان فلا يزال غارقاً في خلافاته الداخلية، وتطبيق سياسات منصاعة للأميركيين تجعله من مؤيدي حفتر حيناً وصامت في معظم الاحيان.

لكن تونس يتنازعها تياران، الاول من الاخوان المسلمين يؤيد السراج الليبي والآخر من أجنحة رئيسها قيس سعيّد الذي يدعو الى الحياد.

واذا كان باستطاعة قائد الاخوان في تونس رئيس مجلس النواب الغنوشي الذي يترأس ايضاً اخوان ليبيا بجهاديين متطوعين فإن قيس سعيّد عاجز عن دعم حفتر إلا بالدعاء.

على مستوى البلدان العربية غير المجاورة، فسورية منهمكة بالتصدّي لتركيا واخوانها مع احتلال عسكري اميركي الى جانب الإرهابيين، والمغرب لم يعد يأبه للصراعات العربية. وهذا حال كامل العالم العربي الذي تجتاحه تركيا اما بالوسائل المباشرة كحال العراق وسورية وليبيا وحزب الإصلاح في اليمن وبعض اجنحة الاخوان في السودان والجزائر وتونس، وإما بالسياسة. لذلك فإن المشروع التركي يبدو واضحاً بمحاولة الاستفادة من تراجع الدور الاميركي في الشرق الأوسط وتقهقر الدور السعودي في معظم العالمين الاسلامي والعربي لإعادة العثمانية الاردوغانية الجديدة بوسيلتين: السيطرة الاستراتيجية والايديولوجية والاستيلاء على الغاز والنفط.

ألا يشكل هذا الأمر انقلاباً تركياً على نتائج الحرب العالمية الثانية؟

يعتبر الأتراك ان الاميركيين سمحوا لهم باحتلال ثلث قبرص منذ 46 عاماً. وكان هناك عدو واحد لهم هو الاتحاد السوفياتي، اما اليوم فلديهم عدوان اثنان واكثر من منافس هما الصين وروسيا والمانيا واليابان والهند، لذلك تبقى تركيا حاجة اساسية للنفوذ الاميركي العالمي، واي تخلٍ عنها يذهب نحو تدمير كبير للجيوبوليتيك الاميركي. هذا هو صميم المراهنة التركية التي تجزم بأن الاميركيين لن يعترضوا على دور كبير لها في مياه البحر الابيض المتوسط وسواحل بلدانه، لا يفعل أكثر من صد النفوذ الروسي الصيني.

فهل هذا صحيح؟

لن تقبل دول اوروبا المتوسطية في فرنسا وايطاليا بهذه المعادلة. وقد تتمكن اليونان العضو في الاتحاد الاوروبي من جذب المانيا ومعظم دول الاتحاد الى مياه البحر المتوسط للاستفادة من ثرواته، كما ان الاميركيين لن يذهبوا الى حدود إثارة غضب الاوروبيين من اجل ارضاء اردوغان، وقد يذهبون كعادتهم نحو التوفيق بين تحالفاتهم انما على اساس الاولوية للمصالح الاميركية.

يتبقى العرب وعندما يستيقظون من سباتهم تكون المعركة على ثروات المتوسط اختتمت فصولها وانتقلت للسيطرة على بحار جديدة.

Trump to De-Escalate: Intel Source

January 08, 2020

Pepe Escobar posted with permission and cross posted with Consortium News

(written before Trump’s Speech)

President Donald Trump will de-escalate the crisis with Iran when he speaks to the nation at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, a U.S. intelligence source has told me.

Last night Iran retaliated for the assassination of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani with missile strikes on two U.S. military bases in Iraq. So far there have been no casualties reported. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that the ballistic missile strikes launched from Iran completed Tehran’s military action.Javad Zarif  @JZarif

Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched. We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.6:32 PM – 7 Jan 2020

It is now up to Trump to determine whether the crisis will continue.

A top U.S. intel source sent me this analysis in response to a detailed question:

“It is most unlikely Trump will escalate at this point, and this could provide him with the opportunity to leave the Middle East except for the Gulf States. Trump wants to get out. The fact that Israel would be hit next by Iran [as promised, among others, by the IRGC as well as Hezbollah’s secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah] will probably cause them to pull back, and not order Trump to bomb Iran itself.

“DEBKA-Mossad acknowledged that Iran’s offensive missiles cannot be defended against. Its secret is that it hugs the ground going underneath the radar screens.” [the source is referring to the Hoveizeh cruise missile, with a range of 1,350 km, already tested by Tehran.]

“What is amazing is that Iraq has allowed US troops into their country at all after seeing over a million of their people murdered by the US if we include the 500,000 dead children [during the 1990s, as acknowledged by Madeleine Albright]. The royals in the U. A. E. told me that this is because Iraq is more corrupt that Nigeria.

“The key question here is what happened to the Patriot Missile Defense for these bases who were on high alert assuming this is not similar to Trump’s missiles hitting empty buildings in Syria after the chemical false flag operation. I saw no report that any defense missile was working, which to me is very significant.”

Judd Deere, the deputy press secretary of the White House, confirmed on Tuesday night what I had learned earlier from another source. The White House said Trump, in a phone call, thanked Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for “Qatar’s partnership with the United States”, and they discussed Iraq and Iran.

According to my source, who is very close to the Qatari royal family, Trump actually sent a message to Tehran via the emir. The message has two layers. Trump promised sanctions would be cancelled if there were no retaliation from Tehran (something that Trump simply wouldn’t have the means to assure, considering the opposition from Capitol Hill) ; and there would be de-escalation if Tehran came up with a “proportional” response.

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif described the Iranian missile strikes as a “proportional response”.

That may explain why Trump did not go on TV on Tuesday night in the U.S. to announce total war – as much as neocons may have been wanting it.

Details are still sparse, but there’s ultra-high level, back room diplomacy going on especially between Iran and Russia, with China discreet, but on full alert.

There’s consensus among the Axis of Resistance that China has a major role to play, especially in the Levant, where Beijing is seen in some quarters as a possible future partner ultimately replacing U.S. hegemony.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has just been to Syria and Turkey this week. And according to Russian sources, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is making clear to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Russia’s stance that there should be no escalation.

The Road to Damascus: How the Syria War was Won

The Road to Damascus: How the Syria War was Won

October 18, 2019

by Pepe Escobar : posted with permission and crossposted with Consortium News

What is happening in Syria, following yet another Russia-brokered deal, is a massive geopolitical game-changer. I’ve tried to summarize it in a single paragraph this way:

“It’s a quadruple win. The U.S. performs a face saving withdrawal, which Trump can sell as avoiding a conflict with NATO ally Turkey. Turkey has the guarantee – by the Russians – that the Syrian Army will be in control of the Turkish-Syrian border. Russia prevents a war escalation and keeps the Russia-Iran-Turkey peace process alive.  And Syria will eventually regain control of the entire northeast.”

Syria may be the biggest defeat for the CIA since Vietnam.

Yet that hardly begins to tell the whole story.

Allow me to briefly sketch in broad historical strokes how we got here.

It began with an intuition I felt last month at the tri-border point of Lebanon, Syria and Occupied Palestine; followed by a subsequent series of conversations in Beirut with first-class Lebanese, Syrian, Iranian, Russian, French and Italian analysts; all resting on my travels in Syria since the 1990s; with a mix of selected bibliography in French available at Antoine’s in Beirut thrown in.

The Vilayets

Let’s start in the 19thcentury when Syria consisted of six vilayets — Ottoman provinces — without counting Mount Lebanon, which had a special status since 1861 to the benefit of Maronite Christians and Jerusalem, which was a sanjak (administrative division) of Istanbul.

The vilayets did not define the extremely complex Syrian identity: for instance, Armenians were the majority in the vilayet of Maras, Kurds in Diyarbakir – both now part of Turkey in southern Anatolia – and the vilayets of Aleppo and Damascus were both Sunni Arab.

Nineteenth century Ottoman Syria was the epitome of cosmopolitanism. There were no interior borders or walls. Everything was inter-dependent.

Ethnic groups in the Balkans and Asia Minor, early 20th Century, Historical Atlas, 1911.

Then the Europeans, profiting from World War I, intervened. France got the Syrian-Lebanese littoral, and later the vilayets of Maras and Mosul (today in Iraq). Palestine was separated from Cham (the “Levant”), to be internationalized. The vilayet of Damascus was cut in half: France got the north, the Brits got the south. Separation between Syria and the mostly Christian Lebanese lands came later.

There was always the complex question of the Syria-Iraq border. Since antiquity, the Euphrates acted as a barrier, for instance between the Cham of the Umayyads and their fierce competitors on the other side of the river, the Mesopotamian Abbasids.

James Barr, in his splendid “A Line in the Sand,” notes, correctly, that the Sykes-Picot agreement imposed on the Middle East the European conception of territory: their “line in the sand” codified a delimited separation between nation-states. The problem is, there were no nation-states in region in the early 20thcentury.

The birth of Syria as we know it was a work in progress, involving the Europeans, the Hashemite dynasty, nationalist Syrians invested in building a Greater Syria including Lebanon, and the Maronites of Mount Lebanon. An important factor is that few in the region lamented losing dependence on Hashemite Medina, and except the Turks, the loss of the vilayet of Mosul in what became Iraq after World War I.

In 1925, Sunnis became the de facto prominent power in Syria, as the French unified Aleppo and Damascus. During the 1920s France also established the borders of eastern Syria. And the Treaty of Lausanne, in 1923, forced the Turks to give up all Ottoman holdings but didn’t keep them out of the game.

Turkish borders according to the Treaty of Lausanne, 1923.

The Turks soon started to encroach on the French mandate, and began blocking the dream of Kurdish autonomy. France in the end gave in: the Turkish-Syrian border would parallel the route of the fabled Bagdadbahn — the Berlin-Baghdad railway.

In the 1930s France gave in even more: the sanjak of Alexandretta (today’s Iskenderun, in Hatay province, Turkey), was finally annexed by Turkey in 1939 when only 40 percent of the population was Turkish.

The annexation led to the exile of tens of thousands of Armenians. It was a tremendous blow for Syrian nationalists. And it was a disaster for Aleppo, which lost its corridor to the Eastern Mediterranean.

Turkish forces under entered Alexandretta on July 5, 1938.

To the eastern steppes, Syria was all about Bedouin tribes. To the north, it was all about the Turkish-Kurdish clash. And to the south, the border was a mirage in the desert, only drawn with the advent of Transjordan. Only the western front, with Lebanon, was established, and consolidated after WWII.

This emergent Syria — out of conflicting Turkish, French, British and myriad local interests —obviously could not, and did not, please any community. Still, the heart of the nation configured what was described as “useful Syria.” No less than 60 percent of the nation was — and remains — practically void. Yet, geopolitically, that translates into “strategic depth” — the heart of the matter in the current war.

From Hafez to Bashar

Starting in 1963, the Baath party, secular and nationalist, took over Syria, finally consolidating its power in 1970 with Hafez al-Assad, who instead of just relying on his Alawite minority, built a humongous, hyper-centralized state machinery mixed with a police state. The key actors who refused to play the game were the Muslim Brotherhood, all the way to being massacred during the hardcore 1982 Hama repression.

Secularism and a police state: that’s how the fragile Syrian mosaic was preserved. But already in the 1970s major fractures were emerging: between major cities and a very poor periphery; between the “useful” west and the Bedouin east; between Arabs and Kurds. But the urban elites never repudiated the iron will of Damascus: cronyism, after all, was quite profitable.

Damascus interfered heavily with the Lebanese civil war since 1976 at the invitation of the Arab League as a “peacekeeping force.” In Hafez al-Assad’s logic, stressing the Arab identity of Lebanon was essential to recover Greater Syria. But Syrian control over Lebanon started to unravel in 2005, after the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, very close to Saudi Arabia, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) eventually left.

Bashar al-Assad had taken power in 2000. Unlike his father, he bet on the Alawites to run the state machinery, preventing the possibility of a coup but completely alienating himself from the poor, Syrian on the street.

What the West defined as the Arab Spring, began in Syria in March 2011; it was a revolt against the Alawites as much  as a revolt against Damascus. Totally instrumentalized by the foreign interests, the revolt sprang up in extremely poor, dejected Sunni peripheries: Deraa in the south, the deserted east, and the suburbs of Damascus and Aleppo.

Protest in Damascus, April 24, 2011. (syriana2011/Flickr)

What was not understood in the West is that this “beggars banquet” was not against the Syrian nation, but against a “regime.” Jabhat al-Nusra, in a P.R. exercise, even broke its official link with al-Qaeda and changed its denomination to Fatah al-Cham and then Hayat Tahrir al-Cham (“Organization for the Liberation of the Levant”). Only ISIS/Daesh said they were fighting for the end of Sykes-Picot.

By 2014, the perpetually moving battlefield was more or less established: Damascus against both Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS/Daesh, with a wobbly role for the Kurds in the northeast, obsessed in preserving the cantons of Afrin, Kobane and Qamichli.

But the key point is that each katiba (“combat group”), each neighborhood, each village, and in fact each combatant was in-and-out of allegiances non-stop. That yielded a dizzying nebulae of jihadis, criminals, mercenaries, some linked to al-Qaeda, some to Daesh, some trained by the Americans, some just making a quick buck.

For instance Salafis — lavishly financed by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait — especially Jaish al-Islam, even struck alliances with the PYD Kurds in Syria and the jihadis of Hayat Tahrir al-Cham (the remixed, 30,000-strong  al-Qaeda in Syria). Meanwhile, the PYD Kurds (an emanation of the Turkish Kurds’ PKK, which Ankara consider “terrorists”) profited from this unholy mess — plus a deliberate ambiguity by Damascus – to try to create their autonomous Rojava.

A demonstration in the city of Afrin in support of the YPG against the Turkish invasion of Afrin, Jan. 19, 2018. (Voice of America Kurdish, Wikimedia Commons)

That Turkish Strategic Depth

Turkey was all in. Turbo-charged by the neo-Ottoman politics of former Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the logic was to reconquer parts of the Ottoman empire, and get rid of Assad because he had helped PKK Kurdish rebels in Turkey.

Davutoglu’s Strategik Derinlik (“Strategic Depth’), published in 2001, had been a smash hit in Turkey, reclaiming the glory of eight centuries of an sprawling empire, compared to puny 911 kilometers of borders fixed by the French and the Kemalists. Bilad al Cham, the Ottoman province congregating Lebanon, historical Palestine, Jordan and Syria, remained a powerful magnet in both the Syrian and Turkish unconscious.

No wonder Turkey’s Recep Erdogan was fired up: in 2012 he even boasted he was getting ready to pray in the Umayyad mosque in Damascus, post-regime change, of course. He has been gunning for a safe zone inside the Syrian border — actually a Turkish enclave — since 2014. To get it, he has used a whole bag of nasty players — from militias close to the Muslim Brotherhood to hardcore Turkmen gangs.

With the establishment of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), for the first time Turkey allowed foreign weaponized groups to operate on its own territory. A training camp was set up in 2011 in the sanjakof Alexandretta. The Syrian National Council was also created in Istanbul – a bunch of non-entities from the diaspora who had not been in Syria for decades.

Ankara enabled a de facto Jihad Highway — with people from Central Asia, Caucasus, Maghreb, Pakistan, Xinjiang, all points north in Europe being smuggled back and forth at will. In 2015, Ankara, Riyadh and Doha set up the dreaded Jaish al-Fath (“Army of Conquest”), which included Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda).

At the same time, Ankara maintained an extremely ambiguous relationship with ISIS/Daesh, buying its smuggled oil, treating jihadis in Turkish hospitals, and paying zero attention to jihad intel collected and developed on Turkish territory. For at least five years, the MIT — Turkish intelligence – provided political and logistic background to the Syrian opposition while weaponizing a galaxy of Salafis. After all, Ankara believed that ISIS/Daesh only existed because of the “evil” deployed by the Assad regime.

The Russian Factor

Russian President Vladiimir Putin meeting with President of Turkey Recep Erdogan; Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov standing in background, Ankara, Dec. 1, 2014 Ankara. (Kremlin)

The first major game-changer was the spectacular Russian entrance in the summer of 2015. Vladimir Putin had asked the U.S. to join in the fight against the Islamic State as the Soviet Union allied against Hitler, negating the American idea that this was Russia’s bid to restore its imperial glory. But the American plan instead, under Barack Obama, was single-minded: betting on a rag-tag Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a mix of Kurds and Sunni Arabs, supported by air power and U.S. Special Forces, north of the Euphrates, to smash ISIS/Daesh all the way to Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor.

Raqqa, bombed to rubble by the Pentagon, may have been taken by the SDF, but Deir ez-Zor was taken by Damascus’s Syrian Arab Army. The ultimate American aim was to consistently keep the north of the Euphrates under U.S. power, via their proxies, the SDF and the Kurdish PYD/YPG. That American dream is now over, lamented by imperial Democrats and Republicans alike.

The CIA will be after Trump’s scalp till Kingdom Come.

Kurdish Dream Over

Talk about a cultural misunderstanding. As much as the Syrian Kurds believed U.S. protection amounted to an endorsement of their independence dreams, Americans never seemed to understand that throughout the “Greater Middle East” you cannot buy a tribe. At best, you can rent them. And they use you according to their interests. I’ve seen it from Afghanistan to Iraq’s Anbar province.

The Kurdish dream of a contiguous, autonomous territory from Qamichli to Manbij is over. Sunni Arabs living in this perimeter will resist any Kurdish attempt at dominance.

The Syrian PYD was founded in 2005 by PKK militants. In 2011, Syrians from the PKK came from Qandil – the PKK base in northern Iraq – to build the YPG militia for the PYD. In predominantly Arab zones, Syrian Kurds are in charge of governing because for them Arabs are seen as a bunch of barbarians, incapable of building their “democratic, socialist, ecological and multi-communitarian” society.

Kurdish PKK guerillas In Kirkuk, Iraq. (Kurdishstruggle via Flickr)

One can imagine how conservative Sunni Arab tribal leaders hate their guts. There’s no way these tribal leaders will ever support the Kurds against the SAA or the Turkish army; after all these Arab tribal leaders spent a lot of time in Damascus seeking support from Bashar al-Assad.  And now the Kurds themselves have accepted that support in the face of the Trukish incursion, greenlighted by Trump.

East of Deir ez-Zor, the PYD/YPG already had to say goodbye to the region that is responsible for 50 percent of Syria’s oil production. Damascus and the SAA now have the upper hand. What’s left for the PYD/YPG is to resign themselves to Damascus’s and Russian protection against Turkey, and the chance of exercising sovereignty in exclusively Kurdish territories.

Ignorance of the West

The West, with typical Orientalist haughtiness, never understood that Alawites, Christians, Ismailis and Druze in Syria would always privilege Damascus for protection compared to an “opposition” monopolized by hardcore Islamists, if not jihadis.  The West also did not understand that the government in Damascus, for survival, could always count on formidable Baath party networks plus the dreaded mukhabarat — the intel services.

Rebuilding Syria

The reconstruction of Syria may cost as much as $200 billion. Damascus has already made it very clear that the U.S. and the EU are not welcome. China will be in the forefront, along with Russia and Iran; this will be a project strictly following the Eurasia integration playbook — with the Chinese aiming to revive Syria’s strategic positioning in the Ancient Silk Road.

As for Erdogan, distrusted by virtually everyone, and a tad less neo-Ottoman than in the recent past, he now seems to have finally understood that Bashar al-Assad “won’t go,” and he must live with it. Ankara is bound to remain imvolved with Tehran and Moscow, in finding a comprehensive, constitutional solution for the Syrian tragedy through the former “Astana process”, later developed in Ankara.

The war may not have been totally won, of course. But against all odds, it’s clear a unified, sovereign Syrian nation is bound to prevail over every perverted strand of geopolitical molotov cocktails concocted in sinister NATO/GCC labs. History will eventually tell us that, as an example to the whole Global South, this will remain the ultimate game-changer.

 

تركيا رأس الحربة في العدوان الإرهابي… وسورية السيف والترس وراية النصر

أكتوبر 16, 2019

اياد موصللي

تتصدّر تركيا اليوم الدول التي احتضنت الإرهاب والمجموعات التكفيرية التي ظهرت وانتشرت في بلادنا قادمة من المصدر التركي وقد زوّدت بكلّ مستلزمات القتل والتدمير… وهم اليوم يحاربون معها..

صدّرت تركيا الإرهابيين الى الشام ولبنان والعراق.. خارطة الأطماع التركية منذ ان تكوّنت هذه الدولة هي في السيطرة على سورية الطبيعية.. فبعد الحرب العالمية الأولى وبالاتفاق بين فرنسا وبريطانيا حصلت تركيا على الاسكندرون ومحيطه وعلى قضاء الموصل وامتداده الى الحدود التركية..

اننا وعبر مراحل التاريخ حدّدنا اليهود عدواً شرساً طامعاً بأرضنا وترابها وروحانيتها..

ولكن هنالك أعداء مارسوا بحق امتنا العدوان قبل ظهور إسرائيل وفي طليعة هؤلاء الأتراك. معظم الذين احتلوا بلادنا من الهكسوس الى التتار، الرومان، الفرس، الصليبيين، البريطانيين، الافرنسيين… غادروها دون ان يتركوا آثاراً لما ارتكبوه فيها أثناء فترة وجودهم إلاّ الأتراك الذين تركوا بصماتهم في ساحاتنا العامة مشانق تتأرجح عليها جثث أبطال ندّدوا بالطغيان التركي..

ولمن نسي نقول يجب ان نحدّد بشكل واعٍ وعميق أعداءنا الداخليين والخارجيين. نحن نواجه عدواً يهودياً شرساً ولكن هنالك عدوا لا يقلّ خطراً علينا هم الأتراك. والكلمة التي يردّدونها دائماً «عرب سيس» ايّ أوغاد.

انّ مؤامرات الأتراك عميقة الجذور من أجل القضاء على سورية في امتدادها الطبيعي وعلى الشام عبر محاولات اقتطاع أقسام من ارضها المجاورة..

ان ما يجري اليوم من قبل تركيا وضدّ سورية تحت شعارات الأمن والحدود الآمنة والسلام ومحاربة الإرهاب هو إتمام لما حاولته جمعية الاتحاد والترقي وأفشلته يقظتنا..

انّ الحلف التركي اليهودي مستمرّ منذ عهد اتاتورك الى يومنا هذا داعماً لـإسرائيل» متستراً براية الإسلام..

انّ ما نراه اليوم وتقوم به تركيا على الحدود الشامية في سورية ليس جديداً ولم يكتشف هذه المرة ونذكّر بالمقال الذي كتبه «هـ. سايد بوتون» في جريدة الدايلي تلغراف سكنتس في 25 أيار 1938 بعنوان «أعز صديق لنا في الشرق الأوسط» حيث جاء فيه:

«أثناء وجودي في تركيا لفت نظري صداقة المواطينن الأتراك لبلادي بالرغم من انّ الأتراك كانوا بالصف المعادي خلال الحرب الكبرى، غير أنهم لم يظهروا ايّ روح عدائية ضدّنا، فقد أرجعوا المسؤولية على عاتق ألمانيا وحكومة تركيا الفتاة القديمة. انهم أفهموني انّ تركيا لن تكون قطعة غيار من أجل ألمانيا أو اية دولة أخرى. انّ مهمة النظام الجديد المختلف تماماً عن القديم، يتركّز على تطوير البلاد بفعل قوّتها الذاتية، فلا خضوع بعد الآن للمفتشين عن الاحتكارات. انّ القرض الذي قدّمته انكلترا لتركيا لا يتعارض مع سياستنا فهذا المبلغ سوف يستخدم لتطوير البلاد فقط.

انّ تركيا القديمة قد ماتت تماماً وتركيا الحديثة بكامل حيويتها وفكرها الاستقلالي ستصبح سداً منيعاً بوجه الاجتياحات الأجنبية، ومن الأكيد انّ تركيا القوية المزدهرة هي صديقة لانكلترا، نحن لم نطالب بأيّ احتكار وامتيازات فليست لنا أطماع توسعية ولكن يحلو لنا ألا نرى بلدان البحر المتوسط عرضةً لهجمات قوى عظمى أخرى بحيث تصبح تركيا بحالة الدفاع عن النفس، انّ كلّ مساعدة ومساندة نقدّمها اليوم تكون مفيدة بضمان وضع تركيا وتثبيت استقلالها لا يمكن ان نهمل قضايا البحر المتوسط، انّ الأهمية الكبرى لصداقتنا مع تركيا وخاصة اليوم الذي برهن فيه العرب عن عدم قدرتهم السياسية وعن معارضتهم للسير في ركاب الحضارة الحديثة، ونأمل من وزيرنا الى المستعمرات ان يرتب المسألة الفلسطينية بخلقه دولة يهودية قوية تصبح معها حيفا القاعدة المتينة للسلم».

لاحظوا بدقة كيف انّ مصالح بريطانيا ودول الغرب قائمة على الثنائي التركي اليهودي. ونعود الى ما كتبته جريدة «تلغرافو الايطالية» وفيه الوصف البليغ للأتراك تقول الجريدة «انّ نتانة الأتراك، بالرغم من تخفيف وطأتها بفضل بعض المطهّرات تبقى هي هي تنقل العدوى لكلّ الشرق الأوسط، انها نتانة مرعبة بالنسبة لمن يتنشقها».

ونذكر قول سعاده في الاول من آذار 1938.. ونبّه فيه الأمة بأنّ الخطر الثاني الذي يتهدّدنا هو الخطر التركي بعد الخطر اليهودي.

«اننا لا نريد الاعتداء على أحد ولكننا نأبى أن نكون طعاماً لأمم أخرى، اننا نريد حقوقنا كاملة ونريد مساواتنا مع المتصارعين لنشترك في إقامة السلام الذي نرضى به وإنني أدعو اللبنانيين والشاميين والعراقيين والفلسطينيين والأردنيين إلى مؤتمر مستعجل تقرّر فيه الأمة إرادتها وخطتها العملية في صدد فلسطين وتجاه الأخطار الخارجية جميعها وكلّ أمة ودولة إذا لم يكن لها ضمان من نفسها من قوتها هي فلا ضمان لها بالحياة على الإطلاق.

يجب أن نعارك يجب أن نصارع، يجب أن نحارب ليثبت حقنا. واذا تنازلنا عن حق العراك والصراع تنازلنا عن الحق وذهب حقنا باطلاً، عوا مهمتكم بكامل خطورتها ولا تخافوا الحرب بل خافوا الفشل».

نكاد لا نجد مقارنة بين ما نحن فيه وما كان يجب ان نكون عليه. من ملك المال ملك القوّة ومن ملك القوّة ملك السلطة والسيطرة.

وها انّ المال أحالنا ضعفاء أذلاء تعصف بنا رياح الفرقة تتقاسمنا الأطماع وتحكمنا الأهواء وتسيطرعلينا قوى غريبة تتحكم بمالنا ومصائرنا… والسلطة عندنا «مشيخة» عشائرية نذير ما يترك لنا من شؤون فيما المقدرات الأساسية تردنا بأمر يومي ننفذه صاغرين.

حياتنا السياسية مقرّرة… تعاملوا مع هذا ولا تتعاملوا مع ذاك، تنازلوا عن حقكم وعن أرضكم، عن هويتكم وما يستتبع ذلك من تنازل عن الكرامات ولا نقابل كلّ هذا الا ببصمة اصبع وطأطأة رأس.

هل كتب علينا بإرادتنا المشتتة وضعف نفوسنا ان نبقى للاستعمار ممراً وللاحتلال مقراً، اما آن الأوان ان نضع حداً للغزاة والطامعين الذين ملأوا ديارنا وصخورنا بآثارهم ونقوشهم وغادرونا تاركين إرثاً ثقيلاً من التفرقة والشرذمة والتعصب والطائفية والعرقية، وأنسونا أننا خير أمة أخرجت للناس». أمم عديدة داست أرضنا وسلبت خيراتنا الهكسوس، الفراعنة، العبرانيون، الفرس الرومان، اليونان، الاسبان، التتار، العثمانيون، الايطاليون، الفرنسيون، الانكليز، الأميركيون، الصهيونية. لقد جرّبنا كلّ هذا وشاهد أجدادنا هذه الفتوحات وقد آن الأوان لأن نضع نحن حداً للفتوحات؟ لأننا أمة أبت وتأبى ان يكون قبر التاريخ مكاناً لها في الحياة. انّ سورية بدأت كتابة التاريخ من جديد.

انّ المزاعم التركية وادّعاء محاربة الأكراد هي ستار لما تنويه من قضم وضمّ حلمت به في كلّ مراحل الحكم فيها..

انّ الأكراد في تركيا أمر يتعلق بالنظام والعلاقة القائمة بينهم وبين السلطة..

أما في سورية فهذا شأن داخلي يعود الى سلطة الدولة وإجراءاتها ولا يحق لتركيا اختلاق المبرّرات ضدّ جزء من الشعب السوري. فتهاجم دولة ذات سيادة بمزاعم محاربة جماعة سورية تنعتها بالإرهاب. فالسلطة في الشام لا تسمح لأحد من أبنائها بالخروج على المفهوم الوطني ووحدة البلاد. فما عدا مما بدا حتى تحاول السلطات التركية الحلول محلّ السلطة الوطنية صاحبة القيادة والسيادة؟

مهما اشتدّت المحن وقست الظروف والتعديات، الأكراد سوريون يحق لهم ما يحق لسواهم ولكلّ حق واجب، وواجب الأكراد دعم وحدة وطنهم وترسيخ روابطها أرضاً وشعباً وان يقبروا الفكر الانفصالي ودعاته. غير صحيح انّ الاكراد لم يتولوا مناصب سيادية لأنها لا تحق لهم: فلم يتول الاكراد المنصب الأول زمن الملكية في العراق لأنّ النظام ملكي والملك هاشمي، ومع هذا كان هنالك رئيس للوزراء هو جميل بابان وقائد للجيش بكر صدقي، وبعد زوال الملكية وتسلم حزب البعث الحكم برزت أسماء عديدة كنائب رئيس الجمهورية طه معروف وطه ياسين رمضان والعديد من الوزراء والقادة في الجيش والشرطة والأمن. والتشنجات السياسية والمواقف المتباينة لا يجوز ان تصبح عقدة قومية او عنصرية مهدّدة لوحدة الأمة والشعب، انّ تباعد النظرة واختلافها بين السلطة القائمة واية سلطة او مجموعة من الشعب لا تجعل الشعب الواحد شعبين فالشعب باقٍ والسلطة تزول.

وتركيا اليوم هي رأس الحربة ضدّ سورية وراعية الإرهاب وحاضنته.

لهؤلاء نقول: «إننا أمة ابت ان يكون قبر التاريخ مكاناً لها في الحياة…» والنصر طريقنا ولا مفرّ لنا منه…

العراق الفصل الأخير ما قبل لفظ الأنفاس عين الأسد تفشل… ارمِ ببصرك أقصى القوم!

أكتوبر 8, 2019

محمد صادق الحسيني

فشل الانقلاب الأميركي السعودي على حكومة عادل عبد المهدي…!

والشعب العراقي وحلفاؤه لم يسمحوا بتحقيق اختراق في محور حلف المقاومة بالصدمة والرعب، كما فعلوا بسيناريو داعش من الموصل وهو ما حاولوا تكراره في الأيام الأخيرة!

من خراسان الى صور ومن شانغهاي إلى بيروت ومن شبه جزيرة القرم الى دير الزور يجتهد المحور المنتصر على الأحادية الأميركية بإعادة ترتيب مسرح العمليات قبل استكمال الفصل الأخير من إغلاق ملف الحرب على الإرهاب…!

في المقابل يحاول المحور المهزوم بقيادة أميركا وأذنابها الهجوم على البطن الرخوة في جبهة حلف المقاومة أيّ العراق، مستميتاً استعادة بعض الحياة لصفوف قواته التي تلقت ضربات استراتيجية جعلته يترنّح من مضيق هرمز الى باب المندب ومن بنت جبيل الى البصرة…!

الهجوم الممنهج والمنظم الإعلامي والأمني والسياسي و المطلبي المشروع على حكومة بغداد وحلفائها الإقليميين والدوليين ثمة من يشبّهه بالمحاولة الأخيرة التي استمات فيها هتلر في ساعاته الأخيرة قبل دخول السوفيات وحلفائهم في دول المحور إلى برلين فاتحين في نهاية الحرب العالمية الثانية!

إنه تفصيل من تفاصيل المشهد الاستراتيجي أن تصمد حكومة عادل عبد المهدي أو تسقط في الاختبار. كذلك هو تفصيل آخر أن تنجح السعودية وتوابعها في المشاغبة على مسرح عمليات نصر حلف المقاومة من خلال تهييج الشارع العراقي وتوظيف مطالبه المشروعة في الإصلاح…!

فكلّ ما فعلوه واحتمال تكراره في شوارع العراق هو بمثابة الهجوم الأخير قبل لفظ الأنفاس والموت المحقق لتحالف العدوان والإرهاب الدولي..!

حتى الهجوم في البادية السورية من السخنة إلى الشولة بقيادة غرفة عمليات التنف قبل أيام قليلة ليس إلا تفصيلاً من محاولات غرفة عمليات عين الأسد البائسة واليائسة من أجل استرداد زمام المبادرة…!

مساعي تطويق الصين وروسيا وإيران سقطت قبل أيام في إعادة افتتاح معبر القائم البوكمال. وبقية الرواية سيكتبها الفاتحون لعصر ما بعد الهيمنة الأميركية، وإليكم المشهد عينياً وميدانياً كما تراه إحدى غرف عمليات الجيش الأميركي المهزوم الفرعية الناشطة في تل أبيب:

نشر موقع ديبكا، الاستخباري الإسرائيلي، موضوعاً بتاريخ 3/10/2019، حول التمرين العسكري المشترك الذي تُجريه القوات السورية الروسية الإيرانية في محافظة دير الزور السورية، في مناطق قريبة من قاعدة التنف الأميركية.

أهمّ ما جاء في التقرير ما يلي:

1. مصادر عسكرية روسية أكدت لديبكا فايل أنّ وحدات من القوات الخاصة الروسية الى جانب قوات سورية وإيرانية تشارك في هذا التدريب.

2. وصول طائرات حربية إيرانية وطائرات بدون طيار إلى سورية للمشاركة في هذا التدريب.

3. توفير القيادة العسكرية الروسية غطاءً جوياً / مظلة جوية / للقوات المشاركة في هذا التدريب، وذلك من خلال نشر بطاريات صواريخ دفاع جوي روسية، من طراز / بانتسير 1 / وبانتسير 2 / في منطقة انتشار تلك القوات.

4. بدء وصول قوافل عسكرية روسية، تتضمّن آليات نقل عسكرية ثقيلة، تحرّكت من قواعد في شبه جزيرة القرم وجنوب أوسيتيا، عبر القائم / البوكمال / الذي أعيد افتتاحه قبل ثلاثة أيّام فقط. وهو ما يُضيف طريق إمداد بري جديد للقوات الروسية العاملة في سورية، الى جانب طريقي الإمداد البحري والجوي.

5. وبما أنّ القوات الروسية أصبحت تستخدم طريق الإمداد العسكري نفسه، الى سورية، الذي تستخدمه إيران، فإنّ ذلك سيزيد من صعوبة مهاجمة هذه الطريق الدولية من قبل إسرائيل .

تعليقنا: هذا ما تحدّثنا به قبل أكثر من سنة… عن أهمية فتح طريق إمداد بري للقوات الروسية المرابطة في سورية، خاصة في حال نزاع دولي كبير، قد يؤدي الى إغلاق مضائق الدردنيل التركية وقناة السويس ومضيق جبل طارق. وبالتالي قطع إمدادات الأساطيل الروسية في البحر المتوسط والقوات الجوية والبرية الروسية على اليابسة السورية.

اذن فإنّ الخط البري الجديد، الرابط بين روسيا وإيران والعراق وسورية ولبنان وفلسطين هو خط استراتيجي، ليس فقط لحلف المقاومة، وإنما لكلّ من روسيا والصين أيضاً على الصعيد الاستراتيجي البعيد المدى. بالإضافة الى الأهمية العملياتية، بالنسبة لقوات حلف المقاومة، المتمثلة في فتح طريق إمداد حيوي جداً ووضع حدّ للعربدة الجوية الأميركية الإسرائيلية في منطقة غرب الأنبار وشمال شرق سورية. أيّ وقف الغارات على مواقع الجيش العربي السوري في محيط البوكمال / دير الزُّور / وكذلك ضد الحشد الشعبي في منطقة القائم / عكاشات / حديثة.

ضربُ حلفنا صار بحكم الماضي..

وتقدّمنا نحو الأهداف المرجوة بات أكيداً بفضل صبرنا الاستراتيجي…

وخططهم لزعزعة جبهتنا فشلت وآخرها مؤامرة غرفة عمليات عين الأسد …!

ارمِ ببصرك أقصى القوم…

سترى النصر قاب قوسين أو أدنى…

وتلك الأيام نداولها بين الناس.

بعدنا طيّبين، قولوا الله…

“Greater Lebanon”: where to?

August 19, 2019

by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog

Abou Omar, a close friend of mine, is one whom I have so much in common. Not only he was my boss many moons ago, but we were both brought up in political families that endorsed and advocated the unity and integrity of Syria.

When I caught up with him recently after many years, I was not surprised that our thoughts had many congruencies, and the discussion we had has given me the inspiration to write this article.

One does not have to be a member of the Social Syrian National Party (SSNP) to realize that Syria and Lebanon have been the same country up till nearly a century ago when French General Gouraud redrew the map of what was then called “Petit Liban” (ie Small Lebanon) and annexed to it other territories and gave the “Grand Liban” (Greater Lebanon) tag to the new entity.

One of my first articles on The Saker, if not the first, was titled “The Capitulation of Grand Liban” https://thesaker.is/the-capitulation-of-grand-liban/. It outlines briefly the history of Lebanon in the 100 years or so.

For the benefit of those who do not wish to read the whole article above, I reiterate that the term “Small Lebanon” was used to describe a predominantly Christian Maronite and Druze entity. This state was the love child of an uneasy concession of the ailing Ottoman Empire to European powers (Britain, France, Italy, Austria and Russia) to give Mount Lebanon a reprieve after decades of sectarian strife between the Maronites and the Druze. The Maronites, being Catholic, were France’s favourites, whilst the Druze were Britain’s.

In rebranding Lebanon, as it were, and for whichever reason, Gouraud decided to include a Muslim component to the Lebanese demography. To this effect, the predominantly Sunni coastal cities of Beirut, Tripoli, Saida plus other Sunni provinces in the North, together with some Shiite provinces in the South and the Beqaa Valley were included in the new Mosaic that gave, according to the 1932 census, a marginal Maronite majority and hence stipulated, perhaps as planned, that the President of Lebanon will have to be a Maronite Christian. http://countrystudies.us/lebanon/34.htm

The 1932 infamous census was used as the defining foundation of “fairness” upon which all positions in all tiers of government were established. So unlike other states that provide merit-based employment, not only the President of Lebanon had to be a Catholic Maronite, but the PM had to be a Sunni Muslim, the Speaker of the House a Shiite Muslim, his deputy a Christian Orthodox and so forth. Each electorate was represented on sectarian grounds by candidates of same religion and sect, and even unqualified positions had to be based on “sectarian equality”. A government office could not even hire a janitor even if it needed only one, it must hire two; a Christian and a Muslim.

It wasn’t till the 1989 Taif agreement that followed the sectarian Civil War that the 1932-based model was revisited. But after a decade and a half of blood bath, one would think that the failed sectarian model was dumped altogether, but it wasn’t. It was only amended to give Muslims equal number of Parliamentarians as against the former 11-9 split.

But that sectarian “compromise”, which in itself was a reason for conflict, was not the only problem Lebanon had and has. In the 1920’s, the “new” Sunni Lebanese did not want to belong to what they considered a Western puppet state, and they took to the streets chanting “We demand Syrian unity, Christians and Muslims”. A few decades later when Egyptian President Nasser rose to prominence, the children of the first generation of new Lebanese took to the streets with a slightly amended version of the slogan demanding Arab unity for Christians and Muslims.

The Right-wing Lebanese Christians therefore felt Lebanese Muslims are fifth columnists who are not loyal to Lebanon, and as the rift grew and the Lebanese Left supported the PLO in its struggle, the Christian Right formed well trained and equipped militia, and the 1975-1989 Civil War was an inevitable outcome.

When the Syrian Army entered Lebanon in 1976 upon the request of the Lebanese Government, Syria had a golden opportunity to mend the growing rift between Lebanon and Syria, a rift that was fanned by pre-Civil War economic and development successes of Westernized Lebanon as opposed to an impoverished socialist Syria. But by then, Syria was on the road towards recovery under a huge nation-building scheme that was put in place by President Hafez Assad, the father of the current President and the founder of the Assad legacy.

Ironically, even after four and a half decades of the Lebanese slump and Syrian rise (despite the war), some Lebanese still live in the past and feel and act superior to their Syrian cousins. I say cousins not only metaphorically, but also because there is hardly a family in Lebanon that doesn’t have family in Syria.

But during the 29 year long presence of Syrian troops in Lebanon, Syria did not manage to win the hearts and minds of the average apprehensive Lebanese. Among many other acts of corruption, Abou Omar’s (my friend) car was stolen by a corrupt Syrian Army officer. Acts of such nature did not sway those who understood the basics of the anti-Syrian politics. Abou Omar was a victim of corrupt Syrian Army thugs, but his loyalty to Syria remained unwavering.

Ironically, eventually a substantial section of Lebanese Sunnis became aggressively Lebanese in their outlook. It is possible that the current anti Hezbollah passion has united some Sunnis and Christians against a “common enemy”. But perhaps by the time they developed this sentiment, it was already too late for Great Lebanon to rise from the ashes.

And whilst the Lebanese economy is going down the gurgler, corruption is having a huge surge and the state is now virtually bankrupt with very heavy debt and no solution in sight. Corruption has reached epic proportions that recently, a Lebanese Member of Parliament has publically said in the House that the public knows that politicians are lying to the public about the debt, and the politicians know that the public knows that the politicians are lying. https://www.facebook.com/1234196636614228/posts/2624089564291588?s=549881917&v=e&sfns=mo (Facebook link).

During the Civil War, the specter of Lebanese partition was always on the cards and high on some agendas. Back then, the scenario for such a partition was that Israel would take South Lebanon and control the Litani River water, a Maronite “canton” akin to the former Small Lebanon would be created, and the North and the Beqaa would go back to Syria.

Such a partition scenario is no longer feasible, mainly because there is a new force on the ground; Hezbollah.

With Hezbollah on the ground, Israel will never be able to secure any territorial gains in Lebanon. Furthermore, the Maronite politicians ie members of the so-called “The Maronite Political Entity” are now split between a traditional Right and pro-Hezbollah faction. The incumbent President Aoun belongs to the latter group, but his tenure has thus far been plagued by bigtime corruption and squandering of resources.

Aoun’s ascendance to the presidency was not an easy birth. It was fraught with hard labour and many political settlements; the most important of which was the reconciliation of Maronite leaders. Another friend of mine, a former ambassador, a Sunni, told me back then that he felt that the Maronite-Maronite reconciliation puts Lebanon finally in good hands. This is because the Maronites are meant to be the custodians of Lebanon, the integrity of its statehood and independence, and that they would rebuild the state and its economy. But the Aoun presidency has failed abysmally and poured oil onto fire with its rampant corruption. Aoun, who is in his eighties, has given the actual reigns to his son-in-law Gibran Bassil, and Bassil is one hell of a corrupt crook with an insatiable fetish for dirty money.

General Gouraud announced the birth Greater Lebanon 99 years ago, and specifically on on the 1st of September 1920 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Lebanon. Will this state survive another century? It is simply cannot, because it is heading towards a cliff edge, and heading there fast.

So where does Greater Lebanon go from here?

With partition no longer on the agenda and Israel kept at arm’s length, Lebanon can only eventually merge back with Syria; but currently this is not possible given that the “War on Syria” has not yet ended.

Sooner or later, one way or the other, willingly or unwillingly, fully or partially, and I dare say for better or for worse, the Lebanese will see themselves back in the bosom of Syria. This however will be faced by resistance; not necessarily armed resistance, but one cannot zero out violence. Ironically this time, the biggest opponents may prove to be the anti-Syria Sunnis in the major coastal cities of Beirut, Tripoli and Saida. The Right wing Lebanese Christian groups will also oppose any such merger, but the much wiser Lebanese Christians understand that Syria has proven to be the actual defender and custodian of Levantine Christianity when the West stood by and watched young Christian Syrian girls sold as sex slaves.

The success or failure of the future “Take 2” version of the Syrian Army entering Lebanon will also depend on to what extent victorious Syria will be able to curb corruption within Syria first. A repeat of the 1976-2005 experience of Syrian Army presence in Lebanon will ultimately lead to another unsavoury outcome.

Syria has to win her moral war like she won her military war; and I have been emphasizing the need to do so in many previous articles, because unlike most other wars, this war has been a war of morality against immorality. Morality and corruption do not mix, and fighting corruption should now be high on President Assad’s agenda.

But above all, Syria is the key for the future of the region. She is the key for the regional geopolitical make-up, the key for Lebanon, the key for justice for Palestinians, the key for Palestine, the key for any matter pertaining to the Levant, because Syria is The Levant.

The Palestinians have not yet reached Damascus … What are they waiting for? الفلسطينيّون لم يصلوا بعد إلى دمشق… فماذا ينتظرون؟

Comment:

The Author ended his Article saying:

Hamas and Abbas and his PA are facing:

a serious historical responsibility that requires them to achieve deep coordination with Syria, the Levant, of which Palestine is a historical part. They do not mess with history for politics, ideology and personal interests.

Hamas’ chief of international relations, Moussa Abu Marzouq, told Sputnik News Agency

“There are no developments regarding the relationship with Syria, despite rumors in the media or whether by speakers from inside the movement or inside Syria or from those around them or followers, there is no movement with Syria and there are no relations with Syria yet.”

وقال ابو مرزوق في حديث لوكالة “سبوتنيك”: “لا يوجد أي تطورات في العلاقة مع سوريا بالرغم من الأحاديث في الإعلام، سواء كانت من قبل متحدثين حتى من داخل الحركة أو داخل سوريا أو من المحيطين بهما أو من المتابعين، لكن ما زالت الأمور على ما هي عليه، لا يوجد تواجد للحركة مع سوريا كما لا توجد علاقات مع سوريا حتى الآن”.

Abu Marzouk knows that Syria, which Hamas has stabbed in the back, will not tolerate and will not establish any relationship with Hamas unless it apologizes to Syria publicly and severs its relations with the brothers of demons and their supporters in Qatar and Turkey.

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د. وفيق إبراهيم

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الوصولُ المطلوب هنا، ليس مجرد رحلة ترفيهيّة تتخللها حفلات مديح وزجل سياسي، فالمرحلة العصيبة لا تحتمل مثل هذا الهراء.

هناك انهيار عربي عام كاد أن يطيح بكامل الشرق الأوسط لولا هذا الصمود السوري التاريخي الذي يبعث على الأمل، بسقوط قريب لأكبر اجتياح غربي تركي إسرائيلي – ارهابي غزا المنطقة على متن حكام الخليج وذهبهم مستمراً بالمحاولة بأشكال متنوعة.

كذلك فإن الدور الإيراني الكبير وصلابة حزب الله يؤديان أعظم ملحمة جهادية تحول دون سقوط الشرق الاوسط في فم التنين الأميركي.

لقد ابتدأ غزو هذه المنطقة منذ ثمانينيات القرن الماضي عندما شجع الأميركيون والخليجيون الرئيس العراقي السابق صدام حسين على غزو إيران وموّلوه فنشبت حرب استمرت عقداً وانتهت الى انكسار المشروع الصدامي.

لقد أدت هذه التدخلات تباعاً الى احتلال افغانستان والعراق وسيطرة عسكرية أميركية مباشرة على معظم الشرق الأوسط لعدم وجود منافسين دوليين ومجابهين محليين باستثناء سورية وإيران وحزب الله وبدعم روسي لاحق نوعي الطابع.

هنا استخدم الأميركيون كامل إمكاناتهم لتطويع العرب، مستعملين إمكاناتهم مع النفوذ الخليجي والانهيار العربي والأسلوب الطائفي والعرقي متوصلين الى حالة ضياع شعبي سببه تعميمهم بواسطة آلاف وسائل الإعلام بأن المعركة الدائرة ذات طابع مذهبي طائفي تدخل فيها الأميركيون لتأييد «السنة» ضد الشيعة حيناً ومحاربة الإرهاب حيناً آخر، كما يزعمون حتى الآن.

بالنتيجة تبين للاتجاهات العربية المتنوعة ان هناك مشروعاً أميركياً لتفتيت المنطقة وتصفية القضية الفلسطينية وتشكيل حلف عربي اسرائيلي برعاية أميركية هذا الى جانب الاهتمامات الاقتصادية الاساسية لوضع اليد على عائدات النفط والغاز.

ماذا بالنسبة للفلسطينيين؟

السلطة الفلسطينية وحماس يرسمان السياسة العربية لفلسطين، لكن أدوات التأثير عليهما مختلفة، على الرغم من ان قراءاتها لمرحلة 2011 2019 متشابهة.

فالسلطة تتحرك وفق اتفاق الحد الأدنى مع «إسرائيل» وعلى قاعدة الاستجابة للضغوط الأميركية والسعودية والمصرية بتنسيق مع الأردن، لم تخرج مرة واحدة عن هذا السياق، ما استدعى وقوفها الى جانب الحلف الأميركي السعودي ضد سورية وحزب الله وإيران وبشكل سافر.

لجهة الجزء الآخر الذي لا يقلّ أساسية في رسم السياسة الفلسطينية فهي منظمة حماس في غزة، التي كانت تتمتع قبل 2012 بعلاقات مع إيران وحزب الله لها أبعاد تمويلية وتقارب سياسي.

حماس بدورها مالت الى تأييد تنظيمات الاخوان المسلمين في سورية والعراق وتشكيلاتهم العسكرية وسمحت للكثير من مؤيديها في مخيم اليرموك السوري بالاشتراك في عمليات مناهضة للدولة السورية.

لقد تأثرت حماس بانحياز الاخوان المسلمين للاتراك في حزب العدالة والتنمية الذي يقوده الرئيس التركي رجب اردوغان، الى جانب الارهاب في سورية والعراق.

لقد اعتقدت السلطة من جهتها، ان الغرب مقبل على حسم المعركة مع الخليجيين، فأرادت ان تحجز مقعداً لها يحفظ سلطتها في الضفة.

اما حماس فتوهمت ان عصر الاخوان المسلمين بدأ بالإشراق من خلال المشروع التركي فأخذت تحلم بدولة اخوانية على مدى واسع تستطيع تحرير كامل فلسطين، وهنا تجاهلت حماس ان صاحب المشروع هم الأميركيون وليس الأتراك.

وأن هؤلاء لا يريدون تحرير فلسطين بل توسيع الاستعمار الاسرائيلي في مناطق جديدة.

لذلك بُغتت السلطة الفلسطينية وحماس بالنتائج، خصوصاً لجهة مباشرة الأميركيين بتنظيم مؤتمرات لتطبيق صفقة القرن التي لا تعني إلا انهاء كاملاً للقضية الفلسطينية.

هذا هو الحد الذي اعاد الرشد الاستراتيجي لمن أضاعوه في زحمة الشعارات منجذبين الى الخليج والأميركيين ومصر والاردن والاتراك.

فكادوا يخسرون آخر ما تبقى من فلسطين.

لكن مسألة فلسطين ليست مجرد ردة فعل على تآمر، إنها قضية وطن اغتصبه الغرب وقدموه الى اليهود بصمت عربي متواطئ.

لذلك كان طبيعياً ان تعود حماس الى إيران التي لم تتخل يوماً عن قضية فلسطين، وكان طبيعياً ان ينتفض رئيس السلطة محمود عباس على حلفائه العرب والغربيين الذين غدروا به.

لكن ما هو طبيعي اكثر، ان ترتفع السياسة الفلسطينية من مرحلة ردود الفعل الى مستوى بناء سياسات استراتيجية مع الحلفاء الفعليين لفلسطين.

وهي بالضرورة سورية التي لم تتخلّ عن لواء تحريرها منذ نكبة 1948.

وكان بإمكانها تجنب التآمر الغربي العربي التركي عليها، لو وافقت على إنهاء القضية الفلسطينية منذ ثمانينيات القرن الماضي، هذا ما يدفع الى تساؤلات عميقة عن الأسباب التي لا تزال تحول دون عودة الفلسطينيين الى دمشق التي تنتظرهم.

فهناك عودة قريبة الى المنطقة لجاريد كوشنير صهر الرئيس الأميركي ترامب وراعي صفقة القرن والمصر على تطبيقها، ألا تستدعي هذه العودة يقظة فلسطينية تبدأ من التنسيق مع سورية على مجابهة الحلف الأميركي الخليجي الاسرائيلي الذي أصبح قيد التشكل العملي على ازدياد وقع حدة الصراع الأميركي الإيراني.

فهل لا تزال علاقات السلطة مع الخليج وحماس مع تركيا مانعاً من العودة الى دمشق؟

إن الممسكين بالسياسة الفلسطينية هم اليوم أمام مسؤولية تاريخية خطيرة تتطلب منهم تحقيق تنسيق تحالفي عميق مع سورية «بلادُ الشام» التي تشكل فلسطين جزءاً تاريخياً منها، فلا تعبثوا بالتاريخ لحساب السياسة والأيديولوجيا والمصالح الشخصية.

فسورية هي التاريخ والأيديولوجيا وفلسطين من مسؤولياتها، فمتى يصل الفلسطينيون اذاً الى دمشق عاصمتهم؟

 

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– ناصر قنديل

– ركّز الرئيس فؤاد السنيورة في مؤتمره الصحافي المخصّص للردّ على حملة حزب الله حول متابعة فوضى المالية العامة ومكافحة الفساد، على توصيف ما يقوم به حزب الله ببناء دولة داخل الدولة تقوم مكان مهام الدولة الأصلية، متحدثاً عن قضاء وأمن وجمارك ومرافق بديلة، لكنه من حيث لا يدري وقع في هفوة تحوّلت فخاً، ربما بسبب صلة مؤتمره الصحافي بمساءلته عن عدم وجود قيود للمساعدات السعودية والخليجية التي وردت بعد حرب تموز 2006، فقال متسائلاً عن مصير المساعدات الإيرانية، أين هي قيود هذه المساعدات؟ وفي الواقع ثمة مساعدات إيرانية قدمت للدولة اللبنانية مباشرة، يعرفها السنيورة لأنها مرّت بقنوات مؤسسات تخضع لاطلاعه كرئيس للحكومة في فترة الحرب وما بعدها، لكن ما تحدث عنه السنيورة من مرافق موازية للمرافق الحكومية، فهي مرافق صحية وتربوية وعسكرية وأمنية، تقوم بمهام وتؤدي خدمات تغيب عنها الدولة ضعفاً أو عجزاً أو تهميشاً لفئات ومناطق، وتمولها إيران بدلاً من أن تمولها الدولة. فالأمر هنا ليس تضييع مال الدولة من دون إنجاز المهام المرصودة للقيام بها، بل توفير مال الدولة بالقيام بالمهام المفروض القيام بها بمال غير مالها. فالمقاومة كقوة عسكرية لم تفتح حرباً، بل فُتحت على لبنان وعليها حرب، وعندما تصدّت للحرب نيابة عن الدولة ومؤسساتها فعلت ذلك بموازنات غير موازنة الدولة، وعندما أسرت جنود الاحتلال لمقايضتهم بالأسرى اللبنانيين قامت بعمل أمني لا تقدر المؤسسات الأمنية اللبنانية القيام به لقضية وطنية لبنانية عجزت الدبلوماسية عن حلها. وعندما تلاحق أجهزة أمن المقاومة شبكات العملاء تقوم بوضع نتاج عملها بتصرف الأجهزة الأمنية اللبنانية، وقد قطعت أكثر من نصف الطريق في متابعتهم، بمال هو غير مال الدولة، وللقيام بمهام هي مهام عجزت عنها الدولة رغم كونها من مهامها، والشيء نفسه في شؤون الصحة والتربية.

– تشكّل مقاومة حزب الله ومؤسساته الداعمة للأمن والصحة والتربية، نوعاً من دفاع مدني على مستوى أوسع مدى ونطاقاً من الدفاع المدني الذي نعرفه، لكنها لا تحل مكان أجهزة الدولة، فهي لا تعتقل ولا تقوم بالتوقيف، ولا تحاكم ولا تسجن ولا تعاقب، ولا تفرض الغرامات، ولا تستوفي بدلاً من الدولة العائدات. هي أجهزة شعبية تطوّعية تساعد في سد ثغرات الضعف العام في بنية الدولة، دون أن تطلب مقابلاً، أو أن تستوفي عائداً، أو تتلقى تعويضاً، والذي يريد أن يسأل عن سبب الحاجة لهذا الدفاع المدني الشامل الذي يمثله ما يؤديه حزب الله في مجال القوة والأمن والصحة والتربية، عليه قبل أن يصفه بـ «الدولة ضمن الدولة» أن يسأل عمن أقام فعلاً «دولة ضمن الدولة»، تولت بشكل منسق ومبرمج بمنع الدولة من القيام بمهماتها، فثمة شبكة متكاملة تتوزّع بين سياسيين ومسؤولين في مؤسسات الدولة وسفاراتها وبرلمانها وحكومتها، تتولى تعطيل كل محاولة لتمكين الدولة من امتلاك وسائل دفاع جوي وسلاح ردع، لمنع «إسرائيل» من مواصلة انتهاكاتها للسيادة اللبنانية، وهي امتداد للدولة ضمن الدولة التي كانت تسوّق نظرية قوة لبنان في ضعفه وتمنع من وجود جيش قادر على حماية الحدود، وهي ذات الدولة ضمن الدولة التي ترتضي المشاركة في الحملة على سلاح المقاومة وتغاضت وتتغاضى عن الاعتداءات الإسرائيلية على لبنان، وكان قيام المقاومة، كما كان استمرار الحاجة إليها نتاجاً طبيعياً لما اقترفته وتقترفه أيدي اصحاب الدولة ضمن الدولة.

– تتشارك الدولة ضمن الدولة التي تتولى مهمة إضعاف قدرة لبنان على حماية نفسه بوجه المخاطر الإسرائيلية، مع دولة أخرى ضمن الدولة تتولى مهمة حماية المحاصصة الطائفية والتناسل غير الشرعي لنظام المحسوبية وتتشارك معهما دولة ثالثة ضمن الدولة تتولى ترويج الفساد وحمايته، تحت شعار التمرير المتبادل للمنافع والصفقات والتعيينات والتلزيمات، وهكذا بات في لبنان فدرالية دويلات ضمن الدولة يسند بعضها بعضاً، فتستنفر لمنع كل تحديث للنظام السياسي، وتتساند لمنع أي مكافحة جدية للفساد وضمان حسن سير التعامل مع المال العام وفقاً للقوانين، وتستنهض قواها لمنع كل دعوة جدية لبنان دولة قوية بجيش قادر على منع الانتهاكات الإسرائيلية، وقوية على المنظومات الطوائفية الممسكة بقرارها.

– لذلك كان واضحاً أن الرئيس النسيورة أراد استنفار أركان المنظومة لقطع طريق المساءلة والمحاسبة، محذراً حزب الدولة ضمن الدولة، أن النجاح بتصويب مسار ملف المالية العامة سيطالهم جميعاً، وسيكون بداية لفتح ملفات المافيات والصفقات والسمسرات، كما سيعني فتح الباب لإصلاح سياسي ونظام انتخابي ينهيان كونفدرالية الطوائفية ونظام المحسوبية، لحساب دولة المواطنة، كما سيعني بداية قيام الدولة القوية على الطوائفية، لكنها القوية أيضاً على الاعتداءات والانتهاكات الإسرائيلية بمفهوم الدولة الوطنية التي لا تؤجر قرارها التسليحي للأميركي، بل تخضعه لقياس مصالحها العليا فقط.

– أخطبوط بثلاث نسخ من «دولة ضمن الدولة» يحكم لبنان، والفوز في المعركة عليه متكامل لا يتحقق بالمفرق بل بالجملة، لأنه يعني الفوز بمعركة «قيام دولة الوطن والمواطنة».

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