‫«المستقبل» يستخدم سلاح المذهبية لمنع المحاسبة: السنيورة هو الطائفة!

«المستقبل» يستخدم سلاح المذهبية لمنع المحاسبة: السنيورة هو الطائفة!

اتهم «المستقبل» التيار الوطني الحر بتقديم أوراق اعتماد جديدة لحزب الله (هيثم الموسوي)

في معركة «الدفاع» عن نهج «الحريرية السياسية»، يبدو تيار المستقبل مُستعدّاً لأن يُحرق كلّ الأوراق. بنى سور حماية حول فؤاد السنيورة، مانعاً أي تدقيق في حسابات الدولة، ومُخفياً عن اللبنانيين مصير أموالهم المفقودة والمسروقة. مستعيناً بمحطته التلفزيونية، للردّ على التيار الوطني الحرّ، رفع «المستقبل» الفيتو المذهبي: السنيورة هو الطائفة!

الإسفين الذي لم يتمكّن رئيس الحكومة السابق فؤاد السنيورة من دقّه سياسياً بين التيار الوطني الحرّ وتيار المستقبل، منذ التسوية الرئاسية وحتى يوم الجمعة الماضي، نجح به من الباب المالي. انطلقت مواجهة بين التيارين الحليفين، قادتها المحطتان التلفزيونيتان التابعتان لهما. ومن غير المعلوم إن كان الخلاف سيُطوق، أم ستكون له ارتدادات أكبر من ساحته الإعلامية. افتتحت قناة «أو تي في» جولة الخلاف، بمقدمة اعتبرت فيها أنّ السنيورة «يخوض معركة استباقية بأسلحة الماضي ورجالات الماضي الغابر والربيع العابر الذين أضحوا في خريف المسيرة وسن اليأس السياسي. السنيورة يخشى سوء العاقبة وفتح الأوراق القديمة في عهد الأب بعدما تخلّى عنه الابن وأفرد من النيابة والوزارة ورئاسة الوزارة واستفرد في الفساد من دون سائر العباد (…) حزب الله الذي لم ينسَ دور السنيورة في حرب تموز وما تلاها من انهيار حكومي و7 أيار وما سبقها من تلاعب بالخيار وتوجيه القرار». فأتى الردّ أمس من مقدمة «المستقبل»، بالقول إنّ «الإبراء المستحيل، فيمكنهم أن يبلّوه ويشربوا المياه الآسنة التي نشأت عنه. تقديمٌ لحزب الله أوراق اعتماد جديدة للمعارك السياسية المقبلة. هذا شأنكم». أما الأخطر في مقدمة التلفزيون الأزرق، فهو اللعب على الوتر الطائفي، الطريق الأسهل للتجييش وشدّ العصب الشعبي وتحوير القضية عن مسارها الصحيح: «فؤاد السنيورة اليوم هو تيار المستقبل، وهو الحزب والموقع، وهو رئاسة الحكومة وهو الطائفة التي يمثلها إذا شئتم».

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يُصرّ تيار المستقبل وفؤاد السنيورة، على تحويل قضية الحسابات المالية للدولة، إلى معركة شخصية موجّهة ضدّهما. يُركّزان على مبلغ الـ11 مليار دولار التي أنفقتها حكومة الـ2005 – 2008 متجاوزة القاعدة الاثني عشرية، ويتجاهلان أن القضية هي قضية حسابات الدولة، منذ العام 1993. يريدان لهذه القضية الخطيرة أن تبقى في إطار «المناكفات الإعلامية»، أما حين تجهز الأوراق الرسمية ويُصبح بالإمكان تحويله إلى القضاء من أجل كشف الثغرات التي واجهت الحسابات منذ الـ1993 حتى الـ2013، فينبري «المستقبل» لمنع أي «إصلاح» و«مكافحة فساد».

وكان عضو المجلس المركزي في حزب الله الشيخ نبيل قاووق، قد أكّد أمس إن هدف حزب الله «التدقيق في الحسابات المالية، وليس تصفية الحسابات السياسية، فضلاً عن حماية المال العام، ونحن لسنا بوارد الانتقام من أحد». ولفت إلى أنّ حزب الله أعلن مشروعه في مكافحة الفساد «وهو يتوقع مسبقاً أنّ هناك متضررين سيحاولون أن يحرضوا ليحجبوا الحقيقة، ونحن نتوقع المزيد من الافتراءات لأجل حماية المفسدين».

من ناحية أخرى، قرّرت «القوات» استلحاق نفسها، بإطلاق مبادرة لعودة النازحين السوريين إلى أرضهم. طيلة سنتين في الحكومة السابقة، لم تُبادر «القوات» إلى أي خطوة من أجل حلّ هذه المسألة، بل على العكس من ذلك، تصرّفت بطريقة «تُرضي» المجتمع الغربي، معارضة نهج رئاسة الجمهورية ووزارة الخارجية والمغتربين وفريق 8 آذار السياسي، القائم على فصل العودة عن الحلّ السياسي في سوريا، وتشجيع العودة الآمنة وإعطاء المساعدات للنازحين في أرضهم وليس في البلدان المضيفة. وصلت «القوات» متأخرة، بعد أن عُيّن في وزارة الدولة لشؤون النازحين وزيرٌ من خلفية سياسية حليفة لسوريا، ويريد العمل مباشرةً معها لحلّ الملّف، مدعوماً من القصر الجمهوري. أعلن عن التوجه القواتي الجديد وزير الشؤون الاجتماعية ريشار قيومجيان، مُوضحاً بأنّ المبادرة أُطلقت «لأنّ موضوع النازحين السوريين بات يشكل أزمة وطنية كبرى، ولأنّ الخلاف السياسي على التطبيع والعلاقة مع النظام الحاكم في سوريا يجب ألا ينعكس على إرادتنا المشتركة لإيجاد الحلول الآيلة لعودة النازحين إلى بلادهم». وقد تضمنت المبادرة الآتي: «المكان الوحيد لبحث حلّ العودة هو مجلس الوزراء، تشكيل لجنة وزارية لمتابعة الموضوع، الإناطة بهذه اللجنة الوزارية بحث عودة النازحين بالتنسيق مع الجهات الدولية المعنية، لتحفيز السوريين على العودة عبر إمدادهم بالمساعدة داخل سوريا، كما التنسيق مع الدول الكبرى ولا سيما روسيا، صاحبة المبادرة، على الحكومة أن تطلب من المجتمع الدولي مزيداً من الضغط على النظام السوري لتسهيل العودة (تسمح «القوات» لنفسها بالتدخل في شؤون دولة أخرى، و«نصح» المجتمع الدولي بالضغط لإلغاء الخدمة العسكرية الإلزامية، وإعادة النظر بقوانين إثبات ملكية العقارات…)، الأمن العام اللبناني هو الجهاز الصالح لتنسيق عودتهم عبر الحدود. ولتحفيز العودة، تلغي الحكومة اللبنانية كل رسوم تسوية أوضاع الإقامة للسوريين العائدين، ستكون وزارة الشؤون الاجتماعية على استعداد، وفق الخطة التي ستقرها الحكومة، للطلب من الفرق العاملة في خطة الاستجابة للأزمة السورية، المساهمة أولاً في حث النازحين على العودة وثانياً أخذ أسماء العائلات الراغبة بذلك».

تقول مصادر القوات إنها ضدّ موقف الحريري المؤيد للعودة الطوعية

اللافت للنظر، أنّه في 3 شباط 2019، كان نائب القوات اللبنانية بيار بو عاصي، يختتم مسيرته كوزيرٍ للشؤون الاجتماعية، بالمشاركة في مؤتمر «خطة الاستجابة للنزوح السوري للعام 2019»، التي تهدف بشكل واضح إلى منع النازحين السوريين من العودة إلى بلدهم، وتوفير كلّ المُساعدات النقدية والعينية لهم وللبلدان المضيفة، من أجل أن يؤسّسوا لحياتهم خارج سوريا. فماذا فعلت وزارة الشؤون الاجتماعية، لمواجهة هذا المُخطّط؟ وهل حاولت «فرض هيبة» الدولة، برفضها دخول الأموال الغربية إلى البلد من دون المرور أولاً بالمؤسسات الرسمية، الواجب عليها أن تُشرف على كيفية إنفاق هذه المبالغ؟ «لا عمل» وزارة الشؤون الاجتماعية مع بو عاصي، لمواجهة مشكلة النزوح، كان جزءاً من سياسة القوات اللبنانية العامة، التي بدت مُتماهية إلى حدّ بعيد مع الرغبات الدولية في منع عودة النازحين إلى أرضهم، تحت ستار «عدم التواصل مع النظام السوري»، واختلاق أعذارٍ شتّى بدءاً من غياب الأمان في سوريا، وصولاً إلى نظرية أنّ الرئيس بشار الأسد لا يريد للنازحين أن يعودوا. كان ذلك، قبل أن تعتبر «القوات» أنّ العودة الطوعية للنازحين السوريين، «قرار غير سيادي». وترى ضرورة في عودتهم السريعة، فأفضل مئة مرّة أن يسكن المرء داخل خيمة في بلده من أن يسكن بخيمة خارجه، على حدّ قول نائب «القوات» فادي سعد خلال مناسبة حزبية يوم السبت. تُصرّ مصادر «القوات» على أنّها من أول المُتحدثين عن عودة آمنة، «إلى المناطق التي يغيب عنها النزاع المُسلّح»، فأتى القرار بأن تبدأ حملة «لتوضيح موقفنا حتى لا يستمرّ أحد في غشّ الرأي العام، ولنشنّ حملة ضدّ التطبيع مع النظام السوري، بعد أن ارتفع في الآونة الأخيرة الحديث عن ربط العودة بالتطبيع». دولتان تتبادلان البعثات الدبلوماسية، تتواصلان وزارياً، وتربطهما علاقات اقتصادية وتجارية، ولا تزال «القوات» تتحدّث عن رفض لـ«التطبيع»؟ تردّ المصادر بالقول: «فلتبقَ هذه حدود التواصل. نحن غير موافقين على تبادل السفراء وزيارات الوزراء، ولكن القرار ليس بيدنا. خلاف ذلك، سنواجه محاولات تعويم النظام السوري». مبادرة «القوات» فيها تناقض أساسي، وهو استنجادها من جهة بـ«المجتمع الدولي» للضغط على النظام السوري، وفي المقابل مطالبتها بتقديم المساعدات للنازحين في سوريا وتشجيع عودتهم غير الطوعية (حديث فادي سعد). تردّ المصادر بالقول: «لا نستنجد بالمجتمع الدولي، بل نُقدّم له رؤيتنا، وسنضغط من أجل إقناعه بها. كما أنّنا سنتحاور مع سعد الحريري، لأنّنا ضدّ موقفه المؤيد للعودة الطوعية، ليكون موضوع العودة مُتفق عليه داخل الحكومة».

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We’ve seen the west’s approach to Venezuela before – in Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, need I go on?

Instead of pleading with those who will not support him, the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela might want to take a closer look at who his foreign friends are

By Robert Fisk

February 13, 2019 “Information Clearing House” –    The closest I ever came to Venezuela, many years ago, was a transit connection at Caracas airport. I noticed a lot of soldiers in red berets and a clutch of goons, and it reminded me, vaguely, of the Middle East.

Now, sitting in the rain squalls of the wintry Levant, I flick through my newspaper clippings of our recent local autocrats – Saddam, Assad, al-Sisi, Erdogan, Mohammed bin Salman (you can fill in the rest for yourself) – and I think of Nicolas Maduro.

The comparisons are by no means precise. Indeed, it’s not the nature of the “strongmen” I’m thinking about. It’s our reaction to all these chaps. And there are two obvious parallels: the way in which we sanction and isolate the hated dictator – or love him, as the case may be – and the manner in which we not only name the opposition as the rightful heir to the nation, but demand that democracy be delivered to the people whose torture and struggle for freedom we have suddenly discovered.

And before I forget it, there’s one other common thread in this story. If you suggest that those who want presidential change in Venezuela may be a little too hasty, and our support for – let us say – Juan Guaido might be a bit premature if we don’t want to start a civil war, this means you are “pro-Maduro”

Just as those who opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq were “pro-Saddam”, or those who thought the west might pause before it supported the increasingly violent opposition in Syria were labelled “pro-Assad”.

And those who defended Yasser Arafat – over a long period a super-terrorist, a super-diplomat and then a super-terrorist again – against those who would oust him as leader of the Palestinians, were abused as “pro-Arafat”, “pro-Palestinian”, “pro-terrorist” and, inevitably, “anti-Semitic”. I recall how George W Bush warned us after 9/11, that “you are either with us or against us”. The same threat was made to us about Assad.

Erdogan has used it in Turkey (less than three years ago) and it was a common line in the forgotten 1930s used by none other than Mussolini. And now I quote Trump’s US secretary of state Michael Pompeo on Maduro: “Now it is time for every other nation to pick a side … either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you’re in league with Maduro and his mayhem.”

You get the point. Now is the time for all good people to stand alongside the United States, the EU, the nations of Latin America – or do you support the Russkies, Chinese, Iranian headbangers, the perfidious Corbyn and (of all people) the Greeks? Talking of the Greeks, European pressure on Alexis Tsipras to conform to the EU’s support for Guaido – proving that the EU can indeed bully its smaller members – is a good argument for Brexiteers (though far too complex for them to understand).

But first, let’s take a look at our favourite tyrant, in the words of all who oppose him. He’s a powerful dictator, surrounded by generals, suppressing his people, using torture, mass arrests, secret police murders, rigged elections, political prisoners – so no wonder we gave our support to those who wish to overthrow this brutal man and stage democratic elections.

Not a bad precis of our current policy towards the Maduro regime. But I am referring, of course, word-for-word, to the west’s policy towards the Assad regime in Syria. And our support for opposition democracy there wasn’t terribly successful.

We were not solely responsible for the Syrian civil war – but we were not guiltless since we sent an awful lot of weapons to those trying to overthrow Assad. And last month the notepad of US national security advisor John Bolton appeared to boast a plan to send 5,000 US troops to Colombia

And now let’s tick the box on another Maduro-lookalike – at least from the west’s simplistic point of view: the military-backed elected field marshal-president al-Sisi of Egypt, whom we love, admire and protect. Powerful dictator? Yup. Surrounded and supported by generals? You bet, not least because he locked up a rival general before the last election. Suppression? Absolutely – all in the interest of crushing “terrorism”, of course.

Mass arrests? Happily yes, for all the inmates of Egypt’s savage prison system are “terrorists”, at least according to the field marshal-president himself. Secret police murders? Well, even forgetting the young Italian student suspected by his government to have been allegedly tortured and bumped off by one of Sisi’s top Egyptian cops, there’s a roll call of disappeared activists.

Rigged elections? No doubt about it, although al-Sisi still maintains that his last triumph at the polls – a cracking 97 per cent – was a free and fair election.

President Trump sent his “sincere congratulations”. Political prisoners? Well, the total is 60,000 and rising. Oh yes, and Maduro’s last victory – a rigged election if ever there was one, of course – was a mere 67.84 per cent.

As the late sage of the Sunday Express, John Gordon, might have said: it makes you sit up a bit. So, too, I suppose, when we glance a bit further eastwards to Afghanistan, whose Taliban rulers were routed in 2001 by the US, whose post-9/11 troops and statesmen ushered in a new life of democracy, then corruption, warlordism and civil war.

The “democracy” bit quickly came unstuck when “loya jurgas”, grand councils, turned into tribal playpens and the Americans announced that it would be an exaggeration to think that we could achieve “Jeffersonian democracy” in Afghanistan. Too true.

Now the Americans are negotiating with the “terrorist” Taliban in Qatar so they can get the hell out of the Graveyard of Empires after 17 years of military setbacks, scandals and defeats – not to mention running a few torture camps which even Maduro would cough to look at.

Now all this may not encourage you to walk down memory lane. And I haven’t even listed the sins of Saddam, let alone our continuing and cosy relationship – amazing as it still seems – with that Gulf state whose lads strangled, chopped up and secretly buried a US-resident journalist in Turkey.

Now just imagine if Maduro, tired of a journalist critic slandering him in Miami, decided to lure him to the Venezuelan embassy in Washington and top the poor guy, slice him up and bury him secretly in Foggy Bottom. Well now, I have a feeling that sanctions might have been applied to Maduro a long time ago. But not to Saudi Arabia, of course, where we are very definitely not advocating democracy.

“Now is the time for democracy and prosperity in Venezuela,” quoth John Bolton this week. Oh, yes indeed. Maduro runs an oil-soaked nation yet its people starve. He is an unworthy, foolish and vain man, even if he’s not Saddamite in his crimes. He was rightly described by a colleague as a dreary tyrant. He even looks like the kind of guy who tied ladies to railway lines in silent movies.

So good luck to Guaido. Palpably a nice guy, speaks eloquently, wise to stick to aid for the poor and fresh elections rather than dwell on just how exactly Maduro and his military chums are going to be booted out.

In other words, good luck – but watch out. Instead of pleading with those who will not support him – the Greeks, for example – he might take a closer look at who his foreign friends are. And do a quick track record on their more recent crusades for freedom, democracy and the right to life. And by the way, I haven’t even mentioned Libya.

This article was originally published by The Independent“-

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Marzieh Hashemi, an International Role Model

By Stephen Lendman
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Released by the FBI after enduring cruel and unusual mistreatment in illegal detention for 10 days, Marzieh, a US and Iranian citizen, was joyously welcomed home by supporters on arrival at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport Wednesday evening.

Arrested and detained under harsh conditions on the spurious pretext of being a material witness in a criminal case her family knows nothing about. 

Flagrantly abusing her was most likely all about US hostility toward Iran for its sovereign independence and opposition to Washington’s imperial agenda.

It was also related to how Press TV and Marzieh operate, truth-telling their mandate on vital issues, standing for peace, equity and justice, polar opposite US-led Western major media managed news misinformation and disinformation – the official narrative drowning out what everyone most needs to know.

The Trump regime’s scheme backfired. Marzieh’s arrest and mistreatment became an international cause celebre, attracting major media attention. Supportive public demonstrations were held in her behalf, what very likely saved her, along with her son witnessing her unlawful arrest.

Otherwise the FBI could have disappeared her, never to be seen or heard from again, no one knowing what happened – what can happen to anyone US authorities target anywhere worldwide, what did happen and continues happening to thousands of innocent victims of US imperial viciousness.

Nearly all Guantanamo detainees committed no crimes, unlawfully held uncharged and untried, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR earlier saying:

“The vast majority of the men at Guantanamo should never have been detained in the first place…seized in broad sweeps and sold to the US (for) substantial bounties.”

The same goes for nearly all detainees at other US torture prisons, operating globally, individuals unjustly abducted and wrongfully imprisoned, held longterm, grossly mistreated, denied habeas rights, due process, and equal protection under law.

Americans are as vulnerable as others abroad. The Bush/Cheney regime targeted people’s lawyer, civil and human rights champion, justice warrior Lynne Stewart for defending a client they wanted imprisoned, falsely charging him with a crime he didn’t commit.

Lynne was wrongfully charged under the 1996 Antiterrorism Act on four counts of aiding and abetting a terrorist organization, along with violating Special Administrative Measures (SAMS) imposed by the US Bureau of Prisons.

Her show trial was a travesty of justice. At the time, then-National Lawyers Guild President Michael Avery said the Justice Department “was resolute from day one in making a symbol out of Lynne Stewart in support of its campaign to deny people charged with crimes of effective legal representation.”

Her case was precedent-setting, chilling, and according to former Center for Constitutional Rights President Michael Ratner, sent “a message to lawyers who represent alleged terrorists that it’s dangerous to do so.”

Her attorney Michael Tigar called her conviction and imprisonment “an attack on a gallant, charismatic and effective fighter for justice,” adding: “I have never seen such an abuse of government power.”

Sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by the imperial state for doing the right thing, she was freed on December 31, 2013 by a compassionate release order because of her terminal breast cancer diagnosis, at the time given months to live – surviving until March 7, 2017.

In 2010, neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui was convicted and imprisoned for being a Muslim in America at the wrong time, a war OF terror victim, brutally tortured and mistreated in detention. She committed no crimes. No evidence suggested any. 

She remains imprisoned longterm, the life and well-being of a brilliant, soft-spoken, religious Pakistani/American destroyed by the imperial state.

She was falsely called an al-Qaeda operative and facilitator, outrageously accused of involvement in biochemical warfare, including (nonexistent) planned attacks against the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, and Wall Street – along with terrorist recruiting and other phony charges, not a shred of evidence supporting any of them.

She was disappeared for over a year with no information on her whereabouts released, brutally tortured and raped in captivity, transformed into a zombie from her horrific ordeal.

FBI arrests Marzieh – who of us at PressTV is next?

January 24, 2019

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker BlogFBI arrests Marzieh – who of us at PressTV is next?

Like illegally jailed PressTV anchor Marzieh Hashemi, I am a journalist at Iran’s PressTV and also a dual-citizen of Iran and the US, with family in both countries. So should I cancel my next trip to the United States, then?

Well, I refuse to.

I visit the US at least once a year, and nothing could possibly prevent me from returning whenever I want – full stop.

So I take a special interest in the illegal and immoral 10-day detention of my PressTV colleague by the United States FBI, and not merely because it would certainly start my next vacation on the wrong foot.

Frankly, I was not terribly worried for Marzieh, and you – kind reader – should not worry for me: Marzieh and I have both surely always known that working for Iran would cause us problems in the West eventually. We would be naive to think otherwise, given the West’s brutal, deadly, illegal, inhumane, four-decade war on Iran – we knew what we were getting into (and were proud to do so).

I wish it had been me instead of Marzieh, but the US really took on the harder case: Marzieh is 59 years old, and in journalism that is very rare these days, given the fact that young, cheap labor is prioritised over experienced, difficult, knowledgeable, older journalists who are much more difficult for editors to control. I was certain that Marzieh would remain principled during her detention: in fact, I imagined Marzieh’s attitude towards her captors was akin to Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry movies: “Go ahead – make my day.”

Such is the combative, defiant, principled outlook of a good journalist, and Marzieh certainly is that. Her place is empty at PressTV, but, Insh’Allah, she will return soon.

So who among us is next to be arrested?

Is it me? Is it one of my PressTV colleagues working in the United States? Is it one of our journalists working in a country allied with the US?

Or what about journalists for Russia’s RT or Venezuela’s Telesur? The leftist press in the US is certainly never found in any of their Mainstream Media – they are usually “fake-leftist” – but are American anti-imperialist & anti-capitalist journalists going to be chilled into silence?

Perhaps. Producing this chilling effect is the only plausible motivation I can come up with for Washington’s decision. Arresting Marzieh was only a major disgrace on the international level – but the US simply does not care.

I think that was the real motive behind the arrest: when it comes to Iran, the US simply does not care and will do anything, no matter how unprincipled. Look at Washington’s pulling out of the JCPOA on Iran’s nuclear energy agreement after years of multinational work and promises – Washington’s word means nothing. They have no honor. Indeed, they will arrest a grandmother if it can possibly hurt Iran; or if it can embolden other Western nations to similarly harass PressTV journalists.

Washington behaves without honor precisely because they are so very, very desperate to hurt Iran – obviously, the US has lost, is losing, and feels it will continue to lose in its undemocratic and shameful efforts to topple the popular 1979 Iranian Islamic revolution.

The US wants to show Iran it can act with impunity. News flash: Iranians already knew that! But Washington keeps willfully ignoring Iran’s collective response: Iran will not stop, no matter how many of our commercial airliners are shot down, how many foreign groups are encouraged to wage terrorism inside Iran, no matter how inhuman the economic siege, no matter how many journalists are arrested, etc.

The Iranian Revolution is not strong just because of the massive economic and democratic redistributions it undoubtedly created and cemented – it is strong because of its culture. This culture of resisting fear, intimidation, oppression, imperialism and arrogance is up, down and all around Iran and has been since 1979. Marzieh has discussed, defended, criticised and encouraged revolutionary social-economic-political culture during her work at PressTV – these acts of political modernity are the only reasons why the US arrested her. Indeed, there are very few people like her in the US! This is why Iran wants her back right away – Iran appreciates how special she is.

Iran is not so very unique: false sonic attacks in Cuba, napalm in Vietnam, bombing dikes to force agricultural famine in North Korea, funding fascists in China, economic sabotage in the USSR…any country which had a revolution after 1917, and is thus socialist-inspired and opposed to backwards, 1%-protecting Liberal Democracy, has faced or is still facing war from Washington.

It’s important to note that I write “Washington”, because Iran is not at war with the American People. That would mean that they are at war with Marzieh and myself – we ARE American! I will never not return to the US because I am American! I simply must re-connect with it periodically, and if it means a stay in jail…well, jails are a huge part of American culture, after all.

Especially for African-Americans, and that only added another layer of disgrace in their treatment of Marzieh. The aspect of racism in this case is noted from top to bottom in Iran and elsewhere, even if US media is too cowardly and intimidated to even mention it. Israel doesn’t like to mention their own Apartheid, either. Iran, however, freed the African-American embassy workers and diplomats during the hostage crisis in 1979 because their oppression has been appallingly obvious for not just decades but centuries.

My work at PressTV (and I think Marzieh feels the same) is in order to benefit ALL people and not just Iranians. It is not a crime. My work from France is not anti-French, either: it is expressly designed to benefit the French most of all! What PressTV allows me to do is to give voice to those many, many French people who say that Paris is pursuing economic and foreign policies which are against French values and which hurt not just France but the entire world. Alas, just like Washington, France’s elite calls such people “propagandists”, “agitators” or sometimes even “terrorists” – it is nonsensical, sad, and doomed to failure.

If Iran was the one crushing the US with sanctions and Cold War – doing everything it could on a macroeconomic level to cause the most suffering possible to the greatest number of people – I would certainly be working for PBS or National Public Radio. Marzieh and I, and the other dual-citizens of PressTV, are NOT disloyal – it is the US government which betrays their People with their treatment of Iran (but, of course, not only Iran).

The US has not made and cannot make a criminal out of Marzieh – they have proven she is a true patriot of both Iran AND the US.

I always knew she was.

And I see no contradiction whatsoever. Those who do foolishly conflate “patriotism” with “jingoism”. Marzieh, allegedly arrested for her role as a journalist filming a Black Lives Matter demonstration in St. Louis, was doing what any patriotic American with her training would do: documenting injustices which are not only anti-American but against Americans themselves.

So whatever nefarious plots the US has in store for me upon my next return: I am aware of history, I read the paper and I am quite lucky to say that I have talked with, learned from and been inspired by Marzieh Hashemi – I am neither surprised nor afraid. I will continue to work for the cause of humanity and the related causes Iran stands for: Muslim democracy, anti-imperialism, anti-capitalism, anti-privileges, Islamic feminism and anti-sectarianism (racial, ethnic, religious, etc.).

The arrest of Marzieh proves to us Americans that Washington is not defending our uniquely American morals, laws and priorities: freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from unlawful search and seizure, freedom of due process, the guarantee to equal protection under the law for all citizens and other rights which are both found in our US Constitution, American law and American custom.

If Washington would adopt Iran’s modern political struggles and actually defend America’s beliefs – instead of attacking both – what a wonderful world it could be!

Marzieh Hashemi has been freed, finally – that was the first step Washington had to take. The second necessary step is to listen to her.

Stop the West’s war on Iran!

Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for PressTV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. His work has appeared in various journals, magazines and websites, as well as on radio and television. He can be reached on Facebook.

Marzieh Hashemi Freed from FBI Prison

Local Editor

The US government released without charge Press TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi after 10 days of illegal detention at an FBI facility, her family announced.

Hashemi appeared before a grand jury in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning, when her testimony was expected. The Associated Press cited the people familiar with her case as saying that she was released after her testimony concluded Wednesday afternoon.

Hashemi, a 59-year-old American-born Muslim convert who has lived in Iran for years, was detained at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in Missouri on January 13th while in the US to visit her ill brother and other family members.

She was transferred to a detention facility in Washington, DC, where she was initially forced to remove her hijab and only offered non-halal food.

The FBI declined to comment on her arrest, but the US government confirmed that she had been arrested as a “material witness.”

Following the release, her family issued a statement that included the following:

“Marzieh Hashemi has been released from her detention without charge and is with her family in Washington DC.

Marzieh and her family will not allow this to be swept under the carpet. They still have serious grievances and want answers as to how this was allowed to happen.”

The family wants assurances that this won’t happen to any Muslim – or any other person – ever again.

Just as America is aware of the harassment of the Black community by the police, America needs to start talking about the harassment of the Muslim community by the FBI.

Marzieh Hashemi will be remaining in Washington DC for the protest on Friday and calls for all cities across the world to keep their protest.

This was never just about Marzieh Hashemi. This is about the fact that anyone of us, Muslim or non-Muslim can be imprisoned without charge in the United States.

Marzieh will be making comment in due course.

Media contact marziehenquiries@gmail.com

Source: Press TV, Edited by website team

The Cowardly Abduction of Journalist: The FBI Abducts Journalist Marzieh Hashemi

Marwa Osman

A journalist has been kidnapped inside US territories without any charge or crime. On Sunday January 13, the FBI abducted American-born journalist and anchor Marzieh Hashemi , born Melanie Franklin, upon arrival at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri, , according to her family and friends.

Marzieh Hashemi, a journalist and anchor working for Iran’s English-language Press TV television news network, has been detained and imprisoned in the United States for unspecified reasons and is reportedly being treated badly by the authorities who abducted her. Press TV reported that Marzieh had arrived in the US to visit her ill brother and other family members. Her relatives were unable to contact her, and she was allowed to contact her daughter only two days after her arrest.

Hashemi, who has been living in Iran for years and is a Muslim revert, has told her daughter that she was handcuffed and shackled and was being treated like a criminal. The journalist also said that she had her hijab forcibly removed, and was photographed without her headscarf upon arrival at the prison.

As if forcing her hijab off was not enough humiliation for Hashemi, she has only been allowed to wear a T-shirt, and is currently using another one to cover her head. Furthermore, she has been offered only pork as meal – which is forbidden under Islamic law – and even denied bread and any other halal food after refusing to consume the meat. Hashemi told her daughter that the only food she has had over the past two days has been a packet of crackers.

The United States of America, which likes to remind us daily how it is amongst the few countries around the globe to respect human rights, freedom of speech and tolerates religious differences, has showed the world the absolute opposite by abducting Marzieh. Not only did the FBI illegally detain a person without any charges, they also resided to humiliating her by forcing her to remove what every pious Muslim woman holds sacred, her Hijab. To add salt to the injury, they offered only the type of food, which they knew for sure she wouldn’t eat because it contains pork which is considered ill-gotten in Islam.

Just think about it for a second, if a this is how an American citizen is treated while in FBI custody without any charge then imagine the cases inside US illegal detention centers which are spread across the globe to torture “suspects” whom the US “ believes” are a “threat to national security”. Who’s to say that Marzieh will get to have legal presentation to defend her? Who’s to say she will ever go to court? Who’s to say if we ever see Marzieh again?

The FBI or whichever US authority that had Marzieh abducted had only one thing in mind by incarcerating her. They want to punish Hashemi for being a beacon of truth at times of fake news peak and to intimidate all other journalist especially in English speaking TV channels in order to stay silent and not report what the US believes to be against its imperial agenda.

Violence against journalists which the US usually accuses other states of conducted has become the bread of the US authorities.  What the US has shown its own citizen Marzieh now is simply hatred because of her voice and her activism, which was amplified on social networks by Press TV’s viewers who now became the loudest defenders of Hashemi.

These expressions of hatred by US authorities against Marzieh legitimize violence against journalists all across the world, thereby undermining journalism, and democracy itself. The same democracy that the US wages wars and commits war crimes in order to impose on other “less fortunate countries”.

At a time when the US supposedly a “democracy” that has made “tolerance” its number one social goal, is failing miserably at both democracy and tolerance because the US is slowly but surely killing Freedom of Speech. The US allows journalists to say what they want, as long as their words don’t cause tangible harm to the empire’s agendas and interests.

Where the concept of Freedom of Speech is absent, people believe they are entitled to kill others who say things they find offensive or that may threaten their interests. Without Freedom of Speech, we would literally be living in the Dark Ages and that is exactly where the US government wants to take all of us who dare challenge the empire’s narrative and who dare expose the empire’s complicity in crimes all over the world.

However, we shall not be silenced, neither shall Marzieh. We shall be Marzieh’s voice and we shall make sure her message will be heard, one of tolerance, righteousness and sympathy with the oppressed. We can all voice our support to Marzieh Hashemi and our contempt to the illegal actions of the US authorities against Marzieh by tweeting, posting and writing about her story. Marzieh’s family members and media activists have launched a social media campaign with the hashtags #FreeMarziehHashemi and #Pray4MarziehHashemi in support of the detained journalist. Let us all use these hashtags and raise our voices to end violence against journalists everywhere.

Source: Al-Ahed News

The Cowardly Abduction of Journalist Marzieh Hashemi by the US Regime

Harun Elbinawi

News reached us of the cowardly abduction of prominent Journalist and Press TV news anchor Marzieh Hashemi by the Trump regime. Hashemi was born in the US and she is a US citizen. She went to visit her sick brother and other relatives in the US and was abducted. She is presently held in a FBI detention facility in Washington DC with no formal charge press against her.

Hashemi’s hijab was forcefully removed and they denied her halal food in the detention facility. Dear Friends, these are the barbarians that are always fraudulently parroting freedom and respect for Human Rights.

The abduction of an innocent Journalist is part of the Trump regime obsession with Iran. Trump and gang want the resistance axis to recognize the existence of the illegal and illegitimate Zionist regime occupying Palestine. The Trump gang are ignorant of the fact that the Political Earthquake that happened in Iran in 1979 is today bigger than Iran. Millions around the world are inspired by that glorious Revolution with hundreds of thousands of them in the US itself. That Revolution changed the course of history forever and the sanctions and savage barbarism of the Trump gang can never be able to alter this.

Marzieh Hashemi is a big fan of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, and a strong supporter of the Islamic Movement. When I was in Iran I was informed that she organized workshops to highlight the extreme savagery and barbarism of Zaria Genocide by the Buhari regime.

Hashemi went to visit her sick brother and she was abducted be the desperate Trump regime. My blood brother is a US citizen but I cut all contacts with him when he became a US citizen. He protested but I told him I did that to protect him. I am already marked by them. They know me. They will try to use him to get at me. Murderous imperialists are genocidal savages.

God willing, we will mount campaign for the freedom of Hashemi from the dungeon of the Trump regime on all social media platforms. The Hash Tags are:

#FreeMarziehHashemi #Pray4MarziehHashemi

Source: elbinawi.wordpress.com, Edited by website team

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MEDIA IGNORES THE PLIGHT OF KIRILL VYSHINSKY: A RUSSIAN JOURNALIST IMPRISONED WITHOUT TRIAL IN UKRAINE

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The 2018 Person of the Year issue features four covers depicting Philippines-based editor Maria Ressa, jailed Burmese journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the staff of the Capital Gazette, and the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. But jailed Ukrainian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky wasn’t included. Share this with those whom are unaware of Kirill’s plight. http://bit.ly/2UCZ0nb
Sign the petition to help release imprisoned journalist Kirill Vyshinsky 👉👉👉http://bit.ly/FreeKirill

Eva Bartlett speaks with journalist Vladimir Rodzianko on the detention of Kirill Vyshinsky by Ukraine since May 2018. Ukrainian authorities accuse Vyshinsky of “treason” and have delayed his trials twice.

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The case of Russian-Ukranian journalist, Kirill Vyshinsky, imprisoned without fair trail in Ukraine since mid-May is yet another in a long list of attacks on journalists by NATO-aligned countries that never make the headlines.

petition for Vyshinsky’s release reads:

On May 15, 2018, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) carried out a massive operation against journalists, having forcefully searched the Ukrainian-based RIA Novosti’s central office in Kiev, including its correspondents’ homes, and arrest of it’s editor-in-chief, Kirill Vyshinsky.

On July 11, the court in Kherson, Ukraine extended Kirill’s imprisonment by 60 days without bail, and is currently being held captive, as his health is rapidly deteriorating.

As of November 1, the Kherson city court has extended the arrest of Kirill until December 28, without a legitimate trial and without right to bail.”

The journalist, if finally tried, could face up to 15 years in prison, although he was fulfilling his role as a journalist. While in prison, his health has deteriorated to the point that his lawyer had to request urgent medical treatment, Sputnik reported.

Yet, aside from the rather bland entry on the Reporters Without Borders (RWB) website, expressing “worry” for Vyshinsky, only Russian media seem to be reporting on the prolonged and illegal detention of a journalist. Just imagine the selective outrage corporate media would express in chorus were the journalist imprisoned in Russia. The RWB entry did, at least, note:

“The authorities must either precisely explain how the alleged actions constituted high treason or release Kirill Vyshinsky without delay.”

Supporters of Vyshinsky are asking for a fair trial and fair media coverage.

To learn more, I spoke with American journalist Vladimir Rodzianko, the author of the petition and co-administrator of a Facebook group in support of Kirill Vyshinsky.

Top Photo | Kirill Vyshinsky, surrounded by Ukrainian officials and security in Kiev, Ukraine. Photo | Reuters

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من «سلامة الجليل» الى «درع الشمال»: قتال المهزوم

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من «سلامة الجليل» الى «درع الشمال»: قتال المهزوم

ماذا في مقدور العدو أن يفعل، إذا كان عاجزاً عن تحمل كلفة حرب مفتوحة مع حزب الله؟ (أ ف ب )

سألت ضابطاً في المقاومة الإسلامية: هل ضعف عدوّنا الى هذه الدرجة؟ أجابني: لا لم يضعف، لكن الواقف قبالته صار قوياً!

السؤال فرضته إجراءات العدو القائمة منذ اسبوع، تحت عنوان «درع الشمال». والمسألة، هنا، ليست التنمّر على عدو قوي وحاقد، حقق نقطة استخباراتية في كشف ما اعلن عنه، لكنها تكمن في المتغيرات الجوهرية التي طرأت على معركة تقترب من مفترق اساسي في سياق مشروع ازالة اسرائيل من الوجود. وكل ما علينا، ليس التحديق إلى صورة اسرائيل التي عرفناها قوية جداً، بل التركيز على الثقب الكبير في روحها، حيث باتت خطواتها العملانية، عسكرياً وأمنياً وإعلامياً ودبلوماسياً، تشبه بعض العرب في زمن الهزيمة الذي أفل الى غير رجعة.

منذ توقف العمليات العسكرية في 14 آب 2006، واسرائيل تعاين، يومياً، استثماراً غير مسبوق من جانب حزب الله لنصره الكبير. والاستثمار بالنسبة الى الجهات الحرفية في تل ابيب، لا يتعلق بموجة التعاطف والتأييد الشعبي له، ولا في تقدمه سياسياً داخل لبنان، بل في كيفية انتقاله، مرة واحدة، من هيكل القوة المنظّمة التي تقوم عقيدتها على الدفاع وافشال خطط العدو، الى هيكل القوة المنظّمة والقوية أكثر، والتي تضم عقيدتها بند القتال الهجومي، ونقل المعركة الى ارض العدو. وخلال السنوات الـ12 الماضية، كان العدو يقوم بكل ما يقدر عليه، لمنع تراكم القوة لدى المقاومة. لكن يأسه من تحقيق الهدف، جعله يعمل على توظيف قدرات غيره في معارك مختلفة مع المقاومة. ومع كل استحقاق، كان العدو يعود ليدرك ان مشكلته لا تعالج بواسطة الغير. وها هي حرب سوريا وأزمات العراق واليمن، وكل مشاكل لبنان الداخلية، لم تأت للعدو بما يأمله، بل على العكس، صار لزاماً عليه التعامل بنفسه مع قوة، يقول هو، إنها اقرب الى جيش يملك القدرة على الصمود والإيلام.

لسنا نحن من يريد معالجة ازمة الخيارات عند العدو. لكن، يمكن تلبّس عقل العدو في هذه الاثناء، في محاولة لفهم ما يقوم به.

«متى توافرت القدرة والارادة للقيام بعمل عسكري كبير، فإن اسرائيل لن تحتاج الى ذريعة لشن عدوان جديد على لبنان»! هذه قاعدة ثابتة في عقل كل من ينخرط فعلياً في الصراع العربي – الاسرائيلي. لكن، متى تتوافر هذه القدرة والارادة؟ ليس في اسرائيل، اليوم، من يجرؤ على الاجابة. لا يقدر سياسيوها ولا عسكريوها ولا أمنيّوها، ولا كل من هو في موقع القرار ومطّلع على المعطيات، على ادعاء معرفة الجواب. لكن كل من في اسرائيل يعرف انه لا يمكن الركون الى هذا الاحباط، وانه يجب القيام بأي شيء، في سياق ما يفترضونه معركة احتواء قوة حزب الله.

دلّت حرب عام 2006 على نقطة جوهرية في الصراع الاستخباراتي مع العدو. في تلك الايام، أعلن دان حالوتس، رئيس الاركان، عن عملية الوزن النوعي، التي قام بها سلاح الجو ضد ما اعتقد العدو انها مخازن الصواريخ الاساسية للمقاومة. لم تمض ايام قليلة، حتى تيقن العدو ان تقديره لم يكن دقيقاً. والخلاصة التي توصل اليها الحرفيون لدى العدو تقول: يبدو ان عدونا يعلم ما نعلمه عنه. بل قد يكون عدونا ضللنا بأن أعلمنا بما أراد لنا ان نعتقده الكنز الثمين، ووقعنا في الفخ!

اليوم، يتصرف جيش الاحتلال وقيادته استناداً الى معطيات استخباراتية حول تموضع المقاومة على طول الحدود مع فلسطين. قرّر العدو، فجأة، أن يوافق المستوطنين على وجود أنفاق. يقول موشي يعلون، وزير الحرب الاسبق، إن الكذب ليس فيه مشكلة. لقد نفيت وجود أنفاق قبل عامين، رغم أنني كنت أعلم بوجودها. بنيامين نتنياهو لا يريد أن يكذب هذه المرة، لكنه قرر التخلي عما يفترض أنه «سر استخباراتي ثمين» بالكشف عن الانفاق وتدميرها من الناحية الجنوبية. لكن لا نتنياهو، ولا قيادته العسكرية، يجيبان عن اسئلة الجمهور: هل ان ما تعرفونه هو كل شيء عند الطرف المقابل؟ وماذا لو كان حزب الله يعلم بأنكم تعرفون بوجود هذه الانفاق؟ وكيف لنا ان نتأكد من عدم وجود المئات من هذه الانفاق على طول الحدود؟ ثم لماذا لم تتركوا هذه المعلومات للاستخدام في الحرب المقبلة، مثل ان تفخخوا النفق، وتفجروه في حالة استخدامه من قبل حزب الله؟…

إذا كان مبدأ حفر الانفاق صار واقعاً في عقل العدو إزاء طريقة عمل حزب الله، فكيف سيكون العمل على مسح الحدود متراً متراً من اجل ضمان عدم وجود أنفاق مخفية؟ ومن قال إن حفر نفق قبل عشرة اعوام، يشبه حفر نفق قبل بضعة أعوام فقط، أو قبل بضعة شهور، أو قبل بضعة اسابيع؟ ومن قال إن الانفاق يشبه بعضها بعضاً، كما هي التربة وطبيعة الارض التي لا تتطابق في كل الامكنة؟ وكم من الوقت تحتاج اسرائيل للخروج الى شعبها معلنة انجاز المهمة؟ وكيف سيعيش المستوطنون مع اسابيع واشهر طويلة من الحياة الخاضعة تماماً لمزاج ضابط عسكري؟ وكم ستصرف موازنات من الجيش ومن المؤسسات المدنية لمواجهة هذا الاستحقاق؟ وفي النهاية، فإن في قيادة العدو الحقيقية من يقول، عن وعي، إن الانفاق، على اهميتها الاستراتيجية أو التكتيكية، ليست هي الخطر الحقيقي الذي تخشاه اسرائيل.

هاجس العدو المركزي الحصول على موقف عالمي ضد حزب الله ومحاولة تعديل القرار 1701 واستئناف الخلاف بين اللبنانيين

لكن بعيداً عن الضجيج، والى جانب الحذر القائم من احتمال ارتكاب العدو حماقة على شكل خطأ، ينتج عنه ما لا يريده احد اليوم، فان تل ابيب تسعى الى مكاسب سياسية مباشرة من خلف هذه العملية، وهي تريد النتائج السياسية، لانها ببساطة باتت تعلم علم اليقين انه لا يوجد في الجهة المقابلة لها، من يقدر على إدخال اي تعديل، شكلي او هامشي او ثانوي، في برنامج عمل المقاومة العسكري والامني العامل من دون توقف. وقد لاحظت استخبارات العدو، خلال الاسبوع الماضي، كيف تصرف حزب الله على الحدود، لكنهم، لن يتحدثوا لشعبهم عن الامر!

والثمن السياسي المتاح الان، هو منع اللبنانيين أولاً، ودول المنطقة ثانياً، وعواصم القرار العالمي ثالثاً، من التصرف وكأن حزب الله بات قدراً لا قدرة عليه. العدو هنا، يسعى بكل قوته لأن يعيد المقاومة بنداً خلافياً داخل لبنان. صار العدو يقبل بأن يخرج سياسي أو اعلامي فقط، ويعترض على سلاح المقاومة. هو يريد ضجة في لبنان، لكنه لا يحصل عليها. وهو في المقابل يريد من حلفائه في فلسطين وسوريا والدول العربية البقاء في حالة استنفار، على خلفية ان حزب الله يشكل عنصر تهديد لهم قبل ان يكون عنصر تهديد لاسرائيل. والعدو يريد من اوروبا ودول العالم التصرف مع حزب الله على انه جسم منبوذ، لا فائدة من الحوار معه أو التعامل معه حتى كأمر واقع. العدو يريد ان تساعده الولايات المتحدة وبريطانيا وفرنسا في موجة ادانة عالمية لحزب الله. يريد ان يعيد النقاش في الامم المتحدة حول القرار 1701، وما اذا كان بالامكان تعديل القرار واضافة بنود تجعل القوة الدولية قادرة على تولي حماية الحدود. والعدو يسعى الى إقناع اوروبا بأن تصنف الحزب كله كمنظمة ارهابية، ومن ثم منظمة اجرامية. والعدو يسعى الى جعل العرب المتحالفين معه يقومون بالامر نفسه، وان يجعلوا حزب الله عدواً لشعوبهم، وان يحظروا التعامل معه او النطق باسمه او الدفاع عنه. وهم يسعون مع الغرب لأن يفرضوا حظراً عالمياً على حزب الله، لاعتقادهم ان ذلك يفيدهم في لحظة المواجهة الكبرى، وهم يدركون انه جهد لا طائل منه.

لكن، ماذا في مقدور العدو أن يفعل، إذا كان عاجزاً عن تحمل كلفة حرب مفتوحة مع حزب الله؟ وماذا بمقدوره أن يفعل إذا كان جيشه لا يضمن نصراً، لا سريعاً حاسماً ولا ناصعاً، إن فتحت النار على جانبي الحدود.

الذين لم يتعرّفوا على اسرائيل الجديدة، يمكنهم العودة الى الخلف مسافة ست وثلاثين سنة. عام 1982، قامت اسرائيل بأكبر عملية عسكرية تحت عنوان «سلامة الجليل». هذه «السلامة» جعلت العدو يتذرع بجروح أصابت دبلوماسياً اسرائيلياً، لشن حرب قادت الى احتلال بيروت، وسعي الى طرق ابواب الشام يومها. أما اليوم، فإن هذه «السلامة» تحتاج الى كل أنوار العالم للإضاءة على مشهد اكتشاف نفق، يمتد بضعة امتار داخل فلسطين المحتلة، وفي مكان منبسط، يعرف العدو أنه ليس فيه أي مانع طبيعي، أو بشري، لقيام عشرات المقاتلين بالتقدم، سيراً أو بدراجاتهم أو بسياراتهم العسكرية او المدنية نحو قلب الجليل. والمخيال لدى العدو، ليس فقيراً الى درجة أن يقنع نفسه بأن تدمير نفق كفركلا، يقفل بوابة تحرير فلسطين!

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