الويل لمن دفعوا الشعب إلى اليأس من الانتفاضة

ناصر قنديل

لن يرحم التاريخ الذين يسمون أنفسهم بقادة جماعات الواجهة في التحرك الشعبي الكبير الذي شهده لبنان قبل عامين، بعدما شكل هذا المشهد الشعبي إعلاناً بأن الشعب جاهز للتحرك، وشرارة رفع تعرفة الواتساب لا تفسر المشهد، بقدر ما تشير إلى أن الناس أرادت اختبار فرصة الشارع المستقل والموحد، بديلاً عن الانغلاق الطائفي والولاءات الحزبية، وبعد سنتين يبدو هذا الشعب وقد اكتوى بما هو أشمل وأخطر وأبشع من السبب الظاهر لتحرك تشرين أول مرة، مستكيناً مستسلماً يائساً من جدوى الشارع، متقبّلاً لقدر الجوع والقهر، وقد نهبت ودائعه، وقطعت عنه الكهرباء وصار البنزين عملة نادرة، وبلغ سعر الدولار مستويات خيالية، وضاعت فرص العمل، وباتت الهجرة أمنية الشباب، حيث تبدو تافهة كل التبريرات التي يسوقها جماعات الواجهة في حراك تشرين، مثل غلاء البنزين الذي يحول دون قدوم الناس من المناطق كأن الشوارع تغص بسكان العاصمة وينقصها مدد المحافظات، فالحقيقة التي لا تحجبها كل غيوم الأرض، هي أن الناس اختبرت فرصة الشارع واكتشفت الخديعة الكبرى فأقسمت ألا تعيدها.

لم تفوّض الناس أحداً برفع شعارات يزعم أنها أهداف نزول الناس إلى الشارع، بينما كان السقف الوحيد الجامع للغاضبين هو الغضب من السلطة والشك بصلاحها لإدارة شؤون البلد، ولم تشكل الناس برلماناً ولا اختارت هيئة قيادية موحدة، لتمنح جماعات الواجهة لنفسها حق تلبيس الناس ثوباً لم تشترك في اختياره، فذهب أغلب هذه الجماعات نحو محاولة توظيف الغضب باتجاه عنوان سياسي معلوم أنه سيتكفل بتقسيم المشاركين وفقاً لفالق القسمة التاريخي بين اللبنانيين، وهو الموقف من سلاح المقاومة، وكاذب ومنافق من يزعم من جماعات هذه الواجهة أن هذا لم يكن السبب الرئيسي لتفرق جمع الشارع، لأن من يؤمنون بالمقاومة انفضوا وعادوا إلى بيوتهم، ومن يؤمنون بأولوية المواجهة مع المقاومة لهم مرجعياتهم الحزبية والطائفية التي تخوض هذه المواجهة فلماذا يتركونها، وسقط بذلك مبرر الخروج على الطوائف والأحزاب والزعامات، وعاد أغلب الذين انتفضوا إلى طوائفهم وزعاماتهم وأحزابهم، ومن السخافة الحديث عن مسار ثوري يحتاج التراكم والصبر كتفسير للمشهد القائم، فالانتفاضات تبدأ صغيرة وتكبر، وليس العكس، والوعي يتجذر نحو الخروج من العب الطائفية، لا بتثبيت العودة إليها، وتضييع الفرصة الجامعة بين اللبنانيين بتلبيسها عنواناً يتصل بالهوية يقسم لبنان السياسي منذ ولادته، كان المؤامرة الكبرى على أنظف وأشمل تحرك شعبي عابر للطوائف في تاريخ لبنان.

كان يمكن الحفاظ على وحدة الشارع ونبضه لو لجأت جماعات الواجهة لتأكيد رفض أي محاولة لزج الانتفاضة في خطوط الانقسام اللبناني التقليدي وتأكيد الحرص على عدم الانزلاق إلى أي ملف خلافي بين الشوارع اللبنانية، وفي طليعتها موضوع سلاح المقاومة، وهذا يعني تسليم الجامعات الطامحة سياسياً من لاعبي الواجهة بوضع أنانيتها الحزبية جانباً لصالح مصلحة الانتفاضة وحيوية الشارع ووحدته، فلا كلام عن ثورة وتغيير وإسقاط نظام من دون جواب موحد على القضايا الوطنية الكبرى، تسير وراه جموع الشعب بقلب رجل واحد، وفي طليعة هذه القضايا كيفية التعامل مع ثنائية المواجهة مع خطر العدوان والاحتلال وسلاح المقاومة، وهذا عنوان لم ينضج عليه بعد جواب لبناني جامع، ما يعني التواضع في ما يطلب من الشارع، لجهة تركيز الأهداف على عناوين قادرة على الجمع، وفي طليعتها قضية مثل مصير الودائع المصرفية والمطالبة ببرمجة استعادتها، والضغط على مصرف لبنان لوقف التحويلات المالية إلى الخارج، وربما تتاح فرصة الضغط لتغيير حاكم المصرف المركزي، وربما لاحقاً يكون ممكناً الضغط لتشكيل محكمة خاصة بالفساد تفتح الملفات العالقة مثل الأملاك البحرية، ومغارة علي بابا في وزارة الاتصالات، والتدقيق الجنائي المالي.

– لم يكن أخذ الانتفاضة نحو السياسة عملاً وطنياً بل تخريباً مقصوداً، تحت شعارات ثورية منافقة تخفي رغبات وطموحات سلطوية لجماعات الواجهة الراغبين بتسلق الشارع لدخول جنة السلطة نيابياً ووزارياً، أو تخفي أجندات خارجية تقوم جماعات الواجهة المدعومة من المؤسسات الإعلامية العملاقة المتشابكة في تركيبتها ومصالحها مع مافيات السلطة والفساد والمصارف ومصرف لبنان بصورة خاصة، فكانت مهمة جماعات الواجهة محددة انهاء الانتفاضة وإعادة اللبنانيين إلى العلب الطائفية، ما

لم يكن ممكناً جرهم وراء شعارات العداء للمقاومة، سواء تحت عنوان تحميلها زوراً مسؤولية الأزمة الاقتصادية، أو ربط الحل الاقتصادي برضا قوى دولية وعربية تناصب المقاومة العداء، أو تحت مزاعم سيادية تدعو لحصرية السلاح بيد الجيش ولا تدعو لتسليح الجيش بما يردع العدوان والاحتلال تجنباً لإغضاب الأميركي، الذي كان نقطة الحل والربط في إدارة جماعات الواجهة ووسائل الإعلام التي كانت تساندها.

يذهب اللبنانيون اليوم نحو حتفهم، ولا يفكرون بالنزول إلى الشارع، فقد تعلموا الدرس، أن الطوائف أكثر أماناً، بفضل وبركة هذه النخبة التي شكلت واجهة حراك تشرين.

This is Hezbollah!

 October 19, 2021

Hezbollah fighter Saidnaya

This image shows a Hezbollah fighter saluting the Statue of Jesus in the Syrian town of Saidnaya. The picture was taken in 2017, when Hezbollah fighters were engaged in fierce clashes aimed at cleansing Syria from Takfiri terrorists.

It was said that this fighter was martyred several months after this photo was captured.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on Monday (October 18, 2021) lashed out at Lebanese Forces party and its leader for portraying the Lebanese Resistance movement as an enemy and a threat to the Christians.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah has been for years defending the people in Lebanon and Syria, including the Christians, citing fierce battles with Takfiri terrorists in the two countries.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

The Golden Age of America

October 10, 2021

The Golden Age of America

By Walt Garlington for the Saker Blog

Mr Paul Gottfried gives us a standard line about the need to return to the Golden Age of the American republic at the end of a short book review he penned:

Since Janowski leaves his heuristic queries open, this reviewer feels free to note that the egalitarian democracy he so graphically describes represents a falling away from something much better. It is a denaturing of the constitutional republic upholding federalism and ordered liberty that marked America’s earlier phase. The United States was not always the quasi-tyranny it is now becoming. It started with a well-conceived political order, one that some Americans wish to return to.

But is this still really a tenable ideal and goal? What did the former English colonies gain from independence in 1776? Is it not the truth that the colonies lost nearly everything a traditional people would consider worth living for and exchanged it for never-ending political feuds and money-grabbing after that fateful year?

There is hardly anything of cultural value to speak of in the United States today. What lover of beauty 500 years from now will have any desire to watch Saturday Night Live or play Grand Theft Auto or own a Ford F-150 pickup truck? But the usual farming village or small city of artisans in Christian Europe was filled with cultural treasures, however externally poor those people may appear to modern eyes. Their life revolved firstly around the parish church: the Divine Liturgy – the union of Heaven with earth, morning and evening prayers, the feasts and fasts of the Church calendar, the holy days dedicated to our Lord and His Most Pure Mother, the patron saint of the parish church, the patron saint of each person in the parish, baptisms, etc.

Then there was the life of each family, whose members included those who lived long ago by virtue of their graves in the parish churchyard and by virtue of remembering those same members and others often in prayers for the departed. The family home was also a major part of the family itself, more often than not being the same place in which their forebears had lived for many generations, with the furniture, tools, etc., also being handed down from many years before. Entertainment too was handed down from many old hands: ballads and folk songs, communal dances and games, and so on.

Related to family life was the vocation of each person, for the children usually followed in the profession of one of their close kinsmen. And the members of these professions themselves often formed communities of their own, each with its own traditions.

For this peaceful and stable way of life, the English colonies in North America substituted something truly atrocious. They called it ‘liberty’, but it is nothing of the sort. It was an unleashing of the passions, which is slavery of the lowest and most degraded form, and manifests itself in the constant re-creation of the methods of production and the grasping after money and material goods. This kind of life undermines the well-being of society, breaks all the traditional bonds between people – within families and outside them, dissipates the societal virtues accumulated by the previous generations, and causes anxiety to abound. What occupation should I pursue? What college should I go to? Where should I live afterwards? Where can I go to make the most money? Such questions were largely unknown to our ancestors.

Compounding these problems, we now have a never-ending political drama that further erodes the influence of the Church, families, and other healthy traditions. In order to protect the ‘liberty’ we won through independence from Great Britain, we placed ourselves within an unending cycle of political elections and battles. There is hardly ever any rest from it. ‘The price of liberty is eternal vigilance’, we are taught here in the exceptional nation. Vicious, lengthy campaigns are waged to gain elected offices, and no sooner are these watchmen of our freedoms chosen than we turn our jealous Argus-eyes upon them to make sure they don’t encroach upon anything that is ours.

Politics in the old countries, and in the colonies before 1776, was much less volatile and imposed itself much less in daily life. Most officials held their positions by heredity, meaning little jostling and wrangling to obtain them. Likewise, many modern government functions were handled by kin-groups or churches: education of children, care for the poor, sick, and elderly, etc. When there was interaction with the government, it was usually not with a nameless bureaucrat but with the count or lord who lived in the village manor and whom they knew well – a man with whom the villagers received Holy Communion, who supplied their festivals with foodstuffs, in whose fields they worked at harvest-time.

The federalism and order liberty of the American constitutional republic hailed by Mr Gottfried above were merely the vestiges of a healthy pre-Modern Christian society. As the States began to fulfil the telos of their new republican creation, however, those forms faded away. Now we have no true communities, whether villages or cities, only atomized urban apartments and rural suburbs. Here we have no Christian life to speak of, but we may squeeze in a church service at the mega-church beside the interstate on Christmas Eve to keep Grandmother from nagging us. Here we have few family connections, save those that are mediated by social media, and which are further cheapened by our desire for views and likes of our posts related to family life.

This view can be confirmed by looking at the South, where old European attitudes lasted the longest in the US. In Dixie there were hereditary government offices (de facto rather than de jure); political elections were not all-consuming affairs (turnout was often very low at elections); ancestors were remembered; the Church calendar still played some role in determining the rhythm of life; families remained rooted in a particular place and home for generations. Some of this still holds true today, in a very weakened form.

New England has shown the opposite tendency. She has from the beginning been in a constant state of ferment, developing new religions, new industries, new political theories.

Some Southerners (this author included) are sometimes tempted to throw all the fault for the decay of old settled ways in the States entirely on New England, but that is dishonest, for the South also found ways to undermine them on her own: by repealing primogeniture laws, by disestablishing Christianity as the official religion of the Southern States, by extending the franchise to more and more people, by outlawing nobility.

The abnormality of post-1776 America is also reflected in the fact that Christian monasteries, one of the foundation stones for spreading and strengthening the Christian faith in the old countries of Asia, Africa, and Europe, are few in number in all regions. The vocation of total dedication to God has found shallow soil in the US, as Metropolitan Kallistos Ware says in his little book The Orthodox Church, because we are all of us – New England, South, Great Plains, and the rest – so preoccupied with improving our material condition that vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience are anathema to most. Only in a handful of the Spanish and French Roman Catholic communities that were later absorbed by the expanding American union were some scattered monasteries to be found, and the number of monasteries has been bolstered in recent years largely by the influx of immigrants from Orthodox and Roman Catholic countries.

From today’s vantage point, the days of the young American republic do look pleasant. But it is a deception, like a mirage in the desert. As soon as we look more closely at them, we see that the hollowness of present-day American life began with the separation from Great Britain in 1776, which was a separation from the whole stream of traditional Christian life and its replacement with the new idols of an all-engrossing political life (which is everywhere present and fills all things, to use the words the Orthodox Church uses in a prayer to the Holy Ghost) and economic upheaval and progress without end.

Thus, to good men like Mr Gottfried who pine for the by-gone days of the early American republic, we say, They are right to look to the past for a model of how to live, but they must go back further, before the federal constitution of 1787, and before the separation from Europe in 1776, and before even the Renaissance, when the Orthodox Church and family and neighbor were the sources of life, the only sources of a life that is worth living. Unless the peoples of the States rediscover those springs, life will continue to be parched and barren, and no paper constitution will be able to make it verdant and fruitful again.

Iraq’s Nujaba: Next PM Must Cancel US-ordered Agreements, Expel Occupying Forces

October 6, 2021

Iraq’s Nujaba: Next PM Must Cancel US-ordered Agreements, Expel Occupying Forces

By Staff, Agencies

Secretary General of Iraq’s Hezbollah al-Nujaba resistance movement, Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi, said the country’s next prime minister must terminate all agreements reached under the dictates of the United States and also expel all occupying forces from Iraqi soil.

In a statement on Tuesday, al-Kaabi said the US-ordered agreements give Iraq’s resources away to the hegemonic country’s colonial projects and must therefore be canceled.

The Iraqi resistance leader added that the next Iraqi prime minister must end the games of the US military base which acts under the name of Washington’s embassy in the Green Zone and prevent it from dominating Iraq’s oil sales.

The Middle Eastern country is set to hold an early parliamentary election on October 10, amid a crippled economy that led to a mass protest movement in 2019.

This will be Iraq’s fifth parliamentary vote since the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled former dictator Saddam Hussein.

The vote was originally scheduled to take place next year, but was brought forward in line with demands of the protesters, namely reforms and fight against corruption.

In his statement, Sheikh al-Kaabi also said another criterion for the next premier is that they must officially criminalize the normalization of relations with the Zionist regime and punish those who act to materialize it as the greatest betrayal against the Muslim world.

He further stressed that the Iraqi premier must resist Emirati and Saudi schemes to destroy Iraq’s economy and security.

Highlighting the need for a healthy political system that serves the Iraqi people and maintains the country’s sovereignty, Sheikh al-Kaabi said one of the criteria for the future prime minister should be a commitment to expelling all occupying forces from Iraq.

Calls for the expulsion of American forces have soared since the US assassination of Iran’s top anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Deputy Commander of the Popular Mobilization Units [PMU] Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in early 2020.

Fed up with the US targeting of top anti-terror forces, Iraq’s resistance groups have also vowed not to lay down their arms or cease their struggle until the expulsion of all American troops from their country.

The future prime minister must also take a stand against foreign colonial companies that plunder Iraqi resources, al-Kaabi said, adding the Hezbollah al-Nuajab Movement does not have any candidate in the upcoming elections, but called on Iraqi people to turn out en masse in the polls.

Under the new Iraqi electoral law, Iraqis are now able to vote for individual candidates rather than parties for the first time. This was one of the demands of the 2019 protests.

Iraq is emerging from almost two decades of war and militancy since the 2003 US-led invasion and the 2011 withdrawal, which saw the rise of Daesh [the Arabic acronym for ‘ISIS/ISIL’] terrorist group and the return of American forces with the professed aim of defeating Daesh.

The 2019 protests were also against youth joblessness, crumbling public services and foreign meddling in the country’s affairs.

Avert Afghanistan from a catastrophe

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

Avert Afghanistan from a catastrophe

By Zamir Awan for the Saker Blog

Hundreds of thousands of Afghans working for the US government, directly or indirectly, have been evacuated, either by air or by road, direct to destinations’ or via transit from any third country. It was a massive migration operation. Yet, Many Afghans are trying to slip away to destinations in the Western developed world.

The US was ruling Afghanistan through such agents and they were informers and used for a special operation. They were working under the CIA directly or through various NGOs. The US has established a wide network of its loyal in Afghanistan and was operating through them. Now the US is helping them to leave Afghanistan. If such people exposed the US atrocities and brutalities in Afghanistan, the US may not be able to face world condemnation. The Jails, Torture Centers, Detention centers. And interrogation cells were the worst places of human rights violations.

There are still many Afghans, working for the US and may not find any way to leave Afghanistan. This is a threat to Afghan peace and stability. The defense contractors working in Afghanistan, some of them, preferred to stay in Afghanistan, creates a lot of doubts and fears of creating chaos in Afghanistan. The UD, by design, shifted ISIS-K to Afghanistan long ago and equipped them, trained them, and funded them, for fighting against the Taliban, moving toward civil war.

The US cannot forget its Two Trillion investment in Afghanistan and the sacrifices of thousands of its Servicemen and women. It was forced to leave Afghanistan, but, has not forgiven the humiliating defeat in Afghanistan. The US does not want a stable and prosperous Afghanistan, especially do not wish a smooth and stable Taliban rule. It has the potential to destabilize the country and planned to do so.

The recent bill in the US 117th Congress 1st Session is a comprehensive strategy to create chaos and destabilize the country. It is sanctioned as a tool to achieve such objectives. It is very much obvious from the language of the bill that the US is determined to take revenge.

Strange! Taliban is the son of the soil and true Afghans, rule by locals is not acceptable to the US? Americans were the invaders and destroyed the country, yet not happy? And still devising conspiracies, what a state of unfairness! The cruelty is the UN’s silence. Afghans want to rule their country according to their traditions, tribal customs, and local culture, why the US has objection? Imposed governments, installed governments, planted governments, puppet governments. And invaders, aggressors, failed to rule Afghanistan in history and will fail in the future too. Afghanistan is known as the graveyard of big empires. Has a long history of defeating outsiders, aggressors, invaders, the world should learn their history and then make any decision. If the people of Afghanistan have not accepted USSR-backed Dr. Najeeb, or Babrak Karmel, or Hafizullah Ameen, or Noor Muhammad Turkey, in the same manner, have not accepted US-backed Hamid Karzai or Ashraf Ghani, what’s wrong with it? It is their country, and they wanted to rule themselves, is it not their fundamental right? Why does the international community not allow them to exercise their fundamental right?

Taliban are popular in the country and have not faced any resistance while recapturing it. They fought against the foreign occupation for twenty years, they sacrificed the lives of close relatives and friends, faced jails, tortures, and all types of hardships. Finally, they won and forced the US to leave Afghanistan. Is it not in their right to rule their own country? Why do Americans oppose it?

Since the Taliban recaptured their country, the law and order situation has improved, people are happy and feel safe. Taliban has granted general amnesty to all, including those who have been fighting against them along with the US. They have not killed a single person, not arrested a single person, not harassed a single person. Society is calm and quiet. The bureaucracy is functioning in a routine manner. Women are working, as usual, girls are going to school as usual. Shops are opened, traffic is normal, everything is smooth, except, economy.

The US has frozen Afghan assets, and imposed sanctions, coercing them economically. A war-torn country, damaged by the foreign aggressor, has devastated the whole country, the economic situation is rather pathetic. There is an acute shortage of food and consumer products. Humanitarian assistance is needed urgently. If the international community may not respond immediately, 40 million Afghan’s lives are at stake. If due attention is not spared toward Afghanistan, a catastrophe is unavoidable. We foresee a major humanitarian disaster in the country. The people of Afghanistan are not the people of lesser God. Care for them, rescue them, extend humanitarian assistance on an emergency basis. All nations and individuals with human consciousness must try their best to save humankind. The UN and its organizations must extend assistant open-hearted and generously, without conditions.

Usually, the UN helps needy communities through NGOs, and the US implants their agents in such NGOs, who are not helping hands but conspirators and implementing the American agenda. They exploited destitute people and achieve their objectives. It has been witnessed that, in many vulnerable communities, many agents were implanted and undercover, they were engaged in the implementation of their agenda, instead of real service to humanity. The UN may take serious notice and avoid similar practices in Afghanistan. However, there are also some good NGOs, and working for the welfare of humanity, must be appreciated and applauded.

It is a rare opportunity that permanent peace and stability may be achieved in Afghanistan. It will help to promote stability and prosperity not only in this region but also globally. Afghanistan is on the major traditional trade route and connects East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, China, Russia, and Eurasia, with Africa, Europe, and Middle-east through Pakistan (Arabian Ocean – Karachi and Gwadar). A stable Afghanistan is a prerequisite for trade and economic activities in this region and leading toward developments and prosperity.

Taliban, after passing through a tough war against superpowers has learned a bitter lesson from their experiences. They have become more mature and sensible. It is now reformed and refines the Taliban. They are wise, smart, and understand global implications. To date, their behaviors are much mature and sensible. They have honored the peace deal reached between the US and them on 29 February 2020, in Doha. They have implemented the deal in true letter and spirit. They have capture Kabul peacefully, without losing any human life. They controlled the country and brought the Government writ amicably, they have not taken any revenge from anyone and provided protection to all. They have allowed and facilitated all foreigners and Afghans to leave the country at their own wish. They have provided full rights to women according to their social norms and culture. They are trying to broaden the Government inclusive of all factions, ethnic groups, etc. However, the American demand for the inclusion of Hamid Karzai, or Ashraf Ghani, or their group is irrational. They should not share power with traitors, puppets, foreign agents, etc. It is their country, they should rule it according to domestic values and traditions. The world has seen and witnessed that the Taliban are wise, gentle, kind, smart, and capable people. They can rule the country very well, they have proved their capabilities since the take over on 15 August 2021. Any interference from outside or dictation should be rejected immediately.

The international community should extend heling hand instead of putting harsh conditions. The US should fulfill its part of the obligation reached under the Doha peace deal, recognize Taliban rule, remove them from the terrorist list, release their assets, and keep out of domestic politics. Let the Afghans decide their future.

Author: Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan, Sinologist (ex-Diplomat), Editor, Analyst, Non-Resident Fellow of CCG (Center for China and Globalization), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan. (E-mail: awanzamir@yahoo.com).

حزن ميقاتي وأربعة أسئلة في القانون الدولي مفاهيم تحدّد مسألة السيادة في قوافل المازوت

 ناصر قنديل

طرح كلام رئيس الحكومة نجيب ميقاتي عن توصيف عبور قوافل المازوت الإيراني الذي استورده حزب الله وجلبه عبر الحدود السورية من دون الخضوع للإجراءات الحكومية، بالانتهاك للسيادة اللبنانية، سؤالاً عن مفهوم السيادة في قضية القوافل وعبورها، من الزاوية القانونية، وفقاً لمعايير القانون الدولي، لأنه ثمة ما هو معلوم من الزاوية السياسية بأن المقاومة لم تمتنع عن الالتزام بالخضوع للإجراءات الحكومية عبر الحدود، بل إن الحكومة هي التي فضلت عدم الانخراط في أي صلة بالقوافل تلافياً لإثارة أي التباس يوحي بشراكتها تفادياً لتعرضها للعقوبات الأميركية، كما هو معلوم أن كلام الرئيس ميقاتي عن انتهاك السيادة هو مقصد سياسي للقول إن الحكومة لم تكن على صلة، طلباً لذات الهدف، أي تفادي العقوبات الأميركية، ما يستدعي فحص ومعاينة المصطلح والتحقق من مدى ملاءمته للحالة التي نتحدث عنها توصيفاً واستنتاجاً.

السؤال الأول الذي يطرحه الموضوع هو طالما أننا لا نتحدث عن عقوبات دولية تحظر المتاجرة مع إيران أو عبر سورية، فما هو التوصيف القانوني للعقوبات الأميركية في حالة لبنان، والجواب نجده في معاهدة لاهاي التي تتحدث عن مفهوم الاحتلال، بصفته تعبيراً يتجاوز مجرد الوجود العسكري الأجنبي الذي لا يصبح احتلالاً إلا بمقدار ما يفرض مشيئته على الأرض التي توصف محتلة بذات نسبة سيطرة المشيئة الأجنبية على إجراءاتها وتدخلها في تغيير وجهة ممارسة السيادة عليها، فيصير السؤال هو، لو لم تكن هناك عقوبات أميركية، هل كان لدى الحكومة اللبنانية مشكلة في أن تتعامل بصورة سيادية مع القوافل، وهل أن الذي استولى على الصلاحيات السيادية للدولة وحل مكانها هو الأميركي الذي استولى على سلطة السماح والمنع أم المقاومة التي كانت جاهزة للخضوع للإجراءات الحكومية، وهل أن الحكومة لديها قرار سيادي يحظر الاستيراد من إيران وعبر سورية خرقته المقاومة، أم أن المقاومة خرقت قواعد الاستيلاء الأميركي على هذا البعد من القرار السيادي للحكومة؟

عندما  نوصف السيطرة الأميركية على القرار السيادي للدولة، بالاحتلال لأنه يتولى ممارسة سلطة على أرض ليست أرضه ويفرض عليها تشريعات ليست نابعة من السلطات السيادية الشرعية، يصير السؤال القانوني هل أن الحكومة بمؤسساتها السيادية قامت بما يلزم لردع هذا الاحتلال وتحرير بلادها منه، أم أنها خضعت أو تغاضت أو استسلمت أو أعلنت عجزها، وفي كل هذه الحالات التي لحظها القانون الدولي هل يصبح الاحتلال شرعياً، ويصبح التسليم بمشيئة الاحتلال قانونياً، والجواب قاطع بالنفي في كل المداولات والمناقشات الخاصة بحالة الاحتلال التي ينتهي البحث فيها باعتبار المقاومة التي تنظمها الشعوب بوجه الاحتلال لإسقاط مشيئته هي الرد القانوني المشروع والسيادي.

المقاومة المسلحة هي الجواب عندما يكون الاحتلال الذي يفرض المشيئة عسكرياً، وكسر المشيئة بذاتها بالتمرد على مندرجاتها كدعوة الشعب لرفض دفع الضرائب لسلطات الاحتلال هو نوع من المقاومة المشروعة، وفي حالة الاستيلاء الأميركي على السلطة السيادية للدولة في تحديد شروط المتاجرة والعبور، يكون كسر هذه المشيئة مقاومة مشروعة لا تقبل الاجتهاد، يزيده مشروعية تلكؤ الحكومة أو استسلامها أو تغاضيها أو عجزها أو خضوعها، بما يجعل التخلي الحكومي عن ممارسة الحق السيادي وارتضاء استيلاء الأجنبي عليه إطلاقاً لحق المقاومة المشروع باسترداد هذا الحق وفرض ممارسته من الشعب الذي تمثله المقاومة، كما في حال المقاومة العسكرية للاحتلال بالقوة العسكرية.

وفقاً للمفهوم القانوني للسيادة، الذي ينتهك هو صاحب العقوبات الذي نصب نفسه صاحب المشيئة في فرض القوانين بدلاً من السلطات الوطنية المحلية، ليصير قوة احتلال وفقاً للتعريف القانوني، وليست المقاومة التي تمردت على الإجراءات التي فرضها الاستيلاء على القرار السيادي للدولة وتلكؤ الدولة في مواجهة هذا الاستيلاء وخضوعها للمشيئة الأجنبية، بل إن المقاومة تصبح قانونياً الممثل الشرعي للشعب في ممارسة السيادة في إسقاط الاحتلال بصفته مشيئة أجنبية تفرض تشريعاتها على الأرض الوطنية للدولة من خارج الممارسات السيادية لمؤسسات الدولة وتشريعاتها.

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An Everlasting Trauma: Sabra and Shatila by the Hours

September 16, 2021

Source: The Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 31, No. 1. 16 Sep 23:31

By Al Mayadeen

Ariel Sharon gave the commands, the Israeli-backed militiamen did the dirty work.

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On one occasion of forty hours of ruthless slaughter, “Israel’s” June 6, 1982 invasion of Lebanon, called “Operation Peace for Galilee,” hardly experienced any sense of peace. Linda Butler, an associate editor at the Journal of Palestine Studies, narrates it well

According to “Israel,” the aim of the operation was to push back the frontiers of the Palestinian resistance fighters to “protect the people of Galilee” – however, little did 3500 Palestinian and Lebanese know about how their death, sans criminal record, would protect settler colonialism miles and miles away. The second goal of the invasion was to station a government that has an affinity to Israeli settler colonialism. In this case, the president that was to assume office was right-wing leader Bashir Gemayel. 

Sharon called it, “ridding the world of international terrorism.” 

West Beirut, which engulfed the Sabra and Shatila camps, was besieged for 70 days. Three months into the invasion, 17,825 people were killed in occupied regions. West Beirut’s death toll alone, due to airstrikes, artillery and gunfire, took up 2,461 civilians.

As the death toll incessantly mounted, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) came to an understanding in August: to evacuate 11,000 Palestinian fighters and officials under the supervision and auspices of French, US, and Italian troops. The troops left by September 10, 1982. 

On the afternoon of the 14th of September, Bashir Gemayel was assassinated in the Kataeb (Arabic for Phalengist) headquarters in Achrafieh, East Beirut. Habib Shartouni, a member of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, was blamed for the explosion. 

Ariel Sharon, the security minister at the time, capitalized on the assassination to execute a plan that has impacted the lives of thousands.

Sharon immediately pused the narrative that the Palestinians were behind the assassination of the Christians’ leader, and that they must be avenged as soon as possible.

Accordingto an Israeli journalist, Amnon Kapeliouk, the horrendous operation to be launched by Sharon had been “meticulously planned long in advance.” 

At 3:00 AM on the 15th of September, Chief of Staff Rafael Eitan, Major General Amir Drori, Chief of Intelligence Elie Hobeika, and the Lebanese militia’s new commander-in-chief Fadi Frem met to discuss entry into the Sabra and Shatila camps. Sharon instructed, “Only one element, and that is the IDF, shall command the forces in the area.” While the IDF gave the orders, the Phalangist militiamen did the dirty work:

Fighter jets flew at a low altitude and tankers and troops surrounded the camps from all sides. Israeli snipers were at work, tanks were shelling the premises, and all exits and entrances were blocked by the IDF. Families locked themselves in their homes. 

By 11:30 AM on the 16th of September, the Israelis announced that they had taken control of Beirut. 

At 4:00 PM, jeeps supplied by the Israeli occupation forces drove into Shatila with the guidance of arrows drawn on the walls by the Israelis. 

A platoon of 150 militia soldiers, armed with guns, knives, and axes, stormed the camp. Immediately, they entered homes, slit throats, axed, shot, and raped. On many occasions, they would also slit pregnant women’s bodies open, leaving them and their fetuses to bleed to death. Entire families and neighborhoods were lined up on the streets and shot ruthlessly. 

On Thursday and Friday, Israelis fired light flares into the camps to guide the militiamen in the massacre. One Dutch nurse described the camp as bright as “a sports stadium lit up for a football game.”

By 8:40 PM, a briefing by an army general, Yaron, took place: He said that the militiamen are confused as to what to do with the men, women, and children. They were concerned that they found no terrorists, which left them to wonder what to do with the population they have rounded up. 

At this point, the Israelis were divided on whether the operation should proceed or not. On the one hand, one commander thought things “may have gotten too far,” another commander was impressed with the militiamen’s work and that they should continue, as they called it, “mopping up” till Friday, 5 AM the next day. Upon requesting another bulldozer to “demolish illegal structures,” the Israelis unconditionally granted it to the Phalangists. 

On Friday the 17th of September, the systemic murdering persisted. Bulldozers were at work: they were digging mass graves, and scooping bodies into piles on trucks just outside the camps. The “illegal structures,” which were inhabited buildings, would be destroyed so that bodies would be buried under the wreckage. At the height of this round of massacre, 400 militiamen were involved.

On Saturday at 6 AM, loudspeakers passing through the camps would order civilians to give in to the militia, to exit their homes, and turn themselves in. At that point, it was reported that a thousand people marched out of their homes in lines. The Israeli-backed militiamen would take some of the civilians out of the line and execute them on the spot, whereas others would be dragged to trucks nearby the Kuwaiti embassy and kidnapped…never to be found again. 

At 9 AM, international journalists and media outlets entered the camps only to find piles of bodies lying down on the floor – many mutilated, maimed, and unidentifiable. Many graves were shallowly dug, leaving dead body parts to appear arbitrarily. 

By 10 AM, the militiamen left the camp and the Israelis stayed out of the “scene” as to not be blamed for anything, refusing any accountability and denying any involvement in the disaster. 

American Pravda: Seeking 9/11 Truth After Twenty Years

September 14, 2021

American Pravda: Seeking 9/11 Truth After Twenty Years

by Ron Unz, reposted with permission

The twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks is almost upon us, and although their immediacy has been somewhat reduced by the events of the last eighteen months, we must recognize that they have drastically shaped the world history of the last two decades, greatly changing the daily lives and liberties of most ordinary Americans.

The widespread doubts about the reality of the official story provided by our government and almost universally promoted by our media has severely diminished popular faith in the credibility of those two crucial institutions, with consequences that are still very apparent in today’s highest profile issues.

Over the years, diligent researchers and courageous journalists have largely demolished the original narrative of those events, and have made a strong, perhaps even overwhelming case that the Israeli Mossad together with its American collaborators played the central role. My own reconstruction, substantially relying upon such accumulated evidence, came to such conclusions, and I am therefore republishing it below, drawn from my previous articles which had appeared in late 2018 and early 2020, with the later material making heavy use of Ronen Bergman’s authoritative 2018 history of the Mossad, which ran more than 750 pages.

Immediately following my own analysis is a link to a particularly noteworthy article along the same lines by French writer Laurent Guyénot, which we had originally released simultaneously with my own, then followed by more than a dozen other significant articles of the previous decade, all published or republished on this website. In coming days, some of these may also be separately featured as part of the twenty-year commemoration.

The 9/11 Attacks – What Happened?

Although somewhat related, political assassinations and terrorist attacks are distinct topics, and Bergman’s comprehensive volume explicitly focuses on the former, so we cannot fault him for providing only slight coverage of the latter. But the historical pattern of Israeli activity, especially with regard to false-flag attacks, is really quite remarkable, as I noted in a 2018 article:

One of history’s largest terrorist attacks prior to 9/11 was the 1946 bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem by Zionist militants dressed as Arabs, which killed 91 people and largely destroyed the structure. In the famous Lavon Affair of 1954, Israeli agents launched a wave of terrorist attacks against Western targets in Egypt, intending to have those blamed on anti-Western Arab groups. There are strong claims that in 1950 Israeli Mossad agents began a series of false-flag terrorist bombings against Jewish targets in Baghdad, successfully using those violent methods to help persuade Iraq’s thousand-year-old Jewish community to emigrate to the Jewish state. In 1967, Israel launched a deliberate air and sea attack against the U.S.S. Liberty, intending to leave no survivors, killing or wounding over 200 American servicemen before word of the attack reached our Sixth Fleet and the Israelis withdrew.

The enormous extent of pro-Israel influence in world political and media circles meant that none of these brutal attacks ever drew serious retaliation, and in nearly all cases, they were quickly thrown down the memory hole, so that today probably no more than one in a hundred Americans is even aware of them. Furthermore, most of these incidents came to light due to chance circumstances, so we may easily suspect that many other attacks of a similar nature have never become part of the historical record.

Of these famous incidents, Bergman only includes mention of the King David Hotel bombing. But much later in his narrative, he describes the huge wave of false-flag terrorist attacks unleashed in 1981 by Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, who recruited a former high-ranking Mossad official to manage the project.

Under Israeli direction, large car bombs began exploding in the Palestinian neighborhoods of Beirut and other Lebanese cities, killing or injuring enormous numbers of civilians. A single attack in October inflicted nearly 400 casualties, and by December, there were eighteen bombings per month, with their effectiveness greatly enhanced by the use of innovative new Israeli drone technology. Official responsibility for all the attacks was claimed by a previously unknown Lebanese organization, but the intent was to provoke the PLO into military retaliation against Israel, thereby justifying Sharon’s planned invasion of the neighboring country.

Since the PLO stubbornly refused to take the bait, plans were put into motion for the huge bombing of an entire Beirut sports stadium using tons of explosives during a January 1st political ceremony, with the death and destruction expected to be “of unprecedented proportions, even in terms of Lebanon.” But Sharon’s political enemies learned of the plot and emphasized that many foreign diplomats including the Soviet ambassador were expected to be present and probably would be killed, so after a bitter debate, Prime Minister Begin ordered the attack aborted. A future Mossad chief mentions the major headaches they then faced in removing the large quantity of explosives that they had already planted within the structure.

I think that this thoroughly documented history of major Israeli false-flag terrorist attacks, including those against American and other Western targets, should be carefully kept in mind when we consider the 9/11 attacks, whose aftermath has massively transformed our society and cost us so many trillions of dollars. I analyzed the strange circumstances of the attacks and their likely nature at considerable length in my 2018 article:

Oddly enough, for many years after 9/11, I paid very little attention to the details of the attacks themselves. I was entirely preoccupied with building my content-archiving software system, and with the little time I could spare for public policy matters, I was totally focused on the ongoing Iraq War disaster, as well as my terrible fears that Bush might at any moment suddenly extend the conflict to Iran. Despite Neocon lies shamelessly echoed by our corrupt media, neither Iraq nor Iran had had anything whatsoever to do with the 9/11 attacks, so those events gradually faded in my consciousness, and I suspect the same was true for most other Americans. Al Qaeda had largely disappeared and Bin Laden was supposedly hiding in a cave somewhere. Despite endless Homeland Security “threat alerts,” there had been no further Islamic terrorism on American soil, and relatively little anywhere else outside of the Iraq charnel house. So the precise details of the 9/11 plots had become almost irrelevant to me.

Others I knew seemed to feel the same way. Virtually all the exchanges I had with my old friend Bill Odom, the three-star general who had run the NSA for Ronald Reagan, had concerned the Iraq War and risk it might spread to Iran, as well as the bitter anger he felt toward Bush’s perversion of his beloved NSA into an extra-constitutional tool of domestic espionage. When the New York Times broke the story of the massive extent of domestic NSA spying, Gen. Odom declared that President Bush should be impeached and NSA Director Michael Hayden court-martialed. But in all the years prior to his untimely passing in 2008, I don’t recall the 9/11 attacks themselves even once coming up as a topic in our discussions.

Admittedly, I’d occasionally heard of some considerable oddities regarding the 9/11 attacks here and there, and these certainly raised some suspicions. Most days I would glance at the Antiwar.com front page, and it seemed that some Israeli Mossad agents had been caught while filming the plane attacks in NYC, while a much larger Mossad “art student” spy operation around the country had also been broken up around the same time. Apparently, FoxNews had even broadcast a multi-part series on the latter topic before that expose was scuttled and “disappeared” under ADL pressure.

Although I wasn’t entirely sure about the credibility of those claims, it did seem plausible that Mossad had known of the attacks in advance and allowed them to proceed, recognizing the huge benefits that Israel would derive from the anti-Arab backlash. I think I was vaguely aware that Antiwar.com editorial director Justin Raimondo had published The Terror Enigma, a short book about some of those strange facts, bearing the provocative subtitle “9/11 and the Israeli Connection,” but I never considered reading it. In 2007, Counterpunch itself published a fascinating follow-up story about the arrest of that group of Israeli Mossad agents in NYC, who were caught filming and apparently celebrating the plane attacks on that fateful day, and the Mossad activity seemed to be far larger than I had previously realized. But all these details remained a little fuzzy in my mind next to my overriding concerns about wars in Iraq and Iran.

However, by the end of 2008 my focus had begun to change. Bush was leaving office without having started an Iranian war, and America had successfully dodged the bullet of an even more dangerous John McCain administration. I assumed that Barack Obama would be a terrible president and he proved worse than my expectations, but I still breathed a huge sigh of relief every day that he was in the White House.

Moreover, around that same time I’d stumbled across an astonishing detail of the 9/11 attacks that demonstrated the remarkable depths of my own ignorance. In a Counterpunch article, I’d discovered that immediately following the attacks, the supposed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden had publicly denied any involvement, even declaring that no good Muslim would have committed such deeds.

Once I checked around a little and fully confirmed that fact, I was flabbergasted. 9/11 was not only the most successful terrorist attack in the history of the world, but may have been greater in its physical magnitude than all past terrorist operations combined. The entire purpose of terrorism is to allow a small organization to show the world that it can inflict serious losses upon a powerful state, and I had never previously heard of any terrorist leader denying his role in a successful operation, let alone the greatest in history. Something seemed extremely wrong in the media-generated narrative that I had previously accepted. I began to wonder if I had been as deluded as the tens of millions of Americans in 2003 and 2004 who naively believed that Saddam had been the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks. We live in a world of illusions generated by our media, and I suddenly felt that I had noticed a tear in the paper-mache mountains displayed in the background of a Hollywood sound-stage. If Osama was probably not the author of 9/11, what other huge falsehoods had I blindly accepted?

A couple of years later, I came across a very interesting column by Eric Margolis, a prominent Canadian foreign policy journalist purged from the broadcast media for his strong opposition to the Iraq War. He had long published a weekly column in the Toronto Sun and when that tenure ended, he used his closing appearance to run a double-length piece expressing his very strong doubts about the official 9/11 story, even noting that the former director of Pakistani Intelligence insisted that Israel had been behind the attacks.

I eventually discovered that in 2003 former German Cabinet Minister Andreas von Bülow had published a best-selling book strongly suggesting that the CIA rather than Bin Laden was behind the attacks, while in 2007 former Italian President Francesco Cossiga had similarly argued that the CIA and the Israeli Mossad had been responsible, claiming that fact was well known among Western intelligence agencies.

Over the years, all these discordant claims had gradually raised my suspicions about the official 9/11 story to rather strong levels, but it was only very recently that I finally found the time to begin to seriously investigate the subject and read eight or ten of the main 9/11 Truther books, mostly those by Prof. David Ray Griffin, the widely acknowledged leader in that field. And his books, together with the writings of his numerous colleagues and allies, revealed all sorts of very telling details, most of which had previously been unknown to me. I was also greatly impressed by the sheer number of seemingly reputable individuals of no apparent ideological bent who had become adherents of the 9/11 Truth movement over the years.

When utterly astonishing claims of an extremely controversial nature are made over a period of many years by numerous seemingly reputable academics and other experts, and they are entirely ignored or suppressed but never effectively rebutted, reasonable conclusions seem to point in an obvious direction. Based on my very recent readings in this topic, the total number of huge flaws in the official 9/11 story has now grown extremely long, probably numbering in the many dozens. Most of these individual items seem reasonably likely and if we decide that even just two or three of them are correct, we must totally reject the official narrative that so many of us have believed for so long.

Now I am merely just an amateur in the complex intelligence craft of extracting nuggets of truth from a mountain of manufactured falsehood. Although the arguments of the 9/11 Truth Movement seem quite persuasive to me, I would obviously have felt much more comfortable if they were seconded by an experienced professional, such as a top CIA analyst. A few years ago, I was shocked to discover that was indeed the case.

William Christison had spent 29 years at the CIA, rising to become one of its senior figures as Director of its Office of Regional and Political Analysis, with 200 research analysts serving under him. In August 2006, he published a remarkable 2,700 word article explaining why he no longer believed the official 9/11 story and felt sure that the 9/11 Commission Report constituted a cover-up, with the truth being quite different. The following year, he provided a forceful endorsement to one of Griffin’s books, writing that “[There’s] a strong body of evidence showing the official U.S. Government story of what happened on September 11, 2001 to be almost certainly a monstrous series of lies.” And Christison’s extreme 9/11 skepticism was seconded by that of many other highly regarded former US intelligence professionals.

We might expect that if a former CIA intelligence officer of Christison’s rank were to denounce the official 9/11 report as a fraud and a cover-up, such a story would constitute front-page news. But it was never reported anywhere in our mainstream media, and I only stumbled upon it a decade later.

Even our supposed “alternative” media outlets were nearly as silent. Throughout the 2000s, Christison and his wife Kathleen, also a former CIA analyst, had been regular contributors to Counterpunch, publishing many dozens of articles there and certainly being its most highly credentialed writers on intelligence and national security matters. But editor Alexander Cockburn refused to publish any of their 9/11 skepticism, so it never came to my attention at the time. Indeed, when I mentioned Christison’s views to current Counterpunch editor Jeffrey St. Clair a couple of years ago, he was stunned to discover that the friend he had regarded so very highly had actually become a “9/11 Truther.” When media organs serve as ideological gatekeepers, a condition of widespread ignorance becomes unavoidable.

With so many gaping holes in the official story of the events of seventeen years ago, each of us is free to choose to focus on those we personally consider most persuasive, and I have several of my own. Danish Chemistry professor Niels Harrit was one of the scientists who analyzed the debris of the destroyed buildings and detected the residual presence of nano-thermite, a military-grade explosive compound, and I found him quite credible during his hour-long interview on Red Ice Radio. The notion that an undamaged hijacker passport was found on an NYC street after the massive, fiery destruction of the skyscrapers is totally absurd, as was the claim that the top hijacker conveniently lost his luggage at one of the airports and it was found to contain a large mass of incriminating information. The testimonies of the dozens of firefighters who heard explosions just before the collapse of the buildings seems totally inexplicable under the official account. The sudden total collapse of Building Seven, never hit by any jetliners is also extremely implausible.

The 9/11 Attacks – Who Did It?

Let us now suppose that the overwhelming weight of evidence is correct, and concur with high-ranking former CIA intelligence analysts, distinguished academics, and experienced professionals that the 9/11 attacks were not what they appeared to be. We recognize the extreme implausibility that three huge skyscrapers in New York City suddenly collapsed at free-fall velocity into their own footprints after just two of them were hit by airplanes, and also that a large civilian jetliner probably did not strike the Pentagon leaving behind absolutely no wreckage and only a small hole. What actually did happen, and more importantly, who was responsible?

The first question is obviously impossible to answer without an honest and thorough official investigation of the evidence. Until that occurs, we should not be surprised that numerous, somewhat conflicting hypotheses have been advanced and debated within the confines of the 9/11 Truth community. But the second question is probably the more important and relevant one, and I think it has always represented a source of extreme vulnerability to 9/11 Truthers.

The most typical approach, as generally followed in the numerous Griffin books, is to avoid the issue entirely and focus solely on the gaping flaws in the official narrative. This is a perfectly acceptable position but leaves all sorts of serious doubts. What organized group would have been sufficiently powerful and daring to carry off an attack of such vast scale against the central heart of the world’s sole superpower? And how were they possibly able to orchestrate such a massively effective media and political cover-up, even enlisting the participation of the U.S. government itself?

The much smaller fraction of 9/11 Truthers who choose to address this “whodunit” question seem to be overwhelmingly concentrated among rank-and-file grassroots activists rather than the prestigious experts, and they usually answer “inside job!” Their widespread belief seems to be that the top political leadership of the Bush Administration, probably including Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, had organized the terrorist attacks, either with or without the knowledge of their ignorant nominal superior, President George W. Bush. The suggested motives included justifying military attacks against various countries, supporting the financial interests of the powerful oil industry and military-industrial complex, and enabling the destruction of traditional American civil liberties. Since the vast majority of politically-active Truthers seem to come from the far left of the ideological spectrum, they regard these notions as logical and almost self-evident.

Although not explicitly endorsing those Truther conspiracies, filmmaker Michael Moore’s leftist box office hit Fahrenheit 9/11 seemed to raise such similar suspicions. His small budget documentary earned an astonishing $220 million by suggesting that the very close business ties between the Bush family, Cheney, the oil companies, and the Saudis were responsible for the Iraq War aftermath of the terrorist attacks, as well as the domestic crackdown on civil liberties, which was part-and-parcel of the right-wing Republican agenda.

Unfortunately, this apparently plausible picture seems to have almost no basis in reality. During the drive to the Iraq War, I read Times articles interviewing numerous top oil men in Texas who expressed total puzzlement at why America was planning to attack Saddam, saying that they could only assume that President Bush knew something that they themselves did not. Saudi Arabian leaders were adamantly opposed to an American attack on Iraq, and made every effort to prevent it. Prior to his joining the Bush Administration, Cheney had served as CEO of Halliburton, an oil services giant, and his firm had heavily lobbied for the lifting of U.S. economic sanctions against Iraq. Prof. James Petras, a scholar of strong Marxist leanings, published an excellent 2008 book entitled Zionism, Militarism, and the Decline of US Power in which he conclusively demonstrated that Zionist interests rather than those of the oil industry had dominated the Bush Administration in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and promoted the Iraq War.

As for the Michael Moore film, I remember at the time sharing a laugh with a (Jewish) friend of mine, both of us finding it ridiculous that a government so overwhelmingly permeated by fanatically pro-Israel Neocons was being portrayed as being in thrall to the Saudis. Not only did the plotline of Moore’s film demonstrate the fearsome power of Jewish Hollywood, but its huge success suggested that most of the American public had apparently never heard of the Neocons.

Bush critics properly ridiculed the president for his tongue-tied statement that the 9/11 terrorists had attacked America “for its freedoms” and Truthers have reasonably branded as implausible the claims that the massive attacks were organized by a cave-dwelling Islamic preacher. But the suggestion that they were led and organized by the top figures of the Bush Administration seems even more preposterous.

Cheney and Rumsfeld had both spent decades as stalwarts of the moderate pro-business wing of the Republican Party, each serving in top government positions and also as CEOs of major corporations. The notion that they capped their careers by joining a new Republican administration in early 2001 and almost immediately set about organizing a gigantic false-flag terrorist attack upon the proudest towers of our largest city together with our own national military headquarters, intending to kill many thousands of Americans in the process, is too ridiculous to even be part of a leftist political satire.

Let’s step back a bit. In the entire history of the world, I can think of no documented case in which the top political leadership of a country has launched a major false-flag attack upon its own centers of power and finance and tried to kill large numbers of its own people. The America of 2001 was a peaceful and prosperous country run by relatively bland political leaders focused upon the traditional Republican goals of enacting tax-cuts for the rich and reducing environmental regulations. Too many Truther activists have apparently drawn their understanding of the world from the caricatures of leftist comic-books in which corporate Republicans are all diabolical Dr. Evils, seeking to kill Americans out of sheer malevolence, and Alexander Cockburn was absolutely correct to ridicule them at least on that particular score.

Consider also the simple practicalities of the situation. The gigantic nature of the 9/11 attacks as postulated by the Truth movement would have clearly required enormous planning and probably involved the work of many dozens or even hundreds of skilled agents. Ordering CIA operatives or special military units to organize secret attacks against civilian targets in Venezuela or Yemen is one thing, but directing them to mount attacks against the Pentagon and the heart of New York City would be fraught with stupendous risk.

Bush had lost the popular vote in November 2000 and had only reached the White House because of a few dangling chads in Florida and the controversial decision of a deeply divided Supreme Court. As a consequence, most of the American media regarded his new administration with enormous hostility. If the first act of such a newly-sworn presidential team had been ordering the CIA or the military to prepare attacks against New York City and the Pentagon, surely those orders would have been regarded as issued by a group of lunatics, and immediately leaked to the hostile national press.

The whole scenario of top American leaders being the masterminds behind 9/11 is beyond ridiculous, and those 9/11 Truthers who make or imply such claims—doing so without a single shred of solid evidence—have unfortunately played a major role in discrediting their entire movement. In fact, the common meaning of the “inside job” scenario is so patently absurd and self-defeating that one might even suspect that the claim was encouraged by those seeking to discredit the entire 9/11 Truth movement as a consequence.

The focus on Cheney and Rumsfeld seems particularly ill-directed. Although I’ve never met nor had any dealings with either of those individuals, I was quite actively involved in DC politics during the 1990s, and can say with some assurance that prior to 9/11, neither of them were regarded as Neocons. Instead, they were the archetypical examples of moderate business-type mainstream Republicans, stretching all the way back to their years at the top of the Ford Administration during the mid-1970s.

Skeptics of this claim may note that they signed the 1997 declaration issued by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a leading Neocon foreign policy manifesto organized by Bill Kristol, but I would regard that as something of a red herring. In DC circles, individuals are always recruiting their friends to sign various declarations, which may or may not be indicative of anything, and I remember Kristol trying to get me to sign the PNAC statement as well. Since my private views on that issue were absolutely 100% contrary to the Neocon position, which I regarded as foreign policy lunacy, I deflected his request and very politely turned him down. But I was quite friendly with him at the time, so if I had been someone without strong opinions in that area, I probably would have agreed.

This raises a larger point. By 2000, the Neocons had gained almost total control of all the major conservative/Republican media outlets and the foreign policy wings of nearly all the similarly aligned thinktanks in DC, successfully purging most of their traditional opponents. So although Cheney and Rumsfeld were not themselves Neocons, they were swimming in a Neocon sea, with a very large fraction of all the information they received coming from such sources and with their top aides such as “Scooter” Libby, Paul Wolfowitz, and Douglas Feith being Neocons. Rumsfeld was already somewhat elderly while Cheney had suffered several heart-attacks starting at age 37, so under those circumstances it may have been relatively easy for them to be shifted toward certain policy positions.

Indeed, the entire demonization of Cheney and Rumsfeld in anti-Iraq War circles has seemed somewhat suspicious to me. I always wondered whether the heavily Jewish liberal media had focused its wrath upon those two individuals in order to deflect culpability from the Jewish Neocons who were the obvious originators of that disastrous policy; and the same may be true of the 9/11 Truthers, who probably feared accusations of anti-Semitism. Regarding that former issue, a prominent Israeli columnist was characteristically blunt on the matter in 2003, strongly suggesting that 25 Neocon intellectuals, nearly all of them Jewish, were primarily responsible for the war. Under normal circumstances, the president himself would have surely been portrayed as the evil mastermind behind the 9/11 plot, but “W” was too widely known for his ignorance for such accusations to be credible.

It does seem entirely plausible that Cheney, Rumsfeld, and other top Bush leaders may have been manipulated into taking certain actions that inadvertently fostered the 9/11 plot, while a few lower-level Bush appointees might have been more directly involved, perhaps even as outright conspirators. But I do not think this is the usual meaning of the “inside job” accusation.

So where do we now stand? It seems very likely that the 9/11 attacks were the work of an organization far more powerful and professionally-skilled than a rag-tag band of nineteen random Arabs armed with box-cutters, but also that the attacks were very unlikely to have been the work of the American government itself. So who actually attacked our country on that fateful day seventeen years ago, killing thousands of our fellow citizens?

Effective intelligence operations are concealed in a hall of mirrors, often extremely difficult for outsiders to penetrate, and false-flag terrorist attacks certainly fall into this category. But if we apply a different metaphor, the complexities of such events may be seen as a Gordian Knot, almost impossible to disentangle, but vulnerable to the sword-stroke of asking the simple question “Who benefited?”

America and most of the world certainly did not, and the disastrous legacies of that fateful day have transformed our own society and wrecked many other countries. The endless American wars soon unleashed have already cost us many trillions of dollars and set our nation on the road to bankruptcy while killing or displacing many millions of innocent Middle Easterners. Most recently, that resulting flood of desperate refugees has begun engulfing Europe, and the peace and prosperity of that ancient continent is now under severe threat.

Our traditional civil liberties and constitutional protections have been drastically eroded, with our society having taken long steps toward becoming an outright police state. American citizens now passively accept unimaginable infringements on their personal freedoms, all originally begun under the guise of preventing terrorism.

I find it difficult to think of any country in the world that clearly gained as a result of the 9/11 attacks and America’s military reaction, with one single, solitary exception.

During 2000 and most of 2001, America was a peaceful prosperous country, but a certain small Middle Eastern nation had found itself in an increasingly desperate situation. Israel then seemed to be fighting for its life against the massive waves of domestic terrorism that constituted the Second Palestinian Intifada.

Ariel Sharon was widely believed to have deliberately provoked that uprising in September 2000 by marching to the Temple Mount backed by a thousand armed police, and the resulting violence and polarization of Israeli society had successfully installed him as Prime Minister in early 2001. But once in office, his brutal measures failed to end the wave of continuing attacks, which increasingly took the form of suicide-bombings against civilian targets. Many believed that the violence might soon trigger a huge outflow of Israeli citizens, perhaps producing a death-spiral for the Jewish state. Iraq, Iran, Libya, and other major Muslim powers were supporting the Palestinians with money, rhetoric, and sometimes weaponry, and Israeli society seemed close to crumbling. I remember hearing from some of my DC friends that numerous Israeli policy experts were suddenly seeking berths at Neocon thinktanks so that they could relocate to America.

Sharon was a notoriously bloody and reckless leader, with a long history of undertaking strategic gambles of astonishing boldness, sometimes betting everything on a single roll of the dice. He had spent decades seeking the Prime Ministership, but having finally obtained it, he now had his back to the wall, with no obvious source of rescue in sight.

The 9/11 attacks changed everything. Suddenly the world’s sole superpower was fully mobilized against Arab and Muslim terrorist movements, especially those connected with the Middle East. Sharon’s close Neocon political allies in America used the unexpected crisis as an opportunity to seize control of America’s foreign policy and national security apparatus, with an NSA staffer later reporting that Israeli generals freely roamed the halls of the Pentagon without any security controls. Meanwhile, the excuse of preventing domestic terrorism was used to implement newly centralized American police controls that were soon employed to harass or even shut down various anti-Zionist political organizations. One of the Israeli Mossad agents arrested by the police in New York City as he and his fellows were celebrating the 9/11 attacks and producing a souvenir film of the burning World Trade Center towers told the officers that “We are Israelis…Your problems are our problems.” And so they immediately became.

General Wesley Clark reported that soon after the 9/11 attacks he was informed that a secret military plan had somehow come into being under which America would attack and destroy seven major Muslim countries over the next few years, including Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Libya, which coincidentally were all of Israel’s strongest regional adversaries and the leading supporters of the Palestinians. As America began to expend enormous oceans of blood and treasure attacking all of Israel’s enemies after 9/11, Israel itself no longer needed to do so. Partly as a consequence, almost no other nation in the world has so enormously improved its strategic and economic situation during the last seventeen years, even while a large fraction of the American population has become completely impoverished during that same period and our national debt has grown to insurmountable levels. A parasite can often grow fat even as its host suffers and declines.

I have emphasized that for many years after the 9/11 attacks I paid little attention to the details and had only the vaguest notion that there even existed an organized 9/11 Truth movement. But if someone had ever convinced me that the terrorist attacks had been false-flag operations and someone other than Osama had been responsible, my immediate guess would have been Israel and its Mossad.

Certainly no other nation in the world can remotely match Israel’s track-record of remarkably bold high-level assassinations and false-flag attacks, terrorist and otherwise, against other countries, even including America and its military. Furthermore, the enormous dominance of Jewish and pro-Israel elements in the American establishment media and increasingly that of many other major countries in the West has long ensured that even when the solid evidence of such attacks was discovered, very few ordinary Americans would ever hear those facts.

Once we accept that the 9/11 attacks were probably a false-flag operation, a central clue to the likely perpetrators has been their extraordinary success in ensuring that such a wealth of enormously suspicious evidence has been totally ignored by virtually the entire American media, whether liberal or conservative, left-wing or right-wing.

In the particular case at hand, the considerable number of zealously pro-Israel Neocons situated just beneath the public surface of the Bush Administration in 2001 could have greatly facilitated both the successful organization of the attacks and their effective cover-up and concealment, with Libby, Wolfowitz, Feith, and Richard Perle being merely the most obvious names. Whether such individuals were knowing conspirators or merely had personal ties allowing them to be exploited in furthering the plot is entirely unclear.

Most of this information must surely have long been apparent to knowledgeable observers, and I strongly suspect that many individuals who had paid much greater attention than myself to the details of the 9/11 attacks may have quickly formed a tentative conclusion along these same lines. But for obvious social and political reasons, there is a great reluctance to publicly point the finger of blame towards Israel on a matter of such enormous magnitude. Hence, except for a few fringe activists here and there, such dark suspicions remained private.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the 9/11 Truth movement probably feared they would be destroyed by media accusations of deranged anti-Semitism if they had ever expressed even a hint of such ideas. This political strategy may have been necessary, but by failing to name any plausible culprit, they created a vacuum that was soon filled by “useful idiots” who shouted “inside job!” while pointing an accusing finger toward Cheney and Rumsfeld, and thereby did so much to discredit the entire 9/11 Truth movement.

This unfortunate conspiracy of silence finally ended in 2009 when Dr. Alan Sabrosky, former Director of Studies at the US Army War College, stepped forward and publicly declared that the Israeli Mossad had very likely been responsible for the 9/11 attacks, writing a series of columns on the subject, and eventually presenting his views in a number of media interviews, along with additional analyses.

Obviously, such explosive charges never reached the pages of my morning Times, but they did receive considerable if transitory coverage in portions of the alternative media, and I remember seeing the links very prominently featured at Antiwar.com and widely discussed elsewhere. I had never previously heard of Sabrosky, so I consulted my archiving system and immediately discovered that he had a perfectly respectable record of publication on military affairs in mainstream foreign policy periodicals and had also held a series of academic appointments at prestigious institutions. Reading one or two of his articles on 9/11, I felt he made a rather persuasive case for Mossad involvement, with some of his information already known to me but much of it not.

Since I was very busy with my software work and had never spent any time investigating 9/11 or reading any of the books on the topic, my belief in his claims back then was obviously quite tentative. But now that I have finally looked into the subject in much greater detail and done a great deal of reading, I think it seems quite likely that his 2009 analysis was entirely correct.

I would particularly recommend his long 2011 interview on Iranian Press TV, which I first watched just a couple of days ago. He came across as highly credible and forthright in his claims:

https://www.bitchute.com/embed/tpYjyFbJzPZh/

He also provided a pugnacious conclusion in a much longer 2010 radio interview:

https://www.bitchute.com/embed/BigWEQyw6Cb7/

Sabrosky focused much of his attention upon a particular segment of a Dutch documentary film on the 9/11 attacks produced several years earlier. In that fascinating interview, a professional demolition expert named Danny Jowenko who was largely ignorant of the 9/11 attacks immediately identified the filmed collapse of WTC Building 7 as a controlled-demolition, and the remarkable clip was broadcast worldwide on Press TV and widely discussed across the Internet.https://www.youtube.com/embed/Sl2RIqT-4bk?feature=oembed

And by a very strange coincidence, just three days after Jowenko’s broadcast video interview had received such heavy attention, he had the misfortune to die in a frontal collision with a tree in Holland. I’d suspect that the community of professional demolition experts is a small one, and Jowenko’s surviving industry colleagues may have quickly concluded that serious misfortune might visit those who rendered controversial expert opinions on the collapse of the three World Trade Center towers.

Meanwhile, the ADL soon mounted a huge and largely successful effort to have Press TV banned in the West for promoting “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” even persuading YouTube to entirely eliminate the huge video archive of those past shows, notably including Sabrosky’s long interview.

Most recently, Sabrosky provided an hour-long presentation at this June’s Deep Truth video panel conference, during which he expressed considerable pessimism about America’s political predicament, and suggested that the Zionist control over our politics and media had grown even stronger over the last decade.

His discussion was soon rebroadcast by Guns & Butter, a prominent progressive radio program, which as a consequence was soon purged from its home station after seventeen years of great national popularity and strong listener support.

The late Alan Hart, a very distinguished British broadcast journalist and foreign correspondent, also broke his silence in 2010 and similarly pointed to the Israelis as the likely culprits behind the 9/11 attacks. Those interested may wish to listen to his extended interview.

Journalist Christopher Bollyn was one of the first writers to explore the possible Israeli links to the 9/11 attacks, and the details contained in his long series of newspaper articles are often quoted by other researchers. In 2012, he gathered together this material and published it in the form of a book entitled Solving 9-11, thereby making his information on the possible role of the Israeli Mossad available to a much wider audience, with a version being available online. Unfortunately his printed volume severely suffers from the typical lack of resources available to the writers on the political fringe, with poor organization and frequent repetition of the same points due to its origins in a set of individual articles, and this may diminish its credibility among some readers. So those who purchase it should be forewarned about these serious stylistic weaknesses.

Probably a much better compendium of the very extensive evidence pointing to the Israeli hand behind the 9/11 attacks has been more recently provided by French writer Laurent Guyénot, both in his 2017 book JFK-9/11: 50 Years of the Deep State and also his 8,500 word article “9/11 was an Israeli Job”, published concurrently with this one and providing a far greater wealth of detail than is contained here. While I would not necessarily endorse all of his claims and arguments, his overall analysis seems fully consistent with my own.

These writers have provided a great deal of material in support of the Israeli Mossad Hypothesis, but I would focus attention on just one important point. We would normally expect that terrorist attacks resulting in the complete destruction of three gigantic office buildings in New York City and an aerial assault on the Pentagon would be an operation of enormous size and scale, involving very considerable organizational infrastructure and manpower. In the aftermath of the attacks, the US government undertook great efforts to locate and arrest the surviving Islamic conspirators, but scarcely managed to find a single one. Apparently, they had all died in the attacks themselves or otherwise simply vanished into thin air.

But without making much effort at all, the American government did quickly round up and arrest some 200 Israeli Mossad agents, many of whom had been based in exactly the same geographical locations as the purported 19 Arab hijackers. Furthermore, NYC police arrested some of these agents while they were publicly celebrating the 9/11 attacks, and others were caught driving vans in the New York area containing explosives or their residual traces. Most of these Mossad agents refused to answer any questions, and many of those who did failed polygraph tests, but under massive political pressure all were eventually released and deported back to Israel. A couple of years ago, much of this information was very effectively presented in a short video available on YouTube.

There is another fascinating tidbit that I have very rarely seen mentioned. Just a month after the 9/11 attacks, two Israelis were caught sneaking weapons and explosives into the Mexican Parliament building, a story that naturally produced several banner-headlines in leading Mexican newspapers at the time but which was greeted by total silence in the American media. Eventually, under massive political pressure, all charges were dropped and the Israeli agents were deported back home. This remarkable incident was only reported on a small Hispanic-activist website, and discussed in a few other places. Some years ago I easily found the scanned front pages of the Mexican newspapers reporting those dramatic events on the Internet, but I can no longer easily locate them. The details are obviously somewhat fragmentary and possibly garbled, but certainly quite intriguing.

One might speculate that if supposed Islamic terrorists had followed up their 9/11 attacks by attacking and destroying the Mexican parliament building a month later, Latin American support for America’s military invasions in the Middle East would have been greatly magnified. Furthermore, any scenes of such massive destruction in the Mexican capital by Arab terrorists would surely have been broadcast non-stop on Univision, America’s dominant Spanish-language network, fully solidifying Hispanic support for President Bush’s military endeavors.

Although my growing suspicions about the 9/11 attacks stretch back a decade or more, my serious investigation of the topic is quite recent, so I am certainly a newcomer to the field. But sometimes an outsider can notice things that may escape the attention of those who have spent so many years deeply immersed in a given topic.

From my perspective, a huge fraction of the 9/11 Truth community spends far too much of its time absorbed in the particular details of the attacks, debating the precise method by which the World Trade Center towers in New York were brought down or what actually struck the Pentagon. But these sorts of issues seem of little ultimate significance.

I would argue that the only important aspect of such technical issues is whether the overall evidence is sufficiently strong to establish the falsehood of the official 9/11 narrative and also demonstrate that the attacks must have been the work of a highly sophisticated organization with access to advanced military technology rather than a rag-tag band of 19 Arabs armed with box-cutters. Beyond that, none of those details matter.

In that regard, I believe that the volume of factual material collected by determined researchers over the last seventeen years has easily met that requirement, perhaps even ten or twenty times over. For example, even agreeing upon a single particular item such as the clear presence of nano-thermite, a military-grade explosive compound, would immediately satisfy those two criteria. So I see little point in endless debates over whether nano-thermite was used, or nano-thermite plus something else, or just something else entirely. And such complex technical debates may serve to obscure the larger picture, while confusing and intimidating any casually-interested onlookers, thereby being quite counter-productive to the overall goals of the 9/11 Truth movement.

Once we have concluded that the culprits were part of a highly sophisticated organization, we can then focus on the Who and the Why, which surely would be of greater importance than the particular details of the How. Yet currently all the endless debate over the How tends to crowd out the Who and the Why, and I wonder whether this unfortunate situation might even be intentional.

Perhaps one reason is that once sincere 9/11 Truthers do focus on those more important questions, the vast weight of the evidence clearly points in a single direction, implicating Israel and its Mossad intelligence service, with the case being overwhelmingly strong in motive, means, and opportunity. And leveling accusations of blame at Israel and its domestic collaborators for the greatest attack ever launched against America on our own soil entails enormous social and political risks.

But such difficulties must be weighed against the reality of three thousand American civilian lives and the subsequent seventeen years of our multi-trillion-dollar wars, which have produced tens of thousands of dead or wounded American servicemen and the death or displacement of many millions of innocent Middle Easterners.

The members of the 9/11 Truth movement must therefore ask themselves whether or not “Truth” is indeed the central goal of their efforts.

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Palestinians Rage in Face of Israeli Punitive Measures against Prisoners after Gilboa Escape Operation

 September 10, 2021

A large number of Palestinians gathered on Friday at the contact points in the occupied Al-Quds and West Bank as well as Gaza border to protest against the Israeli enemy’s punitive measures against the Palestinian prisoners at the Zionist jails in light of Gilboa escape operation.

Within the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Palestinian worshippers rallied in support of the Palestinian prisoners, before the Zionist occupation forces stormed Al-Aqsa Shrine and dispersed the protesting worshippers.

Al-Manar reporter clarified that the Palestinian protests set off across all the occupied territories as clashes with the Zionist enemy troops wounded two Israeli soldiers and left a large number of Palestinian injuries.

Later on, the Palestinian doctor, Hazem Al-Joulani, succumbed to his wounds inflicted by the Zionist fire in Al-Quds Old City as the enemy claimed he was carrying out a stab attack.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation authorities continued taking strict measures against the Palestinian prisoners who also confronted the enemy’s punitive moves by protesting and incinerating dungeons.

Zionist circles warned against an all-out military confrontation with the Palestinians in Gaza, 1948-occupied territories, and West Bank if ‘Israel’ kills the six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from Gilboa prison.

Six Palestinian prisoners managed early Monday to escape from the Israeli Gilboa prison, located in Beissan Valley, through a tunnel, they had dug, and moved into an unknown destination.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

اسئلة لا يجرؤ جماعة أميركا على طرحها حول العلاقة بسورية


أيلول 6 2021

يخبرنا جماعة أميركا في لبنان عن كونهم جماعة السيادة الأقحاح، وحماة الاستقلال، ويقدمون علاقاتهم الخارجية وفي طليعتها العلاقة بواشنطن بصفتها ركيزة في ترجمة هذا التوجه السيادي، ولسنا هنا لمحاكمة مدى انطباق مفاهيم السيادة والاستقلال على مزاعم هذا الفريق وعلاقته بالأميركيين وغير الأميركيين، بل للتساؤل في ضوء الموقف الأميركي المستجدّ من العلاقة اللبنانية السورية عما إذا كان هؤلاء السياديون والاستقلاليون يجرؤون على توجيه أسئلة بنكهة سيادية للسفارة الأميركية والمسؤولين الأميركيين.

طوال سنوات كان يخبرنا هؤلاء ما يقوله الأميركيون عن وجوب تحريم أيّ علاقة بسورية، سورية الرئيس بشار الأسد التي نعرفها ويعرفونها، والتي لم يتغيّر شيء فيها منذ  عشر سنوات أرادوا خلالها للبنان قطع شرايين علاقته بسورية، وهي سورية التي كنا نقول منذ بدء مسار الانهيار اللبناني قبل سنتين انّ استعادة العلاقة الأخوية معها تشكل ركيزة لمعالجة أزمات لبنان، وكنا نقول انّ الحصار الأميركي على سورية يستهدف لبنان كما يستهدفها، كانوا يردّدون ما يقوله الأميركيون انّ سورية والمقاومة مصدر للأزمة ويفبركون الأخبار عن مسؤوليتها عن التهريب الذي كانوا ولا يزالون، كما تقول الوقائع اليوم، أسياده، فهل يسألون الأميركي اليوم ما هو الذي تغيّر؟

انْ كانت العلاقة بسورية خير للبنان وحاجة لا غنى عنها خصوصاً في ظلّ الأزمات الصعبة، وكلّ حلول لهذه الأزمات يجب ان تمرّ بسورية، فلماذا حرمنا الأميركيون من هذا الخير طويلاً حتى كدنا نموت اختناقاً، وهم يقولون لنا انه يمكن مع القطيعة مع سورية مواجهة المشكلات، بل عبر القطيعة نفسها؟

انْ كانت العلاقة بسورية تؤذي لبنان كما قالوا، وهم اليوم يوافقون عليها لتفادي ظهور المقاومة بصورة المنقذ للبنان واللبنانيين، فهذا يعني انّ لبنان لا يعنيهم ولا مصالحه تهمهم، وكلّ ما يعنيهم لعبتهم السياسية ولا يرون لبنان وشعبه إلا وقوداً لهذه اللعبة.

انْ كانت العلاقة بسورية في الماضي ممنوعة  كجزء من الرهان الأميركي على إسقاطها، وقد سقط هذا الرهان فباتت العلاقة خارج المحرمات،  فلماذا تمّ استعمال لبنان الصغير كمجرد ساحة وأداة لخوض الصراعات لحساب مصالح دولة كبرى تدّعي الصداقة والحرص زوراً.

انْ كانت العلاقة مع سورية أصبحت حلالاً فهل هذا يشمل المحروقات الإيرانية عبر سورية، خصوصاً انّ المحروقات الإيرانية التي لا تستنزف العملات الصعبة يمكن ان تشكل مخرجاً مناسباً من الأزمات الضاغطة على لبنان.

طالما أنّ العلاقة مع سورية لم تعد من المحرمات وطالما بات مشرعاً استجرار الكهرباء من الأردن والغاز من مصر عبرها فهل يشمل ذلك النفط العراقي الذي يضخه أنبوب ضخم إلى لبنان منذ عقود طويلة ولا يحتاج إلا لبعض التصليحات ويتكفل بتغطية حاجات لبنان وتشغيل مصفاة طرابلس.نحب ان نتفاءل بأن تصحو روح السيادة لدى هؤلاء اللبنانيين فهل نحلم؟

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الأحد 22 آب 2021

 سعادة مصطفى أرشيد*

لا تزال المهمة الأفغانية المستحيلة تراوح في دائرة انعدام اليقين، حول مصير البلد الذي مثلت ثقافة الحرب والصراع مكوّنه النفسي ـ السياسي الأول من فجر تاريخه، ولا يزال من غير المعروف إذا كانت التحوّلات الأفغانية سوف تذهب باتجاه حداثي، أيّ أن تصبح إعادة بناء البلد على غرار الدولة العصرية الحديثة أم باتجاه أفغاني خاص مع الحفاظ على البلد وأمنه وشعبه وثرواته واعتبارها أولوية، أم باتجاه ارتباطات مع هذا المحور أو ذاك، دولياً وإقليمياً؟

من المؤكد أنّ السياسة الصينية تؤمن بالمثل القائل: السعيد من اتعظ بغيره، والشقي من اتعظ بنفسه، إذ أن الصين لن تجرّب حظها وتذهب بطريق إنجلترا وشركة الهند الشرقية في أربعينات القرن التاسع عشر، ولن تكرّر الخطأ السوفياتي عام 1979، ولن تتورّط كما تورّطت الولايات المتحدة عام 2002، وإنما ستعتمد على قوتها الناعمة، وعلى قدراتها التفاوضية في كسب أرباح الحرب التي لم ولن تخوضها، في الحصول على مواد أفغانستان الخام ـ الثمينة والقريبة مكانياً، وبأسعار تفضيلية، وسوف تجعل من بضائعها عماد السوق الأفغاني، المتعطش للبضائع والفقير مالياً والذي سيجد في بضائع الصين زهيدة الثمن ومستحيلة المنافسة، ما يشبع جوعه الاستهلاكي، لذلك لن تجد حاجة للتورّط في حروب هذا البلد فهي ستكون داخله دون مغامرات غيرها وحروبهم، الذي لا يزال لديه ما يكفيه من حروب مرشحة للاشتعال بين مكوّناته الداخلية.

حركة طالبان قاتلت طويلاً بالنار والدم، لكنها في النهاية انتصرت في هذه الحرب العالمية الطويلة دون قتال، ولم تضطر إلى استعمال النار والبارود في معركتها الأخيرة الحاسمة، إذ اكتفت بسلاح بالغ الخفة، ألا وهو الهاتف النقال، الذي كان كافياً لجعل الرئيس أشرف غني (آخر طبعة أميركية) يسارع إلى حمل كلّ ثمين خفيف، ويغادر البلاد دون إعلام من حوله من مستشارين ووزراء وقادة، وليلحق به هؤلاء، أو من تمكن. فيما تركوا جماعتهم من الصغار الذين أصبحوا من لزوم ما لا يلزم، وصاروا يتعلقون ويسحقون تحت عجلات الطائرات المغادرة، فيما يتولى الثائرون والغاضبون والرعاع التعامل بقسوة مع من بقي منهم. حركة طالبان، التي انطلقت من مدارس بيشاور الأفغانية، كحركة شباب يملؤهم الحماس ويشعلهم الإيمان قبل عقود، قد اختلفت اليوم بحكم الزمن وتراكم التجربة والنضج، أدخل بعض من قادتها ومنظروها إلى مدارس الحياة الجميلة والعصرية لسنوات في العاصمة القطرية ـ الدوحة، وعرفوا جنة الدنيا في فنادقها ومطاعمها ونواديها الرياضية (spa)، وخاضوا في نقاشات فكرية غنية وممتعة ولا بدّ، مع مفكرين وإعلاميين وأكاديميين من توجهات ومدارس مختلفة، وأدخل بعض آخر من قادتها ومناضليها قسراً إلى مدارس معتمة، بالغة القسوة، في غوانتانامو، فتعرّفوا على الصورة المناقضة تماماً، وعاينوا بين تلك الجدران والقضبان من عذابات الجحيم الأرضي، فيما بقي آخرون في الجبال والصحارى، وأصبح يفصل بينهم وبين رفقائهم على الأرض لا المسافة والجغرافية فحسب، وإنما خندق عميق من اختلاف التجربة، ففي حين عرف بعض منهم جنة الدنيا وذاقوا بعض فاكهتها في قطر، وعرف قسم آخر جحيم الدنيا وزقومها وسعيرها في غوانتانامو، لم ينل رفقاؤهم على الأرض مثل ذلك الحظ، ولا تلك القسوة، من أولئك الذين يعيشون في جليد الجبال وكهوفها، وقيظ الصحارى وشمسها، ويقتاتون من خبز الشعير ويتلقون السلاح وبعض القوت من إيران، إذ انه حصتهم ستكون في جنة الآخرة التي تدوم ولا تزول.

قد يكون جذر التفكير مشتركاً، ولكن ظروف الزمان والمكان لها دور في افتراق مذاهب العمل والتطبيق، فهذه الحركة الطلابية (طالبان)، قد فعلت بها التجارب أفاعيلها وأخذت مكانها في عقول قادتها، ومن هذه النقطة سوف تفترق طرائق العمل بين طالبان وطالبان، فقد أصبح لكلّ منهم جدليته، بعضهم سيعتمد على بناء أفغاني جديد، تخاطبه القوة الناعمة الجديدة، ومنظمات غير حكومية ستسارع لإيجاد دور لها، وعلى الوعود للشعب بحياة رغيدة وكماليات استهلاكية وافرة، واقتصاد سوق، ووسائل اتصال وتكنولوجيا عصرية، ولكن بعضاً آخر، لا يزال يحمل بإيمان ويتوارث ثقافة آلاف السنين ـ الثقافة الأفغانية، حيث يولد الطفل ليكون مقاتلاً، ويرى في القتال أسلوب حياة، وفي الجهاد فرض عين، وأنّ الله سوف يعطيهم ما يرضونه، وأنّ الآخرة خير لهم من الأولى.

خلاصة القول، إنّ حرباً قد انتهت في تلك البلاد، لتبدأ حرب أخرى، شيء يشابه العراق في مرحلة سيّئ السمعة بريمر ومن تلاه، سيكون في أفغانستان من ينفخ في نار الفتنة ويمارس فساداً في السياسة وفي الاقتصاد، والأهمّ أنّ الحزب المنتصر أيضاً سيكون عليه دفع ثمن السلطة وأعبائها، وثمن اختلاف وتباين الرؤى، ربما بما يؤثر على وحدته وتماسكه، ويعرّضه لحرب داخلية مع ذاته إضافة إلى حربه مع المكوّنات الأفغانية الأخرى.

الحرب الخارجية ـ العالمية انتهت في تلك البلاد، ولكن حروباً مقبلة على الطريق لن تجعل من أفغانستان بلداً مطمئناً في القريب، وها هو أحمد شاه مسعود الابن، قد أخذ يحشد ويعبّئ في وادي بنشير، معقل والده الشهير أثناء الحرب الأفغانية ـ السوفيتية، وهو ليس بقائد سهل وإنما لديه تجربته وخبرته وسلاحه ومصادر الدعم التي ورث بعض منها عن والده الراحل، وأستذكر هنا مقولة الجنرال حميد غول رئيس الاستخبارات العسكرية الباكستانية الأسبق: إنّ الشعب الأفغاني وخاصة البشتون لا يعيشون سلاماً داخلياً إلا في حالة الحرب الخارجية التي توحّدهم، ولكنهم فور انتهائها يعودون إلى قتالهم الداخلي.

تذكر الحالة الأفغانية الطالبانية، بملحمة الشاعر الإيطالي دانتي (الكوميديا الإلهية) إذ يتقاسم قادتها مراحل الملحمة الثلاث، منهم من كان نصيبه في الجحيم ومنهم من كانت له الجنة وأكثرهم من عاش في المطهر.

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*سياسي فلسطيني مقيم في الكفير ـ جنين ـ فلسطين المحتلة

Yemeni Army, Allies to Seize Control over Marib If Pro-Hadi Militants Dismiss Truce

August 14 2021

Yemeni Army, Allies to Seize Control over Marib If Pro-Hadi Militants Dismiss Truce

A senior Yemeni official said the country’s army troops and fighters from allied Popular Committees will establish full control over the entire districts of the central province of Marib in case Saudi-led militants refuse calls for a ceasefire in the strategic area.

Marib provincial governor in Yemen’s National Salvation Government, Major General Ali Muhammad Taiman, told Beirut-based al-Mayadeen network that the Yemeni army troops and allies are now in control of 85% of the province, and are only about 6 to 7 kilometers away from the provincial capital of the same name.

He added that the Yemeni armed forces are currently positioned on the outskirts of Marib city, stressing that, “We agreed to the initiative by [the leader of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement] Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, for a ceasefire. However, Saudi militants loyal to Yemen’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi kept bombing women and children. We want peace and strongly oppose bloodshed.”

He added, “[Sayyed] al-Houthi’s initiative is fair, as it involves the locals of Marib in its administration and appropriation of its resources. Such an initiative had not been developed for the past 40 years. We presented the truce initiative from a position of strength.”

Taiman highlighted that he was “ready to sit with his counterpart in Hadi’s administration, Major Sultan al-Aradah, either in the al-Jubah district or in Sirwah, in order to discuss the initiative and stop skirmishes in Marib.”

“We hope [Saudi] mercenaries in Marib would agree to Houthi’s initiative, and quickly implement it if they want to spare the province from war and destruction,” he added.

The senior Yemeni official further noted: “If the mercenaries have the courage to take the decision, we are ready to sit down with them.” 

Taiman said, “While we follow the initiative and are waiting for the other side’s action[s], no measure has unfortunately been taken yet. Yemeni army forces and fighters from Popular Committees would not hesitate to liberate the rest of Marib in case Saudi mercenaries turn down the truce initiative.”

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing Hadi’s government back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah resistance movement.

Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases.

Protesters Block Entrances at Raytheon Plants in UK, US

August 12, 2021

Protesters Block Entrances at Raytheon Plants in UK, US

By Staff, Agencies 

Activists announced that they blocked entrances to the Raytheon facility in British Portsmouth Thursday morning in protest.

Two protestors have been arrested, The FANG Collective, which describes itself as a community organizing and direct action group based in Pawtucket, said late Thursday morning.

In a Tweet, FANG said its “blockade stopped work at Raytheon for over 5 hours.”

In protest early Thursday morning, two people attached themselves to vehicles to block the road, while others held banners and chanted slogans, FANG said.

They said they were protesting Raytheon’s weapon sales to Saudi Arabia and ‘Israel’ as well as “their involvement in enforcing the US-Mexican border.”

FANG said it organized the protest with RAM INC [Resist and Abolish the Military Industrial Complex]. The groups said they also wanted “to raise concerns about the influence that weapons contractors like Raytheon have over elected officials.”

The Portsmouth police confirmed that they sent officers to the scene this morning. Tweets from the protestors indicated that the Middletown police and Ports Fire Department was also at the facility.

“Fire department is beginning to attempt extraction with heavy machinery. They are blocking lines of sight,” FANG tweeted.

At about 8:30 a.m., FANG tweeted, “One person has been extracted from the vehicle, and loud machinery can be heard from the other. The entrances are still blocked. It has now been 3 hours.”

Raytheon issued the following statement: “We respect the right to lawful and peaceful protest.”

Elsewhere, a group of activists blocked the entrance to a Raytheon Technologies plant in Rhode Island on Thursday morning to protest the company’s role in the “killing of civilians” and “other human rights abuses.”

Some members of the Fang Collective chained themselves to a car next to the guard shack at the entrance to the Portsmouth plant.

محاولات التحوّل من حائر إلى قائد

 سعادة مصطفى أرشيد _

يحتاج نفتالي بينيت رئيس وزراء (إسرائيل) الهابط من عالم الإعمال والتجارة إلى عالم السياسة، أن يبدو بمظهر قوي، قادر على الاشتباك وتحقيق انتصارات عزيزة وبعيدة عن قدراته، وهو قد تسلّم الحكم من بن يامين نتياهو المتمرّس والذي استطاع حفر اسمه عميقاً في تاريخ دولته القصير، بما يملك من دهاء وقدرات استثنائية، وها هو مستمر في دوره كقائد للمعارضة، قادر على نصب الكمائن وإحاكة المؤامرات بهدف إسقاط خصومه الكثر، الذين لا يجدون ما يجمعهم سوى رغبتهم في إخراجه من عالم السياسة سواء كرئيس وزراء أو كزعيم معارضة، ومن جانب آخر، فإنّ الأغلبية البرلمانية الداعمة للحكومة هشة وهزيلة وقابلة للسقوط إنْ خرج عضو واحد من التحالف، لا بل انْ غاب عن جلسة برلمانية بدواعي المرض أو السفر أو حتى إنْ تأخر بسبب أزمة سير، والدعم الذي يتلقاه بينيت من الإدارة الأميركية على أهميته للبقاء، وكيديته المفرطة تجاه نتنياهو، إلا انه غير قادر على رسم صورة الزعيم القوي.

حاول بينيت الدفع باتجاه الاشتباك مع إيران متخذاً من حوادث السفن ذريعة لإقامة تحالف انجليزي – أميركي – (إسرائيلي) وبالطبع عربي، ولكن الإدارة الأميركية كان لها رأي آخر، فهي تريد الابتعاد عن المنطقة ومشاكلها والتركيز على الصين وبحرها وطريق حريرها السياسي والاقتصادي، وهي ترى أنّ عدم الوصول إلى اتفاق مع إيران، أمر يضرّ بخططها الإستراتيجية، فيما الوصول إلى كلمة سواء وصيغة مقبولة للتعامل مع إيران أمر بالغ الضرورة، خاصة لدرء مخاطر تحول إيران وانفتاحها بشكل واسع على الصين وروسيا وكوريا الشمالية، فكان لا بدّ لنفتالي بينيت ان يبتلع أقواله واتهاماته، ومعه الانجليز الذين تخلوا عن حذرهم التقليدي وبالغوا في حماستهم للمواجهة مع إيران، ولكن ذلك أمر لم تدركه حتى الآن بعض فضائيات الخليج مثل «العربية» و»الحدث» ومثيلاتهما، التي لا تزال تنفخ في نار المواجهة .

 رأى بينيت أنّ لديه فرصة في لبنان، فالوضع الداخلي قد بلغ مرحلة حرجة من التدهور، تشكيل الحكومات يتعذر ويتعرقل بفعل داخلي وضغوط خارجية، وتحقيقات قاضي تحقيق تفجير المرفأ تثير من الغموض أكثر مما تكشف من حقائق، وفي مشاريع الفتنة والشقاق أخذت تصدر عن مرجعيات دينية – طائفية عليا، كان آخرها ما صدر عن بكركي، وسعر صرف الليرة ينهار برعاية حاكم مصرف لبنان ودولته المالية العميقة، وقد أوصل اللبنانيين إلى حدود العوز والفاقة، فيما نفذت الأدوية والمستلزمات الطبية من سوق الدواء بعد أن توقف استيرادها بسبب عدم توفر النقد الأجنبي، والإشكالات اليومية غير البريئة تؤذن في حال لم تتمّ محاصرتها من فورها بالتطور نحو اشتباك واسع قد يصل إلى الحرب الأهلية، كما حصل في الشمال وخلده وشويّا. مجموع هذه المعطيات جعلت من بينيت يفكر بتجريب حظه مع لبنان ومقاومته، ويفترض أنّ بإمكان جيشه الاشتباك مع إيران من هذه الخاصرة، وأنّ باستطاعته أيضاً العودة إلى مرحلة ما قبل حرب 2006، عندما كان «الإسرائيلي» يملك القدرة على توجيه ضرباته إلى لبنان عند كلّ حاجة أمنية أوسياسية، أو حتى عند أيّ شعبية انتخابيه مؤقتة، وذلك عندما يفرض قواعد اشتباك جديدة من موقع القوي، بدل قواعد الاشتباك المعمول بها منذ أكثر من عقد ونصف العقد.

اخذ بينيت قراره، وأخذت المقاومة إجراءها التحذيري، والنتيجة أنّ الاشتباكات بين المقاومة اللبنانية و(إسرائيل) بقيت محدودة والقصف المتبادل على جانبي الحدود طال مناطق غير مأهولة، وأرست المقاومة في نهاية الاشتباك بردودها الحاسمة قواعد الاشتباك المعمول بها، يضاف إلى ذلك أن الإدارة الأميركية، وإن كان لا مانع لديها من تغيير قواعد الاشتباك لصالح (إسرائيل) وربما ترغب في ذلك، إلا أنّ لديها كما ورد آنفاً، ما يدعوها لان تكون راغبة عن هذا التوتر، ثم ترى أنها مطمئنة إلى تموضعها الجديد، وبما صنعت من عوامل اقتتال داخلي وما زرعت من صواعق تفجير في بلادنا، كفيلة بظنّ الاستراتيجية الأميركية على إبقاء المنطقة غارقة في صراعاتها التي تحول دون قيامها بأي فعل ايجابي لصالح قضاياها الكبرى وأمنها القومي .

 لما كان نفتالي بينيت قد فشل في استغلال حادث السفينة، وفشل في تغيير قواعد الاشتباك مع لبنان ومقاومته، فهل يجد ضالته في غزة؟ وهي التي خسرت جزئياً مع خسارة حركة النهضة موقعها في تونس، ولا تجد حماساً عالياً لدى الأتراك مؤخراً، ولا يعطيها حليفها القطري أكثر من حقيبته الشهرية، ولم تستطع أن تحوّل انتصارها في حرب «سيف القدس» إلى إنجازات على الأرض، فيرفع الحصار عنها، وتصلها الكهرباء ووقودها، ويُعاد إعمارها، وغير ذلك مما تعهّد به الوسيط المصري الذي لدغ غزة ومقاومتها لا مرتين فحسب.

*سياسي فلسطيني مقيم في الكفير – جنين – فلسطين المحتلة

Sayyed Safieddine to Al-Ahed: Hezbollah Established Its Equation with the Enemy, Mobilized To Confront Internal Crisis السيد صفي الدين لـ”العهد”: ثبّتنا المعادلة مع العدو.. ومستنفرون بمواجهة الأزمة الداخلية

Sayyed Safieddine to Al-Ahed: Hezbollah Established Its Equation with the Enemy, Mobilized To Confront Internal Crisis

By Mayssaa Moukaddem
 
In the spirit of the anniversary of the victory of Lebanon and its people in July 2006 and with the anniversary of the second liberation approaching on August 28, Al-Ahed News met with the Head of Hezbollah’s Executive Council His Eminence Sayyed Hashem Safieddine.

Sayyed Safieddine to Al-Ahed: Hezbollah Established Its Equation with the Enemy, Mobilized To Confront Internal Crisis

 Sayyed Safieddine outlined a number of positions and said “the equation [with the enemy] was confirmed by the missiles that were launched, and if the ‘Israelis’ think they can change the rules and requirements of this equation, they won’t be able to.”

“The readiness of the resistance is permanent; it is ready to deter the enemy when it commits any aggression regardless of any internal political or regional changes,” he added. “The equation of the army, the people, and the resistance stands and is stable, successful, and productive.”

With respect to the anniversary of the Beirut Port explosion, Sayyed Safieddine reiterated Hezbollah’s belief that “not explaining what happened and not providing a report, vision, or narrative of what happened means that the door will remain open to speculation, jurisprudence, and interventions.”

“Defining and describing what happened sets the course for the investigation so that people are made aware, and in this matter, we see that things are not right.”

Responding to a recent attack from Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Sayyed Safieddine told Al-Ahed that Riaydh “has failed. It has failed in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, and Lebanon, and it has failed in its wrong choices when it adopted purely American policies contrary to the interests of the people. Your problem is that you have failed. Why do you want to blame us for your failure?”

“You spent tens of billions of dollars in the wrong place, at the wrong time, on the wrong cause. These are your mistakes. You allied with those you thought were serving your policies, but they were powerless.”

Regarding the living condition, the head of Hezbollah’s Executive Council announced that “at the level of our special programs in Hezbollah, we are today in a state of complete mobilization, and all our formations are working in the service of the people.”

Sayyed Safieddine unveiled the Imam Al-Montathar Fund, which was formed four months ago and consists of donations made by full-time employees and contractors in Hezbollah from their salaries. “The sums of money have become large, praise be to God, and they are being spent in the service of the people, and the day will come when we will announce all these sums.”

Sayyed Safieddine stressed that “the resistance was established in the name of God and as a result of the sacrifices of these good and pure people. These people have never let it [the resistance] down, and it will never let them down. The resistance stands with its people and the covenant that it made to them. This resistance is always with them in all fields and arenas, defending their dignity, causes, and pride. It stands by them, speaking the language of honesty, the language of the heart, logic, reason, and truth. We are fully and completely confident, as we faced many difficulties in the past and overcame them, I am certain that we will overcome these difficulties that come in a new guise, method, and style.”

Below is the full transcript of the interview:

Escalation in the south:

– After the response of the Islamic Resistance to the recent “Israeli” raids that constituted a violation of the rules of engagement established in 2006, does Hezbollah think that the rules of engagement have been established again? Is “Israel’s” decision to refrain from responding a sign of deterrence and an unwillingness to launch a war, or is it a preparation for something greater, especially when we consider what was reported by the “Israeli” media, which quoted a senior security official who said “the ‘Israeli’ army is working to formulate responses against Hezbollah in multiple ways, both publicly and in secret?

In the end, military action is not a picnic. Rather, it is hard and tiring work in which things happen from time to time at the level of readiness, the battle, and friction that may be uncalculated, deliberate, or unintended. These are partial and simple matters, and they were contained by the people involved.

Yes, it is very natural for some media professionals or some politicians, who we know do not support the resistance and harbor hostility towards it and plot against it, to try and take advantage of any event and try to exaggerate it. But we still believe that the popular and political environment that incubates the resistance is strong, large, and dominant in Lebanon.

Beirut Port explosion and political investment

– In the context of the anniversary of the port explosion, the technical report on the causes of the explosion is still kept secret. Who is responsible for this ambiguity? Does Hezbollah have any doubts about the reasons why this report has not been issued yet?

Not just Hezbollah, but everyone is eager to know what happened in the catastrophic August 4 explosion. Everyone wants to know what happened so that things are clear and the truth is clear because not explaining what happened and not providing a report, vision, or narrative of what happened means that the door will remain open to speculation, jurisprudence, and interventions. The Lebanese imagination is very broad. We know that some politicians, media professionals, and malicious parties in Lebanon receive money to promote malicious political goals and objectives. They do not care about the feelings of the families of the martyrs or about the horrific consequences they are trying to impose on the Lebanese. All of them will benefit from the lack of clarity about what happened.

Fuel and people’s needs

We have a set of programs that cover agriculture, loans, and helping people secure their most basic needs. This is different from what we do through the ministries of health and industry and our efforts through various other ministries. This is an aspect that is usually not highlighted – most people keeping track and the politicians in the country know perfectly well that some of the issues that were resolved, even partially, whether we’re talking about subsidies or other things, Hezbollah and its ministers and members of the parliament played a major role in that resolution, and this is our duty.

As for our special programs in Hezbollah, we are today in a state of complete mobilization, and all our formations are working in the service of the people in the health and agricultural sectors and in securing foodstuffs and the necessary medicine through all the projects that we presented. The Sajjad card is one of these items that, God willing, will see remarkable development in the coming weeks.

Among the things that Hezbollah launched after the speech of His Eminence the Secretary-General is the formation of a fund that we called the Imam Al-Montathar Fund. This fund consists of donations provided by full-time and contractors in Hezbollah from their salaries. The goal is for all our brothers to participate in solving the economic and living problems and to stand by our people to whom we are ready to give blood so that it remains strong, stable, solid, and dear. This fund was formed four months ago, and there is a substantial sum of money now, praise be to God, and the day will come when we will release all the figures. But these are large sums being spent in the service of the people and on various important projects that serve the people, whether in securing foodstuffs for the needy or supporting projects that contribute to agricultural production. What is important is that it reaches people and serves them directly. Praise be to God, the Imam Al-Montathar Fund, which the full-timers and contractors contributed to financing has now large sums of money that are being spent in the service of the people.

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our loved ones, dear ones, and brothers working in Hezbollah for their efforts in developing this fund, and I invite them to continue to do so. I also know that many of our brothers, full-timers and contractors, are contributing to funds located in their villages, neighborhoods, and towns to support the needy. This is our culture and the aspirations of our young mujahideen as well as our brothers and sisters, may God protect them all.

– Did the leadership of Hezbollah conclude that the time has come to import fuel from Iran? Is there a date for the implementation? Is there a similar step with regard to medication?

Committing to timetables with such files is wrong. We do not want to commit ourselves and the people to specific times. The reason is that there are serious challenges and complications, and we are working to overcome these obstacles. Some people imagine that as soon as we say that we want to bring gasoline and diesel, it means that it will come directly. The issue is more complicated than this, but the decision has been made. God willing, these steps will become visible in the next few days through actions and not words.

I have my insight

– To commemorate Ashura this year, Hezbollah chose the slogan “I have my insight.” What is the link between the slogan and the stage we are living in?

I would like to clarify that this phrase is for the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali bin Abi Talib, peace be upon him, who was the ideal of patience, insight, and endurance to save the path he belongs to, which is the path of authentic Islam and the legacy of the Messenger of God [PBUH]. We quoted this slogan from the words of the Commander of the Faithful [PBUH] because we know that this stage requires intuitive insight and beautiful patience at the same time. It is beautiful patience and intuitive insight that can give us the ability to endure and face events so that we can all overcome them. All those who believe in the blessed Husseini approach and the blessed Islamic approach, know very well that this approach takes important steps forward. Today, problems are placed before him, he is wronged and attacked, despite all the sacrifices, victories, and achievements he has made. Preserving these achievements, victories, results, and values as well as all of the people’s sacrifices requires patience and insight. This is what we learned from the Commander of the Faithful, and this man who was present in Karbala. Karbala was mountains of patience, insight, and clear vision. If the companions of Imam Hussein [PBUH], whom he described as the best of companions and the most loyal companions, did not possess a clear vision, they would not have stood firm and fought until martyrdom. If they did not possess great patience, they would not have been able to withstand all these pressures from the armies that gathered around them. The example of patience and insight are Imam Zein Al-Abidin [PBUH] and Sayyeda Zeinab [PBUH], who remained on the path and approach with these two concepts in addition to all faith and religious values and brought religion to the shore of safety. 

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السيد صفي الدين لـ”العهد”: ثبّتنا المعادلة مع العدو.. ومستنفرون بمواجهة الأزمة الداخلية

ميساء مقدم

في اجواء ذكرى انتصار لبنان وشعبه في تموز 2006، ومع اقتراب ذكرى التحرير الثاني في 28 آب، التقى موقع “العهد” رئيس المجلسالتنفيذي في حزب الله سماحة السيد هاشم صفي الدين، الذي أطلق جملة من المواقف، أكد خلالها أن “المعادلة (مع العدو) تم تثبيتها والتأكيد عليها من خلال  الصواريخ التي أطلقت، وأن الاسرائيلي اذا كان يفكر أن بامكانه أن يغير قواعد ومستلزمات هذه المعادلة من طرفه فهو غير قادر على ذلك”، مشددا على أن “جهوزية المقاومة دائمة، وهي حاضرة لردع العدو عند القيام بأي اعتداء بغض النظر عن أي تغيرات وتبدلات ساسية داخلية أو سياسية اقليمية على مستوى المنطقة” وأن “معادلة الجيش والشعب والمقاومة قائمة وثابتة وناجحة ومنتجة”.

وفي ما يرتبط بذكرى انفجار مرفأ بيروت، جدد السيد صفي الدين تأكيد حزب الله أن “عدم تبيان ما الذي حصل وعدم تقديم تقرير أو رؤية أو سردية لما حصل يعني أن الباب سيبقى مفتوحا أمام الاشتهاءات والاجتهادات والتدخلات والاستثمارات” وأن “تحديد وتوصيف ما الذي حصل يحدد الكثير من الاتجاهات التي ينبغي ان يذهب اليها التحقيق حتى يكون الناس على بيّنة، وفي هذا الموضوع نحن نرى الأمور غير سليمة وغير صحيحة”.

وحول الهجوم الأخير لوزير الخارجية السعودية على حزب الله، قال السيد صفي الدين لموقع “العهد”: “السعودية فشلت، فشلت في اليمن وفي سوريا والعراق وفلسطين ولبنان، وفشلت في خياراتها الخاطئة حينما اتخذت سياسات أميركية محضة خلافًا لمصالح الشعوب. مشكلتكم أنكم أنتم فشلتم لماذا تريدون أن تحملونا فشلكم؟”، وتابع “أنتم أنفقتم عشرات المليارات من الدولارات في المكان الخطأ، في التوقيت الخطأ، في القضية الخطأ، في الساعة الخطأ، هذه أخطاؤكم أنتم. أنتم تحالفتم مع من اعتبرتم أنهم يخدمون سياساتكم لكنهم كانوا عاجزين”.

في الشأن المعيشي، أعلن رئيس المجلس التنفيذي في حزب الله أنه “على مستوى برامجنا الخاصة في حزب الله نحن اليوم في حالة استنفار كاملة، وكل تشكيلاتنا تعمل في خدمة الناس” كاشفا عن صندوق الامام المنتظر (عج) الذي تشكل منذ 4 أشهر وهو عبارة عن التبرعات التي يقدمها العاملون في حزب الله من المتفرغين والمتعاقدين من رواتبهم الخاصة، وأنه الى الآن “أصبحت المبالغ كبيرة بحمد الله وهي تصرف وتنفق في خدمة الناس وسيأتي يوم نعلن عن كل هذه المبالغ”.

وشدد السيد صفي الدين على ان “المقاومة التي انطلقت على اسم الله وعلى تضحيات هؤلاء الناس الطيبين الطاهرين المضحين الذين ما خذلوها يوما وما خذلتهم يوما هي مع شعبها وأهلها على العهد الذي كانت عليه، هي دائما معهم في كل الميادين والساحات تدافع عن كراماتهم وقضاياهم وعزهم وتقف الى جانبهم لتتحدث معهم بلغة فيها كل الصدق ولغة القلب والمنطق والعقل والحق، ونحن على ثقة كاملة وتامة، كما واجهنا في السابق صعابا كثيرة وتجاوزناها، هذه الصعاب ذات الثوب الجديد والطريقة الجديدة والاسلوب الجديد أقطع واجزم أننا سنتجاوزها”.

وفي ما يلي نص المقابلة:
* التصعيد في الجنوب

ـ بعد رد المقاومة الاسلامية على الغارات الاسرائيلية الأخيرة التي شكلت خرقًا لقواعد الاشتباك منذ الـ 2006، هل يعتبر حزب الله أن قواعد الاشتباك ثُبتت من جديد؟ وهل الانكفاء الاسرائيلي عن الرد هو ارتداع وعدم رغبة في الحرب، أم أنه تحضير لما هو أكبر، خصوصًا مع ما نقلته وسائل اعلام اسرائيلية عن مسؤول أمني كبير من أن “الجيش الاسرائيلي يعمل على بلورة ردود ضد حزب الله من خلال طرق ووسائل متعددة منها ما هو علني ومنها ما هو سري”؟

نحن تعودنا على الطريقة الإسرائيلية في التعاطي مع هذه الملفات، حينما يكون وضعه غير مساعد وهو مضطر الى أن يستجيب لمقتضيات تثبيت المعادلة القائمة يتحدث عن وعود في المستقبل علنية أو غير علنية. في نهاية المطاف نحن نعرف أننا في مواجهة مع الاسرائيلي على مدى الأيام والساعات. لكن ما يهمنا الآن هو ليس المواجهة بمعناها الواسع والعريض انما ما يهمنا هو تثبيت المعادلة، أن المعادلة تم تثبيتها والتأكيد عليها من خلال هذه الصواريخ التي أطلقت، وأن الاسرائيلي اذا كان يفكر أن بامكانه أن يغير قواعد ومستلزمات هذه المعادلة من طرفه فهو غير قادر على ذلك. هذا هو الأساس في هذه المواجهة بعيدًا عن أي تكهنات وتحليلات ووعود اسرائيلية لشأن داخلي سياسي، هذه الوعود مرتبطة بالمشكلة السياسية التي تعانيها الحكومة الاسرائيلية الجديدة.

نحن لاحظنا خلال ساعات المواجهة التي حصلت أنه كان هناك فرق لدى الاسرائيلي بين المستوى السياسي والمستوى العسكري. العسكري كان من الواضح أنه لا يريد التصعيد باتجاه الحرب لأن ليس له مصلحة في ذلك، وهذا حديث آخر، وبين السياسي الذي كان مربكا واستمر النقاش الى ما يقارب منتصف الليل حتى حسموا خياراتهم بعدم التصعيد. وهذا دليل على أن القيادة السياسية في “اسرائيل” ما زالت حديثة العهد وتخاف من اي مغامرة سياسية غير محسوبة، ونتنياهو بالانتظار.

ـ هل المقاومة الإسلامية في لبنان جاهزة لخوض مواجهة عسكرية مع العدو الاسرائيلي حاليًا؟ وهل هناك من يضمن أن أي مواجهة مقبلة لن تتطور وتتوسع الى حرب اقليمية؟

هناك قاعدة اعتمدها حزب الله في عمل المقاومة الإسلامية طوال كل السنوات الماضية، هي جهوزية المقاومة الدائمة والحاضرة لردع العدو عند القيام بأي اعتداء بغض النظر عن أي تغيرات وتبدلات ساسية داخلية أو سياسية اقليمية على مستوى المنطقة. البعض دائما يحاول الربط بين الوضع السياسي الداخلي أو الوضع السياسي الاقليمي وبين ما تقوم به المقاومة ونحن نقول ان هذا الربط ليس صحيحا وليس موفقا ولا يمكن الركون اليه دائما. لا يعني ذلك أننا نعيش في عالم آخر، نحن نعيش في لبنان والمنطقة الا أن وظيفة المقاومة في جهوزيتها الردعية هي وظيفة مختلفة ولا تتأثر كثيرًا بالوضع السياسي الداخلي والاقليمي.

القاعدة الثانية في عملنا كمقاومة اسلامية أننا لم نسع في يوم لحرب ولا نسعى في يوم الى حرب. لا أحد يتخيل أو يتصور أو يحلل أن المقاومة الاسلامية هي في طور الدخول في حرب، ابدا هذا ليس من أهدافنا، نعم اذا فرضت علينا الحرب نكون دائما في جهوزية.

ـ في الداخل، عاد الهجوم على حزب الله من بوابة قرار السلم والحرب، واتهام المقاومة بتحويل لبنان الى ساحة لتحقيق أهداف ايران، كما تحدثت بعض الصحف كـ “النهار” عن ضعف أصاب معادلة “الجيش والشعب والمقاومة” خصوصًا بعد أحداث شويا وخلدة، وظهور عدم احتضان شعبي للمقاومة من قبل فئات، وأيضًا بعد بيان الجيش الذي أثار استغرابًا وظهر بمظهر “المحايد” بأفضل الأحوال بين المقاومة والعدو، ما هو تعليقكم؟

معادلة الجيش والشعب والمقاومة قائمة وثابتة وناجحة ومنتجة، لا يعني ذلك أن الأدبيات التي يستخدمها الجيش هي نفسها الأدبيات التي تستخدمها المقاومة، لكل موقعه وأدبياته وظروفه، أما حين نتحدث عن هذه المعادلة فنحن نتحدث عن هذا التماسك على مستوى الرؤية ومستوى الجبهة ومستوى العدو، هذا لم يختلف لا شعبيا ولا سياسيا ولا عمليا على مستوى ما نواجهه مع العدو الاسرائيلي. اما حصول بعض الأحداث الطفيفة فيتم تطويقها بلحظتها وهذا يحصل. في نهاية المطاف العمل العسكري ليس نزهة، بل هو عمل فيه مشقة وتعب وفيه أمور تحصل بين الحين والآخر على مستوى الجهوزية والمعركة والاحتكاكات التي قد تكون غير محسوبة أو مدروسة أو غير مقصودة. هذه أمور جزئية وبسيطة وتم تطويقها من قبل نفس أهالي الذين وقعوا بالتباس معين أو دفع بهم للوقوع بالتباس معين.

نعم بعض الاعلاميين أو بعض السياسيين الذين منذ اليوم الأول نعرف أنهم لا يؤيدون المقاومة بل يضمرون لها العداء ويكيدون لها، من الطبيعي جدا أن يحاولوا الاستفادة من أي حدث لتكبيره وتعظيمه. الموضوع ليس كذلك، ما زلنا نعتقد أن البيئة الشعبية والسياسية الحاضنة للمقاومة هي بيئة قوية وكبيرة وغالبة في لبنان.

* انفجار مرفأ بيروت والاستثمار السياسي

ـ في أجواء الذكرى السنوية لانفجار المرفأ، ما يزال التقرير التقني حول أسباب الانفجار طي الكتمان. من يتحمل مسؤولية هذا الغموض؟ وهل لدى حزب الله ريبة من خلفيات عدم صدور هذا التقرير؟

ليس لدى حزب الله فقط، بل كل حريص على معرفة ما الذي حصل في الانفجار الكارثي في 4 آب، كل حريص يريد ان يعرف ما الذي حصل لكي تكون الأمور واضحة والحقيقة بيّنة، لأن عدم تبيين ما الذي حصل وعدم تقديم تقرير أو رؤية أو سردية لما حصل يعني أن الباب سيبقى مفتوحا أمام الاشتهاءات والاجتهادات والتدخلات والاستثمارات، والمخيال اللبناني الموجه واسع جدا. ونعرف أن بعض السياسيين والاعلاميين والمغرضين في لبنان موجودون ويتقاضون أجورًا وأموالًا للترويج لأمور وأهداف سياسية خبيثة. هم لا يهتمون لا بمشاعر ولا بأحاسيس أهالي الشهداء ولا بالنتائج البشعة التي يحاولون فرضها على اللبنانيين. كل هؤلاء سيستفيدون من حالة عدم وضوح ما الذي حصل.

السيد صفي الدين لـ"العهد": ثبّتنا المعادلة مع العدو.. ومستنفرون بمواجهة الأزمة الداخلية

بالنسبة الينا منذ اليوم الأول كان المطلوب أن يقال للبنانيين سواء من القضاء أو الجهات المعنية التي يمكنها ان تتحدث، في الحد الأدنى من القضاء أو الجهات المعنية في التحقيق أن تقول ما الذي حصل، ليس منطقيا أن يتم تراشق الاتهامات يمينا وشمالا دون ان يفهم الناس ما الذي حصل. وبعد ان يفهم الناس ما الذي حصل يمكن أن يتم الحديث عن مسؤولية ما حصل. أما أن يبقى ما حصل غامضًا ثم نريد تحميل المسؤوليات هكذا فهذا أمر غير متوازن وغير منطقى وغير طبيعي. الذي حصل في المرفأ هل هو اهمال اداري فقط، هل هو اهمال أمني، هل هو اهمال أمني واداري، هل هو عمل عبثي جاء من جهة أو من الخارج؟ تحديد وتوصيف ما الذي حصل يحدد الكثير من الاتجاهات التي ينبغي ان يذهب اليها التحقيق حتى يكون الناس على بينة. نعم في هذا الموضوع نحن نرى الأمور غير سليمة وغير صحيحة.

ـ  هذا الاستثمار السياسي والاستغلال الاعلامي وكم الاكاذيب والاضاليل التي ترمى لاتهام حزب الله بالمسؤولية وراء انفجار المرفأ، هل يعيدنا الى أجواء العام ٢٠٠٥؟ ومن هو المحرك الاساس وراء ما نشهده؟ هل هي تصفية حسابات داخلية أم أن المحرك طرف خارجي؟

يجب أن نميز بين أمرين حين نتحدث عن انفجار المرفأ، بين عوائل الشهداء والضحايا وبين الاستثمار والاستغلال. نحن حتمًا مع مشاعر وأحاسيس وكل ما تشعر به أية عائلة فقدت عزيزها، هؤلاء في نهاية المطاف شهداء وضحايا سواء ضحايا الاهمال أو العبث أو ضحايا الفساد. بالنهاية هؤلاء ضحايا نتضامن معهم الى أبعد الحدود، ونحن أكثر الناس معرفة بهذه الأحاسيس لأننا قدمنا شهداء ونقدم دائما شهداء وهذه هي سيرتنا. هذا لجهة، والجهة الثانية هي الاستغلال.

الاستغلال والاستثمار ليس فقط عمل سياسي، بل عمل سياسي غير أخلاقي. في السياسة أيضا هناك أخلاق وغير أخلاق. أن يجوّز بعض السياسيين لأنفسهم استغلال هذه الدماء والمشاعر والأحاسيس لحشدها في بوتقة سياسية وهدف سياسي محدد فهذا غاية الاستخفاف بالمشاعر وعدوان آخر على الشهداء والضحايا وهذا نوع جديد من أنواع الفساد الذي أرادوا أن يغرقوا الساحة اللبنانية فيه من 2005 الى اليوم. هذا نمط. هم ينتمون الى مدرسة في الحقيقة فشلت في لبنان ولم تعط أي نتيجة. من 2005 الى اليوم ما الذي حصدوه؟ حصدوا مزيدا من الأحقاد والتحريض والتفرقة بين اللبنانيين والاستثمار على هذه التفرقة لجلب الخارج ليمدهم بالمال والدعم في زمن الانتخابات وغير زمن الانتخابات. جربوا هذا في 2005 والى الآن وفشلوا في السابق. هم الآن يعيدون تجربة فاشلة بائسة يائسة عديمة الجدوى لها أضرار وأذية على عوائل الشهداء والمضحين، وعلى لبنان ووحدته ولحمته في وقت يحتاج فيه لبنان أكثر من أي وقت مضى الى التماسك لمواجهة أزماته المتتالية والصعبة.

ـ شن وزير الخارجية السعودي مؤخرًا هجومًا جديًدا على حزب الله متهمًا اياه بأنه وراء أزمات لبنان، وداعياً السياسيين في لبنان الى مواجهته، أي رسالة يوجهها الى الداخل اللبناني؟  

لو سألنا كل السياسيين اليوم والمطلعين في لبنان والمنطقة، هل نجحت السعودية في سياساتها الخارجية؟ الجواب فشلت. دائما السعودي يريد أن يحمل فشله على الآخرين، واليوم “طالع معه” أن حزب الله هو العدو رقم واحد، مثل بعض السياسسين في لبنان. يا أخي أنتم فشلتم. السعودية فشلت، فشلت في اليمن وفي سوريا والعراق وفلسطين ولبنان وفشلت في خياراتها الخاطئة حينما اتخذت سياسات أميركية محضة خلافًا لمصالح الشعوب. مشكلتكم أنكم أنتم فشلتم، لماذا تريدون أن تحملونا فشلكم؟ وموضوع لبنان ليس كما يتحدث السعودي على الاطلاق. دائمًا يتحدث الأمراء السعوديون عندما يلتقون مع بعض اللبنانيين أو غير اللبنانيين، يقولون نحن أنفقنا مليارات الدولارات ولم نحصد سوى العداوة. ليست المشكلة في من هو معكم ومن هو ليس معكم. أنتم أنفقتم عشرات المليارات من الدولارات في المكان الخطأ، في التوقيت الخطأ، في القضية الخطأ، في الساعة الخطأ، هذه أخطاؤكم أنتم. أنتم تحالفتم مع من اعتبرتم أنهم يخدمون سياساتكم لكنهم كانوا عاجزين. السعودي يعرف أكثر من غيره أن فشله في الساحة اللبنانية هو نتجية أخطاء في الخيارات الاستراتيجية والخيارات التكتيكية، وما حصل في لبنان مشكلته بأيدي الذين صنعوا هذه الطبقة السياسية التي كانت تنتمي في معظمها الى السياسة السعودية والأميركية.

* الوضع الحكومي

ـ عاد الوضع الحكومي الى تعقيداته السابقة بعد أجواء تفاؤلية أشيعت قبيل تكليف الرئيس ميقاتي، هل لحزب الله دور حالي في تذليل العقبات؟ وفي حال الفشل مجددًا بتشكيل حكومة، الى أين نحن ذاهبون، خصوصًا وأن الحديث يدور عن أن نادي رؤساء الحكومات السابقين لن يكون مشاركًا في تسمية أي رئيس مقبل؟

نحن في السابق قمنا بجهود كبيرة لتذليل العقبات من أجل أن تبصر الحكومة النور من اجل اللبنانيين جميعا وقلنا اكثر من مرة وتحديدا في تسمية الرئيس ميقاتي أن هدفنا هو أن تكون هناك حكومة. اليوم موضوع تشكيل الحكومة هو أولوية لكل اللبنانيين ولمصلحة جميع اللبنانيين نتيجة الوضع المعيشي والمالي والاقتصادي والمآسي التي يعيشها اللبنانيون وهي أكبر من كثير من السياسات التكتيكية والداخلية والداخلية التي يذهب اليها البعض رأينا المطلوب أن تتشكل حكومة. اذا لم تتشكل هذا حديث آخر، وان شاء الله تتشكل.

– هل حزب الله ما زال مطمئنا الى شعبيته وبالتالي الى نتائج الانتخابات النيابية المقبلة؟

بغض النظر عن الانتخابات نعتبر أنه ما زال مبكرا الحديث عن الانتخابات النيابية. لا نريد أن نتحدث عن حزب الله وتأييده من زاوية انتخابية. أما اذا تحدثنا عن شعب المقاومة نحن نعتقد ان شعب المقاومة ثابت صلب متماسك قوي رغم كل الحملات الاعلامية التي يواجهها وهو شعب واعٍ وخبير، واختبر الكثير من التجارب التي حاول البعض من خلالها النيل من حزب الله ومن هيبته ومن قوته ومن قدرته. شعبنا يعرف تماما حجم الحملة التي تشن على حزب الله وحجم الأموال التي تنفق من أجل تشويه صورة حزب الله ومن أجل تحميل حزب الله كل موبقات الفساد الموجودة في البلد، ولسنا قلقين من هذه الجهة أبدا. نعم نحن واجبنا أن نسعى دائمًا لأن نكون معهم. بالنتيجة شعبنا هو نحن ونحن والمقاومة والشعب جهة واحدة، يجب أن نكون في خدمة هؤلاء الناس من أجل تأمين الاحتياجات واللوازم الضرورية والحياتية.

* المحروقات وحاجات الناس

ـ أين أصبحت خطة حزب الله في مواجهة الأزمة الاقتصادية والمعيشية لا سيما في بيئته؟ ما هي التقديمات الحالية وماذا تغطي؟

لدينا مجموعة من البرامج تم الاعلان عنها على المستوى الزراعي ومستوى القروض ومستوى مساعدة الناس في تأمين الاحتياجات الضروية، هذا غير الذي نقوم به من خلال وزارتي الصحة والصناعة والجهود التي نقوم بها مع الوزارات المختلفة، هذا جانب عادة لا يتم تسليط الضوء عليه، ومعظم المتابعين والسياسين الموجودين في البد يعرفون تماما ان بعض الامور التي كانت تجد حلولا ولو جزئية سواء في الدعم أو في غير الدعم كان لحزب الله ولوزارئه ولنوابه الدور الكبير في الوصول الى نتائجها وهذا واجبنا على أي حال.

أما على مستوى برامجنا الخاصة في حزب الله فنحن اليوم في حالة استنفار كاملة، وكل تشكيلاتنا تعمل في خدمة الناس، في الجانب الصحي والزراعي وفي جانب تأمين المواد الغذائية وتأمين الدواء الضروري من خلال كل المشاريع التي قدمناها، وبطاقة السجاد هي أحد هذه البنود التي ان شاء الله ستشهد تطورًا ملحوظًا خلال الأسابيع الآتية.

من جملة الأمور التي أطلقها حزب الله بعد كلام سماحة الأمين العام دام حفظه هو تشكيل صندوق أسميناه صندوق الامام المنتظر (عج)، هذا الصندوق هو صندوق التبرعات التي يقدمها العاملون في حزب الله من المتفرغين والمتعاقدين من رواتبهم الخاصة، والهدف أن يشارك كل إخواننا في الحل للمشكلات الاقتصادية والمعيشية والوقوف الى جانب شعبنا الذي نحن جاهزون أن نعطيه الدم ليبقى قويا وثابتا وراسخا وعزيزا. هذا الصندوق تشكل منذ 4 أشهر والى الآن أصبحت المبالغ كبيرة بحمد الله وسيأتي يوم نعلن فيه عن كل هذه المبالغ لكنها مبالغ كبيرة تصرف اليوم وتنفق في خدمة الناس، وفي مختلف المشاريع المهمة التي تخدم الناس سواء في تأمين المواد الغذائية للمحتاجين أو دعم المشاريع التي تساهم في الانتاج الزراعي، المهم أنها تصل الى الناس وخدمة الناس بشكل مباشر. والحمد لله صندوق الامام المنتظر(عج) الذي ساهم في تمويله المتفرغون والمتعاقدون أصبح فيه مال وفير ويصرف في خدمة الناس.

ويهمني أن أتقدم بالشكر الجزيل من أحبائنا وأعزائنا وإخواننا العاملين في حزب الله على جهودهم في تنمية هذا الصندوق وأدعوهم الى الاستمرار في ذلك. كما لا أنسى أن هناك عددًا كبيرًا من أخواننا المتفرغين و المتعاقدين كلٌّ في قريته أو في حيه أو بلدته يساهمون في صناديق موجودة في كل هذه البلدات من أجل دعم المحتاجين في كل تلك البلدات، وهذه هي ثقافتنا والمتوخى من شبابنا المجاهدين وإخواننا وأخواتنا حفظهم الله جميعًا.

ـ هل وجدت قيادة حزب الله أن الأوان قد حان لاستقدام المحروقات من ايران؟ هل من موعد لبدء التنفيذ؟ وهل هناك خطوة مشابهة في ما يتعلق بالدواء؟

التوقيت في مثل هذه الملفات خطأ. نحن لا نريد أن ندخل أنفسنا وندخل الناس معنا في توقيتات محددة والسبب أن هناك تعقيدات ليست سهلة ولا بسيطة ونحن نعمل على تذليل هذه العقبات. بعض الناس يتخيل أنه بمجرد أن نقول اننا نريد أن نأتي بالبنزين والمازوت يعني سيحضر مباشرة، الموضوع أكثر تعقيدًا من هذا، لكن القرار متخذ وإن شاء الله هذه الخطوات ستظهر لاحقا في القادم من الأيام من خلال العمل وليس القول.

* “إن معي لبصيرتي”

– اختار حزب الله لاحياء عاشوراء هذا العام شعار “إن معي لبصيرتي”، ما هو الرابط بين الشعار والمرحلة التي نعيشها؟

يهمني أن أوضح أن هذه الكلمة هي لأمير المؤمنين الامام علي بن ابي طالب عليه السلام الذي كان المثل الأعلى في الصبر والبصيرة والتحمل لانقاذ المسيرة التي ينتمي اليها وهي مسيرة الاسلام الأصيل وهي ارث رسول الله (ص). نحن اقتبسنا من كلام أمير المؤمنين(ع) هذا الشعار لأننا نعلم أن هذه المرحلة تحتاج في آن واحد الى البصيرة الثاقبة والصبر الجميل. الصبر الجميل والبصيرة الثاقبة هما اللذان يمكنهما أن يعطيانا القدرة على التحمل ومواجهة الأحداث لكي نتخطى نحن جميعا. كل الذين يؤمنون بالنهج الحسيني المبارك والنهج الاسلامي المبارك، يعلمون جيدا أن هذا النهج يخطو خطوات مهمة نحو الأمام. اليوم توضع أمامه مشاكل ويظلم ويعتدى على هذا النهج رغم كل التضحيات وكل العطاءات والانتصارات والانجازات التي حققها. الحفاظ على هذه الانجازات والانتصارات والنتائج والحفاظ على هذه القيم وكل تضحيات الناس يحتاج الى صبر جميل وبصيرة ثاقبة. هذا ما تعلمناه من أمير المؤمنين(ع) وهذا الذي كان حاضرا في كربلاء. كربلاء كانت جبالًا من الصبر وجبالًا من النظر الثاقب والرؤية الواضحة. أصحاب الامام الحسين (ع) الذين يقول عنهم إنهم خيرة الأصحاب وأوفى الاصحاب لو لم يمتلكوا رؤية واضحة وجلية لما صمدوا ولما قاتلوا حتى الشهادة، ولو لم يمتلكوا صبرا عظيما لما تمكنوا من تحمل كل هذه الضغوطات من هذه الجيوش التي اجتمعت حولهم ومثال الصبر والبصيرة هما الامام زين العابدين(ع) والسيدة زينب (ع) اللذان اكملا الطريق والنهج بهذين المفهومين مع كل القيم الايمانية والدينية وأوصلا الدين الى شاطئ الأمان.

* وعد المقاومة

– في شهر آب الذي يجمع بين ذكرى تحقيق الانتصار في حرب تموز 2006، وذكرى التحرير الثاني في 28 آب، ما هي رسالة المقاومة الى جمهورها؟ وما هو وعدها؟

المقاومة التي انطلقت على اسم الله وعلى تضحيات هؤلاء الناس الطيبين الطاهرين المضحين الذين ما خذلوها يوما وما خذلتهم يوما هي مع شعبها وأهلها على العهد الذي كانت عليه. هي دائما معهم في كل الميادين والساحات تدافع عن كراماتهم وقضاياهم وعزهم وتقف الى جانبهم لتتحدث معهم بلغة فيها كل الصدق ولغة القلب والمنطق والعقل والحق. المقاومة هي في موقعها العادي والطبيعي والضروري للدفاع عن قضايا أمتنا وكل قيمنا وكل مقدساتنا. ونحن على ثقة كاملة وتامة، كما واجهنا في السابق صعابا كثيرة وتجاوزناها، هذه الصعاب ذات الثوب الجديد والطريقة الجديدة والاسلوب الجديد – وكل الصعاب كانت نتاج الخبث الأميركي والاسرائيلي ومن معهما – هذه الصعاب الجديدة أقطع واجزم أننا سنتجاوزها بمزيد من التحمل وبمزيد من العمل والجهد شرط أن نبقى حاضرين في الساحة، لأن الصبر وحده دون العمل لا يعطي نتيجة. نصبر ونعمل. نتكل على الله عز وجل ثم نقدم على القيام بواجباتنا.

وعدنا أننا سنقوم بكل ما هو ممكن وكل قدرة متاحة بين أيدينا للوصول الى تحقيق الأهداف المرجوة والمطلوبة ومن بين الأهداف تخليص الناس من هذه الصعاب التي يعيشونها اقتصاديا وماليا ومعيشيا.

مؤشرات خطيرة تطرحها أحداث خلدة

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تجتمع في أحداث خلدة مؤشرات لا يمكن للتحقيق القضائي والأمني تجاهلها، وأولى هذه المؤشرات توقيت الأحداث، فالبلد في مناخ من التوتر والاحتقانات المتعدّدة، بحيث يبدو كأنه برميل بارود ينتظر صاعق التفجير، والمرجعيات التي تقف وراء البيانات الموقعة باسم العشائر العربية في خلدة تظهر من بياناتها السابقة خلال سنوات مضت، درجة لا يستهان بها من التسييس، كما يظهر سجل علاقاتها، درجة عالية من الانخراط في علاقات داخلية وخارجية، وأظهرت في متابعتها لأحداث خلدة رغبة غير خافية بالتجييش بدلاً من التهدئة، ما يستدعي طرح السؤال حول وجود خلفية إشعال نار تتخطى مجرد مزاعم الثأر في مناخ ملتهب كالذي تعيشه البلد، ويستدعي مواكبة لاحقة لما وصف بالثأر بدعوات التهدئة، لا تنسجم مع الهجوم على موكب التشييع، بما بدا أنه محاولة لتعويض الاشتعال الذي لم يفلح ما سمي بالثأر بتحقيقه.

المؤشر الثاني هو أنّ الجماعات التي يرتبط بها التصعيد في خلدة كانت تقدم نفسها خلال سنتين كفرع لثورة 17 تشرين، يملك وكالة حصرية بقطع وفتح الطريق الرئيسي الذي يربط بيروت بالجنوب، وقد كان واضحاً أنّ هذه الجماعات وظفت قطع الطريق بما يتناسب مع شعارات الجناح الأكثر تسييساً وتطرفاً بين «فروع الثورة» ووكلائها الحصريين، وهو الجناح الذي يستثمر في شعارات الثورة لمهاجمة سلاح حزب الله، والضغط على بيئته والتنكيل بها واستفزازها أملاً باستدراجها إلى تفجير كان مطلوباً من استثمار ما عرف بـ»الثورة»، ولم يفلح بسبب تجنب حزب الله الدخول في منطق ردود الأفعال، وتحمله للتهجُّم والاستفزاز.

المؤشر الثالث هو دخول جماعات ما عرف بـ»الثورة»، خصوصاً جناحها الأشد تسييساً واتصالات بالسفارات تحت شعار المواجهة مع حزب الله على خط الاستثمار في قضية تفجير مرفأ بيروت، والسعي إلى تحويلها إلى جزء من أملاكه الحصرية، تحت شعار مواجهة الطغمة الحاكمة والفاسدين، ولكن بهدف الوصول إلى حزب الله، عبر اتهامه بتخزين النيترات في المرفأ ونقلها إلى سورية، وهو ما دأب ولا يزال رهط من محترفي التزوير على تكراره أملاً بتحويله إلى حقيقه، رغم ما يعرفه المعنيون من أنه إذا ثبت أنّ النترات كانت على صلة بتخديم الحرب في سورية فهي قامت بتخديم جماعات المعارضة التي تخشى السفارات كشف تورطها وتورط أطراف لبنانية معها في أي تحقيق جدي يتخذ هذا المنحى، ولذلك يكتفى بالاستغلال الإعلامي لهذا الاتهام والابتعاد عنه في التحقيق القضائي الغربي الداعم للتحقيق اللبناني وفي التحقيق اللبناني نفسه.

المؤشر الرابع هو دخول جماعات ما يسمى بالثورة ورموزها على خط أحداث خلدة، بلغة تبريرية لعملية الغدر التي فشلت بتفجير يستدرج حزب الله للتورط فيه، فكان الأمر المثير للاستغراب وغير المسبوق في عالم الثقافة والسياسة، هو أن تنبري شخصيات وجمعيات تحمل العناوين المدنية لتبهيت عملية القتل واعتبارها مجرد عملية ثأر مشروعة، ثم دخولها على خط كمين خلدة الذي نُصب للمشيعين، لتصويره اشتباكات بين أهالي خلدة وحزب الله كما خرجت بيانات وتصريحات الشخصيات والتجمعات، ومعها فضائيات لبنانية وعربية معروفة الدور والتمويل والشراكة في مرحلة الاستثمار قبل سنتين تحت اسم «الثورة»، من دون أن تشعر كل هذه التوليفة أو تنتبه بأنها منغمسة كما يفترض بالتحضير لشيء آخر، هو الصورة الكبرى لإحياء ذكرى الرابع من آب، والمنطقي ألا تسمح لأي حادث عرضي أو جانبي أن يطغى على هذه الصورة، إلا إذا كانت الصورة الكبرى هي هذه بالذات؟

كل شيء يقول إن قرار فتح النار بهدف القتل، مرتين متتاليتين في يومين متتاليين، على شباب وناس ينتمون لحزب الله وأنصاره، في نقطة الوصل والفصل بين بيروت والجنوب، هو قرار أكبر بكثير من مسألة ثأر، وأنّ الأمر أكبر من كاتب بيان العشائر ومن سوّقه وباركه، بصيغة التبني المتفاخر بالثأر بنية الاستفزاز مرة، وهذه ليست من عادات العشائر التي تلجأ للإدانة والتبرؤ رغم قبولها الضمني وتوسط العقلاء للاتصال والسعي للتهدئة، ثم مرة ثانية لتقديم صورة جغرافية عن الانتشار العشائري بنية التهديد، وهو استفزاز أكبر، وأن هذا الاستنفار التبريري الجريمتين، على نسق واسع إعلامي وسياسي، ليست مجرد أجزاء متفرقة تلاقت بالصدفة، بل هي أجزاء من سيناريو أكبر من أصحابه منفردين، أعد له ليكون الاحتفال الأكبر بذكرى تفجير المرفأ، وإحياء لثورة تشرين، بذات الوجهة المرسومة لاستدراج حزب الله، عبر تفجير مواجهة مسلحة يتورط بها حزب إليها وتصور سلاحه مجرد سلاح ميليشوي وتحتفل بها السفارات، فهل سيطرح التحقيق هذه الأسئلة، ويستدعي كلّ الذين يرمزون إلى هذا السيناريو؟

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Israeli Media: Iranians Identified the Israeli Point of Weakness and Attacked to Kill

July 31, 2021

Source: Israeli media

By Al Mayadeen

Israeli media outlets are talking about an ongoing secret battle in the sea between “Israel” and Iran, highlighting Iran’s ability to identify the Israeli points of weakness.

Israeli Media: It seems the attackers’ intention was to kill

Israeli journalist Amir Bohbot wrote in an article on the Walla website, “the link between all the mysterious events and explosions in the maritime arena that were attributed to foreign reports by Iran and Israel” points to “an ongoing secret battle that mainly involved carrying out strikes and causing damage to ships.”

Bohbot said that despite all that, “the drone attack against a Japanese, Israeli-owned ship, last Thursday, off the shores of Oman, indicates a change in the rules of the game, not because of the method of the attack, but because the attack resulted in two deaths on board.”

Also according to Bohbot, the attack that took place near Oman explains that “it is not about a making a hint or sending a message, but rather about collecting a killing price.”

Bohbot added that the initial reports have mentioned that for the first time ever, “the Iranians attack the ship, in the early morning hours, without success, and then launch a second attack, only this time with an accurate hit… It seems that the attackers’ intention was to kill.”

He continued, “Both sides know that the majority of their operations can be denied and kept it in the dark as long as there are no fatalities. But this time, this was not the case.” 

He explained, “If the reports are accurate and the mysterious explosions are part of the arm-twisting policy between Jerusalem and Tehran… then the reality has turned from a dominating superiority of ‘Israel’ to a major weakness.”

He continued to say, “If the operation evolves in the said direction, with open attacks involving fatalities, then the Israeli policy will face a major challenge, as the US alienates itself from the ongoing events in the Middle East.”

This came in an article Bohbot wrote one day after an Israeli ship was targeted by a “drone” in the Arabian Sea, causing two deaths, according to the Maritime Security website, Dryad.

For his part, Haaretz’s senior intelligence analyst Yossi Melman said, “This is the fourth attack in which Israel is targeted,” noting that “Israel started it all, as it has been involved for the past two and a half years in sabotaging Iranian ships.” 

Melman added, “Israel is playing with fire,” pointing out that 90% of Israeli goods pass through sea routes.


إعلام إسرائيلي: الإيرانيون حددوا نقطة الضعف الإسرائيلية وهاجموا بهدف القتل

المصدر: وسائل إعلام إسرائيلية

الكاتب: الميادين نت

وسائل إعلام إسرائيلية تتحدث عن المعركة السرية في البحر بين “إسرائيل” وإيران، وتشير إلى قدرة إيران على تحديد نقاط الضعف في الجانب الإسرائيلي.

وسائل إعلام إسرائيلية: يبدو أن نية مهاجمي السفينة كانت القتل

كتب الصحافي الإسرائيلي أمير بوحبوط مقالاً في موقع “والاه” قال فيه إن “الربط بين جميع الأحداث الغامضة والانفجارات في الساحة البحرية التي نُسبت لتقارير أجنبية لإيران وإسرائيل” يشير إلى “معركة سرية مستمرة تضمنت بشكل أساسي ضربات وإلحاق أضرار بالسفن”.

وقال بوحبوط، إنه على الرغم من ذلك فإن “هجوم الطائرات المسيرة ضد سفينة يابانية ملكيتها اسرائيلية، يوم الخميس الماضي، قبالة شواطئ عمان، يشير إلى تغيير في قواعد اللعبة، ليس بسبب أسلوب الهجوم وإنما لأن الهجوم انتهى بقتيلين على متنها”.

ويوضح الهجوم الذي وقع بالقرب من عمان، بحسب بوحبوط، إلى أن “الأمر لا يتعلق بتلميح أو إرسال رسالة، بل بجباية ثمن قاتل”.

وأضاف بوحبوط أن التقارير الأولية تذكر أنه وللمرة الأولى “يهاجم الإيرانيون السفينة، في ساعات الصباح، دون نجاح، ثم ينفذون هجوماً ثانياً ويسجلون إصابة دقيقة.. يبدو أن نية المهاجمين كانت القتل”.

وتابع: “يعلم كلا الطرفين أن غالبية عملياتهما يمكن نفيها وإبقاؤها في هامش غموض طالما لا يوجد قتلى. لكن هذه المرة لم يحدث ذلك. إذا كان بالإمكان تحليل أحداث الأشهر الأخيرة”.

وأوضح أنه “إذا كانت التقارير دقيقة والإنفجارات الغامضة تعود إلى لي الأذرع بين القدس وطهران، وفي الخلفية دفع المشروع النووي، والتمركز الإيراني في سوريا، وتمويل الإرهاب في الشرق الأوسط، انقلب الواقع من تفوق هائل لإسرائيل إلى نقطة ضعف كبيرة”. 

وقال: “إذا تطورت العملية في هذا الاتجاه السالف الذكر، مع هجمات علنية تنطوي على قتلى، فإن السياسة الإسرائيلية ستواجه تحدياً كبيراً جداً، بعد أن بدأت الولايات المتحدة في استبعاد نفسها من الأحداث في الشرق الأوسط”. 

ونقل بوحبوط عن مصادر إسرائيلية قولها إن من الواجب “على إسرائيل أن تضع خط صلب يشمل الكثير من العمليات الصغيرة وكشف يحرج الإيرانيين. كل هذا من أجل خلق شعور بالملاحقة”.

ويأتي كلام بوحبوط بعد يوم من استهداف سفينة إسرائيلية بـ”طائرة مسيرة” في بحر العرب، ما تسبب بسقوط قتيلين، وفق ما أفاد موقع “درياد” للأمن البحري.

من جهته، قال محلل الشؤون الأمنية في صحيفة “هآرتس” يوسي ملمان إنَّ “هذه هي المرة الرابعة التي يتم فيها استهدافٌ على صلة بإسرائيل”، مشيراً إلى أن “إسرائيل هي التي بدأت عندما عملت طوال عامين ونصف العام على تخريب سفن إيرانية”.

وأضاف ملمان أنَّ “إسرائيل تلعب بالنار”، معللاً ذلك بأنَّ “90% من البضائع الإسرائيلية تمرُّ عبر مساراتٍ بحرية”. 

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Sayyed Nasrallah’s Full Speech in the “Renewing Media Discourse and Managing Confrontation” Conference

July 23, 2021

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The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, delivered a speech at the opening session of the Renewing Media Discourse and Managing Confrontation Conference on July 5th, 2021

I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan. In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Merciful. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and prayers and peace be upon our Master and Prophet, the Seal of Prophets, Abi al-Qassem Muhammad Bin Abdullah and his good and pure household and his good and chosen companions and all the prophets and messengers.

Peace, mercy, and Allah’s blessings be upon you all. Welcome to you all.

To begin with, I would like to welcome everyone attending this honorable and blessed conference. God willing, we will benefit from the dialogs, discussions, and outcomes of this conference to be used in our media battle, which is an essential and the main part of the great battle – the battle of the comprehensive confrontation. I would also like to thank the organizers of this conference, who made an effort to complete it today, and thanks to all the participants.

My speech will focus on the conference. But at the end of the speech, I will leave a small window, to discuss the political situation. Nevertheless, the bulk of the time will be dedicated to this conference.

First: The importance of the media and media discourse in this confrontation is very clear, and we do not need to talk to the media professionals, and the leaders of the media front in the resistance about this matter.

Second: The necessity and importance of developing and renewing the media discourse in this confrontation is also clear, precisely now and in principle. This is the circle of life; everything must develop and progress. There should be no stagnation. Since the conflict’s capabilities and methods of confrontation in its other forms developed so did the military, security, and political confrontations. It is natural that the media confrontation also develops. Firstly, because it is an integral part of the battle. And secondly, to keep pace with the developments in other arenas.
Another factor requiring this renewal in discourse is the steadfastness of the axis of resistance for ten years and its victory in more than one arena and field. When we say: the steadfastness of the axis of resistance within countries, governments, movements, parties, and peoples, people may see it as simple or small. But a huge number of martyrs, wounded, tears, blood, and pain were given and dangers, challenges, difficulties, obsessions, and battles of existence were fought.

Another reason is the resounding victory of the Palestinian resistance in the Al-Quds Sword battle and the new equations it imposed, in addition to the existing challenges as the battle continues. The battle is not over yet. Rather, it is on the rise and facing new dangers, new challenges, new hopes, and new equations.

Third: The media discourse that we want to renew and develop is in the face of whom? Here, we are not talking about internal problems of internal, local, or national nature. We are talking about a confrontation with the “Israeli” occupation and the American hegemony, with the Zionist project and the American project in the region, the “Israeli” occupation of Palestine, all of Palestine – Gaza is outside the circle of occupation – the occupied Syrian Golan, the Shebaa Farms, the Kafr Shuba Hills, and the Lebanese part of the town of Ghajar, the “Israeli” occupation as well as the American hegemony. 

In this confrontation, dismantling is not correct. The American hegemony is the basis and the most dangerous because this hegemony is, first and foremost, a problem for our countries and people. It is based stealing the decision-making process, plundering goods, imposing regimes, and preventing our people from deciding their fate in any field. This American hegemony is the one that is protecting “Israel.” Palestine cannot be liberated without confronting the American hegemony in our region because it has transformed the regimes and armies into dead structures – there is no movement, no will, and no action. This hegemony provides support and all the survival elements of this usurper entity.

Can you imagine, brothers and sisters, that after only 11 or 12 days of the Al-Quds Sword battle, voices in the Zionist entity began to rise and appeal to the United States of America to support it with what the Iron Dome needs in terms of missiles to confront the missiles of the resistance? After 12 days only! This entity is basically dependent on its existence, survival, continuity, arrogance, and superiority. It depends on American hegemony and support. Therefore, we cannot dismantle or isolate during our speeches and confrontation. Every massacre committed by the “Israeli” army is an American and an “Israeli” massacre as it is. Every “Israeli” aggression is an American as well as an “Israeli” aggression.

So here we are talking about a confrontation with the “Israeli” occupation and the Zionist project with its ambitions, threats, and challenges to all countries and people in the region. We are also facing an American hegemony, which sometimes turns into a direct occupation as in Afghanistan that extended for nearly twenty years. And it is now over, with a humiliating, weak, and failed withdrawal. The US was unable to achieve anything. [The US occupation] turned into a direct occupation in Iraq. The American forces now in Iraq are occupying forces. They claim that they came at the request of the Iraqi government, but they are behaving as occupation forces, with their hegemony over Iraq’s skies, attacks against the Iraqi people, and in its recent aggression against the Popular Mobilization Forces at the Iraqi-Syrian border. These are the practices of occupying forces and not friendly or supportive forces. They also occupied east of the Euphrates in Syria. Hence, we are facing a hegemony that sometimes turns into an occupation, as well as other areas, as it is now said about the presence of US forces in southern Yemen. The speech, then, aims to confront the Zionist project, the American project, the “Israeli” occupation, and the American hegemony.

4- The media rhetoric in the axis of resistance was and still is based on main elements of power, and when we want to develop this discourse or renew it, we must renew and develop it based on these main elements of power, which the other media, the hostile media, lacks most of them. 

First: Relying on righteousness. The media of the resistance and the resistance axis as well as the media discourse here express righteousness, the right to Palestine, the right of the people of Palestine to their land from the sea to the river, Syria’s right to the Golan, and Lebanon’s right to the rest of its occupied territories. I always used to say that one of the features of the Palestinian cause is that today if we go around the world, we will find that the most important and clearest cause when it comes to righteousness, the legal right, the religious right, the humanitarian right, the moral right is the Palestinian cause. We find that the standards of righteousness that we use as a reference is the clearest in the Palestinian cause and in this conflict.

Hence, we rely on righteousness in our discourse and in our position. You stand for righteousness, while the other media outlets express falsehood by all standards – legal, religious, moral, and humanitarian standards. It is the right for our people to decide their fate away from American hegemony. America and the West must not impose on these people regimes and options. It is the right for our people to benefit from their wealth, while America and international actors loot these goods. So, first we rely on righteousness.

Second: We also rely on strength, and this is one of the developments in the struggle with the enemy today. The resistance’s media does not recite poems of lament and reminisce, but rather it recites poems of glory from victories and changing the equations. This is the truth.

Hence, today we also rely on the element of strength. When we talk about the resistance and its discourse, we are talking about achievements and victories, especially in the last two decades, in the past 20 years – the liberation of the south in 2000, the victory in 2006, the liberation of the Gaza Strip, the victories and steadfastness of Gaza in the face of several “Israeli” wars, and finally the last battle of Al-Quds Sword against the Zionists. There are also the achievements and victories of the axis of resistance against the global war and the biggest strife in our region, the rules of engagement imposed by the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine, on the “Israeli” enemy as well as the Americans in Iraq and elsewhere.

The resistance imposed rules of engagement and balance of deterrence in more than one arena and area. The enemy’s army was considered the strongest and an invincible army that assaults, bombs, kills, and commits massacres without taking anyone into account. The resistance imposed new equations in protecting Al-Quds. The project I am talking about is liberating Palestine, and I will return to this point later. Therefore, reliance on strength and from a position of strength, and the media’s contribution in creating victory.

Third: Relying on external facts and realities. This is one of the strengths of the resistance’s media and media discourse. It relies on external facts and realities at the political, cultural, and emotional levels of the nation, its people, the resistance, and the resistance’s environments, and the enemy.

Knowing the enemy is one of the most important features of the discourse of the axis of resistance during the past 20 years. It was not gibberish discourse. I will use the expression scientific discourse, an objective discourse, a discourse based on numbers, facts, realities, studies, and research. Knowing the enemy’s points of strength and weakness, acknowledging them, confronting them, absorbing them, overcoming them, and weakening them. We should also know the enemy’s weaknesses to create victories.

The most important matter in the media discourse for 40 years, since 1982 when the resistance began in Lebanon; then, it escalated in Lebanon and Palestine, even though the Palestinian resistance came before. But now we are talking about our experience. The most important thing in this stage and in our psychological warfare is that it was based on facts, not illusions, fantasies, inventions, dreams, or lies. Of course, we must continue in this manner.

Fourth: Based on the third point, we come to the fourth point. One of the most important elements of strength in the media and the resistance axis is honesty. Honesty, which led to credibility, and credibility does not come for free. Credibility is not created by money, by the abundance of media outlets, or by the increasing expertise of media outlets.

True credibility is made by honesty – honesty in several areas:

1- Honesty in conveying the news of what the resistance is saying to the people and what the resistance’s media and its discourse are saying to the people. Honesty in conveying facts must continue regardless of the difficulties and challenges because this honesty accumulated and led to real credibility. Today, the enemy, its leaders, and settlers – because there is no people. There are occupying settlers, occupation army, and occupied people. There are no real civilians. These people today trust and believe the resistance’s media more than they believe their own leaders and media. How did we reach this conclusion? It is as a result of honesty, the long experience, and the facts that appeared before their eyes. Hence, honesty in conveying news.

2- Honesty in the promise. During all these decades, the resistance did not make promises that are far from reality and far from being achieved. When the resistance in Lebanon was founded – with all its parties and factions whose roles we appreciate – it promised liberation. It fulfilled its promise on May 25, 2000, and before that in 1985. When the resistance promised that we are a people who do not leave our prisoners in prisons, it waged wars for their release. The Palestinian resistance also entered into serious confrontations and challenges until it was able to release large numbers of prisoners, and the Palestinian prisoners are still at the top of the Palestinian resistance’s priorities. The resistance in Gaza promised to defend Al-Quds and start a battle with the enemy if it threatened the Maqdisis, the holy city, and the sanctities. Many in the nation were waiting [for this promise]. Some considered it a worthless threat. Hence, the resistance in Gaza began its battle starting with the defense of Al-Quds to create a new equation. Therefore, honesty in fulfilling a promise is also an element of strength. 

There is also honesty in the hopes you give.     The resistance does not promise dreams as a way of deception or false hopes. Today, when the resistance promises something, sets goals, or talks about equations of protection, it accomplishes the equations, as it did in Lebanon by establishing the rules of engagement and the balance of deterrence. The brothers in Palestine are now trying to do so too.

When we talk today in the axis of resistance about the liberation of Palestine – allow me to be very clear, and this disturbs many in the world – about the removal of this usurping entity that occupies, the cancerous gland, and the main enemy from existence, we are not talking about dreams, fantasies, or false hopes. And when we say that Al-Quds today is closer, yes, it is closer. The Al-Quds Sword battle brought Al-Quds closer, closer than ever before.

So, we’re talking about real hopes. We’re not exaggerating. This is one of the most important elements of the resistance’s strength: not exaggerating, not exaggerating in conveying the facts, being accurate, not exaggerating in portraying events, not exaggerating in describing achievements and victories, not exaggerating the goals achieved or the ones we seek to achieve, and not exaggerating hopes and distant goals.

Fifth: The popular base – on which the resistance media and the resistance discourse are based – is the broad popular base in our Arab and Islamic world and in the world as well. Among the characteristics of this base is that it is religiously diverse – Muslims, Christians, and even Jews who reject Zionism and have a real presence – intellectually, culturally, ideologically, nationally, and ethnically diverse. It extends throughout the region and in the world and is united by Al-Quds, its sanctities, and the grievances of the Palestinian people. It is the most important common denominator upon which followers of religions and ideas can agree because they agree on truth, justice, and confronting injustice. This broad base receives the discourse, accepts it from you, and interacts with it on more than one level.

Interaction can happen through the media or the people. It may be by being present in the field, by expressing a position in the media or on social media, by financial support, by going to the border with occupied Palestine, by participating in the battle fronts, by the willingness to sacrifice all that is precious and valuable, or by martyrdom.

There are people whose houses were destroyed, and yet they stand patiently over the wreckage, expressing their determination to continue resisting.

There are those whose family members are killed, as we have recently seen in Gaza and see every day in Al-Quds and the West Bank in Palestine as well as in the occupied Palestinian territories in 1948. There are similar scenes in Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and many places. Therefore, this base exists. It needs your discourse, the facts that you report, as well as your interaction because the word that comes from the heart enters the heart. In many events, battles, and wars, when we used to see, for example, the commentator, the analyst, or the broadcaster emotionally interacting and shedding tears, the fighters on the battlefronts cried.

So, this level of interaction exists. When media outlets are launched, they search and want to establish an audience for themselves. I always used to say that when the resistance’s media was launched, it was based on an existing audience base. But the media must address the audience, preserve it, develop its culture and awareness, strengthen its will, respect its emotions and feelings, and increase its strength, momentum, and determination. It is also the responsibility of the media here to address the others who are still neutral, expanding this base. It should also address the others who lined up behind the enemy, championing it, normalizing with it, or conspiring against the resistance. This is a hard and difficult task, but it is possible. No one must despair, not those who are neutral or those who stood with the enemy.  

The historical facts in many wars show us – there is not enough time to mention examples – how true, honest, and logical discourse bring or push large numbers of people from the enemy’s front to join the front of the friend. This transformation was caused by logical and scientific discourse, truthful and persuasive discourse. This also falls under the domain of strength that bears responsibility.

Sixth: The great human and material capabilities that the axis of resistance enjoys these days. This, of course, has no precedent. It is as they say: It is what it is. If we compare between the resistance’s media in the past and now, there is a very big development – compared to the capabilities of the enemy is another research. There is no proportionality in quantity. Yes, there is a balance. The axis of resistance can sometimes dominate in its influence because it is based on elements of real strength. These capabilities include the television, radio, magazines, newspapers, social networking sites, popular platforms, various popular discourse platforms, and all other means. This, of course, today is one of the important points of strength of the resistance axis and in the battle of the resistance. These means were able, during all wars, to participate in creating victory.

Allow me to say that it did not only report or cover news of the victory, but it also participated in creating victory in every sense of the word. There is no exaggeration in it at all. In the latest battle, the Al-Quds Sword, the unbeatable enemy supported by the first superpower in the world, after days of military failure in the face of the besieged resistance and the besieged people in Gaza, what was it looking for? It was looking for an image of victory, an image of victory, and not for a real achievement of victory. As for the resistance front, there were real achievements of victory and real images of victory, and the media of the resistance participated in creating this victory. During all the previous stages, I believe that the media participated in creating victory, preserving it, and showing it. Without the media, victory would have been lost. This is one of the challenges that I will return to talk about shortly. This is possible thanks to the elements of strength as well as the human and material capabilities available to the resistance today, in addition to your blessed presence – there are distinguished human minds, experiences, and capabilities; there are creative people. This is a fact and not a compliment. We say this knowing that there is no proportionality between the material and financial capabilities available to the resistance media and the other camp’s media. We must be objective since we are examining. 

Unfortunately, we sometimes rush to focus on the elements of weakness, on the negatives, on the gaps, on the mistakes, and this is not objective. Objectivity in any evaluation assumes that we talk about achievements and failures, and not only about failures. We must talk about elements of strength and elements of weakness. We must talk about everything. Hence, we confirm, strengthen, and develop our strengths and achievements, address the weaknesses, and fill in our shortcomings and gaps.

Putting ourselves down as we always do is wrong. In the military field, there have always been gaps and mistakes, but they usually do not appear. What appears is the achievement, which is the field victory. The same applies to the security field where everything is even more concealed. When a failure occurs, only those concerned know about it. In the media, however, since it is clear and is public, yes, the failures, gaps, and errors appear and are highlighted. I tell you that the achievements of the resistance’s media are great and very important during the past decades. We must build on them. Focusing on the weaknesses only and beating down oneself does not lead to an objective evaluation nor does it open up prospects for development and renewal. Rather, it leads us to frustration, despair, and weakness. We can’t do anything; we’re weak and powerless – if we always think like this in the fields of media, the military, politics, and economy, we are choosing death, demise, and loss for ourselves. This should not happen at all. The first and most important sign of the influence of these media outlets is the position of the enemy front. Why are they taking down channels from satellites? If these channels have no effect, let them be.

There are hundreds of satellite channels, maybe thousands of satellite channels, I don’t know. Here, there is a hundred on the cable, at the very least. There is a thousand or more elsewhere. There are many satellite channels in the world. Let them forget and ignore these satellite channels the way they do with the rest of the channels in the world. But they take certain satellite channels, I will not name any so as not to leave some of the channels out, in more than one Arab and Islamic country and take them down. Today, the rest of the satellite channels live under the threat of being taken down from the satellites. The same goes for radio stations. Newspapers are prohibited from entering, even if we are now in the age of the Internet, because the issue is difficult. The same goes for the websites of some media outlets. A few days ago, the Americans shut down more than 33 websites. If these had no influence and were ineffective, why would the enemy bother taking them down?

This is evidence of influence, that it has a positive effect on the nation and is a source of disturbance to the enemy, regardless of the degree of disturbance. I’m getting close to the last part. We need to strengthen these means. They should complement each other. There should be positive not negative competition between them. We need to benefit from each other’s experiences in the media field the way we are doing it in the military field. One of the most important strengths in the armed resistance today is that there is an exchange of experience and expertise. There is no dismantled military front, but rather there is a continuous, cooperating, and integrated military front that will expand in terms of integration, God willing, in the future. The same goes for media.

What we need today which also requires your guidance and your expertise is to make the most of the great potential available via social media platforms and whatever reasons the enemy has in opening this door to the world. This is because we can turn threats into an opportunity. I looked over some statistics that asked why the world interacted more with the Al-Quds Sword battle than any other battle. Some studies credited the effectiveness of social media platforms for this. You can ban satellite channels, radio stations, and newspapers and bring them down. But you can’t do that with social media since it reaches the whole world today. It was able to transmit images and sounds of the battle in a way that wasn’t possible during past confrontations, injustices, and massacres in occupied Palestine.

This is a very great opportunity in which every human being, every individual, not only the elites, thinkers, analysts, intellectuals, and the media, but every individual in this axis and in this nation can become a creator and address the whole world and convey images, facts, and positions. Brothers and sisters, today we are waging the battle of revealing righteousness, reviving the people, and resurrecting sincere hopes. On the other hand, in the media, we are waging a battle against misinformation, distortion, fake news, and deception. This is a harsh battle.

This needs a plan on its own. This is in the defensive field, and all we talked about is included in the attack plan. Yes, today there are a lot of capabilities invested in this, especially in Lebanon, the Arab world, and the Islamic world. These people cannot defend the enemy. They cannot talk about the right of the enemy because it is false; they cannot talk about the humanity of the enemy, even if some Gulf media outlets tried to do so during the past year. However, the Al-Quds Sword battle erased these lies. Thus, they cannot defend the enemy, its behavior, brutality, crimes, falsehood, massacres, ugly face, past, or its present. And they cannot convince the nation that this enemy has no ambitions in the future. Hence, they turn their weapons toward the resistance in order to distort its image, distort its truth, falsify its positions. But the central focus is distortion, distortion in every sense of the word. So, today we see when we keep up with other hostile media outlets, I am not saying the opposite [media outlets], but hostile, that they are waging a media war day and night. Many human cadres and billions of dollars are provided for them, by their own admission. What for? For the purpose of distortion.

But in general, the focus is first on the Palestinian cause – intellectually, culturally, and religiously. We have been hearing lately – here it also needs a cultural and religious effort –  from some Gulf media outlets, especially religious theorizations that yes, Palestine is a right of the Jews, it is the right of the “Israelites” – Allah Almighty says they believe in part of the Scripture and disbelieve in part.

Focusing on the ability of the enemy – this enemy cannot do anything, so we have to accept the wreckage – and the inability of the nation. But the most dangerous is the focus on distorting the image of the resistance. Today, for example, the resistance fighters in Iraq are accused of being Iran’s tail by some hostile Iraqi media outlets and on social media. When you are a jihadi resistance fighter and want the sovereignty, independence, and freedom of Iraq and Iraq’s oil to belong to the Iraqi people, you are a tail. But when you are an agent of the American embassy and a servant at its gates, you are a patriot. The same applies to the resistance in all the region, in Lebanon, in Palestine – you are tails, you are agents, you are Iran’s agents, you are an Iranian community, etc.

This is all easy – communities and agents, especially in this time. Accused of being an agent has become a normal thing. But the worst is when the resistance movements are accused of being mafias, mafias that steal, drug-trafficking mafias, crime mafias, without presenting a single evidence. They work on this night and day, and some people believe it. They even hold the resistance movements responsible for the dangerous situations in their countries – the economic and living conditions in Lebanon and elsewhere – even though they have nothing to with them. In any case, they even deny the victories created by the resistance and work to deny them. This happened in Lebanon in 2006. 

But after the Al-Quds Sword battle, I was watching some Arab satellite channels. While the Palestinians were talking about their victory and how the world and the Zionists recognized their victory. These channels were focusing on the numbers of the wounded, on the job opportunities that were lost, and on the pain and suffering of the people, even though the owners of the destroyed homes and the families of the martyrs and those who lost job opportunities were expressing their belief and their pride in victory. Just like what happened in Lebanon. The enemy was unable to create an image of victory. Yet, the hostile Arab media outlets created an image of a victory for it out of the bones and limbs of children, women, martyrs, and the wounded in the Gaza Strip and in occupied Palestine. This, of course, needs to be confronted. This is a tough battle that needs to a planned and follow up. But, first, allow me to say we need self-confidence. First, we must not be shaken by this distortion. We must have great confidence in ourselves, in our brothers and sisters, in our environment, in our people, in the resistance movements. These people are not infallible. They make mistakes, but the resistance movements enjoy credibility, sincerity, a high level of willingness to sacrifice, and loyalty. But these qualities do not prevent them from having some who make mistakes and commit sins. We must work to address mistakes and sins. They exaggerate the mistakes, but in general, they are fabricating lies and fake news that have nothing to do with the resistance and the resistance movements.

Today, you are invited to study this discourse on the basis of these elements of strength and to develop and renew it on every level in line with all the developments taking place in our region, with all the capabilities available in our hands – militarily, politically, culturally, socially, financially, etc. Development should also be in accordance with the threats, challenges, and opportunities. We must work to transform threats into opportunities. We need to review our rhetoric, our discourse, our literature, the terminology, methods, means, tools, ideas based on these constants. We do not want to start from scratch, but we want to take this great amount of quantitative and qualitative achievements in the axis of resistance, including achievements in the media, as a basis. We all must benefit from the results of your discussions and dialogues, God willing.

I would like to personally ask you for your own effort to help consolidate the new regional equation that we are proposing, to make it the regional equation for the protection of the Holy City. The resistance in Gaza wanted to indicate that they will meet any threat against al-Quds. The entire region will protect Al-Quds against any threat. This talk is not for media consumption, not for scoring points. We didn’t do that in the past, and we won’t do it now. This is a serious and real project that can be used as a basis. It is now being used as a basis – even if it has not yet been translated into practice. When the Zionists are convinced, and they are convinced, that threating the Holy City as well as the Islamic and Christian sanctities in the Holy City will lead to a regional war, they will reconsider and tread carefully when taking such a step. Launching the equation can impose a deterrent rule, let alone working to stabilizing it or even translating it into reality in the near or medium future.

We are working to link the elements of strength – states, governments, movements, and people – to this equation in the axis of resistance. We stay up at nights, hold meetings, coordinate, communicate, study, make plans, and put possible and hypothetical scenarios and various plans, etc. But this also needs the creating of a new public opinion, as we are emerging from a difficult stage during the past ten years. We need a new public opinion. If we were talking about an equation that will protect a geographical area in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, or Yemen, the idea of a regional equation or a regional war might not be acceptable to many of our people. But when we talk about the Holy City and the sanctities that concern everyone – the entire nation, the governments in the nation, all the free people of the world, and all the followers of the heavenly religions – this idea must be accepted and appreciated and has fertile ground, and we must work strongly for it. This requires focused effort during the next stage.

The last part of my speech is a look into the local situation. It will be said that O Sayyed and brothers – the speech can be addressed to you and me – now you are gathered to discuss the media discourse and its renewal in the face of occupation and domination, assessment, investment, and appreciation of the victory in Palestine.  We were expecting you to talk to us about the queues at gasoline stations, absence of medicines and baby formula, and the internal problems we suffer from. I would like to comment on this point and conclude with a couple of words.

In fact, it is required of those who conspire and lay plans in the region, in our Arab and Islamic world is to make all the people of this region preoccupied with internal issues, political problems, bread, gasoline, fuel, a bottle of gas in their homes and the milk of their children, their salary, and the national currency, so that there will be no place in their minds and hearts nor will they have the will, determination, concern, planning, and following on matters that concern the nation, including Palestine and Al-Quds. This is well known, and there is nothing new. But I am only reminding you. This has been in the works for decades, in one form, other than regional wars, wars between brothers, wars between friends, tearing up the nation, tearing up countries, etc. This is what is taking place in every country; the siege and economic sanctions on our countries, especially on countries and people belonging to the axis of resistance. In fact, their goal is for us to reach the point where there is no place for Palestine – in our minds, hearts, emotions, sentiments, our media follow-ups, our interests, our participation in the battle at any level. This is where they wanted people to be, and they are relatively successful. Let’s be realistic, and they are relatively successful. We have to acknowledge this and face it.

The correct thing to do is to work on two tracks or paths at the same time. The first path is to remain fighting this main conflict, not to lose sight of it, not to leave it, not to neglect it. The second path is to address our internal problems in our local, national society. We must do our utmost to address our political, living, financial, and economic crises and not abandon them. But we have to – here is our problem – work on both tracks, and I admit to you that working on both tracks is stressful, tiring, confusing, and difficult. However, with will and determination, we can advance. The first path does not make us abandon our internal interests, and the second path should not drown us and cause us to fall into our internal problems at the expense of the first path. This is the complexity of our battle that we must continue and fight.

Today, the Lebanese people and all those who queue in front of petrol stations and pharmacies must know what is happening with their currency and salaries. They must not lose sight of all the real causes of the crisis. The same goes for the countries in the region. Yes, there are real reasons that are frankly related to the crisis of the system in Lebanon. We are not only facing a government crisis. The government crisis in Lebanon expresses the crisis of the system. It is the product of the crisis of the system. There is a crisis of the system in Lebanon. There is a political crisis in Lebanon. There is rampant corruption. There are a lot of thefts. There is limitless monopoly. Until now, it is incomprehensible what is happening with the  gasoline and diesel and in renewing its causes. Sometimes some reasons are being exaggerated. They talk to you about smuggling. Control the issue of smuggling. How much is the percentage of smuggling? But look at the percentage of protected and abandoned monopoly. Well, we have a problem. True! It is a political crisis, corruption, a crisis of administration, a crisis of government, monopoly, a crisis in responsibility. Allow to speak at the popular level. There is a crisis of awareness among the people. We are not beating our people down. There are many people who are aware. But there are people take things where the enemy really wants. We need a little patience. It doesn’t make sense for people to shoot and attack each other with knives at the gasoline station. This is ignorance. This is ignorance beyond ignorance.

In any case, there is another reason, a real reason, a very big reason –  it’s America and its policies. It besieges, punishes, and prevents any help that can come from anyone in the world, whether it comes in the form of deposits in the Central Bank, donations, or loans. The US is the one that is preventing [them from reaching Lebanon]. You are America’s friends in Lebanon, don’t you know that? Aren’t you ashamed of that? The US ambassador makes appearances every day and sheds crocodile tears. Isn’t her government and administration the one preventing any country in the world from providing assistance, gifts, a deposits, or loans to Lebanon for political goals that are not related to Lebanon? Rather, it they are in the service of the “Israeli” occupation, in the service of the project to stabilize “Israel”, in the service of the settlement project, in the service of usurping gas and oil from our territorial waters, in the service of for “Israel’s” security. Isn’t it? Is it not the US administration that is preventing Lebanese banks from bringing their money and dollars from abroad? Is it not the US administration that is imposing sanctions and threatening sanctions? Is it not the US administration and its policies that are preventing the Lebanese, the Lebanese governments, the Lebanese state from seeking the assistance of any friend from the East? It is forbidden to ask assistance from China. Here, we are not just talking about arguments. There are real opportunities to address the economic and living situation in Lebanon. Real opportunities. Lebanon needs investments. This does not require a lot of philosophizing, either deposits to strengthen the Lebanese pound a little, gifts, aids, loans, or investments. The best are gifts and investments because they do not have effects on the budget and the Lebanese people. There are major Chinese and Russian companies that are ready to invest in Lebanon based on the BOT method, and without the Lebanese state paying anything. Then, these companies are told: No, no, no.

Don’t the Lebanese officials know that this will revive the Lebanese economy and the country, address a large part of our crisis, and secures tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of job opportunities? They know, but I tell you frankly, there is the American veto and fear of the Americans. They do not fear that the US will include the Lebanese state and the Central Bank on the list of sanctions. Rather, there is personal fear – they fear that they, their people, their wives and children, be included in the list of sanctions. 

The Lebanese people in various areas and from various parties and factions offered their best youth, men, and women, as martyrs to save Lebanon and liberate it. In order to save them financially and economically, don’t Lebanon and the Lebanese people deserve that the politicians in Lebanon sacrifice and bear, even if that means they will be included in America’s list of sanctions? Why don’t we have the courage?!

Otherwise, tell me what are the solutions? What are we waiting for? The Lebanese are waiting for a slow death; everyone is talking about collapse. They only differ on the timing of the collapse. Well, these are real solutions, these are realistic solutions. America is threatening to put Lebanon, the officials, or political figures in Lebanon on the sanctions lists. Reality is telling us that all of Lebanon is heading toward death. What will you do? How will you act?

This should not be forgotten while facing the internal confrontation. This is part of the main conflict. This is basically their goal. They tried for years in Gaza to incite the people against the resistance. They besieged Gaza. 

After more than two years of calm, stability, and security in most of the Syrian regions and governorates, and when Syria was calling on companies from all over the world, from the east and elsewhere, from the Arab world, even Lebanese companies to invest, America’s Caesar Act came to impose a siege on Syria. It threatened any company that invests in Syria within a certain scope with sanctions. So, the companies retreated. They got frightened and retreated, even countries friendly to Syria. This is in order to put pressure on Syria.

Iraq is still suffering. Iran is still suffering. Yemen is besieged. Gaza is still under siege. This is the logic of the sanctions in Lebanon. The Americans are frankly saying that our goal in Lebanon is to incite the Lebanese people against the resistance in general and specifically the environment of the resistance against it. These people have no shame. They do not hide their goals. They said years ago that we spent 500 million dollars in 2005 and 2006 just to tarnish the image of Hezbollah. Today, the Americans are saying we want to incite the Lebanese people and the environment of resistance against the resistance.

O Lebanese, the main partner in destroying your national currency, the reason for the crises and calamities you are also experiencing, the high prices, hunger, and the loss of job opportunities is the US administration, the US policies, and the US embassy in Lebanon, which deceives you by giving you two or three masks here and malicious smiles. Yes, there are other problems – I don’t want to defend – but other problems have always been there, corruption, banditry, wrong policies for decades. But the difference is that these practices were protected by American policies and by successive American administrations. The most prominent thieves, spoilers, and corrupt people in Lebanon are America’s friends in Lebanon as well. Why did America remain silent about them during all the past years and now came out to fight corruption? It is not even honest when it talks about corruption. This is a cover for the real economic battle.

Today, we find them clearly speaking in “Israeli”-American discussions. Following their failure in the July 2006 war – so far, they have failed, and we are in 2021 – they threatened us with war. They threatened us with bombing, bombing our places, our camps, and our factories if we do not stop with precision missiles. All their threats were in vain because they know the nature of the equation. They know that war with Lebanon is not a picnic. They keep on threatening, but they also know the price in return. Well, what are they betting on? Today, all the “Israeli” enemy’s research centers are pinning their hopes om the economic and living crisis in Lebanon. So, I tell our people to, first, arm yourselves with awareness, patience, and determination – yes, with hard work, you can address these crises – to, at the very least, persevere during these crises.

In conclusion, the issue of the government. Now, the prime minister-designate has returned. These days are supposed to be decisive. I do not want to say anything now because there are meetings that will be held today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow that can clearly paint a picture of the government scene.

We also have the news that we heard in the media about allegations against the caretaker prime minister, a number of former ministers, and a number of military and security leaders. We did not read names of judges, and it was not said that there were judges. Of course, it is unfortunate that the defendants find out about the allegations against them from the media. Until this moment, I think – at least this morning – no one has been officially informed that they are the defendants or wanted for investigating over the Beirut Port case. Of course, this is one form of political exploitation of the issue. We previously rejected this, and we reiterate our rejection of this issue.

Today, I will not comment. I will leave the comment for a later time until the real judicial information comes out to see whether the information circulated and leaked in the media is true or not. We previously talked about the standards and the difference in standards. What we are seeking as the anniversary of the explosion and this horrific massacre nears is justice and truth. Until now, justice is still far away, and the truth is hidden. For a year and for months, we called on the former investigative judge and the current judge to publish the file of the technical investigation regarding this horrific incident. So far, our demands have fallen on deaf ears. Was what happened an explosion? Was it intentional? Was it caused by negligence? Were there rockets owned by the resistance in the Beirut Port? Were there resistance weapons stores Beirut Port as was said in the first few days and weeks?

This is part of the campaign of lies that we did not spare time to give evidence for. And you know it doesn’t need evidence. So far, no one told the truth yet, not even to the families of the martyrs. We do not want you to hold a press conference, my brother. Just gather the families of the martyrs and tell them how their children were martyred. Was there an “Israeli” missile? Was there an “Israeli” aggression? Were there explosives? Did the resistance use the warehouses in the port? Was there negligence? And secondly, we want to see whether there is a unity of standards or not, a real judicial action or political targeting. Then based on this, action will be taken.

As for the living conditions, we must all continue to work towards real solutions, effective solutions, not small or simple actions. This can only happen through a courageous will and a high willingness to sacrifice to open the doors to save the Lebanese economy.

Thank you for giving me your attention. You are used to listening to me for an hour and maybe I go further to an hour and a quarter. I wish that your conference will be productive and useful, God willing. And we will certainly benefit from all your ideas, opinions, and creations. May God grant you wellness. Thank you for all your efforts from now and in the past. And thank you, in advance, for your sincerity and loyalty in this battle. 

May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be upon you.

PFLP-GC Chief, Ahmad Jibril, Dies in Damascus, Who is Palestinian Leader Ahmad “Abou Jihad” Jibril?

07/07/2021

The Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command, Ahmad Jibril, died on Wednesday in Damascus at 83.

Sources close of the late leader mentioned that he died of sickness at one of hospitals in the Syrian capital.

Jibril founded the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command in 1968. He carried out several attacks on Zionist targets and administered two deals to swap prisoners with the Zionist entity in 1979 and 1985 according to which around 1200 Palestinians were released from the Israeli jails.

Jibril was one of Syria’s and Iran’s allies and fiercely opposed all the settlement agreements between the PLO ( Palestine Liberation Organization) and the Israeli enemy.

‘Israel’ classified Jibril as one of its arch foes and attempted to kidnap him several times.

SourceAl-Manar English Website

Hezbollah Offers Condolences on Demise of Palestinian Resistance Commander Ahmad Jibril: He Devoted His Life Palestine 

 July 7, 2021

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Hezbollah offered on Wednesday the striving Palestinian people deep condolences and its jihadi factions as well as the command and members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command over the demise of the Movement’s Secretary General, Ahmad Jibril, hoping Holy God grants the senior Palestinian leader His Wide Mercy.

In a statement, Hezbollah mentioned that Jibril’s life was full of resistance, jihad, redemption and sacrifice on the road to Palestine, adding the he sacrificed his son ‘Jihad’ for the sake of the pure Palestinian soil.

Hezbollah indicated that Jibril used to believe in the continuous strife as the only path to liberation and unity among the resistance groups on the various fronts, recalling that he used to move from one righteous battle to another.

The statement mentioned that Jibril was characterized by solid determination,deep spirituality, heroic bravery, and distinct qualities that enabled him to occupy this adequate position in the history of Palestine and the region.

Hezbollah considered that the Palestinian people lost a prominent figure of honor and redemption, adding, “What condoles us is that our Umma (nation) and Palestinian people are following his path to liberation, resistance and victory”.

It is worth mentioning that Jibril had died of sickness on Wednesday in Damascus at 83.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Who is Palestinian Leader Ahmad “Abou Jihad” Jibril?

Source: Al-Mayadeen

Ahmad Jibril is the founder and secretary general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC). He believed in armed struggle against “Israel” to liberate Occupied Palestine, and died on Wednesday in Damascus.

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Who is Palestinian Leader Ahmad “Abou Jihad” Jibril?

Ahmad Jibril (Abou Jihad) is a Palestinian leader who founded the PFLP-GC. He was the Secretary General from its inception in 1968 until his death on Wednesday in Damascus.

“Abou Jihad” believed in the armed struggle to liberate Palestine, to which end he founded the PFLP-GC, a leftist nationalist Palestinian group that split from the PFLP, and chose to establish its headquarters in Damascus.  The group executed many operations against the Israeli occupation.

Early Life

Ahmad Jibril was born in 1938 in the village of Yazur in the suburbs of occupied Yafa to a Palestinian father and Syrian mother. They were forced to emigrate to Syria during the Nakba in 1948 and settled in the city of Quneitra with his uncles. After receiving his high school diploma in 1956, Jibril moved to Cairo to receive an “academic-military formation,” graduating from the military academy in 1959.

Politics

During his studies in Egypt, Jibril became acquainted with the General Union of Palestinian Students, at which point he grew to become more acquainted with the idea of armed struggle.

In 1959, Jibril founded the “Palestine Liberation Front,” after the “Algeria Liberation Front,” which had influenced him. He would later merge with several leftist and nationalist movements to found the “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine” in 1967. The movement was led by George Habash, while Jibril led its military wing. He would later decide to break from Habash’s front to found in 1968 the “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command,” which today carries out important operations against the Israeli occupation.

Jibril was also firmly against any negotiations with “Israel” in 1974 and remained close to Syria.

Military Operations

The “Al-Khalisa” operation of 1974 was one of the first guerilla operations executed by the “PFLP-GC.” Three guerilla fighters entered the settlement of “Kiryat Shmona,” north of Palestine, killing and wounding tens of Israelis.

The front was also experienced in kidnapping Israeli soldiers and exchanging them with Palestinians in Israeli prisons, like the “Al-Jalil” operation of 1985 in which 3 Israeli soldiers were exchanged with 1150 prisoners.

In November 1987, two of its fighters used a light paraglider, landing near “Kiryat Shmona,” and killed two Israeli soldiers before being martyred themselves.

The PFLP-GC also carried out a large number of operations against the Israeli occupation during the occupation of the South of Lebanon between 1978-2000.

In 2002, “Israel” assassinated Jibril’s son, Jihad Jibril, the head of the front’s military wing in Tallet al-Khayyat, Beirut, by planting explosives on his vehicle. “Israel” considered Ahmad Jibril one of its worst enemies and had attempted to kidnap and assassinate him on numerous occasions.

Al-Mayadeen had broadcast a documentary entitled “Ahmad Jibril” in Arabic last year. This 12-episode documentary showcases the Palestinian freedom fighter’s memoirs, life, and approach to the Palestinian cause in all stages, beginning from when he laid down the principles for the Palestinian revolution. 

The work is biographical and highlights many important stages in the history of the contemporary Palestinian revolution, and many of the nation’s causes, through the lens of a Palestinian Pan-Arab freedom fighter that refused to settle on the Palestinian cause; a man who was one of the most important and greatest military leaders of the Palestinian cause.

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Zionist Academics Take The Side Of State Power

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11 June 2021

by Lawrence Davidson

Part I—Tensions in Academia

The growing divide in the United States between Zionists and supporters of Palestinian rights has led to pronounced tensions in academia. Much has been said about increasing pro-Palestinian student protests as well as the activities of pro-Israel boards of governors, presidents, deans, etc. The latter try to guard their campuses from pro-Palestinian faculty, student clubs, invited speakers and the like.

These tensions have found yet another academic front on which to contest. There are two historical associations in the U.S. for scholars of Middle East studies reflecting opposing attitudes toward Israel and its behavior toward the Palestinians. And this divide presents us with a dichotomy of values at the professional academic level.

The oldest of these is the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). It was founded in 1966 and currently has a membership of more than 2700. It also serves as a “constituent society of thirty-six affiliated organizations.” It puts out a quarterly journal and has an active Committee on Academic Freedom. MESA is a very successful learned society. Its scholars cover all of the Middle East and North Africa. It is dedicated to high standards of scholarship and diversity of interpretation.

By the 2000s the debate within academia over the expansionist nature of Israel and its treatment of conquered Palestinians was heating up. Because most of MESA members have a broad knowledge of the area, a sense of local perspectives, and also know the history of the Arab Israeli conflict, their positions tend to be critical of Israeli behavior and American support for it. And that led to an organizational split.

In 2007 two scholars, Bernard Lewis and Fouad Ajami, decided to start a rival organization, the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA). They did so because, according to them, MESA was “dominated by academics who have been critical of Israel and America’s role in the Middle East.”

One might wonder why the position taken by many MESA members upset Lewis and Ajami. After all, debating issues from an historical perspective is, in part, what academics are supposed to do. If MESA was allegedly “dominated” by those critical of Israeli behavior, Lewis and Ajami’s answer was to establish a “politicized” organization “dominated” by Zionists. It made little sense in terms of dialog, but tactically it fit right in with how Zionists—those who uphold the legitimacy of a Jewish state in Palestine—react to criticism.

Over the last quarter century, a common tactic of Zionists has been to withdraw from public debate and, where they can, bring about enforced silence of anyone who is critical of Israel. That, of course, is what those pro-Israeli academic administrators and boards were and are doing. Part of this effort entails labelling those critical of Israel as anti-Semites. This stratagem is generally used to shut down negative assessments in the West. Seeking to expand the scope of this effort, ASMEA’s much lauded founder, Bernard Lewis, who died in May of 2018, sought to defame Islam with the same charge. That approach is carried on by ASMEA. The organization awards a Bernard Lewis Prize, a description of which quotes Lewis, “to an astonishing degree, the ideas, the literature, even the crudest inventions of the Nazis and their predecessors have been internalized and Islamized.” In competition for this award, young Middle East scholars are encouraged by ASMEA to identify Muslim Arab opposition to Israel with anti-Semitism.

Part II—Expressing Values

The two organizations have recently shown where this tension has taken them in terms of human rights. This was occasioned by the recent outbreak Palestinian resistance caused by threats of evictions (ethnic cleansing) of Arab families in Jerusalem, and aggressive Israeli actions at the site of Al-Aqsa Mosque. The latter actions, in particular, triggered rocket attacks from Gaza.

Here is part of a long and detailed MESA statement. The shorter ASMEA statement is given in full:

MESA (21 May 2021) Issued by the organization’s Board of Directors.

“The Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association of North America condemns the ongoing and intensified Israeli government assault on the Palestinians of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip and those who are Israeli citizens. During May 7–20, 2021, Israeli military attacks on the occupied Gaza Strip damaged at least 51 educational facilities, including 2 kindergartens, 46 schools, 1 university, 1 vocational training center, and 1 Ministry of Education facility—among other vital infrastructure. Israeli air strikes and tank shells directly hit a number of these buildings. The deadly conditions created by the Israeli military attacks in Gaza forced all schools to remain closed for at least five days after the end of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, affecting the lives and access to education of 591,685 students. In addition, Israeli military strikes internally displaced at least 66,000 Palestinians who then sought refuge in 58 schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), causing further disruptions to the population’s education–indeed, to their lives. …

“There is little doubt that successive Israeli governments across the political spectrum have carried out a decades-long attack on Palestinian students, teachers, and educational facilities. Indeed, this attack is part of a broader political, administrative, and legal system of racial discrimination and domination—regularly enforced through violence—that has defined the Israeli government’s treatment of the Palestinian people. And, as the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem and the international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch have found, the Israeli government’s purposeful and systematic privileging of Jewish Israelis while dominating and oppressing the Palestinian people amounts to apartheid.”

ASMEA (25 May 2021) Issued by the organization’s Chairman, Professor Norman Stillman

“The recent wave of violence in the ongoing struggle between Israel and Hamas has left many members of our community of scholars deeply concerned. While we hope and pray no harm befalls any of our members, anywhere, and their loved ones, ASMEA remains committed to our founding principles as an academic association.

“As scholars, we believe in the pursuit of objective truth when studying and teaching the issues and topics affecting the regions of our academic concern. We recognize that these principles can create division and disagreement, but so long as scholarship contributes to the body of knowledge, we welcome and encourage vigorous debate.

“We stand behind and support our members in Israel and deride those more intent on infusing the academic landscape with pointless over-politicization and rank partisanship than restoring balance to the Academy and protecting academic freedom in Middle East and African studies, and related disciplines.”

There are a couple of things to note about these two statements: (1) The MESA statement is issued in support of the Palestinians, and specifically their collective human right to education. It contains assertions about the Israeli violations of that right—assertions that can be fact checked. The statement also references the reports of international organizations concerned with civil and human rights. (2) The ASMEA statement claims objectivity and a willingness to debate, but then proceeds to defame and trivialize those who disagree with their position—“those more intent on infusing the academic landscape with pointless over-politicization and rank partisanship.” Actually, one can characterize this charge as a psychological projection of the statement’s author who, being a Zionist stalwart must be, by definition, both politicized and partisan. The statement also makes no reference to the Palestinian situation under Israeli rule and reduces the struggle to one between Hamas and Israeli—an objectively incorrect and thus untrue assertion. This reductionist gambit is used by almost all contemporary supporters of Israel.

Part III—Crossing the Rubicon

There is a Rubicon (a fundamental crossing point) that all Jewish intellectuals are now confronting. Whether or not one crosses this line reveals the nature of their values. To cross it is to take the side of human rights and the rule of law. To refuse to cross is to take the side of state power—in this case, to align with the power of a proven apartheid state.

To add context to this choice, consider the case of Eva Illouz, a professor of sociology at Hebrew University. On 14 April 2014, she wrote an essay for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz entitled, “Is It Possible to be a Jewish Intellectual?” In this piece she sets forth two opposing positions: one is the Zionist/Israeli demand for the primacy of “ahavat Israel,” or the “love of the Jewish nation and people”–-the claim that all Jews have a “duty of the heart” to be loyal to the “Jewish nation.” The other position is that of the lone intellectual (here her model is the philosopher Hannah Arendt), whose obligation is to maintain the “disinterested intelligence” necessary to “speak truth to power.”
 
Illouz explains that Zionists have a “suspicion of critique” and use “the memorialization of the Shoah” (the Holocaust) and “ahavat Israel” to mute it. “The imperative of solidarity brings with it the injunction to not oppose or express publicly disagreement with official Jewish bodies.” It is within this context that she can ask if it is still possible to be a Jewish intellectual. Illouz’s conclusion is that it has become exceedingly difficult to be so because the demands for Jewish solidarity are particularly “brutal.” And then she makes her choice and, if you will, crosses the Rubicon. “In the face of the ongoing, unrelenting injustices toward Palestinians and Arabs living in Israel, his/her moral duty is to let go, achingly, of that solidarity.”

It is not difficult to recognize that ASMEA stands at the bank of this Rubicon and refuses to cross. The organization’s values do not reflect any devotion to universal principles such as human rights and the rule of law, much less “objective truth.” Their leadership, at least, has no interest in critiquing the use of power but rather is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the interests of a specific power. The values exalted here are the parochial codes those intellectuals (among others) use to rationalize service to a state even when it turns criminal. The independent-minded, outspoken intellectuals, such as Eva Illouz, demanding broader moral integrity and responsibility from their contemporaries, are rarities.

Part IV—Conclusion

Any speculation about which side of the Rubicon line “History” favors is really silly. Historical prediction, like the weather, is a short-range affair. However, one might sense a present shift in sentiment in the U.S. and the Western world generally. It is an apparent shift in favor of the Palestinians and against apartheid Israel. One might even hazard a guess that the shift will continue to grow. Why so? The reason is straightforward and quite simple. It should continue to grow just as long as Israel does not stop. That is, as long as it continues to evolve as a racist state—simultaneously destroying human rights and international law.

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