Pompeo Threatens to Starve Iranians

By Stephen Lendman
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Illegal unilaterally imposed sanctions by the US against Iran and other countries amounts to waging war by other means.

So far, high oil prices offset the effects of US sanctions, head of Iran’s Planning and Budget Organization Mohammad Baqer Nobakht explained.

Granting waivers to nearly all key purchasers of Iranian crude, along with EU opposition to US sanctions, assures stable, perhaps rising, oil exports at least through May 2019.

They’ll likely continued with most countries against Trump regime hostility toward the Islamic Republic – world oil exports also highly dependent on international economic conditions.

So far, at least 10 nations have waivers to continue buying Iranian oil and/or gas: Afghanistan, China, Greece, Iraq, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey, perhaps others to be added.

The Trump regime’s “toughest” ever sanctions on Iran haven’t and likely won’t turn out as touted. The country has nearly 40 years of experience in dealing with ways to avoid much of their harshness.

Support from Russia, China, India, and the EU alone will likely mitigate their effects.

According to an unnamed EU diplomat, unilaterally imposed sanctions by the Trump regime leaves the US isolated in relations with Iran internationally.

With few exceptions, the world community supports normal political, economic, and financial relations with the country.

A second unnamed EU diplomat said “(i)t will be a difficult period but Iran’s economy will withstand (US sanctions) for various reasons, including” because of  unilateral “US sanctions on other countries, Saudi Arabia having its own financial and political issues, and (trade war) between China and the United States.”

Fitch analyst Andrine Skjelland said “Tehran is still likely to see a substantial share of its foreign exchange earnings maintained. This will (let its government) continue subsidizing imports of selected basic goods, keeping the costs of these down, and thus limiting inflation to some extent.”

On Wednesday, Pompeo threatened Iran, saying its “leadership has to make a decision that they want their people to eat.”

Does he have trying to forcibly block Iranian exports and imports, or perhaps intending US hot war on the country?

Attorney Tyler Cullis, specializing in US economic sanctions, said Pompeo “decided to wash his hands of (the potentially harsh) consequences (of Trump regime sanctions) by prematurely and conveniently pinning the blame on Iran’s government.”

Responding to Pompeo’s disgraceful remark and the Trump regime’s unlawful sanctions war, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted him, accusing the US of crimes against humanity in Yemen and regarding Iran, tweeting:

“You know what @SecPompeo? It’s the Yemenis themselves who’re responsible for famine they’re facing.”

“They should’ve simply allowed your butcher clients — who spend billions on bombing school buses & ‘millions to mitigate this risk’ — to annihilate them w/o resisting. #HaveYouNoShame.”

“Just as with Yemen, @SecPompeo blames Iran for unlawful US sanctions preventing Iranians’ access to financial services for food and medicine.” 

“Naturally, we will provide them for our people in spite of US efforts. But US is accountable for crimes against humanity re Iran & Yemen.”

The same is true about all US wars of aggression, along with partnering with longstanding Israeli state terror against long-suffering Palestinians, as well as harming most Americans by serving domestic monied interests at their expense.

US sanctions on Iran exclude food, medicines, and other humanitarian goods. Without an alternative to the international SWIFT financial transactions system, banks will be reluctant to deal with Iran normally.

On Thursday, Iranian Parliamentary Security Committee head Valiollah Nanvakenari expressed mixed feelings about EU promises to circumvent US sanctions, saying:

“We hope that EU is committed to bringing their words into action and comply with their agreements with Iran regarding the implementation of a financial mechanism,” circumventing SWIFT, so far not in place because of heavy US/Israeli pressure against it and normal relations with Iran overall.

Nanvakenari and other Iranian officials are concerned about the failure of Brussels to fulfill key promises made so far, hopeful for their full implementation ahead.

On September 24, Iran together with Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany (the P5+1 countries minus America) issued a joint statement, announcing a “Special Purpose Vehicle” to facilitate normal trade economic, financial, and trade with the Islamic Republic – circumventing SWIFT and unilateral US sanctions.

Six months after the Trump regime’s unlawful JCPOA pullout on May 8, promises made by Brussels remain to be fully implemented.

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Turkey Warns That PKK Terror Group Controls 80% of Europe’s Drug Trade

By Adam Garrie
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While the PKK terror group has killed 40,000 people in less than forty years including Turkish military officers and police, civilians, tourists and the ethnic Kurds that the PKK falsely claims to represent, this statistic does not include the multitude of further deaths caused by the illegal inter-continental narcotics trade controlled by PKK terrorists. Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has recently warned his European Union partners to be on guard against the PKK’s narco-network in Europe. According to Soylu,

“Especially in Europe, the PKK controls 80 percent of the drug trade and it is estimated that the terror group earns around $1.5 billion per year.

…In other words, [drug dealers] are continuously inventing new drugs. The production of drugs is also increasing. The area of opium cultivation in Afghanistan was 17,000 hectares in 2002. The U.S. intervened there to bring peace and democracy; it was such an intervention that the cultivation area jumped to 328,000 hectares in 2017. Opium production increased from 4,800 tons in 2016 to 9,000 tons in 2017, an increase of 63 percent in a year”.

The Interior Minister further detailed how Turkish authorities are stepping up their fight against narcotics, but cautioned that all nations much be vigilant against this threat. He further detailed the nature of the drugs trafficked and sold by the PKK including heroin, cocaine, meth, so-called “ecstasy” and most worryingly the notorious captagon – the drug of choice for Daesh an al-Qaeda terrorists. Soylu stated,

“If I tell you that we have captured 15,821,096 captagon pills from street dealers in the first 10 months, we can make a clear picture in the minds of the public regarding the scale of our fight on the field”.

To understand the importance of captagon to international terror networks in terms not only of selling the drug but in respect of distributing it among murderous terrorists, one must trace the origins of the drug’s popularity to recent wars throughout the Middle East and Africa.

In 2011, when Libyan Revolutionary leader Muammar Gaddafi appeared before his nation saying that seditious elements and foreign agitators were on narcotics and thus deprived of their own cognitive abilities, he was laughed at by the western mainstream media who cheered on his subsequent assassination at the hands of al-Qaeda proxies working with the US, UK and France.

It turns out that Gaddafi was absolutely correct. Drugs have become a staple of the modern terrorist’s diet. From Libya to Syria and Iraq to Philippines, warped young men without a real knowledge of any particular faith or ideology are taking vast amounts of drugs in order to give them the physical stamina combined with mental incapacity, which allows them to carry out barbaric atrocities without cessation.  If it ever seemed odd that young men turn to terrorism which will often lead to their own death, as well as the death of others, without any promise of earthly remuneration, this is because even among the poor or the mentally challenged, terrorism is typically unthinkable.

It is the promise and delivery of mind altering drugs which pushes young people into terrorism, rather than mythical notions about an un-Islamic and un-Christian afterlife. In this sense, the difference between a young man turning to drug dealing or robbery, has the same basic origins as those who turn to terrorism. In most societies it is a slippery slope. It is no coincidence that many well known terrorists were fond of alcohol, prostitutes and so-called recreational drugs prior to committing their atrocities. While alcoholism, the taking of narcotics and the frequenting of harlots is prohibited in Islam, these actions are de rigueur in respect of the lifestyles that surround the narco-trade. Thus, terrorism is anything but a “problem with Islam”, it is a geopolitical problem whose foot-soldiers are fuelled by dangerous drugs.

While there are many drugs used by terrorists, well-known narcotics such as cocaine is at best, a second favourite among today’s killers. The 21st century terrorist’s drug of choice is a pill called captagon whose effects while similar to cocaine, are even more extreme, making its users capable of super-human violence while totally erasing what remains of a human conscience.

Captagon has been found among Daesh (ISIS) and al-Qaeda fighters in LibyaIraqSyria, as well as in terrorist shipping roots in France and Italy, just to name a few. But other drugs also play their role. Philippine President Duterte has waged a war against drug addicts, drug dealers and the criminal networks built up around both. These networks include not only mafioso gangs, but Daesh aligned terrorist organisations. Soldiers in The Philippines have discovered that the Daesh aligned Maute Group who for months occupied the city of Marawi  in Mindanao, were taking the drug known as Shabu, a powerful methamphetamine which has been at the root of South East Asia’s drug problem.

Recently, it came to be known that the terrorists who slaughtered civilians last year on England’s London Bridge and surrounding areas, were on powerful steroids. But it is not just Daesh and al-Qaeda related terrorists who are fuelled by drugs. Most of the so-called mass shooters in recent US history, have been under the influence of narcotics both during and before their killing sprees. This includes Stephen Paddock, the man who committed the biggest mass shooting in US history last year in Las Vegas.

The plague of narcotics is directly related to terrorism at the point of sale, the point of cultivation and more often than not at the point of ingestion. The seriousness of the drug fuelled element of international terrorism however still remains silenced throughout Europe as does the PKK’s invasion of the European Union.

As the PKK expands its killing machine in Europe, the dangerous terror group is also spreading its narco-network throughout the world, including and especially in Europe. It is therefore imperative that the EU works with Turkey to set up a new anti-PKK/anti-narcotics task force before more damage to human life is done by terrorists without regard for humanity.

Israel’s Netanyahu Chooses Trump Over American Jews … Again

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Trump and Netanyahu have demonstrated in Pittsburgh that their worldview is a good deal closer to that of Robert Bowers than it is to that of most U.S. Jews or, indeed, most Americans.

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On Saturday, Robert Bowers, a right-wing gunman strode into a synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh and began shooting. When he was finished, he’d murdered 11 people.

Donald Trump led the quick march to bizarrely defend one of the most prominent U.S. cult symbols, the gun, by blaming the synagogue itself for not having an armed guard at the synagogue, as if such a guard would have fared better than the three Pittsburgh police officer that Bowers shot.

Trump later blamed the media for violent attacks, saying, “There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news.” That was to be expected, given the increasing attention to Trump’s own lengthy history of anti-Semitic dog-whistling and the scrutiny it was finally coming under in the wake of the terrorist attack in Squirrel Hill.

But the worst anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history was not going to remain a domestic issue for very long. Given the disdain the government of Israel has been showing to the U.S. Jewish community for so long now, it was difficult to imagine that Israel’s response to the Squirrel Hill massacre would be positive. But few could have anticipated its cynical and opportunistic response.

As Jews and many others across the United States mourned the killings and worked to call out the growing trend of white supremacy in the United States that led to it, Israeli leaders scrambled to defend the man who had done more than anyone to stoke the fires that erupted in Pittsburgh, Donald Trump, and to score their own political points off this terrorist attack.

Although he had the good sense to rebuke Israel’s chief rabbi, who refused to agree with the obvious fact that the Tree of Life synagogue where the attack occurred was a “real synagogue,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately praised Trump for “unequivocally condemning this heinous crime.” Education minister and far-right leader Naftali Bennett, who also serves as the minister for diaspora affairs, quickly flew to Pittsburgh to falsely state that “From Sderot to Pittsburgh, the hand that fires missiles is the same hand that shoots worshippers.”

AP_18301692772265_edited-1145x643.jpgNaftali Bennett speaks to the media near the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Oct. 28, 2018. Matt Rourke | AP

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer made the lie even more blatant, stating, “… those anti-Semites are usually not neo-Nazis, on college campuses. They’re coming from the radical left.” Like Bennett and Netanyahu, Dermer has long since abandoned any pretense of bipartisanship in the United States and has thrown in his lot with the Republican party and, these days, with Trump. It’s hardly news that the Netanyahu government warmly embraces anti-Semites. Netanyahu had already courted controversy by supporting the far-right Hungarian leader, Viktor Orban, even while Orban waged a blatantly anti-Semitic electoral campaign back home.

But that was Hungary. This is the United States, the home of the Jewish community that has given so much money and political support to Israel for so long. And this wasn’t just about where words like Orban’s could lead. Squirrel Hill was the result of month after month of Trump’s barely concealed shout-outs to the anti-Semitic right.

Trump’s long history of anti-Semitic dog whistles, unmatched by any prominent politician in living U.S. memory, had seen a sharp uptick in the weeks before this attack. In his zeal to present a group of hundreds of poor Honduran refugees—including many women and children—as an existential threat to the world’s only true military superpower, he repeatedly talked about globalists (which is code, among the alt-right, for Jews), referred to himself as a proud “nationalist,” and, jumping on the same bandwagon that Orban and Netanyahu had already been riding, accused Jewish philanthropist George Soros of funding pretty much every progressive action Trump doesn’t like.

Robert Bowers seems not to have liked Trump either, but Trump’s public anti-Semitism contributed to the atmosphere that led him to act. The Pittsburgh chapter of Bend the Arc, a progressive (though quite mainstream) Jewish organization published an open letter to Trump telling him to stay out of Pittsburgh until he “fully denounce(s) white nationalism.”

The group wrote, “For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence.”

An Uneasy Right-Wing Alliance

The choices Netanyahu has made have come home to roost. More realistic than many of his supporters, Netanyahu understands that it is not just his politics that don’t align with most U.S. Jews, but the values on which they are based. Netanyahu’s Israel embraces nationalism even more strongly than previous generations of Israelis. The Israeli government demonizes Palestinians, whether they are under occupation or citizens of the state. It asserts not only its right to act with impunity but its right to prevent other countries from acting in their own defense. It labels citizens who object to all of this, especially those from its dominant group, as traitors and collaborators.

Those are all traits that neatly align Israel with the worst tendencies of Trump and his administration. Easy parallels can be drawn between the current anti-immigrant hysteria in the United States and the appalling treatment of African migrants in Israel.

Indeed, Bowers stated in some of his postings on social media that the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) was an impetus for his actions. He believed that HIAS was aiding the immigrants coming north toward the United States from Honduras. HIAS, in fact, has no connection to that wave of refugees yet, although they do support refugees coming from many parts of Latin America into the United States. They are also one of the most vocal U.S. Jewish groups objecting to Israel’s treatment of African migrants.

Although the growing divide between the U.S. Jewish community and Israel has provoked a good deal of discussion within the Jewish community, Israel’s increasing illiberalism has had no effect on U.S. policy. This is hardly surprising in the Trump era.

Netanyahu is therefore faced with a choice: support the Jewish community in the wake of a devastating terrorist attack or continue to support his friend Trump, which can only be done by aiding him in whitewashing the considerable responsibility the U.S. president bears for this crime.

The Pittsburgh terrorist attack was an outgrowth of the far-right anger that Trump has been stoking since early in his campaign. Brett Stephens, who is far from a liberal voice, summed it up on Twitter: “Trump routinely defames ‘globalists’ and ‘international banks’ and ‘corrupt media,’ all of which anti-Semites associate with Jews. Responsible rhetoric begins by not demonizing entire categories of people, or giving deranged people mental ammunition.”

Netanyahu had long since gone all in on Trump and alienated Democrats in the process. It’s much too late for him to go back on it now, and he would have to if he wanted to take on Trump’s anti-Semitic dog whistling. So instead, he and his henchmen support Trump in a shamelessly transparent attempt to absolve his obvious role in this crime.

Rethinking the U.S.-Israeli Relationship?

Netanyahu’s cynicism has long-term effects. Saudi Arabia is learning that now. For decades, the U.S.-Saudi relationship has been transactional, based on mutual interests. And that works well enough, until something goes wrong and interests begin to be weighed against values. Suddenly, members of Congress are pushed by their constituents—or are pre-empting such pressure by acting first—to re-examine the U.S.-Saudi relationship in a way that has not been seen before, even after 9/11.

The U.S.-Israel relationship is, of course, a long way from there. There is still great affinity for Israel across the political spectrum in the United States. But the divide is increasing. Holding millions of people without any rights for over five decades is not compatible with the values of most Americans. Nor is gunning down protesters who pose no immediate threat. Attacking Israeli citizens for nothing more than defending the human rights of Palestinians also tends to sit poorly in American eyes.

None of this has affected the U.S.-Israel relationship yet. But Netanyahu’s embrace of Trump and his willingness to ignore Trump’s racist, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant rhetoric is unprecedented, even for right-wing Israeli leaders. That indifference to the well-being of U.S. Jews will, in the long term, affect not only Jewish support for Israel, but the way a wide variety of Americans perceive the country. Indeed, Americans are increasingly unable to look the other way when it comes to Israel’s long-term dispossession of the Palestinian people.

Trump and Netanyahu have demonstrated in Pittsburgh that their worldview is a good deal closer to that of Robert Bowers than it is to that of most U.S. Jews or, indeed, most Americans. In the long run, that will matter. Although Trump has brought white supremacy much more clearly into the mainstream of the U.S. right wing, his time in office is limited. Trump’s views, unlike Netanyahu’s, do not reflect the majority of Americans. It will be very difficult for Netanyahu, or whoever eventually succeeds him, to erase Israel’s current acceptance of anti-Semitism in the United States.

لا للتطبيع… وإنْ كانت عُمان

أكتوبر 27, 2018

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– ينتظر الكثيرون من الذين ناصبوا محور المقاومة العداء لمعرفة ما سنكتب وما سنقول أمام حدث استقبال عُمان لرئيس حكومة الاحتلال بنيامين نتنياهو، ويظنون أن مواقف عُمان من الحرب على سورية وقد استحقت تنويهنا، أو رعايتها لدور معتدل تجاه اليمن والعدوان عليه وقد استحقت تقديرنا بسببه، أو حرصها على الحفاظ على علاقات طيبة بإيران رغم اللغة العدائية التي تقودها السعودية ضد إيران وقد لفت اهتمامنا ذلك، سوف يجعلنا نتلعثم عندما نرى نتنياهو في مسقط ضيفاً على الحكم العُماني.

– ليس مهماً ما تقوله مسقط حول أن حكومة الاحتلال تقرأ ما يجري في المنطقة في كتاب أميركي مبني على اليقين بسقوط صفقة القرن، والحاجة للعودة إلى مربع التفاوض السابق، وأن اتصالات أميركية وروسية لتعويم المسار السابق قد سرّع مفاعيلها ما يجري في السعودية وما سيجري فيها، وأن كل هذا التمهيد قد سبق زيارة نتنياهو لعُمان، لتتهيأ لدور قيادي في هذا المسار، فالقضية المبدئية لا تناقش بلغة المصالح السياسية، والاستراتيجيات لا تقارب بلغة التكتيك. والمبدأ هو أن كيان الاحتلال يقتنص فرصة التطبيع المجاني من عُمان بمثل ما فعل مع دول عربية أخرى من قبل، ورماها عندما استهلكها، وأنه رغم مأزقه الاستراتيجي لا يزال قادراً على التلاعب بأوراق المنطقة بسبب الحسابات الخاطئة التي تمنحه فرص الظهور بمظهر القوة وهو في ذروة الضعف. والاستراتيجي هو أن كيان الاحتلال لم يقدم في القضية الفلسطينية شيئاً علنياً أو عملياً يخفّف من الآثار المدمرة لكل تطبيع وانفتاح.

– يجب أن تعلم القيادة العُمانية أن ما فعلته أصاب الفلسطينيين في الصميم، ومنح كيان الاحتلال ربحاً من حساب عربي مجاناً، وأن المؤمنين بالحق الفلسطيني والمدركين خطر المشروع الصهيوني والملتزمين بخيار المقاومة، يرون في الموقف العُماني سقوطاً غير مقبول ولا تبرير له، ويشعرون بالحزن على الإصابة التي لحقت بصورة عُمان من جراء ارتكاب هذه الخطيئة، التي لم يتجرأ الذين مهدوا لثقافة التطبيع وقاموا بالتنسيق الأمني مع كيان الاحتلال ومنحوه المال مراراً، على فعلها، وأنهم زيّنوا لعُمان أن تفعلها لتسقط مكانتها التي كانت ستكبر مع المتغيرات المقبلة في المنطقة، وأن الخطيئة العُمانية ستقطع الطريق على الكثير مما كانت ستجنيه عُمان لو صمدت عند موقفها.

– النخب القومية والوطنية في عُمان معنية أن تقول لقيادتها إنها أصابت مشاعرهم في الصميم وإنهم يشعرون بالخجل وهم يرون نتنياهو في عاصمتهم، بينما لم تتجرّأ السعودية التي شاركت في التحضير لصفقة القرن وتميّزت عنها عُمان، أن تفعل ذلك، وليس تحريضاً على هز الاستقرار أن نتوقع سماع الأصوات العُمانية تصرخ بصوت عالٍ، أن ما جرى معيب وغير مقبول، وأن شيئاً ما يجب فعله ليتم محو آثار هذه الخطئية التي إذا تحوّلت عنصراً محدداً في رسم السياسة العُمانية، فالقيادة العُمانية تكون قد قرّرت أن تنتقل من ضفة الرابحين في حروب المنطقة وأزماتها إلى ضفة الخاسرين، بوهم البحث عن دور في صناعة تسويات هي مجرد أوهام مع كيان الاحتلال والعدوان.

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– ترافقت تسمية مبعوث أممي خاص مع بداية الحرب على سورية التي سميت بالأزمة السورية لتبرير شن الحرب بداعي دعم الثورة المزعومة، التي كانت تمثل الفيلق الداخلي للحرب، بتجميع الأخوان المسلمين وبعض الغوغاء وبعض السذاجة في اللحاق بركب ما يبثه الإعلام عن شعوب كانت تحفر قبورها وتصنع حروبها الأهلية، وتسميها قنوات النفط والغاز المسماة بقنوات الحرية، بالشعوب التي تصنع ثورتها. ومع كل مرحلة فاصلة من مراحل الحرب كان هناك عنوان للمهمة، وكان اختيار المبعوث الأممي يوضع لتلبية شروط هذه المهمة.

– في مراحل الحرب الأولى كان المطلوب تجميد مقدرات الدولة السورية ومنعها من تحجيم مناطق مقررة لسيطرة الفيلق الداخلي في الحرب المسمّى بالثورة، ورعاية تأسيس مناطق تخضع لسيطرة الفيلق الداخلي وتأمين دخول السلاح اللازم وإنشاء منظومة حماية وتدخل وإمداد بداعي توفير المؤن للمحاصرين، حتى يشتد عود الفيلق الداخلي ويصير قادراً على ملاقاة فيالق الخارج بالبدء بالهجوم الشامل لإسقاط سورية والإمساك بالجغرافيا السورية، وكان الرحّالة كوفي عنان هو المبعوث المناسب لهذه المهمة، تحت عنوان إنساني اعترف عنان بعد نهاية مهمته أنه كان ضحية خداع، وأنه استخدم للتمهيد لحرب كان هدفها إسقاط سورية، تولى خلالها تأمين الحماية لمناطق سيطرة الجماعات الإرهابية بدواع إنسانية.

– عندما توافرت أسباب كافية للإعلان عن الهجوم الشامل، واكتملت العدة السياسية الدولية والإقليمية بحشد ضمّ أكثر من مئة دولة، وتم إخراج سورية من الجامعة العربية، وكانت حشود تنظيمي القاعدة والأخوان من أنحاء العالم قد صارت بعشرات الآلاف، وتم تنظيمها وتسليحها بالأنواع المناسبة من السلاح النوعي بما فيه الكيميائي، من المخزون الليبي الذي استولت عليه قطر بصورة خاصة، وصارت تركيا جاهزة لملاقاة حلمها بالعثمانية الجديدة، وصارت السعودية حاضرة للعب دور البديل بالرعاية عندما تسقط الراية من يد الأخوان، جيء بالأخضر الإبراهيمي، لخوض الحرب النفسية على الرئيس السوري، وتوظيف الضغط العسكري والدبلوماسي لوضع وتنسيق وتسويق خطة التنحّي والرحيل.

– عندما بدأ التوازن العسكري يقول إن لا أمل بسقوط سورية ولا فرص لإسقاطها، وإن الرهان على تنحّي رئيسها ورحيله سراب، صار المطلوب تسويق صيغة للحل السياسي تقوم على تشريع تفتيت سورية وتسقط فيها الأمل بقيام دولة موحدة متماسكة، والسير على خطين متوازيين يحقق الهدف، حماية خصوصية تقسيمية في عدد المناطق، والسير بصيغة تعيد بناء مؤسسات الدولة على قاعدة التوزيع الطائفي والمذهبي للمناصب الدستورية، وتم تكليف ستيفان دي ميستورا للقيام بالمهمة، وهو الآتي من رحم الخراب الذي نشره المشروع الأميركي في العراق، ومهمته تسويق مناطق للحكم الذاتي كحلول مؤقتة تغطي هدناً عسكرية، من حلب إلى المناطق التي تسيطر عليها الجماعات الكردية المسلحة، وصولاً للغوطة وسائر المناطق التي سُمّيت بمناطق خفض التصعيد، ولم يبخل دي ميستورا بكشف مشروعه بالحديث عن الصيغة اللبنانية الملهمة لما وصفه بتعايش الطوائف.

– مع اقتراب سورية من إعلان نصرها، وسقوط الفرص أمام مشاريع التقسيم المقنع، وسقوط الرهان على جعل الدولة نسيجاً رخواً لفدرالية طائفية مفتوحة على الحروب الأهلية، عاجزة عن لعب دور إقليمي، فاقدة مفهوم الأمن القومي، صار لا بد من رحيل دي ميستورا والمجيء بمن يكرّس التغيير الذي فرضته سورية وحلفاؤها، ويمهد للانخراط الدولي والإقليمي في المصالحة مع الدولة السورية بغير الصورة التي تمناها الذين أشعلوا الحرب عليها.

– رحيل دي ميستورا علامة من علامات نهاية الحرب على سورية واقتراب نصرها، دولة علمانية مدنية موحدة برئيسها وجيشها وثوابتها، وفي طليعتها خيارها المقاوم.

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