Gilad Atzmon Explains the Murder of the West by Identity Politics – Introduction by Paul Craig Roberts:

August 29, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

Paul Craig Roberts:

Gilad Atzmon Explains the Murder of the West by Identity Politics

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/08/28/gilad-atzmon-expains-murder-west-identity-politics/

“Strange, isn’t it, that one Jew, Gilad Atzmon, understands the dire situation of the Western World far better than does the entirety of the Western intellectual class, including its large Jewish component.

Read this and if you are successful in doing so, that is, not too handicapped by the low level of education to which Western “education” has degenerated, you will understand very much.

It is likely that Identity Politics has put the Western World into a situation from which recovery is impossible. All the rest of the world need do is to wait.”

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Gilad Atzmon’s Being In Time: A Post Political Manifesto is available now on: Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com and gilad.co.uk.   

 

Being In Time In Virginia

http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2017/8/15/being-in-virginia-in-time

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By Gilad Atzmon
In my recent book Being in Time – a Post Political Manifesto, I pointed out that the West and America in particular have been led into a disastrous Identity (ID) clash. This week in Virginia we saw a glimpse of it.

In the book I argue that the transition from traditional Left ideology into New Left politics can be understood as the aggressive advocacy of sectarian and divisive ideologies. While the old Left made an effort to unite us all: gays, blacks, Jews or Whites into a political struggle against capital, the New Left has managed to divide us into ID sectors. We are trained to speak ‘as a…’: ‘as a Jew,’ ‘as a black,’ ‘as a Lesbian.’ The new left has taught us to identify with our biology, with our gender, sex orientation and our skin colour, as long as it isn’t ‘White’ of course.

In Being in Time, I noted that it was a question of time before White people would also decide to identify with their biology. And this is exactly what we saw in Virginia last weekend.

Tragically, ID politics is a vey dangerous political game. It is designed to pull people apart. It is there to introduce conflict and division. ID politics doesn’t offer a harmonious vision of society as a whole. Quite the opposite, it leads to an increasingly fractured social reality. Take, for instance, the continuous evolution of the LGBT group. It is constantly expanding to include more and more sectarian sexually oriented social subgroupings (LGBTQ, LGBTQAI and even LGBTQIAP ).

In the New Left social reality, we, the people are shoved into ID ghettos that are defined by our biology: skin colour, sexual orientation, the Jewish mother, etc.

Instead of what we need to do: fight together against big money, the bankers, the megacorporations, we fight each other, we learn to hate each other. We even drive our cars over each other.

I am opposed to all forms of ID politics, whether it is White, Black, Jewish, Gender or sex oriented. But, obviously if Jews, Gays and others are entitled to identify with their ‘biology’, white people are entitled to do the same. I think that universalism is what we used to call it when we still cared about intellectual integrity.

The problem created by ID politics is extremely grave. ID politics doesn’t offer a prospect of peace and harmony. Within the context of ID politics, we cannot envisage a peaceful resolution of the current ID clash. Can anyone foresee the LGBT community embracing KKK activists into their notion of ‘diverse society?’ The same can be said about the KKK, are they going to open their gates to cultural Marxists?

ID politics equals ID clash, an irreconcilable conflict with no end, the complete destruction of American and, to a certain extent, Western civilisation.  This may explain why George Soros and his open society are invested in this battle. As long as the working people are fighting each other, no one bothers to challenge the root cause of our current dystopia, namely the banks, global capitalism, wall street, Mammonism and so on.

The remedy is clear. America and the West must, at once, break away from all forms of ID politics. Instead of celebrating that which separates us, we must seek what unites and makes us into one people.  I am advocating a radical spiritual, ideological and metaphysical transition. Whether or not we like to admit it, these moments of unity are often invoked by waves of patriotism, nationalism and religious figures. But they could also be inspired by the spirit of justice, equality, compassion and love.  Neither the New Left or the Alt Right offers any of the above. They are equally invested in Identitarian ideologies. The electoral success of Trump, Corbyn and even Sanders or Le Pen points at a general human fatigue.  Readiness for change is in the air.

The Identitarian Shift & the Primacy of the Symptom
(Being in Time – a Post Political Manifesto  pg. 49)
ID politics manifests itself as a set of group identification strategies. It subdues the ‘I’ in favour of symbolic identifiers: the ring on the appropriate ear, the nose stud, the type of skullcap, the colour of the scarf and so on.

Within the ID political cosmos, newly emerging ‘tribes’ (gays, lesbians, Jews, Blacks, Whites,vegans, etc.) are marched into the desert, led towards an appealing ‘promised land’, where the primacy of the symptom (gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, skin colour etc.) is supposed to evolve into a world in itself. But this liberal utopia is in practice a sectarian and segregated amalgam of ghettos that are blind to each other. It has nothing in common with the promised universal, inclusive cosmos.

‘The personal is political,’ as the common feminists and liberal preachers have disseminated since the 1960s, is a phrase designed to disguise the obvious; the personal is actually the antithesis of the political. It is, in fact, the disparity between the personal and the political that makes humanism into an evolving exchange known as history. Within the Identitarian discourse, the so-called ‘personal’ replaces true and genuine individualism with phony group identification – it suppresses all sense of authenticity, rootedness and belonging, in favour of a symbolism and imaginary collectivism that is supported by rituals and empty soundbites.Why are we willing to subject ourselves to politics based on biology, and who wrote this new theology found in pamphlets and in the growing numbers of ID Studies textbooks? Is there a contemporaneous God? And who created the ‘pillar of cloud’ we are all to follow?

It is clear that elements within the New Left, together with Jewish progressives and liberal intelligentsia, have been at the heart of the formation of the ideological foundation of ID politics. At least traditionally, both Jewish liberals and the Left were associated with opposition to any form of exclusive political agenda based on biology or ethnicity. Yet, one may wonder why does the New Left espouse such an exclusivist, sectarian and biologically driven agenda?

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Assad is Here to Stay, West Tells Syrian Opposition: The Times

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

 August 26, 2017

In a significant policy shift on the civil war in Syria, Britain and its western allies have finally dropped their long-standing demand that President Assad must step down — and may even accept elections in which he is allowed to stand again, a report said.

Ministers yesterday confirmed a turnaround in policy towards Syria, The Times reported on Saturday.

The British daily said the Syrian opposition leaders were told this week in Riyadh that they now had little choice but to accept that Assad was in Damascus to stay.

“There was no longer any point in holding up talks over Syria’s future by sticking to the position that he (Assad) had to step down before negotiations could begin.”

Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, hinted at the change in an interview on Radio 4’s Today program, according to the daily.

“It is overwhelmingly in the interests of the Syrian people that Assad should go,” the Times quoted Johnson as saying.

“We used to say he has to go as precondition. Now we are saying that he should go but as part of a transition. It is always open to him to stand in a democratic election,” the British foreign secretary added.

In the same context, the daily quoted diplomats as saying that Johnson was confirming a gradual shift forced on the opposition and the West by events on the ground.

The new position was shared by Britain’s allies and the opposition’s regional backers, the daily reported.

It said that Yahya al-Aridi, an opposition spokesman was disappointed with western countries.

The Times also quoted another source as saying:

“Our policy is based around pragmatism and realism. It’s hard to see any future stable and peaceful Syria with Assad still there, given how much damage he has caused. But whether or not he is staying is no longer a precursor to discussions.”

 

US, Saudi Ask Syria Opposition to Accept Assad’s Political Role: Report

August 25, 2017

US and Saudi diplomats have reportedly been urging the armed Syrian opposition to come to terms with President Bashar al-Assad’s role in Syria’s future, a report said, indicating to the major policy U-turn in the western stance from the Syrian crisis.

In an article published on Thursday, the Associated Press said the Syrian army holds the upper hand on the battlefield against militant groups, pointing to the major shift in the strategies of Western and regional supporters of Syrian opposition groups and militants with regard to the developments in Syria.

“Western and regional rebel patrons, currently more focused on advancing their own interests rather than accomplishing regime change in Damascus, are shifting their alliances and have ceased calls on Assad to step down,” the report said.

Former US ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, who is widely considered as Washington’s civil war engineer in different parts of the world and a key instigator of the Syrian conflict in 2011, has ruled out the likelihood of Assad’s removal, saying, “There is no conceivable military alignment that is going to be able to remove him.”

“Everyone, including the US, has recognized that Assad is staying,” said Ford, who is currently a fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.

According to an interlocutor, who mediates between the opposition and state capitals and requested anonymity, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told the opposition it was time to formulate “a new vision.”

“He did not explicitly say Bashar [Assad] is going to stay, but if you read between the lines, if you say there needs to be a new vision, what is the most contentious issue out there? It is whether Bashar stays,” said the interlocutor, according to the article.

Source: Press TV

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Syria’s Independence, Integrity May Never Be Compromised: President Assad

August 20, 2017

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The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that throughout history, Syria has been a target, and those who control this target gain great control over decision-making in the Middle East, and those who control decision-making in the Middle East will have important and influential say on the international arena.

In a speech delivered at the opening of the Foreign and Expatriates Minister Conference on Sunday, President al-Assad said that the West is currently experiencing an existential presence whenever it feels that a state wants to share its role.

His Excellency said that the Ministry Conference is an important opportunity for exchanging expertise and ideas, discuss the state’s future policies, and propose ideas for developing the Foreign Ministry to make it more effective in carrying out its duties.

He pointed out to this Conference’s importance due to the very rapid dynamics of the events in the world, the region, and Syria in particular.

“Talking about foiling the Western project doesn’t mean we are victorious; the battle is still going on, and the signs of victory are there, but victory itself is another thing,” President al-Assad said.

He said that the deep regime in the United States doesn’t share power with the US President; it only gives him a margin.

“The price of resistance is much lower than the price of surrender… we paid a dear price in Syria in this war, but we managed to foil the Western project,” His Excellency said, noting that changes in positions doesn’t mean changes in policies, adding “the West is like a snake, changing its skin according to the situation.”

“The media and psychological war they practiced during the past years were unable to affect us in fighting terrorism or push us towards fear and hesitation… we struck terrorism since day one, and we will continue to strike it as long as there is a single terrorist in Syria… fighting terrorism is a goal and the basis for any action we take.”

“We have dealt in a very flexible manner with all initiatives that were proposed despite knowing beforehand that most of them were based on bad intentions.”

“Sectarian rhetoric was transient, and what’s on tongues is not important; what’s important is what is in the hearts. If this divisive aspect that we hear about now in different parts of our society was in the hearts, then Syria would have fallen a long time ago, and the civil war that they talk about in Western media and that they tried to convince us about would have been a fait accompli.”

“Erdogan is playing the role of political beggar after his support for terrorists was exposed. We don’t consider the Turkish side to be a partner nor a guarantor nor do we trust it.”

President al-Assad affirmed that as long as the fight against terrorism is ongoing, there is no place for the idea of a fait accompli or division in Syria, adding that the goal of de-escalation zones is to stop bloodshed, deliver humanitarian aid, removing militants, and restoring the situation to normal.

His Excellency pointed out that Russia used the right of veto to defend Syria’s unity and the UN Charter, and China did the same.

“Our Armed Forces are realizing one achievement after another every day, one week after the other, crushing terrorists and clearing the lands desecrated by terrorists,” he said, asserting that the valiant heroics of the Syrian Arab Army and supporting forces constitute a role model in the history of wars.

“We will continue in the upcoming stage to crush terrorists everywhere in cooperation with friends, and we will continue national reconciliations that proved their effectiveness, as well as increasing communication with the outside and marketing economic and economic opportunities… The direct political, economic, and military support of our friends made the possibility of advancing on the ground greater and the losses fewer, and these friends are our actual partners.”

President al-Assad affirmed that Syrian economy has entered the stage of recovery, which might be slow, but it is consistent.

“We are not in a state of isolation as they think, but this state of arrogance makes them think in that way. There will be no security cooperation or opening of embassies or role for some states that say they are looking for a solution until they cut off their ties with terrorism in a clear and unambiguous way.”

“We will not allow enemies and rivals to achieve through politics what they failed to achieve through terrorism. We must work seriously from now to build the future Syria on solid bases,” His Excellency said.

“Everything related to the destiny and future of Syria is a one hundred percent Syrian issue, and the unity of Syrian territory is self-evident and not up for debate or discussion,” President al-Assad affirmed.

SourceSANA

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الرئيس الأسد: علينا العمل على بناء سوريا القوية ولا مكان فيها للخونة والعملاء…علينا أن نتوجه شرقا اقتصاديا وثقافيا

أكد السيد الرئيس بشار الأسد أن التوجهات المستقبلية للسياسة السورية تقوم على الاستمرار في مكافحة وسحق الإرهابيين في كل مكان والمصالحات الوطنية التي أثبتت فاعليتها بأشكالها المختلفة وزيادة التواصل الخارجي والتسويق للاقتصاد الذي دخل في مرحلة التعافي.

وقال الرئيس الأسد في كلمة له خلال افتتاح مؤتمر وزارة الخارجية والمغتربين: السيدات والسادة الدبلوماسيون والإداريون في وزارة الخارجية يسرني أن ألتقي بكم اليوم في مستهل مؤتمركم الذي يشكل فرصة مهمة لتبادل الخبرات والأفكار ولمناقشة السياسات المستقبلية للدولة ولطرح الأفكار التطويرية التي من شأنها أن تدفع العمل في وزارة الخارجية بالشكل الذي يجعلها أكثر فاعلية في تأدية مهامها.

وأوضح الرئيس الأسد ” إن أهمية هذا اللقاء اليوم تأتي من خلال الديناميكية السريعة جداً للأحداث في العالم، وفي المنطقة، ولكن بشكل خاص في سورية، وبالتالي لا يمكن لوسائل الاتصال والتواصل التقليدية أو الحديثة أن تحل محل هكذا لقاءات،  بالتالي الحوار المباشر هام من أجل تكوين الرؤى الموحدة وصياغة المواقف، وتأتي أهميته بشكل خاص عندما يكون الوضع معقداً كما هو الحال اليوم في سورية”.

وتابع الرئيس الأسد: “إن هذه الحرب التي نخوضها اليوم منذ سنوات أثبتت بأن هناك حروباً أخرى تُخاض بالتوازي على الأرض السورية، حروب عالمية وإقليمية، تُخاض بأيادٍ سورية، عربية، وأجنبية. هذا لا يعني على الاطلاق بأن سورية هي مجرد أرض وتصادف أن التقى عليها المتحاربون، سورية عبر التاريخ هي هدف، ومن يسيطر على هذا الهدف يكون له سيطرة كبيرة على  القرار في الشرق الأوسط، ومن يسيطر على القرار في الشرق الأوسط أو يكون له يد عليا في هذا القرار، يكون له كلمة هامة ومؤثرة على الساحة الدولية وفي القرار الدولي، أو بالأحرى في التوازن الدولي”.

وتابع الرئيس الأسد بالقول: أبسط مثال على ذلك، لكي لا نتحدث بنوع من التباهي كما يمكن أن يعتقد البعض، لو عدنا إلى معركة قادش عام 1274 قبل الميلاد وكانت أول معاهدة سلام في ذلك الوقت، أو أول معاهدة سلام مكتوبة عملياً كانت بين الفراعنة والحثيين الذين التقوا جنوب غرب حمص، وكان الفراعنة يعتقدون في ذلك الوقت أن أمن ممالك الفراعنة يؤمن من خلال السيطرة على هذه المنطقة، وطبعاً الأمثلة كثيرة تمتد عبر الحقب خلال العثمانيين والصراع على سورية بعد خروج المحتل الفرنسي، واليوم نحن جزء من هذا الصراع، لذلك من السطحي جداً أن نقول بأن هذه الحرب سببها مواقف سورية والغرب يريد أن يؤدب الدولة السورية، هذا الكلام صحيح ليس خاطئاً على الإطلاق، وهو واقع ولكن هو جزء من الصورة الأكبر، هذه الصورة مرتبطة بالصراع الدولي ومحاولة تغيير التوازنات الدولية أو تثبيتها بالمعنى العسكري وبالمعنى السياسي وما ينتج عنها من نتائج اقتصادية أو جغرافية. الجغرافية أي تظهر دول جديدة.. تختفي دول موجودة.. أو تتغير الحدود.

وأضاف” إن هذا الصراع بالنسبة للغرب هو فرصة ثمينة لتصفية الحساب مع كثير من الدول، وإخضاع الدول التي تمردت على هيمنة الغرب خلال السنوات أو العقود الماضية، ومن هذه الدول هي سورية، إيران، كوريا الديموقراطية الشعبية، بيلاروسيا، وغيرها من الدول، حتى روسيا وهي دولة عظمى ليست دولة صاعدة، مع ذلك ليس مسموح لها أن تتمرد على الهيمنة الغربية، الغرب اليوم، عندما أقول الغرب، أنا أتحدث عنه بالمعنى السياسي، لا أريد أن أحدد مجموعة دول، نحن نعرف من يقود الغرب، وجزء كبير من الغرب هو دول ليس لها علاقة بالسياسة ولكن تسير مع الغرب، وقد يكون جزء من هذا الغرب موجود في أقصى الشرق جغرافياً لكن سأستخدم خلال خطابي اليوم كلمة الغرب بالمعنى السياسي.

وأوضح الرئيس الأسد أن الغرب يعيش اليوم صراعاً وجودياً ليس لأن هناك عدواً موجوداً يريد أن يحطم الغرب. أبداً، هو غير موجود، ولكن هو يعتقد بأن عصر الهيمنة التي استمتع بها، منذ تفكك الاتحاد السوفييتي، هي في حالة أفول، فكلما تمردت دول على هذه الهيمنة كلما تسارع هذا الأفول، وكلما قُمعت وأُخضعت هذه الدول التي تمردت على الهيمنة كلما استمر عصر الهيمنة إلى ما شاء الله.

وقال: الغرب اليوم يعيش حالة هيستيريا كلما شعر بأن هناك دولة تريد أن تشاركه القرار الدولي في أي مجال وفي أي مكان من العالم، هذا يعكس ضعف في الثقة، ولكن هذا الضعف في الثقة ينعكس بالمزيد من استخدام القوة، وبالتالي القليل من السياسة والقليل من العقل أو غياب العقل بشكل كلي.

وأضاف الرئيس الأسد: إن الشراكة بالنسبة للغرب مرفوضة من قبل أية جهة، التبعية هي الخيار الوحيد المطروح، وفي هذه الحالة حتى الولايات المتحدة لا تشارك حلفاءها الغربيين، هي ترسم لهم الأدوار، تحدد لهم الاتجاهات، وأي خطوة يقومون بها هي ضمن الخط الأمريكي حصراً، وبالنهاية تُلقي لهم ببعض الفضلات الاقتصادية كمكافأة لهم، يضاف لهذا المشهد أن الرئيس في الولايات المتحدة كما هو واضح، ولكن اليوم اشد وضوحاً، هو ليس بصانع سياسات وإنما هو منفذ للسياسات، الصانع الحقيقي هي اللوبيات الموجودة، هي شركات السلاح، والبنوك، والنفط، والغاز، والتكنولوجيا، وغيرها من اللوبيات التي تحكم الدولة عبر وكلاء منتخبين بشكل ديمقراطي ولكن يحكمون لصالح هذه النخبة الحاكمة. فإذاً الصورة العملية أن اللوبيات أو الدولة أو ما نسميها النظام، وهنا أنا أقول نظام وليس دولة في الولايات المتحدة، هذا ما نتهم به، لأن الدولة تحترم قيم شعبها، تحترم ما تلتزم به، تحترم القوانين الدولية، تحترم سيادات الدول، تحترم مبادئ الإنسانية، تحترم نفسها بالمحصلة.

وقال الرئيس الأسد: أما النظام فلا يحترم كل هذه الأشياء وإنما يعمل فقط من أجل النخبة التي تحكم، سواء كانت نخبة مالية أو غيرها. فإذاً، النظام العميق في الولايات المتحدة لا يشارك الرئيس في الحكم، وإنما يعطيه هامش، والرئيس وإدارته لا يشاركون الأوروبيين وحلفاءهم في الغرب فقط يعطونهم هامشاً، وهؤلاء أي الغرب بشكل جماعي لا يشارك عملاءه وإمعاته في منطقتنا والعالم، فقط يعطيهم هامشاً، وطبعاً لا يشاركون بقية العالم. محصلة هذا الصراع حالياً هو قوتين: الأولى، تعمل لصالح النخب الحاكمة ولو أدى ذلك لخرق كل القوانين الدولية والأعراف وميثاق الأمم المتحدة وغيرها، ومقتل الملايين من الأشخاص في أي مكان من العالم.  والقوة الثانية في المقابل تعمل من أجل الحفاظ على سيادة الدول والقانون الدولي وميثاق الأمم المتحدة وترى في ذلك مصلحة لها واستقراراً للعالم.

وأوضح الرئيس الأسد بالقول “هذه هي محصلة القوى الحالية ولو أردنا أن نتحدث عن الوضع العربي في ظل محصلة هذه القوى فنقول أن الوزن العربي هو صفر وبالتالي هو صفر في محصلة هذه القوى، لذلك لا أرى من الضرورة أن نتحدث عن الوضع العربي على الإطلاق لأنه غير موجود على الساحة السياسية الدولية. بغض النظر عن محصلة القوى والتوازنات الموجودة ومن يربح ومن يخسر، دائماً الدول الصغرى أو الأصغر هي التي تدفع ثمن هذا النوع من الصراعات. وفي سورية دفعنا ثمناً غالياً في هذه الحرب ولكن مقابل إفشال المشروع الغربي في سورية وفي العالم. وطبعاً عندما نقول مشروعاً غربياً فجوهر المشروع الغربي، بالنسبة لنا له أوجه عديدة ولكن بالنسبة لمنطقتنا العربية والشرق الأوسط كان جوهر هذا المشروع هو أن يحكم الإخوان المسلمون هذه المنطقة باعتبار أنهم يمثلون الدين وبالتالي يستطيعون أن يسيطروا على مجتمع وشارع متدينٍ من خلال الغطاء الديني ويقودون هذا الشارع باتجاه المصالح الغربية، وهذا هو دور الإخوان التاريخي. ولكن عندما أتحدث في هذه النقطة عن إفشال المشروع الغربي لا يعني بأننا انتصرنا، كي نتحدث دائماً في الإطار الواقعي ولا نبالغ، هم فشلوا ولكن المعركة مستمرة. أين نصل لاحقاً.. متى نتحدث عن الانتصار؟ هذا موضوع آخر؛ لذلك يجب أن نكون دقيقين؛ هم فشلوا حتى هذه اللحظة ونحن لم ننتصر أيضاً حتى هذه اللحظة. ولو أن بوادر الانتصار موجودة ولكن البوادر شيء والانتصار شيء آخر.

وتابع السيد الرئيس: قد يقول البعض لكنهم حققوا هدفهم فقد دمروا سورية، وأنا أقول بكل بساطة أن تدمير سورية لم يكن هدفهم، كان المطلوب أن يستحوذوا على سورية سليمة معافاة؛ ولكن خاضعة وتابعة وهنا يكون الجواب لمن يفكر في حسابات الربح والخسارة، أن سورية الخاضعة والتابعة أو الخانعة لا يمكن أن تستمر وسوف تتحلل وتتفتت وتذوب. لذلك في حسابات الربح والخسارة، أكرر ما قلته في عام 2005 منذ حوالي 12 عاماً، بأن ثمن المقاومة هو أقل بكثير من ثمن الاستسلام. كانوا يتحدثون في ذلك الوقت عن الشجرة والعاصفة، يعني أن الشجرة تنحني إذا كان هنالك عاصفة وعندما تمر العاصفة تعود الشجرة للانتصاب. وكان جوابي في ذلك الوقت لكن عندما تكون القضية ليست عاصفة، بل جرافة تنزل تحت الأرض وتضرب الجذور فلا قيمة عندها للانحناء. الحل الوحيد هو في أن تكون الجذور صلبة لكي تحطم الجرافة.

وقال: مع كل أسف هناك من يتحدث بنفس اللغة بعد 12 عاماً ولم يتعلم الدروس، مع أن هذه التي يسمونها عاصفة -وهي ليست كذلك- لم تبدأ بحرب العراق، بدأت في حرب العراق وإيران عام 1980 ولاحقاً في دخول الكويت وبعدها غزو العراق 2003 والآن نرى استمرارها في منطقتنا وفي سورية.فإذاً ما يحصل لا عاصفة ولا شجرة ولا جرافة، الحقيقة ما يحصل هو مقصلة موضوعة على رؤوس الجميع في هذه المنطقة وبدأت المقصلة بالقطع وحصدت أرواح الملايين، والانحناء لا يفيد في هذه الحالة، إما أن تسحب الرؤوس من تحتها أو أن تُدمَّر المقاصل لا يوجد حل آخر. هذا الكلام؛ وهذه المصطلحات التي تكرّر بشكل ببغائي لا مكان لها هنا والأحداث أثبتت ذلك. وأنا سأُعطي مثالاً بسيطاً: عندما أخذنا موقفاً من حرب العراق في عام 2002 لم يكن فقط مجرد موقفاً مبدئياً ضد الغزو، هذا كان أحد الجوانب؛ ولكن الجانب الأخطر هو ما كان يحضر للعراق في ذلك الوقت من طروحات طائفية وفدرالية نراها اليوم نفسها في سورية، فكنا نرى في ذلك الوقت بأن ما يحصل في العراق ليس مجرد غزو، ليس عاصفة، العاصفة تأتي وتذهب أما مخطّط يستمر لثلاثة عقود على الأقل والآن اقترب من العقد الرابع، هذا ليس عاصفة هذا مخطّط، الموضوع مختلف. في ذلك الوقت كانت تطرح المصطلحات الطائفية والفدرالية وكنا نعرف بأننا عندما نوافق تحت أي عنوان كالبراغماتية السياسية يعني أن نوافق على وضع رأسنا تحت المقصلة، لذلك وقفنا ضد تلك الحرب. ولو قارنّا تداعيات حرب العراق اليوم مع تداعيات حرب العراق بعد الحرب مباشرة، فاليوم تداعياتها أكبر بكثير. هذه التداعيات تكبُر وتتضخم وليس العكس، بعد كلّ هذه السنوات المفترض أنها تخامدت، ولكنها لم تتخامد لأن هناك مخطّط، عندما نفهم هذه الصورة، نفهم بأن التكتيكات والبراغماتية السطحية التي يتحدث بها البعض أو يفكر بها ليس لها مكان في واقعنا الحالي. فأنا أريد أن نفهم بأننا نعيش مرحلة غير منفصلة، هي مرتبطة بمراحل سبقتها منذ عدة عقود. خسرنا خيرة شبابنا وبنية تحتية كلفتنا الكثير من المال والعرق لأجيال، صحيح؛ لكننا بالمقابل ربحنا مجتمعاً أكثر صحة وأكثر تجانساً بالمعنى الحقيقي وليس بالمعنى الإنشائي أو بالمجاملات.

وأكد الرئيس الأسد أن هذا التجانس هو أساس الوحدة الوطنية، تجانس العقائد، تجانس الأفكار، التقاليد، العادات، المفاهيم، الرؤى، على تنوعها واختلافها. التجانس لا يعني التطابق، التجانس يعني أن تكون متكاملة مع بعضها البعض، عندما تتكامل تشكّل اللون الوطني الواحد، هذا اللون الوطني الواحد هو الذي يشكّل الأساس للوحدة الوطنية الجامعة لكلّ أبناء الوطن الواحد. وقد يقول قائل الآن، أي وحدة وطنية؟ كلنا نسمع الآن كلاماً طائفياً، نفس هذا الكلام سمعناه بعد جرائم الإخوان المسلمين في الثمانينات لكنه كان عابراً. ليس المهم ما هو الموجود على الألسن، المهم ما هو موجود في النفوس، ولو كان هذا البعد التقسيمي الذي نسمعه -نسميه البعد التقسيمي- الآن في أماكن مختلفة من مجتمعنا، لو كان موجوداً في النفوس لكانت سورية سقطت منذ زمن بعيد ولكانت الحرب الأهلية التي يتحدثون عنها في الإعلام الغربي وحاولوا إقناعنا بها لكانت  الآن أمراً واقعاً، والمرحلة الأخطر كانت في السنة الأولى من الحرب، لأن البعد الطائفي كان موجوداً في النفوس قبل الحرب كالنار تحت الرماد ولكن إلى حد معين ربما لو انتظرنا سنوات وتغلغل هذا البعد أكثر في نفوس السوريين واندلعت هذه الحرب ربما كنا رأينا واقعاً مختلفاً أخطر بكثير. فإذاً الواقع الحالي، وتماسك المجتمع بالشكل الّذي نراه اليوم هو حقيقة، الدور الأساسي فيه هو للمجتمع، لتاريخ المجتمع، للتاريخ التراكمي للمجتمع، قد يكون هناك دور للدولة، دور للحقائق، هناك دروس تعلمناها من الحرب، ولكن لو لم يكن المجتمع بطبيعته هو مجتمع غير طائفي لما صمدت سورية بهذا الشكل.

وقال الرئيس الأسد: لذلك في هذا الإطار ما يحصل هو حالة عابرة، علينا أن نفرق بين رد الفعل وبين القناعات؛ هناك رد فعل طائفي، صحيح؛ ولكن لا يوجد قناعات طائفية، والفرق كبير بين الأولى والثانية..وأعطي مثالاً حقيقياً على رد الفعل، كم مرة شُتمت العروبة خلال هذه الحرب بسبب أن بعض العرب، أو قسم كبير من العرب خان والقسم الآخر لم يُساعد، من الصعب إحصاء عدد المرات ولكن عندما طرح في الاعلام مؤخراً الدستور الذي يقول الجمهورية السورية وسُحبت كلمة العروبة، نفس الأشخاص أقاموا الدنيا ولم يقعدوها، كيف يضعون دستور يسمونه دستوراً الجمهورية السورية، هي الجمهورية العربية السورية، هذا يؤكد بأن ما نراه في معظمه هو ردود أفعال، وأنتم كدبلوماسيين وإداريين في وزارة الخارجية يجب أن يكون لديكم وعي دقيق للمصطلحات وألا نؤخذ بمظاهر أو ظواهر الأمور.  محصلة هذا الصمود والثمن الذي دفعناه أن التبدلات التي حصلت مؤخراً في التصريحات الغربية لم تأتِ لأن الضمير الإنساني فجأة أصابته صحوة وشعروا بأن سورية ظُلمت أو من هذا القبيل، تغيروا بسبب صمود الشعب، صمود الدولة، صمود القوات المسلحة، وطبعاً بسبب دعم الأصدقاء. لم يتغيروا لأنهم يمتلكون أخلاقاً لم نراها في حال من الأحوال حتى قبل الحرب، ولكن الحقائق على الأرض في سورية والحقائق على الأرض في بلدانهم، واليوم لا يمر أسبوع وشهر إلا ويكون هناك حادثة ناتجة مباشرة عن حماقاتهم في اتخاذ القرارات ودعم الإرهاب في هذه المنطقة، هذه الحقائق هي التي فرضت عليهم تبديل المواقف ولو جزئياً، ولو بخجل، ولو عن غير قناعة، ولكنها فرضت نفسها، هذا التبديل بالمواقف لا يعني تبديلاً بالسياسات، الغرب كالأفعى يبدّل جلده حسب الموقف. في البداية كانوا يتحدثون عن دعم الحراك الشعبي، هذا الحراك الشعبي الذي لم يتجاوز في أحسن الأحوال 200 ألف شخص، مدفوعين في كل سورية في بلد عدد سكانه 24 مليوناً، وعندما حاولوا ولم ينجحوا انتقلوا لدعم المسلحين بشكل معلن ولكن أعطوهم الغطاء، وهو المعارضة، أي هي مصطلح سياسي، والمعتدلة، أي هم ليسوا متطرفين، أو المعارضة مصطلح سياسي أو ليسوا إرهابيين، عندما فشل هذا الموضوع وافتضح أمرهم أمام الرأي العام العالمي وأمام الرأي العام المحلي في بلدانهم انتقلوا للمنتج الآخر وهو المنتج الإنساني، ونحن الآن في هذه المرحلة، ملخص هذا المنتج صمت كامل طالما أن الإرهابيين يتقدمون في أي مكان ويقومون بارتكاب مجازر وقتل المدنيين، أما عندما يتقدم الجيش على حساب الإرهابيين ففجأة نبدأ بسماع العويل والصراخ والتوسل من أجل هدنة تحت العنوان الإنساني ووقف سفك الدماء وإدخال المساعدات الإنسانية وغير ذلك من العناوين التي نعرفها جميعاً كسوريين، والهدف الحقيقي هو إعطاء الفرصة للمسلحين من أجل إعادة ترتيب الصفوف والتذخير والتجهيز بالعتاد وإرسال المزيد من الإرهابيين لدعمهم ولاحقاً الاستمرار بالأعمال الإرهابية.

وأضاف: الحقيقة كل تلك التكتيكات المتنوعة التي استخدموها عبر تلك المراحل لم تكن قادرة على خداعنا على الإطلاق، منذ اليوم الأول اكتشفنا الإرهاب، ومنذ اليوم الأول ضربنا الإرهاب في المرحلة الأولى والثانية والثالثة وسنستمر طالما هناك إرهابي واحد في أي مكان في سورية، أما الحرب الإعلامية والنفسية التي مارسوها خلال السنوات الماضية فلم تتمكن للحظة واحدة من التأثير علينا بالشكل الذي يحرفنا عن هذا الهدف وهو مكافحة الإرهاب أو دفعنا باتجاه الخوف أو التردد، هذا الهدف في مكافحة الإرهاب، لم يكن على الإطلاق عائقاً في وجه العمل السياسي طالما أن هذا العمل السياسي سيكون مبنياً على مكافحة الإرهاب، أي عمل، أية مبادرة، أي طرح لا يُبنى على هذا الأساس ليس له قيمة، فإذاً مكافحة الإرهاب هي هدف ولكن هي بنفس الوقت أساس، أساس لأي عمل نقوم به وطالما هناك أساس نستند إليه يعني أن هناك مرجعية، يعني أن هناك بوصلة، يعني أن كل الألاعيب التي حاولوا القيام بها لم يكن لها أي تأثير، لذلك انطلاقاً من وجود هذا الأساس ومن هذه الثقة تعاملنا بمرونة كبيرة مع مختلف المبادرات التي طُرحت منذ اليوم الأول للأزمة بالرغم من معرفتنا المسبقة بأن معظم هذه المبادرات انطلق من نوايا سيئة وكان الهدف الوصول إلى نتائج محددة لم يتمكنوا من الحصول عليها من خلال الإرهاب، وكما يعرف الجميع فإن نتائج هذه المبادرات بالمحصلة كانت متواضعة، أو إذا أردنا أن نتحدث بصراحة بعيداً عن الدبلوماسية، كل نتائج هذه المبادرات كانت غير موجودة، ما هو السبب؟ السبب أننا في الحوار كنا نتحاور إما مع إرهابي أو مع عميل أو مع كليهما، هؤلاء الأشخاص يقبضون من أسيادهم وكل كلمة تخرج من فمهم يُصادق عليها من قبل أسيادهم وربما يختمون على ألسنتهم، أي عملياً كنا نتحاور مع عبيد، فأية نتائج نتوقعها إذا كنا نتحاور مع عبيد، كانوا يطرحون في كل لقاء وفي كل حوار مباشر أو غير مباشر كل ما يعبر عن مصالح الدول الأجنبية وتحديداً المعادية لسورية، بنفس الوقت كانت كل الطروحات التي يطرحونها هي ضد مصالح الشعب السوري، وضد وحدة تراب الوطن، هذه المجموعات العميلة، وأتحدث بشكل صريح اليوم، بعد سبع سنوات تقريباً لا مجال للكلام الدبلوماسي حتى لو كان اللقاء مع الدبلوماسيين، بعد كل هذه السنوات اكتشفوا مؤخراً ، طبعاً نحن نعرف هذه الحقيقة، نعرف بأن هذه الشخصيات وتلك المجموعات هي أشباح وهمية غير موجودة، ليس لها وزن، لكن هم اكتشفوا مؤخراً بأنهم بلا وزن وبأنهم مجرد أدوات تستخدم لمرة واحدة ومن ثم تُلقى في سلة المهملات، أي مثل الأدوات الطبية تُفتح تُستخدم وتُلقى في السلة مع فارق جوهري، الأدوات الطبية معقمة، أما هذه الأدوات فهي أدوات ملوثة، وهي ملوثة لدرجة لا يمكن معها إعادة التدوير والاستخدام لاحقاً، لكن الشيء اللطيف مؤخراً أنهم بدأوا يتحدثون عن أخطاء الثورة خلال العام الماضي، مقالات وتصريحات، بأن هذه الثورة الطاهرة النقية وهم الأطهار والأنقياء ولكن تلوثوا مرة بعسكرة الثورة ومرة لأنهم فتحوا المجال للمتطرفين ومن هذا الكلام، أنا أختلف معهم في هذه النقطة، هم لم يخطئوا، هم قاموا بواجبهم، كُلفوا بمهمة العمالة وكان دورهم عملاء، في هذا المجال كادوا يقتربون من أن يكونوا معصومين عن الخطأ، من حيث الانضباط، الإخلاص، الوفاء، والاحتراف الكامل، لكنهم وقعوا ببعض الأخطاء، الخطأ الأول عندما اعتقدوا بأن السيد يُقيم وزناً للعبد، وأنا أقصد أسيادهم، الخطأ الثاني عندما اعتقدوا بأن شعباً سيّد نفسه كالشعب العربي السوري يمكن أن يقبل بأن يُسَيَّد عليه عملاء وخونة من هذا النوع، أما الخطأ الثالث فهو عندما قالوا بأن الثورة قد فشلت، والحقيقة أن الثورة لم تفشل. هي كانت نموذجاً وأنموذجاً في النجاح ، ونحن نفتخر بها، ولكن لا أقصد ثورتهم، وإنما أقصد ثورة الجيش على الإرهابيين وثورة الشعب السوري على العملاء والخونة.

وقال الرئيس الأسد: هم اعتقدوا لفترة بأنهم احتكروا مصطلح الثورة وأصبح لقباً من الألقاب غير المسموح لأحد بتداولها وكادت تصبح ملتصقة بباقي الألقاب، الأستاذ الثائر فلان، الدكتور الثائر فلان، وإلى آخره، الحقيقة لا، بالمقابل الكثير من الوطنيين في سورية نفر من مصطلح الثورة فقط لأنها استخدمت من قبل هؤلاء. لا، الثورة هي مصطلحنا ونحن ما زلنا نفتخر بهذا المصطلح ولم يُسَلّم لأحد وإذا كان أُطلق أو أُصبغت عليهم صفة الثوار فلا يعني بأنهم ثوار، الاسم لا يغير من حقيقة الإنسان، كم من شخص اسمه الأول هو على اسم أحد الأنبياء عليهم السلام ولكن ليس فيه شيء من الإيمان، نفس الشيء بالنسبة لهم، أن يكون اسمهم ثواراً لا يعني بأنهم كذلك، ونحن نقول لهم الآن بأن الثوار الحقيقيين هم النخبة الوطنية، هم النخبة الإنسانية، هم النخبة الأخلاقية، أما أنتم فإنسانياً وأخلاقياً ووطنياً  لستم أكثر من حثالة.

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Who Was Behind the Barcelona and Cambrils Attacks? Can We Trust the Official Reports? Update

Global Research, August 19, 2017

“Three fatal incidents believed to be linked to terrorism occur over a 24-hour period and a 190-mile stretch of north-east Spain” 

“Fourteen people have been confirmed killed in two attacks in Spain on Thursday. Thirteen died when a 

van was driven in to crowds on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, and one person was killed by a car in Cambrils, a coastal town 75 miles (120km) to the the south. The horrific events appear to have begun the night before, in another town 120 miles south of Barcelona.” (Guardian

UPDATE (Saturday, August 19, 13.40pm local time, 07.40am ET) 

Moussa Oukabir is dead. And now the police reports say we made a mistake, he was not the driver. There is another guy that we are going after. In the meantime two suspected drivers have been killed. One of them, according to police reports was not involved in the attacks. 

How many innocent “suspects” have been killed by the police. 

According to the latest media reports:

“The driver in Thursday’s van attack that killed 13 people in a tourist area of Barcelona may still be alive and on the run, Spanish police say.” (BBC) His name is Moroccan bornYounes Abouyaaqoub, now named by Spanish media as the suspected driver.”

Abouyaaqoub, 22, lived in the town of Ripoll to the north of Barcelona. Three people have been arrested in Ripoll and one person in Alcanar.

Oukabir had previously been seen as the main suspect – but late on Friday police chief Josep Trapero told local TV that the theory that he was the driver now “had less weight”.

A police manhunt to arrest Younes is ongoing. Will he arrested or killed like all the other suspects

According to police sources (EARLIER REPORTS FRIDAY), the alleged suspect driver of the van Moussa Oukabir, 17 years old (18 in some news reports) in the Las Ramblas attack was shot dead by police on Friday.

Latest reports:

“In the early hours of Friday police shot dead five attackers, including Oukabir, in Cambrils after the men drove a car into pedestrians, killing one woman and injuring six other people.

The attackers’ vehicle overturned and when the men got out they were quickly fired upon by police. One was reportedly brandishing a knife. Police chief Trapero said one officer killed four of the attackers single-handedly (BBC, August 19, 2017)

It is worth noting that two hours after the Barcelona terror attack, a suspect “was shot dead” after driving through a roadblock in Barcelona. According to police reports, he was killed by mistake: “He is now not believed to be linked to the attack.”

Moussa’s brother Driss Oukabir had initially been identified as a suspect when his ID was found at the scene of the Barcelona attack. Following the press reports concerning his ID, Driss went voluntarily to the police station saying that his ID had been stolen and he was not in any way involved in the attacks.

Was his brother Moussa (a suspect according to police reports) the perpetrator? Did a 17 year old have the required experience in driving a van in an allegedly carefully planned operation. (The minimum age in Spain to obtain a driver’s  licence for a car or a van is 18 years.)

Moussa is dead, dead men do not talk. But his brother is still alive.  Will he live to tell his brother’s real story?

According to the Guardian:

An official with Spain’s police union has backed up earlier reports that the teenager suspected of driving the van into crowds of pedestrians on Las Ramblas was shot dead by police during the shootout in Cambrils on Friday morning. Spanish media reported earlier on Friday that Moussa Oukabir, 17, was among the five men killed by officers after a second vehicle attack. Now, a union official has told AP colleagues in the Civil Guard police force confirmed to him Oukabir was killed in the Cambrils incident. Investigators believe Oukabir was behind the wheel of the van which ploughed into tourists in Barcelona’s city centre on Thursday, killing at least 13 and injuring 100. (Guardian, emphasis added)

(Picture: the van @KevRincon)

Timeline

The following provides a partial timeline of the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks as outlined by the Guardian. We include the Guardian quotes with relevant comments.  The Guardian timeline is indented, Our questions and comments are added beneath the indented quote where applicable (QC). In some cases the evidence is not available, in other cases the timeline provides contradictory and/or misleading information. 

Wednesday night, Alcanar 

“An explosion at a house in the small town of Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, and the southernmost point of Catalonia, kills one person and wounds 16.

Police say the blast is the result of an accumulation of gas, but do not release further details. Most injuries occur after firefighters and police officers are caught by a second blast while investigating the initial explosion.

Senior police official Josep Lluis Trapero later says the blast was related to the van attack in Barcelona the following day, and that those in the house were attempting to “prepare an explosive device”.”

QC No evidence that this event was related to the Barcelona attack on the following day 

Thursday, 5pm, Barcelona

“A white Fiat van veers off the road and into a crowd outside the Plaça de Catalunya metro station.

The driver continues down the pedestrian boulevard of Las Ramblas, a popular tourist destination, for more than 500 metres before stopping and fleeing on foot.

The smashed van is left at the foot of a mosaic by artist Joan Míro.

The attack kills 13 people and leaves about 100 injured.”

6.30pm, Vic

“In the town of Vic, 50 miles north of Barcelona, police find a second van, presumed to be a getaway vehicle.

Police say the van was hired at the same time as the Fiat used in the attack.

The perpetrator of the Barcelona attack remains at large.

7pm, ‘terrorist protocol’

“Catalan police confirm they are dealing with a terrorist attack. On Twitter they say they have “activated the terrorist attack protocol” for the region.”

QC. What evidence do they have that this is a terrorist attack? 

7.30pm, Sant Just Desvern

A man is killed when he attempts to drive through a police roadblock in the town of Sant Just Desvern, on the outskirts of Barcelona.

Initial reports say he died from police gunfire after running over two officers, leaving one with a broken leg. An official at the time ruled out a connection to the attack on Las Ramblas.

On Friday morning, the Catalan interior minister, Joaquim Forn, contradicts earlier reports, saying the man died of knife wounds not inflicted by police.

He says a connection to the other attacks can no longer be ruled out.

QC  What evidence

8pm, suspect arrested

Police confirm one suspect, Driss Oukabir, has been arrested after turning himself in.

The 28-year old Moroccan-born Spanish resident is identified from documents left at the scene. But Oukabir says his passport and ID were stolen, and that he played no part in the attack.

Oukabir is arrested in the northern Catalan town of Ripoll, 70 miles from Barcelona. He tells police he came forward after he saw his name and image being circulated in the media.

The El País newspaper says Oukabir, or someone with his ID, rented the Fiat van used in the attack.

QC: Here The Guardian report is misleading. While earlier reports by El País  (August 17) stated that the alleged suspect 28-year-old Driss Oukabir, had been arrested by the Police, El Nacional (quoted by the Daily Express) reported that the suspect: “presented himself at a Catalan police station in Ripoll to deny having any involvement in this afternoon’s attack. He claims his ID was stolen and used by the terrorists to rent one of the vans used for the attack. Local sources, confirmed by the town’s mayor, Jordi Munell, have said that the young man, who lives in Ripoll, attended the police station to deny any involvement in the events (Daily Express, August 17, 2017, emphasis added)

It is worth noting that the Daily Express report contradicts its own headlines which state that he was “arrested”, when in fact he presented himself voluntarily at the the Ripoll police station.  The headline is a Lie.

9pm, ISIS speaks out

“Islamic State claims responsibility for the attack.

Using the group’s Amaq news agency, Isis claims the perpetrators of the attack are “soldiers of the Islamic State”, but this has not yet been verified. Claims of responsibility by Isis do not necessarily mean there is a direct connection between attackers and the terrorist group.”

QC:  ISIS was behind the attacks. It was an act of retribution against the West. The media in chorus –quoting authoritative sources– claims that the choice of Las Ramblas was “part of a strategy on the part of ISIS to target popular destinations in major cities across Europe”. “We know these people [ISIS militants] go for trophies; they go for iconic sites,” said Anthony Glees, director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham.” (CBC, August 18, 2017)

Reports state without a shred of evidence that the ISIS claimed responsibility and that the attack in Barcelona was carried out by “soldiers of the Islamic State” against “countries participating in the coalition against the ISIS in Syria and Iraq (CBC, August 18, 2017). An absurd proposition: It was the Syrian government SAA forces with the support of Russia and Iran which drove ISIS rebels out of Syria. And Russia is not the target of acts of retribution led by ISIS.

The US-led counterterrorism operation initiated by Obama in 2014 was not meant to go after the ISIS. Quite the opposite: the coalition was killing civilians while providing covert support including weapons to the ISIS.

What the media fails to acknowledge is that the ISIS is a construct of US intelligence, namely an “intelligence asset”  which is supported, trained and financed covertly by Washington and its allies including Turkey and Saudi Arabia, UK, France and Israel. There is ample documentation on this issue.

The link between the intelligence services of Western governments and Al Qaeda affiliated terror organizations is crucial and cannot be denied.  An understanding of who was behind the attacks must necessarily address the issue of the “State sponsorship” of terrorism.

9.30pm, second suspect arrested

A second unnamed suspect is confirmed as arrested, according to Catalonia’s regional president, Carles Puigdemont.

The police official Josep Lluis Trapero says the second man was born in the Spanish territory of Melilla in northern Morocco, and was arrested in Alcanar, the site of Wednesday’s house explosion.

Friday, 1am, Cambrils

Police kill four alleged terrorists, and injure one, after they carry out a second attack in the coastal town of Cambrils.

Police say the attackers drove an Audi A3 car into pedestrians, injuring six civilians and one police officer.

The Associated Press reports that police said that attackers were wearing what appeared to be explosive belts.

4am, injury toll

The injured suspect in Cambrils dies, bringing the number of dead suspects to five.

Police say one of the injured civilians is in a critical condition and is in hospital.

Catalan interior minister Joaquim Forn contradicts earlier reports about the roadblock in Sant Just Desvern. He says the man, who was the owner of the car, was not driving and was in the passenger seat. He was not killed by police but rather, was stabbed to death.

Forn said a connection to the other attacks was a possibility, and that a hunt was under way to find the person who drove the car to the roadblock.

The injured suspect is dead. How did he die. Was he granted first aid? Was the injured suspect killed by the police?

8.30am, third arrest

Catalonian police say they have arrested a third suspect in connection with the attacks, in Ripoll, where Driss Oukabir had been arrested on Thursday.

9.45am, suspected van driver identified

Spanish police identify 18-year-old Moussa Oukabir as the suspected driver of the van used in Las Ramblas attack, according to reports in Spanish media.

Oukabir is understood to be the younger brother of Driss Oukabir, the man arrested in Ripoll on Thursday. Driss Oukabir is reported to have told police that his identity documents were stolen before they were used to rent the van.

It should be noted that Driss Oukabir went to the police station and told them he was not involved, claiming that his ID had been stolen and used by the terrorists.

Driss’s younger brother Moussa is the suspected driver. What does this suggest. Did Moussa steal his brother’s ID? Did Driss know, when he went to the police that his brother was involved? Or did Moussa steal his brother’s ID as a means to renting the van? If Driss had known that his brother Moussa was involved, would he have gone to the police.

Missing ID or Passport

Driss’ ID was found near the attack in Barcelona.

What is important to point out is that in five previous terror attacks including Manchester, Berlin, Nice, London, New York, a passport or ID was found by the police authorities. In most cases the alleged suspect was known to the authorities.

Is there a pattern?  The ID papers of the suspect are often left behind, discovered by police in the wake of a terrorist attack.

Moreover, according to government and media reports pertaining these five previous cases, the suspects were without exception linked to an Al Qaeda affiliated entity.

None of these terror suspects survived. Dead men do not talk.

In the case of Barcelona, the ID of Driss Oukabir  was found at the site of the Barcelona attack. In the case of the tragic events in Manchester (May 2017), the bankcard of the alleged suicide bomber Salman Abedi was found in his pocket in the wake of the explosion.

Moussa Oukabir was killed. His brother Driss Oukabir is still alive and formally under police protection.

11.30am Overall death toll rises to 14

Police say a Spanish woman has died of injuries sustained in the Cambrils attack, taking the overall toll to 14.

12.40pm, fourth arrest

Spanish media report that a fourth person has been arrested in connection with the attacks

Friday afternoon, suspects reportedly sought

The Barcelona-based newspaper La Vanguardia reported late on Friday afternoon that the police were hunting four suspects aged 17, 18, 22, and 24. It named them as Moussa Oukabir – the suspect thought to have driven the van along Las Ramblas – Mohamed Hychami, Younes Abouyaaqoub, and Said Aallaa. All live in or close to the Catalonian town of Ripoll.

See update at top of article. These suspects were shot dead including Moussa Oukabir.

All the suspects have been killed. No testimony, no controversy, the suspects are terrorists. As in previous terror attacks in Western Europe, almost without exception, all the suspects are shot dead by police.

"Success will never come from deviant"

The below post was originally Posted on  in reply to Laura Stuart a British citizen who embrased Sunni Islam and Joined Sectarian “Muslim” Brotherhood. Cosequently, Laura was a strong supportet of Hamas, Laura Stuart is one Mavi Marmara Survivors.

She supported the so-called “Arab” spring and the Anglo Zionist conspiracy to change the rgime in both Libya and later in Syria, because she and her American Brotherhod believe that success will never come for the Muslims from deviant sects in Syria, Lenanon and Iran.

Laura, and others, like their brothers in Hamas believed that Palestine shall be liberated by “REAL MUSLIM HEROS” in QATAR and Turkey

ِAccording to Abdalbari Atwan, Hamas realized its grave mistake and is in the process of re-joining  the Axis of Resistance, one upon a time they called “Axis of deviants”

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“Success will never come from deviant”

Posted on March 2, 2012

I am sure Laura have read my comment on her post : What About Syria?

She replied but here on the wrong place. I wonder why”

laura stuart said…

There are some Palestinians amongst my friends who say that Assad has helped them, this is true. But success will never come for the Muslims by expecting a solution from a deviant sect like the Shia. Success for the Palestinians will only come from Allah s.w.t. and the Palestinians of all people should know that there is no solution from any other power.

I am sure she will read my new comment, and  I hope she would comment here under this post

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So Laura, they taught you, “success will never come for the Muslims by expecting a solution from a deviant sect like the Shea”. Consequently, success will never come from deviant such as Iran, Syria an Hezbollah, nor from Hamas as long as it is allied with them.
If you believe this BS, Palestine don’t need neither your support nor the support of all those promoting sectarian wars and divisions among Muslim.

At the outset, I would remind you that you ended one of your posts titled by the verses.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا الْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَىٰ أَوْلِيَاءَ ۘبَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ ۚ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِّنكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْهُمْ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ ﴿٥١﴾[5:51]

O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.

I shall start from here

O, laura, “you who have believed,” you have to read this verses within its historic context, and with all other verses dealing with Jews and Christians. If you do, you will realize that Allah is instructing you, and your Islamists, not to take your enemies, as allies.
(It happened that some Christians and some Jews were the enemies when the verses was revealed) ,

Therefore, as a Muslem, allies such as Gilad Atzmon and Stuart Littlewood, are bothers in humanity not enemies.

YES “Success for the Palestinians will only come from Allah s.w.t.” but can you tell me from where the success of Vietnam come, the answer is from Allah, unless you believe Allah is yours, and not the lord of universe, and humans, all humans, the believers and seculars, and unless believe that Quran is addressed only to Muslims not to all Humanity (Al-nas, Al-aalameen)

Having said that, let us move forward. I hope you agree with me that “God does not change what folk until they change what is in themselves” and “If ye help Allah , He will help you and will make your foothold firm”

Let us move forward to see how we could help God so he would help us.
Would you please read the following two verses?

وَأَعِدُّوا لَهُم مَّا اسْتَطَعْتُم مِّن قُوَّةٍ وَمِن رِّبَاطِ الْخَيْلِ تُرْهِبُونَ بِهِ عَدُوَّ اللَّـهِ وَعَدُوَّكُمْ وَآخَرِينَ مِن دُونِهِمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَهُمُ اللَّـهُ يَعْلَمُهُمْ  وَمَا تُنفِقُوا مِن شَيْءٍ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ يُوَفَّ إِلَيْكُمْ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تُظْلَمُونَ ﴿٦٠﴾ ۞ وَإِن جَنَحُوا لِلسَّلْمِ فَاجْنَحْ لَهَا وَتَوَكَّلْ  ۞ وَإِن جَنَحُوا لِلسَّلْمِ فَاجْنَحْ لَهَا وَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّـهِ  إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ ﴿٦١﴾

Go to all Quran translations you will find that the verses is translated like this:

And prepare against them what force you can and horses tied at the frontier, to frighten thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them, whom you do not know (but) Allah knows them; and whatever thing you will spend in Allah’s way, it will be paid back to you fully and you shall not be dealt with unjustly. (60)

‘If they seek peace, then seek you ‘peace. FORCE And trust in God for He is the One that heareth and knoweth all things.’ (8.61)

Translation, in general, is based on Tafseer books. The above translation of verses (61), reflects how our Muslim leaders, and their puppet “scholars” used and abused the Quran to justify treason and taking our enemies as allies. The verses was used and abused by Sadat and his puppet Shaikh Shaarawi, to justify visiting Jerusalem, and the “Shalom” Camp David treaty, and to justify the so called Arab initiative, and now is used by your Islamist in Egypt, Tunis and Libya, to Justify taking Nato and the west as their allies.

The two Verses should be read together, let me do that using my mind not Sheik Arifi likes “pre-set minds” 

And prepare against them what “FORCE” you can and horses tied at the frontier, to frighten thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them, whom you do not know (but) Allah knows them; and whatever thing you will spend in Allah’s way, it will be paid back to you fully and you shall not be dealt with unjustly. (60)

Allah is asking “you who have believed,” to prepare for THEM and others besides them(Your real enemies, not the so-called “deviant sects”, look around you and you will see both THEM and OTHERS BESISES THEM) what FORCE you can…. to “frighten them and others beside them.

In other words, the first verses urges us to acquire power to prevent aggression (Frighten -not terrorize) the enemy and others beside him. In modern terms: Achieve Power Balance.

According to syrian resercher Professor Mohamad Shahrour IT refers not to Peace in vesres 61, but to FORCE in Verses 60.
And if they incline to peace, then incline to it (FORCE, not PEACE) and trust in Allah; surely He is the Hearing, the Knowing. (61)

In English “it” stands for both feminine, masculine, In Arabic Force is feminine, Peace is masculine, So if Allah is talking about peace, Allah should have used [ له not  لها]
[ قال لها أي اجنح للقوة، ولو قصد الجنوح للسلم  لقال له]

In other words: IF THEY INCLINE TO PEACE, THEN INCLINE TO FORCE, to keep the enemy frightened and prevent WAR.

Back to you Islamist’s claim that “success will never come for the Muslims by expecting a solution from a deviant sect like the Shia”.

As far as I see, only Syria and Iran are doing that, and because they did there enemies, the Zionized western countries, are in a mess, and are seeking the help of those “besides them” I mean Islamists, Arab league, the UN, to divide us. SO, get out of “them” and our of “those besides them”.

Implement your golden rule: By Your Friends You Are Known

I am sure is if you zoom out of your “Islamist VEIL” and storm your brain while reading your Quran, by your eyes and your brain, not by the eyes of puppets such as Sheik Arifi, I am sure you would understand the stupidity of Islamist idiots, and realize that the so-called deviant sects, and their Sunni Hamas (I am not sure if they will continue), are the only Muslims, following the the Quran of both Shia and Sunna.

On the opposite side, though the enemy never inclined to Peace, Arabs and Muslims took the verse 61 out of its context and inclined to peace as strategic option (Camp David, Oslo, Wadi Araba, and now indirect talks) and forget the verses 60, and if they care to acquire power, they do it to keep the western military industry running, and to use it against their people, and the so-called “deviant sect” in Syria, may be in Iran.

Sad to say that we Muslims has abandoned Quran, and our enemy is following it. Just look how the US did it after the fall of communism, and  how Israeli did it after Camp David, Oslo and also after its defeat in Lebanon and Gaza. When Arabs and Muslims inclined to peace”, Zionists inclined to acquire more force

BTW, Laura, I am not Shea, not Sunni, by birth I am Sunni, who embraced Islam at his forties

In case you missed it:

What About Syria? (Pumped)

Originally posted by UP on  

What About Syria?  asked Laura Stuart,

“Palestine was and will always remain the core issue, and to all who is concerned: Syria is the resistance cave and the conspiracy against Damascus is to fall as 2006 Israeli” aggression against Lebanon and its resistance suffered a humiliating defeat.” Nasrallah

 New Syria`s Constitution
New Syria`s Constitution
The sole Achievement of “Arab Spring” is Syrian

People are asking Laura Stuart why she do not comment on the situation in Syria, unfortunatly she replied with a vidoe as her reply with just a few comments.

Luara should asked what about Palestine? Because if the situation in Syria is dividing us all, if we are really united on Palestine, the central cause for Arabs and Muslims, Palestine should make us understand what’s goining on in Syria, and who is responsible for the killing in Syria, and should unite us all about the Situation in Syria.

Laura admitted that Bashar “has done more to help the resistance against Israel than most of the corrupt leaders of Muslim Arab lands.” 

I wonder if Laura knows that Syria was the cradle and the safe haven of resistance since early sixties. If she knows, I wonder if she knows that deep in the Syrian Mind, Palestine is an Occupied Syrian Land, that the struggle in the so-called middle east is between Greater Syria and Greater Israel.

This fact explains,

  • Why the Syrian Shaikh Ezzideen Al-Qassan martyred leading 1936 revolution is a Palestinian Hero and symbole of resistance, even for Palestinian secular factions?
  • Why Bashar “has done more to help the resistance against Israel than most of the corrupt leaders of Muslim Arab lands.”?
  • Why Syria is the living Hart of Arab nationalism as Hasser called it?
  • And why Syria is wanted now, like it was wanted in 1950’s by the Brothers of America ?
“By your friends you are known”

Zoom out of your Veal, and your Islamists and their enemies, the liberals who missed the direction, to serve the Zionist new plan to divide the divided, they checked the KING, and embalmed his regime, to secure the interests of Zionized western countries and their Zionists puppet.  Syrians did the contrary, the checked the corruptions and oppression and Kept the King to lead the Syrian Resistance Spring.

The real citizens of Syria rose up peacefully against oppression, but without missing the direction, and achieved what others failed to do.

Syrians are getting killed by Islamist thugs who either sold their souls to Nato and “Israel” (the real enemy) and their Zionists masters to prevent the Syrian Resistance Spring, or brainwashed by your Sheik Arifi , Quradawi, and Al-Qurni, the Brothers of America considering “Murdering Assad more Noble than Killing an Israeli”, calling for “killing one third of the Syrians so that the other two thirds live”

The so-called “Arab Spring” Islamists, and Librals, hijacked the popular revolutions, they are asking their master “Is it a pre-condition to recognize Israel in order to govern?”

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Senate Bill Would Criminalize BDS, Impose Prison Terms; ACLU Publishes Letter in Opposition

Sens. Kristen Gillibrand and Charles Schumer of New York are among the co-sponsors of a bill calling for criminal penalties for US citizens supporting a boycott of Israel

“We write today in opposition to S. 720, also known as the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. We understand that proponents of the bill are seeking additional co-sponsors. We urge you to refrain from co-sponsoring the legislation because it would punish individuals for no reason other than their political beliefs.”

So reads the opening paragraph of a letter published on Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act would make it a felony for Americans to support the boycott of Israel. According to the ACLU, violators would be subject to massive fines and imprisonment of up to 20 years. The bill was introduced into the Senate back in March by Sen. Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat. Since then, it has picked up a whopping 45 co-sponsors, including seven just in the past week, suggesting it has a strong chance of  passing the Senate.

A bit more from the ACLU letter:

The bill seeks to expand the Export Administration Act of 1979 and the Export Import Bank Act of 1945 which, among other things, prohibit U.S. persons from complying with a foreign government’s request to boycott a country friendly to the U.S. The bill would amend those laws to bar U.S. persons from supporting boycotts against Israel, including its settlements in the Palestinian Occupied Territories, conducted by international governmental organizations, such as the United Nations and the European Union. It would also broaden the law to include penalties for simply requesting information about such boycotts. Violations would be subject to a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison. We take no position for or against the effort to boycott Israel or any foreign country, for that matter. However, we do assert that the government cannot, consistent with the First Amendment, punish U.S. persons based solely on their expressed political beliefs.”

Co-sponsors of S.720 (you can find the full text of the bill here ) include both senators from New York, Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, as well as Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Robert Menendez,  and Lindsay Graham.

According to a report by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Grim and published at The Intercept, the bill has been strongly pushed by AIPAC, which would probably account for why so many senators have signed onto it.

“Indeed, AIPAC, in its 2017 lobbying agenda, identified passage of this bill as one of its top lobbying priorities for the year,” they write.

The also report that a similar bill had been introduced in the House at the same time as S.720, noting that the House version “has already amassed 234 co-sponsors: 63 Democrats and 174 Republicans.”

At the risk of stating the obvious, bills like this give us pause to wonder what the future may hold and whether or not we may be evolving into a Jewish-run totalitarian state. Greenwald and Grim comment that “the criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West.”

A bit more from the ACLU:

This bill would impose civil and criminal punishment on individuals solely because of their political beliefs about Israel and its policies. There are millions of businesses and individuals who do no business with Israel, or with companies doing business there, for a number of reasons. Some, like those who would face serious financial penalties and jail time under the bill, actively avoid purchasing goods or services from companies that do business in Israel and the Palestinian Occupied Territories because of a political viewpoint opposed to Israeli policy. Others may refrain from Israeli-related business based on political beliefs, but choose not to publicly announce their reasoning. Still others do no business with companies in Israel for purely pragmatic reasons. Under the bill, however, only a person whose lack of business ties to Israel is politically motivated would be subject to fines and imprisonment–even though there are many others who engage in the very same behavior. In short, the bill would punish businesses and individuals based solely on their point of view. Such a penalty is in direct violation of the First Amendment.

According to Wikipedia, Sen. Ben Cardin is Jewish. His grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants and the family name originally was “Kardonsky” before it was changed to Cardin.

Can anyone explain to me why it shouldn’t be regarded as a conflict of interest for Jewish Congress members to vote on bills pertaining to Israel? Or why there isn’t a law on the books requiring them to recuse themselves whenever such measures come up for a vote?

Can we imagine the thunderous outcry that would erupt if we had elected representatives of Slavic or Russian extract introducing bills giving away huge sums of money–in the billions of dollars each year–to Russia, or mandating criminal penalties on anyone calling for a boycott of Russia?

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