قرار سوريّ إيرانيّ بتغيير قواعد الاشتباك ‏وحزب الله يسجّل هدفه الذهبيّ…!

محمد صادق الحسيني

أكدت مصادر مواكبة لقمة ‏باقري – ايوب التي انعقدت الأسبوع الماضي في دمشق ‏بأنّ قراراً سورياً إيرانياً بفتح جبهة الجولان قد اتخذ في هذه القمّة العسكريّة على مستوى أركان جيوش البلدين…

‏وأضافت المصادر بأنّ العام 2021 سيكون عام تحرير الجولان من لوث الاحتلال الصهيونيّ… وانّ غرفة عمليات المقاومة اتخذت قرارها والمشاركون في التحرير

‏سيكونون بالإضافة الى الجيش العربي السوري الذي سيكون هو عماد جيش التحرير كل من الحرس الثوري الإيراني وسائر الحلفاء ومنهم بشكل خاص قوات فاطميّون المعروفة في أدائها الاستشهادي الفذّ على امتداد معارك تطهير سورية من الإرهاب..

في هذه الأثناء فإنّ الأنباء الميدانيّة الواردة من أرض الصمود والمقاومة وكسر احتكار السلاح على إيران وسورية تفيد بأن نهاية السيطرة الجوية الاسرائيلية باتت قاب قوسين، بعد أن صار بإمكان حلف المقاومة هناك ضرب الطائرات الإسرائيلية وهي خارج الأجواء السورية بعد أن زوّدت طهران دمشق ‏بمنظومات من الدفاع الجوي الإيراني المقتدرة المحليّة الصنع والتي إحداها هي باور 373 الذكيّة المتقدّمة جداً والتي تحاكي أس 300 الروسية والتي تمّ التدرّب عليها من قبل رجال الدفاع الجوي السوري.

منظومة ‏»باور» هذه والتي تعني بالفارسية العقيدة، قد تمّ نصبها على الأراضي السورية وبإمكانها أن تكشف طائرات الخصم على بعد 350 كم وتصطادها من مسافة 250 وتضربها من مسافة 200 كم وهي على علو 27 كم…

هذه الخطوات المشتركة التي اتخذتها القيادة العليا السورية الإيرانية أخيراً ورافقتها بمجموعة خطوات ميدانية مهمة للغاية ستغيّر بالتأكيد في قواعد الاشتباك على الأرض، كما في السماء السورية…!

وتبقى العين على لبنان التي تنتظر حصول مفاجآت وإنجازات كبيرة في مجال انتصار المقاومة على مشروع الحصار المالي والاقتصادي الأميركي الغاشم…

وفي هذا السياق كلكم يتذكر ما سبق وذكرناه قبل أسابيع بأنّ مصادرنا الخاصة أفادت في حينها بأنّ الأسابيع المقبلة ستكون حافلة بالتطورات المفاجئة والمتلاحقة، والتي ستُتوّج بإنجاز «استراتيجي» غير مسبوق لحزب الله يُجبر الإدارة الأميركية فيه الى اتخاذ قرار «صادم» بمنزلة «هدف ذهبي» لصالح سورية ولبنان، باكورة مفاجآت محور المقاومة في الحرب الاقتصادية الجديدة…

والحقيقة انّ كلّ هذا بدأ يتبلور منذ ان قرّر الأمين العام لحزب الله سماحة السيد حسن نصر الله ردّ الصاع صاعين للأميركيين ولوّح لهم بالخيارين الصيني والإيراني…

الأمر الذي أجبر الأميركي أن يفكر بخطوط العودة سريعاً عن قراره بخنق لبنان آخذاً بالتقهقر خطوة خطوة محاولاً تسجيل تراجعات تكتيكية لعله ينقذ بعض ماء وجهه الذي سال بين أقدام رجال المقاومة في لبنان في زحمة تسارع استعدادات الحزب وحلفائه في السلطة والمجتمع لعمليات المقاومة الشاملة بوجه الحصار…

فلكم أن تتصوّروا مثلاً بداية مشهد السقوط الأميركي على الشكل التالي:

يقرر الجنرال كينيث ماكينزي قائد قوات السنتكوم أي القيادة المركزية الأميركية التي هي بمثابة أهم اعمدة الجيش الأميركي ومقرها الدوحة والتي كان مقرها هايدلبرغ في المانيا والتي كانت مسؤولة عن انتزاع صكّ الاستسلام من المانيا النازية نهاية الحرب العالمية الثانية والمسؤولة حالياً عن الجيوش الأميركية من الجزر البريطانية حتى الصين…

هذا الجنرال العظيم يقرّر أن يحتفل بقتلاه قرب مطار بيروت الذين سقطوا بالمئات في العام 1983 على يد الاستشهاديين الخمينيين، فإذ به يفشل في ذلك فشلاً ذريعاً ويضطر للهرب على متن حوامة الى سفارته في عوكر…

ومن ثم يظهر في ما بعد متسللاً الى القامشلي في شمال شرق سورية ليجتمع بقائد عصابة كردي متخصص في سرقة النفط السوري والمتاجرة بالمواشي والحبوب وبقايا داعش…

ليختفي من المشهد جاراً ذيول خيبته عائداً الى بلاده بخفي حنين…

ثم تبدأ سفيرته في «الحج» إلى رموز حلفاء حزب الله فتبدأ بالرئيس نبيه بري متمنية عليه تهدئة الموقف، لكنه يسمعها كلاماً قاسياً تخجل ان تظهر بعدها على الإعلام، ومن ثم تكر المسبحة فتذهب الى حسان دياب رئيس حكومة حزب الله كما كانت تسمّيها الذي يبقيها بدوره على الغداء، لتخبره قرار واشنطن بتجرّع الخيار العراقي للتجارة النفطية مع لبنان من خلال إعفاء تتبلّغه من قيادتها في واشنطن حول تطبيقات قانون قيصر الظالم خوفاً من أن يقع لبنان في حضن إيران الجمهورية الإسلامية فتفقد أميركا آخر حصة لها في هذا البلد الذي يرهقها منذ ثمانينيات القرن الماضي…

ويستمر التراجع والاندحار خطوة بعد أخرى، ليخسر الدولار الأميركي وهجه ويتسارع في الانخفاض أمام العملة اللبنانية رويدا رويداً…

في هذه الأثناء تفيد الأخبار بأنّ وزير خارجية فرنسا الشريكة في حصار لبنان من خلال سيدر وغيره، هو الآخر قادم الى لبنان نهاية الاسبوع ليحجز لبلاده مقصورة ذهبية في قطار الهزيمة الاقتصادية التي لحقت بالغرب امام صلابة الموقف اللبناني القائم على ثلاثية صمود الحزب والحكومة وجمهور المقاومة من أمة أشرف الناس…

إنّ ما يحصل في اللحظة التاريخية الراهنة هو ما كنا نتوقعه وقلنا وقتها جنرال الصبر سيهزم رعاة البقر..

وإن واشنطن ستضطر بالتراجع عن حصارها وسيسجل حزب الله هدفاً ذهبياً في الشباك الأميركية وها هو في طريقه للحصول…

قد تبرر واشنطن تراجعها هذا بكونه ليس الا تراجعاً تكتيكياً، لكن الواقع سيسجل ما حصل على جبهتنا بمثابة مكسباً استراتيجياً كبيراً في المواجهة الشاملة بين حلف المقاومة وحلف الاستكبار العالمي بقيادة الشيطان الأكبر…

والأيام المقبلة ستشهد المزيد سترضخ أميركا لفتح الحدود بين لبنان وسورية وفتح الحدود بين الأردن وسورية… وفتح حدود دول المشرق على بعضها، بحجة الإبقاء على «شعرة معاوية» مع لبنان الذي يسير وإن بخطى بطيئة، ولكنها ثابتة باتجاه الشرق الكاسر للأحادية الأميركية الممتد من طهران حتى بكين مروراً بباب المندب…

وأخيراً وليس آخراً فواشنطن هذه هي من أوعزت للصراف الآلي القطري وأخواته الخليجيات لوضع بعض الودائع في المصارف اللبنانية أو منح بعض التسهيلات للبنان الدولة ولبنان حكومة حزب الله كما يصفونها…

بعد ان كانت ودائع هؤلاء تخدم ماكينة تفريخ القاعدة وأخواتها من داعش والنصرة بعد ان خسروا تلك الحرب على المقاومة من بوابات الشام وعلى تخوم بغداد واسوار صنعاء…!

انه زمن الانتصارات الذي وعد به سيد المقاومة منذ ان وعد أيضاً بأن زمن الهزائم قد ولى، ونحن على أعتاب الاحتفال بوعده الصادق منذ 14 عاماً وتحقيق وعده الصادق الجديد الذي سيرى النور في أقرب الآجال.

انهم يرونه بعيداً ونراه قريباً.

بعدنا طيّبين قولوا الله…

دمشق تنتصر مجدّداً

البناء

أيهم درويش

لا تقاس الضربات بحجمها بل بمدى تأثيرها، من هنا أصبح واضحاً لدى السوريين أن ما تواجهه سورية اليوم شديد القسوة، قسوة الإرهاب طيلة السنوات التسع الماضية، فلا قذائف الهاون ولا الصواريخ ولا الإجرام، ولا اصطفاف نحو مئة دولة في الحرب الإرهابية ضدّ سورية، كل ذلك لم ينل من إرادة السوريين ولم يفتت من عزيمتهم، واليوم، يواجه السوريون إرهاباً اقتصادياً يشي بفصل جديد من الحرب على سورية، وهذه المرة من بوابة «قانون قيصر».

الضغط الاقتصادي يأتي دائماً مرادفاً للحرب النفسية، ولذلك نرى أن الإجراءات القسرية الأميركية ضد سورية تتخذ منحى الحرب النفسية على قاعدة أن ما يعانيه السوريون سينتهي عند خضوع دمشق لشروط الولايات المتحدة، في وقت لا تريد الولايات المتحدة أن تمرّ أيّ عملية سياسية أو إعادة للإعمار إلا عن طريقها، وتشدّد الخناق على السوريين بالعقوبات مدعية حماية المدنيين.

الإرهاب الاقتصادي الذي تمارسه الولايات المتحدة بحق السوريين، لا بدّ أنه سيواجه بالإرادة ذاتها التي واجه السوريون بها الإرهاب التدميري، كما أنّ حلفاء دمشق لن يتوانوا عن دعمها، وهناك طرق كثيرة لكسر الحصار الأميركي، وما يميّز علاقة سورية بحلفائها، وقوفهم الدائم في مواجهة سياسة القطب الواحد الذي تمارسه أميركا لتمرير مشاريعها الاستعمارية في المنطقة، هذه العلاقة القوية بين الحلفاء ظهرت بشكل خاص عندما لم تلتفت إيران للتحذيرات الأميركية، وأرسلت رغماً عنها ناقلاتها النفطية المحملة بالنفط لفنزويلا والقطع اللازمة لمساعدتها على ترميم منشآتها النفطية. فالناقلات الإيرانية لم تتراجع أمام التهديدات التي أطلقها الأسطول الأميركي، بل أصرّت على إيصال الدعم لحليفتها مهما كلفها الأمر، لتوجه رسالة بأنه من غير المسموح وقوع أي دولة حليفة تحت الهيمنة الأميركية.

لقد سبق أن وقفت سورية إلى جانب إيران، وإيران اليوم قوة إقليمية كبرى وقفت مع سورية في مواجهة الإرهاب ورعاته، كما أنّ روسيا الاتحادية تقف ذات الموقف، والذين وقفوا الى جانب دمشق وآزروها في الحرب على الإرهاب العسكري، مستمرون في الوقوف إلى جانبها لإفشال الإرهاب الاقتصادي.

دمشق تأخذ بعين الاعتبار قسوة العقوبات الاقتصادية التي تفرض عليها، وهي تتقدّم بخطى واثقة لتحويل العقوبات إلى فرصة للنهوض بالصناعة والزراعة وعلى كل المستويات. وتتخذ كلّ التدابير والإجراءات لتمويل ودعم عملية النمو الاقتصادي، وزيادة الناتج المحلي الزراعي والصناعي، من أجل تتويج انتصارها على الإرهاب العسكري بانتصار آخر يسقط مفاعيل الإجراءات الأميركية القسرية.

Nasrallah: Syria triumphs, Israel is waging an imaginary war

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Date: 26 June 2020

Author: lecridespeuples

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on May 13, 2020, on the occasion of the commemoration of the martyrdom of Hezbollah Commander Mostapha Badreddine, known as ‘Zulfiqar’, killed in Syria in May 2016.

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Translation: resistancenews.org

Summary:

  • Syria has already won the war, even if there are still some minor battles to be fought
  • Having failed militarily, the enemies of Syria strive doubly hard in their diplomatic, economic and psychological warfare
  • There is no dissension between the allies of Damascus, nor a struggle for influence between Iran and Russia
  • News of Bashar al-Assad being sidelined is just propaganda
  • There are no Iranian armed forces in Syria, just military cadres and advisers
  • Having bet everything on the terrorists, Israel sees its defeat and fears the recovery of Syria and the threat it will pose to the occupation of the Golan and the very existence of the Zionist entity
  • The so-called Israeli campaign against the Iranian presence in Syria is nothing but window dressing aimed at reassuring Israeli opinion and providing cover for attacks on the Syrian ballistic power
  • Israel presents as a victory a simple redeployment of forces due to successive victories over almost the entire Syrian territory, and a reduction in air movements between Iran and Syria due to the coronavirus
  • Iran, Hezbollah and other Resistance movements will never leave Syria
  • Israeli incursions into Syria are caused by worry, fear and adventurism, but can lead to uncontrolled escalation and regional war

This video only subtitles the last section of the transcript below, ‘Israel in Syria

Transcript:

Syria won the world war against it

[…] Today we can say that Syria won this war. In previous battles, when great achievements were made, such as after the liberation of Homs, Damascus, the South and even Aleppo, it was said that Syria had won the war, and analysts and specialists in strategic issues said no: Syria had won one (or more) battles, but had not (yet) won the war. Because a war is made of many battles: you can win a battle, lose another, win a third, lose the fourth, but all that does not (necessarily) mean that the whole war is won, or that the whole war is lost.

Today, in all simplicity, and via an objective and genuine assessment (of the situation), whoever goes to Syria and travels there —except for the politicized Arab (and Western) media—, whoever goes to Syria, in its provinces, in its cities, in its villages and boroughs, in all the regions currently in the hands of the State, anyone who observes the overall situation in Syria can easily affirm that Syria won the war, although there are still some battles going on. It should not be said that Syria has won one, two or three battles, and has lost one or two others, and that the war is still going on, without it being clear whether Syria will win it or not, no. The fair and accurate strategic assessment is that the Syrian leaders, the Syrian army, the Syrian State and the great majority of the Syrian people who stood firm in this struggle won this war.

Of course, there are still a few battles left, military or political, which require persistence and continuity of action, whether in Idlib, East of the Euphrates or certain areas North of Syria, but this is only a partial, limited and circumscribed part (of Syria). Syria has triumphed over partition projects, Syria has won this war, and suffice it to say that the objectives of this world war (against Syria) for which, according to their own admission, hundreds of billions of Arabian dollars have been spent —the dollar is American, but it is the Arab (countries) that have paid the bills; if this money had been spent for the good of the Arab peoples of our region, they would have extricated them from ignorance, poverty, misery, illiteracy, diseases, and the said funding countries (Saudi Arabia, etc. ) would not face financial incapacity in the face of the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic as they do now—, thousands of tons of weapons and ammunition, tens of thousands of terrorists and takfiris who were brought from all over the world, dozens of international conferences, etc., etc., etc. They have deployed everything, done everything, absolutely everything, to achieve their objective in Syria: sectarian or political slogans, incitement (to racial or religious hatred), everything that the front of Arrogance (imperialism) and its instruments were able to mobilize in terms of resources and ideology, everything they could do against Syria, they did. And Syria, through the perseverance of its leaders, its army, its people and the State, and thanks to the presence and perseverance of its allies by its side, managed to win this war.

And that is why today, when we talk about our martyr leader, Sayed Mustapha Badreddine, and our other martyrs in Syria, we feel, in addition to the consequences for their afterlife and their (eminent) position close to God the Most High and the Exalted as martyrs, we have the feeling that their blood has borne fruit and enabled these results to be achieved, and that the objective for which they went to fight and for which they sacrificed their blood, their peace and their life, and for which they made unremitting efforts night and day, this goal was achieved and it is before our eyes today.

Economic, diplomatic & psychological warfare

I will now raise some points (concerning Syria). The first point is that naturally, what (the enemies of Syria) have been unable to achieve militarily, they have been trying for the past few years to obtain it politically, through political pressure on the Syrian leaders, on the allies of Syria, on Iran, on Russia, on those who stand alongside Syria, through international relations, through the UN Security Council, through intimidation, threats and tempting promises, so that the allies of Damascus will abandon Syria. But all of this has failed so far. And we know that sometimes the political battle is just as intense as the armed struggle. And sometimes its dangers are even greater, and require all of our vigilance and attention. Syria is still plunged into political war and is facing political pressures which, so far, have failed to achieve any of their goals.

Naturally, and I come to the second point, after the failure of the military war and the impotence and the ineffectiveness of the political war and the political pressures in achieving any objective at all, the front of Arrogance (imperialism), the American despots and their Allies resorted to other means, namely psychological warfare on the one hand, and sanctions and blockade on the other. With regard to psychological warfare, a very broad front has been open for years against Syria, and lately there has been an intensification of psychological warfare, some aspects of which I will touch on in a moment. Likewise, the sanctions and the state of siege against Syria are increasing, and they are betting on the economic consequences (which they hope get unbearable for Syria and its allies). The coronavirus has added to these pressures, but this pandemic is not specific to Syria: the pressures of the coronavirus are weighing on the whole world. Today, those who besiege Iran, Syria, Venezuela and other countries, Gaza, Yemen, etc., are starting to suffer the economic consequences of the coronavirus themselves. We have all seen the catastrophe hitting the United States, the countries of Western Europe, as well as certain countries in our region (Saudi Arabia, etc.). In any event, it is also a means of attacking Syria, namely economic pressures, sanctions, the state of siege against Syria.

With regard to the sanctions and the blockade, we place our hopes on the endurance of the Syrian leaders, the Syrian State and the Syrian people, just as they persevered in the face of the military and political war. What gives us hope is that Syria is a country endowed with human capital and colossal possibilities; the Syrian people are full of liveliness, the wealth and innate means of Syria are many and huge. Before the crisis, Syria was not a debt-ridden or weak country, nor was it a country brimming with wealth, but its economy was entirely viable. In some Arab countries, millions of people live in cemeteries, but no family lived in a cemetery in Syria. Anyway, in the economic battle, the livelihood battle, the financial battle, we have good hope in the endurance and initiative of Syria, just as we trust Syria to succeed against the psychological battle.

Tensions between Syria’s allies ?

With regard to the psychological battle, I would like to give an example, before addressing my last point concerning Syria. Part of the psychological battle concerns the situation of the allies, and we often hear that the allies of Damascus have started to abandon Syria. (According to these rumors), Iran would be entangled in its internal situation and would prepare to abandon Syria. Russia, because of the pressures, its internal situation, such pressures or such problems or I don’t know what other rubbish, would abandon Syria. All these words express only dreams and hopes that we have been hearing for years, and some have been disseminated as if they were information, etc., but they were only aspirations (US / Israeli / Saudi wishful thinking).

Among the talking points of the current psychological warfare, let us quote again the recurrent remarks that we find in the media of the Gulf and certain Western media —the Western media are more reluctant to diffuse these reports, because they try to preserve the (little) credibility they still have— about an Iranian-Russian power struggle in Syria. There is no hint of truth in it. I said at the beginning of my speech that I was going to talk about Iran again. In the two points that remain for me to address (on Syria), I will clearly point out certain sensitive points which concern the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Neither the Islamic Republic of Iran, nor Hezbollah, nor the Resistance factions from different countries —Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. ; yes, Resistance movements came from these countries and fought in Syria alongside the Syrian Arab Army, the Syrian people and the Syrian popular forces, and are still present there… The Islamic Republic of Iran is not fighting for influence against anyone in Syria. Neither against Russia —regardless of what Russia is doing— nor against anyone. The position of the Islamic Republic in Syria was clear from the beginning: its (only) goal was to prevent the fall of Syria under American-Israeli control, and under the control of the instruments of Arrogance (imperialism), our common enemy. This was Iran’s goal, and nothing else. The Islamic Republic does not seek any influence in Syria, it has no aims and no greed in Syria, and has no desire to interfere in the internal affairs of Syria. Iranian interference in Syria has never existed, does not exist and will never exist with regard to internal Syrian issues, whether in the form of the regime, government, laws, the State… Iran will never do anything that some other States (especially the imperialist and neo-colonialist West) do, in any case. All that mattered and still matters for the Islamic Republic of Iran is that Syria remains in its (pro-) Arab, (pro-) Islamic, (pro-) Resistance position, that it preserves its identity, its independence, its sovereignty, its unity, that Syria remains a noble and dignified, persevering fortress, does not submit to American and Zionist hegemony, and does not compromise on its rights (over the Golan). This is all that Iran wants in Syria, no more no less. And that does not enter into any struggle for influence with anyone.

Certainly, to be completely frank and sincere, there may be differences between the allies as regards the definition of certain military or ground priorities, political questions, at the level of negotiations, etc. But this in no way leads to a struggle for influence, because the decisions of the Islamic Republic are categorical as regards the position alongside the Syrian leaders (who have the final say on all matters), Iran complying with what they determine and accept. The Islamic Republic has a position of support towards the endurance, the persistence, the maintenance and the independence of Syria, and its resilience in the face of projects of hegemony and control over it, and of liquidation of the Axis of Resistance in the region. In this regard, I would therefore like to reassure the masses & supporters of the Resistance in the Arab-Islamic world: in Syria, there is no struggle for influence between Iran and Russia, so we could say that the front of the allies and supporters of Damascus is plagued by internal strife or is in withdrawal. This is absolutely not true.

Israel in Syria

The other point I also wanted to talk about concerning Syria and Iran in Syria, and the Israeli enemy in Syria, is the Israeli aggressions and the Israeli project in Syria. Especially in the past few weeks, the Zionist Israeli Minister of War (Naftali Bennett) is trying to brag and present (false victories) to the Israeli masses, lying to them and misleading them, and also to the public opinion in the Arab-Muslim world —and there are also Arab media that spread these lies and falsifications—, in order to highlight the imaginary victories and achievements of Israel in Syria at the expense of Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Axis of Resistance. I want to talk about it a bit, and it may be the first time that I do it in such a frank and detailed way, even if it will be synthetic.

During the first years (of the war in Syria), from 2011, Israel bet on the (terrorist) armed groups. The relations of the armed groups —especially in the south of Syria— with Israel are absolutely undeniable: exchange of information, financing, supplies, medical care, aid and support of all kinds, up to transit, all this is well known and obvious. Israel has been active in the war in Syria since 2011, and has counted & invested heavily on those who fight the regime in Syria. Israel had a whole set of objectives, the highest of which was the fall of the regime and the liquidation of the current administration (of Bashar al-Assad). But there were several other lesser goals.

When this war against Syria failed, and the Zionists understood that their instruments and the horse on which they had bet had failed in Syria, and that they had lost the war… They are still fighting in Syria, but they lost the war, as I just explained. The proof is that all of southern Syria, the vast majority of which was under the control of armed groups, which cooperated with Israel, was assisted by Israel and were Israel’s allies both openly and secretly, they all left, and some left Syria via the Zionist entity. We don’t forget their buses at night.

The Israelis therefore understood that their objective (to bring down the regime) had failed. They therefore aimed at a new objective, namely to fight against a new danger which appears to them, new dangers which will emanate from the situation and the victory in Syria. What are these new dangers? Some reside in the Syrian Arab forces themselves, in the Syrian army and in the Syrian military capabilities, especially with regard to ballistic capability and the manufacture of precision missiles. And that’s why we see that Israel is attacking everything related to the production of missiles in Syria, because he considers that the ballistic capacity and the manufacture of missiles constitute a (enormous) force for Syria, and obviously also for the Axis of Resistance.

Israel therefore considers Syria as a future threat, Syria which has stood firm during all these years in the face of a universal war waged against it: if Damascus regains its strength and regains its health, and develops its military, human and material capabilities, this will give Syria prevalence in the region and in the Arab-Israeli struggle. Therefore, Israel considers Syria as a threat, a future threat: Syria may not be a current threat, because it remains entangled in its internal situation and the few battles that remain to be fought. Likewise, Israel views the presence of Iran and Resistance factions in Syria as a threat. Israel is worried about Syria, Israel is afraid. Israel is terrified of what the future holds for it in Syria. This is the true description of the situation.

So look at the way Israeli officials express themselves about the Golan Heights, claiming that in southern Syria, for example, Hezbollah has a certain presence and a certain activity, and is trying to create a structure (of Resistance), with the help, silence or complicity of the Syrian authorities, cooperating with young Syrians (combatants) in order to recover the Golan and attack the Israeli occupation in the Golan. And all this while nothing important has happened yet. But this simple assumption, this simple fact created an atmosphere of terror within the Zionist entity, and sometimes pushes it to escalation measures which can lead to unforeseen and dramatic consequences (an open regional war). This indicates that Israel behaves towards Syria from a position of worry, fear and terror in the face of the consequences of the great victory in Syria. You have to keep that in mind in the first place.

Israel has therefore announced a goal in Syria. He cannot declare that he strikes Syria and the Syrian army, even if that is what he is doing concretely. Israel has therefore announced a goal linked to the Iranian presence in Syria, and the presence of Hezbollah, even if he insists above all on the Iranian presence. So they launched a campaign under the slogan “We want to expel Iran from Syria.” And their stupidity is such that it prompted the Israeli Minister of War, Naftali Bennett, to go so far as to set a timetable, promising that before the end of 2020, he would have ended the Iranian presence in Syria. So remember this deadline and count the months that we have before the end of the year to see what will happen to the promise of this stupid minister.

Israel has therefore worked to achieve this goal. What did they do, apart from the international, regional and domestic incitement, and the attempt to present the Iranian presence in Syria —which I will describe in detail— as having gone from a factor of assistance to a burden for Syria, which is a gross lie? They began with airstrikes and air operations which occasionally hit means of transport, warehouses or certain locations in Syria. This has been happening for years, and I never talked about it (in detail).

What is new? The new thing is that Israel goes astray, tricks its people and deceives the opinion in our region (and in the world) —and we are always fighting this battle to raise public awareness by revealing the truth—, trying to present certain details like the proofs of his victory in Syria and the beginning of the defeat of the Axis of Resistance or the Islamic Republic of Iran, the beginning of our exit and withdrawal (from Syria).

What are the clues and evidence that Israel puts forward? For several weeks, certain Israeli officials, media and analysts have been propagating these statements, even if other Israeli analysts say that these statements are inaccurate and just for show —and the latter are the ones who are right. Israel has spoken of several points (put forward as evidence of an Iranian withdrawal from Syria):

1/ the number of troops: the “Iranian (armed) forces”, to use their expression, would have greatly decreased in Syria;

2/ certain bases that have been evacuated, returned (to the Syrian authorities) or abandoned;

3/ the concentration of efforts on eastern Syria and the presence in the region of al-Boukamal, Deir Ezzor, etc.

The conclusion of all of this, (if we are to believe the Zionist enemy), is that the result of intelligence operations, military actions and aerial bombardments carried out by Israel, have largely fulfilled their objectives: Iran would leave Syria, the Iranians would be in full withdrawal, Hezbollah would retreat, and this moron (Bennett) believes he achieved an historic exploit which he trumpets  at every occasion, predicting the full achievement of this objective before the end of 2020. Just see how he spreads these lies and fools public opinion.

Let me show you the real situation. First, regarding the situation on the ground, Israel keeps talking about the presence of “Iranian (armed) forces”, but in Syria there have only been Iranian military advisers and experts since 2011. I would like to say that they were present even before 2011 alongside the Syrian Arab Army and alongside the Resistance in Lebanon (Hezbollah), and after 2011, they remained, and due to the events, their number increased. But there are no Iranian military forces in Syria. When we talk about Iranian military forces, we mean one or more battalions, one or more units, legions, etc. That is what we are referring to when we talk about the armed forces.

There are a number of military advisers and experts in Syria, the number of which has increased with the events (since 2011). They had and still have a very important role:

1/ providing support and advice to the Syrian armed forces;

2/ managing groups of Syrian, Arab and Islamic popular forces which they train, arm and lead in the various battles in progress;

3/ coordinating operations with Resistance movements, including Hezbollah;

4/ coordinating the logistical support operations provided by the Iranian defense ministry to the Syrian defense ministry.

These Iranian advisers are not Iranian (armed) forces. It is not an Iranian armed presence.

You see, the Israelis announced a nonexistent, illusory, imaginary goal, similar to the objective of successive American administrations to prevent Iran from manufacturing nuclear weapons, while the Iranians do not have nuclear weapons and do not want to obtain nuclear weapons. In Syria, Israel is waging an imaginary battle to prevent Iranian forces from being present in Syria. While in Syria there are only Iranian military advisers and military experts. Despite all the difficulties, the situation in Syria in no way requires the arrival of Iranian (armed) forces in Syria.

To be frank and honest, at one point, a real discussion took place on this subject with the Iranian leaders, and at one point, for a few months, certain Iranian armed forces came to Aleppo, for 2 or 3 months. But apart from this exceptional case, there have never been Iranian forces in Syria, and I say and repeat that there are only advisers, in the number required by the situation: there may be more or less according to the needs of the field, and many of them fell martyrs —some could put forward this argument as proof of an armed presence; but it’s because these advisers were on the front lines alongside the Syrian Arab Army and Resistance factions, fighting and participating in battles, in the manner of the school of their commander of the al-Quds Forces, the martyr Qassem Soleimani, may God the Most High be pleased with him. This is therefore the real and precise description of the situation.

Secondly, naturally, as the battles were won, whether for the Iranians or the factions of the Resistance, and sometimes even for the Syrian army, when the battle or the threat ended in a region, there was no longer any reason to maintain a presence of combatants or military bases, nor our positions on combat axes and front lines. At one time, the fighting was taking place (simultaneously) in Homs, in the rif of Damascus, in Damascus, in the East of Homs, in the suburbs of Aleppo and in Aleppo itself, in Idlib, in the south of Syria, Badiya, al-Boukamal, Deir Ezzor, etc. It was therefore natural to have a presence (of the armed forces) in all these regions. While on the coast, there were no battles, and there was therefore no reason to have this presence.

When the province of Homs was liberated, this presence ceased. Same thing when the battles in Damascus and in the rif of Hama ended, as well as in southern Syria, in Palmyra and in the Badiya. If the Syrian army, of which it is the country, wanted to maintain a certain presence in certain barracks, to take the necessary precautions (to face a possible resurgence of the terrorists), that made sense; but as for the auxiliary forces, whether Iranians, Hezbollah or other factions of the Resistance, it is quite natural that they left this region, maintaining only the minimum of personnel, of combatants and of material there as a precaution. There would have been no reason to maintain the same number of forces, the same bases, etc.

For about two years, when this victory became clear, especially after the liberation of the Badiya and the opening of the highway to Aleppo, and the end of the battle in Damascus, in the rif of Damascus and in the south, the (Syrian & allied) forces gathered (in the last places of activity of the terrorists). The presence of many Iranian advisers was no longer required, and so they returned to Iran. Likewise for a number of Hezbollah fighters and cadres in Syria, whose presence was no longer useful, so they returned to Lebanon. Many of our Iraqi brothers and other nationalities were no longer required, so they returned home.

The situation in Syria having become very good, (what would have been the point of maintaining all this presence)? Some bases and barracks have always remained empty, and had been prepared in case there was a need for additional manpower. Many bases and barracks were no longer useful because there were no more fights, and were therefore abandoned. It all started two years ago or more, and has nothing to do with Israeli operations and attacks in Syria. It has nothing to do with the Israeli strikes in Syria. And that has nothing to do with the martyrdom of brother commander Hajj Qassem Soleimani. It started under his leadership, and the current leadership of the Al-Quds Forces (IRGC) continues the same program it began operating over two years ago.

Likewise, Hezbollah and the rest of the factions of the Resistance have started to do the same for more than two years, namely to decrease the troops, decrease the number of (active) bases, decrease the presence, because Syria begins to recover, Syria has won, the Syrian Arab Army has won, many frontlines no longer exist, the battles having been definitively won there. This is the truth.

Today, when anyone talks about a downsizing of foreign forces in Syria… Let me give you an example for Lebanon. At some point I announced that on the whole axis of Qalamoun, we ended our presence (that used to be massive), keeping only one or two positions. Same thing for the whole axis of Zabadani. All was done in coordination with the Syrian army. Is this an Israeli success? Or is this fact explained because the Syrian army and the Resistance won all the battles in these regions, as well as in the rif of Damascus, in the rif of Homs, etc. What would be the point, once the fighting is over, of staying on the mountains, in the cold, in the heat, what good is it to mobilize and use resources, etc. All that would be useless, it would be a waste of material and human resources. When the fighting is over, all we have to do is pack up and return to our main front, namely southern Lebanon (facing Israel).

The pseudo-evidence put forward by Israel today, namely the issue of the reduction of troops in Syria, the total or partial evacuation of certain places, bases or positions, this is only due to the fact that the presence there would no longer make any sense, as for example in Damascus or around Damascus, where the fighting has stopped. It is quite natural that the military presence should go to al-Boukamal, Deir Ezzor, Aleppo, Idlib, because the front lines are there, and there is no more fighting elsewhere. The remaining battles are there, so those who want to help must go there and not sit (arms crossed) in Damascus.

The pseudo-evidence advanced by Israel in no way proves Israeli successes, but proves the victory of Syria, the victory of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the victory of Hezbollah, the victory of the Axis of Resistance in Syria. This victory in the war involves, as with any army and any military force in the world, a redeployment of forces in accordance with new responsibilities and new challenges, in the light of our achievements and victories.

More so, a sign of the imbecility and lies of the Israeli media is that they have tried to explain the fact that for example, lately, the movements between Syria and Iran have decreased somewhat —air freight, the movement of airplanes—, and this has also been put forward as evidence of the Israeli military successes in Syria, while these claims are nothing but lies and falsifications. The cause is the coronavirus. The covid-19 which impacted the US military, European armies, and even the army of the Israeli enemy itself, which canceled maneuvers, training, and large military parades planned to celebrate the anniversary of the victory of 1945, and it is only natural that the pandemic also affects Syria, the Islamic Republic, ourselves and everyone.

To summarize this point, by way of synthesis before evoking the internal situation in Lebanon in the minutes that I have left, I would like to address the Israeli public to invite them to check their information and not to believe the lies of their leaders, who put forward imaginary victories in Syria, whether against Syria or against Iran. Admittedly, Syria suffers prejudice, just as Iranian advisers, Hezbollah and the Resistance in Syria are affected by the Israeli aggressions, which the Syrian, Iranian and Resistance leaders consider as they should —I don’t have time to speak in detail about our point of view on the issue, I will do it another time if necessary—, but the Israelis need to know that what their leaders are saying is only lies, deception and illusions, purely imaginary achievements. And if Israel continues on this path, they can make a mistake or a blunder that would blow up the whole region.

As for the announced objective, namely to expel the Iranian presence —the military advisers, and not the pseudo Iranian forces, as I explained— or even to expel Hezbollah and the Resistance from Syria, this objective will never be achieved, o Zionists. This objective will never be achieved. These advisers are present following a joint decision by Syria and Iran, and the Resistance movements are present at the request of the Syrian leaders and in accordance with the will of the Resistance movements themselves, and all those who, since 2011 to date, have sacrificed thousands of martyrs and suffered thousands of injuries, will not be defeated or deterred by an air strike or an assassination here and there. They will remain firmly on their positions, and will not abandon the battlefield or the place under any circumstances. This goal is unachievable.

These are just illusions that you live in your imagination; you are engaging in sheer adventurism, and at any moment, you can make a serious error in Syria that you will regret bitterly. […]

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عامر التل: سورية وحلفاؤها سيفاجئون العالم‎ ‎بانتصارهم مجدّداً في مواجهة «قيصر» أميركا

البناء

اعتبر رئيس تحرير شبكة «الوحدة» الإخبارية في الأردن عامر التل انّ هزيمة الولايات المتحدة الأميركية وحلفائها العدو الصهيوني وبعض الأنظمة العربية والعثمانيين في سورية والعجز عن تحقيق أهداف المشروع التفتيتي الذي وضعوه لسورية، دفعهم الى إرهاب من نوع آخر وهو الإرهاب الاقتصادي من خلال ما يُسمّى قانون قيصر.

وأكد التل في تصريحات صحافية انّ هذا التوحش الأميركي يؤكد مرة جديدة سقوط الولايات المتحدة من عالم الإنسانية، وأنها باتت إلى جانب العدو الصهيوني العنصري الاستيطاني الإرهابي، العدو الأول للإنسانية جمعاء، لأنها من خلال هذا التوحّش تتعمّد تجويع وقتل شعب بأكمله، بحجج واهية لا علاقة للإنسانية وكلّ القوانين والمواثيق الدولية.

وقال: انّ التداعيات السلبية لهذا الإرهاب الاقتصادي لن تقتصر على سورية فقط وإنما ستمتدّ لتشمل حلفاء سورية والمشرق برمته وخاصة الأردن الذي يعاني من أزمات اقتصادية متلاحقة.

واشار الى انّ حجم التبادل التجاري في الأشهر الأولى لفتح الحدود بين البلدين يبيّن انّ الأردن صدّر الى سورية بـ 30 مليون دولار مقابل استيراد الأردن من سورية بـ 19 مليون دولار ما يؤكد انّ الأردن سيتضرّر في حال الالتزام بما يسمّى قانون قيصر.

ودعا الى تشكيل مجلس التعاون الاقتصادي المشرقي ليشمل الأردن وسورية والعراق ولبنان لمواجهة هذا الإرهاب الأميركي .

وأشار إلى أنّ الكاوبوي الأميركي لم يقف عند حدّ معاقبة خصومه، فهو يهدّد بالعقوبات لحليف أميركا دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة في حال استمرارها بالانفتاح على دمشق .

وأكد انّ سورية وحلفاءها سيفاجئون العالم بخطة اقتصادية سياسية تتضمّن الحلول لكلّ المشاكل التي تعاني منها سورية وستظهر نتائجها الإيجابية ويلمسها الشعب السوري قريباً بحيث يشعر بها المواطن السوري قريباً.

ولفت إلى أنّ الشعب السوري الذي علّم البشرية أبجدية الحرف سيعلّم العالم مرة جديدة كيفية التصدّي لهذا الإرهاب الأميركي المستجدّ، كما علّم العالم كيفية الصمود والتصدي للعصابات التكفيرية، ها هو يحقق الانتصارات المتتتالية على صهاينة الداخل والخارج.

وأعرب التل عن ثقته بحكمة الرئيس بشار الأسد والقيادة السورية وشعبنا في سورية والجيش السوري البطل قاهر الإرهاب ومعهم حلفاء سورية على التصدي على هذا التوحش الأميركي وهزيمته كما هزموا الإرهاب التكفيري قبله، وانهم لن يسمحوا بتحقيق ما عجزت عن تحقيقه في حربها الكونية عليها.

صراع المعادلتين: “ارحلوا عنا أو تُقتَلُون»‏‎ ‎في مقابل «استسلموا أو تُقتَلُون»!؟

العميد د. أمين محمد حطيط

في أعلى درجات الوقاحة والفجور سنّت أميركا قانون قيصر لخنق سورية وفرضت تطبيقه على كلّ من يتعامل معها وبرّرت سلوكها بالقول إنه من أجل حماية المدنيّين، وهو ادّعاء كاذب طبعاً، حيث لا يخنق المرء حتى الموت مع الادّعاء بأنّ الفعل من أجل إحيائه.

لقد شنّت أميركا على سورية أبشع حرب اقتصادية تطالها منذ عقود بقصد أن تحرمها من انتصاراتها وتسلبها أو تمنع عليها استثمار تلك الانتصارات التي دفعت ثمنها دماء زكية وجهوداً مضنية ومعاناة قاسية خلال عشر سنوات خلت، وتريد أميركا أن تمنع إعادة إعمار سورية لتمنع عودتها إلى حياتها الطبيعية والانطلاق مجدّداً في مسار الدول الحديثة التي تؤمّن الرفاه لشعبها وتحقق الندّية في التعامل مع الآخرين دون استتباع أو تبعية أو هيمنة إلخ…

قانون قيصر عدوان اقتصاديّ أميركيّ يروّج له بأنه ضدّ سورية فحسب، لكنه في الحقيقة يطال سورية وكلّ العالم المتعامل مع سورية اقتصادياً، إنه قانون أميركي يُراد منه عزل سورية كلياً عن دورة الاقتصاد العالميّ ومنعها من التعامل مع الخارج في أيّ سبيل أو طريق، وهو يطال لبنان كأول متضرّر منه لأنّ التزام لبنان به يؤدّي كما تريد أميركا إلى إقفال الحدود البرية مع سورية ليس في المعابر غير الشرعية التي كثر الحديث عنها وإيلائها أهمية لا تستحقها، بل وإقفال عملي للمعابر الشرعية عبر التهديد بالعقوبات لكلّ اقتصادي أو متموّل أو رجل أعمال يجتاز تلك الحدود ببضاعة أو بمال أو بخدمة أو بقصد استثمار في سورية.

ولا تكتفي أميركا في ارتكاب هذه الجريمة فحسب بل إنها تضيّق الخناق على لبنان في مسألة عملته الوطنية من أجل الإضرار به أولاً ثم التضييق على سورية ثانياً وهي تدير عبر منظومة «جبهة أميركا في لبنان» حرباً نقدية تشكل فرعاً من فروع الحرب الاقتصادية التي يتعرّض لها لبنان بحجة محاصرة المقاومة، تنفذ هذه الحرب مع معرفة أميركا بتأثيرها على المواطن اللبناني – كلّ مواطن – ثم تصرّ عليها راسمة معادلة أولية: «التجويع للتركيع»، أما المعادلة الأساسية التي تريدها أميركا من حربها التي تستعمل خدمة للمشروع الصهيوأميركي العام فهي «التجويع للاستسلام» التي تقود إلى نزع سلاح المقاومة وتفكيكها، ما يمكن من دفع لبنان إلى التنازل لـ «إسرائيل» في البر والبحر في الأرض والماء والنفط، فتكون أميركا بذلك عاقبت مكوّنين من محور المقاومة بضربة واحدة مؤمّلة النفس بأن تحقق لها تدابيرها الاقتصادية الكيدية ما عجرت عصابتها الإرهابية في سورية وقبلها الحرب الصهيونية على لبنان عن تحقيقه.

فأميركا بكلّ بساطة تقول للبنان وسورية “تستسلمون أو تموتون جوعاً“. وهي معادلة تنطوي بشكل واضح على التخيير بين الموت على درجة واحدة تكون عبر الموت جوعاً أو الموت على درجتين تكون الأولى منهما بنزع السلاح ومصادر القوة تليها الثانية بالقتل والاعتقال والتصفية. أميركا تخيّر المقاومة وبيئتها بين الموت أو القتل. هذه هي بكلّ بساطة ووضوح معادلة أميركا بعد هزيمتها في سورية وعجزها عن تحقيق أهدافها في وجه محور المقاومة.

وتعتقد أميركا بأنها بهذه المعادلة الإجراميّة التي تنتهك حقوق الإنسان وتنتهك قواعد وأحكام القانون الدولي، والتي تعتبر ضرباً من ضروب الجرائم ضدّ الإنسانية، ويمكن تصنيفها بأنها جريمة إبادة جماعية، المعادلة التي تخيّر المقاومة بالتخلي عن سلاحها وإنجازاتها تمهيداً لاجتثاثها بشرياً، وتتصوّر أميركا أنها ستنجح في معادلتها، خاصة أنها مطمئنة إلى وجود من سيتطوّع لخدمتها في الداخل اللبناني أو في الإقليم ويكون معها في حربها ضدّ المقاومة، ويصدّق مقولتها بأنّ سلاح المقاومة هو سبب المشكلة الاقتصادية وانّ الحلّ يبدأ بنزعه.

بيد أنّ ردّ المقاومة لم يتأخر وعشية البدء بتطبيق قانون قيصر جاء الردً حاسماً وصاعقاً على لسان الأمين العام لحزب الله في لبنان، ردّ فهم المدققون فيه والخبراء الاستراتيجيون الذي يغوصون في كلام السيد فهموا فحواه وما رمى إليه ورأوا بأنه ردّ باسم محور المقاومة كله يرمي إلى تزخيم المواجهة وعدم التراجع بأيّ قدر، فهو ردّ يقول لأميركا بأنّ معادلتها مرفوضة، وبأنّ تجويع جمهور المقاومة وشعوب دولها مرفوض، وبأنّ نزع سلاح المقاومة مستحيل وبأنّ مَن يحلم بذلك فهو واهم أو مشتبه وأنه يبني على الظنّ العقيم.

وصحيح أنّ السيد نصرالله احتفظ لنفسه بنص المعادلة التي تطلقها المقاومة في مواجهة معادلة العدوان الآنفة الذكر أيّ معادلة «استسلموا أو تموتون جوعاً» أو بصيغة أخرى «استسلموا او تقتلوا»، فإنّ رفضه للاستسلام والتسليم لأميركا ورفضه لصيغة أخرى من جدار المكر الإسرائيلي المسمّى «الجدار الطيب» في جنوب لبنان، وتمسكه بسلاح المقاومة لأنه مسألة وجود ومسألة حياة أو موت وتهديده للعدو الذي يستعدّ لقتل المقاومة وجمهورها وشعوب دولها، تهديده له بالقتل متوعّداً له ثلاث مرات بالقول «سأقتلك»، يعني بكلّ بساطة انّ المقاومة صاغت معادلتها في وجه معادلة العدوان، وبات المسرح اليوم محلّ صراع بين معادلتين… معادلة العدوان الأميركيّ التي تقول للمقاومة وشعوبها «استسلموا أو تقتلون» ومعادلة المقاومة الدفاعية التي تتضمّن «دعونا وشأننا وارحلوا أو تقتلون».

وكما انّ تطبيق معادلة العدوان يشمل كلّ يد تمتد للعمل مع المقاومة ودولها وشعوبها مهما كان العمل أو التعامل، فإنّ معادلة المقاومة الدفاعية ستكون موجهة في تطبيقها أيضاً لكلّ مَن يخدم العدوان في فعل أو سلوك، لأنّ العمل بالمعادلة الدفاعية الجديدة لن يكون محصوراً في جهة أو طرف بل سيكون مفتوحاً على كلّ الاتجاهات والمستويات والأهداف في ما تصحّ تسميته بكلّ ثقة بأنه «حرب شاملة» لا يستبعد منها طرف او موضوع او مكان.

وعليه نرى انّ المنطقة باتت بين احتمالين لا ثالث لهما… الأول أن تفهم أميركا جدية معادلة المقاومة الدفاعية وتتجنّب المواجهة وتتراجع عن عدوانها وتحفظ نفسها ومصالحها وحلفاءها وعملاءها في المنطقة بدءاً من الأفراد صعوداً إلى الكيانات، أو تصرّ على غيّها وتجازف بالدخول في حرب مفتوحة شاملة مع المقاومة، حرب لا تستثني عدواً او حليفاً او عميلاً لأميركا او مصلحة لهم في المنطقة، أما حلم أميركا بالتركيع عبر التجويع فهو حلم لن يتحقق والأشهر الخمسة المقبلة ستحمل الجواب حول أيّ احتمال ستكون عليه الأمور.

*أستاذ جامعي – خبير استراتيجي

Caesar: Another Failing Attempt to Restrict Syria, Hezbollah

Caesar: Another Failing Attempt to Restrict Syria, Hezbollah

By Nour Rida

On Wednesday, the United States is due to bring into effect the toughest set of sanctions on Syria, as part of the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act. The Caesar act is a law that was passed in December of 2019 and allows the American administration to impose sanctions on foreign companies, countries, and people who do trade or transactions with Syria.

Mainstream media outlets describes the law’s main intent is as “to punish Bashar al-Assad’s government for atrocities committed against the Syrian people,” using negative ideology to shape the story according to the US political agenda in the region.

The mainstream narrative of Western media is a penetrating medium, capable of creating false consciousness among the viewers. This is something many peoples of Western countries know by now. Looking back at media reports, one can see how positive ideology to describe the Bush administration was used as he was classified as ‘friendly’ and a ‘liberator’ at the time he invaded Iraq. This is one simple example of how media manipulates words and discourse to serve its own goals. Lest we forget the Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria that killed and raped and destroyed across the country regardless of the religious or ethnic background of the people; the US administration would call them “Syrian opposition” and legitimizing their existence and violence.

Back to the topic, today media reports call Syria an oppressive regime and the US claims it stands by the Syrian people by imposing the Caesar act. Words matter, but they cannot change history. The Caesar act imposed on Syria carries the same goals of the US backing and support of terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq throughout the past few years; stopping Bashar al-Assad from supporting the resistance movement in Lebanon of Hezbollah. Hezbollah is the only force by far that has been able to defeat ‘Israel’ and prove its vulnerability.

As said earlier, looking at the geopolitics of the region, it is obvious that the main target of the Caesar act is the Hezbollah resistance movement which constitutes a threat to the ‘Israeli’ apartheid regime. The act aims at breaking the Syrian will and causing uproar across the country as it puts pressure on the people.

The Caesar act seems to be paired with another attempt to cripple the resistance or weaken it that was overlooked by the media. It comes under the pretext of bolstering surveillance capacity of the UNIFIL inside Lebanon. UN chief Antonio Guterres said in a report that video surveillance and sensors already deployed, Guterres called for thermal-imaging cameras, hi-tech binoculars and drones which could strengthen the UNIFIL surveillance capacity.

In a report published Tuesday ahead of the mission’s renewal in August, Guterres said the UNIFIL criticized by the United States and ‘Israel’, needs to be “more agile and mobile” in particular on the Blue Line separating Lebanon from Occupied Palestine.

Guterres said the changes could come from “replacing some heavy infantry functions used for day-to-day activities with reconnaissance functions” using smaller “high-mobility light tactical vehicles and reconnaissance vehicles with improved monitoring capacity.”

The UN head also said he wanted to see construction of observation posts and for UN troops to have modern technology to collect and analyze data and improve their communications. Amid such demands skepticism rises on the real need of such equipment at a sensitive time and place.

Back to the sanctions, what the US has still not realized after its experience of imposing sanctions on Iran- an ally and supporter of Syria and the resistance in the region, is that it has failed to achieve its goal of destroying the resistance and its allies. The attitude of Syria would be similar to that of Iran, the sanctions will probably be an incentive to achieve self-sufficiency. Yes, choking Syria’s economy will hurt and will cause the troubled economy of Lebanon also to deteriorate further, but what does not kill someone only makes him stronger.

It is worth noting that this is not the first time the US imposes sanctions on Syria. In 1979, the US considered Syria a ‘supporter of terrorism’ as it stood by The Islamic Republic of Iran after its victory and overthrow of the US-backed Pahlavi regime. By imposing the act, the US again aims at toppling the resistance axis in the region or bringing about what it calls “change in attitude”.

“The new US sanctions will be far broader in terms of their sectoral targeting, but also, critically, will involve US targeting of other countries and businesses seeking to do business with the Syrian government in a bid to ensure Syria’s tightening economic isolation,” Julien Barnes-Dacey, director of the Middle East and North Africa program at the European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR), told Al Jazeera.

It is true that imposing sanctions on Syria will make things tough and strangle the reconstruction of the war-hit country after around 9 years of Takfiri terrorist groups destroying Syria, but the US and its allies must keep in mind that Syria has the potential and the infrastructure to reactivate its agricultural and industrial activities. So for media outlets that have been exacerbating their campaigns and picturing Syria in starvation and famine, keep in mind that the Syrians will always manage to have food on the table despite all pressure.

Hezbollah for its turn is the main target behind all this. “Impose sanctions on Syria, force the ending of transactions and import into Lebanon, force the end of Syria-Hezbollah cooperation and it is all sorted out.” This is far from being accurate. The resistance forces in the region including Hezbollah are immune against such attempts. Some Lebanese factors are cooperating with the US and ‘Israel’ to disarm Hezbollah, but that remains to be an unrealized dream. Resistance in face of occupation is a right, and standing up for oneself is an act of self-defense.

That is one important thing to keep in mind. Another important issue to remember is that the US is in decline and this is a fact today. Russia, China and Iran will not abandon Syria and its people. Lebanon as well, stands before the option of moving towards the East, where it can find its way out from American pressure. Whether it is fiber optics and pipe gas lines, the silk road project, the trade corridor designed to reopen channels between China and countries of Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe, these are all considered as potential for cooperation between Syria, Iraq, Iran, Russia, China and Lebanon (if its political factions agree to turn their back to the US and its dictations). It takes bravery, consent and a political decision to stand in face of US coercion, and as the US power declines by the time such a scenario of shifting towards the East and abandoning the US supremacy becomes possible.

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

By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proofread by:  Maurice Brasher and  C.G.B.

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