Syria’s Grand Mufti Hassoun Discusses Peaceful Coexistence, Love, and an Inclusive, Nonsectarian Syria

By Eva Bartlett
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DAMASCUS, SYRIA — On October 2, 2018, I met with the Grand Mufti of Syria, Dr. Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun, a scholar and the highest official of Islamic law in Syria, who assumed the position of grand mufti in 2005.

Dr. Hassoun’s (archived) website notes that in addition to his title of grand mufti, his other positions include, “Chairman of the Media Committee of the Higher Consultative Council for the Rapprochement between the Islamic Schools of Thought, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.” Essentially meaning that the mufti focuses on interfaith, and inter-sect, dialogue.

His speeches routinely focus on the theme of rapprochement or, more generally, coexistence and love. He takes a firmly anti-sectarian stance, and supports the removal of barriers between sects, in order to achieve national unity.

Yet Dr. Hassoun’s detractors — most often aligned with NATO, Gulf, Turkish, or Israeli interests — accuse him of supporting terrorism. These claims emanate from a mistranslated version of a speech Hassoun gave in 2011 following the assassination of his son Saria just days before. The translation was provided by MEMRI, an organization founded by former Israeli intelligence officials that translates political speeches from Arabic into English.

Dr. Hassoun has long since addressed the accusation, including in a November 2011 interview with Der Spiegel, in which he clarified:

I didn’t threaten to send suicide bombers. I merely described a scenario in which it could easily emerge from the situation, and I warned against what could happen. Sentences were taken out of context and given a different coloring. Besides, the context to which my remark applied was a self-defense situation: a possible NATO attack on Syria.”

As I wrote previously, Dr. Hassoun spoke of the murder of his son Saria, “’…who had never carried a weapon in his life” and was gunned-down as he was leaving his university:

In a public address at the funeral the next day, Mufti Hassoun, while weeping, forgave the gunmen and called on them to lay down their weapons and re-join Syria. The following day, he received a text message saying the assassins would kill him as they had killed his son.

A year later, when two of the gunmen were caught, the Mufti went to speak with them. Again bestowing his forgiveness and asking only to know why they had murdered Saria, Mufti Hassoun learned that the assassins were simply following orders from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and were paid for their dirty work, one thousand dollars per person. Embodying the forgiveness he preaches, the Mufti asks for their pardon and release.”

My conversation with Dr. Hassoun touched on Syria’s rich mosaic of cultures and faiths; Syria’s history of plurality and coexistence; the role of the media in shaping narratives on Syria, and the issue of Western sanctions on Syria, sanctions that specifically hurt the Syrian people — depriving Syrians of access to medicines, cancer treatments, medical equipment, even ambulances.

Mufti Hassoun is described in Western media as one of the most powerful figures in Syria. In my experiences, he is one of the most humble, approachable and compassionate figures, beloved by Syrians of all faiths.

Below is a translated transcript of my interview with Mufti Hassoun

Eva Bartlett (EB): First of all, I’d like to thank you, Mufti Hassoun for your time today and for meeting with me.

Mufti Hassoun (MH): I would like to thank you because you were able to penetrate through the lies of the media, and come to Syria several times to report an authentic image of what has been happening in Syria.

Because the media, as President Trump put it, can be bought nowadays. The media write what they are told, not the truth.

Whereas you, Eva, you insisted on coming to Syria to see the truth and to report what is happening in Syria, and in Gaza, and in places where the fire of wars is raging.

You refused to lease your mind. You wanted to see the truth, and that is what I wish from all journalists in the world. [I wish] that journalists were never traders of values and principles, whose dignity and values can be bought. So they write what they are told, and report what they are told, not the truth.

The truth will be known to people through history. And God will hold us accountable for it [the truth] if we believe in God. And history will also hold us accountable.

So Eva, I have highly respected you since the first day you came. It wasn’t enough for you to listen to what I said and my words. You went on the streets, mixed with the people, went to Aleppo, went to Latakia, visited people in their homes.

You took the words from the supporters and the opposition listened to both parties and wrote the truth, that Syria is oppressed and that Syria has wonderful people. And that in Syria, there is no conflict between the people and the government.

The conflict is between the values and civilization that Syria enjoys [on the one hand], and those who want to drive people backwards [on the other hand] to a version of Islam that is not Islam, and to values that are not values. They want to enslave the people.

Thank you, Eva. I hope you will become a role model for free journalism, and for a noble, impartial, media, to report people’s pain and their hopes. Thanks to you, and to a father and a mother who raised you to become a truth seeker, and not one to follow others.

EB: How can Syria combat the sectarianism that is being thrust upon it by Saudi and Gulf television channels, and by their sheikhs (religious leaders), and by their muftis.

MH: Syria is a civilized country — it embraces all the civilizations of the world because it is the gate to the Orient. So [historically] those who wanted to go to China from Europe passed through Syria. And those who want to go back to Europe pass through Syria. Syria a hundred years ago was far bigger than Syria today. In Syria in 1900, 118 years ago, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria were one country. One bank, one currency, one president, and one nation. There were no religious minorities in it. The reason is that it is the land of Abraham, and Abraham was the forefather of all prophets. He was the forefather of Moses, and of Jesus, and the forefather of Muhammad, may prayers and peace be upon them.

Therefore, Syria embraced those divine messages. So, in one family, you can find a Christian, you can find a Muslim, you can find a secularist, you can find a capitalist and you can find a socialist.

Syria embraced everyone. And it also embraced ethnicities like the Arabs, the Kurds, the Syriacs, the Assyrians, and the Arameans. One could hear many languages: Arabic, Armenian, Chaldean, and Aramaic. One could find people from all over the world. If you went to its churches in Palestine, which was part of Syria at the time, you could find in these churches a Greek monk, a French bishop, an Aramean bishop, a Chaldean, an Arab, all of them in the churches praying together.

And if you went to the Aqsa mosque, you would see the Arabs, the Kurds, others from all ethnicities or regions, such as Egyptians and Libyans, inside the Aqsa Mosque. There were no ‘minorities’ in Syria. Syria is a nation in which all ethnicities are gathered. Therefore, when they [imperialist nations] divided it in 1900 into four countries, they wanted to create conditions for establishing countries on an ethnic, religious, and racist basis, which fight one another.

After the division, we did not fight with Lebanon, nor did we fight with Iraq, nor did we fight with Jordan, nor did we fight with Palestine.

They went to the world and told them that Solomon’s Temple was in Palestine. Come to Solomon’s Temple… I am very surprised by these words, that Solomon’s Temple, or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, or the Aqsa Mosque, or the Kaaba, gather all the people of this religion in this country!

That means every Jew should be in Palestine, every Christian should be in Bethlehem, and every Muslim should be in al-Aqsa. This is untrue! Exalted God is in my heart, and in the heart of that Jew and that Christian. God is in our hearts. He is not in the church, nor in the temple, nor in the Kaaba. Thus began this religious, extremist ideology, by making countries fight one another for hundreds of years, and kill one another in the name of God.

The difference between war in the name of religion and war for money or oil is that with war for oil, when you put your hand on oil wells, the war ends. When you control politics, the war is over. But when it comes to religion, here is the problem: the fight will go on for hundreds of years.

The reason is that wars become “holy.” This is what happened 500 years ago when Europe came to wage war in Syria and in Palestine. If you asked those fighters who came from Norway, Italy, France and Britain, “Why did you come to Syria?” they would say: “We came to save the tomb of the Messiah.” To save the tomb of the Messiah. And we could ask them: “Is Jesus buried in the ground? Jesus is in Heaven. So why are you fighting for a tomb that is empty?”

But the clergies used to fuel these wars to profit from them, and politicians used to work with them, so they could be leaders and kings.

The war in Syria, which has been going on for the last eight years, started for similar reasons. It is a war to divide Syria into ethnicities and sects, and to weaken it.

Like what they did in Lebanon. In Lebanon in 1960, and before 1960, the president was Maronite, and the prime minister was Sunni, and the president of the parliament was Shia, and they did not fight.  They were one family.

But, after the Lebanese war, Lebanon was divided into four divisions: There was a Sunni state, a Durzi state, a Shia state, and a Maronite state. It was a big lie. Syria entered into Lebanon, eliminated the borders, and withdrew.

We were surprised by the war on Iraq. From long ago, Iraq has had Sunnis, Shias, Kurds, Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs. They are there in Iraq. Iraq is a country that houses nations. They have always integrated and coexisted.

[Paul] Bremer came and established their constitution. That constitution is a sectarian and racist constitution. That constitution states that the president of the republic should be a Kurd, the prime minister should be a Shia, and the president of the parliament should be a Sunni.

Am I electing a bishop for a church or an Imam for a mosque depending on his being a Kurd, a Sunni, or a Shia? I am electing a person to govern the state and serve the people. So when I say that the president of the parliament must be a Shia, and the prime minister be a Sunni… Why Sunni or Shia?

He must be an Iraqi citizen. He must be a Syrian citizen, whether Christian or Muslim.

Today, the president of the parliament in Syria is a Christian. Where is the problem? Eighty years ago, the prime minister was a Christian, Faris Al-Khouri. Where is the problem?

Syria has held on to this humanitarian notion that the children of this country are not minorities. There are tens of Yazidi villages, they are originally Zoroastrian. There are Christians of all sects. There are Sunnis of all doctrines. There are Shias of all doctrines. There are sects from all ethnicities.

They are all a population of 23 million citizens. They have the right to vote. They have the right to occupy any rank in the government, like the Ministry of Defense. One is never asked whether he is a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew, Sunni, Shia, or an Arab, or a Kurd, or an Assyrian. As long as he is a Syrian citizen.

For this reason, the war was started in Syria. Because it is a civil and secular state, but not non-religious. Syria respects religions and acknowledges everyone’s religion, and has a law that protects everyone’s religious and ethnic rights.

The Armenians, who came from Armenia after the wars that were waged there, we didn’t say to any of them: ‘abandon your language.’ There are Armenian schools. There are Syriac schools. Along with Arabic, they study Armenian and Syriac. They did not lose their identity.

All this hatred to Syria is because it did not submit to the European or American division that was imposed on Iraq and Lebanon. France imposed this ethnic and religious division in Lebanon.

Regarding Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait, they do not have the same diversity that exists in Syria. They are states based on clans. Let’s take al-Hijaz, the state of Hijaz.  Al-Hijaz, since the time of prophet Muhammad (prayers and peace be upon him) until one hundred years ago, was the home for all Arab tribes, from Najran to Dammam, to Abha, to Khamis Mishait, to Ma’an. All Arab tribes lived there, and all those tribes were Muslims.

When the Saudis came into power, they replaced the name of the country al-Hijaz with the name of the family. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Therefore, the country was no longer for the nation but for a family.

Syria is a nation, and does not belong to the Assad family. Syria is for the nation, and does not belong to al-Quwatli family. Syria is for the nation, and does not belong to Amin al-Hafiz. (Al-Quwatli and al-Hafiz were presidents of Syria). Syria is a nation.

Saudi Arabia — a part of which was called Hijaz — was a country for all Arab tribes, before a single tribal name was imposed on them.

That is why these countries do not know the meaning of the sectarian and ethnic diversity that we know in Syria. Diversity gives you power, it gives you richness. When there are Kurds, Armenians, Christians, Muslims, Jews and the secular, they all each think in their own way.

So, when they sit together they produce a wealth of ideas and culture. There, they don’t accept a different opinion. For example, I used to go to al-Hijaz to perform Hajj [pilgrimage] with a group of Syrians. I wanted to deliver a speech to them; it’s forbidden: ‘You should not speak. The speaker must be a Saudi.’

Whereas, in Syria, we welcomed the Saudi, the Egyptian, the British, and the American, in our cultural centers and we would listen to them, and listen to their speeches.

I myself received in my mosque, al-Rawda mosque in Aleppo, members of parliament from all over the world. Even one of the Philippines’ presidents visited us. Austria’s minister of foreign affairs visited me in the mosque and listened to the sermon, and we listened to their words.

We have no objection to listening to the other. Whereas, those countries are racist and religious countries. [They] don’t accept other religions, and not only other religions, but also other doctrines.

For example, the Wahhabi doctrine — they don’t accept other doctrines. In Syria, we have a mufti for the Shafie school, a mufti for the Jafari school, a mufti for Hanbali school, and a mufti for the Maliki school. As long as there is a group, it has its own religious doctrine.

There is a patriarch for the Orthodox, a patriarch for the Syriacs, and a patriarch for the Catholics. This is their natural right.

In Saudi Arabia, such a thing is prohibited, unless [the mufti is] a Sunni Salafist. These days, you [Saudi Arabia] receive around 3 or 4 million Muslim pilgrims from all over the world. There are Sunni pilgrims, Shia pilgrims, Sufi pilgrims. As long as he [the pilgrim] is speaking to his group, it is his right. So why do you prevent him [from doing so]?

In Syria, this is the intellectual freedom they wanted to get rid of with this sectarian war, where they said: ‘This is Alawite, this is Sunni’ … and that the government in Syria is Alawite.

Who says that Alawites are not Syrians, and not Muslims, or not sons of this country? If they had studied only the word ‘Alawite,’ [they would have found] that it means a spiritual Sufi Muslim who loves [Imam] Ali and does not hate others. This is the meaning of the word ‘Alawite.’

And the Druze, they are the Unitarians; [they are] a Muslim nation called the Unitarians, whose forefathers build al-Azhar [mosque].

The Jafari Shias are the followers of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq whose forefather is the Messenger of God [Muhammad].

The Sunnis, their sheikhs were the students of Jafar al-Sadiq. All of them. Imam Malik, Imam Abu Hanifa, were students of Jafar al-Sadiq.

What you see today of religious division is not religious; it is political division hiding under a religious cloak to control people by coercion, not by thoughts, nor by mind, nor by culture. ‘There shall be no compulsion in the religion’ (The Qur’an 2:256).

This is the main difference between us [Syria] and other countries.

EB: My next question dovetails with your response, because I had wanted to note how the Saudi mufti is sectarian, and has called for the churches on the Arabian peninsula to be destroyed, whereas I recall that Reverend Ibrahim Nseir told me that when his church was destroyed by terrorists in Aleppo, the first person to call him was Mufti Hassoun, who said: ‘Don’t worry, Reverend, we will rebuild your church.’ So, there is a stark difference between the ideology and mentality of this Wahhabi, Saudi, mufti, and Mufti Hassoun – who, I believe – is it correct to say you consider yourself Mufti of all Syrians?

MH: First of all, what is happening in Syria, the demolition of churches and mosques … they destroyed both churches and mosques. They are not defending a religion; they are fighting to destroy the Syrian state, and to destroy this humanitarian fabric that is present in Syria.

Therefore, they tried to demolish Tadmur [Palmyra]. Palmyra has nothing to do with Muslims or Christians. They tried to loot Syrian artifacts that go back five thousand, ten thousand years, including the ruins of Afamia and other ruins in Syria. So, they are trying to wipe out history in attempts to build a future. This future that they are trying to create is built on ethnic, sectarian, doctrinal and racist bases, where people kill one another.

And this is what you can see today in Israeli society. Israeli society has extremist and non-extremist components. There are neighbourhoods in al-Quds [Jerusalem] and neighbourhoods in Tel Aviv where one can walk and not feel they are in a civilized country, but a regressive one that goes back a thousand years. Long hair, beards. At 6 p.m. every Friday, no one is seen in the streets. It is prohibited to walk in the streets because God rests on Saturday, therefore people have to rest, too.

Why do you impose your opinion compulsorily on people when God says: ‘There shall be no compulsion in religion’?

The extremist Jew is like the extremist Muslim, whether this Muslim is a Sufi, Salafi or Wahhabi. The extremist is the one who wants to impose their beliefs on others and say, ‘You are all kuffar [disbelievers] except me. I’m the believer.’  Whether they are Christians, Muslims, or Jews, the extremists consider others as ‘kuffar.’

The extremist Jew considers the Israeli prime minister a disbeliever. And the extremist Christian considers Christians who don’t regularly go to church as disbelievers. And the extremist Muslim considers ones who belong to a different Islamic doctrine as disbelievers, not only the ones who belong to a different religion.

The Protestant does not see the Orthodox as a believer, and the Orthodox believes that the Protestant has renounced Christianity.

We consider everyone as believers, and God is the one who will judge me for my faith, because the place of faith is in the heart, not the church, nor the mosque. How many a person goes to the church or the mosque, but with no faith?!  And how many a person has faith but has never been to a church or a mosque, and he is reconciled with exalted God?

How many a person has never been to Bethlehem, nor to the Wailing Wall, or to the Kabba, but to God, he is a believer?

Therefore, this extremism in the world is due to the political and economic dominance over the religious sphere. Politicians and economists want to dominate the religious and human sphere to govern people in the name of the divine, to the extent that people will start kissing the hand of the president or king because he is the son [descendent] of Muhammad (peace be upon him). Or because he represents Jesus, or because he represents Israel. People will submissively kiss the hands of this rabbi, that sheikh or mufti, or that priest. They love this.

Whereas for me, I believe that all people of the world, seven billion people, are my brothers. They fall into two groups. Those who believe and walk with me on the same path, these are my healthy brothers [who are in the right]. The other group do not walk with me on the same path, those are my ill brothers [who are in the wrong]. My duty is to offer them medicine and love, not to call them criminals or disbelievers. I have to show them the path. Those who walk beside me and take the medicine, it is their decision. Those who refuse to take the medicine, it is also their decision. It is you who are in pain.

This is what makes me, in Syria, not represent any sect or religion or ethnicity. I am a son of Syria. My forefather, 500 years ago, might have been a Kurd, or my other forefather or foremother a Turk. My forefather might have been from the tribe of Tai, and my mother’s lineage might have descended from the tribe of Thubian, and my other forefather might have been from the tribe of Hashim. This is not important to me today. What matters is how to save Syria.

Fourteen hundred years ago, Syria as a whole was Christian. Before Islam came here, all Syrians from Gaza to Antioch were Christians. [Before that] the Byzantines came to them from Greece; they were pagans 2,000 years ago.

When Jesus came with his message, Syria was divided into two groups: the indigenous Christians, and the pagan invaders. Islam arrived and some Christians, like al-Ghasasinah and other big tribes, remained Christian, and the rest embraced Islam. They were of one big tribe, some of them remained Christian and others became Muslims. They coexisted.

When the Commander of the believers, Othman bin Affan, was martyred, his wife, Naila bint Qerfais, was a Christian from Kufa [Iraq], and her father was a Christian cleric.

In Syria, we have this broad vision of thought, and that is why they are waging war on us. They want our thoughts to be narrow and closed. No. We will keep calling out: ‘Praise be to the Lord of the worlds,’ not the Lord of the Muslims, nor the Lord of Christians, but the Lord of the Worlds. For God is the Lord of us all.

Those who agree, they are welcome. And for those who do not: ‘For you is your religion, and for me is my religion’ (The Qur’an, 109:6). I will not force my religion on you, and you [also] don’t force yours on me. However, I swear I do love you and have mercy for you.

EB: At the beginning [of the interview], you mentioned how the corporate media has lied about Syria. So I’d like to bring up something from a few years ago. And that was that you warned the Western world that if terrorism didn’t stop in Syria, it would spread to Europe and beyond. And some media — I think it was Gulf media — took your words and distorted them, and lied about your message. So, I would just ask you if you could please clarify what it was you said and how they lied, I’m sure you remember which incident I’m referring to.

MH: This question comes on a special day. Today is the anniversary of the martyrdom of [my son] Saria. I said those words five days after the martyrdom of Saria.

A delegation from Lebanon was visiting me. The delegation was named ‘the Caravan of Mary.’ They came to visit me in Aleppo to express their condolences for my son’s martyrdom. They were Lebanese and Syrians, Christians and Muslims. I met them in a mosque called the Omayyad mosque in Aleppo, at the shrine of Zakaria.

On that day, I said: ‘This fire that you are starting in Syria by the extremists. This fire … you have sleeper cells in Europe, these cells send extremists to Syria. Someday, these sleeper cells will be active and burn up in Europe as they did in Syria.’ So they reported that I said: ‘we have sleeper cells that we will send to you.’

How could we send them to you, when they are burning us, and while they came from your countries?!

Some of those so-called opposition members mistranslated my speech to some European governments, and claimed that the Syrian Mufti is threatening that he would send sleeper cells to bomb Europe. When my son Saria was martyred, five days before this speech, I said I had forgiven those who killed my son. How would I accept to send someone to kill your children? How could I accept this?

For three years, corporate media and Syrian opposition members residing over there [in Europe] complained to the United Nations that the mufti of Syria should be held accountable, the mufti of Syria is a terrorist, the mufti of Syria…

It is indeed extremely surprising that Europeans listened to my speech in front of the European Council in 2009. I told them then: ‘I call you my brothers, not Europeans. I told them ‘you are my brothers, and our civilization is one.’ European, Syrian, and Arabic civilizations are one civilization which is neither a Muslim civilization, nor a Christian one. It is produced by humanity.

They entirely forgot this speech, as well as the martyrdom of my son, Saria. They also forgot my forgiveness. Instead, they would say: ‘He threatened us and is forbidden from entering Europe.’

I received several invitations from universities in Britain, France, and the United States to lecture there. The governments refuse to grant me entry. Why? Because they do not want the truth to reach their people.

For me, I disapprove of killing any human being in the universe. Even Israelis, I disapprove of killing them. However, I approve of their return to the countries they originally came from, and the return of Palestinians [to their land and homes]. The Jews, Christians, and Muslims who stay in Palestine are the ones who decide what type of government to have, and also welcome visitors from all over the world to Palestine.

The Jews, the Christians, and the Muslims should have the right to come and pray freely [in Palestine] under the protection of law.

But, this banning and this war that’s ongoing in the world, it’s all a political, economic and racist war, wearing the cloak of religion to claim: ‘We are Muslims. We are Christians. We are Jews.’

No, you are not Muslims, nor Jews, nor Christians when you kill humans. You are God’s enemies.

God says in the Psalms of David: ‘Man is my creation, man is the creation of God. Cursed is he who destroys God’s creation.’

Cursed is the one who manufactures weapons of mass destruction. Cursed is the one who plants landmines in the roads to kill people. Cursed is the one who manufactures nuclear weapons. Cursed is the one who manufactures hydrogen weapons [bombs]. Cursed is the one who launches long-range missiles at people, to kill people. Cursed are the ones who manufacture such weapons and use them to kill people, even if they are in the mosque, church, or synagogue.

God has not put us is this universe to kill one another. All prophets — Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Noah — they are all our prophets. Who did they kill? They did not kill anyone, but rather, they invited people to life, they encouraged the culture of life. So, those who kill nowadays in their names [in the names of the prophets] …

The massacre of Deir Yassin in Palestine, the displacement of 4 million Palestinians, the demolition of 3,000 Palestinian villages. By God, Moses is innocent in all of this. Moses was not sent to kill people, because he was oppressed by the Pharaoh.

Our master, Jesus, peace be upon him … when we look at those wars, the Crusades — I prefer to say ‘foreign’ wars, not Crusades … In the name of Jesus’ grave, more than 75,000 Palestinians were killed inside the Aqsa mosque, killed by the British and French armies that came to Palestine to liberate the tomb of Jesus.

Jesus came to promote life. When he touched the dead, he resurrected them. So, you kill in the name of Jesus, while Jesus would give life to the dead. So how false you are! This has nothing to do with Jesus. Jesus said: ‘God is love.’

Those who do not love are not Christians, neither are those who want [accept] other people to starve. Today, Europe consumes all types of food, while in Africa there are children dying of famine[ in Gaza there are children dying of illness; and the Rohingya, the Muslims who were forcibly displaced from Myanmar, are dying of hunger and illness. Are we truly Christians or Muslims when we see these scenes? No. No, not at all.

Therefore, we have to reconsider what is being said in the media, because the media … I can pay it [pay the media] now to make me the Gandhi of the world, and to make me the Trustworthy Joseph, and to make me the messenger of love. I can buy the media. But I do not want to lie, nor do I want them [the media] to lie; this is what I am.

There are some who buy the media to make the mufti of Syria look like a ‘terrorist,’ although I have never shown anything but love to seven billion human beings — they are my brothers and sisters from the same ancestors. My soul is, as their souls, from Heaven, and my body is, as their bodies, from clay.

EB: I want to convey my condolences to you for the anniversary of his your son’s martyrdom.

MH: This is Saria, with me and with my father [the Mufti showed me images on a cell phone of his deceased son]. They have sent me these messages through Facebook today, as it is the anniversary of Saria’s martyrdom.

EB: Thank you very much, Mufti Hassoun.

MH: You are welcome. Thank you. Thank you. I hope you convey this message to the whole world. We love the people of the world. In Syria, we do not hate anyone. Yes, we hate the oppression of the aggressors, and if the aggressor refrains from their aggression, we will love them, too.

We hate the wrong deed, not the person. Jesus, peace be upon him, said to the ones who were stoning a woman because she was an adultress, he said: ‘Who is without sin amongst you that can cast a stone at her.’

We are all sinners, but our duty is to guide people to repentance, not to sin. We have to promote life among human beings.

Please, convey our regards to the nations of the world; we love them, and we want peace.

Tell the ones who are manufacturing weapons in the world that it is enough! Come, let’s cooperate to build a humane world free of wars and weapons of mass destruction, where all of us cooperate with one another.

Oil does not belong to one family. Oil should be for everyone.

Humanity shares three things:

Water: we should never prevent anyone in the world from accessing water.

Food: we should never let a nation suffer from hunger.

Energy: fuel energy, solar energy, nuclear energy—which we use as cure, not for killing. Energy should not be monopolized.

I wrote to many countries around the world … I have two charitable hospitals: the Omar Bin Abdul Aziz Hospital, and the Shifaa Hospital, in Aleppo. I requested equipment for breast cancer treatment.

They responded that such equipment is banned for Syria, because of the boycott [sanctions].

What sin has Syria committed to be boycotted [sanctioned] on a humanitarian level? What sin have these people committed?

Today, when I want to travel from here to any country in the world, four countries surround us, including Turkey. Syrian airlines are not allowed to fly over them. Why? You are preventing Syrian citizens [from traveling], not the Syrian government. You are torturing the people, you are harming the people.

Now, it is forbidden to deliver oil to Syria. It is forbidden to deliver medicine to Syria. It is forbidden to deliver medical equipment to Syria. It is forbidden to deliver ambulances to Syria. Why? These are meant for the people. You claim that you disagree with the government, so why do you oppress the people?

Therefore, the ones who died in the Mediterranean Sea [refugees], in the boats, their blood is on the hands of the European politicians and the Arab politicians. Saudi Arabia and those [with Saudi Arabia] in the Arab coalition. And those who are bombarding Yemen today, will be accountable before God.

Yemen has never attacked any country, and Syria never attacked any country. Today, Syria and Yemen have been destroyed in order to humiliate their people and control their countries. But God has granted us victory, and will grant it to Yemen. Indeed, he will grant victory to all the oppressed in the world.

Thank you, and my regards to you and to everyone watching this interview. We speak truthfully and with sincerity. So, please come to us in Syria, with our dear sister, to witness the truth.

 

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The U.S: The Century of Lost Wars

Introduction

Despite having the biggest military budget in the world, five times larger than the next six countries, the largest number of military bases – over 180 – in the world and the most expensive military industrial complex, the US has failed to win a single war in the 21st century. In this paper we will enumerate the wars and proceed to analyze why, despite the powerful material basis for wars, it has led to failures.

The Lost Wars

The US has been engaged in multiple wars and coups since the beginning of the 21st century.  These include Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Palestine, Venezuela and the Ukraine. Besides Washington’s secret intelligence agencies have financed five surrogate terrorist groups in Pakistan, China, Russia, Serbia and Nicaragua.  The US has invaded countries, declared victories and subsequently faced resistance and prolonged warfare which required a large US military presence to merely protect garrison outposts. The US has suffered hundreds of thousands of casualties – dead, maimed and deranged soldiers. The more the Pentagon spends, the greater the losses and subsequent retreats. The more numerous the vassal regimes, the greater the corruption and incompetence flourishes. Every regime subject to US tutelage has failed to accomplish the objectives designed by its US military advisers. The more spent on recruiting mercenary armies the greater the rate of defection and the transfer of arms to US adversaries.

Success in Starting Wars and Failures in Finishing Them

The US invaded Afghanistan, captured the capital (Kabul) defeated the standing army …and then spent the next two decades engaged in losing  irregular warfare.

The initial victories laid the groundwork for future defeats. Bombings drove millions of peasants and farmers, shopkeepers and artisans into the local militia. The invaders were defeated by the forces of nationalism and religion linked to families and communities.  The indigenous insurgents overcame arms and dollars in many of the villages, towns and provinces.

Similar outcomes were repeated in Iraq and Libya. The US invaded, defeated the standing armies, occupied the capital and imposed its clients—- which set the terrain for long-term, large-scale warfare by local insurgent armies. The more frequent the western bombings, the greater the opposition forcing the retreat of the proxy army.

Somalia has been bombed frequently. Special Forces have recruited, trained, and armed the  local puppet soldiers, sustained by mercenary African armies but they have remained holed up in the capital city, Mogadishu, surrounded and attacked by poorly armed but highly motivated and disciplined Islamic insurgents.

Syria is targeted by a US financed and armed mercenary army.  In the beginning they advanced, uprooted millions, destroyed cities and homes and seized territory.  All of which impressed their US – EU warlords.  Once the Syrian army united the populace, with their Russian, Lebanese (Hezbollah) and Iranian allies, Damascus routed the mercenaries. After the better part of a decade the separatist Kurds, alongside the Islamic terrorists and other western surrogates retreated, and made a last stand along the northern borders–the remaining bastions of  Western surrogates.

The Ukraine coup of 2014 was financed and directed by the US and EU. They seized the capital (Kiev) but failed to conquer the Eastern Ukraine and Crimea.  Corruption among the US ruling kleptocrats devastated the country – over three million fled abroad to Poland, Russia and elsewhere in search of a livelihood.  The war continues, the corrupt US clients are discredited and will suffer electoral defeat unless they rig the vote.

Surrogate uprisings in Venezuela and Nicaragua were bankrolled by the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED). They ruined economies but lost the street wars.

Conclusion

Wars are not won by arms alone.  In fact, heavy bombing and extended military occupations ensure prolonged popular resistance, ultimate retreats and defeats.  The US major and minor wars of the 21st century have failed to incorporate targeted countries into the empire.

Imperial occupations are not military victories.  They merely change the nature of the war, the protagonists of resistance, the scope and depth of the national struggle.

The US has been successful in defeating standing armies as was the case in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and the Ukraine.  However, the conquest was limited in time and space.  New armed resistance movements led by former officers, religious activists and grass roots activists took charge…

The imperial wars slaughtered millions, savaged traditional family, workplace and neighborhood relations and set in motion a new constellation of anti-imperialist leaders and militia fighters. The imperial forces beheaded established leaders and decimated their followers.  They raided and pillaged ancient treasures.  The resistance followed by recruiting thousands of uprooted volunteers who served as human bombs, challenging missiles and drones. The US imperial forces lack the ties to the occupied land and people. They are ‘aliens’ serving time; they seek to survive, secure promotions and exit with a bonus and an honorable discharge.  In contrast, the resistance fighters are there for the duration.  As they advance, they target and demolish the imperial surrogates and mercenaries.  They expose the corrupt client rulers who deny the subject people the elementary conditions of existence – employment, potable water, electricity etc.

The imperial vassals are not present at weddings, sacred holidays or funerals, unlike the resistance fighters.  The presence of the latter signals a pledge of loyalty unto death.  The resistance circulates freely in cities, towns and villages with the protection of the local people; and by night they rule   enemy terrain, under cover of their own people, who share intelligence and logistics. Inspiration, solidarity and light arms are more than a match for the drones, missiles and helicopter gunships.

Even the mercenary soldiers, trained by the Special Forces, defect from and betray their imperial masters.  Temporary imperial advances serve only to allow the resistance forces to regroup and counter-attack.  They view surrender as a betrayal of their traditional way of life, submission to the boot of western occupation forces and their corrupt officials.

Afghanistan is a prime example of an imperial ‘lost war’.  After two decades of warfare and one trillion dollars in military spending, tens of thousands of casualties, the Taliban controls most of the countryside and towns; enters and takes over provincial capitals and bombs Kabul.  They will take full control the day after the US departs.

The US military defeats are products of a fatal flaw:  imperial planners cannot successfully replace indigenous people with colonial rulers and their local look-alikes. Wars are not won by high tech weapons directed by absentee officials divorced from the people: they do not share their sense of peace and justice.

Exploited people informed by a spirit of communal resistance and self-sacrifice have demonstrated greater cohesion then rotating soldiers eager to return home and  mercenary soldiers with dollar signs in their eyes.

The lessons of lost wars have not been learned by those who preach the power of the military–industrial complex, which makes, sells and profits from weapons but lack the mass of humanity with lesser arms but with great conviction who have demonstrated their capacity to defeat imperial armies.

The Stars and Stripes fly in Washington but remain folded in Embassy offices in Kabul, Tripoli, Damascus and in other lost battlegrounds.

Prof. James Petras
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The Responsibility for this Boy’s Death Rests Entirely with the US and Its Allies

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All Americans need to take a good close look at the photo above. This is the result of the Obama administration’s attempts to overthrow the government in Syria. It probably was not the intended result, per se, but it is the result nonetheless.

When you finance an army of crazed murderers and send them into a country  to deliberately sow chaos and instability, people are naturally going to try and seek safety. If the chaos persists over a period of years with no end in sight, you will inevitably have a flood of refugees pouring out of the country. This is the problem Europe is confronting now–and they brought it all on themselves by supporting America’s regime-change policies in Syria and Libya. Both countries were prosperous and had stable governments prior to the US interference.

The boy in the photo above, whose body washed up on a Turkish beach Wednesday, has been identified as three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, from the Syrian town of Kobani. His mother and his five-year-old brother, Galip, also drowned. Kobani is located near the Turkish border. The family were able to make it over that border and into Turkey, along with many other Syrians, in a stream of refugees sparked by the ISIS siege upon Kobani.

This summer tens of thousands of Syrian refugees have been making their way to Turkey’s Aegean coast in particular, this in an effort to gain passage to Greece. According to some estimates, the number departing by boat has averaged about 2,000 per day over the past month. From the coast of Bodrum, in Turkey, to Kos, one of the eastern-most Greek islands, is only a distance of two miles, and some have been trying to make the trip in rubber dinghies. Early Wednesday, 23 people, including Aylan and his family, crowded into two small boats and set out for Kos from Akyarlar area of the Bodrum peninsula. Both of the vessels capsized in route to the island. You can go here to watch a video of Aylan’s body being found on the beach. The video also shows the body of a woman being pulled from the waves.

Syria is a country with a democratically elected government. In the presidential election, held in June of last year, Bashar Assad emerged with 88.7 percent of the vote. As I commented at the time:

Basically the voters of Syria had a choice between President Assad on the one hand, and chaos and cannibalism on the other. Not surprisingly, they chose Assad. Who wouldn’t?

Recently Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov referred to Assad as the “legitimate leader” of Syria. He is correct. He is. But that makes no difference to the US. The US persists in its regime-change operation in Syria, training so-called “moderate” rebels, a group of misfits and degenerates whose thinking and ideology in reality differ very little from ISIS. Obama and the mainstream media don’t credit the American people with a lot of intelligence. They obviously think you’re insufficiently bright to put two and two together and figure out that  the moderate citizens of Syria, i.e. they who adhere to the principles of religious tolerance, support their government, and that it’s the crazies who in reality are enjoying the backing and support of NATO and its allies.

The death of this child is a tragedy. But of course Aylan is only one boy. Nealy a quarter of a million Syrians, according to some estimates, have died since the outbreak of the conflict in 2011. I’m going to say something that will sound startling and extreme to some, but the blood of every single one of these people is on the hands of the Obama administration, and particularly its policy makers in the State Department, as well as certain US allies. Anyone and everyone who has provided weapons, training, or any other type of support…to Al Nusra, ISIS or any of the other armed gangs terrorizing Syria and driving people from their homes…bears a share of the responsibility.

Aylan’s death, largely thanks to the photo above, has captured the attention of the mainstream media, but of course the media have refused to assign the blame where it belongs. In fact the media, if anything, will likely spin the boy’s death to justify further intervention in Syria. And this too is part of the problem. By cheering on these conflicts, and demonizing certain leaders of certain countries who do not support Israel’s occupation of the Palestinians, the media, too, are a major part of the problem.

So where is all this headed? Latest reports are that Russia has entered the fighting in Syria, although the claim has been officially denied by Russia. Either way, it’s hard to see this coming to a peaceful resolution anytime soon. Meanwhile the killing will continue and the refugee problem will not abate, but do not expect this to bother the conscience of the war planners in Washington. In the halls of the State Department, no such thing as a conscience even exists.

Exclusive: Kerry Told Syrian Rebels ‘We Wasted a Year’ in Fight Against Assad

The international community’s failure to coordinate on aid and weapons for the rebels dramatically set back efforts to fight the regime, the secretary of state told opposition leaders.

In a private meeting with Syrian opposition leaders, Secretary of State John Kerry said he believed the international community “wasted a year” by not working together to help topple strongman Bashar al-Assad.

The various countries trying to help the Free Syrian Army had failed to coordinate their efforts effectively for a long time, Kerry said inside the private meeting last Thursday with Syrian Opposition Coalition president Ahmad Jarba, according to three participants in the meeting. And that lack of coordination had dramatically set back the drive to stop Assad’s rampage and counter the growing terrorism threat.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/12/exclusive-kerry-told-syrian-rebels-we-wasted-a-year-in-fight-against-assad.html

All three participants in the meeting requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the gathering, which was held at the State Department in Washington, D.C. Several State Department officials, at least one National Security Council staffer, and several representatives of the Syrian Opposition Coalition and the Supreme Military Council were in attendance.

The participants said Kerry made the remark in the context of a discussion about renewed efforts to coordinate the flow of both aid and weapons to the Syrian rebels. Earlier this year, the intelligence chiefs of several Arab countries came to Washington to work on concentrating the flow of aid away from more extremist elements—and toward moderate rebels such as the FSA. The group is fighting hard-liners such as the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) all over northern Syria.

Days after that meeting, the FSA’s Supreme Military Council appointed a new leader, Brig. Gen. Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir. And in recent weeks, the rebels have begun to receive and use American-made anti-tank missiles, part of a “pilot program” to test the Supreme Military Council’s ability to handle advanced weapons responsibly and prevent their proliferation to extremist groups.

Bashir sat down for an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast on Sunday. The main purpose of the Syrian Opposition Coalition delegation’s trip to Washington, he said, was to ask for anti-aircraft weapons to protect Syrian civilians from regime air strikes, which lately have included barrel bombs and chlorine gas attacks on civilian targets. Bashir also asked the United States to take the lead on the international effort to provide aid and arms to the Syrian Opposition Civilian and military leadership.

Inside the meeting, Kerry told the Syrian opposition leaders that he understood their desire for more advanced arms. But he did not make any specific commitments for new American aid. He told the Syrian leaders the United States had been doing its best to help the Syria people and would continue to do so.

“Secretary Kerry was very emotional and sympathetic to the Syrian cause, and he supports the Syrian revolution and the Syrian people,” Bashir said. “We have so much hope that there will be changes in the policy.”

It’s been well reported that Kerry has been frustrated with the Obama administration’s Syria policy for a long time and has been advocating internally for more robust aid to the rebels, only to be stymied repeatedly by the White House.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/12/exclusive-kerry-told-syrian-rebels-we-wasted-a-year-in-fight-against-assad.html

A Very Small Man

A Very Small Man

 by M. Dennis Paul, PhD

 For some time now, there has been concern that Turkey has been involving itself too deeply in the crisis that is Syria. It was initially rumoured, and later exposed, that significant monetary aid was being provided by Turkey as well being channeled through Turkey. The recipients were either directly al Queda or closely affiliated. These same groups received funds from Israel, the US and Saudi Arabia. Soon, more than funds began to funnel into Syria and it was discovered that these countries were supplying intelligence, arms, and covert militia. Recruiting of foreign nationals increased and these, too, were funneled through Turkey (as well as Jordan and through the Golan). The Turkish border became a gaping hole for much of this activity which, by international law, was wholly illegal and represented multiple ongoing acts of war.

While all this illegal activity transpired, Turkey made repetitive gestures to be included in talks and negotiations with Syria being arranged by the other nations eagerly advancing their own agendas through these activities. Turkey also wanted a greater hand in determining the steps necessary to create regime change in Syria. Being a long time NATO member, Turkey felt it was owed a greater piece of the Syrian pie and felt unwarranted rejection from the allied nations. Several attempts were made by Turkey to create a situation whereby it would be drawn into direct conflict with Syria and eventually a Turkish fighter jet was downed.

 Turkey perceived an opening when Israel and the US began asserting that the Syrian Army was using banned chemical weapons on its own people. Main stream media carried story after story flagrantly lying about the chemical use and false witnesses were quickly produced along with blatantly staged and demonstrably false videos which then blanketed global news. Leaders allied with the US quickly began to parrot these unfounded claims and offering unsubstantiated “evidence” of their own. Clumsily, Turkey insinuated itself into the media spotlight fostering possession of intelligence proving Syria as culpable for the reported attacks. Turkey’s evidence, however, backfired and it was discovered that production materials for chemical weapons were also funneling through its border with Syria.

 Internal strife involving Turkey’s Kurdish population created problems at the border causing traffic of arms and supplies to slow. Shipments were destroyed and/or stolen and media began focusing too closely on activity Turkey did not want public. Troops were mobilized, skirmishes erupted and the border transactions began to flow as desired.

 At this same time, Turkey was dealing with massive protests across its land. Ignoring the wishes of its people and rulings from its courts regarding expansion of developments such as shopping malls and even a palatial home (part of a much larger complex) in which Turkey’s PM, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, expects to reside, Turkey responded with an exceptionally heavy hand. Police were turned against peaceful protesters, many of whom were injured by water cannons, tear gas and tear gas canisters, rubber tipped metal bullets and batons. Several people were murdered including a young boy who had only gone to the store to buy bread for his family. Erdogan’s defensive posture regarding developments made it quite clear he and others within his party were in bed with major developers and financiers. His response to the death of the young boy was to remark that it had no effect on the economy.

 Beginning in December of last year, a large number of graft charges hit the ruling party with subsequent recordings documenting conversations supporting graft charges emerging through social media, prompting several ministers to quickly resign. There soon emerged conversations between Erdogan and his family which evidenced attempts to hide large sums (millions) of money.

 Erdogan’s foolish defenses only made it more probable that he was, in fact, deeply involved in graft. These charges and recordings prompted Erdogan to purge a major portion of the judiciary, prosecutors and police. Erdogan would claim massive conspiracies against himself and his party, decrying the existence, without producing a shred of evidence, of a “parallel government” and assigning its head, again with no evidence, as Islamic scholar and moderate cleric, Fethullah Gülen, a former close friend and associate with whom he had originally started the political party, AKP, now in power. Gulen, who resides in the US, heads a movement dedicated to service, a respected principle of Islam which maintains numerous schools, clinics and other institutions world wide.

 Turkey, in the midst of all these storms (and with more brewing), was further entrenched in efforts to become an associate in the EU and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Both the EU and UN have criticized Turkey repeatedly for its handling of protests and saber rattling over Syria, among other issues.

 With elections looming, Erdogan, not finding much support from NATO with its wish to engage Syria, found himself looking much the little man left out of the big leagues and with the promise of more scandal, the little man in the corner. Both his and his party’s popularity and credibility have taken a nose dive and in recent days he has been on a raging tour playing up to his mostly committed followers doubling his efforts to blame each and every problem hanging over himself and AKP on Gulen and the “Gulenists”. So loud and inflamed have his speeches been that he was forced to take days off from his crusade as his voice changed dramatically, sounding very much like cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. http://webtv.hurriyet.com.tr/2/62513/0/van-da-boyle-diyarbakir-da-boyle?startVideo=21

 Erdogan, who has recently used holographic avatars of himself to address audiences as well having followers refer to him as “Sultan” and referring to those opposing him, including the phantoms he ceaselessly raves on about, as intruders into his “harems” was once a highly regarded representative of his people who believed he would take them glowingly into the possibilities of a democratic 21st century. In the past few years, he has callously trampled on even the most basic rights and liberties expected in a democratic society.

Over the past two weeks, PM Erdogan has prompted bans on Twitter, accessories of Google, and most recently, Youtube. He has further threatened to shut down any other social media he feels violates new internet laws which he vigorously pursued. It has also come to light that he has pressured TV and print media to kill or alter stories which were unfavorable..

 It now comes to light that the AKP government has been, as they claim, looking at contingency plans should the Syrian Army compromise the Tomb of Shah Süleyman, founder of the Anatolian Seljuk State, the first Turkish rule in this region, which is actually a tiny piece of Turkish territory within Syria guarded by Turkish soldiers. Based on leaked conversations of officials meeting in a high level security conference, some of the contingencies discussed were illegally creating a false flag event prompting response by the Turkish military against Syria. Yet one more act of war coming directly after shooting down a Syrian fighter jet in Syrian airspace followed by illegal shelling into Syrian territory as cover for failing insurgents supported by Turkey. Israel has been doing likewise on its border.

It is no secret that all the money, intelligence, arms and personnel provided to the insurgents has failed to overtake the Syrian Army and produce the regime change so desperately desired by the West. They have been no match for the will of the government and its people who, rightly or not, support Bashir Assad. Syria, having made an agreement to eliminate its chemical stockpiles, continues to diligently uphold its promise in spite of these attacks and political-military wranglings from the West.

If ever there was a small man seeking to cast a large shadow over his homeland, that small man is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Hungry for power, wealth, national and global prestige and even worship, he has taken Turkey not into the 21st century, instead dragging it kicking and screaming into the dark ages.

 

 

Holy trinity of neo-Bolshevism , Israel & the zionist/neoconservatives/former Trotskyites in USA & Saudi Arabia

Neo-Bolshevik License to Kill and Destroy the Goyim

…by Jonas E. Alexis

Daniel Pipes

The Syrian rebels/terrorists as well as many observers are beginning to see that Assad will probably stay in power.[1] Had Assad been kicked out, the Syrian rebels/terrorists/extremists would almost certainly have ruled Syria with an iron fist. How do we know this?

The British newspaper the Telegraph made it clear a few months ago that “nearly half the rebel fighters in Syria” are either jihadists or radical terrorists,[2] which means that the Zionist regime would have put a Frankensteinian monster in power in Syria.

In fact, even though the holy trinity of neo-Bolshevism—the Israeli regime, the Zionists/neoconservatives/former Trotskyites in America, and Saudi Arabia—has been supporting the rebels’ ideology from its inception,[3] those terrorists made it clear that once Assad was placed in the trash can of history, Israel was next on the list.

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced last year, “Supporting jihad in Syria to establish a Muslim state is a basic step towards Jerusalem.”[4]

Jewish neoconservative hawk Daniel Pipes certainly didn’t have much trouble with al-Zawahiri’s bloody ideology here. Pipes wrote a few months ago:

“Western governments should respond by helping the rebels to prevent Assad from crushing them.”[5]

Pipes moved on to expand and expound on his essentially Talmudic thesis this way: “the West should prevent either side in the civil war from emerging victorious by helping whichever side is losing, so as to prolong their conflict.’”[6]

If you did not catch that wicked and, quite frankly, Mephistophelian ideology, here is the translation: let Assad and the Syrian terrorists fight until they destroy each other. Let them fight until blood flows from all over Syria.

It doesn’t matter how long it takes or how much it would cost America and the Middle East, the West should give his last drop of blood to support that hellish plan. Let mothers and decent civilians weep and mourn for their children and love ones and their cherished country. Pipes only cares about Israel. He perceived,

“This policy recommendation of ‘helping whichever side is losing’ sounds odd, I admit, but it is strategic.”[7]

Here Pipes’ conscience was telling him that the plan was wicked, but he seemed to have suppressed his moral and practical reasoning and replaced it with Talmudic mores.

What’s even more interesting, Pipes thinks that the Obama administration is too slow in invading Iran,[8] even though Obama has been doing the neoconservative laundry from time immemorial.

Ovadia Yosef

You ain’t seen nothing yet. Pipes believes that Syrian refugees—people whose livelihood has been literally destroyed by the Syrian conflict—“should be allowed and encouraged to remain within their own cultural zone, where they most readily fit in, can best stay true to their traditions, least disrupt the host society, and from whence they might most easily return home.”[9]

What Daniel Pipes indirectly ended up saying was that not only Assad and the Syrian terrorists have to be sent to the neo-Bolshevik slaughter house, but decent refugees have to follow the same fate. Keep in mind that in Syria, more than half of the hospitals are either destroyed or damaged.[10] So if civilians get hurt when they try get out of their property, they just have to die, since there are not enough medical supplies.

Put simply, Pipes is trying to simultaneously and effortlessly kill four birds (Assad, the Syrian terrorists, the Syrian civilians, and the small minority of Christians) with one Zionist stone.  Of course, to accomplish such a feat, the neo-Bolsheviks/neoconservatives cannot do it alone. They have to use a large number of the goyim and the American taxpayer’s dollars: “The U.S. military spent about $3 billion on drone programs last year” alone.[11]

Pipes’ Talmudic ideology seems to be working. Interestingly enough, the British newspaper the Guardian has recently noted that the Syrian rebels have already gotten a huge hit:

“Their resources are dwindling, their families are shattered. Their villages and farm lands are lost to regime militias. Their allies are at best unreliable, and at worst actively conspiring against them.”[12]

The story gets even interesting when it was reported that all Syria’s neighboring countries have Syrian refugees—except Israel.[13]

This would not be the first time that people like Pipes attempt to accomplish such a goal. The neoconservative hawks did the same thing when they invaded places like Iraq, inciting extremists against Christians, and now Christians are “close to extinction” in the Middle East.[14]

Finally, Pipes’ strategy here is completely congruent with what late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef pronounced in 2010:

“Goyim (gentiles, non-Jews) were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel. Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat. That is why gentiles were created.”[15]

Journalist Dan Murphy rightly acknowledged that those words would be universally “condemned if they came from an Iranian leader.”[16] Jeffrey Goldberg for example cites Sunni cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi saying that

“Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the Jews people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them — even though they exaggerated this issue — he managed to put them in their place.”[17]

Al-Qaradawi, says Goldberg, was a Jew hater.

But Yosef, throughout his life, was never challenged by the Zionist kingdom for his rabid views. In fact, when Yosef passed away, Netanyahu declared that “the Jewish people have lost one of the wisest men of his generation.”[18]

Goldberg declares that al-Qaradawi has a “pathological hatred of Jews…”[19] If al-Qaradawi is wrong, how in the world has the Zionist kingdom revered Yosef as a patron saint?

Moreover, there are decent Jews who strictly opposed Israel’s occupation. Steven Goldberg, a lawyer and long supporter of the Jewish terrorist Meir Kahane, declared that those Jews should have been aborted!20 If we logically follow the arguments of the Holocaust establishment, Goldberg is a new Hitler. Where is Abraham Foxman when you need him? Where is the Jewish media?

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height.288.width.448<img alt=”height.288.width.448″ src=”http://www.veteranstoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/height.288.width_.448-320×208.jpg” width=”320″ height=”208″ />But somehow Jewish intellectuals such as Daniel Jonah Goldhagen cannot understand how anti-Jewish reaction is on the rise. For him, anti-Semitism has reached an epic proportion and has shown itself in every single continent.

Moreover, anti-Jewish reaction has nothing to do with Jewish behavior and has everything to do with people hating Jews. This thesis has been weighed over and over and found wanting.

Goldhagen is not a careful writer and should never be taken seriously. Although he does not lack the academic expertise to grasp serious issues, his ideology does not allow him to move beyond stage one.

Goldhagen does not believe in historical scholarship and evidence. For example, when Norman Finkelstein and Ruth Bettina Birn meticulously documented that Goldhagen fabricated many of his sources in his best-selling book Hitler’s Willing Executioners, Goldhagen went berserk.

As a serious scholar, Birn went through the archives and checked the sources that Goldhagen had cited, and the majority of them were Goldhagen’s own inventions or distortions of the actual account. Knowing that the historical data and reason were not on his side, Goldhagen had to move on to a new territory: he wanted to sue Birn. Goldhagen

“enlisted a high-powered London law firm to sue Birn and Cambridge University Press for ‘many serious libels.’ Demanding an apology, a retraction, and a promise from Birn that she not repeat her criticisms, Goldhagen’s lawyers then threatened that ‘the generation of any publicity on your part as a result of this letter would amount to a further aggravation of damages.”[21]

What Goldhagen ended up saying was that you cannot reason a supposed scholar out of a wicked idea which was not form on the basis of reason. If Goldhagen is a serious scholar, he would have admitted that he was wrong. But he deliberately chose the easiest path, which literally destroyed whatever argument he wanted to make in his book.

Goldhagen again and again proves that he is simply a joke. In his recent book, he writes that “John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt peddle…anti-Semitism dressed up in the garb of academic seriousness and respectability, with their invention of the bogeyman known as the Israel Lobby into which they subsume and thereby delegitimize people who vocally or in various ways materially support Israel.”[22]

devil<img alt=”devil” src=”http://www.veteranstoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/devil-205×320.jpg” width=”205″ height=”320″ />Goldhagen desperately and mightily tries to deconstruct the arguments raised in Mearsheimer and Walt’s The Israel Lobby not by evidence-based counterarguments but by ad-hominem attack on the authors, by begging the question, and by building one straw man after another. Mearsheimer and Walt are Jewish scholars from the University of Chicaco and Harvard, respectively.

But according to Golhagen, both individuals are rabid anti-Semites.Goldberg writes that The Israel Lobby “draws upon or echoes” a “small sampling of the anti-Semitic tropes,” which includes, but not limited to:

“Jews working collectively in concrete organizations for nefarious ends. Jewish conspiracy. Jews are filth columnists. Jews pulling levers behind the scene. Jews harming the broader society in which they live. Jews starting or starting or causing wars, in this case the attacks of 9/11, the Iraq War, and the war on terror.”[23]

Throughout his critique of The Israel Lobby, Goldhagen could not even quote one word from the book itself to argue his point because his assertions are literally and hopelessly worthless as scholarship.

Every freshman in philosophy knows that the quickest way to destroy your opponent’s arguments is to deliberately misrepresent those arguments and intentionally attack what your opponent does not argue or believe in. This is textbook example of a straw man argument, and as soon as you walk into a philosophy or law class, one of the first things you will learn is that you should never base you argument on this premise—unless you want to look ridiculous and unless you want to make your opponent’s argument stronger.

Mearsheimer and Walt

In addition, straw man generally occurs when your opponent cannot refute your argument with rigorous logic and reason. Madsen Pirie perhaps puts it best in non-technical terms:

“The straw man is made incredibly easy to knock down so that when you are unable to refute your opponent’s argument, you can topple the straw man instead. The straw man is, in short, a misrepresentation of your opponent’s position, created by you for the express purpose of being knocked down….

“The straw man is set up as a deliberate overstatement of an opponent’s position. Many views are easier to argue against if they are taken to extremes. If your opponent will not make himself an extremist, you can oblige with a straw man. Any easily opposed misrepresentation will serve as your dummy.”[24]

This is exactly what’s going on with Goldhagen’s new book. Goldhagen posits the claim that The Israel Lobby “is the best cloaked major anti-Semitic tract in English of the last several decades,”[25] and one would hope that Goldhagen would proceed to make his case using evidentiary foundations. It was a complete disappointment and frustration. The book is worse than Ann Coulter’s new tirade.

Goldhagen gets even more hilarious when he says that Mearsheimer and Walt produced a “bogeyman concept” in The Israel Lobby “that is an update on the notorious anti-Semitic tract The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”![26]

Right then, I stopped reading the book. Right then, I was fully aware that I was in the presence of an intellectual impostor. And right then, I knew for sure that Goldhagen is willing to move heaven and earth, no matter what the cost, in order to slaughter his enemies through his academic advantage.

Keep in mind that Golhagen is a Harvard professor and is not some Joe on the street. Is this the kind of argumentation that he is proposing at one of the most prestigious universities in the world? Have our young and impressionable students been brainwashed by an intellectual impostor? Did students have to pay thousands upon thousands of dollars to learn that stuff?

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David_Dees<img alt=”David_Dees” src=”http://www.veteranstoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/David_Dees-320×276.jpg” width=”320″ height=”276″ />Moving back to our analysis on the Middle East, it is pretty clear that Assad will stay, unless the Israeli regime does something really stupid. This means that we are confronted with an inescapable conclusion:

Millions upon millions of decent civilians have been displaced and died for Israel. Millions upon millions of decent people have fled their country because the Zionist regime wanted to oust Assad in order to attack Iran.

What’s equally worse, The Zionist regime took millions upon millions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers and sent the money to the Syrian rebels/terrorists,[27] but Assad will still be in power. Those rebels/terrorists even had well-known connections in the U.S.,[28] but not a single U.S. official objected to it.

A few days ago, the British newspaper the Telegraph reported that “Al-Qaeda-linked rebels apologize after cutting off head of wrong person.” The “wrong person” happened to be one of their terrorist fighters.[29] Indeed, the Syrian terrorists constantly fight among themselves for money and weapons.

“Groups are resorting to kidnappings for ransom to bring in much-needed cash…. Rebel leader Riad al-Ahmed did not die in battle against the Syrian Army, like so many fellow Free Syrian Army fighters. He was killed by other rebels in a clash over money and weapons…

“Mr. Ahmed was one of those kidnapped for ransom in January. Soon after, his captors released a grisly video showing his eye being pulled out and demanding a 300,000-euro ransom ($400,000). Three months later, his ransom unpaid, Ahmed was killed. Members of the opposition found his body in the mountains near the Syrian town of Jabal al-Akrad, 50 miles from the Turkish border, after weeks trying to locate his kidnappers.

“Ahmed, a former Syrian Army officer from Latakia, is one of the highest profile leaders to be abducted, but dozens of lower ranking fighters have been kidnapped in the border region since the Syrian war began. Even less is known about their final days than Ahmed’s.”[30]

Keep in mind that the C.I.A. covertly trained the rebels.[31]

Dees<img alt=”Dees” src=”http://www.veteranstoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Dees2-320×320.jpg” width=”320″ height=”320″ />Here’s what the New York Times has to say:

“Changing course is urgent, the critics say, because as the prospects for the peace talks in Geneva recede, Syria is falling apart. In the north, extremist jihadist groups are terrorizing residents, clashing with rival rebels and establishing a base that poses threats beyond Syria’s borders.

“Hunger and disease are on the rise. Polio is resurgent. More than nine million Syrians have been displaced from their homes, the equivalent, by percentage of the population, of more than 100 million Americans on the move.”[32]

How would you like to see 100 million Americans being displaced from their homes? And would you seriously say that the Western world stands for democracy if Western officials simply see those Americans and do nothing? Yet somehow the neo-Bolsheviks do not “know” how countries in the Middle East cannot accept this Zionist madness.

This double standard has been in existence since the twentieth century has essentially become Jewish. And it has spread like a virus in other areas as well.[33]

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The United Kingdom also supported the Syrian terrorists,[34] but this is all at the expense of young college graduates.

“The question is being asked by millions of young Europeans. Five years after the economic crisis struck the Continent, youth unemployment has climbed to staggering levels in many countries: in September, 56 percent in Spain for those 24 and younger, 57 percent in Greece, 40 percent in Italy, 37 percent in Portugal and 28 percent in Ireland. For people 25 to 30, the rates are half to two-thirds as high and rising.

“Those are Great Depression-like rates of unemployment, and there is no sign that European economies, still barely emerging from recession, are about to generate the jobs necessary to bring those Europeans into the work force soon, perhaps in their lifetimes.

“Dozens of interviews with young people around the Continent reveal a creeping realization that the European dream their parents enjoyed is out of reach. It is not that Europe will never recover, but that the era of recession and austerity has persisted for so long that new growth, when it comes, will be enjoyed by the next generation, leaving this one out…

“Young people caught in that cycle are at the edge of a growing category that economists call NEETs: those who are not in employment, education or training. According to Eurofound, as many as 14 million young Europeans are out of work and disengaged, costing European Union member states an estimated 153 billion euros (about $206 billion) a year in welfare benefits and lost production.”[35]

In short, whenever the neo-Bolsheviks and Zionists are in power, you can be sure that there will be massive suffering, massive death, and ideological conflicts. Whenever they destroy a country, they replace it with something that is suitable to their weltanschauung. Afghanistan for example has turned into the world’s largest opium producers by 2013. The LA Times reports,

“The annual survey underscored the growing threat of the narcotic in the world’s largest opium-producing nation. The unchecked spread of opium cultivation has triggered widespread corruption, political instability and enormous profits for the Taliban insurgency, which controls Afghanistan’s primary poppy-growing provinces.”[36]

Aarne Heikkila of NBC has said that the U.S. spent $7 billion “to combat the problem.”[37] What Heikkila doesn’t know or doesn’t want to tell her viewers is that the CIA is one of the main vehicles in spreading drugs in those countries.

“In country after country, from Mexico and Honduras to Panama and Peru, the CIA helped set up or consolidate intelligence agencies that became forces of repression, and whose intelligence connections to other countries greased the way for illicit drug shipments.

“Although each of these cases is now public and has received scattered coverage in mainstream media, journalists (and politicians) remaind reluctant to squarely address the recurring CIA-drug problem…

“Today the United States, in the name of fighting drugs, has entered into alliances with the police, armed forces, and intelligence agencies of Colombia and Peru, forces conspicuous by their own alliances with drug traffickers in counterinsurgency operations.

“One of the most glaring and dangerous examples is in Peru. Behind Peru’s president, Alberto Fujimori, is his chief adviser Vladimiro Montesinos, the effective head of the National Intelligence Service, or SIN, an agency created and trained by the CIA in the 1960s…

“Washington’s proclivity to tolerate, protect, and reinforce the influence of Third World drug traffickers didn’t die with the end of the Reagan-Bush years. Indeed, the Clinton Administration, guided by White House drug czar General Barry McCaffrey, has consistently asked for large increases in counternarcotics aid to compromise Latin American police and military forces.”[38]

And who is largely controlling the illegal opium production in Afghanistan? You guess it: the Taliban.[39] It must also be emphasized that the C.I.A. at one point was a Jewish revolutionary cell, and the organization has supported Jewish revolutionaries and magazines in the past.[40]

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Chaim Bermant

Chaim Bermant (British journalist, and satirist; Orthodox Jew and supporter of Israel) wrote back in 1977:

“There is the story of the Jew on a train who kept moaning: ‘Oy, have I got a pain…Oy, have I got a pain…Oy, have I got a pain…Oy…’ Finally one of the passengers, who could stand it no longer, jumped to his feet, searched the length and breadth of the train and came back with a doctor, who gave the Jew a pill, and all was quiet for a minute or two till the voice began again: ‘Oy, did I have a pain…Oy, did…’”

Bermant commented, “It is perhaps time for an end to oying. A sense of guilt does not make for a healthy relationship between ex-persecutor and ex-victim.”[41]

The oying is still going on, particularly when it comes to crippling Iran. Earl Cox of the Jerusalem Post called the current Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, “a smiling, venomous snake!”[42]

Ben Stein revived the oying nuisance when he figured that Obama seems to be exhausted about placing more sanctions on Iran. Stein wrote in the American Spectator,

“The Iranians in the recent past have pledged to destroy the Jewish people in the Middle East. Some of their leaders have boasted that if Iran gets nuclear weapons, Iran will have ‘a holocaust in an afternoon’ by rocketing a few nuclear weapons into Israel. Naturally, the Israelis are desperately worried.”[43]

Stein proved himself to be a hoax with respect to Iran when he said that Iran “has not signed the non-proliferation treaty. It has not allowed inspectors in its most secret plants. It has raced on towards nuclear weapons that could in a half hour or less cause another holocaust. Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. Many of its top brass have expressed a wish to see an earth rid of Jews altogether.”[44]

Iran has not signed the non-proliferation treaty and has not allowed inspectors? Although this is categorically false and completely stupid,[45] let us take it for granted that it is true. Would Ben Stein write the same thing about Israel, a country that has not signed the non-proliferation treaty and has not allowed inspections? Why the double standard?


[1] Anne Barnard, “Syrians on Both Sides of the War Increasingly See Assad as Likely to Stay,” NY Times, November 8, 2013.

[2] Ben Farmer, “Syria: Nearly Half Rebel Fighters Are Jihadists or Hardline Islamists, Says HIS’s Report,” Telegraph, September 15, 2013.

[3] “‘US, Israel Supporting Syrian Rebels from Turkey,’” Jerusalem Post, August 11, 2013; “Saudis to Boost Military Support for Syrian Rebels, Independent of US,” Jerusalem Post, November 3, 2013; Uzi Mahnaimi, “Two Old Foes Unite Against Tehran,” Sunday Times, November 17, 2013; Henry Samuel, “Syria: West Vows to Increase Backing for Rebels,” Telegraph, September 16, 2013.

[4] Erika Solomon, “Support Syrian Rebels so We Can Topple Israel: Al Qaeda Leader,” National Post, September 13, 2012.

[5] Daniel Pipes, “Support the Syrian Rebels?,” National Review, May 12, 2013.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Daniel Pipes, “The Silver Lining of Obama’s Weak America,” Washington Times, November 12, 2013.

[9] Daniel Pipes, “Let Refugees Remain in Their Own Culture,” Washington Times, September 24, 2013.

[10] Ruth Sherlock, “Syria: More Than Half of Hospitals Destroyed or Damaged,” Telegraph, September 16, 2013.

[11] “12 Companies Cashing in On Drones,” Huffington Post, March 11, 2013.

[12] Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, “‘Syria Is Not a Revolution any More—This Is Civil War,’” Guardian, November 18, 2013.

[13] Ashley Frohwein, “Syria’s Rebels on the Polio Threat,” National Interest, November 14, 2013.

[14] See for example Edward Malnick, “Christianity ‘Close to Extinction’ in Middle East,” Telegraph, December 23, 2012; Edward Malnick, “The ‘Almost Unremarked’ Tragedy of Christians Persecuted in the Middle East,” Telegraph, August 25, 2013; Ruth Sherlock, “Syria Crisis: Al-Qaeda Seizes Village that Still Speaks the Ancient Language of Christ,” Telegraph, September 5, 2013; Riaz Khan, “Deadliest Attack Ever in Pakistan Against Christians as Death Toll Rises Overnight to 85 in Church Bombing,” National Post, September 23, 2013.

[15] Quoted in Dan Murphy, “Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, in His Own Words,” Christian Science Monitor, October 7, 2013.

[16] Ibid.

[17] Jeffrey Goldberg, “New Chapter, Old History,” NY Times, October 11, 2013.

[18] Murphy, “Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, in His Own Words,” Christian Science Monitor, October 7, 2013

[19] Goldberg, “New Chapter, Old History,” NY Times, October 11, 2013.

[21] Norman Finkelstein, The Holocaust Industry (New York: Verso, 2000), 65.

[22] Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, The Devil That Never Dies: The Rise and Threat of Global Anti-Semitism (New York: Little, Brown & Company, 2013), 26.

[23] Ibid., 26-27.

[24] Madsen Pirie, How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic (New York: Continuum International, 2007), 155-156; for other non-technical books, see for example Robert J. Gula, Nonsense: Red Herrings, Straw Men and Sacred Cows: How We Abuse Logic in Our Everyday Language (Mount Jackson, VA: Axios Press, 2007).

[25] Goldhagen, The Devil That Never Dies, 26.

[26] Ibid., 29.

[27] See for example Matthew Lee, “Syrian Rebels to Receive $123 Million More in Aid from United States,” Huffington Post, April 20, 2013; Catherine Chomiak, “US to Send Rations, Medical Supplies to Syrian Rebels but not Weapons,” NBC News, February 28, 2013; “”U.S. Pledges Support for Syria Rebels Without Specifying Details,” Bloomberg, June 10, 2013.

[28] See for example Steven Lee Myers, “Syrian Emigres Seek Aid in U.S. to Arm Rebels,” NY Times, August 29, 2012.

[29] Richard Spencer, “Al-Qaeda-Linked Rebels Apologize After Cutting Off Head of Wrong Person,” Telegraph, November 14, 2013.

[30] Erin Banco, “Syrian Rebels’ Competition for Limited Money and Weapons Turns Brutal,” Christian Science Monitor, November 16, 2013.

[31] Jackie Calmes, Michael R. Gordon, and Eric Schmitt, “President Gains McCain’s Backing on Syria Attack,” NY Times, September 2, 2013.

[32] Anne Barnard, “Syrians on Both Sides of the War Increasingly See Assad as Likely to Stay,” NY Times, November 8, 2013.

[33] See for example Jim Goad, “Another Word for ‘Holocaust,’” Taki’s Magazine, November 11, 2013.

[34] See for example Cheryl K. Chumley, “United Kingdom Moves Toward Arming Syrian Rebels,” Washington Times, March 4, 2013.

[35] Liz Alderman, “Young and Educated in Europe, but Desperate for Jobs,” NY Times, November 15, 2013.

[36] David Zucchino, “Opium Cultivation Soars in Afghanistan, U.N. Reports,” LA Times, November 13, 2013.

[38] Peter Dale Scott and Jonathan Marshall, Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America (Berkley: The University of California Press, 1998), vii-viii, xi.

[39] Jon Boone, “UN Report Detailing Taliban Fighter Deaths Warns of Force’s Illicit Funding,” Guardian, November 17, 2013.

[40] Nathan Glazer, “A Word from Our Sponsor,” NY Times, January 20, 2008.

[41] Chaim Bermant, The Jews (New York: Times Books, 1977), 2.

[42] Earl Cox, “Hassan Rouhani; A Smiling, Venomous Snake!,” Jerusalem Post, November 13, 2013.

[44] Ibid.

[45] For a general overview, see for example Muhammad Sahimi, “Iran Has a Right to Enrich—And America Already Recognized It,” National Interest, November 19, 2013.

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