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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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

«قيصر» فرصة ذهبيّة للإنقاذ؟ سفير دولة عظمى: واشنطن تريد خنق لبنان!‏

محمد حميّة

يُغلِف الأميركيّون توجهاتهم التدميرية للدول المناوئة لسياساتهم في المنطقة والعالم بمصطلحات تخدع الرأي العام للدولة المستهدفة والرأي العام العالمي.

فإطلاق مصطلح «قانون» على خطة عقوبات جائرة على الشعب السوري الخارج من حرب كونية منذ حوالي العقد، هو ذروة التضليل وتجميل لصورة الأميركيين لدى الشعوب لتحريضها على حكوماتها ودولها. وعندها يحلُ الانقسام وتقعُ الفتن الداخلية وتضعفُ الدولة لصالح الأحزاب والمذاهب والطوائف والقوميات، ما يتيحُ للأميركيين الانقضاض على الدولة والتحكم بقرارها السيادي والسيطرة على ثرواتها الحيوية المتنوّعة. فالقوانين عادة تهدف الى تنظيم المجتمعات وتطويرها وليس تدميرها وخنق شعوبها!

وهذا ما يحصل في سورية بفرض «قانون» العقوبات الأميركي «قيصر» بإيهام الشعب السوري بأن الهدف معاقبة النظام السوري ودفعه الى وقف جرائمه بحق السوريين، علماً أن الحرب العسكرية في سورية انتهت منذ عامين تقريباً مع بقاء بعض المعارك المجزأة في الشمال والشرق السوريين، فعن أي جرائم يتحدث الأميركيون؟

وهذه السياسة تسري أيضاً على لبنان، حيث يخضع الموقف الرسمي فيه منذ عقود للوصايات المتنوعة وللخضوع، فتوهِم الادارة الأميركية الشعب اللبناني بأنها تعاقب حزب الله، لكونه المسؤول، بحسب زعمها عن الأوضاع الاقتصادية والاجتماعية الصعبة التي يواجهها البلد وبسبب تمسكه بسلاحه ودوره في الإقليم. لذلك تريد واشنطن إقناع اللبنانيين بأن إلحاق حزب الله في دائرة «قيصر» سيدفع الحزب الى رفع قبضته عن الدولة ما يؤدي الى ازدهار وانتعاش اقتصادي في لبنان.

أما الأهداف الخفيّة لهذه السياسة، فتكمن في الاستمرار بسياسة حصار لبنان وتجويع شعبه تمهيداً لإخضاعه للشروط الأميركيّة الاسرائيليّة لا سيما في ملف الحدود البحرية. والملاحظ تسخين الساحة اللبنانية منذ 17 تشرين الماضي توازياً مع تقدم المشروع الأميركي الاسرائيلي الخليجي الجديد للمنطقة المتمثل بـ»صفقة القرن»، وذلك لنفاد الوقت أمام تمرير هذا المشروع قبيل نهاية ولاية الرئيس الأميركي الحالي.

وتُترجم هذه السياسة اليوم في الساحة اللبنانيّة عبر جملة وسائل وتكتيكات:

تصويب المسؤولين الأميركيين على فساد السلطة السياسية الحاكمة عقوداً وذلك لتسييلها بإثارة الشعب ودفعه للنزول الى الشارع والتحكم بشعاراته وحركته واتجاهاته عبر مجموعات تدُسّها واشنطن بين المتظاهرين لتوجيههم نحو الأهداف التي تريدها ووضع الشعب في وجه حزب الله… وألم تكن تعلم أميركا بأن السلطة فاسدة؟ فكيف تعاملت معها كل هذا الوقت؟

إثارة جملة أحداث وتوترات أمنية في الشارع لخلق فتن اجتماعية واستحضار الفتن الطائفية والمذهبية وابتزاز الطبقة السياسية بحركة الشارع لإبقائها تحت إمرتها.

استخدام سلاح الدولار لتقويض الاقتصاد وإفقار كل الشعب بهدف تجويع بيئة المقاومة لدفع قيادة الثنائي أمل وحزب الله للتنازل في الملفات السيادية. وهذا ما كشفه السيد حسن نصرالله أمس الأول بأن أميركا تمنع وصول الدولار الى لبنان وتسعّر الفتنة… سياسة أميركية وصفها الدبلوماسي الأميركي البارز جيفيري فيلتمان خلال أحداث 17 تشرين بالفاشلة وأيّده بذلك النائب السابق وليد جنبلاط. وهنا تكشف أوساط مطلعة على مراهنة بعض الأحزاب السياسية على أن تسقط الحكومة بضربة «قيصر» وسيف الدولار!

تحريك أدواتها الداخلية لفرملة وعرقلة عمل الحكومة والاتفاقات والحلول، كان آخرها اتفاق تخفيض سعر الصرف مع المصرف المركزي فاستنفرت واشنطن أدواتها السياسية و»مافياتها» في قطاعي المصارف والصيرفة لنسف الاتفاق.

فالخطة الأميركية إلهاء لبنان بعملية المفاوضات مع صندوق النقد الدولي، كي ينام لبنان على حرير مساعدات «الصندوق» وتعطيل أي توجّه لحلول أخرى ويجري التذرّع ببعض الأسباب المموّهة لتمديد المفاوضات كالخلاف بين المصرف المركزي والحكومة والمصارف على أرقام الخسائر. وبعد مرور ستة أشهر أو أكثر تحدث الصدمة بإحجام الصندوق (ليس سوى أداة مالية أميركية لفرض الوصاية السياسية) عن تقديم المساعدات بحجج واهية، وحينها يوضع لبنان أمام خيارين أحلاهما مرُ: الخضوع لشروط الصندوق المالية والسياسية والأمنية والعسكرية أو الانهيار الكامل والشامل وما ينتجه من مفاعيل الجوع والفوضى الاجتماعية والاقتتال في الشوارع وذلك بعد تدمير آخر قلاع الصمود النقدي أي البنك المركزي باستنزاف احتياطاته.

فماذا يفعل لبنان حينها؟ ليس أمامه أي خيارات بديلة سوى الخضوع ويكون الأميركيون انتزعوا من لبنان بالاقتصاد ما عجزوا عنه بالحروب العسكرية، وبالتالي لن ينتظر محور المقاومة لحظة السقوط النهائي مكتوف الأيدي ما يعني أن الحرب هي أهون الشرور، بحسب ما تؤكد مصادر عليمة. فالشعب السوريّ وصل الى درجة الجوع لكنه بقي على كرامته وكذلك الشعب اللبناني منذ 17 تشرين حتى الآن، لكن المعروض اليوم أميركياً هو الجوع مع الذُل؛ وهذا لن يمر، تجزم المصادر.

وفي خضم هذه الحرب المفتوحة هل يمكن المواجهة من خلال تحويل «قيصر» الأميركي الى فرصة لإنقاذ لبنان؟ لا سيما أن تداعيات القانون السلبية على لبنان أشد بأضعاف من تداعياته السورية، كما قال السيد نصرالله لكون سورية تشكل رئة لبنان الوحيدة وبالتالي حرمانه من التجارة المباشرة والترانزيت واستجرار الكهرباء والمشتقات النفطية والمشاركة بإعادة الإعمار وحل أزمة النزوح… فهل تبقى بلاد الأرز على قيد الحياة بلا رئتها؟ وهل يمكن الركون الى معادلة أميركيّة قوامها لن نعطيكم المال وننقذكم إلا بشروط قاسية مذلة، ولن نسمح لكم البحث عن موارد وحلول أخرى في دول أخرى!

قرار المواجهة بالوسائل كافة اتخذه محور المقاومة وعبر عنه السيد نصرالله في خطابه الأخير، فحزب الله بحسب مطلعين على موقفه كان يتريّث بقرار الانفتاح على سورية والتوجه شرقاً اقتصادياً، بسبب الضغوط الأميركية الخليجية على الحكومة السابقة وعدم إحراج الحكومة الحالية طالما لم تتخط أميركا الخطوط الحمر الاقتصادية، لكن بعد «قيصر» والتمادي الأميركي بحربها الاقتصادية غير ما قبله. فالتوجه هو لاستخدام العقوبات الجديدة حجة وتحويلها الى فرصة لاتخاذ القرار بالتوجّه الى الشرق ومواجهة ردود الفعل مهما كانت أثمانها. فالمعركة الاقتصادية بالنسبة لحزب الله تساوي الآن الحرب العسكرية مع «اسرائيل» والارهاب باختلاف أدوات المواجهة. والملاحظ توقيت خطاب السيد عشية دخول قيصر حيّز التنفيذ!

أما المواقف السورية والإيرانية والروسية فتتلاقى مع فحوى رسائل السيد نصرالله للأميركيين، وحديث الأمين العام للحزب كان محل متابعة واهتمام شديدين وثناء وتأييد سفير دولة عظمى في لبنان تحوز على دور أساسي في المنطقة، حيث أكد السفير لـ»البناء» أن «الأميركيين يريدون خنق لبنان عبر السياسات التي يتبعونها على الصعيد السياسي والمالي والاقتصادي ويستخدمون الدولار كسلاح لفرض أهدافهم في المنطقة والتحكم بسياسات الدول، معرباً عن خشيته حيال الوضع اللبناني وإزاء النيات الأميركية تجاهه، مشيراً إلى أن «الحرب على لبنان جزء من الحرب الأميركية على دول المنطقة والعالم»، مشدداً على «ضرورة الحفاظ على السلم الأهلي في لبنان والاستقرار والتماسك مع سورية وبقاء الحكومة وتفعيل عملها لمواجهة العاصفة».

أما الإشارة البالغة الأهمية فهي أن حديث السيد نصرالله جاء بعد ساعات على زيارة وزير خارجية إيران محمد جواد ظريف إلى موسكو وتركيا والبيان الصادر عن موسكو بدعم الاقتصاد السوريّ، ما يعزز الربط بين اللقاء الروسي – الإيراني وكلام السيد نصرالله الذي ظهر وكأنه يتحدّث باسم المحور من موسكو الى بيروت مروراً بطهران وبغداد ودمشق وصنعاء. فمواجهة «قيصر» تكون بمزيد من الاتحاد بين دول المنطقة ومحور المقاومة وتشابك الجبهات الاقتصادية والعسكرية.

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مشروع صفقة القرن يواصل تدمير الشرق العربيّ

د. وفيق إبراهيم

يضغط الخليج علناً هذه المرة الى جانب الأميركيين و»إسرائيل» لاستعجال تطبيق صفقة القرن في الضفة الغربية المحتلة بطريقة تدريجية لا تستنفر ردود فعل سلبية.

حتى الآن، هذا خبر معروف وعادي لأن السعودية والإمارات والبحرين دول متورّطة تنسّق مع الكيان الإسرائيلي منذ اكثر من عقد بشكل واضح وجلي.

حتى ان سفير الإمارات في واشنطن يوسف العتيبي نشر مقالاً في صحيفة يديعوت احرونوت الإسرائيلية يدعو فيه الى سلام عربي إسرائيلي مع الاسلوب التدريجي في ضم الضفة للكيان المحتل تمهيداً لما أسماه الحلف التاريخي.

اما الاكثر خطورة فإن هذا الخليج مع مصر والأردن يلعبون دور الوسيط بين الفلسطينيين و»إسرائيل» حول مسألة ضم مستوطنات في الضفة الغربية مع الأغوار الى الكيان المحتل.

هناك مفاوضات أخرى يرعاها السفير الأميركي في إسرائيل ديفيد فريدمان بين رئيس وزراء العدو نانتياهو ووزير الدفاع رئيس حزب أزرق ابيض بني غانتس ووزير الخارجية غابي اشكينازي وذلك لتجزئة التهام الضفة، فيجري اولاً ضم المستوطنات والأغوار فينهار تلقائياً ما تبقى من الضفة، فتستوعبه إسرائيل بشكل تحايلي.

هنا لا بدّ من الإشارة الى أن صفقة القرن ليست مشروعاً يقتصر على إنهاء القضية الفلسطينية، بقدر ما تشكل محاولة ضخمة للإمساك بالمشرق في اطار دفعه الى تحالف مع «إسرائيل» يؤدي ادواراً شرق اوسطية في خدمة النفوذ الأميركي العالمي.

ضمن هذا المعطى الواضح يجب وضع المشروع الأميركي الذي ابتدأ مع الرئيس المصري السابق انور السادات بصفقة كمب دافيد التي أخرجت مصر من النظام العربي في 1979، كان الأميركيون يراهنون على انسحاب مصر للإمساك بكامل المشرق العربي والقضاء على القضية الفلسطينية.

إلا أنهم فوجئوا بإيران الإسلامية الجديدة تملأ الفراغ المصري بدعم الفلسطينيين وسورية والعراق واليمن وحزب الله في لبنان.

هذا ما أفرغ مشروع سحب مصر من النظام العربي من النتائج التدميرية المتوخاة منه خصوصاً لجهة بناء حلف عربي إسرائيلي.

فعاود الأميركيون تركيب مشروع إضافي منذ التسعينيات متجسّداً باجتياح العراق في 2003 ومحاولة إسقاط سورية منذ 2011، وجددوه بالإصرار على ضرب حزب الله في لبنان.

لكن النتائج الضعيفة لهذا المشروع انسحبت بشكل تراجع على النفوذ الأميركي في كامل الشرق الاوسط.

فالعراق حتى اليوم وبعد سبع عشرة سنة على احتلاله بواسطة الجيش الأميركي يواصل انتفاضته في وجههم وحصرهم في إطار قواعد لا يتجرأ جندي أميركي على الخروج منها للتجوّل.

أما سورية، فتمكنت من دحر أكبر حلف دولي إقليمي إرهابي يهاجمها منذ 2011 ونجحت في تحرير نحو سبعين في المئة من أراضيها.

فيما تربع حزب الله على موقع القوة الأكثر مكانة وبأساً في الإقليم مساهماً في تحرير سورية وضرب الإرهاب ومقاومة «إسرائيل».

بذلك يتبين ان المشروع الأميركي الاضافي على كمب ديفيد لم يحقق بدوره أغراضه، فكان لزاماً على الفريق الأميركي – الإسرائيلي البحث عن آليات اخرى، فوجدت واشنطن اضافات جديدة تربط بين تحرك خليجي نحو «إسرائيل» وتحرك إسرائيلي لالتهام الضفة الغربية.

فتحقق بهذه الطريقة شيئاً من أهداف صفقة القرن لجهة حلف إسرائيلي يضم مصر والأردن والسعودية والإمارات والبحرين والمغرب والسودان.

هناك أيضاً قطر لكن علاقاتها بـ»إسرائيل» لا تحتاج الى حلف هي فيه فكراً وسياسة وتمويلاً، لكن خلافها مع السعودية حول قضايا أخرى قد يمنعها من الالتحاق بهذا الحلف المتوقع.

لذلك فإن الأميركيين يعتبرون ان سورية التي انتصرت على أكبر حلف دولي غير مسبوق، بإمكانها التأثير على المجريات الخليجية – الإسرائيلية لصفقة القرن، ويعرفون ايضاً ان حزب الله قادر ايضاً على دعم حلفائه في الضفة وقطاع غزة بوسائل أساسية.

فكيف العمل لمنع سورية والحزب من التأثير على المفاوضات الخليجية الإسرائيلية والنقاش الخليجي المصري مع السلطة الفلسطينية في الضفة؟

اكتشف الأميركيون أن تطبيق عقوبات اقتصادية تحت مسمّى قيصر من شأنها حصر اهتمام الدولة السورية وحزب الله بكيفية مقاومة التداعيات التي يحدثها قيصر عليهما لجهة الخنق الاقتصادي، واهدافه التدميرية على مستوى الدولة والمجتمع.

يمكن اذاً فهم دور قيصر كوسيلة لتمرير صفقة القرن وإسقاط الدولة السورية وحزب الله، ومحاولة تقسيم سورية الى دولة كردية وأخرى اخوانية – تركية في الغرب وثالثة هي دولة دمشق.

هذا الى جانب تفجير الوضع الداخلي اللبناني في محاولة لإنهاء دور حزب الله الداخلي والإقليمي. لذلك فإن ما يمكن التأكيد عليه هو وجود مشروع أميركي واحد ابتدأ قبل أربعين عاماً مع السادات ولا يزال مستمراً، لكنه اشتدّ قسوة مع انهيار المنافس القطبي للأميركيين الاتحاد السوفياتي، فاستعجلوا تحركاتهم العسكرية والسياسية لبناء احادية قطبية لهم يخضع لها الشرق الاوسط او البقرة الحلوب التي تنتج نفطاً وغازاً وقدرة عالية على استهلاك السلع والبضائع الغربية.

فهل هذا ممكن؟

استهلك الأميركيون اكثر من اربعة عقودٍ ولم ينجحوا في تثبيت سلطانهم.

بالمقابل جابهتهم إيران وسورية بإسناد جهادي من حزب الله متمكنين من افشال المشروع الأميركي ومسهلين عودة الروس الى المنطقة، والصينيين الى القطبية العالمية.

فتبين بالنتيجة أن تعاون الفلسطينيين مع سورية وحزب الله وإيران والعراق كفيل بإسقاط صفقة القرن وإرغام رئيس السلطة الفلسطينية على الصمود في وجه الحلف الخليجي الإسرائيلي.

وهذا يعيد النفوذ الأميركي الى مرحلة البحث عن أدوار أخرى للحلف المصري الخليجي بأشكال جديدة، لكنها لن تفعل اكثر من الاشكال المهزومة، وتبقى سورية وتحالفاتها المحور الأساسي لإعادة تشكيل شرق عربي لا يزال يبحث عن مكانته منذ الف عام.

قانون قيصر أم قانون القرصان!

د. عدنان منصور

بعد أن فشلت الولايات المتحدة، ومعها «إسرائيل»، وحلفاؤها في المنطقة بتحقيق مآربها في سورية، منذ اندلاع الأحداث فيها عام 2011، وحتى اليوم، ورغم كلّ الدعم المادي، والعسكري، والمالي، والإعلامي، واللوجستي، والبشري المتواصل الذي قدّمته قوى العدوان، لعشرات الآلاف من الإرهابيين الأجانب القادمين من دول العالم، لم تستطع قوى الشرّ أن تحقق مبتغاها الهادف الى إطاحة النظام السوري، ورئيس الدولة، وإيجاد نظام بديل يكون أداة طيّعة في يد قوى الهيمنة، يبتعد عن قضايا بلده وشعبه وأمته، يتنازل عن حقوقه وسيادته، وأرضه المحتلة من العدو الصهيوني، وينهي حالة الصراع معه، ويقبل بالأمر الواقع الإسرائيلي، والتطبيع معه، ثم يدير ظهره للمقاومة في لبنان وفلسطين، ويقلّص الى حدّ كبير من مستوى التعاون مع إيران وروسيا…

فبعد أن وجدت قوى العدوان على سورية، بعد تسع سنوات من الحرب المفروضة عليها، انّ كلّ الوسائل والإمكانات والخطط العسكرية، والإجراءات المالية، والضغوط النفسية، والعقوبات الشرسة، التي طالت قطاعات مصرفية، ومالية، وتجارية وصحية، وصناعية، وعسكرية، وتكنولوجية، وكذلك شخصيات رسمية وفعاليات مدنية، واللجوء إلى الإفراط في استخدام القوة، والعمليات الحربية المدمّرة، لإخضاع سورية وإجبارها على رفع راية الاستسلام، أنها لم تستطع انتزاع القرار الذي تنتظره من الرئيس السوري، ولم تستطع تأليب الشعب على قيادته، او الرهان على تفكيك الجيش العربي السوري وانهياره، وأنها فشلت أيضاً في إبعاد سورية عن إيران وروسيا، وفكّ الارتباط مع الدولتين، كان لا بدّ من المتربّصين بسورية، ورعاة التسلط والاستبداد، أن يلجأوا الى سياسات أخرى أكثر قسوة وشدة كي تفي بالمطلوب.

وإذا كانت الحرب الشاملة التي شنتها قوى العدوان على سورية، قد فشلت في تحقيق أهدافها، وغاياتها، بسبب بسالة وصمود الجيش العربي السوري، ووحدة الشعب، وإدارة قيادته الحكيمة للأزمة في أصعب وأحلك الظروف، وصمودها الذي بهر شعوب العالم ودوله، وهي تواجه العدوان والإرهاب، كان على الادارة الأميركية أن تبحث عن عقوبات أكثر إيلاماً وشراسة تطبّقها على سورية، علها تحقق الغاية المرجوّة منها. فكان «قانون قيصر»، الذي وقعه الرئيس الأميركي ترامب يوم 21 كانون الأول من العام الماضي، ليجسّد هذا القانون الظلم والقهر، الذي سيطبّق اعتباراً من منتصف حزيران 2020 بحق الشعب السوري، وبحق الدولة، لتشمل عقوباته مسؤولي الدولة السورية، وأجهزتها ومؤسّساتها وشركاتها وهيئاتها، وكلّ دولة أخرى تتعامل مع سورية، أو تساعدها على تنفيذ مشاريع فيها، أو تعمل على المشاركة في إعادة بناء المرافق التي هدمتها الحرب، حتى ولو كانت بعض المشاريع تنفذ مجاناً من قبل الدول او المنظمات او الشخصيات المانحة الصديقة.

لا يتوقف «قانون قيصر» عند هذا الحدّ، بل يشمل العقوبات المالية، وهي النوع الأخطر. إذ انه سيتمّ بموجبه، إلزام الدول والهيئات والمؤسسات المالية، وقف المنح والقروض التي قد تقدّم الى سورية، وكذلك المساعدات المالية، وتجميد الحسابات، ووقف الاستثمارات المباشرة وغير المباشرة. كما ستشمل العقوبات كلّ شركة أجنبية، تستثمر في قطاعي الطاقة والطيران، ومنعها من تزويد الطيران المدني السوري بقطع الغيار، أو القيام بأعمال الصيانة لصالحه. وسيفرض القانون أيضاً عقوبات على الدول والشركات التي تقوم بتوسيع قطاع الإنتاج المحلي للنفط والغاز السوري، حيث تستورد سورية أكثر من ستين بالمئة من حاجتها الى الغاز. كما سيعاقب «قانون قيصر» أيضاً، الشركات الأجنبية التي تعتزم التعامل مع سورية في مختلف المجالات، كما سيمنع المصارف الأجنبية من التعامل مع المصارف المحلية، بغية شلّ الحركة الاقتصادية، والمالية، بشكل واسع النطاق، مما سينعكس سلباً، وبشكل مباشر على النقد الوطني، وعلى تراجع سعر صرف الليرة السورية أمام الدولار الأميركي.

«قانون قيصر» الذي أراد منه ترامب على حدّ زعمه، حماية المدنيين في سورية، وتنحّي الرئيس بشار الأسد عن السلطة، ووقف دعم روسيا وإيران لدمشق، ووقف الحصار على المناطق التي تتواجد فيها الفصائل الإرهابية، المدعومة من قوى العدوان، وإحقاق العدالة لضحايا جرائم الحرب التي ارتكبها النظام السوري، على حدّ زعم عرّابي «قانون قيصر» ورعاته.

«قانون قيصر» يريد ان يجبر سورية على التوقف عن دعمها للمقاومة في لبنان وفلسطين ضدّ المحتلّ «الإسرائيلي»، والكفّ عن سعيها لامتلاك أسلحة متطوّرة، وعن السير في برنامج تطوير الصواريخ البالستية.

ما تريده الولايات المتحدة من سورية، من خلال قانون قيصرها، هو باختصار استسلام سورية للإرادة الأميركية، وتغيير النظام والنهج، والأسلوب والعقيدة، والمبادئ الوطنية، والاستراتيجية القومية، ومواقفها المقاومة، الداعمة للحق العربي، والرافضة بالشكل والأساس، لدولة الاحتلال الصهيوني، والتطبيع معها، وتصدّيها لنفوذ ومؤامرات قوى الهيمنة والعدوان المتواصلة ضدّها وضدّ شعوب أمتها.

«قانون قيصر» جاء ليعرّي الوجه الحقيقي للسياسة الأميركية حيال سورية، والأهداف المبيّتة ضدّها منذ عقود، وضدّ الأنظمة الحرة في المنطقة والعالم، التي آلت على نفسها ان تخرج من دائرة النفوذ والاستغلال الغربي، والتصدّي لها مهما كلف ذلك من ثمن وتضحيات.

انّ «قانون قيصر» الأحادي الجانب، الذي تريد من خلاله الولايات المتحدة، أن تلتزم دول العالم به، تحت التهديد بفرض العقوبات عليها، في حال عدم الأخذ به. يبيّن للعالم

مدى أبعاد البلطجة الأميركية، ومدى تأثير القانون على دول كبرى في أوروبا وخارجها، يكرهها رغماً عنها الالتزام به، وهو يحدّ من هيبتها، ومكانتها وقراراتها المستقلة، ويتعارض مع مصالحها وحقوقها السيادية.

انّ سورية التي استوعبت العقوبات الأميركية الظالمة منذ عام 1979، وحتى اليوم، قادرة بعزيمة قيادتها الوطنية العالية، ووعي شعبها، وإدراكها للذي تبيّته قوى العدوان ضدّها، وبصمود جيشها الذي أحبط كلّ الرهانات القذرة عليه، بأدائه وتماسكه ووحدته، قادرة على مواجهة تبعات «قانون قيصر» الجديد مهما غلت التضحيات، إذ تعرف سورية انّ هذا القانون الذي يستهدفها، وإنٍ حمل اسم «قانون قيصر»، فهو في الحقيقة، ليس إلا قانون القرصان.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: “Israel” Will Demise, It Is an Artificial Entity

Sayyed Nasrallah: “Israel” Will Demise, It Is an Artificial Entity
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By Zeinab Essa

Lebanon – Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gave an exclusive interview to al-Nour radio station on the occasion of its anniversary in which he tackled various local and regional issues.

Sayyed Nasrallah started the interview by reiterating that the spirit of the Resistance that martyr Haj Imad Mughniyeh and which the “Israelis” recognize today an advantage for those who fought against him still exists, and that the 2006 war is its embodiment.

His Eminence began by saying, “Since 1982, the Resistance has been seeing what has happened in May 2000”.

Sayyed Nasrallah addressed the Jordanians telling them that, “‘Israel’ has been conspiring against Jordan since 1982, and today it is conspiring through the ‘Deal of the Century’,” adding that “the scheme of an alternative nation for the Palestinians in Jordan still exists for ‘Israel’”.

“The ‘Israeli’ withdrawal from 1985 towards the occupied borderline was not a gratitude from ‘Israel’,” Hezbollah SG said, adding, “The resistance toppled the theory of keeping settlements protected due to the security belt that the ‘Israeli’ preserved its occupation in south Lebanon by bombing the settlements in response to the enemy’s bombing of Lebanese civilians”.

Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the performance of the Resistance in 2000 saying that it “prevented Lebanon from a sectarian civil war the ‘Israeli’ sought to ignite”.

His Eminence further said: “We are convinced that the ‘Israeli’ apartheid entity will demise; it is an urgent entity and it is no longer as it was before 2000”.

“The ‘Israeli’ entity will be defeated in any future war by God’s willing,” said Sayyed Nasrallah, explaining that “When the foreign factor ‘Israel’ is relying on weakens, ‘Israeli’ will collapse”.

Hezbollah’s Secretary General gave his opinion on the matter of Zionists returning to the countries they came from, saying that issue “will definitely happen”.

For His Eminence, he doesn’t “believe that the internal atmosphere that was in 2000 was better that the current one”.

Sayyed Nasrallah explained that “the US’ direct presence in the region expresses the weakness of its allies and the strength of the Axis of Resistance”, assuring “Israel’s” awareness “that the Resistance became stronger [than before]”.

Furthermore, Sayyed Nasrallah didn’t fail to mention the popular support of the choice of Resistance among the Palestinians, saying, it “is higher than any other time. The power of Resistance today in the occupied Palestine is a strategic point of strength for the Axis of Resistance”.

His Eminence said, “The Resistance and the enemy are capable of taking the initiative, but the result of the balance of deterrence between them makes all accounts into consideration”.

Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized, “The strength of resistance in Palestine is a strategic point of strength for Axis of Resistance. We don’t say that the entire strategic environment serves out interests, but it doesn’t either serve the enemy”.

Nonetheless, the SG stated, “‘Israel’ knows that any bombing against Lebanon would never go unanswered, and this is a rule of the rules of engagement”.

“The Lebanese achievement after the liberation was protection and deterrence. The enemy confesses that this exists,” Sayyed Nasrallah added.

Elsewhere in the interview, Sayyed Nasrallah shed light on Syria, saying, “There are factions within the Syrian opposition that were in contact with ‘Israel’ and receiving support on all levels”.

“The ‘Israeli’ involvement in the battle in Syria is an evidence that the Axis of Resistance has triumphed”, His Eminence said, adding, “The ‘Israeli’ bet on the terrorist groups in Syria has fallen”.

Sayyed Nasrallah stated, “The equation today is that we respond to the ‘Israeli’ enemy if any of us is killed anywhere”.

His Eminence explained that “It is not of the interest of the Syrian leadership to be dragged into war with ‘Israel’ today”.

Consequently, Sayyed Nasrallah warned “Israel” that “the patience and endurance of the Syrian leadership over the ‘Israeli’ aggression have limits”.

Regarding the equation of downing drones in the Lebanese airspace, Hezbollah’s Secretary General said that “it is still standing”.

Sayyed Nasrallah further added, “The Resistance must have a goal of the kind to convert all its missiles into precise ones”.

His Eminence explained the car incident on the border with Syria saying, “The ‘Israeli’ hit an alarming missile so that our men are not killed in the missile strike because the Resistance launched an equation that killing any of our young men will have a response”.

On the issue of the United Nation resolution 1701, Sayyed Nasrallah said, “Increasing or reducing the number of UNIFIL forces is the same for us, and if they want to transfer them, this is their business, and we are not against the presence of UNIFIL, but I am speaking on this subject from the ‘Israeli’ angle”.

His Eminence pointed out, “They say that Hezbollah has a phobia from the civil war; that is a source of pride for us, and our rejection of this war comes from our concern for Lebanon”.

Internally, the Secretary General said: “The tools of change in the Lebanese internal arena must take into account the country’s composition and the fears it contains”.

Sayyed Nasrallah nonetheless added, “In Lebanon, we must have clear levels for any internal change, most notably being away from partition and not giving the enemy a chance”.

Also in the interview, His Eminence pointed out that “‘Israel’ is a racist entity, it’s not a religious state”.

“The resistance is at the top of the targeting list, and this gives us the right to think of every new situation”, Sayyed Nasrallah said.

Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah warned that, “Any conflict in Lebanon over any issue will quickly turn into a sectarian dispute, as what happened with the appointment of a governor for Beirut”.

His Eminence further added, “Hezbollah, allows us to fight corruption in our own way and to proceed with our reform”.

Sayyed Nasrallah tackled the issue of the parliamentary elections saying it “is a station to hold corrupt people accountable in the election”.

He went on to say, “Our ministers, representatives, or employees affiliated with us will go to court for accountability if they are charged”.

In addition, Sayyed Nasrallah said, “The country needs self-sacrifice martyrdom judges to reform it from corruption, and it is not right to fight corruption in isolation from the judiciary”, shedding light on the need to “work to reform the judiciary, and let people express their convictions in the elections”.

His Eminence continued in the subject of Lebanese internal affairs stating, “We talked about developing the Taif Agreement and the Lebanese system needs to be developed and reformed, but not on the basis of blowing it up”.

The SG added, “There are laws that protect corruption and we have called for them to be changed, and this takes time to legalize it”.

Sayyed Nasrallah also said, “Whoever awaits revolutionary action at once in Lebanon must know that this is happening gradually”.

“Reforming the Lebanese system is difficult and the solution begins with people and the broad popular participation,” His Eminence said.

Sayyed Nasrallah continued, “Over time, the country can be put on the track of reform. We can get out of the economic crisis, and there are alternatives, ideas, and perceptions that need political will”.

His Eminence explained, “The economic situation cannot tolerate long years of treatment, and it must be dealt with urgently, and this is possible”.

“Part of our acceptance to negotiate with the International Monetary Fund [IMF] is to withdraw excuses. It is a mistake to go to the IMF as if there is no solution to the economic crisis except through it,” the SG said.

On the internal arena, Sayyed Nasrallah concluded by saying, “The issue of the economic plan is marred by many complications and ambushes”.

Regarding the American presence, His Eminence asserted that the confrontation with the US after the assassination of the martyr leader Hajj Qassem Soleimani is “a comprehensive confrontation, not just a military one”.

Sayyed Nasrallah further asserted that “there is a real popular will that the Americans should get out of Iraq, and that there forces in Syria are occupation forces,” adding, “there is popular will and resistance to get the American out of Syria, America has begun to rethink the presence of its forces in the region”.

The SG also said, “The war between the US and Iran is very unlikely, and the failure of the war on Yemen is an American failure, as well as the failure of the deal of the century that no Palestinians would sign it”.

On the war with the enemy, Sayyed Nasrallah said that “a war on multiple fronts is unlikely, and there are no ‘Israeli’ indications to launch a war on Lebanon unless there is any ‘Israeli’ folly or a rolling over of an event”.

Consequently, His Eminence warned “Israel” against starting the “Great War in the region”, saying that “the Axis of Resistance is discussing opening the various fronts together and the Great War will be the demise of ‘Israel’”.

Sayyed Nasrallah concluded by saying, “One form of deterrence is the preparation in the Axis of Resistance for the Great War”.

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نصرنا لن يهتزّ… وكلّ ما نحتاجه المزيد من الصمود

د. جمال شهاب المحسن

سورية رئيساً وقيادة وجيشاً وشعباً، ومع حلفائها حقّقت نصراً مؤزراً بمواجهة الحرب الكونية التي تُشنُّ عليها منذ أكثر من تسع سنوات، ومسار هذا النصر الكبير لن يهتزّ بالحملاتِ السياسية والنفسيةِ ولا بالعقوباتِ الاقتصاديةِ التي تُفرضُ على سورية وعلى حلفائها، وكل ما نحتاجه هو المزيد من الصمود. وهذا ما حرص أمين عام حزب الله سماحة السيد حسن نصر الله على تأكيده في ذكرى استشهاد القائد السيد مصطفى بدر الدين.

لقد قارب السيد نصرالله في كلمته المسألة السورية منذ بداياتها والمراحل التي مرّت بها، ناسفاً كلّ الأباطيل والأقاويل والترّهات، ومؤكداً وحدة محور المقاومة وتماسكه وتمسّكه بتعزيز انتصارات سورية القلعة الصامدة بوجه المشاريع الأميركية ـ الصهيونية، ومشدّداً على أن سورية استطاعت أن تنتصر في الحرب بفضل صمود قيادتها وجيشها وشعبها وثبات حلفائها إلى جانبها، ولافتاً إلى أن كل الكلام عن تخلّي الحلفاء عنها هو مجرد أحلام ولا أساس له من الصحة.

وقوف محور المقاومة إلى جانب سورية هدفه الحفاظ على استقلالها وسيادتها ودعم قراراتها وثباتها في وجه مخططات الهيمنة الأميركية «الإسرائيلية»، هذا ما شدّد عليه السيد، محذّراً قادة العدو «الإسرائيلي» من أي حماقةٍ أو خطأ في الحساباتِ، وموضحاً أنه في عام 2011 بدأ المخطط الأميركي ـ «الإسرائيلي» ـ السعودي التآمري لاستهداف سورية نظراً لموقعها في الصراع مع العدو «الإسرائيلي» وموقفها من القضية الفلسطينية، والهدف الأساسي كان إضعافها ودفعها للتخلي عن فلسطين والجولان السوري المحتلّ.

أما عن العلاقة السورية اللبنانية، فلا يجوز أن يستمر الوضع القائم مع سورية على ما هو عليه بسبب عداوات ورهانات سياسية خاسرة وخاطئة عند عدد من القوى السياسية اللبنانية، لذا أكد السيد أن ترتيب هذا الوضع يفتح باباً مهماً جداً للوضع الاقتصادي اللبناني، داعياً إلى المسارعة في ترتيب العلاقة مع سورية لفتح الحدود والمعابر وإحياء القطاعات الإنتاجية، خصوصاً أنّ هناك جهوزية سورية بدرجة عالية، في حين أنّ التعطيل والتأخير والمماطلة هي عند الجانب اللبناني، علماً أنّ مَن يفكر بمصلحة الشعب اللبناني يجب أن يتجاوز الاعتبارات الدولية والاقليمية لأنها لن تُطعم اللبنانيين خبزاً .

في كلّ إطلالة لسماحة السيد حسن نصرالله، يتجلّى بوضوح بأنّه صورة لكلامه الصادق المؤمن بالله وشعبه وقضايا أمّته، فهو يقاوم من أجل قضية عادلة ورسالة.. إنه قائد تاريخي بإمتياز.

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S. Nasrallah Says Syria Emerged Victorious in Universal War, Warns ‘Israel’ against Any Folly

Sayyed Nasrallah Mustafa Badreddine martyrdom anniversary
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S. Nasrallah Says Syria Emerged Victorious in Universal War, Warns ‘Israel’ against Any Folly

Marwa Haidar

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on Wednesday responded to all those who cast doubt about the outcome of the Syrian War by stressing that Damascus has emerged victorious in the universal war which was waged by hegemonic powers against it.

In a televised address on the fourth martyrdom anniversary of senior commander Mustafa Badreddine (Zoulfikar), Sayyed Nasrallah warned Israeli officials and commanders against committing any folly in Syria that could lead to the explosion of the region.

His eminence addressed the Israeli people, saying that Zionist officials are lying on them and creating fake goals and fake victories in Syria.

Meanwhile, the Hezbollah S.G. warned some Lebanese sides against betting on the ‘regime topple’ in Syria, calling for restoring ties between Lebanon and Syria as a key step to solve major problems in Lebanon including the economic ones.

Sayyed Nasrallah dismissed reports on an alleged conflict between Iran and Russia over Syria, noting that such reports are part of psychological warfare following the defeat of the scheme launched by the US and other hegemonic powers.

About the Occasion

Sayyed Nasrallah started his speech by offering condolences over the martyrdom of Imam Ali (a.s.) in Laylat Al-Qadr.

He said that the first Imam for Shiites is the first Muslim figure who stood against the Kharijites, noting that the Takfiri ideology which Hezbollah and its allies have been facing in the last years is an extension to Kharijites’ doctrine.

His eminence also saluted the nurses on their day, praising them for being in the front line of the battle against coronavirus.

Shifting to the occasion of the speech, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the leadership in Hezbollah is keen to commemorate the martyrdom anniversaries of its commanders and fighters who scarified themselves for the path of Resistance.

Sayyed Nasrallah then talked about the characteristics of the Martyr Badreddine and narrated his experience with him during the Israel aggression on Lebanon in 1996 and during the Syrian war which was erupted in March 2011.

“Martyr Mustafa Badreddine had high morals and powerful spirit which we really need in order to overcome all kinds of challenges. He was courageous and confident commander who inspired all fighters whom he led.”

“Commander Badreddine was the head of Hezbollah’s central command during April War in 1996. His leadership of the battle led to the victory in that year, ahead of the victory during the liberation of south Lebanon in 2000.”

The War in Syria

Sayyed Nasrallah then elaborated on the Syrian war and Hezbollah’s involvement in it.

In this context, he stressed that the reason behind the war in Syria was neither related to the regime in Damascus nor to the person of President Bashar Al-Assad, but rather it was because Syria was out of the US control.

“Syria which refused to surrender to the US was in the heart of the Middle East’s equations.”

Talking about Hezbollah’s participation in the Syrian War, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that the leadership in Hezbollah knew that such step would have negative repercussions.

“However, the extent of threats posed by such scheme against Syria and Palestine prompted us to go there.”

He said that Martyr Badreddine had fought the Takfiri militants in Syria alongside commander of Iran’s Quds Force General Qassem Suleimani, who was martyred earlier this year in a US drone strike on Baghdad airport.

“Martyr Badreddine was leading the battles in Syria shoulder to shoulder alongside Martyr General Qassem Suleimani. Martyr Badreddine was certain of victory despite the Syrian military losses at the first stage of the war.”

Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah responded to all those who cast doubt on the outcome of the Syrian War by saying: “Syria emerged victorious at the end of a universal war. It has survived a scheme which aimed at dividing it. Of course there still are some regions like Idlib that are not liberated but in all Syria has triumphed.”

His eminence noted that Syria has been subjected to different forms of pressure by hegemonic powers in order to secure by political means achievements that could not be reached by military means.

“Hegemonic powers continue to exert political pressure, psychological war and impose sanctions on Syria following the military victory.”

No Conflict between Iran, Russia

Sayyed Nasrallah on the other hand, put reports on alleged conflict between Iran and Russia over Syria in the context of continuous Psychological war against Syria.

“Iran is not engaged in an influence war with any side, neither with Russia, nor with any other country. Its goal is to prevent Syria’s fall in hands of US and Zionist entity.”

His eminence underlined that Iran doesn’t interfere in the internal affairs of Syria, noting that Tehran is keen to preserve Syria’s independence, integrity and sovereignty.

Meanwhile, he noted that it is normal that Iran and Russia have different assessments to the situation in Syria.

‘Idiot’ Israeli DM Making Fake Victories

Talking about the latest remarks by Israeli officials on Syria, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the Zionist entity is alarmed about Syria because Israeli officials believe that Syria poses a threat to the Zionist entity.

“Israeli defense minister is lying on his people and the world. He is talking about fake victories in Syria.”

“The Israelis lose the war in Syria, and they have been targeting all what is related to missiles manufacturing in Syria, because they believe that missile pose high risk to Israel.”

“The Israelis believe that Syria poses risk to them and they are concerned over the presence of Iran and Resistance movements there,” his eminence added.

Sayyed Nasrallah described Israeli defense minister as ‘idiot’ over remarks he made about alleged Iranian withdrawal from Syria by the end of 2020.

“‘Israel’ set fake goal for Syria since there have been no Iranian troops in Syria but rather there have been military advisers who train forces and coordinate Tehran’s support to Damascus.”

His eminence stressed, meanwhile, that the decision to reduce number of Hezbollah fighters was coordinated with the Syrian Army and was following the military achievement, not military losses as alleged by the Zionist officials.

Lebanon-Syria Ties

The Hezbollah S.G. stressed the importance of restoring ties between Lebanon and Syria, calling on some sides in Lebanon to stop betting on toppling the Syrian regime or making some changes in this regard.

“The financial and economic situation is the number one concern for the Lebanese people, and restoring ties with Syria is the only way to solve major problems including the economic ones.”

“Smuggling between Lebanon and Syria is one of the major problems that can’t be solved without coordination with the Syrian state.”

Commenting on some calls for deploying UN forces along the Lebanese-Syrian border, Sayyed Nasrallah denounced such calls, stressing that this is one of the major goals of July War in 2006, “and we totally refuse such move.”

At the end of his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah urged the people in Lebanon to strictly abide by measures aimed at battling coronavirus.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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كورونا يعزّز انتقال مركز القيادة والثقل في الاقتصاد وإدارة الأزمات من الغرب إلى الشرق

حسن حردان

بات من المسلّم به، أنّ العالم ما قبل كورونا لن يكون هو ذاته ما بعد كورونا… إنّ الحرب العالمية ضدّ فايروس كورونا، مثل كلّ الحروب العالمية، والأزمات التي أصابت البشرية، ستكون لها نتائج وتداعيات على العلاقات الدولية والنظام العالمي، تعكس موازين القوى الجديدة المتولدة عنها.. هذا ما حصل في أعقاب انتهاء الحرب العالمية الثانية حيث خرجت كلّ من الولايات المتحدة الأميركية والاتحاد السوفياتي كأكبر قوّتين في العالم، فولد نظام عالمي ثنائي الأقطاب، وكذلك بعد انتهاء الحرب الباردة بين الدول الغربية بقيادة أميركا، وبين الكتلة الشرقية بقيادة الاتحاد السوفياتي، انهار الأخير وتفكك، وولد نظام دولي جديد أحادي القطب بقيادة الولايات المتحدة.. ولهذا فإنّ الحرب العالمية الجديدة في مواجهة كورونا سوف تؤدّي إلى تغييرات سياسية واقتصادية تسهم في تسريع تحوّل السلطة والنفوذ من الغرب إلى الشرق، كما قالت مجلة «فورين بوليسي»… لا سيما أنّ العالم، قبل بدء الحرب مع كورونا، كان يشهد تحوّلات في موازين القوى الاقتصادية والعسكرية والسياسية، تدلل على بداية انتقال مركز الثقل في القرار الاقتصادي والمالي والسياسي من الغرب إلى الشرق، لا سيما بعد فشل حروب أميركا في أفغانستان والعراق من ناحية، وفشل الحروب الإرهابية بالوكالة لإعادة تعويم مشروع الهيمنة الأميركي على العالم من ناحية ثانية، وتجسّد هذا الفشل في انتصار سورية وحلفائها في محور المقاومة، وروسيا، في الحرب ضدّ جيوش الإرهاب والدول الداعمة لها.. وأصبح من الواضح أنّ السياسة الأميركية دخلت في مرحلة تخبّط واضطراب، تحاول إدارة الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب إخراجها منها واعادة تأكيد الهيمنة الأميركية من خلال استخدام آخر سلاح بيدها وهو سلاح الهيمنة على النظام المالي العالمي الذي تأسّس بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية، حيث تتحكّم واشنطن بنظام التحويلات المالية بالدولار العملة الأكثر تداولاً في العالم في عقد صفقات بيع النفط والسلاح والمبادلات التجارية.. وعبر هذه الهيمنة لجأت واشنطن إلى فرض الحصار المالي إلى جانب الحصار الاقتصادي ضدّ الدول التي ترفض هيمنتها ونجحت في اضعافها، وفي طليعة هذه الدول روسيا وإيران وسورية وفنزويلا، وكوبا..

وإذا كانت الدول التي تواجه الهيمنة الأميركية، وتعمل، قبل حرب كورونا، على كسر هذه الهيمنة الأميركية من خلال إقامة تحالفات دولية، عسكرية واقتصادية وتكريس التبادل التجاري بالعملات الوطنية، بديلاً عن الدولار، وكذلك إنشاء بنك وصندوق دوليّين في مقابل صندوق النقد والبنك الدولي اللذين تهيمن عليهما أميركا ويشكلان أداتها المالية لإخضاع الدول والسيطرة على قرارها الاقتصادي.. فإنّ هذه الدول، خلال وبعد حرب كورونا، قد خطت خطوات نوعية جديدة لإنهاء هذه الهيمنة، وتأكيد حضورها ودورها الدولي القيادي الذي يقوم على تكريس علاقات دولية تشاركية وتعاونية تنطلق من احترام القوانين والمواثيق الدولية، بل ويقدّم نموذجاً في العلاقات الإنسانية، مناقضاً تماماً للنموذج الأميركي النيوليبرالي الخالي من القيم والعلاقات الإنسانية.. وظهر هذا الحضور والدور من خلال الخطوات التالية..

أولاً، المبادرة، حيث امتنعت وتخاذلت الولايات المتحدة، الى المسارعة لتقديم العون والمساعدة للدول التي تعرّضت لكارثة نتيجة انتشار وباء كورونا فيها، مثل إيطاليا وإسبانيا وإيران وفرنسا إلخ… بل والتعاون لأجل إيجاد لقاح مضادّ لهذا الفايروس.. وهو ما ترك أثراً عميقاً إنسانياً لدى شعوب هذه الدول وكذلك لدى شعوب العالم.. فيما ساد الغضب والتنديد بالسياسة الأميركية إزاء التخلي عن تقديم المساعدة لهذه الدول، والتصرف بطريقة تتنافى والقيم الإنسانية من خلال سعي ترامب بداية إلى استغلال الوباء لعزل الصين وإضعاف اقتصادها عبر وصف الفايروس بـ «الفايروس الصيني»، ومن ثم السعي الى احتكار لقاح يعمل على إنتاجه علماء ألمان، في محاولة لابتزاز العالم وتحقيق الأرباح المالية الضخمة من ورائه.. مما أظهر ترامب وإدارته بمظهر قبيح ووحشي يعكس الطبيعة المعادية للإنسانية التي تتميّز بها السياسات النيوليبرالية.. التي تسبّبت أيضاً في ترك الشعب الأميركي يواجه انتشار الوباء بهذا الشكل الكارثي..

ثانياً، هذا الأداء المتميّز لكلّ من الصين وروسيا وكوبا، في مساعدة البشرية على مواجهة كورونا، جعلها تتقدّم الصفوف على المستوى الدولي في إدارة الحرب ضدّ كورونا، فيما واشنطن التي تعتبر نفسها زعيمة العالم، تخلت او تقاعست عن القيام بهذا الدور، وهو ما جعل وزير الخارجية الأسبق هنري كسينجر يحذر من خطورة ونتائج فشل أميركا في إدارة الأزمة، مشيراً إلى أنّ التحدي التاريخي للقادة هو إدارة الأزمة وبناء المستقبل، وأنّ الفشل يمكن أن يحرق العالم.. في حين رأت نائبة المدير العام للمعهد الدولي للدراسات الإستراتيجية، كوري شاك، أنّ عالم ما بعد فايروس كورونا لن يشهد استمرار زعامة الولايات المتحدة للعالم.

وقالت شاك في توقعاتها التي نشرتها «فورين بوليسي»، إنّ العالم لن ينظر إلى الولايات المتحدة بعد الآن كقائد دولي نظراً لسلوك الإدارة الأميركية الذي يقوم على تغليب المصالح الذاتية الضيقة وافتقار تلك الإدارة الفادح للكفاءة.. أما كيشور محبوباني، الباحث في معهد آسيا للبحوث بجامعة سنغافورة الوطنية ومؤلف كتاب «هل فازت الصين؟» حول تحدّي الصين للهيمنة الأميركية، فيرى، انّ جائحة كورونا، «ستسهم في تسريع تغيير كان قد بدأ بالفعل، هو الانتقال من العولمة التي تتمحور حول الولايات المتحدة إلى عولمة تتمحور حول الصين».. في المقابل توقع جون آلن، مدير معهد بروكينغز، أنّ المنتصرين في المعركة ضدّ فايروس كورونا القاتل هم من سيتسنّى لهم كتابة التاريخ كما هي الحال عبر تاريخ البشرية.

ثالثاً، في هذا الوقت حصل حدث مهمّ في دلالاته لناحية الانتقال إلى خطوة عملية طالما انتظرتها معظم دول العالم، للتخلص من هيمنة الدولار، وهذه الخطوة تمثلت في إعلان الدول الثماني الأعضاء في منظمة شنغهاي للتعاون الاقتصادي، بما في ذلك الصين وروسيا والهند، قراراً باعتماد العملات المحلية والوطنية في التبادل التجاري والاستثمار الثنائي وإصدار سندات، بدلاً عن الدولار الأميركي، ما ينهي عقوداً طويلة من الهيمنة الأميركية على العالم في التجارة والذهب والتعاملات النفطية، بحسب ما أوردته شركة خدمات التحليل الاستراتيجي عبر أوراسيا «سيلك روود.. أهمية هذه الخطوة وأثرها يتأتيان من كون الدول المذكورة تشكل ثقلاً سكانياً عالمياً يتجاوز نصف سكان العالم، وتحوز على قدرات وموارد اقتصادية وثروات نفطية وغازية ومعدنية هائلة وتملك التقنيات المتطورة في التكنولوجيا، والأبحاث العلمية، وتحوز على قدرات عسكرية منافسة بقوة للقوة الأميركية الغربية.. ما يجعل القرار له أثر كبير على التبادلات التجارية، ويؤدّي إلى تراجع كبير في اعتماد الدولار في العلاقات التجارية بحجم ما لهذه الدول من وزن ودور في الاقتصاد العالمي..

من هنا فإنّ نتائج حرب كورونا سوف تشكل محطة فاصلة في تاريخ العالم، وتكرّس التحوّلات الدولية وموازين القوى الجديدة وبالتالي إعادة بناء النظام العالمي على أساس هذه الموازين التي تفرض التعددية في العلاقات الدولية بديلا من الأحادية…

Assad after Aleppo’s Liberation: Despite Erdogan’s Loud Bark, All of Syria Will Be Liberated

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Statement by Bashar al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic, on February 17, 2020.

Translation: resistancenews.org

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stated that the Liberation of the city of Aleppo did not mean the end of the war, the fall of enemy plans, the end of terrorism, or the surrender of enemies, but that it certainly meant that they had bitten the dust, as a prelude to their complete defeat which will inevitably occur sooner or later.

Transcript:

O our noble and honorable families of Aleppo.

(I send you my sincere) greetings (in recognition) of (your) steadfastness and (your) perseverance. (I send you) greetings of faith in God and in the nation. (I send you) greetings of courage and sacrifice. Our Syrian Arab Army brings you all these greetings via the sacrifices of its fighters.

When the city of Aleppo was liberated at the end of 2016, I declared that what would follow the Liberation of the city of Aleppo would be radically distinct from what preceded, because it was a major turning point. I said this based on my knowledge of the hearts and the determination of our armed forces. I said this based on my certainty about the patriotism of the people of Aleppo and their loyalty to their homeland and to the national army. I firmly believed it would overturn enemy calculations.

This is what happened. Aleppo had to pay a big price for that, equal to the greatness of its people and the patriotism of its stance. Years of brutal and atrocious bombing have struck most neighborhoods, causing tens of thousands of martyrs and wounded, orphans, bereaved fathers and mothers, widows. Years of siege without water, electricity and other essentials for life (because the terrorists wanted) Aleppo to kneel and its children to surrender. And with each treacherous shell dropped (because terrorist groups were constantly violating ceasefire agreements), the hope of enemies increased so that Aleppo would become another Aleppo (at their image), another Aleppo that has never existed throughout History… (Our enemies aspired to an) Aleppo which would not form with its twin, Damascus, two wings by which the country can fly. On the contrary, they aspired to see a city of Aleppo whose children would line up alongside the traitors, kneeling and prostrating before their masters, begging for a few dollars and lots of shame. This is what they dreamed of.

But as for (what really happened in) our real world, with each enemy shell dropped, the fear was washed away and the will to face this challenge increased. With each martyr who rose (to heaven), the national spirit has grown and faith in the country has been deepened ever more. In our real world, the real Aleppo has remained: Aleppo with its history, its noble heritage and its authenticity. And because it is so, Aleppo’s people have not only resolved to resist through resilience, with what it means in terms of pain, suffering and crisis, but also through action, work and the initiative to produce and move forward, which continued throughout the years of the siege, despite conditions totally contrary to all economic logic. Despite everything, this city continued to contribute, even if it was in a minimal way, to the national economy, and I am convinced that this type of steadfastness and firmness, which reflects the solid will and the deeply rooted affiliation to the nation, is the one that will bring Aleppo out of the ashes of war to restore its natural and pioneering position in the economy of Syria.

It is true that the Liberation of Aleppo in 2016 did not achieve the desired security for the city at the time, and it remained exposed to shells of betrayal and cowardice (fired from Aleppo’s countrysidethat we finally liberated). And it is also true today that winning a battle does not mean winning a war, but it is the abstract military logic that is based on ends and results. Because as far as national logic is concerned, victory begins with the start of steadfastness, from the very first day. And with this logic, Aleppo triumphed, and Syria triumphed. We have all triumphed over the fear that they tried to sow in our hearts. We triumphed over the illusions they tried to instill in our minds. We have triumphed over disintegration, hatred, betrayal and all those who represent, possess and practice these evils.

However, we are fully aware that this Liberation does not mean the end of the war, the end of enemy plots, the end of terrorism, or the surrender of enemies. But it certainly means that they have bitten the dust, as a prelude to their total defeat which will inevitably occur sooner or later.

It also means that we must not rest idle, but prepare for the battles to come. As a result, the battle to liberate the Aleppo and Idlib countryside continues regardless of some empty sound bubbles coming from the north (vain threats from Erdogan), just as the battle continues to liberate all of Syrian soil, crush terrorism and achieve stability.

Our Syrian Arab Army will never fail to fulfill its national duties, and will only be what it has always been, namely an army drawn from the people and at the service of the people. In history, armies have only triumphed when their people have united with them in their battle, and when they themselves have united with the people in his vision and in defense of his cause. This is what we have seen in Aleppo and other Syrian cities: you have embraced the army and it has protected you, defended you and sacrificed for you.

Today, as we live moments of joy, we must remember that these moments were reached by years of pain, anguish and sorrow, of absence of our beloved ones who sacrificed their lives for the lives and happiness of others. And as we bow with reverence to the greatness of our martyrs and the wounded, it is our duty to bow respectfully to the greatness of their glorious families. If victory is to be dedicated, then it must be dedicated to them. If anyone has to take credit for it, then they have should take the credit.

I salute them for the children they have raised, and I salute their children for their sacrifices. I salute each of the heroes of our great army and behind them our auxiliary forces. I salute the resistance of their bodies in the cold and frost, while we are blessed with the benefits of heat and security (thanks to them).

I pay tribute to our brothers, friends and allies who stood alongside the army, shoulder to shoulder on the battlefields, and guardian eagles in the sky. Their blood mixed with the blood of our army for the land of Aleppo, Aleppo the faithful to its homeland, faithful to its history, which will not forget the blood of those who sacrificed for it, and which will become again what it was, and will be reborn even stronger.

O our beloved people of Aleppo, I congratulate you on this day which consecrates the victory of your determination, by which we will lead the greatest battle for the (re)construction of Aleppo. By the will of all Syrians, we will (re)build Syria and we will continue the Liberation (of all of our territory), with the Grace of God.

Peace be upon you, as well as God’s Mercy and Blessings.

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ALEPPO CITY’S COUNTRYSIDE FULLY SECURED, SYRIANS IN ALEPPO CELEBRATE THE END OF TERRORISM

Ibrahim Mohammadon Sunday

For the first time since 19-07-2012
#Aleppo city is free of terrorism

#Syriab_Arab_Army 🇸🇾✌🏻💪🏻❤️

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In December 2016, the Syrian Arab Army, Russia & allies liberated the northern Syrian city of Aleppo of the al-Qaeda and equally-heinous terrorists who had occupied and terrorized civilians in the city since 2012.

In the years subsequent, Aleppo to a large degree returned to peace, with rebuilding occurring in the hard-hit Old City, with displaced Syrians returning (contrary to the lies of UK Channel 4, among other war propagandizing media).

Yet, civilians since that Aleppo’s liberation continued to be terrorized by the presence of terrorists in the countryside of Aleppo.

Last year (January 2019), visiting Aleppo, I returned to the Lairamoun industrial district in the city’s west. I had been there in November 2016, had seen the nightmarish underground prison of the Free Syrian Army, used to hold Syrian soldiers and civilians alike, a true dungeon replete with suffocating solitary confinement cells.

In January 2019, I went to a factory 500 metres from al-Qaeda snipers. Aleppo MP Fares Shehabi explained to me how the factory owner and workers defied the existence of terrorists at close proximity and re-opened the textile factory.  As he spoke, he took me to a door which, when opening, exposed us to potential sniper fire–the sniper fire the courageous factory workers were exposed to.

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Al-Qaeda stronghold near Lairamoun, Aleppo, 400 to 500 metres from textile factory

Shehabi’s powerful words include:

“This factory is on a front line in the war against terror. 400 to 500 metres away, the Tajik Brigades of the Islamic Turkistan Army, a branch of al-Qaeda in Syria.

This factory was rubble two years ago. We rehabilitated it. We are doing this as a message of defiance against all who conspired against the people of Aleppo, against the economy of Syria. The enemy was sniping at us , launching mortars, when we were fixing this factory to work again.

Show me one place in the world with a production situation like this, a factory being rehabilitated under these circumstances.

This is why they out us under sanctions, this is why they consider us enemies.

How can I be an enemy of freedom and democracy if I want our people to work, to make money, my country to have a production economy, and I don’t yield to al-Qaeda gangs in close proximity to me.

…imagine the difficult situation in which these heroes, the factory workers and owners, had to go through in order to defy al-Nusra and defy Turkey, and rise up again from the ashes. This is a real example of how you rise up, undefeated.”

Eva Karene Bartlettabout 12 months ago

After filming Fares Shehabi / Faris Shihabi speaking powerfully about the courage and resilience of a Lairamoun factory owner and its workers 100s metres from al Qaeda snipers,
[see: https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/posts/2344877145522266 ]

Firas Darwish explained some terrorist graffiti left on the outside of the factory: a terrorist sniper nicknamed Abu Mohammed, proud of head shots. …See More

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Fares Shehabion Sunday

هكذا كانت #حلب في أسوأ ايامها عام ٢٠١٣..!

عشنا في حصار كامل في كل شيء و فقدنا اكثر من ١١ الف شهيد مدني و ٦٠ الف جريح و لم نستسلم و لم نتخاذل و لم نفقد الامل للحظة لا في أنفسنا و لا في جيشنا و لا في قائدنا..!

اليوم نعيش حلم اصبح حقيقة..نعيش معجزة صنعها هذا الجيش الجبار و الذي لولاه لكنا جميعاً في خبر كان.. …See More

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In November 2016 I wrote of the terrorism Aleppo civilians experienced that month and in prior months:

My article on the November 3 terrorist attacks noted:

On the afternoon of Nov. 3, after meeting with Dr. Mohammed Batikh, director of Al-Razi Hospital, the victims of terror attacks which had begun a few hours prior began to arrive one after another, maimed and critically injured. The vehicle bombings and bombardment of Grad missiles, among other attacks, left 18 people dead and more than 200 injured, according to Dr. Zaher Hajo, the head of forensic medicine at Al-Razi Hospital.

The body of a civilian who was killed in the Nov. 3 attacks in Aleppo. Nov. 3, 2016. (Photo: Eva Bartlett)

The corridors and emergency ward at Al-Razi Hospital, one of two state-run hospitals in Aleppo, quickly became clogged with the injured and grieving family members. In one crowded interior corridor, one of the wounded screamed out in pain: “Ya, Allah! Ya, Allah!”

In another corridor, a 15-year-old boy with a cast on one leg and bandages on his head, said the mortar attack which injured him had killed his 4-year-old cousin and left his 6-year-old cousin with critical injuries.

In a front room, a mother wailed for her son who had suffered severe injuries. She screamed and pleaded for someone to save him, her only son. Not long after, though, the news came in: the 26-year-old had died. Her son, a doctor, was not the first medical professional to die in terrorists’ routine bombings of Aleppo neighborhoods.

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Dr. Nabil Antaki, a gastroenterologist from Aleppo, with whom I met on my trips to Aleppo in July and August, messaged me in October about his friend and colleague, Dr. Omar, who was injured on Oct. 6 when terrorist factions unleashed an attack on Jamiliye Street, killing 10 people. Just a few days after the attack, Dr. Omar, too, died.

At the morgue behind Al-Razi Hospital on Nov. 3, inconsolable family members leaned against the wall or sat on the pavement, coming to grips with the deaths of loved ones.

One 14-year-old boy had been there on Nov. 2, when his father was killed. On Nov. 3, he returned when his mother was killed. Both of this boy’s parents are dead, both killed in terrorist attacks on the city’s New Aleppo district.

A man spoke of a 10-year-old nephew who was shot in the head by a terrorist sniper while the boy was on his roof.

A woman and her children leaned against an iron rail next to the door to the morgue, weeping over the death of her husband, their father, who was killed while parking a car. When the man’s mother arrived, she collapsed, shrieking in grief.

The body of a civilian who was killed in the Nov. 3 attacks in Aleppo.

And in the midst of all of this, all these women and children, a car arrived at the morgue with the body of yet another victim of the day’s terror attacks, Mohammed Majd Darwish, 74. His upper body was so bloody that it was unclear whether he had been decapitated.

Near the morgue, Bashir Shehadeh, a man in his forties, said his family had been displaced already from Jisr al-Shughour, a city in Idlib. His mother, some of his friends, and his cousin have been killed by terrorist factions’ shellings. He said enough was enough, and called on the SAA to eliminate the terrorist threat.

Al-Razi’s Dr. Batikh said a private hospital, Al-Rajaa, was hit by a mortar attack. “They cannot do operations now, the operating room is out of service.”

One of the most notable attacks on hospitals was the December 2013 double truck bombing of Al-Kindi Hospital, the largest and best cancer treatment hospital in the Middle East. I have previously reported on other attacks on hospitals in Aleppo, including the May 3 rocket attack which gutted Al-Dabeet, a maternity hospital, killing three women. On Sept. 10, Dr. Antaki messaged me:

Yesterday, a rocket, sent by the terrorists, hit a maternity hospital in Aleppo in Muhafazat Street. Two persons working in the hospital were injured. No death. But the point is that it is a hospital and it was hit by a rocket.”

Dr. Batikh and Dr. Mazen Rahmoun, deputy director of Al-Razi, said the hospital once had 68 ambulances, but now there are only six. The rest, they said, were either stolen by terrorist factions or destroyed.

Aleppo’s doctors continue to treat the daily influx of injured and ill patients in spite of the dearth of ambulances and effects of Western sanctions which mean a lack of medical equipment, replacement parts, and medicine for critical illnesses like cancer.

According to the hospital’s head forensic medicine, Dr. Hajo, in the last five years, 10,750 civilians have been killed in Aleppo, 40 percent of whom were women and children. In the past year alone, 328 children have been killed by terrorist shelling in Aleppo, and 45 children were killed by terrorist snipers.

Humanitarian Crossings: Shelling of Castello Road

Less than 100 metres away, the second of two mortars fired by terrorist factions less than 1 km from Castello Road on Nov. 4. The road and humanitarian corridor were targeted at least six times that day by terrorist factions. Nov. 4, 2016. (Photo: Eva Bartlett)

On Nov. 4, prior to our 9:30 a.m. arrival at the Bustan al-Qasr crossing and until our departure an hour later, no one had been able to cross from the area just beyond crossing, which is occupied by Jaysh al-Fatah militants.

Two weeks prior to our arrival, journalists had reported that terrorist factions heavily shelled the crossing and areas around it starting in the early morning.

A Syrian general at the crossing confirmed that shelling had taken place on Oct. 20, adding that three police officers had been wounded. A journalist in the delegation asked the general what he would say to Syrian civilians like Bashir Shehadeh, who demanded that the SAA eliminate the terrorist factions.

“We need to be patient, because the civilians there are not able to leave, they are not guilty,” the general replied. “We don’t work the way that the terrorists work.”

Regarding the amnesty decree issued by President Bashar Assad in late July, the general explained that terrorists who want to be granted amnesty could lay down their arms. Those who choose to go on to Idlib would be granted safe passage by the Syrian government and army, in coordination with the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

According to the general, when two militants arrived at the Bustan al-Qasr crossing about two months ago, they surrendered their arms and proceeded under amnesty.

Five months ago, he said, 12 civilians crossed there, were treated in Aleppo’s hospitals, and returned to their homes in terrorist-held eastern Aleppo.  

At the Castello Road humanitarian crossing, the large green buses which were said to be evacuating militants from areas of eastern Aleppo in recent weeks were there again, waiting to ferry away more. Ten ambulances, three buses, and 14 minivans were lined up in anticipation of any civilians or militants trying to leave terrorist-occupied areas, whether for safe passage elsewhere or to settle in government-secured areas of Aleppo.

Ten ambulances wait at the Castello Road crossing to treat anyone exiting via the humanitarian corridors established by the Syrian government and Russia, including militants who lay down their arms. Nov. 4, 2016. (Photo: Eva Bartlett)

George Sire, 25, an anesthesiologist at Salloum Hospital in Aleppo, was one of the volunteers who arrived at the crossing with five of the private hospital’s ambulances, at the request of the Syrian government.

When speaking with a Syrian commander about permitting men who had used arms against Syrian civilians and soldiers to lay down their arms and reconcile, he said they are sons of the country and urged them to reconcile.

At around 1:30 p.m. the first shell struck, hitting near Castello Road. About 10 minutes later, while I was being interviewed, a second hit, this time considerably closer, within 100 meters — close enough, in fact, to create a cloud of dark smoke over the road. It prompted security to usher me away from the road and move our delegation away from the crossing.

I later learned that another five shells targeted the crossing, injuring a Syrian journalist and two Russian soldiers.

No one passed through this or any of the other seven humanitarian corridors that day.

And:

“Last Friday, I visited one of Aleppo’s main public parks, a once-beautiful park where fountains danced to the songs of Arab greats like Oum Kalthoum, and simple cafes were full.

Now the fountains are dry, the main one littered with rubble from one of many terrorist shellings of the park, and one of the main cafes out of commission after being hit by a terrorist shell roughly a year and a half ago.

While people do continue to frequent the park, the risk of being killed by a mortar or rocket remains, as pretty much everywhere in greater Aleppo.

I had read about the July 22, 2016, terrorist rocket on the park which killed civilians while they were in the park on a summer Friday.

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SANA news reported on that day that: “Eleven civilians were killed, among them a child and two women, while 44 others were injured in terrorist attacks with rocket shells and sniper bullets on neighborhoods and the public facilities in Aleppo city on Friday.

…eight civilians were killed and 34 others injured in a rocket shell fired by terrorist groups on the public park.”

In November, a local took me to the area where the murdered woman was sitting when the rocket’s shrapnel killed she, another woman, a child, and injured nearby civilians.

The park was busy this Friday, not as busy as a hot summer day would have seen it, but still had people sitting on such benches or on the plastic chairs of the cafe behind where the murdered women had been sitting.

Walking around the large park, we saw evidence of shelling…on the pavement and in the small plots of grass. Some were like the small holes in the pavement that I’m used to seeing in the Old City of Damascus, ravaged by terrorists’ mortars. Others were mini-craters in the grass, including one near a cafe which was hit apparently about a year and a half ago.

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Speaking with local security there, they estimated that between 40-50 shells have hit the park in the past few years. The number could be greater, or less, but the fact is the park has been targeted, as have public places around the city of over 1.5 million people, who on a daily basis facethis mortar/rocket/Grad missile/explosive bullet/gas canister terrorism.

This park in summer would have not only been a spot to try to briefly escape the hell of 6 years of foreign war on Syria, but would also have had many displaced Syrians who have fled terrorist-occupied areas to government-secured areas, many of whom during the day sought refuge in the shade from blistering heat.

Without electricity for years, thanks to the terrorist factions who control the area where the power plant is, Aleppo residents who can afford it buy power by the ampere. Many can only afford the basics–some light bulbs and power for their fridge.

From a photo essay I published in mid-2016, after my second Aleppo visit:

The power plant lies in areas controlled by terrorist factions. For years, Aleppo residents have suffered from a lack of power, and compensate by purchasing generator-supplied electricity. Not cheap, some opt to buy just 1 ampere worth, which according to Aleppo resident Nabil Antaki costs around 4000 Syrian pounds a month (roughly US$8) . Two amperes will run a small television. Four amperes, a fridge, small television and a few bulbs.

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Many others can’t afford that, period. I remember the suffocating heat even on an August visit to Aleppo, staying in a friend’s place without electricity or water…the desire to be out in an open place where one could breathe, sweat less, was strong…

In the canal running through the park, a boy around 14 years old stripped to his underwear and dove in, swept down river by the quick current, scrambling out and up the wall to dive in anew. When we passed the river a little later, a girl had joined in. I asked whether this would be frowned upon and my friend laughed at me, “We are not al-Qaeda here.” (I remembered the words of a man who I’d spoken with the night before, who spoke of al-Nusra in occupied eastern areas forcing women and girls to cover even their wrists and hands. This girl would have no freedom in areas occupied by the West’s “rebels”.)

Scenes like these, of seeming normalcy, can be shattered in an instant, with the fall of a mortar or shell fired by terrorists which the West deems as “moderates” and whose crimes Western leaders continue to ignore.

Eva Karene Bartlettabout 3 years ago

Last Friday, I visited one of Aleppo’s main public parks, a once-beautiful park where fountains danced to the songs of Arab greats like Oum Kalthoum, and simple cafes were full.

Now the fountains are dry, the main one littered with rubble from one of many terrorist shellings of the park, and one of the main cafes out of commission after being hit by a terrorist shell roughly a year and a half ago.

While people do continue to frequent the park, the risk of being killed by a …See More

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From Aziziya district, on July 4, half a kilometer away, the explosion of a terrorist-fired bomb. Around 5 pm, this is a busy time when streets are packed with cars and pedestrians; terrorists know they can kill and maim more civilians when attacking at these busy hours. Minutes later, an anti-aircraft explosive bullet landed roughly 15 metres away from my Aziziya venue. Had it landed on one of the parked cars, there would have been many casualties. A day later, such an explosive bullet killed the mother of an Aleppo friend, at her home. Photo: Eva Bartlett

In that 2016 photo essay, I wrote also about the villages of Nubl and Zahra’a, north of Aleppo:

Hell Cannon-fired gas canister bombs litter the countryside around Aleppo and on the route to Nubl and Zahra’a. These, and larger variations, are what Western-backed terrorists have rained down on the city of Aleppo, as well as besieged Foua and Kafarya in Idlib governorate. Manufactured locally, fired upon civilians daily, gas canister bombs get virtually no mention in corporate media, although their impact is deadly.

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The roughly 65,000 people of Nubl and Zahra’a villages, under siege from terrorist factions of the so-called FSA, al-Nusra, and affiliated factions for three and a half years, were on February 3, 2016, liberated from the choke-hold which strangled them. Zeinab Sharbo, 25, and Mounthaher Khatib, 26, each have young children who suffered for want of food and basic elements of life, and who were traumatized by the terrorists’ bombing of the villages. Although corporate media, when deigning to mention the villages, usually focused on their predominately Shia composition, Sunnis also live in the villages. According to Zeinab, “Sectarianism wasn’t a problem before, we were brothers and sisters, we intermarried with neighbouring villages.”

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Abdul Karim Assad, 7, has painful face disfiguration from a terrorist-fired mortar which burned his face. Under siege at the time, the boy was only treated with basic medical care in a barebones hospital in Zahra’a. The boy is not originally from Nubl, but from Idlib, from which his grandfather fled when terrorists invaded. He is another poster child for the terrorism inflicted upon Syria.

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Aleppo’s over 1.5 million residents are depending on trucks from outside of the city to bring in the basics of life. Unable to use the main highway, and now unable to use the paved Ramouseh road, trucks travel an extended distance over many rough dirt roads to enter Aleppo from its north.

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The Dabeet maternity hospital, the inside destroyed and outside badly damaged on May 3, 2016, by terrorist rocket fire, is one of numerous hospitals targeted by terrorists in Syria. The May 3 attack killed three women. A week later, the hospital was hit by terrorist mortar fire. Aleppo’s Kindi hospital, destroyed by terrorists, was one of the largest cancer hospitals in the region.

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Back to the present.

The Press Office of President Assad on February 17, 2020 published his latest speech, addressing this restoration of peace to Aleppo and the need to do so in Idlib. Syriana Analysis has subtitled this speech:

Partial transcript of recent speech by President Assad:

“When Aleppo city was liberated at the end of 2016, I said that what was before the liberation of Aleppo city will not be the same as what will be after that, and I based that on my knowledge of where the members of our Armed Forces are aiming with their hearts and minds. I based that on my conviction that the patriotism of the people of Aleppo and their fealty to their homeland and the homeland’s army will overturn the calculations of the enemies.

“This is what happened, but Aleppo had to pay a great price equal to the greatness of its people and the patriotism of its position; years of violent and barbaric shelling that affected most neighborhoods, tens of thousands of martyrs, injured people, orphans, people who lost children, and widows. Years of siege without water or electricity or other life necessities, all for Aleppo to kneel and for her people to surrender.

“With every treacherous shell that had fallen, the enemies’ hopes would grow that Aleppo would become another Aleppo, one that never existed throughout history, an Aleppo that does not constitute with its twin Damascus the wings by which the homeland soars; rather an Aleppo whose people would stand with traitors in front of masters, kneeling and prostrating themselves before them, beginning for a few dollars and much disgrace.

“That was in their dreams; but in our real world, with every shell that fell, fear fell and the will to challenge grew. With every martyr, nationalist spirit grew and faith in the homeland became stronger. In our real world, it remained the real Aleppo, the Aleppo of history, nobility, and authenticity. And because it is so, its people did not settle for steadfastness just in the sense of bearing of pain and suffering and acceptance of the status quo; but rather in the sense of work and production that persisted throughout the years of the siege despite the conditions that contradict any economic sense.

“Despite that, this city kept contributing – even if at a bare minimum – to national economy, and I am confident that this type of steadfastness which reflects a concrete will and a deep-rooted sense of belonging is what will raise Aleppo from the ashes of war and restore its natural and leading position in Syria’s economy,” President al-Assad said.

President al-Assad added “It is true that liberating the city in 2016 did not achieve the desired safety for the city at the time, and it remained under the threat of treacherous and cowardly shells, and it is also true today that victory in one battle does not mean victory in the war, but that is by the abstract military logic which is based on endings and results; however, by national logic, victory begins with the beginning of steadfastness even if it was at day one, and by that logic, Aleppo is victorious, and Syria is victorious. We are all victorious over the fear they had tried to instill in our hearts, victorious over the delusions they tried to instill in our minds, victorious over fragmentation, hatred, betrayal, and all those who represent or bear or practice these qualities.

“However, we are fully aware that this liberation does not mean the end of the war, or the failure of schemes, or the disappearance of terrorism, or the surrender of enemies, but it certainly means rubbing their noses in the dirt as a prelude for complete defeat, sooner or later,” the President affirmed.

“It also means that we must not relax; rather we must prepare for the coming battles. Therefore, the battle to liberate the countryside of Aleppo and Idleb will continue regardless of some empty sound bubbles coming from the north, and the battle for liberating all Syrian soil, crushing terrorism, and achieving stability will also continue.”

His Excellency went on to say “Our Syrian Arab Army will never hesitate to carry out its national duties, and it will be as it always has been: an army from the people and for the people. Throughout history, no army has emerged victorious unless the people are united with it in its battle, and when it is united with the people in their vision and cause, and this is what we have witnessed in Aleppo and other Syrian cities, where you embraced the army it protected you, defended you, and made sacrifices for you.

“While we are experiencing times of joy, we must remember that these moments have been made possible by years of pain, heartache, and sadness, for the loss of a dear one that gave their life for the lives and happiness of others. As we bow in honor of the greatness of our martyrs and injured people, it is also our duty to stand in honor of the greatness of their mighty families. If victory is to be dedicated, then it is dedicated to them, and if anyone should receive credit for it, then they deserve the credit. I salute them for the children their raised, and salute their children for their sacrifices. I salute every one of the heroes of our great army and the allied forces begin them. I salute the strength of their bodies in the cold and frost as we bask in warmth and safety.”

President al-Assad went on to salute “our brothers, friends, and allies who stood shoulder to shoulder with the army on the ground and were guardian eagles in the sky, their blood intermingling with the blood of our army that was spilled in Aleppo, Aleppo the faithful to its homeland and history, which will never forget the blood of those who made sacrifices for it, and which will return as it was and stronger.

“Our beloved people in Aleppo, I congratulate you on the victory of your will, the will by which we will wage the greater battle: the battle to build Aleppo. By the will of all the Syrian people we will build Syria, and we will continue liberation, God willing.”

If you haven’t already read it, consider reading my January 2019 compilation:

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Idlib City Is Preparing Ticker Tape Parade For Assad

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Syrian government forces did not stop their operation in Greater Idlib with the success in the western countryside of Aleppo city, and continued making gains in the province. During the past 24 hours, they took control of over 10 settlements.

Furthermore, they forced members of the mighty Idlib rebels to retreat from Sheikh Aqil, besieged another Turkish observation point, and set a foothold for a possible offensive on the city of Darat Izza.

This town, located 30km west of Aleppo, had an estimated population of approximately 42,000 in 2013. In the modern Syria, it is most-widely known as the stronghold of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham that hosts its key forces and facilities in this part of the province.

The fall of Darat Iazza into the hands of government troops will also disrupt a link between the Turkish-occupied Afrin region and armed groups hiding in the countryside of Idlib city. Thus, Ankara will not be able to freely redeploy its proxies from one part of northwestern Syria into another. On the same day, President Bashar al-Assad congratulated the Syrian people and the Syrian Army with the victory in western Aleppo.

However, he said that this achievement “does not mean the end of the war” and declared that the military will continue combating terrorism in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib. Turkish threats to launch a war on Syria if its forces do not stop their anti-terrorism campaign, al-Assad described as empty words. The televised speech of the president came amid reports that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham started evacuating its remaining weapon depots in the Mount Simeon District of Aleppo province towards the region of Afrin, and the border with Turkey west of Idlib.

These developments indicate that the group does not really believe that it is able to defend Darat Izza in an open battle with the Syrian Army. It is interesting no note how the public rhetoric of pro-militant media outlets changes depending on the military successes of the Syrian Army.

During the previous stages of the conflict, they preferred to call the Damascus government a bloody dictatorship that is killing peaceful moderate rebels all around Syria. Then, it evolved into the regime fighting against the ‘Syrian revolution’, while ‘Assad sectarian militia’ evolved into ‘Assad forces’. After the deployment of the Syrian Army in the vicinity of Idlib city, ‘Assad forces’ started slowly becoming ‘government troops’. It seems that when the army enters the city itself, Idlib grant-eaters will welcome the internationally-recognized government. Taking into account the recent developments on the frontline, they probably should start preparing posters featuring great leader Bashar al-Assad immediately.

Therefore, the main hope of Idlib groups and their supporters is the Turkish diplomatic efforts in the framework of the Astana format. On February 17, Moscow and Ankara started a new round of negotiations on the situation in Idlib. The Turkish leadership’s current main goal is to stop the Syrian advance and to consolidate its own influence in the scraps of the militant-held part of Idlib. In turn, it will likely have to surrender a part of its lovely moderate rebel groups that are publicly linked with al-Qaeda.

If Russia and Turkey find no understanding on the situation, Ankara will continue making attempts to protect Idlib groups with a variant of military and diplomatic measures. This will likely lead to a further escalation of the conflict.

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الحريريّة السياسيّة انتهت كمشروع سياسيّ منذ عقد ونصف؟

د. وفيق إبراهيم

يزعم قادة حزب المستقبل من آل الحريري أن الحريرية السياسية مستمرة في صعودها وغير قابلة للاضمحلال تحت أي ظروف.

بما يفرض البحث عن تعريف لهذه التجربة والتدقيق في مساراتها وتحديد وضعها الحالي بالمقارنة مع المراحل الاولى من تأسيسها.

لقد ابتدأت هذه التجربة مع ملهمها رجل الأعمال المرحوم رفيق الحريري الذي كان يعمل في السعودية وعلى تماس في مشاريع كثيرة مع سياسيّين من آل سعود العائلة المالكة.

وابتدأت إطلالاته اللبنانية على مستوى توزيع منح تعليم على الطلاب اللبنانيين منذ منتصف الثمانينيات من القرن الماضي.

فتمكّن عبر السعودية من انتزاع دور سياسي لبناني بالتوافق مع النفوذ السوري في لبنان والرعاية الأميركية، ما منحه قوة ثلاثية صادمة تمكنت فور تقلدها رئاسة الوزراء في 1992 من احتواء المؤسسات الدينية المسيحية والاسلامية والدرزية مسيطراً أيضاً على كامل القوى السياسية الأساسية والمتنوّعة.

وسرعان ما تبين ان سياسات الحريري ابتدأت بالسيطرة على الجناحين الديني والمدني من الطائفة السنية عبر توزيع الاموال على جمعيات العائلات وقادة الرأي مع تحشيد ديني غير مسبوق، يتخذ من الوطنية شكلاً والتسعير المذهبي مضموناً وتمثيل السعودية هدفاً بنيوياً والاتكاء على الأميركيين والفرنسيين في الصراع الدولي.

أما اقتصادياً فارتكزت سياسته على أسلوب الإنماء بالدين على قطاعات غير منتجة وفي بلد لا إنتاج فيه، وأجاب علناً عندما سأله اختصاصيون اقتصاديون كيف يدفع لبنان هذه الديون فأجابه بأن السلام العربي الإسرائيلي آت وللبنان حصة مباشرة من أكلافه المباشرة وأخرى غير مباشرة من السياحة والاستيراد والاصطياف والترانزيت مع الخليج.

لقد لجأ الحريري للسيطرة على «السياسة في لبنان» الى أسلوب الإمساك بزعماء الطوائف من خلال فتح «المال العام» أمامهم وإرضائهم بالتعيينات مستفيداً من النفوذ الأميركي والغربي في الرهبانيات المحلية، ولعل هذا من اسباب تعلق البطريرك الراحل صفير به.

هذه الجهود التي بذلها وطّدت له ما يشبه سيطرة كاملة على إمارة لبنانية أصبح اسمها مرتبطاً به.

انما ما رفع من منسوب سيطرته هو نجاحه في الإمساك الكامل من 1992 وحى 2005 على الإدارة السياسية العسكرية للسوريين في لبنان مع نصب علاقة هامة له مع المسؤولين في سورية.

بذلك أصبح رفيق الحريري سلطاناً غير متوّج يحكم لبنان بتأييد خليجي – سوري – أميركي – أوروبي مع تأييد كامل لزعماء لبنان السياسيين والكهنوتيين والاقتصاديين. فالمصارف لم تشهد في عهده ازدهاراً مماثلاً، يكفي أنه سمح لها بتجميع ودائع اللبنانيين بفوائد لم تصل الى الستة في المئة وإعادة تسليفها للدولة على شكل سندات خزينة بفوائد راوحت بين الستين والخمسين في المئة.

هذه هي إمبراطورية الحريرية اللبنانية، إمساك كامل بالطائفة السنية بحيث ان لا صوت إلا صوته ولا صور إلا صوره تعمّ المدن والقرى ولا ابتهالات في المساجد إلا لحكمته وزعامته.

كما امتلك شبكة تحالفات سياسية عند أحزاب القوات والكتائب والوطنيين الأحرار وحتى التيار الوطني الحر مع إمكانات الكنيسة المارونية والمذاهب الأخرى.

وسجل إمكانات هائلة في ضبط وليد جنبلاط متعاوناً الى حدود عميقة مع رئيس المجلس النيابي نبيه بري جامعاً داخل عباءته كل القيادات الطوائفية من الصف الثاني من 14 آذار والمستقلين، حتى وصل الى مرحلة أصبح له الحق فيها بتسمية نصف وزرائه من المسيحيين والشيعة والدروز بالإضافة الى احتكار التمثيل السني في التشريع والتنفيذ والتعيينات.

لكن حزب الله منفرداً سجل حالة خاصة، التزمت بموازين القوى التي كانت تفرض على المرحوم أبي بهاء الاستشارة المسبقة للحزب والابتعاد عن كل ما يضايقه بموضوع الصراع المفتوح مع «إسرائيل» وبعض الأمور الداخلية المرتبطة بحركته.

فبدا الحريري وكأنه مؤيد لقتال «اسرائيل» في حين ان التزاماته الخارجية وتحالفاته الداخلية كانت معادية لحزب الله في صراعه مع «اسرائيل» وتحالفاته العربية والإقليمية.

ما يهم هنا أن الحريرية أصبحت مع تطوّر قواها مشروعاً سياسياً له اساس مذهبي بأبعاد خليجية وأميركية وتحالفات لبنانية عميقة مع احزاب طائفية معادية لحزب الله.

لقد واصل ورثة الرئيس الحريري تنفيذ سياساته الاقتصادية والسياسية في لبنان مع تموضعها الخارجي، الى ان سجل حزب الله نصراً ثانياً على اسرائيل في 2006 مؤدياً دوراً اقليمياً كبيراً منذ 2011، ففيما كان حزب المستقبل وبعض الأحزاب المسيحية في حركة 14 آذار يذهبون الى عرسال والحدود الشمالية لمقابلة الإرهابيين وتأييدهم ودعمهم بالمال والطعام كان حزب الله يقاتلهم الى جانب الجيش اللبناني بكل قواه.

هذا أنتج موازنات قوة جديدة، انتصبت على قاعدة القضاء على الإرهاب. وبدلت من التقسيم السياسي الداخلي بشكل لافت أولاً داخل الطائفة السنية التي يربط قادتها السياسيون والروحيون ونتائج عميقة مع السعودية، نجح اثنا عشر نائباً في الانتخابات بمواجهة مرشحين للحريرية، وهذا تطوّر ضخم في بلد كلبنان يؤجج دستوره الطائفية في لبنان مفرقاً بين المواطنين على اسس مذهبية.

كما ان الطوائف الإسلامية الاخرى وخصوصاً الدروز اصبحت تتصل بالمرجعيات الإقليمية بشكل مباشر وليس من خلال الحريرية السياسية.

أما الشيعة فنجحت انتصارات حزب الله في ضبط حركة قياداتهم ضمن مبدأ الضرورة الوطنية واولوية الدفاع ضد «اسرائيل».

اما المسيحيون فتحول التيار الوطني الحر منافساً للحريرية ساحباً أكثر من نصف المسيحيين من دائرة التأثير الحريري، وإذا كان احزاب القوات والكتائب والاحرار لا تزال تصطف الى جانب الحريرية، لكنها اصبحت تمتلك مشاريع خاصة بها ولها اتصالاتها المباشرة بالخليج والأميركيين والأوروبيين.

إقليمياً ادى تراجع الدور الاقليمي السعودي الى اصابة الاحزاب الموالية له في لبنان بوهن شديد الى حدود العطب، وخصوصاً حزب المستقبل.

يمكن أيضاً الإضافة بأن المال العام الذي كان رفيق الحريري يمسك بحركة توزيعه على زعماء الطوائف ما عاد كذلك، فزعماء الطوائف بما فيهم قيادات المستقبل أصبحوا يشرفون على هذا التوزيع.

هناك نقطة إضافية أسهمت في تراجع الحريريّة وهي انتصار سورية على الإرهاب والمعارضات المدعومة من السعودية «وليّة» أمر الحريريّة.

بما يدفع الى الاستنتاج أن الحركة الحريريّة ذاهبة ايضاً نحو انهيار كامل لتغيير الموازين في الإقليم وكترجمة لصعود سوري إيراني، وبالتالي لحزب الله الى جانب تضعضع الدور الحريري في السيطرة على المال العام والتعيينات من دون نسيان صعود قوى سنيّة منافسة أصبحت وازنة في مذهبها.

هذه هي العوامل الأساسية التي تكشف أن الحريرية السياسية مسألة عابرة دخلت في طور الاحتضار، ما يجعلها تهبط من مشروع لبناني كبير الى مجرد طمع بمقاعد نيابية في مناطق عدة، ويبقى حزب الله الطرف شبه الوحيد الحائز على رتبة مشروع وطني بآفاق إقليميّة الى جانب محاولات من أطراف أخرى لا تزال متعسّرة.

ويبقى الامل كبيراً على القوى الوطنية في وضع لبنان في سياق ينقذ شعبه من الطائفية وأنصارها والخارج الذي يتبناها.

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“The Victory of Syria over Global Terrorism Will Benefit Humanity”: Vanessa Beeley on Syria War

Global Research, December 10, 2019

Mark Taliano: Why is the truth about Syria important?

Vanessa Beeley: It is important because in Syria the “humanitarian” hybrid war strategy of the Globalist powers in the so-called civilised “global north” is being exposed real time as Syria sweeps to a military victory against the heavily financed proxy invasion of their country, orchestrated by the US alliance that includes aligned Gulf States, Turkey and Israel. By pushing back against the dominant establishment narrative on Syria, we, as journalists and activists, are effectively defending international law which is being violated by our own rogue states. We are standing in solidarity with an unprecedented resistance against global terrorism which has also enabled the  formation of an axis of resistance that has turned the tide of neoconservative hegemony in the region. We are defending the right of the Syrian people to decide their own future without foreign meddling. The precedents being set by this externally imposed conflict and its outcome will define the future of global security for all Humanity – what more important principle is there to defend?

MT: Why are people trying to “de-platform” you? Who is trying to de-platform you?

VB: People – all aligned media, think tanks, UN agencies – are trying to de-platform me because diverging views, including those of the “disappeared” Syrian people, challenge and confront their fabricated narrative that has “manufactured consent” for the US Coalition criminal aggression against Syria for nine years. The revelations provided by many independent voices exposes the corruption and corrosion of established institutions that should be ensuring world peace and who are, instead, promoting, sponsoring and enabling world instability in order to provide resource scavenging opportunities for the plutocrats who reign over us. Freedom of speech, thought and expression is being eroded and this is the principle we should all be defending or we are ALL Julian Assange – tortured, oppressed by the pseudo “free world”.

MT: Should Canadians believe the White Helmets? Amnesty International? Human Rights Watch?

VB: Canadians should use international law as their yardstick to determine truth, the violators of international law are their own government which is a vassal state of the US and UK. The White Helmets, AI and HRW are all compromised organisations which are sponsored and were established by the same governments as part of their smart power complex – an integral and now crucial part of their hybrid war strategy which are established to infiltrate prey nation society, always on the side of the US Coalition foreign policy agenda – predominantly to ensure the vilification of the target government or leader in order to provide justification for proxy or direct military intervention or economic terrorism under the guise of sanctions.

MT: When Syria wins this war, the world will be a safer place. Why?

VB: As I have explained above, the victory of Syria over global terrorism will benefit humanity. Syria has had a policy of containing these terrorist groups within Syrian borders in order to prevent the same fate befalling the EU, UK and US citizens with the inevitable return or flow of these radicalised extremist factions to those regions. Syria and her allies have adhered to international law both from a military and a diplomatic perspective, thus ensuring a stable future for mankind. Syria’s victory will ensure that history is written by the targeted nation – exposing the destructive hegemony of the US alliance in the region and globally.

MT: What should Canadians do to spread the truth about the war on Syria?

VB: Canadians must fight for freedom of speech and against the de-platforming of diverging views. They should join genuine anti-war movements and defend  the principles of international law which have been cynically abused and abandoned by the UK, US and France on the security council.

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FROM MT QASIOUN, LOOKING DOWN ON DAMASCUS, AT PEACE IN SPITE OF WESTERN WAR ON SYRIA

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Finally made it to Qasioun mountain, a fantastic view of Damascus.

Eva Bartlett

Looking down on the city, I remembered the intense terrorist shelling with mortars and missiles. In my visits in 2014, 2015, 2016 (and 17, 18, but the earlier years were, generally, more hard-hit), this mortar terrorism was very vivid, I have many accounts and memories of it.

To look down on a city at peace, relieved of the terrorism Western nations and their Gulf allies (not to overlook israel and Turkey) unleashed upon Syrian civilians, was a hugely moving moment.

Looking forward to the day that every inch of Syria is liberated.

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The Road to Damascus: How the Syria War was Won

The Road to Damascus: How the Syria War was Won

October 18, 2019

by Pepe Escobar : posted with permission and crossposted with Consortium News

What is happening in Syria, following yet another Russia-brokered deal, is a massive geopolitical game-changer. I’ve tried to summarize it in a single paragraph this way:

“It’s a quadruple win. The U.S. performs a face saving withdrawal, which Trump can sell as avoiding a conflict with NATO ally Turkey. Turkey has the guarantee – by the Russians – that the Syrian Army will be in control of the Turkish-Syrian border. Russia prevents a war escalation and keeps the Russia-Iran-Turkey peace process alive.  And Syria will eventually regain control of the entire northeast.”

Syria may be the biggest defeat for the CIA since Vietnam.

Yet that hardly begins to tell the whole story.

Allow me to briefly sketch in broad historical strokes how we got here.

It began with an intuition I felt last month at the tri-border point of Lebanon, Syria and Occupied Palestine; followed by a subsequent series of conversations in Beirut with first-class Lebanese, Syrian, Iranian, Russian, French and Italian analysts; all resting on my travels in Syria since the 1990s; with a mix of selected bibliography in French available at Antoine’s in Beirut thrown in.

The Vilayets

Let’s start in the 19thcentury when Syria consisted of six vilayets — Ottoman provinces — without counting Mount Lebanon, which had a special status since 1861 to the benefit of Maronite Christians and Jerusalem, which was a sanjak (administrative division) of Istanbul.

The vilayets did not define the extremely complex Syrian identity: for instance, Armenians were the majority in the vilayet of Maras, Kurds in Diyarbakir – both now part of Turkey in southern Anatolia – and the vilayets of Aleppo and Damascus were both Sunni Arab.

Nineteenth century Ottoman Syria was the epitome of cosmopolitanism. There were no interior borders or walls. Everything was inter-dependent.

Ethnic groups in the Balkans and Asia Minor, early 20th Century, Historical Atlas, 1911.

Then the Europeans, profiting from World War I, intervened. France got the Syrian-Lebanese littoral, and later the vilayets of Maras and Mosul (today in Iraq). Palestine was separated from Cham (the “Levant”), to be internationalized. The vilayet of Damascus was cut in half: France got the north, the Brits got the south. Separation between Syria and the mostly Christian Lebanese lands came later.

There was always the complex question of the Syria-Iraq border. Since antiquity, the Euphrates acted as a barrier, for instance between the Cham of the Umayyads and their fierce competitors on the other side of the river, the Mesopotamian Abbasids.

James Barr, in his splendid “A Line in the Sand,” notes, correctly, that the Sykes-Picot agreement imposed on the Middle East the European conception of territory: their “line in the sand” codified a delimited separation between nation-states. The problem is, there were no nation-states in region in the early 20thcentury.

The birth of Syria as we know it was a work in progress, involving the Europeans, the Hashemite dynasty, nationalist Syrians invested in building a Greater Syria including Lebanon, and the Maronites of Mount Lebanon. An important factor is that few in the region lamented losing dependence on Hashemite Medina, and except the Turks, the loss of the vilayet of Mosul in what became Iraq after World War I.

In 1925, Sunnis became the de facto prominent power in Syria, as the French unified Aleppo and Damascus. During the 1920s France also established the borders of eastern Syria. And the Treaty of Lausanne, in 1923, forced the Turks to give up all Ottoman holdings but didn’t keep them out of the game.

Turkish borders according to the Treaty of Lausanne, 1923.

The Turks soon started to encroach on the French mandate, and began blocking the dream of Kurdish autonomy. France in the end gave in: the Turkish-Syrian border would parallel the route of the fabled Bagdadbahn — the Berlin-Baghdad railway.

In the 1930s France gave in even more: the sanjak of Alexandretta (today’s Iskenderun, in Hatay province, Turkey), was finally annexed by Turkey in 1939 when only 40 percent of the population was Turkish.

The annexation led to the exile of tens of thousands of Armenians. It was a tremendous blow for Syrian nationalists. And it was a disaster for Aleppo, which lost its corridor to the Eastern Mediterranean.

Turkish forces under entered Alexandretta on July 5, 1938.

To the eastern steppes, Syria was all about Bedouin tribes. To the north, it was all about the Turkish-Kurdish clash. And to the south, the border was a mirage in the desert, only drawn with the advent of Transjordan. Only the western front, with Lebanon, was established, and consolidated after WWII.

This emergent Syria — out of conflicting Turkish, French, British and myriad local interests —obviously could not, and did not, please any community. Still, the heart of the nation configured what was described as “useful Syria.” No less than 60 percent of the nation was — and remains — practically void. Yet, geopolitically, that translates into “strategic depth” — the heart of the matter in the current war.

From Hafez to Bashar

Starting in 1963, the Baath party, secular and nationalist, took over Syria, finally consolidating its power in 1970 with Hafez al-Assad, who instead of just relying on his Alawite minority, built a humongous, hyper-centralized state machinery mixed with a police state. The key actors who refused to play the game were the Muslim Brotherhood, all the way to being massacred during the hardcore 1982 Hama repression.

Secularism and a police state: that’s how the fragile Syrian mosaic was preserved. But already in the 1970s major fractures were emerging: between major cities and a very poor periphery; between the “useful” west and the Bedouin east; between Arabs and Kurds. But the urban elites never repudiated the iron will of Damascus: cronyism, after all, was quite profitable.

Damascus interfered heavily with the Lebanese civil war since 1976 at the invitation of the Arab League as a “peacekeeping force.” In Hafez al-Assad’s logic, stressing the Arab identity of Lebanon was essential to recover Greater Syria. But Syrian control over Lebanon started to unravel in 2005, after the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, very close to Saudi Arabia, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) eventually left.

Bashar al-Assad had taken power in 2000. Unlike his father, he bet on the Alawites to run the state machinery, preventing the possibility of a coup but completely alienating himself from the poor, Syrian on the street.

What the West defined as the Arab Spring, began in Syria in March 2011; it was a revolt against the Alawites as much  as a revolt against Damascus. Totally instrumentalized by the foreign interests, the revolt sprang up in extremely poor, dejected Sunni peripheries: Deraa in the south, the deserted east, and the suburbs of Damascus and Aleppo.

Protest in Damascus, April 24, 2011. (syriana2011/Flickr)

What was not understood in the West is that this “beggars banquet” was not against the Syrian nation, but against a “regime.” Jabhat al-Nusra, in a P.R. exercise, even broke its official link with al-Qaeda and changed its denomination to Fatah al-Cham and then Hayat Tahrir al-Cham (“Organization for the Liberation of the Levant”). Only ISIS/Daesh said they were fighting for the end of Sykes-Picot.

By 2014, the perpetually moving battlefield was more or less established: Damascus against both Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS/Daesh, with a wobbly role for the Kurds in the northeast, obsessed in preserving the cantons of Afrin, Kobane and Qamichli.

But the key point is that each katiba (“combat group”), each neighborhood, each village, and in fact each combatant was in-and-out of allegiances non-stop. That yielded a dizzying nebulae of jihadis, criminals, mercenaries, some linked to al-Qaeda, some to Daesh, some trained by the Americans, some just making a quick buck.

For instance Salafis — lavishly financed by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait — especially Jaish al-Islam, even struck alliances with the PYD Kurds in Syria and the jihadis of Hayat Tahrir al-Cham (the remixed, 30,000-strong  al-Qaeda in Syria). Meanwhile, the PYD Kurds (an emanation of the Turkish Kurds’ PKK, which Ankara consider “terrorists”) profited from this unholy mess — plus a deliberate ambiguity by Damascus – to try to create their autonomous Rojava.

A demonstration in the city of Afrin in support of the YPG against the Turkish invasion of Afrin, Jan. 19, 2018. (Voice of America Kurdish, Wikimedia Commons)

That Turkish Strategic Depth

Turkey was all in. Turbo-charged by the neo-Ottoman politics of former Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the logic was to reconquer parts of the Ottoman empire, and get rid of Assad because he had helped PKK Kurdish rebels in Turkey.

Davutoglu’s Strategik Derinlik (“Strategic Depth’), published in 2001, had been a smash hit in Turkey, reclaiming the glory of eight centuries of an sprawling empire, compared to puny 911 kilometers of borders fixed by the French and the Kemalists. Bilad al Cham, the Ottoman province congregating Lebanon, historical Palestine, Jordan and Syria, remained a powerful magnet in both the Syrian and Turkish unconscious.

No wonder Turkey’s Recep Erdogan was fired up: in 2012 he even boasted he was getting ready to pray in the Umayyad mosque in Damascus, post-regime change, of course. He has been gunning for a safe zone inside the Syrian border — actually a Turkish enclave — since 2014. To get it, he has used a whole bag of nasty players — from militias close to the Muslim Brotherhood to hardcore Turkmen gangs.

With the establishment of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), for the first time Turkey allowed foreign weaponized groups to operate on its own territory. A training camp was set up in 2011 in the sanjakof Alexandretta. The Syrian National Council was also created in Istanbul – a bunch of non-entities from the diaspora who had not been in Syria for decades.

Ankara enabled a de facto Jihad Highway — with people from Central Asia, Caucasus, Maghreb, Pakistan, Xinjiang, all points north in Europe being smuggled back and forth at will. In 2015, Ankara, Riyadh and Doha set up the dreaded Jaish al-Fath (“Army of Conquest”), which included Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda).

At the same time, Ankara maintained an extremely ambiguous relationship with ISIS/Daesh, buying its smuggled oil, treating jihadis in Turkish hospitals, and paying zero attention to jihad intel collected and developed on Turkish territory. For at least five years, the MIT — Turkish intelligence – provided political and logistic background to the Syrian opposition while weaponizing a galaxy of Salafis. After all, Ankara believed that ISIS/Daesh only existed because of the “evil” deployed by the Assad regime.

The Russian Factor

Russian President Vladiimir Putin meeting with President of Turkey Recep Erdogan; Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov standing in background, Ankara, Dec. 1, 2014 Ankara. (Kremlin)

The first major game-changer was the spectacular Russian entrance in the summer of 2015. Vladimir Putin had asked the U.S. to join in the fight against the Islamic State as the Soviet Union allied against Hitler, negating the American idea that this was Russia’s bid to restore its imperial glory. But the American plan instead, under Barack Obama, was single-minded: betting on a rag-tag Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a mix of Kurds and Sunni Arabs, supported by air power and U.S. Special Forces, north of the Euphrates, to smash ISIS/Daesh all the way to Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor.

Raqqa, bombed to rubble by the Pentagon, may have been taken by the SDF, but Deir ez-Zor was taken by Damascus’s Syrian Arab Army. The ultimate American aim was to consistently keep the north of the Euphrates under U.S. power, via their proxies, the SDF and the Kurdish PYD/YPG. That American dream is now over, lamented by imperial Democrats and Republicans alike.

The CIA will be after Trump’s scalp till Kingdom Come.

Kurdish Dream Over

Talk about a cultural misunderstanding. As much as the Syrian Kurds believed U.S. protection amounted to an endorsement of their independence dreams, Americans never seemed to understand that throughout the “Greater Middle East” you cannot buy a tribe. At best, you can rent them. And they use you according to their interests. I’ve seen it from Afghanistan to Iraq’s Anbar province.

The Kurdish dream of a contiguous, autonomous territory from Qamichli to Manbij is over. Sunni Arabs living in this perimeter will resist any Kurdish attempt at dominance.

The Syrian PYD was founded in 2005 by PKK militants. In 2011, Syrians from the PKK came from Qandil – the PKK base in northern Iraq – to build the YPG militia for the PYD. In predominantly Arab zones, Syrian Kurds are in charge of governing because for them Arabs are seen as a bunch of barbarians, incapable of building their “democratic, socialist, ecological and multi-communitarian” society.

Kurdish PKK guerillas In Kirkuk, Iraq. (Kurdishstruggle via Flickr)

One can imagine how conservative Sunni Arab tribal leaders hate their guts. There’s no way these tribal leaders will ever support the Kurds against the SAA or the Turkish army; after all these Arab tribal leaders spent a lot of time in Damascus seeking support from Bashar al-Assad.  And now the Kurds themselves have accepted that support in the face of the Trukish incursion, greenlighted by Trump.

East of Deir ez-Zor, the PYD/YPG already had to say goodbye to the region that is responsible for 50 percent of Syria’s oil production. Damascus and the SAA now have the upper hand. What’s left for the PYD/YPG is to resign themselves to Damascus’s and Russian protection against Turkey, and the chance of exercising sovereignty in exclusively Kurdish territories.

Ignorance of the West

The West, with typical Orientalist haughtiness, never understood that Alawites, Christians, Ismailis and Druze in Syria would always privilege Damascus for protection compared to an “opposition” monopolized by hardcore Islamists, if not jihadis.  The West also did not understand that the government in Damascus, for survival, could always count on formidable Baath party networks plus the dreaded mukhabarat — the intel services.

Rebuilding Syria

The reconstruction of Syria may cost as much as $200 billion. Damascus has already made it very clear that the U.S. and the EU are not welcome. China will be in the forefront, along with Russia and Iran; this will be a project strictly following the Eurasia integration playbook — with the Chinese aiming to revive Syria’s strategic positioning in the Ancient Silk Road.

As for Erdogan, distrusted by virtually everyone, and a tad less neo-Ottoman than in the recent past, he now seems to have finally understood that Bashar al-Assad “won’t go,” and he must live with it. Ankara is bound to remain imvolved with Tehran and Moscow, in finding a comprehensive, constitutional solution for the Syrian tragedy through the former “Astana process”, later developed in Ankara.

The war may not have been totally won, of course. But against all odds, it’s clear a unified, sovereign Syrian nation is bound to prevail over every perverted strand of geopolitical molotov cocktails concocted in sinister NATO/GCC labs. History will eventually tell us that, as an example to the whole Global South, this will remain the ultimate game-changer.

 

سورية تنتصر على كلّ الجبهات

أكتوبر 16, 2019

د. محمد سيد أحمد

عندما بدأ العدوان التركي على شمال شرق سورية منذ أيام عدة، كانت كلمتي الأولى هي «أنّ ثقتي بالجيش العربي السوري والرئيس بشار الأسد بلا حدود». ثم توالت الدعوات من العديد من المنابر الإعلامية لتحليل الموقف من العدوان ووضع سيناريوات لما هو مقبل، فكان تأكيد أنّ «المتغطي بالأميركي عريان، ومن يستقوي على وطنه بالخارج، مصيره الهزيمة. وعلى الاخوة الأكراد الابتعاد عن قوات قسد والعودة لحضن الوطن». ثم تأكيد أننا لا يجب أن نضيّع البوصلة حيث إنّ «ما تقوم به تركيا من عدوان لا يمكن أن يكون من تلقاء نفسها ولا تهوّراً من أردوغان بل هي تعليمات تلقاها من سيّده الأميركي الأصيل في هذه الحرب الكونية على سورية»، وأنّ الأميركي «عندما شعر بقرب حلّ الأزمة السورية وتشكيل اللجنة الدستورية لمناقشة الدستور، ومع إصرار القيادة والجيش والحلفاء على تحرير كامل التراب الوطني المحتلّ، قرّر أن يبدأ فصلاً جديداً من العدوان لإطالة أمد الحرب».

ولأنّ الأميركي يعلم علم اليقين بفشل مشروعه التقسيمي والتفتيتي لسورية فقد راهن أولاً على قوات قسد الكردية لاقتطاع جزء من الأرض العربية السورية تحت مسمّى سورية الديمقراطية التي سيطرت على الشمال الشرقي لسورية واستولت على ثروات النفط والغاز التي تشتهر بها هذه المنطقة وتمّ تسليح قوات قسد الكردية من قبل أميركا و»إسرائيل» وتمركزت القوات الأميركية والفرنسية والبريطانية في هذه المنطقة للسيطرة عليها ومنع الجيش السوري من الوصول إليها. وعندما وصلنا لمحطة إدلب الأخيرة في مواجهة بقايا الجماعات التكفيرية الإرهابية التي استجلبتها أميركا من كلّ أصقاع الأرض لمواجهة الجيش العربي السوري شعر الأميركي بضعف موقفه، وتأكد أنه في حال الانتهاء من معركة إدلب سيتفرّغ الجيش السوري وحلفاؤه مباشرة لتحرير الشمال الشرقي المحتلّ من ميليشيات قسد وتقليم أظافرهم وإعادة الأخوة الأكراد مرة أخرى لحضن الدولة.

هنا جاء الرهان الأميركي الثاني والمتمثل بحليفه التركي، فأعطاه إشارة البدء بالعدوان على الشمال الشرقي السوري بعد تخليه عن القوات الكردية فتمّ العدوان تحت زعم مضحك ومثير للغثيان وهو مكافحة الإرهاب. وأطلق أردوغان على العملية العدوانية الإرهابيّة مسمّى «نبع السلام». ولم يتذكّر أردوغان وهو يتحدث عن عدوانه تحت هذا المسمّى أنه هو من فتح حدود بلاده منذ اللحظة الأولى للحرب الكونية على سورية للجماعات التكفيرية الإرهابية بأوامر من سيده الأميركي ضارباً بحق الجوار عرض الحائط وناقضاً كل الاتفاقيات والعهود مع الدولة العربية السورية ومنها اتفاقية «أضنة» الموقعة بين البلدين في نهاية عام 1998 والتي على أثرها عاشت تركيا آمنة ومطمئنة على مدار ثلاثة عشر عاماً، وهو الذي ما زال يماطل على طاولة المفاوضات من أجل حماية الإرهابيين في إدلب، لكنه لا يملك من أمره شيئاً فهو عبد لدى سيّده يأمره فينفذ دون تفكير.

وبالطبع يرغب الأميركي بهذا الحلّ استبدال المشروع الانفصالي الكردي بمشروع انفصالي عربي، حيث يقوم أردوغان بعد انتهاء عدوانه بتوطين بعض السوريين الموالين له والذين احتضنتهم تركيا منذ بداية الحرب الكونية على سورية وهم من أعضاء جماعة الإخوان المسلمين الإرهابية لتضمن أميركا بذلك تحقيق جزء من مشروعها وهو تقسيم سورية والاستيلاء على ثرواتها من النفط والغاز الذي تشتهر به هذه المنطقة والذي قامت بسرقته ونهبه عبر السنوات الماضية.

وعندما بدأ العدوان التركي شعر الأكراد بالخطر فقامت ميليشيات قسد المسلحة بالاستغاثة بسيدها الأميركي لإنقاذها من أردوغان وسمعنا في بياناتهما الرسمية وعبر متحدثها العسكري المثير للسخرية كيف يطالب الأميركي بمنع الطيران التركي من دخول المجال الجويّ لكن لا حياة لمن تنادي. هنا فقط تأكد للأكراد حجم الخديعة التي تعرّضوا لها من قبل الأميركان. وفي الوقت الذي أدان فيه المجتمع الدولي عدوان أردوغان اجتمعت الجامعة العربية ووزراء الخارجية العرب في ظل غياب سورية عن مقعدها في الجامعة وأسفرت اجتماعاتهم عن بيان هزيل لا يرقى لمستوى الحدث في الوقت الذي كان وفد من قوات قسد في القاهرة ينتظر العون من الجامعة العربية العاجزة فعادوا مخذولين.

هنا وفي تلك اللحظة كان القرار الحاسم من الرئيس بشار الأسد، حيث قرر التصدّي للعدوان التركي على الأراضي العربية السورية، وأبلغ الحليفين الروسي والإيراني بالقرار، فكان التحرك الفوري وإبلاغ قسد بالقرار مع تأكيد أن مَن سيقف في وجه الجيش العربي السوري سوف يتمّ التعامل معه عسكرياً. وأسفرت هذه المساعي الروسية والإيرانية السريعة مع قسد عن إفساح المجال للجيش العربي السوري في الشمال الشرقي لمواجهة العدوان. وخلال ساعات كانت قوات الجيش العربي السوري قد اقتربت من الحدود السورية التركية، بعد أن تمّ التحذير من عواقب التصادم مع الجيش السوري ومطالبة قيادات قسد وتركيا بالذهاب لطاولة المفاوضات مع الدولة العربية السورية. وكما يعلم الجميع فالجيش العربي السوري وبدعم الحلفاء في محور المقاومة وروسيا لم يدخلوا معركة إلا وانتصروا فيها، ومعارك حلب ودير الزور والبادية والغوطة ودرعا خير شاهد وخير دليل، لذلك كان تأكيدنا الدائم أن سورية ستنتصر على كلّ الجبهات الميدانية والسياسية رغم أنف الأميركان والصهاينة أصحاب المشروع الأصلي.

اللهم بلّغت اللهم فاشهد.

How Bashar Assad Won in Syria – Haaretz

How Bashar Assad Won in Syria – Haaretz

By Staff, Haaretz

After almost nine years of war in Syria, Anshel Pfeffer wrote for “Israeli” Haaretz newspaper an analysis piece entitled “How Bashar Assad Won in Syria”.

Pfeffer said: “There can be no illusion now. After eight and a half years, Syrian President Bashar Assad has won his country’s war.”

Asaad’s presidency has endured the near-decimation of the Syrian army and an earlier loss of control of most of the country, including the main cities other than the capital, Damascus, according to Haaretz.

Meanwhile, he said, in the latest developments in northern Syria, the Kurds have been forced by US President Donald Trump’s abandonment to make the cruel choice to consent to the return of the Assad regime over a murderous Turkish invasion.

“In the process, Assad has been allowed to reestablish his rule over the last large swath of territory.”

Now, with the exception of the Turkish “security zone” and small enclaves in the northwest and along the Jordanian border, Assad controls nearly the entire country.

And the Arab League will soon readmit Assad.

How did he do it? The simple answer, according to Pfeffer, “he had crucial support provided by Iran, along with a credit lifeline of billions of dollars as well as oil, arms and other crucial supplies.”

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الاستعمار العسكري المباشر هل يعود إلى المشرق…؟

سبتمبر 19, 2019

د. وفيق إبراهيم

دول المشرق تستنجد مجدداً بالمستعمر الغربي لحماية أنظمتها السياسية من الانهيار بتدخلٍ عسكري مباشر ومكشوف يضاف الى سلسلة قواعده المنتشرة منذ سبعة عقود تقريباً في النقاط الاكثر استراتيجية في المنطقة.

هكذا حال كل المعادلات السياسية الضعيفة التي لا تؤمن الا بحراب المستعمر لحماية مشيخاتها وإماراتها وملكياتها وتتجاهل شعوبها بإفقار وتجهيل لا مثيل لهما في حركة التاريخ.

فمن يصدّق ان بلداناً غنية بمستوى الخليج لا تصنع شيئاً سوى احتراف السيطرة على مجتمعاتها بالدين والقمع وقليل من الذهب المنثور، لكن هذه الوسائل لم تعد تكفي، فلا بد اذاً من العودة الى الخدمات المباشرة للمستعمرين اصحاب المصلحة بالدفاع عن مستعمرات تكتنز معدلات قياسية من النفط والغاز والقدرة على استهلاك الصناعات الغربية والموقع الاستراتيجي.

إلا انّ هناك استثناءات على هذه المعادلة في سورية التي تقاتل دولتها ضدّ عودة الاستعمار المتسربل بأدوات إرهاب داخلية وعالمية وإقليمية.

وكذلك اليمن الثائر على استعمار سعودي خليجي يغطي الاستعمار الأميركي الفعلي، والعراق المجابه لاستعمارين مباشرين، الأميركي والتركي واعوانهما من تنظيمات ارهابية وعرقية.

اما إيران فلا تزال منذ اربعة عقود تتصدّى لحملات عسكرية واقتصادية تستهدف إعادة إخضاعها للمستعمرين.

لجهة تركيا فلا تنتمي الى تلك الاستثناءات لانها «تستضيف» على اراضيها قواعد نووية وعسكرية أميركية واخرى لحلف الناتو، على الرغم من تماسك دولتها وقوة جيشها، لكنها آثرت الاتكاء على خدمات المستعمرين بتبرير الانتماء الى حلف واحد في وجه العدو السوفياتي حينه.

للتوضيح فإن الاستعمار العسكري الغربي المباشر رحل عن المشرق محتفظاً بقواعد في معظم الخليج والاردن انما بأشكال مختلفة تقاطعت مع هيمنة اقتصادية كاملة، وهذه هي أهداف الاستعمار الباحث دوماً عن المصادر الاقتصادية المتنوعة.

لذلك بدت بلدان المشرق في السبعين سنة المنصرمة وكأنها مستقلة شكلاً تديرها شبكة من عائلات وقوى منتمية الى محور السياسة الغربية من دون أي نقاش ومع رجحان كبير لمحورها الأميركي.

هذا ما جعل الحماية الغربية المعنوية والمباشرة قادرة على إجهاض اي محاولات تغيير فعلية في المنطقة العربية.

لكن انهيار الاتحاد السوفياتي استولد فرصة تاريخية ليحاول الأميركيون إعادة تشكيل المشرق على نحو مستسلم غير قادر على إحداث اي تغيير لمدة طويلة.

فابتدأوا باحتلال افغانستان قافزين مباشرة من آسيا الوسطى الى المشرق باحتلال العراق في 2003 ولمزاعم تبين أنها كاذبة وادت الى مئات آلاف القتلى من دون ان تتجرأ قوة واحدة على انتقاد الأميركيين.

واستكمالاً لخطتهم حاولوا تدمير سورية بالارهاب وقواهم المباشرة والاسناد الاقليمي العربي بالتمويل والتركي بالتدريب والحدود والخدمات اللوجستية والاحتلال المباشر والاسرائيلي بالغارات الجوية.

إلا ان هذه المخططات لم تنجح في سورية والعراق فبدت الحرب على اليمن وسيلة اضافية وضرورية بموازاة خطة تقسيم العراق وإضعافه وسيلة اساسية لحماية البقرة الخليجية الحلوب من كامل الاتجاهات.

بدوره تصدّى اليمن المتواضع الإمكانات والكبير بتاريخه، لأوسع عدوان خليجي عربي أميركي غربي ناقلاً المعارك الى ميادين السعودية بإصابته عشرات المرات لمصافي نفطية ومطارات ومواقع عسكرية وإدارية.

ان مثل هذا القصف وضع الأنظمة الخليجية وتغطيتها الأميركية أمام حقائق مذهلة، فلا سورية سقطت ولا تمزقت وسورية لم تتفتت وتبين بوضوح أن دول الخليج عاجزة عن الدفاع عن انظمتها حتى امام القوى المتواضعة في اليمن، فكيف يكون حالها مع العراق او سورية، وانكشف ان مصر والاردن وباكستان تؤيد الخليج خطابياً لان مشاكلها الداخلية والخارجية لا تسمح لهم ارسال قوات اليه.

هناك قلق أميركي إضافي من احتمال انفجارات شعبية داخلية في الخليج قادرة على بناء تغيير فعلي في انظمته الحاكمة.

لقد تزامنت هذه التحليلات الخليجية الأميركية مع قصف يمني لمصافي بقيق وخريص اللتين تنتجان ستة ملايين برميل اي نصف الإنتاج السعودي النفطي المرتبط بالاقتصاد الغربي بشكل كامل. فوجدها الغرب الأميركي فرصة تاريخية جديدة يلعب بها على الضعف الخليجي بمحاولة رفع مستوى استفادته منه، والزعم انه عائد للدفاع عنه، وهذا يتطلب ارسالاً سريعاً لقوى برية وجوية وبحرية انما ليس بالأعداد الكبيرة لان الحروب اليوم تقتصد في البنى العسكرية البشرية لمصلحة استعمال آليات الحرب الحديثة والمتطورة التي تعتمد بشكل شبه كامل على الوسائل المادية المتطورة. لجهة أنظمة الخليج المذعورة فهي مستعدة للتغطية المادية والسياسية واستعمال فقه ديني تزعم انه إسلامي لتسهيل حركة هذا الاستعمار الجديد ولتوسيع مشروعه، اتهم الغرب الأميركي إيران بقصف المصفاتين على الرغم من ان خبراء عسكريين غربيين أكدوا ان الحصار على اليمن بمنع اي حركة بشرية بحراً وبراً، معتبرين ان خبراء إيرانيين علموا اليمنيين فنون صناعة المسيَّرات بما فيها المتطورة القادرة على اجتياز اكثر من الف كيلومتر وهذا هو التحليل العلمي الصحيح والذي يبرر لليمنيين الدفاع عن وطنهم في وجه أي عدوان خارجي.

من جهته، يستنجد هذا الخليج بالأميركيين عن طريق اثارة خوفهم على مصالحهم الاقتصادية عنده، او بالإيحاء من خطر تغييرات داخلية لن تكون بالطبع لصالح استمرار الهيمنة الغربية على دول الخليج وثرواتها.

يتبين بالمحصلة ان الأميركيين يبتعدون عن فكرة الحرب على إيران مع ميلهم لنشر قوات غربية في مواجهتها على السواحل السعودية والاماراتية استكمالاً لقواعدهم في الكويت والبحرين وقطر والاردن، فبهذه الطريقة يعود الاستعمار المباشر الى كامل جزيرة العرب بنفقات مرتفعة تتحمّل وزرها الدول المحتلة.

فهل لهذه القوات وظائف اكبر؟ يعرف البيت الأبيض انه لا يستطيع ممارسة هذا الدور الا في الخليج، فسورية طردت الاستعمار منذ سبعين عاماً وتواصل طرد ما تبقى منه، والعراق يتحضّر لإبعاده حالياً، واليمن ينجز مهامه التحريرية.

بناء على هذه المعطيات فإن عودة الاستعمار الغربي الى الخليج هي لمهمة وحيدة وهي منع أي تغير داخلي يؤدي الى تحرير ثروات الخليج من الحكام وتغطيته الغربية، ووضعها في خدمة تطوّر دول يصرُ الأميركيون على سحبها من القرون الوسطى.

How Syria Defeated the 2012-2019 Invasion by US & Al-Qaeda

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How Syria Defeated the 2012-2019 Invasion by US & Al-Qaeda

September 4, 2019

On August 31st, the brilliant anonymous German intelligence analyst who blogs as “Moon of Alabama” headlined “Syria – Coordinated Foreign Airstrike Kills Leaders Of Two Al-Qaeda Aligned Groups”, and he reported that,“Some three hours ago an air- or missile strike in Syria’s Idleb governorate hit a meeting of leaders of the al-Qaeda aligned Haras-al-Din and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) aka Jabhat al-Nusra. Both were killed. It is likely that leaders of other Jihadist groups were also present. The hit completely destroyed a Haras al-Din guesthouse or headquarter. The Syrian Observatory says that more than 40 people were killed in the strike. The hit will make it much easier for the Syrian army campaign to liberate Idleb governorate.

At long last, Syria’s army and Russia’s air force are no longer being threatened with World War III by the US and its allies if they proceed to destroy the tens of thousands of Al-Qaida-led jihadists whom the US had helped to train and arm (and had been protecting in Syria ever since December 2012) in order to overthrow Syria’s non-sectarian Government and replace it by a fundamentalist-Sunni Government which the royal Sauds who own Saudi Arabia would appoint. All throughout that war, those Al-Qaeda-led ‘moderate rebels’ had been organized from the governate or province of Idlib (or Idleb). But now, most (if not all) of their leadership are dead.

Turkey’s leader Tayyip Erdogan had hoped that he would be allowed both by Russia’s Vladimir Putin and by the United States’ Donald Trump to grab for Turkey at least part of Idlib province from Syria. But now, he is instead either participating in, or else allowing, Syria’s army and Russia’s air force, to slaughter Idlib’s jihadists and restore that province to Syria. On 9 September 2018, Russia and Iran had granted Turkey a temporary control over Idlib, and Erdogan then tried to seize it permanently, but finally he has given it up and is allowing Idlib to become restored to Syria. This turn-around signals Syria’s victory against its enemies; it’s the war’s watershed event.

Here is the history of how all that happened and how Syria is finally a huge and crucial step closer to winning its war against the invaders (which had originally been mainly Al Qaeda, US, Turkey, Qatar, and the Sauds,, but more recently has been onlyAl Qaeda and US):

reported, back on 10 September 2018, that:

Right now, the Trump Administration has committed itself to prohibiting Syria (and its allies) from retaking control of Idlib, which is the only province that was more than 90% in favor of Al Qaeda and of ISIS and against the Government, at the start of the ‘civil war’ in Syria. Idlib is even more pro-jihadist now, because almost all of the surviving jihadists in Syria have sought refuge there — and the Government freely has bussed them there, in order to minimize the amount of “human shield” hostage-taking by them in the other provinces. Countless innocent lives were saved this way.

Both Democratic and Republican US federal officials and former officials are overwhelmingly supportive of US President Trump’s newly announced determination to prohibit Syria from retaking control of that heavily jihadist province, and they state such things about Idlib as:

It has become a dumping ground for some of the hardcore jihadists who were not prepared to settle for some of the forced agreements that took place, the forced surrenders that took place elsewhere. … Where do people go when they’ve reached the last place that they can go? What’s the refuge after the last refuge? That’s the tragedy that they face.

That happened to be an Obama Administration official expressing support for the jihadists, and when he was asked by his interviewer “Did the world fail Syria?” he answered “Sure. I mean, there’s no doubt about it. I mean, the first person who failed Syria was President Assad himself.”

Idlib city, incidentally, had also been the most active in starting Syria’s ‘civil war’, back on 10 March 2012 (that’s a news-report by Qatar, which had actually helped to finance the jihadists, whom it lionized as freedom-fighters, and Qatar had also helped the CIA to establish Al Qaeda in Syria). Idlib city is where the peaceful phase of the “Arab Spring” uprisings transformed (largely through that CIA, Qatari, Saudi, and Turkish, assistance) into an armed rebellion to overthrow the nation’s non-sectarian Government, because that’s where the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda was centered. On 29 July 2012, the New York Times headlined “As Syrian War Drags On, Jihadists Take Bigger Role” and reported that “Idlib Province, the northern Syrian region where resistance fighters control the most territory, is the prime example.” (Note the euphemism there, “resistance fighters,” not “jihadists,” nor “terrorists.” That’s how propaganda is written. But this time, the editors had slipped up, and used the honest “Jihadists” in their headline. However, their news-report said that these were only “homegrown Muslim jihadists,” though thousands of jihadists at that time were actually already streaming into Idlib from around the world. Furthermore, Obama lied and said that the people he was helping (the al-Saud family who own Saudi Arabia, and the al-Thani family who own Qatar) to arm, were not jihadists, and he was never called-out on that very blatant ongoing lie.) But the US-allied, Saud-and-Thani-financed, massive arms-shipments, to the Al-Qaeda-led forces in Syria, didn’t start arriving there until March 2013, around a year after that start. And, then, in April 2013, the EU agreed with the US team to buy all the (of course black-market) oil it could that “the rebels” in Syria’s oil region around Deir Ezzor were stealing from Syria, so as to help “the rebels” to expand their control in Syria and thus to further weaken Syria’s Government. (The “rebels,” in that region of Syria, happened to be ISIS, not Al Qaeda, but the US team’s primary target to help destroy was actually Syria, and never ISIS. In fact, the US didn’t even start bombing ISIS there until after Russia had already started doing that on 30 September 2015.)

A week following my 10 September 2018 news-report, I reported, September 17th, about how Erdogan, Putin, and Iran’s Rouhani, had dealt with the US alliance’s threat of going to war against Russia in Syrian territory if Russia and Syria were to attack the jihadists in Idlib:

As I recommended in a post on September 10th, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan jointly announced on September 17th, “We’ve agreed to create a demilitarized zone between the government troops and militants before October 15. The zone will be 15-20km wide,” which compares to the Korean DMZ’s 4-km width. I had had in mind the Korean experience, but obviously Putin and Erdogan are much better-informed about the situation than I am, and they have chosen a DMZ that’s four to five times wider. In any case, the consequences of such a decision will be momentous, unless US President Donald Trump is so determined for there to be World War III as to stop at nothing in order to force it to happen no matter what Russia does or doesn’t do.

What the Putin-Erdogan DMZ decision means is that the 50,000 Turkish troops who now are occupying Idlib province of Syria will take control over that land, and will thus have the responsibility over the largest concentration of jihadists anywhere on the planet: Idlib. It contains the surviving Syrian Al Qaeda and ISIS fighters, including all of the ones throughout Syria who surrendered to the Syrian Army rather than be shot dead on the spot by Government forces.

However, after Erdogan got control over Idlib, he double-crossed Putin and Rouhani, by trying to solidify his control not only over Idlib but over adjoining portions of Syria, I headlined on 14 July 2019 “Turkey Will Get a Chunk of Syria: An Advantage of Being in NATO”, and reported:

Turkey is already starting to build infrastructure even immediately to the north and east of Idlib in order to stake its claim to a yet larger portion of Syria than just Idlib. This might not have been part of the deal that was worked out by Russia’s Putin, Iran’s Rouhani, and Turkey’s Erdogan, in Tehran, on 9 September 2018, which agreement allowed Turkey only to take over — and only on a temporary basis — Idlib province, which is by far the most pro-jihadist (and the most anti-Assad) of Syria’s 14 provinces. Turkey was instead supposed to hold it only temporarily, but the exact terms of the Turkey-Russia-Iran agreement have never been publicly disclosed.

Turkey was building in those adjoining Syrian areas not only facilities from two Turkish universities but also a highway to extend into the large region of Syria to the east that was controlled by Kurdish separatist forces which were under US protection. In July 2019, Erdogan seems to have been hoping that Trump would allow Turkey to attack those Kurdish proxy-forces of the US.

For whatever reason, that outcome, which was hoped for by Erdogan, turned out not to be realized. Perhaps Trump decided that if the separatist Kurds in Syria were going to be allowed to be destroyed, then Assad should be the person who would allow it, not he; and, therefore, if Erdogan would get such a go-ahead, the blame for it would belong to Assad, and not to America’s President.

Given the way Assad has behaved in the past — since he has always sought Syrian unity — the likely outcome, in the Kurdish Syrian areas, will be not a Syrian war against Kurds, but instead some degree of federal autonomy there, so long as that would be acceptable also to Erdogan. If Erdogan decides to prohibit any degree of Kurdish autonomy across the border in Syria as posing a danger to Turkish unity, then Assad will probably try (as much as he otherwise can) to accommodate the Kurds without any such autonomy, just like in the non-Kurdish parts of the unitary nation of Syria. Otherwise, Kurdish separatist sentiment will only continue in Syria, just as it does in Turkey and Iraq. The US has backed Kurdish separatism all along, and might continue that in the future (such as after the November 2020 US Presidential election).

Finally, there seems to be the light of peace at the end of the nightmarish eight-year invasion of Syria by the US and its national (such as Turkey-Jordan-Qatar-Saud-Israel) and proxy (such as jihadist and Kurdish) allies. Matters finally are turning for the better in Syria. The US finally appears to accept it. America’s threat, of starting WW III if Russia and Syria try to destroy the jihadists who have become collected in Syria’s Idlib province, seems no longer to pertain. Maybe this is because Trump wants to be re-elected in 2020. If that’s the reason, then perhaps after November of 2020, the US regime’s war against Syria will resume. This is one reason why every US Presidential candidate ought to be incessantly asked what his/her position is regarding the US regime’s long refrain, “Assad must go”, and regarding continued sanctions against Syria, and regarding restitution to Syria to restore that nation from the US-led war against it. Those questions would reveal whether all of the candidates are really just more of the same actual imperialistic (or “neocon”) policies, or whether, perhaps, one of them is better than that. Putin has made his commitments. What are theirs? Will they accept peace with Russia, and with Iran? If America were a democracy, its public would be informed about such matters — especially before the November 2020 ‘elections’, and not merely after they are already over.

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