As commander of the Quds force Soleimani was responsible for directing the external operations of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.
This entailed support and co-ordination with the forces of the “Axis of Resistance” across the Middle East/West Asia region with affiliated and supported militant groups spanning from Pakistan and Afghanistan in the east across to Lebanon via Syria and Iraq all the way to the Mediterranean,plus Gaza and Yemen to the south.
A short checklist of Qassem Soleimani’s major achievements:
In the immediate aftermath of the attack the Supreme Leader of Iran vowed to avenge the death stating that “a severe retaliation awaits the criminals who painted their corrupt hands with his and his martyred companions’ blood last night.” (Source)
Therefore a cataclysmic broader armed conflict between the US and Iran now seems all but inevitable.
A day later the statement of the Iranian leader seems imprudent. The US has been seeking to destroy the government of Iran for decades, a direct attack on US interests in the region may enable this long-standing plot to come to fruition.
False Flags Ahoy!
The understandably bellicose statement from the Iranian leader mean that any of Iran’s many enemies merely have to attack an object belonging to the US anywhere in the world and the US will have the pretext that it craves to directly attack Iran.
In reality the initial response from Iran and her allies is to recognise that the attack in Baghdad was primarily a violation of Iraqi sovereignty. The US has killed a senior figure in the Iraqi military structure while purporting to be in Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government to support them in the fight against ISIS.
This should be done in a legal and transparent manner. The Iraqi parliament needs to formally vote to reject the ongoing US military presence in their nation.
If the US then fails to accede to the request of the Iraqi parliament, Iraqi forces would have no choice but to seek to forcefully evict the Americans.
But it must be hoped that it doesn’t come to that. Too many lives have already been lost on all sides.
As far as justifications go, none ring more empty than revenge, but many will claim that if such a flagrant violation is allowed to go unpunished, even greater crimes may follow. So the motivation for a response would be to restore deterrence.
World War 3?
The chances of either Russia or China becoming directly involved in armed conflict with the United States should open war break out are all but zero.
The chain of escalation initiated by the US may well lead to a major regional war, it may well lead to events that see oil prices skyrocket and crash the global economy but the chances of open global war involving the great powers are infinitesimal.
Neither Russia nor China have any interest in confronting the US directly, certainly not over Iran. Should a war break out they will seek to end the conflict in the UN and failing that may offer limited behind the scenes assistance to Iran.
It must be remembered that these powers are self-interested and they understand that every act of aggression only hastens the US loss of credibility in the world, de-facto boosting their own position without their having to lift a finger.
The US Government.
The reckless actions of the US government are not in the interests of the people of the United States or anywhere else. At this point it is clear that behind all the rhetoric to the contrary, a hopelessly compromised Israeli-Saudi asset sits in the White house.
As the unipolar moment that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union passes, the US feels compelled to over-assert itself- like a middle aged man buying a sports car as a sign of undiminished virility.
From Israel’s point of view there is a desperate need to “pump the Rube” before he goes bankrupt. While Israel has a strong relationship with both Russia and China, there is zero chance that either of those states will ever enjoy the type of relationship that Israel does with the US.
So if a major power is to be utilised to achieve the Israeli goal of destroying the Islamic Republic of Iran, they absolutely must achieve this before the US is comprehensively superseded by China and Russia.
That’s not to suggest that there is a realistic prospect of the US actually invading Iran, such an operation is well beyond their military capabilities.
Their hope is that the combination of aerial bombing, sanctions and other hardships inflicted upon the Iranian people will enable a more pliant leadership to be installed in Iran.
A similar plot succeeded in 1953, when the CIA overthrew the moderate nationalist and democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh and replaced him with the puppet ruler the Shah, largely because Mossadegh’s policies threatened the interests of major Western oil companies.
It is not realistic that a similar scenario will succeed today, but the United States and Israel simply cannot tolerate independent nations in the middle east region, let alone those that are openly defiant-and will therefore strive to achieve this regardless of the human suffering inflicted on the world by these efforts.
The murder of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al Muhadis and their colleagues may be the most dangerous step they have taken on this path, but it will not be the last.
Tonight the Greek Defence minister, Panos Kammenos has confirmed that the Egyptian military have found plane debris and body parts approximately 290kms/180 miles north of the Egyptian city of Alexandria.
“A short while ago we were briefed by the Egyptian authorities … on the discovery of a body part, a seat and baggage just south of where the aircraft signal was lost,” (Source)
It therefore appears that all persons on board Egypt-Air 804 have perished.
It has also been reported that Flight 804 made a series of violent maneuver’s prior to disappearing from radar. The plane is said to have turned violently 90 degrees before making a 360 degree turn in the opposite direction.
The US Government are being quoted by the US media as stating that satellite imagery shows no obvious sign of an explosion in the area at the time.
“officials from multiple US agencies told Reuters that a preliminary examination of satellite imagery had not shown any signs of an explosion.”(Source)
First images of EgyptAir plane wreckage released by Egyptian army
ISIS Have Not Claimed Responsibility.
Several media outlets are claiming that the IS group have claimed responsibility for the downing of Egypt-Air 804. These claims are not substantiated- even by social media claims. They seem to be entirely invented as they link to a long defunct ISIS twitter account.
The author’s of these apparent concoctions even claim to know that the attack was perpetrated by a passenger detonating a device on the flight. A photograph was also produced and claimed to show the plane on fire.
ISIS released an English language broadcast today. The broadcast is available here. The broadcast makes mention of fighting in Libya amnd in Northern Iraq. There is no mention of the Egypt-Air incident.Some “ISIS supporters” have gleefully suggested the group was responsible, this carries no weight at all as these same low trolls would probably resond the same way if the US was struck by an earthquake.
“1/ ISIS has released its daily news bulletin on its official radio station in French, English, Arabic & Russian. Of note:No mention of plane.”
Additional ISIS media releases from the Amaq media agency mentioned suicide car bomb and other attacks in Syria today.
If ISIS attacked the Egypt-Air flight it appears that it was without the knowledge of the core group or the leadership.
These manufactured claims could be merely the result of low opportunism or may be something sinister.
Only bad weather has been ruled out as a cause for the disaster.
In France, the departure point of the flight, the State of Emergency was duly extended another three months having been due to expire in late May.
May 19th, 2016.
“It did not land, that is all we can say for the moment.” Anonymous French official (Source)
Egypt Air Flight MS804 has disappeared from radar.
An EgyptAir jet with 66 people on board has disappeared en route from Paris to Cairo. The Airbus A320 is presumed to have crashed into the Mediterranean sea reportedly ten miles/16 kms from the coast of Egypt.
According to a map of the flight path provided by Flight Radar 24 the craft had just passed the threshold of Egyptian airspace when it disappeared. The Egyptian media are reporting “ no distress call was made and the last contact was 10 minutes before the plane disappeared.” (Source)
According to EgyptAir “the plane was traveling at an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,280 meters), disappeared in Egyptian air space at 02:30 a.m., some 280 kms (165 miles) from the Egyptian coastline, before it was due to land at 03:15 a.m.”(Source)
According to Reuters “Aboard the flight were 30 Egyptians, 15 French nationals, one Briton and one Belgian.”
The flight was being performed by an Airbus A320 with the identification Su-GCC. It is being reported that no distress call came from the plane and while it is far too early to speculate about the cause of this incident, the lack of a distress call has been a recurring element shared by a series of mysterious and highly suspicious air disasters in recent years including the Air Asia 8501 disaster of late 2014, the MH370 disappearance from earlier the same year and the German Wings 4U9525 calamity of last March.
This incident comes only seven months after ISIS terrorists were blamed for the destruction of MetroJet 9268 over Egypt.
A Very Short History of Egypt Air.
Egypt Air was established in 1932. It is owned and operated by the Government of Egypt and operates a fleet of 62 aircraft.
The safety record of Egypt Air is replete with serious disasters with the loss of all on board Flight 990 after it inexplicably plunged into the ocean in the year 1999 the most serious incident closely followed by the 1985 terror attack that left 59 people dead on EgyptAir Flight 648 after the plane was hijacked by terrorists and later stormed by Egyptian Security forces.
The hijacking was attributed to the Abu Nidal group, a supposed Palestinian group, but it has since emerged that Abu Nidal was simply a mercenary operating on behalf of Israel and also the United States. It is also widely believed that Israeli intelligence were was responsible for the loss of Flight 990 but the evidence to support the claim has never been provided.
Flight 990 appears to have been the first case of the remote hijacking of a passenger jet, a seemingly regular occurrence in recent years.
That disaster was blamed on the familiar but completely ludicrous pilot suicide theory resuscitated laughably last year for the German Wings disaster and also equally ludicrously widely presented as the cause for the disappearance of MH370 the previous year.
In recent months an internal Egyptian EgyptAir flight was hijacked and diverted from it’s destination by a man with a fake suicide belt who later claimed he was seeking a way to see his family.
Incident Concurrent with NATO naval drill in the Mediterranean.
Another element that this incident shares in common with several recent air disasters including MH370 and the destruction of Metrojet Flight 9268 over Egypt seven months ago is that it has taken place during the course of a large US led military drill.
In this case the drill is named Phoenix Express, it started two days ago and continues until May 27th and involves the naval forces of “Algeria, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States, representatives from the NATO Shipping Center, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the EU border management agency Frontex are taking part.” (Source)
This is Naval Today’s description of the drill.
“Phoenix Express is sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and facilitated by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet. It is designed to improve regional cooperation, increase maritime domain awareness information-sharing practices, and operational capabilities to enhance efforts to achieve safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea.”
“This year’s exercise control group will be hosted at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operations Training Center (NMIOTC) located in Souda Bay, Greece, but training will take place throughout the Mediterranean to include North African nations’ territorial waters.”
This story is still in the very early stages and no statements can be made with any confidence about this apparent tragedy nor about any possible motives. Egypt is currently fighting a low intensity guerrilla war in the Northern Sinai region and this may small war may well be a prelude to the full treatment Syria has received in recent years.
Egypt may be the next destination the puppet maniacs are sent to destroy on behalf of the West but whether any of that is linked to this incident is impossible to tell at this time.
This claim may be correct or it may be the expedient explanation at the current time. The artillery attribution does not fit with the witness reports of a single large explosion rather than a description of a barrage as would generally be the case with artillery.
It is also puzzling that there were reports from a previously reliable source of an Israeli airstrike against a Hezbollah target in Syria before Mustafa Badredinne’s death was announced so I reserve judgement and assume the truth will emerge in the future but while it is theoretically possible, the chances of the Hezbollah commander in Syria, operating away from front line positions being randomly killed in a lucky artillery strike seem highly remote.
May 13th, 2016.
Hezbollah Commander Slain in Alleged Israeli Airstrike near Damascus.
In a devastating psychological blow to the forces allied with the Syrian Government an Israeli airstrike in the area near the Damascus International Airport has killed Mustafa Badreddine, a senior figure in Hezbollah, the Lebanese (largely) Shia militia fighting alongside the Syrian government forces in the Syrian war. Badreddine is said to have been 55 years of age and to be brother in law of the legendary and infamous Hezbollah figure Imad Mugniyah, also assassinated in Damascus under very different circumstances in 2008.
Mustafa Badredinne is claimed to have been commander of Hezbollah in Syria where the group have played a key role in support of the Government since 2012..
The details of the attack are still unclear with some reports mentioning a large explosion without specifying the means of delivery but all logic suggests that an air attack was conducted by the Israeli Air force as that has been the previous method of the dozen or more similar Israeli attacks against the Syrian Government forces with the May 2013 alleged tactical nuclear strike the most memorable.
Israeli Nuclear Attack on Syria, All Known Footage
In addition to air support Israel supported the jihadist insurgents in Syria with medical care along with equipment and logistical support and the support to the proscribed al Nusra Front terror group was noted in UN reports on the situation in southern Syria.
Israeli attacks on Syrian allied forces have continued despite the entrance of the Russian superpower on the loyalist side late last year and the continued presence of the highly effective S400 anti-aircraft missile systems at the Russian base in Syria so it can only be assumed that Russia and Israel have some type of agreement to allow Israeli strikes inside Syria to continue.
Syria: S-400 now deployed in Latakia to boost air defence
Such a deal would be understandable from a pragmatic point of view but are inexplicable in others. Why is Russia apparently conducting air defence stand downs and enabling the ground forces they are backing to be attacked?
These attacks are very dangerous because they risk provoking a response that could lead to an escalation and within hours this process could lead to an Israeli war against Lebanon as a minor Hezbollah provocation did in July 2006.
A month later more than a thousand Lebanese and forty three Israeli civilians, along with around two hundred Hezbollah fighters and 120 IDF soldiers were dead.
Several of the previous Israeli airstrikes have provoked retaliatory strikes on Hezbollah’s behalf. In January 2015 several IDF soldiers were killed and several vehicles were destroyed in rocket attacks on them in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights region of Syria following Israeli airstrikes that killed several Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian Revolutionary Guard General..
The last high-profile attack last December that killed Hezbollah figure Samir Quntar was met with a very half hearted response from Hezbollah with an I.E.D attack on an Israeli border patrol reportedly damaging several vehicles without causing any casualties.
The same will presumably be the case on this occasion. Any kind of war with Israel is completely against the interests of Hezbollah and their allies so they may do something in response but will probably have to accept the attack on Mustafa Badredinne along with all their other casualties in Syria which have been severe despite the fact that they are generally a dominant force on the battlefield.
One of the most spectacular examples of that tactical superiority came in early 2014 with the Otaida ambush, an amazing operation where a long column of insurgents were blown up after walking into an elaborate trap involving several massive bomb attacks on them as they walked through the countryside south of Damascus at night. It should be noted that the massively successful and brilliant operations like the Otaida ambush are the exception to the rule in a grinding war.
Syrian Army Kills Scores of Militants in Ambush
Syrian Army KILLS 175 Rebels in Ambush – DEAD BODIES Everywhere
No End in Sight to the Syrian Nightmare.
This latest coup on the part of the forces attempting to destroy Syria caps off a terrible period for the Syrian government forces over the past several weeks where the insurgents have won some victories, seizing the southern Aleppo town of Khan Touman and more importantly repeatedly demonstrating their ability to harass the loyalist forces and cause them to redeploy their best forces in response.
Battles for Syria | May 6th 2016 | Militants capture Khan Tuman
The detonation of a tunnel bomb under a Syrian military facility at the Aleppo front-line recently was another devastating blow against the loyalist forces leaving a reported 46 soldiers dead.
New tunnel bomb footage from Aleppo
Return from the dead | May 4th 2016
By concentrating their attacks against the weakest of the loyalist forces in rear areas the insurgents are thus able to steer the army around the battlefield meaning that the government forces are often seemingly stamping out one spot fire after another and thus the war is a near stalemate despite the continued presence of the Russian Airforce and an increasing Russian ground presence that saw another soldier killed by the insurgents this week.
A Grim Outlook.
For several weeks it almost seemed that the Cessation of Hostilities agreement was working, the level of the fighting and the areas impacted were greatly reduced with one large Syrian military hospital reporting a halving of the casualty rate but that was seemingly just a lull as the insurgents rearmed and reinforced their forces and now the cease fires all blend together in near meaninglessness as few parties to the fighting pay them any attention.
These events perhaps indicate that the anti-Syria coalition can see the light at the end of the tunnel, they are hoping that the next US administration will “do the right thing” as Obama failed to do and destroy Syria as Libya and Iraq were destroyed. Destroy the state and walk away and let the jihadists fight over the ruins.
If Hillary Clinton is elected President business as usual can be expected to resume with the final destruction of Syria an urgent priority and Herr Clinton has already indicted her support for a No-Fly Zone in Northern Syria, a step that would both contravene international law and risk nuclear war with Russia.
There are strong signs that neither side can contemplate military victory in Syria therefore the choices are to either find a political solution or allow the terrible suffering on all sides to continue while another few hundred thousand people are killed and the indifference of the opposition supporting politicians such as the Saudi, Turkish leadership to the fact that they are the authors of this mountain of suffering is remarkable.
Lebanon: Hundreds mourn loss of top Hezbollah commander
Top Hezbollah chief buried, Israel suspected in his dea
There was an understanding, although this was never entirely spelled out, that now that Russia was openly fighting on the side of Syria, Iran and Hezbollah in Syria, that Israel would respect the fact that Russia is a greater military power and cease its bombing of Syrian government and allied forces inside Syria..
The Russian assumptions on this matter were articulated in this interview with Russian academic from the Middle east Center at St. Petersburg University Alexander Sitnichenko although Mr. Sitnichenko never actually makes the comment attributed to him in the title about Israel having no choice but to support the Russian operation.
Russian analyst: Israel has no choice but to support Russian military operation in Syria
At the end of the interview Mr. Sitnichenko alludes to an ultra Zionist plot to build the Third Temple on the site of the al Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem and states that according to Christians and Muslims this event would precipitate Armageddon.
The first sign that the Russian Israeli Joint Commission may not have succeeded in its goal and that Israel would not accept Russian military superiority and back off came in mid October when it was reported that Russian jets intercepted Israeli fighter jets over Lebanon and caused them to return to their bases without conducting whatever operation was intended.
On October 30th Israel attacked several Hezbollah and Syrian positions in the Qalamoun region of Western Syria close to the Lebanon border. Debka file, an Israeli intelligence outlet, described it thus:
sources described a large number of Israeli airplanes as bombing a Hezbollah unit based in the village of El Ain in northern Lebanon and the arms depot of the 155th Brigade of the Syrian army at Al-Katifa to the east.
Part of the intention may have been to distract from the successes the Syrians and their allies are achieving in Aleppo province where the insurgents are suffering severe setbacks and taking heavy losses in personnel, equipment and territory.
Prior to the Russian intervention Israel had conducted more than a dozen attacks on Syria throughout the Syrian war, the most memorable and infamous being the apparent tactical nuclear strike on a military base on the outskirts of Damascus in May 2013.
Israeli Nuclear Attack on Syria, All Known Footage
Russia has recently installed sophisticated anti-aircraft systems at its base in Syria.
“A joint air defense system has been set up in Syria with Russia’s participation, which protects all military and strategically important civilian sites, including the Latakia airfield, where the Russian air group is based now,” the source aid.
The joint air defense system in Syria also includes modernized Osa, S-125 Pechora-2M, S-200, and other systems, he said.”
Russia has also in recent days agreed to supply the S300 anti aircraft system to Iran. A fulfillment of a long-delayed contract and another action that Israel violently opposes.
Borjal-Barajaneh Hezbollah;s heartland and stronghold in South Beirut has been struck by two explosions that have left at least 37 dead and almost 200 wounded., The area has been the site of several previous terror attacks in response to Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria.
When the takfiri mercenaries and dupes face defeat on the battlefield they respond with these low tactics.
There is a lesson to be learned from the coincidence of these apparently disconnected events. The Metrojet massacre, the IAF attack on Damascus airport and the latest terror massacre in South Beirut are all coming from the same source.
If Russia allows them to continue with these operations Russia itself will appear to be a paper tiger and an ally of limited value.
Russia surely must find a way to convince Israel that any further violations of Syrian sovereignty are not in their interests.
Hopefully this can be achieved without the use of force but sadly, force may be the only thing they understand., it seems that until Russia finds the will to teach Israel a painful lesson these atrocities will continue all around the world as the coalition of the wicked protest their relative impotence with these terrorist attacks.
Today SITE intelligence is reporting that ISIL are threatening to attack Russia “very soon.”
Curiously no mention is made of the Sinai air disaster that the group has repeatedly attempted to claim they caused despite it becoming increasingly clear that Israel and some of their Blue Flag exercise allies were the culprit and the jet was destroyed by a missile attack.
The Third Intifada and the Liberation of Palestine.
The Occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem-Forty eight years of brutal subjugation and land theft.
The Occupation of the people of Palestine is an act of violence, the Palestinians are subjected to constant violence and oppression both implicit and explicit, the Arab citizens of the West Bank and East Jerusalem have their human rights violated from birth until death and this has been the case since June 1967.
The Arab population of East Jerusalem and the West Bank do not enjoy property rights. If either the Jewish state or Jewish settlers decide to requisition and steal their land they have no legal recourse.
There is no question of equality of wrong-doing here, no moral equivalence at all.
There has been an escalation of violence in recent weeks with a number of random stabbings carried out by Arabs and Jews. The death toll in recent times is at least 42 Palestinian deaths and 7 Israelis.
Unintended victims have already been wounded and killed, Jews have been stabbed by Jews under the impression they were Arabs and an Eritrean died in the aftermath of a gun attack in Beersheba that left one IDF member dead.
‘Mistaken for terrorist’: Eritrean man shot dead by security guard, beaten by mob in Israel
Israel: Two killed in bus stop shooting, 11 injured
The clashes have also spread beyond the West Bank and East Jerusalem and Israel to Gaza where the IDF showed their customary respect for human life.
State of Palestine: IDF shoots six dead as Palestinians clash with Israeli forces *GRAPHIC*
The UN never voted for Greater Israel.
The Greater Israel monstrosity that exists today is not legitimate under international law and it could be argued that the greater Israel project with it’s systematic subjugation and neo-apartheid system has delegitmised the entire Jewish state project.
There is no question as to which party created and perpetuated the Palestine conflict:it was the Zionists. They were the aggressors from inception until today.
Israel is the racist state run by a clique of Jewish fascists with complete contempt for both international norms and international law.
Israel is a criminal state marinated in genocide and this is not an accident but rather is exactly as it was envisaged and devised.
So depraved has Israel become that when a Jewish mob set fire to the house of a Palestinian family burning three members to death including an eighteen month old infant, there were no murder charges, indeed no criminal charges whatsoever.
The knife attacks have provided an opportunity for Jewish settlers and IDF members alike to simply murder Palestinian civilians, leave a knife beside them and claim they were conducting an attack.
Caught on Camera: Israel’s extrajudicial killings
In this video a settler has simply murdered a young Palestinian civilian in Hebron. The helpful IDF provide a knife to display beside the body, one soldier gives the knife to another who drops it beside the body of the murder victim.
This is a typical example of the Israeli justice system in action.
Trois Palestiniens jeteurs de pierre blessés par des tireurs infiltrés
Along with the terrible cynicism of the Israelis is a terrible naivete of the Palestinians. It is unbelievable that such low tactics are still successful almost fifty years into the occupation.
Hamas and Hezbollah call for uprising against the occupation.
Amidst the escalating violence, the leaders of Hamas and Hezbollah called for more violent resistance.
State of Palestine: Hamas leader Haniyeh declares ‘new intifada’ in Jerusalem
Resistance only way to rid Palestine of Israeli occupation: Nasrallah
I find this a puzzling response to the situation as violence, like all the other ills of mandatory Palestine, falls overwhelmingly on the Arab population. It is hard to see how an escalation in suffering and death is supposed to help end the occupation.
The methods that succeeded in Lebanon will not succeed in the West Bank and East Jerusalem where the situation is completely different and where Israel controls all the relevant borders.
The question then is what actions will help to end the Zionist nightmare and liberate all the people of mandate Palestine?
How should the Occupation be Resisted?
There is no doubt that the oppressed people of Occupied Palestine have the right to resist their oppression but the form of resistance to the Occupation must be the most effective possible .
There are many pieces of wisdom within the Art of War of War by Sun Tzu. One of the simplest lessons from the work is the recommendation to understand precisely how you are going to win a war before you choose to fight and also never engage in a military conflict that you cannot win.
There is no chance that the people of Occupied Palestine will be able to liberate themselves or their land with the use of force. Everyone knows this.
The stabbings allow the Israelis and their Western media stooges to obscure the truth about the situation in mandate Palestine, they are able to paint the entire criminal occupation enterprise as a necessary security operation required to protect the Jews from the Arabs who want to kill them for no reason.
Because of this fact, the intelligent and moral thing for the people of Occupied Palestine is to attempt to liberate themselves and their land by political rather than military means.
The conflict must be fought on terms that enable the opportunity for success, from a legal and political point of view, the people of Occupied Palestine have winning arguments and winning facts.
There can be no argument that the Israeli occupation of the past 48 years has comprised in large part an illegal land grab that has violated the legal and human rights of the people of Palestine in the name of Jewish supremacism.
The entire settlement program, every dwelling and every individual settler, is in violation of international law and only the most bribed of politicians pretend otherwise.
Of course people have the right to throw rocks at the occupation forces but in my opinion even the rock throwing is counter-productive.
Throwing rocks gives the occupation forces an excuse to violently suppress and shoot protesters. It won’t defeat the Occupation but it will enable it.
Therefore the form of resistance to the occupation should be actions of non violent civil disobedience and legal actions in the UN and other international tribunals.
All of Israel’s war crimes, from Deir Yassin, to Sabra and Chatila and the settlement program itself should face prosecution in international courts. In addition there has to be a thorough cultural boycott of Israel and all it’s supporters.
One Person, One Vote, One State.
The two state solution is a mirage, an illusion designed to enable Israel to pose as being interested in peace while buying time to further illegally colonise the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
If Israel had any interest in the two state solution they would not have escalated the illegal settlement activities after the PLO came to the table and renounced violence in the early 1990s.
The only uprising that will achieve anything is a political and legal uprising, an uprising of protest and speeches not of rocks and stabbings.
All of the violence plays into the Zionist narcissistic personality disorder, it feeds their neurosis and enables them to con themselves into believing they are actually victims when the exact opposite is true.
Sacrifice that fails to achieve anything is hollow and wasted.
State of Palestine: Israeli soldiers open fire on civilians in Jenin, 27 wounded
Violent: IDF beat Palestinian stone throwers, protesters lie unconscious covered in blood
State of Palestine: Tyres burn as Israeli crackdown continues in Ramallah
State of Palestine: Clashes erupt in Ramallah as violence grips the West Bank
State of Palestine: Israelis throw rocks at Palestinians during day of violent clashes in Hebron
State of Palestine: Thousands attend funeral of Palestinian knife attacker killed by Israeli police
State of Palestine: Clashes erupt as students protest against Israeli attacks in West Bank
State of Palestine: Families mourn boys slaughtered by IDF *GRAPHIC*
State of Palestine: Mother and daughter killed in IDF airstrike taken to mosque for burial *GRAPHIC*
So it was always an easy guess that Iran would build military facilities deep within the mountains that dot Iran as protection against even a major Nuclear attack
It seems that the successful nuclear deal and the Russian entrance in Syria have made Iran confident enough to display some of the defensive positions they built to survive an air attack that now seemingly will never eventuate.
The statement from the revolutionary guard commander in charge of the facility seemed almost to be taunting Israel “do not worry that you never managed to get them to attack us as the attacks had no chance of success.” or as stated “Those who are happy about their options on the table should just take a look at [Iran’s] options under the table.”
This is some of what the Iranian State media quoted IRGC-ASF Commander Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh as saying
“IRGC-ASF Commander Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh permitted what he claimed were first ever imagery to be published of ballistic missile force bases bored into the “heart of a mountain,” stating “Those who are happy about their options on the table should just take a look at [Iran’s] options under the table… Our power and capabilities are like an iceberg that floats above water and whose tip barely shows above the clear water.”
Hajizadeh further claimed numerous such tunnels exist across the country at a depth of 500 metres.
“The Islamic republic’s long-range missile bases are stationed and ready under the high mountains in all the country’s provinces and cities,” he said, according to Sepah News.
The commander said the missiles were ready to be launched from all over Iran, on the order of “the supreme commander-in-chief,” Leader of the Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“This is a sample of our massive missile bases,” Hajizadeh said, adding that “a new and advanced generation of long-range liquid and solid fuel missiles” would start to replace the current weapons next year.”
Controlled media smells a hoax!?!
It was pretty amusing then to sit through the State Department Press Briefing of October 14 and note that some Fox News “Israeli” journalist named Justin Fishel was seemingly convinced the Iranians had Photoshopped the immense caverns full of mobile ballistic missile launchers that they have put on display as he asked the spokesman whether he had seen the photographs and knew if they were legitimate.
” I wanted to ask about this Iranian state television broadcast which purports to show an underground tunnel packed with missiles and missile launchers a) Do you think this video is legitimate, and B) in other words real? and B) Do you think that you know, it’s a provocative (move in) nature? You know they say in the broadcast ” (adopts laughable menacing tone)”this could be used if our enemies make a mistake.”
This shows how utterly rattled the Western elite are at the moment.
They have been listening to their own propaganda for so long they have no idea that the cornerstones of their world view are lies.
The World has changed in six months.
The World has changed, the “AIPAC” moment at the helm of the all-powerful US empire is over.
Both elements of the equation have changed.
AIPAC’s veneer of semi invincibility within the US has been destroyed and it has also become crystal clear that the post Cold war “US moment” is over. The world appears to have simply passed them by in a matter of months and outside the bubble of the Western controlled media, their dreams are dying on a daily basis
The moment that reality begins to dawn upon them will be a moment of extreme danger.
In 2007 retired US General Wesley Clark provided some background to these events and spoke of a plan to attack seven nations in five years beginning in late 2001.
“General Wesley Clark: The US will attack 7 countries in 5 years
“We had instead a policy coup in this country, a coup, a policy coup. Some hard nosed people took over the direction of American policy and they never bothered to inform the rest of us.” “Nobody can tell us where to bomb, nobody.” (Donald Rumsfeld as quoted by Wesley Clark.)
Conversation with a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, November 2001
“Are we still going to attack Iraq?”
“Oh Sir,” he said “it’s worse than that”, he pulled up a piece of paper off his desk and said.
“I just got a memo from the Secretary of Defense that says we are going to attack and destroy the Governments of seven countries in five years! We are going to start with Iraq and then we are going to move to Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran”
“These people took control of the policy in the United States.”
“This country was taken over by a group of people with a policy coup. Wolfowitz and Cheney and Rumsfeld and you could name another half a dozen collaborators from the Project for the New American Century. They wanted us to destabilise the Middle East, to turn it upside down, make it under our control”
Retired US General Wesley Clark, 2007.
Of the seven nations on the list Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and to an extent Syria and Sudan were targeted successfully.* Somalia, the failed state Obama hailed as a success story, was invaded by Ethiopia in 2006 at the behest of the US and is a continuing target of intermittent US drone attacks and special forces raids.
Lebanon and Iran were the other names on the Neocon target list provided by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in late 2001.
This is far more than a Nuclear deal this is Detente.
The world changed for the better yesterday and the openly Imperial era of the West in the Middle East appears to be over.
The infantile and aberrant “clash of civilisations” narrative is on life support today, sustained only by the NATO and Western backed mercenary thugs the ISIL group and their media promoters.
The dream of the violent overthrow of the Government of Iran by the US is over and there seems to be nothing that Sheldon Adelson, Haim Saban, Netanyahu or any of the other Zionist “monsters of the universe” can do about it.
The false Zionist narrative imposed upon the US in the wake of the attacks of September 11th, 2001 has been discarded. All the lies, the millions of lies that continue to be told in the Zionist owned and controlled Western media, have failed.
The Zionist project to use the US military as their spearhead to destroy Israel’s (largely imaginary) enemies in the Middle East is seemingly at an end.
This is not merely a Nuclear deal, this is detente. This is Iran making tremendous, even ridiculous concessions, in order to facilitate a re-entrance to the mainstream international community and especially to restore the relationship between Iran and the West.
It seems inevitable now that full diplomatic relations will resume between Iran and the West, and presumably in the near future. the US will reopen their Tehran Embassy for the first time since the Islamic Revolution. Britain has already announced it’s intention to reopen it’s (more recently closed) Tehran Embassy.
Iran and the Nuclear Crisis.
The entire Iran nuclear crisis was largely a work of fiction. It was never clear that Iran was even attempting to build a Nuclear weapon. According to US intelligence, the Iranian Nuclear weapons project ceased in 2003 and was never anywhere close to producing an actual weapon.
The intelligence that pointed to the program up to 2003 itself appeared to be planted on a laptop that “helpfully” turned up just as the Imperial project looked upon Iran as the next target.
The Iranians never produced Uranium enriched beyond 20%, the enrichment level for weapons grade material is at least 90% with optimum results from 95%+ pure Uranium, so the Iran nuclear program never came close to producing a weapon, but the reasons for the Iranians enriching to that level remain unclear.
The Nuclear crisis almost seems to have been engineered as the tool of detente between Iran and the West although much of the energy behind the crisis was sincere and directed towards military engineered regime change.
Clearly this deal offers tremendous benefits to Iran, in exchange for major concessions but this does not mean that Iran is suddenly going to have things all it’s own way in the Gulf or the broader Middle East.
The United States.
This represents a possible important turning point for US foreign policy in two important respects.
The first is the obvious recourse to a more conciliatory and non-confrontational policy in the Muslim world.On the strategic, if not tactical level.(bearing in mind the US is currently staging air attacks in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen!)
The policy of confrontation and occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan and the smaller wars, has been a disaster and an attempt to repeat the Iraq episode in Iran would have seen the end of the US as a great power.
The decision to abandon military confrontation in the Iran case was also achieved in a deal that was brokered by the other current Great powers, China and Russia and this points to a United States that is ready to acknowledge that fact and work within those parameters rather than going down in flames seeking to cling to sole or predominant superpower status as fading empires are prone to doing..
Obama is understood to represent the interests of the “realist” or “Brzezinski” faction in the US and within the CIA.
History will apportion the blame and weigh the consequences of what the Obama administration has done but this deal represents a small and belated delivery on Obama’s promise to be an anti-war President and means that there is at least something on the positive side of the ledger of the Obama Presidency. Many would argue that this step does not come close to redeeming the Presidency of the “nowhere man.” The Obama Foreign policy legacy remains one of destruction and failure in Libya, Afghanistan, Syria and the Ukraine.
Israel is facing an almost unprecedented diplomatic defeat, the loss of prestige, the psychological blow is tremendous. The paid lackeys in the US Congress and the Western media cannot hide the fact that Israel is now completely isolated from the West in it’s one dimensional confrontational approach towards Iran.
The Western narrative and the Israeli narrative have departed ways.
Iran is no threat to Israel
The material consequences for Israel from this are almost non- existent. Hezbollah will presumably see an infusion of new and better weaponry, but the truth is that Hezbollah remain deeply embroiled in the Syrian Civil War and while the Hezbollah group are more than a match for the Sunni extremists backed by the West and the Gulf monarchies in Syria, Hezbollah will pose no real or significant threat to Israel in the foreseeable future.
If Israel want to pretend they fear Iran and Hezbollah, the answer is to leave the Occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights and end the Gaza blockade and the conflict will be over. Hezbollah’s or Iran’s arsenal will be of no relevance to Israel either way.
The real consequence for this will be hat the event is part of a pattern of international isolation that Israel is increasingly encountering. The BBC had the temerity yesterday to name Israel as a Nuclear state. Scrutiny of Israel’s position on this issue , the rank hypocrisy of a Nuclear armed rogue state calling for war will only add further impetus to the movement to Boycott the Apartheid Zionist state.
It is now too late for Israel to act against Iran, and this was never the preferred option anyway.An attack on Lebanon remains an option for Israel as an attempt to violently express their frustration (as the Saudis have been doing in Yemen for almost four months now) or in the hope of forcing the West to “choose sides’ with Israel against Hezbollah.
This is the most stunning defeat for the Zionist movement since Israel’s inception but the only actual threat to Israel is the increasing international awareness of the nature of the occupation as an apartheid system.
Israel characteristically is providing the histrionics but the House of Saud are clearly the primary target of this agreement. Israel has been sidelined, Saudi Arabia were REPLACED.
Iran is clearly going to be the primary power in the Gulf region in the future along side the United States. It seems that a decision has been made to target the House of Saudi for destruction
It is not clear why the decision was made and this is only an intuitive claim but there are small tangible signs that at least certain elements of the CIA are preparing to target the Saudi monarchy and whether that eventuates or not the Saudis have just been cut loose by the United States, pure and simple.
While the Government of Saudi Arabia is a key sponsor of Sunni extremists who have clearly been a key source of international instability. The removal of the House of Saud would be very risky and likely lead to a three sided Civil war between al Qaeda and the Saudi Government with a side war in the East where the Shia majority in that region will probably attempt to achieve defacto independence in a similar manner to the Iraqi Kurds.
The Nuclear deal represents a tremendous downgrading of Saudi Arabia as a US ally. Iran and it’s allies now represent a greater concentration of energy resources than the Saudis and their allies.
This was one piece that had to be put into place in order to do away with the House of Saud, who will presumably be replaced by chaos with the Al Nusra front fighting against whatever is left of the hOuse of Saud with a Sectarian Civil war at the same time in the Shia majority oil rich East of Saudi Arabia.
State Sponsor of Terror and Sectarianism.
None of the groups that Iran supports in the Middle East conduct or have recently conducted mass casualty attacks on civilian targets.
The Ansurallah group fighting in Yemen are a fairly standard militia, they do not attack civilian targets deliberately in Yemen nor during their many incursions into Saudi Arabian border areas in recent weeks.
The Ansarallah Houthi group does not follow orders from Iran anyway as it recently came to light that iran had advised the Ansarallah group not to attempt to take the capital city Sa’ana by force. The Ansarallah group did the exact opposite and attacked the capital .
Hezbollah are currently fighting the al Nusra Front and IS remnants in Western Syria. During their years long involvement in Syria Hezbollah have been fighting a grinding conventional war against the enemies of the West IS and al Nusra Front. None of these operations bear any relationship to terrorism it is regular warfare.
The Iraqi Shia militia groups on the other hand have been responsible for very serious persecution of Sunni Iraqis and did conduct what amounted to “sectarian cleansing” operations in Baghdad that saw Sunni neighborhoods disappear and mixed areas become Shia dominated. There are many issues with the Iraqi Shia militia groups but there is no indication that any of these actions are being undertaken with Iranian instructions or anything approaching it.
If the recent history of the Middle East is examined honestly it is clear that the rise of Iranian proxies has been as a result of Iran successfully capitalising on primarily Western acts of aggression in the region.
In 1982 Hezbollah did not exist, the group formed in response to the needless Israeli invasion of 1982 that saw tens of thousands of Lebanese civilians slaughtered in months of carpet bombing from the Israeli Air Force.
The Israeli occupation of Lebanon lasted until the year 2000, Hezbollah were the most dedicated and successful group that opposed the Israeli occupation and Hezbollah’s prestige and power spring from their response to Israeli aggression in Lebanon. It was not Iran who started the war.
The same type of thing happened in Iraq. Iran’s allies came to power in Iraq because Iran has a Shia majority and the US toppled Saddam Hussein’s secular government in an illegal war of aggression. The ascent of Iran in Iraq was completely due to the actions of the US and Iran simply capitalised on the fact that the imposition of Democracy on Iraq made it absolutely certain that a pro Iran party or parties would be in power because ALL the major Shia factions in Iraq have a close relationship with Iran.
Iran’s comparitive rise to power in the region traces back to these two seminal acts of Western agression in Lebanon and Iraq so the portrait of Iran as a destabilising force is pretty unfair and dishonest.
The state sponsor of terrorism accusation is pure nonsense.
Nuclear Threshold State.
The Western media have struggled to manage their dual loyalties to Israel and the US, often dealing with the contradiction by both gushing and fretting in the same report. When Israel’s interests are at stake the facts can never be allowed to get int the way and nonsense such as this from the Mail Online is the result.
“Yesterday’s announcement was met with a profound wariness in the Arab world, where there are fears of Tehran gaining a nuclear weapon and deep skepticism that the accord will prevent that from happening. Critics of the U. S-led negotiations warned that the other nations in the Middle East will ‘not sit idly by’ while Iran develops its nuclear capabilities. Republican Senator Ben Sasse said: ‘Sadly, the Administration just lit the fuse for a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.”
The Mail alludes to the “profound wariness” of the Arab world without citing any source and then turns to a Zionist US Republican Senator to voice the views that were previously attributed to the “Arab world.”
The premise that Iran is trying to build a Nuclear weapon is itself a ridiculous and hackneyed trope with little basis in reality.
‘We all know Iran’s neighbours will not sit idly as the world’s largest state-sponsor of terror becomes a nuclear-threshold state.’” US Republican Ben Sasse.
The dishonesty in the statement from the notorious lobby mouthpiece Sasse is very plain. The description of Iran becoming a nuclear threshold state is not anchored in reality. It is psychotic.
Iran is agreeing to give up two thirds of it’s centrifuges, 98% of all fissile material and to reduce the maximum level of Uranium enrichment from 20% to 3.67% so Sasse is simply ignorant or a total liar, or both.
A Path Forward.
There are undoubtedly many cynical and self interested motives behind this agreement and much cause for wariness but the methods of conflict resolution that have succeeded in this case could be used to solve all human conflict (in theory at least) if the will was there to do so .The events of the post 911 era have proven yet again just how ineffective high explosives are in achieving positive political outcomes. War is a broken formula..
If the US can achieve detente with Iran, facilitated by Russia, how absurd is the new Cold War? It is completely ridiculous. The entire posture from the West towards Russia has been completely counterproductive since the end of the Cold War.
There is no rational basis for Russia and the United States to be enemies, any more than there was for the US and Iran, but Russia and the US have many more common interests even than Iran and the US. There is blame on all sides in the Ukraine but the West needs to accept that the multipolarity of power is now a fact and is not a threat to the West, only to the delusional world domination project. The West should help implement the Minsk accords, accept the annexation of Crimea as a consequence of the Maidan coup and abandon the anti-Russian sanctions that have caused unnecessary economic harm to both Russia and Europe to the benefit of none.
Iran & IAEA still to resolve ‘outstanding issues’ despite deal
The Plan — according to U.S. General Wesley Clark (Ret.)
Israeli Nuclear Attack on Syria, All Known Footage
.*Sudan was partitioned in 2011. The new South Sudan state descended within months into a brutal Civil war that continues to this day. There are two Governing Authorities within the South Sudan, a catastrophically failed state from day one.