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.
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.
US Special Forces Kill “Prominent ISIL” Leader in SYRIA.
The US Department of Defense has announced that US Special Forces killed a man they describe as a senior ISIL leader in Eastern Syria. This marks the first US ground operation of the Syrian Civil war, It will not be the last.
The internet does not yield any information that indicates that there was a senior IS/ISIL/ISIS/Daesh leader called Abu Sayyaf prior to this announcement. His name does not appear on the lists of IS leaders provided here.
The real story here is that the US has now begun conducting ground operations in Syria, this is a significant escalation that carries new risks for US personnel and does not portend well for Syria or the Middle East.
This follows the revelation from Tony Cartalucci earlier this week that a Brookings Institute article had admitted that the US has now largely seized command and control of the anti-government insurgents and is directing the insurgent operations from clandestine commands in Jordan and Turkey.
“Several commanders involved in leading recent Idlib operations confirmed to this author that the U.S.-led operations room in southern Turkey, which coordinates the provision of lethal and non-lethal support to vetted opposition groups, was instrumental in facilitating their involvement in the operation from early April onwards. That operations room — along with another in Jordan, which covers Syria’s south — also appears to have dramatically increased its level of assistance and provision of intelligence to vetted groups in recent weeks.”
These events, combined with a fresh media propaganda barrage and the picture is clear. Regime change in Syria is high on the US agenda again and they have used the anti- IS operation as a way to both transgress Syrian sovereignty and to sculpt and bomb the insurgency into cooperating with the goals of the Empire.
The Importance of Presidents May Be Overstated.
.Earlier US President Barack Obama stated that there is no military solution to the Syrian war, that neither side can win.
This appears to be correct but Obama is merely the titular head of the US, he is neither the leader of the US government nor the people. His words have little impact or meaning. In the same speech Obama also stated that he expected that the War would outlast his departure from the Presidency in January 2017. A fact that did not seem to trouble him unduly indicating his weakness and fecklessness. The overwhelming traits of his presidency along with presumably fake good intentions and brazen lies.
Ultimately, despite the infantile Western mania for regime change, the death of Assad at this point would make very little difference to the fate of the Syrian Civil war. Hezbollah are not going to walk down from the Qalamoun mountain positions they have captured over a period of several years, the Syrian Army is not fighting for Bashar al Assad, the idea that Assad’s sudden removal would fix anything or end the war are no more than the childish nonsense of Hollywood propaganda.
It may be crude and incorrect to describe the Yemen war as a proxy war, as Gareth Porter recently pointed out.
The Media Misses the Point on ‘Proxy War’ by Gareth Porter — Antiwar.com but the Syria war is very much a power struggle between NATO and the Saudis and Israel on one side and Iran and Russia om the other. The Saudis are freshly motivated by what they regard as the Iran nuclear deal betrayal. The Iranians have stated that they will send hundreds of thousands of troops to Syria to protect their interests if necessary. The Syrian Government has made a number of deals with opposition forces on the ground. The rebel side, believing that eventually the US will bomb them to victory are the people who are unwilling to compromise. We know from experience that if the Syrian government is violently overthrown, even worse mayhem and chaos will be the result. Oba,a was right that there is no military solution to the Syrian war but it is incumbent upon him to try to act like an actual leader and bring the war to an end with a permanent ceasefire and a negotiated settlement.
The people of Syria have only suffered from the attempts to change the Government by it’s enemies, It appears that most of the people of Syria whether in Government or opposition ruled territory would simply like the war to end.
The Syrian war is an ongoing massive human crisis and political goals should surely be secondary in this situation.
Obama Orders Syria Raid, ISIS Commander Abu Sayyaf Killed by U.S. Special Operations Forces
CONFIRMED: US “Operation Rooms” Backing Al Qaeda in Syria | New Eastern Outlook
In an unprecedented and undoubtedly criminal act, the Government of Saudi Arabia has dropped leaflets in the Yemen province of Saada, on the southern Saudi border ordering the entire population, which Wikipedia puts at almost one million people, to leave.The Saudis have declared that they are going to treat anyone left in Saada after Friday afternoon as a legitimate target in what are threats to commit massive scale crimes against humanity.
(Saudi Arabia) “warned all civilians to leave the restive province after declaring the entire territory was a “military target.”
This was from the Daily Star of Lebanon.
“Saudi state television channel Al-Ekhbariya said the whole of the northwestern province would become a military target from Friday evening, hinting at an escalation in the Saudi-led coalition’s six-week-old intervention in Yemen’s civil war.” (Source)
Yemen: Saudi-led airstrikes bombard Saada province, destroy shrine
These threats, clearly wildly in contravention of international law are in response to the apparent Houthi shelling of the southern Saudi city of Najran that left several civilians dead during the week. These attacks may well have been conducted by the Houthis, or have been false flags by the Saudis, it is unclear.
A Small Sample of Events from the U.N
“In one incident,” she said, “on 1 May, at least 17 civilians were killed, including four children and nine women, and 27 civilians were injured as a result of an airstrike that allegedly targeted the home of a Houthi leader in the Sa’wan area of the capital, Sana’a City. Residents reported that they had believed their homes were safe as there were no military locations nearby.”
“In the war-torn seaside city of Aden, at least 22 civilians were killed in two separate incidents in the past week, according to the OHCHR spokesperson.”
“And we are particularly concerned about airstrikes which hit a military field hospital in Damnat Khadeer District, 40 kilometres north of Taiz,” she said. “UN human rights field monitors were denied access to the site, so it has been difficult to verify the death toll and establish who the victims were.” United Nations News Centre – Yemen conflict death toll nears 650, with UN rights office spotlighting plight of 3 million disabled
In another sign of the Saudi desperation, they were finally able to find themselves the janissaries they have been seeking…. from Senegal. In exchange for large scale loan promises, Senegal has pledged to send 2100 troops to the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border area. The Senegalese government have amusingly told their people that the forces will be defending the holy sites of Mecca and Medina from invasion! I guess they must watch only the ABC type television in Senegal.
Saudi Arabia: See Najran destruction after Houthi attack
The Sooner they Fall the Better.
Saudi Arabia simply has no legal right to call this entire massive province a military target and the attempt to do so is an apparent indication of the Saudi megalomania and desperation. The House of Saud is quite simply one of the most venal and corrupt and wicked forces afoot on the planet today and the sooner these low criminals make their inevitable departure into the forgotten backwoods of history the better.
Yemen: Civilians dig for child survivors after deadly airstrikes *GRAPHIC*
Victim of the Yemen war.
Yemen: Saudi-led airstrikes continues to pound Saada despite ‘ceasefire
When the Saudi led coalition announced yesterday that the air strikes were ceasing, they sated plainly and clearly that “the Houthi rebels no longer pose a threat to the Security of Saudi Arabia. The statement was a joke, predicated on the falsehood that the Houthis had ever posed a threat to Saudi security but this statement removes all pretensions of legality from this operation, this massacre, as the self defense as authorised by Section 51 of the UN charter was the only possible legal justification for this operation and the Saudi’s by their own words have admitted there is no threat to their security. Every bombing from now on is simply a naked, criminal terrorist attack. All of the deaths that the Saudis inflict from now on, including those depicted from Taiz after the supposed ceasefire are war crimes, even in the Saudi’s own self serving version of events.
This is Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Asiri quoted by al Jazeera, of Qatar, part of the Saudi led coalition bombing Yemen.
Saudi Arabia have announced they will stop bombing Yemen, stating ridiculously that the “Houthi rebels no longer pose a threat to Saudi Arabia.” They never did.They seem to be trying to leave their options open for a ground invasion, my guess is that this will not happen because the Saudi casualties would be huge. Already at least 18 Saudi soldiers have died, mostly in clashes at the Yemen Saudi northern Yemen border region. The civil war will presumably grind on regardless of what the Saudis do. This operation has been without legal justification, there was no threat to Saudi Arabia there was no UN sanction and therefore this entire operation was a war crime. According to Press TV the death toll from the Saudi attacks more than 2700 people killed, Western sources, the New York Times and Wikipedia place it at around 1,000. The Saudis have simply humiliated themselves and proven their mendacity and impotence with this flailing and futile operation.
The Saudis Lied!
The Saudi announcement that the bombardment of Yemen was over turned out to be a brazen lie. Saudi airstrikes have continued after the supposed cessation as the fact that they have been completely militarily ineffective is slowly absorbed by the incompetent and despicable Saudi leadership. Ultimately a political solution is required and until that is achieved the Houthis will continue to defeat the al Qaeda extremists and their allies in Yemen backed by the West and Saudi Arabia and there is nothing the Saudis or the US can do about it.
False Flag Alert!? Iran deploys warships off Yemen’s coast | Reuters
This comment from the Iranian President seemed on the mark.
“Speaking to reporters before heading to Indonesia, Rouhani mocked Saudi Arabia by calling it a country with dashed dreams in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
“All the failures have accumulated and caused mental and emotional imbalance for that country,” Rouhani said.
Some very strange blasts here.
Massive Explosion in Yemen Capital
Close Up View of Sanaa Yemen Blast
The Result was a Human Tragedy and a Massacre.
Yemen army: Riyadh used banned weapons in Monday airstrike
30 killed in Saudi airstrikes in west of Sana’a, 15 of them civilians
39 civilians killed, 547 injured in airstrikes in west of Sana’a
The Attack on Yemen and the “Game of Thrones” in the Middle East.
The beleaguered and impoverished citizens of Yemen are under attack. Saudi aircraft have been bombing Yemen with Western support for several weeks now, since the 25th of March.
The Saudi bombs have exacted an horrific toll on the people of Yemen and caused the widespread displaceent of civilians in the targeted areas. At least 600 people are dead and more than 100,000 civilians displaced.
The Saudi attacks are militarily ineffective and appear to be having a disastrous political affect if the massive Sana’a demonstration is a sign of the broader sentiment.
The Saudis may have actually done the one thing that may see many Southern Yemenis unite behind the Houthi rebels who have responded to the attacks by intensifying and widening their offensive operations against forces loyal to the former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and their Sunni extremist allies of al Qaeda in Yemen.
‘We’re dying every day’: Yemeni civilians paint grim picture of suffering amid Saudi-led strikes
Yemen: Up to 45 killed and 400 wounded in Saudi-led airstrikes on Sanaa *GRAPHIC*
Yemen: Scud missile depot explodes. Shock wave rips through Sanaa
Several Major Wars Between Saudi and Iran Allies.
So there is a large war in North and Western Iraq, all of Syria is effectively at war, there is now a new major war in Yemen. These wars date back to the illegal US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the extremist groups that formed in the wake of the disastrous US occupation of Iraq. The US presence largely ended in 2011, only to see the US return to war in Iraq.in June 2014 in response to the massive gains made by the supposed Islamic State group in Iraq. Inclding most notably the seizure of Mosul the largest city in Nprthern Iraq.
Soon after the US also entered the Syrian Civil war,on the opposite side to that envisaged 12 months prior after the al Ghouta false flag chemical attack of August 21st, 2013.
The West came to the brink of attacking the Syrian Government in September 2013 in the wake of the al Ghouta false flag of August 21st. Russian diplomatic intervention combined with a negative vote in the British Parliament. And the reluctance of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and other elements saw the attack averted only days from the scheduled barrage.
The Middle East Defined in the Broadest Sense and the Current Wars .
Technically speaking Afghanistan is in central asia and libya is in north africa, but if the middle east is defined in the broadest possible way as comprising the area between India and Morocco there are curreltly small or large wars are now underway in:Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen and Egypt (Sinai specific) and even small parts of Lebanon, are currently engaged in war of small or large scale, ranging from the problem in Egypt, that is isolated to the far northern Sinai peninsula to the epic, biblical scale tragedy of Syria .
There are a series of large wars taking place in Northern Iraq, but southern Iraq and Baghdad are not at war.
The whole thing is such a complicated mess that it may be better rather than describing each and every conflict in detail, to look at the power players in the Middle East and trace their actions and understand what is happening from the viewpoint of the major regional powers. Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy, major Cabinet posts are filled by the members of 5,000 person Royal family.
The very name gives a strong sign as to the nature of the state.Because naming the state Saudi Arabia would be exactly like calling the UK Windsor (or Saxe Coburg) Britain. Or Tudor Britain in the past. The very state bears the name of the ruling house.
Saudi Arabia has been ruled by the House of Saud since it’s inception in the 1920’s. The House of Saud had a positive relationship with the Imperial powers even before oil was discovered there decades later.
Saudi Arabia has the largest oil deposits of any nation and the oil is extremely accessible. Saudi Arabia is the largest and most powerful of the Gulf states and assumes a leadership role in the GCC, Gulf Cooperation Council.
The House of Saud and Wahhabism.
Saudi Arabia is the home of the major sites of Islam, mecca and Medina and the yearly Muslim pilgrimage remains a major source of income for the Saudis who historically have run the Haj absolutely disastrously, with overcrowding routinely leading to hundreds of deaths in a single pilgrimage.
The specific form of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia is Wahhabism and this is deeply problematic. It’s not the practices of Wahhabism that are particularly troubling, although they are also problematic but the view that Wahhabism has of other groups is deeply antagonistic and really anti-human.
The sectarian intolerance of Wahhabism is the core problem of this 18th century doctrine.
Years ago, a pamphlet emerged that had been distributed to guest workers to the nation (another group treated abominably for completely different reasons) to Saudi Arabia. It was at face value a guide to Saudi culture but contained multiple vituperative attacks for example on Shia Islam. A large minority of the population of Saudi Arabia is Shia so this is no incidental blind spot.
This account from Ahmad Ali Khalid a Pakistani who lived in Saudi Arabia provides a neat short portrait of this.
“One can witness a pervasive sort of racism, a form of Saudi supremacy that views other types of Arabs and particularly the South Asian expats (who are mostly labourers) as inferior and mere ‘commodities’ who can be bought and sold ruthlessly. Expats are not human beings but a commodity to be bartered and acquired. Connected to racial supremacy is an attempt to insulate the regime from criticism by using the cloak of religion. Saudi textbooks are filled with references to hate; the Islamic Studies curriculum in the country is simply barbaric. I’ve experienced first-hand being taught by an Islamic Studies teacher in one of the most prominent private schools in Riyadh, about the dangers of having non-Muslims as friends and about the evil conspiracies hatched by Christians, Jews and Shias. In Pakistan, Saudi petro-dollars have funded factories of hate in the form of the madrassa system. ‘Petro-Islam’ is a nightmare scenario – capitalism and a dangerous ideology locked in a tight embrace. It is because of the sheer amount of money behind this austere and dangerous theology that it can easily overwhelm the moderate elements in any given society.”
Pakistan Said No.
Struggling to impose their will upon Yemen, Saudi Arabia requested that Pakistan offer up it’s Air, Naval and Army forces for the Yemen operation.
This implies that the Saudis are so deluded and hubristic that they actually thought that they might send the Army of Pakistan to conquer Yemen. Saudi Arabia has offered substantial financial support to the Pakistani military in the past, and Pakistani soldiers were involved in the operation to seize the Grand Mosque of Mecca from Islmaists who seized it in 1979. The Pakistani Government and Parliament said no to the Saudi Arabia requests, all of them, meaning that the attack on Yemen will grind on pointlessly until the humanitarian crisis arouses the attention of the UN Security Council and a political solution and ceasefire are reached.
It was astonishing to note that the Saudi US Ambassador tried to claim the attack on Yemen was legal under Un article 51, this was a worthless and ridiculous claim as Section 51 refers to the threat of an armed attack on the state. If the Houthi fighters were all lined up on the border poised to invade Saudi Arabia, they could invoke Article 51, there was no threat to Saudi Arabia, the Houthis were not attacking or planning to attack Saudi Arabia there is no basis to invoke Article 51.
Saudi Arabia represents wealthy and well connected backwardness and ignorance in the mode of Government. SLavery was outlawed in 1962. All the Saudi pretensions to leadership ring hollow due to the fact that a corrupt, sectarian monarchy with a policy of selling out to the West can never represent the future of any region. The House of Saud represents a corrupt and decrepit past that desperately clings to power no matter what. That is the one true goal of the House of Saud, to stay in power.
The Iranian government seeks to represent the post colonial or anti Imperial trend in the region. The invasion of Iraq was a huge boost to Iran’s regional position, replacing the hostile Iraqi Sunni nationalist government of the Ba’ath party woth Shia parties, all of whom have a very positive relationship with Iran. The implications of this were huge because Iran already had long term strong allies in power in Syria and with a high degree of influence in Lebanon, The Iraq invasion thus created a vast land bridge of Iranian influence reaching from the Iran border with Afghanistan to the East to the Mediterranean coast of Lebanon,
This situation was intolerable to certain parties and more than anything else, the destabilisation of Syria appears to have been an attempt from Israel and Saudi Arabia to counter this Israel.
Israel’s energies are directed towards provoking every possible disunity and enmity inside the Arab world. Extremists are offered lavish support. Anything that can be used to portray the Arab world as being violent and backwards is promoted. Anything that can distract from Israel’s daily crimes is promoted. Any who oppose either Iran,Syria or Hezbollah are supported.
The United States.
The US appears to have several different and contradictory foreign policies in the Middle East today. This presumably reflects internal power struggles underway in the US between the Israel firsters, as represented by almost all the Republican party, and the “realists” a less aggressive imperial faction represented by the President and actualised in the Iran nuclear deal and the decision to stop trying to overthrow the Government of Syria.
The Israel firsters are a simple group, they believe in Israel and war and especially wars for Israel.
The “realist” faction, they also believe in war, just on a smaller scale and without the occupation element. The first approach is more noxious, more racist, yet each method can lead to the destruction of nations.
Every time an African immigrant drowns in the Mediterranean, President Obama, David Cameron and Nicholas Sarkozy and the Governments of the US, UK and France all share a part of the blame.
Lampedusa migrant boat disaster: 700 feared dead as ship capsizes off Libya
Civilian casualties mount following latest Saudi-led airstrikes *VERY GRAPHIC*
Yemen: Yemenis march in force to condemn Saudi-led airstrikes
RAW: Thousands rally in Yemeni capital, blast Saudi-led airstrikes
Things weren’t working out for the Saudis, apparently due to poorly trained pilots, and so they made a plea for help… from Israel, their dear friend.
And there is also this story, from late February. It is probably a psyop, but interesting nonetheless.
Reports Saudi Arabia to allow Israel use its airspace for Iran strike
The most obvious war crime of the technically speaking entirely criminal Saudi campaign was the massacre of displaced civilians by the Saudi air strike on the Mazraq camp in Northern Yemen at the end of March that left at least 45 civilians dead.
‘45 people killed, 65 injured’: Yemen refugee camp hit by airstrike — RT News
May Mark the Beginning of the Third Israel Hezbollah War
This is a new story so the details are somewhat unclear. Multiple sources are reporting that persons unknown, presumed to be Hezbollah fighters, have fired missiles upon IDF patrols near the Israel-Lebanon border. It is unclear whether one or two IDF vehicles were struck. There are reports that 4 IDF troops are dead in what is clearly a response to the unprovoked Israeli strike near Quneitra on January 18th that killed 12 people from Hezbollah and the Iran Revolutionary Guard (IRGC).
Hezbollah have now released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack which reads
“At 11:25 [Wednesday morning] the Quneitra Martyrs unit targeted with appropriate missile weapons an Israeli military convoy comprising several vehicles and [transporting] Zionist officers and soldiers causing the destruction of several vehicles and inflicting many casualties on the enemy,” the brief Hezbollah statement read.
“The ball now is in the Israeli court if the Israelis launch a wide scale response, Hezbollah will respond in kind,” a senior political source told The Daily Star. “At this stage we cannot completely rule out this spiraling out of this incident into a full fledged war,” he added.
Hezbollah news channel Al-Manar said nine Israeli vehicles were targeted in the attack, while Al-Mayadeen news channel’s Director Ghassan Ben Jeddo, said at least 15 Israeli soldiers have been killed.
Hezbollah and Iran had no choice but to do something after continual Israeli strikes on their forces in support of the losing Syrian jihadists that Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia along with many Western nations have supported since the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011. These nations have acted without any regard for the suffering of the Syrian people. Whether this turns out to be an isolated incident or starts a new war between Hezbollah and Israel, no-one should be in any doubt as to the identity of the author. This is what happens when the seasoned war criminal and legendary psychopath Netanyahu feels politically vulnerable. This is Netanyahu’s response to domestic unpopularity and international isolation.
Israeli shelling of Southern Lebanon is ongoing. The Israeli Prime Minister offered a typically depraved response on the Israeli Government twitter feed. https://twitter.com/IsraelHatzolah
PM Netanyahu: “To all those who try to challenge us on the north, I suggest you look at what happened in the Gaza Strip.” (To that list we might add Manhattan, Kuta Beach, Beirut and Buenos Aires, twice.) This quote actually appears to indicate that PM Netanyahu is actually proud of his Gaza crimes and sees the Gaza operation as a template for future operations. By all accounts more than 1400 civilians died in the Gaza operation, a minimum of 70% of the casualties were civilians. So here we have the Israeli Prime Minister dramatically confessing that those deaths were no accident and he intends to operate in the same criminal manner in future,
“Signals from Washington suggest the US, with NATO or Arab help, would not face insurmountable difficulties mounting air strikes against Isis in Syria. Experts say talk of a “formidable” air defence system is exaggerated. The fact that US special forces were able to infiltrate Syria by air this summer in an unsuccessful mission to free hostages suggests it is less than effective. And Israel, an intimate US ally, is likely to have real-time intelligence it would gladly share with the Americans. Syria also has a record of thinking carefully before retaliating.
“Assad will not welcome US-led air strikes on Isis on either side of the now irrelevant border between Syria and Iraq – unless they form part of a western rapprochement with him. Attacks will strengthen his opponents because the jihadis now control territory seized from other Syrian rebels. But he may not be able to stop them. The Damascus regime “will continue to view (Isis) as a useful tool for its survival,” argues the exiled Syrian commentator Hassan Hassan.”
What madness it seemed to me, to risk the lives of US soldiers and pilots despite the Syrian government offer of co-operation. Why deal with the “not insurmountable” Syrian Air Defence Systems of a state that welcomed your intervention?
As far as the ridiculous conspiracy theory about the Syrians running IS. They should be consigned to the dustbin of history where they belong.
The Last Walk of Syrian Soldiers of the Tabaqa Airbase before Execution by ISIS
Syria clearly remains a key Cabal target and the immediate underlying purpose of the War against the IS group may be the violent overthrow of the Assad Ba’ath party government in Syria.
It sounds ridiculous, it is so illogical, but this is how I fear they are edging towards playing this, and this explains the bizarre resort to blatant psychological operations in the West, especially considering the many very real crimes the group have committed/ against a variety of groups in Iraq and Syria.
This seems to be the best explanation for all the ridiculous hype, with the entire Global War on terror being relaunched with IS as the new Flag bearers of the “menace”. The possibility that these fake beheadings and relentless hype are in preparation for a False Flag attack attributed to the IS cannot be excluded but is highly unlikely. Obviously there are also many long-term “police state and surveillance” goals that are also being served by this hype.
Another 911 is simply impossible in the newly diversified and hostile media landscape. Even relatively small events like Boston and Sandy Hook completely unraveled . The bigger and more complex the event the harder it becomes for psychological operations to succeed.
It is far more likely that this tool is going to be used to engage in a War against Syria, a war of absolute madness as even if they succeeded (highly unlikely given Iranian and Russian position) they would undoubtedly be destroying the modern Syrian state just as they have destroyed Libya and leaving groups of jihadists to vie for power, as is happening today in Libya. .
Through a couple of sneaky steps and a routine manipulation of the facts , the War against IS in Iraq morphs into a war against the IS in Syria, which soon morphs into War against the Syrian government.
The only way it will be safe for our aircraft to bomb the IS in Syria therefore will be to bomb the Syrian Air Defence Systems, which means also bombing Military Command and Control Facilities, which morphs easily into simply trying to wipe out the Syrian Government from the air as they did successfully to the government of Libya. You add the leaders of the State to the target list, and eliminate them. The fact that Libya has genuinely descended into a Somalia style failed state apparently does not trouble these serial vandals and pathological arsonists.
Outline of a Plot.
So we have to establish the IS as the worst thing since unsliced bread, (or at least al Qaeda) We have to establish this brand as being an immediate threat to Westerners via the Western recruits and the hoax beheading films.
Once we establish the brand, we begin to attack them in Iraq. Not a concerted or intense campaign, just enough to prevent them holding or attacking specific areas (Mosul Dam and Irbil are the obvious examples) Iraq has been “done”, there is no state left to destroy. Iraq is the end product, the goal. A weak, chronically divided state . Iraq is only a means to another end now.
At some point you state that in order to really “end the IS threat” we will have to attack their Syrian strongholds also. It will then be decided that we the wonderful enlightened West cannot possibly co-operate with Syrian government who have actually been under severe jihadist attack via arms and fighters funneled into Syria by the West and their allies over the past four years..
Four solid years of blatant propaganda cannot be left to waste. Therefore we must bomb IS in Syria and we must not co-operate with the “beastly” Syrian government despite their offer to put all that aside and work with us against the IS.
So using some sleight of hand and some liberally applied sophistry, the IS threat gets them to their long-term goal. They came within days of achieving their goal of directing the US air force against Syria exactly a year ago. Hundreds of Syrian civilians were murdered in the false flag chemical attack that was used to achieve that. But they failed. The Russians outwitted them basically.
Syria’s decision to dispose of its entire Chemical weapons stockpile in return for not being bombed by the US didn’t get Assad off the “list” far from it. It only saw Putin himself elevated to a more “urgent” position.
Two months after the al Ghouta false flag failed to get Syria bombed after Russian diplomatic intervention the protests begin on the Maidan in Kiev.