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.
These videos from South Front provide an excellent analysis of what is happening in Syria and especially the Russian view of the situation and their intentions. These videos tell you precisely how Russia perceives the situation, what they intend to do and also provide a degree of detail about what is actually happening within the context of a highly partisan source.
International Military Review – Syria, Oct. 21, 2015
Foreign Policy Diary The Middle East Big Game Forecasting the conflict
International Military Review & Analysis – Syria-Iraq Oct. 19.10.2015
Assad in Moscow.
BREAKING: Assad in Moscow for flash talks with Putin
The Syrian President has ventured outside Syria for the first time since the insurgency began making a visit to Moscow. At face value this was simply a photo-op.
The body language of some of the participants indicated that Russia knows that Bashar al Assad is an incompetent leader and they are preparing to walk away from his leadership provided that the Syrian state is protected and preserved by his departure rather than it being the first step in its total collapse.
Because Bashar al Assad was handed the leadership dye to the deaths of first his brother, the anointed heir, and then his father, he never learned the skills required to survie as an autocratic leader.
Assad appears to be completely out of touch from his people, a fact illustrated when in the wake of the February 2011 Egyptian revolution Bashar al Assad remarked that it would “never happen in Syria.” as the Government was too popular.
This remark showed also that Assad had no sense whatsoever of the plot unfolding against his nation.
The incompetence of the leadership persists to the present day.
Small contingents of soldiers are sent to “hold out” in isolated bases where they are surrounded and frequently completely over run.
The impact on morale of having a large base over run and the entire personnel executed is obvious.
There seems to be a paralysis born of fear of relaying bad news upwards.
The loss of a military base in a province long under insurgent control would not matter that much if the men and equipment were evacuated but frequently the jihadist will over run a base and there are military aircraft worth millions of dollars left behind along with hundreds and even thousands of soldiers.
A commander of any quality would either be realistic and evacuate, taking all the hardware with them or destroying it or provide the resources required to defend it properly.
The Russian are simply waiting for the right time to make a deal with the West that will preserve the integrity of the Syrian state at the expense of the Assad leadership in my opinion.
The propaganda that the Western media regurgitate daily about Assad is completely disngenuous and nayseating. Every time I hear the term “regime” I feel sick to my stomach.
It is neat the way they lobby to “save” people urgently at all costs and then forget them completely once their nation has been bombed into a failed state.
It is also really amusing the way they try to pontificate about the alleged war crimes of the adversaries or perceived adversaries of their bankster masters such as Assad but will never mention that every US President since Jimmy carter has been responsible for wide scale crimes against humanity.
The prima facie case against Barack Obama for crimes against humanity is every bit as strong as the case against Assad and the criminals of the Bush administration were murderers on an entirely larger scale than Obama and Assad combined.
The footage that is emerging from Syria is heavily filtered and politically mediated. None of the setbacks of the Syrian Army and their allies are depicted in the footage they provide. When things go wrong for them they simply cease reporting on that situation and move onto something else.
The insurgents also heavily filter the footage they release but the lack of a central structure and the hope to gain sympathy from the audience see them release footage that gives some idea of the troubles they are facing.
The combat videos become very monotonous and repetitive very quickly but these stand somewhat above the fray.
The whole posting videos footage of the war thing is becoming a little tired, this is a stop gap while a more thorough and researched analysis of this multi-layered and complex story is completed.
Suspected US drone spotted by Russian pilot in Syria
SU 25 Strikes al Nusra Front in al Ghab valley.
SU 24 attack Rendevous Point in Idlib.
The fightings in the suburbs of Damascus
Footage of Russian and Syrian air strikes in Kafr Nabudah Hama
The Syrian Arab Army appear to have made some territorial gains with the assistance of intense and massive Russian air support.
The Russian air support, especially from the helicopters, has been heroic, but the overall training and competence of the Syrian Army must be questioned at this point, while it is obviously too early to judge the results of this operation.
The United States, so utterly exposed and humiliated as the deluded terror supporting hypocrite of all time, is crowing over the death but it is not the deaths of specific individuals that determines the outcome of a war.
Hossein Hamadani is not the first senior Iranian military figure to die in the war and presumably will not be the last.
I am still struggling to get over the fact that the United States actually has the temerity to suggest that they have the right to send armed militants into a nation to overthrow the Government and if someone kills them in an attempt to assist the legal Government of the nation they are doing some wrong.
The sooner the United States comes to terms with the fact that it is simply another nation state with no entitlement whatsoever to decide the affairs of others, the better for everyone, them included.
There are no credible reports of Russian casualties at this time although that did not stop the increasingly laughable Syrian Observatory for Human Rights from claiming that three Russian helicopters have been downed and destroyed.
If any helicopters come down we can rest assured that there will be pictures. We will see little else for days.
Consortium News provides an excellent insight into the mood and thinking in Washington DC, they describe “official Washington” as being “blind with rage” at the Russian intervention into the Syrian war.
These are some of the videos that have emerged over the past day or so from the battlefields of Syria.
It is actually very sad to watch the rebel footage. When things are going ok, when there is hope and defiance they will all shout “Allahu Akbar” and it can become a little tiresome and repetitive, but I have now noticed that when something really bad happens, when they know that their allies or their buddies are being killed, they stop saying “Allahu akbar” and start saying, well, I guess they are saying ‘”Allah” but it is long and mournful and sounds more like “Yallah.”
This is one small way I have figured out to judge the effectiveness of the military operations. While the jihadists are shouting “Allahu akbar.” things are alright for them or there is at least hope but once they start saying “Allah” instead, This is a sign that they are taking casualties and losing morale.
Syria: Military kill, capture Jabhat al-Nusra militants in Atshan operation
Syria: Syrian Army recaptures Atshan village in Hama offensive
Combat cam: Russian aircraft pounds ISIS positions in Latakia, Hama and Idlib
Syria: Battle for Daria rages as Syrian Army pushes forward
Syria: Government forces retake al-Bahsa after ground offensive
Syria: Syrian Army pushes forward in Hama region following Russian airstrikes
GRAPHIC: Deadly trail left by retreating Syrian jihadists in Bahsa village (EXCLUSIVE)
Results of the airstike against the ISIS fortified positions in the Aleppo province.
Consequences of an airstrike on a concentration of military hardware.
Results of a strike with a BETAB-500 concrete-piercing air bomb against engineer facilities.
Results of the airstike made by Su-34 bombers against an ISIS command centre in the Raqqah province.
Syria: Syrian military release Hamah military operation footage
The operations that are described are air attacks in response to shellfire directed against Russian positions in Latakia.
“All of the ultra-sophisticated equipment is operated by the Russians, like flying the drones. They’re the ones who train the Syrian pilots, and they’re in command,” says a Syrian military expert on condition of anonymity.
When rockets crashed into the airport this week, Russian forces detected the firing location and jets flew off towards rebel-held territory to “neutralize the threat“, the expert adds.
Syria: Russian IL-76 & Four Su-24s Over Homs 9-20-15
Syria: RuAF Su-24s In They Skies of Idlib
The immense psychological impact of what Russia has done cannot be overstated. The mere presence of increased Russian forces and activity in Latakia has changed the way the world views the Syrian war and the mantra we have heard from years from the Neoconservatives in the West about Assad having to leave in order for the war to end is now officially dead.
Politicians who have held maniacal, insane positions on this subject for years have now openly stated that it is worth trying to end the war without awaiting Assad’s exit or making it a precondition.
Netanyahu went to Moscow this week and so did Erdogan. Erdogan was so committed to regime change in Syria that he has restarted a civil war in Turkey in pursuit of it but suddenly the dream has been publicly abandoned by Erdogan, US Secretary of State John Kerry and other former fanatical regime change advocates.
“In the space of just 24 hours, both Ankara and Berlin announced this week that Assad could be a part of the solution to the civil war, and US President Barack Obama, who first said back in August 2011 that Assad “must step down”, is to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for talks on Monday.”
The quotes from Syrian residents regarding the Russian military presence are very revealing.
“Every morning, between 6 and 7, I see several Russian planes flying, and I really feel better,” says Ahmad, who lives near Bassel Assad International Airport in Hmeimim, 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Latakia city.
The airport, along with Russia’s naval facility in nearby Tartus, have seen a major build-up in recent weeks.
“They were our friends, and now they have become our brothers — much more than many Arabs,” says Rima, a 25-year-old student.”
“I’m secular and I belong to a religious minority. For me, it’s the best thing that can happen because the Russians will keep the extremists from advancing,” says 40-year old engineer Fadi at a cafe in the Sheikh Daher commercial district.
“There is nothing more marvelous in the morning than drinking my coffee and smoking my narghileh (water pipe) on the balcony while listening to the melody of Russian planes,” says Nafaa, a 46-year old businessman in Sharashir, three kilometers (two miles) from the airport.
It is absolutely stunning to read these quotes and realise they are coming from a WESTERN NEWS OUTLET. After four years of the most evil lies imaginable, the truth is quite a shock.
A senior official in Syria described Russia’s military involvement as a “turning point” for the war.
“Russia intends to show that there is no solution without Assad and his army must be part of the fight against ISIS,” he said.
“Moscow wants to remind the United States that its relationship with Damascus dates back more than 50 years,” he said. “It’s also a message to regional countries that Russia intends to become a central player again.”
The Russian president is now the author of a new New World Order, he is the usurper and the destroyer of the dreams of the Neoconservative fanatics. The world domination dream is in ashes. It is gone.
US Sixty Minutes have an interview with Putin scheduled to air this weekend. Some of the sections concerning Syria have been released. Even CBS are apparently now going to broadcast some of the truth about the destruction the West has wrought in Libya, Iraq and Syria.
Vladimir Putin 60 Minutes interview FULL 9-27-15
The Munich Speech of 2007.
At a security conference in Munich in 2007, the Russian President explained what Russia was going to do and why they were going to do it.
In front of an audience that included Angela Merkel, John McCain, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Senator Joseph Lieberman,Tzipi Livni and Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, it is amusing to watch their faces as they are informed very politely that they are hubristic deluded fools whose days of arson are coming to an end.
Putin patiently explains that the period of total US domination of international politics had been a catastrophe and his intent to end it and replace it with a system of co-operation in the context of non-interference in other states.
“We need to put aside Geopolitical ambitions, abandon double standards. The policy of using terrorist groups in order to achieve certain purposes, including the overthrow of unwanted regimes.”
“We support and continue to support the Syrian Government in it’s fight against terror. It is impossible to drive the Islamic State out of the country and out of the region without the support of the Syrian Government and Syrian military.”
“Refugees from Syria are fleeing a war imposed from outside. Without Russia’s support for Syria, the flow of refugees would have been bigger and the situation would have been worse than in Libya.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dushanbe, September 2015.
A Bankrupt Narrative has been exposed.
Beyond the fantasy parallel universe of the Western media. The world is changing. The game is up. The essential bankruptcy and hypocrisy and the destructiveness of the West throughout the Global War on Terror/Arab Spring era has been exposed.
They have destroyed Libya and Iraq, Afghanistan has not improved and yet they believe they can still pretend to be the good guys representing enlightenment and freedom.
Actions are everything, and the facts on the ground indisputably show that the West has been destroying nations in the Middle East and murdering millions in the process over the past fifteen years.
All seemingly in concert with Israel’s stated ambition to fragment the surrounding Arab states as elucidated by Oded Yinon in 1982.
The Real Death Cult. ISIL have been described as a death cult, and there is an element of truth to this but ISIL are a puny and poorly armed group and the real death cult is the Western cult of lies and delusion that refuses to recognise the simple reality of what has happened in Libya and Iraq and now demand the right to destroy Syria also.
All in the name of human rights of course. The human rights of people who will be at best completely forgotten as soon as the mission of regime change is achieved.
‘We need to abandon double standards to combat ISIS’ – Putin
The State Department refuse to accept the consequences of their actions.
The extent to which reality is edited is astonishing. Libya is a failed state. Libya was destroyed by the West, by people who claimed to want to help the people of the nation.
These very same people somehow magically disappeared entirely from the Western consciousness the moment the UN resolution required to destroy the state was achieved.
During the most recent US State Department briefing the currently anointed drone John Kirby refused to answer when asked whether Libya had improved since the Western regime change operation, offering the laughable “I refuse to dignify that with a response,”
Always a telltale sign that the spin event is not running smoothly.
Prior to that Spokesman actually tried to claim that Iraq has been improved by the criminal US coalition invasion that led to a minimum extra 1.3 million deaths and has left Iraq with three separate governments a genuinely sectarian conflict and the third largest city Mosul in the hands of the IS group who are far stronger in Iraq than Syria where the largest city they control is Raqqa a quarter the size of Mosul.
All in all the State Department over the past several years have exposed themselves as a key agent of International destabilisation.
They are the authors of the Ukraine coup and thus bear significant responsibility for the Donbass war.
The State Department was also at the forefront of the Libya operation that led to the nation’s destruction.
There are tens if not hundreds of thousands of people who are dead who would not be dead if the people at the State Department had simply stayed away from work over the past four years and still they postureas if none of it had even happened.
It will not wash anymore and they are going to have to do a lot better than “I refuse to dignify that question with a response” in order to begin to redeem themselves or the tattered credibility of the institutions they represent and that their response to the Russian moves in Syria has so cruelly exposed.
It is comedy hour when they pretend they have the right to determine who supports the Government of Syria by what means. Russia has now shown the IS operation up as the half-hearted, Machiavellian farce that it has been from day one.
Following the Crimea annexation and the outbreak of the Donbass war, Russia was supposed to be isolated, despised. The Western media still try to refer to Russian “international isolation” yet it is clear that this is nonsense.
When the Western media refer to the “international community” this simply means the US and whatever current set of lackeys it has deployed.
Sometimes the “International community” represents as few as three or four nations as was the case with the Iraq invasion.
It was not France, Germany or Russia who were isolated when it came to the invasion of Iraq. It was the US, Britain Australia and Poland who were outnumbered by more than 180 dissenting states
Full Text of Vladimir Putin’s Dushanbe speech from here via here.
“I mentioned the situation in Syria and Iraq; they are the same as the situation in Afghanistan, in that they worry all of us. Please allow me to say a few words on the situation in this region, the situation around Syria.
The state of affairs there is very serious. The so-called Islamic State controls significant stretches of territory in Iraq and Syria. Terrorists are already publicly stating that they have targets set on Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. Their plans include expanding activities to Europe, Russia, Central and Southeast Asia.
We are concerned by this, especially since militants undergoing ideological indoctrinations and military training by ISIS come from many nations around the world – including, unfortunately, European nations, the Russian Federation, and many former Soviet republics. And, of course, we are concerned by their possible return to our territories.
Basic common sense and a sense of responsibility for global and regional security require the international community to join forces against this threat. We need to set aside geopolitical ambitions, leave behind so-called double standards and the policy of direct or indirect use of individual terrorist groups to achieve one’s own opportunistic goals, including changes in undesirable governments and regimes.
As you know, Russia has proposed rapidly forming a broad coalition to counteract the extremists. It must unite everyone who is prepared to make, or is already making, an input into fighting terrorism, just as Iraq and Syria’s armed forces are doing today. We support the Syrian government – I want to say this – in countering terrorist aggression. We provide and will continue to provide the necessary military technology assistance and urge other nations to join in.
Clearly, without active participation by the Syrian authorities and military, without participation by the Syrian army, as the soldiers fighting with the Islamic State say, you cannot expel terrorists from this nation, as well as the region overall, it is impossible to protect the multi-ethnic and multi-faith people of Syria from elimination, enslavement and barbarism.
Of course, it is imperative to think about the political changes in Syria. And we know that President Assad is ready to involve the moderate segment of the opposition, the healthy opposition forces in these processes, in managing the state. But the need to join forces in the fight against terrorism is certainly at the forefront today. Without this, it is impossible to resolve the other urgent and growing problems, including the problem of refugees we are seeing now.
Incidentally, we are seeing something else: we are currently seeing attempts to practically put the blame on Russia for this problem, for its occurrence. As if the refugee problem grew because Russia supports the legitimate government in Syria.
First of all, I would like to note that the people of Syria are, first and foremost, fleeing the fighting, which is mostly due to external factors as a result of supplies of arms and other specialized equipment. People are feeling the atrocities of the terrorists. We know that they are committing atrocities there, that they are sacrificing people, destroying cultural monuments as I already mentioned, and so on. They are fleeing the radicals, first and foremost. And if Russia had not supported Syria, the situation in that nation would have been even worse than in Libya, and the flow of refugees would be even greater.
Second, the support of the legitimate government in Syria is not in any way related to the flow of refugees from nations like Libya, which I already mentioned, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, and many others. We were not the ones that destabilised the situation in those nations, in whole regions of the world. We did not destroy government institutions there, creating power vacuums that were immediately filled by terrorists. So nobody can say that we were the cause of this problem.
But right now, as I said, we need to focus on joining forces between the Syrian government, the Kurdish militia, the so-called moderate opposition, and nations in the region to fight the threat against Syria’s very statehood and the fight against terrorism – so that together, with our efforts combined, we can solve this problem.
I already spoke about the other issues that currently concern us, which we discussed today. In this respect, I would like to note that we plan to continue strengthening cooperation between our armed forces. We plan a whole set of activities in this area. I would like to also stress that our cooperation within the CSTO framework is certainly not directed against anybody. We are open to constructive cooperation, and that is precisely the approach that is reinforced in the final statement that will be signed today.
I am certain that we must resume concrete discussions on creating Euro-Atlantic systems for equitable and indivisible security; we need to carry out a full inventory of existing problems and disagreements. This analysis can be used to achieve a discussion of the principles of sustainable political development. The OSCE and other international organisations can be used to agree on legally binding guarantees concerning the indivisibility of security for all nations, achieve observance of important fundamental principles of international law (respecting the sovereignty of states, not meddling in their domestic affairs), and strengthen regulations on the inadmissibility of appeasing anti-state, anti-constitutional coups and the promotion of radical and extremist forces.”
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.
It is claimed that at least 37 people have been killed and dozens wounded in an apparentl jihadist massacre conducted with automatic weapons against a beach and resort area in Sousse. a popular site for Western tourists. There did seem to be issues with the veracity of the massacre in Tunis earlier this year but there is every chance this event took place and so it will be assumed to have taken place until compelling evidence appears to indicate otherwise.
The attack was apparently conducted by two gunmen, who began at the beach before moving onto the Imperial Hotel according to this account from the Guardian
“Witnesses reported that gunmen opened fire on the beach between the Soviva and Imperial Marhaba hotels. Officials said one gunman had been shot dead but there are unconfirmed reports that another may be on the run.”
“Rafik Chelli, one of Tunisia’s top security officials, told Mosaique FM that the gunman shot by security forces after attacking a Tunisian beach resort was unknown to authorities. From AP:”Witnesses reported that gunmen opened fire on the beach between the Soviva and Imperial Marhaba hotels. Officials said one gunman had been shot dead and another was on the run. There were unconfirmed local reports that the second gunman had been surrounded. Chelli said the man, from the city of Kairouan, came from the beach hiding his Kalashnikov under an umbrella before opening fire on the tourists. From there he entered the Hotel Imperial through the pool, shooting people as he went.”
“Chelli said there were many foreigners among the victims but he did not have an exact count of the nationalities.
He said authorities had a plan to protect the hotels during the month of Ramadan but this was an isolated operation that is difficult to counter against and there is never zero risk.”
Western tourists are apparently among the dead with reports of Belgian, Irish, British and French casualties along with many Tunisians, not that the national identity of terror victims matters at all, but it is what determines the degree of Western media interest in a story nad also points to the likely motive for the attack.
This appears to be an horrendous massacre . This is clearly an economic attack against Tunisia with echoes of the Luxor massacre in Egypt in 1997, Mumbai in 2008 and so many others. Tunisia is a target for destabilisation and there is little doubt that this attack will be claimed by an affiliate of the IS group, presumably the Libyan wing, which is trained by among others one of America’s favourite Salafi jihadists, Abdelhakim Belhadj who was last reported running a training camp for the North African IS wing having previously mysteriously “switched sides” at least three times.
Fighting for the West in Afghanistan, against the West as a member of an al Qaeda affiliate the LIFG (Libyan Islamic Fighting Group), switching to a key Western anti- Gaddafi ally in 2011 and now back on the “other” side in 2015.
[Tunisia: Locals frantically attend to injured tourists after deadly resort attack
Tunisia: At least 37 killed in attack on tourist resort in Sousse *GRAPHIC*
It seems as though the agents have been activated and all the proxies are being deployed in order to simply create chaos and mayhem. In addition to the Tunisia massacre and the apparent beheading in France, there was a suicide attack against a Shia Mosque in Kuwait, where political violence is extremely rare that at last report left at least 25 people dead.This has apparently already been claimed by the so called IS group. This follows similar attacks on Shia Mosques in both Saudi Arabia and Yemen in recent weeks, also during Friday prayers. To attack a Mosque during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan seems especially low and repugnant.
Shiite mosque attacked in Kuwait, ISIS claims responsibility
Kuwait: Aftermath of Shia mosque bombing, at least 25 dead *GRAPHIC*
Kuwait: Shia Ramadan mosque bombing kills dozens, IS claim responsibility
It has been a very big few days massacre wise for the IS group as they are claimed to have killed 143 mostly civilians in an attack on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, apparently launched from Turkey.Dozens of Kurdish civilians were massacred in the operation which actually smacked of desperation. Only eight or so months ago the IS group seized most of Kobani, this was a suicidal assault that was pure nihilistic madness with no attempt to actually seize territory or achieve any conventional military goals.
The fact that the Kurdish groups receive real US air support means they are beginning to cut off the IS HQ in Syria, Raqqa, from Turkey,which will be the end of the IS group in Northern Syria if it happens. Without the access from Turkey to Raqqa and eastern Syria, the whole project begins to fall apart.
RAW: Moment car bomb explodes in Kobani in new ISIS offensive
Syria War 2015 – IS Car Bomb Explosion Inside Kurdish Town Of Kobane Captured On CCTV
Fatal terror attacks hit Tunisia, France and Kuwait, causing international condemnation