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The Kurdish Connection: I$raHell, ISIS And U.S. Efforts To Destabilize Iran

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Like the Palestinians, the Kurds aspire to dispose of their own state. However, since the dislocation of the Ottoman Empire, some of their leaders have favored alliances with some imperialist powers rather than those with their neighbors. These leaders – and the families attached to them – have turned into an imperialist joker to disturb the Middle East. They tried to establish puppet states, successively in Iran, Iraq and Syria, that is to say on the lands of those who had welcomed and protected them. Sarah Abed tells us their story.

- Part 1 : “The Kurds: Washington’s Weapon Of Mass Destabilization In The Middle East”, by Sarah Abed, Voltaire Network

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During the Cold War, Mullah Mustafa Barzani (the father of Massoud Barzani) approached Washington and the Shah of Iran. He became an officer of the Mossad. Seen here in Israel with Abba Eban (Foreign Minister) and General Meir Amit (Director of the Mossad).

Kurdish ties to Israel

The Kurdish-Israeli relationship has matured significantly. Since at least the 1960s, Israel has provided intermittent security assistance and military training to the Kurds. This served mostly as an anti-Saddam play – keeping him distracted as Israel fought two wars against coordinated Arab neighbors – but mutual understanding of their respective predicaments also bred an Israeli-Kurdish affinity. All signs point to this security cooperation continuing today. Israeli procurement of affordable Kurdish oil not only indicates a strengthening of economic ties, but also an Israeli lifeline to budget-starved Erbil that suggests a strategic bet on the Kurds in an evolving region.

The people closest to the Jews from a genetic point of view may be the Kurds, according to the results of a recent study by Hebrew University [1].

The Kurds are allied with Syria’s fiercest enemy – Israel – whose planned Greater Israel project coincidentally aligns almost perfectly with the Kurds’ plans for “Kurdistan.” [2] In the Oded Yinon plan, which is the plan for a “Greater Israel,” it states the imperative use of Kurds to help divide neighboring countries in order to aid in their plans for greater domination [3]. Interestingly enough, Kurds brush this alliance off as being just another step in achieving their ultimate goal of creating an autonomous Kurdistan.

Every major Kurdish political group in the region has longstanding ties to Israel. It’s all linked to major ethnic violence against Arabs, Turkmens and Assyrians. From the PKK in Turkey to the PYD and YPG in Syria, PJAK in Iran to the most notorious of them all, the Barzani-Talabani mafia regime (KRG/Peshmerga) in northern Iraq. Thus it should come as no surprise that Erbil supplied Daesh (ISIS) with weaponry to weaken the Iraqi government in Baghdad [4]. And when it becomes understood that Erbil is merely the front for Tel Aviv in Iraq, the scheme becomes clear.

Israel has reportedly been providing the KRG with weapons and training even prior its military encounters with Daesh [5]. On the level of economic strategy, Israel granted critical support to the KRG by buying Kurdish oil in 2015 when no other country was willing to do so because of Baghdad’s threat to sue. KRG Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami even admitted to the arrangement, saying that Kurdish oil was often funneled through Israel to avoid detection.

In January 2012 the French newspaper Le Figaro claimed that Israeli intelligence agents were recruiting and training Iranian dissidents in clandestine bases located in Iraq’s Kurdish region [6]. By aligning with the Kurds, Israel gains eyes and ears in Iran, Iraq and Syria. A year later, the Washington Postdisclosed that Turkey had revealed to Iranian intelligence a network of Israeli spies working in Iran, including ten people believed to be Kurds who reportedly met with Mossad members in Turkey [7]. This precarious relationship between Israel and Turkey persists today.

Western veterans take up the Kurdish cause

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, and its Syrian spinoff, the YPG, are cult-like radical movements that intertwine Marxism, feminism, Leninism and Kurdish nationalism into a hodge-podge of ideology, drawing members through the extensive use of propaganda that appeals to these modes of thought. Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the PKK, took inspiration from American anarchist Murray Bookchin in creating his philosophy, which he calls “Democratic Confederalism.”

The PKK spin-off group YPG represents most of the SDF in Syria. With Western political support, they have gained popularity and garnered an impressive amount of support from many military veterans in the West, some of whom have left the comfort of their home countries to fight with the group. One of their most productive marketing tools has been to use young, attractive female fighters as the face of the guerrillas. During their fight against Daesh, the PKK has saturated the media with images of these young female “freedom fighters,” using them as a marketing tool to take their cause from obscurity to fame.

Watch a BBC report on female Kurdish fighters in Syria, featuring Kurdish singer ‘Helly Luv’:

But what doesn’t get reported is how the movement has carried out kidnappings and murder – not to mention its involvement in trafficking narcotics.

Kurdish families are demanding that the PKK stop kidnapping minors. It started on April 23, the day Turkey marked its 91st National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. While children celebrated the holiday in western Turkey, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) kidnapped 25 students between the ages of 14 and 16 on the east side of the country, in the Lice district of Diyarbakir.

Although the PKK has kidnapped more than 330 minors in the last six months, the Bockum family was the first in the region who put up a tent near their home to start a sit-in protest, challenging the PKK and demanding that it return their son. Sinan was returned to the family on May 4. Al-Monitor reported this incident from the beginning in great detail [8].

As Bebyin Somuk reported in her article, the PKK and PYD still kidnap children in Turkey and Syria [9]. She states: “As I previously wrote for Kebab and Camel, the PKK commits war crimes by recruiting children as soldiers. Some of the PKK militants that surrendered yesterday were also the PKK’s child soldiers. The photos clearly show that these children are not more than sixteen years old. The Turkish army released video [10] of the 25 PKK militants surrendering in Nusaybin.”

SouthFront reported on female PKK fighters who have killed Turkish soldiers [11]. “The women fighters command of the Kurdistan Worker Party (PKK) have released a statement, claiming PKK female fighters killed 160 Turkish military servicemen in 2016. According to the statement, the women fighters command of the PKK carried out 115 operations against Turkish government forces in 2016. The group also vowed to ‘proceed the struggle during the new year for a life of freedom and until victory is achieved.’”

The PKK is also killing Kurds under the guise of protecting their rights [12]. “Senior PKK leader Cemil Bayık, in an interview with the Fırat News Agency (ANF) on Aug. 8, said, ‘Our war will not be confined to the mountains like it was before. It will be spread everywhere without making a distinction between mountains, plains or cities. It will spread to the metropolises.’ Terrorist Bayık’s statement signaled that the PKK would take increasing aim against civilians, targeting civilian areas more than ever. And it is happening. Since July 15, the day when the Gülenist terror cult, FETÖ, launched its failed military coup attempt to topple the democratically-elected government, the PKK perpetrated dozens of terrorist attacks, killing 21 civilians and injuring 319 others – most of them Kurdish citizens.”

According to The Washington Institute “On November 18, FBI Director Robert Mueller met with senior Turkish officials to address U.S.-Turkish efforts targeting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), also known as Kongra-Gel. A press release from the U.S. embassy in Ankara following the meeting stressed that U.S. officials ‘strongly support Turkey’s efforts against the PKK terrorist organization’ and highlighted the two countries’ long history of working together in the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime.

These discussions are timely. Despite Ankara’s recent bid to alleviate the Kurdish issue — a bid referred to as the ‘democratic opening’ — the PKK is one of a growing number of terrorist organizations with significant stakes in the international drug trade. In October, the U.S. Treasury Department added three PKK/Kongra-Gel senior leaders to its list of foreign narcotics traffickers. The PKK, along with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is one of only a few organizations worldwide designated by the U.S. government as both a terrorist organization and a significant foreign narcotics trafficker. [13]

Drug smuggling is reported to be the main financial source of PKK terrorism, according to the organization International Strategic Research, whose detailed report can be seen here [14].

Their exaggerated triumphs against Daesh have helped them evolve from a radical militia to an alleged regional power player. Have they been successful in fighting against Daesh in Syria? Yes – but while the Syrian Arab Army has been more effective, it does not receive a fraction of the praise or recognition that the PKK does.

Pato Rincon, a U.S. military veteran, recently wrote about his experience training with the YPG in Syria [15]. Although initially interested in their desire for autonomy, he soon got to know a different side of the group:

“While they are a direct ideological descendant of the Soviet Union, their take on Marxism has a much more nationalistic bent than that of their internationalist forebears. At their training camp that I attended, they constantly spoke of their right to a free and autonomous homeland–which I could support. On the other hand, they ludicrously claimed that all surrounding cultures from Arab to Turk to Persian descended from Kurdish culture. One should find this odd, considering that the Kurds have never had such autonomy as that which they struggle for. All of this puffed-up nationalism masquerading as internationalism was easy to see through…not only was their idea of Marxism fatuous, their version of feminism was even worse.”

Accounts such as this will certainly not make it to mainstream media, as they do not fit the narrative that the Kurds and their sponsors promote.

In another example of Western support for the YPG, Joe Robinson, an ex-soldier and UK national, recently returned to the UK after spending five months in Syria fighting with the group [16]. He was detained and arrested by Greater Manchester Police officers on suspicion of terrorism offenses as soon as he returned. He joined the British military when he was 18 and toured Afghanistan with the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment in 2012.

He left the UK when an arrest warrant was issued after he failed to appear in court. Robinson is pictured here in Syria with YPG fighters.

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Robinson is on the far left, holding his weapon while his fellow YPG comrades are holding a Daesh flag. The writing on the wall speaks volumes about the relationship between Israel, the Kurds and the United States.

SDF working with Daesh

The most evident contradiction to be noted is that the Kurds in the SDF are working with the U.S. through its so-called “Operation Inherent Resolve,” which is the official name for its anti-Daesh operations. But at the same time, the U.S.-led coalition, including Kurdish armed units, lets “militants of the Islamic State terrorist group leave Raqqa instead of killing them,” according to Sergey Surovikin, the commander of Russia’s force grouping in Syria.

“Instead of eliminating terrorists guilty of killing hundreds and thousands of Syrian civilians, the U.S.-led coalition together with the Democratic Forces enters into collusion with ringleaders of ISIL, who give up the settlements they had seized without fighting and head to the provinces where the Syrian government forces are active,” he said [17]

Sputnik Arabic was able to talk to Husma Shaib, a Syrian expert on armed groups in Syria who explained why the SDF is comparable to the al-Nusra Front and what the actual aim of their operations in Syria is [18].

“In Syria, we regard these forces as unlawful military formations which operate outside of the legal environment. They are the same a terrorist units like al-Nusra Front and Daesh. The Syrian Democratic Forces do not coordinate their activities with the Syrian Army. We regard them as terrorists,” Shaib told Sputnik.

The SDF is mostly comprised of the Kurdish YPG militia, which unanimously declared the “federalization” of what they call “Rojava,” or “Western Kurdistan,” in March 2016 [19].

The leaders of the SDF announced that they’ll try to annex the majority-Arab city of Raqqa if they manage to liberate it.

The Kurds are ethnically cleansing Arabs from Raqqa en masse in order to pave the way for the city’s annexation to their unilaterally declared “Federation” after its forthcoming capture. [20]

Hostility against SAA forces

On June 18, a U.S. jet shot down a Syrian Su-22 fighter-bomber near the city of Tabqa. The U.S.-led coalition said the Syrian aircraft attacked SDF positions, adding that the coalition downed the Syrian jet as part of “collective self-defense of coalition partnered forces,” according to Sputnik News [21].

However, the SAA stated that they were, in fact, attacking Daesh, not the SDF. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) then sent in a rescue mission to retrieve the downed pilot. Al Masdar News (AMN) reported that they encountered intense resistance from the SDF, which would imply a serious escalation between the two [22].

The Syrian Army General Command responded with an official statement that the flagrant aggression undoubtedly affirms the US’s real stance in support of terrorism which aims to affect the capability of the Syrian Arab Army- the only active force- along with its allies that practice its legitimate right in combating terrorism all over Syria [23].

“The attack stresses coordination between the US and ISIS, and it reveals the evil intentions of the US in administering terrorism and investing it to pass the US-Zionist project in the region.” The statement added.

It affirmed that such aggressions would not affect the Syrian Arab Army in its determination to continue the fight against ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations and to restore security and stability to all Syrian territories.

Earlier in the week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Sputnik that the U.S. strikes on SDF aircraft are aiding terrorists. “In the case of strikes [by U.S. forces on the aircraft and drones of the Syrian Armed Forces], we are dealing with an open complicity with the terrorists operating on Syrian soil,” Ryabkov said.

CIA-armed Kurds in Syria

The U.S.-led coalition has on numerous occasions stated that it is working with the SDF to try to defeat Daesh in Syria. However, there have been numerous reports of U.S.-led airstrikes targeting Syrian civilians, military and infrastructure. These deadly and avoidable mistakes clearly illustrate how the US-led coalition’s presence in Syria has had a harmful impact on civilians. On June 26, the SDF cut off water supplies to 1 million civilians in Aleppo. Some sources stated that this was out of spite, whereas others stated they were unaware of the reason(s) behind such a destructive and deliberate against innocent civilians.

On July 5, 21st Century Wire reported on U.S. efforts to establish a greater military presence in Syria [24]. “The U.S. is setting up its military bases in the territories that were liberated from Daesh by our fighters during the fight against terrorism,” a senior SDF representative stated.

“The number of U.S. military installations in Syria has increased to eight bases according to recent reports, and possibly nine according to one other military analyst,” 21st Century Wire reported. [25]

The Syrian government considers separatist Kurds to be just as dangerous as Daesh and other terrorist groups in the country. Their plans to destabilize the country are more dangerous than those of Daesh, especially since the West provides them with moral support, weapons, training, financial aid, armed vehicles and even air support [26]. “We’ll be recovering [weapons] during the battle, repairing them. When they don’t need certain things anymore, we’ll replace those with something they do need,” stated U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis in late June.

Kurds selling weapons given to them from Germany to fight against Daesh

Reporters from German broadcasters NDR and WDR found several G3 assault rifles and a P1 pistol, all engraved with the initials “BW” for Bundeswehr – Germany’s military – in the northern Iraqi cities of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pledges German military support to the Kurds in northern Iraq during a meeting in Erbil with Masoud Barzani, president of the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pledges German military support to the Kurds in northern Iraq during a meeting in Erbil with Masoud Barzani, president of the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

The weapons apparently came from stocks that the German government delivered to the Kurdish autonomous government in northern Iraq [27]. The weapons were intended to be used in the fight against the Daesh. Several members of Germany’s Green and Left parties have long raised concerns in parliament that arms delivered to Peshmerga fighters could fall into the wrong hands.

There have been several credible reports since the U.S.-led military alliance formed to help combat Daesh in Syria and Iraq of American-supplied weapons falling into the hands of unallied militias and even Daesh itself [28]

The U.S. has armed the Kurds and supported their efforts since helping them establish the Syrian Democratic Forces on Oct. 10, 2015. The U.S. needed to fund a group within Syria that was fighting against Daesh, but that was not as extremist as the Free Syrian Army, which was outed as being affiliated with al-Qaeda. The U.S. has stated that its main reason for being in Syria is to fight Daesh, but its actions have proved otherwise. Its true mission is to destabilize the country by assisting the Kurds through the SDF and other armed opposition forces in liberating land that can be used as a bargaining tool in future negotiations.

Ron Paul explains why arming the Kurds was a dangerous idea: 

Washington has repeatedly brushed aside Ankara’s irrefutable evidence that the YPG is an extension of the outlawed PKK terrorist organization, which has terrorized Turkey for more than three decades [29]. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has sent a letter to his Turkish counterpart Fikri Işık pledging that the United States will retrieve the weapons it sent to the YPG immediately after Daesh is defeated [30].

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Defense will supply Turkey with detailed lists of the military materials and equipment dispatched to the YPG, implying that the U.S. aims to guarantee transparency in their bilateral relationship. This itself is an attempt to backtrack on a terrible decision that the U.S. may or may not believe they have made. If the reality hasn’t sunk in yet, it most certainly will when the Kurds refuse to give back the weapons or decide to sell them. Washington will then have to deal with an even more disgruntled Turkey [31].

Why Are Kurds Joining Daesh?

For over a year, Kurdish forces have united in defense against bloody Daesh attacks. So how has Daesh still managed to recruit hundreds of young Kurds to fight for the caliphate against their own families?

“There are Kurdish families in Halabja whose sons are in IS [Daesh] and their hearts are broken, but I’ll never go to their funerals,” said the grieving mother of Kaihan Borhan, a Kurd who died fighting with the Peshmerga against Daesh. Her family is distraught that the people responsible for his death could well be Kurdish nationals.

“I have a friend whose brother died fighting for ISIS,” said Kaihan’s brother. “I never grieved for him and my friend cannot bear to look me in the eye.” Here, we can see the path to extremism that many Kurds have taken. Dissatisfaction with the Kurdish intelligence service, Asayish’s persecution of Muslims and domestic grievances are being skilfully exploited by Daesh through the use of propaganda, led by Khattab Al-Kurdi and his Saladin Brigade [32]

“With God’s permission we will sow the seeds of the Caliphate throughout our land,” said Khattab, who has been one of the most persuasive forces in luring Kurds towards the caliphate. Even with Khattab’s reported death in April 2015, the threat of more Kurds joining Daesh seems unlikely to diminish, with a new Kurdish imam carrying the rhetoric forward.

Kurds being used to destabilize Iran

Documents leaked by WikiLeaks in 2010 suggested that Israeli Mossad Chief Meir Dagan wanted to use Kurds and ethnic minorities to topple the Iranian government [33]. The Israeli spy service was aiming to create a weak and divided Iran, similar to the situation in Iraq, where the Kurds have their own autonomous government, the spy chief told a U.S. official.

The Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistane (PJAK), a militant Kurdish nationalist group based in northern Iraq, has been carrying out attacks on Iranian forces in the Kurdistan Province of Iran (Eastern Kurdistan) and other Kurdish-inhabited areas. Half the members of PJAK are women. The PJAK has about 3,000 armed militiamen. They represent yet another example of the Kurds finding themselves in the middle of a conflict and being used as a pawn by the West.

The party is closely linked to the PKK. Iran has often accused PJAK and other Kurdish nationalist groups from Iran of being supported by Israel. Journalist Seymour Hersh has also claimed that the U.S. supported PJAK and other Iranian opposition groups. However, both the U.S. and Israel have denied supporting PJAK. In fact, the U.S. Treasury branded PJAK as a terrorist organization last year.

As Hersh noted in 2004: “The Israelis have had long-standing ties to the Talibani and Barzani clans [in] Kurdistan and there are many Kurdish Jews that emigrated to Israel and there are still a lot of connection. But at some time before the end of the year [2004], and I’m not clear exactly when, certainly I would say a good six, eight months ago, Israel began to work with some trained Kurdish commandos, ostensibly the idea was the Israelis — some of the Israeli elite commander units, counter-terror or terror units, depending on your point of view, began training — getting the Kurds up to speed.” [34]

Why are the so-called Kurdish “freedom fighters” willing to get in bed with any and every group that has an interest in destabilizing Syria? The provocative manner in which the SDF has teamed up with terrorist organizations during the war in Syria is a blaring contradiction to the “revolutionary” public relations image that they have fought hard to establish in recent years.

Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran, continue to oppose the notion of having their borders and sovereignty divided by the U.S. for yet another U.S./NATO-dictated social engineering experiment in the Middle East.

Attempts to rewrite geographic history

An estimated 30 million Kurds reside primarily in mountainous regions of present-day Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. They remain the world’s largest nomadic population without a sovereign state. The Kurds are not monolithic, however, and tribal identities and political interests often supersede a unifying national allegiance.

Some Kurds, particularly those who have migrated to urban centers, such as Istanbul, Damascus and Tehran, have integrated and assimilated, while many who remain in their ancestral lands maintain a strong sense of a distinctly Kurdish identity. A Kurdish diaspora of an estimated two million people is concentrated primarily in Europe, with over a million in Germany alone. These migratory wanderers never possessed their own country at any point in their history, but were always part of a larger country or empire that took them in and provided them refuge.

The version of events that the Kurds present is in staunch contrast with the account that is supported by most historians. This has proven to be a point of contention between the Kurds and the citizens of other countries.

The Kurds claim to have been conquered and occupied throughout their history, for instance. Here is an example of their attempt to rewrite history to fit their narrative: “The Kurdish region has seen a long list of invaders and conquerors: Ancient Persians from the east, Alexander the Great from the west, Muslim Arabs in the 7th Century from the south, Seljuk Turks in the 11th Century from the east, the Mongols in the 13th Century from the east, medieval Persians from the east and the Ottoman Turks from the north in the 16th Century and most recently, the United States in its 2003 invasion of Iraq.” [35]

(To be continued…)

[1] Study Finds Close Genetic Connection Between Jews, Kurds, Tamara Traubman, Haaretz, November 21, 2001.

[2] A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties (The “Yinon Plan”)”, by Oded Yinon, Translation Israel Shahak, Kivunim (Israel), Voltaire Network, 1 February 1982.

[3] “Preparing the Chessboard for the “Clash of Civilizations”: Divide, Conquer and Rule the “New Middle East””, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Global Research, November 26, 2011.

[4] “PKK revelations on ISIL attack and creation of “Kurdistan””, Voltaire Network, 8 July 2014. “Why Have the Kurds Supplied ISIS With Weapons?”, Michael Rubin, Newsweek, April 26, 2016.

[5] “Israel and the Kurds: Love by Proxy”, Ofra Bengio, The American Interest, March 18, 2016.

[6] “Le Mossad en cheville avec les Kurdes d’Irak contre l’Iran”, Le Figaro, 13 janvier 2012.

[7] “Turkey blows Israel’s cover for Iranian spy ring”, David Ignatius, The Washington Post, October 16, 2013.

[8] “PKK risks peace process with kidnappings”, “PKK kidnappings backfire among Turkey’s Kurds”, Tulin Daloglu, Al-Monitor, April 28 & May 8, 2014.

[9] “The Child Soldiers of the PKK and YPG”, “The PKK and the PYD still kidnap children in Turkey and Syria”, Beybin Somuk, The Kebab and Camel, 2015.

[10] “Army releases video of 25 PKK terrorists surrendering in Turkey’s southeast”, Yeni Şafak, May 25, 2016.

[11] “PKK Female Fighters Claim Killing Of 160 Turkish Military Servicemen In 2016”, South Front, February 1, 2017.

[12] “PKK killing Kurds under the guise of protecting their rights”, Mustafa Kirikçioğlu, Daily Sabah, August 30, 2016.

[13] “Contending with the PKK’s Narco-Terrorism”, Benjamin Freedman & Matthew Levitt ”, The Washington Institute, December 8, 2009.

[14] “Drug Smuggling as Main Source of PKK Terrorism”, Sedat Laçine, International Strategic Research Organization, February 12, 2008.

[15] “The Warped Marxist-Feminist Ideology of the Kurdish YPG”, Pato Ricon, Bombs and dollars, May 9, 2017.

[16] “Ex-soldier has spent five months fighting ISIS while on the run from British police”, Joseph Curtis, Daily Mail, November 26, 2015.

[17] “US-led coalition colluding with IS instead of fighting terrorism — Defense Ministry”, Tass, June 9, 2017.

[18] “So-Called ’Syrian Democratic Forces’ None Other but ’Terrorists Like Daesh’”, Sputnik, June 12, 2017.

[19] “Syria: Is the Race for Raqqa Over?”, Andrew Korybko, Sputnik, June 10, 2017.

[20] “The Kurds Are Ethnically Cleansing Arabs From Raqqa, And The World Is Silent”, Andrew Korybko, Global Village Space, June 15, 2017

[21] “US-Led Coalition Provocations Foster More Terrorist Activity in Syria – Shoigu”, Sputnik, June 30, 2017.

[22] “Breaking: Intense clashes break-out between Syrian Army and US-backed forces in west Raqqa”, Leith Fadel, Al Masdar News, June 19, 2017.

[23] “Army general command: international coalition air force targets an army’s warplane in Raqqa countryside”, Sana, June 18, 2017.

[24] “US Expands Military Footprint in Syria to EIGHT Bases, ‘Modifies’ Kobani Air Base”, Vanessa Beeley, 21st Century Wire, July 5, 2017. “US and French Occupation of Northern Syria”, Translation Anoosha Boralessa, Voltaire Network, 21 July 2017.

[25] “US Strengthens Presence in Northern Syria”, Sputnik, Juky 4, 2017.

[26] “Pentagon Suggests US Will Keep Arming Kurds in Syria After Raqqa”, Sputnik, June 27, 2017.

[27] “Steinmeier promises Kurds more military support to fight ’IS’”, Deutsche Press Agentur, December 8, 2015.

[28] “Armed with U.S. weapons, infamous militia beating ISIS”, Holly Williams, CBS News, February 2, 2015. “ISIS: We have our hands on weapons, ammo air-dropped by U.S.”, CBS News, October 21, 2014.

[29] “U.S. ’in Bed with Terrorists’ If It Arms Syria’s Kurds: Turkey”, Callum Paton, Newsweek, May 10, 2017.

[30] “Turkey: U.S. promised to reclaim weapons from Kurds after ISIS fight”, CBS News, June 22, 2017.

[31] “Erdogan Slams Those ’Who Think They’re Tricking Turkey’ Over Arms for Kurds”, Sputnik, June 25, 2017.

[32] “Inside the Surreal World of the Daesh Propaganda Machine”, Sarah Abed, The Rabbit Hole, May 29, 2017.

[33] “Wikileaks: Israeli Mossad wanted to use Kurds against Iran”, Wladimir van Wilgenburg, Ekurd Daily, December 3, 2010.

[34] “Israeli Agents Operating in Iraq, Iran and Syria”, Seymour Hersh, Democracy Now, June 22, 2004.

[35] “Kurdish History”, The Kurdish Project, consulted June 2017.

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Charlottesville Through a Glass Darkly

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by Richard Falk

I suggest that Zionists fond of smearing critics of Israel as ‘anti-Semites’ take a sobering look at the VICE news clip of the white nationalist torch march through the campus of the University of Virginia the night before the lethal riot in Charlottesville. In this central regard, anti-Semitism, and its links to Naziism and Fascism, and now to Trumpism, are genuinely menacing, and should encourage rational minds to reconsider any willingness to being manipulated for polemic purposes by ultra Zionists. We can also only wonder about the moral, legal, and political compass of ardent Zionists who so irresponsibly label Israel’s critics and activist opponents as anti-Semites, and thus confuse and bewilder the public as to the true nature of anti-Semitism as racial hatred directed at Jews.

There must be less incendiary ways of fashioning responses to the mounting tide of criticism of Israel’s policies and practices than by deliberately distorting and confusing the nature of anti-Semitism. To charge supporters of BDS, however militant, with anti-Semitism dangerously muddies the waters, trivializing hatred of Jews by deploying ‘anti-Semitism’ as an Israeli tactic and propaganda tool of choice in a context of non-violent expressions of free speech and political advocacy, and thus challenging the rights so elemental that they have long been taken for granted by citizens in every funcitioning constitutional democracy. It is worth recalling that despite the criticisms of BDS during the South African anti-apartheid campaign, militant participants were never, ever smeared, despite being regarded as employing a controversial approach often derided as counterproductive in politically conservative circles.

And of course it is not only Zionists who have eaten of this poisonous fruit. As a result of Israel’s own willingness to encourage such tactics, as in organizing initiatives seeking to discredit, and even criminalize, the nonviolent BDS campaign, several leaders of important Western countries who should know better have swallowed this particular cool aid. A recent statement by the new and otherwise promising President of France, Emmanuel Macron: “Anti-Zionism…is the reinvented form of anti-Semitism,” and implicitly such a statement suggests that to be anti-Zionist is tantamount to criticism of Israel as a Jewish state.

After grasping this tortured reasoning, have a look at the compelling Open Letter to Macron, written in response by the famed Israeli historian, Shlomo Sand, author of an essential book, The Invention of the Jewish People. In his letter Sand explains why he cannot himself be a Zionist given the demographic realities, historical abuse of the majority population of historic Palestine, and the racist and colonialist overtones of proclaiming a Jewish state in a Palestine that a hundred years ago was a national space containing only 60,000 Jews half of whom were actually opposed to the Zionist project. This meant that the Jewish presence in Palestine represented only about 7% of the total population, the other 700,000 being mostly Muslims and Christian Arabs. The alternative to Zionism for an Israel that abandons apartheid is not collapse but a transformed reality based on the real equality of Jews and Palestinians. Shlomo Sand gives the following substance to this non-Zionist political future for Israel: “..an Israeli republic and not a Jewish communalist state.” This is not the only morally, politically, and legally acceptable solution. A variety of humane and just alternatives to the status quo exist that are capable of embodying the overlapping rights of self-determination of these two long embattled peoples.

To avoid the (mis)impression that Charlottesville was most disturbing because of its manifestations of hatred of Jews it is helpful to take a step backward. Charlottesville was assuredly an ugly display of anti-Semitism, but it only secondarily slammed Jews. Its primary hateful resonance was its exhibition of white supremacy, American nativism, and a virtual declaration of war against Black Lives Matter and the African American and immigrant struggle against racial injustice. Jews are doing better than all right in America by almost every indicator of economic, political, and social success. African Americans, Hispanics, and Muslims are not. Many of their lives are daily jeopardized by various forms of state terror, as well as by this surge of violent populism given sly, yet unmistakable, blessings by an enraged and unrepentant White House in the agonized aftermath of Charlottesville. Jews thankfully have no bereaved victims of excess uses of force by American police as have lethally victimized such African Americans as Treyvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice. Jews in America do not fear or face pre-dawn home searches, cruel family disrupting deportations, and the mental anguish of devastating forms of uncertainty that now is the everyday reality for millions of Hispanic citizens and residents.

What Charlottesville now becomes is up to the American people, and to some lesser extent to the reactions and responses throughout the world. The Charlottesville saga has already auditioned Trump and Spence as high profile apprentices of white nationalism. Whether an array of Republican tweets of disgust and disapproval gain any political traction remains to be seen, or as in the past they dissolve as bubbles in the air and soon seem best regarded as empty tropes of political correctness. What counsels skepticism about this current cascade of self-righteous pronouncements is the awareness that many of these same individuals in the past quickly renewed their conniving habits behind closed doors, working overtime to deprive the racially vulnerable in America of affordable health insurance, neighborhood security, and residence rights. As is so often the case in the political domain these days disreputable actions speak far more loudly than pious words.

If the majority of Americans can watch the torch parade and urban riot of white nationalists shouting racist slogans, dressed for combat, and legally carrying assault weapons, in silence we are done for as a nation of decency and promise. If the mainstream does not scream ‘enough’ at the top of its lung it is time to admit ‘game over.’ This undoubtedly means that the political future of this country belongs to the likes of Trump/Spence, and it also means that a national stumble into some kind of fascist reality becomes more and more unavoidable. The prospect of a fascist America can no longer be dismissed as nothing more than a shrill and desperate ploy by the moribund left to gain a bit of attention on the national stage before giving up the ghost of revolutionary progressivism once and for all.

So we must each ask ourselves and each other is this the start of the Second Civil War or just one more bloody walk in the woods?

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So-called Baloch Independence Day

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By Sajjad Shaukat

Every year, 11th Aug is celebrated by the Baloch Sub Nationalists (BSNs) as the so-called
Baloch Independence Day to pollute the minds of the patriot people of the Baluchistan province
against the federation of Pakistan.

During this day, shutter down strikes on small scale in the far-flung areas of Balochistan and
demonstrations of small attendance by exiled BSNs take place, including active social media
campaign.

The anti-Pakistan section of Baloch people propagate that Balochistan got independence from
British on 11th August 1947. The Khan of Kalat (KoK) rejected the idea of joining Pakistan.
Pakistan invaded Balochistan and took control by imprisoning Khan of Kalat and his family
members within the palace.

It is notable that the insurgency of 1948 which started by Shehzada Abdul Karim of Kakat on
small scale continued, because it was not supported by other realist Baloch leaders, and it was
based on misguided thoughts suggested by few Indian Congress leaders. The aim was to
destabilize Pakistan by creating militancy in Balochistan.

As these hostile elements, while following the foreign agenda of the anti-Pakistan countries
distort the historical facts; the Baloch must need to know the actual perspective about accession
of Kallat state with Pakistan.

No doubt, Baloch leaders and people of Balochistan played a vital role in creation of Pakistan,
and ultimately succeeded under the leadership and guidance of Quaid-e- Azam Muhammad Ali
Jinnah in achieving Pakistan as an independent state. In fact, Balochistan is an integral part of
Pakistan with a history of supporting Resolution of Pakistan-1940, which envisaged creation of a
separate homeland for Muslim majority areas of the Sub-continent, as the Baloch had strongly
opposed plan of the united India.

Unfortunately, there are still certain dissident elements which not only opposed the idea of Two
Nation Theory—the fundamental ideological base for creation of Pakistan, but also left no stone
unturned in misguiding the Baloch regarding Balochistan’s accession to Pakistan. In reality,
before the independence of Pakistan, the territories which are now consolidated into the province
of Balochistan did not constitute a settled province. Apart from Quetta District that was
administrated under civil law, the rest of the territory was under Frontier Crimes Regulations
(FCR). The then government of British India constituted a special body of tribal elders known as
“SHAHI JIRGA” for consultation by Assistant Governor General (AGG) on local issues relating
to British Balochistan. On June 29, 1947, “SHAHI JIRGA” of the British Balochistan as
representative body of AGG along with elected members of Quetta Municipal Body
unanimously passed a resolution of forming part of Pakistan. The State of Kalat had customary
over lordship on the princely states of Kharan, Makran and Lasbela. As these three states decided
to join Pakistan in March 1948, the Khan of Kalat also acceded with Pakistan on March 27,
1948. The brother of KoK Shehzada Abdul Karim of Kakat having mustered 130 tribesmen

started insurgency in 1948 which never took off ground and the matter was brought under
control.

Regretfully, Baloch Sub Nationalists (BSNs) distort history of accession of Kalat with Pakistan
and give reference of the so-called insurgency of 1948 by brother of KoK, whereas the document
of accession of State of Kalat with Pakistan was signed by KoK himself as legitimate ruler of
State of Kalat.

Notably, as a result of the general elections 2013, the government led by the nationalist leader
Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch was established in Balochistan, while on
December 7, 2013; local bodies elections were largely held in a peaceful manner in the province.
However, these elections proved that majority of the Baloch are loyal to the federation, and do
not favour separation of the Balachistan, as they have rejected the case of separatists, being
projected by anti-Pakistan powers.

Even a Gallup survey of the UK official body, DFID, conducted on July 20, 212, had disclosed
that the vast majority of the Baloch people oppose the idea of an independent Balochistan. This
survey has also proved that some external entities have been conducting acts of sabotage in the
province by backing the minority groups.

It is due to the progressive works of Pak Army in the province that a division has been created
among the militant groups’ leaders in Balochistan. On 2011, I had visited Balochistan along with
other journalists. I saw a number of institutes, set up by army, and these were providing
education, especially technical training to thousands of Balochis. Besides other developments
works, Pak Army was also imparting army training to the Baloch youth. So, the purpose of army
is to uplift of the Baloch people with creation of jobs and to bring them in the mainstream of the
country. However, I had also a trip to far-flung areas of the province and witnessed various mega
projects and mineral sites, protected by armed forces. People also told me that subversive events
are being arranged by the minority separatist elements so as to create chaotic situation in the
province.

Similarly, CPEC which is a game changer, will not only develop Balochistan, but will also
provide employment to the Baloch.

As regards the deteriorating situation of Balochistan and the missing persons, everyone knows
that Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), Baloch Salvation Front (BSF) and their affiliated
outfits, including another group, Jundollah (God’s soldiers) which have been fighting for
secession of the province gets logistic support from American CIA, Indian RAW, and Israeli
Mossad.

In this respect, in the recent past, new wave of terrorism in Pakistan, especially Balochistan
killed several innocent people, while various terrorist outfits, particularly the Islamic State group
(Also known as Daesh, ISIS, ISIL), and the affiliated faction of the Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan
(TTP), the Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan Jamaat-ur- Ahrar (TTP-JA also known as JuA) claimed
responsibility for these brutal acts. TTP based in Afghanistan has its connections with ISIL and
other terrorist organizations and affiliated terror groups, including Baloch separatist elements,

and all these outfits are promoting the anti-Pakistan agenda of the foreign entities against
Pakistan. As part of the double game, CIA, RAW, Mossad and Afghan intelligence agency,
National Directorate of Security (NDS) which are in collaboration, are using these terror outfits
in destabilizing Pakistan and particularly Balochistan in order to fulfill the covert strategic aims
of the US-led India and Israel against Pakistan, China, Russia and Iran.

These external secret agencies are especially supporting the TTP which is hiding in Nuristan and
Kunar provinces of Afghanistan. Reportedly, Mullah Fazlullah led TTP is behind several terror
activities inside Pakistan, as the latter has also become center of the Great Game due to the ideal
location of Balochistan. With the tactical assistance of CIA, particularly, RAW is trying to
damage Pak-China CPEC project.

In the past few years, these militants kidnapped and killed many innocent people and the security
personnel in Balochistan. They also massacred many persons through suicide attacks, bomb
blasts, targeted killings and sectarian violence. Therefore, they are responsible for dumped
bodies and extrajudicial killings in the province. On a number of occasions, these insurgent
groups claimed responsibility for their subversive acts. A majority of the disappeared individuals
are also in the detention centers (Farrari Camps) which are being run by foreign-assisted Baloch
feudal lords (Sardars) who want to continue old system of feudalism in the province so as to
maintain their status, prestige and influence at the cost of people of the province.

It is mentionable that India, the US and Israel have been internationalizing the Balochistan issue
in accordance with their secret goals. In this context, in connivance with the Baloch separatist
leaders who have taken refuge in Switzerland, Sweden, US and London, these foreign elements
use media, various NGOs and human rights organizations for false propaganda against
Pakistan’s security agencies in relation to extrajudicial killings, mutilated bodies and the missing
persons.

It noteworthy that the armed forces of Pakistan have successfully broken the backbone of the
foreign-backed terrorists by the successful military operations Zarb-e- Azb and Radd-ul- Fasaad
which have also been extended to other parts of the country, including Balochistan. And
Pakistan’s primarily intelligence agency, ISI has broken the network of these terrorist groups by
capturing several militants, while thwarting a number of terror attempts.
Besides, since the government of the Balochistan province announced general pardon and
protection to the Baloch militants as part of reconciliation process, many insurgents and their
leaders have surrendered their arms and decided to work for the development of Pakistan and
peace has been restored in Balochistan.

But, recent blasts in Balochistan and other regions of the country show that the US-led India,
Afghanistan and Israel have again started acts of sabotage to weaken Pakistan and to damage the
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Taking cognizance of historical facts, the idea of observing the as the so-called Baloch
Independence Day must be denounced by all the segments of society, while, every year, the
majority of the Baloch reject the call for shutter down strike in relation to this day. But, theseanti-Pakistan aims of the separatist elements also needs to be countered by our own historians,
analysts and media persons and through social media by giving true perspective of history and
denouncing the hostile elements who distort the facts in order to advance their vested interests in
accordance with the direction of the external entities who want to destablise the federation of the
country.

These internal entities of the country must point out that People of Balochistan, especially the
youth are very loyal and patriotic Pakistanis who believe in unity and sovereignty of the country.
They cannot be misled by elusive designs of greedy leaders who plan to observe August 11 as
the so-called Independence Day.

Particularly, media must proactively project the role of Baloch leaders in creation of Pakistan
and in defending the state of Pakistan. For the purpose, talk shows must be held giving correct
perspective of historical records by explaining the process of accession of State of Kalat with
Pakistan and internal rift between KoK and his brother.

 

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,
Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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Holocaust Warriors Created Holy Warriors

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By Sajjad Shaukat

Like other religions, Islam is a religion of peace and does not permit acts of terrorism such as
bomb blasts suicide attacks etc. But, the Holocaust warriors and the typical Jews who created
holy warriors are misguiding the international community by equating the ideology of Islam with
terrorism. Control of these Jews on the mainstream media houses of the world is so strong that
terms such as Islamic militants, Jihadist groups and holy warriors (Mujahideen) have become
popular. While reporting regarding global and regional events of terrorism, they do not use the
terms like Hindu militants and Jewish terrorism or Christian militants.

Everyone knows that Al-Qaeda and Afghan Taliban were created by the American CIA to fight
against the former Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

In this respect, former British Foreign secretary, Robin Cook stated, “Throughout the 1980s, he
[Bin Laden] was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian
occupation of Afghanistan.”

The then US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski met Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin
Laden and said about the militants (Mujahideen), “We know of their deep belief in God, and we
are confident their struggle will succeed…because, you are fighting against the infidel Russians.”
However, after obtaining the political and economic interests of the US-led Israel, Washington
had left Afghanistan in particular and Pakistan in general to face the fallout of a prolonged
conflict—terrorism and instability. These Mujahideen who pulled the Russians out of
Afghanistan, later become the Taliban, Al-Qaeda (New version) and the Muslim Brotherhood,
Islamic State group (Daesh, ISIS, ISIL). They got the label of terrorists.

Notably, massacre of Jews through various tactics of torture in the concentration camps, erected
by Hitler before and during the World War 11 is still shocking and condemnable. It was a big
tragedy, popularly known as the Holocaust, conducted by the forces of state terrorism. But,
before and in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, the Zionist-Israeli- led America has been taking
unjustified revenge of the Holocaust from the Muslims in particular and the Christians in
general, including persons of some other religious communities, who were not responsible for
the Holocaust. These Holocaust warriors have been trying to convert the entire world into
holocaust, as terror-related attacks have shown in various Islamic countries, including America,
Europe and other Western countries.

Zionist-controlled American leading think-tanks and media have propagated that “genocide of 5
million Jews was carried out at the extermination camps, using tools of mass murder, such as gas
chambers of Germany, Poland, Austria and Alsace”, while some Jewish-influenced Western
scholars have estimated the genocide of the 7.8 million Jews.

On the other side, impartial writers, researchers and authors have opined, “Following the rise of
Hitler there were no more than 4 million Jews, living in areas occupied by the Third Reich at the
height of its power. Yet on June 30, 1965, the West German government announced that some

3,375,000 Jewish holocaust “survivors” had applied for reparations money. The International
Red Cross had already reported in 1946 that of registered Jewish camp inmates no more than
300,000 could have died, and their audit to December 31, 1984 records a total 282,077 registered
deaths of all internees in all German Concentration Camps from all causes.”
Regarding the present holocaust, it had already started when the US emerged as the sole
superpower in the unipolar world after the disintegration of the former Russia. American former
President Bush, (The Senior) replaced the old bipolar order with the New World Order, with the
US acting as a kind of global policeman to protect the political and economic interests of Israel
and the American Jews who are owners of many big cartels—multinational corporations, arms
factories, oil companies, banks etc., including print and electronic media of the US in particular
and the world in general. By dominating American internal policies, Zionist Jews mould
country’s foreign policy for their own interests. And, by changing America into corporate
industry, they have converted the world into corporate industry.

In the unipolar world, the United Nations became an instrument of the US policy to establish
American hegemony in the world. In order to obtain the hidden agenda of Jews, the US imposed
its sudden terms of globalization such as free markets, privatization and de-nationalization etc.
on the ill-prepared developing countries and the Muslim states which left behind shattered
nations and a global financial crisis, increased poverty in most of these countries, which resulted
into deaths of many persons due to diseases and lack of medical treatment. It further widened the
gap between the poor and the rich countries or G-7 countries. The corporations and international
financial institutions like IMF and World Bank which are indirectly controlled by the Jews have
continued to drive the project of globalization through the sole superpower. Besides, America’s
child-killing sanctions against Iraq and Iran; late action to curb ethnic cleansing in
Kosovo—genocide of the Bosnian Muslims annoyed the Muslims all over the world.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, American former President Bush (The Senior) in
connivance with his Zionist-advisers and neoconservatives took the Islamic fundamentalism as a
great threat. Since then, sometimes, Al-Qaeda has continuously been used by the US and some
Western countries as a scapegoat to malign Pakistan, as the latter is the only nuclear country in
the Muslim World. Sometimes, they accused Iran of harbouring terrorism, and to propagate
against Tehran’s peaceful nuclear progragmme—sometimes to achieve the goals of external
policy and sometimes to pacify their public, including the opposition in relation to the prolonged
war in Afghanistan and the anti-Muslim ‘different war’. In all cases, the purpose behind has been
to safeguard the interests Israel and Zionists who consider themselves God’s chosen people to
rule over the world.

As regards the double game, on November 13, 2009, a Reuters report quoting Labeviere’s book
“Corridors of Terror” (Released in November 2003) points to negotiations between Bin Laden
and CIA, which took place two months prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks-at the American
Hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, when Bin Laden was under a kidney dialysis
treatment.

Meanwhile, while making Osama and Al-Qaeda as scapegoats, a number of fake video messages
were telecast on various TV channels and websites by some Zionist Jews to obtain Israel’s anti-

Muslim goals. For example, during the November 2004 elections in the US, a fake video tape
helped the ex-president George W. Bush to get lead over John Kerry.

It is well-known that in a tape released on December 27, 2001, the authenticity of which is not in
question, Osama denied any involvement in the September 11 tragedy. However, later, two video
tapes appeared to validate his guilt in relation to 9/11, because the main aims of the Bush
administration were to provoke American public against the Muslims and to justify the fake
global war on terror—the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq to possess energy resources of
Central Asia and Iraq, including proxy wars in other Middle Eastern countries. Besides other
actions of Bush era such as America’s state-sponsored terrorism in the volatile Islamic countries,
persecution of Muslims through torture, detentions and arrests, CIA and FBI-operated facilities,
promotion of sectarian violence and divide between Sunnis and Shias in the Islamic
World—radicalizing the Western Christians against the Muslims.

It was because of the dual strategy of Bush through phony war on terror, and on the other side,
response of Al-Qaeda militants by clandestine terror attacks, as shown through a number of the
past suicidal missions such as on Indonesian resort island of Bali, Saudi Arabia, Spain etc., and a
series of bomb attacks on London’s transport network, including those ones in other Afro-Asian
countries have clearly pointed out that Al-Qaeda was organized on world level. But, the outfit
lost control on its affiliated militant groups. Al-Qaeda’s decimated old guard may no longer be
able to mount elaborately detailed plots, executed by other trained terrorists of various new
groups which claim their links with Al-Qaeda, but, are not under its direct command. For
example, in Somalia—splitting away of a hardliner-faction Al-Shabaab is an offshoot of the
Islamic Courts Union, though the US defined Al-Shabaab as Al-Qaida allies.

In this connection, in March 2004, the former CIA Director, George Tenet said, “Al-Qaeda has
become a loose collection of regional networks working autonomously-[they] pick their own
targets, they plan their own attacks…in this new phase of franchise terrorism, Al-Qaeda has been
described as an idea rather than an organization.”

It is mentionable that some Holocaust deniers claim, “The mass extermination of the Jews by the
Nazis never happened…the Nazi command had a policy of deporting Jews, not exterminating
them”, while some remark that the number of Jewish losses has been greatly exaggerated…that
the Holocaust was not systematic nor a result of an official policy…only 600,000 Jews were
killed rather than six million. All Jews were not killed through gas chambers, but also due to
hunger, diseases and depression.”

On the one hand, the Jews have made the Holocaust the greatest device of gaining sympathy,
while, on the other, they have used it for wars, anti-Muslim policies, expansion and foreign-aid,
and to fulfill the Zionist ambition of greater Israel. With the support of American-Zionist Jews
who manipulate the Holocaust, Israel has also become the sixth strongest military power of the
world owing to the US assistance.

Once Henry Kissinger stated “legitimacy is not natural or automatic, but created.” Under the
cover of the 9/11 tragedy, the US President George W. Bush who was in collaboration with the
neo-conservatives and the Zionist Jews, orchestrated the drama of global war on terror to obtain

the illegitimate interests of Israel by targeting the Islamic countries and persecution of the
Muslims.

Bush who used the words, “crusade against the evil-doers” adding to the perception that the
ongoing ‘different war’ against terrorism is actually a war against the Muslim countries also
warned the world to choose sides by saying, “either you are with us or with terrorists.” It was due
to employment of pressure-diplomacy on the weak states—Muslim countries like Pakistan,
Indonesia, Libya etc., including almost all the Arab states joined Bush’s anti-terrorism war. By
manipulating the 9/11 carnage, Bush also got the sympathies of almost all the major Western
countries, including NATO states which also joined the fake global war on terror.
By justifying the unjustified war on terror, several Muslim countries were deliberately
destabilized and converted into concentration camps to attain the political, economic and
religious goals of the Jews and Israel. For the purpose, double game and false flag operations
which still continue became the part of the American CIA, Israeli Mossad and Indian RAW.
In case of Iraq, many of the Iraqis including some members of the former Interim Governing
Council were shocked at the violence in Fallujah. Even the US weekly, ‘Newsweek’ admitted in
its publication of April 19/April 26, 2004 that the US forces “used very heavy hand in Fallujah
where more than 400 people were killed. Four members of the [former] Governing Council
resigned in a protest against America’s crackdown in Fallujah…according to doctors figure of
the deaths was impossible to check and it is more than 400…an airstrike dropped a 500 pound
bomb. Arab language TV claimed that the bomb killed more than a score of civilians at prayer.”
Like Afghanistan, American soldiers also massacred several wounded people and civilians in
Iraq. In November, 2004, a number of world’s televised channels including those of America
showed footage of a US marine who was shooting and killing an already captive and wounded
Iraqi prisoner at close range in a mosque in Fallujah where civilians had taken shelter.
No one can deny the fact that these were the worst examples of the US-led state terrorism or use
of abnormal force.

It is of particular attention that the US-led troops, assisted by CIA have carried out indiscriminate
mass round-ups in catching up suspected Muslim men and women in Afghanistan and Iraq,
including some Arab countries without evidence. Mossad has helped the CIA officials in
arresting the Muslim men, having beard and ladies, wearing scarves. Besides Guantanamo Bay
and Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, CIA torture cells were present in several Islamic countries and
were also set up in ships where US secret agencies and military personnel employed various
methods of torture on the militants and suspected persons like physical violence and even
murder. American notorious private military firm Blackwater also eliminated countless Muslims
in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When America implemented the suggested plan of Rand Corporation and sparked a civil war
(Sectarian violence) between the Sunnis and Shias in wake of war on terror to promote the
objectives of Israel in the Muslim World, the horrible scenes of deaths were witnessed in
Pakistan and especially in Iraq.

In March, 2013, an investigative report by the British Guardian/BBC disclosed that acting under
the direction of the top US officials; the CIA utilized a global network of secret prisons, foreign
intelligence agents and torture centers in various Islamic countries including Belgium, Thailand
etc. where torture was conducted directly by American intelligence operatives.
The report also mentioned atrocities of the US-backed entities, carried out in Bagram Airbase
(Afghanistan), Guantanamo and Iraq—unleashed a deadly sectarian militia which terrorized the
Sunni community and germinated a civil war between Sunnis and Shias, and claimed tens of
thousands of lives.

It revealed, “At the height of that sectarian conflict, 3,000 bodies a month were strewn on the
streets of Iraq. Rounding up Sunnis in American pickup trucks, the captives were thrown into
secret prisons established in libraries, airports, and ministries. Anti-occupation politicians,
human rights activists, and journalists were murdered. The purpose was also to terrorize ordinary
Iraqis who opposed the US occupation.”

In this regard, the report focuses on the role of retired Colonel James Steele who worked with the
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. David Petraeus who also served as Obama’s CIA
director. Steele sent regular memos to Donald Rumsfeld who forwarded them to Vice-President
Dick Cheney and President George Bush, while, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died and
millions were displaced as a result of the chaos and brutal practices.

As exact details of the death toll in Afghanistan and Iraq are not available due to the Jewish
controlled media and their dominated concerned strategic institutes, some independent
organizations have published their reports on the basis of randomly selected interviews of the
household persons and the military officials. Some reports suggest that more than 3 million
people including civilians died in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Following his predecessor, President Barack Obama had also continued the ruthless killings of
the Muslims to complete the unfinished agenda of the Zionist Jews and Israel. Apart from air
strikes on funerals, marriage-ceremonies and mosques in Afghanistan, and extrajudicial killings
of the innocent people through illegal CIA-operated drone attacks in Afghanistan, Somalia,
Yemen etc. in general and Pakistan in particular, he converted Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen etc.
into concentration camps. As part of the US double game, CIA which created Al-Qaeda and then
ISIL, including Al-Qaeda’s Al-Nusra Front and Syrian rebel groups in fighting against the Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad and Iraqi regime is responsible for the mass murder of more than 7
million Muslims and Christians who were killed in civil wars—ground and aerial strikes of the
US-led Western countries, including various terrorism-related assaults like suicide attacks and
bomb blasts, conducted by Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Besides, during the phony global war on terror, in
these countries and Afghanistan and Iraq, especially in Syria, millions of Muslims became
homeless. The plight of refugees—countless deaths, particularly of children owing to lack of
medical treatment and starvation has displayed the holocaust on larger scale.
It is worth-mentioning that through the war against terrorism, President Bush and Obama
provided a golden chance to Israel and India to accelerate the systematic genocide of the
Palestinians and Kashmiris in the occupied territories of Palestine and Kashmir. Their forces

have been employing military terrorism such as curfews, crackdowns, sieges, massacre and
targeted killings to maintain alien rule on these territories.
In the recent years, the US-backed military regime in Burma (present Myanmar) has broken all
the record of religious cleansing by encouraging Rakhine extremist Buddhists who butchered
thousands of the Burmese Muslims belonging to the Rohingya Muslim through various brutal
methods of torture. Eye witnesses disclosed that Buddhist extremists who are in majority in the
country, torched several mosques, shops and houses of Muslims, while Burmese military and
police have been found involved in genocide, targeted killings, disappearances and rape of
Muslim women. Indian RAW which is in collaboration with the CIA and Mossad was behind the
genocide of the Muslims.

According to reports, nearly one and half million Rohingya Muslims have been murdered since
June 28, 2012, while more than 20,0000 are missing.
It is noteworthy that since September 2015, Russian-led coalition of Iran, Iraq, the Syrian army-
the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Lebanon-based Hezbollah has broken the backbone of
the CIA-Mossad- assisted ISIS terrorists, Al-Qaeda’s Al-Nusra Front and the rebel groups.
Russian-supported Assad’s forces and Iraqi troops have retaken several territories from the
control of the rebels and the ISIS terrorists who are on flee in Syria and Iraq. Recently, Iraqi
forces have recaptured the city of Mosul by defeating the ISIL militants. Very soon, through the
skilful diplomacy, Russian President Vladimir Putin will liberate entire Iraq and Syria from the
control of the US and Israeli supported non-state actors. Moscow which is destroying the pillars
of the New World Order has also exposed the sinister designs of Washington and Tel Aviv
against the Muslims and the international community.

In this backdrop, there is an interrelationship of the terror attacks in the US, Europe, Turkey,
Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Philippines etc., and elsewhere in the world, which
were false flag terror assaults, conducted by Mossad in connivance with the agents of Indian
RAW and those of the vulnerable CIA operatives.

Through all these false flag terror operations, the US and Israel wanted to obtain their covert
aims against Russia and the Muslims. Mossad had also provided the US President Donald Trump
with an opportunity to manipulate various terror assaults of Europe and America to win the US
presidential election and to reunite America and Europe, as a rift was created between America
and its Western allies, especially Europe on a number of issues. And, pro-Israeli President
Donald Trump have left no stone unturned in implementing anti-Muslim policies, while speaking
openly against the Muslims and Syrian refugees.

Nevertheless, Israeli Mossad which was in collaboration with the vulnerable CIA operatives,
particularly, organized terror assaults in the US and Europe. As part of the double game, these
terror attacks were conducted by these secret agencies, especially Mossad with the assistance of
the ISIS terrorists who used the home-grown terrorists of these countries. Main aims of the
Mossad were to reunite Europe and America and keep NATO united, and to divert the attention
of their public from internal crises and a prolonged war in Afghanistan. Other purposes of Tel
Aviv were to muster the support of America’s Western allies against Russia in relation to the

Syrian war and to instigate the Western Christians, particularly those of Europe against the
Muslims. Exaggeration of the threat of Islamophia and persecution of the Muslims in America
and these countries might be cited as instance.

Another regrettable point is that irresponsible attitude of Indian, Israeli and some Western
politicians has introduced dangerous socio-religious dimension in their societies by equating the
“war on terror” with “war on Islam” and acts of Al-Qaeda and ISIS with all the Muslims. Their
media have also been contributing to heighten the currents of world politics on cultural and
religious lines with the negative projection of Islam.

Although overtly President Trump has softened his external policy regarding Muslims and
Islamic countries to some extent, yet covertly, he is acting upon the conspiracy of Mossad and
RAW, which is, intentionally or unintentionally, being followed by America’s Western partners
against the Muslims. If not checked in time by the peace-loving Muslims, Christians, Hindus,
Jews and Buddhists, these policies of the President Donald Trump who is particularly completing
the extremist agenda of Israel are likely to result into more recruitment in the militant outfits,
especially in the ISIS group, inspiring the extremist Muslims for more terrorism-related attacks.
Israel, who will never accept the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue, will prefer to
seek the final revenge by bringing about a major war between the Muslim and the Christian
worlds or to cause a nuclear war between Russia and the US-led some Western countries.
Nonetheless, the Holocaust warriors who created holy warriors to fight against the former Soviet
Union in Afghanistan are likely to create more holy warriors, while dividing the nations on
religious lines which would convert the whole world into holocaust.

 

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The appearance of a new alliance in the Greater Middle East

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President Trump’s policy in the Greater Middle East is beginning to materialise. While up until now, the United States and their allies have been attempting to destroy states and impose chaos, they are now legitimising alliances against the jihadists. Although in theory, Iran, Syria and the Hezbollah are still enemies to be defeated, in practice, they have become partners. In the end, this new deal could enable the states of the region to force the multinational companies out of the political sphere and re-establish peace.

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From right to left (method for reading images in the Arab language) – President Bachar el-Assad (Syrian Arab Republic) General Secretary Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (Hezbollah), General Mohammed Ali Jafari (commander in Chief of the Guardians of the Revolution), President Michel Aoun (Lebanese Republic of Lebanon), Prime Minister Haïder al-Abadi (Republic of Iraq). Brothers in arms against the jihadists.

Little by little, President Trump’s foreign policy is taking shape. Concerning the Greater Middle East, he has managed, with the help of his National Security advisor, General H.R. McMaster and his Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, to put an end to to the secret programmes which offer help to the jihadists.

Contrary to the innuendos published by the Washington Post, while this decision was taken just before the Trump-Putin meeting at the G20, it had in fact been taken a little more than two weeks earlier, during the preparation of the mid-May summit in Riyadh. Its objective was not to kneel before the Tsar of Russia, as the Washingtonian political class purport, but to put an end to the use of terrorism, as Donald Trump had declared during his electoral campaign.

The lying insinuations of the Washington Post were adopted by the whole of the Western Press. Perhaps this is due to the gregarious spirit of Western journalists, but perhaps – more probably – it demonstrates that the major medias are owned by the partisans of war in the Middle East and against Russia.

The Bulgarian revelations about the existence of a vast arms trafic set up by General David Petraeus when he was still Director of the CIA, in 2012, and continued by him from his offices at the financial investment fund KKR, leave one stunned at the power of these war-makers.

At least 17 states participated in operation « Timber Sycamore », in which Azerbaïdjan took care of the transport of 28,000 tonnes of weapons and Israël supplied false documents concerning their final destination. In all likelihood, David Petraeus and KKR were helped by the Assistant Secretary General of the UNO, Jeffrey Feltman. Of course, this gigantic traffic, without precedent in History in terms of its volume, will lead to no legal action, neither in the states concerned, nor on the international stage.

Clearly, for the last four years, the People of the Levant have been fighting not only against states, but above all against a consortium of private multinational companies, including the international media and mid-range state powers who give their orders to small states charged with doing the dirty work.

In any case, the difficulties encountered by Donald Trump in imposing his will on the CIA and the Pentagon, as well as the existence of this parallel half-public, half-private network, enable us to note the complexity of his task in a world order subverted by private interests.

So far, the offensive by the Iraqi and Syrian armies aimed at re-opening the Silk Road have not been stopped by the US forces, despite various incidents.

The offensive launched in the Jurd d’Ersal by the Syrian Arab Army, with Hezbollah and in coordination with the Lebanese Army, is the first visible fruit of Washington’s new policy. While harshly criticising the presence of Hezbollah, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, at the request of Saudi Arabia, authorised his army to participate in the operation. This is the first time that the two armies – Lebanese and Syrian – and the Resistance, have officially acted together. Riyadh, without disarming in the face of the Party of God and Iran, decided that it made more sense to work with Hezbollah and finish in priority with the jihadists.

Finally, this war, which was intended to destroy the states of the region, is now taking the opposite direction – the unity of the forces of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Translation 
Pete Kimberley

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Billions of dollars’ worth of arms against Syria

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Over the last seven years, several billion dollars’ worth of armament has been illegally introduced into Syria – a fact which in itself is enough to disprove the myth according to which this war is a democratic revolution. Numerous documents attest to the fact that the traffic was organised by General David Petraeus, first of all in public, via the CIA, of which he was the director, then privately, via the financial company KKR with the aid of certain senior civil servants. Thus the conflict, which was initially an imperialist operation by the United States and the United Kingdom, became a private capitalist operation, while in Washington, the authority of the White House was challenged by the deep state. New elements now show the secret rôle of Azerbaïdjan in the evolution of the war.


How were the jihadists of Aleppo supplied with Bulgarian weapons?

During the liberation of Aleppo and the capture of the Saudi military staff who were on site, Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva noted the presence of weapons from her country in nine warehouses abandoned by the jihadists. She carefully noted the information on the boxes, and once she returned home, she investigated the way in which the weapons had been delivered to Syria.

Since 2009 – with the short exception of the period between March 2013 to November 2014 – Bulgaria has been governed by Boïko Borissov, a highly colourful character from one of Europe’s main criminal organisations, the SIC. Let’s remember that Bulgaria is a member of both NATO and the European Union, and that neither of these two organisations offered the slightest criticism concerning the accession to power of a Mafia lord who had been identified as such a long time previously by the international police services.

It is therefore clearly at the risk of their lives that Dilyana Gaytandzhieva uncovered the organisation, and the editors of the Sofia daily, Trud, published her article [1]. While Bulgaria was one of the main arms exporters to Syria, it received help from Azerbaïdjan.

The gigantic CIA arms traffic against Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and India

Since the beginning of the Arab Springs, a gigantic arms traffic was organised by the CIA and the Pentagon in violation of a number of resolutions by the UNO Security Council. All the operations that we will be mentioning here are illegal under international law, including those organised publicly by the Pentagon.

As far as arms traffic is concerned, even when individuals or private companies are used as shields, it is impossible to export sensitive equipment without the authorisation of the governments concerned.

All the weapons we will be mentioning, apart from the electronic intelligence systems, are ’Soviet-type’. By definition, even if we pretend that the armies supplied with NATO-type weapons are indeed the final recipients, this is an impossibility. These armies serve only to cover the traffic.

We already knew that the CIA had contacted the SIC, and that Boïko Borissov had been called upon to manufacture an emergency quantity of Captagon destined for the jihadists, first in Libya, then in Syria. Since Maria Petkova’s investigation, which was published in the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network(BIRN), we knew that between 2011 and 2014, the CIA and the SOCOM (Pentagon Special Operations Command) had bought 500 million dollars’ worth of weapons from Bulgaria on behalf of the jihadists. Then, later, we learned that other weapons were paid for by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and transported by Saudi Arabian Cargo and Etihad Cargo [2].

According to Krešimir Žabec, of the Zagreb daily Jutarnji list, at the end of 2012, Croatia delivered 230 tonnes of weapons to the Syrian jihadists for a value of 6,5 million dollars. The transfer to Turkey was handled by three Ilyushins from Jordan International Air Cargo, and the weapons were then parachuted by the Qatai Army [3]. According to Eric Schmitt of the New York Times, the whole system had been created by General David Petraeus, director of the CIA [4].

In 2012, when Hezbollah attempted to unearth the CIA / SOCOM network, an attack was perpetrated against a number of Israëli tourists at Burgas airport, the nerve centre of the traffic. Ignoring the Bulgarian police enquiry and the report of the medical examiner, the Borissov government blamed the crime on Hezbollah, and the European Union labelled the Lebanese Resistance as a « terrorist organisation » (sic). We had to wait for the provisional fall of Borissov before the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kristian Vigenine, pointed out that this accusation is without foundation.

According to a source close to the PKK, in May and June 2014, the Turkish secret services chartered special trains to deliver Ukranian weapons to Rakka – which was then called the Islamic Emirate in Iraq and Syria, and is now known as Daesh. The weapons were paid for by Saudi Arabia, as were more than a thousand Hilux vehicles (double cabin pick-ups) specially altered to resist desert conditions. According to a Belgian source, the purchase of the vehicles had been negotiated with the Japanese firm Toyota by the Saudi company Abdul Latif Jameel.

According to Andrey Fomin of the Oriental Review, Qatar, which did not want to be left out, bought the most recent version of the Air Missile Defense Complex “Pechora-2D” from the Ukranian state company UkrOboronProm, for the jihadists. The delivery was made by the Cypriot company Blessway Ltd [5].

According to Jeremy Binnie and Neil Gibson of the professional arms magazine Jane’s, the US Navy Military Sealift Command launched two tenders in 2015 for the transport of arms from the Romanian port of Constanta to the Jordanian port of Aqaba. The contract was won by Transatlantic Lines [6]. It was implemented on 12 February 2016, just after the signature of the cease-fire by Washington, in violation of its engagement.

According to Pierre Balanian of Asia News, this system was extended in March 2017 with the opening of a regular maritime line by the US company Liberty Global Logistics, linking Livorno (Italy) / Aqaba (Jordan) and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) [7]. According to geographer Manlio Dinucci, it was mainly used to deliver tanks to Syria and Yemen [8].

According to Turkish journalists Yörük Işık and Alper Beler, the last contracts of the Obama era were implemented by Orbital ATK, who organised, via Chemring and Danish H. Folmer & Co, a regular line between Burgas (Bulgaria) and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). For the first time, we are now talking not only about weapons produced by Vazovski Machine Building Factory (VMZ) (Bulgaria), but also by Tatra Defense Industrial Ltd. (Czech Republic) [9].

Many other operations took place in secret, as demonstrated by the affairs of the cargo Lutfallah II, inspected by the Lebanese Navy on 27 April 2012, or the Togolese cargo the Trader, inspected by Greece on 1 May 2016.

The total of these operations represent hundreds of tonnes of weapons and ammunition, perhaps even thousands, mainly paid for by the absolute monarchies of the Gulf, allegedly to support a « democratic revolution ». In reality, these petro-dictatorships only intervened to dispense the Obama administration with having to explain themselves to the US Congress (Operation Timber Sycamore) and cement their belief that the moon is made of green cheese [10]. All of this traffic was under the personal control of General David Petraeus, first of all via the CIA, of which he was the director, then via the financial investment company KKR, for which he worked thereafter. He benefited from the assistance of senior civil servants, sometimes under the presidency of Barack Obama, and then – massively – under that of Donald Trump.

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The secret rôle – until now – of Azerbaïdjan

According to Sibel Edmonds – ex-FBI agent and founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition – Azerbaïdjan, under President Heydar Aliyev, from 1997 to 2001 hosted in Bakou the number 2 of Al-Qaïda, Ayman el-Zawahiri. This was done at the request of the CIA. Although officially wanted by the FBI, the man who was then the number 2 of the international jihadist network travelled regularly in NATO planes to Afghanistan, Albania, Egypt and Turkey. He also received frequent visits from Prince Bandar ben Sultan of Saudi Arabia [11].

To its security relations with Washington and Riyadh, Azerbaïdjan – whose population is nonetheless mainly Chiite – adds Sunni Ankara, which supports it in its conflict with Armenia concerning the secession of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).

Heydar Aliyev died in the United States in 2003, and was succeeded by his son Ilham Aliyev. The USA-Azerbaïdjan Chamber of Commerce thus moved into Washington’s backyard, with, alongside President Aliyev, stood Richard Armitage, James Baker III, Zbigniew Brzeziński, Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger, Richard Perle, Brent Scowcroft and John Sununu.

According to Dilyana Gaytandzhieva, in 2015, Minister for Transport Ziya Mammadov placed the state company Silk Way Airlines at the disposition of the CIA , at the expense of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Minister for Foreign Affairs, minimally scrupulous Elmar Mammadyarov, sent requests for official recognition of « diplomatic flights » to several of his embassies, which protected the flights from being searchcd under the Vienna Convention. In less than three years, more than 350 flights benefited from this extraordinary privilege.

Although, according to the international treaties, neither civil nor diplomatic flights are authorised to carry military material, requests for recognition as « diplomatic flights » require the explicit detailing of the cargo transported. However, at the request of the US State Department, at least Afghanistan, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Bulgaria, Congo, the United Arab Emirates, Hungary, Israël, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Turkey and United Kingdom closed their eyes to this violation of international law, just as they had ignored the CIA flights to and from their secret prisons.

In less than three years, Silk Way Airlines transported at least one billion dollars’ worth of armament.

One thing leading to another, journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva uncovered a vast system which also supplied the jihadists not only in Iraq and Syria, but also in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Congo – also paid for by the Saudis and the Emiratis. Some of the arms delivered in Arabia were redirected to South Africa.

The arms transported to Afghanistan were delivered to the Talibans, under the control of the US, which is pretending to fight them. Those delivered to Pakistan were probably destined to commit Islamist attacks in India. We do not know who were the final recipients of the arms delivered to the Republican Guard of President Sassou N’Guesso in the Congo, or those delivered to South Africa under President Jacob Zuma.

The main arms dealers were the US firms Chemring (already mentioned), Culmen International, Orbital ATK (also mentioned) and Purple Shovel.

Apart from the Soviet-type arms produced by Bulgaria, Azerbaïdjan, under the responsibility of Minister of the Defence Industry Yavar Jamalov, bought stocks in Serbia, the Czech Repûblic and also in other states, declaring each time that Azerbaïdjan was the final recipient of the merchandise. Concerning the electronic intelligence material, Israël placed at their disposition the firm Elbit Systems, which pretended to be the final recipient, since Azerbaïdjan does not have the right to buy this type of equipment. These exceptions attest to the fact that the Azerbaïdjani system, although requested by the United States and Saudi Arabia, was controlled from start to finish from Tel-Aviv.

The Hebrew state, which pretended to be neutral during the whole of the Syrian conflict, nonetheless bombed the Syrian Arab Army on many occasions. Each time Tel-Aviv recognised the facts, it pretended that it had destroyed the arms destined for the Lebanese Hezbollah. In reality, all these operations, with perhaps a single exception, were coordinated with the jihadists. So today we learn that Tel-Aviv supervised the deliveries of arms to these same jihadists, so that although Israël limited itself to the use of its air force to support them, it did in fact play a central rôle in the war.

According to the international conventions, the falsification of certificates of final delivery, and the supply of weapons to mercenary groups who overthrow legitimate governments, or destroy recognised states, are considered to be international crimes.

Operation Timber Sycamore, in its various aspects, is the most important criminal case of arms trafficking in history. In the updated parts, it involves at least 17 states and represents several tens of thousands of tons of weapons.

Translation
Pete Kimberley

[1] “350 diplomatic flights carry weapons for terrorists”, Dilyana Gaytandzhieva, Trud, July 2, 2017.

[2] “War Gains : Bulgarian Arms Add Fuel to Middle East Conflicts”, Maria Petkova, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, December 21, 2015.

[3] “TAJNA LETOVA JORDANSKIH AVIONA S PLESA Sirijski pobunjenici dobivaju oružje preko Zagreba!”, Krešimir Žabec, Jutarnji list, 23 veljača 2013. «TRANSFER HRVATSKOG ORUŽJA POBUNJENICIMA U SIRIJI Sve je dogovoreno prošlog ljeta u Washingtonu!», Krešimir Žabec, Jutarnji list, 26 veljača 2013. “VIDEO: JUTARNJI OTKRIVA U 4 mjeseca za Siriju sa zagrebačkog aerodroma Pleso otišlo 75 aviona sa 3000 tona oružja!”, Krešimir Žabec, Jutarnji list, 7 ožujak 2013. “PUT KROZ ASADOVU SIRIJU Nevjerojatna priča o državi sravnjenoj sa zemljom i njezinim uništenim ljudima: ’Živote su nam ukrali, snove ubili…’”, Antonija Handabaka, Jutarnji list, 9 ožujak 2013.

[4] “In Shift, Saudis Are Said to Arm Rebels in Syria” and “Airlift To Rebels In Syria Expands With C.I.A.’S Help”, C. J. Chivers & Eric Schmitt, The New York Times, February 26 and March 25, 2013.

[5] “Qatar and Ukraine come to deliver Pechora-2D to ISIS”, by Andrey Fomin, Oriental Review (Russia), Voltaire Network, 22 November 2015.

[6] “US arms shipment to Syrian rebels detailed”, Jeremy Binnie & Neil Gibson, Jane’s, April 7th, 2016.

[7] “Jordan strengthens military presence on border with Syria and Iraq”, Pierre Balanian, AsiaNews, April 11, 2017.

[8] “From Camp Darby US weapons for the war in Syria and Yemen”, by Manlio Dinucci, Translation Anoosha Boralessa, Il Manifesto (Italy) , Voltaire Network, 18 April 2017.

[9] “The Pentagon is following through on arms agreements that Obama made with Jihadists”, Translation Anoosha Boralessa, Voltaire Network, 30 May 2017.

[10] “U.S. Relies Heavily on Saudi Money to Support Syrian Rebels”, Mark Mazzetti & Matt Apuzzojan, The New York Times, January 23, 2016.

[11Classified Woman. The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir et The Lone Gladio, Sibel Edmonds.

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Russian Aerospace Forces kill more than 200 ISIS terrorists after destroying one of their convoys

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The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Russian Aerospace Forces killed more than 200 Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ISIS terrorists and destroyed a convoy consisting of scores of cars and armored vehicles which was heading to Deir Ezzor city.

In a statement on Monday, the Ministry said that the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out intensive airstrikes against an ISIS convoy that was heading to Deir Ezzor city, killing more than 200 ISIS terrorists and destroying around 20 SUVs armed with large-caliber weapons and mortar launchers.

The Russian jets have also taken out a number of armored vehicles, including tanks and heavy vehicles carrying ammunition, according to the statement.

The Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed another large column of ISIS terrorists that was heading to the area of the city of Deir Ezzor, where terrorists are trying to regroup and set up their last base in Syria, the statement said.

The Ministry noted that Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ISIS terrorists, having suffered heavy losses in Raqqa and Homs provinces due to the Syrian Arab Army operations supported by the Syrian and Russian air forces, are now trying to make their last stand in Deir Ezzor.

The Russian Aerospace Forces started on September 30th, 2015 a military operation upon the request of the Syrian government to support the Syrian Arab Army in fighting terrorism.

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President al-Assad’s speech at the opening of Foreign and Expatriates Ministry Conference ‘VEDIO’

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President al-Assad: Everything related to the destiny and future of Syria is a 100% Syrian issue, unity of Syrian territory is self-evident and not up for debate

Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad affirmed that the future directions of the Syrian policy will be based on continuing the fight against terrorism and crushing the terrorists everywhere on Syrian soil and continuing national reconciliations that have proved their effectiveness, in addition to increasing communication with the outside and marketing economy which has entered the stage of recovery.

In a speech delivered at the opening of the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry Conference on Sunday, President al-Assad pointed out to the Ministry Conference’s importance due to the very rapid dynamics of the events in the world, the region, and Syria in particular.
“Direct dialogue is important for creating unified visions and shaping stances,” he said.

The President said throughout history, Syria has been a target, and those who control this target gain great control over decision-making in the Middle East, and those who control decision-making in the Middle East will have important and influential say on the international arena and in the international decision, or rather in the international balance.

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He went on saying that it is very superficial to say that the cause of this war is Syria’s positions and that the West wants to “discipline” the Syrian state.

“This talk true and not wrong at all. It is a fact, but it is only a part of the bigger picture. This picture is related to the international conflict and the attempt to change the international balances or consolidate them in the military sense and in the political sense and to the ensued economic and geographical outcomes. Geographical in terms of new states emerging, existing states disappearing, or changing frontiers,” the President added.

He elaborated that this conflict is a valuable opportunity for the West to “settle the account” with so many countries and subjugating countries which have refused to bow to the West’s hegemony during the past years or decades, including Syria, Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Belarus among others, even Russia.

“Today the West is facing an existential conflict….living in a state of hysteria whenever there is a state that wants to take part with it in the international decision-making in any field and in any place in the world,” said President al-Assad said.

The President stressed that all in all, there are two powers in this conflict; one that works in favor of the ruling elites, even if that would lead to violating all the international laws, conventions and the UN Charter and the deaths of millions of people in any place in the world, while the other power, in turn, works for maintaining the sovereignty of the countries, the international law and the UN Charter and sees in that an interest for it and for the stability of the world, noting that the Arab weight in this conflict is “zero”.

In any such kind of conflicts, he added, those who pay the price are the smaller countries. “We paid a dear price in Syria in this war, but we have managed to foil the Western project in Syria and the world,” he said, noting that this project is aimed at helping the Muslim Brotherhood to rule the region, so that they can control a society and a street using the cover of religion and lead it towards achieving the Western interests.
“Talking about foiling the Western project in the region doesn’t mean we are victorious…they have failed, but the battle is still going on. They have failed until this moment, and we haven’t won until this moment. The signs of victory are there, but signs are something and victory itself is another thing,” President al-Assad said.

President al-Assad said that “some might say ‘but they have achieved their goal. They destroyed Syria’, and I simply say that the destruction of Syria was not their goal. What was required is to take over Syria intact, but at the same time subordinate…Therefore, when calculating win and loss, I repeat what I said in 2005, around 12 years before, that the price of resistance is much lower than the price of surrender. They were talking at that time about the tree and the storm, meaning that the tree bends when there is a storm, and when the storm passes, the tree stands erect again. And my answer at that time was that when the issue was not a storm, but a bulldozer that goes deep under the ground and hits the roots, bending is no longer meaningful. The only solution is to have solid roots in order to crush the bulldozer.”

The President went on saying that “unfortunately, there are those who speak the same language after 12 years and have not learned the lessons…which means what is going on is not a matter of a storm, a tree, or a bulldozer. The truth is what is happening is a guillotine placed on the heads of everyone in this area, and the guillotine has started the cutting and claimed the lives of millions, and bending is not useful in this case. It is either to withdraw the heads from underneath it or to destroy the guillotines, there is no other solution.”

“I want that we understand that we are living in an inseparable phase, linked to the stages that preceded it for several decades,” said the President, adding that while it is true that Syria has lost its youth and infrastructure, but it has won a healthier and more homogeneous society in the real sense.

He affirmed that this homogeneity is the basis of national unity of all the people of one nation, adding that the most dangerous phase was in the first year of the war, because the sectarian dimension was present in the souls before the war, like fire under the ashes, but to a certain extent perhaps, “if more years passed and this dimension further penetrated the hearts of the Syrians and this war broke out, we could have seen a different reality that is much more dangerous.”

He affirmed that sectarian rhetoric was transient, and “what’s on tongues is not important; what’s important is what is in the hearts,” adding that “if this divisive aspect-we call it a divisive aspect- that we hear about now in different parts of our society was in the hearts, then Syria would have fallen a long time ago, and the civil war that they talk about in Western media and that they tried to convince us about would have been a fait accompli.”

“Therefore, the current reality and the cohesion of society as we see it today is a fact,” he stressed.

President noted that that changes that happened recently in the Western positions don’t mean changes in policies, adding that “the West is like a snake, changing its skin according to the situation.

He made it clear that these changes have been prompted by the steadfastness of the people, the state, the armed forces, and of course because of the support of friends, and not because the human conscience of the West has suddenly woken up.

The President highlighted that after the West failed in their attempts with igniting and supporting a “popular movement” and later with openly supporting the militants and giving them the cover of the “opposition”, they moved to “the other product, the human product. And we are now in this phase”.

He said that this product can be summed up in the West showing “complete silence” whenever the terrorists advance in any area, whereas when the Syrian army advances, they start wailing and begging for a truce using the pretext of humanitarian assistance, stressing that the real goal of the West’s calls for truces is to give the militants the opportunity to get reorganized and re-armed and to send more terrorists to support them and later carry on with the terrorist acts.

“The media and psychological war they practiced during the past years were unable to affect us in fighting terrorism or push us towards fear and hesitation… we struck terrorism since day one, and we will continue to strike it as long as there is a single terrorist in Syria… fighting terrorism is a goal and the basis for any action we take.”

The President said that “the media and psychological war they have waged over the past few years has not been able to affect us from combating terrorism or pushing us towards fear or hesitation,” adding that “this goal in the fight against terrorism has never been a hindrance to political action as long as this political action will be based on the fight against terrorism, any action, any initiative, any proposal that is not built on this basis has no value.”

President al-Assad went on saying that “on the basis of this foundation, and from this confidence, we have been very flexible with the various initiatives that have been launched since the first day of the crisis, despite our prior knowledge that most of these initiatives were launched from bad intentions and the goal of those initiatives was to reach specific results that they could not obtain through terrorism.”

He said that as everyone knows that “the outcome of these initiatives has been modest, or if we want to speak frankly away from diplomacy, all the results of these initiatives didn’t exist. What is the reason? The reason we were in a dialogue either with a terrorist or with a client or with both, meaning practically we were having dialogue with slaves…At the same time, all the proposals were against the interests of the Syrian people and against the unity of the homeland.”

He noted that Syria participated in Astana based on a clear national vision and with great confidence in the friends in Iran and in Russia.

“Erdogan is playing the role of political beggar after his support for terrorists was exposed. We don’t consider the Turkish side to be a partner nor a guarantor nor do we trust it,” he said.

President al-Assad affirmed that as long as the fight against terrorism is ongoing, there is no place for the idea of a fait accompli or division in Syria, adding that the goal of de-escalation zones is to stop bloodshed, deliver humanitarian aid, removing militants, and restoring the situation to normal.

The President affirmed that “Our Armed Forces are realizing one achievement after another every day, one week after the other, crushing terrorists and clearing the lands desecrated by terrorists,” adding that the valiant heroics of the Syrian Arab Army and supporting forces constitute a role model in the history of wars.

“We will continue in the upcoming stage to crush terrorists everywhere in cooperation with friends, and we will continue national reconciliations that proved their effectiveness, as well as increasing communication with the outside and marketing economic opportunities… The direct political, economic, and military support of our friends made the possibility of advancing on the ground greater and the losses fewer, and these friends are our actual partners,” President al-Assad asserted.

He went on saying that Syria is “not in a state of isolation as they think, but this state of arrogance makes them think in that way. There will be no security cooperation or opening of embassies or role for some states that say they are looking for a solution until they cut off their ties with terrorism in a clear and unambiguous way.”

“We will not allow enemies and rivals to achieve through politics what they failed to achieve through terrorism. We must work seriously from now to build the future Syria on solid bases,” the President said.

“Everything related to the destiny and future of Syria is a one hundred percent Syrian issue, and the unity of Syrian territory is self-evident and not up for debate or discussion,” he affirmed.

Later, a session was held during which discussions focused on means of developing diplomatic work and performance through putting  clear mechanisms for administrative development, nomination criteria, adopting plans to qualify cadres, and the importance of clarifying and institutionalizing the relationship between embassies and consulates abroad on the one hand, and state ministries on the other, as the work of Foreign Ministry is not limited to the political side, but it goes to several aspects, including the economic and cultural aspects.

President al-Assad pointed to the need for reconsidering the map of Syria’s relations with countries of the world, affirming that the strategic future approach of Syria must be towards the East and here lies the importance of the role of diplomats through their permanent knowledge of the priorities of the Syrian needs and knowledge of the places of power of the countries where they work in a way to meet the aspired-for benefit in the economic, scientific and cultural sectors.

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1982 Hafez Al Assad Speech About the Muslim Brotherhood

 

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Syrian president admits military setbacks, in first public speech for a year

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Bashar al-Assad gives no overt indication of being ready to cut a deal to end four-year civil war that has left his regime in control of just a third of Syria

Bashar al-Assad delivers a speech in Damascus, Syria – his first public address in a year.
 Bashar al-Assad delivers a speech in Damascus, Syria – his first public address in a year. Photograph: AP

The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has admitted to a shortage of soldiers and military setbacks, in his first public speech for a year.

Assad also hailed “positive” changes in western attitudes to the conflict in the country – suggesting the US and its allies now understood they share an interest with his regime in defeating Isis-style jihadi terrorism. But he gave no overt indication that he was ready to cut a deal to end the four-year civil war that has left his regime in control of just a third or less of the country.

“We are not collapsing,” he said in a televised address. “We are steadfast and will achieve victory. Defeat does not exist in the dictionary of the Syrian Arab army.”

The priority US and Britain are giving to defeating Islamic State extremists, who hold large areas of north-east Syria and northern and western Iraq, has prompted suggestions Barack Obama’s administration may drop its insistence that Assad stand down as part of any deal.

Turkey has become the latest regional country to join the fight against Isis, launching air strikes and artillery attacks on some of the group’s positions inside Syria. Ankara also agreed to allow US aircraft to use Turkish bases. Turkey previously maintained that toppling Assad and containing Kurdish separatism was more important than fighting Isis. Following a weekend statement by Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the Turkish foreign minister, that Turkey will create an “Isis-free” safe zone inside northern Syria, Assad dismissed the idea his country was heading towards partition. But he admitted the army had been forced to surrender some areas for strategic and manpower reasons. “Everything is available [for the army], but there is a shortfall in human capacity,” Assad said. “Despite that, I am not presenting a dark picture.”

Assad’s regime lost control of the north-western province of Idlib in March and has suffered losses in the south near the border with Jordan. The regime’s control is now limited to the big population centres of western Syria, including Damascus, Homs, Hama and the Mediterranean coastal region that forms the heartland of Assad’s Alawite sect.

Assad’s ally, the Iran-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah, has been more successful in pushing back Isis and al-Nusra Front fighters from the Syrian-Lebanese border. He publicly acknowledged Hezbollah’s “important” and “effective” assistance for the first time.

Assad described the regime’s surrender of territory as a question of priorities, given its limited resources. “It was necessary to specify critical areas for our armed forces to hang on to. Concern for our soldiers forces us to let go of some areas … Every inch of Syria is precious. The problem facing the military is not related to planning but to fatigue. It is normal that an army gets tired, but there’s a difference between fatigue and defeat.”

He insisted that any political settlement must be based on eliminating terrorism – referring to both the western-backed rebel forces and jihadis such as Isis. Despite their more positive approach, he complained western countries still regarded regime opponents as revolutionaries rather than terrorists. “As long as terrorism is part of the external opposition that participates in the dialogue … talk of a political solution will be nothing but empty words,” Assad said.

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How Imperialism Crushed Syrian Secularism With Sectarianism

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Politician Antoun Saadeh was a champion of Syrian secularization, advocating the separation of religion and politics to create greater national unity. But his secular society would be demolished by Western powers that sought to divide and conquer the country.

A Syrian woman with the words "hands off" painted on her face takes part in a protest against US military action in Syria across the road from the entrance of Downing Street in London, Aug. 28, 2013.

A Syrian woman with the words “hands off” painted on her face takes part in a protest against US military action in Syria across the road from the entrance of Downing Street in London, Aug. 28, 2013.

The philosopher and politician Antoun Saadeh was a true visionary.  He died in 1949; but before he perished, he foretold of the sorts of conflicts and wars that we are seeing today in Syria and the Middle East. He is perhaps best known for founding the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) in 1932, which would result in his arrest three years later.

His 1935 arrest was the first of several that would see him locked up in intermittent periods between that year and 1937. But his imprisonment did not stop him from expanding on the ideology he established with the SSNP, as he would write three books (“The Rise of Nations,” “Principles Explained” and “The Rise of the Syrian Nation”) while in prison. His manuscript for the third book was taken by French authorities and now sits under lock and key in the Louvre, much like Saadeh himself when he was jailed.

One of the cornerstones of his ideology was secularization. He advocated the complete separation of religion and politics as a fundamental condition for real national unity. He valued diversity, saying “Every nation is made up of diverse racial groups, and none of them is the product of one race or one specific tribe.”

But in the years since his death, his birthplace of Lebanon has become a highly sectarian nation and society. In the political scene, the nation is broken into pieces by religion and sect. The President must be Maronite Catholic, while the Prime Minister must be Sunni Muslim and the Speaker of the Parliament must be Druze. Religion and sect are not chosen through one’s own free will, but are imposed at birth.

Foreign powers, hoping to create chaos in the Middle East, have long used the tactic of igniting sectarian strife in the countries they wish to target, pitting some of the population against others through the strategy of “divide and conquer.” The U.S. and NATO have used this extensively in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

The SSNP’s official logo, the Zawba’a,” is a symbol derived from Mesopotamian art.  The red whirlwind symbol is said to symbolize the blood that was shed by the party’s martyrs throughout its history, while the black circle symbolizes the dark ages of sectarianism and colonial oppression.

The Syrian Social Nationalist Party logo is seen behind a portrait of late Syrian President Hafez Assad during a demonstration against possible US military action in Syria, in front of the UN headquarters, in Beirut, Lebanon,, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP/Bilal Hussein)

The Syrian Social Nationalist Party logo is seen behind a portrait of late Syrian President Hafez Assad during a demonstration against possible US military action in Syria, in front of the UN headquarters, in Beirut, Lebanon,, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP/Bilal Hussein)

In keeping with his ideology, Saadeh opposed the colonization that broke up greater Syria. His ideology refers to a “Natural Syria,” including the Fertile Crescent, that comprises a Syrian homeland that includes the Taurus and Zagros mountains, extending to the Suez Canal and the Red Sea, across the Sinai and Gulf of Aqaba and down to  the Mediterranean Sea, including the island of Cyprus, down to the Arabian Desert and Persian Gulf.

Saadeh traced Syrian history back to the ancient Phoenicians, Canaanites, Assyrians and Babylonians, believing that the people of Syria transcended religious distinctions. To him geography was the defining characteristic of the nation – not religion or ethnicity. He felt that Syria was historically, culturally and geographically distinct from the rest of the Arab world.

Saadeh witnessed the end of World War I in 1918, which saw the violent partitioning of Syria into smaller states, with part of Syrian territory given to the new Turkish government.  Lebanon was cut out of Syria and declared an independent state in 1920. Syria then endured a brutal and repressive military occupation by France from 1920 to 1946.

This partitioning is playing out all over again in modern times, as reported in this 2017 article from Executive Intelligence Review:

“According to the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph  Dunford, the partition of Syria is in their plans.  

As the U.S.-led coalition supports local efforts to seize Raqqa, Dunford said, another effort led by the U.S. State Department is establishing a governance body that will take over once Raqqa is seized. That governance will leverage Arab leaders who are from Raqqa and will also work on establishing a security force made up of local personnel so stabilization efforts that will follow the seizure of Raqqa.”

The plot to partition Syria – past and present

Saadeh was no friend of Turkey, as he saw them as an oppressive force determined to take Syria for themselves. As he wrote in 1937 in the newspaper Al-Nahdhah:

“The Turks took Iskanderun, and from now they are saying it is Turkish, and are spreading their ideology in it, and they are calling it by a Turkish name, and they will not stop there, they want to take over Aleppo and Al Jazeera.”

Just one year later, Saadeh wrote in the same newspaper:

“Turkey is the closest, the strongest and most dangerous country that is looking at us with greedy eyes.  They are waiting for the right moment to take political advantage of Syria while in a crisis. Then what is our duty when we know our enemy’s greediness?  We should be strong because weakness will allow the enemy to eat us alive.  Especially, our society lost the unity which had existed among us, and that is why Syria was broken apart easily, and is continuing until now.  They see in our unity the danger to their plans.”

Saadeh saw the land grab Turkey made in northwest Syria in 1920. Now, in 2017, we are witnessing history repeating itself, much of which was foreseen by Saadeh.

Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units, (Y.P.G), stand guard next to American armored vehicles at the Syria-Turkey border, Apri, 2017. (Youssef Rabie Youssef/EPA)

Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units, (Y.P.G), stand guard next to American armored vehicles at the Syria-Turkey border, Apri, 2017. (Youssef Rabie Youssef/EPA)

For example, in a speech given by Saadeh in Aleppo in 1948, he said:

“There is a second danger in front of our eyes.  This is the danger of Kurdistan and making a Kurdish country. Foreign countries back this plan, in order to create chaos in the Middle East. By establishing a country called Kurdistan, these foreign countries will be fighting against Turkey. Don’t think that the danger is only in Palestine. The danger is all around our nation.”

Conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Turkey have created a tangle of political and military organizations among the Kurds.  The estimated 25 to 35 million ethnic Kurds spread across Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran are at the center of several conflicts that are now reshaping the Middle East. For instance, The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has carried out a nearly four-decade long armed struggle against the Turkish state, resulting in the deaths of about 40,000 people.

In Syria, the Kurds are full Syrian citizens, having all the same rights as other Syrians under secular civil law. Syria is made up of many religious and ethnic groups, and all are full citizens, including the country’s small Jewish community. However, some Syrian Kurds have seen the chaos brought on by external threats to Syria as an opportunity to benefit from their neighbors’ suffering.

Not only have they benefited financially by fighting as salaried soldiers under the U.S. government, but they are drawing the long-term benefit of declaring their own homeland from land they have stolen from other Syrians. Kurds currently fighting for the U.S. are committing a large-scale ethnic cleansing of non-Kurdish civilians.

Saadeh warns of the rise of Zionism

During Saddeh’s lifetime, he saw European Jewish immigrants coming into Palestine with a Zionist plan to eventually declare it a Jewish state. The Jewish state of Israel was declared in 1948, not long before Saadeh was executed.

Palestinian refugees

Palestinian refugees flee violence following the creation of the Israeli state on their homeland in 1948.

Saadeh warned of the rise of Israel. He said the dangers of the Zionists were not only in Palestine, but in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. In 1938, Saadeh said the Zionists would not stop at Palestine, but would, in fact, want to expand beyond the region’s borders.

On March 2, 1947 Saadeh said, “The goal of the Syrian National Social party (SSNP) is to save, and should work toward saving Palestine from the greediness of the Zionists, and saving Palestine should be a Lebanese goal, not only a Palestinian goal.   Zionism is a danger to the whole region.”

In the current Syrian conflict, Israel has been supporting radical Islamic terrorists who are fighting for regime change. This suits Israeli policy in Syria, and Israel has therefore gone so far as to treat wounded terrorists inside Israeli hospitals.


Related: UN Expresses Concern Over Israel’s Interaction With Syrian Militants


With the Ottoman defeat in 1918, the Arabs saw their lands divided into French and British areas in accordance with the Sykes-Picot accords of 1916. Lebanon became a French mandate and in September 1920, the frontiers of modern-day Lebanon were established.  It was about that time that Saadeh completed his education and left Lebanon, first for the U.S., and a year later in 1921, for Brazil.

On May 1, 1924, the magazine San Paolo published an article written by Saadeh titled  “The Fall of the U.S. from the World of Humanity.” In it, he wrote the following:

“It looks like the shining of the Dollar which has made the Americans go blind, and they attack other nations, and the blood is spilt in cold blood, against the freedom of other nations, who may have been loyal to the US and had been allies previously. The west has failed, and is bankrupt completely. The U.S. slapped nations in the face, even though they had been loyal and friends of USA.  Some of those nations gave large numbers of their own young men in the world war as allies of the U.S.”

Today’s empires, tomorrow’s ashes

Greedy superpowers have sought to carve up Syria since the days of the Ottoman Empire. From the French and English after World War I to the U.S., Israel and Arab Gulf states of today – all have supported the destruction of Syria. Saadeh, in his time, worked to oppose those superpowers that would seek to endanger the country. His efforts ended with his execution on July 8, 1949, as he was found to be a danger to the geopolitical goals of the countries he opposed.

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes position close to a military base, near Azaz, Syria, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

A US-backed Free Syrian Army fighter takes position close to a military base, near Azaz, Syria, Dec. 10, 2012. (AP/Manu Brabo)

On Oct. 15, 1937, Saadeh wrote in Al-Nahdhah:

“Our ideology found in the extremist Wahhabi religion, that spread in the Arab Gulf, an enemy. The Wahhabi religion is an enemy to Christians, Sunnis and Shiites. It is a danger to all the nations around Saudi Arabia, especially the Syrian nation. It is not only an economical danger, or occupation, but it is the Saudi Royal family who are working on a war inside of the society in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, by their agents on the ground, who are spreading Wahhabism and its goals, by the media, by politicians, and the religious clerics.”

Saadeh grew up under the oppressive occupation of his home by a foreign power. His visionary ideology touched on issues that still make headlines today, even as he wrote about them almost 100 years ago. His warnings about potential threats to Syria and the Middle East still ring true. But kingdoms built on the shifting sands of the Middle East may one day blow away in the hot desert winds and take their Western masters along in the whirlwind.

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