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VIDEO — Turkey’s Best Hope is to Leave NATO – And Could Ukraine Divide? – Morris

108morris108
Jan 28, 2014

Country’s borders are not so sacrosanct. Sudan and Czeckoslavakia are two examples of countries dividing
Syria’s Kurds have declared autonomy this can only lead to Turkey’s Kurds being empowered.
The current campaign against Erdogan is because he is backtracking on being NATO’S bull dog.


The Syria Peace Talks: When the “International Community” Supports Terrorism

by Dr. Ismail Salami
Global Research
Jan 27, 2014

 A five-minute audio message by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri went viral on the internet in which he enjoins the rebels in Syria to end their infighting and focus their energies on battling against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

A veritable testimony to the fact that the militants fighting against Bashar al-Assad are affiliated to the terrorist al-Qaeda and as a result, they are stripped of any cloak of legitimacy, it further reinforces the notion that there is more than meets the eye in Syria.

Interestingly, the warring factions decided to patch up their differences and sit down at the negotiating table once they heard their leader’s bezels of wisdom.

The negotiations started on Wednesday in an ambience charged with vitriol and spite. While Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem was trying to clarify the real situation in Syria and give a “Syrian version of facts,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon interrupted him and tried to deny him the chance to continue with his speech.

The western media say that he had exceeded his time and that he should not have clashed with the UN head but the fact is that they had gathered together to resolve a Syrian crisis which has been largely engineered by the West and the al-Qaeda elements. In other words, they were there to resolve a West-fomented crisis and the Syrian foreign minister was utterly entitled to finish his speech.

Here’s the exchange:

Ban: Can you just wrap up please.

Moallem: I came here after 12 hours in the airplane. I have few more minutes to end my speech. This is Syria.

Ban: How much do you have left now?

Moallem: I think 5-10 minutes.

Ban: No, no. I will give you another opportunity to speak.

Moallem: No, I cannot divide my speech. I must continue … I will do my best to be fast.

Ban: Can you just wrap up in one or two minutes?

Moallem: No, I can’t promise you, I must finish my speech. … You live in New York, I live in Syria. I have the right to give the Syrian version here in this forum. After three years of suffering, this is my right.

Ban: We have to have some constructive and harmonious dialogue, please refrain from inflammatory rhetoric.

Moallem: It is constructive, I promise you, let me finish.

Ban: Within 2-3 minutes please. I will give you another opportunity.

Moallem: You spoke for 25 minutes, at least I need to speak 30 minutes.

The talks do not seem to yield any fruits as there is a substantial gap between what the government of Bashar al-Assad demands and what the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) and its Western allies want. The opposition group insists that President Bashar al-Assad must relinquish power and that a transitional government be formed in Syria.

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Geneva II: Lavrov, “No Deal With Terrorists Under Any Circumstance”

nsnbc international
Jan 26, 2014

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has emphasized Russia’s red line with regards to terrorism, saying that “a dialog with terrorist groups fighting in Syria will not be held under any circumstance”. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani backed up Russia’s position in an interview on CNN, saying that “the first step for solving the crisis in Syria lies in expelling terrorists”. Meanwhile, UN/AL envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi has held talks with both the Syrian government’s and the foreign-backed opposition and indicates that talks continue in Geneva on Monday.

LAVROV_RUSSIA_FACE_SANAIn February 2013 a US veto to a Russian sponsored UN Security Council resolution, condemning all forms of terrorism, regardless by whom and under which circumstances they are being committed, threw the two partners for peace into a state of diplomatic deep freeze.

Rusia drafted the resolution, following a devastating terrorist attack in Damascus, and Lavrov responded to the US veto by blasting the US administration for double standards.

On Sunday, in Geneva, the Russian Foreign Minister underlined Russia’s red line with regards to terrorism, saying:

“A dialog with terrorist groups fighting in Syria will not be held under any circumstance. … We refuse holding a dialog with terrorist groups, it is against our principles, and we wouldn’t advise others to do that. … The negotiation process has no room for groups like Jabhat al-Nusrah, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and other branches of the al-Qaeda organization. … Finding a solution for the humanitarian crisis in Syria will be sure to promote confidence in the Geneva II negotiations”.

Sergei Lavrov recalled the words of the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, at the 2013 G8 summit in Northern Ireland, when Cameron called for addressing the Syrian government and the opposition for cooperation in eradicating terrorism from Syria.

Lavrov emphasized, that considering the scale of the terrorism that is endemic to Syria and Iraq, the eradication of it must be considered a prime priority. Without mentioning the United States in particular, the Russian Foreign Minister deconstructed recent attempts of the US administration to position certain of the terrorist organizations as good or moderate and worth supporting, while positioning others as radical and extremist, by including both the ISIS and “any other al-Qaeda brigades” in his denunciation of terrorism.

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5 Things You Need to Know About the Iran-U.S. Deal Over Nuclear Program

Conscious Life News
November 26, 2013

Alex Kane | AlterNet | Nov 26th 2013
iran_nuclear_usaThe interim deal over the nuclear energy program marks a new era for U.S.-Iran relations.
History was made Saturday night when Western powers and Iran struck an interim deal over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.  After weeks and weeks of tough negotiations, which followed years of unfruitful talks, the P5 plus 1 (permanent members of the Security Council and Germany) traded sanctions relief for some Iranian steps to halt the country’s uranium enrichment program.

The West has long believed that Iran’s enrichment program is a cover for building a nuclear weapon, which Iran denies.  Both U.S. and Israeli intelligence have concluded that the political decision to make a weapon has not been made by the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. The Obama administration hailed the deal as one that would halt progress towards becoming a nuclear weapons state.

“Simply put, [the negotiators] cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb,” said President Obama in a speech after the deal was signed.

It marked a new era for U.S.-Iran relations.  After decades of mistrust, complete with a shadow war waged around the world, the U.S. and Iran came together to talk and hash out their differences.  While the deal is only an interim one, it buys six months of time in order to negotiate an even more far-reaching accord.  It also sparked intense opposition from members of Congress and Israel.

Here’s what you should know about the deal that was inked in Geneva on Saturday night:

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VIDEO — First footage: Aftermath as powerful blasts rock Iranian embassy in Beirut

RT
November 19, 2013

Two blasts near the Iranian embassy in Beirut killed at least 23 people, injuring 146 and causing havoc and massive fire in the Lebanese capital. Six buildings were reportedly destroyed in the embassy compound. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/038ycv

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VIDEO — Iran unveils attack drone dubbed Shahed-129

RT
September 28, 2013

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has unveiled an attack drone, capable of carrying missiles and described as the unit’s “most sophisticated” so far. The Guard’s website, sepahnews.com, says General Mohammad Ali Jafari unveiled the drone on Friday. He is quoted as saying the all-Iranian-made drone is a strategic asset in protecting the nation’s borders. The website says the drone, dubbed Shahed-129, or Witness-129, can fly up to a distance of 1,700 kilometres (1,062 miles), which puts much of the Middle East within its range. It says the drone has a 24-hour non-stop flight capability, can carry eight bombs or missiles, and hit both fixed and moving targets.

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VIDEO — US seizes Iranian-controlled NY skyscraper despite promises of dialogue

RT
September 19, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pledged a completely peaceful nuclear future for his country. The statement has been generally welcomed by the international community, and is seen as a step by Tehran towards a more moderate stance on the global political arena. But as RT’s Marina Portnaya reports, some of Washington’s actions could jeopardize the prospect of open dialogue.

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VIDEO — All-Out War? Iran vows ‘immediate destruction’ of Israel if Syria attacked

RT
August 30, 2013

The likelihood of military strikes around Syria has put its neighbors on high alert, and as RT’s Paula Slier reports, some worry it could be the catalyst for a large-scale regional war.

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Threats of war against Syria psychological warfare: Iran general

CounterPsyOps
August 30, 2013

Senior Iranian Army Commander Brigadier General Hossein Valivand

A senior Iranian Army commander says recent threats of war against Syria are part of the West’s “psychological warfare” against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

“All the remarks made regarding a military option against Syria is psychological warfare,” Brigadier General Hossein Valivand stated on Friday.

Valivand said the United States and other Western powers have resorted to threats of war to pressure the Syrian government and people, given the failure of foreign-backed Takfiri groups like al-Nusra Front to topple the Assad government.

“Among the goals of this propaganda and psychological warfare are winning concessions from Syria and countries backing it [on the one hand], and responding to pressures [exerted on the part] of the Zionist regime [of Israel] on the other hand,” he noted.

The commander, however, voiced confidence that the Syrian Army and people will foil the US-Israeli scheme.

The remarks come as the war rhetoric against Syria following an alleged chemical attack on the suburbs of Damascus on August 21 gains momentum.

Syria militants and foreign-backed opposition accuse the Syrian government of carrying out the attack, a claim Damascus has strongly rejected.

China, Iran and Russia, among other countries, have warned against any foreign military intervention in Syria, which has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011.

In addition, people around the world have staged demonstrations against the US threats of war against Syria.

Anti-war protests were also held in several cities across the US on the same day, including Washington, Los Angeles and Chicago. In New York City, supporters of the Syrian government gathered at Times Square chanting slogans against the US warmongering policies.

Source: Press Tv


The war on Iran begins…in Syria

RT Op-Edge
August 28, 2013

Eric Draitser is an independent geopolitical analyst based in New York City and the founder of StopImperialism.com.

A picture released by the US Navy shows an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 preparing to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) on June 17, 2013 in the Mediterranean Sea. (AFP Photo/US Navy)

As the United States, along with its European and Israeli allies, prepares to launch yet another illegal war of aggression in the Middle East, the geopolitics of the US strategy could not be more apparent.

Despite the high-minded talk of humanitarianism, the US is advancing a transparently neo-colonialist agenda aimed at securing hegemony in the region by destroying what little opposition remains.

Lights…camera…war!

The images and videos flooding the internet since last week purport to show ‘evidence’ of a chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Assad regime. This development neatly and conveniently coincides with the declaration by the Obama administration that the use of such weapons constitutes a ‘red line’, merely a euphemism for the point at which the US would feel emboldened to militarily intervene on behalf of the rebels.

And so, as news outlets report on the ‘likely use of chemical weapons’ by Damascus without anything other than unverifiable hearsay and ambiguous video footage, the drumbeat of war gets louder and louder.

A clear-thinking and rational political analyst would immediately be suspicious about the attack considering the presence of international chemical weapons investigators in Syria, as well as the fact that Damascus was undeniably winning the war against the jihadi rebel factions in cities like Qussair, Homs, Aleppo and elsewhere. That Assad would sabotage his own military victories and provide the perfect pretext for a foreign intervention is not only far-fetched, it runs contrary to his own record throughout this conflict. Remember that Damascus has shown restraint in the face of international war crimes committed against it by Israel, Turkey and other regional actors who have been fomenting the conflict in Syria for more than two years.

 

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Iran considers lawsuit against US over 1953 coup

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The Guardian | Aug 29 2013

Iran’s parliament has given preliminary approval to a bill requiring the government to sue the US for its involvement in the 1953 coup that overthrew the country’s democratically elected prime minister.

The bill follows the release of formerly classified documents offering more details of the CIA’s role in orchestrating the overthrow of Mohammed Mossadegh 60 years ago.

It calls for the creation of a committee to study the issue and provide a report within six months before legal action is launched against the US government in an international court.

Of the 196 MPs attending the session of parliament, which was broadcast live on state radio, 167 voted in favour of the bill and five opposed it.

The MP Mahdi Mousavinejad said Iran should take legal action to ensure the US take responsibility for its actions. “America’s oppressive behaviour [in 1953] shows that the Iranian nation has to stand up and pursue its trampled rights,” he said.

But Mohammad Mahdi Rahbari, another MP, opposed the bill, saying it would not bring anything tangible for Iran. “Pursuing this bill has no benefits for our country. It will waste the parliament’s time,” he said.

The coup restored the despotic regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was later overthrown in the 1979 Iranian revolution.

MPs said the documents proved that the US had a history of malevolent intervention in Iran and that the admission was sufficient evidence to demand compensation.

In a document revealed this month entitled The Battle for Iran, the CIA reveals the coup plan was called Operation TPAJAX.

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VIDEO — Ahmadinejad: West wants Syrian crisis to spread, aims to re-shape Mideast (RT Exclusive)

RT
July 2, 2013

Western nations are stirring up a hornet’s nest in Syria because peace is not playing into their hands. That’s one of the things Iran’s outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze during an exclusive interview in Moscow.

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VIDEO — Drugs Inferno: Iran burns tons of narcotics

RT
June 27, 2013

Iran has burned at least 100 tons of drugs as part of its efforts to fight drug smuggling. June 26 is the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. To mark this day Iran, which lies on a major trafficking route between Afghanistan and Europe, has burned tons of drugs. Iranian authorities and foreign guests watched at the burning ceremony in Tehran.

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VIDEO — Our Elections Are Not Fairer Than Iran’s – Mahdi Nazemroaya

108morris108
June 16, 2013

When Iran is compared to other countries, its democracy looks more balanced than others.


VIDEO — What Iranians want from next president

PressTV
June 16, 2013

What Iranians want from next president

The new president in Iran will take office in a few weeks and naturally will make some changes both in domestic and international policies. Experts believe the new administration should be seen by other countries as a chance for resetting ties with Iran. Ordinary people say, under any circumstances Iran must keep its principle and at the same time efforts must be made to remove or ease the unilateral sanctions of the west. Meanwhile, other experts believe improving relations with the international community could help Iran’s economy see better days.

Ehsane Keyvani, Press TV, Tehran

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VIDEO — Turkey And Morsi Fanning The Flames – Morris

108morris108
June 15, 2013

Has Morsi betrayed Iran by cutting ties with Syria on the day that Iran was busy with its presidential elections.
Turkey appears to have had more than a million people demonstrating for and against Erdogan.


VIDEO — After Ahmadinejad: Iranians prepare to elect new president

RT
June 14, 2013

Iranians are preparing for a changing of the guard – the country will be welcoming a new President for the first time in eight years. Six candidates are vying for that position in the Islamic republic – with the first round of voting due to begin on Friday. But election campaigning and the process itself – have some noticeable differences from most other nations.

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Iran condoles with German flood victims

german flood

PressTV
June 7, 2013

An aerial view of the flooded banks of the Danube River in Deggendorf, Germany, on June 7, 2013

Iran has offered its condolences to the German government and people over the recent flooding which resulted in a number of deaths and forced thousands from their homes.

In a telephone conversation with his German counterpart, Guido Westerwelle, on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi conveyed his sympathies over the flooding incident.

Salehi also announced Iran’s readiness to send relief aid to flood-hit areas.

The Elbe, Danube and other rivers in Central Europe have inundated their banks due to heavy rain over the past few weeks, causing widespread damage in Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. At least 18 people have reportedly died in the floods across Central Europe.

On Sunday, some 23,000 people were evacuated from the eastern German city of Magdeburg after a dam burst on the Elbe. The water levels reportedly rose to a record 7.48 meters – about five meters above normal.

Nearly 70,000 firefighters and 11,000 soldiers have reportedly been deployed to help the flood-hit areas across the country.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to meet the governors of the country’s 16 states on Thursday to talk about the aftermath of the floods.

MT/HGH/SS

Iran has offered its condolences to the German government and people over the recent flooding which resulted in a number of deaths and forced thousands from their homes.

In a telephone conversation with his German counterpart, Guido Westerwelle, on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi conveyed his sympathies over the flooding incident.

Salehi also announced Iran’s readiness to send relief aid to flood-hit areas.

The Elbe, Danube and other rivers in Central Europe have inundated their banks due to heavy rain over the past few weeks, causing widespread damage in Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. At least 18 people have reportedly died in the floods across Central Europe.

On Sunday, some 23,000 people were evacuated from the eastern German city of Magdeburg after a dam burst on the Elbe. The water levels reportedly rose to a record 7.48 meters – about five meters above normal.

Nearly 70,000 firefighters and 11,000 soldiers have reportedly been deployed to help the flood-hit areas across the country.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to meet the governors of the country’s 16 states on Thursday to talk about the aftermath of the floods.

MT/HGH/SS – See more at: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/12/308646/iran-condoles-with-german-flood-victims/#sthash.f6QTFoX5.dpuf

Iran has offered its condolences to the German government and people over the recent flooding which resulted in a number of deaths and forced thousands from their homes.

In a telephone conversation with his German counterpart, Guido Westerwelle, on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi conveyed his sympathies over the flooding incident.

Salehi also announced Iran’s readiness to send relief aid to flood-hit areas.

The Elbe, Danube and other rivers in Central Europe have inundated their banks due to heavy rain over the past few weeks, causing widespread damage in Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. At least 18 people have reportedly died in the floods across Central Europe.

On Sunday, some 23,000 people were evacuated from the eastern German city of Magdeburg after a dam burst on the Elbe. The water levels reportedly rose to a record 7.48 meters – about five meters above normal.

Nearly 70,000 firefighters and 11,000 soldiers have reportedly been deployed to help the flood-hit areas across the country.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to meet the governors of the country’s 16 states on Thursday to talk about the aftermath of the floods.

MT/HGH/SS – See more at: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/12/308646/iran-condoles-with-german-flood-victims/#sthash.f6QTFoX5.dpuf


Canada bans almost all exports to & imports from Iran except the tools needed for meddling & “regime change”

Canadian Liberty

Canada bans almost all exports to and imports from Iran – The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail | May 30, 2013

Canada ratcheted up sanctions against Iran on Wednesday, adding 30 individuals and 82 entities to an economic blacklist and banning almost all exports to and imports from the country. But in a unique move, certain communication tools won’t be covered by the ban, a reflection of the increasing importance placed on them as a potential tool for regime change. . .

The oligarchy and their representatives in government aren’t concerned about serving the interests of Canadians. They’re busy pressuring foreign nations into conforming with their agenda of New World Order.

Related:
Canadian sanctions against Iran – what’s the justification?


VIDEO — Arab League warns against foreign interference in Syria

PressTV
May 24, 2013

The Arab League has held an urgent meeting on Syria at its headquarters in Cairo. The meeting was aimed at developing a unified Arab stance regarding the international efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria.


VIDEO — Middle East Update For Beginners – Morris

108morris108
May 17, 2013

Erdogan is in the USA after the bombing, his paymasters want him to do more against Syria and the turkish public are growingly against his policies. Nevertheless he will go to Gaza next month, and he will look like a saviour, at least in western eyes, he will be able to funnel aid to Hamas from what the US et al have given him.
The Hamas leader was always in hiding when he lived in Damascus, now he travels openly to Gaza and talks about negotiating with the Jewish Race: http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/ade…
What will the armed PKK do now that they are withdrawing into Iraqi Kurdistan? And what have they been promised that they are leaving Turkey voluntarily?
On the ground in Syria Hezbollah and Syria with Iranian and Russian support have turned the tables against the west’s insurgents.
http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/12499
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VIDEO — CrossTalk: Israel vs Syria (ft. Pepe Escobar)

Russia Today
May 8, 2013

With the Israeli bombing of Syria, will the Syrian civil war spread throughout the region? What is Israel’s political calculation here? Is Obama’s red line regarding chemical weapons just a hoax? And what will happen in Syria if there is a regime change? CrossTalking with Pepe Escobar, Christopher Chivvis and Geoffrey Ingersoll.

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Unprovoked Attack on Syria: US-backed Israel Commits Egregious International Crime

by Tony Cartalucci
Land Destroyer

The US feigns disassociation with Hitlerian act of Israeli aggression – as was planned since 2007.

Image: The West has carefully cultivated Israel into “regional bully.” Immune from international condemnation, it is now being used to commit egregious war crimes against neighboring Syria, in hopes of provoking a retaliation and giving the US and its regional axis the justification it has long sought to militarily intervene.

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May 5, 2013 (LD) – Unprovoked, Israel has attacked Syria numerous times over the past 2 days, including attacks on the Syrian capital of Damascus, in what appears to be a series of intentional provocations designed to drag the region into a wider conflict its US sponsors can then enter militarily. Neither attacked directly by Syria, nor able to cite credible evidence in regards to perceived threats Israel claims to be reacting to, the assault on Syria represents a Chapter VII breach of the United Nations Charter.

What’s more, is that while the US feigns disassociation with Israel’s breach of international peace, after jointly fueling a genocidal sectarian conflict within Syria’s borders for the past two years, it is documented fact that the US and Saudi Arabia planned to use Israel to conduct military attacks against Iran and Syria, they themselves could not justify politically, legally, or strategically.

What is now hoped is that Syria and Iran retaliate militarily, allowing the “other shoe to drop,” and for the US, UK, France, and their regional axis to directly intervene in Syria, and with any luck, Iran.

Insidious Ploy Engineered and Documented in 2007-2009

As early as 2007, it was reported that a US-Saudi-Israeli conspiracy to overthrow the governments of Iran and Syria by arming sectarian terrorists, many linked directly to Al Qaeda, was already set in motion. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection,” stated (emphasis added):

“To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.”

Of Israel and Saudi Arabia’s partnership it specifically stated:
“The policy shift has brought Saudi Arabia and Israel into a new strategic embrace, largely because both countries see Iran as an existential threat. They have been involved in direct talks, and the Saudis, who believe that greater stability in Israel and Palestine will give Iran less leverage in the region, have become more involved in Arab-Israeli negotiations.”

Additionally, Saudi Arabian officials mentioned the careful balancing act their nation must play in order to conceal its role in supporting US-Israeli ambitions across the region. It was stated even then, that using Israel to publicly carry out attacks on Iran would be preferable to the US, which would ultimately implicate the Saudis. It was stated:

“The Saudi said that, in his country’s view, it was taking a political risk by joining the U.S. in challenging Iran: Bandar is already seen in the Arab world as being too close to the Bush Administration. “We have two nightmares,” the former diplomat told me. “For Iran to acquire the bomb and for the United States to attack Iran. I’d rather the Israelis bomb the Iranians, so we can blame them. If America does it, we will be blamed.””

This ploy was further developed in 2009 by the Fortune 500-funded (page 19) Brookings Institution in their document, “Which Path to Persia?” In regards to Iran, and now clearly being utilized against Syria, the gambit was described as follows (emphasis added):

…it would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be. Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it. (One method that would have some possibility of success would be to ratchet up covert regime change efforts in the hope that Tehran would retaliate overtly, or even semi-overtly, which could then be portrayed as an unprovoked act of Iranian aggression.) ” -page 84-85, Which Path to Perisa?, Brookings Institution.

And:

“Israel appears to have done extensive planning and practice for such a strike already, and its aircraft are probably already based as close to Iran as possible. as such, Israel might be able to launch the strike in a matter of weeks or even days, depending on what weather and intelligence conditions it felt it needed.  Moreover, since Israel would have much less of a need (or even interest)  in securing regional support for the operation, Jerusalem probably would feel less motivated to wait for an Iranian provocation before attacking. In short, Israel could move very fast to implement this option if both Israeli and American leaders wanted it to happen.

However, as noted in the previous chapter, the airstrikes themselves are really just the start of this policy. Again, the Iranians would doubtless rebuild their nuclear sites. They would probably retaliate against Israel, and they might retaliate against the United States, too (which might create a pretext for American airstrikes or even an invasion).” -page 91, Which Path to Perisa?, Brookings Institution.

And Israel not waiting for a plausible justification to attack Syria is exactly what has just happened. It should also be noted in particular, the last paragraph which gives insight into what the US-led axis plans to do after this egregious international crime – that is – to incrementally engulf the region into a conflict it finally can justify its own entry into open military aggression.

What Should Syria and its Allies Do? 

Syria, Iran, Russia and other nations that support the besieged nation most certainly were aware of the Brookings document “Which Path to Persia?” and familiar with this strategy. It would be hoped that anything of value that the Israelis would seek to attack in order to provoke a much desired retaliation and subsequent war, would have been provided additional protection, or moved entirely out of range of potential Israeli attacks.

A media campaign to illustrate the hypocritical and very revealing convergence between Al Qaeda (the so-called Free Syrian Army or FSA) and Israeli interests would undermine whatever remaining support the battered and failing Western-backed terror campaign inside Syria may still have.

Additionally, Israel’s selection by the US to carry out this attack was done specifically because Israel has long-ago exhausted its international legitimacy. What it is doing in Syria is a blatant international crime, in direct violation of international law. Currently, Syria and its allies hold the moral high ground against an enemy who is no longer fooling the world. If it is calculated that Syria can survive Israel’s unprovoked brutality, it would be best to do little or nothing, and incur internationally the same outrage that accompanies Israel’s brutality against the Palestinians.

In light of the US using Israel as its proxy against Syria, should Syria and its allies retaliate, it would be best to do so through any proxies they themselves have at their disposal. Just as Hezbollah and the Palestinians now routinely defeat Israel both strategically and politically, Syria now faces an opportunity to do so again, only on a much bigger scale.

The outrageous actions of Israel, the despicable double-game the US attempts to play by feigning disassociation with its regional beachhead in Tel Aviv, and the silent complicity of the UN, has people around the world desperately seeking retaliation from Syria, or Iran, or both. In reality, this is precisely what the West hopes to achieve – a wider conventional war in which they hold the advantage. By refusing to retaliate directly, Syria cripples the West politically, highlighting the unprovoked nature of their attacks on a nation they claim is a threat, yet fails to strike back even when its capital is under bombardment. By responding through its own plausibly deniable proxies, tactical and political pressure can be put on Israel to end its aggression.

It appears that the Western-backed terrorist front in Syria has been dealt a fatal blow and is in the process of complete collapse. The attack by Israel is a sign of desperation, seeking to expand a conflict that is about to end. Syria and its allies face difficult decisions and dangerous desperation in the coming days and weeks – with an axis of rogue states committing increasingly heinous atrocities in search of a response.


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TODAY’s LINKS:
US Windmap http://hint.fm/wind/
Japan Chlorophyll: Australia Pressure Map: http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/chart…
UK/EU MET Office: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/e…
NOAA: http://www.weather.gov/forecastmaps
EU Weather Alerts: http://www.meteoalarm.eu
US Weather Warnings: http://www.weather.gov

The REAL Climate Changer: http://youtu.be/_yy3YJBOw_o
Ice Age Soon? http://youtu.be/UuYTcnN7TQk
An Unlikely but Relevant Risk – The Solar Killshot: http://youtu.be/X0KJ_dxp170

REPEAT LINKS:

WORLD WEATHER:
NDBC Buoys: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/
Tropical Storms: http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/
HurricaneZone Satellite Images: http://www.hurricanezone.net/westpaci…
Weather Channel: http://www.weather.com/
NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/Default.php
Pressure Maps: http://www.woweather.com/cgi-bin/expe…
Satellite Maps: http://www.woweather.com/cgi-app/sate…
Forecast Maps: http://www.woweather.com/weather/maps…
EL DORADO WORLD WEATHER MAP: http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/…
TORCON: http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-t… [Tornado Forecast for the day]
HURRICANE TRACKER: http://www.weather.com/weather/hurric…

US WEATHER:
Precipitation Totals: http://www.cocorahs.org/ViewData/List…
GOES Satellites: http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/
THE WINDMAP: http://hint.fm/wind/
Severe Weather Threats: http://www.weather.com/news/weather-s…
Canada Weather Office Satellite Composites: http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/satell…
Temperature Delta: http://www.intellicast.com/National/T…
Records/Extremes: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/extremes/rec…

SPACEWEATHER:
Spaceweather: http://spaceweather.com
SOHO Solar Wind: http://umtof.umd.edu/pm/
HAARP Data Meters: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/dat…
Planetary Orbital Diagram – Ceres1 JPL: http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr…
SDO: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/
Helioviewer: http://www.helioviewer.org/
SOHO: http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-b…
Stereo: http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/i…
SOLARIMG: http://solarimg.org/artis/
iSWA: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/iswa/iSWA.html
NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSy…
NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/
GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sxi/goes15/i…
Gamma Ray Bursts: http://grb.sonoma.edu/
BARTOL Cosmic Rays: http://neutronm.bartol.udel.edu//spac…
ISWA: http://iswa.ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/I…
NOAA Sunspot Classifications: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpdir/lates…
GONG: http://gong2.nso.edu/dailyimages/
GONG Magnetic Maps: http://gong.nso.edu/data/magmap/ondem…

MISC Links:
JAPAN Radiation Map: http://jciv.iidj.net/map/
RADIATION Network: http://radiationnetwork.com/
LISS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring…
QUAKES LIST FULL: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/s…
RSOE: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php [That cool alert map I use]
Moon: http://www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/pac…


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