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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Sayyed Nasrallah Calls for an Immediate Halt to Saudi Aggression on Yemen: KSA to Be Defeated


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Sayyed Nasrallah Calls for an Immediate Halt to Saudi Aggression on Yemen: KSA to Be Defeated
27-03-2015 | 23:18
Hizbullah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered Friday a speech in which he tackled a number of issues, on top of which is the US-Saudi aggression on Yemen.
Sayyed Nasrallah Calls for an Immediate Halt to Saudi Aggression on Yemen: KSA to Be Defeated

“The latest development in the region — the start of a hostile war on Yemen will be the focus of my speech,” His Eminence said, pointing out that “any Lebanese or Arab citizen has the right to take the stance they want on a major development such as the aggression against Yemen.”
According to Hizbullah Secretary General, “It’s painful that for decades, the peoples of the region, especially the Palestinian people, dreamt of a Saudi Storm of Firmness.”
“The aggression on Yemen, provides a new proof that “Israel” is not an enemy of some Arabs,” he added, noting that “For decades, the people of Palestine and the countries neighboring the Zionist entity did not feel any “Firmness Storm”, not even a “firmness breeze”.”
His Eminence further stated: “Those who agree on this war on Yemen are partners in it.”
“If the “Storm of Firmness” was launched against “Israel”, we were to be soldiers in it,” he declared, noting that “the Arab governments, specifically the Saudi regime, have abandoned the Palestinian people, leaving it a prey to “Israel” and the US.”
On this level, Sayyed Nasrallah wondered: “The Palestinian people are still pleading to you and the houses of thousands of Gazans were destroyed. They are Sunni Muslims and they urged the Arab leaders who did not bat an eye. Where did you bring this resolve, nobility and firmness from?”
“Iran rescued the Palestinians and offered them everything in its capacity.”
“Saudi Arabia’s policy not to recognize the people’s movements in the region leads to accumulated failure,” he added, clarifying that “a fundamental problem in the mind of the Saudi regime, is the lack of recognition of movements and people’s issues in the region.”
To the Saudi regime, the Resistance leader sent a clear message:
“If the objective is to rescue the Yemeni people, why did you abandon the Palestinian people for decades? Why did you betray them? If the objective is to restore legitimacy in Yemen, why didn’t you seek that for Palestine?”
“You did not sense any threat coming from “Israel”, which has one of the biggest armies in the world. “Israel” borders your seas and oceans, but it was never an enemy for you or a threat.”
Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah recalled that the Saudi regime helped George W. Bush for the Iraq occupation.
Regarding the Saudi aggression’s declared justifications, His Eminence elaborated:
“There are three justifications that are being circulated — the first is that there is an elected, legitimate president, although he resigned and retracted his resignation and his term ended according to the Gulf initiative. Is this alibi enough to wage a war against Yemen?”
“You didn’t assemble an international coalition for Egypt’s Mubarak, so why Yemen?” His Eminence asked.
“The third excuse — which is being must promoted by the Arab, Gulf and Saudi media outlets — is that Yemen has become occupied by Iran. This is one of the biggest lies that are being circulated.”
Moreover, he stated:
“Sanctions and calls could have preceded the decision to resort to the military option, so why did you rush to war, which should have been kept as the last remedy?”
“Another excuse is that the new situation in Yemen was threatening the security of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf countries and the Red Sea. Is this true? Is there a proof that you can offer to peoples, scholars or muftis? This is neither a religious behavior nor it is humanitarian,” Sayyed Nasrallah mentioned.
In response to these claims, he raised the question: “Where is your proof that Yemen is under Iran’s occupation? Where are the Iranian military bases and armies in Yemen?”
The Resistance leader wondered
“What did the Huthis do for you to accuse them of threatening your security?”
On this level, he recalled that “the brothers in Ansarullah were in contact with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Gulf countries and there were negotiations. On the eve of King Abdullah’s death there was a delegation holding negotiations and they went to political dialogue in Riyadh, but everything changed with the new Saudi rulers.”
However, His Eminence highlighted that
“the Saudi regime deals with all people as followers who do not have an independent identity and they deal with all countries according to this. This thinking has led them to wrong stances and policies and accumulating failure.”
“The Saudi regime does not acknowledge any popular movement or popular will.”
To the Saudi regime, Sayyed Nasrallah said:
You and your allies came with “ISIL” in order to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and Maliki in Iraq.”
Sayyed Nasrallah to the Saudi regime and America:
“What have you done to help the Iraqi people in face of “ISIL”? Iran was the first to stand and help Iraq.”
“What have you done for Iraq? … When it appeared that the Iraqi people wanted to regain their position and confront occupation, you unleashed al-Qaeda and all the takfiri groups against them.”
In addition, he confirmed:
“The Saudi intelligence was behind sending the suicide bombers to Iraq and your latest crime against Iraq was Daesh, which you and your allies sent to topple Bashar Assad and al-Maliki’s regime.”
“Your Bandar [Bandar bin Sultan] is the one who financed Daesh,” Hizbullah Secretary General stressed, questioning:
“Who is stoking the blaze in Syria other than the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?”
“Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey has made efforts in order to make Syria a following state.”
According to him, “the Saudi is lazy towards Arabs and there is a country like Iran that is quick to act.”
“KSA has been interfering in everything in Yemen, but where is security and where is prosperity in Yemen? Why did you refuse Yemen’s membership in the Gulf Cooperation Council? Didn’t you deal with the Yemeni people in an arrogant and insulting manner? Didn’t you voice support for the eradication of Huthis? Didn’t you play on the contradictions of Yemen in order to spread your control on it?”
Based on Hizbullah’s experience, His Eminence stated:
“Iran has never given us orders and we’re an independent leadership. We sometimes seek Iran’s expertise the same as Saudi Arabia deals with its friends in the world.”
“Imam Khamenei is the Imam of the Muslims and our Supreme Leader. However, Iran has never ordered us.”
“Iran will not and has not interfered in the presidential elections. It has nothing do with this issue and the party obstructing the elections is Saudi Arabia, specifically Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal.”
On the solution for the Yemeni crisis, Sayyed Nasrallah called for an immediate end to the aggression on Yemen and to restore to the political solution
“The Yemeni people has the right to defend its nation and they will emerge victorious. The Saudi regime is to suffer the defeat and the real victory is for the Yemeni people.”
According to His Eminence,
“The Saudis supported six wars to eradicate Yemen. However, you were defeated.”
“It is required to shed the Yemeni blood because the Saudi King lost control over Yemen. The real reason to this aggression is that Saudi Arabia has lost its hegemony and bets in Yemen and lost hope in its takfiri groups. It has sensed that Yemen is now for its people and this war aims to regain hegemony over Yemen.”
“Is the Saudi army stronger than the American army? Where is the American army in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon? Is the Saudi army stronger than the “Israeli” army? Where is the “Israeli” army in the region? Any occupier army will be eventually defeated and an air campaign cannot achieve victory.”
On the internal front, Sayyed Nasrallah explained:
“Our stance on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is irreversible, that’s why we won’t comment on anything emanating from it.”
“From the very beginning, there were political forces inside and outside al-Future movement who rejected dialogue and tried to sabotage it, including the testimonies that were given before the tribunal. We do not care about these stances and we will carry on with this dialogue as long as it serves the national interest. We will bear all these provocations and we call on the supporters of the resistance not to heed these voices that are trying to stir strife.”
He also mentioned that “from the very beginning we chose dialogue for the sake of the country and its people. Strength is to sit together, engage in dialogue, defuse tensions and prevent the collapse of the country.”
Sayyed Nasrallah further hoped that this new political disagreement will not lead to renewed tensions in the country or in the cabinet.
Source: al-Ahed news

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US-Saudi Blitz in Yemen: Naked Aggression, Absolute Desperation

March 27, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – The “proxy war” model the US has been employing throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and even in parts of Asia appears to have failed yet again, this time in the Persian Gulf state of Yemen.

Overcoming the US-Saudi backed regime in Yemen, and a coalition of sectarian extremists including Al Qaeda and its rebrand, the “Islamic State,” pro-Iranian Yemeni Houthi militias have turned the tide against American “soft power” and has necessitated a more direct military intervention. While US military forces themselves are not involved allegedly, Saudi warplanes and a possible ground force are.
Though Saudi Arabia claims “10 countries” have joined its coalition to intervene in Yemen, like the US invasion and occupation of Iraq hid behind a “coalition,” it is overwhelmingly a Saudi operation with “coalition partners” added in a vain attempt to generate diplomatic legitimacy.
The New York Times, even in the title of its report, “Saudi Arabia Begins Air Assault in Yemen,” seems not to notice these “10” other countries. It reports:
Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday night that it had launched a military campaign in Yemen, the beginning of what a Saudi official said was an offensive to restore a Yemeni government that had collapsed after rebel forces took control of large swaths of the country. 
The air campaign began as the internal conflict in Yemen showed signs of degenerating into a proxy war between regional powers. The Saudi announcement came during a rare news conference in Washington by Adel al-Jubeir, the kingdom’s ambassador to the United States.
Proxy War Against Iran 
Indeed, the conflict in Yemen is a proxy war. Not between Iran and Saudi Arabia per say, but between Iran and the United States, with the United States electing Saudi Arabia as its unfortunate stand-in.
Iran’s interest in Yemen serves as a direct result of the US-engineered “Arab Spring” and attempts to overturn the political order of North Africa and the Middle East to create a unified sectarian front against Iran for the purpose of a direct conflict with Tehran. The war raging in Syria is one part of this greater geopolitical conspiracy, aimed at overturning one of Iran’s most important regional allies, cutting the bridge between it and another important ally, Hezbollah in Lebanon.
And while Iran’s interest in Yemen is currently portrayed as yet another example of Iranian aggression, indicative of its inability to live in peace with its neighbors, US policymakers themselves have long ago already noted that Iran’s influence throughout the region, including backing armed groups, serves a solely defensive purpose, acknowledging the West and its regional allies’ attempts to encircle, subvert, and overturn Iran’s current political order.
The US-based RAND Corporation, which describes itself as “a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis,” produced a report in 2009 for the US Air Force titled, “Dangerous But Not Omnipotent : Exploring the Reach and Limitations of Iranian Power in the Middle East,” examining the structure and posture of Iran’s military, including its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and weapons both present, and possible future, it seeks to secure its borders and interests with against external aggression.
The report admits that:
Iran’s strategy is largely defensive, but with some offensive elements. Iran’s strategy of protecting the regime against internal threats, deterring aggression, safeguarding the homeland if aggression occurs, and extending influence is in large part a defensive one that also serves some aggressive tendencies when coupled with expressions of Iranian regional aspirations. It is in part a response to U.S. policy pronouncements and posture in the region, especially since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Iranian leadership takes very seriously the threat of invasion given the open discussion in the United States of regime change, speeches defining Iran as part of the “axis of evil,” and efforts by U.S. forces to secure base access in states surrounding Iran.
Whatever imperative Saudi Arabia is attempting to cite in justifying its military aggression against Yemen, and whatever support the US is trying to give the Saudi regime rhetorically, diplomatically, or militarily, the legitimacy of this military operation crumbles before the words of the West’s own policymakers who admit Iran and its allies are simply reacting to a concerted campaign of encirclement, economic sanctions, covert military aggression, political subversion, and even terrorism aimed at establishing Western hegemony across the region at the expense of Iranian sovereignty.
Saudi Arabia’s Imperative Lacks Legitimacy 
The unelected hereditary regime ruling over Saudi Arabia, a nation notorious for egregious human rights abuses, and a land utterly devoid of even a semblance of what is referred to as “human rights,” is now posing as arbiter of which government in neighboring Yemen is “legitimate” and which is not, to the extent of which it is prepared to use military force to restore the former over the latter.
The United States providing support for the Saudi regime is designed to lend legitimacy to what would otherwise be a difficult narrative to sell. However, the United States itself has suffered from an increasing deficit in its own legitimacy and moral authority.
Most ironic of all, US and Saudi-backed sectarian extremists, including Al Qaeda in Yemen, had served as proxy forces meant to keep Houthi militias in check by proxy so the need for a direct military intervention such as the one now unfolding would not be necessary. This means that Saudi Arabia and the US are intervening in Yemen only after the terrorists they were supporting were overwhelmed and the regime they were propping up collapsed.
In reality, Saudi Arabia’s and the United States’ rhetoric aside, a brutal regional regime meddled in Yemen and lost, and now the aspiring global hemegon sponsoring it from abroad has ordered it to intervene directly and clean up its mess.
Saudi Arabia’s Dangerous Gamble 
The aerial assault on Yemen is meant to impress upon onlookers Saudi military might. A ground contingent might also attempt to quickly sweep in and panic Houthi fighters into folding. Barring a quick victory built on psychologically overwhelming Houthi fighters, Saudi Arabia risks enveloping itself in a conflict that could easily escape out from under the military machine the US has built for it.
It is too early to tell how the military operation will play out and how far the Saudis and their US sponsors will go to reassert themselves over Yemen. However, that the Houthis have outmatched combined US-Saudi proxy forces right on Riyadh’s doorstep indicates an operational capacity that may not only survive the current Saudi assault, but be strengthened by it.
Reports that Houthi fighters have employed captured Yemeni warplanes further bolsters this notion – revealing tactical, operational, and strategic sophistication that may well know how to weather whatever the Saudis have to throw at it, and come back stronger.
What may result is a conflict that spills over Yemen’s borders and into Saudi Arabia proper. Whatever dark secrets the Western media’s decades of self-censorship regarding the true sociopolitical nature of Saudi Arabia will become apparent when the people of the Arabian peninsula must choose to risk their lives fighting for a Western client regime, or take a piece of the peninsula for themselves.
Additionally, a transfer of resources and fighters arrayed under the flag of the so-called “Islamic State” and Al Qaeda from Syria to the Arabian Peninsula will further indicate that the US and its regional allies have been behind the chaos and atrocities carried out in the Levant for the past 4 years. Such revelations will only further undermine the moral imperative of the West and its regional allies, which in turn will further sabotage their efforts to rally support for an increasingly desperate battle they themselves conspired to start.
America’s Shrinking Legitimacy 
It was just earlier this month when the United States reminded the world of Russia’s “invasion” of Crimea. Despite having destabilized Ukraine with a violent, armed insurrection in Kiev, for the purpose of expanding NATO deeper into Eastern Europe and further encircling Russia, the West insisted that Russia had and  still has no mandate to intervene in any way in neighboring Ukraine. Ukraine’s affairs, the United States insists, are the Ukrainians’ to determine. Clearly, the US meant this only in as far as Ukrainians determined things in ways that suited US interests.
This is ever more evident now in Yemen, where the Yemeni people are not being allowed to determine their own affairs. Everything up to and including military invasion has been reserved specifically to ensure that the people of Yemen do not determine things for themselves, clearly, because it does not suit US interests.
Such naked hypocrisy will be duly noted by the global public and across diplomatic circles. The West’s inability to maintain a cohesive narrative is a growing sign of weakness. Shareholders in the global enterprise the West is engaged in may see such weakness as a cause to divest – or at the very least – a cause to diversify toward other enterprises. Such enterprises may include Russia and China’s mulipolar world. The vanishing of Western global hegemony will be done in destructive conflict waged in desperation and spite.
Today, that desperation and spite befalls Yemen.
Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazineNew Eastern Outlook”.
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Friday, 27 March 2015

Dan Simpson: Retaliate against Israel for sucker punching us


GA: This is a superb  commentary by a former U.S. ambassador. It must be read and spread widely.

Retaliate against Israel for sucker punching us


 By Dan Simpson

Israel has delivered three major body punches to the United States this month, which means it is time to hit back — unless our government wants to be perceived by Americans, Israelis and everyone else in the world as a bad joke as a world power.

The first blow was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu using the House of Representatives as the site of a campaign pep rally for himself, with congressmen and senators as cheerleaders and majorettes. His speech on that occasion just happened to be an attack on a major American project: the achievement of an international agreement with Iran to control its nuclear ambitions and begin the end of 36 years of estrangement.

That agreement, by the way, is being negotiated in coordination with China, France, Germany, Russia and Britain. It is intended to remove a threat to Israel and the region from an Iranian nuclear program. The U.S. partners in these negotiations and the Iranians on the other side cannot have missed the humiliation administered to President Barack Obama by Mr. Netanyahu’s dissing the president’s policies in public in Mr. Obama’s own capital.

The second Israeli blow was administered when Mr. Netanyahu declared to Israeli voters that if they elected him there would be no Palestinian state. The prime minister’s sputtering attempts to walk that cat back since the March 17 election mean nothing. He is considered an inveterate liar by many people, friend and foe.

It just so happens that a negotiated two-state solution in the land of the former Palestine has been firm U.S. policy for decades, under Republican and Democratic presidents. So Mr. Netanyahu cheerfully told everyone — Israelis, Palestinians, Americans, everyone — that what America has been pursuing for decades is flat not going to happen.

The third major body blow occurred when Mr. Netanyahu told his Israeli supporters that they should hurry to the polls to vote for him because the supporters of the Joint List — representing the 20 percent of Israelis who are Arabs — were going to the polls “in droves” to vote against him. That would be the equivalent of an American Catholic candidate — say, John F. Kennedy — urging American Catholics to hurry to the polls to vote for him because the Protestants were flocking to the polls to vote for his Protestant opponent, Richard Nixon.
Apart from Mr. Netanyahu’s election-day message promoting racial hatred between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs, an always sensitive relationship, there is another, longer-term aspect to what he did.

Let’s assume that Mr. Netanyahu does intend not to see the creation of a Palestinian state. Considering his deeds as prime minister — constantly expanding Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank to a population now estimated at 600,000-plus — he apparently sees Israel eventually absorbing the whole territory, today’s Israel plus the part that would have been Palestine, as a Greater Israel.

His words to Israel’s Arabs on election day therefore would mean that every effort would be made to prevent them from sharing power in that Greater Israel.

Of course, the real problem would remain: What is supposed to happen to the Palestinians?
Just about everyone, starting with the Israelis but even including the Arabs of neighboring states, has hoped or imagined since 1948 that the Palestinians would simply go away, physically and politically. But they haven’t, and they still are pounding on the door for their own state 67 years later.

Their next steps will be another violent uprising or more efforts to be recognized as a state in international forums, such as the International Criminal Court, or both. Mr. Netanyahu has shut the door on negotiations, so what else exactly are they expected to do now?
This leaves us where we started: What is America’s response to having been sucker-punched three times by the Israelis and the leader they just re-elected?

First, the United States should expel from Washington Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, a former Republican Party operative, as persona non grata. He helped organize with House Speaker John Boehner the March 2 Netanyahu speech to Congress. He was born in the United States. It would be educational for him to go live in Israel. A country can “png” another’s ambassador without breaking relations.

The U.S. government also could simply isolate Mr. Dermer, granting him no appointments with U.S. officials. Let him talk to his friend Mr. Boehner, which should be a real treat.
Second, the United States should eliminate its $3 billion in annual aid to Israel, a prosperous, developed country in any case.

Third, the next time Israel gets into a war, with Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon or whomever, as is its wont, and asks for more U.S. arms, remind it of its March 2015 madness and sit on the request.

Neither people nor countries respond well when their bad behavior turns out not to have consequences for them. Mr. Netanyahu’s attack in Washington on U.S. and international negotiations with Iran, his promise to the Israeli people that there would be no Palestinian state if he were re-elected and the racist tactic he employed against Israel’s Arab voters were all bad behavior in terms of U.S.-Israeli relations. It is time to strike back, hard.

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Yemen: More Civilians Martyred as Saudi Warplanes Target Popular Market in Saada


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More civilians were martyred as Saudi-US warplanes struck several targets across Yemen, including a popular market in the city of Saada, Yemeni sources reported.

The sources said that the strike on Saada market took place early morning on Friday, noting that several civilians were martyred.

Saudi warplaneOvernight strikes targeted Sanaa, where explosions were heard in the capital, the sources said, noting that the Yemeni air defense systems repelled the hostile warplanes.

Health ministry officials said also on Friday that at least 39 civilians have been killed in more than 24 hours of Saudi assault on Yemen, AFP reported.

Earlier on Thursday night al-Manar correspondent reported that fresh strikes targeted an army camp in Sanaa as well as different positions in Saada.

Saudi Arabia along with other Gulf and Arab states have been since Wednesday night waging a military attack on Yemen, in a bid to protect the government of the fugitive President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who fled the country to Oman earlier on Thursday.

The declaration of theassault came from Washington by the Saudi ambassador to US Adel al-Jubeir.

Source: Al Manar TV
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The American Congress Performing The Bibi Dance (must watch)

March 26, 2015  /  Gilad Atzmon


Chutzpah is an act only a Jew can get away with. Israelis must be cheered when they witness the American Congress dancing to the Bibi's tune.


Congress is completely humiliated, dancing to the tune of Netanyahu who is the representative of a foreign power. That humiliation extends to every American who cast a vote, expecting the Congresspeople to represent the voters, the American voters – not the Israeli ones. 

If this bit of humiliation does not wake them up, who knows what will. Empires are full of examples of the “lesser” ally pulling the strings to make the greater one dance. And Israel with its well funded operation that extends from AIPAC to many Temples and fundamentalist evangelical churches provides a super charged example of this kind of operation to subvert sovereignty.

Finally, Obama is not to be lionized in this encounter either. He is not trying to make peace of sorts with Iran for noble purposes. He and others like Brzezinski want to get the Israeli albatross cut loose from their necks; they want out of the Mideast quagmire which makes the populace war weary and takes up resources. Obama wants those resources freed up to take down Russia and China. And that is even more dangerous than the involvement in the Middle East since that can lead to World War III. The need for a solid and massive anti-interventionist movement of the Ron Paul type is desperately needed.

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Abayomi Azikiwe: ‘The Yemen crisis is clearly a failure of US foreign policy’

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The US, which not long ago called Yemen an example of successful counter-terror strategy, underestimated the power of the Houthis in the country as they have already gained control over several cities, said Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor, Pan-African News Wire.

A coalition of Gulf nations, led by Saudi Arabia, has launched a military operation in Yemen. It’s aimed at stopping the advance of Shia Houthi militants who control the capital Sana’a, and the coastal city of Aden.

People gather at the site of an air strike at a residential area near Sanaa Airport March 26, 2015. (Reuters / Khaled Abdullah)

RT:Saudi Arabia and several other Gulf countries are getting involved in the situation in Yemen. Where do you see this heading?

Abayomi Azikiwe: It’s a very dangerous situation. What this represents is the total collapse of US foreign policy in Yemen. They have evacuated their special forces. Approximately 100 of them were stationed in Yemen. At the same time US diplomatic personnel have also been evacuated. The US-backed President Hadi had called for such an intervention.

RT: What reaction do you expect from Iran now?

AA: The Iranians are of course backing the Houthi militia groups because they are part of the Shia alliance that exists throughout the region. Therefore, they will have some political support. But I don’t see them directly intervening militarily in Yemen in response to this escalation by Saudi Arabia. But it is clearly something that has the endorsement of the Obama administration. They have lost their capacity in a sense to intervene directly and are utilizing Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] as a proxy force that will try to bolster Hadi in Yemen.

RT: Just six months ago President Obama was calling Yemen a success story. He said: “This strategy of taking out terrorists, who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.” Do you think Washington has been taken by surprise by the latest developments?

AA: Washington has its hands full in Syria, in Iraq, and in other geopolitical regions. This is why they want to rely on the Gulf Cooperation Council. But there was clearly a miscalculation on a part of the Obama administration that they underestimated the power of the Houthi groups inside the country which took control in September of the capital of Sana’a. Just recently they took control of the city of Taiz; they have been moving South over the last several days towards Aden. So it’s clearly a failure of US foreign policy in Yemen.

RT: The city of Aden is home to a major oil refinery and is a major shipping hub. Could we see the Houthi rebels taking control over these supplies as well?

AA: It will be very interesting to see what happens if the Saudis and the GCC utilizes air power. It could perhaps halt their advances. But in the long-term, if the Saudis are not willing to put in massive ground forces then there could be whole struggle developing around the control of Aden. Also, we have to keep in mind that in the South there is a huge separatist movement that is resurfacing: Yemen was divided between the North and the South up until about 25 years ago. The South was a socialist-oriented republic, and the North was more allied with the US and the West. This is another fact that has to be taken into consideration. These separatist movements have been growing over the last several months.

RT: Yemen is seeing a total security collapse. Could it be the next front in the expansion of Islamic State?

AA: We’ll have to see if there is any significant IS intervention. Al-Qaeda has been operating there for a while. This is the raison d’être that the US has utilized for carrying out these drone attacks against the people in Yemen, particularly the so-called al-Qaeda bases there. But it remains to be seen what role the IS may have if they decide to enter in greater numbers in Yemen.

‘Houthi behaved ‘badly’, like overthrowing Saleh’

Saudi Arabian military “is notoriously unreliable” and it is unlikely they would do well in Yemen, says Charles Schmitz, Middle East expert.

Charles Schmitz: “Saudi Arabia has a long involvement inside of Yemen, it has a lot of contacts, there are a lot people who support Saudi Arabia inside of Yemen. I’m not sure what their military involvement will be. Their military is notoriously unreliable and in a Yemeni context, I don’t think it’s going to do very well. So I’m not sure what their objectives are,” he told RT.

A boy sits at the site of an air strike at a residential area near Sanaa Airport March 26, 2015. (Reuters / Khaled Abdullah)
A boy sits at the site of an air strike at a residential area near Sanaa Airport March 26, 2015. (Reuters / Khaled Abdullah)

Meanwhile, Iranians are strongly supporting the Houthis, Zaidi Shia group, but it’s yet a question“whether they would support them militarily”.

“It’s not just the Houthi, but it’s the Houthi and the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. He is the one who commands the most of the military forces, the regular military forces. I think they have the upper hand militarily, and I’m not sure how much … support they would need from the Iranians,” he said.

“[Houthi] are a class, a group of people in the far North; their ancestor ruled Yemen for a long, long time, for a thousand years. During the regime of the republic they were discriminated against, and they fought the regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh, ironically because now they are allied with him. But at the time they fought his regime because they felt that it oppressed them. Because they were attacked by the Yemeni regime in a war in 2004-2010 they very much want to guarantee their security, they very much want to guarantee an upper military hand particularly in the North. They simply have done that. We know that now they are trying to set up a national regime. That is going to be more difficult for them. They do not have experience leading the country. We’ll have to see what they are going to do. Thus far they have been behaving quite badly: they’ve imprisoned journalists, they’ve attacked their political opponents in the beginning to behave exactly like the President that they overthrew in 2011.”

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Dr. phil. Milena Rampoldi: When did you realize that you aren’t just a musician but that you also have a political soul?

Gilad Atzmon: I believe that describing me as a political being is slightly misleading. I have never been part of any political party.  I despise politicians collectively and I am not a great believer in the value of the political spiel. I guess as a philosopher I am interested in the human condition. I care about that which establishes meaning, beauty, happiness, yearning, knowing, belief etc. Unlike banal activists who suffocate us with faulty answers, my role is simple; I refine the questions.

This intellectual adventure is fully consistent with my Jazz and music career. As a Jazz artist I strive to reinvent myself on a daily basis. This is the essence of truth seeking, we submit ourselves to the process rather than the goal.

Dr. phil. Milena Rampoldi: Do you remember the day when you changed your mind about Israel and Zionism?

Gilad Atzmon: Was it a day? Or a phase? Or a recognition that dawned on me over a period of time? I don’t really know. I suppose that discovering Jazz and then craving to become a black man helped.

However, my views of Zionism are far from settled or complete. Fifteen years ago, I basically believed that Zionism was at the core of modern evil. But the more I learned, the more I understood that Zionism is just one symptom of Jewish identity politics. It took me a while to accept that the so-called ‘good Jews’ namely the ‘anti’ Zionists are even more supremacist than the ultra Zionists. In ‘Zionist’ Israel, for instance, the 3rd biggest party in the Knesset is the Arab Party, and yet, I do not see the board of JVP or JFJFP allowing any goyim, let alone Arabs.  Gentiles are permitted to join and pay fees, but they can never join the leadership.
As far as I understand it, early Zionism, was a unique and short-lived moment of truthfulness in Jewish history. It was a brief phase when insight into self-loathing matured into an ideology. Early Zionists such as Borochov, Nordau and Herzl promised to ‘civilize the Diaspora Jew.’ They admitted that the Diaspora Jewish identity was parasitic, capitalistic and non productive. They genuinely believed that ‘homecoming’ and settlement would rescue the Jew.

We now know that they were wrong. Israel is a horrid place mainly because the early Zionist’s anti Jewish inclination was replaced by Jewish self-love. Israel, the place that Zionism promised would cleanse the Jewishness out of the Jew, became the home for every problematic Jewish supremacist symptom.

Dr. phil. Milena Rampoldi: How would you present your book The Wandering Who to our readers?

Gilad Atzmon: As the sub title states, The Wandering Who is A Study of Jewish Identity Politics. The book asks, if Israel defines itself as the Jewish State: what is Jewishness? Who are the Jews? What is Judaism? How do these terms relate to Zionism, Israel and Jewish power? I offer a few answers and my studies reveal that all forms of Jewish politics, whether Zionist or ‘anti,’ Left or Right, are always Judeo-centric, racially oriented and exclusivist to the core.

Dr. phil. Milena Rampoldi: How difficult is it as a Jew to live in the middle of Zionism, Anti-Zionism, Jewish Identity and Lobbies?

Gilad Atzmon: To start with, I am not necessarily qualified to answer this question because I have not been a Jew for quite a while. I define Jewishness as a template that facilitates choseness. All Jewish political discourses- both Zionism as well as ‘anti’ celebrate the specialness of ‘being Jewish.’ Zionism calls upon Jews to return to ‘their’ alleged ‘promised land’ after 2000 years and take it over. It is the choseness that justifies such an unusual plunderous attitude. But at the same time, The anti Zionist Jews would claim that their voices are uniquely privileged because, after all, they are Jews and therefore special for opposing the bad Zionists. In fact the ‘anti’ claim to be ‘über Chosen.’ It seems that when Jews operate politically as Jews, they fall collectively into the same supremacist trap.
Dr. phil. Milena Rampoldi: What can music do for human rights? How can music be the universal language of peace?

Gilad Atzmon: Art and music in particular celebrate the best in the human condition; the ability to experience the power of beauty. Art and music remind us what humanity and humanism are all about. I assume that once our hearts are open to beauty, we are also able to think empathically. I do not like the idea of art being recruited by political institutions. I know that I am seen as a political artist, but I am not. I am an artist who thinks deeply about social and humanist matters and that is probably reflected in my art.

Dr. phil. Milena Rampoldi: What does ethical awareness mean to you?

Gilad Atzmon: The ability to produce a universal judgment that distinguishes between good and evil. But also to accept that different people can produce different and even contradictory universal judgments. For me, this is the real essence of diversity and ethics that are essential for ethical awareness. And it is something I really miss in Left thinking.
Dr. phil. Milena Rampoldi: How can we explain to the Jews that Netanyahu does not represent them?

Gilad Atzmon: I actually think that he does. Apparently a poll in Britain revealed last week that British Jewry’s support of Netanyahu is massive. The Israeli election today proves that Netanyahu doesn’t just represent the Israeli he is actually a representation of what Israel is all about.

One thing is clear though, not a single Israeli politician offers any alternative vision of peace or reconciliation. Israel is a doomed escapist society, the more doomed its fate, the more paralyzed the society become.

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IDLIB: MORE DISASTER FOR TERRORISTS AS NEW SYRIAN ARMY CAMPAIGN GAINS MOMENTUM; DER’AH SEES U.S.-SUPPORTED CANNIBALS DIE LIKE FLIES

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IDLIB:  Don’t let anybody tell you the rats got into Idlib. Totally false propaganda even the BBC wouldn’t publish.  It’s official, the Nusra/Alqaeda and Ahraar Al-Shaam offensive to enter the city of Idlib is a total debacle.  I have been informed that the lieutenant general in charge of Idlib’s defenses saw the terrorist rats leave in a state of anarchy and ordered the Syrian Army to pursue them with an eye to exterminating any remnant rodents, especially the foreigners.  We can confirm more dead terrorist leaders:

Hassan Al-Khaleefa (a/k/a Abu Haydar.  Leader of Ahraar Al-Shaam’s franchise “Umar Al-Faarooq Brigade”, yawn.)
Abu Baraa` Al-Masri (EGYPTIAN TAPEWORM)
Abu-‘Abdullah Al-Najdi (SAUDI PUS-SUCKING HOG)
Yaasser Qutaysh
Muhammad Ismaa’eel
Mustafaa Baakeer
Hassan Khaleefa
Muhammad Habaashu
Wael reports that dead rat numbers are now more than 200.

Sirmeen:  Artillery strikes hit rat fortifications near Sirmeen.  Get ready for the big push.
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DER’AH-QUNAYTRA:
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BUSRAA AL-SHAAM:  The Nusra/Alqaeda terrorist cannibals received a resupply courtesy of the Jordanian Air Force. The traitorous Ayraab Jordanteezians actually were seen unloading heavy weapons from American Chinook helicopters right in the full view of locals who reported the event to Syrian authorities.  We are now at war with Jordan and Jordan is a violator of international law by aiding a terrorist group specifically designated as such by the United Nations. It didn’t do much to help their effort to storm the town of Busraa Al-Shaam.  Here are some of the names of the dead rodents as announced by the terrorists themselves on their websites:

Waleed Al-Basheer (cousin of FSA-South commander, ‘Abdul-Ilaah Al-Basheer Al-Nu’aymi)
Ahmad Al-Basheer (another cousin to the laureled wino ‘Abdul-Ilaah Al-Basheer Al-Nu’aymi)
Ahmad Al-Miqdaad
Muhammad Al-Miqdaad
Usaamaa Baqdaliyya
Nassr Al-Hareeri
Ahmad Al-Waadi
Saaber Al-Basaati
Muhammad Yusuf Al-‘Ammaar
Muhammad Al-Yaadoodi
Anas Al-‘Ataraat
Farhaan Al-Naassir
Ahmad ‘Eed Abu-Hawraan
Yaassir ‘Ubayd
‘Ali Qalloosh
Khaalid Al-Sha’baan
‘Abdullah Kan’aan
Ahmad Fawzaat
Moosaa Al-Zabadaani

All told, the Alqaeda organization lost 76 total yesterday and today in fighting with the SAA and its allies.

Al-Tayha:  2 vehicles were destroyed carrying weapons and ammunition.  6 dead rats counted:
Bilaal Shattoor
Abu-Jihaad Al-Tunisis (TUNISIAN HYENA CANKER)   
Mahmoud Ishtabraqi
Muhammad Jallool
Radhwaan Al-‘Azeez
The 6th was not identified and is believed to be a foreigner.

Kafr Naasij: More fighting with weapons and ammo seized for distribution to the patriotic Syrian militias.  THANK YOU JORDAN, ZIONIST KHAZAR STATE, SAUDI ARABIA FOR THE WONDERFUL CONTRIBUTIONS.

Fighting reported here also:  Umm Al-‘Awsaj, Jaydoor Hawraan (SAA artillery bombards hills), Tal ‘Antar, Tal Al-Haarra.

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