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Russia in Syria One Year On

Posted on September 30, 2016

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Has Anyone Ever Spotted a Moderate Rebel in Syria?

Nobody has because none exist – why it’s impossible separating them from terrorists. They’re all cut from the same extremist jihadist cloth – imported US death squads, serving as imperial foot soldiers.
So why does Russia maintain the myth otherwise? More importantly, why does it waste time negotiating with its sworn enemy bent on destroying its sovereignty, wanting its democratically elected government toppled, replaced by a puppet regime America controls?
Why does it engage in endless talks with Washington, knowing they accomplish nothing. Even when agreements are reached, US policymakers under all administrations breach them, often straightaway the way things have gone in Syria and Ukraine.
Claiming otherwise is one of the many Big Lies about Obama’s war on Syria, naked aggression, planned long before initiated, falsely characterized as civil conflict. Syria was invaded. There’s nothing civil about what’s ongoing.
All wars are based on a foundation of misinformation, deceptions and Big Lies. Truth is the ally of peace, the enemy of war, why suppressing it is vital to wage them.
If people understood why they’re fought and propaganda selling them, their tax dollars diverted from vital homeland needs to fund them, harming their welfare, they’d oppose governments waging them, maybe rise up against them.
Americans were largely pacifists pre-WW I. State-sponsored propaganda turned them into raging German haters. It took Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor for Congress to approve war – before the UN’s founding and Geneva Conventions.
One nation attacking another is naked aggression without Security Council authorization. In America, Congress and presidents have no authority on their own to go to war without it – hardly an obstacle for US war-makers, operating by their own rules and standards, international, constitutional and US statute laws pertaining to war be damned.
All US post-WW II wars from aggression on North Korea in the early 50s (not the other way around) to today’s raging conflicts were and are naked acts of aggression – Security Council authorization absent in all cases.
The world community’s failure to act responsibly lets America get away with mass murder and much more. Will nuclear war be its next high crime? Will we all go together when we go in its aftermath?
Defeating the scourge of US imperialism in Syria is vital to prevent it’s regional spread, a cancer destroying everything it touches, nations along with millions of people – America the greatest threat to world peace and humanity’s survival.
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Yemeni forces destroy Emirati military vessel: al-Masirah

Published on Oct 1, 2016
Fighters of the Yemeni Ansarullah movement and their allies have struck an Emirati vessel off the coast of Ta’izz province.
A military source says the Yemeni forces fired several rockets at the ship and destroyed it early Saturday. The vessel, owned by the United Arab Emirates’ Navy, is reportedly a high-speed logistical ship capable of locating mines, controlling military operations and transporting troops and equipment. The ship formerly belonged to the US Navy. Ansarullah fighters working in tandem with the Yemeni army have so far destroyed several hostile warships and boats. The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition in the war against Yemen which has left thousands dead in the impoverished country.

Yemeni forces destroy Emirati military vessel: al-Masirah

UAE vessel yemen
October 1, 2016
Yemeni forces have targeted and destroyed an Emirati military vessel in a rocket attack near the Red Sea port city of Mokha, al-Masirah TV said.
A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Ansarullah fighters and allied army forces launched rockets at an HSV-2 Swift hybrid catamaran operated by the Emirati navy off the shores of the Red Sea port city of Mokha early on Saturday, al-Masirah television reported.
The catamaran was reportedly a high-speed logistical ship capable of locating mines, controlling military operations and transporting troops and equipment. The vessel formerly belonged to the US navy, al-Masirah said.
Ansarullah fighters working in cooperation with the Yemeni army have so far destroyed several hostile warships and boats.
On October 10, 2015, Yemeni army forces destroyed a Saudi warship in a missile attack in the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. That development came only three days after Yemeni forces managed to destroy another Saudi vessel in the area.
Source: Press TV

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Poetic Sightseeing Tour of Palestine

Extraordinarily beautiful video with poetry by the great Mahmoud Darwish–apparently in his own voice. The following is from the video description:

Palestine -فلسطين The Most Beautiful Country ‘HD

video Made by Hamza Dado make sure you visit his youtube channel :…
*Hey Guys what’s up it’s a new video About PALESTINE*
Read every Palestinian in the world … my home to distribute music ringtones updated with words of the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and commend my home is part of a new distribution of the artist Hani Almtuasi accompanied by some of the footage of aerial photography for the beloved Palestine … I hope to see the video and the end Thanks
Poems of Mahmoud Darwish, a Palestinian and songs with a high-quality photograph of the cities of Palestine .. This is Palestine …. That’s made it easier and Jpelln and our sea and our sky and our Jerusalem … This is Palestine … This is my home
I have found traces of human presence in the area south of Lake Tiberias, Tel Ubaydi area which amounted to between 600,000 years ago and up to a million and a half years ago. In the Neolithic period (10,000 BC 5000 – BC) originated fixed agricultural communities, and the Copper Age (5000 BC –3 000 BC) found stone tools and copper in the vicinity of Jericho, Be’er Sheva and the Dead Sea. Archeologists Jericho is the oldest cities at all, dating back to the Stone age is 10-11 thousand years ago, or about before the eighth millennium BC.
The Canaanites came from the Arabian Peninsula to Palestine between 3000 BC. And 2500 BC, and in about 1250 BC.
The region was among the earliest in the world to see human habitation, agricultural communities and civilization. During the Bronze Age, independent Canaanite city-states were established, and were influenced by the surrounding civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Minoan Crete, and Syria. Between 1550-1400 BCE, the Canaanite cities became vassals to the Egyptian New Kingdom who held power until the 1178 BCE Battle of Djahy (Canaan) during the wider Bronze Age collapse.
Poems and songs
Part of the poem: on this earth – Hair: Mahmoud Darwish – Performance: Mahmoud Darwish
Part of the poem: mural – Hair: Mahmoud Darwis- Performance: Mahmoud Darwish
Part of the anthem: STW – Keywords: Ibrahim Toukan – Composer: Mohammad Fulayfel – Performance: Hani Mitwasi
Video excerpts: Media Town – National Geographic
Montage: Hamza Deddew
On this land lyrics- Mahmoud darwish – Sung by:: Mahmoud darwish
Jidariyya (Mural) – lyrics: Mahmoud darwish Sung by:: Mahmoud darwish
Mawtini lyrics: ibrahim touqan – composer: Mohammad Flaifel
Sung by:: hani mitwasi
Video rushes: media town – national geographic
video montage: Hamza Dado
*Free Plaestine*
Palestine is a land occupies the southern part of the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. Located in the heart of the Middle East, where constitute the southwestern part of the Levant, and the link between West Asia and North Africa to have occurred and the Sinai peninsula at the confluence of the two continents point.
Palestine has a large number of important cities historically and religiously for the three monotheistic religions.
Declaration of Independence is the Declaration of Independence of the State of Palestine (the second time), which was the date of November 15, 1988. it was announced in the city of Algiers, in particular pine Palace Hall. Note that the first declaration of independence was in October 1948 by the All-Palestine Government in Gaza during the National Council Conference.
Advertising on achieving the independence of the state of Palestine on the land of Palestine, text and select Jerusalem the eternal capital of this state. With the end of the ad played the Algerian army band of the Palestinian national anthem.
The 105 countries that recognize the independence, was published 70 Palestinian ambassadors in a number of countries recognizing independence.
The poet Mahmoud Darwish wrote the Declaration of Independence, and that the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is one of the villages.

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Nahed Hatter and Mahmoud Abbas .. The antithesis of honor and shame ناهض حتر ومحمود عباس.. نقيضا الشرف والعار

ناهض حتر ومحمود عباس.. نقيضا الشرف والعار

مصافحة القاتل في جنازة قاتل

ناهض حتر ومحمود عباس.. نقيضا الشرف والعار

هاني الحلبي

الشهيد المقاوم ناهض حتر.. ومحمود عباس، رئيس ما سُمّيت بالسلطة الفلسطينية، نقيضان لا يلتقيان!

يعتذر حتر عن أن في عنقه ديناً يصعب عليه أن يفيه، فبندقيته ليست إلا من كلمات وأحبار، وهو في خندق دمشق التي يتم حصارها وتجويعها وتشليع بلدها الشامي السوري مرة ثانية، بعد تشليع أول منذ أكثر من مئة عام، وتشريد أجيالها لقماً لأسماك القرش البحري ومَن يصل يتلقفه القرش الأوروبي لابتزازه واغتصابه والتسويق به قيمه السلعية المتهالكة..

بينما عباس قرر، بعناد حاد، 077b7-abbأن يشارك بشيخوخته في جنازة المجرم شيمون بيريز ليكشف سوءات دوره كله، وليمسح آخر حرف عربي فلسطيني من سيرته الملتبسة.

لا يحفل عباس بالرجاء المتكرر من حماس ومن الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين ومن غيرهما، أن يعيد النظر في استعداده للدخول إلى القدس تحت حراسة البوليس الصهيوني، فيؤكد أنها عاصمة كيان العدو ويقبل بأن تكون مقبرة مغتصبي فلسطين حتى الآن!

مفارقتان من النقيض إلى النقيض، تفرضان على العقل والوجدان حضورهما، ولا يمكن لأي مواطن صالح ولا يمكن لأي محلل فاحص أن يتخطاهما..

هاتان خطتان متعاكستان كأنهما ثنائية صراع أبدي. ثنائية العقل وضده.

ثنائية المسيح الفادي ويهوذا المنكر أنه المسيح.

ثنائية النور الذي يفتتح ثنايا الظلمة المتكالبة على ذاتها وعلى ضحاياها المستسلمين، غير المأسوف عليهم، لأنهم أدواتها.

ويقدّم حتر نفسه للمحاكمة غير مكابر ولا مستسلم. لا يرفض للقانون طلباً ما دام القانون نظام حياة مجتمع وسياق دولة ينبغي ان ينشد العدل وأن يثبت الحق. ولا يضعف أمام التهديدات. تهديدات الغوغاء والسابلة والعامة التي قد تُشترى بأبخس من ثلاثين من تنك صدئ. بل يتمسّك بموقفه، برباطة جأش نادرة،

يوضح ولا يعتذر. يعيّن مقاصده بنبل وكرامة كما ينبغي لأي مثقف وعارف ومقاوم في بلادنا أن يعي مسؤولياته التاريخية نحو تحدي الراهن وتحديات المستقبل فينبري للمواجهة، ولو بالكلمات والموقف المسؤول والرفض العاتي بالحق.

فليس كل مثقف كفارس سعيد يبرر لذات رذيلتها ليعم فسادها ويبرر للعميل حرية تعبيره، ليكون شعبنا مجرد أتباع أجهزة مخابرات ومخبري سفارات على أهلهم قبل غيرهم.

ليس كلّ مثقف كنديم قطيش الذي يطلق سخريته، كلما ساد صمت ليطرد كابوس فراغه، فينفث في وجه الكبار إن تكلموا ليفضح نفسه انه لا يعي ولا يفقه سوى وشوشات زوجه لتتم برمجته مجدداً..

وليس كل قائد كعباس السلطة، يريق ماء وجهه، يقف على تراب أجداد شعبه وثراهم باكياً في حضرة قامة المحتل التي تترامى من جنوب النيل في جبال أثيوبيا إلى جبال كردستان، بحيث لا يُرى عندما يدور في فلك أخطبوطها الدولي العالمي، ولا يكبر إلا إذا انزرع زيتونه في بيارات نابلس وفي كروم غزة وفي بساتين يافا وفي تلال القدس.

فيا هؤلاء.. لماذا تتصاغرون؟
44433-abbasماذا تقول عن أوراق القوة التي حرقتها دفعة واحدة من اول جلوس على مقعد ما سمي مفاوضات، ولم تكن سوى جلسات تفريط مذل تحت يافطات مبرمجة؟ ماذا بقي لديك بعد التنسيق الأمني مع العدو لتصبح سلطتك أحد أجهزته تقتل شعبها وتحاصره وتطارده وتثخن جراحه وتشي به؟

ماذا بقي لديك عندما ترى في صواريخ المقاومة مؤامرة حقيرة تستهدف فلسطين إذا طالت مغتصبة للمحتل؟
Israel Likely Killed Arafat
لم يبق لديك ما تتستر به سوى بقية زمن يودي بك إلى مهلكة التفريط الكامل، التي افتتحتها مع سلفك، وها هو القطيع يلحق بكما وفي إثركما سريعاً…

بالمقابل، سيد عباس، ماذا بقي للشهيد ناهض حتر؟

تأمّل معي: بقيت له رفعة النبل وسمو الكرامة وشرف الموقف ومرتبة الشهادة، والتفاف شعبنا حوله، والتخلق بخلقه، وتسرّبه إلى ذاكرة الأجيال والانتماء للمستقبل وعصر الانتصار!

..لك الله يا فلسطين!

..ولك رجاله قادمون!

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Abbas Shakes Netanyahu’s Hand at Peres Funeral: “Good to See You!”

September 30, 2016
Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmpud Abbas shakes Israeli PM Banjamin Netanyahu's hand at Shimon Peres' funeral in al-Quds
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas shook hands and spoke briefly at Shimon Peres’s funeral on Friday in a rare public encounter between the two men.
“Good to see you. Long time,” Abbas said in broken English, a video posted by Netanyahu’s spokesman showed.
Netanyahu and his wife thanked him for coming.
The last substantial public meeting between Abbas and Netanyahu was in 2010, though there have been unconfirmed reports of secret meetings since then.
Abbas was given a front-row seat next to European Council President Donald Tusk.
On Wednesday, Abbas described Peres as a “brave” partner for peace.
“Peres was a partner in making the brave peace with the martyr Yasser Arafat and prime minister Rabin, and made unremitting efforts to reach a lasting peace from the Oslo agreement until the final moments of his life,” Abbas said earlier.
Peres died on Wednesday aged 93 after suffering a major stroke.
Although he is known to the west for wining Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, Peres is well remembered as the man who ordered the devastating “Grapes of Wrath” operation against Lebanon in 1996, which left 175 people dead.
He was also seen as a driving force in the development of the Zionist entity’s  undeclared nuclear program.
Source: AFP

Mahmoud Abbas will attend the funeral of his master

No surprise Arafat did it 

Yasser Arafat kisses the hand of Leah Rabin at Yitzhak Rabin’s funeral.
Netanyahu issue permission to Abbas  to cross into the Israeli entity to participate today in the funeral of former War Criminal, meanwhile Arab MPs of the «Arab common list» in the Knesset, decided to boycott the ceremony.

President Abbas to Attend Zionist Peres’s Funeral

Celebrations in Abbastan and Hamastan (Edited)

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will attend the funeral of the ex-president of the Zionist entity and war criminal Shimon Peres, Palestinian officials told AFP on Thursday, in what will be a rare visit to Jerusalem.
Several Palestinian officials confirmed his participation in Friday’s funeral on condition of anonymity. An Israeli defense ministry unit also said Abbas had asked for it to coordinate his participation.
>Report: Abbas, Peres held secret talks
Oslo Engineers
It is worth noting that Peres was responsible for scores of war crimes committed by the Zionist entity against the Lebanese and Palestinian civilians throughout the past decades.
Source: AFP

Bahrain FM pays tribute to Peres: ‘Man of War”

(AFP) Bahrain’s foreign minister paid tribute to ex-Israeli president Shimon Peres on Thursday, in a surprise statement that drew strong Arab criticism on social media.
“Rest in Peace President Shimon Peres, a Man of War and a Man of the still elusive Peace in the Middle East,” Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said on Twitter.
The response to his tweet was swift.
Like most Arab countries, Bahrain does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, and many Arabs associate Peres with the successive wars that have rocked the Middle East rather than the Oslo accords with the Palestinians that earned him the Nobel Peace Prize.
“The foreign minister is paying tribute and praying for the Zionist terrorist and the killer of children,” complained former opposition lawmaker Jalal Fairooz.
Another critic, Khalil Buhazaa, tweeted: “Diplomacy does not mean rudeness.”
Peres died on Wednesday aged 93 after suffering a major stroke.
Although he is known to the west for winning Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, Peres is well-remembered as the man who ordered the devastating “Grapes of Wrath” operation against Lebanon in 1996, which left 175 people dead.
He was also seen as a driving force in the development of Israel’s undeclared nuclear program.

العرب يتسابقون لـ «تحية روح بيريز» وبعض اللبنانيين يشيدون

روزانا رمَّال

سمحت سخرية القدر لرئيس السلطة الفلسطينية محمود عباس بـ «فرصة» الحصول على تصريح بالدخول الى القدس المحتلة لحضور جنازة الرئيس «الإسرائيلي» السابق شيمون بيريز، بعدما درس رئيس وزراء الاحتلال بنيامين نتنياهو الموافقة على طلبه ووافق!

يدخل الرئيس محمود عباس بسلام أرض بلاده المسلوبة في القدس حيث «العاصمة اليهودية المنشودة»، والتي كلفت «إسرائيل» حروباً وغزوات «أصيلة ووكيلة» لتبصر النور ولا تزال تلوح في أفق الشرق الأوسط نيات تكريسها منذ لحظة السعي الى إنشاء دويلة كردية وتقسيم سورية. وهو المشروع الذي يجابَه اليوم بأيدٍ من حديد من قبل اولئك المقاتلين أنفسهم الذين قاتلوا «إسرائيل» أيضاً في جنوب لبنان.

الأمعاء الخاوية التي ترفع الهامات والرؤوس وتشمخ فيها الجبهات التي انتصرت على إنسانية المحاضرين بها من وراء قضبان سجون الاحتلال والتي قدمت فلسطين على منابر السلام واجهة الإنسان وقبلة للعالم لم تكف محمود عباس للتخلي عن المجاملات البروتوكولية التي لا تجدي مع هذا العدو وآخرها بطولة الاسير مالك القاضي الذي أفرج الاحتلال عنه بانتصاره على الموت ومضرباً عن الطعام ومحتجاً على القهر والظلم. لم يكف الرئيس عباس أن هذه الأيام تصدف فيها مناسبة الذكرى الـ16 لانطلاق الانتفاضة الثانية انتفاضة الأقصى التي بدأت يوم 28-9-2000 في ساحات الأقصى.. لم تفلح مناشدات محمد الدرة في حضن والده، ولا صرخات الامهات المستغيثات بالقول بإفهام عباس أنه سيفتح الباب لكل الراغبين سراً بالمشاركة بدفن الميت بالمجاهرة والمشاركة معاً.

يتقاطر العالم ليسجل موقفاً للصهيونية العالمية في مثل هذه المحافل، وتقف ايران متفرجة على عدد المتضامنين والذين عبّروا عن حزنهم الشديد من عرب وخليجيين وتدرك أنها هي «السبب».

الموقف الإيراني المؤيد للمقاومة والصعود العلمي والتكنولوجي والعسكري جعلها بالغنى عن التزلف والتودّد لنيل رضا الغرب وجعل جيرانها يلجأون «للشيطان».

تنظر سورية إلى ما يجري… تسأل كيف يتوحّد العرب الذين Arab League appeals to int'l community to protect J'lem and Aqsa Mosque، ووقفوا بالدور بين حكام وملوك ورؤساء وممثلين عنهم للمشاركة بوداع الطاغية.

تناشد القوى الفلسطينية «المقاومة» رئيس السلطة الفلسطينية حفظ ما تبقى من ماء «وجهها ووجهه» وترجوه ألا يحضر وها هي كلّ من «حماس» والجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين، تدعوانه للتراجع عن المشاركة في الجنازة اليوم. تناشد حماس عباس التخلّي عن قراره بتشييع المجرم بيريز، حسب ما قالت، وتنبّهه أنّ مشاركة «الرئيس الرمز» «توفر غطاءً للأطراف الأخرى بالهرولة السياسية وتمثل تشجيعاً لهم للتطبيع مع «إسرائيل».

لم تخطئ حماس في هذا فها هي الأغطية تتوزع والتصريحات تظهر الى العلن..

وزير خارجية البحرين خالد بن أحمد يقول للميت «ارقد بسلام يا بيريز» الرجل نفسه يصف السيد حسن نصرالله بـ Image result for ‫ارقد بسلام يا بيريز‬‎«إرهابي» ويلاحق اللبنانيين على اراضي بلاده، يصنف المحتل داعية «سلام» ويكاد يبدو من أصحاب العزاء، فتصريحاته بقيت تتوالى وآخرها: «أيها الرئيس شمعون بيريز، يا رجل الحرب ورجل السلام الذي لا يزال صعب المنال بالشرق الأوسط»..

قد يكون المشهد إيجابياً لدرجة وضوح الأمور وانبلاجها، الخليج طبّع مع «إسرائيل» علناً وانتهى الأمر!

الذي كان خافياً بكتمان السرّ كالمملكة العربية السعودية بات علنياً، لم تشرح الرياض معنى لقاءات تركي الفيصل بالصهاينة حتى الساعة.. ولم توضح فحوى المشاهد التي تناقلها الإعلام لرجل الأمن السعودي انور عشقي بين «الإسرائيليين»..

قطر ستلبّي «الواجب» كالعادة ويحضر الجهاز الحاكم.. المغرب سيرسل أندريه أزولاي أحد مستشاري الملك محمد السادس للجنازة.

«القناة العاشرة» العبرية نقلت عن مصادر «إسرائيلية» وجود «اتصالات مع دول من الخليج العربي بينها سلطنة عُمان التي قد تحضر الجنازة بدورها، ورجحت مصادر صحافية «إسرائيلية» حضور الرئيس المصري عبد الفتاح السيسي والملك الأردني عبدالله الثاني.

يراقب الإعلام المصري المشهد ويتكتم إعلام قصر عبد الفتاح السيسي عن البوح بالحقيقة، فلا يؤكد ولا ينفي مشاركته، فالرئيس المصري لا يزال في حيرة من أمره، هل يحضر شخصياً أو يكتفي بإرسال سامح شكري وزير خارجيته؟ يبدو السيسي متحفظاً أكثر عن الإعلان عن تحركاته في الآونة الأخيرة بعد تهديدات تعرّض لها.. عله يفاجئ الكاميرات اليوم!

لا يغيب بعض اللبنانيين عن الحدث ولا يوفر بعضهم جهداً بالظهور بمواقف «معيبة» بحق بلد سجل أول انتصارات العرب على «إسرائيل»، فيضعون حساباتهم الشخصية والتاريخية ويطلقون مواقف قياساً لخلفيات لا تمتّ للقضية بصلة، فيصبح خصوم حزب الله وسورية منظّرين لفلسفة حرية التعبير وموزعين شهادات حسن سلوك ولياقات، وكأنهم خريجو أعرق مدارس الديبلوماسية والسياسة الدولية، اللبناني «السيّئ الحظ» هنا فارس سعيد أول المبادرين لتحية عباس الذي يطالبه الفلسطينيون بالرجوع عن قراره..

فلينم الفلسطينيون قريري العين وليفتخروا، لقد اعتبر فارس سعيد موقف رئيسهم شجاعاً ويدلّ على حنكة سياسية.

غاب عن سعيد أنّ مَن يحيي «الشجاعة» كفضيلة، يسوّق لها قاصداً او غافلاً.. غاب عنه أيضاً أنّ مجرد التفكير بالفرضية هو جهوزية لقبولها وبداية انفكاك تلك العقدة المتينة التي تربط «إسرائيل» بالإرهاب واعتبارها مباحة بين الاعداء وتذاكياً..

غاب عنه أيضاً أن تأييد «الخطأ» لن يتحوّل وجهة نظر أبداً…

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Russia Responds to Kirby’s ‘Body Bags’ Comments; US Bombs Euphrates River Bridges

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The remarks by State Department spokesperson John Kirby that the world may soon see Russian troops going home in “body bags” has prompted a rejoinder from his counterpart in Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova.
“Don’t you think that such ventriloquism about ‘body bags,’ terrorist attacks in Russian cities’ and ‘loss of aircraft’ sounds more like a ‘get’em’ command, rather than a diplomatic comment?” Zakharova asked in a Facebook post.
As reported yesterday, Kirby’s remarks, including his prediction that “Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags,” sounded like a veiled threat.
“Extremist groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there in Syria to expand their operations, which will include attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities. Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags, and they will continue to lose resources, even perhaps more aircraft,” said the State Department official.
He added that if the war continues “more Russian lives will be lost, more Russian aircraft will be shot down.”
The fact that the “extremist groups” spoken of by Kirby are being supported in large measure by the US obviously is not lost upon Zakharova.
“And those [acts of terrorism] will be perpetrated by ‘moderate’ [Syrian opposition groups]?” Zakharova inquired. “Just the ones that Washington has been unable to separate from Al-Nusra for as long as six months?”
“[What about] Terrorist attacks in France,” she went on, “America and other countries; the beheadings of people of all nationalities by Islamic State militants in Syria – is this all kind of a different paradigm? Perhaps another ‘parallel reality?’”
In case you missed it, Secretary of State John Kerry, in an acrimonious exchange at the UN last week, suggested Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is living in a “parallel universe.” What the US State Department is doing publicly is engaging in childish finger pointing: “It’s all your fault!” they are essentially saying.
What they are doing privately, behind the scenes, is providing support for terrorist outfits such as Nour al-Din al-Zenki, which beheaded a 12-year-old boy back in July. Why they continue to do this, even as increasing numbers of people are beginning to see through the charade, is a mystery, though perhaps it’s a sign of desperation.
Another Russian official who has responded to Kirby’s undiplomatic remarks is Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov.
“Once again we declare that we are fully prepared to continue the dialogue with the American side and carry on with the joint actions to combat terrorists in Syria,” he said. “However, even the slightest hints of a threat to our soldiers and Russian citizens must be excluded from this dialogue. The matter of safety of Russian citizens, wherever they may be, is not up for bargaining. It is our main and unconditional priority.”
Kirby says the State Department is considering non-diplomatic options, and there are indications it has already found them. In what may be the first step toward partitioning eastern Syria, the US coalition carried out airstrikes yesterday that destroyed two bridges over the Euphrates River, bridges that large segments of the population depend upon for transportation. The following is from Press TV:
Syria has slammed the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh for destroying two bridges over Euphrates River in the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, where the same alliance recently killed 83 Syrian soldiers.
The attacks “confirm the so-called international coalition’s intent to bomb and destroy Syrian infrastructure and economic and social establishments through repeated aggressive acts,” state TV quoted the Syrian Foreign Ministry as saying Thursday.
The official SANA news agency reported that the bridges of al-Asharah and al-Mayadin in the eastern countryside of the provincial capital city of Dayr al-Zawr were hit by the coalition’s warplanes on Wednesday.
Syria’s ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja’afari said the bridges had been used by hundreds of thousands of civilians in the area.
Meanwhile, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based rights group advocating militants in Syria, said the two bridges are now unusable, a situation which would impede aid deliveries and hamper movement of civilians.
It may well be that the US is now opting for a different game plan–that of leaving Assad in power in Damascus while imposing what in effect could be a partitioning off of eastern Syria. This would still achieve the aim of balkanizing the country as well as make it possible to route a pipeline through Syrian territory for purpose of transporting natural gas from Qatar to Turkey and then into the EU. The question, of course, is whether Russia would allow it to happen.
If Syrians are not willing to see their country split apart, and if Russia and Iran continue to support them–with maybe China actively joining the alliance as well–we could be looking at World War III.

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