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نضوج معالم نظام إقليمي جديد بقيادة روسية



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مايو 31, 2017







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– حتى العام 1970 كانت حقبة جمال عبد الناصر قد أتاحت إدارة الشرق الأوسط بنظام إقليمي قوامه إدارة موسكو وواشنطن لتناقضات وتفاهمات حلفين متقابلين. واحد يقوده عبد الناصر، والثاني تتوزّع قيادته بين تل أبيب والرياض وأنقرة وطهران أيام الشاه. ومع رحيل عبد الناصر خرجت موسكو عملياً من المنطقة، رغم بقاء قوة الاتحاد السوفياتي وعلاقاته المميّزة بكلّ من بغداد ودمشق، ليسود في الشرق الأوسط نظام إقليمي تديره واشنطن وتهيمن عليه ثنائية سعودية «إسرائيلية»، وتشكّل المعارضة الرسمية فيه سورية، والقوة الخارجة عن النظام تتمثّل بإيران، وتصطفّ أنقرة ومصر فيه على الهامش. وقد نجح هذا النظام بالبقاء حتى العام 2000، ولم يُسعفه انهيار الاتحاد السوفياتي في إطالة أمده، ففي العام 2000 شكّل تحرير جنوب لبنان تحوّلاً جيواستراتيجياً في الشرق الأوسط سقطت معه مكانة القوة «الإسرائيلية» بصورة مدوّية، ودخلت المنطقة في عقدين من الفوضى بذلت خلالهما واشنطن كلّ ما تستطيع لترميم هذا النظام القائم على الثنائية السعودية «الإسرائيلية»، وسادت الحروب والفوضى واللانظام أملاً باستيلاد نظام جديد يُعيد الاستقرار، وفقاً لقواعد تحفظ المصالح الحيوية الأميركية في هذه المنطقة الأشدّ حساسية وأهمية في العالم.

– كانت الحرب في أفغانستان وبعدها الحرب على العراق وبعدهما حرب تموز 2006 على لبنان ومقاومته وحروب غزة. وصعدت روسيا كقوة جديدة طامحة مع وصول الرئيس فلاديمير بوتين عام 2000، وبدأت إيران تتعافى من أضرار الحروب والعقوبات، وتحضر كقوة إقليمية، وصعدت سورية كراعٍ للمقاومة مع تهاوي اتفاقيات السلام مع «إسرائيل» التي شكّل «كامب ديفيد» أول ثمارها، وفي المقابل صعدت تركيا مع رجب أردوغان وحزبه منذ العام 2000 بمشروع إسلامي منضوٍ في حلف الناتو يستند لتنظيم الإخوان المسلمين ويتطلّع للعب دور إمبراطوري عبر توظيفهم في تلبية الحاجة الأميركية لإعادة إنتاج نظام إقليمي جديد لحساب أميركا، تطمح أنقرة لقيادته وتأمين مصالح فرقائه سواء الواقفون في ضفة واشنطن، أو مقابلها، وخصوصاً موسكو وطهران اللتين حافظت معهما على علاقات طيبة.

– شكلت السنوات العشر الأخيرة فرصة اختبار انتهت بفشل ذريع للربيع العربي ومعه لمنظومة العثمانية الجديدة. وكان صمود سورية هو حجر الرحى في تغيير اتجاهات الريح. وفي الحصيلة بات واضحاً أنه رغم كلّ الصراخ والضجيج، لم يعد ثمة ما يمكن للزجّ به من مقدرات لتغيير ما رست عليه التوازنات، وبانت علامات التفكك في حلف واشنطن بخروج تركيا من ضفة إلى ضفة بتوليها دور الشريك الكامل في منظومة أستانة التي تديرها روسيا وترعاها تركيا وإيران. وانتقل الصراع مع تركيا إلى الخليج بالمواجهة المفتوحة السعودية القطرية، وبدت واشنطن العاجزة عن امتلاك لغة صالحة للتعاون مع طهران، وصيغة واضحة لاستيعاب وترميم العلاقة بتركيا، تحكم على نفسها بالفشل بقيادة أيّ نظام إقليمي جديد، لا بدّ أن يرث الحروب التي بلغت مراحلها النهائية.

– نجحت موسكو بإمساك العلاقة التركية الإيرانية من الوسط وثبتت لغة المصالح فيها بقوة. ونجحت في المقابل بلغة المصالح أن تضع لتركيا قضية أمن قومي اسمها منع ولادة كيان كردي على حدودها عنواناً لما تريده من هذا النظام الإقليمي، بينما وضعت لإيران قضية الاعتراف بها لاعباً حاسماً في الشرق الأوسط وحفظ الاستقرار فيه وحلّ قضاياه العالقة، وقد شكّل التفاهم على ملفها النووي أولى ثمار هذه المعادلة، ووضعت قواعدها للتعامل مع اللاعبين الحاسمين الآخرين في خريطة الشرق الأوسط، فجعلت قضية الأمن بعد تعافي سورية وتنامي قوة حزب الله وإيران هاجس «إسرائيل» الأول الذي لا يملك أحد القدرة على تبديده مثلما تملك روسيا القدرة على مناقشة مقتضياته والإمساك بخيوطه، ولو بدفتر شروط قاسٍ على «إسرائيل»، بينما لا تملك واشنطن إلا تقديم مال وسلاح وتطمينات لا تغيّر كلها في الحسابات الكبرى للحروب. وتوجّهت صوب مصر وهي تملك منحها الدعم الفعلي لحسم الوضع في ليبيا، رغم كونه بالمواجهة مع تركيا التي تحرص موسكو على العلاقة معها، بينما واشنطن واقفة على ضفة موقف الأطلسي وراء حكومة فايز السراج التي تدعمها تركيا وتقاتلها مصر وتدعم الجيش بقيادة خليفة حفتر. وكانت السعودية الركن الوحيد في المعادلة الذي تسعى موسكو لجذبه نحو الانخراط.

– في الظاهر بدا أنّ قمم الرياض وصفقاتها مع الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب ستبعدان الرياض عن موسكو، وفي الواقع بدا أنّ ما يملكه ترامب ليقدّمه للسعودية لا يتعدّى الكلام، وتغطية أرباح من داخل البيت كتنصيب ولي ولي العهد مكان والده أو فتح النار على قطر، بينما كلفة هذه العلاقة على السعودية في ظلّ اقتصاد مأزوم وعجز يتضخم في الموازنات، واحتياطات محجوزة، تجعل الهاجس المالي أول الاهتمامات السعودية، ومفتاحه في استقرار السوق النفطية التي تتقاسم الرياض وموسكو فيها لقب أكبر منتجَيْن للنفط في العالم، ومن دون التفاهم مع موسكو لن يتحسّن سعر النفط ولن تتحسّن مداخيل الرياض.

– خلال أيام متسارعة كانت موسكو تثبت نظام أستانة بشراكة إيرانية تركية، وتتفاهم مع فرنسا الدولة الأوروبية الأهمّ في الشرق الأوسط، وتمدّ جسور التوصل لتفاهمات كبرى مع مصر والسعودية، ممسكة بهواجس كلّ منهما وبيدها المفتاح، ملوّحة بمفتاح مشابه للهواجس «الإسرائيلية» سبق ولوّحت به لتركيا، تحت عنوان أنّ المزيد من التلاعب بالجغرافيا السورية، عبر توظيف جبهة النصرة وسواها، سيمنح المشروعية لتموضع مقابل في هذه الجغرافيا. وكما الأكراد في حالة تركيا، سيجعل هذه الجغرافيا مصدراً للمزيد من القلق باقتراب حزب الله من الحدود الجنوبية لسورية، وبالتالي فإنّ الاستثمار في قيامة الدولة السورية المركزية مهما كانت الخلافات معها يبقى ضماناً للاستقرار الذي يحتاجه الجميع.

– تبدو روسيا قبل شهر من قمة الرئيسين بوتين وترامب ترتّب أوراقها لمشروع نظام إقليمي جديد، لشرق أوسط جديد، بينما واشنطن تحمل أعباء حلفائها الخائفين ومصالحها المهدّدة، ويبدو تفويض روسيا بإدارة الاستقرار أقرب الطرق لحفظ المصالح وطمأنة الحلفاء.

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كل ما يجري من حولنا من معارك في حضر السورية والعراقية وأرياف حماة وتخوم تلعفر وصولاً إلى المخا وسواحل الحديدة في اليمن العظيم و…الخ يشي بأننا دخلنا مرحلة الهجوم الاستراتيجي الشامل …!

وأن العدو الإمبريالي وأذنابه «مثلث أيتام أوباما» الصهيوني العثماني الأعرابي يخوض معارك تراجعية بهدف إطالة أمد الحرب علينا لا أكثر ويحاول يائساً تأخير ساعة استسلام قواته…!

هكذا هو تقدير الموقف وموازين القوى في الشام كما في العراق كما في اليمن، كما في طهران وفي غزة وفلسطين التاريخية، لذلك نرى المرابي الأميركي صار في موسم الهجرة إلى كوريا الشمالية!

وعليه نقول لترامب وكل أذنابه «الشرق أوسطيين» من صهيوني إلى عثماني إلى أعرابي إلى تكفيري… إن الهجوم الاستراتيجي النهائي لحلف المقاومة وبمساندة حلفائه الدوليين، ضد قوى الظلم والعدوان والهيمنة والسيطرة الاستعمارية الأميركية البريطانية الفرنسية، قد بدأ وسيتوّج بالنصر المؤزر وإنهاء الهيمنة الإمبريالية بكل أشكالها على شعوب المنطقة مهما بلغت التضحيات والأثمان …!

ولمزيد من الدقة والوضوح، فإننا نقول لكل الأعراب المتصهينين ولأسيادهم في واشنطن من مرابين أو محافظين جدد وغيرهم إننا وبعد التوكّل على الله واعتماداً على سواعد أبطال الجيش العربي السوري وحلفائه في الميدان من مستشارين عسكريين إيرانيين إلى مجاهدي المقاومة الإسلامية وسائر القوات الرديفة الأخرى وبمساندة الحليف الروسي، الثابت على مواقفه المتطابقة تماماً مع أحكام القانون الدولي، وهو يقدّم الدعم والإسناد والإمداد العسكري للدولة السورية وحلفائها :

أولاً: نقول لهؤلاء جميعاً إننا قد بدأنا هجومنا الاستراتيجي من أقرب نقطة تماس مع العدو الاحتلالي «الإسرائيلي» في الجولان وسفوح جبل الشيخ مروراً بريف حمص الشمالي وأرياف درعا الشمالية وصولاً، في القريب العاجل إلى محافظة إدلب عند استعادة السيطرة على خان شيخون تمكيناً لخبراء الأسلحة الكيميائية الدوليين والمحايدين من إجراء اللازم هناك لكشف نفاق وكذب الأميركيين وكل أذنابهم في الإقليم .

ثانياً: ليعلم الجميع بأن هذا الهجوم لن يتوقّف لا عند أرياف أدلب ولا أرياف حلب الغربية والشرقية والشمالية ولا حتى عند أرياف الرقة والحسكة وغيرها…. وهنا نودّ أن نذكّر أولائك المستعربين المدافعين عن المحتل «الإسرائيلي» والمعتدي الأميركي أن هذا الهجوم الاستراتيجي سيشمل كافة الجبهات الممتدة من الجولان إلى دير الزُّور والرقة والبوكمال والقائم والموصل إلى باب المندب، حيث التصدّي الأسطوري للشعب اليمني الصامد في وجه قوى العدوان الأميركي/ الصهيوسعودي، رغم قصفه بالقنابل النيوترونية المحرّمة دولياً.

ثالثاً: وإلى هؤلاء الجهلة، الذين لا يعلمون شيئاً عن ترابط ميادين الصراع وتأثيراتها المتبادلة وجدلية وحدة الدم وحدة الساحات هذه، نقول إن هذا الهجوم الاستراتيجي يُغطّي رقعة بحر الصين الجنوبي ومنطقة شبه الجزيرة الكورية، حيث «تضيع» حاملة الطائرات الأميركية في تلك البحار ولا تهتدي إلى وجهتها حسب أوامر الكاوبوي الأميركي ترامب بتوجّهها إلى كوريا الشمالية. بينما تثبت صور الأقمار الصناعية أنها كانت تسير بالاتجاه المعاكس ما يعني أن الكاوبوي الأميركي يكذب على شعبه وعلى العالم إخفاءً لعجزه في مواجهة الهجوم الاستراتيجي المعادي للإمبريالية في الميدان .

رابعاً: وهنا يجب تأكيد أن نجاحات الجيش العربي السوري الباهرة في ميادين الجنوب السوري وأرياف حماة وحلب ودير الزُّور لن يوقفها الاحتلال الأميركي، رغم تآمر بعض أذنابه الخائبين من عثمانيين وغيرهم في جرابلس والحسكة والتنف…، بل إن الجيش السوري سيواصل عملياته ضد مجاميع الاإرهاب ومشغّليهم الأميركيين والصهاينة والأعراب الأنذال. ونذكّر هذا العنصري المقيت، ترامب، بأن قيام أسلافه من الرؤساء الأميركيين باحتلال كلٍّ من كمبوديا ولاوس في محاولة منهم في حينه لوقف هجوم الربيع الاستراتيجي لثوار فيتنام الجنوبية من خلال قطع خطوط إمداداتهم، لم يقدّم ولم يؤخّر في الميدان الفيتنامي في أواخر ستينيات القرن الماضي، بل إنه وسّع دائرة التورط الأميركي في جنوب شرق آسيا والذي انتهى بهزيمة نكراء هرب بنهايتها جنود المارينز وغيرهم مستقلين المروحيات، تماماً كما فعل جنود النازية الألمانية وهم يهربون مختبئين بواسطة طائرات النقل من منطقة ستالينغراد

ولما لم ينفعهم احتلالهم لمزيد من أراضي الغير آنذاك، فإنه لن ينفعهم احتلال بعض الأراضي العراقية والسورية ودائماً بحجة مواجهة التمدد الإيراني، إذ إنهم سيُمنون بالهزيمة الساحقة ويهربون مستقلّين المروحيات تماماً كما فعلت قوات النخبة «الاسرائيلية» ووزير حربهم إيهود باراك وجنوده من جنوب لبنان في أيار من العام ٢٠٠٠.

خامساً: وعلى مَن يتصدّى لنا ولثقتنا بالنصر إلى هذا الحدّ نقول إنكم لا تقرأون التاريخ ولا تستوعبون قوانين حتمية الانتصار ولا مسار ومآل المعارك الاستراتيجية الكبرى!

ذلك لأن الهجوم الاستراتيجي لا يعني أن الحرب قد انتهت وأن النصر النهائي قد تحقّق، وإنما يعني أننا انتزعنا المبادرة الاستراتيجية في الميدان وبشكل نهائي وغير قابل للعودة إلى الوراء من يد قوات العدوان الأميركية العثمانية الأعرابية وأذنابها من داعش والنصرة وغيرهم في سورية والعراق وكذلك في ميادين اليمن ومضيق هرمز وغيره.

ما يعني أن الحرب على الاإرهاب وداعميه قد تستغرق بعض الوقت، ولكن النتيجة المنطقية المؤكدة هي النصر السوري النهائي على العدوان.

وهذا، هو ما حصل بالضبط إبان الحرب العالمية الثانية عندما تمكّنت الجيوش السوفياتية من تحرير مدينة ستالينغراد في شباط ١٩٤٣ بِعد معارك استمرت طويلاً إلى حين انتزاع المبادرة الاستراتيجية نهائياً بعد هزيمة الجيوش النازية في معركة قوس كورسك وسط غرب روسيا يوم قرّر هتلر استعادة زمام المبادرة وفشل في صيف العام ١٩٤٣، فيما تواصل الهجوم السوفياتي غرباً حتى دخوله برلين واستسلام المانيا بلا قيد أو شرط في ٨/٥/١٩٤٥.

سادساً: وعليه فإننا إنّما نستحضر تاريخ حربكم العالمية القذرة لنذكركم، بأن المخرج الوحيد لكم مهما طالت الحرب لن يكون سوى الاستسلام الكامل وبلا قيد أو شرط، ومن ثم الانسحاب الكامل من كل ميادين المواجهة ومعكم مرتزقتكم وعملاؤكم من سعوديين إلى عثمانيين إلى سائر المرتزقة الملتفّين حولكم ولن تنفعكم خزائن بقرتكم الحلوب بعد اليوم …!

لأن الهجوم الاستراتيجي الذي بدأ ربيعه من حلب لن يقف عند اقتلاع جذور الإرهاب من سورية والعراق فقط، وإنما سيمضي إلى حين تحرير الركن اليماني وانقراض العائلة الحاكمة في الرياض وانصياع الأميركي المهزوم استراتيجياً لشروط الميدان وأحكام القانون الدولي واحترامه استقلال وسيادة الدول والامتناع نهائياً عن التدخل في شؤون الآخرين والاستدارة لحل مشاكل الشعب الأميركي الخطيرة من بطالة إلى بنى تحتية مهترئة، حيث هناك ثلاثة آلاف جسر رئيسي مهدّدة بالانهيار وما يزيد على أربعة ملايين طفل وشاب تحت الثامنة عشرة بالإضافة إلى خمسة عشر مليون أميركي وليس مهاجر يعيشون مشرّدين في الشوارع من دون مأوى….!

وإذا كنتم تريدون تقصير أمد عذاباتكم انصحوا سيّدكم الأميركي المنافق بالانكفاء إلى داخل البيت الأميركي ولينشغل بتطبيق حقوق الإنسان على هؤلاء العشرين مليون أميركي المشرّدين في وطنهم، وليكفّ هو وابنته إيفانكا عن ذرف دموع التماسيح على أطفال خان شيخون وغيرها. هؤلاء الضحايا الذين سقطوا بسبب مخططاته ومشاريعه التي ستقوده قريباً إلى محاكم الجنايات الدولية لتتم محاكمته على جرائم الحرب التي ارتكبها في طول العالم وعرضه وليس فقط في عالمنا العربي والإسلامي!..

إنه ربيع فيتنام العربي الذي قد يطول سنوات، لكنه بدأ ولن تستطيع أي قوة إيقافه إلا بعد تحقيق كامل أهدافه، ومنها فصول المنازلة الكبرى في الجليل الذي بات مطوّقاً من الذراعين السوري واللبناني وقريباً إيران «دولة مواجهة عربية» تعيد التوازن المفقود إلى موازين الردع الاستراتيجي في الصراع العربي «الإسرائيلي» …!

ارموا ببصركم أقصى القوم..

سترون عيون الراصد بانتظاركم..

بعدنا طيّبين قولوا الله…

ALLIANCE OF CONVENIENCE: WHY ISRAEL SUPPORTS ISIS? (SYRIANA ANALYSIS)

In Gaza

Apr 29, 2017, Syriana Analysis
Since the beginning of the war in Syria, Israel took the opportunity to pursue its strategic interests in the neighboring country, by tacitly and sometimes publicly allying itself with Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
Syriana Analysis addresses the recent bombings of Israel and US on Syria, elaborating the geopolitical goals behind these strikes.
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Related: “Syria Lambasting Israel for Aiding ISIL”

Apr 20, 2017, Nizar Abboud:
“At the UN Security Council the Syrian delegate, Bashar Al-Jafari attacks Israel’s help to terrorist group, including ISIL in Syria.”
~Excerpts of what Ambassador Bashar al-Ja’afari stated:
“…it’s a very dubious silence that we meet here in the council regarding Israeli policies and practices. This is what has encouraged Israel to continue its practice of occupation and settlement building. It’s also why Israel has violated the plan of disengagement regarding the Golan and all issues related to combating terrorism.
It’s also why this is why Israel has offered its support to various armed terrorist groups in particular on the Syrian Golan, in particular than al-Nusra Front. This is a body this is a group that the United Nations considers as a terrorist group. Well, this group actually receives assistance from Israel.
Israel has facilitated the the movement of these terrorist groups through the line of demarcation line and as a result of that these groups have threatened the Syrian people and it’s the Qatari regime also that has offered its support to these groups.
Israel has not contented itself with offering support to these groups but in fact it has also tried to violate Syrian airspace and to attack Syria this took place on the seventeenth of March of this year in Palmyra. Israel provided its assistance to Da’esh which was present in the area there just then.
All this clearly shows that Israel and terrorism are the two sides of the same coin.
When we say that Israel and terrorism are indeed the two faces of the same coin we need to recall that the history of Zionism itself is a history of terrorism: The goal is to kill and to violate the rights of others, and to base itself on a legend of a religious state which in fact is against all international laws. In fact it’s a state that doesn’t respect the freedom, justice or any principle.
…A state that creates millions of refugees cannot speak of democracy, does not have the right to speak of human values does not have the right to speak like this even though it is responsible for chaos, for the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
When this entity it’s up continues to distort history, to rob territory, to perpetrate massacres against this Arab peoples who live under occupation.
We see that this state has an arsenal of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and it is protected by the member states of the Security Council even what as we have tried to create a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East.
The world cannot disregard the fact that it is on the basis of the Balfour Declaration that this entity was created and this has had a serious impact on the history of humankind.
In fact a racist entity that excludes everyone else and that is based on an extremist religious ideology continues to operate in the region, which in many ways is hardly different from the methods used by Da’esh.
We insist on the Syrian sovereignty on occupied Golan based on the fourth of June 1967 borders. This is a right that is not subject to discussion, it is an inalienable right and we can this can not we cannot make any concessions on this. Our right on this has been violated and we have to make sure that this territory returns to its rightful owners.
We have to call on Israel to free Sedki al-Maket (also: Sedqi al-Maqt)–who we call the Syrian Mandela–and others who are in Israeli prisons for taking pictures, taking photos that prove that Israel is cooperating with the al-Nusra Front on the occupied Paris Syrian Golan these photos were taken this is why these the 2 Syrian individuals were arrested by Israel.”

Further Related Links:

Syrian Ambassador to UN Address to Schiller Institute September 11 Memorial Conference, Sep 14, 2016 [VIDEO]
Interview: Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari on Sovereignty, Terrorism, and the Failure of the UN, Jan 17, 2015, Al-Akhbarin ArabicGlobal ResearchConsortium NewsRabble.caOriental ReviewUprooted Palestinians
Scoundrels & Gangsters at UN: Silencing the Syrian Narrative, Feb 4, 2015, Russia TodayGlobal ResearchUprooted PalestiniansIn Gaza

Russia Leads Superweapons Arms Race

Russia Leads Superweapons Arms Race

ANDREI AKULOV | 27.04.2017 | WORLD

Russia Leads Superweapons Arms Race

While the arms control regime is going through the hardest times ever, a superweapons arms race is on. This month, the US demonstrated its capability to deliver long-range precision strikes in Syria. It also used its most powerful non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast can obliterate everything within a 1,000-yard radius. The US military started testing the new B61-12 gravity nuclear bomb in Nevada. A fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets arrived in Europe. Today, railguns and directed-energy weapons systems are counted upon to sustain America’s precision strike advantage. But there is an area where the US appears to be lagging behind.
The emergence of hypersonic weapons is a revolution that seriously affects the global balance of power. For instance, when the new $15 billion US Ford-class aircraft carrier is commissioned, it will become vulnerable to hypersonic missiles.
On April 15, Russia successfully tested the 5-ton 3M22 Zircon hypersonic cruise missile that will travel at eight times the speed of sound at 6,136mph.
«During the tests of the missile, it was confirmed that its speed on the march reaches eight Mach», Russian news agency TASS reported.
The hypersonic missile is a quantum leap in technology. It requires no electronic countermeasure warfare and complex trajectory of flight. The sheer speed makes any contemporary anti-aircraft defenses obsolete. The only air defense system that can strike targets capable of speeds of around Mach 5.0-Mach 6.0 is the Russian S-500.
The weapon is designed to be carried by advanced and modernized warships and submarines, including those of the Husky-class. Production of the missile is expected to be launched next year. The Admiral Nakhimov and the Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered missile cruisers will be the first to receive the new weapon in 2018 and 2022 respectively. The Russian Navy plans to refit the two giant warships with ten 3S-14 vertical launch systems – each of which carries eight rounds. The addition of the 3S-14 would enable each ship to carry eighty cruise missiles onboard.
According to the «A Threat to America’s Global Vigilance, Reach, and Power: High-Speed, Maneuvering Weapons», report produced in late 2016 by a blue-ribbon panel of experts for Air Force Studies Board at the National Academies of Science, the US is falling behind in the technology race to develop both defensive and offensive high-speed maneuvering arms. The paper sounds the alarm about an arms race quietly underway for several years to develop hypersonic missiles for both strategic nuclear weapons and conventional rapid strike systems.
Mark J. Lewis, chairman of the panel that produced the report, said the panel concluded that «the United States may be facing a threat from a new class of weapons that will effectively combine speed, maneuverability, and altitude in ways that could challenge this nation’s tenets of global vigilance, reach, and power».
Russia is also leading in hypersonic gliders. For instance, in October 2016 Russia successfully tested Object 4202 – an advanced glider warhead. The test was conducted at midday from a site near the town of Yasny, Orenburg region, in the southern Urals, and the warhead reached the Kura test range in Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East. The hypersonic glider vehicle (HGV) vehicle travels most of the time in the stratosphere rather than in space. It can maneuver during the approach to a target at high speed, leaving almost no time for missile defense systems to respond. The HGV is capable of accelerating to a maximum speed of 15 Mach (7 kilometers per second). The warhead was created using solely Russian-made components, including on-board equipment, electronic components and the guidance system. Object 4202 is to be installed on the Russia’s RS-28 Sarmat next-generation heavy intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying up to three HGVs as payload.
While spending ten times less that the United States on defense, including research and development, Russia has produced weapons that make entire US missile defense effort ineffective, while providing it with technological edge in first strike capability.
This is the time when fantasies come true. Russia has acquired the technology to create real models of hypersonic weapons, including cruise missiles and hypersonic warheads for ICBMs-gliders. Its world leadership in the race is confirmed by successful tests. Nobody else in the world is anywhere near to mass production phase.

Update From the East Village Battlefront

Michael Lesher, Stanley Cohen, Lorcan Otway, Gilad Atzmon, Norton Mezvinsky (left to right)
Michael Lesher, Stanley Cohen, Lorcan Otway, Gilad Atzmon, Norton Mezvinsky (left to right)
Introduction by Gilad Atzmin
Things are warming up in Manhattan East Village ahead of our 30 April Conference at Theatre 80.  Theatre owner Lorcan Otway, keeps holding a firm position: he announced again and again that he won’t surrender to calls for censorship. I spent some time with this heroic, scholarly oriented human being. He deserves every possible support. If it isn’t for me, be there on Sunday at 5PM to support Lorcan and his staunch position on freedom and the 1st Amendment.
Meanwhile The Villager confirms that some Antifas may appear in the scene. Considering the reputation the Antifa bought itself in recent years, this news should be probably interpreted as a form of intimidation.
 However, The Villager also published yesterday a beautiful interview with human rights Lawyer Stanley Cohen who participates in the event. I repost this interview in full. Please share it widely.

‘This is lunacy’: Radical attorney slams protest vs. Theatre 80 political panel


By BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
| Radical attorney Stanley Cohen is a veteran of the East Village’s anarchic squatter battles versus the police. And he proudly notes that his mouth was bloodied for the first time when he was 16 and was crossing the Brooklyn Bridge in an anti-war march.
So the threat by some “antifa” (anti-fascist) protesters to disrupt Sunday evening’s panel discussion at Theatre 80 St. Mark’s isn’t going to stop him from participating, he vowed.
“This is the first time I will cross a picket line,” Cohen told The Villager, “because I believe the picket line is nothing short of a fascist attempt to censor.”
Cohen is one of four panelists who will talk at the event. However, it’s another one of the speakers, Gilad Atzmon — a jazz sax-playing “Holocaust revisionist” and alleged Jewish anti-Semite — who the antifa activists will be protesting against.
“I disagree with Gilad on a lot of things,” Cohen said. “And I will debate Gilad. But I believe the essence of resistance is speech. There are people on that panel that are going to challenge him.”
The event is titled, “The Post-Political Condition: Trump, Brexit, the Middle East…What Next?”
According to a description on Atzmon’s Web site, the panelists will “elaborate on the collapse of identity politics, the crisis within new Left thinking and the future of liberal and progressive thought.”
Cohen, the first scheduled speaker, will hold forth on “The Insular View of the American Left.”
“That’s exactly what this is about,” the attorney said of the planned demonstration. “Identity politics and politically correct is so nonsense.”
For his part, Atzmon will expound on “The Tyranny of Correctness — Deconstructing Identity Politics and Understanding Its Origin.”
Cohen said Atzmon’s views on Israel were clearly shaped by his time serving as medic in the Israel Defense Forces.
“It was a life-changing situation for him,” Cohen said.
“I think his last book drove people nuts: ‘The Wandering Who?’ This is a very intelligent guy.”
Cohen is, frankly, shocked at the attempt to shut down the event.
“This is lunacy,” he said. “This is Theatre 80 St. Mark’s in the East Village.”
Cohen, whose past clients include Hamas and Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, admits that he, too, like Atzmon, has been branded a self-hating Jew.
As for what he plans to talk about Sunday, Cohen noted, “I am probably going to beat up [Julian] Assange and WikiLeaks in public. I think they’re becoming partisan. Trump is going after him right now because it’s convenient. There is zero chance that Julian Assange or WikiLeaks — which is him — is going to wind up in an American courtroom.”
Bottom line, Cohen said, he won’t be stopped from doing the event.
“I am a purist when it comes to speech and the First Amendment,” he stated. “I am not going to be intimidated from participating in a discussion of the issues in the East Village in 2017.”
Cohen said, however, that he is worried that “Canadian J.D.L.” types will show up and instigate violence, as happened last month at the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) convention in Washington, D.C. In that incident, members of the Jewish Defense League from north of the border beat up a middle-aged Palestinian teacher.
“I have some friends coming with me to this event,” Cohen said. “They’re Palestinian and they’re women. If anything happens to them, the s— is going to hit the fan — and I’m not talking about violence.”
Legal action, then?
“Absolutely,” he assured. “Absolutely.”
The other two panelists are Michael Lesher, author of “Sexual Abuse, ‘Shonda’ and Concealment in Orthodox Jewish Communities,” who will speak on “Jewish Identity vs. Jewish Religion,” and Professor Norton Mezvinsky, who will discuss “The Quagmire of Current Political Terminology in U.S. Society.”
The discussion, at 80 St. Mark’s Place, will be in two two-hour halves, running from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., including a one-hour Q & A, and finally an hour-long jazz concert by Atzmon. Suggested admission is $10, according to Atzmon’s Web page.

israel’s war on Palestine’s water supplies: Remember the “making the deserts bloom” myth


As Palestinians face Israeli-imposed water hardships, an Israeli firm makes money off extracting water from air to ‘quench global thirst’
High up on Israel’s list of fabricated and otherwise shamelessly embellished achievements is that of having allegedly “made the desert bloom” promptly after setting up shop on usurped Palestinian land in 1948.
Never mind that Palestine wasn’t exactly a desert – or that “blooming” techniques involved mass slaughter as well as plenty of ecological devastation. We mustn’t let facts get in the way of creation myths.
The image of Israel as aqua-messiah is, to put it mildly, a bit hard to swallow
In contemporary times, Israel has continued to market itself as a global pioneer in water technology and conservation, from drip irrigation systems to desalination.
Of course, some might argue that Israel has enjoyed an unfair competitive advantage in the water realm given that it has been able to dominate access to the valuable resource by diverting regional waterways in its favour and literally hijacking Palestinian aquifers.
Now, Israel is once again making disingenuous waves through the Israeli firm Water-Gen – which, a recent obsequious dispatch in the Times of Israel informs us, is “look[ing] to quench global thirst” by extracting water from air.

Scarce water – or stolen?

The Times explains that Water-Gen was founded by an ex-combat reconnaissance company commander in the Israeli military and is currently “controlled by Russian-Israeli billionaire Michael Mirilashvili,” vice president of the World Jewish Congress.
Among the many reasons the technology is so vital, we are told, is that some 1.2 billion people – nearly one-fifth of the Earth’s residents – live in areas of water scarcity, according to United Nations figures.
The UN website notes that an additional 500 million people are “approaching this situation, [and] another 1.6 billion… face economic water shortage (where countries lack the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers)”.
The Water-Gen website meanwhile adds that “water is still the world’s number one concern, as un-safe water kills more people then [sic] wars”.
Given that Israel has never exhibited any detectable qualms either about denying Palestinians access to safe water or about killing them, the image of Israel as aqua-messiah is, to put it mildly, a bit hard to swallow.
Consider a Jerusalem Post article published the very same day (16 April) as the Times of Israel piece on Water-Gen’s global thirst-quenching mission.


Palestinian protestors drink non-potable water during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip on on 11 October 2015, east of Gaza City (AFP)
The Post reports on the dire situation in the Gaza Strip, where fresh water is “a scarce commodity” and where recurring electricity crises are not helped by the fact that “damage from the Israeli bombing of the [Gaza power] plant in 2014 has yet to be fully repaired”.
The article quotes Robert Piper, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, who warns that the latest severe electricity crisis could help unleash a “perfect storm” that results in a Gaza Strip that is fundamentally uninhabitable – a conundrum, no doubt, for the two million people that reside there.
The Post continues: “When looking at the larger picture of the crisis, Piper was clear that the primary cause is the restrictions on the freedom of movement of goods and people through the three crossings into the Strip, which have made a viable economy impossible.”

When it rains . . .

Israel, on the other hand, has found plenty of lucrative economic opportunities in Palestinian repression – with Israeli security tricks and other punitive expertise marketed far and wide. (Water-Gen, for its part, is apparently also off to a good start, having recently signed deals with both India and Vietnam)
And while the West Bank may not lie on the direct path of the perfect storm threatening Gaza, the territory is hardly exempt from repression and plunder.
There, Israeli-imposed water hardships have ranged from prohibitive fees for Palestinian communities to drastic supply cuts to outright theft of Palestinian water for use in hydrating illegal Israeli settlers and filling their swimming pools and other accoutrements.
In an email to me back in 2013, West Bank-based environmental expert Alice Gray highlighted some additional clever Israeli manoeuvres in the area, such as “preventing Palestinians from building sewage treatment plants… and then prosecuting them under international law for cross-border pollution”.
The previous year, an Oxfam briefing paper titled “On the Brink” noted that “water cisterns used by Palestinian farmers to collect rainwater are frequently demolished by the Israeli authorities, further limiting their ability to grow crops”.
In other words: when it rains it pours.

Total whitewash

But back to Water-Gen, whose new campaign has created more occasions for idioms – in the March Times of Israel headline: “At AIPAC, Dershowitz pulls water out of thin air.”
The character in question was, of course, former Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz, tasked with an on-stage demonstration of Water-Gen technology at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington, DC.
It seems it’s not so much about nobly rescuing a hapless, thirsty planet. It’s about securing Israel’s image and with it its highly profitable spot in the international order
Dershowitz’s previous magic tricks include concocting a “continuum of civilianality” to provide legal justification for killing certain kinds of Arab civilians – as well as other behaviour suggesting that his place of employment might have been more aptly titled Harvard Psychiatric Ward.
As part of his AIPAC performance, Dershowitz effectively promoted Water-Gen to the frontlines of the battle against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights:
“I believe that there is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without… You cannot boycott products that you can’t live without.”
In sum, it seems it’s not so much about nobly rescuing a hapless, thirsty planet. It’s about securing Israel’s image and with it its highly profitable spot in the international order – using water from thin air to whitewash a system of institutionalised apartheid and ethnic cleansing.
And that, surely, is something we can all live without.

The Real WMD in Syria – West’s Weapon of Mass Disorientation

The Real WMD in Syria – West’s Weapon of Mass Disorientation
FINIAN CUNNINGHAM | 30.04.2017 | OPINION

The Real WMD in Syria – West’s Weapon of Mass Disorientation

A senior Rand analyst, inadvertently, gave the game away in a recent article inculpating Syrian President Bashar al Assad over the alleged toxic massacre of civilians on April 4. The Rand Corporation, a longtime conduit for CIA propaganda, wrote: «The use of chemical weapons today provokes international condemnation… Those who order their deployment risk being charged with war crimes».
The Western objective, as tacitly admitted above, is therefore to brand the Syrian leader and his government as depraved war criminals, deserving pariah status and excommunication by the «international community».
The alleged use of chemical weapons, a particularly odious weapon of mass destruction (WMD), serves as an effective prop to channel Western public outrage against Assad. Allegedly killing civilians with bullets and bombs just doesn’t have the same psychological power to incite public disgust. Poisoning little children with lethal chemicals is a more effective label with which to demonize the alleged perpetrator.
But the more pertinent WMD issue here is Weapon of Mass Disorientation. And in particular how Western governments, their servile corporate-controlled media, like theRand Corp, New York Times, CNN, BBC, Guardian and France 24, and so on, and local proxy mercenaries inside Syria are covertly deploying deadly chemicals in a series of propaganda stunts. Not only deploying deadly chemicals against civilians in a most cynical and callous way, but getting away with their crimes of murder through an audacious distortion of reality. All made possible because of the West’s media weapon of mass disorientation.
By massive manipulation of facts and images, the Western public are disorientated to condone the wider criminal agenda that their governments are pushing – that of regime change. Part of that disorientation involves the Western public suspending critical thinking over what are otherwise highly dubious circumstances and claims; it also involves an abject manipulation of perception and emotions, whereby some victims of violence are the focus for Western public trauma, while many other victims in Syria and elsewhere are unseen or overlooked with callous indifference. Those anomalies surely speak of a phenomenal disorientation of Western public intelligence, emotion and morals.
Immediately following the incident in the militant-held Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, in northern Idlib Province, on April 4, Western governments and the corporate news media began accusing the Syrian leader of responsibility for a «chemical weapon attack». The US ambassador the UN Nikki Haley made a dramatic presentation at the Security Council on April 5, holding aloft enlarged photos purportedly of children dying from toxic exposure. Two days later, on April 7, US President Donald Trump ordered a full-scale barrage of cruise missile strikes on a Syrian airbase out of «revenge» for the murder of «beautiful babies».
Trump’s decision to attack Syria was reportedly prompted by his disgust at watching videos of the alleged victims, and by the emotional angst that his daughter and special advisor Ivanka Trump felt on also watching the same footage. The video and images were, by the way, released to the Western news media solely by militant-aligned sources, the so-called White Helmets, operating at the location of the alleged chemical weapon attack.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer later said that any one «who gases a baby» can expect more US military retribution. Spicer also made the crass claim that Syrian President Assad was «worse than Hitler» because of his alleged uniquely barbaric use of chemical weapons on civilians.
Meanwhile, US and British warplanes operating in Syria, Iraq and Yemen are slaughtering at the very same time hundreds of civilians. In Yemen, thousands of children are dying from starvation due to a US-backed blockade on that country by Saudi Arabia in its war for regime change there. Why aren’t Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka, and his spokesman Sean Spicer traumatized by these deaths? Why is the Western public also not outraged, traumatized?
In Syria, on Easter Saturday, April 15, busloads of civilians were murdered by terrorist suicide bombers, whom the Western governments and media refer to as «rebels». Over 120 civilians were massacred including 68 children. Where was the Western outrage at the images of charred children’s bodies hanging out of mangled buses? Indeed, the Western media coverage of that carnage was minimal and was downplayed with insidious words that the victims were «pro-regime supporters».
But the victims of the bus attacks were more numerous than those allegedly killed during the chemical weapons incident two weeks before at Khan Sheikhoun.
President Trump has condemned Syria’s Assad as an «animal» due to the alleged use of chemical weapons. Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has also called Assad a «monster». Clearly, the image-projection here is aimed at demonizing and dehumanizing the Syrian leader. Once that image-making is «successful» – and the saturation pejorative Western media coverage is crucial to that success – then a moral, legalistic mandate is created which allows Washington and its allies to escalate their aggression against Syria. Either through diplomatic sanctions at the United Nations or by military means with direct military force, as seen with Trump’s cruise missile barrage on April 7, or with increased support to proxy militant groups inside Syria.
All the while that Western governments and media have been demonizing Syria over alleged chemical weapons, the political-media campaign has also been directed at smearing Russia for alleged complicity because of its alliance with Syria.
Britain’s Johnson said earlier this month that Russian leader Vladimir Putin had «toxified» Russia’s international reputation by its alliance with Syria. The British diplomat’s choice of words betrayed an overly contrived attempt to push the propaganda theme.
In what should be seen as a transparently crude effort, the Western governments tried to splice Russia’s support for Syria by hyping up the «horror» of chemical weapons. The Western political momentum has since dissipated somewhat, but there was an obvious bid by the West in the days following the incident at Khan Sheikhoun to force an ultimatum on Moscow to abandon the Assad government, and to in effect cede to Western demands for regime change in Damascus.
Russia seems to have succeeded in rebuffing this tawdry tactic by holding firm to principles of international law and objective facts.
Last week, the UN-affiliated Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) issued a statement claiming that there was «incontrovertible evidence» that the lethal chemical weapon sarin was used in Khan Sheikhoun on April 4.
The OPCW did not say who used the alleged sarin. But the inference pushed by Western media was that it was the Syrian government.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov deprecated the OPCW as «discrediting» itself. The supposedly neutral, scientific organization was basing its conclusions on samples supplied by illegally armed groups, in a dubious chain of «evidence» that is neither impartial nor verifiable.
The «sarin conclusion» announced by the OPCW is in accordance with the assertions made by the US, Britain, France and Turkey. They are not disinterested parties. They are protagonists for regime change and sponsors of a covert war against the Syrian government since March 2011. Yet, audaciously, their partisan claims are afforded credibility by Western media.
Russia’s call last week for an impartial, on-site investigation into what actually happened at Sheikhoun was rejected by the Western governments. Russia’s demand for an independent probe was also supported by Iran and the Syrian government.
As Sergey Lavrov noted: «The spreading of false information on the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government is being used to move away from implementing UN resolutions on finding a peaceful settlement and instead to switch to the long-cherished objective of regime change».
There is abundant evidence that sarin was not the toxic agent used at Khan Sheikhoun on April 4. American MIT professor Theodore Postol, a highly accredited weapons expert, as well as neuroscientist Dr Denis O’Brien, are just two of many sources who have concluded from the observing the symptoms and circumstances that sarin could not have possibly been used.
There is abundant evidence too that the Western-backed regime-change militants in Syria have been involved in fabricating supposed «chemical weapons» incidents, creating media-ready videos which the Western news outlets have avidly disseminated and which Western governments have cited as «evidence» against Assad. That was the conclusion of the Swedish Doctors for Human Rights, among other reputable sources.
Considering that the only «evidence» for the latest chemical weapon incident on April 4 comes in the form of unverifiable videos supplied by terrorist-affiliated groups, it is highly plausible that the narrative put out by these groups, the Western governments and media is false. That narrative is that Syrian warplanes dropped chemical weapons on Khan Sheikhoun, killing over 80 civilians.
By contrast, it is plausible that the entire incident is an orchestrated fabrication. That is, that there was no chemical «weapon of mass destruction» used at Khan Sheikhoun. If a weapon of that sort were used, as alleged, then one would expect the death toll to be in the hundreds, if not thousands, as happened at Halabja in 1988 when up to 5,000 Kurdish civilians were massacred by the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Instead, what likely happened in Syria was simply the murder by intoxication of civilians by militants using lethal chemicals, such as cyanide or chlorine. Why were the supposed aid responders of the White Helmets not also poisoned if highly toxic sarin had been used? Why do the «responders» seem too preoccupied with making videos instead of actually treating victims with due medical care? Why have no sarin antidotes or decontaminants been requested or sent to Khan Sheikhoun in the days and weeks following the alleged attack?
Thus the militants and their media-savvy agents in the White Helmets (who are funded by Western military intelligence) could very well have staged the poisoning of unwitting civilians. The despicable, cynical act of homicide may not have even happened on the alleged date of April 4, or even in the alleged location of Khan Sheikhoun.
Bear in mind that it has been reported in the past that US and other Western military forces have «trained» the so-called Syrian «rebels» (terrorists) on the handling of lethal chemicals. Those Western media reports mendaciously spun the notion that the «rebels» were being trained in the event of Assad’s «chemical weapons arsenal being unleashed».
The Syrian government has repeatedly and categorically denied that its forces used chemical weapons at Khan Sheikhoun earlier this month or in any other incident. It says that all its chemical weapons were destroyed back in 2014 under a Russian-brokered deal, a result that was confirmed at the time by the OPCW.
Tenuously, the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis claimed last week that the Syrian government cheated the OPCW and secretly kept a portion of chemical weapons in reserve.
The Western narrative of chemical weapons (sarin) used by the Syrian government is riven with anomalies if interrogated with critical thinking. Indeed, when looked at with due skepticism, it is apparent that the Western narrative is not merely a misinformed, erroneous perspective. The whole affair is a deliberate, carefully constructed and delivered Western psychological operation, a false-flag propaganda stunt, to demonize and dehumanize the Syrian government in order to propel the Western agenda of regime change. The American CIA and British MI6 have been trying to implement regime change in Syria since 1949 in on-off clandestine projects. The chemical weapon of mass destruction allegation is but the latest ploy in a long-running project.
Western governments, their military intelligence agencies and the propaganda service of the corporate media have been working on this particular psychological operation for several years in Syria, going back to the first major «chemical weapon» incident in East Ghouta, near Damascus, in August 2013. That stunt failed to effectively demonize the Assad government then. But the Western operation has continued and evolved over time until its latest episode at Khan Sheikhoun on April 4. The «chemical weapon» nomenclature is spurious from the nature of the injuries inflicted. It is more likely an incident of mass poisoning by militants carried out on hapless victims, which is conveniently broadcast around the world by Western governments and media as a «chemical weapon of mass destruction» used by the «Assad regime».
What is overlooked, however, is the WMD weapon of mass disorientation being used against Western public. The disorientation of critical thinking, emotions and moral standards is deployed in order to more easily manipulate public consent for the Western governments’ criminal enterprise of regime change in Syria.
There is an abominable charade taking place before our very eyes. A charade in which supposedly «moral», «law-abiding», «democratic» Western governments are colluding with the most vile terror groups using the most vile means of deception and murder. Why this simple glaring truth is not recognized more widely by the Western public is because their own governments have deployed weapons of mass disorientation through dutiful mass media purporting to act as «news services».

Why the West will never either defeat or forgive Russia

Historically, Russia has always fought intuitively for the survival of all mankind. Of course, the events do not always look this way. But whatever they look like, this huge country has repeatedly rebuffed the most powerful forces of evil which were becoming a threat to the very existence of our planet.
By Andre Vltchek
During the Second World War, the Soviet (mostly Russian) people sacrificed at least 25 million men, women and children for the sake of the victory over Nazism. No other country in the modern history has ever had to go through such hardship.
Right after this victory Russia, along with China and Cuba, launched the most incredible and noble project of all times: the systematic destruction of the Western colonialism. All over the world the oppressed masses rose up against the European and North American barbarity, and the Soviet Union was ready to become a beacon of hope for them, to provide them with substantial financial, ideological and military aid.
As the oppressed and disadvantaged nations, one after another, gained their independence, in all the capitals of the Western world there was growing hatred of the Soviet Union and the Russian people. After all, the looting of “non-white” continents was considered a natural right of the “civilised world”.
In the USA and Europe such words as “colonialism” and “imperialism” very quickly acquired a negative connotation, at least, outwardly. So demonising the Soviet Union (leaving alone attacking it) for supporting the struggle for liberation on all the continents would have been counterproductive. Instead, there were developed theories about the “Empire of evil”.
Russia has always been an “obstacle”. This enormous country has been preventing brutal plans of Washington, Berlin, London and Paris. Plans of controlling and plundering the entire world.
However, the more noble the deeds are, the dirtier the attacks on them become.
Russia has always been known for its incredible ability to mobilise its forces, to throw all its resources to achieve a single, deeply humanistic and moral, goal. In its struggle there has always been something sacred, something high and extremely important.
‘Arise, the great country, arise to fight to death!’. This is how begins one of the greatest patriotic songs of the World War II. When Russia is fighting, it is only the victory that is important for it. The victory at any cost.
Russia was destined to fight for the fate of the entire world. If you do not believe in fate, you’ll never understand the famous “Russian soul”. It is not about a religion, as for the most part Russia is anarchist and atheistic. But it believes in destiny and accepts it.
Besides, in most cases, Russia hardly had a choice. It was the end of mankind that was an alternative to the victory.
So, when the very existence of the world was under threat, Russia always rose – fierce and frightening but, at the same time, incredibly beautiful in its anger and determination. It fought with every handful of its land, with every heart of its people. And it almost always won. But it did so at a terrible price – having buried millions of its sons and daughters, and having plunged itself into the sea of ​​unimaginable sorrow and pain.
Moreover, there never was anyone nearby to comfort it. While the fires were still raging, while the faces of mothers and wives who had lost their close ones were still wet with tears, the country already was being spat upon, mocked and humiliated by the treacherous Western regimes and their propaganda.
Its heroism was belittled, its victims were mocked. It was alleged that its millions who had given their lives for mankind had actually died for nothing.
In exchange for its heroism Russia has never asked for anything, except for two basic things: recognition and respect. And yet, it has never received either.
Now Russia is rising again, it is beginning the epic struggle against the ISIS, a monstrous parody of the Muslim faith, created and armed by the West and its regional mean hangers.
Russia was forced to act. After all, who else could have done it? After centuries of the Crusades and barbarian colonialism of the West there is almost nothing left of the Middle East, one of the cradles of our civilisation. The Middle East, plundered and humiliated, has turned into a mosaic of miserable client states standing in service of the West. Tens of millions have been killed. All that could have been looted has been. The socialist and secular governments have been pressed to the wall and overthrown.
I have worked a lot in this region and can attest that, perhaps, with the exception for Africa, there is no greater victim of the West’s greed and barbarism in the world.
Syria and Iraq, two desperate, long suffering, mortally wounded countries, appealed to Russia for help. And it agreed to provide it.
Oh yes, I can already hear the cacophony of shrieks about the ‘Russian interests’ and ‘spheres of influence’, coming from Europe and the North America. Because there is nothing sacred in the West. There can not be anything sacred there. Because everything there is tainted with grim sarcasm and nihilism … If the West behaves like a thug, the picture of the rest of the world should also be drawn in the same colours. After all, the West has neither allies nor feelings. Only interests. It is not my idea, it was said to me over and over again when I was living and working in the destroyed parts of Africa.
But I do not care what they say in Paris and Washington. What matters is what they say in Iraq, Syria and Libya. And I will explain to you how things are there: if you go to the barber and say that you are Russian, the people will rise, hug you and weep.
Russia will never attack other countries, but if it comes under attack itself, its fury can be terrifying, especially during a war. ‘Who comes to us with a sword, shall perish by the sword!’, said the Novgorod prince Alexander Nevsky in the XIII century.
The recent incident with the Russian bomber that was shot down over Syria by the Turkish Air Force increases the risk of a wider regional war. Turkey, a NATO member country, is spreading terror all over the region: from Libya and Somalia to Iraq, Syria and its own Kurdish territories. It is torturing people, destroying a lot of them (including journalists), robbing millions of their natural resources and dissipating (mostly with Qatar’s money) the most extremist Islamist teachings.
I met Recep Tayyip Erdogan many years ago, in the early 1990s in Istanbul when he was still the mayor of the city, and I was “licking my wounds” after the publication about the West systematically destroying Yugoslavia.
‘Do you speak Turkish?, he asked me once.
‘Not very well,’ I replied. ‘Just a little’.
‘But you know perfectly well how to pronounce the name of our party!’, he exclaimed. ‘This proves how important we are’.
From the very first meeting I realised that he was an aggressive villain with delusions of grandeur and the inferiority complex. And yet, I had no idea that he would go so far. But that is exactly where he has gone. And because of it millions of people are suffering all over the region.
Now he has shot down the Russian bomber and invaded Iraq.
Turkey has repeatedly fought with Russia and almost always lost. Moreover, in the period between the two world wars it was able to survive only with the help of the Soviet Union. So, it should have twice thought over the next step.
Russia does not just “wage wars”. Its struggle for the survival of mankind is nothing but a work of art, poetry, a symphony. It’s hard to explain but it’s true. Everything is intertwined there.
To meanly shoot down the Russian Su-24 is the same thing as to spit on the graves of 25 millions who died in the Second World War. It is a disgusting and stupid move. In Russia people do not act like this. In Russia, if you want to fight, you fight face to face with your adversary.
But if you kill like a coward, if you invade devastated neighbouring countries, one day it can be not the Su-24 that you will see in the sky, but heavy bombers.
Russia can not be defeated. There are many reasons for that. One of them is very pragmatic: it is a nuclear superpower. Another is that Russia usually fights for a just cause. And it does it with all its might and with all its heart.
But for Russia, the planet Earth would no longer exist. At least, in the form we are used to seeing it in. The West and its Christian fascist states would fully control the world. And they would treat “sub-people” like animals (even worse than they are doing now); there would be no boundaries, no limits to theft and destruction.
The so-called “civilised world” (the one that builds its theatres and schools on the bones of the others) would, without the slightest resistance, go to the full control over our planet.
Fortunately, Russia exists. And it can not be defeated. No one will ever manage to do it. And that is why the West will never forgive it for standing up for the poor and oppressed.
Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. His latest books are: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire” and  “Fighting Against Western Imperialism Discussion with Noam Chomsky: On Western TerrorismPoint of No Return is his critically acclaimed political novel. Oceania – a book on Western imperialism in the South Pacific. His provocative book about Indonesia: “Indonesia – The Archipelago of Fear“. Andre is making films for teleSUR and Press TV. After living for many years in Latin America and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides and works in East Asia and the Middle East. He can be reached through his website or his Twitter.
Posted January 24, 2016