by Vince Dhimos
I have already posted an article showing that General Soleimani most likely died because he wanted to initiate a thaw in Saudi-Iran relations. In other words, he died for peace, assassinated by a country whose leaders fear peace more than anything. This is a startling realization and it shatters my previous theory that Saudi was dragging the US into war in the Middle East. It was not Saudi after all but a smaller Middle East state with no oil reserve that pushes for war with Iran, but also has pushed the US into the Iraq war, the involvement in Syria and Libya and God knows what else, on the counterintuitive theory that provoking all one’s neighbours makes one more secure. The Saudi leadership has already admitted that it had funded terrorists in cooperation with the US during the Cold War. In fact, MBS disclosed during an interview with US media that the US had urged Saudi to promote Wahhabism – the religion of ISIS andal-Qaeda – to counter Russian influence in the Muslim world during the cold war.
An Arabic-language interview with an Iranian political analyst that I am reading at Al Jazeera completely demystifies Washington’s motives for the 24/7 anti-Iran propaganda, the pull-out from the Iran deal and the threat of war on Iran from the White House. It is not all Saudi’s instigation after all that brings war in the Middle East. New Silk Strategies will run our full translation of this Arabic-language interview.
Quote from above-linked article:
“Masjedi said top Iranian commander, Qassem Soleimani, killed at Baghdad airport in a US air raid last month, was carrying a message setting out Iran's position on possible rapprochement with Saudi Arabia, the Iraqi state news agency reported.”
QUOTE FROM THE TRANSLATED ARTICLE (to appear soon at NSS):
“Iranian media warned that America adopts a policy of fear mongering about Tehran, as an approach to blackmailing some Gulf countries, explaining that the goal of the surprise visit of the US Secretary of Defense to Riyadh and Israel's participation in the Bahrain conference is to eliminate any possible Iran-Gulf rapprochement.”
The Al Jazeera article, and the killing of Soleimani at precisely the time when he was about to deliver a message of reconciliation to Saudi Arabia is solid evidence that the US, on behalf of Israel, is working feverisly to keep up a warlike atmosphere in the Middle East. Washington’s obviously panicked response to the visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran to Tehran also shows the US knows there is a potential for rapprochement between Iran (and hence the Shiite world) and the Gulf States. Saudi Arabia was opposed to Israeli aggression until about the time of the 1974 petrodollar agreement between Nixon and King Faisal, which essentially bought Saudi’s loyalty to the US and hence an unofficial working relationship with Israel. This was the Saudi royals betraying their people, but since the royals also bought their loyalty with enormous amounts of US dollars, a wholly artificial relationship could be maintained between US-Israel and the Gulf States. But the fact that it is artificial and not based on spontaneous people-to-people trust shows that there is always underlying tension that can eventually upset the unwholesome scheme. Russia is the fly in the ointment here. By intervening in the Syrian conflict in September 2015 and thus strengthening the Shiite world, and now by refusing to cut oil production and breaking off with OPEC, thereby administering the coup de grace to US shale, and simultaneously inducing Saudi to jeopardize its own oil industry with dangerously low prices per barrel, Russia is tampering with the mechanism that has held in place the exquisitely delicate ties between the US and the Gulf States. Putin’s shrewd dealings could cause Riyadh to detach itself from Washington, delivering the death blow to nearly 5 decades of mischief that nearly destroyed the Middle East and brought on a catastrophic debt that the Fed is furiously struggling to pay by relentless printing of dollars – with no further options open. Western media and government officials would have you believe everything is under control but nothing could be further from the truth. Especially now that the COVID19 epidemic is upon us.
Look, when you have to struggle, even rush to Riyadh, to plead with the Saudi crown prince not to negotiate with Iran, there is obviously a potential disaster in the making that would be unleashed by a rapprochement between Saudi and Iran and the US is in utter panic over this possibility. But by “disaster,” we are looking through Washington’s prism, with disaster meaning peace and hence a further loss of US influence. Good for the world, bad for the Washington connivers.
After all, te UAE, once Saudi’s accomplice, is no longer on board with the US scheme to keep up the hostility toward Iran and is ending its intervention in Yemen.
Contrast this US alarm with Putin’s serenity and sang-froid. At least we know who looks like a winner and who looks like a deer in the headlights.
When the US has to desperately plead with Saudi not to negotiate with Iran for fear that peace may break out, something is terribly wrong.
The aforementioned article to be presented in translation plus the killing of Gen. Soleimani at the critical moment when he was about to deliver an offer of reconciliation to Saudi changed my mind about the role played by the Saudis in influencing the US. I once supported the view that Saudi was key to the stability of the USD, and this was in fact the view held by Nixon and subsequent administrations since him. It now appears that the US is controlling Saudi on behalf of Israel, and we can surmise that this is not a new policy. This means that the petrodollar agreement with Saudi was quite likely largely a ruse intended to convince investors and influencers that the US must support Saudi policies, including their wars and, clandestinely, their terrorists in the Middle East on behalf of the USD, and it was also a way of keeping the Saudis in line behind the US and Israel. After all the 1973 oil price war had been led by Saudi Arabia angry at the US for supporting Israel in the Yom Kippur war that year (mirroring the current Saudi overproduction that threatens US oil). The petrodollar deal has meanwhile tamed Saudi and made it essentially pro-Israel – all for a price, though that may change now that MBS has decided to punish the US shale business. As for the belief that Saudi is actually propping up the USD, the fact is, for years, Saudi has held no more than half the dollar amount in US Treasuries as either China or Japan, and no one has claimed that the Japanese or the Chinese are responsible for propping up the US dollar! This myth of the Saudi-buoyed petrodollar helped keep politicians and presidents in line, not necessarily to support Saudi but in fact to support Israel, which, like Israel, sees Iran and the Shiite world in general as the enemy – simply because these countries refuse to recognized Israel, and generally to go along with Israeli-US policies – which are ultimately set by Israel and supported by the US, acting as its loyal proxy. I think if you look at events and US policy in the Middle East through this prism you will find no more mystery in the events happening there. It is all falling in place. No msm commentater will tell you this and the grassroots are lightyears away from recognizing the truth. They are psychological slaves and want you to be their slaves in turn.
The US is led by radicals, who want constant war and insist on accruing a dangerously high debt that cannot be paid down or off. The average Western mind has been prograqmmed through habit and constant daily exposure to this radical agenda and is no longer capable of assessing its surroundings. In fact, ironically, any ideas falling outside this narrow radical spectrum will seem radical to the programmed Westerner. He has been radicalized but thinks his assessment of the world is normal. He is like the prisoners chained in the cave in Plato’s allegory. All they see of the world is what they can see from this restricted vantage point. They haven’t a clue as to what the outside world really looks like. This is the Westerner, chained down by the political class and exposed only to the media’s narrative of the world, seen through their grotesquely distorted prism. A few think they have found the “truth” because they were told by their “liberator” that the liberal media have been feeding them lies, and of course, this is not wholly erroneous. What they fail to grasp is that not all lies come from liberals and that both left and right are feeding them a constant diet of distortion, making it virtually impossible to see the world for what it is. For example, they are fed the false information, sold as axiomatic, that Iran is inherently evil while the Saudis are our friends who keep our dollar strong. The Russians are the enemy and only NATO can keep us safe. Israel is the Holy Land and the Bible enjoins us to send her powerful weapons to defend against the evil Palestinians and to ward off the evil spell of the godless globalist UN that seeks to enslave Israel (the bedrock of this idea is “Christian” Zionism, deconstructed here based on scripture). China steals our intellectual resources and we are their economic slaves who yearn to be free. And so on and so forth, and to doubt this is to betray one’s country and be cast into outer darkness. Fear keeps us in thrall to the puppeteers who pull our strings.
But there is a way to escape this indoctrination. Stop consuming Western media and start reading Sputnik, TASS and RT for a focused view and read Al Masdar and Southfront to learn what is really happening in the Syrian theatre. But this advice sounds radical to Westerners whose heads have been in thrall to the indoctrinators and they would sooner eat a bug than read “Russian propaganda.” They believe implicitly that Russia is aggressive while the US is the moral godly country whose mission is to keep the rest of the world safe and secure from leftism and godlessness, which are supposedly lurking around every corner of the globe.
The truth is, though, that if you look more closely at the world, you will easily see that the US is like an arsonist running around torching everything in sight while Russia is following it and putting out the fires. Now forest fire fighters know that sometimes you have to cut down a swath of trees to control a fire. But no one would call a forest fire fighter an arsonist. Yet, because Russia uses the only available means of fighting the forest fires, it is condemned as if it were the one who started the fires.
Middle East war news follows.
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RUSSIA SENDS 13TH IL-76 TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT WITH VIRAL AGENT DEFENSE EXPERTS AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO FIGHT COVID-19 TO ITALY
On March 23, the Russian Defense Ministry sent a 13th IL-76 military transport aircraft with medical equipment and specialists to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to Italy.
Earlier, the Russian military announced that it was sending 9 IL-76 aircraft with 8 mobile medical teams, at least 100 viral agent defense experts and various military equipment (dozens of pieces) to assist Italy in the war on COVID-19. However, when the Russian COVID-19 response team deployed in Italy, it appeared that the situation there was worse that it had been even expected. So, the Russian side opted to increase its means and forces involved in the campaign to assist the Italian side.
Russia Sends 13th Il-76 Transport AIrcraft With Viral Agent Defense Experts And Medical Equipment To Fight COVID-19 To Italy
Amid the acute crisis with the outbreak in Italy, it’s interesting to note that Russia, China and Cuba are the main states that are now assisting the country. At the same time, the ‘democratic nations’ led by the United States remain silent or prefent to demonstrate their moral support to the Italian nation.
Breaking: Russian air defenses confront hostile missiles at Hmeimim Airbase in Syria
By News Desk -2020-03-240
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – Minutes ago, the Russian military activated their air defense systems at the Hmeimim Airbase, following an attempted attack on the installation.
According to preliminary reports, the Russian air defenses intercepted the hostile projectiles before they could hit the airbase.
No further details were released.
In the past, attacks on the Hmeimim Airbase were carried out from the Idlib-Latakia axis in the Jabal Al-Akrad region, which is under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP).
Update (12:20 A.M.): Russian air defenses intercepted missiles around the Hmeimim Airbase and coastal city of Jableh.
SDF RELEASES TENS OF ISIS MEMBERS IN EASTERN SYRIA. TURKEY, RUSSIA STRUGGLE WITH IDLIB DE-ESCALATION
SDF Releases Tens Of ISIS Members In Eastern Syria. Turkey, Russia Struggle With Idlib De-Escalation
On March 23, Russian and Turkish forces carried out a second limited joint patrol in southern Idlib. The patrol involved six armoured vehicles and took place along a short chunk of the M4 highway west of the government-controlled town of Saraqib. This part of the highway remains the only safe place within the entire security zone, which was set to be established in the framework of the Russian-Turkish de-escalation agreement.
After the March 23 patrol, the Turkish side got additional time to neutralize terrorists and radicals entrenched in the agreed to buffer zone. This was the second time when Moscow provided Ankara with such an opportunity. However, Ankara seems to be taking very little or no efforts to do so.
Over the past days, the Turkish Army established observation points near Khattab and Msheirfeh and made a formal attempt to de-block the highway removing earthen mounds made by terrorists. Despite these heroic efforts of the Turkish military, the M4 remains in the hands of al-Qaeda-linked groups and the security zone there exists only on paper. Such a situation on the ground is slowly but inevitably leading to the resumption of hostilities in the region.
Humanitarian conditions are deteriorating in the Rukban refugee camp within the US-controlled zone of al-Tanf. According to media reports, people in the camp have to pay money for tents and the bare necessities, and are forcefully recruited into the ranks of US-backed militant groups. Additionally, militants sabotage the evacuation of refugees from the camp.
A series of IED attacks rocked the town of Tabqah, controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), on March 21. IED explosions targeted positions, vehicles and personnel of the SDF next to the Andalusia pool and the Maysalun roundabout. 6 SDF members were reportedly killed. Pro-opposition sources immediately blamed ‘Assad agents’ for the attack. Kurdish sources blame ISIS and Turkey.
On March 22, the SDF released 80 ISIS members that had been captured during the combat operations along the eastern bank of the Euphrates. All the released individuals are reportedly Syrian citizens, from the governorates of Raqqa, al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor. During the last few years, the SDF has released hundreds of ex-ISIS fighters.
The group often does this for money or upon request from influential figures, like tribal leaders, businessmen and local commanders. This SDF behavior likely contributed to the reemergence of ISIS cells in eastern Syria. Last week, ISIS announced that its fighters had assassinated 40 people in the province of Deir Ezzor during the last 3 months.
Jihadists destroy bridge along M-4 Highway to block Russian forces
By News Desk -2020-03-25
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels in the Jisr Al-Shughour countryside have once again blocked the strategic M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) by destroying the road used for the joint Turkish-Russian patrols.
According to reports, the jihadist rebels destroyed the bridge inside the town of Al-Kfeir, thus blocking the Russian forces from accessing the highway around the Jisr Al-Shughour District.
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This is the second bridge that has been destroyed by the jihadist rebels in the Idlib Governorate since the Moscow Agreement was put in place on March 5th.
The Russian military has been unable to complete their agreed upon patrols along the M-4 Highway due to the destruction of the roadway and security threats by the jihadist rebels.
According to the Russian Reconciliation Center, Turkey has vowed to expel these extremist groups from the highway, but they have failed to do so thus far.
China successfully launches military satellites into space
By News Desk -2020-03-250
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – On Tuesday morning, China announced that they had successfully launched a batch of satellites into space.
According to the Chinese government, their military launched three new military surveillance satellites into orbit via their Long March 2C rocket.
The Long March 2C rocket was reportedly launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the Sichuan province; these satellites were confirmed in orbit later in the day.
The three satellites “will be used for electromagnetic environment detection and related technological tests,” China’s state-run news outlet CCTV reported.
These satellites will join the Chuangxin-5 satellite constellation, which now consists of 18 Yaogan satellites that have been launching in batches of three since the first trio launched in 2017.