ISRAEL CONTINUES TO ATTACK SYRIA WITH IMPUNITY THANKS TO THE US. BUT THE US’ TIME IS RUNNING OUT IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Below is a verbatim text from france24 that provides background needed to understand the second text below it, ie, our translation of an article from Ekonomika Segodnya, all with commentary and notes [in brackets] by Vince Dhimos. Americans are kept pretty much in the dark about events in the Middle East and that is by design.
The US-Israeli narrative is essentially that Iran and its proxies in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are a threat to Israel, which US pastors claim is holy land that God gave to the Jews millennia ago. These pious pastors never seem to mention that this was the same God who dispersed these folks for disobedience and that Jesus never once commanded his followers to support a secular country calling itself Israel by sending it weapons and scads of cash stripped from Christian taxpayers. Yet they cheekily call themselves “Christian” Zionists, and that deeply held belief is precisely why we have seen the US swoop into Iraq and Syria and bomb mostly unarmed civilians, and threatening Russia and Iran by holding massive military drills at their borders. All of which has cost the US astronomical amounts of cash and blood and plunged the country into an unpayable debt that threatens it with economic collapse. (We reported here on the latest phase of the slow-movement crash).
It is all reminiscent of the Peasants’ War in Germany of centuries past, where fast talking preachers convinced uneducated gullible farmers that they must rise up against the established Church and fight battles with farm implements and that the Bible promised them invincibility if they had faith – though the Bible never promised them anything of the kind. Indeed the first battles ended favourably for the peasants, who had the advantage of surprise. But once the adversary managed to organize an army of its own, it all wound up with these hordes of peasants being cut down and their leaders being burned at the stake. Centuries passed without a recurrence of such a war motivated by a skewed interpretation of the Bible. Until a new war cult emerged. “Christian” Zionism. This movement thrust the Middle East into chaos that lasted for decades and threatened to tear it apart. But when Russia entered the fray in September of 2015, things started to turn around. But still emboldened by the faith of the deceived grassroots, the peasant leader brashly killed the top general of the adversary, and now we are down to a point where the US is no longer welcomed in a single one of the Shiite countries that once hosted it. Indeed, the Sunni countries of the Gulf that had once provided the Wahhabist US terrorist proxies in Iraq and Syria saw the US-made Patriot system fail to defend their oil fields against a devastating Shiite attack. And recall that US protection was the whole point of the 1974 petrodollar agreement between Nixon and King Faisal, in circumvention of the Constitution, which mandated an army to “provide for the common defence,” not to protect a foreign country in exchange for their propping up an unbacked dollar.
Thanks to the peasant king’s reckless action, essentially no country in the region except Israel now welcomes US troops with open arms. This is the final stage, the stage where the cultists catch a glimpse of what is about to come. Some are beginning to understand that their pitch forks will not save them. That God had nothing to do with their foolish support of war and destruction.
Like the German peasants before them, they once thought that a hocus-pocus perception of the Bible as a talisman, rather than a book of instruction, would make them invulnerable. What they missed is that the Bible does not promise invincibility simply through evoking God’s protection in war, but only through obedience, and that means obedience of Christians and Jews alike, who must humbly go to God embracing the teaching of love. He does not come to them on command.
Syrian army says Israeli jets struck military air base in Homs
Jan 14, 2020
Text by: NEWS WIRES
The Syrian army has said that on Tuesday Israeli jets attacked the main T4 air base in Homs province, saying its air defences downed several missiles in strikes that caused only material damage. [Later reports claimed at least 3 people had died.]
An army spokesman told state media that four Israeli missiles did reach the base, but said air defences intercepted several others.
State television earlier did not say who was behind the attack on the major air base, which Israel accuses of hosting an Iranian military presence and has attacked several times in recent years. [The US has, with clever propaganda via the corporate media, convinced many Americans that Iran – not Israel or the US – is an aggressor and threat to the world community. Recent events show that the Middle East no longer buys this narrative]
"The Israeli air force conducted new aerial aggression and immediately our [Syrian] air defences confronted the enemy missiles," an army statement said.
The Syrian army statement said the Israeli war jets flew from al-Tanf, to the southeast, where the United States has set up a base near the Iraqi-Jordanian border. [So it was definitely a joint Israeli-US operation]
Al-Tanf lies on the strategic Damascus-Baghdad highway, a major supply route for Iranian weapons into Syria. This makes the base a bulwark against Iran and part of a larger U.S. campaign against Iranian influence in Iraq and Syria.
Israel has repeatedly bombed Iranian backed militia targets in Syria, saying its goal was to end Tehran's military presence which Western intelligence sources say has expanded in recent years in the war-torn country.
The Israel Defence Force did not immediately comment on the attack.
Tuesday's strikes are the first ones that Syria has accused Israel of undertaking since the United States killed Iran's most powerful military commander in a drone strike on Jan. 3, sparking one of the biggest escalations between Tehran and Washington since 1979.
Iran's proxy militias led by Lebanon's Hezbollah now hold sway in vast areas in eastern, southern and northwest Syria as well as several suburbs around the capital.
They have also entrenched themselves in the strategically located border town of Abu Kamal on the Euphrates river in the Deir Ez-Zor district in eastern Syria near the border with Iraq where Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary groups have a strong foothold. [Keep in mind that Deir Ez-Zor is the site of the Oman oil fields, the richest in Syria, which the US guards as if it were their property]
Western intelligence sources say Israel has been behind several strikes against Iranian assets in the border area in recent weeks.
The Iraqi side of the border had seen the deployment in large numbers of Iran-allied Iraqi Shi’ite militias who now de facto control large stretches of the frontier, with posts not far from military bases housing U.S. troops.
The U.S. military struck Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia group in areas in Iraq and Syria along the border area at the end of last month in what U.S. officials said was a response to escalating provocations from Iran.
Israel in the past has said Iran uses the T4 base to transfer weapons to Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi'ite militia group with which it fought a deadly month-long war in 2006 [Western sources invariably spare Western readers the truth, namely, that it was Israel that attacked first, on the flimsy pretext that Hezbollah had kidnapped Israeli personnel. It forgot to mention that this in turn was in response to the Israeli kidnapping of Hezbollah members]. Western intelligence sources say it has also been used as a base for Iran's Revolutionary Guards [which the US has branded a “terrorist organization,” though the rest of the world is sceptical].
Israel, which previously has rarely acknowledged strikes in Syria, has become more vocal in pledging it will do what is needed to thwart the entrenchment of Iranian forces or arms transfers to Hezbollah. [But let’s not forget that Hezbollah was the only thing standing in the way of Lebanon’s total destruction in 2006. Why would Lebanon not accept its help?]
The strike on the Syrian airfield revealed Israel's fears of a war with Iran
January 15, 2020
The Israeli air attack on the Syrian air base in the province of Homs is directed against Iran, and, of course, supported by political support from the United States. FBA "Economics Today" cites a military expert, retired colonel Viktor Litovkin, in this regard.
The night before, the Syrian government forces of the T4 airport in Homs province was attacked by Israeli aircraft, according to other sources - drones. Most of the missiles launched were intercepted by the air defence forces - the Russian S-300s, only four shells reached their targets. They caused only material damage - people were not injured [this is contradicted by later reports of casualties]. The strike was launched from the U.S. military-controlled At-Tanf area. Damascus called the incident "Israeli aggression."
"Israel does not actually strike at Syrian targets, but generally at Iran’s targets in the Middle East," the expert notes. It attacks the Iranian military where it sees fit, but Tehran in the future is not leaving Israel behind in the Middle East and insists that the state should leave the region or be destroyed. [I was unable to confirm that Iran had said this. It is usually quoted as saying that Israel will be destroyed if it attacks Iran]
Because Tel Aviv launched a permanent war to destroy the Iranian military in nearby countries, of course, it would not have had the audacity to carry out such attacks without the open military and political support of the USA, which operate in the region in a similar gangster fashion. Israel senses cover and complete impunity - the world community condemns it for attacks purely formally, since no one wants to quarrel with Washington."
With the support of the USA
In June 2019, Israel attacked a military airfield in Homs using drones and missiles. As a result, two soldiers were killed, and the strikes destroyed one of the depots and damaged military equipment. Damascus sent a complaint to the UN Security Council, where the US, as expected, blocked its consideration. Tel Aviv as a result again felt invulnerable to punishment – and orientalists predicted the inevitability of new attacks on Iranian targets in Syria and Iraq.
At the same time, the Israeli authorities, while openly demonstrating hostility to Iran, are still in no hurry to declare open war on it. They have limited themselves to attacks with varying success in different parts of the Middle East. Since 2011, Israel has inflicted hundreds of attacks on Syria, most of which were directed against Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah forces. In recent months, Israeli aviation has stepped up attacks directly against the Iranian military presence in Syria.
“Israel, for obvious reasons, is afraid of openly fighting with Iran - it’s too far away to attack with military aircraft; it needs a jumping-off airfield. And Tel Aviv’s chances of acquiring it in Syria, Iraq or Saudi Arabia are slim to none. In addition, direct attacks on Tehran’s territory is fraught with a response by Iranian medium-range missiles on Israeli territory - as they say, that’s not enough, so the tactics of bold but indirect attacks are used.
In general, US actions in the Middle East in recent months have only made the Israeli authorities more brazen. After all, the US military without the verdict of an international court simply killed Iranian General Kassem Suleimani at the airport in Baghdad, thereby violating all possible norms of international law. Being under the "umbrella" of the States, Israel believes that it can also use the principle of might makes right and act as it sees fit,” the expert points out.
The American factor
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps leader General Kassem Suleimani was assassinated by the United States on January 3. This act of aggression instantly raised the degree of anti-American sentiment in the region to an unprecedented level. If previously only Syria demanded the withdrawal of US troops from its territory, now two more countries of the Middle East have joined it [refers to Iraq and Iran]. Further, Iran is a serious regional player. Tehran has announced that US forces must leave the Middle East.
Echoing this, the Iraqi authorities tore up the agreement allowing the US military presence on its territory for counter-terrorism. Parliament officially launched the Yankee go Home scenario, and the government [of PM Adel Abdul Mahdi] fully supported the decision. Washington in response threatened Baghdad with economic sanctions, but Middle East authorities soon confirmed: US troops must leave sovereign Iraq.
"If we manage to withdraw American troops from the Middle East, it will weaken Washington’s influence in the region and radically change the balance of power. Israel will either immediately abandon the tactics of impudent attacks on Iranian targets in the Middle East, or deliver another blow for which it will receive a response from Tehran’s missiles. And it will finally understand that it will no longer be able to attack with impunity.
But the United States will do everything not to leave the Middle East for as long as possible - ideally never. They need to control this region in order to plunder the oil resources of Syria and Iraq, unleash wars and threaten a number of states. Leaving will be a geopolitical loss - including to Iran’s benefit, which Washington officially calls the main threat to the United States along with Russia and China,” concludes Viktor Litovkin.