Our translation of a commentary from the Russian-language site dni.ru appears further below. Many Trump supporters, desperate to believe in Trump the peace maker, are convinced that their man wants peace with Russia and is adroit enough in the art of the deal to persuade, cajole and/or strong-arm Putin into breaking with Iran. They know little about Trump and nothing but boring clichés about Putin or the Middle East. The current set of sanctions is harming the Russian economy and if the Russians were pussy cats, as many ordinary US citizens and the Establishment imagine, they would possibly cave to pressure from the US and split with Iran. But the Russians are not pussy cats. Their government actually believes in such human values as loyalty to allies. Like Iran. The western notion that “everyone has a price” simply does not apply to the non-US-aligned Asian bloc. They will go to the wall for principle.
The source of America’s anti-Iranian sentiment is not American, it is Saudi and Israeli and was very much imposed on America. There are two compelling reasons why the US so tenaciously adheres to its stereotypical hostility toward Iran, and these reasons have nothing to do with American interests. They are focused on the following:
1—The US Establishment believes with a religious fervour in the notion that the Saudis and only the Saudis can prop up the unbacked US dollar, thanks to the petrodollar agreement reached between Richard Nixon and King Faisal in the early 70s. This fanatical belief has led the US to lean over backwards to please the Saudis, on behalf of whose warlike religion (Wahhabism/Salafism) almost all US wars have been waged since the adoption of that agreement.
The Establishment's reasoning resembles a religion in that is alien to reality. For example, there is reasonable doubt that Saudi oil deposits will hold out much longer after more than a half-century of incessant pumping. And then no one knows who or what will prop up the buck. The Establishment simply has faith in its pundits, all of them billionaires who dream vain dreams and write them down in books couched in lofty sounding prose. The result is a sea of debt that no one hopes to pay down any longer.
2—Over 80% of Evangelicals and quite a few other Westerners calling themselves Christians cleave to the heresy of “Christian” Zionism, having betrayed the sacred will of Jesus to evangelize among the Jews, as clearly expressed in Matthew 23: 37-39, choosing instead to support a secular state located where a godly Israel once stood millennia ago. The refusal to take the Gospel to the Jews as part of the Great Commission is the ultimate sin for a Christian desirous to truly obey Christ, but no one warns against sin any more.
And like the Establishment’s faith, theirs is also a religion. For camouflage, they have borrowed the name “Christianity” to denote their worship of a Middle Eastern country that demands perpetual war.
So why is this irrational US threat to Syria happening now? Keen analysts both in the West and in Russia believe Trump is under extreme pressure due to the threat of impeachment and is using threats of war as a diversion. This tactic is nothing new. Clinton, to divert attention from questions of journos and officials regarding the Lewinsky affair, launched an attack on a medicine factory in Sudan. His excuse? Bill said the plant was making chemical weapons.
Distraught Trump threatens Russia with World War III
August 6, 2018
There is a distinct smell of major war throughout the world. Many experts agree that the next global massacre will begin in the Middle East, where the interests of many influential players, primarily Russia and the United States, are colliding. And if Washington is based on Israel and Saudi Arabia in the region, then Moscow is building on an alliance with Iran, with which it has common interests in Syria.
The US President Donald Trump, who periodically threatens the Islamic Republic, is able to light off the third world’s wick. Given the close relationship between Moscow and Tehran, there is no doubt that the ruthless rhetoric of the American leader is aimed, in particular, at Russia.
For the last few days influential American media outlets have been vying for attention on the coming conflict between the US and Iran. For example, ABC News, citing high-ranking sources, said that an attack on the Islamic republic will come sometime this month.
At the same time, the Americans do not intend to act alone. Allegedly they will have Australia and the UK as backup dancers. The former is charged with determining the targets in the territory of Iran, and the second with locating the facilities of the Iranian nuclear program.
Tehran has already prepared a plan of action in case of aggression. The Iranians threaten to block the transit of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, through which about 20-30% of the total world market of black gold passes. This will be a serious shock to the global economy.
Apparently, the situation is really pre-war. In any case, another influential American television company, CNN, has reported on the strategy of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Persian Gulf. The aim of the Guards is to quickly cut off the Strait of Hormuz, demonstrating to the West just how determined they are.
Iran's intentions have long been known to the US and its allies. "We are closely following these [exercises], and we continue to work with our partners to ensure the freedom of navigation and trade flow in international waters," said Captain William Urban of the US Central Command.
The American leader himself is pouring a lot of oil on the fire, spreading threats in his characteristic eccentric manner. The other day he tweeted that if Iran does not change its policy, it will "suffer consequences." In response, the leader of the Islamic Republic called on the head of the White House "not to play with fire."
The likely conflict in the Middle East is not limited exclusively to US-Iranian relations. If Washington loses the remnants of reason and still decides to strike Iran, Russia will most likely also be involved in the war.
Moscow and Tehran have been closely cooperating for several years in the Middle East. Both countries have common interests in Syria and Iraq, which makes them de facto allies. First and foremost, theirs is a struggle against Islamic radicals, but in addition, Tehran and Moscow are aimed at removing American military contingents from northern and south-eastern Syria.
At the moment, Russia obviously benefits from an alliance with Iran, which allows them not only to finish off the remaining terrorist groups, but also to pressure Americans and force them to withdraw from Syria. To destroy close relations with Tehran, relying on the hypothetical probability of improving relations with the United States and the abolition of part of the sanctions, is unprofitable for Moscow.
And this being the case, both countries are acting as a team in the Middle East in, and a worsening of the situation for one will affect the position of the other accordingly. In our case, a strike by the United States and its Tehran allies will weaken Moscow's influence in the region and jeopardize all the political dividends it has received from entering in the Syrian war on Assad's side.
It is unlikely that, in threatening Tehran, Trump is targeting exclusively the Islamic republic. The message of the White House leader is also directed at Russia, urging her either to refuse to cooperate with Iran, or to experience the consequences of a sharp deterioration in US-Iranian relations.
Russia's refusal to support the Islamic Republic will lead to the loss of its main ally in the region. This is the objective of Trump's threats - to destroy the very productive union of the two states. We will find out soon enough which option Moscow picks in this extremely difficult situation.
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