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In its escalating confrontation with Iran, the US is making the same mistake it has made again and again since the fall of the Shah 40 years ago: it is ignoring the danger of plugging into what is in large part a religious conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims.

I have spent much of my career as a correspondent in the Middle East, since the Iranian revolution in 1979, reporting crises and wars in which the US and its allies fatally underestimated the religious motivation of their adversaries. This has meant they have come out the loser, or simply failed to win, in conflicts in which the balance of forces appeared to them to be very much in their favour.

It has happened at least four times. It occurred in Lebanon after the Israeli invasion of 1982, when the turning point was the blowing up of the US Marine barracks in Beirut the following year, in which 241 US military personnel were killed. In the eight-year Iran-Iraq war during 1980-88, the west and the Sunni states of the region backed Saddam Hussein, but it ended in a stalemate. After 2003, the US-British attempt to turn post-Saddam Iraq into an anti-Iranian bastion spectacularly foundered. Similarly, after 2011, the west and states such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey tried in vain to get rid of Bashar al-Assad and his regime in Syria – the one Arab state firmly in the Iranian camp.

Now the same process is under way yet again, and likely to fail for the same reasons as before: the US, along with its local allies, will be fighting not only Iran but whole Shia communities in different countries, mostly in the northern tier of the Middle East between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean.

Donald Trump looks to sanctions to squeeze Iran while national security adviser John Bolton and secretary of state Mike Pompeo promote war as a desirable option. But all three denounce Hezbollah in Lebanon or the Popular Mobilisation Units in Iraq as Iranian proxies, though they are primarily the military and political arm of the indigenous Shia, which are a plurality in Lebanon, a majority in Iraq and a controlling minority in Syria. The Iranians may be able to strongly influence these groups, but they are not Iranian puppets which would wither and disappear once Iranian backing is removed.

Allegiance to nation states in the Middle East is generally weaker than loyalty to communities defined by religion, such the Alawites, the two-million-strong ruling Shia sect in Syria to which Bashar al-Assad and his closest lieutenants belong. People will fight and die to defend their religious identity but not necessarily for the nationality printed on their passports.

When the militarised Islamist cult Isis defeated the Iraqi national army by capturing Mosul in 2014, it was a fatwa from the Shia Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani that sent tens of thousands of volunteers rushing to defend Baghdad. Earlier in the fighting in Homs and Damascus in Syria, it was the non-Sunni districts that were the strongpoints of the regime. For example, the opposition were eager to take the strategically important airport road in the capital, but were held back by a district defended by Druze and Christian militiamen.

This is not what Trump’s allies in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Israel want Washington to believe; for them, the Shia are all Iranian stooges. For the Saudis, every rocket fired by the Houthis in Yemen into Saudi Arabia – though minimal in destructive power compared to the four-year Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen –can only have happened because of a direct instruction from Tehran.

On Thursday, for instance, Prince Khalid Bin Salman, the vice minister for defence and the brother of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, claimed on Twitter that drone attacks on Saudi oil pumping stations, were “ordered” by Iran. He said that “the terrorist acts, ordered by the regime in Tehran, and carried out by the Houthis, are tightening the noose around the ongoing political efforts”. He added: “These militias are merely a tool that Iran’s regime uses to implement its expansionist agenda in the region.”

There is nothing new in this paranoid reaction by Sunni rulers to actions by distinct Shia communities (in this case the Houthis) attributing everything without exception to the guiding hand of Iran. I was in Bahrain in 2011 where the minority Sunni monarchy had just brutally crushed protests by the Shia majority with Saudi military support. Among those tortured were Shia doctors in a hospital who had treated injured demonstrators. Part of the evidence against them was a piece of technologically advanced medical equipment – I cannot remember if it was used for monitoring the heart or the brain or some other condition – which the doctors were accused of using to receive instructions from Iran about how to promote a revolution.

This type of absurd conspiracy theory used not to get much of hearing in Washington, but Trump and his acolytes are on record on as saying that nearly all acts of “terrorism” can be traced to Iran. This conviction risks sparking a war between the US and Iran because there are plenty of angry Shia in the Middle East who might well attack some US facility on their own accord.

It might also lead to somebody in one of those states eager for a US-Iran armed conflict – Saudi Arabia, UAE and Israel come to mind – that staging a provocative incident that could be blamed on Iran might be in their interests.

But what would such a war achieve? The military invasion of Iran is not militarily or politically feasible so there would be no decisive victory. An air campaign and a close naval blockade of Iran might be possible, but there are plenty of pressure points through which Iran could retaliate, from mines in the Strait of Hormuz to rockets fired at the Saudi oil facilities on the western side of Gulf.

ORDER IT NOW

A little-noticed feature of the US denunciations of Iranian interference using local proxies in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon is not just that they are exaggerated but, even if they were true, they come far too late. Iran is already on the winning side in all three countries.

If war does come it will be hard fought. Shia communities throughout the region will feel under threat. As for the US, the first day is usually the best for whoever starts a war in the Middle East and after that their plans unravel as they become entangled in a spider’s web of dangers they failed to foresee.

(Republished from The Independent by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Presidents don’t seem to matter all that much.

    The agenda is always Israel First.

  2. Art says:

    This is not what Trump’s allies in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Israel want Washington to believe; for them, the Shia are all Iranian stooges.

    Zionism and Wahhabism – Jew and Sunni are the evil that dominates the ME.

    Their lobbies must be eliminated in America – period.

    All the people of the world are paying a premium on energy because of them. They hurt the poorest the most.

    • Replies: @Lo
    , @Druid
  3. Art says:

    Oh my — no respect – after all we have done for Iraq!

    Iraqi government to buy Russian S-400 missile system

    Baghdad (IraqiNews) The Iraqi Ambassador to Moscow, Haidar Mansour Hady, announced on Wednesday, that the Iraqi government decided to purchase the Russian S-400 missile system.

    Hady said in a press statement that the Iraqi government has made a decision to purchase Russia’s S-400 missiles defense systems

    Earlier this month, former Head of the Security and Parliamentary Defense Committee, Hakim Zamili, revealed that negotiations are taking place between the Iraqi and Russian governments, to equip Baghdad with the Russian S-400 missile system.

    https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/iraqi-government-to-buy-russian-s-400-missile-system/

    Hmm — what does this mean for Israeli flyovers on way to Iran?

    Think Peace — Art

    • Replies: @Realist
  4. Lo says:
    @Art

    Sunnis reject Wahhabism, they are not the same thing.

    • Replies: @Art
  5. Druid says:
    @Art

    It’s not Sunni, it’s the Saud family and their Wahhabists gangsters. Most of the Sunni world do not like them

    • Replies: @Art
  6. Sean says:

    Israel will not agree to a final deal until Iran is crushed. Seeing Iran humiliated will concentrate Palestinian minds. Israel and the Saudis want this. If Iran wants to play the part of a great power in the ME then it will have to prove itself on the battlefield.

    • Replies: @JL
    , @Anon
  7. In the maelstrom of the Middle East some group acting on its own accord could ignite the conflagration. What the West fails to foresee, and might be impotent to stop, is instability and threat of regime change in Iran drawing in Russia and China, both have vital interests in the region, and see the protection of Tehran as essential. It is the clash of interests that leads to war – world war.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  8. Realist says:
    @Art

    Oh my — no respect – after all we have done to Iraq!

    FIFY

    • Replies: @byrresheim
  9. Renoman says:

    Get out of the ME and let them destroy each other, everyone hates them, no one will miss them and maybe without them the World can calm down and be civilized?

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  10. Anonymous [AKA "letematit"] says:

    Certainly, no one will miss bibi. A third world savage, petty racketeer and meddler in the affairs of this Republic.

  11. @Realist

    Oh my — no respect – after all we have done to Iraq!

    Oh my — no respect – after all we have done for Iraq!

    There, sir, corrected that for you.

    • Replies: @animalogic
  12. Art says:
    @Druid

    It’s not Sunni, it’s the Saud family and their Wahhabists gangsters. Most of the Sunni world do not like them

    Druid,

    I want to believe that – BUT – where are the Sunnis dumping on the Wahhabists – we see no public expression of Sunni religious or political displeasure with Wahhabism.

    This is more then important – it is crucial – the world awaits their displeasure!

    Think Peace — Art

    • Replies: @anonymous
  13. Art says:
    @Lo

    Sunnis reject Wahhabism, they are not the same thing.
    Lo,

    Hmm — I pay attention to the news – I have never heard a US Muslim publicly and explicitly say that????

    Think Peace — Art

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
    , @Sean
    , @Lo
    , @druid55
  14. JL says:
    @Sean

    Did you even read the article? I’ll highlight the relevant passage for you:

    A little-noticed feature of the US denunciations of Iranian interference using local proxies in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon is not just that they are exaggerated but, even if they were true, they come far too late. Iran is already on the winning side in all three countries.

    Iran has already proved itself on the battlefield, which is why Israel, the US, the Saudis and you, are freaking out. Your psychopathic fantasies notwithstanding, there will be no US/Israeli attack on Iran. How many times have you predicted this on here? When is it actually going to happen?

  15. @Art

    Use of the term “Wahhabism” in an attempt to explain the cause of extremism is analytically lazy:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20170201144320/https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/20/opinion/dont-blame-wahhabism-for-terrorism.html

    There are myriad condemnations of extremism by muslims throughout the media:

    https://muslimscondemn.com/

  16. Sean says:
    @Art

    In its escalating confrontation with Iran, the US is making the same mistake it has made again and again since the fall of the Shah 40 years ago: it is ignoring the danger of plugging into what is in large part a religious conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims.

    The US 40 years ago was suffering from Vietnam and trying to establish good relations with the new Iranian government. The Iranians saw plots and coups where none existed, and humiliated the US.

    I have spent much of my career as a correspondent in the Middle East, since the Iranian revolution in 1979, reporting crises and wars in which the US and its allies fatally underestimated the religious motivation of their adversaries. This has meant they have come out the loser, or simply failed to win, in conflicts in which the balance of forces appeared to them to be very much in their favour.

    Persia is at war with Arabia, Persia has always been at at war with Arabia. Meaning the rivalry predates Islam. In fact the Saudis constantly complain about the treatment of the Arabian minority in Iran even though Iran’s Arab minority is Shia. Arabs and Persians are just natural enemies. Iran wants to be independent of Russia and America. Iran is still acting as if it is the Persian Empire, unlike the Saudis who have established good relations with the US. We will see who is making the mistake.

    • Replies: @Anon
  17. Anon[804] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    A few ACTUAL missiles…huge and guided; not frail, futile, finned, flying-coffee-cans filled with firecrackers (qassams)…landing on Tel Aviv, Haifa, etc. will change Chosenite minds ASAP.

    For 70 years Matzostan has bullied weaker others with impunity, like the Third Reich did Juden 1933-45. When the Fourth Reich (Israel) finally feels some of the pain it’s gleefully inflicted on others for the past 70 years, we’ll hear a lot of long overdue screaming.

    It can’t happen soon enough. The tribe that was frog-marched in the desert after having…yet again…pissed off their own god seems to have learned nothing.

    When you’ve been bounced from 109 bars, YOU are the problem.

  18. Anon[804] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    >”The US 40 years ago was suffering from Vietnam and trying to establish good relations with the new Iranian government. The Iranians saw plots and coups where none existed, and humiliated the US.”

    You mean the US that, in 1953, removed Iran’s democratically-elected leader and replaced him with a shah-stooge?

    If China removed our president and replaced him with a sinophile puppet, every American would suddenly love China…right?

    • Replies: @Sean
  19. The Author assumes that fighting a never-ending war that only serves to stir up more hostility towards the US and the West might be considered a mistake among the Criminal Elite. Our bug is their feature; there is big money and power to be had in running the show this way over-and-over ad nauseum.

  20. Lo says:
    @Art

    There aren’t many prominent Muslims in the US, and most Muslims don’t really know about Wahhabism anyway. I already pointed somewhere else that it is increasingly rare that Muslim scholars condemn Wahhabism, this is because of many reasons outside of this topic. But basically, Wahhabists were a bunch of desert bandits and outsiders, who were rejected. When they invaded holy cities of Islam first thing they declared was that residents and their ancestors were heretical, and they would be forgiven if they changed their ways (become Wahhabi). Naturally, theirs is the most backward, most primitive version of Islam and had caused Muslims nothing but trouble. This I guess, makes them natural allies of Israel.

    • Replies: @Art
  21. Sean says:
    @Anon

    Russia is rather better placed than the US to control Iran. In 1911, the capital city, Tehran, had been seized by the Russians, but armed Bakhtiaris tribesmen, instead of Iranian regular troops, expelled the Russian invasion. After British, Russian and Ottoman occupations of Persia during World War I the ruling dynasty was obviously unable to defend the country. Bolsheviks were advancing on Iran in 1921 and a Persian army coup d’état, was led by a patriotic officer who founded the Pahlavi dynasty as the ruling house of the country in 1925. The Anglo-Soviet invasion 1941 may be also be mentioned.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_Iranian_parliamentary_dissolution_referendum

    Mosaddegh tried to do away with parliament, and he held a referendum in which there was a separate place to vote if voting against his proposal . It was the Iranian military who overthrew Mossadegh, because he was leading the country into a foreign conflict that it could not (Iran was sanctioned at the behest of Britain).

    Britain played a part in the pretext for the by getting people out of the streets, operation was designed by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Kennedy_Young.

    The Americans agreed and provided money. Britain would have been financially destabilized if it had lost Iranian oil revenues. All this led to the Iranian zealots being very suspicious of British and American diplomacy. However.

    DECLASSIFIED US diplomatic cables revealed extensive contacts between Ayatollah Khomeini and the Carter administration just weeks ahead of Iran’s Islamic revolution.

    It was previously known that Ruhollah Khomeini, the charismatic leader of the Iranian revolution, had exchanged some messages with the US through an intermediary while living in exile in Paris. But new documents seen by the BBC’s Persian service show he went to a great lengths to ensure the Americans would not jeopardise his plans to return to Iran – and even personally wrote to US officials.

    The BBC’s reporting suggests that the Carter administration took heed of Khomeini’s pledges, and in effect paved the way for his return by holding the Iranian army back from launching a military coup.

    Britain refused the defosed Shah asylum https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/iran-blog/2016/jul/21/thatcher-files-show-how-irans-shah-was-denied-uk-asylum

    British understood their diplomats would be targeted, because the Iranian zealot would see it as a coup by their own military in the making. Zbigniew Brzezinski, who never paid much attention to non Soviet dangers, insisted the US had to let the Shah come to America and, then Brzezinski met with the Iranian Prime Minister. the predictable consequence was the Embassy being stormed. There was no need for all that as the US was on the other side of the world. The result was Iraq started getting all the US armaments that Iran had previously been getting and Iran was invaded and due to sanctions had to resort to using huge numbers of its own young men as cannon fodder.
    Iran paid in advance for a state of the art air defence system from Putin , but Russia delayed delivering it for YEARS, and gave Israel a look at it first. Iran wanted to be independent of the superpowers, and as a result of following that policy for years they don’t have a friend in the world.

    In The World After the War: America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945–1957
    Derek Leebaert notes

    Much of the work underlying world order, Young believed, involved killing. He operated at the the edge of acknowledgement and from him there would be no knighthoods. “I am unaware,” he writes in one of his books, Masters of Indecision, in which he heaps disdain on his superiors for their pallid approach to global affair to global affairs, “that secret plans are classified as ‘Moral’ and ‘Top Moral’. You want to win don’t you?”

    As with most things one successful foreign policy is done by willpower mainly. Trying to understand the motivation of others, which may lie very deep and they might only be dimly aware of themselves, is a beginner’s mistake in politics.

  22. Anonymous [AKA "rownbosses"] says:

    Hmmm Sean, your observation regarding who is “better placed to control Iran” (er, not the citizens of Iran I take it?) does rather beg another important question. viz:

    Who should be “controlling” the United States – is it the Israel lobby or the actual citizens of the United States (who mostly have a single allegiance I assume?)

    Wait, I guess mere citizens aren’t as “qualified” as the neo-con/Israel-always geniuses who visited the greatest and most expensive foreign policy disaster upon the U.S. in its history, Iraq II?

    Clearly therefore, the only opportunity for “getting ahead” for the average (i.e. not “exceptional”) American is to work on behalf of Israel.

    After all. you can be disastrously wrong – like Bolton – and still be paid a boatload by pro-Israel Potemkin fronts. Sorry, I meant “think tanks”.

    Why, it’s just like hasbara – there’s always a pay-cheque for stupidity…

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
  23. Art says:
    @Lo

    My favorite lefty – Medea Benjamin on Saudi and Wahhabism, and war on Iran.

  24. Nuttyahoo told his boys to get the USA into a war with Iran,but leave Israel out of it.
    “War? What war? Oh you got a war well good luck.”

    • Replies: @Art
  25. @Anonymous

    Its one thing to shill for Israel. Bolton,however,is pushing for war,the outcome of which is anything but certain. When you are willing , no, anxious,no ,foaming at the mouth to start a war and cause mass death and destruction ,you aren’t doing it for the shekels!
    Bolton and the others are monsters. They aren’t fit to serve in our government.

  26. Art says:
    @Father O'Hara

    Nuttyahoo told his boys to get the USA into a war with Iran,but leave Israel out of it.

    That is true – a Nuttyahoo wet dream — but it is not going to happen – any out and out war on Iran, will bring in Hezbollah, Iraq, and Syria.

    Internal regime change is their goal, and breaking Iran up is their goal. Lebanon, Jordan, and finally Syria breakups are next.

    Think Peace — Art

  27. @Renoman

    Since Israel is a Middle East country, I fully agree.

  28. druid55 says:
    @Art

    then you’re too much in US news. It’s all over the world!

    • Replies: @Art
  29. anonymous[307] • Disclaimer says:
    @Art

    {I want to believe that …}

    It is better to bleieve that. Your problem is that you have NO knowledge and writing by your guts. Stop it. ‘think peace’ is not going to help if people are ignorant.

    The majority of Sunnis are against Saudis, a colony, and Wahhabism. The see Saudi Arabia is robbed for the interest of imperialism and zionism, the Mulsims’ enemies. Those traitor ‘Arab leaders’ who at the surface seem are cooperating with MBS, are doing for $$$$$. Those terrorists like ISIS, AL Qaeda are US/Israel proxy army who are paid by Saudis and trained by CIA/Mosad/MI6 to kill Muslims to steal their resources.
    MBS once in the past has been shot, but he survived.
    Saudi people have done the best to get rid of these traitors, but majority of them have been killed and the zionist media push these crimes against humanity under the rug. US and Israel are arming and training these mass murderers and terrorists to achieve their goal in the region for the interest of the criminal west where ‘greater Israel’ is a goal.

    Iran has nothing to do with Yemen, but only supports their struggle against Evil and their colony Saudi Arabia, but the zionist media always spread lies that Iran is behind Yemen war which is a lie. Only dummies believe these lies. Behind Yemen massacre of people including Children is US GOVERNMENT.

    In fact the Yemen war is NOT saudi’s war, rather is US/Israel war for geopolitical gain.

    How many of your buddies, the Christians or Jewish, have been killed by these terrorists? Close to NONE. Their services is to kill Muslims and bring chaos to help their masters the axis of evil
    US-Israel-UK not even Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia will be ceased to exist if the axis of evil is successful in execution of its criminal plan, Oded Yinon. First, they use Saudi Arabi’s wealth to fund the CIA/Mosad/MI6 trained terrorists to create chaos and kill millions of Muslims including children and millions more as refugees to leave their countries so these criminals can take over and – like in WWI, to partition the regional states, for ‘greater Israel’ where take this wish into their graves, one by one.

    The ignorant people also must read the latest speech by a prominent Sunni in Iraq who asked ALL SUNNIS HAVE a DUTY TO PROTECT IRAN AGAINST All AGGRESSORS.

    • Replies: @Art
  30. Art says:
    @anonymous

    The majority of Sunnis are against Saudis, a colony, and Wahhabism.

    Anon (307),

    A great comment filled with truths. The US/Israel/Saudi axis has the power and the money.

    The only thing that can defeat them is the power of the truth.

    Jamal Khashoggi told the true and look at all the trouble he caused.

    What is needed is a 1,000 Jamal Khashoggis. Nothing else will work.

    Saudi is a Sunni Muslim problem – they need to fix it.

    You say that the Sunni people do not like the Saudis – well it is time for the American people to hear that loud and clear from Sunni Muslims. The Sunni revolt against Saudi, must start here in America. A whole lot of sympathetic Americans are waiting.

    Think Peace — Art

    p.s. Being anti-Saudi is NOT being anti-Muslim – only Muslims can establish that.

  31. The real purpose of the talking up of “Iranian proxies” is not just intended to justify war with Iran – although it does contribute to that purpose.

    The real goal is to justify an attack by the US jointly with Israel on Hezbollah in Lebanon. This is a necessary precondition – from Israel’s viewpoint – to a war with Iran. Israel can not afford to have Hezbollah with the ability to rain missiles down on Israel in the event Hezbollah decides to directly support Iran against Israel. But Israel can not degrade Hezbollah sufficiently to enable Israel to deal with whatever forces Hezbollah has after Israel’s actions against it. Israel tried that in 2006 and failed – and Hezbollah is far stronger now than it was 13 years ago.

    So Israel needs the US to join it in an attack on Hezbollah. The US has two things Israel needs to try to degrade Hezbollah: 1) thousands of US troops to assist Israeli troops in rooting out Hezbollah troops, and 2) strategic bombers – those four B-52s that Trump sent to the Middle East – which can be used tactically to destroy Hezbollah underground bunkers and missiles caches by literally “plowing the earth” with heavy bomb loads and “bunker buster” bombs, as was done during the Vietnam war.

    Trump may not want to start another war in the Middle East, but he will be told that if he attacks Hezbollah, he will get a “poll bump” in 2020 for “saving Israel from a terrorist group.” He is too dumb to realize that this will result in a war with Iran which will end his Presidency. But even if he does realize this, once the war starts, there is no way he or Congress can fail to jump to Israel’s defense, given how much control Israel has over Congress and Trump. So a new war is a done deal.

    We can expect a new “summer war” in Lebanon either this summer or next summer. It needs to be done, from Israel’s and the neocons’ viewpoint, while Trump is still in office, relying on his antipathy to Iran and his ability to be led by the nose to engage in military action based on what his advisers tell him. Once the war in Lebanon starts, it will proceed on its own, regardless of whether Trump is re-elected or some other President gets in.

    • Replies: @Art
    , @anonymous
  32. Art says:
    @druid55

    Hmm — I pay attention to the news – I have never heard a US Muslim publicly and explicitly say that???? (they hate Wahhabism)

    then you’re too much in US news. It’s all over the world!

    druid55,

    Clearly “It’s all over the world!” is not working.

    Only the US public has the power to disrupt the US/Israeli/Saudi axis.

    If the Sunni people want to change things – they need to “as Muslims” verbally and publicly attack the Sunni royals inside America political system.

    Think Peace — Art

  33. Art says:
    @Richard Steven Hack

    Hezbollah Is Feeling The Squeeze Of Trump’s Sanctions

    Hezbollah has been forced to make “draconian cuts” to its expenditures as a direct result of President Donald Trump’s 2018 sanctions on Iran, according to The Washington Post.

    Hezbollah, a U.S.-designated terrorist group, received upwards of $700 million a year, or 70% of its revenue, from Iran in the past. But Iran’s ability to finance the Lebanese militia group has been significantly curtailed after Trump pulled out of former President Barack Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal, WaPo reported on May 18.

    “There is no doubt these sanctions have had a negative impact,” a Hezbollah official told WaPo. “But ultimately, sanctions are a component of war, and we are going to confront them in this context.”

    The Trump administration claims that $10 million has been wiped off of Iran’s bottom line since November.

    Some Hezbollah fighters have been furloughed and others have been assigned to the reserves, resulting in little to no pay, according to an administrative employee of the group.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/20/hezbollah-trump-sanctions-iran/

  34. anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:
    @Richard Steven Hack

    [But Israel can not degrade Hezbollah sufficiently to enable Israel to deal with whatever forces Hezbollah has after Israel’s actions against it.]

    You are writing these rubbish for the past 20 years. When are you going to stop?

    As baby killer Ehud Barak in his book “My Country, My Life”, 2018 said ” Israel CANNOT ATTACK IRAN SINCE DOES NOT HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY, but Israel is pushing American Presidents to do so.” This push has been intensified after US/Israel staged 9/11. But George Bush told Israel that you SHOULD NOT ATTACK, and US has NO PLAN TO ATTACK IRAN.
    There is an economic war by the Jewish mafia where some of these criminals are born in Israel, at the US treasury which is ILLEGAL.
    Neither Clinton zionist stooge, nor the brutal zionist first black ‘president’ COULD NOT ATTACK Iran. Why do you think this illiterate zionist pimp will do differently. Do you think he is that dumb?
    Or he has been offered millions of dollars by the Jewish mafia to do it for the baby killers. The jewish mafia is HATED ALL OVER THE WORLD.

    For those dummies that think US will attack Iran we must ask, FOR WHAT PURPOSE?
    You should look around yourself and see that US imperialism has not been successful EVEN IN poor and small country like Afghanistan. Do you think US is that dumb? Then go ahead and get killed.
    The axis of evil US- Israel- UK has been defeated in their goal. No Kurdistan, Bashar Assad has been saved and rules Syria, Libya is a chaos and Haftar, CIA agent and a traitor US citizen, where soon or later will be assassinated by Libyan people, Lebanon is stronger compare to the past and more united with Hizbullah as a country.

    The people of Iran and the region will destroy the zionist stooges and Israel once and for all if these dummies DARE TO ATTACK. Let them come. The criminal, mass murderer ignorant people who have destroyed the world and peace on earth deserve TO BE TOTALLY DESTROYED.

    Do you think 20 years of prediction with NO result is not enough? Those warmongers who want Iran be attack, take it into their graves. All must be old by now.

  35. William says:

    Anyone who can read knows that the current neo-cons are pushing dumb Trump to make an even
    worse mistake than poor George Bush made in starting a war with Iraq.
    How dumb can the American public be?
    Not so dumb actually because they never get to see the news they need to see. The mainstream
    media actually censors what Americans get to read, so one can understand why they are so easily
    led.
    I support Grant Smith, but I don’t have much hope for Americans breaking the hold that Zionist
    zealots who support Israel rather than the U.S.

  36. Trump Is Making the Same US Mistake in the Middle East Yet Again

    To call premeditated acts of unprovoked wars aggression, planned in plain sight a “mistake” is to be naive in the extreme. North Korea, Iraq and Iran initially made George W. Bush’s infamous list of the “axis of evil”. Iraq and (now Syria) have essentially become basket cases. Libya and Afghanistan hardly feature in the MSM. More groups have since been designated “terrorist” at the behest of Israel . The only plausible explanation for NK escaping the fate that befell Iraq, Syria and the others, is because NK boasts a small nuclear arsenal. As we wait with baited breath on the impending wars on Iran and Venezuela, another “mistake” is about to pass. No mistakes here; simply an unforgiving empire with an unrelenting pursuit of hegemony, the imperial dog wagged by the Zionist tail. Therein, along with Saudi Arabia and the Emirates is to be found the authentic axis of pure evil. Unadulterated.

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