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One year ago, the Raging Twenties started with a murder.

The assassination of Maj Gen Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), alongside Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi militia, by laser-guided Hellfire missiles launched from two MQ-9 Reaper drones, was an act of war.

Not only the drone strike at Baghdad airport, directly ordered by President Trump, was unilateral, unprovoked and illegal: it was engineered as a stark provocation, to detonate an Iranian reaction that would then be countered by American “self-defense”, packaged as “deterrence”. Call it a perverse form of double down, reversed false flag.

The imperial Mighty Wurlitzer spun it as a “targeted killing”, a pre-emptive op squashing Soleimani’s alleged planning of “imminent attacks” against US diplomats and troops.

False. No evidence whatsoever. And then, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, in front of his Parliament, offered the ultimate context: Soleimani was on a diplomatic mission, on a regular flight between Damascus and Baghdad, involved in complex negotiations between Tehran and Riyadh, with the Iraqi Prime Minister as mediator, at the request of President Trump.

So the imperial machine – in complete mockery of international law – assassinated a de facto diplomatic envoy.

The three top factions who pushed for Soleimani’s assassination were US neo-cons – supremely ignorant of Southwest Asia’s history, culture and politics – and the Israeli and Saudi lobbies, who ardently believe their interests are advanced every time Iran is attacked. Trump could not possibly see The Big Picture and its dire ramifications: only what his major Israeli-firster donor Sheldon Adelson dictates, and what Jared of Arabia Kushner whispered in his ear, remote-controlled by his close pal Muhammad bin Salman (MbS).

The armor of American “prestige”

The measured Iranian response to Soleimani’s assassination was carefully calibrated to not detonate vengeful imperial “deterrence”:

precision missile strikes on the American-controlled Ain al-Assad air base in Iraq. The Pentagon received advance warning.

Predictably, the run-up towards the first anniversary of Soleimani’s assassination had to degenerate into intimations of US-Iran once again on the brink of war.

So it’s enlightening to examine what the Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Division, Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, told Lebanon’s Al Manar network: “The US and the Zionist regime [Israel] have not brought security to any place and if something happens here (in the region) and a war breaks out, we will make no distinction between the US bases and the countries hosting them.”

Hajizadeh, expanding on the precision missile strikes a year ago, added, “We were prepared for the Americans’ response and all our missile power was fully on alert. If they had given a response, we would have hit all of their bases from Jordan to Iraq and the Persian Gulf and even their warships in the Indian Ocean.”

The precision missile strikes on Ain al-Assad, a year ago, represented a middle-rank power, enfeebled by sanctions, and facing a huge economic/financial crisis, responding to an attack by targeting imperial assets that are part of the Empire of Bases. That was a global first – unheard of since the end of WWII. It was clearly interpreted across vast swathes of the Global South as fatally piercing the decades-old hegemonic armor of American” prestige”.

So Tehran was not exactly impressed by two nuclear-capable B-52s recently flying over the Persian Gulf; or the US Navy announcing the arrival of the nuclear-powered, missile loaded USS Georgia in the Persian Gulf last week.

These deployments were spun as a response to an evidence-free claim that Tehran was behind a 21-rocket attack against the sprawling American embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone.

The (unexploded) 107mm caliber rockets – by the way marked in English, not Farsi – can be easily bought in some underground Baghdad souk by virtually anybody, as I have seen for myself in Iraq since the mid-2000s.

That certainly does not qualify as a casus belli – or “self-defense” merging with “deterrence”. The Centcom justification actually sounds like a Monty Python sketch: an attack “…almost certainly conducted by an Iranian-backed rogue militia group.” Note that “almost certainly” is code for “we have no idea who did it”.

How to fight the – real – war on terror

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif did take the trouble (see attached tweet) to warn Trump he was being set up for a fake casus belli – and blowback would be inevitable. That’s a case of Iranian diplomacy being perfectly aligned with the IRGC: after all, the whole post-Soleimani strategy comes straight from Ayatollah Khamenei.

And that leads to the IRGC’s Hajizadeh once again establishing the Iranian red line in terms of the Islamic Republic’s defense: “We will not negotiate about the missile power with anyone” – pre-empting any move to incorporate missile reduction into a possible Washington return to the JCPOA. Hajizadeh has also emphasized that Tehran has restricted the range of its missiles to 2,000 km.

My friend Elijah Magnier, arguably the top war correspondent across Southwest Asia in the past four decades, has neatly detailed the importance of Soleimani.

Everyone not only along the Axis of Resistance – Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus, Hezbollah – but across vast swathes of the Global South is firmly aware of how Soleimani led the fight against ISIS/Daesh in Iraq from 2014 to 2015, and how he was instrumental in retaking Tikrit in 2015.

Zeinab Soleimani, the impressive General’s daughter, has profiled the man, and the sentiments he inspired. And Hezbollah’s secretary-general Sayed Nasrallah, in an extraordinary interview, stressed Soleimani’s “great humility”, even “with the common people, the simple people.”

Nasrallah tells a story that is essential to place Soleimani’s modus operandi in the real – not fictional – war on terror, and deserves to be quoted in full:

“At that time, Hajj Qassem traveled from Baghdad airport to Damascus airport, from where he came (directly) to Beirut, in the southern suburbs. He arrived to me at midnight. I remember very well what he said to me: “At dawn you must have provided me with 120 (Hezbollah) operation commanders.” I replied “But Hajj, it’s midnight, how can I provide you with 120 commanders?” He told me that there was no other solution if we wanted to fight (effectively) against ISIS, to defend the Iraqi people, our holy places [5 of the 12 Imams of Twelver Shi’ism have their mausoleums in Iraq], our Hawzas [Islamic seminars], and everything that existed in Iraq. There was no choice. “I don’t need fighters. I need operational commanders [to supervise the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, PMU].” This is why in my speech [about Soleimani’s assassination], I said that during the 22 years or so of our relationship with Hajj Qassem Soleimani, he never asked us for anything. He never asked us for anything, not even for Iran. Yes, he only asked us once, and that was for Iraq, when he asked us for these (120) operations commanders. So he stayed with me, and we started contacting our (Hezbollah) brothers one by one. We were able to bring in nearly 60 operational commanders, including some brothers who were on the front lines in Syria, and whom we sent to Damascus airport [to wait for Soleimani], and others who were in Lebanon, and that we woke up from their sleep and brought in [immediately] from their house as the Hajj said he wanted to take them with him on the plane that would bring him back to Damascus after the dawn prayer. And indeed, after praying the dawn prayer together, they flew to Damascus with him, and Hajj Qassem traveled from Damascus to Baghdad with 50 to 60 Lebanese Hezbollah commanders, with whom he went to the front lines in Iraq. He said he didn’t need fighters, because thank God there were plenty of volunteers in Iraq. But he needed [battle-hardened] commanders to lead these fighters, train them, pass on experience and expertise to them, etc. And he didn’t leave until he took my pledge that within two or three days I would have sent him the remaining 60 commanders.”

Orientalism, all over again

ORDER IT NOW

A former commander under Soleimani that I met in Iran in 2018 had promised me and my colleague Sebastiano Caputo that he would try to arrange an interview with the Maj Gen – who never spoke to foreign media. We had no reason to doubt our interlocutor – so until the last Baghdad minute we were in this selective waiting list.

As for Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed side by side with Soleimani in the Baghdad drone strike, I was part of a small group who spent an afternoon with him in a safe house inside – not outside – Baghdad’s Green Zone in November 2017. My full report is here.

Prof. Mohammad Marandi of the University of Tehran, reflecting on the assassination, told me, “the most important thing is that the Western view on the situation is very Orientalist. They assume that Iran has no real structures and that everything is dependent on individuals. In the West an assassination doesn’t destroy an administration, company, or organization. Ayatollah Khomeini passed away and they said the revolution was finished. But the constitutional process produced a new leader within hours. The rest is history.”

This may go a long way to explain Soleimani geopolitics. He may have been a revolutionary superstar – many across the Global South see him as the Che Guevara of Southwest Asia – but he was most of all a quite articulated cog of a very articulated machine.

The adjunct President of the Iranian Parliament, Hossein Amirabdollahian, told Iranian network Shabake Khabar that Soleimani, two years before the assassination, had already envisaged an inevitable “normalization” between Israel and Persian Gulf monarchies.

At the same time he was also very much aware of the Arab League 2002 position – shared, among others, by Iraq, Syria and Lebanon: a “normalization” cannot even begin to be discussed without an independent – and viable – Palestinian state under 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as capital.

Now everyone knows this dream is dead, if not completely buried. What remains is the usual, dreary slog: the American assassination of Soleimani, the Israeli assassination of top Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the relentless, relatively low-intensity Israeli warfare against Iran fully supported by the Beltway, Washington’s illegal occupation of parts of northeast Syria to grab some oil, the perpetual drive for regime change in Damascus, the non-stop demonization of Hezbollah.

Beyond the Hellfire

Tehran has made it very clear that a return to at least a measure of mutual respect between US-Iran involves Washington rejoining the JCPOA with no preconditions, and the end of illegal, unilateral Trump administration sanctions. These parameters are non-negotiable.

Nasrallah, for his part, in a speech in Beirut on Sunday, stressed, “one of the main outcomes of the assassination of General Soleimani and al-Muhandis is the calls made for the expulsion of US forces from the region. Such calls had not been made prior to the assassination. The martyrdom of the resistance leaders set US troops on the track of leaving Iraq.”

This may be wishful thinking, because the military-industrial-security complex will never willingly abandon a key hub of the Empire of Bases.

More important is the fact that the post-Soleimani environment transcends Soleimani.

The Axis of Resistance – Tehran-Baghdad-Damascus-Hezbollah – instead of collapsing, will keep getting reinforced.

Internally, and still under “maximum pressure” sanctions, Iran and Russia will be cooperating to produce Covid-19 vaccines, and the Pasteur Institute of Iran will co-produce a vaccine with a Cuban company.

Iran is increasingly solidified as the key node of the New Silk Roads in Southwest Asia: the Iran-China strategic partnership is constantly revitalized by FMs Zarif and Wang Yi, and that includes Beijing turbo-charging its geoeconomic investment in South Pars – the largest gas field on the planet.

Iran, Russia and China will be involved in the reconstruction of Syria – which will also include, eventually, a New Silk Road branch: the Iran-Iraq-Syria-Eastern Mediterranean railway.

All that is an interlinked, ongoing process no Hellfires are able to burn.

(Republished from Asia Times by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. gay troll says:

    When the Trump card felled Soleimani, I ran out to the stores and made a stockpile for WWIII. Trump had promised disproportionate retaliation for any Iranian response to Trump’s shameless antagonism. Then Iran bombed US bases in the Middle East, but Trump pirouetted away from his promises, although a jetliner fell out of the Tehran sky in the middle of the night, killing everyone aboard. Trump apprised Americans of this complex, opaque situation by saying “All is well”.

    So there was no flashy kick off to WWIII. And about a week later, we started hearing rumors and seeing media out of China, suggesting that a highly infectious novel coronavirus was about to sweep the globe and destroy 5-15% of the population. I didn’t need to stock up for the global pandemic because I had already stocked up for WWIII. Funny how that works.

    Also funny how the actual biological threat of COVID 19 to the global population is rather minimal, despite the early rumors of mobile incinerators and a sulfur dioxide plume in Wuhan, despite initial estimates that the R0 of the virus was 4+, despite videos of people dropping dead in the street, et cetera.

    We have been played so hard.

  2. Sure doesn’t say much about the air defense capability of Iran.

    • Troll: GazaPlanet, RedpilledAF
    • Replies: @GazaPlanet
  3. @gay troll

    World War III started with the FIRST bombing of WTC, on 26.02.1993.
    According to Nostradamus, WW III would go on through 27 years – actually it is already closing, and will be over by 25.02.2021. And what was the refugee trek of 2015 as not the large invasion from Turkey…?!
    The second bombing of WTC points to the final year, 11+9+2001=2021

    You see the biggest problem with prophecies is that people do not realize when they are fulfilled. It is a serious problem recognized at least since Oedipus. And people would know this if they treated prophecies seriously. But instead of that they read horoscopes in newspapers, as if destiny would be published.

    WTC was a temple of prophecy, so we must watch what happened there.

    • Replies: @animalogic
    , @Rufus Clyde
  4. Prof. Mohammad Marandi of the University of Tehran, reflecting on the assassination, told me, “the most important thing is that the Western view on the situation is very Orientalist. They assume that Iran has no real structures and that everything is dependent on individuals. In the West an assassination doesn’t destroy an administration, company, or organization. Ayatollah Khomeini passed away and they said the revolution was finished. But the constitutional process produced a new leader within hours. The rest is history.”

    Is that Orientalism? That’s always been my view of how things work, well, everywhere. Ours is a world of individuals, not of abstract systems. Maybe I’m just a reductionist idiot, who knows…

    As for the article, it’s more Iran-good-guy from Pepe Escobar, which is standard. In fact, his perspective is probably why he was invited to have such high-level interviews in the first place. The so-called “Axis of Resistance” is nothing more than a mafia in my opinion, in the same way as the much-beloved “Khazarian Mafia” currently tromping around Palestine, or whatever the hell you want to call our Pentagon-Wall-Street racket. “Globalism”, that nebulous bogeyman, can honestly be associated with the actions of all three. And it’s my opinion that the “Global South” ideology is for communists and third worlders.

    • Troll: L.K
  5. Sean says:
    @Fallingwater

    Ours is a world of individuals, not of abstract systems. Maybe I’m just a reductionist idiot, who knows…

    • Thanks: Fallingwater
  6. anon[276] • Disclaimer says:

    The three top factions who pushed for Soleimani’s assassination were US neo-cons – supremely ignorant of Southwest Asia’s history, culture and politics – and the Israeli and Saudi lobbies, who ardently believe their interests are advanced every time Iran is attacked.

    The clear goal is to induce the Persians to lash out, to allow a justification for a disproportionate ”levelling” response by the US at the behest of the Israelis. The Iranians are well aware of this, and have not taken the bait, especially recognizing that Bidens’ staffing, which may well include folks like Ben Rhodes, will be arriving soon.

    In the long run, it would be as idiotic as the Neocons ill-advised Iraq war and the murder of Qaddafi, because what is coming to fill the vacuum will be simple dirty bomb proliferation that cant be tracked back to a cohesive nation state or punished anymore that US aerial efforts at sending urban North Vietnam into the stone age were effective at defeating their field forces.

    On a personal note, I am fascinated by the Elamites and would be thrilled to normalize relations to get a international effort at excavating what is going to offer some literary gap-filling that will be of great value to science and theology. Remove the sanctions, let Israel Finkelstein normalize relations through an international archaeological effort that will be a great prestige to the Iranian/Persian/Medes history, and dispense with the stupid threats.

    • Agree: RedpilledAF
    • Thanks: Majority of One
    • Replies: @anon
    , @Wally
  7. @Another Polish Perspective

    I always use ornithomancy, b/c — well, birds are smarter than humans (weight for weight) .
    By the same token I’m trying Anthropomancy, but people do get all pissy about this valuable tool.

  8. sarz says:

    Your pharisaical reasoning has naturally missed the ethical imperative behind the Iranian response to the stealing of Palestine from the real descendants of the people your people claim to be. Do you suppose any great prestige attaches to the archaeological claims of Ashkenazis and that it is a way to glory? Such as the Dead Sea scrolls and the fake pomegranate have brought to yourselves?

    • Replies: @obvious
  9. Realist says:
    @gay troll

    We have been played so hard.

    That is true…but it wasn’t hard to do. The majority of Americans are fools.

    I am through with Tucker Carlson. After last night’s rant…again…about China’s involvement in the Covid pandemic, I am through giving Carlson another chance to get it right. The blame for the horrible result from the Covid sham is totally on the Deep State and the dumbass Americans that allowed it. Those that think Carlson is on the side of the American people…have been conned.
    Carlson is merely promoting the right-wing, Republican Inc narrative for the Deep State. The Deep State has right-wing scammers and left-wing scammers… which covers the two main ideologies in American politics. Left-wing…Russia bad, right-wing China bad. The reality is American Plutocratic Oligarchy…bad.

  10. An ancient text survives in which a prince in Asia Minor describes how plague had devastated the region because his father had broken an agreement with Egypt.

    I know somebody well enough to know he is not a liar and who said at the outbreak of this covid epidemic that he had received a locution which said that the outbreak in Wahun was a deliberate release by Israel and an Arab(Saudi agents?), the locution was ambiguous). He is the first to not trust every such locution and neither I am but through a couple of synchronicities yesterday I maybe was willing to grant greater credence to it.

    Firstly I gather that Saudi Arabia hates Iran and the latter was the secondary epicenter of the Wahun release event. Secondly it helps explain why when Ron Unz wrote in a comment describing how the US had been the source of the release I was inspired to suggest in a reply that the US was being set up as patsy without describing why.

    The person who had the locution was correct about the devastation that would come about through the release from a lab of a “germ” 18 months before the covid outbreak. I strongly suspect that the UR contributors are monitored routinely so the relevant agencies will know from the date stamp in my emails at that time recording that the locution is true. Furthermore I pray with all my heart that an another locution is false and that what is heading to the US because of Israel does not happen.

  11. @Ned Ludlam

    By that logic, the Navy’s shoot-down of the Iranian jet-liner revealed US naval air defense was weak. The purpose of air defense is not to spare civilian air liners flying through a war zone. Of course, it’s quite possible that the US intentionally shot down the Iranian civilian air liner. Bush Sr. was not going to apologize!

    With respect to the shootdown near Tehran, there are many possibilities, one shouldn’t discount the possibility of US planes in the area, possibly spoofing a signal with the intention of causing the civilian jet to be hit. We are dealing with a Zionist dominated America that is capable of committing any crime in the name of the American people for the benefit of the Jews.

    • Replies: @Sean
    , @WJ
    , @anon
  12. TKK says:

    Rank and file Persians detested Soleimani. He was the leader of the domestic terrorism campaign that disappeared, arrested, tortured and murdered Persians for any dissent.

    It seems the misery of political Islam is lost on most of these readers, because of a hatred of Israel.

    It is a third rate mind that cannot accept that the enemy of my enemy is not friend.

    Indeed, you are jaw dropping idiots- bona fide mouth breathers- if you believe living in Iran is a picnic in Springtime. Your tough guy talk and rantings on Unz would result in your EXECUTION. Read that sentence twice.

    Ruhollah Zam , barely more than a kitchen table journalist, was hung for some anti government speech on Telegram, an app like Twittter- just ran by different overlords.

    He was lured back Tehran from France by Iranian Qud- using the same tactics IDF uses- imprisoned, tortured and murdered. How bizarre, retarded and bat sh*t insane to martyr the architect of Iran’s systemic barbarism.

  13. Ghali says:

    It is unbelievably shameful. The silence is deafening while the US-Israel Fascist regimes are threatening to attack an Islamic nation that has never threatened or attacked the US or its attack dog Israel.
    It is Israel which has more than 300 nuclear bombs, and it is the Israeli Fascist regime that is threatening and has attacked other peaceful nations. Anyone criticises it or condemns its war crimes and terror will be labelled “anti-semite”.

    • Agree: St-Germain
    • Replies: @Moi
    , @Johnny Rico
  14. ProudBLM says:

    almost certainly conducted by an Iranian-backed rogue militia group.” ……Quote, I thought that was a euphemism for “Israeli false flag” ?, Ever since TWA flight 800 “blew up” over Long Island I’ve had a suspicious feeling it was a missile, but fired by just who? one International Flight magazine I used to read an article blamed it squarely on Iran’s IRGC even claiming they knew it was a Swedish built “Ray Ryder” laser guided manpad missile which of course happened to be used by Iran’s armed forces back then. (supposedly this Iranian operation was revenge for the US Navy’s shoot down of the Iranian Airbus from the 80’s) Word on the street in the Sunni part of the ME is that Iran’s revolutionary govt is run by a cabal of “Esthers” who seemly “converted” centuries ago, and I do recall Britain’s Guardian newspaper pointing out that the former President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    was a member of a Jewish trading clan/family.

  15. @Fallingwater

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    My enemy is the Bank$ter controlled globalist New World Order and its plandemic and “Great Reset”. Iran stands stoutly against the private central bank shysters who control most of the West and much of the world through their usurious, funny money mechanisms. They own the prostiticians in the Di$trict of Corruption, the major mass media, the major foundations and much of administrative academia. Thus an attack on Iran as a “mafia” is giving aid and comfort to the enemies of humanity.

    • Agree: GeeBee, Daniel Rich
    • Replies: @Fallingwater
  16. Marduk says:

    On the matter…

    “Sheikh Rohani stirs up trouble in the Middle East
    by Thierry Meyssan

    If Joe Biden is inducted as President of the United States, he could support the plans of the Iranian and Turkish presidents. He could support the creation of an Iranian regional empire in the Levant and a Turkish regional empire in the Caucasus, both at the expense of Russia. Thierry Meyssan examines the changes that have taken place in Iran.

    https://www.voltairenet.org/article211896.html

    • Replies: @Larchmonter420
    , @L.K
  17. Avianthro says:

    Good time to review these:

    http://redrevolution.co.uk/former-iraq-prime-minister-adel-abdul-mahdi-reveals-american-marine-snipers-killed-protesters-on-trumps-order-claims/

    https://www.unz.com/mhudson/america-escalates-its-democratic-oil-war-in-the-near-east/

    As always oil (and the petrodollar) is the fundamental, ultimate driver of US geopolitical behavior, with competition for oil control intensifying. Oil and the petrodollar is what keeps America’s empire running. China also must have oil to continue running and building its empire and is therefore driven to keep making deals that place it in competition with the US in the ME.

    The competitive pressures between the two empires may be slightly reduced right now with the covid debacle throttling back the economy, but we are still far, far away from becoming oil-free. The US’ need for oil and a strong dollar is not going anyway even if the covid finally dissipates, nor is China going to be oil-free anytime soon. In fact, with the massive economic failure of the US shale oil industry, we are heading into times of even greater pressure ahead.

    Another essential read: https://www.oftwominds.com/blogdec20/gasoline12-20.html

    Although the EVs, particularly the Tesla, now selling in the US are largely just green virtue-signallers, and are not more overall energy- or cost-per-mile efficient than the most-efficient oil (gasoline/diesel)-fueled cars, they are at least burning coal instead of oil…The US electric grid is by far, at least 80%, coal-powered, and the US still has plenty of coal + a fair amount of natural gas too for keeping its grid going as we convert to alternatives. So, at least one can say that if we encourage the EV industry we may reduce some of the competitive, war-inducing pressures in the ME.

  18. obvious says:
    @sarz

    I looked up Dr. Finkelstein, he’s as Persian and Near Eastern as anyone else, and 100 Ashkenasi:

    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=israel+finkelstein&form=HDRSC2&first=1&tsc=ImageBasicHover

    What you misunderstand is that Ashkenaz is located in Persia and Asia Minor:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5478715/

    while Palestinians are mostly newcomers since 1830:

    https://palestineisraelconflict.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/the-true-identity-of-the-so-called-palestinians/

    and

    https://israelipalestinian.procon.org/population-statistics/

    • Troll: Larchmonter420
    • Replies: @Humbert Humbert
  19. @TKK

    Then why was he so immensely popular in his country and many others? There were stampedes at his funeral.

  20. gotmituns says:

    Looks to me like we’re warming up to go in and kick the crap out of the Iranians and show off all our great new military gear to everybody. It’ll be something like 450,000 Iranians KIA with another 638,000 WIA and we’ll lose 2 KIA, 1 through friendly fire, 1WIA with a broken tooth and sprained ankle.

    • Troll: GazaPlanet
  21. Sean says:
    @GazaPlanet

    Of course, it’s quite possible that the US intentionally shot down the Iranian civilian air liner. Bush Sr. was not going to apologize!

    After US forces had expelled the Iraqi army from Kuwait, Bush Sr. decided to not continue into Iraq and topple Saddam, which meant a US army had to be stationed in Saudi Arabia to protect it from Saddam across the border. Under Bush Jr., a false flag 9/11 was supposedly required to get Iraq invaded and Saddam toppled, which is pretty loose reasoning because Saddam and Iraq were not implicated in 9/11 and it was Bin Laden in Afghanistan who got blamed for 9/11.

    With respect to the shootdown near Tehran, there are many possibilities, one shouldn’t discount the possibility of US planes in the area, possibly spoofing a signal with the intention of causing the civilian jet to be hit. We are dealing with a Zionist dominated America that is capable of committing any crime in the name of the American people for the benefit of the Jews.

    Except doing a false flag 9/11 to frame Iran or/and Iraq instead of Afghanistan. Bin Laden was a threat to the Saudi regime as long as an infidel American Army was stationed on the sacred land of Saudi Arabia. Bin Laden did 9/11 over the presence of American forces in Saudi Arabia and they were there to protect from Saddam. So Saddam had to be toppled after 9/11, and that is why Bush Jr. did what his dad did not.

    • Agree: Johnny Rico
    • LOL: L.K
    • Replies: @Rufus Clyde
  22. @obvious

    Can you, dirty hasbara trolls, agree on who is ashkenaz and who is not? Are the Khazarians the granddadies, or the italian jews intermarrying italian women and then moving north, or somebody else? It’s all confusing.

    As per the palestinians, refering to the crazy blog ravings of a lunatic does not make them “newcomers since 1830”. Even Jewpedia says so:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinians

  23. Schuetze says:

    Reading Escobar articles where he twists himself like a pretzel to avoid naming the jew is almost as tedious as watching jewish war crimes committed across the middle east go without even a reprimand from the US, or even the endless “acts of congress” handing over billions in trubute to the true owners of America. The only thing missing in this column is his usual kvetching about “Nazi” and “Fascist”, which in reality is a form of kow-towing to the very jews that he refuses to name.

  24. Just as the Jewish hegemony of America has been able to destroy the traditional White Christian culture over the past few decades, the Israeli hegemony over the Middle East will destroy the traditional Arab/Iranian Muslim cultures over the next few decades and there is no escaping it… the Deputy Donald is merely a hired gun just like the three clowns before him, viz. Obama, Bush and Clinton.

    • Replies: @Larchmonter420
  25. gotmituns says:

    the jews did 9-11 and that’s a fact, jack…

    • LOL: Rufus Clyde
  26. @Fallingwater

    “And it’s my opinion that the “Global South” ideology is for communists and third worlders.”

    Considering that much of the Global South comprises much of the “third world”, it’s not surprising you’d reach that conclusion, but the Global South is much, much more to those of us who live in it. The commies caught on to this early and have been exploiting it ever since. The North Americans would find it worth their while to read the late Uruguyan commie poet Mario Beneddeto’s poem, then listen to Joan Manuel Serrat’s musical rendition of “El Sur También Existe“. We do indeed exist, something the Chinese have figured iut as well. Perhaps if Israel had been implanted in Patagonia, the USA would be bombing the Mapuches instead of Palestine, but as it is, littlethought is given to the potential here.

  27. WJ says:
    @GazaPlanet

    Minor correction here – Reagan was still in office when then Iranian Airliner was shot down. It happened in July of 88 before George Sr. was elected. Older George wasn’t too bad a guy but he went wobbly in 90 after the world got conned into thinking little old Kuwait was unjustifiably invaded by Saddam.

  28. You mean just like Vietnam and Afghanistan

  29. @gay troll

    I just laughed when Trump claimed he didn’t get us into new wars. He sure as heck tried to with this assasination.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  30. Moi says:
    @Ghali

    Iran signing the JCPOA was stupid. Iran needs to have nuclear parity with the Jewish State. Fair is fair.

    • Replies: @Fallingwater
  31. anon[272] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    Remove the sanctions, let Israel Finkelstein normalize relations through an international archaeological effort that will be a great prestige to the Iranian/Persian/Medes history, and dispense with the stupid threats.

    Elam predates the arrival of Iranian tribes to the Iranian plateau and what became Pars (Fars).

    https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/elam

    I’ve always found Jeremiah 49:34-39 to be interesting. It describes an Elamite Diaspora [49:36] and how Elam will be the seat of God’s own “throne” [49:38] and a Return [49:39] at “the End of Days”.

    http://mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt1149.htm

    Readers maybe interested to know that at least 3 religions prophecy the Savior of “End of Days” to come from Iran. Here are the other two:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saoshyant

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadith_of_black_flags

    As an Iranian, I have always wondered at why the Masonic Satanists were so interested in pursuing the religious angle in their color revolution of ’78-’79 in Iran and did not go the route of Russia and China. (Checkout Islamic Iran’s Pyramid for Muslim nation’s “Majlis” building in Tehran. You can’t make this shit up.)

    and oh yes, p.s. dear Pepe Escobar: “Rafsanjani” and his “sudden and unexpected death” while enjoying what used to be Alam’s estate in Shemiran (N. Tehran).

    https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/rafsanjanis-death-could-increase-irgcs-succession-role

    And you pass for a geopolitical analyst whose emits must be pasted far and wide in “alt” media. Say hi to Greenwald for us.

    • Agree: Fallingwater
  32. anon[272] • Disclaimer says:
    @GazaPlanet

    By that logic, the Navy’s shoot-down of the Iranian jet-liner revealed US naval air defense was weak.

    That was straight up War Crime sold as mistake. Didn’t he get a medal for it?

    While we have hired pens like Pepe Escobar lying to a culturally and historically ignorant worldwide audiance of the love of “martyrdom” among the Iranians, actual Iranians know full well that the fabled Persian Wisdom that insured that the Iranian Civilization not only continued unbroken for thousands of years, but was also adopted by every single one of these invading tribes, is distinct from a martyr’s mindset and reasoning.

    Instead of sending children to be beheaded by the Mongol Horde, the Iranians in defeat coopted the elite of the invading people. Every single time, their elite took up Persian Forms, and made heavy use of Persian intellectuals, scientists, and administrators. Who do you think ran the day to day operations of Muslim empire? Even the Persian hating Ottomans adopted Persian forms for their elites.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persianate_society

    So, the Iranian way, the Persian way, of dealing with enemies is precisely to take over “hearts and minds”. It has worked for 1400 years, until these ideologues gained power with the help of the Satanic elements in the West.

    Nothing of the culture of Islamic Republic of Iran is Iranian, except the propensity (historic error) of Persians for letting priests rule the kindom. Same thing happened in Sassanian Dynasty. They continue to disfigure Iran in every possible way.

    As for Shias. Contrary to the fake narrative of Islam in Iran, when Arabs first invaded Iran, they did not force conversions. Thus it is that we find, just prior to invasion of Khorasan by Mongols, that in the courts of the amirs of the day, the elders of various religions of the realm debated merits of various religions in court. It was relatively tolerant.

    The Shia and the Mullah Infrastructure were imposed by Safavids. Education and Judiciary were given to the Shia priesthood while Sufi Shia Safavid court maintained control over secular aspects of the state. This system was simply a socio-political response to the Sunni Ottomans.

    It were the Shia that did not tolerate any other sects. For history of religious persecution in Iran, we merely have to look to eras when Priests were powerful. Sassanians religious massacres, the Qajar religious massacres, and of course the Islamic Republic of “Iran”.

    • Thanks: Rufus Clyde, Fallingwater
  33. @Old and Grumpy

    Agree, but at least Trump tried to provoke Iran, and he did as they bombed the US base in Iraq in retaliation, but still Trump didn’t escalate. Had he been like some of his predecessors in the West he would have just made up some lies and presented them in the UN (something like that Iran is 99.99% near completion of its atom bomb, or some other BS) and just got on with it.

    • Replies: @Avery
  34. Avery says:
    @Commentator Mike

    { made up some lies and presented them in the UN ….}

    The UN (or specifically UNSC) never stopped warmongering US (and its poodle the Brits). If you remember, UNSC did not authorize the US &UK invasion of Iraq: they went ahead and did it anyway. At least Brits had some modicum of ‘sense of justice’ and admitted years later that the invasion was illegal*: not that anyone went to jail for it.

    From what I remember, even before Trump, for years Israel and Israel-firsters were desperately trying to get US to attack IRI, but apparently Joint Chiefs repeatedly poured cold water on the project.

    So maybe there are still some sane people in the US military leadership.
    But Israel and her allies will never stop trying.
    ____________________
    * Chilcot report: […at the time of the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Saddam Hussein did not pose an urgent threat to British interests, that intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction was presented with unwarranted certainty, that peaceful alternatives to war had not been exhausted, that the United Kingdom and the United States had undermined the authority of the United Nations Security Council, that the process of identifying the legal basis was “far from satisfactory”, and that a war was unnecessary.] (Wiki)

    • Agree: Commentator Mike
  35. @Moi

    In my opinion, it would be better for Israel to agree to IAEA-verified denuclearization than to see a nuclear Iran, if for no other reason than to prevent a nuclear Turkey or a nuclear Saudi Arabia.

    • Agree: Showmethereal
    • Replies: @Monty Ahwazi
  36. @Another Polish Perspective

    Is this the perspective of brain-damaged Poles?

  37. @Sean

    Utter nonsense. Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was no threat to Saudi Arabia. The Iraqi invsion of Kuwait was essentially green-lighted by the US, and the deluded Hussein fell into the US trap. The 1991 Gulf War allowed the US to follow their tried-and-true expansionist tactic of “coming to the rescue” and sticking around forever afterward. US policy was still bound by the requirement of fig-leaves of international legitimacy in that period.
    The notion that post-1991 the Saudi Arabia required a US presence in the region as a bulwark against Iraqi aggression is absolutely infantile. The US war-crimes on Mutla ridge and the overall rout of Iraqi forces demonstrated beyond any doubt that Iraq’s third-rate military force could never be deployed against the will of the US hegemon.
    Bin Laden could have been eliminated at any juncture prior to 9/11, but then his spectre could not have been used to justify the last-ditch “Global War on Terror” strategy aimed at prolonging the uni-polar US geostrategic period of dominance.
    The notion that bin Laden “did 9/11” is a childish fantasy.

    • Agree: Joe Levantine
    • Replies: @Sean
    , @Johnny Rico
  38. @WJ

    Older George wasn’t “too bad a guy”? Scion of bankers to the Nazis, CIA-head, overseer of Iran-Contra-Israel-Panama-Columbia cocaine-for-guns-for-missiles-for-hostages mayhem? What an awesome dude!

    • Agree: Fallingwater
  39. @TKK

    I suspect it’s like Russia – you have masses of village idiots who tend to be conservative, old people especially, anyone very religious; and you have the young, who of course tend to be “liberal” or at least interested in reform.

    Except in Iran, those village idiots and religious tend to be extra idiotic and conservative. So there’s your stampeding at the funeral. I mean, if you’re a smart person, interested more in improving roads or universities than praying, do you go get caught up in a funeral stampede?

    It is, anyway, possible to accept both the perfidy of Washington in assassinating Soleimani and that he was no angel among his own people. A regime like Iran’s, beset on all sides, is of course going to be paranoid and repressive.

  40. @Majority of One

    Only fools see the world in 1-bit color, couching temporal political entities with metaphysical language like “Good” and “Evil”.

    The enemy of my enemy is just another combatant on the battlefield. A circumstantial alliance with Stalin is just that.

  41. @gay troll

    We have been played so hard.

    LOL, it reminds me the famous quote of Carl Rove, which I have paraphrased it sightly. Here it is for your pleasure:

    “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own drama. And while you’re studying that drama — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new dramas, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re drama’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

    We are Empire now and when we say “Jump”, you all “Jump”! LOL

    All the countries in the world are willing participants in the FAKE Covid-19 drama, including Iran, Russia and China.

    The only country which is not a willing participant is Israel, which didn’t participate at the beginning, and people were wondering if it had herd immunity. General Gantz, the rotating Prime Minister let the cat out of the back, when he announced few days ago, that his “Blue and White” Party will run again in the upcoming elections under his leadership.

    Touche!

    Best regard,

    Mohamed

  42. @anon

    The Shia and the Mullah Infrastructure were imposed by Safavids. Education and Judiciary were given to the Shia priesthood while Sufi Shia Safavid court maintained control over secular aspects of the state. This system was simply a socio-political response to the Sunni Ottomans.

    I am aware of the history of Safavid forced conversions, and the obvious political context of the Ottoman-Persian Wars, but what is your perspective on relations between the Ottomans and Persians, or about the preceding Saljuks in general? To me, it seems like a potential political order, to surpass even the empires of Europe, was destroyed simply because of centuries of fruitless Turkish-Persian wars.

    Would such an entity even have been a good thing, at least from your Iranian perspective? I also find it historically suspicious that Shah Abbas I solicited assistance from the British in modernizing his army:

    https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Robert_Shirley

  43. @Marduk

    “Sheikh Rohani stirs up trouble in the Middle East
    by Thierry Meyssan

    LOL, Thierry Meyssan is a CIA Mole.

    If Joe Biden is inducted as President of the United States, he could support the plans of the Iranian and Turkish presidents. He could support the creation of an Iranian regional empire in the Levant and a Turkish regional empire in the Caucasus, both at the expense of Russia.

    And, Biden is a boneless Zionist who is beholden to Israel. They have is balls in a clamp!

  44. Sean says:
    @Rufus Clyde

    The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait was essentially green-lighted by the US, and the deluded Hussein fell into the US trap

    Allowing Saddam army to enter Kuwait and stay there for a long time would seem a rather high risk way of going about things, he could have kept going and rolled into Saudi Arabia . Moreover, Saddam’s army and security forces might have won over the populace of Kuwait (and Saudi Arabia) to the extent he could withdraw leaving the ruling family dictatorship US client regimes in those countries unable to reestablish their government.

    The 1991 Gulf War allowed the US to follow their tried-and-true expansionist tactic of “coming to the rescue” and sticking around forever afterward

    You are perhaps forgetting that Iraq was not occupied by the US forces which chased Saddam out of Kuwait. The US forces in Saudi Arabia were a problem for the continued rule of the Saud family over that country, one which Bush senior and his advisors greatly underestimated. The fact is that Bin Laden wanted to get the US out of Saudi Arabia (1998 United States embassy bombings were eight years to the day (August 7) that American troops were sent to Saudi Arabia), and as a result of 9/11 the US did get out of Saudi Arabia.

    Bin Laden could have been eliminated at any juncture prior to 9/11, but then his spectre could not have been used to justify the last-ditch “Global War on Terror” strategy aimed at prolonging the uni-polar US geostrategic period of dominance.
    The notion that bin Laden “did 9/11” is a childish fantasy.

    On April 29, 2003, the US announced the withdrawal of US troops from Saudi Arabia and Bush the Younger’s Mission Accomplished speech was May 1, 2003. Why the withdrawal of US troops from Saudi Arabia as soon as Saddam was overthrown in Iraq then?

    • Replies: @Rufus Clyde
  45. @Temporary Insanity

    Just as the Jewish hegemony of America has been able to destroy the traditional White Christian culture over the past few decades, the Israeli hegemony over the Middle East will destroy the traditional Arab/Iranian Muslim cultures over the next few decades and there is no escaping it… the Deputy Donald is merely a hired gun just like the three clowns before him, viz. Obama, Bush and Clinton.

    With respect I disagree. The Evil Shah was destroying the whole Arab/Iranian Muslim cultures. RouhAllah Sayyid Imam Khomeini was installed by the Empire to save Islam. The Empire is very concerned what has happened to Christianity, so Putin was installed in Russia to revive Christianity.

    Best regards,

    Mohamed

    • Replies: @Temporary Insanity
  46. @Larchmonter420

    Mohammed,

    Temporary Insanity is my handle but you seem to suffer from it presently. Please go see a psychiatrist as soon as possible and be sure to ask for a larger dose of lithium tablets.

    Best Wishes,

    TI

    • LOL: Larchmonter420
    • Replies: @Larchmonter420
  47. @WJ

    Older George wasn’t too bad a guy

    Very true! Neither the older George was a bad guy nor the younger George is a bad guy. I am not being sarcastic as both of them together created the Shia Crescent (Power). God bless both the Bushs, the father and the son!

    U.S. Capitol On Lockdown As Trump Supporters Storm The Building.
    Vice President Mike Pence has been rushed from the Senate chamber where the election certification process was underway.

    “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own drama. And while you’re studying that drama — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new dramas, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re drama’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” We are Empire now and when we say “Jump”, you all “Jump”!

    Best regards,

    Mohamed

  48. @Rufus Clyde

    You either forget the Battle of Khafji, have no clue what you are talking about or both.

    • Thanks: Sean
  49. @Ghali

    Others disagree. And then there is the 1992 Israeli embassy bombing in Buenos Aires. So there’s that.

  50. @Temporary Insanity

    Temporary Insanity is my handle but you seem to suffer from it presently.

    LOL! It is permanent condition.

    BTW, wondering why RouhAllah Sayyid Imam Khomeini was allowed to leave France!

    Best regards,

    Mohamed

    • Replies: @Temporary Insanity
  51. Well,
    This man, Soleimani, killed more Sunnis in 10 years than Israel did in a 100.
    he did while yelling the same mantra as Israel “i am killing terrorists”
    Sunnis in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria aren’t sorry he is gone.

    • Disagree: Commentator Mike
    • Replies: @anon
    , @Fred777
  52. @TKK

    Who do you consider “rank and file Persians”. That is very subjective. He was well beloved among Shia as seeing him as a protector against Sunni extremists. Does it meam he was perfect? Not at all. But that is indeed western media “all or nothing” mentality. Forget Persians – those were sincere Iraqis who protested in honor of him the other day in Baghdad. For outsoders who never had to go through what the region had to go through its not for us to say who is always good and bad. The main people who wanted him dead were Sunni extremists.

    In any even Iran has done pretty well for itself considering the western world has sought to destroy it for 40 odd years. Cuba is small and didnt have the educated population that Iran did – so it is still poor… But even Cuba stood strong. If you took away the sanctions and embargoes – you wouldnt have as much “dissent” in the first place and that is why they are used as a tool. Cause dissent so people want to rise up and overthrow the government. Saudi Arabia is far more brutal than Iran. Yet how often is that spoken about..?? You think UAE and Bahrain dont disappear and torture people???? Come on… The US doesnt assassinate any of them because they do US bidding

  53. @anon

    If the Shia are intolerant then explain to me why Sunni groups slaughter Shia wherever they can? Just a few days ago they murdered a dozen in Pakistan near the Afghan border… The anniversary of the Israel and Lebanon war just passed. As noted – when Israel first invaded Lebanon the Shia were literally cheering the Israelis hopong they would route the Sunnis who had been attacking them too. In fact that was what helped give rise to Hezbollah. Please explain where you get your ideas of the tolerant Sunni.

  54. chris says:

    So the imperial machine – in complete mockery of international law – assassinated a de facto diplomatic envoy.

    … , whose very ‘diplomatic mission,’ was only a craven, cynical trap used to murder him.

    Great article, but putting the cart before the horse in the description of the power relationships driving US ME policy is, in my opinion more like an act of deception than error.

    The three top factions who pushed for Soleimani’s assassination were US neo-cons … and the Israeli and Saudi lobbies, who ardently believe their interests are advanced every time Iran is attacked.

    It is absurd and very disingenuous to claim that Israeli (and therefore US) foreign policy is driven by the neocons, and to imply that the Israeli and Saudi lobbies are on equal footing in this scheme.

    From a logical perspective alone, decisions about Israeli goals would have to be made locally, and the neocons and certainly the Saudis are simply the foot soldiers and ciphers respectively.

  55. @Fallingwater

    Sorry but you’re wrong! Iran should have created and tested one to force that “little shitty state” as Bush Sr called it to sit at the table with the NPT/UN and accept the regional de-nuclearization. Iran has been demanding, even today, the de-nuclearization of the ME for the past 4 decades. The goal for Iran is to allow every state in the region to be equipped with the nuclear power plants as the demand for fossil fuel is diminishing due to technological advances in auto industries over the next couple of generations!

  56. Wally says:
    @anon

    said:
    “The clear goal is to induce the Persians to lash out, to allow a justification for a disproportionate ”levelling” response by the US at the behest of the Israelis.”

    Butchers like Soleimani sure do make demonizing Iran easy though.

    And huge numbers of Iranians thank Trump for eliminating him.

    recommended:
    https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/a-killing-in-iran-who-gains-from-yet-another-assassination/#comment-4321733

    • Replies: @Marduk
    , @Monty Ahwazi
  57. anon[150] • Disclaimer says:
    @the avatar

    Don’t look at the middle of a chain of events and starts forming opinion .
    The entire process was started by Israel with US blessings .
    Haven’t you read anything since the publication of the PNAC ?

  58. clickfool says:

    Trump unjustly took Soleimani’s life.
    His Presidency was unjustly taken away from him

    Eversince Jan 3rd, Trump has not had a quiet day. Funny how things work

  59. Marduk says:
    @Larchmonter420

    Biden.. for sure.

    Meyssan.. ‘CIA mole’.. maybe.. but I recall his exposure of the 9/11 false-flag? Otherwise.. can u contradict anything from the article instead?.. thanks

  60. Marduk says:
    @Wally

    >> Butchers like Soleimani sure do make demonizing Iran easy though. <<

    Soleimani butchered ISIS.. what’s the problem? The rest is usual US lies… if he was that bad… how did he walk by US soldiers?

    • Replies: @Wally
  61. Fred777 says:
    @the avatar

    “This man, Soleimani, killed more Sunnis in 10 years than Israel did in a 100.”

    He sure did! Shi’ites, Christians, and even reasonable Sunnis are forever grateful for his role in eliminating those head choppers.

    • Agree: Showmethereal
    • Thanks: Larchmonter420
  62. @Wally

    If the US, M butcher of Saudi (MbS) and the little shitty state had nothing to do with ISIS and didn’t create and or supported ISIS, then they all should’ve kissed the general’s ass for destroying many of the ISIS’s nests and for killing many of those sob’s! But the general clearly stood in their way of creating more mayhem in the region by using their proxy ISIS so he had to be eliminated!

    • Thanks: Larchmonter420
  63. Gulnare says:
    @Larchmonter420

    Thierry Meyssan as a CIA Mole:

    This would explain why his relations mysteriously ceased with Russian General Leonid Ivashov and Russian Patriots (as well as with Andreas von Bülow) after the creation of his ephemeral “Axis for Peace” following the attacks of 9/11.
    What else ?

  64. Biff says:

    Maybe the Unz review should be re-named – Armchair warriors review?

  65. Wally says:
    @Marduk

    Except you cannot refute the content of my link,
    Massive numbers of grateful Iranians are not “US lies”.

    And as if the average US soldier would even know about Solemaini;s butchery anyway.

    BTW, look again at your photo, those guys certainly do not look like US soldiers. Oops!
    Pay attention.

    • Troll: RedpilledAF
  66. @Larchmonter420

    Thierry Meyssan

    I thought he was French Intelligence. Didn’t he use to run some outfit spying on “extremist” Neo-Nazi right-wing nationalists (the types opposed to Islamic and Jewish terrorists and probably supportive of Assad and Syria) back in his home country? Still he seems to be welcome in Syria.

    • Replies: @Larchmonter420
  67. @Rufus Clyde

    I don’t see her any arguments, do I ?

    Say what you want but:

    ‘March 1993

    Fighting begins between Bosniaks and Croats.’

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Yugoslav_Wars

    That may be the start of 27 years quasi-religious world war with Islam, Croats were Catholics, Bosniaks were Muslims. March 1993 is pretty close to Februar 1993 too. The conflict released the first large refugee streams (into Sweden, Switzerland) too.

  68. @Marduk

    Meyssan.. ‘CIA mole’.. maybe.. but I recall his exposure of the 9/11 false-flag? Otherwise.. can u contradict anything from the article instead?.. thanks

    Salam,

    I did.

    He could support the creation of an Iranian regional empire in the Levant and a Turkish regional empire in the Caucasus, both at the expense of Russia.

    And, I said, “And, Biden is a boneless Zionist who is beholden to Israel. They have is balls in a clamp!”. He doesn’t have the balls to go against Israel, to Create an Iranian regional empire in the Levant. Israel will remove his eyeballs with their bare fingers. One has to have a spine to do such crazy thing, “to Create an Iranian regional empire in the Levant.”

    Best regards,

    Mohamed

  69. @Marduk

    Meyssan.. ‘CIA mole’.. maybe.. but I recall his exposure of the 9/11 false-flag?

    The Empire wanted it to be known as false-flag!

    Otherwise.. can u contradict anything from the article instead?.. thanks

    USSR (and now Russia) always been allies of USA and not foes. The Evil Kissinger booted out the USSR from the Middle East as terms of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

    It was John Kerry as Secretary of State under Obama’s second term on live TV invited back Russia to the Levant and the entire Middle East. Did you watch this event on live TV?

    The Empire and its minions like Iran, China and Russia are all allies. The Empire is out to get those who were responsible for the death of 200 million Christians in the last 100 years. The Empire has got them all in one place now. They destroyed Christianity in USSR and they have destroyed Christianity all over the Europe. I am Semite, and the Commandment DOESNOT mean, “Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery”. It means, “Thou Shall Not Commit Fornication”. The Commandment is in my language.

    Under the Evil Shah of Iran, all the Arabs/Iranians and other Muslims were wearing miniskirts. Iran used to print the USA Fashion Magazines in both Arabic and Persian Languages. Remember the sixties and the miniskirt? That is how the Muslims women used to dress under the influence of Evil Shah of Iran.

    The Empire brought back to Iran from France, RouhAllah Sayyid Imam Khomeini who reversed these miniskirts trends and brought back hijab (modesty) for all sexes. And, you should see President Putin body language around the father and son Bushs. Fortunately, Christianity is back in Russia.

    Best regards,

    Mohamed

  70. @Marduk

    Otherwise.. can u contradict anything from the article instead?.. thanks

    Israel needs an false enemy, such as Iran to expand their Jewish Empire in the Middle East. Biden is a Zionist and yearns for the Empire of Zion. Check out Jared Kushner’s Empire 666 in New York!

    Best regards,

    Mohamed

  71. @Larchmonter420

    Salome Alaikum Mo,

    You asked…

    “BTW, wondering why RouhAllah Sayyid Imam Khomeini was allowed to leave France!”

    Was it to create an unbridgeable gap between the two factions of Islam so that Israel (Jews) and American elites (Jews and what remains of WASPS) can rip off what remains valuable in the Middle East, oil? That would be my guess!

    Sincerely,

    Mussa bin Issa

  72. @Commentator Mike

    I thought he was French Intelligence. Didn’t he use to run some outfit spying on “extremist” Neo-Nazi right-wing nationalists (the types opposed to Islamic and Jewish terrorists and probably supportive of Assad and Syria) back in his home country? Still he seems to be welcome in Syria.

    French mole is the mole of Empire!

    Thanks,

    Mohamed

  73. @Temporary Insanity

    Was it to create an unbridgeable gap between the two factions of Islam…

    Hi,

    I don’t know how much you know about Islam, but I will try to answer you with one Quranic and some recent events.
    Now, whoever disputes with you ˹O Prophet˺ concerning Jesus after full knowledge has come to you, say, “Come! Let us gather our children and your children, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves—then let us sincerely invoke Allah’s curse upon the liars.”

  74. @Temporary Insanity

    Was it to create an unbridgeable gap between the two factions of Islam…

    Hi,

    I don’t know how much you know about Islam, but I will try to answer you with one Quranic verse and some recent events.

    Now, whoever disputes with you ˹O Prophet˺ concerning Jesus after full knowledge has come to you, say, “Come! Let us gather our children and your children, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves—then let us sincerely invoke Allah’s curse upon the liars.” 3:61

    All Muslims agree the Prophet (saws) beside himself took four other persons with him. His daughter Fatima (as), Ali (as) his first cousin and husband of Fatima, Hassan (as) and Hussain (as) the grandchildren of the Prophet, the children of Fatima and Ali. The Prophet called them, “Ahlul Bayt (Family of the House)”. The Shia say, with this verse, other verses in the Quran and in Muslims Hadiths, these are the only five people who are called, “Ahlul Bayt (Family of the House)” and the rest are his “Ahl (Family)”. The majority Muslim include his wives in the Ahlul Bayt even though they are not related to the Prophet by blood but only through marriage (by law). The five people have been given very high status both in Quran and Hadiths.

    We all know ISIS was created by both KSA and USA. The majority believe that each and every Caliph is appointed by the Will of Allah. So, there was a shock wave went through the Ummah wondering how can an Evil like Caliph Baghdadi be appointed by the Will of Allah. With hard questioning, the belief is rapidly changing that the Caliphs in the past were NOT chosen by the Will of Allah. Thus, the institution of Caliphate has gone out the window. Also, the institution of Caliphate became dynasties from fifth Caliph onward. The first being the Omayyad Caliphate which lasted for 150 years. The Wahhabis (read KSA) almost worship the Omayyads.

    Fifty years after the demise of the Prophet, Imam Hussain (Ahlul Bayt) and his whole family were butchered, massacred and war crimes committed againt them. If you ask most of the Muslim, they will tell this war crimes were committed by Jews. They get shocked, when you tell them that the sixth Caliph of Islam, the Commander of the Believers Yazid who committed these war crimes. They shake their head in disbelief and say, “wasn’t he appointed by the Will of Allah”. They say you must be lying as Allah will never appoint any Caliph who will murder the Ahlul Bayt. Thanks to the Commander of Believers Caliph al-Baghdadi things are rapidly changing.

    The Muslims are becoming One Ummah very rapidly. The price they asked the Empire for their cooperation is, that the Shia read RouhAllah Sayyid Imam Khomeini asked true history should be taught to all Muslims. And, the Sunni Leaders asked their throne to be remain intact, thus the Egypt fiasco of Mursi.

    Best regards,

    Mohamed

    • Replies: @Temporary Insanity
  75. @Larchmonter420

    SA Mo,

    Thanks for the info… it’s a lot to digest for a non believer but I do wish you well and the fellow travelers.

    Happy new year!

    Issa ibn Mussa

    P.S. If I am ever in the village of Larchmont, I will be sure to stop by the 7-11 to see you. Just kidding…

    • Replies: @Larchmonter420
  76. @Sean

    Saddam’s forces might have won over the population of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia? There was never the slightest chance of Iraqi forces invading Saudi Arabia, and they were hardly welcomed as liberators in Kuwait.
    I am not forgetting any such thing as the US choosing not to occupy Iraq in the immediate post-Gulf War period. As has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, the US would not have been welcomed and would have been involved in a failed occupation just as they were after 2003.
    Bin Laden was a US asset, who was directly involved in advancing the US imperial strategy in the Balkans as late as 2000. He could have been killed any time between 1991 and 2001 by US assets if that was the outcome desired by the US military-intelligence apparatus. Reporters were able to interview the man, he received dialysis in Dubai in 2001, etc.
    Finally, correlation is not causation. The cost of the US squatting in Saudi Arabia was higher than the projected return on the failed Iraqi “cake-walk”. Once the US was involved in Iraq, the Saudi de facto occupation was no longer required, but that fact by no means indicates that the former event resulted from the latter.

    • Replies: @Sean
  77. L.K says:
    @TKK

    Rank and file Persians detested Soleimani.

    TKK, another scummy LYING TROLL.

    Just the other day, this asshole wrote a comment demonizing Muslims in general, under the article ‘Goodbye, Lebanon’ by Linh Dinh.
    These types ain’t that difficult to spot, as well as the disinfo games they play…

    Include in the list, the new ‘fallingwater’, the old sophist “sean”, “Johnny rico”, ‘aaronb’, ‘lot’, ‘wizard of oz’, ‘wally’, and many others…

  78. L.K says:
    @Marduk

    Thierry Meyssan’s constant demonization of Iran’s role in the region gives him away.

    Taxi, an American expat living in Lebanon, who has been featured here at Unz, also stopped trusting Meyssan…
    Taxi:

    Honestly, my eyes always roll to the ceiling when a Meyssan link is shared out here at Plato’s[her blog]. I used to read him in the early days of the Syria war. He was quite good back then. But then he went off tangent in his reporting and I stopped trusting both his sources and his own brand of analytical conclusions.

  79. @Temporary Insanity

    The west was getting tired of the Shah and his threatening messages that he will purchase arms from the Soviets if the US senate keeps resisting an arm sales including TomCat fighter planes! So practically the Shah’s service life was coming to an end! The issue for the US/CIA and Jimmy Carter was who can be trusted by the Iranians and also opposing the Soviets! Bingo! Khomeini’s name was thrown around and the French government caved under the US pressure to provide a nice flight home to Khomeini! In 1964 Khomeini formed a militia to keep the Shah in check! He ended up being sent into exiled by the Shah to the city of Najaf in Iraq! Khomeini was constantly sending his speeches back home to keep his protests alive and well amongst the people. In the meantime the Shah was threatening the US over the already purchased and paid arms but not delivered until 1978 when Jimmy Carter in Tehran got the picture that the Shah must go away! Of course for the US there was another angle of selecting Khomeini which was to capitalize on the Shiite and Sunni differences which was very similar situation in Ireland between the Catholics and the Protestants!

  80. Sean says:
    @Rufus Clyde

    No one wants a foreign army in their country, and that is why the Saud family nearly lost their realm. No one wants a dominant foreign influence over their political elite, Iran kicked out the Shah over it. One of the first things the radical Islamic regime in Iran did after seizing US diplomats and thusly completely cutting off any American influence over the new Iranian leadership, was to liquidate the Iranian Communist party, which the Soviets had great hopes for. This put Hussein in the enviable position of having his main enemy (Iran) the enemy of both superpowers. He was a man who seized his opportunities and he decided to settle accounts with Iran which had a long history of clashes with Iraq in which the Iranians had come out on top.

    Under the Shah, Iran had got vast amounts of American armaments and that made all Arab countries very nervous. So Hussein in Iraq from being regarded as the Bastard of Bagdad and loathed even by his fellow Baathists the Assads in Syria, was suddenly the golden boy, and was not remonstrated with when he invaded his neighbor. That neighbour was Islamic Revolutionary Iran. Saddam Hussein invaded that comparatively huge country, which quite part from being populous and having protective mountain ranges in strategic areas, is entirely Shia and majority Persian making it much more difficult to subdue for a Sunni Arab figure like him than Saudi Arabia could be.

    It is not clear to me why you think him so risk adverse at to predictably stop his invasion after a successful one of Kuwait, whatever his initial plan was. The evidence of the taped conversation with Ambassador Glaspie suggests that Hussein was angry with the Kuwaitis and deluded himself that the United States, which had supported him as a bulwark against Iran, was going to stand by if he invaded Kuwait. He would have had no fixed plan , but would see how things developed. He could have partially withdrawn from Kuwait in an apparent compromise while leaving plain clothes special forces in the country. Kuwait is a family dictatorship, and we simply do not know how difficult it would have been to get the lower orders of the Kuwaiti population to regard their hereditary leaders as no better than Hussein. If he had got away with annexing Kuwait what his mind might have turned to unknown to me. However:-

    The danger of Hussein invading Saudi Arabia could not be discounted, and so there was an American army stationed in a country whose King above all other titles styles himself the Protector Of The Two Holy Places. In his interviews and Al Qaeda’s mission statement published in the West newspaper laden made clear that his main issue was the American army being in Saudi Arabia . The Saudi Arabian populace disapproved of the presence of an infidel army in their country and the prestige and respect the Saud family was held in because of their aforementioned status as custodians of Islam’s most sacred shines diminished to the extent there was an Islamicist insurgency against the Saud family’s rule begining to develop and Bin Laden (who had it is true an agenda that converges with American’s in Afghanistan and elsewhere) was the main leader of that.

    [Bin Laden] could have been killed any time between 1991 and 2001 by US assets if that was the outcome desired by the US military-intelligence apparatus.

    They could have walked him into a room on the the pretext he was getting ‘made’ and shot him in the head, as with Joe Pesci’s character in Goodfellas you mean?

    The cost of the US squatting in Saudi Arabia was higher than the projected return on the failed Iraqi “cake-walk”.

    The cost of the US army being stationed in Saudi Arabia was firstly 9/11 and secondly the necessity of undercutting the burgeoning support among ordinary Saudi Arabians for the overthrow of the Saud family’s dictatorship; fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were Saudi Arabian and the US blamed Bin Laden–who was a Saudi Arabian–for orchestrating the attack. Hence the preservation of Saud family rule required the US army to be removed from Saudi Arabia and that withdrawal could never happen while Saddam remained in power over the border in Iraq, therefore there had to be an invasion of Iraq to remove Hussein, and the US army withdrawn form Saudi Arabia immediately afterwards. Which is what happened and how Bin Laden did what he set out to do. He was not an unintelligent man, or a coward. Dare to know!

    • Agree: Showmethereal
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  81. @Temporary Insanity

    Thanks for the info… it’s a lot to digest for a non believer but I do wish you well and the fellow travelers.

    Don’t despair if you are a non believer. LOL, sarcasm. We Shia Muslims believe that humans, animals, fish, and trees are hard wired to know good from bad. And, for this reason you will find the non believers and atheist are very moral people. You don’t need God or religion to tell you what is good and what is bad. For this reason you will find 99.99% people to be moral and good. The nature is imperfect and sometimes wires do cross. God is only Prefect.

    It is not hard to digest. Islam was hijacked while the body of the Prophet (saws) was still warm and not buried yet. You can compare the Islamic history to the Holocaust history. In the last 30 years we have seen Holocaust to became a religion, and anyone who questions the Holocaust, his/her head is copped off. Same if anyone who questions the Fake History of Islam, his/her head is literally chopped off.

    Now let us say tomorrow it is decided to allow the questioning of the Holocaust. And, to reverse the Fake Holocaust. In this case it cannot be done overnight. The process has to be slow and subtle or it will create chaos. Same thing, when correcting the Fake history of Islam, the process has be to very slow and stubble or there will be riots. The process of correcting Islamic history has already started about 10 years ago.

    The author of this article Pepe Escobar and Saker are very sympathetic to the true Islamic history. If I am not wrong, I believe it was Pepe who introduced Saker and his old blog. Now Saker has a new blog, and Pepe appears on it very regularly. You will find lots of good articles regarding on true Islamic history on Saker’s blog:

    http://thesaker.is/

    The are some on this forum from both Pepe and Saker, but Ron’s knowledge and/or interest to true Islamic history is very limited.

    Best regards,

    Mohamed

    • Thanks: Commentator Mike
    • Replies: @Larchmonter420
  82. @Larchmonter420

    but Ron’s knowledge and/or interest to true Islamic history is very limited.

    Probably has to do with herds mentally of the 12 Twelve Tribes. From gitgo they were very fearful of Shia Islam and resented them with vengeance. They were instrumental in hijacking the Islam while the body of the Prophet was still warm and not buried yet.

    Best regards,

    Mohamed

  83. @Sean

    You just repeated the same rubbish without providing any evidence to support your beliefs. Never stop derping!

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