Thursday, July 19, 2018
Democracy and Class Struggle says As'ad AbuKhalil is one of the most intelligent commentators on Middle East politics - he also has the Angry Arab Site.
He has good analysis of the differences between Hezbollah and Russia and Russia's collaboration with Israel.
Our Views are very close to the views of As'ad AbuKhalil but we see also any serious attempt of USA/Russia/Israel to disrupt the Iranian Iraq Syria Lebanon Hezbollah supply lines will explode into new War in Middle East..
Posted by nickglais on 7/19/2018 01:47:00 AM
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Posted by nickglais on 7/18/2018 09:42:00 AM
Democracy and Class Struggle say behind all the Trumpian Theatrics at Helsinki lay the main question of Iran the target of Bolton and Pompeo and Netanyahu.
Now we get the Russian Rhetoric of Andrew Korbyko of the "dignified" withdrawal of Iran from Syria - the spin has already began a Grand Bargain was struck or in the process of being struck and Iran is the sacrifice -
Only idiots think Iran will go quietly into the night - we are witnessing a prelude to a new nightmare another new tragic turn in the Middle East by the political fantasists of hyper realism.
Aeschylus could not write anything more tragic and its presented as hyper realism to fit the already hyper normalization - which simply translate into lies that lead to death - Imperialism by any other name is still Imperialism.
Andrew Korbyko article in Global Research "It's Official Israel is now a Joint Russian American Protectorate"
Declaring The Joint Protectorate
Everything that the Western world previously assumed about “Israel’s” supposed “invincibility” has been exposed as a discredited propaganda operation that not even the US is capable of conducting anymore after the on-the-ground facts have disproven its very basis. Long thought of as the “Sparta” of Mideast affairs because of its military’s ability to punch well above its weight in regional conflicts and the efficient capabilities of its intelligence services in catalyzing the MENA-wide Yinon Plan of the so-called “Arab Spring”, “Israel” has now been exposed to have several glaring vulnerabilities that have put it in such a position of weakness vis-à-vis Iran that it’s now compelled to seek joint American and Russian assistance in ensuring its security.
During the joint press conference in Helsinki, President Putin proclaimed his long-known desire to protect “Israeli” interests by telling the world that:
“I would also like to note that after the terrorists are routed in southwest Syria, in the so-called ‘southern zone’, the situation in the Golan Heights should be brought into full conformity with the 1974 agreement on the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces. This will make it possible to bring tranquillity to the Golan Heights and restore the ceasefire between the Syrian Arab Republic and the State of Israel. The President devoted special attention to this issue today.”
Trump took it even further by adding that:
“We’ve worked with Israel long and hard for many years, many decades. I think that never has any country been closer than we are. President Putin also is helping Israel, and we both spoke with Bibi Netanyahu. And they would like to do certain things with respect to Syria, having to do with the safety of Israel. So, in that respect we absolutely would like to work in order to help Israel, and Israel will be working with us, so both countries would work jointly.
And I think that when you look at all the progress that has been made in certain sections with the eradication of ISIS – we’re about 98–99 percent there – and other things that have taken place that we have done and that, frankly, Russia has helped us within certain respects. But I think that working with Israel is a great thing, and creating safety for Israel is something that both President Putin and I would like to see very much.”
Beyond any shadow of doubt, the two Great Powers have made “Israel” their joint protectorate, and this surprising state of affairs has far-reaching implications for not just Syria, but the entire Mideast and especially Iran.
Yinon Gone Bad
To be succinct, the Yinon Plan dramatically backfired by creating the conditions for Iranian military “advisors” in Syria to creep closer to the occupied Golan Heights, a pressing security threat of the highest importance that could only be temporarily staved off by Russia’s greenlighting of “Israeli” bombing raids against them.
Still, this isn’t a sufficient solution because it’s unclear exactly how many of these forces are in the region and whether or not they’re operating incognito as part of the “National Defense Forces” militias or even members of the Syrian Arab Army itself. Furthermore,
Russia barely has any influence on Iran’s military plans in Syria no matter how much pressure Moscow has put on Damascus to curtail what the Kremlin views to be a regionally destabilizing factor.
The only way to sustainably secure “Israel’s” existence from the asymmetrical threat that Iranian forces and their Hezbollah allies pose near the occupied Golan Heights was for Tel Aviv to strike an indirect deal with Damascus through Russian mediation whereby the self-proclaimed “Jewish State” would implicitly recognize the continued leadership of President Assad in the Arab Republic so long as he could guarantee that his sworn enemy’s foes will be kept an uncertain distance away from the de-facto “border”.
Getting “Israel” to back down from its years-long unofficial policy of regime change in Syria would be even more of a game-changer than when Saudi Arabia recently did the same, with Russia being responsible for both previously unthinkable policy reversals.
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Posted by nickglais on 7/18/2018 08:28:00 AM
Helsinki - Kabuki Theatre - Bizarre Theatre - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes the deep commitment of the United States and President Trump to Israel’s security, as expressed in the meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes the deep commitment of the United States and President Trump to Israel’s security, as expressed in the meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
The friendship between Israel and the US has never been stronger,” the statement said, adding that Netanyahu “also greatly appreciates the security coordination between Israel and Russia and President Putin’s clear position on the need to implement the 1974 separation agreements between Israel and Syria.”
Both Putin and Trump phoned Netanyahu to assure him of Israel's security while Gaza is being attacked by Israel - sic.
Democracy and Class Struggle says while everybody seems interested in Trump's theatre of distraction Netanyahu and Bolton and Pompeo are getting what they want an attack on Iran.
Whether it is escalated sanctions, more covert operations, direct attack or a combination of all we will soon tell but Israel has the right to attack Iran - that has the tacit approval of Putin.
Great victory for the neo cons disguised behind Trump theatrics.
Posted by nickglais on 7/18/2018 12:29:00 AM
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Posted by nickglais on 7/17/2018 02:54:00 PM
The tragic performances were the principal event at an annual festival at which a prize was awarded for the best drama of the year.
Each competitor was required to submit four plays a “tetralogy” as it was called, consisting of three tragedies ( a Trilogy) followed by a Satyr play. The Satyr play was burlesque, so called because it had a chorus of satyrs.
These mere mythical creatures half man half beast, representing the unsophisticated savage men as seen by the Athenians. (They may be compared to the bird man Papageno in Mozarts Magic Flute).
Let us take as an example the great tetralogy of Aeschylus, the Oresteia. The story taken from mythology, contains many primitive features such as the ancestral curse but at the end these are all relegated to the past
In the first play, Agamemnon is murdered on his return from Troy by his wife Clytemnestra. In the second she is murdered by her son Orestes at the command of Apollo. In the third after being purified by Apollo and persecuted by his mothers avenging spirits ,the furies, Orestes is brought to trial and acquitted before a court of justice founded for this purpose by Athena, goddess of democratic Athens.
She resolves the conflict between Apollo and the Furies by inviting them to supervise the new court.The Reign of Law had began.
At the end of the trilogy the story is revealed to us in retrospect as a symbol of man's struggle to raise himself out of savagery into civilization.The satyr play dealt with the wanderings on Menelaus after the fall of Troy as a romantic lighthearted parallel to his brothers tragic homecoming.
Aeschylus was a democrat and a Pythagorean. He believed that conflict between tribal custom, represented the drama of the furies and aristocratic privilege represented by Apollo, had been resolved in democracy which accordingly he regarded as the fusion of opposites in the mean.
In the trilogy therefore which represented the offense, the counter offense and the reconciliation, he created a dramatic form provided a perfect vehicle for dialectical movement of thought.
Source : the Human Essence
Posted by nickglais on 7/17/2018 01:55:00 PM
Democracy and Class Struggle says it was sickening to see Trump and Putin express concern for the security of Israel at the Helsinki Summit at the same time Israel was bombing and killing Palestinians in Gaza.
The re-establishment of Syrian Sovereignty over its own territory near the Golan Heights in the last few days is freaking out Israel and the anti Iranian War Drum beats loudly in Israel especially now that Hezbollah is so near the Golan Heights.
Therefore the question asked by Charlie Smith in the article below is not invention - surmise or guess it reflects the reality on the ground between Israel and Syria.
Iran has been - is - the United States main target in the Middle East.
What if Trump is meeting Putin to sound him out on a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran?
Putin isn't going to be thrilled by the idea of a more pro-American regime coming to power in the Persian country on his doorstep.
But the upside for Putin is that this type of military action would likely send the price of oil soaring, which would be extremely beneficial for the Russian economy.
According to a 2016 World Bank Group report, income from oil and gas accounted for more than a third of the Russian government's revenues.
Late last month, Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was in India meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and advising his country to stop buying oil from Iran.
“Sanctions are coming (on Iran) and we’re going forward on that, and with India and the U.S. building strong relationships we hoped that they would lessen their dependence on Iran,” Haley was quoted as saying by Reuters.
India has reportedly begun cutting oil imports from Iran.
It's Iran's second-largest customer for oil after China.
In May, new Secretary of State John Bolton told CNN that Iran's actions were bringing America closer to war.
To reinforce his jingoistic world view, a New Yorker profile on Bolton in March was entitled "John ('Bomb Iran') Bolton, the New Warmonger in the White House".
In fact, Bolton himself wrote an opinion piece himself in the New York Times in 2015 with this headline: "To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran".
Iran's population exceeds 80 million. It's a major regional player affecting the balance of power between Sunni and Shia Muslims.
Trump has clearly sided with its arch rival, Saudi Arabia. That was reflected in a US$110 billion series of American weapons sales agreed to in 2017.
Steve Bannon is out of the White House, but his support for aggressive U.S. action against China is continuing under Donald Trump.
China won't like an attack on Iran
Meanwhile, the president of the Asia Society Policy and former prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, recently spoke about China's global ambitions in a speech in Singapore.
"China took the idea of the New Silk Road and turned it into a multi-trillion dollar trade, investment, infrastructure and wider geo-political and geo-economic initiative, engaging 73 different countries across much of Eurasia, Africa and beyond," Rudd said. "China signed up most of the developed world in the first large-scale non-Bretton Woods multilateral development bank called the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), capitalized it and launched it so that it now has a balance sheet already approaching the size of the Asian Development Bank."
The New Silk Road, also known as President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative, is designed to extend Chinese influence to an even greater degree through Pakistan, Iran, and all the way to West Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean.
The Chinese-controlled Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is arising as a challenger to the World Bank, which is always headed by an American.
A U.S. or Israeli strike on Iran, followed by regime change, would seriously undermine China's grand plans.
It would also likely disrupt China's supply of oil, causing serious economic problems.
And this could come just as China's trade war with America is intensifying.
Posted by nickglais on 7/17/2018 07:08:00 AM