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Tactical aspects of an Iranian response to an Israeli attack

May 11, 2012 3 comments

Iran ground forces

Literally, there wouldn’t be a war between Israel and Iran for many reasons such as the fact the US keeps telling Israel to not to. Israel is feeling suffocated and feels the need to expand with waging wars. Victory of Islamists in Tunisian and Egyptian elections and polls which all suggest a big majority of Middle eastern people favor Islamic view of government AND that Israel’s friends in middle east or dictators fall one by one, are all the reasons why Israel is going to be surrounded by hostile governments-Islamic or secular-hostile towards Israel and friends of Iran.

Israel’s loss to Hezbollah in 2006 which for itself was a surprise to whole world about Iran ally’s capabilities on the ground and aerospace was another heavy blow to Israel.

As you know, the first casualty of every war would be the truth. One of the reasons why Israel and the US cannot wage war on Iran is fear of isolation by the international community. The starter of a war would be naturally expecting the world’s condemnation.

However that’s not all of the reasons why Israel would never attack Iran either with the US’s support or without it. Israeli warplanes destroyed nuclear sites in Syria and Iraq before, but attacking Iran would be a much more difficult task. It is a more distant target, and Israeli warplanes would probably have to go over hostile airspace in Syria, Iraq or Turkey to reach it. Saudi Arabia could be an alternative as its relations with Israel have been overwhelmingly increasing. Iran’s nuclear facilities also are believed to be spread out across many sites, buried deep underground in which case Israel would have to use the Bunker buster bombs it has received from the states.

Only one problem with that, Iranian military is far more powerful than those of Syria or Iraq, equipped with sophisticated anti-aircraft defense systems, advanced E-warfare systems, jamming devices as well as powerful medium-range missiles capable of striking anywhere in Israel allowing Iran to respond with a full-scare war.

Even if the Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities were unsuccessful and all of the Israeli planes were shot down before they reached Iranian airspace which is the most likely case, Iran would still take the liberty to respond with ballistic missiles and paralyze life in Israel with hitting strategic locations and Israeli nuclear facilities. An Israeli attack would also likely spark retaliation from Iran’s allies in the region such as Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas.

Frankly I don’t think the tiny so-called Jewish state would have enough space for all of those rockets coming from everywhere, considering the fact Iran Navy would launch EMP assault on Israel which would make it so difficult for Israel to do anything anymore and that even Hamas’ little rockets can reach Israeli cities and make Israel’s latest missile shields look like sitting ducks.

The US would have to interfere to save Israel which I would not really want to discuss as it’d be the most horrible thing that could ever happen.

But what would be the tactical aspects of an Iranian respond to Israeli attack?

I personally think Israel needs permission and support from West in order to attack Iran. Now that the US and West are weaker than ever in terms of economy and military and are also facing protests all over their countries, Iran has a great chance of destroying Israel. Due to the Ahmadinejad’s special government and the Islamic awakening in the region affected by the policies of Iran, an Iranian attack on Israel could be carried out before 2014. In fact I’d prefer Israel attacks Iran tonight.

In case Israel decides to act against Iran’s nuclear program, it would be attacked and given a heavy blow to suffer total destruction. In the first step of an Iranian attack on Israel, total destruction would be brought to Israel’s ground zero. Iran could use its medium-range ballistic missiles to accomplish this task. From the easternmost to westernmost of Iran, Israel would be about 2600 kilometers away. Strategic targets deep in the Israeli soil can be hit by conventional missiles from Iran.

Some important locations that must be hit in Israel:

Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa can be targeted with Shahab-3 missiles. These three points with the lowest population density and distance make 60 percent of Israelis. Sejil missiles could be also used to hit infrastructure, including power utilities, fuel, water and sanitation, transport and communications. On the next stage of attack, different types of missiles such as Ashura, Qadr and Shahab 3 could be used against residential space in the city until the final destruction.

Destruction of Israeli infrastructure

Israeli infrastructure such as railway stations, airports and , power plants, nuclear facilities and arsenals can be hit with Sejil-2 missiles. Iran could of carried out this mission 10 years ago.

Destruction of Israel’s nuclear sites

Nuclear power plant, “Raphael” is the oldest power plant in Israel. This plant is considered as Israel’s main nuclear engineering site. Nuclear power plant “Ylbvn” is another Israeli nuclear site that is located under the village “Nbryn”. Residents of this Village were forced to emigrate in 1948. This nuclear power plant is in fact where Israel keeps its tactical nuclear weapons such as medium and long range surface-to-surface missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Missiles like Jericho with a range between 500 to 1480 km.

And so many other uranium enrichment sites, nuclear arsenals, nuclear plants, power plants and even oilfields which all are marked targets thanks to satellite images and Iran’s operatives inside Israel.

Yedioth Harvnvt, Zionist military analyst Ron Ben Yshal said: “There is no place in Israel that is not in range of Iranian missiles. He added even tho Israel’s missile stocks are advanced in terms of quality and quantity but the number of Israeli missiles appears to be about 100 thousand which all would be within range of Iranian missiles.”

This is while Iran’s capable of launching 13,000 different types of short range, medium range and long range missiles per minute and Israel as a small country would be way too easy for Iran to destroy that Iran should not even expect retaliation from Israel.

The successful production of the short-, medium- and long-range and tactical battlefield missiles such as Shahab (Meteor) and Sejjil (Baked Clay), Saqeb (falling stone) and Sayyad (Hunter), Fateh (Conqueror) and Zelzal (Temblor), Misaq (Covenant) and Ra’ad (Thunder), Toufan (Storm) and Safar (Journey) bears testimony to the claim an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear sites which would be most likely a failure would be followed with the end of Israel’s very existence.

Iran has so far succeeded in producing more than 50 types of high-tech missiles as part of its deterrent strategy for enhancing military might as it has always been exposed to threats by the Zionist regime and Washington. But that’s just official.

Iran’s project Koussar which includes designing and developing IRBMs and ICBMs which are independent from Shahab family with a range more than 3500 miles have been kept hidden due to the fact Iran does not intend on starting a new cold war with the US or posing a security threat to the US by all means necessary. It’s also possible that Shahab-4, Shahab-5 and Shahab-6 in fact enjoy different structure than Shahab-3.

Iran’s recently unveiled naval missiles tells more of the speed of Iranian efforts to keep the country safe.

Iran possesses the technology to launch superfast anti-submarine rockets which can travel at the speed of 100 meters per second under water, making the country second only to Russia in possessing the technology.

According to IRGC Navy commander, the US has not developed such subsonic underwater weapons despite spending more than USD 20 billion over 15 years to achieve the know-how.

Iran’s supersonic anti-ship ballistic missile Persian Gulf also is designed and developed inside the country to deliver a heavy blow to the US Navy in Persian Gulf. The supersonic projectile, which carries a 650-kilogram warhead, is immune to interception and features high-precision systems. The US is believed to be totally incapable of shooting down such missiles.

New Shahab-3 models also enjoy the next generation cluster warheads having each warhead target different destinations. These improvements would greatly increase the Shahab-3B’s survivability against ABM systems such as Israel’s Arrow 2 as well as being used for precision attacks against high value targets such as command, control and communications centers.

Sejil-2  missile has a close structure to Shahab-3 and enjoys deadlier warheads with a greater range of destruction. The missile leaves the atmosphere and returns with a speed of 10 to 12 mach (approximately 3400 to 4080 meters per second) which makes it impossible for any missile shield system to identify and destroy. The missile also enjoys anti jamming and interception systems and could use its blades in the exhaust emissions to reroute in case the rocket had lost its path.

Sejil 2

Considering Iranian long range radars installed in Lebanon, Syria and Iran, it is most likely Iran would be alarmed of an event of war early enough.

Ghadir is one of Iran’s radars systems which covers areas (maximum) 1,100km in distance and 300km in altitude has been designed and built to identify aerial targets, radar-evading aircrafts, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles as well as low-altitude satellites. Or Cosmos radar system with a range of 3,000 kilometers in radius. The advanced system can detect, intercept and destroy aircraft equipped with radar cross-section system (RCS), cruise missile and strategic long-range aircraft.

Iran could also use its Air Force to hit certain targets in Israel if needed. According to Iran’s Air Force chief, Brigadier General Ahmad Miqani, the country has revamped its fighter jet fleet to fly distances of 3,000 kilometers which would allow the aircraft to fly to Israel, Britain or any US military base in the region — and back without refueling.

Sayyad missile defense system is comprised of two-stage missiles that can target all kinds of aircraft, including bombers, at medium and high altitudes. It’s been recently upgraded with a higher precision, range and defensive power.

A few weeks ago, the commander of Iran’s Air defense division announced that Iran had the ability to intercept enemy missiles and redirect them to desired locations.

The Christian Science Monitor report cites an unnamed European intelligence source as claiming that Iran in an unreported incident managed to “blind” a CIA spy satellite by “aiming a laser burst quite accurately” at its optics.

Iran has made breakthroughs in designing and developing its own advanced main battle tanks, UAVs, aircraft and helicopters, simulators, radar systems, missiles, rifles, air defense weapons, bombs, naval missiles, torpedoes, armored vehicles, mortars, artillery, rocket artillery, small arms, boats and destroyers and submarines.

                                      Iran’s domestically developed Zulfiqar-3 MBT

The western experts have a great history in trying to underestimate and not taking Iran’s scientific and defense achievements seriously but after Iran hacked into RQ-170 and made  the bird think it’s coming home while it was instead landing into the hands of IRGC considering the fact the plane is impossible to lose its way for it has been designed to find its way back home or self destruct, many in west have been starting to take Iran’s achievements seriously.

Iran’s military might is one of the reasons why Israel and the US are incapable of launching an attack on Iran.

The RQ-170 plane was developed years after F-35 was developed and more than 50 years of the Americans’ technology of manned and unmanned aircraft has been used in it. All the technologies that Americans have used in the F-35 aircraft, stealth bombers, the Polecat, etc. have been used in this bloody plane. The plane is so important that Iran even denied requests from China and Russia experts to examine the plane.

But after Iran said it has the drone, some US news media such as CNN said “it’s a bluff”

When Iran showed the footage of the hacked drone, they said “it’s a mock”

So did Iran send Obama a mock when he asked Iran to give back the drone.

They forced Iran to prove the plane was reverse-engineered. The head of IRGC Aerospace division said “the reason why we cannot talk about the aircraft is that the plane is regarded as a national asset and… discussing (it) would be a disclosure of information, and we should not dispense it freely. However, I will reveal four codes so that the Americans will know how much information we have gleaned from the aircraft.

“The drone was in California on October (17), 2010, which corresponds to Mehr 25, 1389, for some technical work and was taken to Kandahar on November (19), 2010, which corresponds to Aban 28, 1389. It conducted flights there, but, apparently, it experienced a number of problems, which they (the Americans) could not fix.” He added.

After life is paralyzed in Israel and IDF is crushed into little pieces, it is most likely that Jews would be starting to leave Palestine in big groups as they have already started leaving Israel since a long time ago considering the fact they are afraid of Hezbollah’s growing power and Iran’s imaginary nukes.

After having Israel standing on a pile of ashes, Iranian, Syrian and Hezbollah ground forces are expected to be deployed at the area as part of their military intervention to bring peace back to Palestine and having Palestinians returning to their homes.That is the liberation of Palestine.

Iranian officials have promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.

Iran airborne rangers

Another step towards world war 3?

Initial phase of US missile network in Europe complete. The US plans to announce the completion of the initial phase of the deployment of a US-backed missile network in Europe, says a US top official.

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall also noted that additional work is underway in the next phase of the US-backed global missile network. The deployment of the missile network has already enraged Russia. Moscow says the US-led system poses a significant threat to its national security.

It’s true, the US’s missile networks around globe pose a threat to Russia. But they also do pose a threat to Iran. The US intends on having the upper hand in an event of world war against countries like Russia, Iran and China with installing missile shields worldwide.

But such efforts to surround Iran which could be seen as the first steps towards an attack on Iran could be confronted. Iran could and has used its allies in Latin America in order to have the upper hand in an event of world war as Iran is reportedly planning to place medium-range missiles on Venezuelan soil, based on western information sources, according to an article in the German daily, Die Welt, of November 25, 2010. According to the article, an agreement between the two countries was signed during the last visit o Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Tehran on October19, 2010. The previously undisclosed contract provides for the establishment of a jointly operated military base in Venezuela, and the joint development of ground-to-ground missiles.

According to Die Welt, Venezuela has agreed to allow Iran to establish a military base manned by the Aerospace division of the Iranian Army of the Guardians of Islamic Revolution and Venezuelan missile officers. In addition, Iran has given permission for the missiles to be used in case of an “emergency”. In return, the agreement states that Venezuela can use these facilities for “national needs” – increasing the threat to neighbors like Colombia. According to the agreement, Iranian missiles such as Shahab 3 will be deployed in the proposed base. It says that Iran also pledged to help Venezuela in rocket technology expertise, including intensive training of officers.

Sounds like a never-ending game to me.

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Truth and Falsehood in Syria

October 7, 2011 6 comments

By Jeremy Salt

October 06, 2011 Ankara – Information Clearing HouseAs insurrection in Syria lurches towards civil war, the brakes need to be put on the propaganda pouring through the western mainstream media and accepted uncritically by many who should know better. So here is a matrix of positions from which to argue about what is going on in this critical Middle Eastern country:

1. Syria has been a mukhabarat (intelligence) state since the redoubtable Abd al Hamid al Serraj ran the intelligence services as the deuxieme bureau in the 1950s. The authoritarian state which developed from the time Hafez al Assad took power in 1970 has crushed all dissent ruthlessly.  On occasion it has either been him or them. The ubiquitous presence of the mukhabarat is an unpleasant fact of Syrian life but as Syria is a central target for assassination and subversion by Israel and western intelligence agencies, as it has repeatedly come under military attack, as it has had a large chunk of its territories occupied and as its enemies are forever looking for opportunities to bring it down, it can hardly be said that the mukhabarat is not needed.

2. There is no doubt that the bulk of people demonstrating in Syria want peaceful transition to a democratic form of government. Neither is there any doubt that armed groups operating from behind the screen of the demonstrations have no interest in reform. They want to destroy the government.

3. There have been very big demonstrations of support for the government. There is anger at the violence of the armed gangs and anger at external interference and exploitation of the situation by outside governments and the media. In the eyes of many Syrians, their country is again the target of an international conspiracy.

4. Whatever the truth of the accusations made against the security forces, the armed groups have killed hundreds of police, soldiers and civilians, in total probably close to 1000 at this stage. The civilian dead include university professors, doctors and even, very recently, the son of the Grand Mufti of the Republic. The armed gangs have massacred, ambushed, assassinated, attacked government buildings and sabotaged railway lines.

5. Bashar al Assad has a strong base of personal popularity.  Although he sits on top of the system it is misleading to call him a dictator. The system itself is the true dictator. Deeply rooted power in Syria – entrenched over five decades – lies in the military and intelligence establishment, and to a lesser degree in the party structure.  These are the true sources of resistance to change.  The demonstrations were Bashar’s opportunity to pass on the message, which he did, that the system had to change.

6. In the face of large scale demonstrations earlier this year the government did finally come up with a reform program. This was rejected out of hand by the opposition. No attempt was even made to test the bona fides of the government.

7. The claim that armed opposition to the government has begun only recently is a complete lie.  The killings of soldiers, police and civilians, often in the most brutal circumstances, has been going on virtually since the beginning.

8. The armed groups are well armed and well organised. Large shipments of weapons have been smuggled into Syria from Lebanon and Turkey.  They include pump action shotguns, machine guns, Kalashnikovs,RPG launchers, Israeli-made hand grenades and numerous other explosives. It is not clear who is providing these weapons but someone is, and someone is paying for them. Interrogation of captured members of armed gangs points in the direction of Saad al Hariri’s Future Movement. Hariri is a front man for the US and Saudi Arabia, with influence spreading well beyond Lebanon.

9. Armed opposition to the regime largely seems to be sponsored by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. In 1982 the government ruthlessly crushed an uprising initiated by the Brotherhood in Hama. Many thousands died and part of the city was destroyed. The Brotherhood has two prime objectives: the destruction of the Baathist government and the destruction of the secular state in favor of an Islamic system. It is almost palpably thirsting for revenge.

10. The armed groups have strong support from outside apart from what is already known or indicated. Exiled former Syrian Vice President and Foreign Minister, Abd ul Halim Khaddam, who lives in Paris, has been campaigning for years to bring down the Assad government. He is funded by both the EU and the US. Other exiled activists include Burhan Ghalioun, backed by Qatar as the leader of the ‘national council’ set up in Istanbul. Ghalioun, like Abd ul Halim Khaddam, lives in Paris and like him also, lobbies against the Assad government in Europe and in Washington. Together with Muhammad Riyad al Shaqfa, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, he is receptive to outside ‘humanitarian intervention’ in Syria on the Libyan model (others are against it). The promotion of the exiles as an alternative government is reminiscent of the way the US used exiled Iraqis (the so-called Iraqi National Congress) ahead of the invasion of Iraq.

11. The reporting by the western media of the situations in Libya and Syria has been appalling.  NATO intervention in Libya has been the cause of massive destruction and thousands of deaths. The war, following the invasion of Iraq, is yet another major international crime committed by the governments of the US, Britain and France. The city of Sirte has been bombarded day and night for two weeks without the western media paying any attention to the heavy destruction and loss of life that must have followed. The western media has made no attempt to check reports coming out of Sirte of the bombing of civilian building and the killing of hundreds of people.  The only reason can be that the ugly truth could well derail the whole NATO operation.

12. In Syria the same media has followed the same pattern of misreporting and disinformation. It has ignored or skated over the evidence of widespread killings by armed gangs. It has invited its audience to disbelieve the claims of government and believe the claims of rebels, often made in the name of human rights organisations based in Europe or the US. Numerous outright lies have been told, as they were told in Libya and as they were told ahead of the attack on Iraq. Some at least have been exposed. People said to have been killed by state security forces have turned up alive. The brothers of Zainab al Husni claimed she has been kidnapped by security forces, murdered and her body dismembered. This lurid account, spread by Al Jazeera and Al Arabiyya amongst other outlets, was totally false. She is still alive although now, of course, the propaganda tack is to claim that this is not really her but a double. Al Jazeera, the Guardian and the BBC have distinguished themselves by their blind support of anything that discredits the Syrian government. The same line is being followed by the mainstream media in the US. Al Jazeera, in particular, having distinguished itself with its reporting of the Egyptian revolution, has lost all credibility as an independent Arab world news channel.

13. In seeking to destroy the Syrian government the Muslim Brotherhood has a goal in common with the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia, whose paranoia about Shia Islam reached fever pitch with the uprising in Bahrain. Wikileaks revealed how impatient it was for the US to attack Iran. A substitute target is the destruction of the strategic relationship between Iran, Syria and Hizbullah. The US and the Saudis may want to destroy the Alawi-dominated Baathist regime in Damascus for slightly different reasons,  but the important thing is that  they do want to destroy it.

14. The US is doing its utmost to drive Syria into a corner. It is giving financial support to exiled leaders of the opposition. It has tried (and so far failed thanks to Russian and Chinese opposition) to introduce an extensive program of sanctions through the UN Security Council. No doubt it will try again and depending on how the situation develops, it may try, with British and French support, to bring on a no-fly zone resolution opening the door to foreign attack. The situation is fluid and no doubt all sorts of contingency plans are being developed. The White House and the State Department are issuing hectoring statements every other day. Openly provoking the Syrian government, the US ambassador, accompanied by the French ambassador, travelled to Hama before Friday prayers. Against everything that is known about their past record of interference in Middle Eastern countries,  it is inconceivable  that the US and  Israel, along with France and Britain, would not be involved in this uprising beyond what is already known.

15. While concentrating on the violence of the Syrian regime, the US, European governments (especially Britain) have totally ignored the violence directed against it. Their own infinitely greater violence, of course, in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and other places, doesn’t even come into the picture. Turkey has joined their campaign against Syria with relish, going even further than they have in confronting the Syrian regime. In the space of a few months Turkey’s ‘zero problem’ regional policy has been upended in the most inchoate manner. Turkey eventually lent its support to the NATO attack on Libya, after initially holding back. It has antagonised Iran by its policy on Syria and by agreeing, despite strong domestic opposition, to host a US radar missile ‘defence’ installation clearly directed against Iran. The Americans say its data will be shared with Israel, which has refused to apologise for the attack on the Mavi Marmara,   plunging Israeli-Turkish relations into near crisis. So from ‘zero problems’, Turkey now has a regional policy full of problems with Israel, Syria and Iran.

16. While some members of the Syrian opposition have spoken against foreign intervention, the ‘Free Syrian Army’ has said that its aim is to have a no-fly zone declared over northern Syria. A no-fly zone would have to be enforced, and we have seen how this led in Libya to massive infrastructural destruction, the killing of thousands of people and the opening of the door to a new period of western domination.

17. If the Syrian government is brought down, every last Baathist and Alawi will be hunted down. In a government dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood the status of minorities and women would be driven backwards.

18. Through the Syria Accountability Act, and through sanctions which the EU has imposed, the US has been trying to destroy the Syrian government for twenty years. The dismantling of unified Arab states along ethno-religious lines has been an aim of Israel’s for decades. Where Israel goes, the US naturally follows. The fruits of this policy can be seen in Iraq, where an independent state in all but name has been created for the Kurds and where the constitution, written by the US,  separates Iraq’s people into Kurds, Sunni,  Shi and Christian,  destroying the binding logic of Arab nationalism. Iraq has not known a moment’s peace since the British entered Baghdad in 1917. In Syria ethno-religious divisions (Sunni Muslim Arab, Sunni Muslim Kurd, Druze, Alawi and various Christian sects) render it vulnerable in the same way to the promotion of sectarian discord and eventual disintegration as the unified Arab state the French tried to prevent coming into existence in the 1920s.

19. The destruction of the Baathist government would be a strategic victory of unsurpassed value to the US and Israel. The central arch in the strategic relationship between Iran, Syria and Hizbullah will have been destroyed, leaving Hizbullah geographically isolated, with a hostile Sunni Muslim government next door, and leaving Hizbullah and Iran more exposed to a military attack by the US and Israel. Fortuitously or otherwise, the ‘Arab spring’ as it has developed in Syria has placed in their hands a lever by which they may be able to achieve their goal.

20.  It is not necessarily the case that a Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government in Egypt or Syria would be hostile to US interests. Wanting to be seen as a respectable member of the international community and another good example of ‘moderate’ Islam, it is likely and certainly possible that an Egyptian government dominated by the Brotherhood would agree to maintain the peace treaty with Israel for as long as it can  (i.e. until another large scale attack by Israel on Gaza or Lebanon makes it absolutely unsustainable).

21. A Syrian government dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood would be close to Saudi Arabia and hostile to Iran, Hizbullah and the Shia of Iraq, especially those associated with Muqtada al Sadr.  It would pay lip service to the Palestine cause and the liberation of the Golan Heights but its practical policies would be unlikely to be any different from the government it is seeking to destroy.

22. The Syrian people are entitled to demand democracy and to be given it, but in this way and at this cost? Even now, an end to the killing and negotiations on political reform is surely the way forward, not violence which threatens to tear the country apart. Unfortunately, violence and not a negotiated settlement is what too many people inside Syria want and what too many governments watching and waiting for their opportunity also want. No Syrian can ultimately gain from this, whatever they presently think.  Their country is being driven towards a sectarian civil war, perhaps foreign intervention and certainly chaos on an even greater scale than we are now seeing. There will be no quick recovery if the state collapses or can be brought down.  Like Iraq, and probably like Libya, looking at the present situation, Syria would enter a period of bloody turmoil that could last for years. Like Iraq, again, it would be completely knocked out of the ring as a state capable of standing up for Arab interests, which means, of course, standing up to the US and Israel.

23. Ultimately, whose interests does anyone think this outcome would serve?

– Jeremy Salt is associate professor in Middle Eastern History and Politics at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Previously, he taught at Bosporus University in Istanbul and the University of Melbourne in the Departments of Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science. Professor Salt has written many articles on Middle East issues, particularly Palestine, and was a journalist for The Age newspaper when he lived in Melbourne. He contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com.

 

The Truth About Syria Unrest

August 15, 2011 2 comments

Truth unveiled! Axis of evil Saudis, Americans and Israelis thought they wanted to hijack Syria in the middle of Arab spring, but that’s not they want, they want a slap with the back of the right hand! Arab spring is naturally an anti Israel movement against puppet regimes or friends of Israel such as Mubarak, as the chief of Israel described him as Israel’s best friend. They go down, and Israel is left without friends. Is Assad anything like Mubarak? no, was he also Israel’s best friend? no, did he promise his people to free occupied Syrian lands from Israel? YES.
True Syrians’ demand for reforms in Syria is completely acceptable and legal just like Asad said, which is why he’s bringing reforms to Syria. But don’t get me wrong, do not mistake terrorists for protesters, this is what I’m going to explain for you.

Just yesterday, Lebanese army intelligence has intercepted a covert shipment of 1,000 assault rifles, reportedly destined for the city of Baniyas in Syria. Army investigators say they have uncovered ties between the smugglers and the political entourage of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia.

The hardcore Sunni Wahhabi House of Saud – in yet another towering show of hypocrisy, and faithful to its hatred of secular Arab republics – has branded the Bashar al-Assad-controlled Ba’ath regime in Syria “a killing machine”. But who would of thought? Saudi Arabia is busy killing people in another country named Bahrain, which most of the news media don’t cover since the US media have been ordered not to cover news on the Saudi allies’ brutal crackdown on Bahraini people. Reports from the Center’s colleagues in the United States say “In the US some news agencies and TV stations were asked not to report on Bahrain and not to embarrass [President Barack Obama’s administration.” Kingdom Saudi Arabia the most brutal dictatorship of all time pretends to be worried about on-going unrest in a secular Arab state? why? because Assad’s regime is anti Israel and not a puppet, which goes against Saudi influence in Middle east.

March 14 seems to be nearly exposed. Hariri the son betrayed Hariri the father, even tho Hezbollah revealed Israel’s possible involvement in his father’s assassination, he insists on selling Lebanon to Israel and Saudi Arabia. March 14 people are bunch of soulless traitors who only care about their own wealth and money in their bank accounts all over the world, they do not care about Lebanon’s freedom being threatened by Israel, in fact, their hatred toward Hezbollah makes them rather Israeli occupation, where were they when Israel had southern Lebanon occupied for decades? wasn’t it Hezbollah attacks which forced IDF to pull out? 14 March sickos’ connection with arm smuggling to Syria must be investigated, and if proven, their party’s activities must be banned and their members must be arrested.

Lebanese intelligence also eavesdropped on discussions between the suspects and an arms dealer, in which the two sides agreed on a down payment of US$100,000 once buyers were shown high-quality Kalashnikov and M-16 rifle samples. The plan was to either ship the rifles in one batch by sea to Baniyas in Syria, or to divide it into smaller batches and smuggle it through Lebanon’s northern border. The suspects and the dealer were followed and arrested by army intelligence forces on July 30, after delivery of the arms in Ras Beirut.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television identified the smugglers as Wassam and Samir Tamim. They have reportedly confessed to running over 30 arms-smuggling operations from Marina to Baniyas with the assistance of Mohammad Kabbara, a member of the Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc tied to Saudi intelligence. Al-Manar stated that the center of operations was Kabbara’s farm in northern Lebanon, adding that this was also a transit point for Islamist (Salafi) fighters traveling to the Syrian city of Homs.

The Syrian army claimed last week that in recent fighting near Homs it has detained hundreds of Salafi fighters (reportedly including Afghans) with Lebanese documents, whose transfer to Syria was facilitated by Kabbara.

The majority of Syrians have been always behind their government, it is not hidden to anybody that Assad’s weak intelligence forces failed to protect his country from terrorists.

One of the terrorists captured by Syrian intelligence forces confessed and said several terrorist groups were operating in Hama where their members are instructed to attack police, security personnel and law-enforcement officials in order to cause mayhem in the city.

He also said the footage broadcast by Syrian television showing people throwing mutilated bodies into a river some ten days ago was very much true, confessing, “I was among the terrorists who threw one of the dead….”

He said they mutilated the bodies of the victims with knives and swords in order to scare away security personnel and prevent them from entering Hama. Al-Kattan said terrorist leaders pay each member SYP 5000 (almost USD106) per day.

By all means, the unrest in Syria differs from the Arab uprisings since it is a ‘conspiracy’ from foreign intervention attempting to ‘reshape’ the country’s political structure. In the latest attempts, Washington and Tel Aviv hatched plots to reignite the flames of unrest in Syria through smuggling weapons into the Arab country.

Informed sources in Lebanon blame Salafi extremists and elements associated with the country’s al-Mustaqbal party for direct involvement in the recent unrest in Syria.

The Lebanese sources say former Mustaqbal MP Mustafa Hashem has rented a large number of gas stations in the northern border region of Wadi Khaled, where the nomad residents on both the Lebanese and Syrian sides of the frontier are engaged in widespread smuggling.

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Is Israel’s Rightwing in Eric Cantor’s District?

April 30, 2011 Comments off

By David Swanson

April 29, 2011 Information Clearing House— In May 2009, Congressmen Eric Cantor (R., Va.) and Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) wrote to President Barack Obama about U.S. policy toward Israel. Their staff sent the letter as a PDF but forgot to change the name of the file to something other than “AIPAC Letter Hoyer Cantor May 2009.pdf.”

AIPAC stands for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a group widely recognized as one of the most effective at lobbying Congress, and a group that consistently promotes the positions of the rightwing party of the Israeli government. AIPAC also has the distinction of having lobbied against accountability for an Israeli attack on a U.S. ship and in favor of leniency for a man convicted of selling U.S. secrets to Israel. In a separate case, six years ago, two AIPAC employees were indicted for obtaining U.S. secrets from a U.S. military employee who pled guilty. After powerful Congress members like Jane Harman (D., Calif.) lobbied on their behalf, the charges were dropped.

That’s what it means to be an effective lobby group: having your way. Need sanctions on Iran? You got em. Support at the United Nations for illegal settlements in Palestine or a blockade and bombing of Gaza? Not a problem. In fact, it would be our pleasure to provide the weapons needed, whether it’s for bombing Gaza, bombing Lebanon, or killing Turkish and American peace activists on an aid ship as happened last year. We’d be honored, and don’t let cost be a consideration! That would be an insult in these times of huge budget surpluses in Washington! (Warning, this paragraph contained sarcasm.)

We give $3 billion in “military aid” to Israel every year, more than we give to any other country. This is justified by the need to protect Israel from all the other countries in its region, most of which we also give or sell arms to. Last fall, when pressure was building in Washington to cut off foreign aid spending, Congressman Cantor proposed making an exception for Israel that would help guarantee it $30 billion over the next decade by hiding that funding in the U.S. “defense” budget. That proposal didn’t fly, but neither has any funding of Israeli weapons been cut.

Is there any spending here in Virginia that Congressman Cantor has defended this tenaciously? Would there be if we could afford it?

Cantor is listed on Maplight.org as the top recipient of campaign money from “pro-Israel” groups in the U.S. House of Representatives, having taken in over $200,000. These groups, most of them affiliated with AIPAC, dump tens of millions of dollars into U.S. elections each cycle. And they certainly appear to get what they pay for. In February, continuing a decades-long pattern that has made the United States the leader in U.N. vetoes, President Obama instructed U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to veto and overrule the other 14 Security Council members’ backing of a resolution condemning as illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The problem here is more specific than the wild-west financing of U.S. elections. The problem is that the interests of the Israeli government, far from always representing the Israeli people, in no way represent those of the American people or the people of Virginia. Our views may align or diverge. But the Israeli government’s hostility toward Iraq or Iran, Lebanon or Palestine, or to independent democratic rule in Egypt and the rest of the region, need not be our own. That should be for us to decide, open to foreign input, but free of foreign financial pressure. AIPAC raises its money in the United States but advances the agenda of a foreign nation, diverging often from the majority views of both Americans at large and Jewish Americans in particular.

Later this month, Congressman Cantor will be a featured speaker at AIPAC’s annual conference in Washington DC, but over 100 peace and justice organizations will be holding a counter-conference called “Move Over AIPAC.” I wonder if Eric Cantor will get the message.

David Swanson is an author and blogger in Charlottesville, Va.

The United States Versus Democracy

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment

As revolutions spread throughout Middle East, Bahrain has turned into a slaughterhouse for Bahraini people as Saudi Arabia sends troops to Bahrain to help Bahraini forces in oppressing people, the people who are asking for their legal rights such as an elections. the US’s silence over it is not surprising, the US itself is a big abuser of human rights but keeps complaining about human rights in the countries that do not work in interests of the its imperialism, actually that’s a cover for its own human abuses too.

Gaddafi, or should I say Iron Man?

“Of course, there is no question that Libya — and the world — would be better off with Qaddafi out of power. I, along with many other world leaders, have embraced that goal” – Barack

Obama, March 28, 2011

Iron Man, it is.

Saudi King.. did I just say king? like kingdom? a political system in which people don’t get to elect the ruler? and every prince owned a ministry? anyway, Saudi king the strategic ally of the US is now facing protests inside his own country, facing protesters who are calling for political reforms as he’s helping another dictator in Bahrain to oppress people…

Oh God, look at Mubarak, he’s having a heart attack, I wonder why his best friends in Israel aren’t paying him a visit?

Countries in the Middle East are making efforts to establish democracy in the region but the US seeks to abort such efforts by backing the use of violence in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain, people must be aware that the US will be never wanting democracy for them, the US is trying to make Libya another Afghanistan while it doesn’t have to be that way. The US bombs Libya with uranium bombs.
the US is the strongest supporter of dictatorship and enemies of democracy in the region, since dictators work in the favor of imperialism, instead of working in their own people’s interests.
the US has nearly exposed itself completely as it got so silent over Bahrain crack down, also the US media have been ordered not to cover news on the government’s brutal crackdown on Bahraini people. Reports from the Center’s colleagues in the United States say “In the US some news agencies and TV stations were asked not to report on Bahrain and not to embarrass [President Barack Obama’s administration,”
the US has chosen to keep silent over ongoing atrocities in Bahrain due to its support for the country’s authoritarian regime which is indeed shameful.

Bahraini forces rape, kill female poet
Someone has to do something! the US is only dragging itself to hell with exposing itself as it supports Saudi kingdom the most cruel dictatorship in the world, the most dangerous extremist sect in the world named wahhabism to send troops to Bahrain and do all these horrible stuff, God knows how many similar cases like that happened and it just didn’t get reported.

Israel Not A Jewish State

April 14, 2011 4 comments

Israel, which has robbed its Palestinian victims blind since 1947, has another demand to make. It wants them to recognise it as a “Jewish state”. Palestinians should mock this entity’s leaders all the way back to Vienna, where Theodore Herzl’s Zionist delusions were born.

Israel Not A Jewish State

Judaism teaches that the right for the Jewish people to have self rule in the Holy Land is not unconditional. Since the destruction of Holy Temple over two thousand years ago, the Jewish people have been exiled from this land by Divine decree. The Talmud tells that God obligated us not to rebel against the ruling bodies, and not to take the land of Israel by force (see Babylonian Talmud tractate Kesubos 111A).


You see, the secret is out: It now appears that those people who call themselves Israeli Jews are not Jews after all, but the descendants of Eastern European converts to Judaism, who had no genealogical connection to the ancient Israelites.

The aggression that Zionism presents in originally taking the Holy Land by force from its indigenous inhabitants is the first flag that exposes this movement for what it is — a real deviation from Judaism. Judaism forbids Jews from taking the land away from those who currently have jurisdiction over it. That such things should be done not only in opposition to Judaism, but in the name of the very Judaism it defies is simply large-scale fraud. Zionism, once exposed, proves to be the greatest enemy, the worst nightmare, to the Jewish religion and it’s practitioners, that exists to date. Zionism, strikes out regularly at Jews who remain true to Torah and its precepts. There are many Jews who protest against the very existence of the State of Israel, and who are quite vocal, albeit peaceful, about their opposition. Whenever Zionist policies or activities run counter to the Torah stance, Torah-true Jews come forward to unmask the Zionism.

 

Many believe that the second worst thing that ever happened to Jews was the establishment of state of Israel.

Liberation of Palestine

The population in Palestine was 600,000 people of which 10% were Jewish, 90% were Palestinian Muslims and Christians and 99% of the land was owned by Palestinians.

Most Palestinians believe that:

* The only real road to Peace is the full and unconditional Liberation of the whole of Palestine, liberation from the supremacist ideology and liberation from the perpetrators. That will inevitably mean a return to the original, peaceful society Palestine was before the Zionist invasion. The true and sincere aspirations of Palestinians are long lasting Peace, Justice and Freedom. We believe that this will restore the true foundations of the Palestinian society.

* Palestinians are always grateful and appreciative of the hard work and dedication of all their supporters whomever they are, however, Palestinians have NO obligation to hold back their march for freedom, to curtail their aims or to smother their rights for the sake of accommodating and not offending their Jewish supporters or to adopt the aims and objectives of the anti-zionist Jewish supporters instead of their own.

* Palestinians have the ultimate right to aim for the full Liberation of their occupied Homeland, and to that effect select strategy and tactics of Resistance most suitable to achieve the reinstatement of their inalienable rights.

* Palestinians have the ultimate right to choose their vision for their future, of FREE Palestine including the type of government, the writing of constitution, the construction and implementation of their legal and judicial system, which stems from and corresponds to their ethics and reflects and protects their culture.

* It is the privilege of Palestinian to decide who should stay in liberated Palestine and who is not, using the legal procedure of their own choice.

* All refugee and their descendents have the unconditional right to come back home, they, the rightful indigenous owners are also entitled to the reinstatement of ALL confiscated (stolen) land and property, compensation for all their losses over the many years of exile and they are also entitled to Palestinian citizenship wherever they are.

* The aims and dreams of most Palestinians are not confined to the change of zionist regime or the vacuous declaration of abandonment of zionism by the Jewish-zionist occupiers, but rather to the FULL Liberation of Palestine and the restoration of all their rights.

More than 100 countries have so far officially recognized Palestine as a state based on the 1967 borders, the boundaries that existed before the Israeli regime captured East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

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Lebanon has been a member state of the United Nations since 1945 and yet this did not prevent Israel from occupying southern Lebanon from 1978 until 2000. Israel’s occupation of Lebanon ended not because of any international pressure, but only because the Lebanese resistance drove Israel and its collaborating militias out

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81 Reasons Why Gaza has the right to Self Defense

March 27, 2011 Leave a comment

By Julie Webb-Pullman

March 26, 2011 “Scoop” — Seventy-nine of them can be found in United Nations Security Council Resolutions “directly critical of Israel for violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions, the U.N. Charter, the Geneva Conventions, international terrorism, or other violations of international law.” (1)

Number 80 can be found in the Goldstone Report (2), the recommendations of which have yet to implemented some 18 months after its submission to the Human Rights Council, and Paragraph 1912 of which stresses “all States parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 have in addition the obligation, while respecting the United Nations Charter and international law, to ensure compliance by Israel with international humanitarian law as embodied in that Convention.”

Has that happened? Clearly not. (3)

The most compelling reason number 81, can be found in the United Nations Charter, Article 52 which states: “Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security.” (4)

There would also be a Reason 82, but for the United States power of veto exercised in the Security Council in February 2011. (5)

If the international community has abandoned its responsibilities towards Palestinians, and particularly towards Gaza, as the above examples over the last 63 years plus this map of Palestinian territories so graphically illustrate, what else is left to Gaza but self-defense?

Israel and its chorUS disingenuously cite Israel’s right of “self-defense” to justify not only Israel’s disproportionate military response to Gaza – and Palestinians’ – genuine right to self-defense, but also to attempt to disguise Israel’s blatant land-theft from existing citizens.

Contrast the “newcomers” in Israel, for example, to many of those who in recent years have arrived in Australia. The latter have been considered illegal immigrants and incarcerated in off-shore islands or desert detention camps –the subtle distinction being that (i) those latterly arriving in Australia sought refuge from repressive regimes whereas the Israeli immigrants came from European and North American democracies…(enough said, perhaps) and (ii) unlike Australia’s (and New Zealand’s) immigrants, who now accept the existing population’s rights to their existing property, culture and citizenship, Israel’s immigrants bulldoze and destroy the homes of existing residents to build their own in their place, not only rendering thousands homeless but also destroying historic, economic and culturally-important sites such as religious buildings, olive groves, farms, and cemeteries – and now legislating that they also be of the jewish religion in order to have citizenship.

Is not our perception of the wrongness of such actions why New Zealanders, for instance, just spent thirty years redressing such wrongs in their own country, through the Waitangi Tribunal? Is not our perception of the wrongness of such discrimination why we all fought to end similar structural apartheid in South Africa?

In the past week, Israel has killed at least 10 people and seriously wounded scores more in in Gaza in sustained military attacks with sophisticated weaponry targeted at civilians, a week in which so-called ‘rocket’ attacks from Gaza (into traditional Palestinian territory) have not caused any Israeli deaths, or physical injury. Yet Israel on Wednesday threatened “After barrage of rocket and mortar fire, Vice Premier Shalom says Israel may have to consider wide operation in Gaza; Minister Limor Livnat: Operation Cast Lead 2 may be in order.” (6)

After a cosy telephone chat to US President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Thursday said from Moscow that “Israel’s reaction to rocket attacks will be measured” (7) – but by what, is the question…caesium, perhaps?

US Secretary of Defense Robert now waits in Israel for Netanyahu’s return, discussing with his Israeli counterpart Barak how to ensure Israel maintains its ‘qualitative military edge’ in ‘a period like now when Israeli-US security relations were so strong.’ (8)

Obama in South America while his troops hammer Libya, insisting that the US role will be minor, Netanyahu in Moscow proclaiming the same for Gaza…this arms’ length war-mongering to give an appearance of moderation makes me very suspicious – to paraphrase Shakespeare, “Methinks they doth protest too much.”

A quick glance at the map reveals US, British and EU troops in the midst of massive military operations in oil-rich Libya from the west, Israel launching sustained military attacks against a potentially-unified Gaza/Palestine from the east and north – and slap bang in the middle, a very desirable waterway in the middle of a country which recently overthrew its USrael-friendly president, but which has yet to establish a categorically different regime…and whose military rulers have not opened the Rafah Crossing into Gaza, but today reiterated their prior commitment “ to Egypt’s international treaties in an early message to reassure Jerusalem and the United States,” according to the Jerusalem Post’s reporting of Thursday’s meeting in Cairo between Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Elaraby, and Rafi Barak, a senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official.

Yes, on any reading of the situation, Gaza certainly does have good cause for concern about their security and territorial integrity.

In the face of continuing military attacks against civilian targets and the absence of any meaningful and/or enforceable UN Security Council Resolution to protect them, and of any meaningful assistance from the international community in preventing Israel’s ongoing use of force, they have every legitimate reason to resort to self-defense, under Article 52 of the UN Charter.

References (1) http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2010/01/27/rogue-state-israeli-violations-of-u-n-security-council-resolutions/

(2) http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/12session/A-HRC-12-48.pdf

(3) Amnesty International UK et al (2008) The Gaza Strip: A Humanitarian Implosion http://www.oxfam.org.uk/resources/policy/conflict_disasters/downloads/gaza_implosion.pdf, and Amnesty International UK et al (2010) Dashed Hopes: Continuation of the Gaza Siege http://www.oxfam.org.uk/resources/policy/conflict_disasters/downloads/dashed-hopes-continuation-gaza-siege-301110-en.pdf Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (2010) The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip: Collective Punishment of the civilian population http://www.pchrgaza.org/files/2010/Illegal%20Closur.pdf UNICEF, UNRWA and Minister of Education and Higher Education (2010) Palestinian children deprived of basic rights to education http://www.unicef.org/media/media_56025.html ; UNDP (2010) One Year After GAZA Early Recovery and Reconstruction Needs Assessment http://unispal.un.org/pdfs/GazaRecovery0510.pdf; OCHA (2010) Farming without Land, Fishing without Water: Gaza Agriculture Sector Struggles to Survive http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/gaza_agriculture_25_05_2010_fact_sheet_english.pdf

(4) Charter of the United Nations Chapter V11 Article 52 http://www.un.org/en/documents/charter/chapter7.shtml

(5) http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37572&Cr=palestin&Cr1

(6) http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/netanyahu-israel-will-continue-to-operate-against-terrorists-in-gaza-1.351331

(7) http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/netanyahu-israel-s-reaction-to-rocket-attacks-will-be-measured-1.351658

(8) http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=213706

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