Does Forces Withdrawal Mean Scheme Over?

 The Anglo-American invasion of Iraq didn’t aim at overthrowing the then Iraqi regime and establishing a democratic government, rather it was an introduction for an all-out scheme designed to restructure the entire region in accordance with a new Zionist-planned “Sykes-Picot” accord agreed on this time by the U.S. and Britain not by France and Britain as in the old one. This project was called the “New Middle East”.

Those who drew up the scheme’s scenarios, saw in Iraq a point of weakness through which they can penetrate other countries in the region to complete their expansionist and domination plans in a “domino-like game” and under false pretexts such as “freedom”, “democracy” and “human rights” , used to be provided by the West and colonialism to enslave poor countries.

Thus, the direct goal of the invasion wasn’t to overthrow the regime, but to undermine and eliminate Iraq through tearing the strong Iraqi social cohesion and restructuring it on sectarian and ethnic bases aiming at creating more divisions inside the Iraqi society and sowing sedition among sects.

George Bush and his supporters believed that the Iraqis had fallen into the trap and thought that they won victory by the fall of Baghdad at the hands of the Cowboys and their allies. They forgot that Baghdad is deeply rooted in history for more than 7000 years and that it will rise to defend Iraq’s territorial integrity. The flame of the Iraqi national resistance was lit, having Damascus, the Capital of the Umayyad, as a real supporter and a staunch keeper and defender of Arab national security.

 Those who understood the dimensions of the American scheme have realized that defending Iraq means defending the Arab nation and that giving up the Arab identity of Iraq declares the beginning of the failure of the Arab nationalist project, which is still the hope of millions of Arabs across the Arab region.

Traitors, who enjoyed trading with homelands, let the Americans imagine that Iraq’s invasion would be a picnic. Bush, who was in a hurry to declare victory, didn’t imagine that months after announcing victory, he would enter Iraq secretly and would leave with 5000 dead bodies of his marines and tens of thousands of injured soldiers behind him, not to mention the trillion-dollar loss and the damage caused to America’s reputation and image.

The partial American withdrawal from Iraq doesn’t mean that Iraq has recovered or is about to. It doesn’t absolutely mean that the American evil design in the region has been given up. On the contrary, the Americans and the Zionists are betting on transforming the Iraqi national resisting potentials, which confronted and defeated the American occupier, into a fire that burns the Iraqis themselves through reproducing sectarianism and fueling sedition among them.

However, the Iraqis should keep in mind that the five millions bombs fallen on Iraq couldn’t divide the Iraqi people or hit their national unity despite different political, religious and ethnic tendencies. They must not let political differences and disputes over power achieve what military force and occupation had failed to.

Preserving the Iraqi national unity and maintaining a sovereign and independent free Iraq, which keeps best relations with its neighbors, is the true victory to all the Iraqis and Arabs. It is the real defeat to those who thought they had succeeded in passing the so-called “New Middle East” project.

 This is the real challenge facing national forces in Iraq and the actual test for their commitment and loyalty to the blood of hundreds of thousands martyrs who sacrificed themselves for the freedom, independence and dignity of Iraq.

On the other hand, the Arabs shouldn’t keep watching, as they used to do in their self determination causes, waiting what may happen or in their best cases moving after it is too late to condemn or denounce an attack against Arab sovereignty. The scenarios, put forward, are terrible seriously endangering all in the region and nothing can hinder Arabs’ quick response embodied in mobilizing efforts and drawing up a clear vision that preserves the safety of Iraq’s territories and people so as to restore this important country as a key player in the region.

 

Dr. Khalaf al-Moftah

 

 

Obama and the Noble Prize

 

 

 

U.S. President Barak Obama was awarded the 2009 Noble Peace Prize by the Swedish Academy. Many people in the world were bewildered for or say surprised over awarding this prize for President Obama, including the President himself.

Perhaps the reason behind the bewilderment was that, until then, President Obama did not actually make a tangible achievement, with regard to world peace.

No doubt, this was not the first time, when an American President is awarded with a Noble prize.  Before Obama, Noble Prize was given to the former US President Jimmy Carter, in recognition of his role in signing of the so-called Egyptian- Israeli peace treaty, between Egypt and the Zionist entity.

However, an interpretation for granting the Noble prize to President Obama, can be put only in two frames: the first was the political discourse, adopted by President Obama since he took over the leadership of the strongest country in the world.  A discourse which had almost been distanced from the policy adopted  by the USA since  the aftermath of World War II ,  based on the use of force or  the threat of  using force in political dealing with  World countries.  An attitude which had been already consolidated, when the USA launched six largest major wars, since that date, resulted in huge victims, whose numbers exceeded number of victims of the First World War. The Six wars were: The Korean war in 1950 through 1953; the war of Vietnam which lasted from 1964 to 1975; the First Gulf War in 1991; up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Prior to the last war was the US invasion of Afghanistan, not to mention the wars   that were ignited or fueled by the USA, including   the Iran-Iraq War, and more than 30 wars in Latin America or Africa.

 This, ultimately, means that the USA is classified as a world champion in launching wars. If there were a Noble prize for launching wars, it would be won by the USA.  The second frame, which is more likely, in my view, is a bid as to  push the U.S. president to adopt a more practical international peace statement and to make a shift from the statement of intentions to  a practical conduct .

Besides,  the U.S. president is also required , in his capacity  as  President , and the key role played by the USA at the international level ,to  disclose a new concept into the  American political culture ,  based on a  new American approach, different  from  the common American policy. This very new concept is based on the language of dialogue instead of the language of force, on serving mutual interests with other partners instead of the supreme interests of the United States of America, and voicing respect for international legitimacy instead of using the American veto.

President Obama is able to invest in this Nobel Prize by making out of it an American message of peace and forgiveness to the world  a message that would make lot of peoples, especially those who suffered from the American wars, to enjoy security and safety, following years of repression, murders and pains.

Dr. Khalaf al-Moftah

 

 

 

American Book: A New Approach to the Definition of Terrorism

 

 

 

For a long time, the cultural and media scene in the USA remained closed to any writing dealing with the Zionist entity as a  structure and behavior,  by virtue of the media , political and economic influence  of the World Zionist Movement and its  practiced falsification of Western  consciousness on the reality  of what happened and is happening in the region.

There are few academic writings that dealt with that Zionist entity.  An important precedent in this area indicates a significant shift in this direction,  was a book published recently by  Columbia University, one of the most famous  American universities , authored  by  two Israeli writers: Ami Pedahzur and Arie Perliger, entitled "Jewish Terrorism in Israel".

 Forwarding the book, the prestigious university  indicated that  the book more than a  best seller, as it took  a ten-year academic effort   of specialists in terrorism and national security issues.

According to critics, the importance of the book does not only  stem from its  ever " untold" theme, nor of the fact that the authors are Israeli Jews, but because the two authors  were able after several years of research and investigation to have access to thousands of important  and secret documents of the Israeli  governments pertinent to Zionist terrorism since even before the creation  of the Zionist entity,  and how this helped in creating the conditions  to implant  this entity  in occupied Palestine.

The book includes dozens of interviews with former terrorists who were  known to Zionist and American  intelligence services , with persons  who cooperated with them  in the West,  as well as with politicians and security officials involved.

The two authors also held more than six opinion polls came across  over 4800 people representing  different scientific and academic levels and segments who embraced and backed the terrorists throughout several decades.  The two authors expressed a point of view about the relationship between terrorism and religion, considering  that terrorism is not confined to religion or ideology, rather a phenomenon  which is growing, wherever generating environments,  incubating it , are available.   They depict parallelism and similarity in the movement between the terrorist groups  in all religions.

The new philosophy that the two authors added was  that the doctrine itself is not generating violence, but the  militancy within any culture , which considers itself  the target or exposed  to envision a defensive front  against an external threat contributes to generate violence. The two authors introduced a new approach to the definition of terrorism centered on  some points: The use of violence;  a stimulation by   political motive;  the intention to spread fear and terror among victims, the victims  are to be civilians .

Perhaps, the most notable in the book is giving numbers and dates about the Zionist terrorism in Palestine and abroad. The  book included 3 databases covering  309 terrorist  Jewish attacks  in Palestine since 1932 until 2008, i.e. before barbaric aggression against  and about 224 of different  figures of  various ranks  involved in these attacks,  with a detailed explanation of the mechanism of action of the Zionist  terrorist networks,  their interdependence and inter- coordination .

The two authors went deeply into the history, shedding   light on the far-in time  record  of terrorist operations carried out by  the Jews. They started from the Jewish  Hasmonean family , whose members launched attacks against the Roman rulers in Palestine and poisoned the rivers and wells – which was by the way the first terrorist acts recorded in history –This early terrorist act shows  us the similarity between yesterday and today and how terrorism and extremism nested  within the structure and ideology  of this  entity.  A fact revealed on the lips and  pens  of  the entity 's two  countrymen, namely the two Jewish authors.

Worthy mentioning that all Jewish organizations in USA  ignored the book , with a clear objective not to highlight it  or create the motivation among readers to buy it. A matter, which will eventually influence  the  attitude of the American  cultural and academic circles  and  the American public opinion, altogether. 

From here emerges  the  important role to be played by Arab media , the  Arab communities in America and  sides concerned in the Arab League and embassies, so that efforts should be  materialized for a   remarkable  presence  and outstanding writings    of prominent  Arab writers and analysts  to be published in open  American and  World  media.  Such a presence can be maintained by explaining the content of the said book to the American Public opinion  and in making  it available at various levels of media means  as well as on the internet , where   the Americans constitute a large segment of its users.

  However, carrying out  such an activity, is  not only a moral, national and  humanitarian duty, but  also an opportunity to unmask  the history of Zionism in an environment,  which for  long period of  times remained outside our academic and  media  activities outreach , when Zionist media  proceeded in fabricating lies ,  deceiving  and distorting  the truth , portraying  Arabs, especially the Palestinians  as criminals and the Zionists as a victim!

 

Dr. Khalaf Al-Moftah

 

 

 

Sanctions on Syria Hurt Ordinary People

 

 

 

Franklin Lamb, a US author, lawyer and Professor of International Law, has recently visited Damascus to do a research on the impacts of the Western sanctions imposed on Syria. 

He questioned the legality of these sanctions and showed how terrible their effects were on Syrian families.

Discussing the sanctions issue with some officials, traders and even students, Lamb found out that the sanctions imposed on Syria are “illegal under international customary law and should be outlawed by an international convention because they are political, rather obviously designed to achieve regime changes.”

He came up with a result that sanctions are also “fundamentally indiscriminate targeting and endangering innocent civilian population particularly the poor.”

Lamb criticized as nonsense the claims made in Washington and Europe that the increasing layers of sanctions target only the “regime’s leader” and its policies. He stressing that those seriously affected are actually the ordinary people not the government officials, reminding in this connection of the case in Iraq “where US organized sanctions have been found to be a main cause of nearly 500,000 deaths of children.”

According to Lamb, the sanctions, designed for application to Syria, also violate the UN Charter which commands that all members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.

Explaining what the situation is under the unjust sanctions, Lamb quoted one of his interviewees, who seemed very upset by the tremendous effect of the sanctions, particularly on prices, as saying: “prices have risen at least 40 percent on average, especially consumer goods and basic food, like meat, milk, bread, vegetables, fruits etc. Eggs and chicken have doubled in price and are unavailable in some small shops. Lines are getting longer at some gas stations in some parts of Damascus. The sanctions have also forced many people to close their factories in Damascus and Aleppo, because of lack of raw materials, and the spiral increase in their prices. Besides, some of the Syrian youth are considering travelling because of the lack of job opportunities and frustration. Some of the idle young are joining gangs and being recruited by “jihadists” groups offering cash and weapons along with indoctrination.”

The interviewee pointed out that this crisis has also “forced employers to discharge people to cut down expenses and warmongers have benefitted from the crisis.

Lamb’s research sums up the issue by stressing that the Western-imposed sanctions have hurt the ordinary Syrian people more than the government by far.

 

Hamda Moustafa

 

 

 

Suffering is the First Step towards Victory

 

 

 

"Please, Mom I beg you,   do not look form the window, they will shoot you, please do not die, I love you, that is what my little boy said that day".

She suddenly stopped talking, as if she were  trying to control her emotions and arrange the   words that she wanted  to say. She went on: "on that day, where I was sharing my children their  breakfast, we heard a strong sound it was so strong that it shook the house walls. That sound was followed by heavy shooting". Samia, a 41year told me when I asked her about the current situation in her district.  

"The children trembled a lot and started crying.  I quickly took the children to a safe room where there are no windows  overlooking the street. Then I phoned my husband who was at work and told him about what happened asking him to stay where he is until I ask him stressing that everything is fine and there is nothing to worry about.

I stopped for a moment thinking what will happen and what I have to do, especially that I was alone with the children;  so I have to calm them  and to act quickly and wisely;  so that I can protect myself and the kids at  the same time", she continued with a sweet smile on her lips..

 "The fighting has intensified, especially when  elements of the People's Committees repelled the sources of fire in an attempt to put out the barbaric attack and defend innocent people in the neighborhood.

I asked my  elder daughter to put our clothes and necessary needs in a big bag, while I was  busy colleting  the papers, important documents and valuables and put them in a special bag to take it with us if we have to leave the house," she added.

"The silence prevailed for a moment during which we thought that everything was over, but unfortunately, a strong explosion happened in our street that shook our house and neighboring houses .we knew later that the armed elements of the terrorist group have targeted the distribution  transformer in our neighborhood.

After the attack was repulsed silence prevailed again. Most residents packed their belongings up and left, but I was still waiting for the arrival of my husband to the house to see what we will do.

When my husband returned we decided to stay in our house especially that  the existence of the valiant members of the People's Committees, who proved great ability to thwart any attempt of another terrorist attack, was to make us feel safe, but the strong fear of the kids besides the continued  gunfire that we heard  lefty  no other choice for us but to leave," Samia said.

"We went to the home of relatives of us in one of the suburbs of Damascus. They have welcomed us so much. They were very kind  and that makes  us feel like we're really in our house.

At night my little son whispered to me: Please, Mom I want to go home, I miss my bed and my pillow . I told him that we will return  back when it would be possible. He kissed me hiding  his tears.

I smiled in an attempt to relieve pain , fears and sorrows of all the people around me, encourage them and make them optimistic, but I was very sad resisting  a strong desire to cry. I am convinced that tomorrow will be the most beautiful and that what we are experiencing today is nothing but a difficult  test of our will and our steadfastness in the face of this world conspiracy against Syria. This made me feel that  I'm as strong as I did not feel before. I knew very well how to smile amid tears and how to tell all "good night" and do not sleep", she stressed proudly.

"After three days, I phoned my neighbor  and asked her about the situation in the district. She answered that most people had left their homes, there is no water, no electricity and there are no shops for selling vegetables or even bread ..

We decided to go and inspect the house; so we left the kids at our relatives . On the way my little daughter phoned me  and asked me to bring her Hla, she meant her doll of course. The neighborhood was lifeless . When I entered the house I could not control myself I burst into tears I've missed every corner of it. I watered plants and took with me all the things for which I came and did not forget Hala of course".

"When we came back , the children met us very happy as if they did not see us for a very long time, they  did not believe that they  will see us again; they believe that the terrorists were going to kill us ,  my elder daughter told me later.

In the evening, my little daughter, hugging her doll, slept happy for the first time since we left home.

In the morning she came to me and said do you know that Hala told me she wanted to go home? when shall we go back, Mom? I smiled trying to hide my tears and I told her tell Hala we will return home soon," she said bitterly ......

"Being displaced, Samia continued, makes human experiences  overlapping and contradictory feelings that make him live in a state of instability, anxiety, discomfort, grief and despair but, thanks God, We have a great balance of patience and hope that makes us sure that  the coming days will carry the best so we decided to return to our beloved Kingdom to our house despite all the risks and difficulties that can confront us".

"We have certainty that when we leave our homes we give the opportunity for terrorists  to achieve victory because he who leaves his home leaves his homeland and this will never be done. We will stay and challenge their terror because we are the strongest and we are the right and the right always triumphs." she concluded.

Amal Farhat

 

 

 

 

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