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Does Egypt need America or vice versa

Any state importance and impact lies in close as in remote geographical surroundings through objective data like: geopolitical location, population, size, natural and human resources. It is also manifested by the way this data is invested along with the leadership ability to employ them; driven by a national policy motivation and supervision and good governance. In addition, the state importance lies in its ability to have balanced relations with the states of the world, particularly those politically and economically active and influent.

The application of  the afore mentioned factors  on a state by the size of Egypt, will lead to the following conclusion:  Egypt is a historically formed country over the course of an uninterrupted civilization accumulation, which gained uniqueness and excellence. Mostly, since it was as a state and people, productive and effective in the course of human civilization by evidence that more than a quarter of archaeological sites in the world are on  Egyptian territories. Besides, Egypt is Africa's largest country (population and size), crossed by the world's largest river  the Nile and its “High” dam, behind it is one of the largest artificial lakes storing about 48 billion cubic meters of water. Whereas, the most important component of Egypt geopolitical force is the Suez Canal, being the most important waterway and navigation in the world controlling global trade traffic, ships and military warships transit roaming the world seas and oceans. Along with its natural resources and geographical features, an another effective factor is human-Masri (Egyptian), who offered the human civilization most important creations for more than 8000 years and still is, emphasizing the interrelationship between the place genius and the human one.

Furthermore,  Egypt was center for chief empires throughout history adding  importance to its geographical and cultural surroundings represented by its interaction with the Levant, North Africa, and Nile Valley South.  Egypt's national security and role effectiveness are achieved through that crucial relationship interacting with all factors. This is the most important history lesson that Egyptians are well aware of.  But Egypt’s current importance increased because of the Zionist entity existence in occupied Palestine and its organic association with the West and America. Therefore,  the Zionist entity security is mainly influenced by Egypt’s political identity and leadership, along with that political identity stance from  Arab-Zionist conflict being governed by geography, history, and affiliation.  from that fact came  America’s interest in Egypt’s political system nature, position in the region’s projects framework, nations game, and political maps weaved to reshape the region.

Through factors afore mentioned,  plus Egypt’s pivotal role in the region; we can say that America's superpower is more in need for Egypt and not vice versa. On the light of America’s global interests and major strategies whether military or economic, as well as its crucial relationship with the Zionist entity and its commitment to secure and stabilize that entity. Having in mind, that Egypt and Syria pose the biggest challenge in the face of that aggressive racial entity.

The strength of any country – in Egypt’s size and importance - lies mainly in the strength of the political will reflected by its national leadership and liberation from all forms of pressure or mortgaging; which is a genuine expression of sovereignty and independence concepts.  Moreover, the ability to maximize  national capacities incitement  to reserve and support the political leadership in its national options; in addition to investment in the national factor by its key components the army and the people. Only then,  through that important and strategic equation,  any external force whatever its  tools  (military, economic, or financial)  -which America is threatening to use toward Egyptian state- cannot have a structural impact on the course of events in “Arabist Egypt”.

 

Dr. khalaf.almuftah

Edited & Translated by: L. Alhassanieh

Sayyed Nasrallah: Resistance Can’t be Isolated, Enemy Eye on Galilee in any War

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered a speech during the annual Iftar dinner of the "Islamic Resistance Support Organization" on Friday, in which he reiterated the importance of national dialogue in order to agree on a defense strategy, and the importance of preserving the Lebanese Army.

Sayyed Nasrallah referred to the Islamic Resistance's major role during the past years, especially the after the July 1993 aggression, April 1996 aggression, and the years after, in achieving agreements that protected citizens and imposed a balance with the enemy.

His eminence stressed that these achievements by the Islamic Resistance were the result of its right vision, it's clear goals, duty, and path, as well as its faith, determination, and will.

"Let me assure that this resistance is based on reason, and the achieved victories affirm the effectiveness of the resistance," he said, indicating that "No one can give Lebanon guarantees for protecting it from Israeli threats. What protects this country is self-dependence and ensuring means of power which deter the enemy."

Sayyed Nasrallah further stressed that the resistance got its strength from the people who did not look at it as a party or organization, but as a public determination which they sacrificed their children and loved ones for.

Anyone who tries to eliminate the resistance will fail

Sayyed Nasrallah wondered if someone believed that Lebanon was no longer exposed to Israel threats, stressing that if someone believed so, this would be a "misfortune", as Israel's greediness has no end.

His eminence reassured that whoever tried to break or isolate the resistance has failed in achieving that, because this resistance is not an organization or a party, but a public determination which is ready for sacrifices.

"The noble people in this country have invested in the resistance with their most precious and loved ones, with their children and blood, hence, this resistance is not a faction that you can siege or isolate," he added.

Enemy's eye on Galilee before Beirut

Hezbollah Secretary General stated that the resistance is capable of overcoming all the difficulties, as the enemy is reviewing all its plans and calculations after what happened in the last couple of months.

He indicated that "in any coming war, the enemy's eye will be on Galilee before Beirut… and from now on, no one can assault Lebanon without paying a price."

Sayyed Nasrallah considered that what the resistance has been exposed to was the result of its victories against the Zionist entity.

"The resistance, which triumphed in 1982, 2000, and 2006, was able to destroy the "New Middle East" project. Hence, it was natural to be targeted. In addition to the military confrontation with the enemy, we were being targeted on the military, security, cultural, and social levels," he added, pointing out that "when the resistance does not get targeted, this means it is ineffective and the enemy does not fear it."

Always ready for dialogue… There is serious need for defense strategy

Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated that Hezbollah was ready for dialogue under any form, to come out with a national defense strategy.

"We proposed a number of national defense strategies, but no one discussed them on the dialogue table. This is because they don’t discuss the national defense strategy seriously, all they want is "Hey guys, give us your weapons and may God give you wellness"," his eminence said, indicating that "their denial even got them to claim that Hezbollah did not propose any defense strategy".

A call for staying cautious and preserving the Army

Internally, his eminence stressed the importance of staying cautious, especially amid the latest political and security developments, and the intense division.

Sayyed Nasrallah assured that "if the Army was destroyed or divided, there would no longer be peace and stability in the country, and if the Army was fractured, there would no longer be a state or a country. Therefore, our call today is to neutralize this institution, which we also call for strengthening and bracing."

"Let us preserve the Army and not break it up. When a mistake falls, let us correct it, but most importantly, we should preserve this institution , and this is one of the most important national duties at this stage," he added, remembering that "In 1993, the Army attacked citizens on the streets, killing and injuring numbers, yet, neither people nor Hezbollah pointed weapons at the Army."

Addressing media outlets, Sayyed Nasrallah said: "Let's put a limit to the "urgent stories" by media on explosives found in this place and that place, because most of them are false, and they are only part of a psychological war".

Exclusion theories have failed

Hezbollah Secretary General assured that all the exclusion and isolation theories did not reach anywhere.

"We must negotiate and find ways out, No matter how much the enmity was, we must meet with each other," he stressed, concluding: "In this Holy Month, and despite all the political disputes and accusations, I say that our hand is extended and we are ready for dialogue…"

"This doesn’t mean that if we hold dialogue things would be easy, but at least we would be in a better situation," he indicated.

Source: Al-Manar Website

M. Wassouf     

 

 

Singing: Offshoot of Resistance Literature

Since poetry strikes a flowery and cheerful note to bestow zestful feelings to the heart and mind, singing has the power to clad in poetry with more ecstasy.

At present, singing has the influence to make the poetry of resistance more predominant because poetry marries singing to become a popular garden to which all people resort.

In the late fifties, singing for resistance could be simply viewed as the golden era where the Arab masses used to chirp harmoniously spelling out the renunciation of colonial schemes and welcoming the advent of the Arab unity.

When the tripartite aggression on Egypt took place, Syria took the lead along with the Arab masses to defend it, and the art of resistance emerged to be an active player in combating colonialism and its tools.

The Arab masses have witnessed lofty moments coupled with reverberating songs of  top-notch  singers (keep your weapon ready) by Abdulhalim Hafez and ( Allah is all dominant over aggressors).        When the Palestinian resistance flared up demonstrating heroic epics, Um Kalthoum chanted (I have got a rifle). Fairouz jolted the Arab ears with her song ( Jerusalem), which was and will always be (the most prominent minaret).

As the Arabs achieved landslide victories in Tishreen Liberation war, Sharifa  Fadel sang (I am the hero`s mother). Further credit to be made to Dalal Al Shimali for her song (I`m looking over Kasioun) which was an example of the resistance songs.

The next stage was characterized by a strong feeling of dignity and pride brought back by Tishreen liberation war. Arabism was vivid only theoretically away from the actual political landscape.

The Arab art came to know a new pattern of body singing where all senses are entwined to produce such originality.

As the civil war broke out in Lebanon, the star of Marcel Khalifa dawned to sing for man and land, where his songs portrayed the inseparable attachment to land. He taught the Arab resistance how to walk upright (self –assured).

From the poetic constellation of Mahmoud Darwish, Marcel Khalifa utilized the olive branch metaphorically to use the dead wood later as a coffin to hide his devotion to land and categorically denying kowtowing to usurpers.

Ordinary people learnt that land is the most precious treasure on earth that safeguards the causes and woes of people.

In his song (the lover of Beirut), he used love as a weapon to express the sense of belonging and devotion. The serene song imbued with love broke all confines of the tobacco fields that flared up in the face of the Israel occupation.  Being a vocalized freedom lover, Marcel refused to sit on the fence but defying all bitter shackles.

Former heroes are always present in the Arab memory and of history could never eclipse great luminaries such as Yusuf Al Azmeh and Maruf Saad

Marcel Khalifa, a man of words and deeds, allocated large sums of his parties proceeds to rehabilitate southern Lebanon. During the aggression on Lebanon, he released a statement exposing the swerving stands of some wobbly people who feared the masses as much as they feared the truth.

Marcel Khalifa, who expressed lucid love to man and land, is a visionary landmark in an era of  obscurantism.

 

Firas Taleb

Edited& Translated: Mamoun Abdin

Desperate Western media fanfare to lift terrorists’ morale

The infiltration of gunmen into the Syrian territories has been on since the onset of the crisis in the country, but the recent reports on sending large numbers of terrorists and developed weapons there are aimed at igniting media uproar to lift terrorists’ morale after their humiliating defeats at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army in various governorates.

It has been proved that sending weapons, funds and terrorists to Syria via Turkey and other border crossings started from the very beginning of the crisis in Syria. The British newspaper The Times revealed videos and photos confirming the arrival of one of the shipments to the Syrian border affirming that it is not the first time that Libyan ships try to deliver weapons to the armed groups in Syria.

New media releases also referred to the existence of mercenaries and militants from various countries, including the countries of Europe and the United States in addition to citizens from tens of countries in Syria within illegal armed terrorist groups.

Chairman of the so-called Doha Coalition, Ahmad al-Jarba said that Saudi authorities ensured sophisticated arms to what he called the opposition fighters in Syria claiming that these weapons would change facts on the ground. This statement was a desperate attempt to raise the morale of the armed groups fighting in Syria after the heavy losses inflicted upon them because of the qualitative operations carried out against them by the Syrian Arab Army.

Sending these weapons could exacerbate the violence in Syria and fuel tensions between different extremist groups in the region. This was crystal clear in recent statements made by some Takfiri leaders who affirmed the sectarian nature of the conflict in Syria. However, the US and its European and regional allies, which have been encouraging sectarian war in Syria through offering unlimited support to the armed terrorist groups, started to realize that exploiting religious tensions may incite violence and could lead to large-scale atrocities not only in Syria but in the world at large.

Several Western intelligence reports stressed that most of the weapons which the Gulf and Western countries are providing to the so-called opposition fighters fall in the hands of al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra and other Takfiri groups, potentially presenting a long-term threat to European and world security.

Such concerns pushed British Prime Minister David Cameron to review plans to provide the armed groups in Syria with sophisticated weapons after being warned by military chiefs that it could involve British forces in an all-out war.

According to the London-based newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, senior military officers warned the Prime Minister that with the victories realised by the Syrian army, sending arms and missiles is unlikely to make a difference, referring that these weapons might fall in the hands of extremist groups.

 Syria's steadfastness in the face of the war of terrorism waged against it will rid the region of extremists, and this steadfastness marked the beginning of the extremist terrorists' recession in the region.

K.Q.

Russia Hopes International Conference on Syria in September

 MOSCOW,(ST)_ Special Representative of the Russian President for the Middle East and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Moscow hopes that the international conference on Syria  will be held in  September.

"It is said that conference will be convened  in September prior to the UN General Assembly  session , stressing readiness of the Russian side to participate in this conference even in the event it will take place tomorrow." Bogdanov said in a statement yesterday.

Bogdanov expressed regret for not having such willingness of the Syrian opposition.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. John Kerry agreed  during their meeting in Moscow early last month to hold an international conference on Syria to resolve the crisis on the basis of Geneva statement.

For its part, the EU deems impossible to solve the Syrian conflict by military actions and supports a Russia-US initiative to hold a conference on Syria in Geneva, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy said at a press conference concluding SA-EU summit.

"There is no military solution to the Syrian conflict, only diplomatic one. We support the joint Russia-US call to hold a conference on Syria in Geneva,” he stated.

A joint final communiqué also expresses concern about the ongoing violence, deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria and destabilizing effect of the conflict on neighboring countries.

“We’re concerned that the UN Security Council split [over Syria] paralyzed international community activities and made impossible to put pressure on all the parties of the conflict in order to end the conflict,” a statement says.

“We call on every party to stop violence and give humanitarian organizations free access to provide assistance to all those in need on the Syrian territory,” the statement underlines.

 

T. Fateh