Sunday, January 05, 2020

Ending the American military presence in the Middle East

Tweet (Joshua Landis):
"Iraqi Prime Minister AbdulMahdi accuses Trump of deceiving him in order to assassinate Suleimani. Trump, according to P.M. lied about wanting a diplomatic solution in order to get Suleimani on a plane to Baghdad in the open, where he was summarily executed."
Reply by Hasan Al-Mousawi:
"I just listened to the Iraqi PM speech. He certainly said that. He also said that Al-Muhandis had a major role in convincing the protesters to move away from the US Embassy."
Tweet (Dan Cohen):
"Iraq’s parliament voted to expel the US military after it assassinated Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Iraqi figure who led the fight against ISIS death squads. US media will omit or downplay Muhandis’ importance to portray the vote as an act of aggression."
Tweet (Ben Norton):
"It is absolutely crazy that Twitter is auto-locking the accounts of anyone who posts this "No war on Iran" image, and forcing them to delete the anti-war tweet in order to unlock their account. Will @TwitterSupport say what's going on? Very screwed up"
Tweet (Karim Makdisi):
"So Hassan Nasrallah, on behalf of the Resistance Axis, has made clear the “just” punishment to Qassimi’s assassination is nothing less than the forced retreat of all US military in the region. Makes v clear NO threat to any US civilian of any kind anywhere."
Tweet (Ben Norton):
"Neocon warmonger Narco Rubio's response to Iraq voting to expel US troops is to balkanize the country on ethnic lines Hey anarchists and "libertarian socialists" who fetishize Kurdistan, we told you you're on the same side as blood-soaked neocolonialists"
Tweet (Dimitri Lascaris):
"Iran has ended its nuclear deal commitments as the fallout from the US assassination of Suleimani spreads. The IAEA confirmed that Iran was complying with the deal until the criminally insane @realDonaldTrump withdrew the US from the accord. #IranUsa #Iran"
""The Europeans Haven't Been Helpful" - Pompeo Slams Allies As Not Sufficiently Supportive After Suleimani Killing" (Durden).

"The US Is Now at War, de-Facto and de-Jure, with BOTH Iraq and Iran" (The Saker).

"America Escalates Its “Democratic” Oil War in the Near East" (Hudson).  A petro-dollar assassination.  Misses completely the actual motivation, which is entirely Khazar, but might form the basis of a larger response, particularly directed at the Saudis.  The utter vulnerability of Saudi oil installations remains the elephant in the room.  On the other hand, any action which raises the price of hydrocarbons benefits the Americans, and their financially imperilled fracking industry.

There is a massive PR operation going on from the Zionists quibbling about the expulsion of Assholia from Iraq, but the critical fuck-up of also killing the Iraqi militia leader means that the militias are absolutely furious, and will dedicate themselves to making the American bases a living hell until the Assholes leave.  "SITREP: Latest statements by Sheikh Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haqq movement, a key faction of Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Unit".  "Nasrallah’s full speech: Soleimani’s assassination will put an end to US presence in the Middle East, US troops will go home in coffins" (my emphasis in red):
"I finally come to the (appropriate) response (to the assassination of Qassem Soleimani). What is the right price to exact for his blood? The identity of those responsible for this (heinous) crime is clear, and they must be duly punished. I will not speak according to the logic of (tribal) revenge, etc.
The question of Hajj Soleimani is very different (from any other). If for example the United States had struck a particular Iranian objective, like installations, an organization, even a personality other than Hajj Qasem Soleimani, that is to say not responsible for all the actions of the Resistance Axis, we could all consider that it is ‘only’ an aggression against Iran and that it is Iran’s business to retaliate (on its own). But Qassem Soleimani is not just an Iranian affair. Qassem Soleimani concerns the whole Axis of Resistance. Qassem Soleimani, concerns all the forces of the Resistance. Qassem Soleimani concerns Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and any country in which there are noble Resistants, supporters and lovers of the Resistance. Qassem Souleimani concerns the whole (Arab-Muslim) Nation. It is not a simple Iranian affair in which the Iranians would be the only ones to determine where, how and when they will strike back, and where (we could wash our hands of it by saying that) it is their business, and that it is up to them to make the decision they deem appropriate. Whatever Iran does, (the other factions of) the Resistance will not be exempt from their responsibility.
Today I also declare to you, and I say to my brothers and sisters there, as well as to all our friends in the forces, factions, parties and States of the Axis of Resistance, that Iran won’t ask anything from you. Iran will ask you absolutely nothing. They will not ask you to act, and they will not refrain you from acting. As far as Iran is concerned, it will decide for itself what to do, and the will of the Iranian people, officials and commanders has been clearly expressed (forceful revenge). But as far as the Axis of Resistance forces are concerned, it is up to them to decide how they will react and behave in the face of this event. And this is why if anyone in the Resistance forces across the region decides to enact revenge, it will be their own decision, their own will and their own choice. They are not Iranian instruments or puppets. I tell you frankly: Iran will ask nothing of its friends, allies and those it has supported, defended and assisted for 40 years. Iran will ask absolutely nothing from anyone.
Iran is in mourning today because it lost one of its greatest men, one of its greatest leaders, one of its greatest commanders and one of its greatest heroes and symbols. But Iran will not ask for anything.
As for us (Hezbollah), you (the other Resistance movements), people, friends, our brothers and those who love us, how will we react? Are we going to be content with condolences, press releases and funeral ceremonies? It is not an attack on Iran, but on the entire Axis of Resistance. (For the United States) it is about preparing for a new stage (of their aggression) and achieving (similar) successes for the United States and Israel in the region. They are ready to target everyone to serve American and Israeli interests.
We must all, through our region and our (Arab-Muslim) Nation, work to enact the right price for this blood that was shed. What is the right price? I will be very clear. Because we already have such an experience (with our various responses against the Israeli aggressions), and I will not go into these details. The issue is open to debate, and we see such discussions today, in meetings, on social media, even in Iran, in newspapers, in the media, etc., where we read that the fair price must consist in the assassination of a personality of the same importance & value as Qassem Soleimani. Who could it be? The Chief of Staff of the American Army? The US Defense Secretary? Intermediate commanders? In reality, there is no personality whose value is comparable to that of Qassem Soleimani or Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. No one comes close to them in their ranks. Qassem Soleimani’s shoe is better than the head of Trump and of all of his administration & Chiefs of staff! Qassem Soleimani’s mere shoe!
[Audience: At your service, O Nasrallah!]
There is no equivalent to Qassem Soleimani or Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis so that one could decide to do justice by killing them, thus obtaining revenge. Never. The fair retribution, the fair price of his blood is this, frankly and clearly: the American military presence in the region. (Ending) the American military presence in our region (is the only appropriate revenge for the death of Soleimani).
[Audience: Death to America!]
I’m talking about all the American military bases…
[Audience: Death to America! O God, protect us Nasrallah!]
I am talking about (targeting) all American military bases, American military ships, and all American officers and soldiers who are in our region, in our countries and on our lands. It’s the US military that killed these martyrs, and they will pay the price. This is the equation. When we present it (as clearly as I do)…
Of course, we are not talking about the American people. And I want to be very clear about this. We are not going to (target) the American people, the American citizens. All over our region, we find American citizens: traders, media employees and journalists, companies, engineers, doctors, etc. I’m not talking about picking on them, and picking on them is forbidden to us. More than that, I tell you that attacking American civilians and citizens, anywhere, serves Trump’s policy. This would serve Trump’s policy, as he could then more rightly speak about terrorism. The battle, the confrontation and the equal retaliation concern those who carried out this assassination, namely the American army, which is entirely in the arena of the battle, of the natural and legitimate response, of the just reaction against criminals, murderers and occupiers: (they are fair game everywhere in the Middle East).
This is what I think is (the equal retaliation), and I take personal responsibility for my words. Some may say that I am exaggerating, but that is not at all the case: I consider the situation in its right proportions. These are its true proportions. If we allow the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, Abu Mahdi and their companions (in such a barbaric & brazen way) to go unpunished , then I assure you that this will only be the beginning, the dangerous beginning (of Washington’s new aggression campaign) against all the Resistance movements and all their leaders, all the States and entities of the Resistance, the Axis of Resistance, the Palestinian cause and the cause of Al-Quds (Jerusalem). After that, the region would be subjected to a large American and Israeli aggression.
If we let it go unanswered, whatever we do next, all that is dearest to us in this world will be lost. Can I be clearer than that? Can we accept that our blood, our dignity, our countries, our choices and our people be spilled and squandered (with impunity) and that our holy places be (definitively) given away to the Zionists… We will never accept it. If some are willing to accept it, that’s their problem.
You could tell me that this is a point of dispute: yes, it is a point of discord, a point of debate, and has been for a long time. It’s not new. It’s been a long time (that the Arab-Muslim world has been divided between the countries, parties & forces that submit to the United States and Israel, and those that resist). In Lebanon, at least since 1982, we do not agree on this.
On the other hand, if the forces of the Resistance and the peoples of the region are heading in this direction (retaliation and Resistance), I assure you that the Americans will leave our region. They will leave the Middle East humiliated, defeated, terrified, running for their lives, as they have done in the past. As they have done in the past. The fighters ready for sacrifice and martyrdom who expelled the Americans from our region (and in particular from Lebanon, with the Beirut barracks bombings that killed 241 US Marines and 58 French servicemen) in the past are still present, and in numbers much more numerous than ever.
[Audience: At your service, O Nasrallah!]
The mujahedeen and resistance fighters who expelled US troops from our region in the past were very small, oppressed, despised through the land, afraid that men, might despoil and kidnap them (“Call to mind when ye were a small (band), despised through the land, and afraid that men might despoil and kidnap you; But He provided a safe asylum for you, strengthened you with His aid, and gave you Good things for sustenance: that ye might be grateful.” Quran, 8, 26). But today we are (whole) peoples, (battlehardened) forces, (armed) factions and (powerful) armies, whose capabilities are colossal.
[Audience: At your service, O Nasrallah!]
If the peoples of our region are working towards this goal, what will be the consequence of all this? When speaking with such frankness and clarity, there is no point in having megaphones or uttering void & tasteless threats. When, and I describe it precisely, when the coffins of American soldiers and officers will begin to flow, when they’ll come in a vertical position and leave for the United States in a horizontal position, Trump and his Administration will know that they have lost the region and will lose the elections. Within the Axis of Resistance, our will and our objective must be the following: the answer to the murder of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi is to expel American forces from our entire region!
 [Audience: At your service, O Nasrallah!]
If we achieve this goal, and we will achieve it God willing, the Liberation of Al-Quds, of the Palestinian people, the full return of all Palestine and all the holy places of Palestine to the Arab-Muslim Nation will be very close, a stone’s throw away. When the United States leaves our region, these Zionists will pack up and leave (hastily). It may not even require a battle against Israel.
[Audience: O God, protect Nasrallah for us!]
I will conclude by saying that Trump the ignoramus, and the fools around him, do not know what they have done. They seem oblivious to the meaning & consequences of their act.
[The audience sings the praises of Soleimani.]
These fools and ignorant people don’t know what they did. The next few days will reveal it to them. I declare to them, in the words of the great Zeinab, peace be upon her (after the martyrdom of her brother, Imam Hussein, and of the majority of the members of his family): O Trump and O Americans, “You do not realize the value of our blood that you have just shed. You don’t realize the value of the blood you’ve just shed, and the bodies you’ve just torn (savagely).” It’s not just any blood. It’s not just any body. It’s a whole different story.
Today, this is the right price for the blood of Qassem Soleimani and the blood of Imad Moghniyeh, ‘Abbas al-Mousawi, Ragheb Harb and Mostafa Bardeddine (martyred leaders of Hezbollah), of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and of all the martyrs of this (Arab-Muslim) Nation."
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