Sayyed Nasrallah is expected to respond to Pompeo’s “arrogance” and to Trump’s “gift” to Netanyahu

Hezbollah parade in Quseir​ following its victory in the Qalamoiun against ISIS and al-Qaeda. Photo exclusivity property of the author

BY Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai

The visit of the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Lebanon went over badly among supporters of Hezbollah, mainly in the Christian and Shiite communities, and was welcomed by their political opponents. Concluding his visit to the Lebanese Foreign Ministry, Pompeo used the words “Hezbollah” 22 times and “Iran” 13 times in an eight minute speech. After one introductory minute the remaining seven minutes were devoted to Hezbollah and Iran. Would the US Secretary of State have had anything to say at all if not for Hezbollah? The entire visit would have been meaningless.  

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah will respond publicly on Tuesday the 26that 17:00 local time. Nasrallah will respond both to Pompeo’s speech and to President Donald Trump’s “gift” to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Syria’s Golan Heights, occupied since 1967 by Israel. Hezbollah considers the behaviour and statements of the US guest “arrogant and inaccurate”. The group was pleased with the conduct of Lebanese officials, notably President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berry and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, (all Hezbollah’s allies), who met Pompeo during his visit to the country last week.

What could Sayyed Nasrallah say?

Well-informed sources said the entire Pompeo speech was misleading and confused. Pompeo misrepresented the real objectives of the US in Lebanon when he professed the desire “to see Lebanon prosper and in peace”.

“Mr Pompeo said the US wished peace and prosperity to Lebanon and a better future: yet it is US blind and unlimited support to Israel throughout the years that has caused so much death and destruction to Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. Israeli bombs are made in the US and every single Israeli aggression against Lebanon for decades has had the full blessing of the US administration: its first and utmost concern was for refuelling Tel Aviv with guided bombs when these were lacking during Israel’s wars. Moreover, the US never allowed the Lebanese Army to become better equipped to stop daily Israeli violations of Lebanon’s sovereignty. Where was the US when Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982? Was the US involved in Israel’s withdrawal or in the sacrifices of the Lebanese population that forced the Israeli occupation out in the year 2000? When Israel bombed the UN HQ in Cana (south Lebanon) in two different wars, what did the US do to condemn Israeli crimes or stop its aggression?”, said the source.

Pompeo accused Hezbollah of intimidating voters during the latest Lebanese Parliamentary elections. The source answered that “Hezbollah gathered 63% of the entire Shia votes and the second main Shia AMAL movement 27% -many Hezbollah supporters were asked to vote for Amal candidates during the elections to make sure these went through. Is this intimidating the voters? The US is voluntarily spreading lies.”

Pompeo accused Hezbollah of spreading destruction and contributing to the lack of stability in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. According to the source, “Hezbollah fought side by side with the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah, not the US, was present in the military operations room to eliminate ISIS and al-Qaeda from Lebanese villages and borders. The US administration refused on more than one occasion to permit the Lebanese Army to target the Emir of al-Qaeda in Arsal- who is today in Idlib – and applied pressure to halt the removal of ISIS and al-Qaeda from Lebanon. The presence of Hezbollah in Syria has protected not only the Shia but above all the Christians. Lebanese, as well as Syrian Christians, have been threatened by US actions; Lebanon’s Christians were even advised to leave the country by the French president and the pope. Hezbollah has also protected the Druse in Lebanon, and we saw what ISIS and al-Qaeda did to the Druse in Syria. It has protected the Sunni because those adhering to ISIS Takfiri ideology are only a small minority in the country; the Sunni majority would have been persecuted like all the other non-Takfiri forces in Lebanon. In Iraq, Hezbollah fought alongside and trained the Iraqi Security Forces in response to the official request of the Iraqi Prime Minister – with the objective of eliminating ISIS: whereas the US establishment – according to US General Mike Flynn – allowed it to grow and cross into Syria”.

On Yemen, the source said that “the US, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and other European and western allies have created the worst human catastrophe of all times bombing and starving the poorest country in the Middle East. After failing to vanquish Yemen, they turn around and blame Hezbollah for the war”?

The source described Pompeo as “arrogant, notably in the presence of Lebanese officials”.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri (R) in Beirut on March 22, 2019 [JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images]

“The US Marines who arrived in Lebanon in 1983 were not serving as peace-keeping forces, although that was supposed to be their mission. They directly participated in bombing parts of Lebanon, mainly mountain villages. They aligned themselves with pro-Israeli Lebanese phalangists at that time. This is common knowledge. At that time, Hezbollah had not yet been created but some Mujahedeen fought against US hegemony, and we salute them. The US would do well to remember that Lebanon is not a country they can play with as they wish. As far as the Hezbollah precision missiles received by Iran are concerned, these represent a strong card waved by the Lebanese government in the face of Israel to defend its maritime borders and to prevent Israel from invading Lebanon. These missiles given by Iran are the same missiles which stopped Israel from annexing Lebanon. The US would have ended up giving away the country as a gift to Israel. Trump has done just that with Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, both of which represent Hezbollah targeted objectives for liberation. Hezbollah forces are expected to be put under the command of President Assad to liberate the Golan ‘as and when he sees fit'”.

“Pompeo came to Lebanon as a representative of Israel and US policy. He sees Trump as sent by God to protect Israel, as he stated explicitly. He wants to put pressure on Syria to prevent its return to normality, and to stop the reconstruction and rebuilding of its armed forces when the refugees return home to reconstruct Syria. The US wants Syrian refugees to remain in Lebanon–what benefit is there for Lebanon in keeping Syrian refugees in the country, when they can return home (except for those from Idlib, where al-Qaeda is still operating)? Europe has over 500 million inhabitants, and its leaders and populations are vocally complaining about less than one and a half million Syrian refugees- the exact number Lebanon, a country of 4 million, is currently hosting”, concluded the source.

On Iran, the source said that “Iran heavily contributed to rebuilding the cities destroyed by Israel and the US in 2006. It has offered the possibility for the people of the south to defend themselves and is willing to contribute to building Lebanese industry, medical care, electricity and all that an army needs to protect its air, sea and land if Lebanese officials agree. Iran helped Lebanon defeat the Takfiri forces by empowering Hezbollah to fight and defeat them, and it did the same in Syria and Iraq. If the US wants to make the same offer, to offer training and urban warfare weapons, and not invest in destabilising the country, Iran and Hezbollah would be delighted. However, Lebanon is not allowed to protect itself. Fortunately, we don’t rely on the United States of America”.

Pompeo appointed himself spokesman for Lebanon, telling Lebanese officials what is best for them. He criticised Hezbollah saying “the only thing Hezbollah managed is to bring back coffins of young men from Syria”. Listeners were surprised to hear him profess concern for Lebanese youth and particularly those Shia “young men” who fought with Hezbollah against US-sponsored terrorists in Syria. 

Finally, the source said that the US is clearly behind “the instability in the Middle East, giving Israel the Palestinian territories and ‘protecting’ them from any right of return. The US is not interested in peace in Palestine: the US President is interested in re-electing the corrupt Netanyahu so he can in turn support Trump in next year’s US election. This is the true face of the US establishment, exemplified by its President. The Lebanese are not allowed to talk about their own national interests, and are not allowed to oppose those who helped butcher the country’s youth by providing weapons to the al-Qaeda and ISIS terrorists. We badly need the US to leave us alone: alas I am afraid that this is neither likely nor possible”.

Nasrallah will also certainly address Trump’s decision to give the Syrian Golan Heights to the Israelis, a move defined as illegal by the international community, including the United Nations. Moreover, the launching of any missile from Gaza against Tel Aviv is significant and shows the harmony between the members of the “Axis of the Resistance” on various fronts. The occupied Golan was present in the minds of the Palestinians when they bombed Tel Aviv.

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3 thoughts on “Sayyed Nasrallah is expected to respond to Pompeo’s “arrogance” and to Trump’s “gift” to Netanyahu

  1. There you have it, the Grand New Middle East, by US design. How did we get here? We can go as far back as the Neanderthal or their cousins, the Cro-Magnon, tracing the predatory ancestral traits of the white men, and we could say with all certainty Trump closed the circle. He was the lost link, pardon to the ancestors, no insult intended.

    The US support for Israel is a grand scale concoction, directly managed by the fundamentalist evangelical churches, orchestrated and funded by the mil-ind complex, aka the military-evangelical complex. US churches clap on Sundays when millions of Muslims, children, women, elders, mostly civilians, are killed either directly or by proxy with US bombs and weapons in the ME, or anywhere in the world, celebrating the killing (so-called Christians?) of “terrorists,” the pillaging and plundering of weaker countries by the Mighty Armies of “God,” ahem, Trump.

    Trump cannot give the Golan Heights to Israel as much as he cannot give the moon to Melania, to make him a cheese and salami pizza (vomit). His decree has no legal consequences on UN tenets on the matter, and goes against the position of most countries worldwide based on international law. It is a non-starter. However, it will have consequences on the ground, and here we start seeing the real purpose behind Trump’s clownish“gift” to war criminal Netanyahu.

    The primary vested interest, of course, is money, what else. There is oil, it’s been up there for the take, time is ripe. A reinvigorated, “exonerated” Trump is shown toad-smiling, holding his up & down gobbledygook signature, happy to be the “Lord’s” instrument to save Israel from the savage Muslim hordes. Follow the money, and we will find the geopolitical game behind US moves in the region, i.e. the partition and “deconstruction” of Syria is taking place right before our eyes, the Golan Heights went to Israel, who would take Eastern Euphrates?

    According to Mike Whitney @ Global Research, “deconstructing” Syria is part of the neocon strategy to weaken Syria vis-à-vis Israel,

    “…the only realistic path forward may be a plan that in effect deconstructs Syria….the international community should work to create pockets with more viable security and governance within Syria over time… The idea would be to help moderate elements establish reliable safe zones within Syria once they were able….Creation of these sanctuaries would produce autonomous zones that would never again have to face the prospect of rule by either Assad or ISIL….

    The interim goal might be a confederal Syria, with several highly autonomous zones… The confederation would likely require support from an international peacekeeping force… to help provide relief for populations within them, and to train and equip more recruits so that the zones could be stabilized and then gradually expanded.” (“Deconstructing Syria: A new strategy for America’s most hopeless war”, Michael E. O’Hanlon, Brookings Institute)

    The dismemberment and Balkanization of Arab/Muslim countries surrounding Israel, has been a long term goal of Israel’s survival strategy. The weakening of Arab/Muslim countries, by means of economic sanctions (Iran, Iraq, Syria), war by direct invasion (Iraq), war by proxy (Syria), war by a combo (Libya), or perpetual low intensity conflicts (Lebanon, Gaza), is a long term goal central to the Israeli strategy against its neighbors. It’s part of the infamous “Yinon” plan, and of the even more venomous “A Clean Break,” both strategy papers focused on the long term destruction of Israel’s Arab neighbors, and the expansion of their delusional “Greater Israel.”

    Therefore, we could say with all certainty that giving the Golan Heights to Israel is just one more step in the US strategy to “deconstruct”Syria for the benefit of Israel and associates, MBS among them, and the next step might be creating an “autonomous” region for the Syrian Kurds in Eastern Syria, another long term goal for Israel, according to Whitney’s article,

    “…Should Israel strengthen its relationship with the Syrian Kurds, its gains would extend beyond strategic, political, and security benefits. Rojava’s natural resources, especially its oil, can contribute to Israel’s energy supply and be invested in projects such as an oil pipeline through Jordan to Israel. US troops are stationed at several military bases in Rojava, which could offer an alternative to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey…

    It appears abundantly clear that the Kurds are the most qualified, if not the only, candidate in Syria on which Israel can count for support… Israel should act swiftly to support the emerging Kurdish region in Syria…

    It is very much in Israel’s interest to have a reliable and trustworthy friend in the new Syria. If Jerusalem hopes, together with its ally in Washington, to prevent Tehran from establishing its long-sought land corridor, it will need to strengthen its influence in the Syrian Kurdish region to serve as a wall blocking Iran’s ambitions.” (“The Syrian Kurds: Israel’s Forgotten Ally”, Rauf Baker, BESA Center)

    In light of the egregious land-grab we have just witnessed, indignant as we are, a sober assessment of the US/Israel/NATO long term strategies in the region, would show us that tactical military planning for pillage and plundering cannot replace a sound strategy. Sun Tzu established the art of war is governed by five constant factors, the first one is “The Moral Law,” or “Virtue.” A strategy that is not aligned with the moral law, will eventually fail, lacking unity between the sovereign and the people. “…Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” Hezbollah “Divine Victory” in 2006, is the clearest, more modern example of alignment between the rulers and the people, by virtue of the moral law.

    Where are we in the ME, 13 years later, after a wannabe descendant of slaves announced “the birth pangs of the New Middle East” to the world? La Rice should be ashamed of herself and her false prophet predictions, the real New Middle East looks totally different than what she expected. After her announcement, la Rice had to manage her own defeat, allowing Israel a few more hundreds/thousands Lebanese civilians killed, just to save face after Barak’s ass was handed to her on a platter, kind courtesy of Hezbollah.

    Syria: After years of war, first with the support of the Axis of Resistance, later joined by Russia, Syria has beaten all odds and delivered Iblis wholesale quantities of takfiri head-choppers of all kinds, “moderate,” “semi-moderate,” “hardcore,” “radicals,” “fundamentalists,” all the shades of CIA-created “Muslims.” Triage is for Iblis to do. Now a military power to be reckoned with, the Syrian Arab Army is again a proud and honorable institution, with shock & awe units and special forces that rival any army in the world, and better, combat proven. Syria is now, even if still separated and its sovereignty threatened, a thousand times stronger than when the “birth pangs” where cackled.

    Iraq: Despite decades of sanctions, war by invasion, war by proxy, ethnic divisions, territorial violations, and a cruel war against the takfiri rats that devastated the country, Iraq is recovering in all fronts. The Iraqi Armed Forces bounced back after their shameful defeats by the takfiris, and are now a battle-hardened institution, which parallel to a more balanced and patriotic political establishment, is preparing the country for a future of economic opportunities, while maintaining a principled position re: US presence in the country. The struggle against the takfiris, in full speed after Ayatollah Al Sistani issued a fatwa to fight them, caused the creation of the PMF, aka PMU, hundreds of thousands of men trained by Iran who fought the takfiris in Iraq and/or Syria, recently assimilated into the Iraqi Armed Forces as the new Iraqi Republican Guard, 150,000 strong. Iraq is now, for the first time in decades, and with the potential resolution of the Syria file, able to pause and take a breath, much better prepared, stronger, and wiser than 13 years ago, after la Rice brayed the “birth pangs” of the “New Middle East.”

    Iran: A powerhouse to be reckoned with, Iran is fully prepared for any eventuality. No surprises for Iran, which we could say is 13,000 times more powerful than 13 years ago. Iran has everything, you name it, mastered native technologies in all fronts, reverse engineered the most modern drones, building a fleet on its own that can fly a thousand kms to a target, from all directions. IRGC are masters of war, but not only, Qassem Suleimani is a master at the refined art of “war diplomacy,” the use of force as a political and diplomatic tool. Iraq is the crown jewel of his efforts, for which he was recently granted Iran’s highest honor.

    These three countries plus Lebanon are further integrating an economic, political and military Axis of Resistance, which provides them with a strategic depth and a common vision of their security they didn’t have 13 years ago, when la Rice moooooo the “birth pangs” of the “New Middle East.” Another new development is their close relations to Russia, China, India, their integration into multiple Eurasian institutions and the Chinese BRI, and their looking into their future as part of Eurasia.

    We could also say with certainty the Axis of Resistance has reached strategic parity with Israel (conventionally), a clear example of that is the newly-gained Israeli respect for Lebanon. And for Iran, despite years of last minute attack cancellations. Netanyahu’s electoral circus feinted north with the tunnels show, but he never intended to enter a war with Hezbollah, despite his foaming at the mouth. Netanyahu is the prototype of a flaming coward, all hat and no cattle, as we say In Texas. But he’s still good to kill defenseless, unarmed children, pregnant women, and beat elderly men on wheelchairs. Gaza is a cheap turkey shot, can be bombed at any time, for any reason, no fear of serious retaliation.

    Our assessment of the @realNewMiddleEast, indicates that the US/Israel/NATO and their not-so new Arab allies inroads into pillaging and plundering the region have been tackled. Among many reasons for their defeat, one can be highlighted, the superior, refined strategies tied to the organizational and logistical skills of Hezbollah, exported to the real New Middle East, were a key factor in the political and military defeat of the takfiris, in Syria as well as Iraq and Lebanon. Aligned with the Moral Law, Hezbollah raison d’être is the defense of its people and country, nothing else. Hezbollah intervention in Syria, at the request of the Syrian government, was primarily in defense of Lebanon, their base.

    Russia’s stepping into the platter is yet another powerful reason behind the reconstituted @realNewMiddleEast, their strategic assessments worth to study for a better understanding of Russia’s role in the defeat of the Western/Israeli/Arab mafia. See “VECTORS OF DEVELOPMENT OF RUSSIAN MILITARY STRATEGY IN CURRENT CONDITIONS.”

    Finally, ME countries are already suffering from the military-evangelical complex, now celebrating the acquisition of more real estate for those coming to the “Rapture” at the end of days. The conversion of churches into support basis for the mil-ind complex, is but one more visible fascist sign in US society (besides Trump’s cabinet and the corporate take over of all facets of government, subverting all the rules in their favor), accelerated under Trump. Full time idiot Pompeo shamelessly declaring Trump the “Lord’s” envoy to save Israel, has a direct effect on his base of “deplorables” who are now asking Trump to sign their bibles. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

    It is in US churches were the dogs of war will be barking loudly in case Israel is seriously attacked, and if in danger of defeat, make no mistake, they will not hesitate to request the use of nuclear weapons to defend their bastard aberration. They are ready for Armageddon, Rapture is coming next, so let’s all go to Israel and push the button (I don’t think Trump or Adelson will join them), another bunch of wackos going in smoke à la Waco, now threatening to take the world with them. In the meantime, and while the Syrians prepare to take back the Golan Heights, just turn on Al-Manar TV please, and pass the popcorn.

    Lone Wolf

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