Friday, July 28, 2017

A New Alliance in the Greater Middle East - By Thierry Meyssan

President Trump’s policy in the Greater Middle East is beginning tomaterialise. While up until now, the United States and their allies have been attempting to destroy states and impose chaos, they are now legitimising alliances against the jihadists. Although in theory, Iran, Syria and the Hezbollah are still enemies to be defeated, in practice, they have become partners. In the end, this new deal could enable the states of the region to force the multinational companies out of the political sphere and re-establish peace.

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From right to left (method for reading images in the Arab language) – President Bachar el-Assad (Syrian Arab Republic) General Secretary Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (Hezbollah), General Mohammed Ali Jafari (commander in Chief of the Guardians of the Revolution), President Michel Aoun (Lebanese Republic of Lebanon), Prime Minister Haïder al-Abadi (Republic of Iraq). Brothers in arms against the jihadists.
Little by little, President Trump’s foreign policy is taking shape. Concerning the Greater Middle East, he has managed, with the help of his National Security advisor, General H.R. McMaster and his Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, to put an end to the secret programmes which offer help to the jihadists.
Contrary to the innuendos published by the Washington Post, while this decision was taken just before the Trump-Putin meeting at the G20, it had in fact been taken a little more than two weeks earlier, during the preparation of the mid-May summit in Riyadh. Its objective was not to kneel before the Tsar of Russia, as the Washingtonian political class purport, but to put an end to the use of terrorism, as Donald Trump had declared during his electoral campaign.
The lying insinuations of the Washington Post were adopted by the whole of the Western Press. Perhaps this is due to the gregarious spirit of Western journalists, but perhaps – more probably – it demonstrates that the major medias are owned by the partisans of war in the Middle East and against Russia.
The Bulgarian revelations about the existence of a vast arms traffic set up by General David Petraeus when he was still Director of the CIA, in 2012, and continued by him from his offices at the financial investment fund KKR, leave one stunned at the power of these war-makers.
At least 17 states participated in operation « Timber Sycamore », in which Azerbaïdjan took care of the transport of 28,000 tons of weapons and Israël supplied false documents concerning their final destination. In all likelihood, David Petraeus and KKR were helped by the Assistant Secretary General of the UNO, Jeffrey Feltman. Of course, this gigantic traffic, without precedent in History in terms of its volume, will lead to no legal action, neither in the states concerned nor on the international stage.
Clearly, for the last four years, the People of the Levant have been fighting not only against states, but above all against a consortium of private multinational companies, including the international media and mid-range state powers who give their orders to small states charged with doing the dirty work.
In any case, the difficulties encountered by Donald Trump in imposing his will on the CIA and the Pentagon, as well as the existence of this parallel half-public, half-private network, enable us to note the complexity of his task in a world order subverted by private interests.
So far, the offensive by the Iraqi and Syrian armies aimed at re-opening the Silk Road have not been stopped by the US forces, despite various incidents.
The offensive launched in the Jurd d’Ersal by the Syrian Arab Army, with Hezbollah and in coordination with the Lebanese Army, is the first visible fruit of Washington’s new policy. While harshly criticising the presence of Hezbollah, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, at the request of Saudi Arabia, authorised his army to participate in the operation. This is the first time that the two armies – Lebanese and Syrian – and the Resistance, have officially acted together. Riyadh, without disarming in the face of the Party of God and Iran, decided that it made more sense to work with Hezbollah and finish in priority with the jihadists.
Finally, this war, which was intended to destroy the states of the region, is now taking the opposite direction – the unity of the forces of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
 French intellectual, founder and chairman of Voltaire Network and the Axis for Peace Conference. His columns specializing in international relations feature in daily newspapers and weekly magazines in Arabic, Spanish and Russian. His last two books published in English : 9/11 the Big Lie and Pentagate.