When we approach Jesus in an honest and innocent way ('be like a child') it’s obvious what type of actions Christ would be for and against.
The [New Testament] tells us clearly what type of person he was, and gives us countless examples to solidify his loving character...
But we find creative ways to excuse ourselves from following Christ, because we often find that his actions contradict our vested interests — our lifestyle, political views, and self-preserving worldview.
The problem for many Christians is that instead of asking themselves, “What would Jesus do?” they ask, “What does 'the Bible' say is permissible?”
Unfortunately, we can become so devoted to studying the Old Testament.., that we ignore Jesus [the New Testament].
Sojourners are Christians who follow Jesus, but who also sojourn with others in different faith traditions and all those who are on a spiritual journey. We are evangelicals, Catholics, Pentecostals and Protestants; progressives and conservatives; blacks, whites, Latinos, and Asians; women and men; young and old. We reach into traditional churches but also out to those who can't fit into them. Together we seek to discover the intersection of faith, politics, and culture.
A religion of ethics became a religion of holy places
"When the Zionist community in Palestine established a state, something happened to Judaism there. The connection with the territory, the soil, changed the face of the religion, as it did to all other parts of national life.
Idolatry and Blasphemy go hand in hand
where have all the fowers gone?
sag mir wo die blumen sind
The tradition of leaving the house on the thirteenth day of Farvardin is widespread throughout Iran. It is a day that is spent outside with joy, laughter and friendly get together.
This is the last phase of the celebrations of the New Year. It is the custom of many Iranians to pass as many hours as possible outdoors. People leave their homes to go to the parks or mountains for a picnic. The occasion is a communal one and all close relatives and friends will participate. Iranian families all eat alfresco, preferably near water springs and lush greener spots on this day. The occasion has no religious significance and is celebrated by all.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 A.M.) – The United States does not believe that the Syrian people want President Bashar al-Assad as their leader any longer, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, claimed on Monday that the Syrian people do not want President Bashar al-Assad as their leader any longer.
This comes as only days earlier the White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, said that the USA needs to accept the reality that removing Assad is no longer the priority in Syria, and rather the defeat of ISIS is.
“We don’t think the people want Assad anymore; we don’t think that he is going to be someone that the people want to have,” Haley told a news conference to mark the U.S. presidency of the U.N. Security Council for April.
“We have no love for Assad. We’ve made that very clear. We think that he has been a hindrance to peace for a long time. He’s a war criminal. What he’s done to his people is nothing more than disgusting,” she said.
In the 2014 Syrian presidential elections, Assad won with an overwhelming majority of 88.7%, which saw Syrians were capita come out and vote in a higher participation then in previous elections.
The 2014 elections were observed by lawmakers from neutral countries such as India, Brazil and Uganda who all declared the process to be “free and fair” and held in a “democratic environment, contrary to Western propaganda”.
Indian Ambassador 2016: " Assad most popular Arab person in 2009"
flashback 2012 - turkey backed rebels and coupists invade aleppo
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's message of embracing the Kurds as equal citizens of the Republic has important implications beyond the April 16 referendum.
Speaking in Diyarbakır, President Erdoğan said that "we are ready to talk and walk with anyone who has something to say and a project to implement. Our only condition is that they shall not carry guns nor seek to divide the country and the nation."
Ever since the PKK unilaterally ended the peace process in 2015 and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) squandered its role as a potential political actor, the president has been saying that he will reach out to the Kurds themselves, including community leaders, political figures, ordinary citizens, businessmen, NGOs and others, to address their issues.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States, and best known for its barbaric terrorism not only against the Turkish state but also against Kurds who do not subscribe to their ideology....
Most Kurds are disillusioned with both the PKK and the HDP, and want peace, security and prosperity as opposed to oppression.
This is exactly what the president promised in Diyarbakır. "Just as we cannot imagine Turkey without Istanbul, Izmir, Trabzon, Antalya and Erzurum, we cannot imagine Turkey without Diyarbakır," he said.
President Erdoğan rejects the PKK's dirty politics of talking about peace while holding a gun. He rejects the HDP's pretension to be a voice for the Kurds when it speaks first and foremost for the PKK. The reality is that the HDP has never shown the courage to question and reject the PKK during and after the peace process initiated by Erdoğan himself.
No government would accept any political interlocutor that seeks to grant legitimacy to armed struggle by supporting the PKK while enjoying the privileges of parliamentary politics. This is like acquiescing to the demands of the IRA in Northern Ireland, ETA in Spain or FARC in Colombia to continue armed struggle while calling for political recognition or peace.
Those European governments that give a free ride to the various PKK installments in their countries and seeking to use them against Turkey are not only violating their own principles but also engaging in a self-defeating strategy.
Poll: 70% of Israelis prefer right-wing government
The Syrian Air Force has destroyed a warehouse in Idlib province, where chemical weapons were being produced and stockpiled before being shipped to Iraq, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman said.>R>
The strike, which was launched midday Tuesday, targeted a major rebel ammunition depot east of the town of Khan Sheikhoun, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.
The warehouse was used to both produce and store shells containing toxic gas, Konashenkov said. The shells were delivered to Iraq and repeatedly used there, he added, pointing out that both Iraq and international organizations have confirmed the use of such weapons by militants.
The same chemical munitions were used by militants in Aleppo, where Russian military experts took samples in late 2016, Konashenkov said.
According to the statement, Khan Sheikhoun civilians, who recently suffered a chemical attack, displayed identical symptoms to those of Aleppo chemical attack victims.
At least 58 people, including 11 children, reportedly died and scores were injured. Soon after a missile allegedly hit the facility, people started showing symptoms of chemical poisoning, such as choking and fainting. The victims were reportedly also seen with foam coming out of their mouths.
While the major Syrian opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, and other pro-rebel groups put the blame on the attack onto President Bashar Assad’s government, the Syrian military dismissed all allegations as propaganda by the rebels.
Looking behind the victim mask
Flashback 2015: Al Qaeda, allies seize Syria’s Idlib city in blow to regime
BEIRUT, Mar 28,2015: Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized the city of Idlib.
Flashback 2017: Al Qaeda eulogizes Egyptian leader killed in Idlib, Syria
As Sahab, the propaganda arm for al Qaeda’s senior leadership, has released a two-page eulogy for Abu al Khayr al Masri. The US killed Masri in a drone strike in Idlib, Syria in late February.
Moscow will continue to support Syrian Army troops in their anti-terrorism effort, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, after being asked whether Russian policy had changed following a reported chemical attack in the Idlib province.
Peskov cited the opinion of the Russian military, which said the contamination may have been caused by damage to a rebel chemical weapons storage site.
“You have heard the statement from the Russian Defense Ministry and I have nothing to add to the facts they stated. The Russian Federation and its military are continuing the operation to support the anti-terrorism operation and liberation of the country, which is being conducted by the Syrian armed forces,” Peskov said.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova suggested later on Wednesday that the Security Council should urge the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to launch a fact-finding mission, provided that full access to the incident site is allowed.
Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria, said reliable evidence would be needed to confirm the alleged use of chemical weapons, let alone establish who was responsible for it. “We have no yet any official or reliable confirmation..."
Twitter was flooded with commentary about Nikki Haley's call to arms against Russia during the Security Council meeting on Wednesday afternoon. But no one bothered to report what Russia had to say.
Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador Vladimir Safronkov said that the West's "obsession with regime change is what hinders this Security Council."
He noted that for Washington and its partners, "everything is guided by regime change" and allegations that Assad used chemical weapons in an attack in Idlib province on Tuesday are based on "falsified reports from the White Helmets", an organization that has been "discredited long ago".
He further added that "taking [the White Helmets] at face value is not professional and not serious."
Safronkov pointed out that "the White Helmets are getting mixed up in their reports. Their versions keep changing. They speak of bombs from helicopters, then from planes".
Russia's UN representative observed that in "photos and videos we see the White Helmets acting very unprofessionally. Their behavior is very relaxed in these extreme circumstances. All of this is clearly meant to provoke. All of this has been reflected in the resolution."
Russia's representative finished by slamming the UK for blaming Russia for the deaths of children in Syria. He said that the UK "does nothing" for Syria except "submit drafts meant to provoke" and "pressure investigations" into reporting politically favorable results.
syria - damascus 2013 - no response from the international community
TEHRAN (FNA)- Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria's Idlib is a "dangerous and monstrous crime", but it is premature to accuse anyone of using chemical weapons as a probe is needed about the incident.
"Deaths of children is what Russia is trying to prevent in Syria…, and Russia is actively working on it, because only the expulsion of terrorists from the Syrian territory can bring the country back to peace where children will not die."
Russia hopes that the Syrian government will work on preventing terrorists from obtaining chemical weapons, he said. He emphasized that all must be done to prevent chemical attacks in the war-torn country.
"We believe that it is absolutely unacceptable to use chemical weapons. We believe that all should be done to prevent the possibility of chemical weapons use in Syria. And of cource, we can hope that the Syrian Armed Forces will take all necessary measures to prevent some substances which can be used as chemical weapons from getting into terrorists' hands and being used by them."
Syrian opposition claimed Tuesday forces loyal to President Bashar Assad had used a chemical gas on people in the Northwestern province, killing nearly 80 and injuring 200. Assad argued his government has no chemical weapons after agreeing to have them destroyed in 2013. He also ruled out having used chemicals against own people.
In 2013, the Syrian authorities agreed to transfer its stockpiled chemical weapons to international control for their subsequent destruction, so as to prevent them from falling into the hands of militants operating in the country.
The Trump administration has indicated that it will increase its support for Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
The Saudi-led war, which began two years ago, has achieved little beyond killing thousands, destroying much of Yemen’s infrastructure, empowering al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and pushing millions to the brink of famine.
The war is being waged with few ethical constraints: Saudi Arabia has targeted funerals, schools, factories, and farms. Most recently, a boat full of refugees fleeing Yemen was attacked by an Apache helicopter. That attack killed 42 people.
The excuse being given for increased U.S. involvement in an incredibly complex civil war is that the Houthis are controlled and armed by Iran.
This is a narrative that has been in play for years despite little proof of consistent Iranian support for the Houthis and no proof that the Houthis follow Iranian orders.
While there is little doubt that Iran has—at times—provided limited assistance to the Houthis, there remains scant evidence of a concerted effort by Iran to arm and fund the Houthis. It most certainly exercises no control over them.
What these reports and most of the international media studiously ignore is the tremendous amount of light and heavy weaponry that Saudi Arabia and the UAE have sent and are continuing to send to Yemen, ostensibly to arm anti-Houthi militias. In what is a clear parallel with Syria, many of these militias have been infiltrated by al-Qaeda operatives.
AQAP (al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), which has already been greatly aided by the war in Yemen, will benefit from increased U.S. involvement. It will profit from the weakening of the Houthis—AQAP’s most formidable enemy—and from the perception, which it will foster, that the U.S. is invading Yemen.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Thursday that he welcomed reports of U.S. President Donald Trump considering military action in Syria, adding that Trump should back up his plans with action.
Speaking in a live broadcast on Turkey's Kanal 7, Erdoğan said that Turkey is ready to do its part if such military action takes place.
The president also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had questioned whether the regime forces were behind the chemical attack in Syria's Idlib during their talks.
"It is sad if he still did not understand for the last few days that Assad is the party responsible," Erdoğan said.
Trump told some members of the U.S. Congress late Thursday that he is considering military intervention in Syria upon the Assad regime's recent Idlib chemical attack, according to reports.
Flashback: Nabil Fayyad, 4-8-2012
The start of the revolution
Sheikh Arour is a Salafist cleric who tirelessly teaches hatred of others on the Salafist Al Wissal channel, funded by Saudi Arabia. 80% of the Free Syrian Army units (including the Al-Qaeda brigades), principally managed by Turkey, recognised the Takfirist Sheikh Adnan Al-Arour as their spiritual leader.
The young people disappeared from the Nasiriyah airport, poor and faithful to the core, they whose whole concern was to take me gently when I criticized the regime, they suddenly became the leaders of the Free Syrian Army.
And battalions appeared, sectarian by name and content! Then came the slaughter of innocents according to their identity card! Coarse, puritanical language spread, which just reminds us of the late Bin Laden and his henchman Al Zawahiri!
Adolescents filled opposition television screens presenting themselves to viewers as if they were so many Robespierres, Dantons, or Voltaires, but in language as prosaic as their faces and studded with pea-sized Qur’anic quotations to match their brains!
There are old retired army officers proclaiming their dissent from the armed forces in language that Salafism makes outdated!
Under the banner of “freedom” all the Christians are expelled from old Homs! And under this same banner, old Sunni Homs is destroyed!
the destruction of libya 2011-2012
US President Donald Trump has addressed the nation after authorising a targeted missile strike on an airbase in Syria
In his speech he said that he had ordered a missile strike on airbase in Syria from which as he claims the Idlib chemical attack was launched. Trump claimed that Syrian President Bashar Assad had used deadly nerve agent to kill many people, calling "all civilized nations to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria
The missile strike on Syrian airfield was in "vital national security interest" of the United States, Trump said, adding that it is in interests of the country to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons.
"Tonight I ordered [strikes on Syrian airfield]," Trump said. "Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end this slaughter," Trump said after ordering the strikes on the Syrian airfield, adding that "[Syrian President Bashar] Assad choked out the lives of men, women, children" and that the chemical attack was "very barbaric."
Earlier, Around 70 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched on Thursday night at the military airfield in Ash Sha’irat 38 kilometers southeast of the city of Homs.
bush:iraq - obama:libya - trump:syria
US Department of Defense spokesperson Eric Pahon said that the missile strike at the Shayrat (Ash Sha’irat) Airfield in Homs Governorate, Syria, represented a unilateral action by the United States: "It was a unilateral action by the United States," Pahon stated on Thursday.
Also, US Department of Defense Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said that the US missile strike at the Shayrat (Ash Sha’irat) Airfield in Homs Governorate, Syria, degraded the ability of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government to deliver chemical weapons. "Initial indications are that this strike has severely damaged or destroyed Syrian aircraft and support infrastructure and equipment at Shayrat Airfield.
Senator Rand Paul said that Donald Trump should have asked for authorization from Congress before launching the Thursday missile strike against a military field in Syria
"The President needs Congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution," Paul wrote in a message via Twitter on Thursday. "Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer and Syria will be no different."
The United States’ missile strikes on a military airfield in Syria violates international law and represents an act of aggression against a sovereign state under a far-fetched pretext, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.
“President [Vladimir] Putin regards the US attacks on Syria as an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law, and under a trumped-up pretext at that,” Peskov told reporters.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also sees the latest US missile strikes on a military airfield in Syria as an attempt to distract from the mounting civilian casualties in Iraq, the Kremlin added.
“At the same time, in Putin’s opinion, total disregard for the use of chemical weapons by terrorists only drastically aggravates the situation,” Peskov said
Stephen Schwarz, 2-8-2016: "Ibrahim Kalin, a weaponized academic trained in the U.S. has risen to become Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's deputy undersecretary and senior advisor, yet another servant for Islamist ideology produced by the American Middle East studies industry."
The US missile strikes on a military airfield in Syria’s Homs province serve the goals of "armed terrorist groups," Talal Barazi , the governor of the province, told the Al Ikhbaria TV channel.
"Syrian leadership and Syrian policy won’t change," Talal Barazi said. "This is not the first attack and I don't believe it will be the last," he added. (Tass Russian News Agency, 7-4-2017)
Elvin Lim: "The ever-increasing pressure for presidents to manage public opinion and perception
has created a "pathology of vacuous rhetoric and imagery" where gesture and appearance matter
more than accomplishment and fact." (from: 'The anti-intellectual presidency')
The US missile attack on a Syrian airbase is an act of aggression under a far-fetched pretext and is reminiscent of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday. "It is an act of aggression under a completely far-fetched pretext," the top diplomat stated.
"This is reminiscent of the situation in 2003, when the US and the UK, along with some of their allies, invaded Iraq without the consent of the UN Security Council and in violation of international law."
"When speaking about the military intervention in Iraq many years after it happened, Tony Blair (who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007) acknowledged that they had misled everybody," Lavrov emphasized.
"Now they did not even bother to provide any facts referring only to photos," he noted. "They indulged in speculations on children’s photos, on evidence provided by various non-governmental organizations, including the so-called White Helmets, which staged various 'incidents' to instigate action against the Syrian government."
Moscow will demand truth of Idlib events, Lavrov stressed. "I don’t know when we will be able to find out how the US made the decision to attack Syria. But we must demand that the truth be unveiled and we will do it," the Russian foreign minister said.
"It looks like they wanted to distract attention from the notorious Jabhat al-Nusra, which is still viewed by some countries as an optional force to be used for disrupting the negotiation process and to topple the current regime," Lavrov stressed
"It is regrettable that all these causes do more harm to the already damaged relations between Russia and the United States. Hope remains that these provocations will not entail irreversible effects," Lavrov said.
Anti-intellectualism has always had populist roots. Marcus Porcius Cato, or Cato the Elder, was a famous, conservative Roman senator-consul, and one the first anti-intellectual politicians to leave a mark on the historical record.
His anti-intellectualism was based on anti-Hellenism, which saw Greek ideas and Greek philosophy as a threat to Roman tradition. As the ancient Greek historian Plutarch (c. 46- c. 119 A.D.) recorded:
“[Cato] was wholly averse to philosophy, and made mock of all Greek culture and training, out of patriotic zeal. He says, for instance, that Socrates was a mighty prattler… [and] a turbulent windbag”.
There are striking similarities between illiberal leaders no matter where they are currently gaining strength in the world. We see Cato the Elder reincarnated in Erdoğan and Trump... Like Trump, Erdoğan characterizes himself as a ‘doer’ not a ‘thinker’.
Erdoğan, like Cato the Elder and, it would seem, like Donald Trump, is not fond of intellectuals, elites or academics. This may explain why, despite Trump’s virulent Islamophobia, Erdoğan and his supporters were pleased by the businessman’s victory in US election. As far as their authoritarian, populist leadership style goes, the two men seem to be soul mates.
In interviews, Donald Trump has said that he makes his decisions “with very little knowledge other than the knowledge I [already] had, plus the words ‘common sense,’ because I have a lot of common sense and I have a lot of business ability.”
He believes that experts often “can’t see the forest for the trees,” and that in contrast, people respect his ability to quickly and instinctively reach the right decision: “A lot of people said, ‘man, he was more accurate than guys who have studied it all the time.’ “
Turkey is making international news. And, unsurprisingly, the news is gloomy yet again. Emboldened by his party’s electoral victory in November 2015, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has set out on a crusade against academics...
What are the undercurrents of this troubling chapter in Turkish politics? Two dynamics are at work.
--- First, Turkish society is embracing an increasingly anti-intellectual disposition. The value of an educated person is judged less by her inherent intellectual qualities and more by the ideological support she can offer for a political cause or the immediate material benefits her position accrues.
A culture of intellectual exchange has largely waned; academics are reduced merely to their ideologies. Even the best universities in Turkey fail to surmount the monumental challenge posed by anti-intellectualism and ideological schisms. Hiring processes, grant decisions and tenure awards are increasingly determined by non-academic factors.
--- Second, power politics is on full display. While most other sectors of Turkish society – including the media, Kurds, Alevis and Gulen movement affiliated groups – have been under attack for the past several years, surprisingly, academics were left relatively unscathed in this increasingly repressive political environment. But this latest episode has changed that. It is becoming undeniably clear that Erdogan and his party have little tolerance for dissent.
The anti-intellectualism endemic in Turkish society is best illustrated by those who wield political power.
The Islamist-leaning AKP displays a fetish for political power, which reveals itself as anti-intellectualism par excellence. Scholarly activity and accumulation of knowledge are no match to erecting school buildings. Erdogan himself has displayed this attitude on multiple occasions. For example, he crassly mocked Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu (holder of a doctoral degree) for being too educated.
Along the same lines, in his attacks against the petition-signing academics, Erdogan charged them with being “fifth columns” of foreign powers and “so-called intellectuals.”
This latest effort by Erdogan amounts to no less than a redesign of academia in his own image, as in many other sectors of life in the country.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Friday telephoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and thanked him, on behalf of President Donald Trump, for Israel's strong support for the American action in Syria. Pence and Netanyahu emphasized the strength of the alliance between Israel and the U.S.
Earlier on Friday, Netanyahu and other government officials expressed their support for Donald Trump's decision to launch a series of strikes in Syria Thursday night.
"Israel fully supports President Trump's decision and hopes that this message of resolve in the face of the Assad regime's horrific actions will resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere," Prime Minister Netanyahu said following the attack.
President Reuven Rivlin also expressed his support for the strikes.
"In the face of the terrible use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians, the clear and determined steps of the US Administration and Military under the leadership of President Trump, constitute a fitting and appropriate response to such unthinkable brutality," Rivlin said.
"In acting as it has, the United States serves as an example to the entire free world...
Christian Zionism is the largest, most controversial and most destructive lobby within Christianity. It bears primary responsibility for perpetuating tensions in the Middle East, justifying Israel’s apartheid colonialist agenda and for undermining the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
At least one in four American Christians surveyed recently by Christianity Today magazine said that they believe it is their biblical responsibility to support the nation of Israel. This view is known as Christian Zionism. The Pew Research Center put the figure at 63 per cent among white evangelicals.
Christian Zionism is pervasive within mainline American evangelical, charismatic and independent denominations including the Assemblies of God, Pentecostals and Southern Baptists, as well as many of the independent mega-churches.
It is less prevalent within the historic denominations, which show a greater respect for the work of the United Nations, support for human rights, the rule of international law and empathy with the Palestinians.
The origins of the movement can be traced to the early 19th century when a group of eccentric British Christian leaders began to lobby for Jewish restoration to Palestine as a necessary precondition for the return of Christ.
The movement gained traction from the middle of the 19th century when Palestine became strategic to British, French and German colonial interests in the Middle East.
Proto-Christian Zionism therefore preceded Jewish Zionism by more than 50 years. Some of Theodore Herzl’s strongest advocates were Christian clergy.
Lionel Richie sings 'Jesus is Love'
Zionism is NOT about Love, it's about Zion...
Christian Zionists have shown varying degrees of enthusiasm for implementing six basic political convictions that arise from their ultra-literal and fundamentalist theology:
--- 1.The belief that the Jews remain God’s chosen people leads Christian Zionists to seek to bless Israel in material ways. However, this also invariably results in the uncritical endorsement of and justification for Israel’s racist and apartheid policies, in the media, among politicians and through solidarity tours to Israel.
--- 2. As God’s chosen people, the final restoration of the Jews to Israel is therefore actively encouraged, funded and facilitated through partnerships with the Jewish Agency.
--- 3. Eretz Israel, as delineated in scripture, from the Nile to the Euphrates, belongs exclusively to the Jewish people, therefore the land must be annexed, Palestinians driven from their homes and the illegal Jewish settlements expanded and consolidated.
--- 4. Jerusalem is regarded as the eternal and exclusive capital of the Jews, and cannot be shared with the Palestinians. Therefore, strategically, Christian Zionists have lobbied the US Administration to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem and thereby ensure that Jerusalem is recognised as the capital of Israel.
--- 5. Christian Zionists offer varying degrees of support for organisations such as the Jewish Temple Mount Faithful who are committed to destroying the Dome of the Rock and rebuilding the Jewish Temple on the Haram Al-Sharif (Noble sanctuary of Al-Aqsa).
--- 6. Christian Zionists invariably have a pessimistic view of the future, convinced that there will be an apocalyptic war of Armageddon in the imminent future. They are deeply sceptical of the possibility of a lasting peace between Jews and Arabs and therefore oppose the peace process.
The Revd Dr Stephen Sizer is the Vicar of Christ Church in Virginia Water and the author of Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon? Zion’s Christian Soldiers? and In the Footsteps of Jesus and the Apostles
On November 2, 2016, UK’s Jewish Lobby, the British Board of Jewish Deputies, announced that pro-Palestinian Church of England Vicar Stephen Sizer will end his clerical career, after breeching a term of agreement with Bishops of the Crypto Jew Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on not discussing Israel.
With his bigger than life ego, petulance and stubbornness, Commander-in-Chief Trump is potentially a greater threat to world peace than the weak-willed Barack Obama whom he replaced.
Trump has ignored Russian calls for an investigation into the alleged chemical gas attack in Idlib province before issuing conclusions on culpability, as happened within hours of the event.
He has accepted a narrative that is very possibly a false flag produced by anti-government rebels in Syria, disseminated by the White Helmets and other phony NGO’s paid from Washington and London. He ordered the firing of 50 or more Tomahawk missiles against a Syrian Government air base in Homs province, thereby crossing all Russian “red lines” in Syria.
Until this point, the Kremlin has chosen not to react to all signs coming from Washington that Trump’s determination to change course on Russia and global hegemony was failing.
Putin has a cool mind and we may anticipate that the Russian response will come at a time of his choosing and in a manner that is appropriate to the seriousness of the US offense.
In the meantime, we who have been hoping for a change of direction, for the rooting out of the Neocons and Liberal hawks directing the Deep State should drop what we are doing, and help form a grass roots political statement that Donald Trump and the political establishment will hear loud and clear.
One way or another, the White House must be told that arranging foreign policy moves out of purely domestic calculations, such as likely happened yesterday puts the nation’s very existence at risk.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US missile strikes in Syria have proven that the US is "the most unpredictable state in the world," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"I think it has been confirmed one more time that the policies and everything that currently happens in the US prove a disappointing fact: it is the most unpredictable state. And if there is something predictable in the US, it is the unpredictability of its foreign policy, Maria Zakharova (official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation), said
The absence of a clear strategy in Washington is related to the wars of elites in DC, Maria Zakharova said.
"I would call it the game of American thrones. It is a war of internal political clans, military-financial, political and financial structures that cannot accept the results of the election."
"And the policies of London and other members of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) have always been based on Washington's course. For us it was not a surprise," Zakharova noted.
The US attack in Syria has nothing to do with attempts to find out the truth about the use of chemical weapons in Idlib, ministry's spokeswoman said.
"They (the United States) have just demanded to conduct an investigation regarding the equipment, the aircraft, used in (Khan Sheikhoun) strikes. And then they carry out a strike on the equipment, they would like to examine, to analyze."
Zakharova also pointed out that Russia had a number of questions to the United States regarding its strikes on Syria airfield, adding that the questions would be addressed to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is set to visit Russia next week.
Personal Integrity: Rex Tillerson issues a challenge
Donald Trump’s surprise decision to launch missile strikes against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces in response to Tuesday’s horrific chemical attack represented a reversal from Trump’s noninterventionist campaign message.
It’s also the most recent sign of the declining power of his chief strategist Stephen Bannon.
Two sources close to Bannon told me the former Breitbart executive chairman argued against the strike — not because of its questionable constitutionality, but on the grounds that it doesn’t advance Trump’s America First doctrine. “Steve doesn’t think we belong there,” one Bannon ally told me.
Bannon’s position lost out to those inside the White House, including Jared Kushner, who argued Trump needed to punish the Assad regime.
In recent weeks, Kushner and Bannon have clashed over the direction of Trump’s agenda. While the press has covered it as a personality feud, Bannon allies say the rift is about policy differences....
On a board in his West Wing office, Bannon keeps a list of promises Trump made to populist voters. Kushner, whose portfolio has ballooned in recent weeks, seems much less interested in keeping those promises.
The power struggle is growing more personal. While Bannon declined to comment for this piece, Bannon allies inside and outside the White House say he is “disappointed” and blames Kushner, in part, for some of the damaging leaks about him. If before there were philosophical differences in the White House, now there are clearly defined camps...
Despite his waning influence, Bannon recently told an ally that he won’t quit. If Trump wants him out, he’ll have to fire him.
The Pentagon and the US State Department have failed to prove the existence of chemical weapons at the Syrian airfield struck by US cruise missiles, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.
"After 24 hours after the US Navy warships launched a massive strike by cruise missile on the Sha'irat [airfield in Syria], neither the Pentagon, nor the US State Department have presented proof of the presence of chemical weapons there," ministry's spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
Media representatives who visited the base as well haven't found any chemical weapons there, Maj. Gen. Konashenkov added.
"The airfield was visited by dozens of mass media representatives, by the local administration, firefighters, police, not to mention Syrian servicemen.
Neither depots, nor ammunition containing chemical weapons have been found at the Sha'irat [airbase]. People at the airfield don't wear gas masks and feel absolutely well."
The prime minister of the Beida-based interim government recognised by the (democratic elected, anti-Islamist) House of Representatives (HoR), Abdullah Al-Thinni, has rejected the repeated view of international leaders as well as the Presidency Council that there can be no military solution to the Libya crisis, only a political one.
He has insisted that the divisions in the country will be resolved only by military action.
Speaking on Hadath TV on Thursday evening, he called on the country to unite behind Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter and the Libyan National Army, adding that they provided Libya with the only chance of survival against the various militias, the Muslim Brotherhood and those who served foreign interests.
“I belong to the military establishment and I am proud of it,” he stated, referring to his army career prior to the Libyan revolution.
He added that an emergency committee chaired by himself had been set up to deal with the various problems facing the armed forces and he would be having regular meetings with Hafter on the subject.
Thinni also claimed that in partnership with Major-General Abdul Razzaq Al-Nazhuri, the east’s military governor from Derna to Ben Jawad, he would be organising reforms and improvements to municipalities within the area. In Benghazi, he said, there would be a programme of reconstruction, supervised by the eastern Central Bank of Libya (CBL) governor Ali Habri.
Thanking House of Representatives President Ageela Saleh for his cooperation with his government, Thinni again stressed that the parliament was the sole legislative body in Libya.
The link between Khalifa Haftar – the head of the HoR-aligned armed forces – and the Speaker of the Tobruk parliament, Aguila Saleh Issa, is very strong.
No other Arab country plays as powerful a role in Libya as Egypt. Testament to Egypt’s involvement in the region is the regular travel Libyan leaders make to Cairo.
Muslim Brotherhood support
Neither Turkey nor Qatar have the same level influence that Egypt and the UAE have on the Tobruk side.
Tripoli is controlled by the Libya Dawn and is allied with powerful armed forces based in the city of Misrata. The faction has reinstated the old parliament, known as the General National Congress in the capital. The General National Congress [GNC] is a former elected assembly that was reinstalled by Libya Dawn.
Lattakia, SANA – Syrian women and their important role throughout history were the focal point of Artist Nabil al-Samman’s exhibition held at Haishoon Art Café in Lattakia.
The Café’s walls were covered with 37 paintings of different sizes for Goddess Ishtar, the mother of the martyr, his beloved and his wife...
The artist told SANA that the US aggression on Iraq in 2003 was a turning point as it shows that there are parties which seek to erase the identity of the region and globalize horror to turn us into numbers of no identity.
He noted that the exhibition highlights the Syrian’s determination to achieve victory despite the pain and sorrow, adding that he used the expressionist style in which he deployed wide variety of strong colors to convey his thoughts and emotions.
The Semitic Race and its Lunar Deities: Ishtar, Shamash & Sin
Temple of the Moon God Hazor Palestine
The Moon, the Luminary of Heaven sendst, To Hrhb, the Summer's King; Give Nikkal; the Moon will pay the brideprice. Let the Fruitful One enter his house, And I will give her brideprice to her father... (Gray)
The moon was from earliest times the foundation of all theological development among the whole Semitic race, even after the Semites had become agriculturists.
Moses Maimonides expressed this by saying that moon-worship was the religion of Adam; and the crescent is still the badge of Islam, as it was once the emblem of Israel. Arab women even now insist that the moon is the parent of mankind.
Herodotus said "Arabs have no other divinities than Dionysius and Urania" (Ishtar or Aphrodite), both lunar deities". (Briffault v3 78) The cult of the moon-god Sinn is found in every Semitic land
Numerous ancient Arabian inscriptions show the moon-deity as the most prominent object of cult everywhere, whether in the Hadramaut, Kataban or Afinaean kingdoms. (Briffault v3 79)
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the Syrian crisis can only be solved through a political process, claiming it's not regime change but the defeat of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group that Washington is seeking in Syria.
"Our strategy in Syria, our priority is first to defeat ISIS," the US official said in an interview with ABC's "This Week" host, George Stephanopoulos, which was aired Sunday.
Saying that once the battle with the terrorist group is concluded, which according to the US official is "going quite well," Washington plans to turn its attention "to achieving ceasefire agreements between the regime and opposition forces."
Bringing the parties to the table for political discussions "clearly requires the participation of the regime and the support of their allies," Tillerson said in another Sunday interview to the American media, speaking to John Dickerson on CBS's "Face the Nation."
"It is through that political process that we believe the Syrian people will ultimately be able to decide the fate of Bashar Assad," he told ABC.
B.H. Levy: "Gaddafi was an enemy of israel"
John McCain 2012: "Assad remains a committed enemy of Israel"
"It’s Time to Use American Airpower in Syria"
Tillerson told CBS that Washington has learned its lesson of "what it looks like when you undertake a violent regime change," referring to Libya.
"Obviously the United States' own founding principle is self-determination, and what the US and our allies want to do is to enable the Syrian people to make that determination...
We've seen what violent regime change looks like in Libya and the kind of chaos that can be unleashed and indeed the kind of misery that it enacts on its own people," he said on CBS.
"I think we have to learn the lessons of the past," he emphasized on ABC, adding, "Any time you go on and have a violent change at the top, it is very difficult to create the conditions for stability [in the] longer term."
Al-Sadr: Russia, America and al-Assad should all get out of Syria!
Al-Sadr: Once a supporter of Western Divide & Rule Ideology
Muqtada Al-Sadr was part of the Iraqi right-wing (anti-secular) establishment that supported the 'debaathification'-proces in Iraq.
Flasback 2011: Witchhunt in Iraq
President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Herbert McMaster, is calling on Russia to re-evaluate its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, leaving open the possibility of additional U.S. military action against Syria.
In his first televised interview, McMaster pointed to dual U.S. goals of defeating the Islamic State group and removing Assad from power. McMaster said Russia will have to decide whether it wanted to continue backing a “murderous regime.”
“It’s very difficult to understand how a political solution could result from the continuation of the Assad regime,” McMaster said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“Now, we are not saying that we are the ones who are going to effect that change. What we are saying is, other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions. Russia should ask themselves … Why are we supporting this murderous regime that is committing mass murder of its own population?”
He said Russia should also be asked how it didn’t know that Syria was planning a chemical attack since it had advisers at the Syrian airfield.
“Right now, I think everyone in the world sees Russia as part of the problem,” McMaster said.
In interviews broadcast Sunday, Rex Tillerson said: “We do not have any information that suggests that Russia was part of the military attack undertaken using the chemical weapons.” Tillerson said defeating the Islamic State group remains the top focus.
Flashback: The War Hawks Rolled Donald Trump
Colin Powell &
Pentagon Suspects Chemical Weapons Still at Syrian Air Base
Washington should have waited for the findings of an impartial probe and international authorization before unilaterally striking Syria on the pretext of chemical weapons use, according to Hans Blix who led the UN commission searching for Iraqi WMDs in 2003.
The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency gained the world media's attention after his team of experts from the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission failed to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Possible possession of chemical weapons was used as a pretext by the US in 2003 to invade Iraq. Over the years, that false pretense has cost the lives of up to one million Iraqis according to some estimates.
Blix stressed that Washington's airstrikes ran contrary to the common practice of international law which requires the approval of the UN before carrying out any form of aggression against another state.
“The UN Charter prohibits the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity of other states. And the US is not at war with Syria. So they should not attack them,” Blix said. “In the time when big power ignores the Security Council and ignores the Charter, they are also undermining the organization, and that is also regrettable,” he added.
Blix advised that in order to avoid further bloodshed in Syria, Moscow and Washington should focus on diplomacy, just like in 2013, when Russia convinced Syrian President Bashar Assad to surrender his chemical weapons stockpile to the UN.
In 2013 the Syrian government surrendered its entire chemical weapons arsenal, except for the stockpiles located in the inaccessible rebel-and terrorist-controlled areas, which was confirmed by the UN-affiliated Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Flashback 2002: Hans Blix says attacks by hawks in Washington 'unhelpful'
The United Nations chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix, accused hawks in Washington, who are bent on going to war with Iraq, of conducting a smear campaign against him.
Syrian university students in Damascus and Homs have protested against the aggression carried out Last Friday by United States on Syria. They asserted that the U.S. is playing a dirty role that aims to weaken Syria through terrorist tools and the reactionary forces serving the US-Zionist alliance.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Syrian Students National Union (SSNU) organized Tuesday a protest outside the UN headquarters in Damascus where Head of the Unions’ Damascus University branch Khalid al-Masri read a statement condemning the US role in Syria.
“The US role in Syria is a cheap colonial attempt that aims to undermine Syrians’ will and to reinforce the Zionist entity to remain the only power in the region,” al-Masri said, asserting that Syria rejects all forms of the dirty imperial mandate that guards Zionism and its expansionist projects.
He called on the UN to condemn the practices that contradict international charters as Syria is a sovereign state and a UN member.
Two days ago (april 9), students of al-Baath University in Homs gathered at the square of the university carrying national flags and photos of President Bashar al-Assad...
Flashback 2003: A proxy war on behalf of Israel
A delegation from the US Congress visiting Cairo on Monday told Egyptian defence minister Sedki Sobhi that the US administration fully supports Egypt's war against terrorism and extremism.
The delegation members also offered their condolences over the church Sunday attacks that killed 46 people in Tanta and Alexandria.
The US delegation, headed by chairman of the US House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations Hal Rogers, discussed with Sobhi common interests and regional developments.
The meeting was attended by Egypt's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazi.
Sobhi asserted his appreciation for the ties between the two countries, expressing his hope for increased military cooperation.
The delegation said it acknowledges Egypt's important role in the region, adding that the US is keen on bolstering bilateral ties with Egypt in the upcoming period.
Muslim Brotherhood (supported in Syria by the USA, Turkey & Qatar):
Egypt’s president Abdel- Fattah El-Sisi, during his visit to the White House, requested that political Islamic groups especially the Brotherhood be declared a terrorist group.
President Trump praised Sisi and referenced their first meeting, during the 2016 presidential campaign, describing him as “somebody that is been very close to me from the first time I met him.”
Sisi, in return, said to Trump “ I had a deep appreciation and admiration of your unique personality, especially as you are standing very strong in the counter-terrorism field.”
The objective, of the visit, the administration said, is to rebuild relations strained during the Obama years by Egypt’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. (Africa News, 3-4-2017)
Let us tenderly and kindly cherish the means of knowledge.
Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write." John Adams
What do Syria, Egypt and Libya have common? They are all at various degrees of cold war with Turkey, which they accuse of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and similar Islamist terrorists in their countries.
Turkey has never denied support, but claims that the Muslim Brothers, like Hamas, are just democratic elements in politics.
During the short-lived rule of their president, Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brothers, in well-documented incidents, threatened, attacked, kidnapped, tortured, beheaded and killed dozens, if not hundreds, of Christians.
During the Muslim Brotherhood's systematic massacres against Egypt's Christians, no Turkish leader was heard criticizing a single incident targeting Christians. After Morsi's downfall, however, they have never ceased loudly condemning the man who toppled Morsi, General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
Most recently, Turkey's biggest Muslim Brotherhood fan, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said, "For me, Morsi is Egypt's president, not Sisi." "Egypt is turning into ancient Egypt. Sisi cannot be confronted. The West does not display a stance against Sisi the coup-maker," he said.
In response to Ankara's playful logic, an unidentified Egyptian official in Cairo said Egypt was not surprised by Turkey's comments: "The current regime in Turkey is a reflection of the ideas of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood..."
Gatestone Institute is a right-wing (neocon) international policy council and think tank. Chairman: John Bolton
'Attacking Their Own People'|
Islamic Front – Jaish al Islam and Suqoor al Sham
Promo Video of Khan Sheikhoun Battle, March 22, 2014
On April 7, 2016, the Sheikh Maqsood neighborhood in Aleppo was shelled with mortars containing chemical agents. On April 8, a spokesman for the rebel group (Jaish al Islam) admitted that “forbidden” weapons had been used against Kurdish militia and civilians in Aleppo. According to Red Crescent, the symptoms are consistent with the use of chlorine gas or other agents. (Wikipedia)
“Let the jury consider their verdict”, the King said...
“No, no,” said the Queen. Sentence first – verdict afterward.”
Charles Dodgson in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The pictures of dead and dying civilians has once again caused the western media to renew their demands for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
The rush to judgment overlooks a number of alternative explanations that are at least worth considering, especially when actual hard evidence is in such short supply. One such scenario is that the Syrian air force bombed a factory that was storing chemical weapons for use by one or more of the multiple terrorist groups operating in the area.
The fact that the terrorist groups have used such weapons in the past and had strong motives to use them again is entirely missing from the western media narrative.
In all the fury mounted against the Assad government for their alleged conduct, no one has raised a single plausible reason why the Syrian government would risk such international condemnation for so little military benefit.
Assad is not a fool and he would know that such an attack would provide ammunition for the very powerful neocon element in the US for who massive civilian casualties are a matter of indifference when committed by their side, but are ever willing to use tragedy whether at their own hand or by others, in pursuit of their geopolitical goals...
The reporting of the tragedy from Syria is but the latest illustration of an all too common phenomenon: a pre-determined verdict on little or no evidence...
"Verily, religion and motherland are two sides of the same coin. One cannot accept one and forget about the other.
To be a religious person means also to love one’s motherland." (Minister of religion of Algeria 2009)
Have a sense of pride in your motherland. Just as your mother has given birth to you, so too the land has given birth to you.
Whatever country you belong to, you should have a sense of patriotism.
Do not indulge in criticizing other countries or people belonging to other nations. Having trust and faith in your own country, you won't try to put down any other country.
Never bring grief or sorrow to your country. To have pride in your own motherland is important.
2. Honor and respect all religions as pathways to God.
3. Love all humanity as part of your family; know that humanity is a single community.
-- 1. Trump did not seek and obtain Congressional authorization for his act of war in attacking a Syrian Air Force base.
Thus, the attack was illegal under US law. It is not the president’s prerogative to initiate attacks against sovereign nations without Congressional authorization. By acting without such Congressional authorization, Trump has placed himself and the presidency above the rule of law.
-- 2. Trump did not seek and obtain authorization for his attack against Syria from the United Nations Security Council, as is required under international law.
By failing to do so the US has put itself outside the boundaries of the UN Charter, which is also a part of US law, as well as other international law to which the US is bound.
-- 3. Trump has undermined US relations with Russia, and has harmed the chances of the US and Russia working cooperatively in resolving the Syrian conflict.
-- 4. Trump has demonstrated to the world that in matters of war, as with tweeting, he is impulsive, shoots from the hip..
These characteristics are not generally accepted as being preferred qualities in a US president. Trump’s impulsivity in ordering the attack sets a dangerous standard for someone in charge of the US nuclear arsenal.
What astrology tells us:
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation particularly discussing the situation in Syria, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
"Yes, this issue was touched upon," he said when asked if the two leaders discussed the recent chemical weapons incident in Syria.
The two presidents stand for immediate, impartial investigation into the incident.
"The two leaders spoke in favor of an immediate, impartial and thorough investigation into the chemical weapons incident that occurred in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun on April 4," the statement reads.
"The parties discussed the situation in Syria and expressed willingness to continue cooperation aimed at strengthening the Syrian ceasefire and facilitating both the Astana and the Geneva intra-Syrian talks," the statement reads.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, on April 4, the Syrian air force delivered an airstrike on several militant facilities in the Idlib Governorate, where munitions filled with poisonous substances were being made.
However, Washington came to a conclusion that Damascus had used chemical weapons which led the US to carry out a missile attack on a Syrian military air base located in the Homs Governorate.
-- Question: Mr. President, did you give an order to strike Khan Sheikhoun with chemical weapons last Tuesday?
-- President Assad: Actually, no-one has investigated what happened that day in Khan Sheikhoun till the moment. As you know, Khan Sheikhoun is under the control of al-Nusra Front, which is a branch of Al Qaeda, so the only information the world have had till this moment is published by Al Qaeda branch. No-one has any other information... This is first.
Second, Al Qaeda sources said that the attack happened at 6, 6:30 in the morning, while the Syrian attack in the same area was around noon, between 11:30 to 12. So, they’re talking about two different stories or events.
-- Question: You know, your government said in the beginning that you hit a chemical weapon depot. Is it true?
-- President Assad: It was a possibility... But this is conflicting again with the timing of the announcement...
-- Question: If you say that you didn’t give any order, it is possible that the chemical attack could have been carried out by a rogue or fringe element from the army?
-- President Assad: Even if you have a rogue element, the army doesn’t have chemical materials. This is first. Second, a rogue army cannot send an airplane at their will, even if they want. It’s an airplane, it’s not a small car to take it from place to place or a small machinegun to use it.
Third, the Syrian Army is a regular army, it’s not a militia. It’s a regular army, it has hierarchy, it has very clear way of orders, so this kind of “rough personnel tried to do something against the will of the leadership of the army” never happened during the last six years of the war in Syria.
-- Question: So what happened this day?
-- President Assad: As I said, the only source is Al Qaeda, we cannot take it seriously. But our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand in glove with the terrorists. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack, It wasn’t an attack because of what happened in khan Sheikhoun.
-- President Assad: The allegation itself was by Al Qaeda, al-Nusra Front, so we don’t have to investigate who, they announced it, it’s under their control, no-one else.
About the attack, as I said, it’s not clear whether it happened or not, because how can you verify a video? You have a lot of fake videos now.. We don’t know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhoun? Were they dead at all? Who committed the attack if there was an attack? What’s the material? You have no information at all, nothing at all, no-one investigated.
-- Question 4: So you think it’s a fabrication?
-- President Assad: Definitely, for us, it’s fabrication...
-- Question: Can we say that the US strike changed your opinion on Trump?
-- President Assad: I always say let’s see what he’s going to do... The President is only one of the performers on their theatre...
Trump wanted to be a leader, but every President there, if he wants to be a real leader, later he’s going to eat his words, swallow his pride if he has pride at all, and make a 180 degree U-turn, otherwise he would pay the price politically.
-- Question: The US and Russia are the co-sponsors of Geneva process. Because of the tension between the two countries, do you think that this process can continue?
-- President Assad: Look, there’s a big difference between the process being active, which could happen anytime, to reactivate the process and to be effective. Till this moment, its’ not effective. Why? Because the United States is not serious in achieving any political solution.
-- Question: After six years, Mr. President, aren’t you tired?
-- President Assad: No, I don’t feel tired at all, because we are defending our country, and we’re not going to get tired at all in that regard.
The humanitarian interaction between me and every Syrian family directly or indirectly, this is the only thing that could deprive me from sleep from time to time, but not the Western statements and not the threat of the support of the terrorists.
The West has brought the world to the brink of total collapse, but its citizens, even its intellectuals, are stubbornly refusing to grasp the urgency. Like ostriches, many are hiding their heads in the sand.
There seems to be an acute lack of rational thinking, and especially of people’s ability to grasp the proportions of global occurrences and events.
For years I have been arguing that destroying the ability to compare and to see things from the universal perspective has been one of the most successful endeavors of the Western indoctrination drive (dispersed through education, media/disinformation and ‘culture’).
It is not only history that is seen in the West through totally crooked and ‘out of focus’ lenses. It is also the present, which has been perceived and ‘analyzed’ in an out of context way and without applying hardly any rational comparisons.
Tens of millions of people are now on the move, their countries thoroughly ruined by Western geopolitical games.
Instead of influencing and helping to guide humanity, such great cultures as those of Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria are now forced to disgorge millions of desperate refugees. They are barely surviving, humiliated and hardly relevant.
Extremist religious groups (of all faiths, and definitely not only belonging to the Muslim religion) are being groomed by the Western Machiavellian ideologues and strategists, then dispersed to all corners of the globe...
Most of the world is actually trying to function ‘normally’
We want to fly, we want freedom and optimism and beauty to govern our lives. We want to dream and to create something deep, meaningful, happy and kind. But there are those horrible weights hanging from our feet. There are chains restraining our actions.
There is constant fear, which is making us betray all our ideals, as well as each other, again and again...; fear that makes us, humans, act like shameless cowards and egoists. As a result we are not flying, we are only crawling, and not even forward, but in bizarre, irrational ellipses and circles...
In the West, everyone and everything is now fragmented and life itself became objectively meaningless
There is distinct time to work (satisfying one’s personal career, guaranteeing survival, advancing ‘prestige’ and ego), there is time to play, and for family life… and there is occasionally time to think about humanity or, very rarely, about the survival of our planet. Needless to say, this selfish approach has failed in helping to advance the world.
Survival and then the advancement of the world should be our greatest goal... Now it is time to think, rationally and quickly, and then to act..
Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries.
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Content with the victories of the spirit
Not long ago Donald Trump was describing U.S. “intelligence” agencies in mocking quote marks and comparing them to Nazi Germany for damaging leaks about him. As a presidential candidate, word was he barely wanted to sit still for top-secret briefings.
Not anymore, according to Trump’s CIA director.
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?" Matthew 7:1-5
Trump initially rejected the intelligence agencies’ findings that Russia hacked into Democratic emails and leaked them last year to harm Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign and help him win.
He continues to dismiss as “fake news” questions about whether anyone close to him collaborated with Russia, and he continues to assert without evidence that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower under surveillance and leaked damaging information.
But Trump’s decision last week to bomb a government airbase in Syria may have brought Trump closer to the intelligence community that now reports to him.
The CIA and the other U.S. intelligence agencies came up with some “hypotheses” about who was responsible for a deadly chemical attack on civilians and, “in relatively short order,” gave Trump “a high-confidence assessment” that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was to blame, Pompeo said.
Pompeo is among the many top Trump administration officials who vehemently reject the president’s past pronouncements that Russian President Vladimir Putin is an admirably strong leader with whom the U.S. can make deals.
“This is a man for whom veracity doesn’t translate into English,” Pompeo said of Putin. Russia is “on their six or seventh story now” about what they allege happened in the Syrian chemical attack, “none of which have an ounce of truth to them,” he said.