GONZALO LIRA says some things that just about everyone knows but never utters, that many Jews in the West are rabidly Russophobic. This presents a huge problem for the peace of the world, given the role played by Israel in the Middle East and world politics, and their over-representation in media, politics and the professions.
ALEX RUBINSTEIN—Iran and Russia have “consistently allege[d]” that unmarked helicopters were flying into regions of Afghanistan where ISIS had a foothold. But as Javad Zarif pointed out in March 2018, “this time, it wasn’t unmarked helicopters. They were American helicopters, taking Daesh out of Haska prison. Where did they take them? Now, we don’t know where they took them, but we see the outcome. We see more and more violence in Pakistan, more and more violence in Afghanistan, taking a sectarian flavor.”
As the US government propaganda outlet Voice of America wrote at the time in 2018, “the terrorist group uses Nangarhar as its main base to launch attacks elsewhere in Afghanistan.” This is the same province the US struck with an unmanned drone the day following the attack on the airport.
A Syrian patriot recounts the history of Israel, a history obviously not mentioned and not accepted by most Israelis these days due to the same propaganda conditioning afflicting most publics around the world starting with the US, UK, EU nations, etc. If you find what this young woman says here “extreme” and “pure anti-Israel propaganda” remember that this version of events is supported by many Israeli writers and observers, including leading historians like Ilan Pappe, and Israeli policy critics like Norman Finkelstein, Noam Chomsy, and others of equal standing, not to mention some leading Orthodox Jews who reject the notion of the state of Israel on purely religious grounds. By 2008, Pappe was forced into exile in the UK due to constant threats in Israel. (See sidebar below)
Continued Israeli Airstrikes on Syria Are Testing Moscow Patience, Jerusalem Would Do Well Not to Poke the Russian Bear
SCOTT RITTER—From the moment Russia dispatched its armed forces to Syria in September 2015 to prevent the collapse of the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad at the hands of US-backed Islamist terrorists, it has found itself at the nexus of competing geopolitical games. One of the main issues confronting Russia was avoiding conflict in its airspace between its air force and the anti-Islamic State coalition headed up by the United States. This task was complicated by the fact that the US was really using the campaign to counter Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) as a cover for training and equipping Islamist forces dedicated to the removal of President Assad. The US also sought to leverage its influence with Syrian Kurds to create an autonomous region in northeast Syria that operated outside the control of Damascus.
TAXI—Running out of time, and desperate to gather focus and forces to fast pivot east to confront a rapidly rising Chinese superpower, America is currently arranging for its exit from the Middle East in a way that militarily secures its allies and proxies there, especially that of Israel. Naturally, it has to pick a top dog from its kennel of allies to police the region in its absence, and pick one, indeed, it has.
Turkey. Not Israel.