A new Press TV poll shows
72% of respondents believe ravaging Syria continues "to destroy the (regional)
axis of anti-Israeli resistance…."
Only 8% said Washington, its allies, and Islamofacist fighters attacked
Assad because he's undemocratic. Neither is America, Israel, key NATO
partners, and rogue regional collaborators.
Press TV also reported that Iran's Deputy Armed Forces Chief of
Staff, General Massoud Jazayeri, said Israel's threat to attack Iran is
Israeli Air Force Commander Major General Amir Eshel accused Iran
of arming Hamas. He threatened retaliation to strike at "the heart of
He, Netanyahu, and other hardliners reflect buster, not bite. Instead
of cooling tensions, they heighten them. They'll do nothing without Washington's
permission and active cooperation. Inflammatory rhetoric substitutes for
Other Obama priorities take precedence. Ousting Assad comes first.
Scrambling for Africa's resources is planned. Iran matters most of all.
It can wait until other objectives are resolved.
Israel is "rotten on the inside," said Jazayeri. Hezbollah embarrassed
the IDF in 2006. Pillar of Cloud fell short. "The Zionist regime is not
capable of engaging in any serious war."
After 45 years of occupation, Palestinian resistance remains strong.
Tehran has more than enough military might to give Israel pause
about attacking. It's population is large. It's territory is vast. Israel
is tiny by comparison. It's vulnerable.
Israeli cities could be ravaged. Thousands of deaths and injuries
would follow. Its nuclear sites could be destroyed. Contamination would
Israeli military forces would suffer major losses. Its weakness
would be revealed. It's hard imagining Israel wants its paper tiger vulnerability
exposed. It prefers propaganda war instead.
Iran showcased its might. Velayat 91 naval drills remain ongoing.
They're proceeding over vital oil and gas shipping routes. Gulf of Oman/Strait
of Hormuz/Northern Indian Ocean exercises will continue early into the
new year. Shore-based forces joined them.
Complex military tactics are being tested. Advanced weapons are
used. Warships, hovercrafts, helicopters, ground-to-sea missiles, and
submarines are involved.
Iran is showing Israel and America its ability to defend territorial
waters, interests and resources. Tehran prioritizes peace. Exercises reflect
self-defense. They're not aggressive.
Military officials said drills continue over a one million square
km area. Iran's territorial and open waters are included.
Iranian special forces and other military units practice defense.
Territorial waters, ports, and coastlines are prioritized. Cyberattack
simulations are involved.
Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari said:
"During one of the practices of the second day of the drills, aggressive
forces launched a cyber attack against the computer network of defensive
forces in order to infiltrate the network and hack information or spread
Successful defensive measures blocked it. Iran's "cyber defense
group" specializes in monitoring and protecting naval force computer systems.
It detects "cyber infiltration and immediately takes necessary measures
to counter them."
Iran's Passive Defense Organization held cyber maneuvers during
last October's Passive Defense Week. It tested cyber infrastructure.
On December 31, AP/Reuters headlined "Iran test-fires upgraded missiles
in naval drill near Strait of Hormuz," saying:
Air defense system Raad (Thunder) weapons were tested. It fires
missiles with a 50 km range. They can hit targets at 22,000 meters. Torpedoes,
underwater weapons, and surface-to-surface rockets were successfully fired.
Diving teams practiced attacks on enemy vessels. On Saturday, simulated
cyber attacks, submarine, and mine-laying exercises took place.
Defensive skills were honed. Iran intends to be ready in case Washington
and Israel jointly attack. They'll get more than they bargain for if try.
Daily attacks target Syria. Assad's forces confront them aggressively.
The army's General Command said they serve American and Israeli interests.
Regional fragmentation is planned. Both countries want unchallenged
control. They want pro-Western puppet leadership replacing Assad. They're
getting nowhere without full-scale intervention.
Brahami's peace plan is no more legitimate than Kofi Annan's. Both
men are ideologically pro-Western. They're imperial tools.
UN authorities and rogue Arab leaders spurn Syrian sovereignty.
They frame foreign invaders as legitimate opposition forces.
They're cutthroat killers. They ignore Western support. They call
Washington-backed aggression civil war.
They urge dialogue but turn a blind eye to America prioritizing
conflict. Resolution can't happen because Washington spurns it.
Fighting may continue until Syria's entirely destroyed and Assad's
ousted. Body counts don't matter. Civilians are targeted. Mass destruction
is strategy. So is unconscionable human misery. No relief whatever is
On December 30, BBC and other media scoundrels circulated false
reports. Spurious sources were cited. Syrian forces retook Homs district,
BBC said they killed "more than 200 civilians. Residents of Deir
Baalbeh were rounded up and forced into a petrochemical plant where they
were summarily executed." Women and children were included, said reports.
Saying so was false. Spurious reports are commonplace. Assad is
blamed for death squad crimes. The Syrian Free Press said army forces
won the "Second Battle of Homs." Terrorized civilians were freed.
Media scoundrels falsified reports. BBC, Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya,
and others headlined them. Independent sources disproved them.
Islamofascist cutthroats were killed. Civilians weren't involved.
Bodies of women and children weren't found.
On December 30, Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) headlined "Failed
Syria envoy Brahimi 's mission brings chemical war closer," saying:
Brahmi told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov there's "no possibility
of persuading (Assad) to leave Syria." Trying shows one-sided pro-Western
Syria's sovereign independence demands respect. International law
prohibits interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. Brahimi's
mission prioritizes it. Doing so spurns inviolable rule of law principles.
DF repeated Sunday's Big Lie. It called routed Islamofascist death
squads civilian casualties. It falsified Scud missile attacks. It claimed
Iranian officers are directing Fateh A-110 high-precision, short-range
Syria makes its own M600 version. "Both sides….appear to have resorted
to….chemical warfare." Falsified reports claim Assad used "grenades containing
a gas that paralyzes lungs and causes extreme infirmity, or even death."
Unnamed sources said perhaps "a concentrated irritant was used,"
not deadly chemicals. DF still says both sides appear preparing for chemical
warfare. Syrian officials categorically deny intentions to use them.
Russia helped secure them. Lavrov said Syria won't use them "under
any circumstances." Press TV said foreign invaders used chemical weapons
in Daraya near Damascus.
Toxic yellow gas killed at least seven Syrian forces. They died
within an hour of inhaling it. Insurgents also threatened to poison Syria's
drinking water. They showed video footage of rabbits killed by inhaling
DF stopped short of explaining. It claims "Israel cannot count on
being exempt from a poison weapons attack."
It could happen before January 22 elections. It could be a well-planned
false flag attack. Israel and Washington specialize in launching them.
Expect anything in 2013. War could preempt Russian/Syrian conflict
resolution initiatives. Washington categorically spurns them.
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