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January 16, 2024

War On Gaza - Iran Demonstrates Its Means Of Self-defense

During the one hundred days of war by Israel on all people in Gaza the members of the 'resistance axis' responded to the onslaught.

Hamas in Gaza successfully attacked invading Israeli forces. Even yesterday it still launched missiles from north Gaza towards Israel. Hizbullah in Lebanon attacked Israel on its border. Iraqi resistance groups attacked U.S. bases in Syria and Iraq. The Houthi in Yemen attacked ships related to Israel.

The U.S./Israel axis escalated from there. Israel killed Hamas officials who openly lived in Beirut. It also killed an IRGC official in Syria and a Hizbullah official in Lebanon. The U.S. bombed the Houthi as well as resistance groups in Iraq and Syria. An ISIS attack, likely instigated by the U.S., killed some 100 people in Kerman, Iran.

After the U.S. attacked Iraqi resistance groups in Syria and Iraq these intensified their attacks on U.S. bases. Hizbullah slowly increased the reach of its responses to Israeli attacks on Lebanon. After the U.S. bombing in Yemen the Houthi responded by adding U.S. and UK related ships to their target list. Yesterday a U.S. owned ship was hit by a Houthi missile.

The resistance axis is a collection of groups loosely connected to Iran. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp has trained these groups. But it did much more than the usual U.S. military training would do. The IRGC encouraged the groups to contact each other and to exchange knowledge. They now cooperate on all levels. Iran brought in new technologies and weapons and taught each group on how to make their own copies. Today Hizbullah intelligence people teach Houthi how to systematically interpret U.S. actions. Houthi and Iraqis exchange missile and drone building plans.

The axis of resistance has become an assembly of quite autonomous entities who no longer depend on deliveries or orders from Iran. But they all follow the same anti-colonial ideology.

The U.S. tried to interrupt the resistance development by, in 2020, killing Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC and founder of the resistance axis. It was in vain. The resistance was already too developed. It continued to grew on its own despite U.S. attempts of interference. After Soleimani's death Iranian support for its resistance partners increased:

When President Donald J. Trump ordered the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the leader of the Quds Force, in 2020, “Iran’s response to the assassination of its national hero was very measured,” noted Adnan Tabatabai, an expert on Middle East politics who focuses on Iran-Saudi relations.

What followed, Mr. Tabatabai said, was “what I would refer to as a severe deterrence crisis for Iran, because in the following two years in particular, Israel carried out the most humiliating operations on Iranian soil.” They included sabotage around the Natanz nuclear enrichment site and the remote-control assassination of the scientist at the heart of the nuclear program.

But in the four years since, Iran has deepened and sharply improved its proxy forces, supplying them with new generations of weapons, the capability to assemble their own arms and more training.

Until yesterday all but one member of the resistance axis had responded to the Israeli attack.

Last night Iran itself finally joined in. It fired ballistic missiles from Iran on two far away targets. The headquarter of the ISIS related Turkestan Islamic Party in Idleb, Syria, was destroyed. A headquarter of al-Qaeda aligned Hayad Tahrir al-Sham was also hit.

Another barrage of missiles came down (vid) in the city of Erbil in the Kurdish north of Iraq. The house of Peshraw Dizayee, a rich Kurdish businessman, was hit and destroyed. Dizayee did a lot of business with the U.S. and was involved in selling oil from the Kurdish region of Iraq through Turkey to Israel. Iran claims that his house was used as a base for the Israeli Mossad. That is at least plausible.

The shortest trajectory from Iran to Idleb in Syria is at least 1,200 kilometers. Iran thus demonstrated that it can reliably hit targets at that distance. The missiles used, named Khaybar Shekan, have a top reach of 1,450 kilometers.

These attacks are a warning to Israel and the U.S. Iran has shown that it can hit all of Israel with well targeted attacks without having to deploy any soldiers abroad.

Should Iran be attacked, it has the will and the means to respond in kind.

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And hitting the comprador sends a message to its masters.

Posted by: Newbie | Jan 16 2024 10:41 utc | 1

Until no Israelis and no Americans die, it's all irrelevant.

Posted by: Apollyon | Jan 16 2024 10:45 utc | 2

If Lloyd Austin must come back to the hospital soon, US neocons will not resist doubling down on this as well.

Posted by: W | Jan 16 2024 10:45 utc | 3

Opinion piece by Nesrine Malik in The Guardian:

"It’s not only Israel on trial. South Africa is testing the west’s claim to moral superiority.

Supporters of Palestine have long been told their position is fringe. But this case gives them legitimacy – and tests the limits of human rights."

Posted by: Jonathan W | Jan 16 2024 10:52 utc | 4

It seems to me that the Iranian missiles showed only one thing: that Iran would respond in kind if directly attacked. Fair enough, and I don't blame them.

As we all knew this, the real information value of the attack is in what it was not. Iran is clearly signalling that they have, as before, no intention to defy Israel and "go in" head-on.

Hisbollah and the Hamas terrorists are, pretty much, on their own as month 4 is well underway. Israeli keeps defying all the grand standing expectations on this forum, and the remaining Hamas terrorists have ample opportunities to plan their own funeral.

Iran will bark, scream, thunder, but look from a distance. They are obviously not going to be attacked. They are obviously not going to go in. The escalation and expansion of this conflict that has been so noisily anticipated on this forum and elsewhere (Mercouris, if you manage to stay awake, said the same thing many times) is just not going to happen.

Israel's forecast was spot on.

Bibi is the smartest of the bunch.

Posted by: Augusto Pi | Jan 16 2024 10:53 utc | 5

I believe it’s a misnomer to call all of these forces Iranian proxies - as far as I can tell the Gaza, West Bank, and Yemeni fighters seem fully independent. More akin to a very loose alliance. Guerilla forces tend to have all sorts of independent battalions and since the forces are using home grown weapons - likely only the most loose command structure.

Hezbollah might be more of a Iranian proxy. Certainly the Iraqis are very much tied into Iran.

Brings up the question exactly what is a proxy ? . are the English a proxy for the Pentagon ? 😊

Posted by: Exile | Jan 16 2024 10:55 utc | 6

On September 27th 2023, IRGC Aerospace Force successfully launched NOUR-03 satellite to 450Km orbit on top of Qassed SLV.

NOUR-03 which is a Reconnaissance and Spectrum Monitoring (SIGINT) satellite, can take high quality images of the earth that in turn can add to the intelligence capabilities of Islamic Republic of Iran's armed forces.

NOUR-03 is the third Iranian military satellite that's in orbit, after NOUR-02 and NOUR-01 respectively.

https://youtu.be/vXVhq3_YScE

Iran has global reach.

Posted by: too scents | Jan 16 2024 10:55 utc | 7

Meanwhile, of the two open threads on 14 January, the Ukraine one has more comments than the Palestinian one.

There was a time, just some weeks ago, where every Palestinian thread had many more, and at times a multiple, of the comments than the parallel running Ukraine one.

My anectodical conclusion is that Gaza fatigue is real, as the communism-fueled and anti-american-fed outrage gives place to a sobering assessment of how things are really going to go. I wrote this several times already then. I got a lot of, frankly amusing, insults of old pensioners getting a hard-on on Stalin.

Iran understood everything on the 7th October.

A lot of people here needed four full months.


Posted by: Augusto Pi | Jan 16 2024 11:02 utc | 8

12,000 Disabled IDF
1,600 KIA IDF
10% of Jewish Population voted with their feet since 2.Oct and left
7% of Jewish Population IDPs
70% of Israeli Businesses Report a greater than 50% drop in revenues
20% Israeli Unemployment

Might want to check out what the Jewish American financier David Stockman has to say about the failure of the Likud and the collapse of the Israeli economy

https://original.antiwar.com/david_stockman/2024/01/14/to-hell-with-fighting-the-houthis/

Posted by: Exile | Jan 16 2024 11:33 utc | 9

Too bad for us that our government thinks of these folks as uneducated goat-herders.

Wonder what my grandchildren’s history texts will be like. 😇

Posted by: OldFart | Jan 16 2024 11:38 utc | 10


Re: Posted by: Augusto Pi | Jan 16 2024 11:02 utc | 8
“as the communism-fueled and anti-american-fed outrage gives place to a sobering assessment of how things are really going to go.”

Sure, the number of posts on a bar thread are clear indicators of “how things are really going to go”…

PS: there is no “Communism”… just controlled markets, controlled by controlled banking, controlled by governances that control populaces in whatever way they’ve decided works to brainwash them for compliance.
Your labels are useless and dated.

Posted by: Trubind1 | Jan 16 2024 11:40 utc | 11

Augusto Pi is Zionist shill. Maybe he married one of them.

Posted by: OldFart | Jan 16 2024 11:41 utc | 12

@Exile 6

No, the Brutish are colonial askaris for the Amerikastani Empire.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Jan 16 2024 11:41 utc | 13

12,000 Disabled IDF
1,600 KIA IDF
10% of Jewish Population voted with their feet since 2.Oct and left
7% of Jewish Population IDPs
70% of Israeli Businesses Report a greater than 50% drop in revenues
20% Israeli Unemployment

Posted by: Exile | Jan 16 2024 11:33 utc | 9

Like israel stated, it's the air pressure. The entire planet wants those tapeworms gone.

Posted by: Michael A | Jan 16 2024 11:56 utc | 14

Some initial reports CLAIM the ballistic missiles which targeted Erbil hit the US Consulate in that location.

The US response, whilst containing the usual denunciation of anyone else actually carrying out actions they engage in on a routine and regular basis, CLAIM that no damage occurred at its Consulate nor was anyone hurt as a result of the apparent and CLAIMED near miss.

Whether that statement from the US on the matter is an accurate reflection of reality or not - remember, they have a long history of being disingenuous on such matters (Gulf of Tonkin; USS Liberty; WMD's in Iraq etc) - is moot.

The fact remains that Iran has by their own admission fired ballistic missiles from their own territory, into another country, allegedly, as implied by the US, to strike a US Consulate. The fact that it 'may' have missed - depending upon whether one believes anything the US State puts out - does not negate the existence of possible intent to strike said Consulate.

On the basis of mush past precedent that seems, on its face, to be a sufficient casus belli to be normally interpreted by the US State as an "act of war" against it on the basis that its Consulate is considered sovereign US territory.

However, on this occasion the normally belligerent and bellicose US State is uncharacteristically publicly down playing this. Indeed, it seems reasonable to imply it may even be publicly backing off from the kind of reaction it normally engages in when someone has the temerity to stand up to it.

The ball is firmly in the US court and it is refusing to pick it up and be drawn into the reaction the missiles were intended to provoke. Iran and everyone with a functioning brain cell can see this.

Someone BTL on this site is clearly somewhat confused as to who has escalation control and dominance here. Hint: It ain't Borrell's 'Garden'.

Posted by: Dave Hansell | Jan 16 2024 11:56 utc | 15

RE: Posted by: Augusto Pi | Jan 16 2024 10:53 utc | 5

The Iranian assessment I agree. The Hezbollah & Hamas simplification as “terrorist”, is another hyperbole label that says and means nothing. The “Israel got it right” and “BiBi” as “smart” as they are dragged into ICJ and internationally scorned, must be a byproduct of their 30d chess all games out for their part.

I wouldn’t take an Israeli victory lap simply because Iran won’t directly intervene. They’re are a couple of wild cards in this deck that haven’t appeared on the table, but they are in the deck.

Posted by: Trubind1 | Jan 16 2024 12:03 utc | 16

Israeli keeps defying all the grand standing expectations on this forum...

Bibi is the smartest of the bunch.

Posted by: Augusto Pi | Jan 16 2024 10:53 utc | 5

Write more posts people. Bibi keeps defying us. Let's show him he is not the smartest of the bunch.

Posted by: Jonathan W | Jan 16 2024 12:04 utc | 17

Posted by: Trubind1 | Jan 16 2024 12:03 utc | 16

In principle I agree but you have to understand one thing: Bibi keeps defying us. If we say Israel is being dragged to the ICJ, he is smart enough to deny there is even a dispute. Smart guy.

Posted by: Jonathan W | Jan 16 2024 12:08 utc | 18

Posted by: Augusto Pi | Jan 16 2024 11:02 utc | 8

"Communism-fueled." He/it really said that. And then had the nerve to refer to others as "old pensioners." Pinochet, Reagan called and he wants his Cold War I rhetoric back.

Posted by: Gene Poole | Jan 16 2024 12:09 utc | 19

Its funny how fatigue sets in regarding these wars, the momment the west starts to lose.
Iraq, Syria, Afganistan, Venizala, Uqraine and now Palistine.
A deffination of madness is someone who keeps making the same mistake over and over again but fails to learn by it.
America, England and Israel are distroying themselves before our eyes.
All three imploding in on them selves. Devoid of any grip on reality or truth.
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All this religous crap on the thread is an American trump supports trojan horse. Dont be fooled.

Posted by: Mark2 | Jan 16 2024 12:26 utc | 20

Posted by: Dave Hansell | Jan 16 2024 11:56 utc | 15

The most likely reason US is trying to water it down is because US has no depth in the Middle East, in terms of redundant capabilities to strike Iran. If US picks up the ball and strikes something in Iran, Iran's next blow will be all the ports and airbases in Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq and Syria. They might even hit those US aircraft on the ground.

The ports are denied for use of US naval ships, who would have to sail to Australia to rearm. That would leave US ground forces in a large open air POW camp to be picked off at will. The only thing they can do is send a long range bomber from Diego Garcia to hit something in Iran, and maybe use their submarines to hit something. As we saw, they hit very few relevant targets in Yemen despite using 100 cruise missiles, because all the weapons are mobile. They would have even less effect in Iran.

Posted by: unimperator | Jan 16 2024 12:26 utc | 21

Dear Oh Dear!

On the basis of a snapshot of two data points on a single day it is concluded that 'Gaza fatigue' has set in.

It would be just as easy to argue the conclusion that on the basis of a sample taken when there were more comments on Gaza than the Ukraine that 'Ukraine fatigue' had set in.

Swiss Colonel Jacque Baud was spot on in his analysis:

“The reason the Russians are better than the West in Ukraine is that they see the conflict as a process; whereas we see it as a series of separate actions. The Russians see events as a film. We see them as photographs. They see the forest, while we focus on the trees. That is why we place the start of the conflict on February 24, 2022, or the start of the Palestinian conflict on October 7, 2023. We ignore the contexts that bother us and wage conflicts we do not understand. That is why we lose our wars…”

And not just the Russian part of Borrell's 'Jungle'. Those who portray themselves as "The Garden" - along with their cheerleaders and fellow travellers clearly don't do dynamic systems. Just dead end reductionism.

They cannot even field competent trolls any omre.

Posted by: Dave Hansell | Jan 16 2024 12:33 utc | 22

It's like a poker game! The old shark USA is clearly on tilt (and almost broke anyway) so he can't risk many moves and must bluff for most of the time. (Or raise since it's the Biden junta and they're clearly idiots.)

While reckless protege Israel is a maniac and still believes they can win any game (together) because it worked out for them every time before. But this time they're under the gun and if the showdown is a bust the US will just walk off the game while Israel has to remain in the room and keep on playing against the rest of the table. And now Iran is calling for the first time.

Posted by: Zed'sDead | Jan 16 2024 12:35 utc | 23

"I personally find such Religious orientated comments delusional and completely out of order on a site like this one. Even on the MoA Review/Open discussion thread...

MoA is NOT a Church nor a Mosque, or a Temple, nor MoA amounts to a Religious Faith of any kind.

Would you lease consider universally banning these kinds comments across your MoA Forum please?"

Posted by: Lavrov's Dog | Jan 16 2024 3:24 utc | 124

Considering much of the conflict is enmeshed, at least symbolically, in ancient religious themes (Zionist v Judaism; Muslim v Judaism; Sunni/Shia; Muslim v Christianity) your desire for agnostic interpretation of past and present events would impoverish the discussion in my opinion.

Further, I am learning from other posters ideas about religion and I finds it interesting and informative. I don't think I am the only one who appreciates this opportunity..

Posted by: canuck | Jan 16 2024 12:36 utc | 24

RE: Posted by: Jonathan W | Jan 16 2024 12:08 utc | 18

I’m one of those who believes BiBi defied Austin, hence, the “story” as Austin sent to re-education camp to get his mind right about Israel. However, Biden et el are in sync with BiBi and want/need the Kurdistan Project completed. But a bonus would be to drag Russia back to Syria. And make oil tough for China with Iran.
Austin was not incorrect in his military assessment of this arrangement with BiBi. There’s nothing “smart” about any of them, just arrogance.

Posted by: Trubind1 | Jan 16 2024 12:37 utc | 25

unimperator | Jan 16 2024 12:26 utc

Precisely so unimperator. Bibi and Geriatric Joe have barely mastered checkers level in this situation.

Posted by: Dave Hansell | Jan 16 2024 12:38 utc | 26

Dave Hansell @ Jan 16 2024 11:56 utc | 15


The fact remains that Iran has by their own admission fired ballistic missiles from their own territory, into another country, allegedly, as implied by the US, to strike a US Consulate. The fact that it 'may' have missed - depending upon whether one believes anything the US State puts out - does not negate the existence of possible intent to strike said Consulate.

Out of all the targets Iran could have picked, both are related to USA but none have much significance, both on the Syrian fringe.
Not enough to require a response but close enough to Incirlik and Israel. Maybe intentionally closely missing
At the same time a message to Israel, US collaborators, USA and NATO including Turkey.

The reasons for hitting ISIS/AL Quaeda are more murky. Maybe hit something USA can't really defend? Hit muslim/regional actors not willing to align with Iran as local top dog? Hidden Mossad connections?

Posted by: SOS | Jan 16 2024 12:41 utc | 27

SOS | Jan 16 2024 12:41 utc

The various 'moderate' Jihadist groups were certainly US/UK assets in Syria and reports do exist of injured fighters from these moderate terrorists being treated in Israel.

Whether a ballistic missile missed the US consulate or not it does seem somewhat uncharacteristic of the US not to react on the basis of intent for what it is claiming is a 'near miss'.

Perhaps some cheerleader for the 'Garden' out there could enlighten us poor pensioners?

Posted by: Dave Hansell | Jan 16 2024 12:50 utc | 28

I believe it’s a misnomer to call all of these forces Iranian proxies - . . .
Brings up the question exactly what is a proxy ? . are the English a proxy for the Pentagon ? 😊

Posted by: Exile | Jan 16 2024 10:55 utc | 6
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The NTY's use of the term "proxy" is at the very least their framing of things. The way they want the world to see the groups, whether states or nonstate actors, who do not accept the current situation. It sets up Iran as a legitimate target.

It seems to me that if this framing is allowed to stand unchallenged ---and is even used by supporters of the axis of resistance---it strengthens an image and relationship that more and more reinforces the validity of the idea of attacking Iran. Iran as the spider at the center of an evil web, a spider that must be destroyed by destroying both the web and the spider.

A proxy is by definition an entity acting for another. A channel.
Here is the American Heritage dictionary definition:

a. One appointed or authorized to act for another, especially a person appointed to vote as one wishes at a meeting. b. The authority to act for another. c. The written authorization to act in place of another. 2. An entity or variable used to model or generate data assumed to resemble the data associated with another entity or variable that is typically more difficult to research. 3. Computers A server that processes requests and forwards information between a client and another server.

One would not say that students are "proxies" for a teacher.
One could even say that a proxy is kind of like a robotic group.

So, I think this usage should be strenuously avoided, challenged, and denied. Just use a different word.

Something positive and proactive. Or at least neutral.
Local defenders, or some such.

I think most here agree that the actual spider with a web and proxies is the USA-UK-IS entity.

So once again, reality is turned on its head via framing, via language.

Posted by: Jane | Jan 16 2024 12:57 utc | 29

Meanwhile, of the two open threads on 14 January, the Ukraine one has more comments than the Palestinian one.

Posted by: Augusto Pi | Jan 16 2024 11:02 utc | 8

They differ by 38 posts.

Did you count duplicates, errata, troll posts, meaningless twaddle from crackpots like yourself?

If you're going to do analytics, you might as well do it right ...

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Jan 16 2024 13:08 utc | 30

Posted by: Dave Hansell | Jan 16 2024 12:50 utc | 28


An ISIS attack, likely instigated by the U.S., killed some 100 people in Kerman, Iran.

I don't seem to track any more who is fighting whom.. Middle east seems to be a rowdier bar than this one, quite a brawl there.

Posted by: SOS | Jan 16 2024 13:14 utc | 31

Each member of the Resistance Front has publicly stated more than once that they will respond to attacks, and that they will continue their attacks until the genocide in Gaza stops.

Iran announced that it will respond harshly to the assassination of its senior officer in Syria and the recent terrorist acts on its soil.

The Houtis have been absolutely clear in their warnings, especially the last ones to the US and UK.

In his epic address on 100 days of the battle in Gaza, Hamas military spokesman Abu Obeida said that members of the Resistance Front have send messages that they will increase their actions.

Nasrallah, in his recent speeches, spoke about the Resistance Front, how it was formed, developed and how it operates. He also explained why the Western mind can not comprehend the way the Resistance operates, each member independently, guided by a common understanding of who the enemy is and what the goals are. As b put it, the same anti-colonial strategy.

Nasralla's speeches are impressive and educational.

When listing the lessons of the battle in Gaza, Nasrallah, among other, said that it showed that the international system, organisations and international law will not protect you when you are under lethal attack, that you must rely on yourself, and that you must be strong.

That's about right.

Posted by: JB | Jan 16 2024 13:14 utc | 32

John Helmer's latest article overlaps and expands on the maritime angle and Russia-Iran cooperation:

https://johnhelmer.org/the-us-israel-have-lost-battlefield-control-houthis-have-attacked-us-destroyer-hit-greek-us-owned-bulker-iran-has-hit-us-base-in-kurdish-capital-erbil/

Also somewhat related, just days after its attacks on pro US bases in Syria, Turkiye boycotts WEF in Davos, signaling an anti EU/NATO and pro BRICS future:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/erdogan-orders-officials-skip-davos-over-gaza-war-report

(what is dumber than posting in the wrong thread? posting it twice.. for those who noticed LOL)

Posted by: Rubiconned | Jan 16 2024 13:14 utc | 33

Meanwhile, of the two open threads on 14 January, the Ukraine one has more comments than the Palestinian one.

Posted by: Augusto Pi | Jan 16 2024 11:02 utc | 8

They differ by 38 posts.

Did you count duplicates, errata, troll posts, meaningless twaddle from crackpots like yourself?

If you're going to do analytics, you might as well do it right ...

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Jan 16 2024 13:08 utc | 30

Arch I think you are getting soft; calling Pi(ss) merely a 'crackpot' is being way too tolerant.

How about: a "nonsensical Zionist serpent " supported by a death cult that is finally meeting its nemesis despite the despicable snake wails and moans?

Posted by: canuck | Jan 16 2024 13:18 utc | 34

Ehud Barak (former israeli army general and former prime minister) has said that the "window of opportunity" to attack Iran has closed.

Source: ????????????

Posted by: WMG | Jan 16 2024 13:20 utc | 35

My anectodical conclusion is that Gaza fatigue is real,

Posted by: Augusto Pi | Jan 16 2024 11:02 utc | 8

'Gaza fatigue' is so real that after three months and ICJ case of genocide is on the verge of taking off and street protests are at an all time high.

You're getting high on your own kool -aid.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Jan 16 2024 13:21 utc | 36

Iran will bark, scream, thunder, but look from a distance. They are obviously not going to be attacked. [...]
Bibi is the smartest of the bunch.

Posted by: Augusto Pi | Jan 16 2024 10:53 utc | 5

Someone is not checking the news. Concerning who is smart, Bibi person is a master of stretching the envelope of brutality, but
"Every day the bucket goes to a well,
One day the bottom will drop out"

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 16 2024 13:22 utc | 37

Two offerings on UNZ, Alastair Crooke :: Alan McLeod

Gut Feelings Make for Strategic Errors – U.S. Lured Into Battlescape in Gaza, Yemen and Now Iraq
Alastair Crooke • JANUARY 15, 2024

https://www.unz.com/article/gut-feelings-make-for-strategic-errors-u-s-lured-into-battlescape-in-gaza-yemen-and-now-iraq/

The point here is that Biden, at the centre of the storm, is no cool-headed Sun-Tzu. His politics are personal and highly visceral

+

United Against Nuclear Iran
The Shadowy, Intelligence-Linked Group Driving the US Towards War With Iran

Alan McLeod • JANUARY 12, 2024 •

Charlie Rose interviews Thomas Kaplan of UANI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOAGOXp-6PQ

The interview is chilling.

My assessment is that Crooke got it wrong: Biden was selected by neocons to take his position precisely because he would react (obey) as he does.

I fear that any element of optimism b implies is whistling past the graveyard.

The zionist war on Iran has been years in the making. We should stop calling this WWII and start using the more accurate descriptor: The war of the zionists for global mastery.

Zionists, whose thinking Kaplan echoes, have destroyed Russia, Germany, Italy, England, Ottoman Empire, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya and the United States. Their robot Biden has destroyed Germany a second time, and Kaplan recited that zionists intend to destroy Iran another time.


Posted by: ChasMark | Jan 16 2024 13:25 utc | 38

@ DH 15

A very interesting article by John Helmer today.

He says,

US media reporting after several hours of delay claimed there had been explosions near the US consulate in Erbil but “ ‘no US facilities were impacted. We’re not tracking damage to infrastructure or injuries at this time,’ a U.S. official told ABC News.” On the contrary, Rozhin reported, “according to one of my friends who lives in the centre of Erbil, the blow fell not on the current consulate, but on the new one, which is just being built. There was everything in scaffolding and construction cranes. Eyewitnesses say that they were building something grandiose.”

Lots more on Russian diplomacy, the Axis of Resistance and shipping.

Posted by: Dadda | Jan 16 2024 13:27 utc | 39

HispanTV (Iranian TV in Spanish): "IRGC offers details on Iraq and Syria strikes".

https://www.hispantv.com/noticias/defensa/578234/iran-ataque-misiles-balisticos-mossad-daesh

Posted by: C Khosta y Alzamendi | Jan 16 2024 13:27 utc | 40

Pounding Sand

Token attacks on Yemen mean the US now risks getting entangled in a regional war in the Middle East. Priorities must be set as the aging American hegemon cannot chase squirrels all across the globe.


https://www.beyondwasteland.net/p/pounding-sand

Posted by: KevinB | Jan 16 2024 13:27 utc | 41

Well that was sure amusing global geo political outcomes based upon MOA posts. Who knew this site secretly ran the world, and me, an unwitting participant that if I just hadn't deleted my edit post as the kids were fighting over who got the last cookies I could have changed the world.

Posted by: Hankster | Jan 16 2024 13:29 utc | 42

Convenient that companies can offshore their profits to not pay tax and flag their ships in places like the Bahamas but still receive protection from the US navy

Posted by: Asdfg | Jan 16 2024 13:46 utc | 43

Convenient that companies can offshore their profits to not pay tax and flag their ships in places like the Bahamas but still receive protection from the US navy

Posted by: Asdfg | Jan 16 2024 13:46 utc | 43

Welcome to the rules based international order.

Posted by: canuck | Jan 16 2024 13:49 utc | 44

I am posting an extension of the escalation theme here that has worried me. It is a perceived plan with the goal of bring war to Russia and why Biden may not be worried about the next Presidential election. To my mind it also represents a race between the collapse of the West and its ability to go to war with Russia and BRICS+. The missive is from Simplicious the Thinker and I found it in my inbox this AM:

https://simplicius76.substack.com/p/new-war-drums-chill-europe-with-renewed#media-ee2eccce-fdef-4415-ba8a-b27c60759e9e

Posted by: Larry P. Johnson | Jan 16 2024 13:51 utc | 45

"My anectodical conclusion is that Gaza fatigue is real,.."

Posted by: Augusto Pi | Jan 16 2024 11:02 utc | 8

Yes, for once you are correct; IDF have "Gaza fatigue" but it is only the beginning of their demise.

Posted by: canuck | Jan 16 2024 13:52 utc | 46

Gaza fatigue. Perhaps the lack of as many horrors reported due to internet/ telephones and dead journos being ‘downed’ ?

Posted by: Paleologos | Jan 16 2024 13:53 utc | 47

"Hizbullah slowly incremented its responses to Israeli attacks on Lebanon."

slowly increased or increased incrementally; increment is not a verb.

Posted by: Squeeth | Jan 16 2024 13:54 utc | 48

Photos of Iranian missile parts sent to Yemen

US Civil Defense News @CaptCoronado on Twitter

🚨Update: US Naval Task Force seizes Iranian weapons and missile components bound for Yemen!! On 11 January, U.S. Navy forces raided and seizure a boat carrying equipment bound for Yemen transporting advanced lethal equipment from Iran to resupply Houthi forces in Yemen as part of the Houthis’ war against the US and it’s allies!

The two US Navy SEALS killed last week were part of this operation! The US led Naval Task Force will continue to track down and capture any weapons bound for Yemen by Iran. The US will continue combat operations against Yemen forces trying to stop commercial shipping in the Red Sea!!

https://twitter.com/CaptCoronado/status/1747232350692368733

The first photo shows five rocket engines with four detached turbopumps. The design is similar to Wernher von Braun's V2 rocket engine, but smaller.

The third photo shows the fishing vessel captured and sunk by the Americans. Twelve crew members were said to have been "taken into custody".

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Jan 16 2024 14:03 utc | 49

Another ship just got hit in the Red Sea, Maltese regesterd. Damage occured.

Posted by: Mark2 | Jan 16 2024 14:03 utc | 50

It's easy to know who wins in a war between bombs that cost millions and bombs that cost thousands.

Posted by: Viktor | Jan 16 2024 14:04 utc | 51

ullah slowly incremented its responses to Israeli attacks on Lebanon."

slowly increased or increased incrementally; increment is not a verb.

Posted by: Squeeth | Jan 16 2024 13:54 utc | 48

You are wrong the word was used properly:
Dictionary
Definitions from Oxford Languages · Learn more
in·cre·ment
/ˈiNGkrəm(ə)nt/
verbCOMPUTING
past tense: incremented; past participle: incremented
cause a discrete increase in (a numerical quantity).

Posted by: canuck | Jan 16 2024 14:11 utc | 52

The Western media are trying to convince us that 5 casualties was the result of the Erbil attack.

I just took a look outside my living complex and saw five guys hanging out in the security checkpoint box.

These Iraq occupation grifters all live in protected living complexes with armed guards, security and other corrupt MIC hustlers and hoes sharing the same gated community.

They want us to believe entire complexes in the middle of nowhere are inhabited by five or ten random people surrounded by endless space.

In reality the casualties from these strikes must have been in the multi-dozens to hundreds.

The Americans, Mossad and their "proxies" in Erbil must be hurting real bad around now ...

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Jan 16 2024 14:11 utc | 53

"I am posting an extension of the escalation theme here that has worried me. It is a perceived plan with the goal of bring war to Russia and why Biden may not be worried about the next Presidential election. To my mind it also represents a race between the collapse of the West and its ability to go to war with Russia and BRICS+. The missive is from Simplicious the Thinker and I found it in my inbox this AM:

https://simplicius76.substack.com/p/new-war-drums-chill-europe-with-renewed#media-ee2eccce-fdef-4415-ba8a-b27c60759e9e

Posted by: Larry P. Johnson | Jan 16 2024 13:51 utc | 45

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No surprise. None. "America" is 1930s Germany. Expect the same 1940s result.

Posted by: Robert Italia | Jan 16 2024 14:14 utc | 54

And more topical for this discussion I can add the following scare fest from Black Mountain Analysis:
https://bmanalysis.substack.com/p/geopolitics-update?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

Simply stated the Empire of Chaos is in a corner and is seeing its power base evapourate with a global anti-colonial movement led by China and Russia. This is not to be tolerated and relates to my recent post here by Simplicious the Thinker. While he talks about a Euro/US extension of the M.E.crisis we have to know that the lunatics in Washington will not go quietly into the void, meaning the oligarchs will not go quietly. The worrisome aspect is that the US and NATO is NOT seemingly readying its industrial base on a war footing (and, indeed, may not be able to) and that means that the war will quickly go nuclear (and again the sorry state of the US land nuclear forces may also be a factor here). All this so petty tyrants can stay in power and keep unwanted upstarts from gaining the pinnacle?

Posted by: Larry P. Johnson | Jan 16 2024 14:17 utc | 55

Yesterday, a popular opinion maker, Antwerp University professor David Criekemans, said in a current affairs program on public television: "It is suggested that the Houthi are committed to the Palestinian cause, but I think that the Houthi mainly want to put themselves on the map. I think they are mainly drawing attention to their own case."

My response on X (Twitter) was: "How cynical! The professor misses the point. The million demonstrators in Sana'a show how much the Yemeni, who look back on 8 years of Western aggression, identify with the Palestinians, who have been oppressed for 75 years by a Western-backed settler regime" and in a second tweet: "For the professor the Palestinians are largely negligent. In his 2018 book he spends no less than 62 pages on the Middle East, but not a word about the burning issue of Palestine, see https://geopolitiekincontext.wordpress.com/2020/09/20/de-tunnelvisie-van-twee-opiniemakers-op-europa-en-de-wereldorde/.

Criticism of the Zionist state of Israel is in Belgium, which houses the headquarters of the EU and NATO in its capital, a perilous undertaking!

Posted by: Paul-Robert | Jan 16 2024 14:19 utc | 56

Zionists, whose thinking Kaplan echoes, have destroyed Russia, Germany, Italy, England, Ottoman Empire, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya and the United States. Their robot Biden has destroyed Germany a second time, and Kaplan recited that zionists intend to destroy Iran another time.


Posted by: ChasMark | Jan 16 2024 13:25 utc | 38



Protocol No. 7

We must be in a position to respond to every act of opposition
by war with the neighbours of that country which dares to oppose
us; but if these neighbours should also venture to stand collectively
together against us, then we must offer resistance by a universal
war.

The principal factor of success in the political is the secrecy of
its undertakings; the word should not agree with the deeds of the
diplomat.

We must compel the governments of the goyim to take action
in the direction favoured hy our widely-conceived plan, already ap-
proaching the desired consummation, by what we shall represent as
public opinion, secretly prompted by us through the means of that
so-called “Great Power"— the Press, which, with a few exceptions
that may be disregarded , is already entirely in our hands.

In a word, to sum up our system of keeping the governments of
the goyim in Europe in check, we shall show our strength to one
of them by terrorist attempts and to all, if we allow the possibility
of a general rising against us, we shall respond with the guns of
America or China or Japan.


Posted by: Arch Bungle | Jan 16 2024 14:20 utc | 57

Token attacks on Yemen mean the US now risks getting entangled in a regional war in the Middle East. Priorities must be set as the aging American hegemon cannot chase squirrels all across the globe.

Posted by: KevinB | Jan 16 2024 13:27 utc | 41

One problem is that while Nicaragua, Venezuela, Solomon Islands etc. could be viewed as squirrels, China, Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and Al-Ansar are not.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 16 2024 14:22 utc | 58

Iran is just increasing the costs for the West, those missiles hit some building outside the US compound, so no need to start WW3 but just put pressure on all the US allies in Syria and Iraq, meaning the West has to expend time and material resources to keep their allies alive.

So its all the Shia Muslims fighting the good fight right now, Hezbollah, Iran and the Houthis. The Sunni nations are doing nothing, even though they constitute the 90% bulk of Muslims. The exception is the Sunni Hamas movement, and as they say, the exception proves the rule. So the Sunni nations won't get involved, other than to perhaps attack the Shia on behalf of the West and Israel.

But I shouldn't badmouth the Sunnis that much, one of those small gulf states might be sponsoring South Africa's genocide case against Israel. Definitely the South Africa government can't get original ideas nor has it the organizational ability to do anything properly, and by all accounts this genocide case has been done properly. Nothing of the sloppiness and incompetence typical of the South African government.

Iran can bomb all of Syria and Iraq at will, just not hitting the US positions, then the Syrian government forces can slowly liberate the Kurd held territory. Iran has the right to respond to the ISIS terrorists who bombed some 100 people in Iran recently. At some point US planes are going to need to be shot down over Syria and Iraq, whether Russia will give the approval for this remains to be seen.

And on some other refreshing news, it seems the North Koreans are actively involved in Ukraine.

https://militarywatchmagazine.com/article/ababrams-loopholes-legalise-russian-nkorean-arms

Posted by: gT | Jan 16 2024 14:25 utc | 59

IMHO people who use the term 'obviously' are in general wrong in their assertions.

Posted by: UnionHorse | Jan 16 2024 14:31 utc | 60

I am posting an extension of the escalation theme here that has worried me. It is a perceived plan with the goal of bring war to Russia and why Biden may not be worried about the next Presidential election. To my mind it also represents a race between the collapse of the West and its ability to go to war with Russia and BRICS+. The missive is from Simplicious the Thinker and I found it in my inbox this AM:

https://simplicius76.substack.com/p/new-war-drums-chill-europe-with-renewed#media-ee2eccce-fdef-4415-ba8a-b27c60759e9e

Posted by: Larry P. Johnson | Jan 16 2024 13:51 utc | 45

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No chance. The US military is an imperial expeditionary force, not really suited for war against people who can actually fight back on anything like even terms. Rather like Edwardian Britain.

It would take them years, large scale mobilization & restructuring. To even attempt it. Presuming the US yet has the means.

All other NATO armies with the partial exception of Turkey, march on paper. Even the much touted Poles aren't up to fighting a real war.

The only real threat is a neurotic US nuclear launch. They're in about the same mental state as the decaying Soviet leadership during Able Archer, a close call the Russians would well remember

That aside the only threat is NATO shunting whatever dwindling stock of wuderwaffen to a dwindling stock of Ukrs.

Prolonging the war until their miserable & expendable proxies lose. Also to any sceptic that's their well established run of form.

Posted by: Urban Fox | Jan 16 2024 14:40 utc | 61

Arch Bungle | Jan 16 2024 13:08 utc | 30

Thanks Arch
I have noticed that most long-time posters make fewer contributions or have disappeared althogether.

Many have left due to the proliferance of trolls who fill threads with off topic and duplicate meanderings that offer no value to the discussion.
Just as long as they enter the conversation as many times as possible.

Troll Motto...quantity is better than quality.

The side bar reflects who these creatures are.

Posted by: ld | Jan 16 2024 14:49 utc | 62

Thank you b, thank you all. I learn from all the trees in the forest and those who inhabit it. Yesterday was my name day, and you are all good names to me. Be well!

Posted by: juliania | Jan 16 2024 15:08 utc | 63

The exception is the Sunni Hamas movement, and as they say, the exception proves the rule. So the Sunni nations won't get involved, other than to perhaps attack the Shia on behalf of the West and Israel.

Posted by: gT | Jan 16 2024 14:25 utc | 59

The only reason Hamas is fighting is because it's their nuts in the fire.

The Shia, according to my reading of history, were and are the custodians of almost all philosophical, technological and scientific advancement in the Islamic world, stemming from the Islamic golden age onward.

It seemed reasonable to me that all revolutionary advancement in strategic civilisational thought, the technology of resistance and cultural defense and technological and political theory in the Muslim world would be led by the Shia.

Compare the speech and thought patterns of any Sunni leader with that of any Shia leader and you will find calculation, rationality, formal and informal logic, reference to fact in the speech of the Shia (e.g Nasrallah) while the bulk of the communication emanating from the mouths of Sunni leaders consists of wild emotion and rhetoric.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Jan 16 2024 15:11 utc | 64

Arch I think you are getting soft; calling Pi(ss) merely a 'crackpot' is being way too tolerant.

Posted by: canuck | Jan 16 2024 13:18 utc | 34

I was mindful of b's admonition not to attack other posters but you are right, old age is indeed creeping in ...

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Jan 16 2024 15:17 utc | 65

Interestingly, Iran teaches others how to manufacture arms. That answers the question where Hamas, Hezbollah and others buy arms.

Posted by: Passerby | Jan 16 2024 15:20 utc | 66

Iran cannot survive nuclear response from Israel.
Israel can survive conventional attacks from Iran.
That is why this latest Iranian attack is pointless and weak, and means nothing to USA/Israel.
Palestinians/Iran/Syria/Houthies are already defeated by USA/Israel.

Posted by: zorge | Jan 16 2024 15:24 utc | 67

@ Exile | Jan 16 2024 11:33 utc | 9

Really good article. Thanks.

Posted by: Patrick al-Henrygazh | Jan 16 2024 15:30 utc | 68

"Hizbullah slowly incremented its responses to Israeli attacks on Lebanon."

slowly increased or increased incrementally; increment is not a verb.

Posted by: Squeeth
Seriously? There are posters here from all over the globe and you are going to try and show are smart you are by correcting their use of the English language? And then, on top of that, you are WRONG. Wow! Get over yourself.

Posted by: U.N. OUT OF USA, USA | Jan 16 2024 15:17 utc | 66

Yes, that peep just won the trifecta of idiocy.

Posted by: canuck | Jan 16 2024 15:32 utc | 69

Meanwhile the economy in the heart of the empire continues to chirp along. Gasoline prices at historic lows, unemployment at historic lows, inflation down to 3%. 20000 plus clamoring to join that economy everyday. We got to swat the immigrants away. Many of them fleeing the failed Madura and Ortega economies.
Meanwhile in Russia, dragnets of migrants are carried out to fill the army mobilization quotas. China continues its years long deflation and impoverishment of its middle classes, as Taiwan gives Xi the finger.
Oh yeah the axis of resistance which has failed for 100 days to stop the crushing of Hamas.
As with the Chechens, once the Hamas terrorist are destroyed the Palestinians can continue their struggle to peacefully co-exist with Israel.
Shouting Genocide does not make it so. Compared to Grozny where 6 civilians were killed for every terrorist, the Jews are being pretty benign. But being “a historical” is an affliction of the ideologically driven. False facts create poor analysis.

Posted by: zargo | Jan 16 2024 15:32 utc | 70

What is holding back the USA and its vassals from completely attacking Iran?
The ally Russia?
The active use of hypersonics from Iraq
The successful test of hypersonics in North Korea (reached Mach 10)
The empty ammunition depots of ALL NATO states?
The uncertainty of how the Arab world might react?
The uncertainty of how Türkiye, as the strongest army, reacts.
And DON'T forget one thing... the Greeks with by far the largest army in Europe, things are simmering there too, but there is hardly any enrichment within the western bubble! Greece, which has the most Leopard tanks in the world, has NOT delivered a single one to Ukraine, even refusing to deliver grenades of which they have hundreds of thousands. When Greece was bankrupt, savings were made for the people but NEVER for the military, why? Properly stop generals from putting up a coup and share a border with Russia!!
Why doesn't Scholz (BRD) deliver a Taurus?
Allied agreement 1946:
If Germany poses a threat to Russia, Russia/USA/England is entitled to reoccupy these areas.
And neither the USA nor England are allowed to intervene...which would be tantamount to a declaration of war.
Affects the area of the former GDR

Posted by: ossi | Jan 16 2024 15:32 utc | 71

Iran cannot survive nuclear response from Israel.
Israel can survive conventional attacks from Iran.
That is why this latest Iranian attack is pointless and weak, and means nothing to USA/Israel.
Palestinians/Iran/Syria/Houthies are already defeated by USA/Israel.
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Unless... Iran already has S400s from the Russians which is very likely...
Because he now also has hypersonics...in addition to North Korea, China...
WHO DOESN'T HAVE THIS ..USA? NATO
What a coincidence though
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Think before you write who is which ally and with what technology... air defense in particular will have been very, very important when purchasing weapons or diving from Russia to Iran

Posted by: ossi | Jan 16 2024 15:37 utc | 72

@ zorge

Iran cannot be nuked,
For it would be rebuked,
As Pakistan has the nuke:
Poor izzies are going to puke
Cause it ain't going to be a fluke,
When the Zionists become the Mamelukes.

Posted by: canuck | Jan 16 2024 15:41 utc | 73

@ Rubiconned | Jan 16 2024 13:14 utc | 33

The Helmer article link you posted said this:

CENTCOM is saying nothing at all about the fate of the two US Navy F-18 pilots, shot down by Houthi air defence during the first raid on Friday morning and missing at sea since then. Pentagon concealment of the shoot-down — the first air battle success of its kind– has been camouflaged by a half-dozen press releases about the hospitalization and health of the Defense Secretary, General Lloyd Austin. “I continue to recuperate and perform my duties from home,” Austin has claimed.

/ end quote /

But isn't CENTCOM trying to fob this story off as 2 SEALS who fell off a ladder during an attempted night boarding in rough seas?

Or are there 2 incidents of 2 Navy personnel in the drink -- 2 shot-down pilots and 2 covert ship-boarders?

Posted by: Patrick al-Henrygazh | Jan 16 2024 15:48 utc | 74

Prolonging the war until their miserable & expendable proxies lose.
Posted by: Urban Fox | Jan 16 2024 14:40 utc | 61

That's a very long time. All on Russia's borders and some outside are proxies, with no other reason to be in nato. Each expansion added new zombies and new locations for weapons. In addition to nato's, US has separate deals for bases, soldiers and free access to some countries. Bojo has some deals too, one is Finland if I remember correctly. Those waiting for proxies to stop or lose might die of old age long before. Nato created the base for turning Russia into some sort of Syria and their plan isn't failing so far

Posted by: rk | Jan 16 2024 15:51 utc | 75

Re: The two missing Navy Seals who were boarding a foreign boat.

It turns out that the US and "other allied nations" work together to counter piracy on the high seas.  This involves US Seal teams roaming around international waters, targeting vessels that seem "suspect" and then clandestinely sending some of the Seal team over to said "suspect" vessel.  They then stealthily board the suspect vessel, take it over, demand to see credentials, and inspect the cargo.  If they find weapons of some sort heading to a country that the US does not like, they seize the cargo and the ship.  

The US calls this "interdiction".   If some other country did this to a US ship, we'd call it piracy and/or an act of war.  I'm not sure where the US and its allied countries get the authority to simply board and seize the ships from other nations while they travel about the oceans.  Nor do I know how it has come to be that it's okay for the US to sell - or give - armament to any country they chose, while at the same time calling it "illegal" for other countries to sell arms to each other, but this is how things are.

At the following link, you can read about two ships the US stopped (one in Dec and one in Jan).  The US took the cargo, and in the case of the vessel they boarded in Dec, they sank the boat afterwards.  The US claims that these vessels are engaging in "maritime activities that impede freedom of navigation or compromise regional security".   

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/us-navy-seizes-ak-47-assault-rifles-iran-houthis-yemen-rcna65027


The current case - the two missing Seals - is pretty much the same story.  Below are some quotes from an article with more details on this particular pirating mission.  This shit has got to be against international law, not to mention the height of hypocrisy.  We sell and deliver arms all over the planet and if anyone tried to stop our deliveries, we'd bomb them to hell and gone and call it justified.

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The two U.S. Navy SEALs missing at sea off the coast of Somalia were on a mission chasing shipments of Iranian-made weapons bound for Yemen, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News. 

The SEALs were attempting to board a ship they suspected was falsely flagged that could have been smuggling weapons, the U.S. official said, though it's unclear if any weapons were located. The revelation comes amid reports that the SEALs went missing after conducting a nighttime interdiction mission Thursday off the coast of Somalia. 

[...] "As far as we know, that search is still ongoing for those – for those two sailors that are in the water," Kirby said. "This was not related to the strikes in Yemen. This was normal interdiction operations that we've been conducting for some time to try to disrupt that flow of weapons supplies to Yemen. So it's not related to the strikes that we took against the Houthis." 

[...] The U.S. Navy has conducted regular interdiction missions, where they have intercepted weapons on ships that were bound for Houthi-controlled Yemen. [...]

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/navy-seals-missing-off-coast-somalia-chasing-iran-made-weapons-bound-yemen-official-says
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Posted by: teri | Jan 16 2024 15:51 utc | 76

“The house of Peshraw Dizayee, a rich Kurdish businessman, was hit and destroyed. Dizayee did a lot of business with the U.S. and was involved in selling oil from the Kurdish region of Iraq through Turkey to Israel. Iran claims that his house was used as a base for the Israeli Mossad. That is at least plausible.”

A Khazar Shapeshifter got shafted with others of his ilk? In his own castle and dungeon?

The direct attack on the the actual individuals and their wealth and dynasties is the only way to stop most of those Old Ones. That is the only way to stop them killing millions , hundreds of millions and yes billions so they can continue in Power, pulling strings, placing their proxies , setting up and destroying nations.

They have failed in the Levant and Persia and Russia and China because they have NO connection with these actual Ancient civilisations. The make believe semites that converted out of khazaria and took over the Europe through various AngloEuropean created nation states , Shapeshifting through history, can’t get away with their placed ‘European Semitic Disguise’ pretending to have ‘rights’ to the Levant.

Not even their own peoples believe it anymore and these wise ones are threatened and terrorised for realising such truth.

https://twitter.com/MyLordBebo/status/1747212211120947266

The imperial storm troopers, SF Great Gamers and at home the praetorians and their petty Caesars (on display at the WEF currently) are being slapped down and chopped to bits.
It’s just not being televised.

Not soon enough for the innocents of Gaza and Yemen and Syria and Libya and Iraq and Afghanistan and …back to when they first set out on their grand plan of world domination centuries ago.

Zionazism across its whole Collective Waste and history is running into its chosen Death by a Thousand Cuts.

Posted by: DunGroanin | Jan 16 2024 15:56 utc | 77

Iran brought in new technologies and weapons and taught each group on how to make their own copies. Today Hizbullah intelligence people teach Houthi how to systematically interpret U.S. actions. Houthi and Iraqis exchange missile and drone building plans.

You could add Russia to that list. Iran is not so much shipping drones to Russia as showing Russia how Iranian drones are made.

Posted by: Passerby | Jan 16 2024 15:56 utc | 78

@ Posted by: ChasMark | Jan 16 2024 13:25 utc | 38

You couildn't be more wrong. It is expedient for American Caesar to use the zionist antisemites as a Brownshirt militia to control the middle east (with Iran until 1979 then the Saud perverts) and to discipline internal dissenters in the US by threatening them with promiscuous antisemitism allegations. The federal state uses zionists to stoop to conquer.

Posted by: Squeeth | Jan 16 2024 15:57 utc | 79

@ ChasMark | Jan 16 2024 13:25 utc | 38

You said:

Zionists, whose thinking Kaplan echoes, have destroyed Russia, Germany, Italy, England, Ottoman Empire, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya and the United States. Their robot Biden has destroyed Germany a second time, and Kaplan recited that zionists intend to destroy Iran another time.

/end/

Worth repeating.

I wanted to comment, ah, but this time they couldn't contemplate, much less achieve it without their sock puppet the U.S.A.

But then I realized, no, they have ALWAYS had some form of sock puppet.

Posted by: Patrick al-Henrygazh | Jan 16 2024 15:59 utc | 80

Iran, through Soleimani's leadership, became the great defender of the poor Shiites of Lebanon, the oppressed Shiites of Iraq, and the Palestinians living in racist Israel. The tactics and strategies developed demonstrate Iran's goals are to defend peoples from imperialist colonizing by the Americans and their Israeli vassals, not to expand Iran's power and reach.

Posted by: Wilikins | Jan 16 2024 16:01 utc | 81

@ Petri Krohn | Jan 16 2024 14:03 utc | 49

Just gotta say Capt Coronado's really got it going on with all those exclamation points.

Impressive!!!!!!!

Posted by: Patrick al-Henrygazh | Jan 16 2024 16:02 utc | 82

zargo | Jan 16 2024 15:32 utc | 70
You can hardly blame the government of Venezuela for being weakened by the systematic and illegal aggression of the United States and its creatures.
Its assets abroad have been seized and stolen. Its gold reserves have been handed over to an adjunct Professor in Florida. Its forces areon constant alert because of US sponsored terrorist groups slipping over the border. Its power system has been sabotaged by the US and its export revenues cut by tradesanctions and boycotts.
Amd zargo says 'that is what happens under communists- they don't understand economics.'
As to Nicaragua- the list of attacks against it is even longer. And then there is-that other 'failed' economy- Cuba.

Posted by: bevin | Jan 16 2024 16:04 utc | 83

Convenient that companies can offshore their profits to not pay tax and flag their ships in places like the Bahamas but still receive protection from the US navy

Posted by: Asdfg | Jan 16 2024 13:46 utc | 43

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An excellent point.

Posted by: Jane | Jan 16 2024 16:07 utc | 84

"Bibi is the smartest of the bunch."
Posted by: Augusto Pi | Jan 16 2024 10:53 utc | 5

Milejkowsky (bibi, a mongrel from Poland) has smarts? Is not his wayward son fond of prostitutes, and his hysterical wife is fond of abusing the domestics? The whole family stinks. Guess, bibi and his progeny are exemplary jew.

"The security costs for Yair Netanyahu, son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during his seven-month stay in Miami amounted to approximately one million shekels ($277,000), as reported by Haaretz."
"Where's Bibi's boy? Israeli soldiers blast Benjamin Netanyahu's son Yair, 32, for 'abandoning' them by staying in Miami while 360,000 reservists are called up to fight against Hamas."

Posted by: Cerena | Jan 16 2024 16:09 utc | 85

Salaam,thanks Dave Hansell @15.Ah recall- the seizure of Russian diplomatic/consular properties in San Francisco,by the yanks- early when ,sThen the IRI has an iron tight alibi,they can use the same reason the Yankees used when the yanks attacked FRY,and destroyed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.Wnont hold my breath though!

Posted by: 4q8 | Jan 16 2024 16:12 utc | 86

Terrific piece and not surprising. Considerations-
1) As de facto leader for the ‘axis of resistance’, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has had years of experience watching the behavior of the American Empire and their proxies (Israel, Gulf Monarchies) destroy Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Gaza (multiple times) and also murder Iranian Scientists. As a result, I suspect members of the axis of resistance (IRGC, Hamas & Hezbollah) realize they are being constantly followed and targeted by US military intelligence/CIA, MI6, Shin Bet/Mossad, etc, and as a result face the potential of being killed at any time. Thus, as in any military, the command structure is broad based and must be prepared for the potential loss of high ranking individuals, such as IRGC commander Qasem Soleimani, assassinated by the US at Baghdad International Airport (2020), Hamas or Hezbollah officials in Lebanon or Syria, and has someone with appropriate training to step in and take over. To use the sports analogy, it's ‘next man up’.
2. Following the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iran has withstood a major war with Iraq (9/80-8/88), decades of US-imposed economic sanctions, been a reliable supporter of the Palestinians and patiently cultivated improved relations with Russia, China and India, culminating in joining BRICS+. As a result, Iran has emerged as a major power broker in West Asia. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has concluded- ‘Iran possesses the largest and most diverse missile arsenal in the Middle East, with thousands of ballistic and cruise missiles, some capable of striking as far as Israel and southeast Europe.’(See: https://missilethreat.csis.org/country/iran). Further, Iran has finalized an agreement for delivery of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets, Mil Mi-28 attack helicopters, signaling a qualitative improvement of Iran’s military capabilities. (https://www.reuters.com/world/iran-finalises-deal-buy-russian-fighter-jets-tasnim-2023-11-28/). As Pepe Escobar has pointed out, any US/Israeli attack on Iran risks ‘triggering the implosion of the $618 trillion [energy] derivatives market and crashing the entire international banking system.’ That being said, we should never underestimate the stupidity, arrogance and dishonesty of the Biden administration and the US political class.
See- How Yemen changed everything- In a single move, Yemen’s Ansarallah has checkmated the west and its rules-based order. By Pepe Escobar Dec 28, 2023; https://new.thecradle.co/articles/how-yemen-changed-everything

Posted by: Paul | Jan 16 2024 16:14 utc | 87

Seeing Larry Johnson's couple of posts here I read the link then checked the articles at his site which I do periodically.
A recent one which caught my eye was this
https://sonar21.com/western-academics-do-not-understand-russia-and-its-military-the-fabian-hoffmann-example/

So many factors now pointing to major escalation likely breaking out into direct great power conflict this year. It is there in the thinking of the combined western elite. It is there in the desperation and fanatasim to bring Russia down that in now openly on display since US stopped arming and funding the war against Russia in Ukraine.
US is at the moment focusing on itsa unsinkable aircraft carrier in the Levant and certainly a faction in the US that wants to take that conflict to Iran.
Russia spent the twenty years from when the US pulled out of the ABM treaty in 2003 developing next generation strategic and conventional weapons systems. Iran being a smaller country so rather than sheer power such as Russia, it has developed high tech guerrilla warfare type systems and strategy. Where China is exactly is hard to tell in its military modernization. China has a massive stem resource to draw on now so its mil tech will be far further advanced than anything we can find in the public arena.

When we look at the military posture of the major powers, it is easy to see who is geared for defence and who is geared for offence. Everything about Soviet and now Russian posture is repelling attacks by US Nato. Same for China and Iran.
If we look at the US, if the look at the military equipment, the various papers and so forth it is always about breaking through the defences of other countries rather than repelling attacks against itself. It is why it is so far behind in air defence and so forth.

So where has the main direction of US R&D for new weapons systems been in the time Russia has been developing its current gen of systems? The last test of the 70 or so year old minuteman failed. Biological weapons.
The massive R&D that has gone into bio-weapons is far larger than just the 330 pentagon labs. It is tied to civilian labs all around the world engaged in normal medical research through groups like Eco Health. In the civilian labs, these people are basically spotters looking for fast mutating strains of pathogens that can quickly be developed into weapons through what Pfizer calls directed evolution. With SARS-CoV-2, at the start even b was saying it was not a lab made virus as it was not a chimera - part of one virus spliced onto another virus.
Directed evolution is done in exactly the same way the various domestic breeds of plants and animals have been developed for millennia. And then there is the Darpa connected moderna building production facilities throughout five-eyes due to be in production mid 24.

US does not do defence only offence yet its standing military at the time of the collapse of the soviet union has denigrated into the woke, diversified and hubris filled military of today. All the western elite are talking escalation and major war for the near future.
The apocalyptic storm of the doomsday clock was very close several times in the Ukraine when London and the US beltway were talking using tactical nukes to defeat Russia in that theater.
Although that storm has receded a little it is still there in the thinking of the western (Westphalian) elite.

So now we watch the escalation both against Russia and the general escalation in the Mid East with the front against China yet to open.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 16 2024 16:16 utc | 88

Announcement of additional operational details:

IRGC announces details of its operation in Erbil

https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/irgc-announces-details-of-its-operation-in-erbil

Quote:

Hajizadeh addressed Salami by saying: "Sir, I inform you that at exactly midnight, Al Hamdullilah, the whole operation was completed successfully," before explaining to him the details of the operation.

/end/

Publishing this tidbit -- directly quoting an unequivocal personal report up the chain of command -- stands out to me. As Exile often comments: TONE. The tone here (not so much the remark itself, but rather its publication in a press release on operational details) is rather ballsy, seems to me. Also, taunting in a way. These guys are good.

Posted by: Patrick al-Henrygazh | Jan 16 2024 16:18 utc | 89

Israeli Neocons continue and extend their provocations further, steering towards the next upheaval in the Westbank. Haaretz reports

...the „refusal to allow West Bank Palestinians to resume working in Israel and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich's refusal to authorize tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority, are bringing the West Bank to a boiling point.“

https://archive.ph/X6aC4

Likewise budget planning with a 6,6% deficit: The 2024 budget

„does not contain a single significant measure affecting the groups that make it possible for the coalition to remain in power. Religious Zionism, Otzma Yehudit and the Haredi parties will barely be affected.“ (…) whereas „an increase of 0.15 percentage points in the health tax, a rise in National Insurance Institute premiums, an increase of 1 percentage point in the value-added tax, a 15 percent cut in development budgets for Arab communities, a reduction in dmei havra'a (a mandatory bonus based on how long you have worked for a given employer), an across-the-board cut of 5 percent to most ministry budgets and many other measures that will reduce households' disposable income and hit vital social services.“

https://archive.vn/6a73r

Posted by: Udkanten | Jan 16 2024 16:23 utc | 90

I think we have this thread's winner right here:

False facts create poor analysis.

Posted by: zargo | Jan 16 2024 15:32 utc | 70

Posted by: Stumpy | Jan 16 2024 16:24 utc | 91

ossi | Jan 16 2024 15:37 utc | 72

Major miltech sharing now between Russia China Iran. Russia China sharing it total with nothing held back and Russia Iran is approaching that. Russia Iran defence ministers phone conversation or the release certainly hinted at tech share but in the phone call between defence ministers there was also mention of a major agreement with an innocuous sounding name that has been finalized and will be signed by both parties in the very near future.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 16 2024 16:26 utc | 92

Coding a script to filter out anything the Augusto Pi hasbarist is posting. A simple tool to make my days more enjoyable.

Posted by: Melkiades | Jan 16 2024 16:34 utc | 93

Note the Likud budget is based on the lawning mowing operation ending by 31.March.

Posted by: Exile | Jan 16 2024 16:36 utc | 94

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 16 2024 16:16 utc | 87
Hi peter. In the process of examining AI safety issues, I did look at other risks.

You know, part of my Storm Crow warnings regarding AI dangers is that it can done on a very low budget. What's required is the intellectual Capital to make it happen. You could do it in Mom's basement.

And then I came across a paper describing just how easy and dangerous directed evolution is. I won't say more than that.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Jan 16 2024 16:40 utc | 95

Exile | Jan 16 2024 16:36 utc | 93

Hamas has already defeated Nutty. Although they have and still are committing a great genocide of the Gaza Palestinians, they have hardly touched the Hamas military Yet Hamas has touched the IDF conscripts in a big way. Nutty's promise was to eliminate Hamas. He is toast domestically unless he can widen the war and keep the conflict running.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 16 2024 16:44 utc | 96

Can anyone hear comment on Israel testing chemical crowd control weapons on palestinians?

IIRC ( if I recall correctly) it was some sort of neurotoxin.

The video that I saw was of a 30-year-old Arab man in convulsions. The agent was unknown. That's the allegation.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Jan 16 2024 16:47 utc | 97

David G Horsman | Jan 16 2024 16:40 utc | 94

Thanks. These things are all linked. Putin gave a speech on or including AI some years back. The thing he said that stuck in my mind was that whoever was first with AI would control the world.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 16 2024 16:47 utc | 98

Relinking to the article I published late last night, "Crooke & Others on Greater West Asia", containing Crooke's SCF essay, interview with Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades Sayyed Jaafar Al-Husseini, and links to Crooke's videochat with Judge Napolitano.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 16 2024 16:48 utc | 99

@67

I really doubt that Israel can nuke Iran and survive the world blaming, and possibly Russian retaliation. It's quite clear that usukis will loose in the long time unless they go nuke, but that will not grant them victory.

Posted by: Mario | Jan 16 2024 16:49 utc | 100

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