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The Syrian victory over terrorists in Deir ez-Zor is horrifying Israel.

Syrian political commentator Afraa Dagher offers her first reaction to Israel’s illegal strike on Syria.

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Israeli TV recently reported concerns about the advances of the Syrian Army in the east of Syria, particularly in relation to the breaking of the ISIS sign on Deir ez-Zor ,an ISIS stronghold for around four years. Israeli analysts were shown watching reports on the victory of President Assad and the Syrian Army in Deir ez-Zor as they broke the siege and starting liberating more territory from ISIS.

The Syrian Army and their allies finally met with the  17th Republic Guard Brigade and the Airport Defenders in Deir ez-Zor who spent three years under terrorists siege. The US led coalition bombed Al-Thardeh mountain in Deir ez-Zor to keep the siege on the military airport and this airstrikes killed one tenth of the Syrian soldiers which in turn paved the way to the terrorists to advance into the city.Simultaneously Israeli targeted military positions on the southern front of Syria, all in September of 2016.

Over the last two years, Israel’s geo-strategic goal has shifted from seeking the destruction of the Syrian government to the goal of partitioning Syria in order to drive a geographical wedge between the growing alliance between Iran, Iraq, Syria, Southern Lebanon and parts of Palestine.

Deir ez-Zor was the last stand for Israel and its ally the United States, to break the resistance line from Teheran to Damascus and beyond this, Hezbollah Their dream of making Deir ez-Zor another Berlin and separate Syria into east and west and break the connection between the resistance axis turned into a nightmare after the great advance of the Syrian Army in Deir ez-Zor. Since then, the Army has  regained most of the city and has been welcomed by the besieged Syrian civilians of the city..

The Israelis openly admit this strategy on their local television programs.

As relayed on Al-Myadeen TV, one Israeli stated,

“I can’t sleep after this victory of the Syrian Army, Iran and Hezbollah in the East of Syria. II cannot find a way to be optimistic about this. Assad is winning”.

Earlier this morning at 02.43 on Thursday the 7 of September 2017, Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace and aggressively fired missiles on a Syrian military position in the Masyaf  countryside, in the western part of Hama Governorate. The illegal Israeli strikes killed  two of the brave Syrian Army soldiers who defend the whole world against terrorists. Additionally, the aggressive Israeli action and caused material damage to the site.

The Israeli media has taken a cowardly and shameful attitude when faced with the fact that it has lost in Syria. Israeli media has stated that its aggressive act was the bombing of a chemical plant in Syria, even though Syria relinquish its chemical weapons in 2014, having never previously used them.

This is the bizarre and factually inaccurate pretext tgat both the U.S. and Israel use as a justification for illegal aggression against Syria, whenever the Syrian Army scores a major victory against western backed terrorists, including the so-called ISIS. A martyr fro my extended family who was in Deir ez-zor, a slain man called Karma, updated his followers on social media about how every time the Syrian Army advanced towards a terrorist position, they were targeted by US aircraft.

Our Russian comrades lost martyrs in Deir ez-Zor as well as in Palmyra, helping to defend Syria against terrorism. In this sense, while Russia maintains normal relations with Israel, the Russian military has helped to contain Israel’s ambitions to destroy Syria by covertly partnering with terrorist groups. Even Hamas has taken Israel’s side against the secular government in Damascus and furthermore Israel continues to open up its hospitals to wounded terrorists while using its American made fighter-jets to target the forces in Syria who are fighting the terrorists.

We the Syrian people have a dream to see these aggressive Zionist warplanes being shot down. Their presence violates international law and their actions aid the terrorists we Syrians are fighting.

Enough is enough.

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Just for the helicopter view for whomever needs it: east of Syria has oil… And Israel is illegally tapping from it – they call this area “Israeli side of Golan heights”.

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charlie
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charlie

Farewell Isra hell

mlnw
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mlnw

I’m just waiting to read about the Israeli ‘adviser’ bodycount in DeIr-ez-Zor.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Me too 🙂

Neil
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Neil

I really think we’ll see some change for the better soon. Netanyasshole has pushed too far for total destruction of Palestine. He would have done better if he’d gone for the two state solution. US and Saudi are circling the drain. The whole world wants to see a Palestinian state at UN.

SFC Steven M Barry USA RET
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SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

They were recently extracted by the US.

permopin
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permopin

Syrians need to look for inspiration in North Korea.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

They’ve got Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah.

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

Why aren’t Russian and Iranian missiles shooting down these Israeli terrorist planes?

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

They were in Lebanon airspace, and Russia has no arrangement with them. Unlike the U.S. and Israel, Russia is not a rogue nation totally disrespectful of international law.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

First of all it is for the Government of Syria to decide what if any retaliation is made and Russia respects its sovereignty in this regard.

Here is an explanation of why Syria has not immediately struck back:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-08/israel-launches-air-strikes-syria-and-assads-waiting-game

Kaput
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Kaput

I would bet on Pakistan…………. or even China………

Guy
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Guy

Where are the S-400s when you need them ?

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Not in Lebanon. Russia doesn’t have an agreement to supply or use them there. Besides, the Russians and Syrians are waiting past the probes to inflict a crushing defeat on a really serious attack.

Abi Shah
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Abi Shah

I do believe the only deterrent left for most sovereign nations such as the free Syrian state is to arm itself to the teeth with the aid of nuclear arsenal helped along by the only other muslim nuclear powerhouse Pakistan. North Korea understood this and have shown a relentless steadfast attitude towards any type of aggression towards its borders by the zionist agenda namely THE uNITES STATES OF ISRAEL. The Plan to fragment and destabilise all the muslim nations surrounding the zionist apartheid state of Israel may have come to fruition if not for the intervention by the might of… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

You were doing real well until you reached the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, a known plagiarized forgery.

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

For a forgery, it’s remarkable how accurate it has been.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

So you think the forger knew what he was talking about?

Mike from Ramsbottom
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Mike from Ramsbottom

We do.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Study the Rothschild and their syndicate.

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

That is a brilliant suggestion.

Penrose
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Penrose

In which case poetic license created by a master. Makes Nostradamus look like a piker.

Beto
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Beto

It is not. Some people want us to believe that. If you search on Wikipedia you will find you The protocols of the Elders of Zion with the word forgery all over it. If it is really a forgery why are some people so invested on pushing this type of message?. It makes me doubt their real purpose.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Different people have different reasons. When Zionists push it, it is for the purpose of ritual defamation of critics of Zionist conduct.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

You’re right about the Zionists have compromised the reliability of Wikipedia. But for them that is only another dark crimes of their commission that leaves them unbothered.

Wikipedia editing courses launched by Zionist groups
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/aug/18/wikipedia-editing-zionist-groups

Abi Shah
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Abi Shah

I beg to differ on your short rebuttal…if you really read between the lines and the points raised in the book everything which has transpired since their new pearl harbor event(911 attacks+inside job )there are clear indications of a huge surge by the jewish zionist state to bring about a NEW WORLD ORDER by destroying the Islamic world through a proxy entity known as the Israeli secret intelligence service(ISIS)their leader Al-Baghdadi aka a jewish mossad operative posing as a muslim jihadi pictured clearly along side Sen John Mc cain. Do you deny this fact? Also the protocols is not a… Read more »

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

I like your post without the reference to the’ Protocol of the Elders of Zion’ . We already know what the Zionists are capable of.

seby
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seby

The conflict in Syria was always israel’s war. Because israel had staked first its survival and ultimately its growth into a dominant regional power on the disunity of its neighbouring nations i.e. the Yinon Plan. It comes as no surprise that, faced with a winding-down of the Syrian conflict, it is now moving sharply against that development. Hopefully with the push by BRICS for a genuinely multipolar world, unity will be generated now also in the Middle East marking an end to the period of israel/America’s militaristic terrorism that was imposed on the world since the same time the racist… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

We are in a race with climate change and the 6th great extinction, and the Zionist entity is but one of the many heads of the hydra obstructing us.

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

Let us hope so.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

“We the Syrian people have a dream to see these aggressive Zionist warplanes being shot down.”

Millions of the worlds citizens wish the same. Frankly ,if there had never been Jews on this earth , I would feel no loss.

It is important though in any conflict not to be drawn into diversions that the enemy (Israel) seeks to create. There will be a time for confronting Israel but it is not today or tomorrow.

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

What a peaceful world we would live in if there were no joos.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

And also the gangs of roving thieves called Gypsy’s and Travellers who seem to increase every year in Europe whilst the police deal with ‘far more important’ things like ‘hurting a trans gender freaks feelings’.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

it was a real bad idea wrecking their homelands, wasn’t it?

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

I never realised that Southern Ireland had been destroyed 🙂

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

So the Irish are your problem?

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

The feral ones that come here in caravans and illegally trespass on other peoples land that they cover with waste and filth whilst they plunder the area and intimidate the residents before moving on to their next victims for extortion, theft, violence and general mayhem.
Its akin to a plague of rats that devour and desecrate all they scurry to.

These roving bands of thieves increase every year and cost hundreds of millions in clean up costs + more importantly the fear and disruption of law abiding citizens.

Ithamer
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Ithamer

The jews have contributed well beyond their numbers to the well being of the todays World,
The problem is the jews occupation of Palestine , they should be moved because their fate is less secure today than it was at this time last year….

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Not possible until we hang all the banksters and their co-conspirators.

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

Imprison, not hang !

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Right! That’s where American cops do their hangings.

ruca
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ruca

Hang or castrate.

Kaput
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Kaput

then your only hope is to destroy the vatican and the gentleman in black living next door.

Kaput
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Kaput

dnt know of any ethnicity called Jew……only Hebrews that speak Hebrew lol …….. and it seems that the Saudis are in fact ” jews “……….. now work that out……….. if you can…… joos or saudis or other schmuck is no problem, I say………. Pharisee, nhau being a very well known, as was Ben Gurion , the butcher of Shbitla and so on………

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Depends which Jews didn’t exist.
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TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Meanwhile, beware the sayanim. Sayanim Israeli Operatives in the U.S. By Jeff Gates July 20, 2010 “Veterans Today” — Americans know that something fundamental is amiss. They sense—rightly—that they are being misled no matter which political party does the leading. A long misinformed public lacks the tools to grasp how they are being deceived. Without those tools, Americans will continue to be frustrated at being played for the fool. When the “con” is clearly seen, “the mark” (that’s us) will see that all roads lead to the same duplicitous source: Israel and its operatives. The secret to Israel’s force-multiplier in… Read more »

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

I would agree with all of that but without a thirst for knowledge, particularly the study of all historical opinions and events, the self love of so many in the West is allowing Zionist criminals to control their lives.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

More like the brainwashing and propaganda.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Yep. Hollywood at its jingoistic best. Captain America never lose 🙂

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

all 3 things self love,brainwashing, and propaganda + perhaps
‘fear’ !

Kaput
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Kaput

the roths and rocks, are mere puppets…………. the roths + beth, bought/stole palestine and gave it to the hebrews. Lawrence of Arabia lol another false flag……………….. these guys must go back to the desert, live in tents and be kicked out of every nation………… something like the Roma, lol who wants them ??

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Send them all to live in California 🙂 and build a bloody big wall around the whole area. + minefields.

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

Neo Cons. I now see the two definitions of the word cons: Neo Conservatives and con men. But both the Democrats and Republicans are the same. They both represent the Deep State, and they are full of Neo Conservatives who con the people/voters. Tommy Douglas, a renouned Canadian Politician who gave Canada our Health System, had a story equating the Liberal and Conservative parties to a white cat and a black cat, and the people as mice. And at election time the mice would at first vote for the white cat and of course they would be decimated, so the… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

You got it!

Voltaire
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Voltaire

Good analysis

The Israelis have conquered Washington using the neoocons….virtually all of whom are Jewish….

http://www.hugequestions.com/Eric/TFC/FromOthers/list-of-neocons-for-Iraq-war.htm

The neocons, along with AIPAC, control US foreign policy and have done so since Bill Clinton opened the doors to them

They are responsible for the numerous wars crimes committed by the US throuyghout the Middle East for 30 year now…torture, illegal aggression, rendition, murder, atrocities…alml well documented..starting with Paul Wolfowitz….the creator of the mayhem and mass murder in Iraq and the Middle East….which continues to this day…

tjoes
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tjoes

Check out the signatories on this for a start:

OPEN LETTER ON DONALD TRUMP FROM GOP NATIONAL SECURITY LEADERS

http://WARONTHEROCKS.COM/2016/03/OPEN-LETTER-ON-DONALD-TRUMP-FROM-GOP-NATIONAL-SECURITY-LEADERS/

Wolfowitz not on it, but most of his cult is.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

You’re talking about the most infamous ones. That cult and syndicate has a lot more members, the number of which I can’t even begin to guess. They don’t publish membership lists, except for front organizations with a lot of useful idiots mixed in.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

As if our ruling elite needed help being evil to other people before the Rothschild syndicate took over in December 1913. I guess you’re familiar with what Benjamin Freedman had to say about Woodrow Wilson.

santiago
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santiago

Wouldn’t even consider using “vetrans today” as a source of information, they have made up to many stories and that much has been admitted and FLAUNTED by some of the sites creators.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I understand. Thinking for yourself is something you never do. You have no ability to see bullshit or check things out. I bet you love the Sulzberger’s NYT and Bezos’ Post. You think that Jeff Gates deserves ritual defamation.

Mistaron
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Mistaron

He’s right. VT does come up with some questionable stuff, but it also posts some quite informative info too.

S’ok as long as you have yer BS filter turned on.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I think they use the clown stuff to provide fiber for the spooks. It’s called poisoning the well.

Kaput
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Kaput

lets not forget the Jesuits………… namely the black Pope. …. these are the very real anti-christ……….. Babylon ( Irak )……. they worship the Sun……….. etc etc…….. Sumeria, long story pal………… probably a knot Jes & jos …….. the same breed.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

I agree. All to many religious cults encourage mindless violence for the benefit of the very few.

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

I do not believe it is all Jews. I suggest it is the Zionist Jews and their USA supporters.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Yes

cap960
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cap960

It is called greed!

hestroy
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hestroy

Most of those joos think they are superior race.

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

The UN should stop the USA and Israel from these dastardly deeds.

Kaput
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Kaput

the un is being run by a portuguese jesuit, an ex pm……….. lol howcome you go up the ladder so easily >>>>>>>>> Jesuits are above anything and everything, they murdered Kennedy, Kennedys son, Onassis son, and so on……….. lol they even created the mafiosi.

Shahna
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“We the Syrian people have a dream to see these aggressive Zionist warplanes being shot down.”
—————-
We dream with you Honey.
Hang in there – they WILL be leaving. They and their American allies and terrorists.

Kaput
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Kaput

my dear, your dream is too feeble……. the beast 666 must get the final blow.

bluewater
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bluewater

Jordan Maxwell The Queen of England Exposed

NWO, Middle East Wars

CIA,Knights Of Malta,Vatican…Banking,Oil,Drug Cartels

Jordan Maxwell starting at 9:35…Israel..good expose of the Controllers and the Bankers…Jim Marrs
at 34 minutes VERY IMPORTANT..Your Social Security

https://youtu.be/Jej0njmkd8k

Kaput
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Kaput

beth is a descendent of ancient rulers of Babylon, the woman is not even brits. her husband has 3 different European monarchy blood lines. The Supreme of the church of England, what a joke. These beasts all intermarried ( since BC ) so they all family, all royal houses have blood ” connection “, so they may keep it pure and evil.

bluewater
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bluewater

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Saxe-Coburg-Gotha then changed to House of Windsor, and Bush’s are the Hapsburgs that ruled Austria for 800 years..
Barbara Bush married George H. Bush related to Queen lizzy and Prince Charles is cousin to George W. bush…ALL SATANISTS

johnplatinumgoss
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johnplatinumgoss

My heart goes out to the people of Syria fighting to keep hold of what is theirs, while the aggressive Israelis continue to fight to try and take what is not theirs.

michael houston
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michael houston

israel is clever but not wise……the clock is ticking….keep doing what you are doing and see where it ends up…..everyday brings you closer….you need….in a hurry to learn how to exist with others….how to treat others…..but i know you can’t and i know you won’t even try…..keep listening to your rabbi’s…..worship the talmud…..and we’ll watch you die…..watch you parish…..in another of your self inflicted holocausts…..and i know you don’t have a clue as to what is that i am talking about…..so go ahead down that path…..see where it leads…..everything has a beginning……and it also has the inevitable “end”…..so go ahead….keep… Read more »

tapatio
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tapatio

True. But there are two factors that must be considered………

1) The Zionist/Talmudic doomsday plan – their Samson Option, which MUST be destroyed long before these creatures comprehend that their god, Rothschild, will never own the world.

2) The Gentile quislings in Washington and elsewhere who are hanging on the coat-tails of the Zionist-Talmudic Disease and could use their own WMDs to support IsraHELL.

The Zionists and their minions can easily be defeated in a conventional war or economic war. In a nuclear war, everybody loses.

seby
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seby

Boy, The Duran comments pages are getting as weird as those at ZeroHedge. One does feel the agent provocateurs working out of or on subsidy from tel aviv are busy.

Here’s some real history about the US empire military army base / arms factory called israel that has been a bane to the whole world, not just directly to the Middle East.

The Myth of the U.N. Creation of Israel https://www.jeremyrhammond.com/2010/10/26/the-myth-of-the-u-n-creation-of-israel/

cap960
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cap960

ISIS States of America and their ISrael friends lost big time. The sore losers are in panic mode one evacuates their citizens out of Deir ez-zor by helicopter the other bombs SAA. Shame has no meaning for our sore losers.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

God bless Russia, And history will remember Assad did not run away, even when defeat looked imminent

pogohere
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US set to quit Al Tanf. Pro-Iranian force moves in DEBKAfile Special Report September 8, 2017, 8:29 AM (IDT) While Israeli jets were bombing the Syrian CERS chemical facility at Masyaf, 38km west of the central Syrian town of Hama, early Thursday, Sept 7, control of the Syrian-Iraqi border to the east was quietly changing hands. http://www.debka.com/dynmedia/photos/2017/09/08/src/IraqiPopularMilitia480ENG.jpg . . . Thursday night, Israel’s Defense Mnister Avigdor Lieberman, while ducking confirmation of the Israeli air strike in Masyaf, affirmed instead: “We shall not allow the formation of a Shiite corridor from Iran to Lebanon.” He was followed by Israeli Military Intelligence… Read more »

Rafat Merchant
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Rafat Merchant

Israel and American aim is to destroy Syria, Iraq and then Iran to form Greater Israel, Gulf Monarchs toed Israel and America, Gulf monarchs are being as puppet dogs, later on these dogs will be killed and Greater Israel will be formed. God knows what is truth.comment image comment image comment image comment image comment image

tony
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tony

Get back the golan heights now.

Amyah Labrèche-Docq
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Amyah Labrèche-Docq

Israel is furious because their creation toy ~ ISIS ~ is now broken? Poor muffins!

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The New York Times scored a serious scoop when it revealed on Monday that President Trump had questioned in governmental conversations—on more than one occasion, apparently—America’s membership in NATO. Unfortunately the paper then slipped into its typical mode of nostrum journalism. My Webster’s New World Dictionary defines “nostrum” as “quack medicine” entailing “exaggerated claims.” Here we had quack journalism executed in behalf of quack diplomacy.

The central exaggerated claim is contained in the first sentence, in which it is averred that NATO had “deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years.” This is wrong, as can be seen through just a spare amount of history.

True, NATO saved Europe from the menace of Russian Bolshevism. But it did so not over 70 years but over 40 years—from 1949 to 1989. That’s when the Soviet Union had 1.3 million Soviet and client-state troops poised on Western Europe’s doorstep, positioned for an invasion of Europe through the lowlands of Germany’s Fulda Gap.

How was this possible? It was possible because Joseph Stalin had pushed his armies farther and farther into the West as the German Wehrmacht collapsed at the end of World War II. In doing so, and in the process capturing nearly all of Eastern Europe, he ensured that the Soviets had no Western enemies within a thousand miles of Leningrad or within 1,200 miles of Moscow. This vast territory represented not only security for the Russian motherland (which enjoys no natural geographical barriers to deter invasion from the West) but also a potent staging area for an invasion of Western Europe.

The first deterrent against such an invasion, which Stalin would have promulgated had he thought he could get away with it, was America’s nuclear monopoly. By the time that was lost, NATO had emerged as a powerful and very necessary deterrent. The Soviets, concluding that the cost of an invasion was too high, defaulted to a strategy of undermining Western interests anywhere around the world where that was possible. The result was global tensions stirred up at various global trouble spots, most notably Korea and Vietnam.

But Europe was saved, and NATO was the key. It deserves our respect and even reverence for its profound success as a military alliance during a time of serious threat to the West.

But then the threat went away. Gone were the 1.3 million Soviet and client-state troops. Gone was Soviet domination of Eastern Europe. Indeed, gone, by 1991, was the Soviet Union itself, an artificial regime of brutal ideology superimposed upon the cultural entity of Mother Russia. It was a time for celebration.

But it was also a time to contemplate the precise nature of the change that had washed over the world and to ponder what that might mean for old institutions—including NATO, a defensive military alliance created to deter aggression from a menacing enemy to the east. Here’s where Western thinking went awry. Rather than accepting as a great benefit the favorable developments enhancing Western security—the Soviet military retreat, the territorial reversal, the Soviet demise—the West turned NATO into a territorial aggressor of its own, absorbing nations that had been part of the Soviet sphere of control and pushing right up to the Russian border. Now Leningrad (renamed St. Petersburg after the obliteration of the menace of Soviet communism) resides within a hundred miles of NATO military forces, while Moscow is merely 200 miles from Western troops.

Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has absorbed 13 nations, some on the Russian border, others bordering lands that had been part of Russia’s sphere of interest for centuries. This constitutes a policy of encirclement, which no nation can accept without protest or pushback. And if NATO were to absorb those lands of traditional Russian influence—particularly Ukraine and Georgia—that would constitute a major threat to Russian security, as Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to emphasize to Western leaders for years.

So, no, NATO has not deterred Russian aggression for 70 years. It did so for 40 and has maintained a destabilizing posture toward Russia ever since. The problem here is the West’s inability to perceive how changed geopolitical circumstances might require a changed geopolitical strategy. The encirclement strategy has had plenty of critics—George Kennan before he died; academics John Mearsheimer, Stephen Walt, and Robert David English; former diplomat Jack Matlock; the editors of The Nation. But their voices have tended to get drowned out by the nostrum diplomacy and the nostrum journalism that supports it at every turn.

You can’t drown out Donald Trump because he’s president of the United States. And so he has to be traduced, ridiculed, dismissed, and marginalized. That’s what the Times story, by Julian Barnes and Helene Cooper, sought to do. Consider the lead, designed to emphasize just how outlandish Trump’s musings are before the reader even has a chance to absorb what he may have been thinking: “There are few things that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO, the military alliance among the United States, Europe and Canada that has deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years.” Translation: “Take that, Mr. President! You’re an idiot.”

Henry Kissinger had something interesting to say about Trump in a recent interview with the Financial Times. “I think Trump may be one of those figures in history,” said the former secretary of state, “who appears from time to time to mark the end of an era and to force it to give up its old pretenses.” One Western pretense about Russia, so ardently enforced by the likes of Julian Barnes and Helene Cooper (who, it may be safe to say, know less about world affairs and their history than Henry Kissinger), is that nothing really changed with the Soviet collapse and NATO had to turn aggressive in order to keep that menacing nation in its place.

Trump clearly doesn’t buy that pretense. He said during the campaign that NATO was obsolete. Then he backtracked, saying he only wanted other NATO members to pay their fair share of the cost of deterrence. He even confessed, after Hillary Clinton identified NATO as “the strongest military alliance in the history of the world,” that he only said NATO was obsolete because he didn’t know much about it. But he was learning—enough, it appears, to support as president Montenegro’s entry into NATO in 2017. Is Montenegro, with 5,332 square miles and some 620,000 citizens, really a crucial element in Europe’s desperate project to protect itself against Putin’s Russia?

We all know that Trump is a crude figure—not just in his disgusting discourse but in his fumbling efforts to execute political decisions. As a politician, he often seems like a doctor attempting to perform open-heart surgery while wearing mittens. His idle musings about leaving NATO are a case in point—an example of a politician who lacks the skill and finesse to nudge the country in necessary new directions.

But Kissinger has a point about the man. America and the world have changed, while the old ways of thinking have not kept pace. The pretenses of the old have blinded the status quo defenders into thinking nothing has changed. Trump, almost alone among contemporary American politicians, is asking questions to which the world needs new answers. NATO, in its current configuration and outlook, is a danger to peace, not a guarantor of it.


Robert W. Merry, longtime Washington journalist and publishing executive, is the author most recently of President McKinley: Architect of the American Century

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Nigel Farage To Back Another “Vote Leave” Campaign If UK Holds Second Brexit Referendum

Nigel Farage said Friday that he would be willing to wage another “Vote Leave” campaign, even if he needed to use another party as the “vehicle” for his opposition.

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Pro-European MPs from various political parties are pushing back against claims made by Prime Minister Theresa May’s government that a second Brexit referendum – which supporters have branded as a “People’s Vote” on May’s deal – would take roughly 14 months to organize, according to RT.

But while support for a second vote grows, one of the most notorious proponents of the original “Vote Leave” campaign is hinting at a possible return to politics to try and fight the effort.

After abandoning UKIP, the party he helped create, late last year, Nigel Farage said Friday that he would be willing to wage another “Vote Leave” campaign, even if he needed to use another party as the “vehicle” for his opposition. Farage also pointed out that a delay of Brexit Day would likely put it after the European Parliament elections in May.

“I think, I fear that the House of Commons is going to effectively overturn that Brexit. To me, the most likely outcome of all of this is an extension of Article 50. There could be another referendum,” he told Sky News.

According to official government guidance shown to lawmakers on Wednesday, which was subsequently leaked to the Telegraph, as May tries to head off a push by ministers who see a second referendum as the best viable alternative to May’s deal – a position that’s becoming increasingly popular with Labour Party MPs.

“In order to inform the discussions, a very short paper set out in factual detail the number of months that would be required, this was illustrative only and our position of course is that there will be no second referendum,,” May said. The statement comes as May has been meeting with ministers and leaders from all parties to try to find a consensus deal that could potentially pass in the House of Commons.

The 14 month estimate is how long May and her government expect it would take to pass the primary legislation calling for the referendum (seven months), conduct the question testing with the election committee (12 weeks), pass secondary legislation (six weeks) and conduct the campaigns (16 weeks).

May has repeatedly insisted that a second referendum wouldn’t be feasible because it would require a lengthy delay of Brexit Day, and because it would set a dangerous precedent that wouldn’t offer any more clarity (if some MPs are unhappy with the outcome, couldn’t they just push for a third referendum?). A spokesperson for No. 10 Downing Street said the guidance was produced purely for the purpose of “illustrative discussion” and that the government continued to oppose another vote.

Meanwhile, a vote on May’s “Plan B”, expected to include a few minor alterations from the deal’s previous iteration, has been called for Jan. 29, prompting some MPs to accuse May of trying to run out the clock. May is expected to present the new deal on Monday.

Former Tory Attorney General and pro-remainer MP Dominic Grieve blasted May’s timetable as wrong and said that the government “must be aware of it themselves,” while former Justice Minister Dr Phillip Lee, who resigned his cabinet seat in June over May’s Brexit policy, denounced her warning as “nonsense.”

As May pieces together her revised deal, more MPs are urging her to drop her infamous “red lines” (Labour in particular would like to see the UK remain part of the Customs Union), but with no clear alternative to May’s plan emerging, a delay of Brexit Day is looking like a virtual certainty.

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The National Security Agency Is A Criminal Organization

The National Security Agency values being able to blackmail citizens and members of government at home and abroad more than preventing terrorist attacks.

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Years before Edward Snowden provided documented proof that the National Security Agency was really a national insecurity agency as it was violating law and the US Constitution and spying indiscriminately on American citizens, William Binney, who designed and developed the NSA spy program revealed the illegal and unconstitutional spying. Binney turned whistleblower, because NSA was using the program to spy on Americans. As Binney was well known to the US Congress, he did not think he needed any NSA document to make his case. But what he found out was “Congress would never hear me because then they’d lose plausible deniability. That was really their key. They needed to have plausible deniability so they can continue this massive spying program because it gave them power over everybody in the world. Even the members of Congress had power against others [in Congress]; they had power on judges on the Supreme Court, the federal judges, all of them. That’s why they’re so afraid. Everybody’s afraid because all this data that’s about them, the central agencies — the intelligence agencies — they have it. And that’s why Senator Schumer warned President Trump earlier, a few months ago, that he shouldn’t attack the intelligence community because they’ve got six ways to Sunday to come at you. That’s because it’s like J. Edgar Hoover on super steroids. . . . it’s leverage against every member of parliament and every government in the world.”

To prevent whistle-blowing, NSA has “a program now called ‘see something, say something’ about your fellow workers. That’s what the Stasi did. That’s why I call [NSA] the new New Stasi Agency. They’re picking up all the techniques from the Stasi and the KGB and the Gestapo and the SS. They just aren’t getting violent yet that we know of — internally in the US, outside is another story.”

As Binney had no documents to give to the media, blowing the whistle had no consequence for NSA. This is the reason that Snowden released the documents that proved NSA to be violating both law and the Constitution, but the corrupt US media focused blame on Snowden as a “traitor” and not on NSA for its violations.

Whistleblowers are protected by federal law. Regardless, the corrupt US government tried to prosecute Binney for speaking out, but as he had taken no classified document, a case could not be fabricated against him.

Binney blames the NSA’s law-breaking on Dick “Darth” Cheney. He says NSA’s violations of law and Constitution are so extreme that they would have to have been cleared at the top of the government.

Binney describes the spy network, explains that it was supposed to operate only against foreign enemies, and that using it for universal spying so overloads the system with data that the system fails to discover many terrorist activities. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50932.htm

Apparently, the National Security Agency values being able to blackmail citizens and members of government at home and abroad more than preventing terrorist attacks.

Unfortunately for Americans, there are many Americans who blindly trust the government and provide the means, the misuse of which is used to enslave us. A large percentage of the work in science and technology serves not to free people but to enslave them. By now there is no excuse for scientists and engineers not to know this. Yet they persist in their construction of the means to destroy liberty.

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