Protest against U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan held at UN
Pakistan-USA Freedom Forum, International Action Center and U.S. supporters of the PTI Party rallied outside the United Nations on November 29. In Pakistan, people have blocked U.S. and NATO trucks from delivering supplies in protest against drone strikes targeting civilians. This is an important story of resistance getting no coverage in the U.S. media.
By Dan Glazebrook
The original plan was to knock out Syria and Hezbollah, and then roll on to Iran. That has been foiled. NATO wanted to bomb Syria, but they were only prepared to do this if Syria was isolated. They attempted to bully and bribe Russia and Iran into ditching Syria, but this didn’t work, and Iran/Russia both refused to acquiesce to a bombing raid. Imperialism’s bluff was called and NATO was forced into a humiliating climb-down. The rebels cannot win without NATO.
So imperialism is now playing a long game. Remember after the first Iraq war in 1991, they did not risk at that moment attempting to destroy the Iraqi state completely. It took twelve years of systematically disarming that country before they were willing to risk that.
That is what is now happening with Syria and Iran. They are disarming Syria, and hoping to reach a deal whereby any Iranian deterrent is also ruled out. At the same time, coercion has not worked with the Iranians, so they are instead hoping to bribe them into leaving the resistance axis and ditching their support for Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah.
Of course, none of this is imperialism’s first choice, and to that extent the Israelis are correct when they say this is a diplomatic victory for Iran, because it represents the failure of region-wide regime change plan A. And to that extent it should be celebrated.
However, what this does represent is plan B for imperialism, and for that reason, vigilance is required. They are hoping to – over a period of years – disarm Syria, prevent the emergence of an Iranian deterrent, boost the power of comprador elements within Iran, and wait until Putin is gone – before trying again with plan A – blitzkrieg on Syria, followed by Israeli attack on Hezbollah, and then knockout blow against Iran.
Imperialism’s war plans are effectively in a position of strategic – and temporary – retreat, in order to regroup. This is most definitely NOT some kind of Damascene conversion to “peaceful diplomacy.”
TEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that the world powers have recognized Iran’s nuclear rights in the negotiations which led to a breakthrough deal on Sunday.
Updated 9:00 pm: At least 15 people were killed and 95 hurt in Tripoli after a peaceful demonstration calling on unruly militias to leave the Libyan capital turned violent on Friday, an official said.
The militias are holdovers from the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi and are a powerful force in the increasingly lawless North African country.
"Fifteen dead and 95 wounded, several of them seriously, have been admitted to Tripoli hospitals," a health ministry spokesman said.
He was unable to give a breakdown between those killed in the demonstration and those who died in a subsequent assault on the militia headquarters.
"It’s total confusion," he said.
The International Action Center condemns the strike by Israeli planes or missiles of Syrian territory near the coastal city of Latakia on Oct. 31. This is at least the third time this year that Israeli forces have bombed or hit targets inside Syria, according to media and U.S. government sources.
Officials in the Barack Obama administration announced the attack, according to CNN, AFP and RT of Nov. 1. Like the earlier attacks, the Israeli government has not admitted this attack. This is its usual response. However, all Israeli media have been reporting the assault. The media reports the “reason” for the attack — really the pretext — that it was to prevent transfer of sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons to the Hezbollah Lebanese liberation organization.
That Washington announced the attack and the U.S. is still the main — and often the only — foreign power to line up alongside Israel on every serious issue, there is little doubt the the Israeli aggression had first gotten a go-ahead from the Obama administration. This implies that the U.S. considers the Geneva negotiations between the Syrian government and “rebel” forces expendable. The war’s continuation is thus the responsibility of Washington and Tel Aviv.
Since 2011 the war within Syria has been promoted, armed and provoked by the U.S., NATO, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Monarchies has claimed 120,000 lives, nearly half from government forces and civilians who supported the government of Bashar al-Assad.
The U.S. and the UN are overseeing a campaign disarming Syria of its chemical weapons. While the U.S. State Department has praised the Syrian government for its cooperation, this new attack from Israel — with obvious U.S. support — shows that Washington has not abandoned its goal of removing the Assad government.
The IAC reiterates its condemnation of this new Israeli aggression and of the whole U.S.-NATO-Israeli-Saudi plans to remove the Syrian government from power and destroy the Syrian state.