Syria foiled Israeli aggression and retaliates; Lies against Iran keep mounting

 Not even one Israeli plane entered the Syrian space, which brings us to the conclusion that the Israeli air forces didn't want to risk losing another of their military planes. | wikimedia

These days we are witnessing probably the worst example of lies and propaganda against Syria and Iran. The corporate media in their own pro-Israeli bias tries to falsify the facts, deliberately misinforming the general public, describing the recent Israeli aggression against Syria as an “Israeli – Iranian confrontation” in which Israel “defended” themselves against “Iranian missile attack”. This cannot be further from the truth. In fact, years of lies against Syria and Iran have accumulated to the level of utter madness in which the distortion of truth remains the pattern.

What really happened? According to local civilian and military sources, after hours of aerial activities above the skies of the occupied Syrian Golan, the Israeli regime's air forces attacked the Syrian Arab Army's positions near Madinat al-Ba'ath and Hader in Qunaitra province. The 7th Division of Syrian Arab Army responded, launching approximately 20 missiles targeting several military positions in occupied Golan. A second wave of Israeli aggression targeted many Syrian and Iranian allies' positions across the Damascus province, which resulted in downing at least half of the missiles by the Syrian air defences. Syrian forces yet again launched a retaliatory attack on occupied Golan. Since the occupied Golan is Syrian territory, Syria by all means has a right to defend itself from the illegal occupation forces of Israeli regime.

As Russia Today reported, the Russian military said in a statement

“28 Israeli F-15 and F-16 planes were involved in the attack,” and, a “total of 70 missiles were launched” in the Israeli aggression. Not even one Israeli plane entered the Syrian space, which brings us to the conclusion that the Israeli air forces didn't want to risk losing another of their military planes. The most significant “victory” of this Israeli aggression was hitting the Pantzir-S1 air defence system which was at the moment of airstrike inactive, probably because it had fired all of its missiles. The damage was not heavy enough to completely destroy the system, so it is expected the unit will be repaired and put back in active service. In the end we can positively conclude that the Israeli regime's aggression on Syria ended up in as an embarrassing debacle which didn't achieve significant damage to Syrian forces, as well as to Iranian allies.

Sources on the ground in Quneitra province witnessed Israeli military bases on fire and heard sirens from ambulance vehicles. Not only that, but sources explicitly denied not just Iranian involvement in retaliatory attacks on Israeli aggression, but even their presence in the region. Even though the Israeli regime used their Iron Dome anti-missile systems, many Syrian missiles broke through and hit their targets inflicting damage to military infrastructures and personnel. However, there is no confirmation from Israeli side that anything was hit, and it will never be one since this is the first time in more than 40 years, and after more than one hundred attacks since 2011, Syria hit back. They will hide their loses from the public knowing that any recognition will lead to destroying their image as the “invincible force”, as it did in they humiliating defeat from Hezbollah when they attacked south Lebanon in 2006. 

Blaming the attack on Iran is just a convenient propaganda stunt which has been prepared in advance in order to justify the imaginary threat from Iran after miserable and lying performance by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which didn't convince anyone that Iran has secretly continued with its nuclear program. The only one who took Netanyahu seriously was the United States President Donald Trump who unilaterally pulled out from the nuclear deal with Iran.

The Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano issued the following statement:

“The IAEA is closely following developments related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). As requested by the United Nations Security Council and authorized by the IAEA Board of Governors in 2015, the IAEA is verifying and monitoring Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA. Iran is subject to the world’s most robust nuclear verification regime under the JCPOA, which is a significant verification gain. As of today, the IAEA can confirm that the nuclear-related commitments are being implemented by Iran.”

As we can see, Trump's claim that “the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and, over time, reach the brink of a nuclear breakout” is nothing but a despicable lie which follows the same narrative of the Israeli regime. And after this “episode”, we really need to ask the question: ‘Who is really ruling the United States?’ Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in a recent interview to the Greek Kathimerini newspaper gave probably the best answer:

“I don’t think in the meantime we can achieve anything with such an administration. A further reason is that we don’t think the president of that regime is in control. We all believe that the deep state, the real state, is in control, or is in control of every president, and this is nothing new. It has always been in the United States, at least during the last 40 years, at least since Nixon, maybe before, but it’s becoming starker and starker, and the starkest case is Trump.”

The United Kingdom, France and Germany, and the European Union (committed to the implementation of the nuclear deal with Iran), as well as Russia and China give full support to IAEA. 

While the US and Israel are determined to destroy the deal, the White House National Security adviser John Bolton went even further threatening the European companies with sanctions for those who would maintain business dealings with Iran. This is the perfect example of the rotten imperialistic US policy aiming to dominate the Western world by blackmail and extortion, and who knows, maybe also by force since the United States cannot be trusted in any way. Now it is up to European countries to show the world if their integrity is for sale: Will they bow to the US pressure and admit they are nothing else but weak puppets of Washington and Tel Aviv, or will they defy the US and take the strong position against these hostile actions.

Recently, the New York federal court ordered Iran to pay billions of dollars to the relatives of September 11 terrorist attacks victims. This absurd verdict was ruled by judge George B. Daniels. Since 15 hijackers were Saudi nationals, two from United Arab Emirates, and one from Egypt and Lebanon, it is an attack to common sense to rule such a verdict. Or is it the deliberate verdict just to whitewash the real perpetrators and distract the general public from the fact that Saudi Arabia is to blame, as it is in fact the world's biggest sponsor of terrorism and al-Qaeda itself. To connect Iran with al-Qaeda in any way is disgusting manipulation and distortion of reality since Iran follows the different course of Islam, the Shiia Islam. That course of Islam is considered as apostates by the ideology which is governed by al-Qaeda, and that is Saudi state's Salafist ideology. Since the very beginning everything pointed to Saudi Arabia, but blaming Iran just suits the purpose to additionally demonize that country.

John Bolton is a strong advocate not just for regime change, but for open war against Iran. Using the infamous terror organization Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) as a proxy would fit the purpose perfectly. If anything starts to happen in Iran which would follow the agenda of the regime change, expect from the corporate media to place such claims in the domain of “conspiracy theories”, just like they do in Syria.

Since Western corporate media takes the Israeli regime's lies as face value, very troubling days are ahead of us. And don't count on professional ethics and moral standards. They lost it in Syria, blindly supporting al-Qaeda and its affiliates, and even ISIS itself, just to see the Syrian President and the government toppled. The price they were willing to pay was the blood of Syrians who in their vast majority didn't betray their country. They failed.

And in the case of Iran, they will also fail.

Matija Lukač

Matija Lukač is a pro-Syrian activist and researcher of the Syrian conflict; he is also a Special Assistant and Contributor for the Middle East and Syria at the GlobalCIR website.

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