[Ed note – An interesting analysis on the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and its potential for engulfing the rest of the Middle East and exploding into World War III, has been posted by blogger Green Crow. The piece is written by “James” and reposted from his Winter Patriot blog. Qatar, in his analysis, sees US influence in the Middle East waning and is pivoting toward Iran, Syria, and Russia, and he notes that both Iran and Russia have sent food shipments to Qatar in order to break the blockade imposed by the Saudis. Turkey is now openly siding with the Qataris as well–and this also makes perfect sense. US support for the Kurds in Syria–with the US seemingly now moving in the direction of setting up a de facto Kurdish state–would of course have to be a major, MAJOR “red line” for Turkey. This of course puts two NATO allies, the US and Turkey, at odds with each other. Bottom line: there is a major shift in alliances occurring.
[ Ed. note – Iranians turned out in mass today to mourn the victims of Wednesday’s terrorist attacks in Tehran. At least 17 people were killed and 50 injured as terrorists stormed the Iranian Parliament as well as the shrine of Sayyid Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Iranian revolution. Chants among today’s crowd reportedly included “Death to Saudi Arabia” and “Death to America.” In addition to the video above, the following photo was also snapped at the event:
South Front is reporting that the US-led Coalition has set up a second military base near the Syria-Iraq border. Apparently, the US Coalition, now aligned with the Kurds, is seeking to establish control over the entire border region before the advancing Syrian Arab Army can get there.
From Syrian Free Press
A VERY HAPPY EASTER!! After the historical Palmyra, also the residential Palmyra city has been liberated today by the Special Units of the Syrian Armed Forces, in joint operations with Hezbollah, Iranian brigades, with aerial coverage by the Russian Air Forces.
Syrian Army Command praises Palmyra victory, stresses that the Syrian Arab Army, with Popular Special Unit Forces and its Allies (Hezbollah, Iranian Brigades, Russian Air Forces) are the only forces capable of eradicating terrorism in the Middle East area, for the benefit of the whole world.
UPDATE: Assad Adviser Says US “Didn’t Lift a Finger” to Prevent Palmyra From Being Taken
Bernie Sanders’ recent speech in Utah, in which he outlined his views on the Middle East in particular, and foreign affairs in general, was little short of delusional. Certainly it was lackluster. Sanders labeled ISIS as the ultimate evil in the world today, but regrettably he gave no indication of recognizing that ISIS has been backed by our putative allies, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and probably even by the Mossad and the CIA as well.
[Ed. note – a very incisive and insightful analysis on US wars by former diplomat Chas Freeman. If the name sounds familiar, it should. In 2009, Freeman was tapped by the Obama administration to serve as chairman of the National Intelligence Council, but his appointment was quashed by the Israeli Lobby. One of those leading the fight against him was Steve Rosen, formerly of AIPAC, who at the time was awaiting trial on espionage charges. What Freeman provides here is a close look at America’s entangled alliances with countries like Israel and Saudi Arabia from the perspective of a career diplomat, as well as its ongoing and seemingly endless wars and the destructive–as well as self-destructive–impacts they have had. ]
An Open Letter to Western Youth From Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei
In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
To the Youth in Western Countries,
The bitter events brought about by blind terrorism in France have once again, moved me to speak to you young people. For me, it is unfortunate that such incidents would have to create the framework for a conversation, however the truth is that if painful matters do not create the grounds for finding solutions and mutual consultation, then the damage caused will be multiplied.