As Opposition Gains Victories, World Elite Prepare Response
by Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post
With the recent victories by the Syrian Army on the battlefield, the open response to Israel by Hezbollah, the success of the anti-Austerity SYRIZA party in Greece, and the Russian-brokered ceasefire in Ukraine, the Anglo-American establishment is obviously unhappy. However, the Atlanticists are clearly not going to sit idly by while their best laid plans are put awry.
Indeed, NATO military and political forces already seem to be preparing to douse even the mere spark of a multi-polar world that rejects the policies dictated from international bankers and the NATO headquarters.
Hezbollah Challenge to Israeli Lawlessness
Although part of a much larger resilience of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad to the destabilization campaign and foreign invasion of Western-backed terrorists, Hezbollah’s recent response to Israeli aggression in Syria – against Syria, Hezbollah, and Iran – was the first publicly visible and physical counterattack against NATO and the “new Ulster” settler state of Israel since the Syrian crisis began.
The Hezbollah response came after an Israeli airstrike in Syria that killed a number of Hezbollah fighters and a top commander as well as a top Iranian commander. The attack also claimed the life of Jihad Mughniyeh. Mughniyeh was the son of top Hezbollah military commander, Imad Mughniyeh, who was himself assassinated in Damascus in 2008, an incident that is widely attributed to Israel.
As a response, it was reported by the Syrian Perspective website, which maintains close contacts with the Syrian military, that Hezbollah struck an Israeli military convoy traveling along the Lebanese/Israeli border. It was reported by Mehr News that 17 Israeli soldiers were killed and that 1 Israeli soldier was taken prisoner. The event was reported virtually nowhere else.
Western media, of course, reported that only two Israeli soldiers were killed in the clash as a result of anti-tank weaponry. The fighting took place in the Shee’bah Farms area.
The killing of the Israeli soldiers was an important and bold statement for Hezbollah since it was a clear message to Israel that, while it may seek to act with impunity in foreign countries like war-stricken Syria, it would not be allowed to do so to Hezbollah. The lack of an Israeli response to Hezbollah’s own retaliation was telling as was the apparent downplaying of the event on the part of the Western media.
The Syrian resilience to the Anglo-American onslaught has been quite remarkable in its own right. Yet it has engendered an uncontrollable hatred for Assad and the Syrian people on behalf of the world oligarchy inasmuch as NATO has been forced to resort to an array of dirty political and propaganda-based tricks, albeit more desperate ones as time progresses.
It was soon after the Syrian Army was able to adjust to fighting an insurgency as opposed to a direct military assault that Assad’s forces began to turn the tide against the death squads backed by NATO. Ever since then, the fight has been a back and forth with the Syrian military slowly gaining ground across the country. Recently, however, the SAA has made some very sizable gains in terms of territory and strategic victories. The essential recapture of Deir el-Zour, the liberation of Homs, the encirclement of Aleppo, and the elimination of terrorist supply routes in Damascus, Qunaytra, and Der’ah over the past several months to recent days have begun to accelerate the speed in which the SAA is wiping Syria clean of foreign-backed jihadists.
Most notably, it appears that NATO, in coordination with Israel, was attempting to direct their terrorist proxies from the Occupied Golan Heights area where they are in constant contact and tutelage of the Israeli intelligence services, on a charge towards Damascus. The plan was apparently to overwhelm Assad’s physical seat of power and thus threaten the elected government as well as provide the perception of inevitability of the downfall of Assad. The SAA thwarted that plan, however, with the closing of the supply routes, the elimination of the intended forward operating bases, and the current advancement toward the border of the occupied Golan.
With the recent victory of SYRIZA in Greece, opponents of austerity the world over have been rejoicing. The news from a country crushed by austerity policies, the European Central Bank, the IMF, and corrupt oligarchs is now heralding a shift in direction toward a “third way” that does not simply involve trading one austerity oligarch and his party for another.
For many in Greece, the signal is clear – help seems to be on the way.
For those watching the developments from afar, the hope is that the spark in Greece will light the brushfire across Europe and the rest of the world that says “No!” to austerity and banker domination of national economies.
SYRIZA’s steadfast refusal to engage in the further emiseration of Greek living standards, firing of workers, and cutting of social safety net programs as well as refusing to knuckle under to the dictates of Germany, the IMF, European Union, or the European Central Bank is indeed a breath of fresh air. Add to this the possibility that Greece is now standing in opposition to NATO provocations against Russia and the recent SYRIZA victory seems a relatively large fly in the Anglo-American ointment.
In truth, while there are problems with the SYRIZA platform, there are undoubtedly direct contradictions to the NATO, IMF, and Anglo-American agenda. It should thus be remembered that an individual leader or a group of individuals (party, activist organization, etc.) need not oppose each and every aspect of the Atlanticist plan, but merely enough of that plan to cause himself or themselves to be a stumbling block to the implementation of that agenda.
One need only read the original SYRIZA 40 point plan to see that there are a numerous areas in which the NATO agenda is directly contradicted.
- Audit of the public debt and renegotiation of interest due and suspension of payments until the economy has revived and growth and employment return.
- Demand the European Union to change the role of the European Central Bank so that it finances States and programs of public investment.
- Raise income tax to 75% for all incomes over 500,000 euros.
- Change the election laws to a proportional system.
- Increase taxes on big companies to that of the European average.
- Prohibition of speculative financial derivatives.
- Abolition of financial privileges for the Church and shipbuilding industry.
- Combat the banks’ secret [measures] and the flight of capital abroad.
- Cut drastically military expenditures.
- Raise minimum salary to the pre-cut level, 750 euros per month.
- Use buildings of the government, banks and the Church for the homeless
- Open dining rooms in public schools to offer free breakfast and lunch to children.
- Free health benefits to the unemployed, homeless and those with low salaries.
- Subvention up to 30% of mortgage payments for poor families who cannot meet payments.
- Increase of subsidies for the unemployed. Increase social protection for one-parent families, the aged, disabled, and families with no income.
- Fiscal reductions for goods of primary necessity.
- Nationalization of banks.
- Nationalization of ex-public (service & utilities) companies in strategic sectors for the growth of the country (railroads, airports, mail, water).
- Preference for renewable energy and defence of the environment.
- Equal salaries for men and women.
- Limitation of precarious hiring and support for contracts for indeterminate time.
- Extension of the protection of labor and salaries of part-time workers.
- Recovery of collective (labor) contracts.
- Increase inspections of labor and requirements for companies making bids for public contracts.
- Constitutional reforms to guarantee separation of Church and State and protection of the right to education, health care and the environment.
- Referendums on treaties and other accords with Europe.
- Abolition of privileges for parliamentary deputies. Removal of special juridical protection for ministers and permission for the courts to proceed against members of the government.
- Demilitarization of the Coast Guard and anti-insurrectional special troops. Prohibition for police to wear masks or use fire arms during demonstrations. Change training courses for police so as to underline social themes such as immigration, drugs and social factors.
- Guarantee human rights in immigrant detention centers.
- Facilitate the reunion of immigrant families.
- Depenalization of consumption of drugs in favor of battle against drug traffic.
- Increase funding for drug rehab centers.
- Regulate the right of conscientious objection in draft laws.
- Increase funding for public health up to the average European level.(The European average is 6% of GDP; in Greece 3%.)
- Elimination of payments by citizens for national health services.
- Nationalization of private hospitals. Elimination of private participation in the national health system.
- Withdrawal of Greek troops from Afghanistan and the Balkans. No Greek soldiers beyond our own borders.
- Abolition of military cooperation with Israel. Support for creation of a Palestinian State within the 1967 borders.
- Negotiation of a stable accord with Turkey.
- Closure of all foreign bases in Greece and withdrawal from NATO.
Having only been in office a number of days, SYRIZA has already made a few populist moves – firing a number of highly paid parasites operating under the guise of being “consultants” from the IMF and European Central Bank in order to re-hire a number of previously fired government cleaning staff, for instance. SYRIZA has already taken a firm and public stance against austerity measures suggesting that the holders of Greek bonds should take a 50% haircut, Greek debt should be reduced by half, and that Greece is categorically finished with the implementation of austerity measures and the slicing of its living standards. Tsipras’ Finance Ministry has also essentially stated through its rhetoric that Germany will not dictate Greek economic policy.