French intellectual, founder and chairman of Voltaire Network and the Axis for Peace Conference. His columns specializing in international relations feature in daily newspapers and weekly magazines in Arabic, Spanish and Russian. His last two books published in English : 9/11 the Big Lie and Pentagate.
Westerners are mourning the death of Nelson Mandela with more sadness than that manifested by Africans. This mourning is a way to settle colonial ideology and crimes that were committed in its name. But it is incomprehensible that this torrent of tributes overlook the persistence of a racist state historically founded, as South Africa, according to the worldview of Cecil Rhodes, the theorist of "German imperialism." Mandela’s example has yet to be followed.
While the media applaud the agreement reached between the P5+1 and Iran, Thierry Meyssan, a personal friend of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, sees in it an abdication by the new Iranian government. As far as he is concerned, it is absurd to pretend that the two parties have solved a misunderstanding supposedly maintained for eight years by the aggressiveness of President Ahmadinejad. The truth is that Iran gave up its nuclear research and began to dismantle it without receiving anything in return except the gradual lifting of illegitimate sanctions. In other words, the country, brought to its knees, has surrendered.
François Hollande was elected president by cultivating ambiguity. Yet it was easy enough to read his previous statements to see full support for the State of Israel. The change he had announced to his constituents has not occurred. On the contrary there has been continuity with his predecessor. We cannot but note that France has gradually abandoned its policy of independence to stand alongside the United States and the last colonial state.
What has been happening in Syria for the past three years? According to NATO and GCC media reports, the "regime" has shed blood to suppress a democratic revolution. However this version is contradicted by the current support for the government estimated at, according to sources, between 60 and 90 % of the population. The truth is quite different: NATO and the GCC have successively lost a war of succession and a fourth generation Nicaraguan-type war. It is they, and they alone, who organized and financed the death of 120,000 Syrians.
Although the Geneva Conference, in June of 2012, had set the foundations for peace in Syria, the war resumed for a year and a half. 100,000 deaths later, the foreign powers who planned and fueled the conflict have finally admitted defeat. Moscow and Washington are therefore planning to convene a new conference in Geneva to enact the victory of the Syrian Arab Republic.
The media coverage of the war in Syria examines only military, diplomatic and humanitarian action. It ignores profound transformation. However, one does not survive a sea of violence without changing profoundly. From Damascus, where he has lived for two years, Thierry Meyssan describes this evolution.
While Russia and the United States reached the beginning of an agreement on the Middle East in general and Syria in particular, the war continues in Syria. This paradox can be explained foremost by the indiscipline and hatred shown by the Turkish and Saudi governments. According to Thierry Meyssan, by revealing the role of Hakan Fidan, the Wall Street Journal is sending a warning to Ankara.
While Saudi Arabia has adopted the Qatari plan to overthrow the Syrian secular regime, Riyadh seems unable to adapt to the sudden withdrawal of the U.S. Not only did the Saudis reject the Russian-American accord but they pursue the war and announce retaliation to "punish" the United States. For Thierry Meyssan, this stubborness is equivalent to collective suicide by the family of Saud.
Although the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, loudly praised himself for the vote on Resolution 2118 concerning chemical weapons in Syria, this text marks both the victory of Russia and that of President Bashar al -Assad. The vote carries within itself two consequences that permanently ruin the Franco-British claims on the country.
While the General Assembly was discussing the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it is another matter altogether that concerned the diplomats: are the United States still the superpower they have claimed to be since the demise of the Soviet Union or has the time come to break free of their tutelage?
President Putin recently wrote in the New York Times that the war in Syria pits the state against international jihadism. At the same time, President Hollande told TF1 that it was a war for democracy. The latter is wrong, as shown in the continuation of his argument with a battlefield in three camps. Behind the rhetorical contradictions it’s the end of colonialism that is being played out.
While Washington and Paris announced - without a mandate from the Security Council - that they were preparing to attack a sovereign state and member of the United Nations, Moscow chose first of all to open a diplomatic dialogue, and then to address the people of the United States directly. This unprecedented approach is the best way to avoid rising tension. So what were the Russian President’s arguments?
Israeli research on chemical and biological weapons historically pushed Syria to reject the treaty banning chemical weapons. That is why the signing of this document by Damascus runs the risk of highlighting the existence and possibly the continuation of research on weapons designed to kill only Arabs.
Both the United States and France are busy with preparations for the bombing of Syria, although such action corresponds to no strategic objective for either state. Russia and the Axis of Resistance are therefore preparing their riposte. The major difficulty consists in transforming this agression into a regional war while avoiding the Third, (and final?) World War. Whatever happens, if they engage in war, the Western world will have to deal with a long and wide-ranging conflict like nothing they’ve experienced since Vietnam.
You liked the Gulf of Tonkin incident and the Vietnam War, the Kuwaiti incubators and the first Gulf War, the Racak massacre and the war in Kosovo, Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and the second Gulf War and the threats to Benghazi and the Libyan war? You will just love the gassing of civilians in Ghouta and the bombing of Syria.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the United Nations has been giving the impression that it’s nothing more than a simple channel for US policy, to the point that Washington now calls its allies the « international community ». And yet the world of George W. Bush is long gone. The UN can once again play its part in service of peace when one of its members is threatened by the United States. Thierry Meyssan calls for an end to the Syrian crisis, just like the Suez Canal crisis, by convening an « Emergency Special Session» of the General Assembly.
The events that we have experienced since August 21 (announcement of the Allied bombing of Syria rejected by the House of Commons ) are not a competition between major colonial powers, but mark the Western peoples’ revolt against their leaders. For Thierry Meyssan, Westerners now face their contradictions: exploiting the rest of the world under their rule or live in peace under the rule of reason.
Pretending to believe in a chemical attack by the Syrian government against its own people, Washington, London and Paris are beating the drums of war. Should we take these threats seriously coming from states having announced as imminent the fall of Syria for more than two years? Although one should not exclude this option, Thierry Meyssan thinks it is less likely that an intervention organized by Saudi Arabia. Western agitation would rather aim to test the responses of Russia and Iran.
While 95% of Egyptians support the military coup that overthrew President Morsi, the Western press calls for the return of the dictatorship and mourns the dead civilian victims of repression. For Thierry Meyssan, this attitude stems from the emasculation of Western populations who have forgotten the lessons of their elders and think that all conflicts can find peaceful solutions.
The Ergenekon trial verdict did not raise an outcry internationally. At best, the press highlighted the divide that has arisen in the country between those favoring a secular society and the Muslim Brotherhood. For Thierry Meyssan, this trial constitutes exceptional justice and concludes with the imprisonment of all the anti-US leaders: this is a coup.
While the Western media describes the cancellation of the Obama-Putin summit as the most serious diplomatic crisis since the end of the Cold War and it applauds the firmness of the White House, the Chinese press sees it as a sign of weakness on the part of the United States vis à vis Russia. For Thierry Meyssan, the affair is of little fundamental importance. It is media posturing and will have no impact on peace in the Middle East.
The United States solved their internal problems before the Geneva 2 conference, then they eliminated the opposition of Qatar. They now turn to that of Saudi Arabia. However, Thierry Meyssan observes, Riyadh seems more docile than Doha and is offering an arrangement that guarantees both its survival and its ability to save face.
By designating the military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, the EU expressed its misunderstanding of the Lebanese resistance, which is not and will not become a political party, although it participates in Lebanese politics. Brussels expressed its allegiance to the Anglo-Saxon bloc (including Israel) at the expense of its own principles.
You’ve probably noticed the change in tone of the atlanticist press on the Syrian issue. The "rebels", these "champions of Freedom", have suddenly turned into fanatical terrorists who tear each other apart. For Thierry Meyssan, there is nothing new under the sun: Washington has simply abandoned the idea of overthrowing Assad and is heading to the Geneva II conference. Next step: the loss of French influence in the region.
Thierry Meyssan answers those of our readers who are worried by his support for the military coup d’état in Egypt. For him, the coup did not put an end to democracy, but to the confiscation of power by a putschist cult, the Muslim Brotherhood. It was therefore legitimate, and was approved by all the other political parties and religious leaders before being celebrated in the streets. The problem is not so much the intervention of the army, but its capacity to follow the road map towards democracy which it has negotiated with the political and religious leaders.
Although surprised by the speed of events, Thierry Meyssan celebrates the demise of the Muslim Brotherhood government which he had anticipated for a year. While the Atlanticist media supported Mohamed Morsi and decried Bashar al-Assad, he held the opposite view and denounced the "Arab Spring" as a manipulation. The Egyptian street has decided.
While the international press plays up the information leaked by Edward Snowden as a revelation concerning the PRISM surveillance program, feigning to have discovered what everyone should already have known for a long time, Thierry Meyssan is particularly curious about the meaning of this rebellion. From this perspective, he attaches more importance to the case of General Cartwright, who has also been indicted for espionage.
The unsinkable G8, meeting in Lough Erne, was an opportunity to contrast the views of the United States on the one hand, France and the United Kingdom on the other hand, and finally Russia, under the astonished eyes of the other participants. Views on world equilibrium in general and Syria in particular were aired. The economy was also discussed in order to lift the veil of secrecy shrouding the boards of offshore companies.
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