Assad’s Crackdown on Corruption

A few days ago, al-Assad made a statement to all his ministers and others in high up positions who believed themselves to be above the law.

“Every official who walks the streets in a parade with bodyguards is a coward with an inferiority complex. Every official’s son who blocks streets with his car and his bodyguards’ cars is a psychopath and his father will be held responsible, and I will personally study any complaints about this. It is totally unacceptable for anyone to act like an authority in the street because he stood with the army, and it will be punished, because those who protect the homeland on the fronts, will protect it from inside too. Personally, when I drove my car prewar and post war, I stopped at red traffic lights.”

Many people were skeptical and unsure weather al-Assad was serious about enforcing these rules. He proved all the skeptics to be wrong, because late last night & this morning, Assad’s warning to the ministers was enforced on the streets of Damas sending the capital in shock.

The first order of business was to stop 10 cars traveling with no license plates & darkened windows and to arrest all the drivers. All 10 cars belonged to Army officers. The orders by Assad was to make arrests regardless of seniority or positions.

Later, Police stopped the Prime Minister’s son and The of Head of Intelligence’s son just as Assad warned about family members earlier.

Most interesting & telling part of this development is that it was the simple traffic Police who were making those arrests on direct authority by Assad

Things have also turned around in Aleppo with the arrival of Major General Deeb Zeitoun, who is overseeing officials and their conduct in the city.

Qatar and the ‘Diplomatic Meltdown’

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What’s likely happening is Qatar has had to come to an agreement with Iran to supply their shared offshore gas reserve (North Dome/South Pars) to Indian and Chinese markets, and abandon the Syrian gas pipeline extension to Europe via Syria. Qatar and Iran are essentially producing out of the same massive offshore reserve in the Persian Gulf, and are competing on getting this gas to market. Back in 2016, Qatar had purchased a 20% stake in Rosneft along with Glencore, so Qatar will get a piece of the profits from the Russian gas dominance in Europe. Qatar cutting a deal would allow Qatar access to Iranian terrestrial pipeline networks into Asia, although likely not at the profit levels they would like if they had full control of the pipeline networks. Initially Qatar had planned a gas pipeline via Saudi and Syria en route to Europe, which was blocked by Syria back in 2012, and then Russia had officially entered the fray to defend their literal monopoly of the European gas market.

Enter the “Syrian Rebels”, a Saudi-Qatari-US-Israeli backed ploy to fund terrorists led by private military contractors to overthrow Assad, and get a puppet President in who would grant construction rights for the Qatari pipeline. This brute force strategy using foreign backed PMC’s has utterly failed with Russian support. From the other end, the United States of Israel have blocked Iran from building a gas pipeline via the military campaigns in Iraq, thus closing the Mediterranean corridor for Iran.

This has forced Iran to focus their attention on supplying the Asian market, most notably China and India, who have been purchasing an increasing amount of oil and gas from Iran and Russia, and less and less from Saudi and the other gulf countries. China is doing this to try to force Saudi, Qatar, and the gulf monarchies to accept the Yuan for oil/gas payments instead of USD, and is putting the Gulf monarchies on a collision course with the United Slaves of Israel and threatening the Petrodollar mercantilism racket.

Whenever the United Slaves of Israel dollar is threatened, a false flag ensues, and a major military campaign is executed. Iraq and Libya are perfect examples. As a matter of financial survival, Qatar had to make a deal with Iran since Qatar has been boxed out of the European market directly, and Iran was the biggest obstacle in getting Qatar’s and other gulf monarchies oil and liquefied natural gas to the two biggest markets in the region — India, and China.

Even though Qatar was a major financial backer of ISIS and al-Qaeda led forces otherwise known as the FSA, I believe that after Trump’s trip to the Middle East asking them to do their part to stop the terrorists and the founders of ISIS, forced these Middle East nations to push Qatar out of the inner circle and point the finger at them (scapegoat)!

Even though I believe Qatar to be as guilty as hell in its quest for a pipeline and backer of ISIS and FSA (al-Qaeda), I think that its “plan B” was reason enough to oust them. I have a feeling that Qatar saw the writing on the wall when it bought into Rosneft (along with Glencore) and went ahead with a deal with Iran but what could also be happening is the other nations ALSO now see the writing on the wall. I think its now obvious that Syria, Iran, Iraq and Russia are winning this war and I don’t think that the US backed SDF can stop the SAA from participating in Raqqa or rescuing Deir Ezzoir. The best the US coalition can hope for is balkanisation of Syria and a buffer zone in its south so to not allow Iran a transit corridor to Syria and Lebanon which would threaten Israel. However, after the end of ISIS and FSA (al-Qaeda) this would take away the US reason To be there “to destroy ISIS”! If they stayed it would simply be OCCUPATION as they have no legal grounds to be there in the first place. So if there will no longer be Qatari pipelines then there is no reason to be there. A complete and utter mess up by the USA again. The only thing I can foresee now is a proxy war between the SDF and the SAA but that would ally turkey with Syria. Turkey is leaning towards the Eurasian union now with its deal to be the turkstream gas hub from Russia to Southern Europe. Yet a much needed NATO ally. Shit has certainly hit the fan! Russia’s intervention in this war Has made all the difference and now we can see iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, turkey and Russia all allying under common interests. But it ain’t over until the fat lady sings!

 

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