Nasrallah’s condemnation last night of the US’ raids on ISIS positions in Syria, is reminiscent of his denunciation of the US invasion of Iraq a decade ago. Just as he questioned the moral authority and legitimacy of the US-led anti-terror coalition yesterday, in a May 2004 speech, Nasrallah, decried the US’ occupation of Iraq as being “a replica of the same quality and identity [as the Israeli occupation] in its hegemony, monstrosity, devastation, perpetration and committing massacres under the same slogans of civilisation, democracy and human rights.” Then as now, Iran and Hizbullah stood much to benefit from the downfall of the targets of US aggression, while simultaneously rejecting this aggression in principle. Today Iran has also condemned these attacks but the Syrian government has been tacitly or not so tacitly supportive of them (especially since the Syrians and Iranians were reportedly informed in advance about the US’ plans) for reasons related to the Assad government’s need for vindication and recognition by the West. While this appears to be a politically and intellectually incoherent policy on the part of the Resistance Axis, it reflects the strategic complexities of this new phase whereby ISIS represents a threat to both imperialists and anti-imperialists alike. This stems from ISIS’ trans-imperialism, meaning it is wholly unconcerned with global capitalism or imperialism on the level of principle. Imperialist powers are enemies only in so far as they constitute an obstacle to the ISIS caliphate, rather than on account of their inherent injustice and oppressive policies. Likewise, the US is not opposed to the sectarian religious ideology or the barbarity of ISIS, but to the political threat it poses to its interests in the region. Both the Resistance Axis and the imperialists are therefore keen to restore the status quo-ante whereby their routinized conflict can remain along imperialist-anti-imperialist fault lines, as opposed to this far less manageable and politically disorienting trans-imperialist morass we have now entered. Nasrallah’s speech yesterday was significant in that he reminded the world that imperialism will remain our paramount enemy even in this trans-imperialist phase. The Resistance Axis’ policy is one which vehemently rejects this aggression, while not shedding any tears for its takfiri casualties.