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22. April 2015, 00.50 Uhr:

Murky Libya Policy

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Deutliche Worte über die  westliche Libyen Politik findet Ann Marlowe:

As Obama’s statement Friday suggests, our Libya policy since the death of Muammar Qaddafi in October 2011 has been, at best, one of attempted benign neglect. But at worst, we have been foisting Islamists upon an electorate who rejected them twice. Even our superficially innocuous support for international efforts to name a “unity government” have involved a betrayal of Libya’s democratic aspirations. The talks have drawn a false moral equivalence between the elected Libyan government and the Islamist militias that drove it out of Tripoli in August 2014 by violence.

Americans may not know it, but Libyans like voting. Since Libyans won their freedom in the fall of 2011, they have peacefully participated in four free and fair elections: municipal council elections in fall 2011 and June 2014, and parliamentary elections in July 2012 and June 2014. The problem is, when the Islamists made a dismal showing for the second time in June 2014, they turned to violence.

A combination of Islamists and city militias from Misrata, Tripoli, and other western cities captured Tripoli in August, driving the elected parliament to seek refuge in Tobruk, on the far eastern shore. The United Nations, the US, the UK, and nearly all countries recognize only the Tobruk parliament, known as the House of Representatives, and the prime minister and cabinet they chose.

Most Americans are unaware that since August, Tripoli and western Libya have been ruled by Islamic extremists very similar to people we are fighting in Iraq and Yemen. We don’t currently negotiate with the terrorists in those countries, but we advise the Libyans to do so in theirs. Many of the top Fajr commanders are veterans of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), an al-Qaeda affiliate; many were captured on the battlefield by US troops in Afghanistan or Pakistan, rendered to Libya, and imprisoned until Qaddafi’s overthrow. Abdelhakim Belhadj, a participant in the UN negotiations, is among the LIFG gang—even though his Watan Party failed to win a single seat in the House of Representatives.

21. April 2015, 15.51 Uhr:

Organisatoren der Arena-Tagung kooperieren mit Hamas, Hisbollah und iranischem Regime

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Gastbeitrag von Kazem Moussavi

Die Geschäftsführerin der Arena Berlin in Treptow, Jana Seifert, teilte der Deutschen Presse-Agentur mit, “die Behörden hätten Verbindungen zwischen den Organisatoren der Konferenz und der Hamas geprüft, aber keine gefunden.” Und sie habe sich vom “Veranstalter vertraglich zusichern lassen, dass die Inhalte der Versammlung nicht gegen geltende Gesetze verstoßen werden.”

Die Behauptung, dass die Organisatoren PRC und PGD keine Hamas-nahen Organisationen sind, ist falsch! Die auf der Terrorliste der EU (26.3.2015) stehende Hamas sendete laut Palestine online eine enthusiastische Grußbotschaft an die 12. PRC-Tagung in Paris, 3. Mai 2014. Hamas-Sprecher Fawzi Barhoum: „Wir anerkennen und schätzen die Konferenz der Palästinenser in Europa als eine ehrenhafte, gesegnete Tat und bedanken uns bei den Organisatoren, die den Zionisten Unbehagen und Ärger bereitet haben.“

Nachweislich unterstützen Organisatoren der Pro-Hamas-Konferenz in der Berliner Arena den antisemitischen Al Quds-Tag des iranischen Regimes, an dem alljährlich weltweit zur ‚Befreiung’ Jerusalems (arabisch: Al Quds) durch die Vernichtung Israels aufgerufen wird, siehe Link.

Das Holocaustleugner-Regime verschleiert seine zuvor angekündigte Teilnahme an der Tagung, auch dies lässt die Veranstaltung in einem dubiosen Licht erscheinen, siehe Link.

Der Direktor des PRC, Majed Al Zeer, nahm 2008 an einer Konferenz in Damaskus teil, er teilte sich das Podiummit dem Hisbollah-Gründer Ali Akbar Mohtashami-Pur, einem Funktionär des iranischen Regimes, und dem Hamas-Führer Khaled Mishaal.

Mohtashami-Pur ist ein Vertrauter des religiösen Führers Ali Khamenei und leitete vor einigen Jahren eine Holocaustleugner-Konferenz des Regimes in Teheran. In einem weiteren Bild ist er mit Hassan Nasrallah (Hisbollah Libanon) und Khaled Mishaal zu sehen.

Die Veranstalter der Arena haben mitgeteilt, sie könnten die Pro-Hamas-Tagung nicht absagen, da „die Behörden keine konkrete Bedrohung hinsichtlich sicherheitsrelevanter und rechtlicher Aspekte hinsichtlich der Verfassungskonformität“ sähen.”

Angesichts der vielfältigen Verbindungen der Organisatoren zu terroristischen und vernichtungsantisemitischen Gruppierungen und dem islamistischen Regime im Iran sowie der Ausschreitungen bei antiisraelischen Demonstrationen im letzten Jahr in Berlin kann eine derartige Mitteilung nur als Skandal bezeichnet werden.

Die Pro-Hamas-Veranstaltung hat umgehend abgesagt zu werden!

20. April 2015, 23.29 Uhr:

Neues vom Iran-Deal

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Vier Meldungen von heute:

Die erste:

Brig.-Gen. Hossein Salami, the second-in-command of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), said Saturday: “Not only will we not grant foreigners the permission to inspect our military sites, we will not even give them permission to think about such a subject….They will not even be permitted to inspect the most normal military site in their dreams….Visiting a military base by a foreign inspector would mean the occupation of our land because all our defense secrets are there. Even talking about the subject means national humiliation.”

Die zweite:

Thousands of Iranians celebrated their nation’s annual Army Day on Saturday with a full military parade. A military truck in the convoy displayed a large banner that read, “Death to Israel,” while hundreds of parade attendees chanted, “death to Israel” and death to America.”

Saturday’s event occurred amid ongoing negotiations between Tehran and Western powers, led by the United States. The West is seeking independent regulation of the nation’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of certain economic sanctions.  Last week, Rouhani and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei derided the United States and claimed any deal would require the immediate removal of the sanctions – some of which are forcing Iran to keep millions of barrels of crude oil in storage. But the United States wants to go the phase-out route – lifting the sanctions only once independent inspectors verify that Tehran is living up to its end of the deal.

Die dritte:

After Iran’s “nuclear talks,” and after it was comfortably removed as a terrorism threat from the “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communities,” the International Committee Against Executions (ICAE) reported approximately 55 executions in fewer than three weeks across Iran.

According to Mina Ahadi, Founder of ICAE, various prisoners or their families had contacted her office weeks before the killings. Prison authorities, they said, had told the prisoners that they had received orders from “above” to “cleanse” a large of number of the prisoners rapidly after the P5+1 talks. The vast majority of these prisoners had been sentenced to death for non-lethal offences in trials that, according to activists, often fell dramatically short of international standards.

Die vierte:

In the midst of the nuclear talks on a final agreement between Iran and the P5+1, Iran will host the Second International Holocaust Cartoon Contest on May 9.

Iran has already made clear during the talks that, apart from the nuclear issue, it has no intention of discussing any other item on its Islamic revolutionary agenda. Hence, Iran will cling to its defiant stance on Holocaust denial, especially now that the West, led by the United States, appears wobbly in the negotiations. The first exhibition, held in 2006, centered on Holocaust denial, which was a main theme of the eight-year presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.



20. April 2015, 23.11 Uhr:

Warten auf das nächste Ghouta

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Waiting for the Second Ghouta Attack“. So betitelt das Syrian Network for Human Right einen Bericht über den systematischen Einsatz von Giftgas und Barrel Bombs durch die Truppen des syrischen Regimes.

In der Einleitung schreibt Fadel Abdul Ghany, der Direktor der Organisation:

We haven’t encountered a ruling regime in the modern era that affronted the Security Council and International Humanitarian Law as the Syrian regime has done and on high levels of arrogance and impudence, specifically in the use of poisoned gas, as the colleagues in the OPCW fact-finding mission in Syria proved government forces use of poisoned chlorine gas, and this -to large extent- matches what we have pointed out, however the Security Council didn’t act.

Und hier einige Beispiele über die jüngsten Einsätze von Chloringas:

Bnesh city shelling, Tuesday, March 24, 2015:

Government aviation dropped two barrel bombs loaded with chlorine gas injuring at least 17 individuals, including women and children.

Srmin city shelling, Thursday, March 26,2015:

Government aviation dropped a barrel bomb loaded with chlorine gas injuring about 8 individuals.

Idlib city shelling, Tuesday, March 31, 2015:

Government aviation dropped two barrel bombs loaded with chlorine gas on the security block area injuring 13 individuals mostly light injuries.



19. April 2015, 14.11 Uhr:

Syrische Unterstützung für Rojava?

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Eine Meldung, die, sollte sie nicht der Wahrheit entsprechen, eines umgehenden Dementis des PYD bedürfte:

A top Syrian diplomat says Damascus will continue to provide Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan with military and financial support.
Syrian reconciliation minister Ali Haidar told Rudaw he conducted “constructive talks” with Kurdish officials on a recent visit to Syrian Kurdistan, or Rojava, where he met with local officials.
“We have been providing all possible military assistance for the Kurdish forces in order to empower them against terror,” Haidar said. “We are still providing them with our support in order to defeat the terrorist organizations,” he added.
The Kurdish Democratic Unity Party (PYD) declared autonomy in the three regional cantons of Rojava last year. It has been locked in fierce fighting with the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), and categorically denies any collaboration with Damascus and regards the Syrian government as “oppressive.”
Haidar said he assured his Kurdish hosts in Rojava of the Syrian government’s support for talks about a range of issues, including the political status of Rojava “within Syria.”

17. April 2015, 23.41 Uhr:

Baath und IS

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Über Izzat al Douri, der heute Medienberichten zufolge getötet wurde, schreibt die BBC:

The death of the last major figure from Saddam Hussein’s regime still on the run, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri - if confirmed - is a final twitch of the curtain falling on that era in Iraqi history. But his role after Saddam’s fall has been more significant. He led a hard core of loyalists to the defeated regime, who helped fuel and prolong the insurgency against its successors. (…)

Douri’s Naqshbandi Order is the main Baathist insurgent group. Despite its secular roots, it is believed to have played a key role in a major offensive by Islamic State last year.

Inzwischen hat sich herumgesprochen, dass der Islamische Staat im Irak größtenteils von ehemaligen Offizieren und Geheimdienstlern des gestürzten Baathregimes Saddam Husseins angeführt wird, Figuren also, die einem vor einem jahrzehn noch als säkulares Bollwerk gegen den islamismus verkauft wurden. So wie heute das Assad Regime in Syrien, wo es heute allerdings Rebellen, nicht etwa Sicherheitsdienste der regierung, waren, die den Anführer des IS in Damaskus festgenommen haben:

Rebel forces in Damascus’ Qaboun neighbourhood have captured the self-proclaimed local ‘emir’ of Daesh (the ISIS) in Damascus, Munthir Salaf , along with 13 other members of the extremist militia.

It’s noteworthy that Assad’s forces and Daesh have singularly failed to fight one another in Damascus or anywhere else that they are useful to the regime’s objectives, with both largely restricting themselves to attacking rebel forces and civilians. The regime is known to be conducting oil and other business deals with Daesh in Raqqa and elsewhere.

17. April 2015, 15.23 Uhr:

Das Schweigen zu Yarmouk

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Ausgerechnet im Guardian wurde dieser Artikel von Mehdi Hassan publiziert:

Let’s be honest: how different, how vocal and passionate, would our reaction be if the people besieging Yarmouk were wearing the uniforms of the IDF?

Our selective outrage is morally unsustainable. Many of us who have raised our voices in support of the Palestinian cause have inexcusably turned a blind eye to the fact that tens of thousands of Palestinians have been killed by fellow Arabs in recent decades: by the Jordanian military in the Black September conflicts of the early 1970s; by Lebanese militias in the civil war of the mid-1980s; by Kuwaiti vigilantes after the first Gulf war, in the early 1990s. Egypt, the so-called “heart of the Arab world”, has colluded with Israel in the latter’s eight-year blockade of Gaza.

Meanwhile, the Palestinians of Yarmouk are living in catastrophic conditions, their lives “profoundly threatened”, in the words of the United Nations.(…) Now is the time for those of us who claim to care about the Palestinian people, and their struggle for dignity, justice and nationhood, to make our voices heard. Some 3,500 of the 18,000 Palestinians in Yarmouk are children. As Gunness says, his voice trembling with emotion: “We are potentially witnessing a slaughter of the innocents. What is the world going to do?”

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