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30. Januar 2016, 15.51 Uhr:

Gestörte Gedenkkultur

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Gastbeitrag von Andreas Benl

Große Einigkeit in Europa: wenn schon Islamismuskritik, dann nur gegen die “saudischen Barbaren” und andere Sunni-Araber. Den Holocaustgedenktag zum Anlass zu nehmen, gegen die Holocaustleugnung in der Islamischen Republik Iran zu sprechen und gegen ihren Präsidenten und seine europäischen Gastgeber zu protestieren, das ist dagegen laut dem ehemaligen schottischen Ministerpräsidenten Alex Salmond eine blasphemische und eigensüchtige Störung einer “feierlichen Gedenkfeier”:

“Michael Oren, a historian and former ambassador to the US, led this week’s Israeli parliament delegation. Before Wednesday morning’s Holocaust ceremony, he criticised President Rouhani’s four-day visit to Italy and France, asking: “How can Europe honour the memory of the Holocaust, and on the exact same day host the leader of the Iranian regime, which denies that the Holocaust actually happened?”

Mr Salmond told this newspaper that the Israelis were free to repeat their criticism at other times, only not during the commemoration service. “No one else is impressed by that sort of behaviour. It was a formal event to commemorate the greatest disaster in European history,” the former SNP leader said. “Someone had to say what a lot of people who attended that service were thinking.” …

Mr Salmond intervened in a debate on Wednesday morning, declaring an interest as a member of the Holocaust Commission of the United Kingdom and praising those who organised Wednesday morning’s ceremony. “I found it inappropriate that the Israeli ambassador launched attacks on the Republic of Iran and its President, who is a guest of this republic,” he said. “We cannot vet what people say, but we have the right to state that there is a time and a place for international politics. Such attacks should not take place during a solemn commemoration service.”

29. Januar 2016, 20.18 Uhr:

Nach dem Abzug

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Obama im Dezember 2014:

Today’s ceremony in Kabul marks a milestone for our country. For more than 13 years, ever since nearly 3,000 innocent lives were taken from us on 9/11, our nation has been at war in Afghanistan. Now, thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, our combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, and the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.

On this day we give thanks to our troops and intelligence personnel who have been relentless against the terrorists responsible for 9/11–devastating the core al Qaeda leadership, delivering justice to Osama bin Laden, disrupting terrorist plots and saving countless American lives. We are safer, and our nation is more secure, because of their service. At the same time, our courageous military and diplomatic personnel in Afghanistan–along with our NATO allies and coalition partners–have helped the Afghan people reclaim their communities, take the lead for their own security, hold historic elections and complete the first democratic transfer of power in their country’s history.

Ein Bericht des US Kongressws im Januar 2016:

‘America’s 14-year project to defeat the Taliban and build a stable Afghanistan is teetering on the brink of failure, according to a sobering report Friday by a government watchdog.

The Taliban controls more of the country than at any time since U.S. troops invaded in 2001, notes the quarterly report to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The fragile economy is worsening. One of the few bright spots of the troubled reconstruction effort — getting more girls in school — has been tainted by allegations of fraud.

“The lack of security has made it almost impossible for many U.S. and even some Afghan officials to get out to manage and inspect U.S.-funded reconstruction projects,” wrote John Sopko, the inspector general.

29. Januar 2016, 19.49 Uhr:

Ready for War

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Dafuer, das leuchtet ein, braucht die Hamas dringend Zement und anderes Baumaterial, um den naechsten Krieg gegen Israel vom Zaun zu brechen, der wieder dann enden wird, wenn zum Wiederaufbau Gazas Milliarden versprochen werden, damit die Hamas ihre Tunnel reparieren und neue bauen kann:

Hamas is ready for a new confrontation with Israel thanks in part to the reconstruction of tunnels to fight the Jewish state, the Islamist Palestinian movement’s Gaza chief said on Friday.

Ismail Haniya said the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades – Hamas’s military wing – were preparing “for any future clashes with the Zionist (Israeli) enemy".

“East of Gaza City, underground heroes build tunnels” along the border with Israel, while west of the city they are “testing rockets every day,” said Haniya.

He was speaking to thousands of mourners gathered at the Great Omari Mosque in Gaza City for the funeral of seven Al-Qassam fighters killed this week in a tunnel collapse.

29. Januar 2016, 19.44 Uhr:

Mehr Hunger

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Nicht nur in Syrien, auch im Jemen wird gehungert:

More than half of Yemen’s population face hunger, an increase of 12 per cent in the past eight months, the UN agricultural agency has revealed.

Some 14.4 million Yemenis are food insecure as prices skyrocket due to ongoing conflict and import restrictions, cautioned the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

“The numbers are staggering,” said Etienne Peterschmitt, the FAO’s emergency response team leader in Yemen.

He called the situation “a forgotten crisis, with millions of people in urgent need across the war-torn country", reported the UN. (…)

Food and fuel prices in the country have risen dramatically since the conflict escalated in March 2015 due to fuel shortages and import restrictions.

29. Januar 2016, 17.47 Uhr:

Frieden in Syrien

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Friedensgespraeche zu Syrien oder gelebter Multilateralismus:

Cornelia Vospernik im Mittagsjournal: In Genf beginnen heute Syrien-Gespräche. Soviel ist klar. Aber der UNO-Sprecher dort, kann den Journalisten heute Vormittag weder sagen, wann, wo oder mit wem genau.“

Besser noch der Spiegel: Sicher ist bislang nur, dass islamistische Terroristen wie der “Islamische Staat” (IS) nicht an den Unterredungen beteiligt werden.”

Kurzum: “Nur eine Seite scheint in der Vorbereitung auf Genf III wunschlos glücklich: das syrische Regime.”

28. Januar 2016, 20.55 Uhr:

Un grand merci

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Ein Dankeschön vom Präsidenten der “über die ganze Welt verbreiteten” Islamischen Revolution - und Kooperationspartner gegen die sunnitische Konkurrenz - an Frankreich und Europa:

Rouhani paid homage to the long-standing relationship between the two countries by acknowledging the presence of Valery Giscard d’Estaing at one of his speaking venues. The 89-year-old was president of France during the Islamic revolution of 1979 while Ayatollah Khomeini, who went on to lead the country, lived in exile in France.

“That was when we started to hear the sound of the revolution which started in France and spread around the world,” Rouhani said.

28. Januar 2016, 20.26 Uhr:

Gute YPG, schlechte PKK??

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Die PKK, da stimmt der US-Verteidigunsminsiter ja inzwischen ganz seinen tuerkischen Kollegen zu, ist eine Terrororganisation, die bekaempft gehoert. Was die Tuerkei ja gerade auch tut, wobei inzwischen Bilder aus Cizre und Diyabakir doch sehr an Homs und Aleppo erinner.

Die PYD und ihr bewaffneter Arm, die YPG, dagegen, die syrische Schwesterorganisationen der PKK, wiederum gelten in Washington nicht als Terrororganisation und werden, ganz im Gegenteil von den USA sogar unterstuetzt, weil sie ja gegen den Islamischen Staat kaempfen und das wiederum sind ganz schlimme Terroristen, gegen die die USA eine internationale Koalition anfuehrt, zu der unter anderem auch die Tuerkei gehoert, fuer die PKK und YPG allerdings ebenfalls Terroristen sind.

Nun aber kommen ein paar Interbrigadisten der YPG daher und erklaeren der Tuerkei den Krieg:

Westerners fighting alongside Kurdish militants have urged other foreigners sympathetic to their struggle to carry out attacks against Turkey in an online video that threatens to complicate upcoming peace talks on Syria.

The video, which superimposes stirring music with dramatic footage of fighting and rioting, was recorded near the Syrian-Turkish border between the cities of Qamishli and Nusaybin. The location has a symbolic relevance as the speaker implies the group fights for an independent Kurdistan comprising territories in both countries. He also urges volunteers to join either the YPJ or the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The clip marks the first explicit foreign recruiting effort by Kurdish militants and explicitly targets leftists and communism-nostalgists by using a language typical of left-wing revolutionaries. “When the Soviet Union collapsed it was said that we are at the end of history. But now, 25 years later, we see once more that capitalism isn’t and never has been able to solve our problems,” the masked fighter says.

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