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29. Juni 2014, 11.48 Uhr:

Salwa Bugaighis

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Am Wahltag in Libyen wurde Salwa Bugaighis ermordert. Ein Nachruf:

She has been described as one of the bravest women in Libya and not even death threats could stop her from voting in Wednesday’s elections. But Salwa Bugaighis’s public defiance may have alerted her enemies to her presence in Benghazi and led to her murder on Wednesday evening.

Ms Bugaighis was one of the most prominent human rights activists in Libya and her brutal killing at her own home caused profound shock, even in a society which is being increasingly exposed to bloody strife.

The lawyer was shot and stabbed on the day of the general election, an exercise in democracy she had played a part in establishing from the early, uncertain days of the revolution which led to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. (…)

The ceaseless campaign Salwa Bugaighis carried out for women’s rights led to her being condemned by jihadist groups, as well as by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Grand Mufti, Al-Sadiq al-Gharyani. She repeatedly stressed that she was a follower of Islam, but spoke out against the hijab, arguing there was nothing in the faith demanding that women should cover themselves entirely, and rarely even wore a headscarf herself.

29. Juni 2014, 11.05 Uhr:

'Sie bombardieren uns nicht'

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Nun also erzählen Isis Kommandeure es schon selbst der internationalen Presse: Das syrische Regime lässt sie in Ruhe, schließlich hat man gemeinsame Feinde, und das zählt im Nahen Osten mehr als alles andere.

“We know they are not going to bomb our key sites. Their main enemy is the so-called moderates.”

Raqqa was attacked a week after the conversation. But the main Isis base, a hospital in central Aleppo, remains unmolested by either jets or artillery. The Isis operative said the absence of air strikes against its forces had enabled it to gather strength and numbers as it pushed towards Mosul. “Now the border is irrelevant,” he said. “They are breaking down the state just as they said they would.”

27. Juni 2014, 13.45 Uhr:


von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

In Yarmouk verhungern Palästinenser? Kein Grund, Assad nicht zu seinem Wahlsieg zu gratulieren von einem, der selbst solche Wahlen nicht abhalten lässt:

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has said the re-election of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad started “a countdown to the end of Syria’s crisis".

Agency France Press quotes Abbas as saying in a hand written message to Al-Assad: “Your election to the presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic guarantees Syria’s unity and sovereignty, and starts of a countdown to the end of Syria’s crisis and its war against terrorism.”

This is the clearest support that Al-Assad has received from the PA since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in mid-2011. Abbas expressed his hopes for stability in Syria and “success” for Al-Assad.

26. Juni 2014, 15.45 Uhr:

Zwei Gewinner

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Heute bombardierte die syrische Luftwaffe Ziele nahe des irakischen Grenzortes al-Qaim, angeblich zielten sie dabei auf Stellungen der Isis. Ob sie dabei auch irakisches Territorium traf, ist noch unklar.

Jedenfakks begrüßte der irakische Premier Nouri a- Maliki  die Aktion:

We welcome any Syrian strike against Isis, because this group targets both Iraq and Syria … But we didn’t make any request from Syria. They carry out their strikes and we carry out ours. The final winners are our two countries.

Um dann, die iranische Hilfe hat er ja schon, auch noch Rußland um Unterstützung zu bitten.

Irak also auf der Gewinnerstraße, auf der das syrische Regime schon voranschreitet.

Und die USA, die schauen zu, sind besorgt und appellieren an Kräfte, deren Interesse es ist, einen konfessionalisierten Krieg weiter zu radikalisieren, sich doch bitte zurückzuhalten:

“We’ve made it clear to everyone in the region that we don’t need anything to take place that might exacerbate the sectarian divisions that are already at a heightened level of tension,” Kerry said, speaking in Brussels at a meeting of diplomats from NATO nations. “It’s already important that nothing take place that contributes to the extremism or could act as a flash point with respect to the sectarian divide.”

Derweil bastelt Obama nationales Sicherheitsberaterteam in Washington an einer “konsistenten und kohärenten Message“, die klingt, als stamme sie aus der Feder der Marx Brothers, aber keineswegs als Satire gemeint ist:

Administration officials said intervention by Syria was not the way to stem the insurgents, who have taken control of several cities in northern and western Iraq.(…)

“The solution to the threat confronting Iraq is not the intervention of the Assad regime,” he told reporters. “In fact, it’s the Assad regime and the terrible violence that they perpetrated against their own people that allowed ISIL to thrive in the first place. The solution to Iraq’s security challenge does not involve militias or the murderous Assad regime, but the strengthening of the Iraqi security forces to combat threats.”

Zeitgleich bemüht sich der Iran auch in Kurdistan die traditionelle Animosität zwischen den regierenden Parteien für sich auszunutzen.



23. Juni 2014, 13.02 Uhr:

Hauptfeind bleibt Hauptfeind

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Auf Ayatollah Khamenei wenigstens ist noch Verlass. Diejenigen im Iran, die ideologisch ein wenig flexibler sind, witterten die Gunst der Stunde, die der Vormarsch von Isis im Irak ihnen bot: Ein Bündnis mit den USA zu Konditionen, die der Iran vorgeben würde. Vor allem US-Außenminister John Kerry schien sich auch für eine solche Kooperation mit dem Iran sehr zu erwärmen.

Und nun fährt ihnen der oberste Führer in die Parade. Nein, keine Zusammenarbeit mit dem großen Satan. Ende der Debatte, die USA sind und bleiben nebem dem zionistischen Krebsgeschwür der Hauptfeind und ein Recht zur Intervention im Irak hat nur der Iran:

“We strongly oppose the intervention of the U.S. and others in the domestic affairs of Iraq,” Ayatollah Khamenei was quoted as saying, in his first reaction to the crisis.

“The main dispute in Iraq is between those who want Iraq to join the U.S. camp and those who seek an independent Iraq,” said the ayatollah, who has the final say over government policies. “The U.S. aims to bring its own blind followers to power since the U.S. is not happy about the current government in Iraq.

Ein herber Rückschlag sind die Worte des leader.ir auch für all jene deutschen Politiker und Kommentatoren, die sich jetzt schon so auf ein engeres Bündnis mit dem Iran gefreut hatten.

21. Juni 2014, 00.02 Uhr:

'Das Monster von Mosul'

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Der Chef der irakischen Armee in Mosul, der als erstes rannte, als die schwarzen Fahnen von Isis am Hrizont auftauchten, war ein Folterer und Schinder der übelsten Sorte. Und es war Maliki, der ihn in Mosul einsetzte, nachdem er ihn amnestiert hatte, berichtet der Daily Beast:

The top Iraqi officer in Mosul, whose forces fled with hardly a fight as ISIS militants and their allies took over Iraq’s second-largest city, is an accused torturer who was once targeted by the U.S. military and the Iraqi criminal justice system. (…)

After being investigated for years, Al Gharawi was charged by an Iraqi court in 2008, accused of running secret prisons and systematically torturing detainees when he was commander of the 2nd National Police Division in Baghdad. According to testimony collected from Al Gharawi’s victims and from officers who had served under him, “he ordered savage beatings and watched as interrogators brutalized detainees.” As Time Magazine reported in 2008, “some witnesses told the task force that Al Gharawi personally took part in torture in other instances.”

The charges against Al Gharawi played out against a backdrop of increasing sectarian violence in Iraq. From 2006 to 2008 Iraq was on the brink of civil war. The violence was spurred on by vicious attacks on Shia civilians, led by ISIS’ predecessor, Al Qaeda in Iraq, while Shia militias and sectarian death squads that often included members of the government’s security forces also tortured and killed Sunni civilians indiscriminately.

Heated exchanges followed between U.S. and Iraqi officials when Al Gharawi’s charges were dropped. Both U.S. Ambassador Crocker and General Petraeus tried to convince the Iraqi government that it had to show its skeptical Sunni citizens that a Shiite government was willing to arrest senior Shiite security officials for sectarian violence. Instead, the predominantly Shia government decided to let Al Gharawi go. Once the accused war criminal was free, the Iraqi government then put him in charge of the largest Sunni Arab majority city in the country, Mosul, where Al Qaeda was still actively resisting the government.

20. Juni 2014, 15.34 Uhr:

ISIS und irakische Chemiewaffen

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Isis storms Saddam-era chemical weapons complex in Iraq.”

So lautet die Schlagzeile. Soviel auch zur Behauptung, im Irak hätte es ja gar keine Massenvernichtungswaffen gegeben.

Über die restlichen Implikationen dieser Meldung möchte man im Augenblick lieber nicht nachdenken.

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