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15. März 2015, 21.13 Uhr:

Deutschland gibt Chemiewaffenverkäufe an Syrien zu

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Passend zum  Halabja-Tag, der morgen begangen wird, diese Meldung:

The German government admitted selling poison gas chemicals to Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad after the Sunday Mail revealed British sales, according to a new film.

French director Jean-Baptiste Renaud’s movie Chemical ?Weapons: Made in Europe will be premiered in Britain later this month.

The documentary exposes how Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Saddam Hussein and Bahrain’s government were able to obtain banned weapons after buying products from America, Britain, France and Germany.

14. März 2015, 00.35 Uhr:

'Resisting the Iranian occupation '

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Hanin Ghaddar über das neue iranische Empire, den möglichen Nukleardeal mit Teheran und die Folgen:

The Iranians know about resistance, or so they say. They know that any occupying force will be faced with resistance. They’ve supported “resistance forces” in the region for decades. Today, they’re on the other side of the equation. Iran has become an occupying force in the region, according to statements by its own officials, and therefore, it will now face resistance—in this case, an aggressive and sectarian one.

But Iranians will not lose, simply because they won’t be fighting on the ground. What Iran is looking forward to is the following: a deal with the US that will see sanctions lifted (or at least a significant part of the sanctions), a blind eye to its growing influence in the region, and eventually a supremacy that allows it to make major changes to the current geopolitical map of the Middle East.

Any resistance to Iran in the region will not really stop it, because it simply will not be fighting with and losing Iranian lives. Iranian lives, it would seem, are too valuable to be wasted in sectarian clashes. These sacrifices are rather for Arab Shiites gathered from all over the Middle East and Asia to help Iran build its realm. Arab Sunnis will fight Arab Shiites until the whole region is destabilized. Why should Iran care? A destabilized Lebanon has always played to its advantage, and a destabilized region will pay dividends—Iran has nothing to lose.

If the Iranian economy recovers after the deal, the region will drown in yet more blood and state institutions will be further undermined and weakened. Iran will have the financial means to boost its militias in the region. The reality imposed by Iran on the ground contradicts all assurances given by the US to its regional allies. Iran is an occupying force by proxy, and will not abandon its ongoing pursuit of hegemony. (…)

A deal that gives Iran such power will result in the following:

First, the perception of the US in the region is changing. The majority of Sunnis now see the US as taking sides in a sectarian fight; an Iranian ally. Obama, in this sense, is perceived as interventionist.

Secondly, democracies like Lebanon, or potential democracies in the region, will slowly deteriorate because Iran will not acknowledge state institutions or tolerate freedom of speech. This has been confirmed many times in Lebanon and in Iran itself.

Third, liberal and civil groups or individuals will lose legitimacy in the region and civil society will crumble amidst sectarian bloodshed.

Is this what the US really wants the region to look like? If the nuclear deal is really worth so much blood, death and madness, then all the values we thought we shared with the US are now inexplicable.

See, the question now is not whether there will be a deal to stop Iran’s nuclear program. The problem is more fundamental: values are being shattered and people are being betrayed.

11. März 2015, 21.48 Uhr:

Fortschritt der islamischen Revolution

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Als positiv beschrieb John Kerry die Rolle des Iran im Irak. Und so kämpfen sie auchs eit Monaten gemeinsam: die US-Airforce fliegt Luftangriffe, die Bodentruppen stellen vor allem schiitische Milizen, die von iranischen Offizieren angeführt werden.

So auch im Kampf um Tikrit. Dass der Iran dabei seine ganz eigene Agenda hat, daraus machen Politiker und Militärs in Teheran nicht das geringste Hehl. Ganz im Gegenteil:

Iran’s top general said Wednesday his country has reached “a new chapter” towards its declared aim of exporting revolution, in reference to Tehran’s growing regional influence, while hailing the role of Hizbullah in resisting Israel.

Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the nation’s powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps, said: “Hizbullah and its resistance against one of the armies in the world – that is to say the army of the Zionist regime.. is one of the Islamic revolution’s miracles,” he said. (…)

“The Islamic revolution is advancing with good speed, its example being the ever-increasing export of the revolution,” he said, according to the ISNA news agency.

“Today, not only Palestine and Lebanon acknowledge the influential role of the Islamic republic but so do the people of Iraq and Syria. They appreciate the nation of Iran,” Jafari said in a speech before the Assembly of Experts, Iran’s top clerical body.

He made references to military action against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Iraq and Syria, where the Guards have deployed advisers in support of Baghdad and Damascus.

“The phase of the export of the revolution has entered a new chapter,” he added, referring to an aim of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.

Jafari’s remarks echoed those of another Iranian general, Qassem Suleimani, head of the Quds Force, the Guards’ foreign wing, who has reportedly been posted in Iraq near the front line against IS.

“Today we see signs of the Islamic revolution being exported throughout the region, from Bahrain to Iraq and from Syria to Yemen and North Africa,” he said on February 11

Und auch wenn sie mit amerikanischen Waffen und US-Luftunterstützung kämpfen, nicht einmal dankbar für die Hilfe zeigen sich Obamas Bodentruppen:

Hadi Amiri, the head of the Shiite Badr Brigade militia, cla

ims that they don’t need assistance from the international coalition in fighting Islamic State (IS) militants. In an interview with CNN Arabic, Amiri said, “Our country [Iraq] can succeed in the fight against IS militants. Iraq does not need the help and supervision of the US in this war.”


“Those who rely on US help to liberate Iraq may just as well depend on a mirage,” he added. He went on, “We have Iranian military advisors. We are proud of them and thank them for participating in the fight.

Und hier ein Bild, das eigentlich alles sagt: Qasem Soleimani betritt Tikrit, begleitet von schiitischen Milizionären in Uniformen, die die Amerikaner dem Irak geliefert haben, im Hintergrund Humvees …:

8. März 2015, 10.41 Uhr:

71 Giftgasangriffe

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Chlorgas. Das fällt ja unter keinen Bann. Kann also weiter eingesetzt werden. Wie barrel bombs auch.

The Syrian regime has carried out 71 chlorine gas attacks since agreeing to give up its chemical weapons stockpile, a human rights campaign has claimed.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights’s claim comes as the UN security council voted on Friday on a US-drafted resolution to condemn the use of chlorine as a weapon in Syria.

The director of the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Fadel Abdul Ghani, told al-Araby al-Jadeed that the network had been given reliable reports of attacks in Rif Dimashq, Jubar Hama, Idlib, Daraa and Aleppo governorates since the agreement by Syria in 2013 to give up its chemical weapons under the terms of a UN resolution.

8. März 2015, 09.58 Uhr:

Konsequente EU-Nahostpolitik

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Es heißt, verschiedene europäische Staaten erwägten, ihre Kontakte mit dem Assad-Regime zu intensivieren. Wie Elmar Brok kürzlich erklärte, sei “the EU is more interested in fighting against ISIS and is moving in the direction of engaging with Assad in doing that“.

Zugleich verhängt die EU Sanktionen gegen Herrn George Haswani und demonstriert mit diesem Schritt, dass man in Brüssel recht genau weiß, wie eng die Beziegungen zwischen dem Damaszener Regime und dem Islamischen Staat sind:

The listing of George Haswani, the owner of HESCO engineering company, sheds more light on financial links between Syria’s regime and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

In public, the two belligerents claim to be sworn enemies. Isil has vowed to topple Mr Assad and transform Syria into an Islamic “Caliphate". But the rise of the jihadist movement has served Mr Assad’s interests by allowing him to pose as an essential bulwark against Islamist terrorism.

Isil fighters captured the oilfields of eastern Syria in 2013. Since then, the regime is believed to have funded the jihadists by purchasing oil from Isil. But those links are understood to extend further than was previously thought. Instead of merely being a customer for Isil’s oil, the regime is understood to be running some oil and gas installations jointly with the terrorist movement.

Mr Haswani’s company, HESCO, operates a gas plant in Tabqa, a town in central Syria which was captured by Isil last August. Officials believe this installation is being run jointly by Isil and personnel from the regime. The gas facility continues to supply areas of Syria controlled by Mr Assad.

Assad gegen den IS zu unterstützen macht nämlich in etwa so viel Sinn, wie mit der Islamischen Republik Iran in den Jihad gegen den Jihadismus zu ziehen.

7. März 2015, 10.59 Uhr:

Ein neuer Achsenpartner

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Die vom Iran unterstützten Houthis, die inzwischen große Teile des Jemen kontrollieren, suchen nach neuen internationalen Partnern.

The Houthis’ interim government has sent delegations to Iran in search of fuel supplies and to Russia to look for investment in energy projects, according to two senior Houthi officials. Another delegation is planning to visit China in the coming weeks, they said. (…)

Ihr Vorbild? Bashar al-Assad.

Khaled Fattah, an expert on Yemen, said the Houthis’ diplomatic strategy takes its inspiration from another, the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, another Iranian ally that has cultivated ties with Moscow and Beijing to lessen its international isolation and prevent its collapse.

Nicht aber deshalb, sondern weil im Jemen ein weiterer blutiger Bürgerkrieg droht, fragt dann auch Foreign Policy: Is Yemen Becoming the Next Syria?.

Und die Folgen? Armut, Hunger, Flucht, Elend:

According to U.N. reports, 13.4 million people have no access to safe water and sanitation and 8.4 million of the population have no access to adequate health care.

Yemen has the third highest malnutrition rate in the world, as over 10 million Yemenis are experiencing food shortages. As the political conditions in the country have steadily worsened, the food security situation has severely deteriorated. Yemeni children have become the most vulnerable due to continuing violence in the country. The number of acutely malnourished has hit 840,000.

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