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August 28 2013

Diese Syrien-Nummer ist ja auch mal wieder herzallerliebst. ...

Diese Syrien-Nummer ist ja auch mal wieder herzallerliebst. Wir haben da ein Land, das diplomatisch isoliert ist. Dessen Terroristen/Rebellen vom Ausland mit Waffen versorgt werden. Das sehen kann, dass die Amerikaner händeringend einen Vorwand suchen, um einen Befreiungskrieg zu startet. Um sich selbst von der NSA-Affäre zu befreien meine ich natürlich.

Regiert wird das Land von einem Diktator, der im Westen Medizin studiert hat. Er war Chef der Computer Society und war Internet-Vorreiter in Syrien. Will sagen: Der ist nicht doof, der hat gesehen, wie Medien funktionieren, und der hält sich im Internet auf. Der muss wissen, was die Welt von ihm und seinem Regime hält. Und der muss die NSA-Geschichte gesehen haben. Der hat live beobachten können, wie das damals mit dem Irak-Krieg losging mit den angeblichen Inkubator-Babies. Und DER soll jetzt Chemiewaffen gegen seine eigene Bevölkerung eingesetzt haben? Dass da Chemiewaffen eingesetzt wurden, erscheint ziemlich klar, aber was hat denn Assad dabei zu gewinnen? Bzw in welchem Szenario hat der damit etwas anderes als massive Verluste zu erwarten?

Das erscheint mir alles ausgesprochen unglaubwürdig, was da gerade abläuft.

Auch die Geschichten mit den Uno-Beobachtern ist so ein Ding. Ich finde es ja alleine schon grotesk, dass ausgerechnet die USA es wagen, überhaupt den Mund aufzumachen beim Thema Chemiewaffen und Uno-Inspektoren. Aber hey, ignorieren wir das mal. Syrien lässt also Inspektoren rein. Und beschießt sie dann mit Scharfschützen. Ergibt das für irgendjemanden auch nur den Hauch eines Sinns? Für mich nicht.

Dann stellt sich natürlich die Frage, ob man den Rebellen zutrauen kann, diese ganze Geschichte zu inszenieren. Das kann ich nicht einschätzen. Aber ganz ohne Hilfe ausländischer Geheimdienste werden die nicht auskommen müssen.

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Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack Carried Out by Rebels, Says UN (UPDATE) | Las Vegas Guardian Express

Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack Carried Out by Rebels, Says UN (UPDATE) | Las Vegas Guardian Express
http://guardianlv.com/2013/08/syrian-chemical-weapons-attack-carried-out-by-rebels-says-un

As the Syrian revolt continues to tear the country apart, the international community has been eager to condemn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, even as it became clear that the rebels do not, in fact, represent a popular uprising against the oppression of the Assad regime. According to UN diplomat Carla del Ponte, however, it appears that the recent chemical weapons attack, in April, was carried out by the Syrian rebels and not the regime, as it had been widely assumed. Speaking to a Swiss television channel, del Ponte said that there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels had carried out the attack. She also said UN investigators had seen no evidence of the Syrian army using chemical weapons, but that further investigation was needed.

The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated ❝« Non, cette carte n'est pas une blague »❞

The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated

« Non, cette carte n’est pas une blague »

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/08/27/the-one-map-that-shows-why-syria-is-so-complicated

Après le petit texte qui explique que le Proche-Orient c’est compliqué, puis le graphique qui explique que le Proche-Orient c’est compliqué, voici la CARTE qui explique que la Syrie (et le Proche-Orient) c’est compliqué :

Now that the United States is strongly signaling that it will lead some form of limited offshore strikes against Syria in response to suspected chemical weapons attacks on civilians, one point you’re going to hear repeated over and over about the country is that it’s complicated. And that’s no joke, as the above map helps to drive home.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/files/2013/08/Levant_Ethnicity_lg-smaller1-zoom.jpg

The Middle East, explained in one (sort of terrifying) chart Après le petit texte (posté deux fois…

The Middle East, explained in one (sort of terrifying) chart

Après le petit texte (posté deux fois sur seenthis) expliquant que oui, le Proche-Orient c’est compliqué, voici le graphique qui explique aussi que, oui, le Proche-Orient c’est compliqué.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/08/26/the-middle-east-explained-in-one-sort-of-terrifying-chart

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/files/2013/08/BSm0bOBCYAAAph6.jpg

What could be simpler than the Middle East? A well-known Egyptian blogger who writes under the pseudonym The Big Pharaoh put together this chart laying out the region’s rivalries and alliances. He’s kindly granted me permission to post it, so that Americans might better understand the region. The joke is that it’s not a joke; this is actually pretty accurate.

#proche-orient #visualisation #graphique #infographie #cartographie

Peace & Security | Syria crisis demands tough diplomacy, not military strikes

Peace & Security | Syria crisis demands tough diplomacy, not military strikes

http://www.tni.org/article/syria-crisis-demands-tough-diplomacy-not-military-strikes

The threat of a reckless, dangerous, and illegal US or US-led assault on Syria is looking closer than ever. However any attack will not protect civilians—it will mean taking sides once again in a bloody, complicated civil war.

 http://www.tni.org/sites/www.tni.org/files/imagecache/landscape_large/azaz_syria_during_the_syrian_civil_war_displacement_with_tractor.jpg

The US government has been divided over the Syria crisis since it began. Some, especially in the Pentagon and some of the intelligence agencies, said direct military intervention would be dangerous and would accomplish nothing. Others, especially in Congress and some in the State Department, have demanded military attacks, even regime change, against the Syrian leadership, even before anyone made allegations of chemical weapons. The Obama administration has been divided too, with President Obama seemingly opposed to any US escalation. The American people are not divided—60% are against intervening in Syria’s civil war even if chemical weapons were involved.

#syrie #proche-orient

August 27 2013

שחררו את פלסטין Verified account ‏@SultanAlQass...

שחררו את פלסטין Verified account ‏@SultanAlQassemi The #Syria -n opposition has handed Western powers a list of suggested targets for strike, sources told Reuters. - AJE https://twitter.com/SultanAlQassemi/status/372331207737880576 // oAnth: read also the short discussion thread at the twitter status "since when the opposition know more than western intelligence?" cf. _Veteran #Saudi Power Player Prince Bandar Works To Build Support to Topple #Assad - WSJ.com_ http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323423804579024452583045962.html

Politics, Power, and Preventive Action » When America Attacked Syria

Politics, Power, and Preventive Action » When America Attacked Syria
http://blogs.cfr.org/zenko/2012/02/13/when-america-attacked-syria

While the United States was supposed to have been a neutral entity in Lebanon as part of the MNF, by summer 1983 it had openly sided with the pro-Israeli Lebanese government. To support the Lebanese military, the U.S.S. New Jersey was authorized to shell the Druze militia and Syrian military forces in the mountains surrounding Beirut. As Colin Powell later described the response: “When the shells started falling on the Shiites, they assumed the American ‘referee’ had taken sides against them. And since they could not reach the battleship, they found a more vulnerable target: the exposed Marines at the airport.”

Au JDD, on te me bombarderait bien « des quartiers où peu de civils vivent », de façon « brutale »,…

Au JDD, on te me bombarderait bien « des quartiers où peu de civils vivent », de façon « brutale », mais c’est pas des bombardements, c’est de la « dissuasion du point de vue du droit international » (ah bon) : Syrie, vers une intervention "courte et brutale" ?
http://www.lejdd.fr/International/Moyen-Orient/Actualite/Syrie-vers-une-intervention-courte-et-brutale-625934

L’hypothèse d’une intervention militaire contre des intérêts stratégiques du régime syrien semble en effet à l’heure actuelle la plus probable. « Il serait plus logique de mener une action rapide avec une coalition limitée qu’une action plus tardive avec une coalition plus large », assure à l’AFP Bruno Tertrais, de la Fondation de la recherche stratégique à Paris. « Nous allons a priori vers une intervention courte et brutale », pense également François Heisbourg. Cette opération punitive, « ou de dissuasion du point de vue du droit international », se mènerait par « des tirs et des raids aériens », ajoute le conseiller spécial. A Damas, les intérêts militaires se situeraient par ailleurs dans des quartiers où peu de civils vivent, ce qui faciliterait une telle action.

#l'odeur_du_napalm

Will we bomb Syria ? Yes, say press stories as papers urge Cameron not to do it

Will we bomb Syria? Yes, say press stories as papers urge Cameron not to do it
http://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2013/aug/26/davidcameron-national-newspapers?CMP=ema_546&et_cid=46675&et_rid=484358

Are we really about to launch an attack on Syria? If you read the headlines in most of Britain’s national newspapers today you would be forgiven for thinking it’s a certainty.

“Missile strikes on Syria in days” (Daily Mail); “Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria” (Daily Telegraph); “We’ll bomb Syria” (Daily Mirror); “Syria: air attacks loom as West finally acts” (The Independent); “Britain and US missile strike on Syria likely ’within days’” (Daily Express); “Britain & US ’to hit Syria in days’” (The Sun); “We will bomb Syria ’in days’” (Daily Star); “West eyes air strikes on Syrian military” (Financial Times).

Mais:

In other words, the largely gung-ho news headlines are not reflected in the concerns of editorials - something of a first, I do believe.

#l'odeur_du_napalm

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Une introduction à l'« Orient compliqué » : A Short Guide to the Middle East : letter to the editor…

Une introduction à l’« Orient compliqué » :

A Short Guide to the Middle East : letter to the editor published in the Financial Times

http://now.msn.com/a-short-guide-to-the-middle-east-letter-to-the-editor-published-in-the-fina

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That whole Middle East deal sure can be confusing. Thankfully, in this concise and clearly articulated letter to the editor published in the Financial Times, Mr KN Al-Sabah, of London, lays it all out in a way anyone can understand. In full, his letter, entitled “A Short Guide to the Middle East,” read:

Sir, Iran is backing Assad. Gulf states are against Assad!
Assad is against Muslim Brotherhood. Muslim Brotherhood and Obama are against General Sisi.
But Gulf states are pro Sisi! Which means they are against Muslim Brotherhood!
Iran is pro Hamas, but Hamas is backing Muslim Brotherhood!
Obama is backing Muslim Brotherhood, yet Hamas is against the US!
Gulf states are pro US. But Turkey is with Gulf states against Assad; yet Turkey is pro Muslim Brotherhood against General Sisi. And General Sisi is being backed by the Gulf states!
Welcome to the Middle East and have a nice day.

#Proche-Orient #Golfe #US #géopolitique

Exclusive : CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran - By Shane Harris and Matthew M.…

Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran - By Shane Harris and Matthew M. Aid |

Foreign Policy
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/08/25/secret_cia_files_prove_america_helped_saddam_as_he_gassed_iran

The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America’s military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen, Foreign Policy has learned.

In 1988, during the waning days of Iraq’s war with Iran, the United States learned through satellite imagery that Iran was about to gain a major strategic advantage by exploiting a hole in Iraqi defenses. U.S. intelligence officials conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein’s military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin, a lethal nerve agent.

The intelligence included imagery and maps about Iranian troop movements, as well as the locations of Iranian logistics facilities and details about Iranian air defenses. The Iraqis used mustard gas and sarin prior to four major offensives in early 1988 that relied on U.S. satellite imagery, maps, and other intelligence. These attacks helped to tilt the war in Iraq’s favor and bring Iran to the negotiating table, and they ensured that the Reagan administration’s long-standing policy of securing an Iraqi victory would succeed. But they were also the last in a series of chemical strikes stretching back several years that the Reagan administration knew about and didn’t disclose.

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