Tuesday, August 11, 2015

ISIL Serves as Pretext for US Regime Change Agenda in Syria – Analyst

News | 12.08.2015 | 00:05
Sputnik - Commenting on the former DIA head's recent admission that US intelligence had known that Jihadi groups which have now metastasized into ISIL have been active in Syria since at least 2012, geopolitics analyst Eric Draitser told Sputnik that the US use of Islamist militants to attempt to overthrow the Syrian government comes as no surprise to anyone.
Draitser, founder and editor of stopimperialism.org, noted that "the United States has been pursuing a regime change agenda in Syria really since 2011, but the agenda they were following has not panned out as it did in Libya." The analyst noted that while "in Libya [the US and its allies] were able to use their proxies connected with Al-Qaeda and other extremist groups to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi…in Syria it's been a very different scenario. The Syrian government has managed to withstand these attacks; they've managed to carry on the war more than four years now, and so the United States has needed a new [strategy] in order to achieve that geopolitical objective."
"Make no mistake about it: the removal of Assad's government in Damascus is really what this is all about," Draitser noted. "The emergence of the Islamic State in the last two years has provided a convenient pretext for the United States to be able to continue to pursue the same agenda."
Citing retired former Defense Intelligence Agency director Michael Flynn's recent interview for Al Jazeera, where the official admitted that the US did not interfere with the rise of Jihadist groups in Syria, despite knowledge of their existence dating back to at least August 2012, Draitser noted that "we [now] have documented evidence from the Defense Intelligence Agency –the memo which is now public information, that the United States knew about the rise of the Islamic State all the way back to 2012, and that they were willing to allow this extremist Salafist group to develop for the purposes of capitalizing on it in Syria. That's what the United States has known from the beginning, and that continues to be the strategy."
Turkey and the Buffer Zone
Moving on to comment on Turkey's ever-growing role in the Syrian conflict, Draitser noted that the US has benefited from Ankara's involvement, saying that the idea of the buffer zone merely serves to create a series of "safe havens for their proxies in northern Syria." The expert explained that Ankara itself has "capitalized on this in other ways, by using it to extend their fight against the Kurdish Workers Party –the PKK, and other elements in that area."
Draitser has absolutely no faith in the buffer zone, telling Sputnik that "it will work [only] in the sense that it will prolong the war, preventing the Syrian Arab Army and their Hezbollah allies from being able to mop up any remaining opposition," while providing "continuing support for the so-called [moderate] rebels –the non-Islamic State extremists that the Saudis, the US and others have been financing and supporting."
As to whether the buffer zone will assist Assad's enemies in deposing the Syrian government, Draitser does not believe that this will be likely either, noting that Turkey has in fact "now waded into open conflict, and are now reaping the rewards of that –that is to say the terror attacks in Istanbul and other parts of Turkey, which is the quite predictable blowback of Turkey's direct involvement in this conflict."
Draitser recalled that "Turkey has been involved in this conflict from the very beginning…providing safe havens to the extremists, and funneling arms across the border, working with the Syrian Muslim brotherhood, as the New York Times reported, and with others, but now that they're openly involved in a shooting war inside Syria, they will now face the consequences, as we've seen in the headlines in recent days."
No Diplomatic Solution Without Assad
Asked about the future of Syria, and how much longer the bloody conflict can possibly last, Draitser explained that "Syria is not going to be able to simply end this militarily…There's going to need to be some kind of political solution." The expert praised "the Syrian Arab Army, to Hezbollah and their allies, who have now fought this war for four years to a standstill, to the point where the United States and its regional allies who have been backing terrorist elements in Syria are simply unable to win militarily." 
Draitser believes that the Syrian government will now need to continue "to fight until a political solution can be reached," noting that hope in this regard can be found in Moscow. The expert argues that Russia's "diplomatic drive with the Saudis, with Syria and Iran, trying to unite all of these elements and using the Islamic State as the galvanizing force –this is really for the purposes of getting some kind of a lasting solution for Syria." 
Noting that it will be impossible for the Syrian government to be deposed by military means alone, Draitser believes that "what the Saudis and their allies in Washington would like to do is to force Russia into a diplomatic corner so that they abandon Assad and move toward some form of 'transitional government' or 'transitional stage'." The expert does not believe this to be a likely outcome, noting that it would serve as a "tremendous diplomatic defeat for Moscow."
Ultimately, Draitser believes that "the most likely scenario is that this conflict will continue, with the Saudis continuing to play their diplomatic double game, while Moscow continues to back Damascus and their allies in Tehran, until such time that the Saudis are willing to abandon the fanciful notion that Assad is not going to be part of a diplomatic and political solution…Once that happens, there could be an end to this war."

Syria and Ukraine "Conflict" cynically interconnected

Syria – Ukraine: Sinister Connection

Vladislav GULEVICH | 11.08.2015 | 00:00

Shaun Walker, a British journalist, visited Ukraine in July to highlight the situation in the east of the country. He shared his impression in his article published by The Guardian.
Actually, Walker did not say anything new about Muslim battalions fighting alongside the forces of Ukraine’s regime; he just confirmed again the fact that there is a close link between Ukrainian nationalists and Islamists united in the fight against their common enemy – Russia. The Dzhokhar Dudayev and Sheikh Mansour battalions came to Ukraine last spring. The units are manned by foreign citizens mainly coming from the member-states of the European Union. According to the Ukraine’s laws still in force, the «Muslim battalions» are illegal armed formations. Their fighters are felons «who act in collusion as a criminal group to commit two or more premeditated murders».
After lawlessness prevailed over the rule of law in Ukraine (that’s what was the main reason to make people rise against the regime in Donbass, the eastern part of Ukraine, where armed groups going on a rampage has become a daily routine. It is not perceived as something unusual anymore. The gang of armed Islamists is formally called the Dzhokhar Dudayev International Peacekeeping Battalion.
Denmark was the first country where the formation of «Muslim Battalion» was announced. It was stationed on the territory of Ukraine to wage a terrorist war against Russia. The announcement was made in early March 2014, a week after the coup in Kiev. The creation of the unit was initiated by the organization called Free Caucasus, which on March 3, 2014 made public its full support of Euromaidan and the new government of Ukraine. It called upon «all the democratic countries of the world to unite against the Russian evil empire». The battalion was led by Isa Munayev, the head of Free Caucasus. The terrorist leader said, »Any enemy of Russian Federation is automatically my friend».
He died in the battle for Debaltsevo in February 2015. Adam Osmayev, a 34-year- old son of a rich man who made his fortune in oil business, headed the battalion after the death of Munayev. Munayev was sent to fight the "Russian evil empire" from Denmark. Great Britain served as a launching base for Osmayev. The current commander of Dzhokhar Dudayev lived there for a long time (from 1994 to 2001). Graham Phillips wrote that Osmayev «should be placed on a list of wanted terrorists in the UK».
But Great Britain does not do it. Perhaps the British need him for their own purposes. According to Graham Phillips, he travelled to Odessa, Ukraine, on a false passport in 2012. There, during the rule of Yanukovych, he was apprehended for his part in terrorist activities. The new Ukrainian rulers freed him in November 2014. According to his own words, he was released from prison late last year to get to the frontline in Debaltsevo «within a day or two». 
Adam Osmayev told Shaun Walker that is trying to entice Chechens away from fighting in Syria (according to estimates, 200-1000 Chechens are fighting there in the ranks of anti-government forces). «If the Ukrainians made the right conditions they would come here instead». The activities to create «the right conditions» are on the way. 
According to Walker, the Sheikh Mansur battalion has a more overtly Islamistbent. Its commander, who would give his name only as «Muslim», did not hide the fact that he belonged to the North Caucasian terrorist underground movement which carried out a number of horrific terror attacks such as the Nord-Ost theatre siege in October 2002 and the Beslan school massacre in September 2004. Muslim said he twice crossed the border between Ukraine and Poland illegally when he went to meet Munayev.
Today the Sheikh Mansur battalion already has seasoned warriors in its ranks who got combat experience in Syria fighting with the opposition against the government. The Syria-Ukraine linkage is becoming a sinister connection. There had been 2 million Christians in Syria (around 10% of the whole population) before the war. The militants unleashed real terror against them. The death toll among Christians is estimated in thousands, people are burnt alive and crucified, the terrorists cut their heads off... The world turns a blind eye on it. Christendom is dying out in Syria.
The Syria-Ukraine connection has not come to light as yet but there are many reasons to believe that it’s a part of grand project. Nowadays the armed gang called «the Chechen battalion named after Sheikh Mansour» operates in the Donbass. It shares the barracks with Pravy Sector, the Ukraine’s extremist organization. The Ukrainian regime is gathering anti-Christian militants from all the corners of the world: Islamists, ultra-nationalists, racists, and neo-Nazi. And it’s just a beginning…

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Auch bei größter Hitze und gerade in Anbetracht drohender Gewitterstürme und der allerorten wachsenden Not ist es unabdingbar auf die heilenden Kräfte zu orientieren, auf jene Staaten und Völker, die uns voran helfen. Diese sind nicht nur das kleine Cuba, sondern auch das große China und sein größter Handelspartner  Brasilien. Russland, ob nun auf kapitalistischer Wirtschaftsbasis oder nicht, ist heute eine Friedensmacht, die die richtigen en Bündnisse einzugehen versteht: BRICS/SCO und mit ihnen gemeinsam Alternativen zu den erpresserischen Institutionen  Weltbank und IWF schmiedet. Mehr dazu bald.