Dia 23/3, os grupos Jabhat al Nusra e Ahrar al-Shams afiliados da Al-Qaeda, formados de estrangeiros, cruzaram a fronteira vindos da Turquia e atacaram a província de Latakia, no oeste da Síria. Tomaram o posto de fronteira de Kasab e a cidade armênia de Kessab. A população fugiu, enquanto os jihadistas removiam as cruzes das igrejas armênias e as substituíam por suas bandeiras negras. Os grupos jihadistas receberam apoio de artilharia e antiaéreo da Turquia. Um avião sírio que atacava os jihadistas foi abatido pelaforça aérea turca. Os jihadistas conseguiram capturar várias colinas antes de serem detidos por forças sírias de reforço. Depois que o avião foi derrubado, os radares antiaéreos sírios localizaram todos os aviões turcos que se aproximavam de suas fronteiras e prepararam-se para derrubá-los. Sabe-se que foi usada artilharia pesada contra os intrusos e que houve, entre eles, pesadas baixas. Os feridos deles foram transportados para a fronteira turca e atendidos em hospitais turcos. A campanha jihadista está claramente em dificuldades e bastarão apenas poucos dias até que tenham de bater em retirada.
Enquanto tudo parece possível, a suposição operacional entre alguns funcionários norte-americanos e europeus é que o Sr. Putin não vai invadir abertamente o leste da Ucrânia, mas ao invés disso, vai optar por um plano intermediário obscuro, usando agitadores locais e forças especiais talvez disfarçados para causar ainda mais agitação em grandes áreas de língua russa do país. U.S. Challenge Now Is to Stop Further Putin Moves, NYT.
A chanceler alemã Angela Merkel pode ensinar umas coisinhas ao presidenteBarack Obama dos EUA sobre como estabelecer um diálogo com o presidente Vladimir Putin da Rússia. Mas... Obama nada ouve. Obama prefere detonar o próprio currículo deprofessor de Direito Constitucional e pôr-se a emitir bobagens pomposas para uma plateia de pressuposta elite eurocrática, no coruscante Palais des Beaux-Arts em Bruxelas, como fez na 4ª-feira (26/3/2014), sobre Putin ser a maior ameaça à ordem global gerenciada pelos EUA desde a IIª Guerra Mundial. Mas não deu muito certo: a maioria dos eurocratas de escol estava ocupada fotografando selfies ou tuitando.
Barack Obama ran for office promising change; he delivered continuity. But then, continuity brought change – for the worse.
In 2008, “change” meant whatever voters wanted it to mean. Like the candidate, the word was a Rorschach inkblot.
Many, probably most, Obama voters had no clear idea what kind of change they expected. All they knew was that, under George W. Bush, the country had veered dramatically off course. They thought Obama would fix that.
Some voters did have more specific expectations. Some thought that Obama would wean the country off neoliberalism. With a financial and economic meltdown raging, the time was ripe.
Some expected him to restore the rule of law at least to pre-9/11 levels; many hoped and expected that Bush era war criminals would be brought to justice.
Others thought that the Democratic Party would become more like what it had been before the Clintons had had their way with it.
"The man is a shameless, lying, cynical, and utterly contemptible leader, even among his fellow politicians. He lies to cover the sins of his own nation in invading and occupying a country that posed no threat to us (a war of choice and opportunism about which the American people were deceived by his predecessor), yet he wants to claim moral high ground over Russia for protecting its own vital interests, as well as the ethnic Russians, in Crimea, which Putin has done without firing a shot and with the expressed democratic consent of the people of Crimea. It's one thing to see your government on the wrong side of an issue, but it's quite another to see it consciously engaged in an attempt to deceive the world and its own people about a situation that should not even concern us in the first place."
Barack Obama is one smooth operator, relentlessly expanding on the fascist domestic and international infrastructure bequeathed him by George W. Bush, the cartoon cowboy imperialist. As we described him in 2012, Obama is truly the “more effective evil” – a president who routinely commits the most brazen aggressions under the lawless doctrine of “humanitarian” intervention, and who has utterly trashed due process and the rule of law on the domestic front. If you want to see fascism built right, get a Black Harvard man to do it – and watch the internal resistance crumble.
Although Russian President Vladimir Putin has drawn a line against further NATO incursions and coups at his southern border – a move that most of Earth’s inhabitants undoubtedly applaud, given that polls have long confirmed that the U.S. is seen as thenumber one threat to peace in the world – U.S. public opinion reverts effortlessly to Cold War mode. Obama will have no problem gaining near-unanimous congressional support for the widest range of escalations against Moscow – from sanctions to natural gas wars to preparations for the shooting kind – while the ridiculous U.S. pseudo-Left, personified by Jon Stewart, of the Daily Show, snarks an historically-reversed narrative of post-1991 history in which Russia is constantly moving westward towards theEnglish Channel.
While anything seems possible, the operating assumption among some American and European officials is that Mr. Putin will not overtly invade eastern Ukraine but instead opt for a murky middle plan, using localagitators and perhaps undercover special forces to stir even more unrest in largely Russian-speaking areas of the country. U.S. Challenge Now Is to Stop Further Putin Moves, NYT
Putin is watching TV. Calls up his Chief of Intelligence: “Give Tyagnibok a medal for banning the use of Russian in Ukraine. What do you mean he isn't one of ours? Ok, give Yarosh a medal for the idea of blowing up Ukrainian gas transit lines. What do you mean, that's his own doing? How about that cretin Lyashko? How about those cretins from Svoboda—Miroshnichenko and others? So, DO WE HAVE ANY AGENTS ON THE GROUND IN UKRAINE AT ALL?! Where the hell are they? What the hell do you mean they bought a dump-truck of pop-corn and a tanker truck beer and are watching it like a movie?!!!” Hangs up in disgust. Calls again: “How could you let Muzychko get killed?” via Cluborlov
Indeed Putin can just sit back and enjoy the popcorn. The putschists government is doing its very best to disgrace itself, to in-fight with its ideological friends and to push Russian speaking Ukrainians closer to Russia. Just notice today's decision to suspend even more Russian language TV services in Ukraine. How is that supposed to convince Russian speakers in Ukraine that their voices will be heard?
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how despite (or perhaps due to) the situation in Crimea and Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin was enjoying a three-year high in his approval ratings.
On Wednesday, the independent Levada Center released their latest numbers for Putin, and they show that his popularity is growing even more. Putin now holds an enormous 80-percent approval rating. Just 18 percent of Russians appear unhappy with his leadership, the lowest number in years (the other 2 percent are unsure).
The Obama administration is taking no prisoners trying to “isolate” Russia on all possible fronts – with negligible results so far.
Here I outlined some reasons why Asia won’t isolate Russia. And here some reasons why the EU cannot afford to isolate Russia. Yet the Obama administration is relentless, and bound to keep attacking on three major fronts – the G20, Iran and Syria.
First, the G20. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop threw a balloon, speculating that Russia and President Vladimir Putin could be barred from the G20 summit in Brisbane in November.
The reaction of the other four BRICS member-nations was swift: “The custodianship of the G20 belongs to all member-states equally and no one member-state can unilaterally determine its nature and character.”
US-subservient Australia had to shut up. For now.
The BRICS, not by accident, are the key developing world alliance inside the G20, which actually discusses what matters in international relations. The G7 – which ‘expelled’ Russia from its upcoming meeting in Sochi, transferred to Brussels - is just a self-important talk shop.
EE.UU. y Europa no quieren controlar Ucrania y no buscan un conflicto con Rusia, sino que la OTAN ya hace 60 años que no hace sino llevar democracia, afirmó Barack Obama en un reciente discurso en el Palacio de Bellas Artes de Bruselas.
R2P, or the “responsibility to protect,” was a geopolitical tool used by the West after thoroughly destabilizing a nation through armed proxies to then intervene militarily, enact regime change, occupy, and reorder the nation both economically and sociopolitically. It has been used to devastating effect in Serbia in the carving out of Kosovo, as well as more recently in Libya.
In Kosovo, the Canadian National Post would report in their article, “U.S. supported al-Qaeda cells during Balkan Wars,” that:
In the years immediately before the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, the al-Qaeda militants moved into Kosovo, the southern province of Serbia, to help ethnic Albanian extremists of the KLA mount their terrorist campaign against Serb targets in the region.
The mujahedeen “were financed by Saudi and United Arab Emirates money,” said one Western military official, asking anonymity. “They were mercenaries who were not running the show in Kosovo, but were used by the KLA to do their dirty work.”
The United States, which had originally trained the Afghan Arabs during the war in Afghanistan, supported them in Bosnia and then in Kosovo. When NATO forces launched their military campaign against Yugoslavia three years ago to unseat Mr. Milosevic, they entered the Kosovo conflict on the side of the KLA, which had already received “substantial” military and financial support from bin Laden’s network, analysts say.
This reveals that the war itself was initially precipitated by NATO and thereafter expanded through the intentional training, funding, and arming of terrorists imported into the region with the specific goal of creating enough bloodshed to justify NATO intervention and the subsequent geopolitical reordering of Serbia.
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