13/08/2012

NATO wants to bomb Syria

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'The first attack happened about 4:30 pm, which was a twin engined Dornier Do 17 that came from the South, dropping approximately twelve 50-kilogram bombs over the town. On its flight back to the base, Do 17 started bombing buildings, the three story headquarters of the Izquerda Republican and the church of San Juan. At about 6 pm, the third wave of attacks occurred. This time, it was a Heinkel He 111 escorted by five Italian Flats under the command of Corrado “Rocca” Ricci. The next two waves of attacks were made by German twin-engine planes. From 6:30 to 6:45 pm the three squadrons of the Condor Legion, total twenty, nine planes attacked Guernicca. Meanwhile Bf 109 B and the Heinkel He 515 started shooting the civilians on the road out of town.

The attacks created a firestorm, which destroyed and most other were damaged. Only the arms factories of unceta and Company and Tallers de Guernica and Assembly House and the Oak survived. It was eventually estimated that there were as many as 10,000 deaths overall. Most dead were elderly people, women, and children.

The Condor Legion was assigned aerial missions throughout Spain as the main contribution to Nazi Germany to Francisco Franco’s forces. The Motivation of this attack was to scare the civilians and to go against the Republican Government of Spain as total; the condor Legion dropped 66 tons of bombs, overall.

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Photo 1: Nazi Germany bombs and destroys Guernica

Photo 2: NATO that actually arms gangs in Syria and calls for the bombing of Syria, bombs and destroys Belgrade

11/08/2012

Aleppo: Decisive Turning Point For More Than Syria

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After the retreat of the armed gangs in Aleppo, Britain that secretly provided these gangs with weapons and the latest satellite phones, has openly declared that it is in war with Syria.  British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the gangs, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million).  

The British taxpayer will not be happy with these new costs.

Britain has spent already more than £18 billion on the war in Afghanistan.

A leading defense expert has tallied the real costs of the UK’s seven-month-old military intervention in Libya on £1.75 billion.

Britain will pay €1billion (£841 million) for the construction of Nato's new headquarters in Brussels...

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Voice of Russia
August 11, 2012

Syria in flames
Ilya Kharlamov

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"Evidently, rebel forces, which consist of defectors, mercenaries and members of al-Qaeda, are powerless against a regular army. The West is thus faced with a dilemma: to leave everything as it is, or resort to a military intervention. Syria, Iran, Iraq, and probably, Lebanon, are planning to form an economic alliance. Opposition forces have become active in Turkey driven by a belief that President Erdogan’s policies are too premature and detrimental to the country’s interests. Erdogan is beginning to cross the Red Line drawn by Kemal Ataturk which precludes going beyond the borders of Turkey."

"{The Syrian people] should also foster relations with Russia, China, Venezuela, and Cuba – countries that support Syria. Hopefully, the circle of the so-called 'Friends of Syria' will expand as more countries favor Damascus’ position over that of neo-globalists, who are trying to subdue Syria and restore chaos in the Middle East."

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This week, international attention has been focused on the “hot” phase of the conflict in Syria. Government forces dislodged rebels from Syria’s second largest city Aleppo where opposition forces had planned to organize a base for foreign assistance and a springboard for launching further attacks.

Syrian and Jordanian servicemen clashed on the border between the two countries. The US slapped new sanctions on Damascus, while the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the importance of maintaining the presence of international observers in Syria whose mandate expires in August. Mr.Ban holds rebel forces responsible for the escalation of military operations in Aleppo.

Hopes voiced by Pentagon chief Leon Panetta to the effect that seizure of Aleppo by rebel forces would “drive the last nail into Assad’s coffin” fell through. The battle for Aleppo was deemed decisive by all parties involved, including the Assad regime, the rebel forces, and experts in the West. In case of success, the opposition was prepared to seize neighboring Idlib and turn it into a powerful base for launching new attacks. Western media kept repeating that seizure of Aleppo would provide the ‘Syrian uprising’ with a new vigor and would force the president to quit.

Judging by recent developments, the situation is changing in favor of the authorities.

Andrey Volodin of the Oriental Research Center met with a Voice of Russia correspondent.

"Evidently, rebel forces, which consist of defectors, mercenaries and members of al-Qaeda, are powerless against a regular army. The West is thus faced with a dilemma: to leave everything as it is, or resort to a military intervention. Syria, Iran, Iraq, and probably, Lebanon, are planning to form an economic alliance. Opposition forces have become active in Turkey driven by a belief that President Erdogan’s policies are too premature and detrimental to the country’s interests. Erdogan is beginning to cross the Red Line drawn by Kemal Ataturk which precludes going beyond the borders of Turkey."

However, Ankara is doggedly pursuing this track. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Turkey, reportedly to discuss support for Syria’s split opposition and Syria’s development after Bashar Assad’s departure with the Turkish leadership.

The Syrian people and authorities have a clear plan of action, says Oleg Fomin, co-chairman of the Russian Committee for Solidarity with Syria.

"The Syrian people should continue to defend their cities and villages against invaders and see to it that all sober-minded groups within Syrian society agre to sit down at the negotiating table. They should also foster relations with Russia, China, Venezuela, and Cuba – countries that support Syria. Hopefully, the circle of the so-called 'Friends of Syria' will expand as more countries favor Damascus’ position over that of neo-globalists, who are trying to subdue Syria and restore chaos in the Middle East."

As it became clear in the wake of the Aleppo battle, rebel forces include a large number of foreign mercenaries from Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Contacted by a Voice of Russia correspondent, the commander of the Free Syrian Army Riad al-Asaad denied the presence of al-Qaeda linked terrorists among rebel forces. According to Riad al-Asaad, the Syrian opposition is against all forms of extremism. Strange as it might seem, extremism seems to be the mildest word to describe the methods opposition forces are using against the country’s legitimate authorities.

Rebels and their western patrons are waging an info war. This week, they posted a report saying that a Russian general who coordinated the government’s military operations against the rebels was killed in Syria. Later in the week, the general met in person with journalists in Moscow.

As the armed conflict in Syria rages on, a number of countries have been making attempts to stop the bloodshed. Ministers from more than twenty countries and a UN representative gathered in Tehran on August 9th to discuss Syria.

Nevertheless, the situation is following the worst scenario, Irina Zvyagelskaya of the Oriental Studies Institute, says:

"The purpose of the current scenario is to force the regime to disintegrate and President Assad to resign. The opposition is set on pressing on with their demands. Once they achieve their goal, they will start to build a regime of their own, but their regime is unlikely to be better than the current one."

Washington and Brussels have been adding fuel to the fire by threatening to use force. The US has slapped new sanctions on Assad’s government and organizations that help Syria’s leadership. The US Treasury Department has included Hezbollah in the list of organizations that support the Syrian president. Earlier sanctions which were imposed on Syria by the US and the EU have brought no results.

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Photo: Erdogan, friend of Israel

10/08/2012

Britain’s role in fanning the flames of unrest in Syria

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Several media reports published by a gamut of media outlets from the British Daily Mail to the Israeli military intelligence website DEBKAfile have taken the lid off Britain’s role in fanning the flames of unrest in Syria.

It is therefore that British Foreign Secretary William Hague who secretly provided the armed groups in Syria with the latest satellite phones, has now openly declared war to Syria after the retreat of the by Britain sponsored armed groups in Aleppo. Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). 

The British taxpayer will not be happy with all these new costs.

Britain has spent already more than £18 billion on the war in Afghanistan.

A leading defense expert has tallied the real costs of the UK’s seven-month-old military intervention in Libya on £1.75 billion.

On February 7, 2011, Officials confirmed the rising scale of the cost against a background of Nato pledges to reduce its command structure, agencies and national HQs by 30 per cent in response to savage defence cuts in most of its 28 member states.  Despite the promises, of cuts to Nato bureaucracy, NATO began the construction on a new building to house military officials.  

'Nato's new headquarters in Brussels will cost its members €1billion (£841 million) 'at a time of deep cuts to British defence budgets' (Bruno Waterfield, journalist for the Telegraph, Brussels).

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Nato Brussels headquarters to cost €1billion

Nato's new headquarters in Brussels will cost its members €1billion (£841 million) at a time of deep cuts to British defence budgets and despite promises by the Alliance to cut its costs.

7 Feb 2011 - Officials confirmed the rising scale of the cost against a background of Nato pledges to reduce its command structure, agencies and national HQs by 30 per cent in response to savage defence cuts in most of its 28 member states.

But despite the promises of cuts to Nato bureaucracy, construction began in mid-December on a stylish new building to house military officials. Work is scheduled to finish in 2015.

John Glen, the Conservative MP for Salisbury and a member of the House of Commons defence select committee, expressed “frustration” at the spending of hundreds of millions of pounds on a building while British armed forces faced severe reductions.

”I find it very difficult to square news of this expenditure alongside the painful cuts that the MOD has had to bear,” he said. “I would urge Liam Fox, the Secretary of State, to work with other defence ministers across Nato to reduce the burden on the exchequer. We cannot afford it.”

Jim Murphy, the shadow defence secretary, said: “A lot of eyebrows will be raised and the government must be clearer that this is value for money for British taxpayers.”

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A British government spokesman said that Britain's contribution to the building's costs would be £105 million.

"The UK will contribute 12.5 per cent of this budget and we're scrutinising it closely for value for money. It is important that Nato has a good HQ," he said.

The announcement of the rising building bill came as Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary general of Nato, pleaded with national governments not to cut Alliance spending too far.

“Governments need to cut wisely because cuts that are too deep will make us unable to defend the security on which our democratic societies and prosperous economies are based,” he said.

Alliance officials insist that it is no longer possible to continue operating out of its current HQ, a “temporary” building given to Nato by Belgium in 1967 after it was expelled from Paris by France.

Since then, Nato has grown from 15 to 28 members and no longer has room for all its delegations.

The building’s undulating structure will consist of eight wings, converging in a glass-covered central hall, a design said to “symbolise the allies coming together, while glass walls are supposed to represent Nato’s transparency”.

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Photo: A scale model of the new NATO headquarters is diplayed at the construction site in Brussels

 

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09/08/2012

Syria slowly destroyed: role of Israel...

There is a media silence about Israel but Washington and Tel Aviv have a common military strategy in the Middle East 

Last week U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visited Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Jordan.

So it will not be a coincidence that the Egyptian military said yesterday that it had launched missile strikes from helicopters against suspected Islamist militants in the Sinai peninsula.

After the military action, Israeli forces said 'they killed some of the militants who broke through into Israel'.

There is now a heavy military build-up around al-Arish, correspondents reported, and Egypt's Rafah border crossing to Gaza has been indefinitely closed.

It clearly proves the West’s double-standard policy. The U.S. and its military allies are fighting 'terrorists' in Egypt but at the same time they support terrorist gangs in Syria with money and weapons.  They only think about their own interests. It is for this reason that the Syrian people suffer every day and why Syria is slowly destroyed.

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Trip Message: “Arab Spring” – Challenge and Opportunity

To All Department of Defense Personnel:
Last week, I took a four-day trip to the Middle East and North Africa – my 13th international TDY as a Secretary of Defense. Now that I am back in Washington, I wanted to share some of my experiences from the trip with you.

My visit to Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Jordan took place during a critical moment for the region. Amidst a great deal of turmoil, a real confluence of challenges and opportunities is emerging. We’ve seen peaceful democratic transitions in Tunisia and Egypt, brutal violence in Syria, and a continued threat to regional stability posed by Iran and violent extremism.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta conducts a press conference after a wreath-laying ceremony at the North Africa American Military Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia, July 30, 2012. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

As we left Washington on the way to Tunisia, it was clear that this trip would encompass many of these challenges and opportunities. Our first stop was Tunis, the capital of Tunisia and the site of the ancient city of Carthage. Tunisia was the birthplace of the Arab Spring, and one of the main purposes of the visit was to commend Tunisia’s leaders, and the people of Tunisia, on the success of their revolution. In meetings with President Marzouki, Prime Minister Jebali and Minister of Defense Zbidi I told them that the United States strongly supported Tunisia’s democratic transition. We all agreed that Tunisia’s emergence as a democracy provides an opportunity to build an expanded relationship across a range of issues – including economic and security cooperation.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta lays a wreath at the North Africa American Military Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia, July 30, 2012. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

After a series of bilateral meetings, I had the opportunity to pay my respects at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, where nearly 7,000 U.S. personnel who were killed or missing during the North Africa campaign in World War II are memorialized. It was an incredibly moving experience to lay a wreath at the cemetery, which is immaculately maintained thanks to the dedication of the American Battle Monuments Commission. I paused beside the grave of Foy Draper, an American gold medalist who ran with Jesse Owens during the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Draper was killed in the battle of Kasserine Pass in 1943. Like thousands of others who perished during that campaign, he will never be forgotten.

After visiting the cemetery, we made a brief stop to see the ruins of the old forum at Carthage, situated atop Byrsa Hill overlooking the blue waters of the Mediterranean. During a brief tour of the Carthage National Museum, I paused to look at beautiful, ancient mosaics – testament to the rich culture and history of the region.

My visit to Tunisia ended with an Iftar dinner graciously hosted by Minister of Defense Zbidi. It was an honor to break the Ramadan fast with the Minister and Tunisia’s senior military leaders, who have played a very positive role in the revolution. Tunisia still faces a number of challenges as it continues its democratic consolidation, but I came away from my time their impressed with its leaders courage and vision, and pleased to be able to assure them that the United States supports Tunisia’s democratic change.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, walks with Egyptian Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in Cairo, July 31, 2012. Panetta is on a five-day trip to the region to visit leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Jordan. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

Our next stop on this trip was Cairo. Egypt is also undergoing a peaceful democratic transition, and the main purpose of this visit was to meet with their newly elected leader, President Morsi, and with Field Marshal Tantawi, who has been instrumental in leading the historic transition to democratic, civilian rule. The U.S.-Egypt security relationship has been the bedrock of regional stability for more than 30 years. President Morsi affirmed his commitment to that partnership. In private and in public, my message to Egypt’s leadership and the Egyptian people was simple: the United States strongly supports Egypt’s democratic future through an orderly, peaceful and legitimate transition to a democratic system of government.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak brief the press at an Iron Dome anti-missile site in Ashkelon, Israel, Aug. 1, 2012. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

From Cairo I took a quick flight aboard a C-17 to Tel Aviv for my second visit to Israel as Secretary of Defense – and my fifth since joining the Obama administration in 2009. I have built a strong working relationship with my counterpart, Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, and he joined me at my hotel in Jerusalem for a private dinner soon after I arrived. Our conversation focused on the range of pressing security challenges confronting Israel and the United States in the region – most notably Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the violence being perpetrated by the Assad regime in Syria, on Israel’s northern border. The challenges facing the U.S. and Israel are significant, but in the face of those challenges we have reached what Minister Barak has called the strongest levels of defense cooperation in our history.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak speak with Israeli soliders at an Iron Dome anti-missile site in Ashkelon, Israel, Aug. 1, 2012. Panetta is on a five-day trip to the region to meet with leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Jordan. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

One tangible sign of that cooperation is the $275 million we have provided Israel to acquire the Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system. During my time in Israel, Minister Barak and I had the opportunity to travel to the outskirts of Ashkelon – about 45 minutes south of Tel Aviv – to tour an Iron Dome battery. Iron Dome has had a better than 80 percent success rate at hitting rockets fired from Gaza into Israeli population centers, and it has successfully intercepted more than 100 rockets. We can be proud of this system’s record of saving lives and preventing wider conflict in that region.

At the Iron Dome battery, I spoke publicly of the United States’s rock solid commitment to Israel’s security, which extends to dealing with the threat posed by Iran. The United States shares Israel’s commitment to preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, and I carried that message to President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu. While we are focused on increasing diplomatic pressure on Iran through sanctions, I also made clear, publicly and privately, that all options are on the table.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta meets with Jordanian King Abdullah in Amman, Jordan, in Aug. 2, 2012. Panetta is on a five-day trip to the region to meet with leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Jordan. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

From Israel, I made the short trip to Amman, Jordan, to consult with King Abdullah. This was my first trip to Jordan as Secretary of Defense. The situation in Syria, and its impact on Jordan, dominated our discussion. I told the King we appreciate Jordan’s efforts to keep his country’s borders open to those fleeing the violence in Syria, and that we will work closely with the Government of Jordan to provide humanitarian assistance in support of those affected by the violence in Syria. We both agreed that strong international pressure needs to be sustained to make clear that Assad must go, and that the Syrian people deserve to determine their own future.

After my meeting with the King, I returned to the airport and boarded the Air Force E4-B for the twelve and a half hour flight back to Washington. On the flight, I reflected on the many challenges and opportunities that are facing the region.

In each country, there was a clear desire for closer partnership with our military, and once again I was struck by the deep respect foreign leaders have for our Department of Defense. That is a tribute to you – the millions of men and women who support our mission of protecting the country, and advancing U.S. security interests around the globe. In a time of challenge and turmoil, your efforts are helping American play a positive role in supporting change throughout the region.

You will always have my gratitude, and the gratitude of the American people, for your work in helping us achieve a safer and more secure future.

Leon E. Panetta
Secretary of Defense

http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2011/0711_message1/

We have a lot of problems now with publishing our messages. The photo of Panetta and Barak's meeting was continuously blocked.  Is it a crime to say 'NO' to the American war propaganda and the armament of mercenary forces in independent countries ? 

Syria: Washington's war propaganda and the killing of Syrian journalists

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Terrorists used the latest British satellite phones for their attacks on the Syrian TV-buildings and the members of Syrian government...

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Washington bombs the world daily with colonial war propaganda and is systematically destroying all the information about Syria.
Even the website of the Syrian government is regularly blocked.
http://www.sana.sy/index_eng.html: 'This web page is not available'

On June 27, 2012, the Syrian journalists staged a sit-in in front of the General Organization of Radio & Television building, with the participation of Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi in condemnation of the terrorist attack against al-Ikhbariya TV Channel.

On August 8, 2012, journalists from various Syrian media outlets organized a solidarity stand outside the General Organization of Radio and TV building which was targeted by a sabotage act on Agust 6, 2012.

Last week President Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for the armed gangs seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government  (but probably there were already secret missions without the U.S. Senate was informed about it).  

Some days ago, the British Daily Mail reported also that Britain is secretly providing the terrorists in Syria with the latest satellite phones. 
The terrorists wich were secretly armed by the western countries during the continuous UN calls for the invasion of Syria, used this modern technology for their attacks on the Syrian TV-buildings and the members of Syrian government.

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Daily Mail: Britain Is Secretly Equipping Armed Groups in Syria with Latest Satellite Phones

August 5, 2012 - LONDON, (SANA) - Britain is secretly providing the armed groups in Syria with the latest satellite phones that are designed to resist water, dust and shock, the British Daily Mail reported.

"The supply of the latest generation of handsets is part of the Foreign Office’s mission to mould militias into a coalition capable of governing the country," said an article published on Sunday.

It highlighted that the phones that are being supplied to the terrorist groups are used by the Ministry of Defense as they are "designed for rugged environments and are shock, dust and water resistant."

The newspaper cited British government sources as confirming that the "Foreign Office is teaching negotiation and ‘stabilisation’ skills to opposition leaders, and advising on how to address the Syrian people and international audiences," a mission that "is complicated by the expansion of the conflict to all Syria’s major cities."

The Daily Mail reported, according to military experts, that "the presence of Foreign Office officials and the provision of training and equipment to the opposition means that British Special Forces are likely to be operating in Syria."

It indicated that teams from those units are believed to be infiltrating into Syria from their bases in Jordan.

The British newspaper quoted a former British Army commander, Richard Kemp, a former member of the Government’s Joint Intelligence Committee, as saying "The UK Government cannot give practical support to the rebels without a presence inside Syria, and any Foreign Office officials seeking to liaise with the opposition leaders would require close protection from Special Forces."

British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, announced last week that Britain is stepping up what he called 'practical help' to the armed terrorist groups in Syria in the coming weeks.

Hague did not reveal the nature of this help, but said that more details on this additional support to the Syrian opposition will be provided soon.

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'Three men at the heart of President Assad's defence team have died in a suicide bombing, Syrian state TV says'

BBC News, 18 July 2012 - The president's defence minister, brother-in-law and head of his crisis team were at a meeting at national security headquarters in Damascus.

No footage has yet emerged of the attack in which the national security chief and interior minister were also said to have been wounded.

It comes as rebels claim to have launched an offensive on the capital.

For the past three days, rebels have fought with troops in several parts of the city, declaring their operation, entitled Damascus Volcano, a final battle for the capital.

The rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) and a jihadist group calling itself Lord of the Martyrs Brigade both said they were behind the security headquarters bombing.