This video by Alexandra E. from the USA says about itself:
Destabilization: Yemen, Libya, Iraq and Syria (Hillary Clinton Mix) #Bernie2016
25 February 2016
Apologies, I haven’t been posting but I will this weekend. Please don’t vote for this woman. It would be as if you’re voting for a crony, neo-con, with a war-hawk agenda. It is historically proven, Clinton will not only further destroy the Middle East but she will have the entire military industry at her bidding. Vote Bernie.
This video is from before the latest Clinton email leak.
By Bill Van Auken in the USA:
Leaked Clinton email admits Saudi, Qatari government funding of ISIS in Syria
12 October 2016
An email exchange between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager John Podesta, posted Monday by WikiLeaks, frankly acknowledges that the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) is funded and supported by Washington’s chief allies in the Arab world.
The September 2014 exchange was contained in one of the 2,086 documents posted by WikiLeaks Monday, following up on the release a week ago of over 2,000 more of Podesta’s emails and attachments.
At the time of the exchange on ISIS, Podesta was a White House counselor to President Barack Obama. One of the most powerful figures in the Democratic Party establishment, he is the former White House chief of staff to Bill Clinton, the former chairman of the Obama transition and a corporate lobbyist for corporations like WalMart, BP and Lockheed Martin. For her part, Clinton had left her post as secretary of state over a year earlier.
The email acknowledges that the sources for the assessment of the Saudi and Qatari support for ISIS “include Western intelligence, US intelligence and sources in the region.”
The document calls for increased reliance upon the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga as a key proxy force for combating ISIS in Iraq, pointing to the Kurdish militia’s “long standing relationships with CIA officers and Special Forces operators.”
It adds: “While this military/para-military operation is moving forward, we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL [ISIS] and other radical Sunni groups in the region.”
The email continues: “This effort will be enhanced by the stepped up commitment in the [Kurdish Regional Government]. The Qataris and Saudis will be put in a position of balancing policy between their ongoing competition to dominate the Sunni world and the consequences of serious US pressure.”
The Obama administration has publicly embraced Saudi Arabia as its closest Arab ally and the ostensible leader of an “Islamic alliance” against terrorism. The Saudi regime is the patron of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), which purportedly represents the so-called “moderate” opposition that is also supported by Washington in the more than five-year-old war for regime change against the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Officially, the US administration has maintained that, while wealthy individuals in Saudi Arabia and Qatar had helped to finance ISIS, the despotic governments of these oil monarchies were blameless.
This pretense was blown in October 2014, barely a week after the Podesta-Clinton email, when Vice President Joe Biden told an audience at Harvard University that the Saudi regime, along with other Gulf sheikdoms and Turkey, had “poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad. Except that the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra and Al Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”
“We could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them,” Biden added.
The US State Department subsequently “clarified” the vice president’s remarks and Biden himself apologized for “any implication that Turkey or other Allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of ISIL [ISIS] or other violent extremists in Syria.”
The contents of the Clinton-Podesta email are supplemented by a separate email released by WikiLeaks that includes an excerpt from a secret speech delivered by Clinton in 2013 that was flagged as problematic by her staff. In it she claimed that US attempts to “vet, identify, train and arm cadres of rebels” in Syria had been “complicated by the fact that the Saudis and others are shipping large amounts of weapons–and pretty indiscriminately–not at all targeted toward the people that we think would be the more moderate, least likely, to cause problems in the future.”
And previously, WikiLeaks posted a secret State Department memo signed by Clinton in 2009 that affirmed: “Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qa’ida, the Taliban, LeT, and other terrorist groups.”
The Clinton camp has responded to the latest release of emails by ratcheting up its virulently anti-Russian campaign, claiming that WikiLeaks was acting as a pawn of the Kremlin and that the material released may have been altered to serve Moscow’s foreign policy purposes.
In her debate Sunday with her Republican rival Donald Trump, however, Clinton herself acknowledged the authenticity of the documents, attempting to defend a statement quoted in one of them from a speech to real estate investors in which she declared that in politics “you need both a public and private position.” She claimed that her inspiration for this approach was Abraham Lincoln.
The method of the “public and private” position is clearly in force in relation to Saudi Arabia, and for good reason.
Saudi Arabia remains a key pillar of political reaction and imperialist domination in the Middle East, with its ruling monarchy constituting the world’s chief customer of the American arms industry. Some $115 billion in US weapons and military support have poured into the kingdom since Obama took office in 2009.
More importantly, the Saudi government support for Al Qaeda, ISIS and similar Islamist militias has developed in close collaboration with the CIA, which coordinated the flow of arms, money and foreign fighters into Syria from a station in southern Turkey.
Moreover, such collaboration began long before the Syrian civil war, dating back to the US-orchestrated war against the Soviet-backed regime in Afghanistan in the 1980s, where Al Qaeda got its start under the leadership of Osama bin Laden, who collaborated closely with the CIA and Pakistani intelligence.
The determination of the US ruling establishment to maintain a veil of secrecy over this collaboration was underscored by Obama’s veto–subsequently overridden–of legislation allowing Americans to sue foreign governments alleged to be responsible for terrorist attacks in the US. The clear target of the bill was Saudi Arabia, based on ample evidence of Saudi government involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives.
The overriding fear within the administration and US ruling circles is that any serious probing of the Saudi role in these attacks would uncover the complicity of elements within the US intelligence agencies themselves in the events of 9/11.
Another significant element of the Clinton-Podesta email is its welcoming of the ISIS 2014 offensive in Iraq. It states that “the advance of ISIL [ISIS] through Iraq gives the U.S. Government an opportunity to change the way it deals with the chaotic security situation in North Africa and the Middle East. The most important factor in this matter is to make use of intelligence resources and Special Operations troops in an aggressive manner.”
In other words, ISIS provided a pretext for launching a renewed US military intervention aimed at furthering the strategic goal of American hegemony in the Middle East under the guise of a struggle against terrorism.
The email exchange further exposes Hillary Clinton’s deep involvement in all of these crimes.
Georges Corm: «Les pays du Golfe comme les Etats-Unis ont armé et entretenu des groupes djihadistes»: here.
Now, even the Henry Jackson Society, far rightists, admits the link between the Saudi regime and jihadism. Still, British governments from the 1920s till Margaret Thatcher till Tony Blair till Theresa May; and United States governments from the 1940s till the older Bush till the younger Bush till Trump have long traditions of supporting the Saudi absolute monarchy.
Britain and France prepare military escalation in Syria: here.
Wednesday 12th October 2016
posted by Morning Star in Editorial
FORMER Tory minister Andrew Mitchell is known for his short fuse, but there is a marked difference between a spat with Downing Street police and conflict with Moscow.
His provocative proposal during the parliamentary debate on Syria that the “international community” should “confront” Russian airpower reveals dangerous brinksmanship.
Mitchell claims that this does not amount to “a declaration of war against Russia,” but he must understand the consequences of Nato shooting down a Russian warplane. He also knows that he, like his friends on the Tory benches and within New Labour’s irreconcilables, is playing to the gallery because no confrontation could take place without US participation.
Whatever President Barack Obama’s faults, he shows no predilection for Armageddon or a game of chicken that could end in that way.
Labour shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry provided a bright beam of sanity through the murk of sabre-rattling by the Tories and the B52 Liberals clustered on the opposition side.
Thornberry is no less moved by the fate of civilians in Aleppo, but, unlike Mitchell, she appreciates that not only Russian and Syrian forces kill people.
She recognises the need to re-establish the ceasefire brokered by John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov, isolate jihadi extremists, open safe channels for aid and facilitate talks to achieve a lasting peace.
And she backs the UN proposal for jihadi extremists to be escorted from Aleppo, as similar evacuations have ended violence in other urban areas.
The shadow foreign secretary also insisted that principles and values deployed over Syria be extended to Yemen where mass civilian casualties inflicted by Nato ally Saudi Arabia’s bombers draw weasel words of “concern” and “sorrow” from governments that sell arms to Riyadh.
She could have added Palestine, where Israel’s systematic ethnic cleansing proceeds without sanction.
Routine civilian casualties in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Pakistan, where Nato air power is deployed in defiance of international law, go unmentioned as cheerleaders for death and destruction feel qualified to pontificate on war crimes as though their hands are clean. Britain, France, the US and their allies commit a war crime every time they bomb Syria against the will of the internationally recognised government.
Russian planes and warships, along with volunteer militia from Lebanon, Iran, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, support that government against military intervention by jihadists recruited, trained and armed by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf states.
There are no totally accurate historical parallels, but Mitchell’s effort, backed up predictably by Labour MP John Woodcock, to present Russian aerial support to troops fighting to drive extremists out of eastern Aleppo as on a par with the nazi destruction of Guernica during the war to defend democracy in Spain is sickeningly perverse.
Mitchell’s party supported the fascist revolt in Spain, paying lip service to non-intervention while Italy and Germany overcame the Republican forces with limitless planes, tanks, artillery and regular army units.
Tories and their fifth column in the Labour Party disregard similar illegal supply of military hardware and recruits to the foreign jihadists that form the backbone of the forces pledged to overthrow President Assad. Even US Secretary of State Kerry has admitted Washington’s inability to persuade its surrogates in Aleppo to distance themselves from al-Qaida affiliate the Nusra Front, now renamed the Levant Conquest Front. They are a unified military force with a shared political goal.
Nato military action against the Assad regime risks conflict with Russia and is designed to strengthen the Nusra and Isis extremists ranged against Damascus.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Parliament pushes to bomb Syrian troops
PUSHING for the UK to begin openly bombing Syrian army positions and to consider taking action against Russian aircraft, Tory MP for Sutton Coldfield, Andrew Mitchell, requested an extraordinary emergency debate in Parliament yesterday.
Mitchell told the House of Commons that he called for a ‘No Fly Zone’ over parts of Syria where, if violated, Syrian or Russian forces would be shot down by US, UK and coalition forces.
Mitchell went on to call for sanctions against Russia and then went even further, equating Russia to the Nazis and demanding that they be charged with ‘war crimes’.
Right wing Labourites supported the Tory line, including MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy, MP for Wirral South Alison McGovern, and MP for Leicester West Liz Kendall.
Kendall said: ‘Does he agree with me that the reason why we haven’t managed to secure No Fly Zones so far that people are understandably concerned that this would escalate tensions and even conflict with Russia.
‘However, what is actually being proposed is that the answer to any air attacks against civilians in those No Fly Zones would be carefully targeted strikes against Assad and the Assad regime military assets only, and that is what is being proposed.’
Mitchell replied: ‘That is exactly right. Those who are killing civilians in Aleppo are relying on the fact that we fear escalation.’
Labour MP John Woodcock for Barrow and Furness said: ‘It is time to target Assad’s infrastructure, every time he is responsible for atrocities we will strike his infrastructure.’
Tory MP Kevin Foster, Coventry South, said: ‘Would he share my concern that Russia has moved very advanced S300 surface to air missile systems into Syria when clearly Daesh nor the Al Nusra front do not have a fast jet capability, and who does he think that those missiles might be targeted at?’
Tory MP Desmond Swayne for New Forest West said: ‘When we set up a No Fly Zone over Iraq we shot down Iraqi planes. Setting up a No Fly Zone in Syria will require the will to shoot down Russian planes, this may be the right thing to do, but we have to be aware of the consequences of our actions.’
Emily Thornberry, Labour shadow foreign secretary, opposed Mitchell’s proposal, she said: ‘The last thing we need is more parties bombing. We need to seek to work with the Russian government to restore the Kerry-Lavrov peace process, that means securing and maintaining a ceasefire and, in fact, people to draw back’.
Mitchell continued: ‘First we should single Russia out as a pariah … Russia must be confronted for its attacks on innocent civilians, both diplomatically and using hard power, sanctions, economic measures and we must seek to build support for multilateral military action to discharge our responsibility to protect. This is not about attacking Russia,’ he claimed, ‘it is about defending innocent civilians.’
John Redwood, Tory MP for Wokingham, intervened: ‘Would he agree with me that militarily there is no reason we could not enforce a No Fly Zone. The helicopters that are dropping barrel bombs could easily be brought down by rockets based in Turkey, in Lebanon or indeed our own type 45 destroyers in the Mediterranean.’
Mitchell said that because of Redwood’s military background he ‘knew what he was talking about’ and he agreed with him. On 17 September the US-led coalition carried out airstrikes on the Syrian Army killing 62 soldiers, this, in itself a war crime, was brushed off as ‘unintentional’ even though the attack lasted over an hour.
Reports then surfaced that a UK Reaper drone armed with Hellfire missiles was in the area at the time, which the MoD later confirmed. In December 2016 Parliament voted to carry out air strikes against Syria, with the proviso that the RAF were only to target IS and not the Syrian army and the Assad leadership.
WRP General Secretary Frank Sweeney commented on the debate: ‘Workers and trade unions must oppose this Tory drive to war against Syria and, by implication, Russia. War has always been the traditional way out of capitalist crises, and this May government is no different from any other Tory governments that have gone to war to keep crisis-ridden capitalism going.
‘The Labour Party must oppose this drive to war, and the trade unions and the TUC must declare that any British attack on Syrian or Russian forces in Syria will be met with a general strike to bring down the Tory government and bring in a workers government and socialism.’
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