Pentagon whitewash of hospital bombing rejected by Doctors Without Borders

This 4 October 2015 video is called Kunduz attack may amount to war crime – UN Human Rights chief.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

MSF/Doctors Without Borders: Kunduz report leaves important questions unanswered

Today, 20:08

MSF is shocked by the investigation report by the US military about their bombing of an MSF hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz. According to MSF director Christopher Stokes the findings just cause more questions.

Stokes finds it shocking that US troops launched an attack without having a view of the target and without having a list of buildings that should not be attacked.

He also points out faltering communication. During the attack, MSF staff have called the US Americans to say that they made a mistake. Yet the Americans continued bombarding. In the bombardments at least thirty people died.

Huge negligence

The series of faults points according to MSF to a massive failure by the US military. The destruction of the hospital can not be brushed aside by the organization as a human error, as the military does .

“It seems that thirty people died and hundreds of thousands of people in Kunduz are now without life-saving care because the hospital was closest to an open field and roughly resembled the description of the target,” writes Stokes.

MSF again calls for an independent investigation. “Research into this terrible event should not only be done by the parties involved in the conflict in Afghanistan.”

No to Turkish-Russian and world war

This video from the USA says about itself:

Jon Stewart: Turkey’s Erdogan helps ISIS at Kobane

16 November 2014

From the World Socialist Web Site:

Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet and the danger of world war

25 November 2015

1. The downing of a Russian fighter-bomber by Turkish fighter jets yesterday on the Turkish-Syrian border is a flagrant act of war. Turkish authorities have seized on the alleged Russian violation of their airspace to launch a monumental escalation of the proxy war in Syria between Islamist opposition fighters supported by NATO and the Russian-backed regime of President Bashar al-Assad. It threatens to provoke all-out war between Russia on the one hand, and Turkey and the rest of the NATO alliance on the other.

Turkish officials claimed that the Russian SU-24 had violated Turkish air space for one minute, while Russian officials said that it never left Syrian air space at all. The Turkish air force did not scramble jets to warn the Russian fighter or escort it back to Syrian air space, but, after allegedly warning the Russian jet for five minutes, shot it down.

The surviving Russian SU-24 pilot Konstantin Murakhtin claims that the Turkish air force had not warned him at all.

It is unthinkable that Turkey would have taken a decision against a powerful neighbor, fraught with incalculable consequences, without direct prior approval from the US government.

2. US officials supported the Turkish downing of the Russian plane, making clear that they are willing to accept a direct military clash with Russia, a nuclear-armed power, in order to crush its intervention in Syria to defend the Assad regime.

At a press conference yesterday with French President François Hollande in Washington, Obama endorsed the downing of the Russian jet, claiming that Turkey “has a right to defend its territory and its airspace.” This amounts to a blank check to Turkish forces to attack Russian fighter jets again, should similar circumstances arise.

Obama then bluntly warned Russia not to attack Islamist opposition militias in western Syria that are supported by NATO: “I do think that this points to an ongoing problem with the Russian operations in the sense that they are operating very close to a Turkish border, and they are going after a moderate opposition that are supported by not only Turkey but a wide range of countries. And if Russia is directing its energies towards Daesh and ISIL,

Daesh=ISIL=ISIS. The first acronym is in Arabic, the two other ones in English.

some of those conflicts, or potentials for mistakes or escalation, are less likely to occur.”

After Obama spoke, former US Ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns again made clear that the Turkish government had acted as a proxy for Washington by shooting down the Russian plane. He told PBS News that US officials were considering declaring a no-fly-zone in the Syrian-Turkish border area. This would mean shooting down Russian fighters overflying the area in order to protect the Islamist opposition forces—that is, doing precisely what Turkey did.

3. The comments of Obama and Burns underscore the fraud of Washington’s claims to be waging a “war on terror” aimed at the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militia. While claiming to oppose Islamist terrorism, Washington is in fact protecting Islamist militias in the Lattakia mountain areas that include the Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front, as well as Chechen Islamist fighters. On the pretext of fighting ISIS, Washington is in fact recklessly pursuing its geopolitical ambitions, which in the Middle East currently center on removing Assad from power.

This is only one step in a further confrontation with any powers posing a military obstacle to the ambitions of US imperialism, including Assad’s key allies, Russia and Iran, as well as China. Even as he was preparing to escalate the conflict in the Middle East, Obama exploited top-level summits in Asia over the past week to ramp up the US confrontation with China over its territorial claims in the South China Sea.

4. It is becoming ever clearer that ISIS itself emerged and was presented in the international media primarily in line with the shifting needs of the imperialist powers as a pretext for their wars. After the Obama administration sought to justify the pullout from Afghanistan by assassinating Osama bin Laden in 2011—when he was hiding in Pakistan, a key US ally—there was no clear target for the “war on terror.” Washington and the other NATO powers worked directly with Islamist militias as proxies, in the 2011 Libyan war and the beginning of the Syrian conflict.

The situation changed, however, when Washington and Paris were forced to pull back from a planned war in Syria in 2013, due to its unpopularity and deep divisions in the foreign policy establishment. As the NATO powers sought to find a way to justify a war, the claim that they were fighting against Islamist terrorism—though completely belied by their actual record of relying on these forces—again became attractive to them as a way of marketing the war.

Though its operations were little different than the bombings and atrocities carried out by other Islamist militias in Syria, ISIS was selected for attack in the media, while other similar Islamist groups continued to enjoy tacit and even explicit US support.

Yesterday’s events further darken the cloud of suspicion that hangs over the November 13 attacks in Paris, and the terrorists’ astonishing ability to pull off an operation under the noses of the intelligence services. In fact, close connections exist between Islamist terror groups and the NATO powers. The security panic whipped up by ruling circles in Europe after the attacks, along with confusion sown over the phantom war with ISIS, helps these powers create the political climate for the pursuit of their ambitions through catastrophic global wars.

5. The timing of the shoot-down is highly significant, coming also against the backdrop of conflicts between Washington and imperialist powers in Europe, particularly Germany and France, over the degree of Russian involvement in a planned neo-colonial settlement of the Syrian war. Washington has moved to decisively scuttle European attempts to negotiate a deal with Russia.

After the ISIS attacks in Paris and November 14 talks in Vienna, Hollande announced plans to forge a united coalition of the United States, Russia, and the European powers to fight ISIS in Syria and negotiate the ouster of Assad on terms acceptable to all the major powers.

As Hollande arrived for talks with Obama in Washington, however, the downing of the Russian jet presented him with a fait accompli, cutting off his diplomatic overtures towards Russia. The attack, USA Today noted, “badly damaged France’s drive to build an alliance with the United States and Russia to defeat the Islamic State in retaliation for the Paris attacks.”

6. Since the US- and German-backed coup in Ukraine last year, the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) has repeatedly warned of the danger of world war. These warnings are being realized with extraordinary speed.

Today, the danger of war between nuclear-armed Russia and the nuclear powers of the NATO alliance is openly referred to in the media and by leading politicians. This danger does not, however, give pause to the reckless assertion of imperialist interests, above all by the United States. Instead, they are stepping up the war drive.

7. The Russian and Chinese regimes offer no counterweight to the ever more unhinged policies of the imperialist powers.

Events in Syria again point to the catastrophic geopolitical consequences of the dissolution of the USSR a quarter century ago. Moscow is desperate to defend its residual influence in the Middle East and to stop Islamist fighters from Chechnya and other regions of Russia from toppling Assad and returning to fight in Russia, where they can easily exploit the anger caused by disastrous social conditions and by the Russian-chauvinist policies of the Kremlin.

The warning made by Trotsky, that the restoration of capitalism in Russia would be followed by its transformation into a semi-colony, is being fulfilled. Putin’s delusion that the offensive of imperialism can be answered by using Russia’s military might is not only hopeless, it leads to catastrophic consequences. The policy of the Kremlin oscillates between surrender to imperialism and reckless military measures posing the danger of world war with the imperialist powers.

8. A world war is not only possible, it is inevitable, unless it is stopped by the emergence of a revolutionary movement in the international working class.

The war in Syria emerged and grew into an explosive proxy war, devastating the lives of millions and drawing in all the major powers in the region, as the imperialist powers sought to crush the Egyptian revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The next political offensive of the international working class must base itself on the struggle for socialism against the looming danger of imperialist world war.

World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board

Ukrainian officials endorse Turkish downing of Russian jet: here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

US-led Combined Joint Task Force spokesman Steve Warren distanced Nato from Turkey’s actions, saying: “This is an incident between the Russian and the Turkish governments. It is not an issue that involves the coalition.”

In Britain, Stop the War Coalition convener Lindsey German said the incident was a “major escalation” in the war which “highlights the folly of David Cameron’s drive to involve Britain in bombing.”

“Further military intervention will lead to even further rivalry between the major powers,” she warned. “Labour MPs should follow Jeremy Corbyn’s lead and say No to bombing.” …

Damascus and Kurdish rebels have produced video evidence showing that Turkey has allowed Isis to smuggle arms, money and recruits across its border into Syria.

British Conservative pro-nuclear weapons McCarthyism

This video from Britain says about itself:

Liam Fox resigns as Defence Secretary over Werritty links

14 October 2011

Defence Secretary Liam Fox has resigned over his connections with his close friend and unofficial lobbyist Adam Werritty.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Cold war heckle for ‘commie’ peacenik

Wednesday 25th November 2015

THE last Communist MPs, Willie Gallacher and Phil Piratin, lost their seats in the 1950 general election, writes Luke James.

But the spectre of communism was apparently haunting the Commons again yesterday during the debate on Trident renewal.

Arch-Thatcherite Tory MP Liam Fox shouted “communist” at Green MP Caroline Lucas after she argued nuclear weapons are “making us less safe, not more safe.”

It was a cold war-era heckle in defence of a cold war-era defence system.

You wonder whether the Tories are running out of bogeymen to justify the cost of Trident.

British Conservatives, Saudi Arabia and ISIS

This video from the USA says about itself:

ISIL/Daesh terrorists armed by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE

4 October 2014

US Vice President Joe Biden openly admits at a speech in Harvard University that ISIS terrorists were armed and funded by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Ashdown: PM must put pressure on Gulf rulers to block Isis funds

Wednesday 25th November 2015

DAVID CAMERON’S cosy connections with rich Gulf rulers means he is scared to pressurise them into cutting off funding to Islamic State (Isis), Lord Ashdown said yesterday.

The Tory PM is being told to urge Saudi Arabia, Qatar and United Arab Emirates (UAE) to stem the flow of cash financing weapons and assets that end up in the hands of Isis murderers.

Mr Cameron needs to address this “failure” when he announces tomorrow how and when RAF air strikes would target Isis in Syria, the former Lib Dem leader said on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

Stop the War Coalition convener Lindsey German said there is “no question” that the British monarchy and some Tories have “appalling long-standing” relationships with Saudi Arabian rulers.

Ms German added: “When the Saudi king died, the Union Jack was flown half mast and Prince Charles and the Prime Minister rushed with haste to the capital Riyadh to attend the funeral.

“When there have been human rights outcries, Mr Cameron usually defends the Saudis. Now, he is happy to tell us we need to spend billions on another war while forcing austerity.

“More people are becoming aware of this and I hope enough MPs have enough sense to vote against Syria air strikes.”

Saudi warplanes have been inactive [against ISIS; while being very active killing civilians in Yemen] for three months and Qatari ones have not flown for almost a year despite both countries being members of the US-led coalition against Isis, Lord Ashdown added.

Saudi Arabia unashamedly championed in UK security review. UK defence and security review places emphasis on human rights. Yet describes es yet describes Saudi Arabia as “vital partner”: here.

Turkish government sending refugees back into war

This video says about itself:

Hungary Lets Refugees Board Trains, Then Kicks Them Off

3 September 2015

The Hungarian police let some refugees, who were trying to get to Germany, board trains. Then they kicked them all off 25 miles later.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

“Turkey sends Syrians back into war”

Today, 13:33

Turkey violates international human rights treaties by sending Syrians back across the border. This says Human Rights Watch. The human rights organization says this means that for Syrian refugees there is no alternative to involvement with people traffickers.

“Turkey has the right to control its borders for security reasons, but it can not send refugees back into the war,” said HRW researcher Gerry Simpson. Since March, the official crossings from Syria to Turkey, according to him, have been almost completely closed.

HRW spoke recently with fifty Syrians who had managed to reach Turkey. Six of them stated that they had to make several attempts because they were sent back. Refugees are said to be beaten by border guards.

Pakistani government: European Union, stop sending Afghan, Pakistani refugees back to our country.
And sometimes shot dead.

Isis in Syria: Stop the march to war – There are alternatives: here.

While Official Washington devotes much sound and fury to demands for a wider war in Syria and the need to turn away Syrian refugees, Democrats and Republicans dodge the tougher question: how to confront Saudi Arabia about its covert funding for Islamic State and Al Qaeda terrorists: here.

Closing migration routes into France won’t stop terrorism – resisting xenophobia might: here.