German right-winger shoots police

This video about nazi Germany is called The Fall of the Third Reich.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

German extremist shoots cops down

Today, 11:06

In the German state of Bavaria four police officers were injured when they wanted to take away weapons from a man. The 49-year-old resident of the town Georgensgmünd had been allowed to own such weapons, but police doubted whether that was wise. The man opened fire when police came for them.

The man considers himself a “Reichsbürger”. Reichsbürger do not recognize the current German polity because they say it was imposed by the Allies after World War II.

They say that the Allies did not have the right to abolish Adolf Hitler‘s, and his appointed successor Admiral Dönitz‘s, German empire, the ‘Third Reich’.

The movement emerged in the eighties and, according to the Interior Ministry, has a few hundred supporters. The German security service considers the Reichsbürger to be a far right-wing movement.

One of the police officers’ life is still in danger. The neo-fascist culprit Wolfgang P. was a hunter and owned thirty firearms. The Reichsbürger are anti-Semites. They have injured police officers before; see also here.

UPDATE 20 October 2016: the most critically wounded policeman has died.

At least one Reichsbürger leader, Volker S., is an ex-policeman.

Iraq, Libya, disastrous ‘humanitarian’ war after war

This video says about itself:

19 March 2016

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the rise of the caliphate in the Middle East. Patrick Cockburn, award winning journalist and author of new book Chaos & Caliphate: Jihadis and the West in the Struggle for the Middle East tells us how ISIS rose from the ashes of UK/US wars in the Middle East.

By Bethany Rielly in Britain:

A catalogue of disasters

Monday 17th October 2016

The Age of Jihad is a damning indictment of Western ignorance, incompetence and downright blundering that has marked the so-called war on terror, says Bethany Rielly

The Age of Jihad
by Patrick Cockburn
(Verso, £16)

AFTER Saddam Hussein’s regime was defeated in 2003, US occupation officials set up their headquarters in one of his palaces in Baghdad.

They were not aware that the sewage pipes were ill-equipped to cope with large quantities of toilet paper, resulting in blocked pipes and a building flooded with human excrement.

It’s a neat metaphor employed by Patrick Cockburn in his book The Age of Jihad to demonstrate the ignorance of occupation forces, who based their decisions on inadequate local knowledge.

But it could be extended even further as a perfect, albeit crude, analogy of Western intervention in the Middle East — a history of blindly blundering into countries and leaving them in the shit.

Taking the reader from one devastating conflict to another, this diary-like account by the award-winning war correspondent takes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria.

Juxtaposing each country, Cockburn underlines just how disastrously foreign invasions, repeating the same mistakes again and again, have failed to create peaceful states in the Middle East.

His book is a searing indictment of US and British foreign policy, the consequences of which have deepened sectarian divisions, triggered further conflicts and shaped the so-called war on terror.

Much of Cockburn’s focus is on Iraq, where he reported the invasion and subsequent conflicts up until US tanks finally rolled out of the country. He explains in great detail the aftermath of the war there, in which two further conflicts were instigated by the first — one waged against the US occupation by Sunni militias and the other the more brutal and bloody sectarian war between Sunnis and Shias.

Although most of the narrative focuses on the experiences of others, Cockburn occasionally gives an insight into how the situation affected his own life. He explains how difficult it became to be a journalist in Baghdad during the height of the sectarian civil war because getting around the city became a deadly obstacle course where one wrong move could result in being kidnapped, wounded or killed.

He also touches on the dangers of biased and selective reporting. During the Libyan war many media outlets were so determined to portray the opposition forces against Muammar Gadaffi in a positive light that they were effectively blind to the atrocities that the rebels were carrying out on a daily basis. Libya was hailed in Britain and the US as an example of successful foreign intervention at the same time that the Western-backed opposition were torturing and massacring anyone linked or supposedly linked to Gadaffi’s regime.

Cockburn exposes how these conflicts were often misrepresented to serve the agenda of a foreign invader and that’s why his writings are so valuable.

Untainted by a political agenda, he has created one of the few authentic accounts of the region’s recent history.

The sheer scope of his reporting across the conflicts in Middle Eastern states has put him in a unique position to draw parallels between them and expose the mistakes which have snowballed into the endless wars, humanitarian crises and irreconcilable sectarian divides gripping the region today.

Colin Maclachlan, a former British Sergeant in the Special Air Service (SAS) is being investigated by the Special Investigation Branch of the Royal Military Police. This is over so-called “mercy killings” he claimed to have committed in 2003 whilst serving behind Iraqi lines. In a soon-to-be-published book, Maclachlan wrote that he had killed “two or three” mortally wounded Iraqi soldiers near the Syrian border in 2003. Killing wounded soldiers is against British military law and the Geneva Convention: here.

British Conservative warmongering on Syria

This video from Britain says about itself:

Suffer The Little ChildrenDon’t Bomb Syria

28 November 2015

David Cameron says launching UK air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will “make us safer“.

Hollande: France will be ‘merciless’ in response to Paris attacks.

Then, the pretext for warmongering was ISIS.

Now, the pretext for warmongering, as in 2013, when the peace movement stopped Cameron’s plan to wage war in Syria as in practice allies of ISIS, is the Damascus government.

By Ben Chacko in Britain:

No-fly zone would create ‘a bigger war’

Monday 17th October 2016

Peace activists condemn Mitchell’s demands for no-fly zone

PEACE campaigners voiced horror yesterday at the “dangerously irresponsible” posturing of disgraced Tory MP Andrew Mitchell, who called on the West to “confront” Russian warplanes over Syria.

The former international development secretary said that civilians in the city of Aleppo, which the Syrian government is waging a bloody struggle to wrest back from the control of al-Qaida-linked extremists, should be protected from Syrian and Russian bombing.

He urged Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to work with Washington to implement a “no-fly zone” where Western aircraft would take on their Russian equivalents.

But the Stop the War Coalition (STWC) pointed out that “in practice no-fly zones are not humanitarian corridors but bombing runs, a fact recognised by Hillary Clinton in 2013 when she advised that ‘to have a no-fly zone you have to take out all the air defences … you’re going to kill a lot of Syrians.”

A “no-fly zone” over Libya in 2011 was used by the United States, Britain and France to bomb Libyan troops, paving the way for a takeover by radical Islamists, permanent civil war and the current emergence of Isis in the country.

STWC convener Lindsey German told the Star that Mr Mitchell had been “plugging this stuff for some time.

“He has said that because Turkey shot down a Russian jet and it didn’t lead to world war we can do it too.

“But the reality is it will attract retaliation and create a much bigger war.

“A whole number of countries are bombing Syria already, and that’s not to mention the Saudi bombing of Yemen.

“Do we want to pour more fuel on those flames?

“This summer we’ve had a series of reports — the Chilcot inquiry on Iraq and another that concluded David Cameron’s war in Libya was also disastrous, and yet we’re now hearing more warmongering from people who should know better.”