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by CTuttle

Whitewashing NATO on Libya, Next Stop Syria/Iran

7:30 pm in Uncategorized by CTuttle

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~Albert Einstein

While NATO gathers in Chicago for their ‘peaceful’ million-dollar soirée, I’m sure they’ll get to the bottom of this right away…

Nato urged to investigate civilian deaths in Libya

A leading human rights organisation has urged Nato to investigate fully the deaths of civilians in air strikes in Libya last year.

Human Rights Watch believes Nato air strikes killed at least 72 civilians and says the organisation needs to bear responsibility where appropriate.

“We’re calling for prompt, credible and thorough investigations,” HRW’s Fred Abrahams told BBC News.

Nato insists it took unprecedented care to minimise civilian casualties.

It argues that it cannot take responsibility because it has had no presence on the ground to confirm the deaths

I’m positive somebody has already ‘inadvertently’ deleted all the Drone and/or other aerial footage of the BDA results…!

Meanwhile, Dubai’s Khaleej Times really spelled out the horrendous situation in Syria, today…

Disaster in Syria

Deadly clashes have been reported from Syria. The new flare in fighting has come at a time when efforts to restore normalcy have literally flared.

The rebels and the security forces are in action and don’t seem to be aware of consequences, as the society is slipping deep into the abyss of lawlessness and chaos. Reports say that more than 30 soldiers were killed in an eyeball-to-eyeball interruption with the gunmen on streets, which sounds quite alarming taking into account the perfection with which the siege has been laid. Three troop carriers were also destroyed in the fighting, posting the casualties figures up to 12,000 in the 14-month long uprising.

In a kneejerk reaction, apparently, the European Union has slapped a new phase of sanctions on Syria, hoping that it would compel the iron-man, President Bashar Al Assad, to step down. The sanctions, the 15th of their kind, to make a point against the ongoing relentless repression are unlikely to even raise an eyebrow in the corridors of power in Damascus, as the regime sits pretty cool — unconcerned for what makes the Arab country go down the drain. Yet, the international community and especially the EU, which holds the purse as far as developmental and trade activities are concerned for many of the developing countries in Asia and Africa, is clueless as to what would make Damascus oblige to the demands of its own people and the world at large. This is certainly not working. The option of sanctions, as a case in history, has always resulted in emboldening the dictatorial regimes and exhausting the efforts of peace brokers. The people who have been the real victims have had to face the onslaught not only from socio-economic perspective but also in terms of horrendous nightmare in their lives

Now, to update my prior post…Why Is The Terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army Training The Syrian Opposition On Our Dime?

Kosovo voices strong support for Syria opposition

Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj voiced strong support on Monday for Syria’s opposition, saying his government had already established diplomatic contacts with Syrians fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

Hoxhaj was responding to comments by Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who warned the U.N. Security Council that Kosovo should not be allowed to become a training center for rebels.

Speaking after a regular council meeting on Kosovo, a former province of Serbia, Hoxhaj made clear that Pristina was offering political support to the Syrian opposition, which is locked in a 14-month-old battle with forces loyal to Assad.

“We were among the first governments in Europe who was supporting the opposition in Libya and in other Arab countries last year, because we were fighting for the same aspirations, for the same values,” he said.

We have the same approach to Syria and have some diplomatic contacts between my government and (the) Syrian opposition,” Hoxhaj said. “We are supporting very much their cause.

Asked if Kosovo had established training centers for Syrian rebels, Hoxhaj said: “Not at all.”

Not at all, indeedy…! Anyways, in dispelling any notions that the Syrian crisis could be ‘contained’…

Alawite-Sunni fighting erupts in Lebanon port city

Three people were killed when fighting erupted overnight in the Lebanese city of Tripoli between members of the Alawite minority loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and members of the Sunni majority, witnesses and security officials said on Sunday.

Rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles were used in the fighting in an Alawite enclave and surrounding Sunni neighbourhoods in the port city, 70 km (44 miles) north of Beirut.

“The clashes peaked at dawn. The sound of gunfire is still echoing in the city,” a Lebanese security official said.

The official Lebanese state news agency said a soldier hit by sniper fire was among those killed.

A statement from the army said reinforcements were being sent to the city and that troops were “pursuing armed men to return the situation to normality.”

A Reuters correspondent in the city said most of Tripoli’s main intersections were blocked by burnt tires and that the Lebanese army had deployed in an area separating the Alawite enclave from the rest of the city.

The fighting underlines how sectarian tensions in Syria can spill over into neighbouring Lebanon

Now, Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett are right on the money, again…

…The real tragedy is that, if Rice becomes Romney’s running mate, the only voices that will criticize her tenure in government will come from neoconservative quarters. The Obama administration will treat her public record with kid gloves—notwithstanding candidate Obama’s 2008 pledge not just to end the war in Iraq but to end the “mindset” that produced such a colossally bad choice in the first place. Far from changing this mindset, Obama and his team have internalized it as their own.

If anyone harbors any doubts about Oily Bomber’s complete abdication to the Neo/Ziocon ‘mindset’…

Iran Exile Group Nears U.S. Rebirth

State Department Is Moving to Take MeK Off Banned List at Risk of Angering Iran

The Obama administration is moving to remove an Iranian opposition group from the State Department’s terrorism list, say officials briefed on the talks, in an action that could further poison Washington’s relations with Tehran at a time of renewed diplomatic efforts to curtail Iran’s nuclear program.

The exile organization, the Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MeK, was originally named as a terrorist entity 15 years ago for its alleged role in assassinating U.S. citizens in the years before the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and for allying with Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein against Tehran.

*gah*

by CTuttle

Why Is The Terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army Training The Syrian Opposition On Our Dime?

7:30 pm in Uncategorized by CTuttle

I like how Prof. Srdja Trifcovich, in that RT interview, called into question, what the KLA’s actual success ‘rate’ was in Kosovo, and, stressed how much of a ‘wake up call’ this revelation really is!

To set the stage, from Wiki’s KLA entry:

…The KLA was regarded by the US as a terrorist group until 1998 when it was de-listed for classified reasons,[7][8] and then the UK and the US lobbied France to do the same.[9] The US then cultivated diplomatic relationships with the KLA leaders… {snip}

Status as terrorist group

The Yugoslav authorities, under Slobodan Milošević, regarded the KLA a terrorist group. In February 1998, U.S. President Bill Clinton’s special envoy to the Balkans, Robert Gelbard, condemned both the actions of Serb government and of the KLA, and described the KLA as, “without any questions, a terrorist group“.[10][45][46] UN resolution 1160 took a similar stance.[47][48]

But the 1997 US Department’s terrorist list hadn’t included the KLA.[49] In March 1998, just one month later Gerbald had to modify his statements to say that KLA had not been classified legally by the U.S. government as a terrorist group,[48] and the US government approached the KLA leaders to make them interlocutors with the Serbs.[8][50] A Wall Street Journal article claimed later that the US government had removed in February 1998 the KLA from the list of terrorist organizations,[51][7][8] a removal that has never been confirmed.[48] France didn’t delist the KLA until late 1998, after strong US and UK lobbying.[9] KLA is still present in the MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base list of terrorist groups,[52] and is listed as an inactive terrorist organization by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism from the Homeland Security.[53]

During the war, the KLA troops collaborated with the NATO troops, and they were qualified by the NATO as “freedom fighters”

Now, as Russia Today reported recently…

Syrian opposition studies terror tactics in Kosovo

A delegation of Syrian rebels has made a deal with Pristina authorities to exchange experience of partisan warfare. Syrian opposition is sending militants to Kosovo for adopting tactics and being trained to oust President Bashar Assad’s regime.

­On April 26, a delegation of Syrian opposition members made a stop in Pristina on their way from the US to hold talks on how to make use of the experience of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in Syria, reports Associated Press.

So far, a poorly-organized Syrian opposition has proven unable to self-organize and form a steady front against the forces of President Assad. Terror tactics used by militants allow them to kill military and governmental officials, but do not help to hold positions against a regular army.

We come here to learn. Kosovo has walked this path and has an experience that would be very useful for us,” says the head of the Syrian delegation Ammar Abdulhamid, a Syrian-born human rights activist and dissident. “In particular, we’d like to know how scattered armed groups were finally organized into KLA.

Syrian opposition leaders have promised to immediately recognize Kosovo once they seize power in the country.

“We’re in vital need of joint actions as a coalition opposition,” stressed Ammar Abdulhamid, a long-time opponent of the Syria’s President Bashar Assad. In 2005, he left Syria to settle in the US.

The training camp on the Albanian-Kosovo border that has welcomed Syrian attendees was originally organized by the US to help the KLA train its fighters.

The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was considered a terrorist organization by the US, the UK and France for years until, in 1998, it was taken off the list of terrorists with no explanation given. The KLA used to have up to 10 per cent of underage fighters in its ranks.

There were numerous reports of the KLA having contacts with Al-Qaeda, getting arms from that terrorist organization, getting its militants trained in Al-Qaeda camps in Pakistan and even having members of Al-Qaeda in its ranks fighting against Serbs.

Oh what a wicked web we weave, when we practice to deceive…! Remember, that the Libyan Benghazi ‘Freedom Fighters’ were actually considered the global ‘hot bed’ of all Al Qaeda recruitment in the Middle East, which was clearly spelled out in a 2007 West Point study, long before our current Libyan fiasco…! Now, I would also like to point out the old Iraqi adage: How many Suicide Bombers were there in Baghdad before ‘Shock and Awe’? Answer: None…! That very same principle applies to Damascus and Syria, now, when suddenly there’s been a spate of Suicide Bombers, specifically targeting Syrian forces, seemingly hired on our US dime…! Wtf, over…?

Here’s a great backstory on Kosovo, from 2005, by Nebojsa Malic, written amidst Shrub’s Mal-Administration, noting how Shrub was doubling down on Clinton’s already failed Neo-Lib intervention: Back to Kosovo…

Ironically, Russia and Iran are indeed laying low in Syria these days…! Now, although I don’t agree totally with the tone and timor of this article, it is a pretty succinct snapshot…Syria: Iran and Russia’s ‘Non-Interference’

“We oppose interference within countries such as Syria. The change must be done by the Syrian government,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbah Saleh said recently. Russia has also taken a stance of non-interference… {snip}

Russia and Iran

Without systemic accord, disempowering Syria’s military dictatorship is evidently unfeasible. Without Iranian and Russian compliance there’s insufficient geopolitical strength for an arms embargo. A core reason why dictatorships such as Assad’s keep arising is the manifestation of unchecked military power. It’s not just a question of nuclear power. That’s the tip of the iceberg of insatiable military power, many of which bedevil the international system. Preventing rogue governments takes systemic measures, especially within regional frameworks. And while progressive regulative authority is forming within Europe and Asia, the European Union and ASEAN have yet to regulate state defense industries and overcome the strategic machinations the free market nature of this industry promulgates between states. That’s still a major U.N. failing. And its cause concerns major-power alliances in the Middle East. Iran and Russia’s current stance on Syria embodies all that. {snip}

Arms embargo and sanctions

“The Iranians are already there,” Senator McCain recently said about Syria. “They’re already there. All reports confirm that. They’re already supplying arms and equipment to Bashar Assad, as are the Russians supplying arms, so right now it’s an asymmetric situation with Bashar Assad receiving equipment and actual physical help from Iran, Russia—and the Syrian rebels not receiving equal assistance, certainly not very much.”…

No Shit, Sherlock McInsane…! The Russians actually have an active Naval base in Tartus, their only year-round Naval facility, and, Iran has long ago stepped up to fill the void the Western powers had created of their own volition…!

So, why must we poke a stick into the hornet’s nest…?

*gah*

Update: My ever intrepid, best bud from Mondoweiss, Annie Robbins, just brought this bombshell to my attention…

…If a ‘deep throat’ appears in Libya, Qatar of elsewhere, and offering advice to reporters who appear in Benghazi and Misrata in order to dig into what really happened, it might be that he will counsel: “Follow the weapons”.

Eyewitness Hassan Diab is a Libyan researcher who has been working with a group of American and International lawyers preparing a case against NATO to be filed with the International Criminal Court. Hassan and three of his friends actually saw the ship Lutfallah II being loaded in Benghazi, Libya. Hassan claims that it is well known at the docks that Qatar and Saudi Arabia control a total of five warehouses in the area of Benghazi & Misrata and supplied the weapons and money to hire the Lutfallah II container vessel.

Libyans in the area are reporting that the intercepted arms are from both Gadaffi stockpiles left over from NATO’s Libya campaign and some from the Qatar-Saudi six month weapons pipelines into Libya. When NATO declared a cessation of its bombing on Halloween night, October 31, 2011 the scramble for weapons began and Qatar stored and purchased whatever weapons came to its notice and from various militias who were willing to do business.

Libyans and foreign dock workers at Benghazi Port, who observed the Lutfallah II being loaded, saw three containers filled with 150 tons of weapons put onboard, although the initial plan, according to the owner of the boat was to ship as many as 15 containers. It is estimated that they would have carried more than 2000 tons of weapons.

A Lebanese judicial source, who is a sitting judge based at Beirut’s La Maison des Avocates and advises the Lebanese government on procedural rules that ought to be followed in this case, confirmed to me and also to the Beirut Daily, As-Safir, that the Lutfallah II shipment was funded by two Syrian businessmen living in Saudi Arabia. In addition, the ship’s captain in Syria as is the gentleman who claimed ownership of the shipment. All are affiliated with the Syrian opposition and all are seeking regime change in Syria…

And, also this little tidbit…

…Military prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr indicted 21 people, including customs agents and crew members of the Syria-bound Lutfallah II vessel that was seized over the weekend in Lebanese territorial waters near Batroun.

They were charged with “buying and shipping large quantities of weapons, munitions and explosive supplies from Libya to Lebanon . “They were also charged with forming an evil group … with the intention of carrying out terrorist acts by means of these weapons National News Agency reported.

The suspects include 13 Syrians (8 of them detained), four Lebanese (three of them detained), two arrested Egyptians, an Indian and an unidientified Libyan.

Saqr referred the case to Military Magistrate Riad Abu Ghida.

The Lebanese Army intercepted last week a Sierra Lonean-flagged ship named “Lutfallah II” which was reportedly flying an Egyptian flag in Lebanon’s waters . The ship, which originated in Libya intended to dock at Tripoli port in north Lebanon, but was impounded and taken to Beirut port. Its manifesto listed metal and the like, but an investigation revealed the presence of weapons aboard which were deemed to have been bound for Syria.

According to unconfirmed reports the impounded ship carried 300, 000 lbs ( 136 Metric tons) of arms for the Syrian rebels…

To add insult to injury… Mossad, Blackwater, CIA Led Operations in Homs…

Again, Wtf, over…?