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jeudi, 03 mars 2016

ISIS is Already in Eastern Europe

An interview with Polish MEP Andrzej Zapałowski about the worsening situation in Ukraine and what it means for Europe's security as a whole.

The following is an interview with state security expert, Dr. Andrzej Zapałowski. He was formerly a member of the Polish and European parliaments, where in the latter he was Vice Chairman of the delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and a member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. At the moment he is a senior lecturer at the University of Rzeszow.

You have said that 70,000 prisoners out of a total of 140,000 are to be released in Ukraine. You also suggest that the melting pot of Ukrainian nationalists, released criminals, refugees infiltrated by ISIS, and an uncontrolled flow of weapons can be a threat to the whole Europe – starting from the border with Ukraine. Could you elaborate on this issue in the context of the wall that could potentially be built on the border between Poland and Ukraine?

In Ukraine there is a draft of a bill which proclaims amnesty for about 70,000 prisoners. The head of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine reports that within this group, about 1,000 murderers might be released. On top of that, there is an ongoing criminalisation of political life among the nationalist volunteer units in Ukraine. The nationalists have lost support from some of the oligarchs, so now they lack the necessary resources to continue. They do not answer directly to the Army or the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, so they have to take care of themselves. Therefore, they are trying to take over sectors that were previously dominated by organized crime. It turns out, for example, that a few kilometres of the Ukrainian-Slovak border have been overtaken by criminal groups, according to local media reports. We are dealing with a situation where not only is Ukraine the most corrupt country in Europe, and one of the most corrupt countries in the world, but is additionally a state in which successive groups are making profits from organized crime.

You have to remember that in the war in Donbas, Chechens who are accused of terrorist activities and of having associations with ISIS are fighting on the Ukrainian side. The Ukrainian Security Service estimates that at least 70–80 people might be linked to ISIS in Ukraine.

We know that ISIS and Ukraine have a common enemy: Russia. Turkey, in turn, supports ISIS, something which was recently confirmed by Russia. In this context, how do you understand the statement of the Ukrainian politician and leader of the Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Dzhemilev, who said that Turkey is ready to consider supplying Ukraine with needed military equipment? In view of this, are we dealing with ISIS setting up in Eastern Ukraine, and thus in Europe?

ISIS is already in Eastern Europe. The Dzhokhar Dudayev Battalion has been accused of blowing up pylons that carried electricity to Crimea. Turkey, which has considerable military potential, will probably not support the Tatars in Ukraine so much, but rather Ukraine directly, in an effort to intensify its military operations against Russia. The situation makes it clear that Turkey would be very keen on a Ukrainian offensive in Donbas, and therefore declares that it will provide the Ukrainian Army with modern, offensive military weapons. This is highly dangerous in the context of a further destabilisation of Eastern Europe.

Eight million immigrants will try to get to Europe this year, warns the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller. What do you think will happen to Europe in the long term, in the context of such a large migration and the arrival of ISIS militants hiding among refugees?

It has been officially stated that during this year alone, 80,000 people have already fled to Greece. All these people will soon move through Bulgaria and the Romanian Carpathians and into Ukraine. I’m afraid that with such a deep economic collapse, the entire Ukrainian criminal underworld – and not only that – will make it possible to smuggle immigrants into Poland and Slovakia, and this will create a huge industry. In fact, the ships that will depart from Turkey by sailing through the Black Sea will eventually arrive at the Ukrainian ports and unload thousands of immigrants, who will later be transported to the Slovakian and Polish borders.

If Western Europe continues to put pressure on migration, we will face a situation where Alternative for Germany will have support on the level of several dozen percentage points, and France will elect a president like Ms. Le Pen. If, by the beginning of 2017, we see a big change in Western Europe, these immigrants will be sent back. The only question is where to. Some sub-Saharan African countries have openly declared that they will not take their citizens back, as in the case of the Afghan government (sic). Of course, some of the consequences will also be suffered by the members of the Visegrád Group.

The important issue here is a dynamic Catholicism that pushes Islam back. All these immigrants who are coming to Europe are not only followers of Islam, but they are also actively practicing this religion. These people are part of a mission to convert Europe to Islam, and perhaps this is why the centres which govern them insist that this first wave is arriving in countries that are already so atheistic that they have abandoned their Christian roots. This obviously makes them an easy target. In the context of a living Catholicism, Central Europe will thus witness a violent conflict between vital Catholicism and dynamic Islam.

About The Author

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Konrad Stachnio is a journalist and political analyst who is working with several different media outlets, most recently New Eastern Outlook.

vendredi, 13 mars 2015

L'Empire du Chaos s'installe en Europe: l' État islamique en Ukraine

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L'Empire du Chaos s'installe en Europe: l' État islamique en Ukraine

Auteur : Justin Raimondo
Traduction Claude Saker Francophone
Ex: http://zejournal.mobi

Kiev et les djihadistes: une sombre alliance

Alors que nous combattons l’État islamique, l’EI, alias ISIS, en Irak et en Syrie, et que les responsables américains soulignent le prétendu danger d’une attaque sur le territoire américain, Washington et le Califat se battent du même côté en Ukraine. Dans une remarquable série d’articles dans l’Intercept, Marcin Mamon s’est penché sur un aspect du conflit en Ukraine auquel personne d’autre n’a fait attention: le rôle joué par le Bataillon Doudaïev, «une force de combat des islamistes radicaux composée de Tchétchènes, mais incluant également des combattants de tout le Caucase ainsi que quelques Ukrainiens».

Les clés des organisations clandestines islamistes en Ukraine ont été remises à Mamon par un contact à Istanbul,Khalid, qui commande la branche ISIS locale. «Nos frères sont là», a-t-il dit à Mamon, et le journaliste s’est rendu en Ukraine où il a été mis en rapport avec un contact nommé Ruslan, qui l’a conduit au camp clandestin de Munayev.

Portant le nom du premier président de la Tchétchénie séparatiste, Djokhar Doudaïev, le bataillon Doudaïev était commandé par Isa Munayev, récemment tué dans l’est de l’Ukraine. Imprégnés d’une haine fanatique des Russes, qui soutiennent les rebelles de l’Est, les hommes de Munayev estiment également qu’ils paient une dette, puisque les bataillons du Secteur Droit ultra-nationaliste qui aujourd’hui luttent pour Kiev ont apparemment aidé les Tchétchènes dans le passé. Le Secteur Droit est un groupe paramilitaire ouvertement néo-fasciste qui a fourni une grande partie des forces qui ont rendu possible le coup d’État contre Viktor Ianoukovitch, l’ancien président ukrainien. Organisés en différents bataillons, dont la célèbre Brigade Azov, ils idolâtrent les collaborateurs nazis de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, qui ont combattu les troupes soviétiques: les ultra-nationalistes ont été accusés d’avoir commis desatrocités dans le Donbass, ainsi que de terroriser leurs adversaires politiques sur le front intérieur. D’après Mamon, ils ont également été impliqués dans la lutte contre les Russes dans la lointaine Tchétchénie, où l’ancien gros bonnet du Secteur Droit Oleksandr Muzychko a combattu aux côtés de Munayev et des frères contre les Russes.

Comme Ruslan l’a dit à Mamon:

« Je suis ici aujourd’hui parce que mon frère, Isa, nous a appelés et a dit: ‹Il est temps de rembourser votre dette. Il fut un temps où les frères de l’Ukraine sont venus [en Tchétchénie] et se sont battus contre l’ennemi commun, l’agresseur, l’occupant.›. »

A côté de cette solennelle éthique du guerrier, une autre raison probable du soutien de l’EI à Kiev est l’accès à des cibles occidentales, données ainsi aux terroristes. Comme Mamon l’indique:

«L’Ukraine est en train de devenir une étape importante pour les frères comme Ruslan. En Ukraine, vous pouvez acheter un passeport et une nouvelle identité. Pour 15 000 dollars, un combattant reçoit un nouveau nom et un document juridique attestant de sa citoyenneté ukrainienne. L’Ukraine ne fait pas partie de l’Union européenne, mais c’est une voie facile pour l’immigration vers l’Ouest. Les Ukrainiens ont peu de difficultés à obtenir des visas pour la Pologne voisine, où ils peuvent travailler sur les chantiers et dans les restaurants, comblant le vide laissé par les millions de Polonais qui sont partis à la recherche de travail au Royaume-Uni et en Allemagne. »

On nous dit que l’EI prévoit des attaques terroristes en Europe, et que les forces de sécurité sont occupées à recenser tous les suspects du continent; pourtant voici ce trou béant dans les défenses de l’Ouest, par où les frères s’infiltrent tranquillement, sans que les médias occidentaux en rendent compte. En coopération avec des groupes ultra-nationalistes comme le Secteur Droit, qui ont également créé leurs bataillons semi-autonomes, les islamistes d’Ukraine, brandissant des passeports ukrainiens, ont ouvert une passerelle vers l’Ouest.

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Les demandes faites à Washington de commencer à fournir des armes létales au régime ukrainien font maintenant partie du débat de politique étrangère à Washington, avec les habituels suspects exhortant l’administration à ouvrir le robinet d’armement. Pourtant, les Ukrainiens disent qu’ils obtiennent déjà une aide létale de pays qu’ils refusent d’identifier, selon le membre officiel du Conseil de sécurité nationale ukrainienne Oleg Gladovsky:

«[L’aide provient] d’endroits où nous n’avons aucune influence et où il n’y a pas de tollé public à ce sujet (que nous avons nous-mêmes contribué à créer dans certains endroits, malheureusement). C’est de ces pays que nous sommes en train de recevoir de l’aide létale.»

Alors d’où vient cette aide?

«Dans l’est de l’Ukraine, écrit Mamon, le drapeau vert du djihad flotte sur certaines bases des bataillons privés.» Mais comment ces groupes de combat sont-ils privés?

L’armée ukrainienne en loques, composée de conscrits peu motivés et mal armés, ne fait pas le poids contre les séparatistes, qui se battent sur leur propre territoire contre un envahisseur. Le régime de Kiev dépend de ces arméesprivées pour fournir une colonne vertébrale à sa force de combat, et il semble y avoir une relation symbiotique difficile entre l’armée ukrainienne régulière et ces volontaires, avec une approche non interventionniste adoptée par Kiev pour ces derniers . Si le régime ukrainien reconnait ouvertement aujourd’hui obtenir de l’aide de pays non nommés, il est normal de se poser la question: le Bataillon Doudaïev obtient-il une aide directe à partir des mêmes sources que celles qui équipent en armes les rebelles islamistes radicaux de Syrie – le Qatar, le Koweït, les Émirats arabes unis et les Saoudiens?

Comme les rebelles modérés syriens financés et soutenus par les Etats-Unis rejoignent l’EI en masse, le réseau djihadiste international étend ses tentacules en Ukraine pour reprendre le combat au nom de leurs frères.

L’un des principaux liens entre les factions ultra-nationalistes ukrainiennes et les islamistes était Oleksandr Muzychko, qui a combattu aux côtés du chef terroriste tchétchène Chamil Bassaïev – le cerveau derrière le massacre de l’école de Beslan – dans les guerres de Tchétchénie. L’année dernière, Muzychko a été tué dans une fusillade avec les policiers ukrainiens. Mais avant de disparaître, il était le visage public très évident du mouvement ultra-nationaliste d’Ukraine.

Dans une vidéo devenue virale, Muzychko et un groupe de ses compagnons du commando Secteur Droit sont entrés dans le bureau du procureur de la ville de Rivne, dans le nord-ouest de l’Ukraine, et ont giflé le procureur coupable de ne pas faire son travail à la satisfaction de Muzychko. Il a également fait irruption dans une réunion du conseil de la ville de Rivne, brandissant un fusil, et déclarant que le Secteur Droit ne désarmerait jamais. Alors que les autorités ont sans aucun doute trouvé les singeries de Muzychko ennuyeuses, ce genre de chose est normal dans la nouvelle Ukraine. Et il est probable que c’est son implication clandestine avec l’EI, bien plus que ses pitreries publiques, qui a provoqué la colère des autorités: elles lui ont tendu une embuscade et l’ont abattu le 24 mars de l’année dernière. Son implication avec la cellule EI en Ukraine est-elle devenue de plus en plus évidente, même pour ceux en Occident qui s’étaient contentés de regarder de l’autre côté?

Que les autorités de Kiev travaillent avec un avant-poste de l’EI est implicite dans toute l’article de Mamon: quand ce dernier s’est rendu au campement de Munayev en compagnie de Ruslan, ils n’ont eu aucune difficulté aux points de contrôle de l’armée ukrainienne, où la possibilité de percevoir des pots de vin ne faisait aucun doute, et ils sont passés à travers. Tout au long de l’article de Mamon nous entendons Munayev se plaindre de la pauvreté: le Bataillon Doudaïev, nous dit-on, doit dépendre d’activités criminelles pour financer le djihad. Pourtant, un oligarque mineur, nommé Dima leur remet 20 000 dollars, et il est question de vendre au marché noir de l’ambre à des «acheteurs du golfe Persique, y compris de riches cheikhs» – peut-être les mêmes riches donateurs qui ont si généreusement financé l’EI.

Les liens entre le régime de Kiev et l’enclave de l’EI en Ukraine sont nombreux, et seulement à demi cachés. Lorsque Mamon est arrivé au camp de Munayev, il a été accueilli par une voiture blindée qui, nous dit-on, a été donnée par Ihor Kolomoisky, l’un des hommes les plus riches d’Ukraine, récemment nommé gouverneur de Dniepropetrovsk. Kolomoisky, malgré son héritage juif, n’a aucun scrupule à s’allier à des groupes ouvertement antisémites comme le Secteur Droit, dont il a financé les bataillons: comme les djihadistes affiliés à l’EI, auxquels il a offert une voiture blindée, il ne pense qu’à la lutte contre Vladimir Poutine, qu’il méprise.

Une autre indication de l’alliance EI-Kiev est l’évasion d’Adam Osmaev, commandant-adjoint du Bataillon Doudaïev, d’une prison ukrainienne où il purgeait une peine pour avoir fomenté l’assassinat de Poutine. Après le coup d’état à Kiev, Munayev et ses compagnons ont fait sortir Osmaev de prison: quand ils ont été confrontés à la police ukrainienne à un barrage, ils ont été mystérieusement autorisés à passer. Comme le rapporte Mamon:

«Après une impasse dramatique, les Ukrainiens ont permis aux Tchétchènes de filer. (Il n’y a pas moyen de confirmer le récit de Ruslan, mais à l’automne 2014, le tribunal d’Odessa a soudainement déclaré qu’Osmaev avait suffisamment purgé sa peine et il a été libéré.) Osmaev et Munayev sont revenus à Kiev, et le bataillon Doudaïev a été créé.»

«De temps en temps, écrit Mamon, Munayev rencontre des représentants du Service de sécurité ukrainien, connu sous le nom de SBU.»

Le Bataillon Doudaïev compte environ 500 combattants, mais il y a aussi d’autres brigades djihadistes en Ukraine, organisées dans le Bataillon Sheikh Mansour, qui s’est détaché du Bataillon Doudaïev et «est basé à proximité de Marioupol, dans le sud-est de l’Ukraine», ainsi que deux autres groupes composés des Tatars de Crimée, comptant chacun environ 500 djihadistes.

Comme l’aide des États-Unis coule à flot en Ukraine, dans quelle mesure va-t-elle retomber sur ces alliés de l’EI – et quelle sera son utilisation future? Si John McCain et Lindsey Graham arrivent à leurs fins, les armes américaines vont bientôt se trouver dans les mains de ces terroristes, dont il est sûr que le djihad contre les Russes se tournera vers l’Ouest et frappera les capitales de l’Europe.

C’est un retour de flamme avec une vengeance: nous créons nos propres ennemis, et leur donnons les armes pour nous faire du mal, alors même que nous affirmons notre besoin d’une surveillance universelle pour les combattre. Les savants fous formulant la politique étrangère américaine sont en train de créer une armée de monstres de Frankenstein – qui ne manqueront pas d’attaquer leurs créateurs bercés d’illusions.


- Source : Justin Raimondo-Traduction Claude Saker Francophone

jeudi, 12 mars 2015

The Kiev-ISIS Alliance

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The Kiev-ISIS Alliance

Militants with links to ISIS fight for Kiev in East Ukraine as part of 'Dzhokhar Dudayev battalion'

 
Ex: http://russia-insider.com

This article originally appeared at Antiwar.com


While we’re fighting the Islamic State, a.k.a. ISIS, in Iraq and Syria, and American officials tout the alleged danger of an attack on the US homeland, in Ukraine Washington and the Caliphate are fighting on the same side. A remarkable series of articles by Marcin Mamon in The Intercept has documented an aspect of the Ukraine conflict that no one else has paid any attention to: the role played by the "Dudayev Battalion," a fighting force of radical Islamists consisting of Chechens, but also including fighters from throughout the Caucasus as well as some Ukrainains.

The keys to Ukranie’s Islamist underground were handed to Mamon by a contact in Istanbul, "Khalid," who commands the ISIS branch there. "Our brothers are there," he told Mamon, and the reporter traveled to Ukraine where he was put in touch with a contact named Ruslan, who led him to Munayev’s clandestine camp.

Named after the first "president" of breakaway Chechnya, Dzhokhar Dudaev, the Dudayev Battalion was commanded by Isa Munayev, recently killed in a east Ukraine. Imbued with a fanatical hatred of the Russians, who are backing the rebels in the east, Munayev’s men also feel they are paying back a debt, since the ultra-nationalist Right Sector battalions now fighting for Kiev apparently helped the Chechens in the past. Right Sector is an openly neo-fascist paramilitary group which provided much of the muscle that made the coup against Viktor Yanukovych, former Ukrainian president, possible. Organized into various battalions, including the notorious Azov Brigade, they idolize the World War II collaborators with the Nazis, who fought Soviet troops: the ultra-nationalists have been accused of carrying out atrocities in the Donbass, as well as terrorizing their political opponents on the home front. According to Mamon, they also have been involved in fighting the Russians in far-off Chechnya, where former Right Sector bigwig Oleksandr Muzychko fought alongside Munayev and "the brothers" against the Russians. As Ruslan told Mamon:

"I am here today because my brother, Isa, called us and said, ‘It’s time to repay your debt. There was a time when the brothers from Ukraine came [to Chechnya] and fought against the common enemy, the aggressor, the occupier."

Aside from this solemn warrior ethic, another likely reason for ISIS support to Kiev is the access this gives the terrorists to Western targets. As Mamon puts it:

"Ukraine is now becoming an important stop-off point for the brothers, like Ruslan. In Ukraine, you can buy a passport and a new identity. For $15,000, a fighter receives a new name and a legal document attesting to Ukrainian citizenship. Ukraine doesn’t belong to the European Union, but it’s an easy pathway for immigration to the West. Ukrainians have few difficulties obtaining visas to neighboring Poland, where they can work on construction sites and in restaurants, filling the gap left by the millions of Poles who have left in search of work in the United Kingdom and Germany."

We are told that ISIS is planning terrorist attacks in Europe, and security forces are busy rounding up suspects all across the continent – and yet here is this gaping hole in the West’s defenses, where "the brothers" are quietly infiltrating without much notice in the Western media. In cooperation with ultra-nationalist groups like Right Sector, which have also formed their semiautonomous battalions, the Islamists of Ukraine, brandishing Ukrainian passports, have opened a gateway to the West.

Demands that Washington start giving lethal aid to the Ukrainian regime are now part of the foreign policy debate in Washington, with the usual suspects urging the administration to open the weapons spigot. Yet the Ukrainians are saying they’re already getting lethal aid from countries they refuse to identify, according to Ukrainian national security council official Oleg Gladovsky:

"[The aid is coming from] places where we have no influence and where there’s no public uproar about it (which we ourselves have helped created in some places, unfortunately). It’s from these countries that we’re now receiving lethal aid."

So where is this aid coming from?

"In eastern Ukraine," writes Mamon, "the green flag of jihad flies over some of the private battalions’ bases." But how "private" are these fighting groups?

The tatterdemalion Ukrainian army, consisting of poorly-motivated and poorly-armedconscripts, is a poor match for the separatists, who are fighting on their home turf against an invader. The Kiev regime is dependent on these "private" armies to provide the backbone of its fighting force, and there appears to be an uneasy symbiotic relationship between the regular Ukrainian army and these volunteers, with a hands-off approach taken by Kiev to the latter. If the Ukrainian regime is now openly acknowledging getting aid from unnamed countries, it’s fair to ask: is the Dudayev Battalion getting direct aid from the same sources supplying Syria’s radical Islamist rebels with arms – Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and the Saudis?

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As the US-funded-and –supported Syrian "moderate" rebels defect to ISIS in droves, the international jihadist network is extending its tentacles into Ukraine to take up the fight on behalf of their "brothers."

One of the key links between the Ukrainian ultra-nationalist factions and the Islamists was Oleksandr Muzychko, who fought alongside Chechen terrorist leader Shamil Basayev – the mastermind behind the Beslan school massacre – in the Chechen wars. Last year Muzychko was killed in a shoot-out with Ukrainian police, but before he went down he was the very visible public face of Ukraine’s ultra-nationalist movement.

In a video that went viral, Muzychko and a group of his fellow Right Sector stormtroopers entered the state prosecutor’s office in the city of Rivne, in northwestern Ukraine, and slapped the prosecutor around for not doing his job to Muzychko’s satisfaction. He also broke into a meeting of the Rivne city council, brandishing a gun, and declaring Right Sector would never disarm. While the authorities no doubt found Muzychko’s antics annoying, this sort of thing is "normal" in the new Ukraine, and it’s likely his involvement with the ISIS underground, rather than his public antics, brought down the ire of the authorities, who ambushed and shot him down on March 24 of last year. Was his involvement with the ISIS cell in Ukraine was becoming increasingly obvious, even to those in the West who had been content to look the other way?

That the Kiev authorities are working with the ISIS outpost is implied throughout Mamon’s piece: as Mamon made his way Munayev’s encampment in the company of Ruslan, they had no trouble at Ukrainian army checkpoints, where the opportunity to collect bribes was foregone and they were waved right through. Throughout Mamon’s piece we hear Munayev’s complaints of poverty: the Dudayev Battalion, we are told, must depend on criminal activities to finance their jihad. Yet one minor oligarch, named "Dima," hands them $20,000, and there is talk of selling black market amber to "buyers in the Persian Gulf, including wealthy sheikhs" – perhaps the same wealthy donors who have so generously funded ISIS.

The links between the Kiev regime and the ISIS enclave in Ukraine are numerous, and only half-hidden. When Mamon arrived at Munayev’s camp, he was met by an armored car that, we are told, was donated by Ihor Kolomoisky, one of the richest men in Ukraine who was recently appointed governor of Dnipropetrovsk. Kolomoisky, despite his Jewish heritage, has no compunctions about allying himself with openly anti-Semitic groups like Right Sector, whose battalions he has financed: like the ISIS-affiliated jihadists he gifted with an armored car, all he cares about is the fight against Vladimir Putin, whom he despises.

Another indication of the ISIS-Kiev alliance is the escape of Adam Osmayev, deputy commander of the Dudayev Battalion, from a Ukrainian jail, where he had been serving a sentence for plotting Putin’s assassination. After the coup in Kiev, Munayev and his fellow fighters broke Osmayev out of prison: when they were confronted by Ukrainian police at a checkpoint, they were mysteriously allowed to pass. As Mamonreports:

"After a dramatic standoff, the Ukrainians allowed the Chechens to go free. (There is no way to confirm Ruslan’s account, but in the fall of 2014, the Odessa court suddenly declared that Osmayev had fulfilled enough of his sentence and had been set free). Osmayev and Munayev came back to Kiev, and the Dudayev battalion was created."

"From time to time," writes Mamon, "Munayev met with representatives of the Ukrainian Security Service, known as the SBU."

The Dudayev Battalion numbers around 500 fighters, but there are also other jihadist brigades in Ukraine, organized into "the Sheikh Mansour battalion, which broke off from the Dudayev battalion" and "is based close to Mariupol, in the southeast of Ukraine," as well as two other groups composed of Crimean Tatars, each consisting of about 500 jihadists.

As US aid flows into Ukraine, how much of it will trickle down to these allies of ISIS – and to what future use will it be put? If John McCain and Lindsey Graham have their way, US arms will soon find their way into the hands of these terrorists, whose jihad against the Russians is bound to turn westward and strike at the capitals of Europe.

This is blowback with a vengeance: we are creating our own enemies, and giving them the weapons to harm us, even as we claim the need for universal surveillance in order to fight them. The mad scientists formulating US foreign policy are raising an army of Frankenstein monsters – who are sure to come after their deluded creators.

mercredi, 04 mars 2015

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Obama's nuclear squeeze
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Iran squashes IS, US seeks cover
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Israeli ex-generals condemn Netanyahu
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The Middle East and perpetual war
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A Chechen role in Nemtsov murder?
For many in Russia and the West, the Kremlin is inevitably the prime suspect in the assassination of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. But the possibility of a Chechen connection should not be dismissed out of hand, given Nemtsov's repeated criticism of Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov. (Mar 4, '15)

Obama, Shell, and the Arctic Ocean's fate
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Germany's future lies East
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vendredi, 03 mai 2013

The Tsarnaevs are a product of America

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The Tsarnaevs are a product of America

Interview with Mark Sleboda

Ex: http://granews.info/

- Assessing the existing information from the media, can we say that Tsarnaevs' guilt in committing a terrorist act in Boston is obvious?

Mark Sleboda: While the guilt of the Tsarnaev brothers in being responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings may seem self-evident to most people from the narrative of events that the government and mainstream media have put forth, the US like most countries, operates on the legal principle of guilty until proven innocent. Until proven guilty of these crimes in a court of law (hopefully a civilian court of law and not a military show trial) with the presentation of sufficient evidence, they are presumed innocent. Personally, I think there are many holes and inconsistencies in the narrative of events put forth by the authorities and the mainstream media that must be addressed and answered.

As of writing, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, a naturalized American citizen, has not yet been read his Miranda rights or been charged with any crime under a legally dubious ‘public safety’ exemption that has been expanded and abused by the Obama administration under the rationale of interrogating suspects for ‘critical intelligence’. Some neoconservative politicians are calling for Dzhokar Tsarnaev to de declared an ‘enemy combatant’ so that he receives no legal due process, and others have even openly called for him to be tortured. This is all extremely disturbing for anyone concerned with the rule of law in the United States.

- In general in the USA there is a widespread perception of the Chechens as victims who suffered from the Russians in both Chechen wars. There are people sympathetic to them among the professors as well. For example, Bryan Williams, a professor at the University of Massachusetts sent to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev material on, as he put it, "Russia's genocidal war on Chechen people". In this case, why did the Tsarnaevs turn their anger against the USA? Given Tsarnaevs' strong patriotic feelings should we consider, first of all, as radical Muslims or as Chechen nationalist, as applied to the terrorist act in Boston.

M.S: It is par for the course for Western politicians and academics to take an extremely unobjective and critical view of Russia and the Russian government due to latent Russophobia and self-righteous ethnocentrism, while at the same time hypocritically remaining silent and willfully ignorant of their own countries often far greater and more numerous crimes and human rights violations, both historical and those in the present day. Opprobrium over Russia’s actions in the two wars in Chechnya, while simultaneously whitewashing and seeing no equivalence in the West’s numerous and continuing crimes in the invasions and occupations of Iraq, and Afghanistan, regime change operations in Libya and Syria, and the continuing so-called ‘Global War on Terror’ is a prime example of this selective and subjective finger-pointing. Such is extremely unhelpful for international efforts to genuinely deal with the root causes of terrorism and extremism. Schadenfreude…

If the Tsarnaevs are guilty of the crimes they are suspected of as presented by the authorities it would seem that a strict reading of their Chechen ethnicity would have only a marginal influence on their neuroses and motivations. As Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov rightly noted, “They grew up and studied in the United States and their attitudes and beliefs were formed there. Any attempt to make a connection between Chechnya and the Tsarnaevs is in vain.” The Tsarnaev brothers spent most of their lives in Kyrgyzstan and the United States. If their lifestyle is any indication they obviously have only faded and vague emotional connections to their ethnic roots. If they are guilty of the crimes they are alleged to have committed, it would seem that the most likely motivation is Islamic fundamentalism and radicalization of a pernicious Wahhabist variety, occurring primarily over the internet. Tamerlan was recently in Russia, but he did not lash out in violence there against Russians. He committed an act of terror against the United States and against Americans, which he obviously had conflicted feelings about. With America’s ‘Global War on Terror’ commonly perceived by both Americans and the rest of the world as a hegemonic war against Islam, such an act is easily understood if not accepted. He is far from the first to do so and he will not be the last. The US’s bloody ‘Global War on Terror’ is a self-perpetuating one, breeding its own terrorists. The Tsarnaevs are a product of America and thus took out their religious and political frustrations on America.

- Republicans call on the authorities to treat Tsarnaev as a terrorist, not just criminal. In this context, what do you think about Guantanamo prison? Does its existence contribute to eradication of terrorism or quite the contrary?

M.S.: The Guantanamo Bay Gulag is a bleeding hole of crimes against humanity and egregious violations of international and domestic law. We can only hope, one day, that the American politicians and military leaders responsible, from both the Bush and Obama regimes, will be held accountable and receive justice. It is an embarrassment to the nation, which has tarnished the US’s international reputation and already questionable moral standing. It only causes more hatred and resentment against the US, spurring more violence and acts of terror.

- Recently in the USA, not long ago before the Boston tragedy, there was a series of shootings, when innocent people, including children, were killed. Thus could we say that Tsarnaevs were a sort of the society's product or did their Caucasian origin play a crucial role?

M.S.:The US does indeed have a terrible “culture” of violence, glamorized and normalized by Hollywood, video games, and the US’s global military Empire. It is perfectly reasonable to assume that this had at least as much, if not more of a role to play, as their remnant ethnicity, in motivating the Tsarnaev’s alleged crimes, considering that they spent much of their lives in the so-called ‘melting pot’ of the US, and very little of it in the Caucasus.

- What is your attitude to the right to bear and use a gun? After the shootings some American politicians increasingly began to demand its limitation. However, in Boston people were killed with the use of a self-made bomb. Should we focus so much on the means of committing a crime?

M.S.:I do not believe there is any inherent right to bear and use a gun, beyond limited hunting and sporting purposes. The US Constitution’s second amendment regarding regulated militias or armed forces has been badly abused and misinterpreted by special interest lobbies such as the National Rifle Association (NRA). To the contrary, I would say that Hobbes was right. We have given the Leviathan, our states, a monopoly on violence, because without it, life is, indeed, ‘nasty, brutish, and short’. It is understandable to fear the power of the state. But I am much more afraid and mistrusting of lethal weapons in the hands of my fellow irrational, emotional, maladjusted, and often inebriated citizens. I fear the people, more than the state, and the Tsarnaev brothers, if guilty of the crimes they are alleged to have committed, are a perfect illustration of why. The Rest of the world looks on in horror at the continuous stream of gory headlines of Americans killing themselves with guns.

Russia is a statistical and social aberration in that is has extremely high levels of homicide, suicide, and domestic abuse, even without private gun ownership. I shudder to think what would result from adding firearms to that mix.

-What can thе authorities can do to avert such terrorist acts? What should be done first: stricter immigration laws, stricter control in public places or something else?

M.S.:There is no one single magic bullet solution to ending ‘terrorism’. Terrorism is just a tactic. Acts of terror most often have political, ethnic, religious, and economic motivations and root causes that must be addressed. Context is everything.

Russia in the Chechen Republic under the leadership of Ramzan Kadyrov, for example, has seen remarkable success over the last decade in reducing terrorism and violence through a combination of autonomous government and self-rule in the Chechen ethnic Republic, a firm hand, the sizeable influx of federal funds bringing jobs and reconstruction, rebuilding education and universities, and promoting the institutions and moral guidance of traditional and moderate Sufi Islam. This model needs to be repeated and expanded throughout the Northern Caucasus.

The biggest things the United States can do to end terrorism is to bring an end to their global military Hegemony, stop their ‘Global War on Terror’, close their hundreds of military bases in the Middle East and bring their troops home, stop supporting, arming, and propping up brutal dictatorships, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Bahrain, and generally stop interfering in the Islamic world and trying to impose their values and way of life on the people who live there. 

In short, in the words of the great US political thinker and philosopher, Noam Chomsky:  “Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it.”

- In American media the Chechens are often called "the Russians". However in Russia it's crucial to emphasize that these are two different nations. For he part of the American media, is it just a mistake or maybe it's being done so deliberately?

M.S.:Great ethnic Russians and Chechens are indeed two different ethnicities. However, as with the other 185 ethnicities in the rich tapestry that makes up the Russian Federation, their lives, history, culture, and blood have been intermingled for centuries. Russia is a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional country and has been – from the time of the Golden Horde, through the early Russian Empire, to the Romanov Empire, through the Soviet Union, and to the Russian Federation today. The Chechen people are a vital and intrinsic part of who and what we are as Russians. We would not be the same without them, and would be much less for their loss. The vast majority of the Chechen and Caucasian peoples are normal and peaceful citizens with a rich tradition, religion, and culture – concerned primarily with their personal economic situation, family, and communities – as we all are. We must not fall into the trap of stereotyping and blaming the whole for the despicable actions of an extremist few, often motivated to violence by Saudi-promoted foreign Wahhabism. That would lead to the disintegration of Russia.

Americans are as rule ignorant of other countries, cultures, religions, and peoples. The outside world doesn’t exist for them. They don’t understand the difference between Russians (Russki) and Russians, (Rossisski), nor how important Russia’s varied ethnicities are for who and what we are.  We must not become like them. We cannot claim that Chechnya or any other ethnic republic is part of Russia, but then try to disown and keep a distance from them when it is inconvenient. Chechens are Russians (rossisski) and Russians are Chechen. And we should be proud of that. Russians are many and one.

"How many people are there in Russia who have no Khazar or Polovtsian, Tatar or Bashkir, Mordin or Chuvash blood in their veins" [This applies to Russian or Chechen blood as well] - P.N. Savitsky, Povorot k Vostoku (Turn to the East), 1921

 

vendredi, 19 mars 2010

"British" link to Beslan child massacre

 

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“British” link to Beslan child massacre

 



A terrorist amongst the group responsible for the Beslan school massacre last month, in which 300 people, half of them children, died turns out to be a British citizen who attended the infamous Finsbury Park mosque in north London where Abu Hamza used to preach.

 

Two other members of the group, loyal to Chechen warlord and terrorist Shamil Basayev, are also believed to have been active at the mosque until less than three years ago.

Algerians

Russian security sources described Kamel Rabat Bouralha, 46 years old, as an aide of Basayev. The three men, all Algerian-born immigrants given asylum in Britain, travelled to Chechnya from London to take part in fighting there in 2001.

Russian authorities have identified most of the 33 men who occupied the school in Beslan last month and they include two Algerians in their mid-30s called Osman Larussi and Yacine Benalia, both based in London until recently. Like Bouralha, they too attended Finsbury Park mosque and joined the network of groups loyal to Basayev on arrival in Chechnya.

Firing range uncovered

Former associates in London confirmed that Bouralha had been a frequent visitor at Finsbury Park mosque where Abu Hamza preached from around 2000. This is the same mosque where the Metropolitan Police discovered a firing range and ammunition beneath the floors in a cellar.

 

According to Russian security sources, there are up to 300 Arab mercenaries operating with rebel formations in Chechnya. This fact defeats the lie used by the ‘ apologists for terror ‘ like Vanessa Redgrave, a celebrity Marxist and leading light in the Islamo-Soviet front in Britain, who insists that the war in Chechnya is a “defensive” one by Chechens against Russia and not part of a global jihad (or holy war). Vanessa Redgrave in her role as an apologist for terror guaranteed the £50,000 bail of Akhmed Zakayev, an Chechen warlord wanted by Russia, until he was given asylum in Britain by Jack Straw even though he was implicated in scores of murders in Russia and Chechnya.

London’s role as centre of terror web

It is to Britain’s shame that thousands of Afghanistan trained ex-Taliban, Algerian terrorists, Chechen warlords and other various murderous bandits from around the world have turned London into “Londonistan"; the centre of terror-recruiting and now the terror-exporting capital of the world.

 

Under both Labour and Tory governments the open borders of Britain and the insane asylum system have been used to wage war against the innocent of the world. Britain’s MI5 and MI6 estimate that at least seven to ten thousand Afghanistan trained Islamic terrorists are resident in Britain. These are the many thousand “ticking bombs” in our towns and cities waiting for the right time to wage war upon us in our own homes and streets.