El atentado de Nairobi y la nueva estrategia de Al-Qaeda

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La nueva estrategia de Al Qaeda pasaría por instalarse en el mismo corazón de Kenia, multiplicar sus células durmientes y actuar tanto en el país como en los territorios limítrofes cuando la ocasión fuere más propicia. Para ese trabajo de infiltración contarían con la colaboración de al menos 41 ciudadanos estadounidenses, de origen somalí en su mayor parte, que habrían sido reclutados en mezquitas de Minneapolis y New Jersey. Los investigadores del FBI intentan encontrar pruebas que demuestren la participación activa o la colaboración de sus propios compatriotas, convertidos en mujahidines en el atentado de Westgate. Sigue leyendo

Obama se salta la Ley para enviar equipos anti-químicos a los “rebeldes” sirios

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The New American informa de que según la Ley de Control de las Exportaciones de Armas, el presidente no puede autorizar la venta de ningún bien que esté incluido en la Lista de Municiones de los EEUU. Entre otros, en la Categoría XIV se prohíbe la venta de cualquier agente químico o equipos para la difusión, detección, identificación o defensa” frente a dichos agentes. Sin embargo, el Gobierno ha señalado que se aplicará una excepción para varios miembros de la oposición siria, incluida el Consejo Supremo Militar, excepción que, sin embargo, no existe en la mencionada Ley:

The motto of the Obama administration seems to be, “He who rules the waves may waive the rules.”

According to a story published by The Hill, “President Obama has waived federal regulations on U.S. arms sales to begin supplying anti-chemical weapons equipment to rebel forces in Syria.”

Under applicable (until now) provisions of the Arms Export Control Act, the president may not authorize shipment of any item included in the U.S. Munitions List.

Paragraphs (a)-(c) of Category XIV specifically outlaw exporting “chemical agents” or “equipment for dissemination, detection, and identification of, and defense against” those agents.

Furthermore, Section 121.7(e) names “nerve agents, gases, and aerosols” under the definition of the chemical agents that the government may not export.

In America in 2013, the law, it seems, is whatever President Obama says it is.

In fact, The Hill reports that National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said that the statutes forbidding these exports now no longer apply to “”international organizations … [and] select vetted members of the Syrian opposition, including the Supreme Military Council.”

“This action is part of longstanding and ongoing efforts to provide life-saving chemical weapons-related assistance to people in need in Syria,” Hayden added, as stated in the article.

Readers will notice that the Arms Export Control Act does not contain such an exemption. In fact, the law explicitly purports to prevent the president from making such unilateral decisions, especially as it pertains to chemical weapons and defenses to their use.

Y lo ha hecho porque la misma Ley señala que “la prohibición puede no ser considerada cuando la transacción sea esencial para los intereses de la seguridad nacional de los EEUU”.

Habría que preguntarse por qué ayudar a unos rebeldes con cierto tipo de características es esencial para los intereses de la los EEUU…

El responsable del tiroteo en Washington tenía problemas para controlar la ira

The Guardian:

The man responsible for Monday’s deadly rampage at the Washington navy yard was a subcontractor and former reservist who was arrested at least twice in the past for gun-related offences.

Aaron Alexis, 34, was discharged from the navy in 2011 after an incident in which an upstairs neighbour complained that he had shot into the floor of her apartment.

But Alexis restored his connections with the navy when a professional services company subcontracted by Hewlett-Packard employed him on a navy IT project. His ID badge gained him access to the navy yard base on Monday, the FBI said.

According to the US navy, Alexis, whose home was listed as New York City, enrolled in the reserves in 2007. He was a navy aviation electrician’s mate third class from 1 February 2008 until he was discharged on 31 January 2011. He is listed as having received the national defense service medal and the global war on terrorism service medal.

In 2010, while he was based at Fort Worth in Texas, he was arrested after discharging a firearm. In 2004, police in Seattle questioned him after what they described as an “anger-fuelled shooting” involving the car of a construction worker.

Seattle police said on Monday that during their inquiries into the 2004 incident, Alexis’s father reported that he suffered from “anger management problems associated with PTSD, and that Alexis had been an active participant in rescue attempts on September 11, 2001”.

The statement went on: “Following his arrest, Alexis told detectives he perceived he had been ‘mocked’ by construction workers the morning of the incident, and said they had ‘disrespected him’. Alexis also claimed he had an anger-fueled ‘blackout’ and could not remember firing his gun at the victims’ vehicle until an hour after the incident.

“Alexis also told police he was present during ‘the tragic events of September 11, 2001’ and described ‘how those events had disturbed him’,” the police statement said.

¿Por qué Rusia defiende la legalidad internacional?

Pregunta importante como ya dije aquí en relación a Putin y su carta a los americanos:

In answer to the United States and France’s openly stated intention of bombing Syria, Russian officials have constantly repeated the importance of not violating Chapter VII of the UN Charter, concerning acts of aggression. President Putin also mentioned this point inhis New York Times article:: “Under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council. Anything else is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an act of aggression.”

None of this should come as a surprise, since this was also Russia’s position with regard to the illegal bombing of Serbia by NATO in 1999, as well as the illegal invasion of Iraq by a coalition led by the US and the UK in 2003.

It seems clear, therefore, that upholding international law is a fundamental principle of Russian foreign policy. Such an unwavering and principled position would be admirable for a nation-state, were it not for the fact that Russia adopts this position not because of a high moral standard but out of necessity. There are two reasons for this.

On the one hand, Russia is one of only a handful of nations in the world to have a truly independent foreign policy. Apart from the United States, only China, India, Iran and Russia (and perhaps one or two others) are impervious to foreign pressure when acting on the international stage. This is certainly not the case of Western nations, as their timid and muted reactions even to the most egregious behaviour by the United States make clear (the Assange and the Snowden affairs are good recent indications of their subservience to Uncle Sam).

On the other hand, Russia cannot disregard international law; only the United States can do that. Russia therefore has an interest in convincing the USA (and its allies) to follow international law, according to the principle that a weak nation benefits more than a strong one when commonly agreed rules are followed by all. The strongest nation, currently the United States, is naturally always tempted to violate international law, simply because it can generally do so with impunity. This explains why the United States constantly feels constrained by the international law to which it is bound, and why it does not recognise the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

También en Blasfemias:

No essencial, Putin aproveitou uma janela de oportunidade escancarada pelo desastrado presidente americano para voltar a colocar a Rússia como actor decisivo na geopolítica mundial, com foco especial no Médio Oriente e no Islão, donde estava afastada desde, pelo menos, a invasão soviética do Afeganistão. E a mensagem foi muito clara: a pax americana terminou, e o mundo conta novamente com a Rússia para equilibrar o xadrez mundial. A carta “escrita” por Putin é, de resto, uma peça admirável de mestria e de cinismo político, porque utiliza os valores que são caros aos EUA para os chamar à ordem e envergonhar o presidente americano.

EEUU ya está ayudando a los rebeldes sirios

seal of the CIA

seal of the CIA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Observatorio CISDE:

El diario The Washington Post ha revelado que la Agencia Central de Inteligencia de Estados Unidos ha comenzado a distribuir armas ligeras y municiones a los rebeldes sirios, según han revelado al propio diario fuentes estadounidenses y sirias.

Los primeros cargamentos comenzaron a llegar hace dos semanas, y están destinados al Consejo Supremo Militar, la estructura militar de los rebeldes, liderada por el general Salem Idriss. El material llega a través de la red de bases clandestinas (en Turquía y Jordania) que la CIA viene desarrollando para la ayuda a sus aliados en la zona.

El material está siendo enviado a las zonas de más fácil acceso, que no son necesariamente las que más lo necesitan, debido a las dificultades motivadas por el conflicto que vive el país, como reconoce el propio gobierno de los EEUU.

Al respecto, leed este post sobre “la bondad” de los opositores a Assad, incluido el Consejo Supremo Militar.

Y también esto otro sobre John McCain:

McCain doubled down on his views, even stating that he didn’t think Republicans were “crazy” enough to impeach Obama over an illegal, unconstitutional war. Yes, he called people who want to impeach Obama “crazy”.

It’s time for McCain to go away. His nonsense gets worse by the day. He’s anti-gun, anti-Tea Party, pro-Obama, and supports a hideous foreign policy that props up Islamic radicals in Syria and elsewhere.

Más aquí:

The revelation comes as some in the United States have wondered if the 9/11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year was tied to possible weapons running to Syria. It also comes on the heels of one Benghazi whistleblower’s attorney saying 400 surface-to-air-missiles were stolen from the country and “it is clear that the [CIA] annex [also attacked] was somehow involved in the process of the distribution of those missiles.”

Parece que la derecha estadounidense está tan perdida como la española… 😯

Putin sobre Siria en el New York Times

English: ХЬЮСТОН. Выступление в Университете Р...

English: ХЬЮСТОН. Выступление в Университете Райса. Русский: ХЬЮСТОН. Выступление в Университете Райса. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Una carta interesante, sobre todo por venir de quién viene y por el contraste que ello supone con la realidad política rusa de la que es directo responsable. Si realmente fuera tan humanista como la carta parece mostrar, determinadas decisiones nunca se hubieran tomado (por ejemplo, esa búsqueda de la condena del disidente, especialmente si puede tener poder: el último es Navalny):

“Syria is not witnessing a battle for democracy, but an armed conflict between government and opposition in a multireligious country. There are few champions of democracy in Syria. But there are more than enough Qaeda fighters and extremists of all stripes battling the government.”

“It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it.”

“And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.

Gracias a Blasfémias.net.

Simplemente señalar que, si el Consejo de Seguridad es más parecido a un baile de verbena que a un foro serio donde discutir crisis internacionales, es porque, en lugar de apoyar a las personas que realmente están esas crisis, los países se apoyan unos a otros por sus variados intereses internacionales.

En O Insurgente hay un párrafo que profundiza en la dirección que señalé arriba:

Em jeito de conclusão: o Presidente Putin descobriu, numa notável peça retórica, que a utilidade das leis e do bom-senso internacionais podem servir os seus interesses. Nada contra este processo natural mas já me custa endeusar a criatura. É que já me chegam um Nobel da Paz como Arafat ou um outro como Obama.

Por último, los generales americanos han aumentado a tres días los necesarios para la intervención militar en Siria.

La “moderación” de los opositores a Assad

 

Aurora:

Según los estudios más autorizados sobre el tema, hay tres bloques principales entre los rebeldes sirios.
El elemento más radicalizado de los grupos de tipo Al Qaeda: “Jabhat al Nusra” y “Estado Islámico en Irak y Siria” (ISIS, por sus siglas en inglés). Este último es descendiente directo de la organización iraquí del difunto Abu Musab al Zarqawi. (Para quienes no lo recuerdan, este individuo era conocido como un asesino sectario brutal de los chiís iraquíes antes de ser ultimado por las fuerzas de EE.UU.). Han aparecido muchas pruebas, que demuestran que sus seguidores actuales son fieles adherentes de sus métodos. Además, ambos grupos son abierta y directamente leales, hasta la médula, al grupo Al Qaeda central dirigido por Ayman al Zawahiri.
Un segundo bloque más grande consiste en combatientes islamistas abiertamente antidemocráticos, congregados en el bloque Frente Islámico Sirio. El elemento principal de este grupo es la poderosa milicia Ahrar al-Sham.
Estos grupos han ocupado un lugar destacado en los combates en el norte de Siria; son responsables de la captura de la única capital de provincia que cayó en manos de los rebeldes: Raqqa. Hoy en día, Raqqa ha cambiado la represión de los Assad por la de los islamistas.
Luego tenemos un tercer bloque, la mayor colección de brigadas. Estos son a los que se nos alienta ver como”moderados” y “democráticos”.
El elemento principal de este tercer bloque se llama el Frente Islámico Sirio de Liberación (SILF, por sus siglas en inglés). Sus veinte unidades constituyentes son leales al Consejo Militar Supremo (CMS) – o Estado Mayor de las Fuerzas Militares y Revolucionarias -, apoyado por Occidente. Este contiene a algunas de brigadas rebeldes más poderosas, incluyendo a Liwa al- Islam en el área de Damasco, la Brigada Tawhid de Alepo y las Brigadas Faruq. Sigue leyendo