I am Israel (Documentary Film) English version.mp4


I am Israel (Documentary Film) English version.mp4

 

I am Israel. Written by Hashem Said on Feb.25.2002. Video made by Jihane Al Quds on Sept.4.2009. Hashem Said is an officer in the UW Palestinian student group Hayaat.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhimkrKfywk

EU In Total Horror As Russia Prepares New “Nazi Law”


EU In Total Horror As Russia Prepares New “Nazi Law”

By: Sorcha Faal

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A stunning report prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) circulating in the Kremlin today states that European Union (EU) foreign diplomats were left in “total horror” this past week after being alerted by their Russian counterparts to the catastrophic effects upon the NATO Alliance due to a proposed Federation Council (FC) law outlawing the sale of energy supplies to any nation that is now/or has been engaged in Nazi-like torture of prisoners of war or its own citizens.

According to this report, the Federation Council (the upper house of the parliament of the Russian Federation) began the adoption of this new “Nazi Law” under orders given by President Putin after the United States refused to heed Russia’s 14 December warning of retaliation against the imposition of additional sanctions by President Obama’s signing of a new Russian sanctions law on 18 December.

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The proposed new “Nazi Law” being written by the FC, this report continues, would specifically forbid the sale of Russian natural gas, oil, oil by-products (and other such natural resources of the Federation) to any nation, or military alliance of nations, that: 1.) Has failed to support the United Nations resolution condemning attempts to glorify Nazism ideology and denial of German Nazi war crimes; 2.) Has used Nazi torture techniques against POW’s and/or civilians; and 3.) Has conducted mass executions of unarmed civilians.

To the first count, MoFA experts in this report say, the United States, Canada, and Ukraine, would be subjected immediately to this new laws harshest provisions due to their being the only three nations in the world to vote against the United Nations 21 November resolution that condemned any form of denial of Nazi war crimes, including the Jewish Holocaust.

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To the second count, these same experts say, the United States, UK, Australia, and 51 other Western allied nations would, likewise, be sanctioned due to their complicity in the torture of prisoners-of-war using methods utilized by the Nazis during World War II, and which this past week caused the New York Times editorial board to call upon the Obama regime to prosecute former Vice President Dick Cheney for his crimes against humanity for his masterminding of.

To the third count, these MoFA experts state, there exists “substantial evidence” to indict the United States and Ukraine for the mass execution of unarmed civilians in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which killed 239, and Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed 298.

The Council for Civil Society and Human Rights (CCSHR) appointed by President Putin to investigate the crimes involving both of these Malaysia Airlines disasters, the MoFA in this report states, has also received new evidence regarding these tragedies which include: 1.) Testimony and evidence from a Ukrainian officer stating that on the date of the shooting down of Malaysia Flight 17 one of his nations fighter jets landed after having fired its missiles with its pilot stating he had shot down the “wrong plane.; 2.) Two senior airline executives (Proteus Airlines CEO Marc Dugain and Emirates Airlines president and CEO Sir Tim Clark) publically stating that Malaysia Flight 370 was, likewise, shot down by the United States.

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The most catastrophic effect of this “Nazi Law” being implemented, the MoFA in this report states it warned its EU counterparts about, would be the immediate cessation of natural gas flows to Europe which would, in effect, cripple them economically and subject their citizens to war-like rationing of heating supplies.

Important to note, this report continues, is that the MoFA had previously told the EU and US that their collective punishment” against the citizens of Crimea would not be accepted and would be responded to in kind.

Also to be noted, MoFA analysts in this report say, is that due to the Obama regimes creation of a permanent war zone” around the Federation, and the continued large-scale cyber espionage campaign against Russia, its government and businesses, only the harshest of penalties can even been considered against such a lawless and rogue nation the United States has become.

Critical to note too is that when this MoFA report is combined with last weeks Ministry of Economic Development (MED) report outlining Putin’s “Samson Defense” strategy to collapse both the US and EU economies, China this week aligned itself with Russia against the Obama regime and its allies in an economic war many experts are predicting could soon erupt into total global warfare.

And as to what the Obama regimes “grand strategy” toward Russia really is, this report queries, no one seems to really know, including the esteemed international award WINNING journalist Patrick Smith, who in writing this week about the catastrophic fallout occurring in the EU due to Obama’s policies stunningly wrote that the information he received from Washington D.C. insiders stated that these “Obama Kidiots” are “making it up as they go along.”

And on the road where “lunacy meets sheer audacity”, this report concludes, the West is also now crying that they need more MONEY to counter Russia’s news services…which, mind you, have a budget of $120 million…compared to the BBC’s $370 million and Obama regimes staggering $716 million these nations spend on spreading their propaganda around the world.

As to how much more MONEY the West really needs before their lies are believed is anyone guess, Russia seems to do just fine by telling the truth.

December 23, 2014 © EU and US all rights reserved. Permission to use this report in its entirety is granted under the condition it is linked back to its original source at WhatDoesItMean.Com. Freebase content licensed under CC-BY and GFDL.

[Ed. Note: Western governments and their intelligence services actively campaign against the information found in these reports so as not to alarm their citizens about the many catastrophic Earth changes and events to come, a stance that the Sisters of Sorcha Faal strongly disagrees with in believing that it is every human beings right to know the truth. Due to our missions conflicts with that of those governments, the responses of their ‘agents’ against us has been a longstanding misinformation/misdirection campaign designed to discredit and which is addressed in the report “Who Is Sorcha Faal?”.]

Report: US exerting pressure on ICC not to open war crimes probe against Israel


Report: US exerting pressure on ICC not to open war crimes probe against Israel

The Guardian’ quotes lawyers and former court officials as saying that western pressure has influenced decision not to open probe.

International criminal court Photo: REUTERS

International criminal court Photo: REUTERS

The US and other western powers have exerted pressure on the International Criminal Court at the Hague to prevent a war crimes probe of Israel’s operation in the Gaza Strip, TheGuardian reported on MONDAY, quoting former court officials.

During Operation Protective Edge, the Palestinian Authority has threatened  to request that the court look into allegations that the civilian deaths in Gaza during the IDF’s operation constitute a war crime.

According to the report, the issue is among the matters being discussed at cease-fire talks in Cairo.

Palestinians requested that the court probe Israel for war crimes in 2009 , following Operation Cast Lead, however that request came before the Palestinians were recognized as a non-member observer state at the United Nations in 2012.

The ICC itself is divided on whether or not it has jurisdiction to probe the matter based on the 2009 request, or whether a new request would have to be submitted, according to TheGuardian. The Palestinian factions would have to agree on submitting a new request, a difficult task, as Hamas would also be opening itself up to a war crimes inquiry.

The Guardian reported that western pressure has prevented the ICC from taking the view that the 2009 request gives the court jurisdiction to open a war crimes investigation into Israel’s actions.

Both current ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, and Luis Moreno Ocampo, who was prosecutor at the time of the 2009 Palestinian declaration, argue that a new Palestinian request would have to be made to allow the court to open an investigation. However, The Guardian quoted another former official of the court as saying, “They are trying to hide behind legal jargon to disguise what is a political decision, to rule out competence and not get involved.”

The French lawyer representing the Palestinians, Gilles Devers, was quoted by The Guardian as saying that “there is enormous pressure not to proceed with an investigation. This pressure has been exerted on Fatah and Hamas, but also on the office of the prosecutor.

“In both cases, it takes the form of threats to the financial subsidies, to Palestine and to the International Criminal Court,” he added.

 

Security Council adopts resolution 2144 (2014), which authorizes Mandate-year long Extension for Support Mission in Libya UN


Security Council adopts resolution 2144 (2014), which authorizes Mandate-year long

Extension for Support Mission in Libya UN

The Security Council today renewed the mandate of the Mission to Support the United Nations in Libya (UNSMIL) until March 13, 2015.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2144 (2014), the 15-member body of the Mission’s mandate to support Libya’s transition to democracy “as an immediate priority” to help a single, transparent and inclusive national dialogue, as well as elections and the drafting of a new Constitution.  UNSMIL also forced to control arms and related materiel unsecured in the country, and to counter their proliferation.

The Council also decided to extend the mandate of the Expert Group to help its Sanctions Committee on Libya until April 13, 2015.  By other terms of the resolution, the Council requested the Libyan Government to promote and protect human rights – including those of women, children and persons belonging to vulnerable groups -., and fulfill their obligations under international law  The text calls on those responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law, including sexual violence and violations and abuses against children, they are accountable.

Also by the text, the Council urged all Member States to cooperate closely with the efforts of the Libyan government to end impunity States.  urged the Government to further improve the monitoring of related weapons or materials supplied, sold or transferred to Libya.

The meeting began at 3:08 pm and ended at 3:10 pm

Resolution

The full text of resolution 2144 (2014) reads as follows:

” The Security Council , 

” Recalling its resolutions 1970 (2011) of 26 February 2011, 1973 (2011) of 17 March 2011, 2009 (2011) of 16 September 2011, 2016 (2011) of 27 October 2011, 2017 ( 2011) of 31 October 2011, 2022 (2011) of 2 December 2011, of 12 March 2040 (2012), and of 14 March 2095 (2013), and the statement of its President (S / PRST / 2013/21) of 16 December 2013, 

” Reaffirming its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya, 

” Reaffirming its resolutions 1674 (2006), 1738 (2006) and 1894 (2009) on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, 1612 (2005), 1882 (2009), 1998 (2011), 2068 (2012) and 2143 (2014) on children and armed conflict, and 1325 (2000), 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1889 (2009), 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013) and 2122 (2013) on women, peace and security, 

” Looking forward to a future for Libya based on national reconciliation, justice, respect for human rights and the rule of law, 

” Emphasizing the importance of promoting the equal and full participation of all sectors of Libyan society, including women, youth and minorities in the political process, 

 Stressing the importance of agreement on the immediate next steps for democratic transition in Libya and, in this regard, reaffirming the centrality of credible elections, a process of inclusive and transparent constitutional drafting, and the establishment of a single, inclusive and transparent national dialogue,   

” Welcoming the efforts of the United Nations Mission of Support in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to facilitate a national dialogue between Libya and led significant and strongly encourages further steps forward in this direction, and reaffirming that the United Nations should lead the coordination of efforts of the international community in support, in accordance with the principles of national ownership and national responsibility, the Libyan transitional header and institution-building process aimed at establishing a peaceful, democratic Libya independent and united   

 Welcoming the holding of the elections of February 20, 2014 of the Constitutional Drafting Assembly and urging political leaders to complete the formation of the assembly and working with minority communities to ensure their adequate representation in the drafting process of the Constitution,  

 Expressing its deep concern at the deteriorating security and political divisions in Libya, including kidnappings, assassinations and violent clashes between armed groups, particularly in eastern Libya and its southern borders, which threaten to undermine the transition democracy that meets the aspirations of the Libyan people, 

” Expressing support for the efforts of the Libyan government to resolve peacefully interruptions energy exports from Libya and reiterated that the control of all facilities should be transferred back to the proper authorities,   

” Recalling its decision in resolution 1970 (2011) to refer to the situation in Libya to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, and the importance of cooperation to ensure that those responsible for violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, including attacks against civilians, accountability, 

” Expressing its deep concern at the lack of judicial process for conflict-related detainees, including children, many of whom continue to be held outside the authority of the State, and allegations of violations and abuses of human rights, including torture and sexual and gender-based violence in detention centers, and, in this regard, stresses that all parties in Libya should cooperate fully with UNSMIL in all matters relating to the promotion and protection of human rights,   

” Welcoming the actions of the Libyan government to address human rights issues, including the enactment of a law on transitional justice, December 8, 2013, the law against torture and discrimination on April 9, 2013 and decree to correct the situation of victims of rape and violence adopted on 19 February 2014 

” Reaffirming that voluntary, secure and sustainable return of refugees and IDPs is an important peacebuilding in Libya factor, 

 Expressing concern about the threat posed by unsecured arms and ammunition and their proliferation in Libya, which poses a risk to stability in Libya and the region, including through transfer to terrorist groups and violent extremists and stressing the importance of coordinated for Libya and the region to address these problems international support,   

” Recognizing this regard the important contribution that the arms embargo imposed by the Council can do to help Libya to combat the illicit transfer of small arms and light weapons, and support for building peace after conflict, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration and security sector reform, 

” Remembering all Member States of the obligations contained in its resolutions 1970 (2011) and 1973 (2011), modified in its subsequent resolutions, in particular the obligations in relation to arms and related materiel of all types, 

” Support to the Libyan government intends to strengthen regional security, welcomes , in this regard, the ongoing commitment to the countries of the region and the November 14, 2013 Rabat conference and its recommendations to address problems border security, including the implementation of the Action Plan of Tripoli, and supporting Libya’s efforts to strengthen EUBAM border management Libya     

” Welcoming the coordination of the international community to support Libya’s transition conference in Rome on March 6, 2014, monitoring of the Paris Conference on 12 February 2013,supporting the priorities and recommendations adopted at these meetings, and support for rapid application     

” Taking note of the Secretary-General on UNSMIL (S/2014/131), including the recommendation for 12-month extension of the mandate UNSMIL, 

” Taking note of the final report of the Panel of Experts submitted pursuant to paragraph 14 (d) of resolution 2095 (2013) and the conclusions and recommendations contained therein, 

” Welcoming the efforts made ​​by the Secretariat to expand and improve the roster of the Council Subsidiary Organs Branch Security, taking into account the guidance provided by the Chairman’s Note S/2006/997, 

” Mindful of its primary responsibility of maintaining international peace and security under the Charter of the United Nations 

” Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations 

“1.   Supporting s the timely establishment of a single, transparent and inclusive national dialogue in Libya and a process of inclusive and transparent constitutional drafting, and reiterates the need for the transitional period to be underpinned by a commitment to the processes and democratic institutions, good governance, rule of law, national reconciliation and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people in Libya;   

“2.   Urges the Libyan Government to promote and protect human rights, including women, children and persons belonging to vulnerable groups, and to comply with its obligations under international law, including human rights standards, and calls for those responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law and the law of human rights, including sexual violence and violations and abuses against children accountable in accordance with international standards, and calls upon all Member States to cooperate closely with the Libyan government in its efforts to end impunity for such violations;     

. “3   Urges the Libyan Government to continue to cooperate fully with and provide any necessary assistance to the International Criminal Court and the Prosecutor as required by resolution    1970 (2011) ;

“4.   condemns cases of torture and ill-treatment and deaths from torture in detention centers in Libya, urged the Libyan government to take all necessary measures to accelerate the judicial process, the transfer of detainees to state authority and prevent and investigate violations and abuses of human rights, calls all Libyan parties to cooperate with the efforts of the Libyan government in this regard,requests the immediate release of all arbitrarily detained or imprisoned in Libya, including foreign nationals and underscore primary responsibility of the Libyan government to promote and protect the human rights of all people in Libya, including African migrants and other foreign nationals;         

“5.   Encourages Libya and neighboring States to continue efforts to promote regional cooperation for the stabilization of the situation in Libya and to prevent elements of the former Libyan regime and violent extremist groups using the territories of Libya or such States plan, finance or carry out illegal acts of violence or other destabilizing Libya or States in the region, noting that such cooperation would benefit regional stability; 

Mandate of the United Nations

“6.   Decides to extend the mandate of the Mission to Support the United Nations in Libya (UNSMIL) until March 13, 2015, under the leadership of a Special Representative of the Secretary General, and decides further that the mandate of UNSMIL as a political mission Special built-in full conformity with the principles of national ownership, will be to support the efforts of the Libyan government to:  

(A) As an immediate priority, ensure the transition to democracy, in particular through the promotion, facilitation and provision of advice and technical assistance to a single, transparent and inclusive national dialogue, elections for Libya and for the process preparation, development and adoption of a new constitution for Libya, promote empowerment and political participation by all sectors of Libyan society, in particular women, youth and minorities, and through the provision of good offices to support an inclusive political solution in Libya and political environment for promoting the integration of former combatants into the national security forces of Libya and their demobilization and reintegration into civilian life;

(B) To promote the rule of law and to monitor and protect human rights in accordance with international legal obligations of Libya, particularly those of women, children and persons belonging to vulnerable groups, such as minorities and immigrants, including through support to the Libyan government to ensure the humane treatment of and due process of detainees, including children, and to fully implement its transitional justice legislation and the reform and construction of an independent judiciary and compliance transparent and accountable law and correctional systems;

(C) the control of arms and related materiel unsecured in Libya and counter proliferation, working to organize access, ensure proper management, secure storage and, where appropriate, the effective delivery of arms and related materiel to support associated coherent efforts in this regard, including the coordination and facilitation of international assistance, and to strengthen border security, the development of institutions capable of Libya and effective coordination of national security;

(D) Strengthen the capacity of government, as part of a coordinated international effort and taking advantage of the comparative advantage of the UN team in the country by supporting ministries, the national legislature and local governments, with the aim of improve service delivery, transparency and coordination across government;

Arms embargo

“7.   Stresses that the Member States to notify the Commission in accordance with paragraph 13 (a) of resolution 2009 (2011), as amended by paragraph 10 of resolution 2095 (2013) the supply, sale or transfer to Libya arms and related material, including ammunition and spare parts, ensure that such notifications contain all relevant information,

“8.   Stresses that arms and related materiel, including ammunition and spare parts, supplied, sold or transferred as security or disarmament assistance to the Libyan government in accordance with paragraph 13 (a) of resolution 2009 (2011), as amended by paragraph 10 of resolution 2095 (2013) should not be resold to, transferred to, or made ​​available for use by other than the end user designated persons; 

“9.   Urges the Libyan government to further improve the control arms or related materiel supplied, sold or transferred to Libya in accordance with 9 (c) of paragraph of resolution 1970 (2011) or paragraph 13 (a ) of resolution 2009 (2011), as amended by paragraph 10 of resolution 2095 (2013), in particular through the use of end-user certificates, and urges Member States and regional organizations to assist the Libyan government to strengthen the infrastructure and mechanisms currently in place to do so;

“10.  Condemns the continuing allegations of violations of the measures contained in resolutions 1970 (2011) and 1973 (2011), as amended in subsequent resolutions, and recalls the Committee’s mandate, as defined in paragraph 24 of resolution 1970 (2011), to consider and take appropriate action in reporting violations or alleged breach of those measures;

Freezing of assets

“11.  Directs the Committee in consultation with the Libyan government to continuously review the rest of the measures imposed by resolutions 1970 (2011) and 1973 (2011), as amended by resolution 2009 (2011), with respect to the Authority Libyan Investment (LIA) and the Libyan Africa Investment Portfolio (PILA), and reaffirms its decision that the Committee, in consultation with the Libyan government, lift the designation of these entities as soon as possible to ensure that the goods are made provision and benefit the people of Libya;

“12.  supports the efforts of the Libyan authorities to recover funds misappropriated under the Gaddafi regime, and in this regard, urges the Libyan authorities and the Member States that have frozen the assets in accordance with the resolutions 1970 (2011) and 1973 (2011), as amended by resolution 2009 (2011) to consult with each other regarding claims of misappropriated funds and property issues;

Panel of experts

“13.  Decides to extend until 13 April 2015 the mandate of the Panel of Experts established by paragraph 24 of resolution 1973 (2011) and modified by resolution 2040 (2012), expresses its intention to review the mandate and take appropriate regard to the further extension of not more than twelve months from the adoption of this resolution, and measures decided that the group will perform the following tasks:     

(A) assist the Commission in carrying out its mandate as specified in paragraph 24 of resolution 1970 (2011);

(B) Gather, examine and analyze information from States, relevant United Nations bodies, regional organizations and other stakeholders on the implementation of the measures imposed by resolution 1970 (2011) and 1973 (2011) and modified in resolutions 2009 (2011), 2040 (2012), 2095 (2013) and this resolution, in particular incidents of non-compliance;

(C) Make recommendations on actions the Council, the Commission, the Government of Libya or any State, may consider to improve implementation of the relevant measures;

(D) Provide to the Council an interim report on its work no later than 180 days after the Panel’s appointment, and a final report to the Council, after consulting the Commission, no later than March 10, 2015, its findings and recommendations;

“14.  Urges all States, relevant United Nations bodies, including UNSMIL and other interested parties, to cooperate fully with the Committee and the Panel, in particular by supplying any information at their disposal on the implementation of the measures imposed by resolution 1970 (2011) and 1973 (2011), and amended by resolutions 2009 (2011) and 2040 (2012), 2095 (2013) and this resolution, in particular incidents of non-compliance; 

“15.  encourages the Panel to continue and accelerate its research on sanctions for non-compliance, including illicit transfers of arms and related materiel to and from Libya and the assets of persons subject to the asset freeze provisions resolutions 1970 (2011) and 1973 (2011), and amended by resolutions 2009 (2011), 2040 (2012), 2095 (2013) and this resolution, and encourages UNSMIL and the Libyan government to support the work of research panel inside Libya, including through the exchange of information, facilitating transit and granting access to the weapons storage facilities, as appropriate;   

“16.  encourages the Panel to submit to regular updates of the commissions, including identifying information, with supporting documentation, to the persons and entities subject to the measures imposed by paragraph 15 of resolution 1970 (2011 ) and / or paragraph 17 of resolution 1970 (2011) or paragraph 19 of resolution 1973 (2011), including, where appropriate, their activities, movements and location as well as any information related to possible imprisonment or death of the individual named; 

Reporting and review

“17.  Expresses its intention to review the mandate of the Commission in the event that the measures imposed by resolutions 1970 (2011) and 1973 (2011), and amended by resolutions 2009 (2011), 2040 (2012), 2095 ( 2013) and this resolution must be lifted by a future decision of the Security Council;

. “18  Requests the Secretary General to report to the Security Council on the implementation of this resolution, including all elements of the mandate of UNSMIL every 90 days;

“19.  Decides to remain actively seized of the matter. “

sources: libia-sos.blogspot.ch

Chaos Reigns After Obama Gave Libya to Jihadists; Syria May Be Next


Chaos Reigns After Obama Gave Libya to Jihadists; Syria May Be Next

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Chaos Reigns After Obama Gave Libya to Jihadists; Syria May Be Next

As the Obama administration brazenly waives federal arms-control rules to supply jihadist Syrian rebels in the establishment-backed war against the Assad regime, Libya remains in turmoil after it was handed over to Islamists and self-styled al-Qaeda leaders by NATO forces, especially those of the U.S. government. Indeed, a U.S. ambassador and other Americans are deadsensitive American military equipment was recently stolen,multiple tribal conflicts are ragingarms from the war are boosting Islamists across the regionoil production has all but come to a halt, and chaos still reigns alongside sharia law in Libya under the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated central government.

Now, it appears to analysts as though the disaster afflicting Libya — brought about in large part by the Obama administration and its allies in Europe and among Islamic autocracies — may be on the verge of being replicated in Syria. Of course, the countries and the wars are different in some respects, but the parallels between what is going on in Syria and what happened in Libya are undeniable. And those links are raising alarm bells — especially considering the sizeable Syrian Christian population and the current state of affairs in Libya, which continues to deteriorate.

In Libya, as The New American documented extensively, the Obama administration decided to openly side with leaders of al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups — many of which boasted publicly during the conflict that they had recently been fighting against American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dictator Moammar Gadhafi, who served as a key U.S. government ally in its terror war until falling out of favor, was eventually brutalized and summarily executed after his regime was pounded into the ground by Obama-backed jihadist rebels and overwhelming American air power.

The U.S. military has not yet openly intervened in the Syrian conflict other than sending weapons and supplies to rebel forces, though the war drums are still beating and Obama is threatening to start attacking regardless of what Congress decides. Meanwhile, as in Libya, rebel forces — virtually all of them waging some sort of “holy war” either under the Muslim Brotherhood and the Free Syrian Army it dominates, or al-Qaeda and its various affiliates in the region — have been receiving massive support from the Obama administration from the start.

Indeed, even before open conflict broke out, State Department cables released by WikiLeaks showed that the Syrian opposition was already receiving U.S. tax dollars to bring about “regime change” going back to at least 2005. More recently, American weapons, supplies, and training have been flowing to assorted rebel factions, too. U.S. forces and military assets are positioned all around Syria’s borders. And like Gadhafi, Assad was also working with the U.S. government in the terror war before being targeted for “regime change.”

“Absolutely there are parallels,” explained John Rosenthal, a Europe-based journalist and author of The Jihadist Plot: The Untold Story of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion. In his book, Rosenthal documents in great detail how, in the Libyan conflict, the Obama administration literally switched sides in the “war on terror,” joining with self-styled al-Qaeda leaders against a former terror-war ally who was hard at work battling the very same Islamic extremists that the U.S. government had supposedly been pursuing for a decade.

Rosenthal told The New American that the Obama administration’s Syria policy “is a continuation of its Libya policy”: siding with Islamists against secular regimes that helped the U.S. government in the terror war. The international conditions, however, are different this time, he added, primarily because the Russian government has refused to cooperate with pro-regime change forces in the United Nations Security Council under the so-called responsibility to protect doctrine.

Assad may not have been as helpful to U.S. authorities in the terror war as Gadhafi, whose “apostate” regime had also become a primary target of Islamic extremists; however, The New American’s Michael Tennant showed last year that the brutal Syrian despot was indeed a U.S. ally — helping torture and extract information from terror suspects handed over by American officials, for example. “There’s a different leader in Syria now,” then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in early 2011. “Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.” Indeed, Syria was one of the “most common” destinations for rendered U.S. terror-war suspects, according to multiple reports.

“During the time of the U.S. presence in Iraq, the Syrians were often accused of not doing enough to stem the flow of al-Qaeda-affiliated fighters into the country,” Rosenthal continued. “But the very nature of the criticism shows that vis-à-vis al-Qaeda, the U.S. and Syria were at the time fundamentally on the same side. In the meanwhile, this is not the case, because we changed sides.”

As far as the Syrian rebels, countless sources — even including the establishment media during the latest conflict — have documented their jihadist credentials. The Obama administration officially designated the Jabhat al-Nusra a terrorist organization — an al-Qaeda-linked group that analysts say is among the most effective fighting forces in Syria. For Rosenthal, however, the designation “represents a sort of sleight of hand in this regard,” he explained.

“When the listing was made public, many of the other Syrian rebel brigades responded by vociferously protesting under the motto ‘we are all Jabhat al-Nusra’,” said Rosenthal, who documented the Libyan rebels’ deep connections to global jihad, using official sources, court records, police reports, and European news reports. “And they are right. It is simply not possible to support the rebellion and not be providing de facto support for Jabhat al-Nusra, which is not only an integral part of the rebellion, but arguably its vanguard.”

Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry continued to claim that less than one-fourth of rebel forces are “extremists,” an estimate widely dismissed by experts and even U.S. officials. Rosenthal called it “ridiculously low.” Instead, “100 percent would be closer to the truth,” he explained, citing the names of rebel brigades and publicly available evidence. “One need only look at the videos posted by the rebel formations themselves, which regularly show them displaying the black flags of jihad and brutally executing detainees — both soldiers and civilians — in the style made famous by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and al-Qaeda in Iraq.”

Indeed, as The New American reported yesterday, the supposed “estimates” by the administration claiming such a low percentage of “extremists” are calculated by assuming that rebels not fighting directly for al-Qaeda are “moderates.” The Free Syrian Army, though considered the primary “moderate” fighting force worthy of U.S. taxpayer support, is actually dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other hardcore Islamists. The pro-rebel Al Jazeera even reported that the FSA has been selling foreign-provided weapons to al-Qaeda leaders in Syria.

“Talk of ‘moderate’ rebels on the part of people like John Kerry or Elizabeth O’Bagy is merely a matter of moving the goalposts,” Rosenthal explained, echoing widely expressed sentiments among analysts following the conflict. “In the sense of the term that was usual, say, just a year or two ago, they are virtually all Islamic extremists. For the great bulk of the rebels, the war undoubtedly does represent a holy war against an ‘apostate’ Arab leader, as was the case in Libya.”

According to Rosenthal and his research on global Islamic extremism, Hosni Mubarak, Gadhafi, and the Assad dynasty have long been identified in al-Qaeda literature as “tawaghit.” The term is often translated as “tyrants,” he explained, but it actually means “false idols,” with the implication being that the rule of the relevant despots “usurps the legislative role that, per Islamists, is reserved for Allah (whose laws are, of course, embodied in the Quran).”

“Even more chillingly, for a large part of the rebels the war appears also to represent a holy war against what they perceive as entire heretical communities: the Alawis and the Shia,” Rosenthal continued. “Both the rhetoric and the practice of the rebels vis-à-vis Alawis and Shia is often downright genocidal.” Indeed, as The New American has reported, a spokesman for the “moderate” FSA announced a plan to ethnically cleanse Shia Muslims in a TV interview, and entire minority-dominated communities have already been massacred by jihadist rebels.

But what about Libya today? Has it achieved “democracy” and “human rights,” as proponents of “regime change” argued it would? Rosenthal’s book offers extensive documentation about what really happened during and after the UN-backed “regime change” operation led by the Obama administration. The New American also did a major report about the entire fiasco, explaining, among other elements, how the U.S. government sided with al-Qaeda and its affiliates to bring down the regime, and what that meant for the future of Libya.

More recently, the U.K. Independent published a special report this month looking at the shattered nation today. “Libya has almost entirely stopped producing oil as the government loses control of much of the country to militia fighters,” noted the report, adding that the nation went from 1.4 million barrels a day earlier this year to just 160,000 barrels a day now. “As world attention focused on the coup in Egypt and the poison gas attack in Syria over the past two months, Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi two years ago.”

According to Independent reporter Patrick Cockburn, the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated central government is witnessing a disintegration of its authority “in all parts of the country.” That reality on the ground, he continued, casts doubts on claims by American, British, and French politicians that NATO’s 2011 “military action” in Libya was a “successful foreign military intervention which should be repeated in Syria.”

“Libyans are increasingly at the mercy of militias which act outside the law. Popular protests against militiamen have been met with gunfire,” the Independent reported, citing dozens of deaths at a recent protest. “Foreigners have mostly fled Benghazi since the American ambassador, Chris Stevens, was murdered in the US consulate by jihadi militiamen last September. Violence has worsened since then with Libya’s military prosecutor Colonel Yussef Ali al-Asseifar, in charge of investigating assassinations of politicians, soldiers and journalists, himself assassinated by a bomb in his car on 29 August. Rule by local militias is also spreading anarchy around the capital.” Meanwhile, Libya’s new rulers announced an “integration” plan with Sudan’s genocidal Islamist dictator, too.

Instead of helping to create yet another bloody disaster in the Middle East, Congress should step in and restrain Obama, ensuring that the U.S. government remains neutral in the ongoing war between Syria’s ruthless dictator and the largely jihadist “rebels.” Christians are already under mortal threat there after having been protected by the Assad-family regime for decades, and if the Obama-backed “rebels” succeed, as in Libya, Christians’ futures will become even more imperiled. There are no good outcomes in Syria at this point, but having American taxpayers turn that nation into yet another Libya — or worse — is a terrible plan for more than a few reasons.

Alex Newman, a foreign correspondent for The New American, is normally based in Europe. He can be reached at anewman@thenewamerican.com.

source: thenewamerican.com