Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Syria update

War hysteria growing in UK. Russia compared with Nazi Germany. The insanity appears to be bipartisan with Tories and Labour agreeing.
In the debate, Mitchell provocatively compared Russia with fascist Germany and Italy. “The Russians are doing to the United Nations precisely what Italy and Germany did to the League of Nations in the 1930s, and they are doing to Aleppo precisely what the Nazis did to Guernica during the Spanish civil war,” he said.
Corbyn opposes.
Corbyn’s spokesman later stated that he acknowledged that the evidence “appears to show that Russia was involved in the bombing, if not Russia the Syrian airforce, and all evidence appears to show it was a war crime.” But Corbyn “opposes all forms of foreign intervention in the conflict,” he added…
Britain and France prepare military escalation in Syria
Robert Stevens
As the Syrian army advances in the east of Aleppo with support from Russia, and with the conflict between the US and Russia intensifying dramatically, the German government has hardened its attitude towards Moscow. On Friday, leading German politicians called for fresh sanctions against Russia, the massive arming of the Islamist opposition and even the use of German ground troops.
On the same day, leading German business daily Handelsblatt, reported that Angela Merkel advocated “the withdrawal of Russian troops” from Syria in a speech in Magdeburg. Directly addressing the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, the chancellor declared, “I can again only appeal to Russia, Russia has a lot of influence on Assad: We must end this horrible crime as soon as possible.”
Given the “truly appalling situation” in Aleppo, the German government considers new sanctions against Russia a possible reaction. The German government was “considering all the options,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in Berlin.
Beforehand, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag (parliament), Norbert Röttgen (CDU, Christian Democratic Union), had called for tougher sanctions against Moscow. He told the Süddeutsche Zeitung, “A war crime that had no consequences or sanctions would be a scandal.” At the same time, he also complained that European governments had only done what absolutely needed to be done under their “obligations”….
German government urges tougher action against Russia and Syria
Johannes Stern

The Russian Foreign Ministry Lavrov speaks of “radical changes” in relations with the United States
Russia is upgrading its military presence in the Middle East
Moscow is also considering the reopening of its military bases in Cuba and Vietnam
Defend Democracy
Russia Reasserts Itself

The new rules of wartime administration would give all administrative powers to the military, which would issue direct commands to regional authorities, law enforcers, rescuers and the National Guard.

Russia currently has five military districts that comprise the Defense Ministry’s territory division units. In times of war, the command of each of these districts will be divided into two parts – the Operative Strategic Command and the Wartime Military District. The former will be in charge of military operations and the latter will control the draft, logistics and execution of all special regime measures, such as maintaining public order and the increased security of strategic installations and communications.
The new system was tested in southern Russia’s Stavropol Region, Ingushetia and Crimea.
Military sources also told reporters that all the proposed changes are in line with the 2016-2020 Plan of Defense signed by President Vladimir Putin in November 2015.
New wartime state management system gives full power to Russian military – report


Random said...

Alastair Campbell:

"This is what happens when you put poshboy revolutionaries who've never moved on from student politics in senior jobs"

Random said...

And... comments are shitshow

"Putin is a far-right fascist, if you don't recognize that, you're no leftist, you're just anti-west."

Bob said...

UK and Germany falling back in line with Washington?