Why I don´t believe the BND...

The German Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) has evidence  to conclude Syria´s President Bashar Assad ordered the suspected chemical attack in Ghouta, German media reported this last week. Now our media reports that the BND sources claim the chemical attack might have been carried out by the Syrian army without  permission from the president. 

There are many reasons why we shouldn´t think that German intelligence reports are as reliable and of high quality as industrial products "Made in Germany". 

Here are two of them: 

     

    German journalist Manuel Ochsenreiter about German intel "evidence" against Syria - chemical attack

    Questions McCain will never answer

    Senator John McCain

    Senator John McCain

    US Senator John McCain celebrates himself as the “falcon”. Right now he campaigns for a massive US aggression against Syria. He claims there are just a few Al-Qaeda terrorists fighting against the Syrian army, he claims the so called “Free Syrian Army” is a moderate opposition force.

    John McCain was in Syria in May 2013. He visited northern Syria. He entered Syria illegally from the country´s border with Turkey and stayed there for several hours before returning to Turkey. What did the Senator do there? He met with leaders of the “FSA”. McCain said he wants to provide arms, supplies and apparently US military assets to help the “FSA” overthrow the Syrian government. When McCain and his buddies posed for some propaganda photos, he maybe didn´t really know who those guys were: Kidnappers, terrorists, killers. Read more here.

    Senator McCain loves to talk about freedom, democracy and human rights. He avoids critical questions about the terrorist background of the so called “armed opposition” in Syria with the remark: “Have you been in Syria? I have been in Syria!”

    If I would be that journalist, I would answer him: “Me too!” And I would like to ask him some more questions:

    • Have you ever spoken to a Syrian who just lost a relative or close friend on the hands of your buddies?

    • Have you ever been in one of those areas where your friends are shelling Syrian civilians with the principle of contingency?

    • Did you ever meet a Syrian who was kidnapped and tortured for several weeks by the “armed opposition”?

    • Did you ever speak to Syrian refugees? Did you listen well to their words? They might have told you that they run away from your friends into government controlled areas of Syria.

    • Did you ever talk to young Syrian soldiers in a military hospital? They would have told you about an enemy who doesn´t take any prisoners of war, who slaughters down every captured soldier in the most brutal way. Were you interested in those horrible stories?

    Well, I did all these things. But John McCain would have to answer all those questions with “No”. He was for some hours with some terrorists, that´s it. And that´s not much.

    But we can learn something: Never trust a Western politician who wants to go to war with the “Humanitarian intervention” label. Most probably he doesn´t know what he is talking about.

     

    Senator John McCain feels offended by a question: "Have you been in Syria?"

    What will Russia do?

    Prof. Alexandr Dugin is a philosopher, and a  professor at Moscow State University. Dugin is the leader of the International “Eurasian Movement”,   He is known for the book Foundations of Geopolitics  

    Prof. Alexandr Dugin is a philosopher, and a  professor at Moscow State University. Dugin is the leader of the International “Eurasian Movement”,  

    He is known for the book Foundations of Geopolitics

     

    Prof. Dugin, the world faces right now in Syria the biggest international crisis since the downfall of the Eastern Block in 1989/90. Washington and Moscow found themselves in a proxy-confrontation on the Syrian battleground. Is this a new situation?

    Dugin: We have to see the struggle for geopolitical power as the old conflict of land power represented by Russia and sea power represented by the USA and its NATO partners. This is not a new phenomenon; it is the continuation of the old geopolitical and geostrategic struggle. The 1990s was the time of the great defeat of the land power represented by the USSR. Michail Gorbatchev refused the continuation of this struggle. This was a kind of treason and resignation in front of the unipolar world. But with President Vladimir Putin in the early years of 2000, came a reactivation of the geopolitical identity of Russia as a land power. This was the beginning of a new kind of competition between sea power and land power.

    How did this reactivation start?

    Dugin: It started with the second Chechen war (1999-2009). Russia by that time was under pressure by Chechen terrorist attacks and the possible separatism of the northern Caucasus. Putin had to realize all the west, the USA and the European Union took side for the Chechen separatists and Islamic terrorists fighting against the Russian army. This is the same plot we witness today in Syria or yesterday in Libya. The West gave the Chechen guerrilla support, and this was the moment of revelation of the new conflict between land power and sea power. With Putin, land power reaffirmed itself. The second moment of revelation was in August 2008, when the Georgian pro-western Sakashwili regime attacked Zchinwali in South Ossetia. The war between the Russia and Georgia was the second moment of revelation.

    The Syrian crisis is now the third moment of revelation?

    Dugin: Exactly. Maybe it is even the final one, because now all is at stake. If Washington doesn´t intervene and accept the position of Russia and China, this would be the end of the USA as a kind of candidate of a unique and super power. This is the reason why I think Obama will go far in Syria. But if Russia steps aside and accepts the US-American intervention and if Moscow eventually betrays Bachar al-Assad, this would mean immediately a very hard blow to the Russian political identity. This would signify the great defeat of the land power. After this the attack on Iran would follow and also on northern Caucasus. Among the separatist powers in northern Caucasus there are many individuals who are supported by the Anglo-American, Israeli and Saudi powers. If Syria falls, they will start immediately the war in Russia, our country. Meaning: Putin cannot step aside; he cannot give up Assad, because this would mean the geopolitical suicide of Russia. Maybe we are right now in the major crisis of modern geopolitical history.

    So right now both dominant world powers, USA and Russia, are in a struggle about their future existence…

    Dugin: Indeed. At the moment there is no any other possible solution. We cannot find any compromise. In this situation there is no solution which would satisfy both sides. We know this from other conflicts as the Armenian-Azeri or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is impossible to find a solution for both sides. We witness the same now in Syria, but on a bigger scale. The war is the only way to make a reality check.

    Why?

    Dugin: We have to imagine this conflict as a type of card game like Poker. The players have the possibility to hide their capacities, to make all kinds of psychological tricks, but when the war begins all cards are in. We are now witnessing the moment of the end of the card game, before the cards are thrown on the table. This is a very serious moment, because the place as a world power is at stake. If America succeeds, it could grant itself for some time an absolute dominant position. This will be the continuation of unipolarity and US-American global liberalism. This would be a very important moment because until yet the USA wasn´t able to make its dominance stable, but in the moment they win that war, they will. But if the West loses the third battle (the first one was the Chechen war, the second was the Georgian war), this would be the end of the USA and its dominance. So we see: neither USA nor Russia can resign from that situation. It is simply not possible for both not to react.

    Why does US-president Barrack Obama hesitate with his aggression against Syria? He did he appeal the decision to the US-Congress? Why does he ask for permission he doesn´t need for his attack?

    Dugin: We shouldn´t make the mistake and start doing psychological analyses about Obama. The main war takes place right now behind the scenes. And this war is raging around Vladimir Putin. He is under great pressure from pro-American, pro-Israeli, liberal functionaries around the Russian president. They try to convince him to step aside. The situation in Russia is completely different to the situation in USA. One individual, Vladimir Putin, and the large majority of the Russian population which supports him are on one side, and the people around Putin are the Fifth column of the West. This means that Putin is alone. He has the population with him, but not the political elite. So we have to see in the step of Obama administration asking the Congress a kind of waiting. They try to force the pressure on Putin. They use all their networks in the Russian political elite to influence Putin´s decision. This is the invisible war which is going on right now.

    Is this a new phenomenon?

    Dugin: (laughs) Not at all! It is the modern form of the archaic tribes trying to influence the chieftain of the enemy by loud noise, cries and war drums. They beat themselves on the chest to impose fear on the enemy. I think the attempts of the US to influence Putin are a modern form of this psychological warfare before the real battle starts. The US-Administration will try to win this war without the Russian opponent on the field. For this they have to convince Putin to stay out. They have many instruments to do so.

    But again: What about the position of Barrack Obama?

    Dugin: I think all those personal aspects on the American side are less important than on the Russian side. In Russia one person decides now about war and peace. In USA Obama is more a type of bureaucratic administrator. Obama is much more predictable. He is not acting on his behalf; he simply follows the middle line of US-American foreign politics. We have to realize that Obama doesn´t decide anything at all. He is the figure of a political system that makes the real important decisions. The political elite makes the decisions, Obama follows the scenario written for him. To say it clearly, Obama is nothing, Putin is everything.

    You said Vladimir Putin has the majority of the Russian population on his side. But now it is the peace time. Would they also support him in a war in Syria?

    Prof. Alexandr Dugin and Manuel Ochsenreiter 

    Prof. Alexandr Dugin and Manuel Ochsenreiter 

    Dugin: This is a very good question. First of all, Putin would lose much of his support if he does not react on a Western intervention in Syria. His position would be weakened by stepping aside. The people who support Putin do this because they want to support a strong leader. If he doesn´t react and steps aside because of the US pressure, it will be considered by the majority of the population as a personal defeat for Putin. So you see it is much more Putin´s war than Obama´s war. But if he intervenes in Syria he will face two problems: The Russian society wants to be a strong world power, but it is not ready to pay the expenses. When the volume of these costs becomes clear, this could cause a kind of shock to the population. The second problem is what I mentioned already, that the majority of the political elite are pro-Western. They would immediately oppose the war and start their propaganda by criticizing the decisions of Putin. This could provoke an inner crisis. I think Putin is aware of these two problems.

    When you say the Russians might be shocked by the costs of such a war, isn´t there a danger that they might not support Putin because of that?

    Dugin: I don´t think so. Our people are very heroic. Let us look back in history. Our people were never ready to enter a war, but if they did, they won that war despite the costs and sacrifices. Look at the Napoleonic wars or World War II. We Russians lost many battles, but eventually won those wars. So we are never prepared, but we always win.

    The Downfall of Maalula

    On 16 July 2012, I went to the old Christian village of Maalula, around an hour’s drive from Damascus. The inhabitants of Maalula are descended from the Semitic tribes which populated the Syrian desert and part of Mesopotamia fourteen centuries ago. The monastery of Mar Sarkis was built in the fourth century on the ruins of a pagan temple. Its Byzantine architecture contains one of the earliest surviving Christian altars. The monastery also possesses a unique collection of sixteenth to eighteenth century religious icons. Maalula is one of the very last places where one can encounter people speaking Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus.

    Once again, the route was safe. There were many cars on the streets, destined for the cities of Hama, Homs and Aleppo. I interviewed inhabitants of the Greek Orthodox monastery of Mar Tekla and Arabic Christian pilgrims and visitors. They all expressed the belief that President Bashar would lead the country out of the crisis, and that in Syria Muslims and Christians live peacefully together. A nun told me: “This city and its church are founded on the rocks of Syria. They symbolize the stability and power of Syria. We will manage this crisis.”

     

    This happened to Maalula yesterday:

    An assault on Maalula was carried out by terrorists from the al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra group, according to several media reports. At the beginning of the attack, an al-Nusra fighter blew himself up at an army checkpoint at the entrance to the village. The suicide attack was followed by heavy fighting between terrorists and army units. Eventually, the terrorists seized the army checkpoint, disabled two tanks and an armored personnel carrier and killed eight soldiers, claim sources of the so called "armed opposition". A nun said the terrorists took over the Safir hotel atop a mountain overlooking the village and fired shells at it from there. Some 80 people from the village took refuge in the convent, which houses 13 nuns and 27 orphans, the nun said.

     

    Translation:

    "Allahu akbar, from center of Maalula, it has been purified completely from the dogs and shabihas of Bachar al-Assad. Here is the town behind" (he shows with his hand).

    Another person says: "We are coming for you, with God’s help we are coming to get everyone."

     

    Davutoglu & Fabius: The Chemical Brothers

    While the Western governments give hectic statements, and while especially Paris and London push the international community to “react quickly”, the majority of Western mainstream media fails again completely.

    As videos of an alleged chemical attack in Syria are shown to the world, experts cast doubt on their authenticity. But those doubts don´t play a big role in the Western media coverage.

    We should listen very well to the warmongers especially from Turkey and France. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says: “All red lines have been crossed but still the U.N. Security Council has not even been able to take a decision. This is a responsibility for the sides who still set these red lines and for all of us”. Davutoglu's French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, called for “a reaction of force” from the international community.

    By the way, Davutoglu and Fabius seem to be pretty relaxed when:

    • the civilians in Aleppo suffer under a hunger blockade by the so called “rebels”.
    • so called “rebels” kill hundreds of Kurds in Raqqa province.
    • Syrian civilians around Latakia are killed and “executed” by so called “rebels”.
    • bombs explode in front of schools and universities in Syria.
    • “moderate” rebels practice some cannibalism. 
    • so called “rebels” perform mass executions.

     

    My interview with Russia Today about the reports of massive chemical attack near Damascus:

    Death road to Aleppo

    Dr. Amine Antaki

    Dr. Amine Antaki

    The roads to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo are still under attack by terrorist groups. On Saturday, August 10, a bus carrying civilians coming from Lebanon to Aleppo was attacked by a terrorist group of the so called "armed opposition" in Syria. Dr. Amine Antaki, one of the bus passengers, was killed during that attack as per the witnesses. 

    The terrorists shot at the bus on Khanaser road to Aleppo to stop it. Dr. Antaki who sat behind the driver, was killed by a head shot during the attack. The terrorists responsible for the attack are members of an jihadi extremist group. His wife survived the attack. Dr. Amine Antaki, born in 1944 in Syria, was a very well known gynecologist in Aleppo. He was considered as one of the best physicians in Syria. He was also involved in many social activities.

    Dr. Antaki holds both Syrian and Canadian citizenship. Canada like other Western nations supports the so called "armed opposition" in Syria. In September 2012, the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, announced that Canada had listed Syria as a state "that supports terrorism".

    Welcome to the "New Democratic Syria" in Raqqa

    My Interview with RT about the alleged Al-Qaeda mass-killing of Kurds in Raqqa province:

    1. This not an "ethnic conflict between Kurds and Arabs" as mainstream media report. The Al-Qaeda linked groups are "international" and multi-ethnic themselves - not "only Arabs". The Kurds are attacked by those groups not because of ethnic reasons, but because of struggle for power in the region.
    2. This is not a new thing: Al-Qaeda linked terrorists killed already masses of Christians, Alawis, Shiites and Sunnis in Syria. 
    3. This conflict shows clearly the influence of Turkey: Ankara doesn´t have a problem with an "Al-Qaeda-State"  at its border, but would never accept a Kurdish entity.
    4. Islamist fighters infiltrate Syria via the Turkish-Syrian border. Turkey gives support to those groups. 

      

    The Dead Angle

    The Syrian city of Sednaya, center of Christian pilgrimage and where to the present day, both Muslim and Christian pilgrims come to commemorate the feast day of “Our Lady of Sednaya”, doesn´t appear very often in Western media; almost never. Sednaya is not sexy at all to western journalists. They don´t find there what they are looking for: No “rebels”, nobody complains about the “evil regime” in Damascus, people there talk about peace instead of war. The beautiful old monastery built on the rocks of the mountain looks from afar like a fortress. At the first glance Sednaya might be a theme for journalists of tourist magazines or religious media. But it is not. Sednaya is the dead angle of a bloody war.

    When I visited Sednaya a couple of days ago I had my camera and my voice recorder with me. It was not a “touristic tour” at all. I spoke to the people of Sednaya who are at the same time full of hospitality but are hardened and embittered by their experiences of the war that shows its ugly face through shells, mortars, kidnappings, and killings. Sednaya is somehow a “besieged city” surrounded by nests of the so-called “rebels”. The road to Sednaya from Damascus is heavily guarded by the Syrian army. I went to Sednaya via that road with some good friends accompanied by armed escort to the city.

    I spoke to those who never appear in western media because their stories do not fit to the storyline of war lies. I also spoke to the men who are insulted in Western media as “Shabiha” and “regime profiteers” because they risk their lives with a gun in their hand every day and every night at the city checkpoints to protect the civilians. They organize themselves in local committees to keep the war outside their city. I met a doctor who    treats patients during the day and serves at a checkpoint after sunset with an AK-47 assault rifle. His comrade, a wiry and sun tanned elder man, showed me his scar on his chest from a heart operation, but insists to do his duty as a member of the citizen militia of Sednaya. One of the heads of the committee lost his automotive parts and accessories shop in a suburb of Damascus. Now he protects his city against the aggressors. With a smile on his face he told me that he will of course open his shop again when the war is over. Young men from Sednaya joined the committee to protect their neighborhood.

    I met a man in the hospital of Sednaya who was attacked by terrorists while working in the field. His brother died. The attackers came with a motor cycle and opened fire on the two brothers. I spoke to man who was kidnapped by terrorists. His story was heartbreaking. He was for more than three weeks in the hands of a criminal gang that views itself as “armed opposition”, the friends of the West. He was kidnapped for a ransom, nothing else.

    I was in the abandoned “Restaurant Paradise” of Sednaya that used to be full of life before the war. Now the walls are full of holes from attacks. “Rebels” were firing at the restaurant from the mountains. The traces of this war in the city itself are clearly visible. Sometimes a mortar falls in Sednaya. Sometimes it kills, sometimes the people are lucky and just a balcony is damaged. Even the old monastery was already attacked by those who claim they fight for “freedom and democracy”.

    The war against Sednaya is somehow symbolic. It shows exactly the bloody border between barbarism and civilization. While old and young men defend their hometown full of unique cultural and historical wealth with guns, the West delivers modern arms to those who want to destroy all this. The West supports the barbarism in its fight against civilization and claims that this is for a “good cause”. Indeed, all these stories from the Syrian war are not sexy enough for the mainstream media. This is why Sednaya is in the dead angle.

     

    Mainstream fairy tales: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Western mainstream media claims that there are right now moderate and extremist rebel groups fighting against the Syrian government. The moderates in the understanding of the West are the militias of the so called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), and the extremists are the militant Islamist groups with ties to Al-Qaida. Western leaders claim: “We have to strengthen the moderates with arms and supplies so that the extremists don´t gain more ground.” The German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel published on its website a reportage from the northern Syrian city of Aleppo where the author of the article claims that the moderate rebels are doing now a better performance in battle thanks to the western arms delivery.

    To distinguish between “good” and “bad” rebels on the Syrian battle ground is an important element of the Western war propaganda. The propagandists – Western politicians and mainstream media give the impression that it is possible to support moderate, secular, democratic, and liberal rebel groups without supporting extremists. The propagandists claim furthermore that the so called “good” rebels have aims other than the so called “bad” rebels.

    The Syrian reality has nothing to do with those fairy tales. The Islamist extremists are the dominating fighting groups among the rebels. “FSA” is just a type of brand name for some militias. The term “Army” is wrong since they don´t have an army structure and hierarchy. Even the press releases of the different “FSA”-related groups contradict themselves because there is no such thing as military order.

    Talking to soldiers of the Syrian Army

    Talking to soldiers of the Syrian Army

    I spoke to many witnesses of the Syrian war, to refugees, and soldiers of the Syrian Army. They all report the same: Units of FSA and “extremists” cooperate closely on the battle field. FSA groups who receive arms from foreign powers sell them for dollars to groups like the extremist Al-Nusra-Front to make profit. Syrian security sources say that more than 100 Stinger rockets were sold by the FSA militias to Al-Nusra-Front. In FSA controlled areas the “moderate” groups establish “sharia courts” and start to persecute Christians, Alawis, Shiites, and “disobedient” Sunnis. The FSA groups behave as sectarian and aggressive as the so called “extremists”. In the Syrian capital of Damascus I saw even conservative Sunni refugees who escaped from the rebel controlled areas. The people flee from areas under rebel control (in Western term “liberated”) to government controlled areas (in Western term “dictatorship”).

    When I visited areas that were under FSA control in the past, I didn´t even find just one single graffiti calling for democracy, freedom or human rights; instead, all the FSA graffiti “informed” the people who the “dogs” are: the Christians, the Alawis, President Bashar al-Assad, his wife Asma and anyone else who doesn´t support the “revolution”. In addition to those sectarian hate slogans they painted the black-white-green rebel flag with the three red stars. By the way, the inhabitants of those areas were fleeing from the rebels and came back after the Syrian army took control again. And again, no word about this in Western media.

    FSA graffiti in al-Midan, Damascus, 2012: "Leave, you traitor Bashar, you dog..."

    FSA graffiti in al-Midan, Damascus, 2012: "Leave, you traitor Bashar, you dog..."

    In Aleppo FSA fighters and Islamist extremist militants cooperate in establishing a blockade against around two million civilians in the city. Supply convoys are attacked by the rebels, perhaps with new delivered Western arms. The Western media and politicians keep silent, and nobody dares to accuse the rebels of going on war against the civilians of Syria.

    The rebel commander who ate the organ of a killed Syrian soldier was a “moderate”, not an “extremist”. After he cut out the corpse’s liver and heart he is filmed holding the organs in his hands and speaks to the camera: ”I swear to God we will eat your hearts and your livers you soldiers of Bashar the dog.”

    A militant “brigade” calls itself “Osama bin Laden”. This brigade belongs to the “Souqour Dimashq” (Hawks of Damascus) Battalion of the FSA.

    The truth is simple, maybe too simple for Western mainstream journalism: You cannot deliver arms to militants in Syria and claim that those arms are used for “good aims”. If you claim this, then you are either stupid, or a liar, or both.

     

    German Jihadists fighting in Syria

    Refugee from Harem with Manuel Ochsenreiter

    Refugee from Harem with Manuel Ochsenreiter

    Conversation with a refugee from the Syrian city of Harem (Idlib province) at the Turkish-Syrian border: He reports that he and other locals saw there six German fighters among the radical Islamist al-Nusra-Front who conquered and occupied Harem. Those terrorists are ethnic Germans who had an interpreter with them, as per the witness.

    Harem is since months under the control of “al-Nusra Front”, an Al Qaeda associate operating in Syria. During the siege of Harem the terrorists of al-Nusra-Front were said to have committed horrible war crimes towards the civilians of Harem. Even the medics of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent couldn´t help the wounded and the injured defenders and civilians of Harem. The refugees accuse Turkey to provide arms and supplies to the terrorists.

    Right now there are several thousands of fighters of the Nusra Front in Syria who fight alongside the so-called “Free Syrian Army” against the Syrian government. Foreign Jihadist terrorists from more than 25 nations are right now in Syria according to the security authorities in Damascus. The German minister for inner affairs, Hans-Peter Friedrich confirmed in July 2013 that 60 German citizens are fighting alongside the Islamist combat groups in Syria.

    Until today the German authorities and the German mainstream media claim that the conflict in Syria is a “popular uprising” and support the so-called “armed opposition”.