January 31st, 2013

Germans gold repatriation via Mali. Israel at war with Syria?

(Was Venezualan gold repatriation via Libya?)
The French regime attacking the terrorists and rebels opposing the unpopular Mali military dictatorship.

Is the French intervention in Mali legitimate?
The intervention, of course, is far from legitimate. How can a French military operation in a North African country be legitimate, when not too long ago France undertook what was then called a legitimate intervention in another North African country, Libya, with the opposite aims:
Not to support, but to topple a legitimate government;
Not to stop the spread of radical Islam, but to help radical Islamists, some of them foreign jihadists, strongly connected to terrorist groups like Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, overthrow a legitimate government

In other words, the Mali operation is the very antithesis of the Libyan one. Yet, according to state officials in France, the United States and Britain, along with their jingoist Western mass media cheerleaders, both interventions are legitimate. Where the Mali intervention protects a legitimate government, the Libyan intervention toppled one. Where the Mali operation opposes radical Islamists, the Libyan operation aided them.
It can’t possibly be true that Western governments are against radical Islamists as a matter of principle, when the principal financial and ideological backer of militant Sunni Islamism, Saudi Arabia, is a treasured ally.  Nor can it be true when Western powers backed radical Islamists against:
    The leftist Afghan government in the 1980s,
    Yugoslavia’s social democracy in the 1990s,
    Gaddafi’s economic nationalism in Libya,
    Assad’s secular nationalist government in Syria.

It can’t be true that Western powers are against despots, dictators, and absolutist monarchs, when they’ve backed so many of them in the past, and continue to back them in the present, from the potentates of the Gulf Co-operation Council to the military regime in Mali.
Neither are Western powers committed to backing struggles against tyrannies as struggles against tyrannies. On countless occasions, they’ve either stood idly by as tyrannies repressed democratic rebellions, or energetically aided their autocratic allies’ efforts to crush opposition.
Full report herald.co.zw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=64453:is-the-french-intervention-in-mali-legitimate

Mali, why now? What is the connection between gold repatriation?

Mali: One war can hide another by Thierry Meyssan
A long time in the making and announced by François Hollande six months in advance, the French intervention in Mali was portrayed as an emergency decision in response to dramatic developments. This scheme aims not only at seizing Mali’s gold and uranium, but more especially at paving the way for the destabilization of Algeria.  voltairenet.org/article177190.html

Pepe Escobar On Mali Audio
Interview with Pepe Escobar on the currency, gold and energy war in Mali
And from - Burn, burn - Africa's Afghanistan
[...] Muammar Gaddafi always supported the Tuaregs' independence drive; since the 1960s the NMLA agenda has been to liberate Azawad (North Mali) from the central government in Bamako.
After the March 2012 coup, the NMLA seemed to be on top. They planted their own flag on quite a few government buildings, and on April 5 announced the creation of a new, independent Tuareg country. The “international community” spurned them, only for a few months later to have the NMLA for all practical purposes marginalized, even in their own region, by three other – Islamist – groups; Ansar ed-Dine (“Defenders of the Faith”); the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO); and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
Meet the players
The NMLA is a secular Tuareg movement, created in October 2011. It claims that the liberation of Azawad will allow better integration – and development – for all the peoples in the region. Its hardcore fighters are Tuaregs who were former members of Gaddafi’s army.
But there are also rebels who had not laid down their arms after the 2007-2008 Tuareg rebellion, and some that defected from the Malian army. Those who came back to Mali after Gaddafi was executed by the NATO rebels in Libya carried plenty of weapons. Yet most heavy weapons actually ended up with the NATO rebels themselves, the Islamists supported by the West.
Full essay, recommended atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/OA19Dj02.html 

Canadian special forces on the ground in Mali
(Via @anthonyfenton )

Soon to be joined by UK forces and no doubt (the alleged managers of the Libya and Syria destruction and the Algeria kidnap incident) the CIA and its bankster cohorts, MI6, DGSE, Mossad etc. NATO. Paging NATO.

Uranium Rush: African resource grab behind Mali mission?
The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed the terrorists behind the recent deadly hostage-taking in Algeria got their weapons from Libya. The attack was staged in response to France's intervention in Mali. RT's Maria Finoshina looks at why French troops are there at all.
The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed the terrorists behind the recent deadly hostage-taking in Algeria got their weapons from Libya. The attack was staged in response to France's intervention in Mali. RT's Maria Finoshina looks at why French troops are there at all.

youtube.com/watch?v=lsaSk0lpeWM (Via @Dputmadre ) 

Military success in Mali raises fear of sectarian revenge attacks
As French, Malian and troops from other African countries enter the key northern Malian towns of Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal, reports are emerging of revenge attacks against the Islamists and some of the local Tuareg and Arab population. As Malian and French forces closed in and retook Gao last weekend virtually unopposed, residents have been hunting down and beating up suspected Islamist extremists who did not have time to flee into the desert. Malian troops then bundled the suspected terrorists into a truck. Members of a youth militia called the Gao Patrolmen, went house to house hunting for suspected Islamists.
Full report rt.com/news/mali-conflict-islamists-revenge-106/

A Gold Mine in the Desert – The Story of Mali lostislamichistory.com/a-gold-mine-in-the-desert-the-story-of-mali/
Via @stand4haq 

The French regime backing the terrorists and rebels opposing the popular Syrian gov't. 

Haven't We Seen This Movie Before? The Open-Ended Global War on Terrorism
Syria: A jihadi paradise Syria has turned into a remix of 1980s Afghanistan as Sunni hardcore faithful rush to crush President Bashar al-Assad on al-Qaeda's call. This is hardly what the petromonarchs and gilded Western powers backing the Syrian opposition have in mind. What they want is a military dictatorship without the military dictator; what they've put up is a jihadi paradise with Assad not moving anytime soon. 

Systems normal. All fkt up - as usual.

Free Syrian Army turns against France
France organized the Free Syrian Army (FSA), going so far as to endow it with its own flag, that of the French Mandate of Syria (1920-1946). She officially provided the FSA with arms and funding, in breach of international treaties. And, unofficially, she flanked it by officers and trainers with the aim of overthrowing the legal and legitimate government. The FSA has devastated the country’s infrastructure and launched major battles that have cost the lives of nearly 60,000 Syrians, yet failed to seize power.
[...] After two years of conducting a secret war, France is now cut off from Syria and jeered by the FSA.
Full voltairenet.org/article177322.html

Staying with psychopaths, sociopaths and for "profit, glory and the agenda" nutters running the show -
The [wannabe Greater Israel] Israeli regime thinks nothing of contravening international law and HR by intruding in others' land and airspace to murder and destroy. It has regularly flown drones and jets over Lebanon and elsewhere.

Lebanon reports heavy presence of Israeli jets in airspace
BEIRUT (Reuters) -- Lebanon said on Wednesday Israeli jets had flown over its territory overnight, part of apparently increased air activity which comes as Israel has expressed concern about weapons in neighboring Syria falling out of government control.
A Lebanese army statement said that four Israeli planes entered Lebanese air space at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. They were replaced four hours later by another group of planes which overflew southern Lebanon until 2 a.m. and a third mission took over, finally leaving at 7:55 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Lebanon frequently complains that Israeli jets overfly its territory. However the recent activity was much more concentrated than usual.

Why? To provoke a response from Iran after failing to do so with the mini destruction of Gaza?

Israel fighter jets enter Lebanese airspace, hit targets on Syria border
Israeli air force jets reportedly attacked a target on the Syria-Lebanon border after repeatedly violating Lebanese airspace Wednesday night. The Syrian military, however, says the jets targeted a scientific research center near Damascus.
The overnight IAF strike was directed at a weapons convoy traveling from Syria into Lebanon, RT correspondent Paula Slier reported from Israel, citing Lebanese media. The convoy may have been moving anti-aircraft rockets from Syria, Slier added, citing foreign sources who spoke on Israeli TV.
“There was definitely a hit in the border area,” the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity, without elaborating further.
Several squads of Israeli air force jets breached Lebanese airspace overnight, the Lebanese army reported in a statement earlier on Wednesday. The army said that four warplanes flew over the southernmost coastal town of Naqoura and hovered for several hours over villages in southern Lebanon before leaving the country's airspace.
The airstrike came amid Israeli concerns over Syrian chemical arms falling into militants’ hands. The Israel Defense Force refused to confirm or deny the reports. "We do not comment on reports of this kind," an IDF spokesperson said.
Later on Wednesday, the Syrian army’s general command has issued a statement claiming that Israeli warplanes violated Syrian airspace and
launched a direct strike on a military research center in Jamraya, near Damascus.
Over the past week, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of IAF planes sighted in the airspace of Lebanon, which borders Syria. At least 12 jet missions were reported by the Lebanese military.
Full rt.com/news/israel-strike-syria-border-091/

Possibly 2 strikes then. It sound as if the regime wants the weapons traffic to be one way, into Syria, not out.

Thanks to scoop.it/t/saif-al-islam for some links

Penny has it covered -
Israel attacks Syria: Details sketchy and of course contradictory