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Thursday, November 1, 2012

This man’s 21st century Cold War: continuous aggression, human suffering

Yemenis protest
U.S.drones,  meddling
WHAT WOULD YOU DO if another nation invaded your country?
Re-reporting, editing, brief comment by 
Carolyn Bennett

Yemen across the Gulf of Aden from Africa’s horn (Djibouti)

 Breaching national sovereignty, murdering civilians
U.S. drone launch

Yemenis tell Press TV today that the United States’ “deadly drones have hit everywhere in Yemen” and that all Yemenis are united in fact that this aggression violates their “basic rights.”

sking the rhetorical question: “who would accept foreign intervention in his own land,” the Yemeni tells Press TV that the people of Yemen “strongly reject U.S. intervention” in their land.

We regard the use of U.S. assassination drones as an intervention, which has killed innocent people.

This is a violation of our independence and beliefs.

The continued use of these drones will only fuel more anger.

Somalis attacked by
U.S. drones

News stories have regularly reported that the U.S. government ─ claiming to be targeting “terrorists” ─ has been sending assassination drones against several countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia; and that these attacks have caused the deaths of large numbers of civilians.

Pakistanis protest
U.S. drones
However, in flagrant disregard of the United Nations’ sharp criticism of the U.S. terror drone attacks, its targeted killings, on ground of international law ─ and despite the slaughter of civilians, human displacement and interminable trauma, despite sovereign and domestic protests ─ the United States has persisted in this aggression and its Central Intelligence Agency is reportedly planning expansion of its covert drone attacks in Yemen.

Deepening U.S. aggression farther north: Syria

Reports today from Syria reveal the Obama Government’s Secretary State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in the name of the United States, “has launched an aggressive campaign to re-establish a new Syrian opposition force.” The Secretary of Aggression has reportedly rejected “existing opposition leaders as ‘a bunch of out-of-touch exiles’ that should be replaced by a group representing active insurgents.”

During yesterday’s official visit to Croatia, the secretary is reported saying ─ 

‘We’ve made it clear that the SNC (Syrian National Council) can no longer be viewed as the visible leader of the opposition…. That opposition must include people from inside Syria and others who have a legitimate voice that needs to be heard.’

The secretary’s belligerent and crassly undiplomatic declaration makes clear the United States' breach of Syria’s sovereignty, “fueling the anti-Syria insurgency aimed at removing the pro-resistance government of President Bashar Al-Assad.”

t would be fair to say that this man’s government is loose on the world, and is undermining both U.S. domestic and international law.


Opposition from within UNSC
UN Security Council

At least one nation within the five-permanent member UN Security Council has consistently opposed the United States’ violent descent to Cold War aggression.

Speaking to the press after a Wednesday meeting in Paris with France’s foreign minister, Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said what makes sense to any sane person:

Assad’s fate should be decided by the Syrian people.

Africa crossing Gulf of Aden, Red Sea
Middle East
Reported at Press TV, Lavrov sad, “If the position of our partners remains the departure of this leader whom they do not like, the bloodbath will continue

“It is like daydreaming to speculate: to the effect that if the [Syrian] government is overthrown everything will fall into place.”

If this is somebody’s priority, he said, the “bloodshed will continue.”

Urging western states and Turkey to negotiate with the Syrian president, Foreign Minister Lavrov reiterated the fact that there is no military solution to the problem in and around Syria and encouraged pursuing a political solution to the Syrian conflict.

Cold War moves, counter moves

Loose on the world
Africa to Russian Federation
The U.S. military reportedly “has clandestinely transformed a remote former French military outpost in Djibouti named Camp Lemonnier into ‘the busiest Predator drone base outside the Afghan war zone.’  Nearly 3,200 U.S. soldiers, civilians and contractors are currently assigned to the military camp ─

‘[w]here they train foreign militaries, gather intelligence and dole out humanitarian aid across East Africa as part of a campaign to prevent extremists from taking root.’

Lemonnier is said to have “emerged as a hub for conventional aircraft” that last year deployed “a squadron of F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets” ─ planes that “fly faster and carry more munitions than Predators.”

Russia again answers provocation.

Press TV reports, “Russia may deploy two reconnaissance aircraft to a French base in Djibouti where the United States is reportedly leading its secret drone war in the region.”
Soviet Cold War
 Ilyushin Il-38

esterday, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said his country has asked France to host two reconnaissance planes (Ilyushin Il-38), joining French planes at France’s air base in Djibouti (Horn of Africa across the Gulf of Aden from South Central Asia). The Russian plane, Ilyushin Il-38, can fly at a maximum speed of 650 km/h with service ceiling of 10,000 meters.

Wikipedia note: The Il-38, first flown in 1967, is an adaption of the four-engine turboprop Ilyushin Il-18 for use as a maritime patrol aircraft for the Soviet Navy and meets a requirement to counter American ballistic missile submarines. On December 7, 2010, two Russian Navy Il-38s appeared over the Japan Sea near the Noto peninsula, interrupting a combined U.S.-Japan Navy drill. The exercises were canceled because of concern that Il-38s might be carrying out surveillance missions on U.S./Japan naval activities.

Russia says the intended deployment of this plane is for anti-piracy purposes. The United States, among other countries, Press TV reports, conducts “anti-piracy operations in Djibouti, a close front against piracy in the region based in neighboring Somalia.”

Sources and notes

“Angry Yemeni civilians call on US to stop drone attacks,” November 1, 2012, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/11/01/269919/us-drone-strikes-anger-yemeni-civilians/

“U.S. plans to establish new Syrian opposition force in Qatar meeting,” November 1, 2012, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/11/01/269906/us-plans-new-syrian-opposition-force/

“West call for Assad departure daydreaming: Russia,” October 31, 2012, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/10/31/269799/call-for-assad-ouster-daydreaming-russia/

Photo caption:
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (L) attends a news conference with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius at the French foreign ministry, Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 31 2012.

“Russia may deploy reconnaissance aircraft to French base in Djibouti,” October 31, 2012

Ilyushin Il-38

The Ilyushin Il-38 (NATO reporting name: May) is a maritime patrol aircraft and anti-submarine warfare aircraft designed in the Soviet Union.  The Il-38 was operated by units in the Soviet Northern, Pacific and Baltic fleets.

Role: anti-submarine warfare and Maritime patrol aircraft
Design group: Ilyushin
First flight: 1967
Primary users: Soviet Naval Aviation;  Russian Naval Aviation; Indian Navy

Number built: 58
Developed from: Ilyushin Il-18



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