BERLIN/DAMASCUS/BAGHDAD (Own report) – In light of the western powers’ possible massive loss of influence in the Middle East, German foreign policy-makers are intensifying their threats of sanctions on Moscow. Norbert Röttgen (CDU), Chair of the Foreign Policy Committee of the German parliament calls for economic punishment to be imposed for suspected or actual war crimes committed by the Russian military in East Aleppo. The renowned British Middle East correspondent, Robert Fisk, strongly criticizes the rampant propaganda campaign raging – also here in Germany – around the hard fought battle for East Aleppo. Fisk notes that it is remarkable that the militias in East Aleppo are being euphemized as “rebels,” because one of the most powerful among them is an Al Qaeda subsidiary. After all, that embellishes and is protective toward those responsible for 9/11. Besides, the large number of civilian casualties caused by western air raids in the war against IS is being ignored. A renowned NGO source in the USA estimates currently more than 2,000 civilians killed. The notorious double standards of western propaganda are accompanying the US and European powers’ unsuccessful efforts to thwart Russia’s rising influence in the Middle East.
The Chair of the Foreign Policy Committee of the German parliament, Norbert Röttgen, is calling for a renewed tightening of sanctions against Russia and seeks to extend them also to Syria and Iran. The CDU politician is using the battle for East Aleppo as his justification. According to Röttgen, many civilians have been killed there, and Russian, Syrian, and Iranian soldiers and militias have committed serious war crimes. “Aleppo” he says “is a sigma … on the West, because we stood by and watched,” says Röttgen, conceding that the European powers and the United States – which had been setting the agenda in the Middle East for more than two decades – were unable to prevent Aleppo’s recapture by Syrian government troops, with Russian support. They were not even able “to punish what had happened with economic sanctions.”
“One of the Greatest Dangers”
Röttgen also warned that the loss of transatlantic influence could spread much further. “One of the most dangerous developments” is “a Russian-Turkish arrangement on Syria,” the parliamentarian foreign policy-maker was quoted. A possible Ankara-Moscow agreement concerning the future course of action in the Middle East, threatens “another diplomatic disaster for the West.” In fact, such an agreement cannot be ruled out. Following the hefty altercations, toward the end of 2015, Ankara and Moscow have been converging, over the past few months. Talks, between the foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey, and Iran, to launch arrangements on the Syrian conflict, have been set for today in Moscow. Until now, the West could always rely on the fact that Ankara would do everything to overthrow Assad’s government. Moscow is now searching for a settlement. Even from Berlin’s perspective, it is a heavy blow that neither the USA nor any European country will be involved in the Moscow talks. For the western powers, who, for the past two decades, have been accustomed to setting the agenda of Middle East developments, this is a serious setback. Even yesterday’s assassination of Moscow’s ambassador to Ankara, Andrey Karlov, who had been in charge of the Russian-Turkish convergence attempts on the Syria question, appears not to have stopped today’s planned talks. The assassin, reportedly, an Islamist – possibly a jihadi – yelled out “Do not forget Aleppo,” after he had committed his crime.
The 9/11 “Rebels”
Expulsion, Torture, Murder
Berlin and the Suffering
“There is no righteousness in the incredible suffering taking place there,” declared Norbert Röttgen, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Bundestag a few days ago. “Even someone, who himself does wrong, uses violence and who might even be a terrorist, is treated unjustly in such indiscriminate violence and bombing. Fact is, there are so many different people. … There are … even children. There are civilians, who are prevented … from escaping.” Röttgen, however, was not referring to the western-led war on IS in Mosul, but to the war, Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces are waging against al-Qaida und Ahrar al-Sham, in Aleppo. While calling for harsh sanctions against Moscow, the German politician had no criticism of western operations against IS, because this is not about preventing suffering, but merely preserving western hegemony.