Spanish Pundit (II)

febrero 20, 2008

El Secretario General de la OIC se “alegra de la independencia de Kosovo porque será un as en la manga para el mundo islámico”

“Porque servirá a la acción conjunta musulmana”. ¿A que es maravilloso?

Jihad Watch: “There is no doubt that the independence of Kosovo will be an asset to the Muslim world and further enhance the joint Islamic action”

With regard to the declaration of independence by Kosovo yesterday, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu made the following remark today (18 February 2008) in Dakar at the opening of the OIC Senior Officials Meeting preparatory to the forthcoming OIC Summit to be held there on 13-14 March 2008: “…a very important event took place yesterday. Kosovo has finally declared its independence after a long and determined struggle by its people.

As we rejoice this happy result, we declare our solidarity with and support to our brothers and sisters there. The Islamic Umma wishes them success in their new battle awaiting them which is the building of a strong and prosperous a state capable of satisfying of its people. There is no doubt that the independence of Kosovo will be an asset to the Muslim world and further enhance the joint Islamic action.”

The important thing is who is this man, Mr. Isanoglu. He is the same man who interested the OIC about the Danish cartoons. One of the things he said was that “it is as irresponsible to publish the cartoons as it is the burning of the Danish embassy in Beirut“. When he was accused of putting the wheel in motion to cause the outburst of violence, he answered very bluntly that no, that he collaborated with peace (¿!). Hmm, affable this Turkish chap, ehhh?

More in Kosovo joins the UMMA @ IBA.

Hmm, it is unhappily very clear the stupid decision both US and many Western countries have done when recognising Kosovo. Happily, Spanish Government has NOT given its recognition to the new State… even if they are so stupid normally. And the reasons they have given to reject it (Moratinos that stupid intelligent Spanish FM has compared Kosovo with Iraq) are wrong.

It’s also interesting that Isanoglu has qualified this as an asset to the Muslim world. If it enters in EU, it is going to be the first nest of authentic Jihadi fighters inside Europe, with free movement all over it.

Then people are shocked about the Serbs using violence against frontier checkpoints. They know perfectly well US and Europe have again messed up all over. And they know they have again the danger just in the backyard.

An interesting reflection: Bush was fighting who exactly in the GWOT? This decision is utterly stupid and it does not serve really well to the final end of the GWOT: the victory over Islamic terrorism.

Look out for the keffijah on the right: Young ethnic Albanians (that is, ehem… Muslims) celebrate Kosovo’s independence:

Other related links:
Clinton and his gift to the world: Kosovo jihadists @ Mosquewatch
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Kosovo’s domino effect @ China Digital Times. China y el Tibet…
Europe’s new jihadist statelet? @ EuropeNews.
In Kosovo, Serbs reject ethnic Albanian independence @ IHT. The key word here is ethnic.
Beware Cuckoos in the Nest @ Common Sense against Islam. “During the fascist occupation of Kosovo by Albanians, until August 1941 alone, over 10,000 Serbs were killed and between 80,000 and 100,000 Serbs were expelled, while roughly the same number of Albanians from Albania were brought to settle in these Serbian lands. Islam is now the predominant religion, professed by most of the majority ethnic Albanian population, the Bosniak, Gorani, and Turkish communities, and some of the Roma/Ashkali/Egyptian community, although religion is not a significant factor in public life“.
Kosovo: first they came for the Jews? @ Israel Matzav. “Judging from the reaction of Kosovo’s small Jewish community to the declaration, one has to wonder whether Bush has become a Democrat. It seems that Wahabiism is there already and who knows whether madrassas will replace schools very soon. The Jews seem to be scared for their future.
“There was not anti-Semitism in the past, but with the Saudi charities here now we are seeing a Wahabi influence for the first time,” Demiri said, referring to the fundamentalist Islamic ideology Saudi Arabian clerics have tried to export, with little success, in the Balkans. “I think the newspapers these days are not portraying Jews in such a positive light.”. And then some people would say that Bush is a Zionist… 😈 Yeah, baby, tell me another joke…
More proofs about European idiocy: Gordon Brown used the word Balkanization to critizise the Scottish would-be independence. Now he is fully supporting Kosovo’s… Hmm, yeah, how intelligent…
Kosova @ Jules Crittenden: He adds something pretty interesting: Serbs were actually outnumbered since the Ottoman empire conquered that territory two centuries ago and Christians converted to Islam to have the inherent benefits to it. The basis of all the argument: Albanians are pro-US. Remember that both Saddam and Osama bin Laden were in the past… Those “convenient” allies…

And now Ethnic Albanians are asking to fly only the Albanian flag in Macedonia
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En relación con la declaración de independencia de Kosovo ayer, el Secretario General de la Organización de la Conferencia Islámica, el Profesor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu hizo el siguiente comentario hoy (18 de febrero de 2008) en Dakar en la apertura de la Reunión para Altos Cargos de la OIC de preparación de la Próxima Reunión de la OIC que tendrá lugar en los días 13 y 14 de marzo de 2008: “un importante evento tuvo lugar ayer. Kosovo finalmente declaró su independencia después de una lucha larga y decidida de su gente.

Mientras nos regocijamos de este feliz resultado, declaramos nuestra slidaridad y apoyo a nuestros hermanos y hermanas allí. La Umma Islámica les desea éxitos en su nueva batalla que les espera que es la construcción de un estado fuerte y poderoso capaz de satisfacer a su gente. No hay duda de que la independencia de Kosovo es un as en la manga para el mundo musulmán y favorecerá aún más la acción islámica unida.”

Este julay turco, Isanoglu, es el mismo que informó a la OIC de las caricaturas de Mahoma, produciendo una gravísima explosión de violencia en todo el mundo. Por cierto, el niega toda implicación y dice que él trabajó por la paz…

Creo que está muy clara la asombrosa metedura de pata de todos los occidentales, aunque por una vez y sin que sirva de precedente, parece que Zapatero ha entendido la que se nos viene encima… 😈 Por supuesto, basándose en unas razones absolutamente peregrinas… lo que desde luego no sorprende 😦

Interesante lo de que es un “as en la manga”… muy interesante que haya escogido esa expresión en concreto…

Otros links relacionados:
Conflicto diplomático en la ONU por la declaración de independencia de Kosovo @ LD
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Cossiga apoya la independencia de Cataluña y del País Vasco @ Heterodoxias.net. Y yo, la del Norte de Italia, no te digo…
El rincón del rapsoda VII. Kosovo @ Blimdablog. Lo que los inteletuales del Gobierno han dicho. Como dice el post “luego nos extrañamos de que en la CNN digan que España se niega a reconocer Kosovo porque teme que se agudicen sus conflictos étnicos“. De vergüenza: es que ni cuando toman una decisión que está bien tomada, la argumentación es correcta. Se necesita ser IDIOTAS. Y claro, después la CNN, que no sabe dónde tiene la mano derecha, considera que en España, los catalanes y los vascos son de una etnia diferente al resto de los españoles…

Kosovo, País Vasco, Cataluña… @ Luis. Yo creo que aquí no se está hablando sólo del derecho de secesión. Para mí, lo más importante es por qué se apoya por parte de la comunidad internacional una decisión que es evidentemente penosa y que además a Europa le va a suponer un aumento de la inestabilidad, del jihadismo y de la inmigración descontrolada. ¿Por qué? En primer lugar, por el hecho de ser un nido de contrabando (especialmente de drogas, procedentes de Albania y Macedonia, con cantidades que los expertos consideran que van a producir otro boom de la heroína como en los 80… heroína de Afganistán –1,2-), tienen ya los pasos y los caminos controlados para iniciar un asalto masivo a las fronteras porosas europeas. Pero es que en segundo lugar, estamos hablando de que Serbia hasta hace pocos días, estaba en conversaciones para entrar en la UE. ¿Qué pasa si ahora la UE admite a Kosovo? La libertad de “movimientos de personas“, ese gran invento de la UE…
Los blogueros catalanes independentistas llaman en la red a un Estado propio @ Escaño 351. La declaración unilateral de independencia de Kosovo ha sido de excusa para una iniciativa nacida en la blogosfera catalana. La campaña “Sumémonos en el mapa por un Estado Propio” pretende señalar el número mínimo de personas que apoyaría un referendo independentista en Cataluña.
ZP, España, Irak, Kosovo @ Una temporada en el Infierno
: JPQ critica las palabras de Moratinos: comparar de lejos Irak y Kosovo es poner a Zapatero al pie de sus propios caballos. 🙄

Y como veis en la foto de arriba, los de etnia albanesa con la Kefiya palestina… Una gran decisión. Pero ¿contra qué está luchando Bush en la “guerra global contra el terror”? Porque me da que esto tiene justo el efecto contrario…

Honestamente, creo que Publius Pundit, Barcepundit y LGF se equivocan en esta cuestión. Sí, es cierto, hay asesinos en todos los lados (falta determinar quién empezó y las raíces del conflicto se extienden hasta la conquista otomana de los Balcanes, cuando muchos cristianos se convirtieron al Islam por los beneficios personales que la conversión les traía, lo que muchos silencian por razones obvias…), la independencia de Kosovo no es tal (porque depende del dictador impuesto por la UE como ya blogueé ayer) y Putin es un absoluto capullo (aunque en esto tiene razón…), pero el problema no es el pasado, si no el futuro. Y el futuro, como vemos, es preocupante con estas perspectivas.

¿Significa que hay que pasar por alto las barbaridades cometidas por los serbios? Ciertamente no, pero tampoco las cometidas por el resto… Y aquí parece que la gente es un poquito hooligan: si tengo manía a los serbios, estoy con los kosovares y si tengo mucha manía a los malitos de los kosovares musulmanes, entonces los serbios son inmaculados y puros. La realidad es que Clinton bombardeó a los serbios porque tenía que tapar el affaire Lewinski (las relaciones sexuales impropias …) y no por excelsas consideraciones humanitarias o de política internacional. Ahora Bush se salta la legalidad internacional apoyando esta decisión, porque de esa manera mete el dedo en el ojo a Putin, acercándole aún más a China. Incluso el ex-embajador de EEUU en la ONU, John Bolton, ya dijo que era un error, dejar a Rusia aislada, porque debería ser un socio (partner, no ally) en defensa.

Los países que se opongan (de verdad) al terrorismo, necesitan una estrategia real de confrontación con él y con todas las actividades que lo benefician (sobre todo, el tráfico de ilícitos y la corrupción interna…). Necesitan una posición conjunta y con altas miras que considere la situación global y no intereses particulares geoestratégicos. Y éste ciertamente NO es el camino…

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Post anterior: La importancia geopolítica de Kosovo.

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febrero 18, 2008

Spanish Elections Watch (III): Nuevo episodio de violencia (+)

If yesterday I wrote about the attack on María San Gil, today another PP candidate, Dolors Nadal, has been harrased (video inside) when she was going to give a conference at the Pompeu Fabra’s University. She has been unable to even begin with it. The independentists have shouted “No fascists in the university” and “Catalan Countries are not Spain“.

When Nadal was going to enter the room, some of those youths have tried to block it not to let her enter. There were several people pushed and slapped in that moment. Then when she was going to speak, some youths, who were out of the room, have begun to shout “fascist” to her, while the Mossos (Catalan Autonomous Police) were trying to save her from the pushes.

One of the men who was with Nadal has taken a fire extinctor, just in case the demonstrators were going to use it against the candidate. Then dozens of youths, inside the room, have insulted her.

In the end, the Mossos, considering the situation was out of control, have taken her out of the room and have driven her out of the compound in a secret police car.

No association has announced their responsibility for the boycott. But they were carrying propaganda from one of the associations of Catalan Independentist Youths. ERC (Catalan Republican Left) has stated they are not the responsible.

Oh and no condemnation from the PSOE’s representatives… 😦 Even if they should worry about the polls: PP is nearer PSOE each day (according to latest data: PP would have only 2 seats in Parliament less than PSOE). So El Pais is going to publish a special report on Zapatero, considering him as the best candidate: with satisfaction and tranquility, sure of himself, reasonably happy, with a smile, “Bishop-proofed“. 🙄 Yeah… so subtle and clever as ever…
Today it has been published that Zapatero accepted a written proposition from ETA to begin the political negotiation.

And the ETA terrorists have said that Zapatero promised them Navarra:

Los presos etarras han emitido un comunicado, publicado en Gara, en el que señalan que durante la negociación del Gobierno con ETA “nunca antes habíamos llegado tan lejos en el reconocimiento de los derechos”, en alusión a la independencia. Y es que según los terroristas, “si se abrió la puerta de la solución al conflicto” fue porque Zapatero “dio su visto bueno a ese estatuto de autonomía a cuatro”, es decir, que uniera Navarra, Vizcaya, Guipúzcoa y Álava.

ETA imprisoned terrorists have stated officially, in Gara, than during the negotiation of the Government with ETA “they were farther than in any other negotiation in the acknowledgement of out rights”, referring to the independence. According to the terrorists, “if a door was opened to achieve a solution to this conflict” was because Zapatero “agreed with that Autonomy Statute in which the four parts were involved”, that is, that Navarra, Vizcaya, Guipuzcoa y Álava were united.

Against the will of the people, without any kind of announcement. If this the Zapatero’s definition of democracy, I really do not like that democracy for sure… 👿

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La importancia geopolítica de Kosovo (+)

BBC NEWS | Europe | Split EU meets to debate Kosovo

EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels to seek a joint position on Kosovo’s independence declaration.While the major European powers are widely expected to recognise Kosovo’s independence from Serbia, several other countries have strong reservations.

Cyprus, Greece, Romania and Spain have expressed anxiety about the signal that recognition might send to separatists.

Kosovo’s majority ethnic Albanians celebrated with fireworks late into the night after parliament’s declaration.

Slovenia’s Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, chairing the EU meeting, said “I understand many of the member states will recognise” Kosovo.

His British and French colleagues insisted Kosovo was a unique case and called for EU unity on the issue, the BBC’s Oana Lungescu reports.

La realidad es que no sabemos qué va a pasar a partir de ahora. En primer lugar porque Rusia apoya a Serbia y rechaza la independencia de la zona, lo que puede desencadenar otro enfrentamiento con Rusia (por si ya no había suficientes). En segundo lugar, EEUU, por un interés geoestratégico de desgaste del aliado de Rusia, apoya a Kosovo, exactamente igual que, por el mismo interés geoestratégico de control de Oriente Medio, apoya la entrada de Turquía. Ambos intereses, sin embargo, pueden ser totalmente penosos para Europa, como cuenta Aquiles:

este proceso de independencia paulatina logrado por Kosovo puede ser empleado (y aquí acierta Putin) por otros movimientos secesionistas existentes en otras partes del planeta para legitimar su causa, como puede ser aquí el caso vasco, en Francia el caso de los corsos, o el de los osetios en Georgia. No digo que sean situaciones equiparables, sino que puede ser empleado como argumentario por los movimientos secesionistas de otras partes de Europa y Asia ya que además esta “independencia” ha contado además con el apoyo de gran parte de los países occidentales.

This process of paulatine independence achieved by Kosovo can be used (and Putin is right here) by other secesionists movements in other parts of the world to legitimate their cause, as here can be the Basque case, in France the Corse, or in Georgia the Osetian people (I add, the Welsh/Scottish in GB, for example…). I’m not saying that the situations are similar, just that this case can be used as a basis by the secesionists movements in other parts of Europe and Asia because this “independence” has been supported by most of the Western countries.
Además, la situación energética en Europa es lo suficientemente penosa como para que no se den cuenta que Rusia puede retirar todo su apoyo gasístico a Europa: actualmente lo está redireccionando al Este, principalmente China. Y además esto sucede mientras EEUU quiere que los países de Europa del Este entren en la OTAN, enfadando de nuevo a Putin:

Rusia ha comenzado a redireccionar el tráfico energético hacia el este (China, Japón y el este asiático), y Gazprom está dispuesta a financiar un gasoducto que enviaría gas desde Irán a Paquistán y La India. Este acuerdo Ruso-Iraní haría muy difícil la intervención de EEUU en caso de conflicto entre Irán e Israel.

Así, con la tripleta Rusia-China-Irán, y con la mitad de Europa sometida a los rusos mendigando su gas, EEUU estaría muy cerca de ver cumplida la profecía que el geopolítico inglés Sir Halford John Mackinder pronuncio en 1904: la Teoría del HeartLand.

What’s the problem? That Russia is angry, not only because of Kosovo’s independence, but also because of the Eastern European countries are going to be the soil to the US missile defense system, Poland having already agreed to it. So Putin is already redirecting gas reserves to China ( hmm 😉 ), Irán (hmmmmm 😉 ) and in general the Eastern Asian countries (India, Japan…), forming the new axis: Russia-China-Iran. An axis that is nothing but the worse thing that can happen: an autocrat, a communist and an “mystical” islamo-fascist, all of them united.

¿La política europea debe estar sometida a los que tengan gas o petróleo? No, pero lo está. Mientras que no se aproveche el potencial energético nuclear, Europa seguirá siendo dependiente de cualquier dictador que se precie. ¿En este caso tiene Putin razón? Sí, creo lo mismo que Aquiles, pero no por la cuestión energética, si no por el peligro que supone, no sólo para el resto de países, si no sobre todo para los serbios que vivan en Kosovo “independiente”.

Must European policy be dependent from the countries which have gas or oil? No, but it is. Only if European Governments understand than we must use the energetic nuclear potential, we would be freed from any dictator/autocrat who has gas or oil. Is Putin right? Yes, I agree with Aquiles, but not because of the energetic question, but because of the danger this poses not only to other countries, but to the Serbs who are still living in this “independent” Kosovo.

¿Qué pasa? Que después EEUU ve a China, a Rusia y a la OPEP como un peligro económico:
The United States should be worried that Russia, China and OPEC oil-producing countries could use their growing financial clout to advance political goals, the top U.S. spy chief told Congress on Tuesday.
Sin darse cuenta de que él mismo está cavando su propia sepultura: al no apoyar a Rusia en nada (podía haberle apoyado en la cuestión de Kosovo y haber enfriado las relaciones…), está haciendo que Rusia caiga en brazos de China. Algo que desde luego no nos debe extrañar tampoco mucho, considerando la creciente influencia de China en Siberia… por las reservas de gas y petróleo que a China le vendrían muy bien. Curiosamente, China está haciendo lo mismo que los albano-kosovares con Kosovo: mandando inmigrantes que incluso han cambiado el nombre a Vladivostok que ahora se llama por su nombre chino. Seguramente eso es algo que a Putin le preocupa mucho: de ahí su total y frontal negativa no vaya a ser que a él le pase lo mismo y China no es Serbia…
Y a su vez esto tiene relación con el apoyo de EEUU a la postura de China sobre Taiwan. Como escribe Madrid Pundit, EEUU puede ahogar a China con la USS Navy estacionada en Taiwan porque es a través de ese paso por donde recibe los petroleros. Pero precisamente por eso, China está apoyando a prácticamente todos y cada uno de los dictadores que tengan petróleo y a ser posible estén en las inmediaciones: por eso apoyó a la Junta Birmana durante la Revolución Azafrán, ha construido un gigantesco mega-oleoducto desde Turkmenistán y por eso ha parado cualquier control sobre el programa nuclear de Irán. Más lejos tenemos su apoyo a Sudán, ayudando a Nigeria a poner en órbita un satélite, los acuerdos con Chávez, el viaje del primer Ministro Chino a África… Con un especial appeal: no exige un cambio respecto de los Derechos Humanos a los países con los que mantiene relaciones. Lo que es maravilloso para personas como Mugabe, el dictador de Zimbabwe, por ejemplo.
Maravillas del mundo globalizado: la independencia de Kosovo puede aumentar la influencia china en el mundo…
They do not understand they are just digging their own grave: not supporting Russia never (they could have supported Russia in Kosovo’s affair and calm down the relations a bit) they are causing Russia to fall on China’s embrace. Something that is not even strange, considering the growin influence of China in Siberia… because of the reserves of gas and oil that are the real target of Chinese Communists. Curiously, China is doing there the same thing Alban-Kosovars have done in Kosovo: massive immigration which has caused a change even in the name of Vladivostok, which is now known by its Chinese name. Surely this worries Putin a lot and it’s another reason not to support Kosovo’s independence, as China is not Serbia…
And this is also related with US support to China about Taiwan. As Madrid Pundit writes, US can stop any oilship which passes through the Strait of Taiwan as the have their US Navy stationed in Taiwan. But that has precisely made China support all and each one of the dictadors throughout the Globe if they have oil or gas (or other materials) specially if they are near: that is why they supported the Burmes Junta’s repression of the Saffron Revolution , has built a huge mega-oil pipe from Turkmenistan and has halted any control on the Iranian nuclear program. Farther we have Chinese support in Sudanese genocide in Darfur, helping Nigeria to launch a satellite not considering the excess of Sharia Law in the country, the agreements with Chávez, the trip to Africa and South America (including Bolivia)… With a special political-appeal: China is not asking for respect for Human Rights or democracy to the countries it is having relations with. Something entirely convenient for dictators such as Zimbabwean Mugabe.
These are the consequences of a globalised world: Kosovo’s independence can actually make the Chinese influence to grow in the world… We are just doing precisely what Chinese leadership want…
(+) La embajada de EEUU ha sido atacada en Belgrado. h/t Jawa Report. Los causantes son los serbios que se oponen a la
independencia y por tanto, a la posición de EEUU en el contencioso sobre Kosovo. Mientras John Bolton considera que la independencia de Kosovo producirá un incremento de la violencia islámica en Europa:
Taiwan y Australia han apoyado la independencia.
  1. elle inciterait nombre d’Etats dans le Monde à défier le droit international et le statu quo des frontières reconnues, faisant imploser pléthore d’Etat fragiles et multiculturels, pas uniquement en Afrique ou en Asie ou en Amérique latine, mais jusqu’à nos démocraties pacifique. (incitará a varios Estados en el mundo a desafiar el derecho internacional y el status quo de las fronteras reconocidas, haciendo explotar una plétora de Estados frágiles y multiculturales, no sólo en África o en Asia o en América Latina, sino también hasta en nuestras pacíficas democracias).
  2. Elle pourrait provoquer le retour des guerres ethniques dans les Balkans et rompre le fragile équilibre instauré depuis la guerre du Kosovo (puede provocar el retorno de las guerras étnicas en los Balcanes y romper el equilibrio frágil instaurada desde la guerra de Kosovo).
China está “muy preocupada” por la declaración de independencia de Kosovo. A China le preocupa que Taiwan haga lo mismo…Otra razón más que le une a Rusia…
Even leaving aside the question of international legitimacy, however, there is another still more fundamental reason for insisting that Kosovo did not become independent yesterday and will not be independent for the foreseeable future – if indeed ever. In its resolution, the Kosovo parliament declared that Kosovo is an “independent and sovereign state.” But in the very next sentence it states that this declaration is occurring “in full accordance” with the famous “Ahtisaari Plan” for Kosovo’s final status: so-named for UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari. Now, even a cursory glance at the Ahtisaari Plan – which can be consulted in full here – makes obvious that it does not in fact foresee independence for Kosovo, but rather what has been euphemistically described as “supervised independence.”
Kosovo is, needless to say, to be independent from Serbia – which de facto it has been, in any case, since the close of the NATO bombing campaign in June 1999 – and it is to have its “own” constitution and its “own” political institutions. But these political institutions as a whole are to be subjected to the higher authority of an “International Civilian Representative” invested with dictatorial powers. The International Civilian Representative or “ICR” is empowered, for instance, to annul any laws or decisions adopted by the local Kosovo authorities and to “sanction” or outright dismiss public officials. Lest there be any doubt about where the ultimate authority in Kosovo resides, the International Civilian Representative is to serve simultaneously as the “Special Representative” of the European Union.
Resumiendo: que según John Rosenthal, como la misma declaración de “independencia” frente a Serbia, al referirse al Plan Ahtissari, lo que prevee es una “independencia supervisada”, porque todas las instituciones del país están sometidas a una autoridad superior de un “Representante Civil Internacional” (RCI) con poderes dictatoriales. Este RCI sirve además como “Representante Especial” de la Unión Europea.
No sé si reírme o llorar: así que la Unión Europea al final gobierna Kosovo con poderes dictatoriales. El artículo continúa diciendo que el objetivo último del movimiento independentista es incorporarse a Albania… 😯
Y Rusia ha advertido a Kosovo:
“We’ll strongly warn against any attempts at repressive measures should Serbs in Kosovo decide not to comply with this unilateral proclamation of independence,” Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, said ahead of an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council, called by Moscow.

Advertimos contra cualquier intento de tomar medidas represivas si los serbios de Kosovo no cumplen con la proclamación unilateral de la independencia.

La cuenta atrás para otros movimientos semejantes ya ha comenzado: los separatistas vascos y catalanes ya han alabado el ejemplo de Kosovo. Pero la política exterior pésima del Gobierno socialista hace que España, en su posición contraria a la independencia, no tenga mucha influencia. Es curioso: ni Francia ni Gran Bretaña están muy preocupados por el apoyo que han dado a Kosovo. Y tanto uno como otro tienen problemas semejantes: Francia con los corsos (ya veremos con los vascos) y Gran Bretaña con los escoceses y galeses.


Albanians are seen passing a banner which reads, ‘Kosovo Is Free’, in the Albanian capital of Tirana, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. People throughout Albania were celebrating Kosovo‘s independence Sunday, as the national flag fluttered from state buildings and private homes alike. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Un comentarista en HotAir dice lo siguiente:

Kosovo’s going to have to work awfully hard to keep Serbian minorities from seceding themselves.

Kosovo va a tenerlo realmente difícil para impedir que las minorías serbias se secesionen a su vez. Esto va a ser la leche…

Pues algo así puede pasar con el País Vasco y Álava.

febrero 17, 2008

Spanish Elections Watch: Zapatero (II), the tension and the drama

I wrote before about Zapatero and the economical problems and also about the relationship with the Catholic Church.

But the elections draw near (March 9th) and the situation is not eased at all.

Last week Popular Party representative in the Basque Country, courageous María San Gil, was going to be the main speaker in a conference at Santiago de Compostela University. There about fifty Galician far-rightist independentists, insulted and tried to beat her. One of them walk to Ms. San Gil, placed his finger as it was a revolver in his temple and shout: “Hope ETA kills you”. A bodyguard and two policemen were hurt in the attack. The images are very telling: someone, who lives with bodyguards’ protection 24/7 because ETA has really menaced a lot of times to kill them, now is called “fascist”.

A lot of people in the blogosphere asked for measures to be taken against the agressors: for example, Hurssel, AntiPSOE. Well, they were detained but set loose in hours, although accused of the crimes of affront, public disorder, menaces and attack.

So the Socialist said they condemned the agression but they rejected to pass a resolution from Galician Autonomous Parliament, condemning it, the reason being: “we should not engage the Parliament in this conflict”. But the position of Antisemite BNG is even worse: they have accused the Popular Party of wanting to win a political advantage of “anecdotical” incidents. The problem is that extreme independentists have beaten or menaced both Socialists and Populars at least in 4 ocassions in less than a month, apart from this one.

Some days ago, some electoral posters appeared in San Martín de la Vega with a shot in the forehead and most of the posters were burned. The agression towards María San Gil is one step further in the scale of violence during these elections. Violence which has not been absent from any of the electoral campaign since at least 2004’s elections (read here, here). Or even without any elections.

All of the responsibles of the agressions belong to a single group, AGIR, a far-extremist-leftist independentist organization, has being menacing and practicing violence for some time. Seven years ago, a group from the same association, walled in the door of one of the Professors of the same University, Roberto Blanco Valdés, because he was using Castillian/Spanish to give his classes. Other Professors and teachers received similar menaces.

The association immediately boasted about the menaces in their webpage.

The Socialist youths justified the agression, stating that: “these are the fruits of the high level of tension and political radicalization the PP has brought throughout the term“. But of course, this is normal if someone has killed/abused you, it’s your fault. Typical of Zapatero’s rantings.

El Cerrajero wrote:

The result can be a new civil war, but the socialits are now taking measures not to arrive to something they are used to lose, that is why they are just preparing everything, there is no war but a bloody repression.

This is truly related with the coward spirit of the left and no one has to be a great analyst to discover where are pointing the movements of the colleagues of Zapatero: they have destroyed the Army, reforced and made bigger the Moncloa’s bunker [Moncloa is the official residence of the Spanish Prime Minister], divided the security forces -even they have built confrontations between the policial corps with “convenient” rivalries-, have destroyed the hierarchy’s ruling with loyal servants -just take a look to the chiefs of the security forces after the March 11th bombings and consider who have been promoted or given medals to-. They have also raised the quantities in the reserved funds’ budget [those are the ones who are secret or clasified, related to national security], have controlled most of the MSM, have eliminated the popular action, have the control over the Judges and the Prosecutors [the first ones using the Judicial Power’s General Council, who must be named by Parliament; the second, because the Prosecutor’s office depends from the Minister of Justice, both organically and economically] and have built a powerful machinery to control the opposition.

So, what does Zapatero think about this?

In the middle of this event, Zapatero had an interview with leftist and Zapatero’s supporter, Iñaki Gabilondo, a Spanish Keith Obermann, just for international readers to understand his “level”. Partial, absolutely boring because of his partiality for Zapatero, the interview was the derision of nearly all the blogosphere.
But the worst was yet to come: the video from the interview distributed to the Spanish media had a very interesting part about what Zapatero wanted to do during the campaign. It should have been erased before the distribution but it wasn’t. It runs:

– How are the polls going?
– Well, without any problems. But tension is convenient for us in the campaign.
– Yes, yes, you need tension clearly.
– So I’m beginning to play some drama this week-end.

Zapatero and Socialists in general have been accusing the right of promoting tension (what here is called crispación) throughout since they won in 2004.

So what is the tension Zapatero wants to create so Socialists can win the elections again? Aquiles asks if it consists in another March 11th bombings (you have to consider that the judicial process over it did not resolve any doubt about what happened… and that the detention of the Islamists arrested less than a fortnight ago in Barcelona was a little rare…).

Of course, Zapatero’s words were considered by most of the conservative Spanish blogosphere. Some examples:

  1. La tensión de Zapatero @ Agnetem: My opinion is that the President’s words are extremely grave: he is instructing the news chief of a private (leftist) MSM to create tension between Spanish people, after presenting himself as the champion of peace, happiness…. Hipocrisy, cowardice: nothing of this is lacking in the President’s attitude that answers a lot of questions about his “use” of the tension 4 years ago:
  2. El Optimista tonto @ Prevost: throughout all these four years, every critic from Socialists was that everything bad was the responsibility of PP.
  3. Tensión @ Luis. The voter should continue to be sedated, but he must vote. And the “tension” is the best way to wake up the monkey leaving the homo sapiens resting. Verbal violence, to identify the enemy. They need a finger and someone to single as the enemy. When Socialists’ voters are occupied denouncing the dab guy, the one who pretends to throw them out from their comfortable state to the emptyness of uncertainty, they do not have time -and of course, no neurone- to consider the unnrealities in which they are sleeping in their happy ignorance.

Of course, after that, Socialists have begun to tell us how we must consider the word tension, as if we were all illiterate. Zapatero for example has said that “the tension is achieved making the people go to vote and explaining the ones who want a Socialist Governemnt what is at stake?“. Really? Without condemning the agressions made to other parties’ representatives (not only Popular Party’s members are attacked, others from little parties such as UPyD or Ciutadans have also being attacked. Even Socialists have been attacked by minor parties’s supporters without any condemnation from Zapatero).

So, the great mask of talante (something like character, but of course, character can be good or bad), exhibited once and again by socialists, has fallen.

Anyway, Zapatero has continued to exhibit those same (bad) manners, we are used to see by now, and has blamed the tension on the Popular Party again. He has stated that “PP swindles, lies, produces tension (after saying that, you see), produces confrontation and anger and makes undecent boycotts“.

Portuguese blog O blogue Atlantico writes:

We have percieved that since March 11. By the way, this is the inheritance European leftists have left.

With a commenter, saying: “who wants this man as an ally”, because Portuguese President of the Republic, the curriculum vitae forger, Sócrates, is also a Socialist.

Bad prospect indeed.

Venezuelan blogger Martha Colmenares compares Zapatero with Chávez, as both of them need tension to maintain themselves in power.

But Zapatero wants not to show that very widely, because he can lose more votes. So he has gone to have a “little soap” with the Holy See’s Ambassador in Spain, Monseñor Manuel Monteiro de Castro, the Nuncio of the Holy See. He wants to show that there are no tensions with the Catholic Church, something which is really difficult in the present moment after the insults, the blames and the disrespect bordering the menace that some of the members of the Socialist party (and supporters) have directed to Catholics during these past four years.

septiembre 27, 2007

El PP pregunta a Leire Pajín a qué va a Cuba y qué aportará a los derechos humanos

Filed under: Communism,dictadura/dictatorship,España/Spain — Nora @ 5:37 pm

Libertad Digital: El PP pregunta a Leire Pajín a qué va a Cuba y qué aportará a los derechos humanos

El PP quiere conocer la agenda de Leire Pajín en Cuba. La secretaria de Estado de Cooperación ha iniciado este miércoles un viaje oficial sin que el Gobierno haya publicitado sus objetivos. Gonzalo Robles, diputado y portavoz del PP en asuntos de Ayuda al Desarrollo, ha recordado a Libertad Digital la agresión a los Derechos Humanos por la dictadura castrista y se pregunta si la secretaria de Estado “pondrá al fin condiciones al régimen antes de seguir transfiriendo fondos de ayuda al desarrollo“.

[…] De los 37 países que reciben ayuda de la cooperación española de los que tenemos datos”, indica, “tan sólo hay 12 en los que este índice muestra una mejora, 6 se mantienen y en 19 países hay un empeoramiento”.

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Popular Party is going to ask the Government why the Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Leyre Pajín, is going to travel to Cuba, considering that the aggressions to Human Rights by the Castro’s brothers’ dictatorship continue. They are also asking if she is going to put some conditions in order to transfer more Cooperation funds.

The numbers are truly worrying: of the 32 countries which receive Spanish foreign aid, only in twelve, Human Rights are showing some kind of improvement, in 6 it’s the same, and in 19 it is worsening.

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Juicio por el atentado de ETA en Vallecas

Filed under: Antiterrorismo/Counterterrorism,España/Spain,ETA — Nora @ 5:22 pm

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Hoy arrancó en la Audiencia Nacional el juicio por el atentado que ETA perpetró en Vallecas en diciembre de 1995, uno de los más sangrientos de la banda terrorista, que acabó con el terrible saldo de seis funcionarios de la Armada muertos y otras 44 personas heridas. Los etarras Juan Antonio Olarra Guridi y Ainhoa Múgica Goñi se sentaron en el banquillo de los acusados como miembros del ‘comando Madrid’ que cometió el atentado en el Puente de Vallecas La Fiscalía pide para los acusados, que se negaron a declarar ante la sala, una pena de 986 años de prisión. En todo caso, el Ministerio Público solicitó al tribunal la posibilidad de que se juzgue a los etarras de acuerdo al Código Penal de 1973 y no al de 1995, lo que elevaría la petición de pena para cada uno hasta los 1.243 años de prisión.El juicio, que mañana quedará visto para sentencia, comenzó una hora más tarde debido a que Olarra Guridi fue llamado a declarar ante el juez que estaba de guardia de la Audiencia Nacional, en este caso el magistrado Fernando Andreu, por su presunta implicación en la colocación de una bomba en una comisaria de Irún en 1991.

The terrorist attack of Vallecas (Madrid) happened on Dec 11st 1995, and six civil servants from Spanish Navy were killed in the most horrible manner.

The process against their killers has begun today in Madrid (ohh, that quick justice….) and the prosecutor’s office are asking for 986 prison years. Anyway, in the event they are finally condemned they are not going to serve more than 40, the biggest time someone can stay in prison in Spain.

The prosecutor’s office has also asked if they could be tried with the Penal Code of 1973 (the actual Penal Code had not come into effect at the time of the bombings). As a result of that, they could get 1.243 years. But in that case, the reductions -for good conduct…- would not be applied on the 1.243 but on the higher time one could serve then, that was 30 years.

In my case, I prefer they would be tried with today’s Code.

In other news, about ETA today:

  1. Eta menaces Spain: “We will use all our weapons at our disposal to free Euskal Herria“.
  2. Zapatero continues in his usual line: “If I win again” -Oh, please, don’t 😈 -, “I will continue the negotiation“.

h/t Reflexiones de la era ZP.

(Nota: si el dueño de la foto no quiere que la postee o quiere cualquier otra cuestión al respecto, me escribe un mail a ladyvorzheva en gmail punto com y arreglamos la cuestión…).

septiembre 26, 2007

Funeral for the Spanish soldiers killed in Afghanistan

As it also happened when the corpses of the Spanish soldiers killed in Lebanon arrived, the plane with the soliders killed in Afghanistan arrived during the night (at 2:37 a.m.) and Zapatero was not there to receive them. Instead, there were the Crown Prince Felipe and the Vice-Presidente, Ms. De la Vega.

The funerals were held this morning in the official site of the Parachute Brigade, the one the dead belong to, in the Madrid’s village of Paracuellos del Jarama. In the altar: “Honour to all those who gave their lives for Spain“.

h/t Hartos de Zporky.

Spain is sending more troops to Afghanistan:

Defense Minister Alonso said that Spain is in Afghanistan in order to resolve the “equation: security for re-construction” and admitted that the risk troops face is great. Afghani warlords, Taliban, and narco-trafficking all conspire to produce a country that is “unstable and insecure”.

The Spanish troops will help to form two Afghan army battalions at a base some 15 kilometers from Spain’s base at Heart at a cost of 200,000 euros monthly. Reforming the Afghan army, said Alonso, is a “key issue” for the international community. For his part, Gaspar Llamizares of the United Left bloc voted in the Congressional Defense committee against sending more troops to Afghanistan. Llamizares that this is a “gesture” towards the United States on the part of Spain’s ruling Socialist party in the midst of a “deterioration of the situation and an ever-growing commitment in combat missions”.

Uff, Gaspar Llamazares… that lover of Castro is protesting a “gesture” towards USA..

But don’t forget that this is (part of) the price Spain has to pay for Zapatero’s wish to place Gral Sanz Roldán as Chief of the Military Council of NATO. NOT because he has actually changed his consideration for US, for Spanish military -as it can clearly be seen- or any other more accurate reason.

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Como todos los links están en español, no voy a traducirlos. Pero sí voy a linkar este post de Daniel Rodríguez Herrera: Zapatero, contra las matemáticas. 😉

septiembre 25, 2007

Spain: Profanations of churches not theft but attack on religious freedom

Profanations of churches not theft but attack on religious freedom

Cardinal Antonio Canizares of Toledo, Spain, broke his silence this week and spoke out against the profanations of churches in various towns throughout the archdiocese and warned that the motive behind the attacks is not thievery but rather “an attack on religious freedom at its most intimate core.”The cardinal made his comments known through a message read during Mass at the Cathedral of Toledo on Sunday. The cardinal was not present at the Mass but instead was in the town of Fuensalida re-consecrating a church there that had recently been profaned.

The cardinal denounced the recent string of “similar profanations of robbery and insult of the Blessed Sacrament,” saying there have been “too many for us to remain silent.”

According to the cardinal the motive behind the profanations is not robbery, as the objects stolen were not of much value, but rather “a clear intention to harm respect for that which is most holy in Church and in the world: Jesus Christ.”

Cardinal Canizares called them “an attack on religious freedom in its most intimate core; a crime against the fundamental and inalienable right to religious freedom.”

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Resulta que están proliferando las profanaciones a iglesias católicas en la archidiócesis de Toledo. El Cardenal Cañizares ya ha dicho que, como los profanadores no se llevan cosas de mucho valor, el objeto de las profanaciones no es si no atacar el corazón de la libertad religiosa. Y que ha habido tantas que no va a permanecer callado.

Qué raro, qué poco se oye de esto en los medios de comunicación, ¿eh?

septiembre 24, 2007

Hallan restos de cable en el lugar del atentado que mató a dos soldados españoles

Si ayer veíamos que en Afganistán habían secuestrado a dos soldados italianos, hoy estos habían sido liberados (ambos están heridos, uno de ellos de manera seria). Pero también hoy nos hemos enterado de la muerte de dos soldados españoles en la misma zona. ¿La causa? Lo más probable es que fuera una bomba explosionada por control remoto:
Libertad Digital: Hallan restos de cable en el lugar del atentado que mató a dos soldados españoles

El Ministerio de Defensa informó en un principio de que el vehículo BMR en el que viajaban los dos soldados españoles muertos y los seis heridos en Afganistán había pisado una mina. Pero horas después el Departamento de José Antonio Alonso ha señalado, en un comunicado, que se han localizado restos de cable, en concreto 70 metros, en la zona del atentado, por lo que no descartan la hipótesis de una bomba explosionada por control remoto al paso de los militares españoles. Mientras, el presidente intentó convencer a los españoles de que se trata de una “misión de paz” y de que enviar nuevos soldados no es aumentar las tropas.

Los fallecidos son Germán Pérez Burgos y Stanley Mera Vera.

RIP.

Ayer escribía que EEUU había exigido a España el envío de más tropas SI quería colocar al general Sanz Roldán en la  OTAN. Pero a la vez, Zapatero, en vez de decir que a) en Afganistán se libra una guerra y b) el envío de nuevas tropas -que es necesario según ya escribí ayer- es porque quiere colocar al general, dice todo lo contrario…

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Another two Spanish soldiers have died in Afghanistan. Although at first, it was thought that the BMR vehicle had gone over a mine, which exploded then, the discovery of a cable (of about 70 meters) in the attack surroundings, has made the military consider the possibility of a bomb, activated by remote control.

At the same time, PM Zapatero has tried to convince everyone that the mission in Afghanistan is “a peace mission” and that sending new soldiers there is not rising the number of Spanish troops deployed in the Asian country.

Yesterday, I wrote that USA had asked Spain for a rise in the number of troops deployed in Afghanistan, IF Zapatero wanted General Sanz Roldán to be new President of the Military Comission of NATO. Looks like Zapatero also forgot that part in his speech.

septiembre 23, 2007

Afganistán: Bush vs Zapatero, dos italianos secuestrados, Irán y los búnkeres talibanes

Libertad Digital: Bush exige a Zapatero más presencia en Afganistán si quiere colocar al general Sanz en la OTAN

A dos meses de la votación en Bruselas, sede de la Alianza Atlántica, comienzan a realizarse movimientos encaminados a valorar si realmente el candidato español es el militar idóneo para estar al frente de un comité, al que le corresponde la misión de aprobar los documentos y planes de la OTAN.Según publica este domingo el diario ABC, EEUU, pieza clave en la elección (el comandante supremo para Europa es el general estadounidense John Craddock) no ve con buenos ojos este nombramiento, y no por la personalidad o la valía del general en cuestión, sino por las reticencias que despierta el papel de la España de Zapatero en el orden internacional, tras la sonada espantada en la Guerra de Irak.

Por eso, según afirma el diario de Vocento, los estadounidenses no descartan condicionar su apoyo a Félix Sanz Roldán a “un mayor compromiso” de España en la misión que lleva a cabo la OTAN en este país asiático. Esto se traduce, según fuentes de la Alianza, en más tropas y un papel más activo de las mismas sobre el terreno.

De momento, el Gobierno de Zapatero se ha negado a enviar más tropas. Máxime cuando la zona este donde se encuentran las tropas españolas es cada vez más comprometida y aumenta la inseguridad por la mayor presencia de talibanes, que han llegado procedentes del sur de Afganistán, tras la ofensiva americana que los ha desplazado hacia el norte.

Todo ello juega en contra de Félix Sanz Roldán, cuya candidatura se ha presentado en el peor momento de la misión en Afganistán, la principal que desarrolla la OTAN y que se ha convertido en el mayor desafío y en el que esta organización se juega su prestigio.

Era de esperar…

Al mismo tiempo, dos italianos han sido secuestrados en el oeste de Afganistán, junto con sus dos ayudantes afganos. Estaban realizando tareas de relación con los autoridades civiles afganas. La misión italiana en Herat, está intentando localizarles. El presidente Hamid Karzai ha dicho que en cuanto tengan alguna noticia la hará llegar a Italia.

Irán ha sido otra vez acusado de mandar armas a los talibanes y las tropas inglesas han encontrado algunos búnkers de los Talibán.

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Zapatero wants Spanish General Sanz Roldán to lead NATO, a very surprising wish considering that Spanish PM is not a very good friend of USA, leader of NATO, and the shameful withdrawal from Iraq.

So Bush has asked Zapatero for more support in Afghanistan in exchange of US support to Gral Sanz Roldán. Zapatero’s Government has announced Spain is not sending more troops to the Asian country, as the ones who are already there have a very compromised situation and the insecurity is rising because of the increasing presence of the Talibans there, who are arriving from the South, after US offensive.

A very illogical decision: as there are more Talibans, I am not sending more troops. 😡

From Yahoo:

Two Italian military personnel were believed to have been kidnapped in western Afghanistan, and police Sunday said they were searching for the pair and their two Afghan staff.

At a meeting at the United Nations, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told participants he had information about where the Italians were and would pass the information to Italian authorities, said U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.

In northeastern Afghanistan, meanwhile, NATO helicopters fired on a group of suspected insurgents in response to a rocket attack. Four Afghans died and 12 were wounded, the alliance said, and officials were investigating whether the dead and wounded were Afghan police or civilians targeted mistakenly.

The two missing Italians, with their Afghan driver and translator, drove through a police checkpoint in the Shindand district of Herat province on Saturday, and they have not had any contact with anyone since, said Gen. Ali Khan Hassanzada, chief of police criminal investigations in western Afghanistan.

An official from the Italian embassy in Kabul said the Italians last spoke with officials at their base on Saturday night during “routine contact.” The Italian military in Herat was trying to reach them again.

We believe they have been kidnapped together with two Afghans,” the Italian Defense Ministry said. “The personnel were carrying out liaison activities with local civilian authorities.”

Meanwhile, Iran is once again accused of giving weapons to the Taliban (and yet, Ahmi is going to speak to the American people…) and UK troops have uncovered some Taleban bunkers.

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