„Akte des schieren Bösen“: Kerry wirbt für globale Koalition gegen ISIS

US-Außenminister John Kerry hat zu einer globalen Koalition gegen die Kämpfer der islamistischen ISIS-Milizen in Irak und Syrien aufgerufen. Jenseits ihrer Akte des schieren Bösen  bedeute die Organisation eine Bedrohnung über die Region des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens hinaus, schrieb Kerry in einem Kommentar, der auch als Namensbeitrag in der New York Times erschien.

Wesentliche Auszüge aus Kerrys Text unter der Überschrift To Defeat Terror, We Need the World’s Help:

In addition to its beheadings, crucifixions and other acts of sheer evil, which have killed thousands of innocents in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, including Sunni Muslims whose faith it purports to represent, ISIS (which the United States government calls ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) poses a threat well beyond the region. (…)
There is evidence that these extremists, if left unchecked, will not be satisfied at stopping with Syria and Iraq. weiterlesen

Syrien: Anhörung von Kerry und Hagel vor dem US-Senat

Vor dem US-Senat findet zur Stunde eine Anhörung von Außenminister John Kerry und Verteidigungsminister Chuck Hagel statt. Wesentliche Aussagen (teilweise widergegeben in Tweets) versuche ich hier zusammenzufassen.

Eine interessante Aussage von Hagel: Nach seinen Worten befindet sich der militärische Chef der Freien Syrischen Armee, Salim Idris, derzeit zum Gespräch mit Abgeordneten in Deutschland. In den aktuellen Meldungen kann ich nichts dazu finden – und weiß jetzt nicht, ob Kerry damit etwas ausgeplaudert hat, was die Deutschen eigentlich geheimhalten wollten…

Das Storify zur Anhörung:

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Kerry: Die Frage ist nicht, was wir wissen, die Frage ist, was wir tun

Vor einem möglichen Angriff der USA auf Syrien kommt es am (heutigen) Freitag erneut US-Außenminister John Kerry zu, die Position seines Landes darzulegen. Das tut Kerry derzeit. Unter anderem bezifferte er die Zahl der Toten bei dem Giftgasangriff am 21. August mit 1.429.

Zunächst nur zur seiner Rede, mehr dazu dann in einem späteren Thread.

Das Transkript des State Department:

President Obama has spent many days now consulting with Congress and talking with leaders around the world about the situation in Syria. And last night, the President asked all of us on his national security team to consult with the leaders of Congress as well, including the leadership of the Congressional national security committees. And he asked us to consult about what we know regarding the horrific chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs last week. I will tell you that as someone who has spent nearly three decades in the United States Congress, I know that that consultation is the right way for a president to approach a decision of when and how and if to use military force. And it’s important to ask the tough questions and get the tough answers before taking action, not just afterwards.

And I believe, as President Obama does, that it is also important to discuss this directly with the American people. That’s our responsibility, to talk with the citizens who have entrusted all of us in the Administration and the Congress with the responsibility for their security. That’s why this morning’s release of our government’s unclassified estimate of what took place in Syria is so important. Its findings are as clear as they are compelling. I’m not asking you to take my word for it. Read for yourself, everyone, those listening. All of you, read for yourselves the evidence from thousands of sources, evidence that is already publicly available, and read for yourselves the verdict reached by our intelligence community about the chemical weapons attack the Assad regime inflicted on the opposition and on opposition-controlled or contested neighborhoods in the Damascus suburbs on the early morning of August 21st.

Our intelligence community has carefully reviewed and re-reviewed information regarding this attack, and I will tell you it has done so more than mindful of the Iraq experience. We will not repeat that moment. weiterlesen