[Marxism] The Ukranian-SyrIan Arms Connection?

Greg McDonald gregmc59 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 28 16:25:09 MDT 2014

Der Spiegel has just published a report on the funneling of Ukranian arms
to jihadists in Syria via Germany. The following is a translation of the
German text by Emily-Dische Becker:

"According to information obtained by Der Spiegel, a Ukrainian state
enterprise is delivering rifles to Germany. The German federal government
allegedly doesn’t know what is happening with the weapons. Are they being
used in the war in Syria?

Der Spiegel days that Ukraine is apparently doing arms deals through
Germany. As the German Foreign Office acknowledged in response to a request
by Die Linke (the Left party), the Ukrainian state company Ukroboronprom
has been exporting semi-automatic rifles of the SKS Simonov variety to
Germany. These imports were approved by the responsible government agencies.

The Foreign Office however is concealing where the weapons are ending up in
Germany: The delivery terms of the German contract partner are “a business
and a trade secret.” The rifles, it says evasively, are being delivered to
Germany “for the purpose of modification.” The American Jamestown
Foundation think-tank, which is said to enjoy strong historical ties to
U.S. intelligence agencies, believes that the weapons are being delivered
from Germany to Syrian rebels. Jamestown estimates the delivery of 54,000
small arms in the years 2011 and 2012. These could have been used for ”
covert operations ” in Syria.

The federal government is aware of the suspicions of the Americans, but
does not want to investigate them. As stated in their response to the Left
party’s inquiry, they have “no findings of [their] own on this matter.”
Neither the German army, nor the military counterintelligence agency, nor
the federal intelligence service (BND) are involved in the purchase of
weapons [the federal government claims].

The Left party’s expert for foreign affairs, Sevim Dagdelen, is alarmed by
the government’s ignorance: “It is scandalous that the federal government
can not convey anything about the whereabouts of these weapons. ” To make
matter worse, Berlin “can not dispel the suspicion that these weapons have
been passed on to Islamist holy warriors to cause a regime change in Syria.


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