Al Qaeda is bad unless it is fighting Assads army in Syria

A number of US drone strikes within few days have killed “dozens of suspected militants” of Al Qaeda in Yemen. This is considered as success in the US and is reported as good news in western press:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27113007

This is because in Yemen (just as in Afghanistan or Pakistan) Al Qaeda fighters or those with almost identical attitude and methods are considered terrorists. Not however in Syria, where their existence and relevance  is either denied or belittled. Thus, it is tolerated by the US, UK, France, Turkey and implicitly also by Israel that the Syrian Nusra Front is non other than the local branch of Al Qaeda and that most supposedly “moderate” rebel groups closely and regularly cooperate with the Nusra.

 

Why France, UK and Germany dance to the tune of Qatar

France enjoys a privileged partnership with one of Iran’s main competitors, namely Qatar. Under Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency, Emir Hamad Ben Khalifa al-Thani was the first Arab State leader to be received at the Elysées Palace in 2007. It is now François Hollande who continues this special relationship. Since his election, Qatar is the country which was received the most at the Elysées with a visit of the Emir on August 22 and two more discreet visits of Prime Minister Hamad bin Jasem al-Thani.

This economic power invests billions in real estate, in the capital of CAC 40 companies (such as Total, Vivendi, Veolia, Lagardère, Suez, LVMH or even Bouygues and Vinci for the different sites of the world to the Qatar 2022 and also the construction of the Friendship Bridge between Qatar and Bahrain), sport (with the purchase of the Parisian club PSG — soccer and handball), the media (Al Jazeera acquired French Champions League rights) and most recently in projects in the Parisian suburbs.
With the European economic crisis, Qatar’s partnership with France gives the small Emirate the ability to sway the French decision-making, something Qatar denies.
 
Same investments in Germany where Qatar holds 17 percent of the capital of Volkswagen, 10 percent of Porsche, 9 percent of the Hochtief construction giant or even more recently 3 percent of Siemens.
 
The Qatari investments are also important in Great Britain. With 20 percent of the shares of the London Stock Exchange, Qatar is the main shareholder of Barclays. The Emirate has also invested massively in the Olympic Games, it has financed 95 percent of the highest building in London (the Shard) and British homes are supplied by up to 59.3 percent by Qatar’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
 
As a result, Qatar advances its long-term interest by investing and signing important contracts with the European governments in crisis. Therefore, Qatar — the first Arab country to propose Arab military intervention — has more leverage to increase pressure against Damascus and through the U.N. Security Council (leverage Qatar also has in the Arab world through al Jazeera).
 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/milad-jokar/war-in-syria-geopolitics-_b_2378683.html

How journalists and even their relatives can be treated as terrorists in the UK

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/19/glenn-greenwald-journalism-david-miranda-detention

The detention at Heathrow on Sunday of the Brazilian David Miranda is the sort of treatment western politicians love to deplore in Putin’s Russia or Ahmadinejad’s Iran. His “offence” under the 2000 Terrorism Act was apparently to be the partner of a journalist, Glenn Greenwald, who had reported for the Guardian on material released by the American whistleblower, Edward Snowden.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/19/amnesty-condemns-heathrow-detention

Amnesty International has condemned the detention of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner at a London airport as “unwarranted revenge tactics” based solely on his relationship with Greenwald.

David Miranda was detained when in transit at Heathrow under schedule seven of Britain’s Terrorism Act 2000, and held for almost nine hours – the maximum time allowable before further authority is required.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/18/david-miranda-detained-uk-nsa

According to a document published by the UK government about Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act, “fewer than 3 people in every 10,000 are examined as they pass through UK borders” (David was not entering the UK but only transiting through to Rio). Moreover, “most examinations, over 97%, last under an hour.” An appendix to that document states that only .06% of all people detained are kept for more than 6 hours.

Syria – Are there any “moderate” rebels the US, UK and France want to arm at any price?

Who’s who in Syria’s battlefield
http://media.economist.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full-width/images/2013/05/blogs/graphic-detail/20130518_gdc631.png

““Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force…””
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/28/world/middleeast/islamist-rebels-gains-in-syria-create-dilemma-for-us.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&hp

“they noted…that the only important non-Islamist group was in the Kurdish areas…”
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/28/how-obama-and-al-qaeda-became-syrian-bedfellows/

“The moderates are losing ground.”
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/19/us-syria-rebels-islamists-specialreport-idUSBRE95I0BC20130619

[Nusra Front] “the biggest and best armed of the rebel groups”
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-syrian-dilemma-inch-by-inch-the-west-gets-involved-in-an-internecine-civil-war-8611745.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/freedom-fighters-cannibals-the-truth-about-syrias-rebels-8662618.html

“there are many outsiders who impose their agenda by bringing jihadist fighters in, so it’s difficult for the Free Army to control them.”
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2012/08/201281711234988655.html

The Free Syrian Army Doesn’t Exist
http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/the-free-syrian-army-doesnt-exist/