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By David Vance On May 13th, 2012 at 11:42 am

I know Kofi Annan and the gang are on the case but this sort of thing does not auger well;

Armed jihadist seized control of Qastal al-Burg village on Thursday, May 10, and ordered its 10 Christian families to leave, according to a report published by UPI on its Arabic language website. A resident of the village, who did not wish to be identified, said “armed jihadist (expiatory) group came to the village and ordered us to leave our homes empty handed.” The armed group, he further stated, “have exercised their control over all the houses, and occupied the church and made it as their command control center.”

Combine that with Jihad suicide bombings and you have to wonder what lies in store for Syria.


By David Vance On April 30th, 2012 at 8:44 am

We all agree that Syrian tyrant Boy Bashar is a thug. His regime is corrupt, supports terrorism, denies liberty, murders its own and has long been a client state of that even bigger menace, Iran. So, should we wish to see the fall of the House of Assad? Not necessarily – if this is what is driving change;

An Islamist group called “al-Nusra Front” claimed reponsibility on Sunday for a suicide bombing which killed at least nine people in the Syrian capital Damascus on Friday. The group named the bomber as Abu Omar al-Shami and said he detonated his explosives amidst 150 members of the Syrian security forces who were gathered outside the Zain al-Abideen mosque in the Midan district of Damascus.

Jihad is hardly the way to democracy. Is the only available alternative to the Assad tyranny a militant Islamic theocracy? Would that make for a more stable neighbourhood? It is a strange situation where the choice does seem to lie between terror and tyranny. Why should we get involved?


By Mike Cunningham On March 18th, 2012 at 9:06 am

We are told by Baroness Amos that she saw a devastated and deserted suburb when visiting the Syrian city of Homs.

Oh dear!

I bet President Assad’s murdering army, at present pounding another defenceless city or two, are really, really worried about that.

We are also told that she has put a ‘humanitarian’ aid proposal forward, and is hopeful of movement.

I reckon the only ‘movement’ recorded around the battered cities of Syria will be the clatter of tank tracks, and artillery shells in high velocity movement.

British taxpayers used to pay for this woman’s alleged work , but now we pay at second-hand as she ‘works’ for the UN.



By David Vance On March 14th, 2012 at 9:08 am

I note that Russia has once again shown its regard for mass murderers.

Russia insisted yesterday that it would not halt arms shipments to Syria even as evidence mounts that the regime is committing crimes against humanity, with a rights group today releasing a sickening dossier of the torture inflicted on those who oppose President Bashar al-Assad. The comments by Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister, Anatoly Antonov, that existing contracts will be adhered to despite reports of up to 8,000 dead, come as activists prepare to mark a grim year since their call for reform descended into bloodshed.

With a poisonous protectorate of Russia, China and Iran, Boy Bashar will hang on to power whilst Obama, Cameron, Annan and the rest whistle in the breeze. Assad can murder, maim and terrorise. He’s been doing that for years anyway and the impotence of the “international community” is all too evident.

Syria….the answer

By Mike Cunningham On March 11th, 2012 at 9:12 am

It is strange to poke fun and laugh when such terrible deeds are going unpunished in Syria, but that is human nature, at least my version of it is.

When we see the smoke from the explosions, as the tank missiles and mortar shells rain down upon a largely-defenceless Syrian population, is it right to smile? Of course not; but when we see the ‘diplomats’ such as ‘Lady Amos’, and the really silly figure of Kofi Annan, who is himself in the lead for the title of the most irrelevant person in the world, strutting across the pock-marked Syrian landscape, what are we to do?

What indeed, when we know that the only thing; the only thing which would stop Bashar Al-Assad in his deadly route is massive air power, striking against every part of his military, bombing the radar defences and taking out the missiles; blasting the massed ranks of the T-72 and T-55 Russian tanks as well as the arms dumps, fuel supply farms and defence logistical areas, and thus giving hope to the miserable millions who cower beneath his implacable gaze.

We know that that is the real answer, but we also know that there is no stomach for any such operation, and the West hides behind the bland smiles of the Russians at the UN, as they oblige that same snivelling West by vetoing any UN Resolution which even mentions anything after the weather in Syria!

So why don’t we play the one trump card which we know worked last time? Why not leak that the Secret Service, along with Defence Military Intelligence, has discovered that there are real Weapons of Mass Destruction hidden inside Syria, capable of being launched in only forty-seven minutes? Get the Bronzed Wealthy One to endorse the leak, especially when he puts on his ‘Man of the People’ voice, and we’ll have Cameron, Sarkozy and Obama lining up the missiles, warships, aircraft, heavy bombers and radar-attack planes before you can shout ‘Cherie Blair is a Tosser’!


By David Vance On March 2nd, 2012 at 4:44 pm

The latest news is that the Red Cross has been refused permission to deliver aid to the Baba Amr district of the bombed-out Syrian city of Homs, despite earlier getting the go-ahead from the authorities.

What to do? What indeed. In the final analysis, Boy Bashar is murdering and maiming his own people. He has a Russian/Chinese protectorate which will ensure the UN Security Council does nothing. So this is not going to be another Libya – not yet anyway.

What do you think the West should be doing in this situation? Should it arm the rebels? Should it put the lives of our military at risk to help bring about the fall of Assad? Or do we let them get on with it – allowing the other Arab nations to come up with a solution of their own, that means them risking the lives of THEIR military, not ours? It’s pretty obvious that Bashar has determined that the the only way for a tyrant to hang on is to..erm…terrorise! He is using maximum force to crush those who constitute a threat to his old age pension.  The bloodshed is horrendous, the brutality stunning and yet the “International community” whistles. Is it right to do so?


By David Vance On February 12th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

No sane person can support the Assad thugocracy that runs Syria, care of Iran. And yet…

Al-Qaeda has proclaimed its solidarity with anti-government protesters in Syria in a video message urging the Muslim world to support the protesters in their efforts to over throw.

Ayman al-Zawahri, global head of al-Qaeda since the death of Osama bin Laden last May, issued the call to arms in an eight-minute video posted on an Islamic website on Sunday entitled “Onwards, Lions of Syria”.Dressed entirely in white (Such purity, DV) with an assault rifle displayed by his side, Egyptian born al-Zawahri urged Muslim states including Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan to come to the aid of Syrian protesters and urged Syrian protesters not to ally themselves with the Western powers, including the US and the United Nations, or the Arab League.

“Our people in Syria, don’t rely on the West or the United States or Arab governments and Turkey,” Mr Zawahri said.”You know better what they are planning against you. Our people in Syria don’t depend on the Arab League and its corrupt governments supporting it.”

How to look upon this? Cheap opportunism from AQ – assuredly. But why do they think that a post-Assad Syria would be good for their strategic purposes of Jihad against the West? Might they hope for Syria to become a more direct protectorate of Iran, driven by the same hatred of the West and zeal for Islamic revolution? Is it possible that post Assad, Syria could turn into something even worse? And how does this effect Israel?


By David Vance On February 4th, 2012 at 10:51 am

First, the bad news.

The Syrian army unleashed a massive attack on the city of Homs early on Saturday morning, bombing the protest hub and killing at least 260 people in a bloody “massacre”, activists and witnesses said.

Now the good news.

The UN is going to have a debate about it, real soon.

And all the time, Iran looks on and smiles, serenely.


By David Vance On November 20th, 2011 at 11:04 am

Strange logic from Hillary Clinton here;

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday Syria could slide into civil war but she did not foresee the global community intervening in the same way it did in Libya.

“I think there could be a civil war with a very determined and well-armed and eventually well-financed opposition that is, if not directed by, certainly influenced by defectors from the army,” Clinton told NBC news in an interview in Indonesia, where she was attending a regional summit. “We’re already seeing that, something that we hate to see because we are in favor of a peaceful protest and a nonviolent opposition,” she said. Clinton said, however, that she saw no prospect for the kind of coordinated international intervention that occurred in Libya, where a NATO-led coalition won a U.N. mandate to mount air strikes in support of rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi.

Why? Is it a fear of upsetting Syria’s masters in Tehran?


By David Vance On October 5th, 2011 at 7:01 am

The sheer dysfunctionalism of the United Nations has been a running theme in these pages for years. I wear my antipathy towards that organised hypocrisy as a badge of moral honour. Get this;

 China and Russia have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution condemning Syria over its crackdown on anti-government protesters. The European-drafted resolution had been watered down to try to avoid the vetoes, dropping a direct reference to sanctions against Damascus. But Moscow and Beijing said the draft contained no provision against outside military intervention in Syria. The US envoy to the UN said Washington was “outraged” by the vote.

The US envoy can well be outraged. Russia and China, those twin beacons of repression and State tyranny, can be relied upon to be unreliable. Boy Bashar gets a bye and can carry on killing.