(This article is being reprinted here with thanks to SANA)
Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday received a letter from U.S. Senator for the State of Virginia Richard Black a letter in which he said “I was pleased by the Russians’ intervention against the armies invading Syria. With their support, the Syrian Army has made dramatic strides against the terrorists.”
“I was delighted by Syria’s resounding victory over ISIS at the Kuwairis Airfield. My compliments to those who heroically rescued 1,000 brave Syrian soldiers from certain death. I am convinced that many such victories lie ahead,” Black added.
The Senator asserted that the war on Syria was not caused by domestic unrest, saying “It was an unlawful war of aggression by foreign powers determined to force a puppet regime on Syria. General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, revealed that by 2001, Western powers had developed plans to overthrow Syria. Yet after fifteen years, of military subversion, NATO, Saudi Arabia and Qatar still cannot identify a single leader who enjoys popular support among the Syrian people.”
“Foreign powers have no right to overturn legitimate elections and impose their will on the Syrian people. Syrians alone must determine their destiny, free of foreign intervention. I am disappointed that the UN has turned a blind eye to the unlawful interference in Syria’s internal affairs,” he added.
He went on to note that “Before the war began, Syria had the greatest religious freedom and women’s equality of any Arab people. Many Americans are surprised to learn that the Syrian Constitution provides for free elections, religious freedom, women’s rights, and the Rule of Law. Before criticizing Syria, the U.S. might first insist that our allies – Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait – grant similar freedoms to their own people.”
Black voiced disappointment that the United States answered the Russian assistance for Syria by sending anti-tank TOW missiles to terrorists, which would only prolong said, criticizing the folly of arming “good terrorists” and withholding weapons from “bad terrorists,” adding that the irresponsible deployment of TOW missiles threatens aviation around the world, as ant-tank weapons have long range and can target and destroy passenger planes that are taking off.
He said that as a Senator for Virginia, he feels worry because such missiles can find their way to remote areas near airports like Reagan National Airport and Dallas International Airport, adding that he relayed these concerns to the American President.
Black went on to note that “Jaish al-Fateh” terrorist organizations, which he referred to by “Army of Conquest,” the literal translation of its name, has received more American military support, pointing out that this terrorist organization includes Jabhat al-Nusra which has sworn allegiance to Al Qaeda, which means that the United States is arming the same terrorist organization responsible for killing 3,000 Americans in 9/11, considering this to be a betrayal of those victims.
The Senator went on to say that it is becoming clear to people that the terrorists in Syria are receiving military support from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, who are allies of the U.S., and that Turkey is the most loyal backer of ISIS as it represents the main channel for the flow of jihadists, weapons, and trade, adding that Turkey also hasn’t offered anything significant to the performance of the proposed alliance against ISIS despite being a member of it.
He said that Turkey and Saudi Arabia seek to impose a religious dictatorship on the Syrian people, and if they succeed in that then Christians and other minorities would be murdered or sold into slavery, and many good-hearted Sunni and Shia Muslims will also fall victim along with them.
But the Senator noted that world opinion is turning against terrorism and their supporters, adding “The cruel treatment of captured Syrian soldiers by armed groups is appalling. Many Americans find the behavior of these so-called ‘moderates’ morally abhorrent.”
“I bled, fighting to defend this nation’s honor. I will oppose American support for terrorists, like the Army of Conquest and ISIS that threaten Syria. Many Virginians join in praying that the Syrian Arab Army and its allies will triumph over the forces of evil, and that peace will soon return to Syria,” he said, concluding the letter by adding “Thank you for protecting the lives of Christians and of all good people of Syria.”
PICTURES OF THE WEEK:
Syrian soldiers victorious in Latakia as they drive out the vermin from the northeast in order to position for the liberation of Idlib (Thanks, Rana)
Dead rat before being transformed into fertilizer.
SYRIA’S FOOTBALL TEAM GOING GANGBUSTERS: (thanks to Mark the Brit for article from “The Guardian”)
The direness of the situation in Syria is such that it would probably be facile to wax lyrical about the healing power of sport just now but, however you want to put it in context, the national team’s performance in these qualifiers has been something to behold. A goal deep into added time by Omar Khribin gave them a 2-1 win in Singapore and was celebrated wildly; it strengthened their hold on second spot in Group E and, even if they are beaten to first place by the incumbents Japan, they are very well positioned to reach the next stage as one of the best runners-up.
It is some achievement that Syria’s team have kept on going; the local league has somehow struggled on, now confined to Damascus, but footballers have not been immune to the bloody and life-altering situations faced by millions in the country and the fact that the coach, Fajr Ibrahim, has been able to field a side for six qualifiers seems noteworthy enough. The current squad is largely Iraq-based and in Khribin, a 21-year-old second striker who has scored five times in these qualifiers, they have an exceptional talent who may well be set for bigger things. Syria – whose Under-17s made an equally remarkable appearance at last month’s World Cup in Chile – will be rank outsiders if they do make it through to the third round, but uniting behind a common cause can do unusual things to a group of sportsmen.
It would be remiss at this point to ignore that, in their press conference before the Singapore game, the cause chosen by Ibrahim and the midfielder Osama Omari was that of the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, in support of whom they wore specially-made T-shirts. The background to whatever Syria’s team do in the coming months will be complex and tragic, but in football terms alone they are creating quite a story.
NEWS AND COMMENT:
Nikola Proevski sends this chilling article about how terrorists camouflaged as refugees infiltrate societies with ease:
Good article from John Esq. about how the British must work with Dr. Assad:
Former head of DIA exposes the hoax. From John Esq. Enjoy and keep or make viral. Watch Father Nathanael also: (Thanks also to Francisco Monteiro)
President Assad meets Russian interviewers back in September. John Esq. sends the entire interview:
Nikola Proevski shows us what it’s like to fly and destroy ISIS fuel depots. Really great:
Brandon sends this one about Obama up to his old tricks with that monster Erdoghan:
Rana Abboud sends this one showing the heartbreaking disconnect between Syria’s history as a refuge for the oppressed and how Syrians are being treated today:
Hillary the Hun is profiled here for her genocidal tendencies by Brandon:
Brandon’s excellent article and published interview with French journalist:
VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Watch Dr. Assad avoid Ehud Olmert (of Ukrainian descent) at some international meeting. Watch Mubarak embrace him: (Thanks, Nikola)
IN MEMORIAM: MICHAEL KOUBA, AN ARAB-SYRIAN-CHRISTIAN-AMERICAN LEFT THE UNITED STATES TO HELP IN THE FIGHT TO KILL ALL OBAMA’S TERRORIST ALLIES IN SYRIA. HE WAS MARTYRED YESTERDAY IN BATTLE. HIS DEATH WAS FOR OUR BELOVED HOMELAND AND FOR THOSE WHO STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM AND SECULARISM:
IN PACE REQUIESCAT. (Thanks, Rana Abboud)
CARTOON OF THE DAY: (Thanks, Francisco Monteiro and to Iad Tawil)
Note to readers: I am heading up North to hunt for deer from Friday until Sunday morning. I will post all the news on Sunday after my interview with a radio station from Japan.