Sleepy Time Over in Syria?

Nothing much of any major significance has happened in Syria in recent days but tomorrow, May 25, could be a day to break that mostly sleepy spell which has been a respite and regathering for all incumbent terrorist forces in the area – as forecast when the Idlib ceasefire came into force – something that never should have happened.  These sorts of jobs cannot be left half-done.

So, anyway, now that Easter and Ramadan are out of the way with the festival of Eid just finished today, Sunday – almost over for me – there is no further excuse for everybody not to be at each other’s throats again.  Tomorrow would be a good day to start.   Perhaps that is why Russia has chosen that day to state that it intends to clear 80Km of the M4 highway in northern Syria between Aleppo and al-Hasakah.  And just maybe why on Saturday the US decided to block a Russian Military Police patrol from returning to its own base in al-Qamishli – according to reports.  

Gamesmanship.  It’s all gamesmanship.  I hope Russia comes with its Serious Face tomorrow (and some serious backup) and brooks no US pettyminded interference.

I shall watch with intrerest.  Maybe sleepy time is over.



Terrorist Forces Collapse in Western Aleppo

“Syrian government troops take control of 28 settlements west and north of Aleppo – agency” – TASS

This is a pretty good summary of recent events in the north west of Syria, where the legitimate Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad now holds 50% of the long terrorist held Idlib province.  And the government troops  are still advancing to recover the remaining 50% – in spite of the Turkish threat to prevent them from doing so.

This liberation of 28 settlements is just in the last 24 hours.

Backing up this report, here is how Southfront reported yesterday’s events.

I just want to make it clear (in case there is doubt) the images in that story are of the well prepared but defeated Turkey-backed terrorist forces.


That pocket I mentioned yesterday has now all but been eliminated.

And now, before the victorious Syrian forces move to close the deal and recover the remaining parts of Idlib, they are opening humanitarian corridors – not for the first time by any means – for any remaining civilians who wish to leave the war zone to the safety of government territory, to do so.


Syria – Setting The Record Straight

“There was no sectarian war, there was no ethnical war, there was no political war; it was terrorists supported by outside powers…” – President Al-Assad of Syria.

This quote was part of an interview of President Assad by the Italian TV channel RAI in November 2019, the full text of which is contained in the shared SANA article.   RAI has, for some undisclosed reason, chosen not to put the interview to air, according to the article – although that may have changed 1 day ago, and if you perform an internet search for ‘RAI Assad interview’ you will find all sorts of distortions and mischief arising from all the usual sources of such, taken from what he has said. Nothing changes. How could we think otherwise. .

I have read the whole transcript and to my mind there is nothing untoward that any rational person would object to in it.  In fact Dr Assad is his usual pragmatic, charming, self, explaining the situation and answering all the questions succinctly and clearly.

There is one point made that could possibly upset Europeans generally.  When asked about the refugee situation in Europe, part of his answer was –

“Europe was the main player in creating chaos in Syria. So, what goes around comes around.” 

That may appear to be harsh, but it is true.  Europe, including Britain, has always been the main cause of chaos in the Middle East generally.  There is no escaping that fact.  Italians should be aware of that as much as any other European nation.  The Americans are a relative newcomer to that game – the game of causing chaos, that is.  

One other point I can make, is this.  When asked about the ‘killing of civilians’ so often talked about in the media, part of his brilliant response was –

“We couldn’t withstand this war for nine years without the public support and you cannot have public support while you’re killing civilians. This is an equation, this is a self-evident equation, nobody can refute it.”   

Point taken.  The media simply has it all wrong – for whatever reason.  The main reasons for that, I suggest, are that they readily accept what they hear and do not feel it necessary to validate their sources, or they simply make stuff up to fill their chosen narrative.  Or both.

It is a crying shame that this previously prosperous country should have been almost, not entirely, brought to its knees by the interference of the despicable external influences of other nations.  If those same nations now do not wish to hear of their earlier and in some cases continuing indiscretions, then they should have thought a little harder about the decisions they made.  They will have to live with that, if they have a conscience at all, and also they must deal with any fallout of their acts – which includes having them referenced and called out by those they have offended against. 

Long live Syria.  May she soon regain the prosperity she once enjoyed.

And long live President Assad.

Misconstruing the ‘Fact Patterns’

Situations around Golan Heights and Crimea “manifestly different” — Pompeo

So, Pompous Mike Pompeo thinks “The situations around the Golan Heights and Crimea are…” well “…it’s complicated, but suffice it to say as we evaluated each of those situations we felt that they were manifestly different as a matter of international law, and we attempted to recognize that distinction.”

Far be it from me to actually agree with anything that Pompous Mike has ever said but, on this occasion, I can find no fault in his arguments. The situations are ‘manifestly different’. Obviously so. The ‘fact patterns’ clearly show that.

Fact Pattern – A set of relationships that have been established for an event from which a legal conclusion can be drawn.

But that is as far as it goes, because his, or ‘their’ – whoever the “we” refers to – ‘evaluation’ of the two situations is so screwed up as to be unbelievable. Not that he actually says what the results of those ‘evaluations’ are (or what the fact patterns are), but really we don’t need that to be spelled out in so many words. We know, from the policies of the US government exactly what their ‘evaluations’ are.

They do not accept that the Israeli occupied Golan Heights is land that, under international law, was stolen by Israel (a state that should not even exist under international law) from Syria – it’s rightful owner. A position that is even taken by the United Nations. That is one, to use Pompous Mike’s pompous phrase, ‘fact pattern’ – a phrase carefully chosen to provide his musings with an air of legality.

The other situation demonstrates an entirely different ‘fact pattern’. The US government obviously still thinks that Crimea belongs to Ukraine when the ‘facts’ are that Ukraine so badly mistreated Crimea that, as soon as the opportunity arose, the people of Crimea overwhelmingly decided and in a democratically legal referendum voted to leave the abusive Ukraine in favour of their true Motherland – Russia. Meaning that Ukraine has for ever lost any legal right it was temporarily granted as custodian of the Crimea. 

It escapes me how anyone, even Pompous Mike Pompeo, while summarising the situation perfectly, could possibly see the detail of these two situations as anything other than how I have briefly described. 

Reasons to Hate America: ‘Despicable’, ‘Inhuman’, and so much more…

“Given this information, it appears that crop fires are part of Washington’s next phase of economic warfare/terrorism (in addition to the existing harsh sanctions), being imposed on war-ravaged Syrians who have courageously fought against western-supported global terrorism, within their borders for over eight years.” – Sarah Abed

A fine new piece by Sarah Abed, plumbing the depths that US warmongers will seek in pursuit of their (what Iran’s President Rouhani recently describes as) ‘ominous goals’.

Northern Syria and northern Iraq are burning – crop fires, started by the minions of you know who. Only occurring in US controlled areas. Only on Arab owned farms. And known to have occurred after farms are visited by a US ambassador offering money to farmers in return for allegiance against the Syrian government. And only after refusal of such offers (See linked article for reference).

What can I say? The word ‘despicable’ does not come anywhere close to what it is. Same for ‘inhuman’. I don’t think there are words that can adequately express my hatred for America and all it stands for. 

See also this FB link referred to in the article:

Syria War Diary: Order Returns To Western Cities, Civilians Recount Horrors Of “Rebel” Rule


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After reconciling with the Syrian government, former militants clear debris as they rebuild their homes, and their lives, in al-Waer, Homs. (Photo: Eva Bartlett/MintPress News) In revisiting Madaya and al-Waer after their reclamation by the…

Illegal Immigrants/Invaders In Syria

There are the ‘boots’.  We can see them.  They are American boots, with American military feet in them.

There is the ‘ground’.  We can see it.  It is Syrian national ground.

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So.  American boots on Syrian ground.  Is that not a sufficient and complete definition of ‘boots on the ground’?  In anybody’s language I would say that it is.

So, what are they doing there?  Two hundred and fifty more pairs of boots now, adding to the fifty (officially) pairs of boots that have been there for quite some time now.  Not counting all the clandestine (CIA) and private contractors muddying the waters.

As this RT story shows, they are there illegally: No boots on ground in Syria, but US troops wearing boots & on ground are there ‒ State Dept

If they were there as immigrants, they would still be there illegally unless they claimed refugee status.  But they are an invasion force.  They are not there to aid the Syrian government.  That is not a part of US Foreign Policy.  So, simply put, they are there illegally.

Oh, I do love to see the US State Dept talking heads squirming and struggling with convoluted thought pictures to try to come to terms with reality but avoiding at all costs telling the truth.

My own conclusion on this is that they can see that Syria, with Russian aid, is winning the battle against Islamic State in Syria and the US wants to absorb some of the credit for that, when in fact they have done little to nothing to achieve that result, preferring to make this into a war without end.

Stirring Recep’s Recipe For Madness

I like Zero Hedge.  I especially like Zero Hedge when he is talking about real stuff and not just wallowing through the mire of financial collapse (well, that is what it looks like to me), important as that is.  It gets a little boring waiting for the world of national economies to go belly up, especially since no-one seems to be helping that along any and the major players desperately paddling against the current to keep the thing afloat as long as possible.  Just when will the last straw that may be grasped at float along towards the sea of flailing hands?  Maybe it already has.

So, it is nice, for want of a better word just before bedtime, to see talk about real stuff. And there is nothing more real just now than watching the deranged President of Turkey gradually and completely lose his mind over Syria and the Kurds.

© Yannis BehrakisPhoto credit: © Yannis Behrakis / Reuters  

The situation holds a very special note of interest because it is the most likely crisis to open the door to global warfare which must, sooner or later, erupt across one or more of the borders between the current tag-team, no holds barred, mud-wrestling match going on in the Levant  between around 40 different nations and groups already.

One act by a deranged madman, which Recep Tayyip Erdogan is rapidly turning into, accidentally or not, with intention or not, will be enough, more than enough, to kindle the flame that will ignite World War III.

Read about it at Zero Hedge here: A Furious Turkey Says US Is “Acting Like An Enemy,” Demands Washington Brand Kurds “Terrorists”…and at Russia Today here: ‘No ifs and buts’: Turkey demands US support against ‘Kurdish terrorists’

Putting it all in context, here is a grab form the Zero Hedge article:

“The problem for Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar is optics. That is, everything anyone does in Syria has to be justified by an imaginary “war on terror.” Turkey can’t say it’s intervening to keep the rebels from being defeated by the Russians, and similarly, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the US, France and everyone else needs to preserve the narrative and pretend as though this all doesn’t boil down to the West and the Sunnis versus the Russians and the Shiites.”

…and, from Russia Today, pinpointing exactly the flash-point I am talking about.  Or one of them:

“On Friday however Washington rejected a Russian draft resolution which condemned any plans for foreign military intervention in Syria. Russia’s latest concerns are related to a dangerous escalation on the Syrian Turkish border amid Ankara’s alleged plans to put boots on the ground in northern Syria, which Damascus has called a violation of Syria’s sovereignty.”

Just as a footnote, here is another Zero Hedge article which contains a map showing Russian air strikes in Syria during February so far.  While a great deal can be read from this, in fairness it does show that the Russians are speaking the truth (as I always knew they were) about their not just bombing the moderate terrorists (aka the moderate rebels aided by the US) that are fighting Assad’s legitimate Syrian regime.  Like the Russians say, there is no such thing as a moderate rebel.  They are all terrorists and need to be blown to bits.  And if a few clandestine American advisers get blown to bits with them, well, tough titties.

In addition, the map shows (I will display it here for convenience…) ISW:

…very clearly that Turkey does not have much room to invade Syria or to prevent their trade in illicit oil from ISIS from being cut off entirely.  Nor from preventing the Kurds from setting up a separate Kurdish state on their southern border.

Interesting.  But still very dangerous for all of us.  Keep an eye open for flash-points.

“There’s No Understanding Anything Without A Grasp Of Its History”

“There’s no understanding anything without a grasp of its history—which, of course, is the American failing over and over again.”

The above is a quote by interviewer in this piece:  “Intelligent people know that the empire is on the downhill”: A veteran CIA agent spills the goods on the Deep State and our foreign policy nightmares After almost 30 years in the CIA, Ray McGovern became a truth-teller. He sits down with Salon for a long debriefing

KERRYBarack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad, John Kerry (Credit: AP/Reuters/Evan Vucci/Alexei Druzhinin/Remy de la Mauviniere/Kathy Willens)

This is a deep and insightful exchange which I recommend to anyone who wishes to know more about the world they live in and who pulls the strings that cause the events that we see happening around us.  You need to be aware of this stuff …and it’s pretty much right up to date.

Syraq – Cradle Of Civilisation

Syraq, that recently named new proto-nation, an unofficial joint venture between Syria and Iraq, facilitated by there being no recognisable joint border separating them from one another and having at least some form of organised structure in the shape of Daesh, the so-called Islamic State in charge of at least parts of both countries.

And then of course there are the Kurds: The Final Breakup of Iraq? Barzani calls for Kurdistan Referendum


Iraq in particular, but also Syria as part of what was once called ‘The Fertile Crescent’, where human civilisation first …I was going to say ‘began’… bShumer4ut a more correct term would be ‘sprung up’ because it appeared quite suddenly as a fully formed society at a higher level of social cohesion, organisation, and humanity than we enjoy today.  A society which could lay claim to more ‘first’ discoveries in all of the sciences than any of its successors.


But take a look at that region now.  What an absolute shambles and mess.  And not only that region but pretty much anywhere you care to look around the world, though the buildings may not yet be so shattered and broken as in that area but the social cohesion, spirit of the people, economic outlook, justice, health, security, and most other critical measures of stability, are all gradually or in some case much faster than that, breaking down and leading inexorably to the same failed state situation as we currently see in Syraq.

I could have chosen any number of reference writings to back up my argument here but I chose the first one that I came across today:  The drastic plunge in oil prices could have catastrophic consequences in Iraq  and I supplement that with this video of Homs in Syria:

I was going to continue writing about how we humans have changed the cradle of civilisation, a blooming, blossoming, veritable Garden of Eden (The land of Shumer 6,000+ years ago which, for many thousands of years before that first civilisation of Man, had been known as the E.din – ‘Abode of the Righteous Ones’ by the original developers of the region), by turning it into a derelict slum area and wasteland that will never again, at least under our jurisdiction, rise to the glory of what it once was.

But I can’t face doing that right now.  It hurts too much.