Yeah, if you want to "save" Syria
(from rule by an unelected dictator)
why not start with free elections?
You know, elections, with political parties and free speech.
All the things your husband suppresses
as he stamps on
Syrian political freedom.
She claims to be concerned about "poverty".
She is married to the major cause of Syrian poverty
- the man who stamps on
Syrian economic freedom.
Syria is also of course one of the
world's leading terrorist states,
supporting the global jihad and
sponsoring terror against its neighbours Iraq, Lebanon and Israel.
And yet look at this absurd article:
"She is more than aware, though, of the need to work together to combat terrorism."
That's why she married one of the world's leading sponsors of terrorism.
"the sense of peace in Europe is a reality. Growing up, I never thought about war or instability
Peace is still an objective for us."
That's why they sponsor war and terror in all their neighbours!
"Like everyone else, she watched the events unfolding in
Again, that's why she married someone who supports such groups.
"[Syrian economic] progress generally has been hampered by the influx of 1.4 m refugees from Iraq. 'To put it into perspective, that's a 10% increase in our population in 18 months.'"
Yes, well maybe your husband shouldn't have sponsored the war there, should he?
Asma al-Assad: A Rose in the Desert, a puff piece in Vogue magazine, March 2011 issue,
about the wife of the dictator of a terrorist state.
In fact, it is also a puff piece about the dictator himself.
"The 35-year-old first lady's central mission is to change the mind-set of six million Syrians under eighteen, encourage them to engage in what she calls "active citizenship." "It's about everyone taking shared responsibility in moving this country forward, about empowerment in a civil society.""
This "empowerment" won't include an actual vote.
In fact, her husband will kill them to stop them getting the vote.
At home with the dictator:
"The household is run on wildly democratic principles. "We all vote on what we want, and where," she says."
Unlike the Syrian people.
It ends with the dictator at a Christmas concert:
"Brass bells are handed out. Now we're all singing "Jingle Bell Rock," 1,331 audience members shaking their bells, singing, crying, and laughing.
"This is the diversity you want to see in the Middle East," says the president, ringing his bell. "This is how you can have peace!""
This man who sponsors war and terror across the region claims he wants peace!
Eventually of course they deleted it.
You can see a copy
As Assad slaughtered thousands in crushing the Syrian rebellion in 2011-12,
Joan Juliet Buck
were both shamed into disowning the article.
But had there been no Syrian rebellion,
they would probably not
have disowned it.
Joan Juliet Buck
makes excuses for her article:
"I didn't know I was going to meet a murderer.
There was no way of knowing that Assad, the meek ophthalmologist and computer-loving nerd, would kill more of his own people than his father had and torture tens of thousands more, many of them children."
Of course this is nonsense.
There was every way of knowing
what Assad was,
even before the rebellion.
Did she never try reading a
human rights report
on Syria before she wrote the article?
The oppression, torture and killing was going on
long before 2011.
The prize is named after
who whitewashed the crimes of the Soviet Union.
From Claudia Rosett's speech
awarding Vogue the prize:
"Choosing the winner of the first Walter Duranty prize at first seemed daunting. ... there were a great many richly qualified contenders. But as our prize committee worked through the entries, there was one dispatch that stood out. Not only did it exemplify the Duranty spirit, but it did so in ways so Potemkin, so self-absorbed and so extravagantly intent on peddling terror-linked dictatorship as an exercise in elegance and good taste, that we knew we had a winner."
The cover of the March 2011 issue of Vogue.
Walter Duranty Prize winner Anna Wintour is a major
supporter of Obama.
John Kerry's pandering to Assad in 2009-2010
"Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has cultivated a relationship with the Syrian regime otherwise treated as a pariah in the West in the hope of drawing it away from Iranian influence."
John Kerry and his wife having dinner with the Assads in 2009.
This is after Assad helped kill thousands of American soldiers in Iraq, with no consequences.
Tony Blair forced the poor Queen to greet Assad during an ill-advised detente in 2002.
Blair even considered asking the Queen to bestow an honorary knighthood on Assad
during his state visit to the UK.
Irish useful idiot, the anti-Israel
Syrian terror-state leader
Assad in 2009.
From a 2009 Chris Andrews constituency leaflet.
(He actually chose to display this photo of himself to the voters!)
The right understands the world. The left doesn't.
In 2007, Democrat leader
Nancy Pelosi made a trip to Assad's Syria,
undermining President Bush who saw Syria as a terrorist state.
Cox and Forkum
understood what Syria was in 2007, as did President Bush.
Pelosi and Obama did not.
Israel saves the world.
Every free person should congratulate it.
"as with Saddam's reactor destroyed in 1983, tiny Israel somehow has saved us all from yet another heinous dictator armed with nuclear weapons ... and again, to world condemnation. That's OK, they're used to such ingratitude and strategic ignorance amongst their myriad international critics."
"we went to Syria to meet the President ... The President lived for a long time in the UK. He is a charming and open man who, for a long time, was not going to be President and therefore took on the style of an ordinary western citizen. He is very popular in his country because he does not have a grandiose or fine-living style. He is keen to deliver significant reform in Syria, to open up the country and to improve the economic opportunities of the people, but he made it clear that the situation in the region made that difficult. Shortly after he took over, there was what has been called a "Damascus spring" - a sort of opening up. It is difficult to continue such reforms when there is such bitter division all around and organised extreme Islamist groups in the region.
The President stressed that the Syrian regime is secular and takes a tough line against Islamist insurgents, but that it was keen to work with others to help to stabilise the situation in Iraq. He deeply regretted the fact that the UK did not have, as he put it, an independent foreign policy. ... his view was that the UK could play a much more useful role if it had an independent policy, but sadly it did not and it continued to be a complete echo of US foreign policy."
- British useful idiot, the anti-American, anti-Israel
visits Syria in Jan 2007, and understands nothing.
27 February 2007
about the Syrian dictator Assad, who then (and before, and since) was helping to kill British soldiers in Iraq,
assisting "extreme Islamist groups" and "Islamist insurgents" more or less everywhere in the region.
"He was only in Britain for 18 months, and he didn't mix with British people. He's supposed to be reformist, open to Western ideas, democratic, but this is a bluff. He thinks in an Oriental way, not in a Western way."
- Syrian dissident
Ayman Abdel Nour
gives a more realistic view of Assad, Apr 2011.
Abdel Nour, like other dissidents,
lives in exile and in fear of assassination by the Assad regime.
Who I block on Twitter:
I will debate almost anyone.
I love ideas.
I will not debate (and will block) people who:
(a) target my job,
(b) target my appearance, or:
(c) libel me.
Also, since 2016, abusive reporting has become a thing.
I was targeted with abusive reporting by
an Israel-hater pretending to be "Jewish".
So I now also block:
(d) any account that even hints that it reports its enemies,
(e) any Israel-hater that claims to be Jewish.
It is just self-defence.