Are you following events in Syria? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton certainly is. She recently berated Russia and China for the tacit support they have given to the beleaguered regime of President Bashar Assad.
She was talking at a conference held in Paris by the so-called Friends of Syria group, which has promised to massively increase aid to the rebel forces. There she was, Dame Hillary, waving her verbal wand, threatening to cast spells on the Russians and Chinese unless they get off the sidelines and support the “legitimate aspirations” of the people of Syria.
What are these “legitimate aspirations”, one should ask, and how much does the Dame really know about them? President Assad says that many of his opponents are al-Qaeda inspired terrorists, and because he makes such a claim it can’t possibly be true. No, no; in Hillary’s mind they are all Jeffersonian democrats with “legitimate aspirations.”
The unfortunate thing is the “legitimate aspirations” include the desire to aspire Syria’s ancient Christian community out of existence. Under a blanket of dissimulation and lies, the Islamists among the rebels are in the process of carrying out a good old fashioned pogrom.
In writing previously about the plight of Syria’s Christians (Christian Holocaust, 9 April) I made the following observation;
Most of you will be aware of Hilary Clinton’s attempt to have a UN resolution passed, condemning the government of Bashar al-Assad for the violent assault of the Syrian army on the rebel-held city of Homs. What you may not be aware of is that Islamists in the city have carried out a ‘religious cleansing’, forcing 50,000 Christians to flee from their homes in terror…It’s not an isolated event. Christians in other Syrian cities have come under attack. Bishop Antonine Audo of Aleppo, where a car bomb was exploded in the Christian quarter last month, says that the people are very afraid – “The Christians don’t know what their future will hold.”
Since then things have got steadily worse. The exodus continues, many people fleeing from their homes in rebel-held areas under threat of death to the relative safety of Damascus, or over the border into Lebanon. Recently the town of Qusair was cleared of Christians, ordered out by the local Islamist commander. They were lucky. Others have been shot out of hand while their churches were destroyed. These are the silent, people with no aspirations at all, legitimate or otherwise.
The Friends of Syria, meaning the Enemies of Assad, include Saudi Arabia in their number. Yes, Saudi Arabia, a leading exporter of international terrorism, a country which makes Syria’s human rights record positively benign by contrast. But the Saudi’s have cash, lots of cash, which means they are able to win friends and influence people. They can certainly win friends in the State Department. How else does one explain the fact that no notice is being taken as Saudi-inspired jihadists and al-Qaeda fighters flood over the Syrian border?
What utter hypocrisy. There is Clinton bemoaning the absence of democracy and human rights in Syria while her government supplies arms to the repellent Saudi and Qatari regimes, American arms which end in the hands of Islamist militants. Let’s be clear about one thing: Saudi Arabia and its ally Qatar have absolutely no interest in the freedom of Syria. Their sole object is to bring down the region’s last secular leader, a man who, like his father before him, acted as an effective check on Sunni Islamists.
So, there you are. While you are struggling at home, while so many Americans are swimming against an adverse economic tide, while the national debt rises by the second, your tax dollars are effectively being used to advance the cause of militant Islam. What on earth is going on? Why are no questions being raised? Surely not all have been seduced by Horrible Hillary’s simplistic view of world affairs? It baffles me, it baffles me just how clumsy and self-defeating American foreign policy is at the present. Ah, well, there is so much about the Obama government that baffles me. Never mind; please just spare a thought for the Christians of Syria. For them the rest is likely to be silence.