…by Nahed al Husani, VT Damascus
Rev. Andrew Ashdown Calls on the House of Lords to review the sanctions against Syria.
This is what he told VT
“Some weeks ago, I met with a senior figure in the House of Lords who asked what my advice would be to the British government regarding Syria. I said that a change in Britain’s disastrous policy on Syria is long overdue: that it should end the sanctions that are having a devastating effect on millions of ordinary citizens; that it should engage with the Syrian government in supporting a peaceful political solution; that it should end its support of those committing sectarian violence; and assist in the rebuilding of the country. All of these actions would help restore economic and poltiical stability. The peer agreed and to my surprise wrote to the British Foreign Secretary suggesting all these points.”
A member of the Foreign Office wrote the following response. It is a clear statement of the British government’s blind refusal to acknowledge realities. It is a policy based on misrepresentation of facts and a mistaken belief in a moral ascendency which is utterly bankrupt given our close political relationships with and support for brutal regimes that support terrorism and obliterate nations.
Such bullishness on the part of the British government, and the ignorance it betrays, can only lead to its increased irrelevance in the field of international affairs. One can only hope so. As for ‘helping those most affected’, Britain refuses to support the majority of the Syrian people who still live in Syria, whose country our policies have helped to destroy. Meanwhile, Syria will recover, and her friends will help in the reconstruction.
God bless Syria and her people. The response from the British Foreign Office:
“The government believes that the Assad regime has lost its legitimacy due to its atrocities against the Syrian people. We therefore closed our Embassy in Damascus in 2012 and have no plans to reopen it.
Despite the military successes of the regime and its external supporters, we do not believe that Assad is capable of delivering a lasting peace in Syria. We support the UN-facilitated political process to reach a lasting settlement to the conflict which protects the rights of all Syrians, in which civil society, women and minorities must play a role. We will not consider providing any reconstruction assistance until a credible, substantive and genuine political process is firmly under way.
The UK will continue to do all that we can to ensure that a long-term lasting solution is found to resolve the current crisis in Syria. And in the meantime, we are focused on delivering life-saving humanitarian aid to those most affected by the Syria crisis.”
Sadly, the British government and media rhetoric has remained unchanged in 9 years, despite the evolving situation on the ground, and the ever-increasing evidence of the misrepresentations on which the western narrative and policies have been based.
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a disabled veteran and has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.
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