I suppose it is time for a rant on this subject. Look it is a rambling rant but at least it isn’t about golf.
First up I LOVE Syria, I have travelled there extensively and have many friends from there. I love their food and their culture and the shopping in Old Damascus. I even freaked Corporate America out by telling them it had the best Topless bars in the Middle East (true) and once opened a Corp level powerpoint of a Snowman I built at Maaloula.
I once spent two hours driving round Damascus trying to find a hotel showing us playing the Mancs (we lost 4-0 but I converted about 8 football fans and delivered about 6 shirts there!)
So. My rant. This mess started with George W Bush Snr not invading Iraq in the Gulf War 1. His nipper comes along and decides against ALL sane advice that Saddam is the Devil incarnate and invades Iraq a second time. You know the story, the protest marches, the dodgy WMD dossier. The KEY words that were first heard around this time were Regime Change. and of course Blair was there kissing ass. (YOUR party took us into this mess Corbyn so unless you dissolve it you are STILL responsible sorry - different rant)
Now the OTHER issue I get told off about is my level of Political Correctness compared to Brits. My issue is that my career used to be based on understanding the differences between cultures and religions (it’s called selling) - so I understand very well that a lot of what Saddam preached was about proving the size of his manhood. Yes of course he was a BAD PERSON. No question there, but in hindsight, while gassing a few thousand Kurds and torturing thousands more was a BAD THING (no question) it kind of pales into insignificance in the number of people who have died SINCE his death…
Which brings us to Syria. Yes there is NO DOUBT that Bashar ruled a pseudo Communist system. Power and decision making was in the hands oft he Party Members and IF you did not like that you were arrested and almost certainly disappeared. That was a BAD THING.
BUT. To normal people, you could go to University (some BLOODY GOOD Universities) I even lectured at some ffs. In fact their system was MUCH BETTER than the UK because the students did not come out of Uni in debt. IN GENERAL, 95% of the population could improve themselves and their families and could work and study AND travel. Of course to be an Entrepreneur you needed to find someone in the party to sponsor you, but then ffs isn’t that (in GENERAL TERMS) the case in the UK Parliament? If you didn’t go to Eton and all that?
But then came the post Iraq mess. It started in Tunisia. Oh how “THE WEST” and the global News Channels loved that story. The Arab Spring. Everyone came out and of course supported the concept of Democracy. Freedom. It’s just that the people here didn’t understand it. The West did NOTHING to actually help implement it. They bombed the crap out of Libya - of course. But the Nations themseleves had no “Political Class”. They had no history of Democracy. What they needed was help with the Trainsition. But oh no, The US were far too busy making shit loads of money everytime a Maverick Missile was lobbed at some Nissan 4x4 pick up truck. EXACTLY the same as in Iraq. All rhetoric and NO action plan for once the objective was achieved.
FFS in all but name Al Qaeda eneded up running Egypt. The people did not know any better.
So then Syria. Bashar is a BAD PERSON so let us support the uprising. It was NEVER that simple. He was BAD (No Question) BUT he was managing to keep a country united with Christians, Copts, Shia’s and Sunni all in their places and developing as a Nation. FFS William Hague tried to get “The West” to bomb him when he was the only person on the planet trying to fight ISIS (And yes of course he was also fighting “Democrats”.
So anyway here you all are. You pulled out of Iraq. They still needed you, You pulled out of Afghanistan as a punter would pull out of a cheap whore. They were not ready but oh you left all the people that helped you behind. Not a bloody thought for them or their families, And you encouraged the Arab Spring that has destroyed Libya as a Nation (but it’s OK Gaddafi a BAD PERSON has gone who only probably killed 100,000 people and you lot have left a mess that has killed double that so far in only a couple of years.
And so now you have a flood. Of desperate human beings. You are screwed by your own PC industry because you are not allowed to truly distinguuish between the “Illegal Immigrants” ie Economic Refugees from Africa who made up a high percentage at Calias and the true Refugees from the Middle East. The IDIOTS running “The West” created this mess and had NO action plan to create and guide stable societies. The decisions YOUR leaders have made have led to a scorched earth - where friends of mine have had to live in Cellars for two years in total terror.
Now they are at YOUR doorstep asking YOUR GOVERNMENTS for the help that THEY encouraged them to believe they would get.
Tony Blair, George W Bush and all their cornies being hidden in the Chilcott report should be finding accomodation for these poor souls. Bush should give over his Texas Ranch to build a City with Schools & Infrastructure to house & feed these poor bastards. And everyone involved in making public statements encouraging the Arab Spring but without ANY kind of plan should be paying out of their own pockets to transport these people to safety.
YOU tried to protest. But the decisions made since 9/11 has brough this mess. The utter SHAME on your Politicians and the EU over this issue is a total disgrace.
Sorry for the typos. It is late and I needed to get this off my chest. Oh and yes the small nations down here DID try and help they DID issue Visas until even they became swamped.
And may Allah punish every one of those Bastards who has defiled the beauty of Palmyra. Yes humans are suffering today, but those actions will affect Humanity for a long time to come.
Stop pussyfooting about and get bloody troops on the ground in Iraq and destroy Isis THEN finish the bloody job you all ran away from in Iraq & Afghanistan and go into Syria WITH the Iranians and sort that goddam mess out.
Sorry to have typo’d you and bored you and I know nobody will read it all but I needed to put it out there somewhere