Nine Free Ebooks

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These nine free books on Syria can be downloaded in PDF, mobi or epub formats at this link. Those in the top row are the best. The Sanctions, Sex Jihad A-Z is a good reference and has been vastly expanded. It can be had here in PDF. The others in the top row are here and here in PDF.

Syria in September: If you wish to join us in government held Syria in early September, please get in touch.  Ku Klux Klansmen, Muslim Brotherhood dross, Chrstian safe spacers and Israeli/Saudi supremacists are not welcome.

Ireland in October: We hope to get a good inter faith delegation form Syria to Ireland in October. Because of Muslim Brotherhood gangbangers, this will stay under the radar for now.

Syria: Six Free Ebooks

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There are six e books at this link here, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, one each in the various folders. All are in kindle, epub and, where appropriate, in PDF format. All deal with the Syrian crisis. All are also for sale on Amazon and other major outlets.
B4 is a compendium of B1, B2 and B3. B6 is a compendium of B4 and B5.
Please download and share. My major focus now is to make events planned for May 2016 in Syria and in Ireland a success and to thereby help put Syria on the road map to peace.
Please also donate if you can. If you can help, please email me with details as to how you can help.
The major thing that is needed is to bolster Syrian civil society and, for example, for schools to adopt schools in government-held Syria. Instead of blindly collecting funds which go to help the rebels and their dishonest cause, our aim is to help the ordinary Syrians, women and children in the main, who bear the brunt of this unjust war against Syria and the Syrian people.

SYRIA: MISSION TO IRELAND

Previous and Longer version of this email: www.taigs.com

Our Syrian Mission: Bring Syrian Christian, Muslim and Druze leaders and representatives to the island of Ireland in late October/early November to concretise what can be done in practical terms for all the people of the Syrian Arab Republic. These leaders do NOT want to leave their homelands and their people.
Mother Russia’s Mission: Russia tonight deployed 28 fighter aircraft to attack the Syrian terrorists. That, with the imminent arrival of Chinese ground forces in response to Erdogan sending Chinese Uyghur terrorists into Northern Syria now leaves only Vietnam to declare. With those forces guarding the oil cash flows, Syria can rebuild.

Mission to Rome (November 25th): When President Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow meet Pope Francis in Rome, hopefully, they will force him to pro-actively support their peace efforts: some 50,000 Syrian Christians in the last month have applied for Russian visas, an indication as to who Syria’s Christians believe their true Christian friends are.

Mission to London (17 October), to Liverpool (14 October): Catholic Archbishop from the battered but unbowed city of Aleppo and a Jesuit priest from the liberated city of Homs, Syrian Arab Republic. http://www.acnuk.org/events.php These leaders do NOT want to leave their homelands or desert their people.

Fr Dave’s Sydney to Syria Peace Mission: Read Fr Dave’s account of his recent tour of government-held Syria http://tinyurl.com/SyriaDave
Our Last Month to Prepare for this Visit: There remains a lot of preparatory work to do to make this multi-faceted visit to the island of Ireland a success. Email me if you can help in any way. Go here for previous and a longer version of this email: www.taigs.com

Our Unique Selling Points: We have a broad-based group of Syrian religious, community and humanitarian leaders visiting political, academic, religious and community venues on the island of Ireland but with one focused set of demands which are the logical precursors for peace with justice in Syria.

Our Methods: Having secured a hearing at the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament’s) Foreign Affairs Committee, we then approached relevant bodies of appropriate stature to host meetings. The response was universally positive, echoing the widespread underlying desire to address the root of the issue, rather than to be distracted by the emotion of the latest ISIS, al Nusra or Turkish atrocities or PR gimmicks.

Our Hopes: are to open a proper debate on the island or Ireland, solidify the support that exists for a proper with justice peace in Westminster from Ulster’s MPs, and, through appropriate channels, have material, spiritual and moral aid directed to the civilians of Damascus, Aleppo, Foua and Kefraya who continue to be murdered on a daily basis now by the Saudi-funded terrorists. It is a long haul.

Our Reality: ISIS, al Nusra and all related terrorist franchises must be defeated, expansionist regimes like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar contained and a process of normalisation begun. Once stability is restored, as it has largely been in Homs, Qusayr, the Qalamoun Mountains and other areas Syria’s armed forces have wrested from the rebels, basic logic dictates that then and only then can processes of governance reform be addressed.

Our Biases: We make no apologies for our humanitarian biases. Though everyone, Syria’s President Assad included, agrees on the need for reforms, no-one can honestly argue that there are any worthwhile political, religious or community leaders on the rebel side: there are none. It is a logical nonsense to suppose that, in a country, Syria, where the only effective force advocating violent rebellion were the sectarian sociopaths of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, any acceptable or secular group of rebels could emerge ab ovo. The USA’s most recent failure to recruit anything more than a handful of well-paid rebel Contras, most of whom subsequently deserted, show that.

Our “Diversity”: This email is being sent to proponents of all the various branches of the Abrahamic faiths, as well as very prominent atheists, gays and transgenders on the island of Ireland and beyond and members of all of the leading parties on the island of Ireland. That is because the Muslim Brotherhood’s war on Syria is an attack on basic human principles, which Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey ignore both at home and abroad

Our Focus: is on the areas of the Syrian Arab Republic under the protection of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies. Those are the only areas in Syria where minorities can openly practice their religion and where any semblance of normality, such as the normal curriculum of schools or universities, exists. There is nowhere in rebel-held Syria where any minority religion may be practiced and, though facile atheists might quip that is a good thing, they would be summarily executed just as more well-meaning Britons have been before them by the Muslim Brotherhood and their various franchises.

Focus on Foua & Kefraya: These are two Shia villages in the Aleppo countryside that have been under terrorist bombardment for four years now, with hundreds of children dead so far in those two villages alone. As the terrorists are preparing for a very major assault on it with NATO-supplied state-of-the-art weaponry, we can expect thousands more innocent Shias to be slaughtered over the coming days unless Russia further ups the ante. As with the wholesale Alawite massacres of August 2013 or the more recent suicide bombings of kindergartens in Homs by the moderate rebels, their demise will pass largely unremarked upon here in the West, by those with their own nefarious agendas.

England, Home and Beauty: Progress will be made in Syria if and only if all those on the island of Ireland and elsewhere do their duty as human beings, as politicians, as academics, as trade union, religious and community leaders and members. We have made a small beginning and, in the spirit of Nelson at Trafalgar, that is all we ask. Do your duty.

Syrian Peace Bridgeheads: Through a number of visits, some of us, Irish, Australians, Italians, have got access to Syrian universities, Syrian hospitals, Syrian orphanages (no shortage of them), religious and community leaders and front-line areas such as the Armenian front-line town of Kessab and Yarmouk Palestinian camp. It is possible to arrange fact-finding visits to those and other places for representative people from the island of Ireland as long as they are realistic in their expectations and accept that neither the white flag of surrender nor the black flag of ISIS/al Nusra will be fluttering over the ramparts of Damascus any time soon. Email me for details.

Takbir Refugees not our focus: These economic migrants shouting the ISIS war cry https://youtu.be/UpZuEmKwNjM are not our focus. Others are addressing this tangential symptom.

Flesh-Eating Moderate Rebel Refugees not our Focus: Though it has now been amply demonstrated that, amongst the legions of male refugees of military age, marching into Merkel’s Berlin, there are scores of rebels with the blood of innocent Syrian children on their hands, they are not our focus. This is so even though the BBC tells us they are all moderate murderers, just like Abu Sakkar, the Free Syrian Army leader the BBC interviewed after he was filmed eating the flesh of a Syrian soldier.

Safe Havens Not Our Focus: The latest refugee stunt notwithstanding, the idea of having a safe haven for Christians or other “minorities” is daft. Not only is the idea of ghettoes or bantulands repugnant in its own right but the viability of such areas totally depends, as in South Africa, on the non-existing goodwill of their overlords and neither Turkey nor its proxies have ever displayed any goodwill to any minorities. Indeed, following Kurdish gains in the recent Turkish elections, Turkish security forces are now lynching Kurds the length and breadth of Turkey (and in Germany too) and are conducting air raids against them in Iraq on the pretext of fighting ISIS who kill Kurds and who are armed, funded and protected by Turkey. With regard to Syria, Christians and other groups are not minorities but integral parts of the fabric of society, the very fabric Turkey and Germany, the joint architects of the 1915 Syriac, Pontic Greek and Armenian genocides, are busily destroying.

No Fly Zones Not Our Focus: No fly zones are only an excuse to deliver Foua, Kefraya and all of Syria up to the headhackers the same way Libya was delivered up to Irish and other headhackers. We will leave No Fly Final Solutions to others. They are not our focus.

Political NGOs not our Focus: Well-funded groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, which have continually called for the humanitarian carpet bombing of Syria along the Yemeni, Libyan and Iraqi models, are not our focus. Nor are Muslim Brotherhood controlled groups like Hand in Hand for Syria or the White Helmets which are al Nusra’s designated undertakers. Not only is there no point meeting with them or giving them further legitimacy in the eyes of their dodgy donors but it is actually physically dangerous to do so. See here www.taigs.com for further details.

Amnesty International: A Partial Charge Sheet:
• Amnesty corroborated the testimony of the ‘Kuwaiti teenage girl’ meme that Iraqi troops were stealing incubators from Kuwaiti hospitals and leaving babies to die on the floor.
• Amnesty disseminated the ‘African’ mercenaries in Libya meme, which led to the widespread lynching of sub-Saharan African labourers and migrants by Libya’s moderate rebels. Dr Saleyha Ahsan, one of the BBC doctors/reporters who starred in Panorama’s Saving Syria’s Children fraud, posted Facebook selfies of herself with trussed-up Africans awaiting execution and openly admitted watching ISIS killers slitting throats gives her “a rush”. We, on the other hand, are repulsed by Irish-connected gangsters publicly beheading Egyptian Copts and Ethiopian Christians on Mediterranean beaches and slaughtering Irish and British citizens on Tunisian beaches.
• Amnesty International fully supported the ‘humanitarian’ carpet bombing of Libya.
• Amnesty International fully supports sectarian Muslim Brotherhood murder gangs in Egypt.
• Amnesty International’s pro ISIS propaganda piece on Aleppo has, according to this http://dissidentvoice.org/2015/05/eight-problems-with-amnestys-report-on-aleppo-syria/ at least eight very major flaws.
• Amnesty International and allied groups should confine themselves to opposing Irish water charges. They have nothing but more death to offer Syria.
• The only thing to say in favour of Amnesty International is that Human Rights watch is infinitely worse.

Syria’s Cuisine Diplomacy

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Something they Ate at Dinner with the Assads?: As the attached photos show, quite recently, Syria’s President and First Lady stayed with Her Majesty, the Queen in Buckingham Palace. They also dined with John Kerry, who is now strong-arming Bulgaria to join Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the slaughter of Syria’s remaining Christians.
Dinner in Waterford with the ISIS Terrorists: Apparently, most Irish-based ISIS terrorists are in Waterford, with 20 or some of them having clocked up “humanitarian” experience in Syria and Iraq. The various “Before Europe and In Europe” terrorists I have posted in the previous post here www.taigs.com probably means they will blend in quite well or at least have a Network to plug into.
Trinity College: I had a long and productive meeting in Trinity College, who, given the above, fully understand the need for some discretion and ambiguity on my side. The Trinity meeting will be largely in their hands, with me inviting a few of “The Wretched of the Earth” and few invites going to Waterford. I will firm that up more later today.
Dublin’s Old Hands: I met some old war horses from the Labour and similar Parties and their experience was invaluable. I will be acting on their advice today and creating some synergies from Donegal to Limerick.
Queen’s University: I got an email from Queen’s and they have lined up a very impressive list of guests. I will likewise contact them later this morning.
Beirut: Our friends in Beirut have been busily lobbying some household names and hopefully a lot will come out of that. They will be speaking with people in Ireland about this today.
Damascus: Syria has had a major sandstorm which the Al Qaeda terrorists have used to advantage and another major centre is likely to fall to them today.

 

 

Syria: These Colours Don’t Run

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Schedule for Irish Tour:
Clare Daly TD and Mick Wallace TD: When I informed our friends in Damascus these two Irish members of the Irish Parliament might be imprisoned for anti-war protests when they arrive, they insisted on adding their prisons (hopefully Mountjoy) to the itinerary.
Tuesday 27 October/Wednesday 28 October: Arrive in Dublin: Briefing, Press Conference, Media. Short trips to Mountjoy, North Dublin and Meath.
Wednesday 28 October/Thursday 29 October: Short stop at Drogheda and the Boyne River. Three meetings in Queen’s University Belfast: one open, one to NGOs and charities, one to religious and political leaders. Meeting with Democratic Unionist Party leaders.
Friday 30 November: CAIN Centre, Magee College, University of Ulster. Stay in Co Donegal.
Saturday 31 October: Donegal.
Sunday 1 November: Cos Galway/Mayo. Overnight in West Galway.
Monday 2 November: National University of Ireland, Galway
Tuesday 3 November: Group A: Limerick, stopping off at Dysert Co Clare. Group B: National Women’s Institute Dublin, stopping off in Athlone.
Wednesday 4 November: Foreign Affairs Committee of Oireachtas (Irish Parliament); Public meeting, Trinity College Dublin.
Media: Several national and local TV, radio and newspapers have been lined up and more will undoubtedly follow.
National Collections etc.: We expect this will happen mainly through the Churches with all proceeds going to those still in the Syrian Arab Republic (zero overheads or expenses).
Other Meetings: Although several other religious and other institutes have been put forward, many of them can be subsumed into the existing ones, all of which are in Ireland’s most high-prestige academies. That said, Syrians in Syria need all the help they can get.
Ireland’s 29 Catholic Bishops: will be fully Informed by the end of September and they will hopefully add further to this visit. Several Catholic Dioceses and Church of Ireland (Anglican) Archbishops as well as Muslim imams have offered support. Our friends in the West and in Belfast are working hard on the religious angle, where we will aim for synergies.
Next Steps: Beirut and Damascus are moving along. The Irish blue print is all but done. It just needs finessing.
Timeline to War: Here http://tinyurl.com/ne7ys8x is the time line for NATO’s/GCC’s war on Syria. A good albeit very imperfect and in parts dubious starting reference point.
Terrorist Refugees: This link http://tinyurl.com/nbczkwt by a notorious Qatari-funded academic propagandist for the Muslim Brotherhood murder gang tells us we can reform the terrorists and get them to be as lambs. The attached picture shows a terrorist leader moving into Macedonia. Last I heard, he and hundreds of others are now in Austria, where no doubt they will spread peace and good will to Druze, Alawi, Shia and Christians once the Merkel regime gets them to see the light.
Non-Terrorist Refugees: Those moving towards Merkel’s Germany seem to be mostly fit young men, who will be a credit to the Merkel regime where they will undoubtedly explain why they are they not lining up to fight the “Assad regime” aka the Christians, Armenians, Alawi, Ismaili, Druze, Shia, Sunni, who have been subjected to genocide and privation by Merkel’s death by sanctions campaign
Media Wars: These links http://tinyurl.com/nj8mv73 www.tinyurl.com/FraudBBC are worth a look as they show the “flaws” in our media. The Douma attack, incidentally, was the work of the moderate terrorists as was the related attack on the Druze, even though the BBC tried to blame it on the seven Syrian soldiers murdered defending the Druze, whose apolitical holy men are beheaded as a matter of course by the moderate rebels the Merkel regime helps fund.
Catechism of Clichés: The proxy wars against Nigeria, Syria, Yemen and other countries are as illegal and immoral as were the dismemberment of Libya and Iraq and the cackle of clichés from “radicals” who support humanitarian bombing does not change that. As this document www.tinyurl,com/HandSyria shows, some over-educated Muslim Brotherhood connected louts tend to make co-ordinated threatening phone calls to get venues to cancel and, if that fails, they disrupt meetings with the vilest profanities, even going so far as to threaten Syrian children. As in London, I will track them all down and all of their various bluffs will be called. In the meantime, check out the NHS surgeons who double as head-hacking terrorists or the consultant urologist who has snuff videos on his phone (he has since gone back to Syria to adjudicate at Sharia kangaroo courts the rebels run). Just remember that those are the moderates and West Dublin houses the real hardliners who have committed the vilest war crimes in Syria and Libya.
Refugees and The Axe to the Root: The tens of thousands of Syrian and other refugees Erdogan’s Turkish regime have shunted towards Europe are not the problem. The roots of the problem are the illegal wars that have destroyed Yemen, Libya, Iraq and that currently devour Nigeria and the Syrian Arab Republic. Though Saudi Arabia, along with the micro statelet of Qatar, the main culprits in Yemen, refuses to take in any refugees/migrants, Merkel’s German regime, which kills Syrians with sanctions and Greeks through extortion, is no better. If the Merkel regime wants to stop killing Syrian children, it should lift its sanctions. Winter has arrived early in Syria and the lack of oil and warm clothes are already causing many more unnecessary deaths amongst the weakest. So too are the never-ending terrorist attacks of our beloved moderate sectarian rebels on Damascus, Aleppo and the Druze town of Sweida in the South and the Shia villages in the North that have been under constant indiscriminate bombardment for over four years now and pictures, sans Photoshop, abound of the rebels’ Slaughter of these Unsung Innocents. The fact that the German regime’s Turkish, Qatari and Saudi allies regard Druze, Alawi and Shia as sub-humans and openly call for their extermination is no excuse for us to allow them to be murdered on this industrial scale. Though the German and Turkish regimes, with their appalling human rights track records stretching back to the Armenian and Syriac genocides which Turkey committed and its German ally encouraged and condoned might wish otherwise, the humanitarian solution is to end their unjust wars. Germany can surely find other things to export besides arms and pornography.
Today: I have Syrian meetings all day long, with Trinity and UCG academics, trade unionists and politicians, culminating in the Halfpenny Bridge Inn between 5-6.30pm.

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We Save Syria: The attached, done gratis by professional Vietnamese graphic designer friends of mine, is our We Save Syria logo.
FAQs: I have published an exploratory list of FAQs on the Syrian conflict at www.taigs.com
Syria’s Problems, Syria’s Solutions: Though the delegation’s religious, medical, community and academic leaders will comprehensively cover all relevant Syrian topics, their focus is on offering practical ways we can help redress the awful human, social, physical, archaeological and community damage Syria’s social tissue has suffered in this vernichtungsschlacht gegen Syrien.
Irish Exports Killed by The Syrian Arab Army include Alaa Ciymeh, Shamseddin Gaidan, Hudhaifa ElSayed, Hisham Habbash and Muthenna Abu Taubah, all of whom had Irish passports/roots. Eamonn Bradley, Mahdi/Mehdi al-Harati and Housam “Irish Dave” Najjair aka “The Dublin Sniper” are amongst those assets who have returned here. Though this hall of Irish shame includes at least one Nusra terrorist, one ISIS terrorist, one Army of Islam terrorist and four Liwa al-Umma terrorists, Harati’s Muhajirin wa-Ansar Alliance network bears especial mention.
The Muhajirin wa-Ansar Alliance murder gang has, with Turkey’s Grey Wolves and its other affiliates, been pivotally involved in summarily lynching sub-Saharan Africans in Libya, in trafficking Yezidi and Assyrian sex slaves in Syria and Iraq, in fencing precious artefacts throughout Europe and in all the other crimes that are the hall mark of the Syrian, Iraqi and Libyan “revolutionaries”. Dubliner Harati, its founder, together with his “Dublin Sniper” side kick, is one to be very wary of, not least because, as this link http://thepassionateattachment.com/ suggests, some Irish radicals, who logistically succour the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood (who are now officially merging with the Ahrar ash-Sham murder gang), regard these sociopaths as broth-of-a-boy heroes.
13 January 2013: Harati’s Muhajirin wa-Ansar Alliance and allied groups murdered 82 architecture students from Aleppo University; some photos of those dead students are here www.taigs.com as are photos of and comments on Damascus’ fantastic crop of current architecture students and staff. Two days after I left Homs at the time of the 2014 Presidential election, rebel suicide bombers deliberately targeted a kindergarten I visited, killing over 50 of its small charges. Outrages like these are a daily occurrence in Aleppo and other areas under siege by Harati’s Muhajirin wa-Ansar Alliance.
Irish archaeologists hand-wringing over Palmyra and Nimrud or Irish clerics offering cloistered prayers for orphaned Syriac children, gang-raped Armenian teenagers, kidnapped Greek Orthodox nuns or God-forsaken unfortunates drowning in the Mediterranean does not negate the deep concern that Irish criminal godfathers who regard these pre-school Syrian toddlers as legitimate targets fit only for extermination remain at large plotting more mayhem.

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These architecture students (above) at Aleppo University were amongst a large group of their fellows the rebels murdered. Aleppo University has been a key target of the rebels and their Turkish sponsors, who wish to bring Syria to its knees. Turkey’s deliberate destruction and looting of Aleppo’s industrial zones has played into Erdogan’s expansionist aims as it opens the door for Turkish hegemony.

The students below are architecture students from Damascus University. When I visited the university in April 2015, I viewed their exhibition which explained how they intend to rebuild Syria. Although I have supervised literally hundreds of post-graduate theses and have a good few other relevant academic and practical achievements under my belt, I have never been as impressed as I was with those students and their mentors. Their plans were thoroughly thought out, structured and costed and they answered al lof my many questions with aplomb. Though the rebels may have murdered hundreds of Aleppo’s brightest, the students of Damascus seem determined to fill the boots of their fallen Aleppan colleagues. With Zenobias like them, we can save Syria.

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Syrian Update

Progress is being made in Belfast and, the pending election notwithstanding, also in Dublin and the West of Ireland with a number of women and other groups coming on board. The considerable practical experience groups like CAIN, the various conflict studies centres, ecumenics centres and the human rights centres have accumulated over the last very many years will be of good practical benefit, over both the shorter and longer terms.

Dr Ahmad al Khaddour is here http://tinyurl.com/ahmadsyria with fellow cardiologist Mr Joel Dunning giving a very informative albeit rather technical interview and, 13 minutes into this next video http://tinyurl.com/syria-ahmad, he gives a less technical but equally informative one to George Galloway and Putri Gayatri Pertiwi. In the former interview, Mr Khaddour urges his fellow-surgeons to take the road to Damascus. “The Lawless Roads” must be trod by at least some of us if peace is ever to return to Syria. The delegation will be urging academic, political, medical, religious and community leaders to take that most famous of roads with us in December.

Prof. Seham al-Danon, who is a leading member of Syria’s Druze community, is the deputy dean of the Faculty of Arts at Damascus University, where she is also Professor of Regional Geography. Prof. al-Danon was very seriously injured in a targeted rebel assassination attempt in June 2013, which necessitated both of her legs to be amputated. Though not nearly as badly affected as Aleppo or Homs Universities, Damascus University nevertheless has had 60 students, 5 lecturers and 15 employees murdered as well as a further 200, including Prof al-Danon, very seriously injured. Prof. Al-Danon continues both with her academic administrative duties and still writes and speaks on the role of culture in combatting extremism and in building peace and reconciliation.

Prof. Maria Saadeh’s professional page http://tinyurl.com/MariaSaadeh makes plain she is the type of urbane high achiever we would all like to have in our Parliaments. Yet the rebels revile representative Syrians like her and Prof Danon, from their dress to their independence as modern women and their determination to shape the modern world rather than be literally shackled to a kitchen stove.

Prof. Khaled al Assaad, age 82, former Director of Antiquities & Museums for UNESCO’s jewel of Palmyra, author of over 20 scholarly tomes on Palmyra and honoured by numerous European academic societies, has now joined Syria’s long list of martyrs http://tinyurl.com/nwq3qv4.

Joseph Louis Lagrange, along with Euler, the greatest mathematician of the eighteenth century, lamented Laurent de Lavoisier’s murder with these words “It took them only an instant to cut off that head, but France (Syria in Prof Assaad’s case) may not produce another like it in a century.”

All Saints’ Day in Ireland: Our plans for 1 November include a major link-up to Syria where good people like Prof. Assaad continue to be martyred every day of the year. The pastoral needs of relevant minority religions on the island of Ireland, most of whom are based near Waterford, will also be accommodated then.

Lord Molyneaux at Belsen: was mentioned in the last email. Please click these links http://tinyurl.com/nqtzrca & http://tinyurl.com/c49hd4m, especially the second one of his account of the Catholic Mass he attended at Belsen. It is probably the most harrowing thing you will ever read in your life. Syria is not dissimilar. However, as he said regarding that Tridentine Mass, good eventually triumphs. But it will only triumph if people bite the bullet, stand up for what they profess and not leave it all to octogenarians like the late Prof. al Assaad and his good friend, Patriarch Gregorios Laham, who will be with us all in late October.

Update: Syrian Delegation to Ireland

Syrian Delegation’s Main Aim: The previous email, (scroll down to view), gave details of the eminent Syrian delegation visiting the island of Ireland in late October. These eminent Syrians will propound practical ways political, academic, community and religious leaders and all others on the island of Ireland can help end Syria’s nightmare.
Ulster Says No: Because just 13 votes defeated the British government’s August 2013 Commons’ motion to bomb Syria back to the Stone Age, Ulster’s MPs, not one of whom supported the proposed bombing campaign, swung the Syrian scales to peace rather than to war, to life rather than to death, against ISIS rather than to it. Countless Syrians are alive today, thanks to those Ulster MPs and to their constituents who lobbied them and Syria is eternally in debt to them for that vote and for those that lie ahead. Securing those peace votes is a key objective of the visit.
Irish Death Squads in Syria: Ulster’s MPs notwithstanding, Ireland has the highest number of jihadists per capita from Europe in Syria. Though the most infamous of these murderers have also committed similar atrocities in Libya, their handiwork has left a very acrid taste in Syria. This visit allows us to make redress for their crimes.
The Late Lord Molyneaux, former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, very seldom spoke about his role in liberating Belsen, though his two obituary clips here http://tinyurl.com/nqtzrca where he describes it as “the work of the devil” are worth watching, as is his very unsettling piece here http://tinyurl.com/c49hd4m worth reading. Lord Molyneaux’s Belsen comments put today’s evil incarnate sweeping Syria, Iraq, Northern Nigeria and Libya very much into context.
Background Reading: Will Dalrymple’s superlative From the Holy Mountain contrasts how Syrian Christians fare in Syria to how they fare in those contiguous countries laying waste to Syria. Though Gerard Russell’s excellent Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms neatly summarises the belief systems of the Druze, Alawi and Mandaeans amongst others, it is particularly relevant in the case of the Yezidi who are suffering unspeakable horrors at the hands of ISIS’ devils incarnate for their own supposed Satanism, which is, in fact, only a Babylonian residue to which leaders as diverse as Saddam Hussein and Pope Francis made no particular objections on meeting them. Patrick Cockburn’s The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution is the only book worth reading on that grizzly topic.
http://prayersforsyria.com/ is a website run by Fr Dave Smith, a kick-boxing Australian Anglican priest who was on several trips to Syria with me. His photos are worth a look as they show us in Syria with those of all Abrahamic faiths and none, working and hoping for a better day. Hopefully, we will get more takers from the island of Ireland for our December visit, people who, like Fr Dave, can contribute in practical ways.
We Save Syria: The photo of little Syriac kids out trick or treating on Halloween 2014 a few weeks before the rebels kidnapped them is attached as a reminder of why we must help the Syriacs, Assyrians, Western aid workers and Yezidis being abused as sex slaves in rebel-held Syria this and every day. Little Sarah’s tribute to her murdered father is attached for the same reason. We will build on this key theme as the October approaches.
Next Steps: The basic outline and itinerary of the visit is in place and all that remains is to draw appropriate political, academic, pecuniary and publicity benefit for Syria from it and to form the basis for follow-up action. Since the last general email, another crucial meeting has been scheduled for Belfast, with others made in Cos Galway and Dublin as well. As things currently look, the visit, particularly in Ulster, will be a success and will serve as a prototype to replicate in Scotland, in England and much further afield as well.

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Syrian Delegation to Ireland

The following eminent Syrians are amongst the delegation visiting the island of Ireland in late October:
• His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem 11, the Supreme Head of the Syriac Orthodox Church, is the Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and a National University of Ireland (Maynooth) graduate. The Syriac Orthodox Church, which traces its roots back to Antioch in 37AD, uses the Liturgy of St. James the Apostle, Christianity’s oldest extant liturgy and includes Archbishop Mor Gregorius Yohanna Ibrahim, who was kidnapped and most likely murdered on the Turkish border along with Bishop Boulos Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church amongst its members. Because the Syriac Orthodox Church is in communion with the Coptic, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Malankara Syrian (Indian) and Armenian Apostolic churches, members of those esteemed communities in Ireland will be accommodated to meet His Holiness during his stay. His Holiness’ pastoral duties make him a frequent visitor to the Kurdish areas of North Syria and Northern Iraq, where countless Syriacs, along with Yezidis and others, have suffered unspeakable hardships at the hands of the rebels and he will brief Ireland’s Kurdish community in Leitrim and Dublin on developments there.
• His Beatitude Gregorios 111 Laham, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and Alexandria and Jerusalem, is the Supreme Head of the Greek Catholic (Melkite) Church, which is also Syria’s (and Israel’s) second largest Christian community and the fourth largest church in communion with the Latin Catholic Church headed by Pope Francis, with whom Patriarch Laham regularly confers concerning Syria.
• The Rt. Rev. Bishop Louka H El-Khoury, Patriarchal Auxiliary, Patriarchate of Greek Orthodox Damascus. The Greek Orthodox Church forms Syria’s (and Israel’s) largest Christian community and members of Ireland’s esteemed Orthodox community will be similarly accommodated. Bishop Louka, who has been one of Syria’s most consistent and eloquent spokespersons for reconciliation and peace with justice, will brief relevant Irish Parliamentarians on Syria on 4th November.
• Prof. Maria Saadeh, Opposition Member of the Syrian Parliament, professor of architecture at Damascus University. Prof. Saadeh, who is an award-winning authority on Maaloula’s ravaged UNESCO adobe structures, has recently briefed Pope Francis and the United Nations on the situation in Syria. Though Prof. Saadeh is an MP for Damascus, she is from Saidnaya, the burial site of Abel (in the Cain and Abel story) and a place of joint pilgrimage for both Christians and Muslims for well over 1000 years. The gallant people of Saidnaya have withstood, with huge loss of life, well over forty full-scale assaults on them by rebel forces and the last of these onslaughts was only stopped by the last minute arrival of Lebanese reinforcements. Without their intervention, Saidnaya would have ended up like the nearby Aramaic-speaking town of Maaloula, with scores beheaded, dozens of nuns kidnapped and churches, monasteries, mosques and homes looted and destroyed.
• Dr Seham Danon, Professor of Literature at Damascus University, a leading spokesperson for Syria’s embattled Druze community and a prominent peace activist, whose legs were recently amputated following a rebel booby trap bomb attempt to permanently silence this brave woman and her fellow Druze, who are one of the pivotal communities in this whole conflagration. Prof. Danon’s quiet voice, through which reverberates the voice of millions of her compatriots, is one we have to hear and it is one we must not allow those who have invaded her homeland and attempted to murder her to muffle.
• Ms Awatef Danon, nurse and joins the delegation solely in her role as registered carer to her sister, Dr Seham Danon.
• Dr Ahmad al Khaddour, Cardiologist, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, professor at Damascus University, physician to the delegation, and delegation’s chief spokesperson on Syria’s medical and health catastrophes, where the war’s constrictions cause patients to die for the want of simple over-the-counter medicines that are freely available in any pharmacy in Ireland.
• Members of Lebanon’s Maronite community will accompany and support the delegation, as will members of the Irish diaspora in Lebanon and Syria.
Significance: This delegation is the most important visit of Syrian community and religious leaders to either Britain or Ireland since their Troubles began and it is also the most prestigious (inter-faith) visit of religious to Ireland since Pope John Paul 11’s 1979 visit. Even more importantly, this entire delegation speaks on behalf of all citizens of all religious persuasions and none in the Syrian Arab Republic in calling for peace, for reconciliation and for an end to the war on the Syrian people, as the Irish delegation going to Syria in December can freely attest for themselves.
Intra -Irish affairs: These eminent Syrians are visiting Ireland to help their stricken homeland and, pastoral duties apart, for no other reason. Given both the scale and the immediacy of the humanitarian disaster Syria faces, they have neither the desire nor the time to be embroiled in intra -Irish affairs except insofar as they directly impinge on the Syrian catastrophe.
All future emails will be directed towards the logistics and other practicalities of the visit. More general background information will be periodically posted here: http://www.taigs.com/
Some of the pertinent Irish dates are as follows:
• Wednesday October 28th and Thursday 29th: Two closed meetings, one for academics and the other for relevant charities, NGOs and similar bodies, and one open meeting in Queen’s University, Belfast.
• Wednesday October 28th and Thursday 29th: Possible additional meetings in Coleraine, North Antrim and Dungiven.
• Friday 30th October: Magee College Derry, with further meetings in Derry and Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula planned for around the same time.
• Saturday 31st October. To be decided between Derry/Donegal, Belfast and Clare/Galway.
• Sunday 1st November, All Saints’ Day: A number of religious venues have been suggested in Derry, Armagh, Antrim, Mayo, Galway and Dublin and plans are afoot to accommodate as many of them as is practicable in conjunction with the various Churches of the East as well as Ireland’s own more established Churches.
• Monday 2nd November: Talks proceeding with University College Galway as well as other venues in Cos Clare and Galway.
• Tuesday 3nd November: Talks proceeding with National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Patriarch Aphrem’s alma mater.
• Wednesday 4th November am: Irish Oireachtas (Parliament), Dublin.
• Wednesday 4th November pm: Trinity College Dublin.
• Tuesday 27th October, Thursday 5th November: We expect to have a number of smaller, practical meetings with Irish politicians and others who have helped immensely in the past and who we can depend on in the future, subject to their other considerable commitments. Places of academic status have been chosen to enable all politicians from all backgrounds and from all mainstream political persuasions on the island of Ireland (as well as England and Scotland) to converse with these Syrians to channel practical help to Syria.
These are the bones of the tour. Although there are other visits scheduled to relevant community centres, schools, churches, mosques, and shrines, the emphasis will be on solidifying practical deliverables in terms of establishing peace with justice in Syria. These key deliverables include:
• Allowing these eminent and irreproachable Syrians state the case of the Syrian people in the most appropriate forums the island of Ireland offers. Critical though this is, other practical deliverables are also essential.
• Getting political, academic, religious and NGO help to help highlight and alleviate the plight of Syria’s displaced, the vast majority of whom remain in areas protected by the Syrian Arab Army. Mechanisms are needed to streamline that help.
• Initiating WeSaveSyria, a zero overheads and zero expenses charity conduit to channel money and other resources directly to irreproachable conduits, such as those who are on this delegation, within the Syrian Arab Republic; all monies raised in Ireland during their visit will be transferred to them via Beirut before they leave Ireland. For activities after they leave, three major logistical sources will be approached after I return to Dublin on September 1st.
• Seeing what, if any, practical help can be given from Ireland for Syria’s Palestinians, the vast majority of whom live in areas controlled by or affiliated with the Syrian Arab Army. The only significant Palestinian area in rebel hands is that ISIS/ Nusra/Golan Brigades-controlled part of Yarmouk Camp, from where most Palestinians have now fled for their lives to be cared for by the over-stretched Syrian authorities. These Yarmouk Palestinians the Syrian authorities billet and protect in nearby schools and mosques need practical, quantifiable help and this visit will give those interested parties in Ireland a chance to help the Palestinians directly.
• Ditto for the embattled Armenians of Aleppo, Syria’s Stalingrad, and Kessab, whose numbers have been swelled by their fellows who managed to flee from the rebel hell holes of Raqqa and Deir Elzzor, both of which were recently home to sizable Armenian populations.
• Arranging for appropriate people from the island of Ireland to visit the Syrian Arab Republic between 10 December and 20 December 2015 to gauge the situation for themselves with a view to allowing relevant people and organisations on the island of Ireland help build a pathway to peace. Such people would include elected politicians, academics, religious and charity groups in a position to offer practical help. The visit, for the most obvious security reasons, will only be to areas controlled by the Syrian Arab Army so that the Irish, in this case, will definitely be “home by Christmas”.
• The invitation to relevant and responsible political, community and religious leaders on the island of Ireland will be made by Syria’s two Patriarchs and the rest of the delegation not only on behalf of all Syria’s Christian leaders but also in the name of His Grace, Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassoun, The Grand Mufti of the Syrian Arab Republic, as well as Dr. Mohammad Hassan Al Kurdi, the President of Damascus University, and all of Syria’s other religious and academic leaders.
• Finessing in Ireland, in conjunction with Australian, Italian, French and other concerned peace activists who have recently initiated similar peace conduits from their own countries, systems that can help deliver peace to the people of Syria.
Finance: Although this ambitious task will not come cheaply and Syria’s financial udders are bone dry, the necessary funds will be forthcoming from private sources. This is not to say that money is not needed: tens of billions of euros, pounds and dollars are needed and it will take more than the several hundred people this email is going to to put any significant dent in that tab. However, if done properly, given our various impressive track records, hopefully much money and support will be raised over the medium term in Ireland by the appropriate people and organisations for Syria.
Prototypes: Because Ireland has, of course, produced a vast number of such prototypes over the years, ranging from the more traditional ones we all grew up with to impressive newer initiatives such as the Alan Kerins Project in East Africa, the Niall Mellon Trust in South Africa and Christina Noble’s most noble project in Ho Chi Minh City, together, we can make a significant impact on this Great Syrian Calamity.
Focus: Though finance is important, getting the desired result from this visit is infinitely more so and that is why we are trying to do so much in the little time window we have. Though this is one small united step for all of us to make, it can not only make a very significant contribution towards peace in Syria but it can also show to each of us that we, in our time, are, in the pivotal case of Syria, very clearly and very unequivocally making the right, the proper and the only moral stand that there is.
You: If you can help in any way in any of the areas mentioned above, please email me now so that this visit can be an even bigger success.

Syrians to Ireland: Fight, Flight or Freeze

As the Irish battle ship, the LE Niamh, continues to haul hundreds of drowning Syrians, Libyans, Nigerians and Eritreans from the Mediterranean, as the British Defence Forces go on full alert to stop the “swarms” of human beings “massed at Calais” to invade their green and verdant land, our plans for bringing Syrian Druze, Christian and Muslim leaders to the island of Ireland from 26 October to 5 November proceed.
These Syrians are, however, slightly different from those dying in the Mediterranean and further afield in that they and those they primarily represent are determined not to flee their embattled homeland for the white cliffs of Dover or even the relative Valhalla of Sweden. Instead of flight, they have chosen to fight the good fight. All members of the delegation have paid a very high price for their non-violent actions and some have been the target of repeated assassination attempts by the moderate rebels. I have seen others, even more eminent, given the runaround in London, similar to how they were most disgracefully treated In the USA and I ask: why is this? What is the real agenda?
Just what is going on? Just why, for example, has the Chilcot report still not been published? Why also must Ireland’s First Lady visit an elderly family friend imprisoned for protesting Ireland’s complicity in these awful crimes? Just why is Mahdi-al-Harati, the Dublin-based commander of the notorious Tripoli Brigade, a Libyan version of Hitler’s SS, allowed to operate without any constrictions in Ireland in much the same way that Staf van Velthoven, Waffen SS Officer and explosives expert in SS-Standartenführer Otto Skorzeny’s elite 502 Division, was some years previously (as was Herr Hitler’s all-time favourite soldier, the legendary Skorzeny himself)? Why has Harati not even been questioned about the mercenaries’ war crimes or, at the very least, his illegal trips to Syria, a country he has no family connections with and, as a West Dublin resident, he should have no quarrel with? Just why are Irish-based supporters of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual commissar of the worldwide Muslim Brotherhood terror network, given unending positive media coverage in Ireland, when Qaradawi calls for the total extermination of the world’s 100 million Shias, as well as homosexuals, apostates and countless others?
Just why do Mary Fitzgerald and other Irish journalists give such a positive media spin to these deranged sociopaths? Is she the Irish equivalent of BBC’s Dr Saleyha Ahsan, who openly confesses to getting “a rush” when she watches Libyan ISIS executioners at work on the throats of their prisoners? Given that Ahsan also “starred” in Panorama’s totally discredited Saving Syria Children propaganda piece, just what is going on?
Why the great Irish silence on the fate of the 19 Yezidi women executed since the last email for refusing to be raped by the moderate rebels and why not a bleep about the hundreds more Christians and Muslims kidnapped over the last few days after the rebels stormed Qaryatain? Why the collusion? Just what exactly is going on?
This delegation will give us some small insight into what is going on and some indication of who precisely “we” are attacking and who “we” are aiding and abetting in Syria. In this connection, I am attaching a photo of myself near the Turkish border with soldiers of the Syrian Arab Republic I bummed a lift from; the soldiers had just pulled back from engaging with al Nusra forces some miles up the road when they found me in a heated altercation with their comrades. Though I attach other important photos of Syrian soldiers here http://tinyurl.com/SyriaIreland along with previous emails, these soldiers, Sunni, Shia, Alawi, Druze, Armenian, Syriac and so on have repeatedly told me what soldiers in their position have always said from the dawn of time: they are fighting for their families, for their homelands, & for all that is good in them and from them. Many of these soldiers, when you meet them, look like they haven’t had a good night’s sleep in four years and most have not seen their families in all that time. For far too many of them, their return home will be in a cheap casket and all for what?
Syria’s social mix is almost as convoluted as that of Lebanon, another country which is in “our” crosshairs. Without, for example, the active support of Syria’s Sunni tribes, the Syrian government would fall in a day. However, because the tribes have seen time and again what the moderate rebels do to them and their families, they fight and die side by side with the Syrian Army regulars in such black spots as Deir Elzzor.
From their point of view, having seen untold numbers of their friends and families slaughtered (the moderate rebels summarily slaughter family members of Syrian soldiers, irrespective of sex or age unless they can ransom as well as rob them) these Syrian soldiers and their weapons have an understandably very blunt message for Irish and British passport holders who have the brass neck to join the invasion forces ravaging their Syrian homeland.
Just how do we get out of this mess? Neither the LE Niamh nor the entire Irish navy will solve all the problems of Syria, Libya, Eritrea, Nigeria and the various other countries we have lined up for dismemberment. The Irish, Fijian and Filipino UN peace keepers cynically put in harm’s way on the Golan Heights will not, on their own, bring “peace in our time” when forces infinitely more powerful than Hitler’s are aligned against them.
Peace will only reign when enough people and institutions, big and small, famous and not so famous, work for it and where the purveyors of the arms industry, as well as the post-modernists and other facilitators of the incendiary ideas, which fuel the fires of war, are called out for what they are in the language most appropriate for the particular arena. These arenas and conduits include academic forums, the media, and churches and mosques throughout the island of Ireland. To date, all of these venues and conduits, big and small, famous and not so famous, that have been approached have responded favourably, an indication perhaps that no matter how dark the night, a better morn is possible if people of good will work for it.
That better morn for the people of Syria and those other countries being shoved into the mince grinder will take much hard work and very many shoulders, big and small, broad and narrow. Your country may not need you but I certainly do to help in this noble initiative. If you can provide practical help, please get in touch.

Pictures Below:

1.2 Syrian Army/National Defence units as we barrelled into Malloula, Easter Sunday 2014.

3. Syrian National Defence sleep out in a destroyed shop and fix up Maaloulah as time allows, September 2014.

4. Syrian National Defence troops with children in Maaloula, September 2014.

5. 6: Syrian children again relax under the protective watch of the Syrian Arab Army, Maaloula September 2016.

7. Lebanese car honourng two fallen Lebanese irregulars, the road to Damascus, April 2015.

8. Syrian Arab Army soldiers enjoying ice crea, Damascus, 2014.

9.10.11 With the Syrian Arab Army, Turkish broder, September 2014.

12.13.14:  With the Syrian Arab Army and Syria’s Christian leaders, Maaloula, Easter Sunday 2014.

15.  With the feared Shabiha. This dude showed me the strangulation marks on his neck from when the rebels tried to lynch him. He said only his strength saved him. These guys work out and pump crap into their muscles.

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