Syrians to Ireland: The Unsung Heroes


Since the last email (go to & scroll down for previous emails and for the pictures referred to in this email), there have been further very solid offers of help, along Ireland’s Western shore in particular. That being so, though there remains a mountain of work to do, the delegation of Syrian Druze, Christian and Muslim leaders visiting Ireland from 26 October to 5 November will probably achieve the desired results: publicise Syria’s plight, highlight the effects of the diplomatic, political, academic and economic bullying of Syria, raise money to help save Syria, lay the groundwork for an Irish visit to Syria in December and arrange for a return visit to Ireland in 2016.
Friends in Vietnam, no strangers to foreign-imposed mass violence themselves, are designing banners for us and other unsung heroes are also beavering silently away for peace. As these photos show, so many ordinary Syrians (and Vietnamese) are doing extraordinary things to preserve all that is good, wholesome and holy in life. Thankfully, there is now a growing number of people on the island of Ireland prepared to do the same and to thereby affirm our own humanity in the face of this untrammelled evil of our day.
I attach only one photo: a copy of a drawing little Sarah did in memory of her father, who was murdered defending little Sarah and all that binds little children like Sarah to all that is good in life. Syria is awash with orphanages, where unsung heroes take care of smaller heroes like Sarah. Current storm clouds indicate Syria will have to build plenty more orphanages to house thousands more little Sarahs. Syria does not need more tiny orphans. Syria needs people to stop the attacks on it.
The other photos are: me with Aleppo native Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, former Vicar General of Jerusalem, in the Palestinian Embassy in Rome. Mgr Capucci has, amongst his many other achievements, which have seen him honoured by six separate Arab nations, raised money for some 50 fully-equipped ambulances to send to Syria. Though in his mid-90s, he remains a tower of indomitable moral strength.
Beneath his picture here are children and Iranian peace pilgrims (both Sunni and Shia) attending a Palm Sunday Mass in Damascus with Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios Laham who, though in his 80s, is doing everything humanly possible to achieve peace not only for his small charges but for all Syrians.
Next is a little Armenian girl in the front-line Syrian border town of Kessab holding up the Turkish licence plate of an ambulance we came across that was used to transport munitions for the moderate rebels, who ravaged Kessab. Salpi, the Armenian lady in the middle of the two soldiers, used to get her simple kicks from singing in the local Armenian church. The moderate rebels torched her church and they robbed everything, windows and doors included, from her house and those of everyone else in Kesab. Good people like Salpi continue to fight the good fight and so too do little Syrian Armenian children, even though the Western world has abandoned them.
The next four photos are from the part of Yarmouk camp the Syrian Arab Army with their Palestinian allies control: a heroic young girl helping to keep younger girls’ minds on the right path; lovely little Mohammad and his young mother and friend, enduring, living and partly living; refugee Palestinian women and children, smiling to maintain their dignity in the clean, crowded but spartan sleeping quarters the over-stretched Syrian Army billet them in; an older woman giving a young Maaloula refugee a shoulder to lean on; and some of the wonderful Damascus University students who helped myself and Kave (with silly red hat, part of the Australian Boxers for Peace contingent).
Although the Syrian delegation to Ireland may speak about the various entire families in Adra the rebels cooked alive in bakers’ ovens, or the young Druze women burned alive in Dara or the 86 year old Christian the moderate rebels shot through the face in Idlib because he ran an inconsequential liquor store or any of the countless other atrocities Irish and other foreigners have visited upon Syrians, they will also tell you about the good things that are being done and that can more effectively be done with your help.
Residents of Ireland should not allow themselves be fooled by the base propaganda that is being thrown their way. Those powerful forces who support “the rebels” are the same forces which plunged Iraq and Libya into the abyss and which cheer on the air force of Saudi Arabia, a country that is the antithesis of everything that is wholesome in life, as it blitzes the people of Yemen.
This October/November visit can work wonders not only in Ireland but further afield as well, where it is already serving as a template. Though I append Syria’s six demands in the previous emai, I can probably summarise them as follows: stop killing Syrians, stop facilitating the murder of Syrians, help Syria’s unsung heroes and, for God’s sake, cop yourselves on.
These are the messages the esteemed delegates will deliver to forums big and small, religious and secular, political and academic, formal and informal and let the cards fall where they will. Although Western stock markets continue to soar as “market impediments” are removed in the Arab and Slavonic worlds, someone, somewhere, somehow has to stand up for those unsung heroes who not only stand by Sarah and Syria’s other “market impediments” but for all that is decent as well.
If that someone is you, please email me directly.

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