Threatening Syria’s First Lady Shows NATO’s Depravity

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Finian Cunningham

March 18, 2021

Threatening Syria’s First Lady – a national heroine – with prosecution for war crimes is NATO powers reaching into the gutter, Finian Cunningham writes.

This week marks the 10th anniversary since the United States and its NATO allies launched a devastating covert war of aggression for regime change in Syria. Ten years on, the Arab nation is struggling with war reconstruction, a struggle made all the more onerous because of economic sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union.

Syria and allied forces from Russia, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon’s Hezbollah won the war, defeating legions of mercenary terrorist fighters who were armed and infiltrated into Syria by NATO. Nearly half a million Syrians were killed and half the pre-war population of 23 million was displaced.

But tragically the war is not over yet. It has moved to new hybrid phase of economic warfare in the form of Western sanctions and blockade on Syria.

The barbarity of Western sanctions on Syria have necessitated the cover of distractive media narratives.

This explains the sensation of British media reports that Asma al-Assad, the wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is being investigating by London’s Metropolitan police for war crimes. Asma (45) was born in London, was educated there and holds British nationality. Although she has Syrian heritage.

Now British authorities are mulling stripping her of nationality and seeking her extradition over charges that she aided and abetted war crimes, including preposterously, the use of chemical weapons against civilians. There is practically no chance of a prosecution, but that’s not the British aim. Rather it is all about smearing the Syrian leadership and distracting the world’s attention from the real issues: which are the criminality of NATO’s war on Syria and the ongoing economic warfare to destroy the nation into submission.

Irish peace activist and author Declan Hayes who has travelled extensively in Syria during the past decade commented: “Britain’s legally ludicrous accusations against Asma al-Assad have a number of objectives in mind. They are there to delegitimize Syria’s 2021 presidential elections; they are there to scare expatriate Syrians and British humanitarians; they are there to deflect from NATO’s well documented war crimes; and they are there to deflect from the mercenary collusion of a cast of media, political and NGO characters in NATO’s war crimes in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.”

Asma married Bashar in 2000. Before the war erupted in March 2011, she was eulogized in Western media as the “desert rose” owing to her feminine beauty and quietly spoken graceful persona. The daughter of a cardiologist and having had a career in investment banking before she become Syria’s First Lady, Asma al-Assad later showed herself to be no wilting flower. She refused to leave Damascus and go into comfortable exile with her children when the war was raging.

She remained loyally by her husband’s side and took on the role of consoling the nation, often visiting families of slain soldiers and civilian victims of NATO’s terror gangs.

No doubt the stress resulted in Asma suffering from breast cancer for which she was successfully treated in 2018.

President Assad and his wife stood by the Syrian nation when the jaws of defeat were looming during the early years of the war. When Russia intervened in support of its historic ally in October 2015, the tide of the war turned decisively against the NATO plan for regime change. Assad was singled out for regime change because of his anti-imperialist position against the U.S., Britain, France and Israel. His alliance with Russia, Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah put a target on his back for destruction, as former French foreign minister Roland Dumas disclosed. Dumas revealed that the British government had war plans on Syria two years before the violence erupted in March 2011. In this context, the so-called “uprising” was a carefully orchestrated false flag.

The mysterious shootings of police and protesters in the southern city of Daraa – which served to smear the Assad government internationally – were the same modus operandi used by NATO covert forces which carried out the sniper murders in Kiev’s Maidan Square triggering the February 2014 coup d’état in Ukraine.

Western media headlines this week marking the 10th anniversary since the beginning of NATO’s war on Syria have been ghoulish and nauseating.

There is a sense of gloating over the misery and hunger that the nation is facing.

headline in Associated Press labels Syria as the “Republic of Queues”, reporting almost gleefully on how civilians are struggling with food and fuel shortages.

Nowhere in the media coverage is there a mention of how the American CIA and Britain’s MI6 ran Operation Timber Sycamore to arm and direct mercenaries to terrorize Syrians. Absurdly, Western media still claim that Syria’s war rose out of “pro-democracy uprisings” which were crushed by a “ruthless Assad regime”.

Barely acknowledged too is the fact that the United States, Britain and the European Union are strangling a war-torn nation with barbaric sanctions preventing reconstruction. The criminality of economic terrorism is the corollary of a failed criminal covert war of aggression.

The abominable reality of Western policy towards Syria has to be covered up. Threatening Syria’s First Lady – a national heroine – with prosecution for war crimes is NATO powers reaching into the gutter.

2 Responses

  1. I echo and second Robert’s sentiments.

    One of my absolutely favourite human beings is the First Lady of Syria, Asma al-Assad. I want to share this particular clip because it puts all the qualities of this wonderful woman on display:

    • Asma Al-Assad during the reception made to the participants in ” Woman For Peace ” Bicycle Ride
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc4ZZ-yXaOQ

    In particular, from 02:15

    “There are over two million refugees living in Syria today – 1.4 million Iraqis, over 500,000 Palestinians – that’s in Syria alone – 4,000 innocent lives have been killed in the first four months of 2008 – mostly women and children, all completely innocent. That’s the reality- that’s the stark reality of the region that we live in. Families destroyed, lives shattered, dreams buried. To many from afar, that’s the story of the Middle East – an area and a region dogged by violence, sadness, grief and constant killings – a place where we can switch on and off with the flicker of a remote control. But let me tell you reality is very different. It’s only when we look beyond the numbers, dig amongst the rubble and overcome the grief that we’re able to see what that reality looks like. The region is so different to general public perception everywhere else in the world and yet so similar to your own countries, your own neighborhoods and your own communities.”

    Note that in 2008, Syria was housing 1.4 Million Iraqis displaced from their own country by the atrocities inflicted upon them by the humanitarian [sic] “War On Terror”, invoked by the Israeli orchestrated 911 atrocity.

    And look what these anti-human parasites are doing now – the ultimate in Sabbatean persecution via projection.

    The appropriate word is “chutzpah”.

  2. The elegant Asma al-Assad has long been one of my most-liked human beings. I recall opining via a blog comment circa 2010 that world peace just might be enhanced were Presidents al-Assad and Obama to sit down with their wives for a couples’ private dinner and conversation at at appropriate venue. Of course, any such overture would have been deep-sixed by the “establishment”–to wit, Zioneocons/AIPAC/theZioTerroEntity, DoD/MIC, SECSTATE, CIA, Congress, complicit MSM, etc.

    Goddammit. Someone(s) needs to be held accountable for the awful destruction of Syria. Isn’t there (e.g.) a Nobel Peace Laureate with the principle and guts to stand up and be counted via video release, appearances before the UNSC, UNGA, EU, Russia, China, any remaining Fourth Estate bastions of free media, etc.?

    Viva Syria!

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