The Anonymous Widower

A History Of Syria With Dan Snow

I am watching this program on BBC2 as I write this and I’ve never seen a program that explains the tortuous history of the troubled country of Syria so well.

The program is being repeated tomorrow at 23:20 according to this page and is an absolute must see!

If you don’t see the program, your ideas about and solutions for Syria won’t be correct. Unless of course, you are someone who has studied the country and its history and problems for years.

It has been some time, since I’ve seen such an informative and well-made documentary on such a terrifying subject, that might boil over on all of us!

And to think that one of the causes of the current round of troubles in Syria, is the bad doctor, Bashar-al-Assad!

One phrase from Dan Snow summed up the mess.

The threads running through this conflict, mean there is no simple solution.

As he finishes the program, he does at least feel that there is some hope, because of the resilience and experience of the Syrian people.

I hope he’s right!

March 11, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , | 3 Comments

Spam From President Assad’s Wife!

With all the troubles in Syria, I got this spam yesterday.

I will like to formally introduce myself, I am Mrs. Asma al-Assad, First Lady of Syria which is the wife of Syria President Bashar al Assad.

 I have a Profitable business transaction for you which involves transfer of funds,Please if interested do contact me via email for more details on this transaction but if this does not suit your business ethics, kindly delete this e-mail as I will gladly appreciate.

 I await your swift response, to my email.

It may have come from Iran.

I will of course not be responding.

November 15, 2012 Posted by | Computing | , , , | 3 Comments

Fly Air France For Adventure

This is a story, that I’m surprised hasn’t turned up in The Sun or one of the other tabloids.

A flight from Paris to the Lebanon nearly ended up in Damascus.  The pilot even said, there might be a whip-round for fuel.

August 19, 2012 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

A Message From Syria

I just received this message.

Greetings,

 

I will like to formally introduce myself, I am Mrs. Asma al-Assad, First Lady of Syria which is the wife of Syria President Bashar al Assad.

 

I have a Profitable business transaction for you which involves transfer of funds,Please if interested do contact me via email for more details on this transaction but if this does not suit your business ethics, kindly delete this e-mail as I will gladly appreciate.

 

I await your swift response, to my email.

 

Regards

Mrs. Asma al-Assad

It is the sort of message for which the delete button was invented.

I checked the message source and it came from Indonesia.

July 9, 2012 Posted by | Computing, World | , , , , | 2 Comments

Ben Macintyre on the Alawites

If you wonder what’s going on in Syria, an article in The Times today, by Ben MacIntyre gives a very sound and fearful insight into the world and history of the Alawites. One quote from the article follows.

Many fear the fall of Assad will give rise to wholesale retribution.

Everybody who wants to make a statement about Syria, should read this article. If you can’t get hold of a copy, at least read the Wikipedia article.

I doubt that we’ll ever get anywhere with Assad and this bunch.

June 8, 2012 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

Monstrous Crimes Against Innocents

Not my words but a phrase from the first leader in The Times accusing President Assad of Syria of carrying out atrocities against his own people.

What is going on thee can’t go on for much longer and we should act.

How about letting him come to the Olympics and then arresting him. I’m sure he’d love some nice Dutch hospitality in The Hague.

June 8, 2012 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

Will Expelling Two Syrian Diplomats Make Any Difference?

Of Course it won’t! Assad’s vile regime will expel or worse two of our diplomats. And two from all the other countries that have sent a couple of Syrian diplomats home.

I can’t see a solution to this, whilst the Russians and China back the Syrians.  After all, kicking Assad out of power, would set a terrible precedent for their own human rights abuses.

May 29, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Putting The Stiletto In Deep

The wives of ambassadors, have an image, which probably owes a lot to the Ferroro Rocher adverts of a few years ago.

But now the wife of the German Ambassador to the UN, Huberta von Voss-Wittig and her British counterpart, Sheila Lyall Grant have made a video that apopeakls to Asma Assad to get her husband to stop the violence in Syria.

The video is shown in this report in the Guardian.

To say it doesn’t lack punch would be an understatement!

The sad thing though is that it will probably have no effect.

April 19, 2012 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

The Cartoonist’s Pen Is Mightier Than The Dictator’s Thugs

I’d never heard of the cartoonist, Ali Ferzat. until I read about him in The Times today. But he is lauded in their third leader as the Syrian cartoonist, who stood up to Assad and his thugs. There is more about him here on the BBC.

If I hsadn’t got emotional earlier, I certainly would be now!

March 31, 2012 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

Whose Side Are They On?

This is the title of a leader in The Times today, questioning the motives of those who belong to the British Syrian Society.  The co-chairman is Sir Andrew Green, who is always popping up on the media as spokesman for MigrationWatchUK.

Surely he has a conflict of interest here, as the actions of President Assad against the Syrian Uprising, must surely mean we’re going to get more immigrants. Let’s face it, if I was in Syria now, I’d be digging my way out like crazy. Even a slum in some of the worst places in Europe or the United States would be better, than the life I’d be leading now.

March 17, 2012 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment