We were once more regaled this morning on the BBC Today programme with the dark and dangerous stories emanating from the Syrian War, with reports from the ‘rebel’ side of the battleground which the city of Aleppo has become. The BBC reporter described the horrendous effects of the Assad forces weaponry which has been cosily christened the ‘barrel bomb’ which is either an oil drum dropped from a helicopter, which is stocked with home-made explosives and the regulation shrapnel, designed specifically to rend and tear human flesh, or a reinforced gas container, stuffed with the same explosive mix, plus detonator of course; the explosive force generated when detonated would of course shatter the steel containment shell, producing even better shards of shrapnel to injure or kill, well, anybody in its explosive path. The reporter described the areas he was standing in as a war-zone beyond imagination, blaming all this destruction on the Syrian dictator, as well as his Russian-supported military, alongside the really efficient murderers of Hezbollah, whose intervention helped save Assad’s forces from defeat in the Lebanese border towns. Everything which had happened to this once-bustling city was ascribed to the Government’s forces, but there was the routine disclaimer that ’rebel’ forces had also conducted killings of civilians.
All the froth, all the verbal fury, was there for one purpose and one only; to remind us all of our disgraceful (in the BBC’s eyes of course) decision not to join in Obama’s proposed war against the ‘red lines’ of Syrian use of chemical weaponry. To remind us that all these people were dying, or suffering, because we, as a Nation, had not stepped forward when the clarion call came to once more send our Armed forces into harm’s way, to remove this upstart dictator who was punishing the people who had rebelled against his rule! To remind us that it still was not too late to send our soldiers, along with what missiles we still have access to, into yet another sandy deathtrap where we would never, ever, be even able to make one iota of difference.
I think the sad situation in that nation, where the only problems used to arise when Assad wished to reinforce his friends in Hezbollah’s Lebanese camps with Iranian rocketry to be used against Israel; can best be described as one where we in the West have no dog in that fight; where it would be best left if the combatants, with Assad’s Russian-supplied forces did battle against the Jihadi-bent terror gangs who are all fighting with treasure sent from the Saudis and Qataris, and they can fight on, and kill each other, until they grow tired of the bloodshed, and just stop.
As a footnote to my words, and as a further judgement on the stealthy philosophies of the Beeb, I would ask just a few pointed questions for you to ponder:-
- When was the last time the BBC told of the terrible starvation and suffering of the North Korean people, and asked what Britain should do about it?
- When was the last time that the savage torment placed upon the Zimbabwean people by the geriatric dictator Mugabe, along of course with his Zanu-PF thugs, was even discussed on the BBC airwaves?
- When was the decision by the Botswana Government not to stop the forced removal of the Kalahari Bushmen to the resettlement camps, so that diamond mining can carry on without these pesky Bushmen wanting a major share of the profits; ever criticised on the BBC?
- When was the fate of the people who once lived quite happily upon the island of Diego Garcia in the Chagos Archipelago, but forcibly removed by British government agents so that the whole island chain could be leased very profitably to America as a base for carriers, submarines and equipment ships, ever taken up, or even championed by a supine BBC?