Stated Objectives: Mission Accomplished
Send Fact-Finding Delegation to Syria: This objective has gained traction. Medics, academics, politicians, journalists and others from Ireland and beyond have stepped forward, in no small part due to this visit to Dublin.
Fact-Finding: Politicians and journalists alike should first assert the facts and remember the maxim that it is best to keep one’s mouth shut and be thought of as a fool, rather than open it and be shown to be a fool. As evidence continues to abound that almost all of the rebel propaganda is faked, it is disappointing that one Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) Committee member who has passed a few exams does not seem to have any expertise in researching and assessing facts before regurgitating her hackneyed lines.
Send Humanitarian Aid: Appropriate partners have been approached in Ireland and beyond. GOAL, with its huge American subventions and its activities in rebel-controlled bases, is not one of those partners.
Overall Impact: Our recent delegation of Syrian peace makers had a major national and international positive impact. On the Irish front, because a large number of links have been established, the Irish will make an even bigger contribution to the Syrian peace process in the future.
We won the battle of the streets and we also had the numbers in the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) that the rebel cheerleaders and their Turkmen book club could not match. The same Committee had to endure a Trotskyist screed written by ex English language teachers with Turkmen connections; these parakeets were given Oireachtas time to marginalise us and to try to equate those nobodies with our delegation but they were largely ignored outside of Qaradawi circles. Though Trinity’s Press Office was harassed by their concerted phone campaign and they brought their thugs into Buswell’s bar to attack the delegations, their plans failed and they had to slink away like the pathetic bullies and thugs that they are.
The Future: We will get a big and professional crowd for St Patrick’s Day, March 17, where we will join Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo, New York and Her Majesty the Queen in celebrating our national day and pushing forward the Syrian and Irish peace processes too. Hopefully, the other European countries we have targeted will emulate our peace initiatives.
Controversial Clerics: Controversial Dublin-based Qaradawi units, the Irish media and controversial and marginal politicians called the clerics who were part of the Syrian delegation to Ireland controversial. Yet, in the eyes of the British Home Office, most Syriac clerics are too controversial in the eyes of the Muslim Brotherhood Murder Gang to give them a visa – despite,as this informative article states, them having the overt support of Her Majesty, the Queen and HRH Prince Charles.
Murdered Clerics and Qaradawi Clerics: As several prominent Syriac clerics have been murdered and as the Syriacs have been subjected to a number of genocides over the years, it is important we distance ourselves from Dublin’s Qaradawi fanatics. There can be no room in Ireland for the Qaradawi clerics, Muhaisini Cultural (sic) Centres and the murder campaigns they promote. We stand with the Royal Family on that one both here and in the Syrian Arab Republic.
Ali Selim: an Arab teacher of the far-famed Clonskeagh Mosque should be made clarify his position and why he and suicide bomber Khalid Kelly led a mob outside the Belgian Embassy, and why he feels entitled to opine on who is and who is not invited into Ireland.
Hussein Halawa: Is the O/C of the far-famed Clonskeagh Mosque. Given that his son is held on remand for serious terrorist offences in Egypt and that his daughters jumped bail there, one would imagine he would restrain his more volatile units from threatening Dublin’s non Qaradawi mosque with violence. All of this, complete with names, ranks and serial numbers, has been reported to the relevant authorities.
Irish Support for Bahrain, Yemen, East Saudi Arabia, Subjugated Syria: Though we hope to begin lobbying against Irish collusion with Saudi supremacism, homophobia and rampant misogyny in the new year, the focus remains on extricating Syria from its Qaradawi made hell.
Madeleine Albright Urges a Final Solution in Syria: As the Turks, Turkmen and Saudis collapse in Eastern Aleppo, Madeleine Albright,. who boasted of killing 500,000 Iraqi children, is urging all out war on Russia in Syria. It is sad we have similar women in Ireland.
Joint Foreign Affairs Committee of the Irish Oireachtas (Irish Parliament): Can take pride in facilitating this visit and the Syrian peace process it serves. Due in no small part to this visit, real and direct negotiations have begun with Syria’s President, Dr Bashar al–Assad, which will bear tangible fruit in Syria on St Patrick’s Day, March 17th 2017. I will be spending the next three months working in Europe and beyond on those projects, which would not have been possible without their invitation.
Brendan Smith Chair. Being a TD of long-standing for Cavan-Monaghan and, just as importantly, having long worked as an advisor to former All Ireland Gaelic football winner, the late Cavan Monaghan TD, John Wilson, Deputy Smith, more than most, is aware of how delicate and fragile peace processes are and how those with dogmatic and uninformed viewpoints can damage and even destroy it.
Syrian Delegation to Ireland
Committee Chairs: The position, like that of Deputy Pat Breen, Deputy Smith’s predecessor, is difficult because time is short, novice politicians can be dogmatic and Israelis, Russians but especially Syrians have different norms and codes of behaviour than Irish politicians, some of whom fail to recognise that.
Israeli Ambassador: When Israeli Ambassador H.E. Boaz Modai, and Deputy Ambassador Nurit Modai, appeared before the Committee, it is fair to say they got a very rough but respectful ride and that Deputy Pat Breen very competently chaired the meeting. However, although almost all, if not all of those who spoke, excoriated Israel, I cannot see what tangible benefit the Palestinians got from those hot encounters. I would respectfully suggest that, in the future, Committee members might focus on tangible deliverables.
Russian Ambassador: When HE Maxim Peshkov, the Russian Ambassador, appeared before the Committee to outline Russia’s humanitarian roles in Ukraine, Syria and the Russian province of Crimea, he too came in for much criticism, much of which was shown to be without any basis. Although Deputy Seán Crowe who, I believe to be recovering from a serious illness, acquitted himself with aplomb, Senator Ivana Bacik’s intemperate outbursts and obsession with Presidents Putin and Assad strongly indicate she should spend a long period of time in self-reflection and on what her precise contribution is to Irish public discourse.
Syrian Delegation: The first thing to note about the Syrian delegation is they are sons of Syria. They have all sacrificed very much for their homeland and their people and, for good and for bad, they are imbued with its ways. Though it is very disappointing that Senator Bacik in particular did not display the least appreciation of that cultural diversity, the Syrians must also reflect on their own tactical short comings, in particular, their inability to be concise and succinct in English which, to most of the delegation is a second and, sometimes a fifth, sixth or even seventh language.
His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Aphraim: Proved to us how fortunate the Syriac Church are to have him as the most worthy 123rd Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and how fortunate the Syriac Orthodox faithful, the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church and the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church are to have him as their spiritual leader. In the few minutes he spoke, His Holiness, who met HRH Prince Charles only a few days earlier in London, touched on a variety of subjects, ranging from Gaelic football at the lighter and more local end of things, to the awful and largely unsung genocidal atrocities his people have suffered and continue to suffer. That Senator Bacik, with her autistic-like obsession with Presidents Putin and Assad, could not even acknowledge that puts her own “contribution” in context. I had the great pleasure to meet and observe His Holiness and Fr Joseph Bali, his assistant (and the Grand Mufti’s impromptu interpreter) at a Syriac Youth Conference in Saydnaya and I look forward to again meeting them on St Patrick’s Day in Damascus and the Qalamoun Hills.
His Beatitude, Patriarch Gregory 111 Laham: Is the greatest man I have ever met. This is despite the few quiet words I had with Patriarch Aphraim who is a truly remarkable man and proves Julia Boutros’ adage that “Because of you we will change the universe, and destiny will obey.” Though Patriarch Laham will be 84 on December 15 and despite the huge demands his travels put on his health, he still travels the world, working for peace. Dr Bashir Mohammad referred to Syria’s three religious leaders as angels of peace. Patriarch Laham is certainly one of them.
His Grace, Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria: Although Syria’s Grand Mufti was unfairly calumniated inside the Irish Parliament by one stray politician and threatened outside it by forces we come to later, one must appreciate his position if the peace process is to proceed. Mufti Hassoun, like literally million of his compatriots, is besieged by sanctions in their homeland, unable to travel and, along with other victims of violence in Yemen, Nigeria, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria muzzled by the Western media, which has its own many issues. All that being so, when, thanks to the bravery and integrity of organisations like the Irish Parliament, they do get the chance to travel, they sometimes talk when they should listen.
Suicide Bomb Threat: As the Syrian Arab Army have yet to deploy even one single suicide bomber in Syria let alone outside its borders, one can see that the claim he threatened to unleash suicide bombers on the West is as stupid and hollow as the people who make them.
Drs Ahmad Khaddour and Bashir Mohamad: These two medics were essential to give the delegation a secular grounding and to stress that EU sanctions murder more Syrians than do ISIS or any other combatants. That Ivana Bacik and, by all accounts, Irish radio, would rant against Presidents Assad and Putin and not once even acknowledge the genocidal nature of our sanctions means, in my book, those people have a case to answer. Regarding these two individuals and their very many colleagues, the following must be said: not in their worst nightmares could they or any of their colleagues have imagined the hell the Qaradawi Muslims and their sponsors visited upon them; as highly qualified personnel in an apolitical profession, their expertise and that of their colleagues is essential to save Syria; as well-meaning Syrians, they and all like them have had to adapt and do more menial jobs gratis that surgeons and cardiologists would not normally do and they performed many such tasks in Ireland. Others should respect and emulate that.
Mr Brendan Smith, TD. Chaired proceedings as best Syrian norms and one intemperate Committee member allowed him to.
Mr Noel Grealish, TD: was the surprise star of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He knew several of the delegation from past encounters, he spoke knowledgeably about the Crisis and, instead of hogging the meeting, met the delegation for a coffee and chat afterwards in a nearby hotel
Mr Aengus Ó Snodaigh, TD: also performed very well and, like Deputy Grealish, seemed to respectfully under-play his knowledge in the interests of brevity and harmony; Mr Ó Snodaigh had previously been to Syria as part of his Palestinian advocacy.
Fine Gael members: Because the Syrians spoke for too long, the chair did not have a chance to solicit their comments. That was unfortunate as Fine Gael have much to offer the Syrian peace process.
Ivana Bacik: is new on this committee and, unless she does some serious soul-searching, some research and even some anger management and diversity training courses, she should, in my opinion, reflect very deeply on her position in the Senate, in Trinity College and in the Labour Party, which has suffered, some say irredeemably, by shenanigans such as those she displayed in front of the Russian Ambassador and the Syrian delegation. Though Ms Bacik is a barrister and as Reid Professor of Law (which is a junior lectureship, obtained by passing an internal Trinity exam), Ms Bacik’s antics give rise to more questions than answers. Surely, if she has won a Trinity teaching award, she should learn to speak clearly and slowly to those, like the Russians and Syrians, for whom English is a very foreign language and not go ignoring the chair and shoot off questions without any safety catch between her brain and her mouth. As a barrister, she should know that her accusations, such as those she made against the leaders of Russia and Syria, should be based on evidence, not on uninformed screeds published by biased and discredited and uninformed outlets. The very fact that she wasted the Committee’s time by throwing the same stale accusations to the Syrian delegation that she threw at the Russian Ambassador also indicates a kind of autistic pathology amongst those who support the Islamic and other invasion forces in Syria. Although in fairness to Ms Bacik, it can be stated that her qualifications are not research-based and are therefore inferior, from her overall performances and manner, she seems to be part of the problem, not the solution.
Gardai (Irish Police), Irish Army, Retired Irish Army Officers: The performance of the Irish Gardai and other security forces was excellent and helped everything go smoothly. Not only were they very professional but the ordinary Gardai and retired Irish soldiers I spoke to over the course of the visit were well-informed and more inquisitive than some others. The rank and file Gardai, as much for personal as for professional reasons, were interested in getting their heads around the Syrian problem. The retired soldiers had served on the Golan and were in the recent firefight between the soldiers of Ireland, Philippines and Syria on the one hand and the moderate rebels the self-styled Syrian Solidarity Campaign (sic) support on the other.
Trinity College: were exemplary in all this and withstood the intimidation campaign launched against them.