The 2017 St Patrick’s day trip to the Syrian Arab Republic was by far the best and most successful of my seven trips there during the current Crisis. This is not only because we gave thousands of dollars to community groups in Damascus, Aleppo, Homs and Maloula and that I met the most wonderful people I have ever met but because we now have professional partners to make our next visit in late October an even bigger success.
The plan is to offer a 10 day 9 night trip for $450US from Beirut airport, to Beirut airport, visas, half board and accommodation included. Already there has been a significant sign up from Australia and the plan is to offer even greater financial and other help in the communities we visit. It is one part sightseeing, one part shopping and eight parts helping the Syrian religious and secular groups we are working with.
Those communities need your help. To date, more than 40,000 Christians have been murdered by the rebels and they, along with the rest of the Syrian people, rightly feel abandoned and betrayed by the West, which pumps money into rebel-held areas such as Idlib with the controversial Irish-based NGO GOAL pumping in a staggering $53 million dollars a year but refusing to send as much as a bread roll or streak of hairy bacon into government held areas where most Syrians and all secular Syrians live. One wonders quite why the Irish government is allowing this criminal collusion between Ireland and these sick sociopaths to happen with no one calling halt but some idiotic Irish politicians actually cheering on the genocide.
Although traversing Syria is like a journey through hell, the resilience of her people in the face of the most hieneous of crimes by those the Western NGOs subsidise is also inspiring. Though the women in the above picture faced nightly daily mortar and gun attacks while we were with them, they have been enduring it on a daily basis for seven years now and so no laurels should be put our way. They have also been forced to live under the EU’s sanctions, which the Irish government supports and which have killed more Syrian children than even ISIS for the simplke reason that, as with Iraq and Yemen, the sanctions are designed to kill Syria and obliterate her people and her culture. One wonders quite why idiotic Irish politicians who applaud this criminal nihilism are not even held to account, let alone jailed for terror tactics the Nazis pioneered.
Syria resembles Ireland’s darkest days of Cromwell and the Famine where an uncaring and cynical world watches as thousands drown in coffin ships as they flee the rebels and children freeze to death or die for want of basic medicines that Ireland has in opulent abundance.
As with Thackeray and the equally odious Trevelyan at the time of the Irish Famine, so also do Western journalists and policy makers, Irish muppets included, aid and abet the Syrian genocide and few of us rally to the flag of civilisation and humanity or kick against the pricks as St Paul put it.
The Syrian people are being left to their own devices. Old men, far beyond pensionable age, let alone military fighting age, are being forced to take up arms to defend their families against hordes of organ-eating, head-hacking mercenaries that belong in a Hollywood horror movie. And Ireland, like Hitler’s willing executioners, looks away.
Against this crimson tide stand the Syrian Arab Army and an as yet unbroken people, whose dignity in adversity puts us all to shame. Syria’s Christian communities, together with their Druze and Muslim compatriots, must not carry this burden alone. We will be back for Halloween, for Christmas, for St Patrick’s Day 2018 and for however long it takes to end these grave crimes we have all been made complicit in.
Photos: Secular Syrian women under bombardment in the Old City of Damascus, fly the Irish and Syrian flags; Dora does Aleppo and Maaloula and Ossie artist Luke Cornish helps her bring joy to Syrian kids under rebel siege; Aleppo like Stalingrad on a bad day; children and their protectors in the Convent of St Thecla, Maaloula.
Next Trip: A 10 day 9 night trip for $450US from Beirut airport, to Beirut airport, visas, half board and accommodation included. A leading Syrian tour operator will be the primary organiser. More information will follow. Bookings will close in early September as a group visa system will operate.