British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) receiving the King Abdul Aziz medal from Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz during a meeting in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah on November 6, 2012
As David Cameron completes his tour of the Middle East, flogging billions of dollars worth of British weapons for repression and mass destruction to Arab dictators, the British Prime Minister took absurdity and deception to new heights - by appointing himself as an interlocutor for “peaceful transition” in Syria.
In his Wednesday visit to Jordan’s King Abdullah, Cameron planned to pose for photo-opportunities at refugee camps for thousands of Syrians displaced from their country by violence - violence that has been fomented and fuelled by Britain and its Western and Arab allies over the past 19 months.
The cruel irony of that: the British statesman grimacing with humanitarian concern for the latest wave of refugees to have descended on Jordan. Note, “the latest wave of refugees”, because recall that millions of refugees have already been subsisting in Jordan for over six decades, since 1948, when droves of Palestinians were terrorized from their homeland after Cameron’s predecessors oversaw the treacherous policy of British-assisted Zionist aggression to set up the entity of Israel.
This week, Britain’s chief weapons dealer - Cameron - burnished his newfound credentials as peace interlocutor, with the surprise announcement that he could arrange “safe passage” for Syrian President Bashar Al Assad from his country if the latter decided to relinquish power.
Speaking in Saudi Arabia, ahead of his visit to Jordan, Cameron was asked by reporters for his reaction if President Assad agreed to exile. The British prime minister replied: “Done. Anything, anything to get that man out of the country and to have a safe transition in Syria.”
Cameron added: “I am certainly not offering him [Assad] an exit plan to Britain, but if wants to leave, he could leave, that could be arranged.”
Well, that’s jolly expedient of Mr. Cameron. For nearly two years, the British government, along with Washington and Paris, has been denouncing Assad as a “brutal dictator” who is “slaughtering his own people”.
Seconds after Cameron offered safe passage to Assad, he went on to say: “This is an appalling slaughter that is taking place in our world today - 40,000 [sic] lives lost already and you can see, on your television screens, night after night, helicopters, aeroplanes belonging to the Assad regime pounding his own country and murdering his own people.”
Aside from the facts that Syria is a sovereign country whose president has a popular mandate and whose armed forces are fulfilling their legal right to defend the territory and its people, and aside from the fact that the slaughter that seems to so upset Cameron is largely being perpetrated by foreign armed mercenaries supported by Britain, the US and France and their regional allies, it is very telling that the British prime minister is now offering exile to President Assad, whom Cameron asserts to be a mass murderer.
That demonstrates that Cameron has not a shred of principle or integrity. If the British leader truly did believe in the vile caricature of the Syrian president and all his alleged crimes against humanity, as the Western governments and mainstream media have told us over and over again, then how can he offer safe passage to such a putative evil monster?
The answer to this conundrum is, of course, that the Western campaign of vilification against the Syrian government is baseless. Indeed, the Western propaganda narrative turns reality on its head.
Those committing mayhem and mass murder in Syria are the very groups that are supported by the West, Turkey, Israel, and the Persian Gulf monarchies. The massive flow of weapons to the Persian Gulf Arab despots that Cameron and his Western allies are overseeing is being recycled into Syria. Just this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed that Syrian mercenaries are in possession of American-made Stinger anti-aircraft missiles. Moreover, in a recent report by Franklin Lamb, it was found that half of all insurgent weapons in Syria are of NATO origin.
These are but two recent confirmations of many previous reports linking Western military and intelligence to Syria’s conflict, either directly or indirectly via Arab, Turk or Israeli conduits.
The next initiative unveiled this week by Cameron, the weapons-dealing-peace-maker, was that British officials are to open dialogue with Syria’s armed groups. The initiative is intended to “unite the opposition” against the Syrian government, according to the BBC.
Here the British are putting themselves forward as the interlocutors to oversee the new American plan of ditching the venal, squabbling Syrian National Council. That US move was announced last week by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who slapped down the SNC and dictated that a new opposition must be formed to include those who are “on the front lines doing the fighting”.
A spokesman for Cameron said: “The [British] government will make absolutely clear to these groups that they must respect human rights and humanitarian law standards.”
The cynicism of the British and the Americans defies words. These governments are already in contact with such armed groups since the inception of violence; directing the terrorism and ensuring that Syrian society is being ripped asunder. American, British and French Special Forces, along with military intelligence, have been on the ground in that country since at least March 2011. Western weaponry is funneled through Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan and Israel into the hands of foreign mercenaries who think nothing of slaughtering whole villages, slitting the throats of women and children, and shooting captured civilians in the back of the head in cold blood.
As Cameron unveiled his new credentials as “honest broker” in Syria - surrounded by his Arab dictator friends who are ruthlessly cracking down on their own people in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain - Syrian citizens were being massacred by car bombs, mortars and gunfire in Damascus, Hama, Aleppo and Idlib. On Monday, 11 people were killed by a string of explosions in the capital. The next day, 15 more were murdered in blasts in the west of the city.
In one hospital in Damascus, amid bloody scenes of chaos, a man broke down in tears as he explained how he had rushed an injured child he was holding for emergency treatment. “I am not the father of this child. I just found him on the street [in the explosion aftermath].”
Those who are carrying out these atrocities are the same groups that Britain and its allies have created, funded, trained, supplied and directed to implement their criminal agenda of regime change in Syria. They are the same groups that Cameron is now proposing to “talk with” to engage into forming “an opposition” and whom his officials will urge to “respect human rights and humanitarian law standards”.
As the British-assisted carnage was being perpetrated in Syria, Cameron repeated the lie that Britain has no plans to arm its terror network, saying: “We are not currently planning to do that. We are a government under international law and we obey the law.”
While on his tour of the Middle East this week, the British arms-dealer-turned-peace-broker should have been made to visit the hospitals in Syria to see how exactly his government is “obeying the law”.
However, the British prime minister was too busy selling weapons and talking with Arab dictators and despots about “regional security concerns”.