Until recently when the odium of Syria’s government mass-murdering its own people got too much, many Club Well Fed MPs had no problems supping with Syria. A VEXNEWS investigation has uncovered a treasure trove of photographs of some of our most senior politicians, including three Prime Ministers Gillard, Rudd and Howard who kissed up to one of the world’s most evil regimes.
The discovery gives rise to the serious question what on earth was such a large number of Australia’s political elite doing endorsing the heinous ‘Assads’ diplomatic operation in this country?
Sharman Stone, Brendan Nelson, Helen Coonan, John Howard, Alex Downer, Tim Fischer, Kay Hull, Fran Bailey, Andrew Robb, Bronwyn Bishop, Tories all, felt sufficiently at peace with one of the world’s worst regimes that they felt free to go to a multitude of Embassy functions.
The highest ranking current one in the Coalition is Warren Truss, the prospective Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.
Labor’s no better, the current PM, her two predecessors as parliamentary Leader Kim Beazley, Kevin Rudd, Laurie Ferguson, the otherwise strongly-performing former Industry minister Kim Carr, Bill Shorten’s predecessor Bob Sercombe, Chris Hayes and the free-feed enthusiast Steven Georganas were all in on the act.
￼Earlier this week we looked at the shameless exploits of soon-to-be senior Queensland minister Lawrence Springborg who visited the country, meeting some of its most senior ministers and at least one chief of Police, responsible for maintaining law and order for the regime.￼ It’s one thing to accept their largesse, the most worrying aspect is how privately enthusiastic Springborg is about the regime. Nauseating stuff.
This is not a partisan issue, both sides of politics appear not to get it.
The answer lies in the kind of moral complacency introduced by Tim Fischer’s pioneering mercantilist Arabism. Leaping from the Nationals’ frontbench, the virus seem spread to the Liberals and the Labor Party. All should have known better.
Especially disheartening is the lack of moral leadership from the leader of the Nationals and future Deputy PM, Warren Truss. The National party has to evolve behind being obsequious not whichever country imports our wheat and sheep. And as it turns out, Syria doesn’t buy much of our stuff anyway. We should show them the door until their government stops murdering its own people.
For just over a year, the Arab Republic of Syria has been maiming, shelling, torturing and mutilating fellow Syrians in order to stop a repeat of the successful regime changes in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya.
The Arab Republic of Syria is the lethal legacy of short-sighted French imperialism, pro-Nazi Ba’athist totalitarianism, Soviet patronage and Alawite sectarianism.
The remarkable story of Alawite and the Assads’ dominance of both the Syrian Ba’athists and Syria is superbly outlined by Daniel Pipes in his well-known essay. The narrative includes how the French-mandated Etat des Alaouites that would eventually be incorporated into a volatile greater Syria, how the ‘Alawites overwhelms the Ba’athist movement; and how the Assad’s captured central control following the aborted 1970 Black September intrigue to overthrow Hashemite Jordon.
No dissent has been brooked for decades and today it is Russian diplomacy and Iranian expertise that ensures this criminal regime will survive the Arab Spring.
Syria’s despotism has long been established. As lefty British journalist Nick Cohen has rightly pointed out, Syria is the Middle Eastern state most accurately worthy of the appellation of ‘apartheid’. As the most sectarian of the world’s dictatorship, ruled solely by and for the ‘Alawite minority, a heterodox offshoot of Shi’a Islam, it appears to be the good form of apartheid certified by the Heart of False Compassion Foundation.
After all, Syria is impeccably anti-Zionist and anti-American ‘rejectionist’. As an anti-Western bulwark, and therefore in the hobgoblins of petty ideology, Syrian Ba’athism is considered a positive force in geopolitics by those shrieking ‘Death to America’. In March last year, ‘anti-war’ protester and former UK MP, George Galloway, inelegantly represents these views:
Syria is the shoe which didn’t drop. And I have a theory for that. The Syrian regime is authoritarian, no doubt, freedoms personal and political, are, of course, scant, it is a one party state, and the father in this case successfully handed over power to the son. So on one level it is a candidate [for an uprising]. And yet it has not. And what is the reason for that? Well, here is my theory: the government of Syria for a long time has pursued a policy of Arab-ness. Of Arab nationalism, of Arab dignity, of support for the Palestinian cause, material support, material support for the resistance, rejection for the foreign occupation of Iraq. And a refusal to bow before the foreign powers.
Left wing stupidity is easy to find, of course – just turn Radio National on and wait ten minutes!
It is, however, inexcusable that that Arabists – usually motivated about expanding agricultural markets – among those in Club Fed have so easily deluded themselves by supping with diplomatic arm of a such a brutal administration.
All this sycophantic rubbing of shoulders occurred against the background of AWB scandal to sell Australian wheat to Ba’athist Iraq, Syria’s sister state until its overthrow in 2003.
Senior Club Fed representatives would not form or join the parliamentary friendship groups of Myanmar or the Islamic Republic of Iran.
So why do so many of our leaders formally express their friendship with the criminal regime of Syria?
Assad is bringing hell on earth to Syria. Can Club Fed credibly stand up to the Caligula of Damascus and in favour of the surprisingly effective Free Syrian Army having fed itself to the brim on Embassy baklava and lining their pockets with trinkets from the Assad family?