My friend Gail .. all I want u to know after this all ..
the west should understand something ..

If they think that beheading us and our children like this
torture and rape and behead our women like this

will make us leave this land and agree that they came
and occupy us they have to know that this crimes they
made make us more tough and angry

and my neck is cheap for mother Syria

we r here planted as the trees of my ground

so let them bring all they got .. and behead us all ..
they all will got from us is resistance

till the last guy standing

and as the great leader Guevara said :

I don’t care about when I fall
down since I know that there is comrades
will pick up my gun and keep shooting

and this massacres .. we will make sure
that the children who stay alive know
about it .. and the coming generation see
all this views .. so they will be more tough
fighting the west

the pics of those children … and my relatives
who suffered the same … give me extra power
to go and fight , and my life .. my neck is soooo
cheap for mother Syria

Name redacted


What qualifications do you actually need [to get into the United States]?

He must be someone has killed like 500 people, have two pistols, if he had these qualifications they would like to see him in Hollywood, the United States, anywhere.  Because they have seen some of the murders of Arabs, Bandar bin Sultan who lived in the United States for many years, he killed more than 300 opposition Saudis in the desert, and everyone knows about this.  His problem is that he doesn’t have an oil field or a lot of money to give to the United States, he has only his words.  In the beginning there was the word, that’s what Jesus said.  He said, they are afraid of hearing words.

When Obama was elected to Presidency, the Mufti [inaudible] a ceremony in the Mosque and it’s recorded, the ceremony that was entitled ‘Speech to Obama’, and he sent a copy of the ceremony to the American Embassy, and he wrote to Obama that the American people are very class people … very good people, when they choose you and didn’t choose McCain, did you ask yourself why did the American people chose you, when his father was Muslim and he’s black, from Africa, why did the American people elect you, vote for you?   Because in your campaign you said that you will bring peace to the United States and you will close all the prisons outside of the United States, and you will go from Afghanistan and from Iraq and you will take care of the American people economically wise, that’s why I respect their opinions and don’t let them regret they voted for you, without considering your colour, or your religious background, or to your father, they voted for your words, to make peace, to achieve peace.  I feel sad that Obama actually didn’t make peace, and he said that now both Obama and Clinton they are not capable of achieving peace.

Therefore he feels very sorry for the American people because they are facing unjust everywhere.  He went from Indonesia all the way to Mexico, people were cursing America and the United States but they know that the American people have nothing to do with what’s going on because they are also facing unjust, the American people are facing unjust.  Money that the United States invested in wars, if they paid it to improve the life standards of the people of Afghanistan for example, the people of Afghanistan would put an American flag in their houses.  In 1959, he was 6 years old he held the American flag and walked the streets of Aleppo because the United States was against the triple attack on Egypt.  The United States called France and the UK and Israel leave the Suez Canal because it’s an international passage and a lot of people in the Arab world were carrying, were holding an American flag and walking in the streets.

But when the United States government become working for the Saudi family and the Qatari Prince too, they work for him, they United States they started attacking Yemen and they attacked Deir Ezzour and they attack Damascus and they attack Aleppo, they attack a school in Aleppo, 6 kids died, what’s called FSA, the moderates.  Yesterday in Dara’a 8 kids, schools begin open 2 weeks ago, yes, so they don’t want the students to go to school now the FSA, the moderates are attacking schools.  Since 2011 up ’till today I challenge anyone to prove that the Syrian army attacked one single school, I challenge anyone to prove it.  And if the Syrian army did, I would immediately go on TV and say President Bashar Assad, you should be afraid of God, your army attacked a school, but that didn’t happen.  There is a silence, no one is talking about what the moderate rebels are doing to schools.  The kid behead by FSA ad al Zinki, why didn’t they talk about it?  Why?


St. Sergius Church, site of the oldest altar, Ma’aloula

We are a sacred country, yes.  Because of us, because of our beliefs only and because of what our history is, our heritage, our ancestors are gift to us and not the Umayyad ancestors or the Abbasid, we are way older than this, way older than this.  The Ummayyad and Abbasid were dark eras, were dark times for Syria, we make a lot bad and we …  you don’t know that we have created alphabet, you don’t know … so we have, we have  enough to come out of it.

I’m worried about you, you are not willing to learn from us, you are fighting us, killing us, suffocating us.  You will not leave anything to learn from.  Today on your TVs, your politicians, your media, your journalists are lying bluntly and feel happy about it.  What you could say on American TV today, you couldn’t have said it 10 years ago or 20 years ago, so you are more comfortable with lying, with conspiring, you’re are more comfortable in describing the others as numbers, as objects, as use, not as people and souls, not as lives.  This is dangerous for you, we appreciate our lives, the more we lose people we appreciate the life we lost and the life we have, and we make sure that the lives that we lost are honoured.  Unlike you, I am sure, you questioned me yesterday, yes, there are American casualties in Syria, but they hide them away, like they hid the ones that went in Iraq, like they hide the ones that went in Afghanistan.

Abdo Haddad


First of a series of conversations with Mother Ages Mariam


On the other half, where you have all kinds of terrorist groups coming from everywhere, you have Uzbeks, Chechen, Tajik, Turkey … all kinds of … you know, of who you never heard.  They are dwelling there with their wives … and with their … ok, and ah everyone can calculate, here you have it’s very small, here you have a million, one million and a half and there they have three hundred, four hundred thousand.  Why, why?  Because everybody seeks the security of the government, because the government gives freely bread and electricity, it brings even one hour, but it brings education, medication, vaccination.  Even until today, until today it’s free, it’s free of charge ok?   So everybody, I have seen the rebel areas of like Idlib countryside, I slept there.  You find families there, they still go every month to  receive their salaries from the government because they are employees, when their son or a grandson is the leader in the rebels.  They destroy from one side and from the other side they benefit, so this is Syria and that’s why it will never fall.



This is the first part of a series of discussions with the Grand Mufti in Damascus, October, 2016. He explains secularism in Syria, it’s not an ideology it’s the fabric of their life.


My words now, do they work inside this room, do they offer any benefit just inside this room?  Yes, when I talk to people that will convey it outside this room.  And you should tell people there is nothing as a religious state.  There is nothing as such or there shouldn’t be anything like an Islamic state, or a Christian state or Jewish state, any state if it encompasses people, human beings live in states. So, a religious state is an idea of politicians not prophets, prophets created nations, created human beings not states. For example they created the Jewish nation, not the Jewish state.  A Christian nation, a Muslim nation and these three nations should live altogether as brothers.  In  Aleppo there was a Jewish Synagogue, no one from the Jewish house stayed in Aleppo, now he [the Mufti] takes care of the Synagogue, so no one will do any damage to the Synagogue.

Four Churches now in Aleppo were attacked and destroyed by the terrorists.  When we were with the British Delegation in Aleppo, they told us His Graciousness, His Holiness, he would take care of the expenses of rebuilding the Churches there, because the Church is for all of us, not only for Christians, it’s a Church for Syria.  It’s a house of Lord and the Synagogue is also his Synagogue and the Mosque is the Mosque for Christians, Jewish and Muslims.  In the United States Mullah [inaudible] wanted to go to build a Mosques and he didn’t have enough money so he got, received donations from Christians and Jewish to build the Mosque.  Because they are building a house for God, for Lord, so human beings, all human beings can live there and go there.  This language, he said that he’s speaking, politicians don’t know it, and they don’t like it.

In 2012 he was invited to go to the United States, many universities invited him, to deliver lectures, to give lectures there.  So, he said send me the Visa, they told him please you have to go to the American Embassy either in Beirut of in Jordan, Amman, you will find the invitation there, at one of the Embassies.  He said you have to invite the Patriarch to go with me, so they send an invitation to the Patriarch too and we went by plane from Damascus to Jordan, Amman and from Amman to New York.  When he arrived in Amman they told him you have to visit, have to go to the Embassy, so he went to the Embassy, there was a first check point, a second check point, a third check point.  He called them and he said, you invited the Grand Mufti of Syria, I am a religious man, why did you leave me in this bad way.  They put him in a very small room, divided with glass, he sat on a chair waiting, no one with him.  After awhile a woman finally talked to him through a microphone, he said, if my message wasn’t a message of love I would have left immediately, but I have a message of love.

Jesus Christ told us to talk to the lost souls, she asked him fifty questions, when she reached question forty she started crying.  She said if it were up to me I wouldn’t have given you a Green Card for the United States but the State Department are the one’s asking me to do this to you, to talk to you from behind the glass and not to receive you with another person at the front door.  You have the invitation but in the last twenty four hours they sent you all these questions and he asked her what about the Patriarch, she told him that the Patriarch already had his Visa and there was no need for him to come.  This is the equality of democracy in the United States, he went out of the Embassy. The Patriarch was waiting for him at the door, they didn’t let the Patriarch go in the door of the Embassy although he already had his Visa, the Patriarch asked him one thing, and the Mufti said I’m going back to Syria because I know they will not let me go into the United States.  He left his son because the Embassy asked the Mufti to go back after twenty four hours, so his son went to the Embassy, a clerk from the Embassy told him they’ll seek a response from the State Department that he is not qualified to visit the United States.


Aaron Hendel, Gail Malone, Grand Mufti Hassan and Janice Kortkamp


During the First World War, cartoonists throughout the English-speaking world responded to Allied allegations of German atrocities by depicting the German soldier as a monstrous ogre and labelling him a ‘Hun’ (Gullace, 2010 Gullace, N. F. (2010) Barbaric anti-modernism: representations of the ‘Hun’ in Britain, North America, Australia, and beyond, in P. James (Ed.), Picture This: World War I Posters and Visual Culture. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press., pp. 61–62). The ‘Hun’ became a prominent symbol of the enemy’s capacity for rapacious violence and was widely depicted in both government and non-government propaganda. While the simian German soldier was unique to the First World War, the racial tropes projected on to him were not. Indeed, he was an amalgam of pre-existing imagery that had been created during the 19th century as British imperialists applied scientific notions of race to colonised people throughout the globe (Robertson, 2010 Robertson, E. (2010) The Hybrid Heroes and Monstrous Hybrids of Norman and Lionel Lindsay: Art, Propaganda and Race in the British Empire and Australia from 1880–1918, MA Thesis, Australian National University.). The Australian transformation of the German from racially similar Aryan to monstrous ‘Other’ is an excellent example of how this process occurred, and clearly demonstrates that race played a central role in the Allied construction of the ‘Hun’. Through an examination of the war art of Australian artist Norman Lindsay (1879–1969), this article will establish the importance of race to the creation of the ‘Hun’ in three ways. First, Lindsay’s ‘Hun’ was closely modelled on anti-Asian and anti-African British imperial atrocity propaganda that long preceded the Great War. Thus, popular tropes from ‘atrocious’ rebellions such as the Indian Mutiny were recycled for use in 1914. Second, racial stereotyping reflected the particular culture that produced it—in this case, Lindsay’s work was the product of a uniquely Australian brand of racism that pilloried the Chinese and Japanese. Third, Lindsay’s racial stereotyping, although uniquely Australian, nonetheless drew upon deeply held British beliefs about the nature of imperialism, being that white civilisation waged a war against black barbarism: by ‘Asianising’ the German, Lindsay therefore removed his status as a white man, and enfolded him in a pre-existing and powerful imperial narrative about the ‘Just War’ against coloured savagery.

Source: Norman Lindsay and the ‘Asianisation’ of the German Soldier in Australia during the First World War


NSW Greens Party MLC, David Shoebridge, has been vocal about the tyrant in Syria killing his own people, oh yes and Russia, the same Greens who called for a No Fly Zone over Libya to allow NATO free reign to commit war crimes, and so they did.  That was initiated by Adam Brandt if I recall, I resigned from the Greens because of it.  Here’s an abridged version of their crimes, the highlights you might say … until today Libya remains destabilised and a terrorist haven.

13 May 2011:  The murder of 11 Muslim Imams in Brega.
30 April 2011:  The bombing of the Downs Syndrome School in Tripoli                                                          
30 April 2011:  The bombing of a Gadhafi residence, murdering Saif Gadhafi, his friend and 3 Gadhafi children.
12 June 2011:  The bombing of the University of Tripoli. Death toll yet to be established.
22 July 2011:  The bombing of the man made underground waterway, which supplies most Libyans with drinking water.
23 July 2011:  The bombing of the factory that makes the pipes for repairing the water system, and the murder of 6 of its employees.
8th August 2011:  The bombing of the Hospital at Zliten.  Resulting in the murder of 50 plus people, many of them children.  Bombing of hospitals is against all international laws, and a most heinous crime.

9 August 2011:  The bombing of the village of Majer, resulting in the murder of 85 civilians. Including 33 children.

After the relentless bombing of the civilian population in Zliten and Tripoli, the death toll is unknown and may well never be known.  It was obvious member States had been arming the Libyan rebels, in direct contravention of International Law.  Whether one supported Gadhafi or not, the left only seems to understand things in Manichean terms, is irrelevant.  We are not supposed to throw away international law, decades of conventions and norms because the West finds certain leaders unpalatable, or wants to steal their stuff.  Working with known terrorists is against international law … apparently.  Although one could be forgiven for believing otherwise these days, as it is conveniently ignored.  In today’s Syria al Qa’eda affiliates, al Nursa, are AOK, the ABC are happy to use them as their primary source, albeit dressed up as the White Helmets.  This despite being caught out using fake footage early in the Syrian crisis.  Our media no longer asks questions, they just accept the US State Department line/lies, never verified, they are happy to take their word for it.  Butcher Bashar and barrel bombs, they love alliteration, that’s the mantra du jour, oh yes, and death to Russia.  Yet the people of Syria cry; Allah, Suria, Bashar wu bas – God, Syria and Bashar is enough.  It’s all so Pythonesque, I despair.  It makes the ‘War on Terror’ seem rather nonsensical, to say the least.  The fall out from the West’s blood lust in Libya enabled supply lines for guns and terrorists into Syria.  Yet, while we see a replay, the white saviours of the West have their heads firmly in the sands of the Syrian desert.  I ask in all seriousness; what exactly, don’t the Greens understand about NATO NFZs?

It’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty, regarding the rubbery figures quoted in the western media and the shock, horror; ‘Assad is killing his own people’ narrative.  After Iraq how can it be, that adult leftists are falling for the exact type of propaganda the MSM peddled back then?  The Greens didn’t buy it before, I remember listening to Bob Brown in Hyde Park lay bare exactly what the result of the invasion of Iraq would foment, and he was correct.  What happened?  Do you ask yourself why the voices of those who travel to Syria are silenced with such vitriol?  Surely they are worth listening to.  They may have seen things Sophie McNeil hasn’t from her vantage point in Lebanon.  There is automatic slander of ‘Assad apologists’, anyone who sticks their head above the parapet of propaganda is fair game.  Yet we do no more than bear witness and endeavour to explain how the people inside Syria view the situation.  The majority of the Syrian people are in government held areas, that’s where they flee for protection from terrorists, why are their voices irrelevant?  What we see is in vast contrast to what the likes of David Shoebridge, who has not set foot in Syria during this crisis, has to say.  We do not go and risk our lives for the fun of it, we do it out a great need to help Syrian voices be heard.  To seek justice for them through truth, because as a wise man once said; no justice, no peace.  Sadly we also have to justify ourselves, unlike those who never travel in Syria.  To counter the usual cry of ‘paid shill’, let me say, if the Syrian government were paying my way, I’d be in Syria every other month, not every year.  I invite David Shoebridge to join me on my next trip, then he would see how wrong he is.

I’ve seen so many figures bandied around, and by those who David Shoebridge calls reliable.  So, for argument’s sake in 2014 it was reported that 150,000 people had been murdered by their leader.  How can that be right, think about it?  Aren’t the terrorists killing people, both civilians and SAA?  Aren’t the SAA killing terrorists?  Where are they in these figures?


Figures from 2014 antiwar.com, notice ‘Rebel Forces in ‘Civilian’ toll.

The above gives an honest view of the make up of deaths in Syria.  Even though this is a few years old, it was made at a time the western corporate media bemoaned the carnage of the Syrian people by Assad’s own troops.  Nothing has changed, the Syrian Army is still paying a high toll for protecting their people against a Wahhabi invasion hell-bent on changing the diverse make up of Syrian society.  They are still blamed for the carnage while their martyrdom adds to the figures used against them.  They carry the burden of the death toll, that statistic alone is indicative of who is killing whom.  To add to Syria’s woes Australia is helping to kill Syrian soldiers, the very people actually fighting terrorism, not paying it lip service.  Yet the SAA are still being blamed for all civilian deaths.  It’s rare to be informed of ‘rebel’ atrocities.  We are never given any context, why did President al Assad decide to start slaughtering his own people?  Peaceful protests doesn’t jive and there is evidence contradicting that tale.  What powers of persuasion does Assad have to convince an entire defending army to kill their own people?  Most families in Syria have a member in the army, are we expected to believe en masse, the SAA was ready and willing to slaughter their own families for one man from a minority sect, when 80% are Sunni?  Where is the logic in that?  We need to ask; where is the logic in that, constantly.  The Greens need to do that, particularly as the wrong call was made on Libya, it’s incumbent on you to be far more circumspect.

It seems David Shoebridge has bought this narrative hook, line and sinker, he hasn’t bothered to try and find an alternative narrative, although we have a foremost expert on Syria living in Sydney, Prof. Tim Anderson.  To add insult to the injury of the Syrian people, he has and he is not alone, demuhumanised Vladimir Putin from a powerful, long time ally of Syria into a cartoon character villain.  Enough to justify, in his mind, Putin joining this unexplained, mindless slaughter.  It’s like Assad has some sort of mind control over anyone who enters Damascus.  This is so unbelievable, one would think someone with a bit of nouse could have teased out a couple of threads that made them go hmm.  He could have delved deeper and found that there are no sources on the ground in Aleppo to confirm the ‘deliberate’ bombings of non existent hospitals.  Even MSF admitted they had not given either Russia or Syria the co-ordinates of any hospital, yet didn’t hesitate to claim ‘deliberate attacks’.  Again, let me be quite clear, there is no one from MSF on the ground, they too rely on the good will of terrorists for their information.  David Shoebridge, particularly with Libyan 20/20 hindsight, seems a little wet.  He should probably leave geo-politics alone, stick to domestic issues which he does very well.

Mention was made at a rally at Sydney’s Town Hall of the ‘last messages’ sent by jihadists, who the MSM wrongly labels activists.  In the middle of a war zone a gaggle of spontaneous ‘last messages’ hit us with their production values, lighting, sound etc, whilst there was no power in Eastern Aleppo and seemingly magic wi-fi connections, no wonder Bana was a fan of Harry Potter with all that magic around her.  This miracle of crisp, clear instantaneous communication was unavailable to Assad apologists, the independent journos on the ground.  Surely with their ‘connections to the President’, one would think they could get wi-fi when the ‘activists’ had no problem.

These activists miraculously survived their imagined threats from the SAA, quelle surprise!  As did little twitter star Bana, with Allah on her side protecting her from the loss of wi-fi.  One ‘activist’, the charmer Bilal Abdul Kareem, hiding his jihadi tendencies in plain view, interviewed a moderate, suicide belted, head chopper.  He admitted there were many others also wearing these suicide belts.  But ssh, that doesn’t mean he’s not ‘moderate’, just ask John Kirby.  Even though they left clear evidence of a scorched earth policy in their wake; mass graves of tortured civilians including children, executed Syrian soldiers, burned buses, kidnapped and murdered drivers and we are still to believe these are moderates.  And we watch as the UN makes special effort to escort these criminals to Idlib, although they are not seen helping the civilians in liberated Aleppo.  That work is being done by the genocidal SAA and their equals in crime, Russia; giving medical care, feeding, clothing and sheltering IDPs in Aleppo.  The crimes invoked by the ‘last messengers’ were later enacted by them, not the SAA.  Meanwhile some of their mates took to Damascus where one moderately blew up his 7-year-old daughter at a Police Station.  Like any proud dad he filmed the family’s goodbyes and the mother kissed her daughters goodbye and sent them to be killed.  Days later moderates poisoned Damascus’s water supply, no need for the media to mention these things as they are counter to the imperial tale.  These are our media’s moderate rebels, the ones we see constantly on our ABC.  The terrorists that pervert our reality via our tax payer funded television, and the beat goes on … Butcher Bashar and barrel bombs.

All this hysteria when Russia is in Syria legally and the Syrian people are very happy to have them there.  What David Shoebridge fails to acknowledge, and this could be because he is not listening to voices from within Syria, but expats with agendas, is that Syrians don’t see their problem as their army or their President.  Their problem is the terrorists who invaded their peaceful land.  They do not distinguish between terrorist groups, or moderates or rebels or insurgents or FSA, they are all terrorists destroying their way of life and the F/UK/US, Gulf allies, Turkey, Israel and their sycophants are all unequivocally to blame.  Foreign influence cannot be denied, Dr. Bashar al Jaafari named foreign operatives at the UN.  Although I imagine he’s not on the lefts list of approved sources on Syria.

I have visited Syria three times since the beginning of the crisis.  Each visit strengthening my resolve to speak truth to power, I haven’t supported Julian all these years to remain quiet, that would be cowardly.  Still, I needed to be sure of what was really going on, each visit showed more clearly what is happening and what a disservice the media and our gormless politicians have burdened the Syrian people with.  I know David Shoebridge supports Julian Assange, as one has to supply the myopic left with media they approve of, why not read the Syria Files, the Clinton Emails and the Saudi Files to get some background?  It’s indicative how so much propaganda can hold sway when media from the legal players in Syria, is considered invalid.  Hard to see the truth when you’re blinkered.  Add to that anyone on the ground that bucks the western narrative is threatened and abused, personally rather than their words debated, no wonder lies can take hold.  Have the Greens learned nothing from Libya where Amnesty International lied, and lied some more, and David Shoebridge quotes them as credible?  This time Human Right’s Watch lied, and lied some more about Syria and David Shoebridge quotes them as credible.  Both NGOs, along with MSF, are not on the ground in Syria.  I can’t stress this enough.

How can David Shoebridge stand behind the 3 star flag, and say  to himself, yep this is a good idea?  His rhetoric, wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth, is exactly what has the potential to recruit pre-jihadi types, who were bound to have been in attendance.  Is he unaware that there are already hundreds of Australian nationals in Syria fighting with jihadists on a lost cause, based on a false pretext?  It was dangerous and irresponsible behaviour based on lies, ignorance and propaganda.  For anyone who has travelled to Syria in the last few years it was sickening to watch.  The ultimate irony was while he was bemoaning Aleppo’s fall, the actual people of Aleppo where dancing in the streets celebrating their army, their President and most of all their liberation.  Christians and Muslims alike wore Santa hats, carrying their flag with the 2 green eyes, not the one David Shoebridge stood by, their first Christmas celebrations in 4 years and David Shoebridge mocked their victory and their suffering by defaming their army.  The Greens and David Shoebridge are no friends of Syrians inside Syria, you do not speak for them.  Do them a favour and leave them alone, they’ve had enough of Western lies and ‘help’.  If the Greens truly cared about the Syrian people they would do much more research and speak the truth or say nothing at all.  That would be a great help in ending Syrian suffering, that and demanding an end to the crippling sanctions.  That would definitely help the Syrian people, we can’t feign ignorance on that score, even if you have forgotten Libya, remember Iraq.

If wars can be started by lies, peace can be started with truth – Julian Assange.


Celebrating liberation in Aleppo