A report on ISIL and its agenda, first hand from a visit to Syria

In the Western media, it is very difficult to see the truth of Syria and ISIL. Richard Edmondson (an American) has just returned:

I recently returned from Syria, where I attended an International Conference on Terrorism and Religious Extremism sponsored by the Syrian Ministry of Justice (see my previous post on the event here), and where I had a chance to experience just a small taste of what life is like in a country under siege by a menace so evil it is the stuff of nightmares.

Bashar Assad is demonised in the Western media – unsurprisingly. Edmondson quotes from a conversation with Muhani Al-Fayadh, a sheikh, or tribal chieftain, from the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor:

“They cannot eliminate our government because it has widespread public support,” he said. “Any Syrian citizen now represents the government; we are defending our dignity, our land, our territory. When you have seen what is happening to the people—how they are being killed and raped—how could you not support the government?”

You may want to read this Paris Match interview with Assad and make up your own mind.

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