Tulsi Gabbard- The Iraq War veteran has been called a “rising star” in the Democratic Party
The US, along with many other western nations and the UN has a PR problem. Once again the rhetoric splashed over the news outlets has been found lacking in integrity.
Tulsi Gabbard recently visited Lebanon and Syria on a seven day fact-finding mission, self-funded. She met with President Assad, leaders of the Muslim and Christian communities, humanitarian workers, academics and the people of Syria.
The trip was kept secret until after her return for security reasons.
Some highlights of her findings:
- The Syrian crisis is a war between ISIS/Al-Qaeda/Nusra Front and Syria.
- Even the opposition to Assad acknowledges that the originally peaceful uprising was hijacked by jihadists “funded and supported by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, the United States.”
- The battle for truth has been compromised by “one-sided biased reports pushing a narrative that supports this regime change war at the expense of Syrian lives.”
- The question which sums up her lasting impression: “Why is the United States and its allies helping al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups try to take over Syria? Syria did not attack the United States. Al-Qaeda did.”
- As she later wrote in a blog post: “I return to Washington, DC with even greater resolve to end our illegal war to overthrow the Syrian government.”
President Assad of Syria. Image: LLW Productions
It should be noted that Gabbard introduced ‘The Stop Arming Terrorists Act’ to Congress in December 2016. She knew the realities of the crisis, at least in part. Her mantra demands that using taxpayers dollars to fund terrorists should be outlawed.
One of the shocking consequences of this episode is the reaction of the establishment. Outrage was tweeted to the extent that she was legitimising genocide! If there has ever been a case of the ‘pot calling the kettle black’!.
CNN interview with Tulsi Gabbard. Can you hear the agenda in the framing of questions posed by Jake Tapper? I notice that CNN is still trying to legitimise the Fake News around the child Twitterer, Bana Alabad.
Tulsi Gabbard – Background
Tulsi Gabbard is a serving Major in the US Army. She is a Hindu, born on the island of American Samoa and is 35 years of age. She became the youngest ever elected representative of the US government aged 21. She has been a Democratic Congresswoman, representing Hawaii since 2013.
Tulsi Gabbard receiving her promotion to the rank of Major. Image: Wikipedia
Syria – Background
Syria gained Independence in 1946. It is a Muslim/Christian nation of 22 million people.
Bashar al-Assad became President following the death of his father in 2000. Were it not for the death of his older brother in a 1994 car accident, he would probably be working as an optician.
The Assad family are a part of the Alawite Shia community, a minority Muslim faction.
Syria has long-standing disputes with Israel as evidenced by their involvement alongside Egypt in the Six Day War of 1967. Similar long standing feuds exist with Lebanon. The whole region has nations and borders which seem to have been a pragmatic measure at the time with little to no long-term understanding.
The Syrian National Flag
The Syrian Government is based in Damascus with the Ba’ath Party (formerly the Arab Ba’ath Socialist Party) holding the vast majority of seats in the parliament. Critics say that the system of government is a dictatorship.
In the 2012 elections the Ba’ath Party won a majority of around 60% (up from 50%) of the 250 parliamentary seats. If one adds in the independent MPs aligned with the Ba’ath Party, the MPs who support the president make up over 90% of the seats in new parliament.
Religious Parties are forbidden from this secularly run country.
Religious/ethnic alignment of the Syrian people:
Sunni Muslim 70%
Shia Muslims/Alawite 12%
Kurds (mostly Sunni Muslims) 7-10%
Assyrian Christians 4%
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