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Britain: Bashar is a man we can do business with

November 19th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Hasn’t the world changed. A few months ago, isolated by the world, Syria was jumping up and down trying to get noticed. Now, Britain – Bush’s former cheerleader – says Bashar could be a British ally.

David Miliband, Britain’s Foreign Secretary has been in Damascus, meeting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. He said the talks went well, and Bashar is a man he would like to do more business with.

But the big shocker is where he made that statement – in Beirut, right under the nose of anti-Syrian Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. It was a message to the world – our support for Lebanon will not be at Syria’s expense.

In Damascus, Miliband said Syria has an important role to play in the region’s stability. Exactly what Syria has been saying throughout the Bush years.


As a concrete sign of the new relationship, Britain and Syria have agreed to re-start sharing intelligence. Remember, Syria and America were co-ordinating straight after 9/11. Syria has a lot of intelligence on Muslim extremists, after fighting its own deacdes-long battle with the Muslim Brotherhood. But that co-operation all stopped when Syria refused to support the invasion of Iraq.

While he was in Damascus, Syria’s new friend took a tour through the Old City – and popped into legendary ice cream shop, Bakdash in Souq Al-Hamidiya. Although it seems he was attacked by an ice cream.

(Photo: AFP)


5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 pamela // Nov 19, 2008 at 7.01 pm

    Wouldn,t it be wonderful if all Syria had to do was to get everyone down to Hammadea and Baghdash ice cream parlour and have an ice -cream party? No more “war war” just “lick lick’!!

  • 2 majd // Nov 19, 2008 at 9.24 pm

    that is a ridiculously awesome picture.

  • 3 Moey // Nov 19, 2008 at 10.31 pm

    Thanks for the comment, I love bakdash ice cream

  • 4 Matt // Nov 23, 2008 at 7.52 pm

    I’ve got the same look on my face as Miliband. What’s in the ice cream cone? (Besides ice cream, smart arses…)

  • 5 Yuusuke // Nov 27, 2012 at 6.24 pm

    The impact of the Egyptian rluveotion on the West and the world will be clear only after the constitution of a new democratic government. But judging by the joy across the world in reaction to Mubarak’s departure, one thing is clear. People all over are looking at the Middle East with new eyes. Oppressed citizens are in no mood to give a free run to any despot. It will not be a surprise if more dictators have to face the wrath of suffering people. 0 0

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