Damascus a normal city, families enjoying the sun: British far right leader says
Some days you want to go back to bed, pull the covers over your head and pretend the world doesn’t exist. This could be one of those mornings because the far right British National Party chairman Nick Griffin is visiting Damascus.
Griffin, whose party wants to expel immigrants and their descendants from the U.K., has been spewing the kind of observations that will no doubt make despotic President Bashar Assad nod in approval.
The Member of European Parliament who was invited as part of a delegation of European politicians, was on a "fact finding mission."
Here’s a sample of some of the facts he found and tweeted:
On the day a double suicide bomb killed 14 people he declared Damascus to be a “normal city” with “occasional explosions” in the distance.
“Security rather like Belfast in Troubles,” he observed.
“Families out in the sun,” he tweeted. “Why turn stable secular state into Iraq-style hell of secrarain (sic) hate?”
When he finally visited the scene of the suicide bombs he tweeted: ‘Hague wants your taxes to arm these terrorists!’
He condemned the British government’s push to arm rebels to help swing the war in their favour and waded into the labyrinth of Middle Eastern geopolitics.
“Saudi Arabia trying to destroy secular Iraq for religious reasons. Qatar too, but they also want to route gas pipeline thr it.”
A BNP spokesman told The Daily Telegraph that Griffin was not being paid by the Syrian regime and did not want his presence to be seen as an endorsement of Assad.
Hamida Ghafour is a foreign affairs reporter at the Star. She has lived and worked in the Middle East and Asia for more than 10 years and is the author of a book on Afghanistan. Follow her on Twitter @HamidaGhafour