Global Research, February 03, 2017
Reported by the Syrian Times:
“Instead of supporting the legitimate Syrian government the European countries supported Wahhabi terrorists who have sought destroying Syria and establishing a Wahhabi terrorist state, Member of Belgium’s Federal Parliament Filip Dewinter, leader of the Belgian parliamentary delegation visiting Syria, has stressed.
Excerpts from this report:
Dewinter made the remarks during the delegation’s visit to Aleppo on Thursday and their meeting with Aleppo Governor Hussein Diyab.
The Belgian lawmaker said he visited Syria two years ago and warned that the danger of the terrorism currently hitting Syria will backfire on its supporters and will hit America and the European countries and this is what actually happened.
Dewinter hoped that the Syrian Army’s victory over terrorism in Aleppo will help open the eyes of the European politicians and change the way they deal with events in Syria. He pointed out that the European people have realized the danger of terrorism particularly after the terrorist attacks which targeted several European countries.
Leader of the Belgian delegation, went on to say that the delegation’s visit to Aleppo aims at getting acquainted with what is really happening in Syria away from the false news reported by some western media and at conveying a real image about Syria events to the Belgian people and the European public opinion in general. ….
During its visit to Aleppo, the delegation also had the opportunity to meet a number of Islamic and Christian men of religion at “Shahba Halab” Hotel. Head of the delegation Filip Dewinter said that he can well understand the Syrian people’s anger over the wrong policies of the Belgian government as well as the governments of the rest of the European countries.
The delegation members pointed out that they will try to convey the Syrians’ message to the European people when they are back in their country.
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Global Research, July 04, 2015
Signs of Disillusionment
On Friday, Belgian media announced that their country’s contribution to the anti-ISIL coalition mission has been suspended. Commenting on the announcement, a senior Syrian official told Sputnik that that Brussels’ move comes as no surprise, given the growing divide between the coalition’s stated military aims and its actual activities.
Friday’s announcement came after Belgium’s six F-16 fighter bombers had already returned from their base in Jordan, where they had spent the last nine months participating in the US-led bombing campaign against ISIL in Iraq. Brussels has declared that it could no longer afford to continue funding the air operation.
Asked for comment by Sputnik, Syrian Information Minister assistant Ali al-Ahmed stated that Brussels’ announcement comes as no surprise, given repeated reports of Europeans’ growing doubts “about the effectiveness of the coalition and its operations.” Noting that the Belgian government has been plagued by high rates of disapproval of “this enormous and ineffective spending,” al-Ahmed told Sputnik that “Belgium has now come to personify European countries’ dissatisfaction over the coalition’s actions.”
The Syrian civil servant lamented that “from the very beginning, this coalition has not been serious in its approach to fighting the terrorists. We have noticed that the coalition only strikes at those ISIL and al-Nusra objects which threaten Western interests. The coalition’s military aviation is fighting terrorism not out of the need to fight evil, but based on the narrow self-interest of the parties involved.” According to al-Ahmed, “this explains why air strikes regularly miss ISIL targets and facilities,” or strike “military targets of the forces of the people’s militia leading the real fight against ISIL.” The advisor notes that “even civilians who assist the army and the militia have repeatedly been subjected to coalition airstrikes.”
Al-Ahmed criticized Western nations’ use of limited financial resources for expensive airstrikes, noting that these funds could have been much more effectively spent by providing assistance to the countries directly involved in the fight against ISIL terror, including Iraq and Syria.
Ultimately, Al-Ahmed, whose country has been involved in a battle against radical Islamic groups for over four years now, pessimistically noted that “the main goal of this coalition is to preserve the balance of forces on the ground, so that no one can win, with the shedding of blood continuing for a long time, until the US is able to implement its interests in the region.”