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Why is David Cameron so silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Isis?

In the end, it was the Syrian army - and its Hezbollah chums from Lebanon, and the Iranians, and the Russians - who drove the Isis murderers out of Palmyra

Robert Fisk for Independent questions: The biggest military defeat that ISIS has suffered in more than two years. The recapture of Palmyra, the Roman city of the Empress Zenobia. And we are silent. Yes, folks, the bad guys won, didn't they? Otherwise, we would all be celebrating, wouldn't we?

It may seem we should rejoice over the most crushing military defeat of those terrorists who have killed and injured more than a hundred innocent people in Brussels last week. Yet, as the militant Muslims fled the town of Palmyra this weekend, neither Obama nor Cameron did not take the trouble to pay attention and did not say a single word.

“As my long-dead colleague on the Sunday Express, John Gordon, used to say, makes you sit up a bit, doesn't it? Here are the Syrian army, backed, of course, by Vladimir Putin's Russkies, chucking the clowns of Isis out of town, and we daren't utter a single word to say well done,” assumes Fisk.

Last May, when Palmyra fell to extremists of the Islamic State, we anticipated that Bashar al-Assad will be overthrown shortly after and successfully ignored the Syrian army’ big question: why would not America help Syria attack ISIS? If the U.S. government hated ISIS so much why did not they bomb the suicide squads that set upon Syrian army’s frontline?

Fisk continues: “If the Americans wanted to destroy Isis, why didn't they bomb them when they saw them?” a Syrian army general asked me, after his soldiers' defeat  His son had been killed defending Homs. His men had been captured and head-chopped in the Roman ruins. The Syrian official in charge of the Roman ruins (of which we cared so much, remember?) was himself beheaded. Isis even put his spectacles back on top of his decapitated head, for fun. And we were silent then.”

Meanwhile, it turned out that Putin, who has precisely foretold the recapturing of Palmyra, and did not fail to notice it on time. Russian aircraft attacked terrorists while the U.S. planes did not. Actually, it was quite funny to observe how the U.S. authorities claimed TWO airstrikes against ISIS, says Fisk. It is safe to say that the U.S. wanted to destroy Islamic State, but not that much.

Some say that the future of Syria lies in its army’s hands. And the chances are that in case they manage to grab back Raqqa and Deir el-Zour, and we will remain silent.

Fisk concludes: “Aren't we supposed to be destroying Isis? Forget it. That's Putin's job. And Assad's. Pray for peace, folks. That's what it's about, isn't it? And Geneva. Where is that, exactly?”

 

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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