War on Syria was not caused by domestic unrest, US Senator Richard Black

 H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad received on November 17, 2015, a letter from U.S. Senator for the State of Virginia Richard Black a letter in which he said “I was pleased by the Russians’ intervention against the armies invading Syria. With their support, the Syrian Army has made dramatic strides against the terrorists.”

“I was delighted by Syria’s resounding victory over ISIS at the Kuwairis Airfield. My compliments to those who heroically rescued 1,000 brave Syrian soldiers from certain death. I am convinced that many such victories lie ahead,” Black added.

The Senator asserted that the war on Syria was not caused by domestic unrest, saying “It was an unlawful war of aggression by foreign powers determined to force a puppet regime on Syria. General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, revealed that by 2001, Western powers had developed plans to overthrow Syria. Yet after fifteen years, of military subversion, NATO, Saudi Arabia and Qatar still cannot identify a single leader who enjoys popular support among the Syrian people.”

“Foreign powers have no right to overturn legitimate elections and impose their will on the Syrian people. Syrians alone must determine their destiny, free of foreign intervention. I am disappointed that the UN has turned a blind eye to the unlawful interference in Syria’s internal affairs,” he added.

 He went on to note that “Before the war began, Syria had the greatest religious freedom and women’s equality of any Arab people. Many Americans are surprised to learn that the Syrian Constitution provides for free elections, religious freedom, women’s rights, and the Rule of Law. Before criticizing Syria, the U.S. might first insist that our allies – Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait – grant similar freedoms to their own people.”

Black voiced disappointment that the United States answered the Russian assistance for Syria by sending anti-tank TOW missiles to terrorists, which would only prolong said, criticizing the folly of arming “good terrorists” and withholding weapons from “bad terrorists,” adding that the irresponsible deployment of TOW missiles threatens aviation around the world, as ant-tank weapons have long range and can target and destroy passenger planes that are taking off.

He said that as a Senator for Virginia, he feels worry because such missiles can find their way to remote areas near airports like Reagan National Airport and Dallas International Airport, adding that he relayed these concerns to the American President.

Black went on to note that “Jaish al-Fateh” terrorist organizations, which he referred to by “Army of Conquest,” the literal translation of its name, has received more American military support, pointing out that this terrorist organization includes Jabhat al-Nusra which has sworn allegiance to Al Qaeda, which means that the United States is arming the same terrorist organization responsible for killing 3,000 Americans in 9/11, considering this to be a betrayal of those victims.

The Senator went on to say that it is becoming clear to people that the terrorists in Syria are receiving military support from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, who are allies of the U.S., and that Turkey is the most loyal backer of ISIS as it represents the main channel for the flow of jihadists, weapons, and trade, adding that Turkey also hasn’t offered anything significant to the performance of the proposed alliance against ISIS despite being a member of it.

He said that Turkey and Saudi Arabia seek to impose a religious dictatorship on the Syrian people, and if they succeed in that then Christians and other minorities would be murdered or sold into slavery, and many good-hearted Sunni and Shia Muslims will also fall victim along with them.

But the Senator noted that world opinion is turning against terrorism and their supporters, adding “The cruel treatment of captured Syrian soldiers by armed groups is appalling. Many Americans find the behavior of these so-called ‘moderates’ morally abhorrent.”

“I bled, fighting to defend this nation’s honor. I will oppose American support for terrorists, like the Army of Conquest and ISIS that threaten Syria. Many Virginians join in praying that the Syrian Arab Army and its allies will triumph over the forces of evil, and that peace will soon return to Syria,” he said, concluding the letter by adding “Thank you for protecting the lives of Christians and of all good people of Syria.”


April 1st, 2014, Senator Black sent an open letter to H.E. President Al-Assad:



Bashar Al-Assad,

President of Syria, Damascus

April 1st, 2014

Dear President al-Assad

I write to thank the Syrian Arab Army for its heroic rescue of Christians in the Qalamoun Mountain Range. I am especially grateful for the spectacular victory at Yabroud, where the Syrian Arab Army and Air Force liberated Christians and other Syrians who had been held captive by terrorists for several years. We are deeply grateful for the skill and valor displayed by Syrian troops who rescued the 13 nuns who were kidnapped and used as human shields by the cowardly jihadists at Yabroud.

It is obvious that the war in Syria has largely been fought by vicious war criminals linked to al-Qaeda. Groups like al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant routinely commit war crimes as a matter of official policy. They proudly post YouTube videos showing mass executions of prisoners of war, beheadings of priests and other civilians, and even cannibalism. In Aleppo, last June, al-Nusra boasted of forcing a mother to watch as they murdered her 14-year-old son by shooting him through the mouth and neck. It is difficult to understand how any civilized nation can condone the actions of such bloodthirsty criminals.

Clearly, the Syrian people have grown weary of seeing foreign mercenaries enter their land to fight against them. Your people suffered the criminal acts committed by those jihadists, who came to rape and murder innocent Syrians. Now, even some in the Western media are reporting that the rebels have lost the war—that their cause has grown hopeless.

Yet to this day, few Americans realize that the rebels in Syria are dominated by our arch-enemy, al-Qaeda. They do not know that your enemies have sworn allegiance to the same organization that, on September 11, 2001, crashed jetliners into the Pentagon and the Twin Towers, killing over 3,000 innocent Americans. Today, al-Qaeda-linked fighters use suicide bombs to murder helpless women and children in your country, just as they slaughtered helpless civilians here.

I cannot explain how Americans, who suffered so grievously at the hands of al-Qaeda, were tricked into supporting the jihadists. But I do know that many U.S. officials disagree with equipping and training the terrorists who penetrate your borders from the Kingdom of Jordan and through Turkey.

The worst possible outcome would be for the rebels to seize the capital and raise the dreaded black flag of al-Qaeda over Damascus. For that reason, the rebels have been denied advanced weapons. Military planners know that the terrorists are deceitful and untrustworthy. Nothing prevents them from turning antiaircraft missiles against civilian aircraft. Were they were to seize control of Syria’s reported arsenal of 4,000 MANPADS, terrorists could turn airliners into fireballs at Dulles Airport, Heathrow, and LaGuardia, paralyzing commercial aviation across the globe. Helping them to do so is an act of utter madness

You have followed the practice of your father by treating with respect all Christians and the small community of Jews in Damascus. You defended their churches and the Jewish synagogue, and you have permitted them to worship freely according to their beliefs. I am grateful for that.

By contrast, wherever rebels have seized control, they have acted as thieves, criminals and vandals. They raped, tortured, kidnapped and beheaded innocent people. They defiled the churches. The terrorists imposed the loathsome “dhimmitude” tax on Christians and Jews, treating them as subhuman. I pray that your army will drive the jihadists from Syria, so that Syrians of all faiths may live together in peace.

Until then, I pray that the Syrian armed forces will continue to exhibit extraordinary gallantry in the war against terrorists. Please convey my personal thanks to the Syrian Arab Army and Air Force for protecting all patriotic Syrians, including the religious minorities who face death at the hands of the foreign jihadists.


Senator Richard Black: attacks on Syria are war crimes

 Interview with the honorable Senator Richard Black, Commonwealth of Virginia State Senate, December 2014, according to the Pravda:

As I wrote a few months ago, surfing the net sometimes one can happen to come across documents that leave the reader surprised and led him to question why and how certain things have happened. Honorable Senator Richard Black, member of the Senate of Virginia, in April of this our year now at the end, wrote a letter to Syrian President Assad to thank the Syrian Arab Army for its extraordinary gallantry and heroism demonstrated in conducting military operations in Qalamoun. These military operations have led to the rescue of the Christian community who was imprisoned for a lot of time by the Islamic extremists who are fighting against the Syrian government and against the whole of Syria.

I remember briefly who is Senator Richard Black: he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and a Juris Doctor in Law and is licensed to practice law before the United States Supreme Court. He served four terms in the Virginia House of Delegates and was elected to the Senate in 2011. As Marine pilot in the Vietnam War, he flew 269 combat missions. He was wounded and his radiomen were both killed during fierce ground fighting with the 1st Marine Regiment. As Colonel, the future senator, served as a military attorney and supervised several major legal organizations. He was a Division Chief at the Pentagon, where he prepared Executive Orders for the President's signature and testified as a legal expert before the U.S. Congress. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and Command and General Staff College. Senator Black is a Republican, pro-business and favors low taxes and regulation.

The following is an interview to him about the letter he wrote and his opinion about the Syrian problem.

Q) Senator Black, could You remind our readers of the reasons that led You to write Your letter to Syrian President Assad?

A) I wrote to thank the Syrian Arab Army for its heroic rescue of Christians who lived along the Qalamoun Mountain Range.  I was deeply grateful for the skill and valor of the Syrian troops who conquered terrorists who had occupied the Christian villages for several years. In particular, I thanked President al-Assad for the rescue of thirteen Catholic nuns who were being used as human shields by the jihadists at Yabroud. I also expressed concern that the United States had become aligned with designated terrorist groups like al-Nusra and, at the time, the Islamic State.  I was troubled that we would side with radicals who conducted mass executions of prisoners of war, beheaded priests and other civilians, and even resorted to cannibalism on the battlefield.

Q) Your letter has caused mixed reactions. How would You respond now to the criticism received by Your party colleagues?

A) No one had dared to challenge American policy before my letter was published. It caused a worldwide firestorm because the main-stream media had not disclosed the truth about our involvement in Syria. Initially, there was some criticism of the letter. However, the media were unable to discuss the letter without disclosing its contents. When people read the letter, they saw that I was standing up for Christians against terrorists. People began to say, "What is wrong with that?" The other part of my letter said that we should not be helping groups affiliated with al-Qaeda, because al Qaeda had killed 3,000 Americans when they flew jet airliners into The Pentagon and Twin Towers. Most people said to themselves, "That seems pretty reasonable."  Over time, all of the criticism has stopped, and I now receive many compliments on having courage to publish the letter as I did.

Q) Mirna Barq, vice president of the Syrian American Council, has reserved harsh words for You. There was no adjustment that occurred regarding the attack with Sarin against civilians that was made by the Islamist terrorists and not by government forces?

A) I have not read the comments of Ms. Barq. From your question, it seems that she is uninformed about the Sarin gas attack that occurred at Ghouta in the outskirts of Damascus. The claim that President Assad ordered that attack has been completely debunked. Pulitzer Prize winning author, Seymour Hersh, in The Red Line and the Rat Line, concluded that covert operatives from Turkey supplied rebel terrorists with the Sarin gas they used to launch the attack.  His opinion was supported by Yossef Bodansky of Global Research in his article entitled, "Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?" Bodansky independently concluded that Turkish and Qatari intelligence knew in advance that the attack would be launched, and arranged with the C.I.A. to send 1,000 tons of high quality weapons for use in a massive attack on Damascus, set to coincide with the anticipated American air and naval attack that would follow the staging of a poison gas attack.  The attack occurred on August 21, 2013, just three days after President Assad brought U.N. Inspectors to Damascus to investigate an earlier sarin gas attack by the "Rebels". The notion that Assad would attack his own capital city when U.N. Inspectors were there at his request is childishly absurd. America's most prominent radio commentator, Rush Limbaugh, stated unequivocally on August 25, 2014 that President Obama, "...should never have drawn the red line, because Assad was not gassing his own people, as was the popular thought or perception a year ago." Since President Assad knew that the use of poison gas would result in an attack by the United States that would overthrow his government, no rational person can believe that he would deliberately attack his own capital city. I was amazed how easily educated people accepted this propaganda ploy at face value.  Intelligent adults should be more discerning.

Q) Referring to President Assad, You used an expression that really struck me: "extraordinary cavalry". Would You use it again?

A) I did not refer to President Assad by using that phrase. What my letter said was that, "I pray that the Syrian armed forces will continue to exhibit extraordinary gallantry in the war against terrorists." That is what I said, and that is what I intended to say.

Q) Forgive me but .... "extraordinary gallantry" reminds me of the Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. My question is, is there still a respect for the enemy?

A) You make the mistake of referring to Syria as "the enemy."  The Congress of the United States has never declared Syria to be our enemy. Syria, which is a secular nation, has long been the defender of Christians and other minorities. The Syrian Constitution guarantees complete freedom of religion to everyone. In the midst of the civil war, Christians in Syria erected one of the grandest statues of Jesus Christ on Earth. The massive bronze statue is visible from Israel, Lebanon, and Syria.  Women have complete freedom in Syria.  They can study, travel, worship, and dress as they please.  Syria is the only Arab nation that has conducted free elections. President al-Assad was re-elected by a 79% majority, and three-quarters of eligible voters turned out to vote. Even Sunnis in Syria voted for Assad by a wide margin.  The government of President Assad enjoys strong support from the Syrian peopleI consider the enemy to be the terrorists from al-Qaeda, ISIS, The Islamic Front, and even the Free Syrian Army that is being trained to establish a puppet regime to rule the Syrian people.  All of these groups are renowned for their cruelty.  They conduct mass executions of prisoners of war, they crucify Christians, and they embark on sexual jihad, raping Christians and Yazidis at will. They conduct forced amputations; they forcibly restrain naked Christian women while they slice their necks and decapitate them. They conduct suicide bombings of children's' schools. They stone young lovers to death, and they have established organized slave markets where filthy, disgusting men can purchase little children for their perverted pleasure.  These men are my enemies, and I despise them.

Q) In particular, do You believe that Bashar al-Assad is anyway the "enemy"?

A) I do not believe that President al-Assad is the enemy. Both he and his father before him have been the protector of Christians.  Under President al-Assad, Syria has not attacked any nation even though dozens of nations have attacked Syria. Syria is a neutral, non-belligerent nation.  Hostile actions taken against Syria are not lawful under the Law of War.  Accordingly, attacks on Syria are war crimes. Syria is not the enemy; the terrorists being armed and trained by the U.S., Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar are the enemy.

Q) Often, following the events in Syria, I had the impression that there are two opposing schools of thought within the Obama administration. In particular, the activism of Senator McCain reminds me of Theodore Roosevelt. Do You think so?

A) Senator John McCain played a major role in the unlawful attack on Libya.  That attack was carried out in order to capture their huge arsenal of weapons, which were then sent to Turkey to supply the "rebels" across the border in Syria. I believe that Senator McCain's foreign policy activities have done enormous damage to The United States.  They have resulted in bloodshed and political turmoil throughout the Middle East.

Q) Finally: what possible solution to the Syrian crisis, considering the role of Russia and Iran?

A) Syria is the most affective bulwark against ISIS.  If terrorists seize Damascus, the entire Middle East will be destabilized.  Jordan and Lebanon would probably collapse within weeks.  I believe that the United States, Russia, and Iran share common interests in defeating all of the terrorists attacking Syria. I believe the Syrian crisis can be solved in the following fashion:

The U.S. should withdraw all funding and support for terrorist training that is now being carried out in Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar;

The United States should establish a covert military liaison with the Syrian Government so that air strikes can be coordinated through the Syrian Arab Army;

The United States, in conjunction with Russia, should request overflight permission to allow our aircraft to lawfully enter Syrian air space. Since all parts of Syria are directly accessible from the Mediterranean Sea, this would eliminate the need to seek overflight permission from Turkey, which is quietly allied with ISIS, al-Nusra, and other terrorist organizations;

The United States should organize a massive and relentless bombing campaign to cut off all vehicular traffic entering or leaving the ISIS capital of Raqqa. We should drop leaflets, ordering all civilians to evacuate the city by foot. Afterwards, Raqqa, which has become a chamber of horrors, should be completely leveled using carpet bombing designed to destroy every structure in that depraved city;

The United States and Russia should provide precise, timely satellite and electronic-intercept intelligence to the Syrian and Iraqi military forces;

The United States should reopen the Syrian Embassy and close down the mission used by Syrian Rebels to lobby for American arms;

The C.I.A. should be instructed to terminate all aggressive actions against Syria, including propaganda.  They should be instructed that it is the objective of the United States to ensure the survival of Syria, which is essential to the defeat of terrorism in the Middle East.

We thank the Honorable Senator Black for his patience and his kindness in responding to our questions.



On June 12, 2014, US Senator considered the then Presidential elections and the victory of President Al-Assad as a sweeping victory for the Syrian people, saying the world can't ignore the unlimited support of the jubilant Syrians who flooded to the ballot boxes for voting.

In a congratulatory message to President Al-Assad, Senator Black said that the Syrian voters sent a bitter rebuke to the jihadists, saying the elections have proved the Syrians' disgust of beheadings, executions and acts of crucifixion, affirming it became clear the external conspiracies to divide Syria on an ethnic basis have foiled.

Black said, "I apologize for the rude and inappropriate comments of US Secretary of State John Kerry on the elections… any wise man can't ignore elections where three quarters of voters select a candidate with a 9 to 1 margin.. Fortunately selecting presidents is not the right of Kerry, but it is the right of Syrian people. "

He added, "Your country was once a pearl for stability, religious harmony and civilization... your election stirs hope for those who dream of restoring glory Syria has been enjoying."

The Senator concluded by saying "Any one shouldn't ignore those elections... They were a main step towards achievement of world peace and an indication that time has come to yield to the Syrian people's will."

 Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

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