Huffington Post Greece – Aug. 17, 2018
The visit of the head of National Security of the Assad regime General Ali Mamlouk in Italy was not officially announced, but was not hidden. It is one of the routine visits of the General and his meetings with the Italian Chief of Staff and the head of the Italian intelligence services. During his last visit, which lasted for three days, suspects lists and information were exchanged, he then returned to Damascus, transferring a positive climate to Assad on behalf of Europe. These visits are taking place despite the decision to refuse entry into the European Union of persons included in the list of Assad regime members accused of committing war crimes and supporting the indiscriminate killings carried out by this regime during the last seven years against the Syrian people. Despite the ban, invitations to General Ali Mamlouk to visit Italy are repeated every six months or every year. In this article I will explain the background of these visits as well as the real face and the role of the European Union in the crisis of Syria, which is totally contrary to what appears at the press conferences and Security Council meetings.
In February of this year, a private airplane landed at Beirut Airport, sent directly by the Italian government, to transfer the head of the Syrian National Security of Syria to Rome. This visit is the fourth in Italy in the last four years. Despite the leak of the visit, there is no information about the reasons and the files discussed with the highest official of the National Security of the Assad regime. According to a Western diplomatic source, terrorism was the first file of these visits. The European side, which has suffered from the terrorist attacks by ISIS fighters in Syria, has been forced to exchange information with the Assad regime in an effort to contain any future attacks. Europe, which has received almost 800.000 Syrian refugees, can not be absolutely sure about their precedents. Therefore, the need for information has forced Europe to give the green light to Italy to take over the task of communicating with the Assad regime and to obtain as much information and names as possible in order to reduce the risk to its security. In the same context was the secret visit of the head of the Italian intelligence service, Alberto Manenti, to Damascus, two and a half years ago.
At first some may see this move as justified due to the threat of terrorism. It is imperative for EU governments to communicate with Assad and his regime, but reality points to something different. Those wanted by the Assad regime under the charges of terrorism are all Syrian dissidents who demand freedom and democracy, be they Christians or Muslims. According to information leaked a few weeks ago, the number of people wanted under the Assad regime exceeds 3.000.000. This huge figure depicts the insanity of this system and its brutality, as well as the inability to benefit of the information it provides. They are professional liars. How can Europe benefit from the information provided by a regime that denies its involvement in chemical attacks so far, in Khan-Sheikhoun in Idlib province, in Ghouta and in Douma east of Damascus, although there is sufficient evidence of this? How to use information from a regime that killed after torture the 11-year-old Hamza Hatib in Daraa in the early days of the Syrian revolution on the grounds of being a threat to the national security of the Assad regime?
In a televised speech, the mufti of the Assad regime Ahmad Hassan in 2011 he threatens Europe to send terrorists to attack European countries and asserts that terrorists are already present in Europe. This speech did not lack context. The Assad regime is one of the most corrupt, and the largest supporter of Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist organization, which has previously carried out terrorist attacks in both Cyprus and Bulgaria. The scrutiny of the emergence of the ISIS organization in Iraq and Syria, will reveal the Assad regime footprints everywhere, its major role in the organization expansion and supply of militants and weapons. So the regime itself is a terrorist. How is it possible for Europe to advertise the idea of working with Assad under the guise of necessity?
Over the past few months there have been clear statements by Western leaders confirming the acceptance of Assad’s survival from Europe. One of the most important positions was that of French President Macron that Assad is the enemy of his people and not an enemy of France, even though France was hit in Bataclan by terrorists trained in Syria and belonging to ISIS. ISIS, which was reinforced in the summer of 2011, after the release by the Assad regime of many of its leaders from prisons, and was supported with arms by the withdrawal of the regime’s forces from many military bases without a fight.
Is Assad, who has killed nearly one million of his own people, is the cause of the refugee crisis in Europe, and is known to have suspicious dealings with many terrorist organizations, only an enemy of the Syrians? If so, why did the Italian and French jets move so frantically to topple the Qaddafi regime, even though it did not kill its citizens, nor did it related to terrorist organizations? Or is it oil and gas that identify who is a terrorist and who is legitimate?