Friday, May 13, 2016
HR 1493: The View from Beirut; Propaganda vs. the Reality on the Ground
Franklin Lamb, a sympathizer of the Assad regime, states in an article he published in April that US Congressional sources told him that Palmyra's recapture by Syrian Government forces helped move HR 1493 forward. Yet, while Palmyra is a rallying cry for Assad's propaganda machine, Syrian government forces shelled it when it was initially in rebel hands, looted it when it was previously in government hands, and with its recapture, have given over part of the site so that it can be turned into a Russian military camp. This again begs the question whether repatriation contemplated under HR 1493 to Syria and its government is a good thing.