Syria and Iraq : Tale of Two Cities

Lord Hylton

This is the text of a letter I sent to the Financial Times on 7/10.16 – not published:

The Western media have reported at length on conditions in Aleppo, usually from the rebel anti-government side.  Writing from Lebanon and Turkey, they have reflected the views of Al Arabya and Al-Jazeera. They have also described military preparations for liberating rebel-held Aleppo and ISIS-held Mosul.

 I can say that I visited government-held Aleppo, with British colleagues, in early September.  I saw normal civilian life, despite sporadic mortar attacks by insurgents.  I also witnessed the total destruction, especially of factories, along the Castello Road and in the northern suburbs, both said to have been caused by jihadis.

 If both Aleppo and Mosul are to be freed, I trust that lessons will be learnt from what happened at Ramadi and Fallujah (in Iraq), for the protection of the remaining civilians.

 There is still a more important question.  Why is it thought right to liberate Mosul, but wrong to drive out perceived rebels and terrorists from the fraction of Aleppo, that they still hold?


Yours faithfully



11 comments for “Syria and Iraq : Tale of Two Cities

  1. MilesJSD
    12/10/2016 at 3:22 pm

    What is needed
    but is being neither recognised, used, nor published
    (by anyone else other (than

    [e.g. currently being ‘suppressed’ by your colleague-below Baroness Deech
    in a submission (from MilesJSD)
    whuch re-re-recommends “Its” establishment
    as a, and even as ‘The’,
    first-and-continual-resort of
    Peacefully-Cooperative Needs-&-Hows Recognition and ‘friendly’ Problem Solving]

    “Win-Win-Win” Problem Solving Methodology III;
    {published long ago
    [and still accessible through some universities’ libraries – but not being implemented by universities
    nor by outside “real world” Economic-Workplaces and Community-Lifeplaces]
    and visible both in “Leader/Teacher/Parent/People Effectiveness Training” by Dr Thomas Gordon, and in “People Skills” by Robert Bolton

    (a practical and ‘moral’ guidance in 5-steps may be printed out ‘free’
    from or “Basics” pages) …

    {[(other duties suddenly call me –
    yet I can’t apologise “the constitutionally-correct adversary-confliction” ‘ruling’ all of this;
    but I can, and do promise I shall, remain faithfully-watching.
    JSDM 1622 Wednesday 12 October 2016 )]}

  2. maude elwes
    12/10/2016 at 6:07 pm

    This link explains exactly what is taking place in the political moves taking place in Syria. Virtually the same as Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan.

    However, what I find disturbing is, once an MP takes a trip to the US, after he/she is selected for a role in UK government Cabinet, he/she comes back with what appears to be robotic spouting of that governments aims. What is the reason for that? Are they brainwashed? Are they bribed? Are they threatened? Surely they cannot change their previous beliefs in just a few days. What happens to them over there? They appear to lose their sense of principle. If they had any that is.

    Example: Listen to Boris Johnson before and after his recent visit to the USA since taking up a position of some kind of power.

  3. 13/10/2016 at 1:56 am

    Lord Hylton, you Brits still have the honors that end in the letter BE in the age of the Commonwealth and other changes. We in the Union on this side of the atlantic have the aphoristic saying, “If you break it you won it.” One wonders if we are now so averse to real responsibility that we refuse to consider the responsibilities of military intervention when they resemble conquest in even the slightest way.

    Fighting to implement regimes that provide greater freedom and democracy is laudable. Fighting in the vague hope that these principles will take hold among the ruin can best be described in terms I will not us on your post.

    • 13/10/2016 at 7:48 pm

      D’accord, to Frank:

      and there has always malfeasantly-moled in every civilisation
      a constitutionally-supported fed and Establishment-dictated “cancer”
      of non-response-ability;
      and of deliberate non-responsiveness both to the Longest-Term Needs of The People and to the Immediate and Longest-Term Needs of the Earthlife-Supportive Environments both Bio- and Non-bio .
      [The first necessity of a “Responsible” individual and governance organisation is surely
      “100% fit-for-purpose response-ability”
      isn’t it ? ]

      • 24/10/2016 at 10:40 pm

        JSD Miles,

        I believe that the costs trying to make things work in a real and rigorous interpretive structure is less than the cost of deluded behavior. But it is not always an easy case to make.
        I appreciate your support. However, you and I are similar in ways that make us misfits in many circles in our age.

        I realize you have more reason to take umbrage at such a designation than I do. Yet there is no more real challenge than bridging an ethic of the past to the ethical analysis of the current era.

        • 16/11/2016 at 10:37 am

          I’m not wohrty to be in the same forum. ROTFL

  4. maude elwes
    19/10/2016 at 4:32 pm

    This is another link from a former Assistant Secretary of State for Ronald Reagan. Listen with all ears wide open.

    If our government want to play blind mans bluff, please do not expect the population to go along with it.

    • 20/10/2016 at 11:35 am

      Nay, and

      that’s right –

      we*’re all already
      constitutionally “blind-man’s-bluffed-ing –

      any “safety-circle” around us to be “blind-mens-bumping-into”.

      • maude elwes
        28/10/2016 at 4:56 pm

        @ MilesJSD

        I am pretty certain Mr Roberts is not bluffing. There is no ‘safety circle. ‘

        However, the most important point to all of this is that the entire world knows what is going on. And takes it very seriously. The man who is putting himself on the line to tell us about it believes he is right to try and prevent our destruction.

        And furthermore.

  5. Daedalus
    31/10/2016 at 11:42 am

    Dear Hylton

    My dear you deliver us two messages a war in the Levant and a story set in London and Paris before and during a revolution that ended French Monarchy. My dear your letter ends as a sign of the times.

    My dear how do I tell you that God destroyed the Church of England and with it the English Monarchy and that His mercy will allow it to continue on in Northern Ireland? My dear how do I tell you that the Noble’s lands in England and Scotland may be forfeit to that which will replace the absent throne?

    My dear trinitarians provide the weapons that destroy the Levant.

    My dear was it not Arian Christianity that rose enmasse to deny the legacy of Romulus and Remus in a savage and violent war because Isa (Jesus) was turned into a God.

    My dear those who repent their sins and embrace Isalam to accept the teachings of Isa to live by his word and example will be saved.

    My dear those who accept that Caliph Muhammad Resullalah was the rightful successor to Jesus accept that Isa was the son of Joseph and that his mother Mary was infertile and that the Holy Spirit infused her body making her fertile and that her only son was enabled by the Holy Spirit as part of the mystery of the unbeginning of the one true God.

    Confirm aloud by saying “La-Ilaha-IllAllah-Isadur-Rasulullah.”

    My dear the war in the Levant is a transition.


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