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Monday, September 02, 2013

Asma Al-Assad: Syria's Beautiful First Lady - Her Ties to England

President Al-Assad will forever be known alongside of Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein for being the leader of a country where poison gas was deliberately used to kill innocent people.

But, Britain's Parliament voted against retaliation for this violation of international law. Why?
With birth and educational ties to England, the beautiful Mrs. Al-Assad's presence has a salient influence wherever she appears. Would her lovely influence have any impact over the British Parliament?

Asma al-AkhrasAsma al-Assad born 11 August 1975, née Asma al-Akhras, is the British-Syrian First Lady of Syria. Born, raised and educated in the United Kingdom by Syrian-born parents, she graduated from King's College .  She met Bashar al-Assad during the 1990s, when they were both in London.  The couple married after the death of her beau's father, Syrian President Hafez Assad, in June 2000.

They have had at least three children. She was reported last spring to be pregnant with a fourth.  Before the outbreak of the civil war in Syria in March 2011, the first lady had projected an image of a reformer.  Local merchants routinely praised the secular "modern image" of al-Assad and his wife, particularly in contrast to Turkey's pious Sunni prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose wife wears an Islamic headscarf.

A 2011 Vogue magazine article described her as "a rose in the desert."

Does Mrs. Al-Assad's ties to England have any influence over British lawmakers?  

British Prime Minister David Cameron unexpectedly lost the vote in Parliament to launch a retalitatory attack, with the US, against Syria, for the use of Sarin gas on innocent citizens last week.  

LONDON — Invoking the specter of the Iraq war, British lawmakers on Thursday rejected military action in Syria, dealing a stunning blow to Prime Minister David Cameron and effectively ruling Washington’s staunchest military ally out of any U.S.-led strike.
After a marathon eight-hour debate, Cameron lost a vote that was initially seen as a symbolic motion setting up a final vote in the days ahead authorizing force against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for allegedly using chemical weapons. But the surprise loss of even the weaker piece of legislation — by a vote of 285 to 272, including a group of rebels from Cameron’s Conservative Party in opposition — appeared to cost the United States its centerpiece ally in a still-forming coalition. The rejection additionally signaled what analysts called the biggest rupture in the U.S.-British “special relationship” since the 1982 Falklands war.
This rebuke by Parliament was especially surprising because Engalnd was among the world countries that created the international Geneva Protocol banning the use of poisonous gas.The Geneva Protocol, is a treaty prohibiting the first use of chemical and biological weapons. It was signed at Geneva on 17 June 1925 and entered into force on 8 February 1928. It was registered in League of Nations Treaty Series on 7 September 1929.[4] The Geneva Protocol is a protocol to the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907. It prohibits the use of "asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases, and of all analogous liquids, materials or devices" and "bacteriological methods of warfare". This is now understood to be a general prohibition on chemical weapons and biological weapons.

Of course, there's no evidence Mrs. Al-Assad has any influence on Parliament, but one has to wonder.....

The beautiful First Lady of Syria probably has nothing to do with with Prime Minister Cameron's defeat.  But, her connections to England must be widely known among lawmakers in Parliament.

Eventually, President Al-Assad will be held accountable for the atrocities inflicted on innocent civilians during the Syrian civil war.  His beautiful wife and their family will be forever marked by the heinous deaths of over a thousand who died the hideous death inflicted by Sarin gas, added to the thousands who have been killed in the civil war.

If Mrs. Al-Assad has any influence whatsoever in Syria or anywhere else, she will hopefully use it to stop all the killing of her country's people.  Her life in England must have had an influence on her as a human being, a mother and a humanitarian.
Perhaps, her family ties had some underlying influence on a handful of Britian's Parliament, just enough to defeat Prime Minister Cameron.  Likewise, this same kind of influence, if it exists, can stop the Syrian genocide, as well.

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