Syria Explained

I didn’t write this and I stole if from a Facebook friend who had stolen it himself from somewhere and posted it! If you wrote it and are about to read my slightly edited version, please accept my apology for the fact that I couldn’t credit you for it.

A highly restricted briefing document on Syria……

President Assad (who is bad) got so nasty his people rebelled and the Rebels (who are good) started winning (Hurrah!).

But then some of the rebels turned a bit nasty and are now called Islamic State (who are definitely bad!) and some continued to support democracy (who are still good). 

So the Americans (who are good) started bombing Islamic State (who are bad) and giving arms to the Syrian Rebels (who are good) so they could fight Assad (who is still bad) which was good. 

By the way, there is a breakaway state in the north run by the Kurds who want to fight IS as well (which is a good thing) but the Turkish authorities think they are bad, so we have to say they are bad whilst secretly thinking they’re good and giving them guns to fight IS (which is good) but that is another matter. 

Getting back to Syria. 

So President Putin (who is bad, because he invaded Crimea and the Ukraine and killed lots of folks including that nice Russian man in London with polonium poisoned sushi) has decided to back Assad (who is still bad) by attacking IS (who are also bad) which is sort of a good thing. 

But Putin (still bad) thinks the Syrian Rebels (who are good) are also bad, and so he bombs them too, much to the annoyance of the Americans (who are good ) who are busy backing and arming the rebels (who are also good). 

Now Iran (who used to be bad, but now they have agreed not to build any nuclear weapons and bomb Israel are now good) are going to provide ground troops to support Assad (still bad) as are the Russians (still bad) who now have ground troops and aircraft in Syria. 

So a Coalition of Assad (still bad) Putin (extra bad) and the Iranians (good, but in a bad sort of way) are going to attack IS (who are bad) which is a good thing, but also the Syrian Rebels (who are good) which is bad. 

Now the British (obviously good, except that nice Mr Corbyn in the corduroy jacket, who is probably bad) and the Americans (also good) cannot attack Assad (still bad) for fear of upsetting Putin (bad) and Iran (good/bad) and now they have to accept that Assad might not be that bad after all compared to IS (who are super bad). 

So Assad (bad) is now probably good, being better than IS (but let’s face it, drinking your own urine is better than IS so no real choice there) and since Putin and Iran are also fighting IS that may now make them good. America (still good) will find it hard to arm a group of rebels being attacked by the Russians for fear of upsetting Mr Putin (now good) and that nice mad Ayatollah in Iran (also good) and so they may be forced to say that the Rebels are now bad, or at the very least abandon them to their fate. This will lead most of them to flee to Turkey and on to Europe or join IS (still the only constantly bad group). 

To Sunni Muslims, an attack by Shia Muslims (Assad and Iran) backed by Russians will be seen as something of a Holy War, and the ranks of IS will now be seen by the Sunnis as the only Jihadis fighting in the Holy War and hence many Muslims will now see IS as good (Doh!) 

Sunni Muslims will also see the lack of action by Britain and America in support of their Sunni rebel brothers as something of a betrayal (mmm…might have a point…) and hence we will now be seen as bad. 

So now we have America (now bad) and Britain (also bad) providing limited support to Sunni Rebels (bad) many of whom are looking to IS (good/bad) for support against Assad (now good) who, along with Iran (also good) and Putin (also, now, unbelievably, good) are attempting to retake the country Assad used to run before all this started. 

I hope that clears all this up!!!

Crime Prevention Advice

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As many people know, as a direct result of technological advances, it is almost impossible to steal a modern car without the key. I have seen many warnings about not leaving your keys near the front door within reach of something pushed through the letter box but I haven’t read about the method described below.

You return to your car having left it in a public car park. As you reverse out of your space you notice a flyer  has been attached to your rear window (invariably, I assume, under the rear windscreen wiper). Leaving the keys in the ignition and in all probability the engine running, you jump out of the car to remove it. This allows the car thief to get into your driver’s seat and steal your car. In many cases this also gives the criminal your house keys and possibly your address on correspondence in the car. If you’re really unlucky your credit cards and other valuables may be taken too.

There are some obvious easy crime prevention measures you can take here:

  1. Reverse into all car parking spaces;
  2. Whether you’ve done the above or not, if you notice a piece of paper attached to your rear windscreen remove it after you’ve left the car park (preferably at home if it’s safe to leave it there for the whole journey);
  3. If you must get out in the car park to remove the offending object, take your ignition keys with you;
  4. Drive a car like mine (a VW Passat that is apparently single-handedly causing global warming thanks to an illegal engineering modification) that nobody wants to steal!