After 12 years of war and destruction initiated by the deep state in the United States to overthrow Assad and install a Guaidó and Zelensky-like puppet, western political elites cannot fathom the fact that their plot against Syria has failed.
Hence, they are doing everything in their capacity to foil the regional reconciliation with Damascus.
In this context, the Netherlands will be instituting proceedings together with Canada against Syria before the International Court of Justice for alleged crimes against its own population.
The foreign minister of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra posted his government’s next move on Twitter thinking we have forgotten his country’s role in supporting genocidal terrorist groups in Syria.
So, here I’m reminding Mr. Hoekstra of the famous Arabic saying: people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
Why do I say this? because in 2018, research published by the Dutch Nieuwsuur and Trouw revealed that the Dutch government supported Jabhat al-Shamiya, an armed gang in Syria that the Dutch Public Prosecutor labelled as a terrorist organization.
For those who do not know, Jabhat al-Shamiya shares the same Salafist and takfiri ideology of ISIS and advocates for a puritanical and violent interpretation of Islam as a means to establish an Islamic state.
The Dutch investigators say Jabhat al-Shamiya “can’t be otherwise qualified” than as a “criminal organization with terrorist intent”.
Despite that, the Dutch government spent tens of millions on Jabhat al-Shamiya and 21 similar terror groups supplying them with pickup trucks, cameras, satellite telephones, food, uniforms, medical supplies, and even laptop computers.
The Dutch government called this “non-lethal aid” although every and each one of them was used during combat operations against the anti-terror forces in Syria.
Despite knowledge of grave human rights violations by these terror groups, the Dutch government continued to support them. In one of the many examples, Dutch-backed groups invaded the Kurdish-populated Afrin in 2018 and committed ethnic cleansing against the Kurds of Afrin.
So, Mr. Hoekstra… I think it is clear now it is Syria that should institute legal proceedings against the Dutch officials and not the other way around. In a just world, Dutch officials should be behind bars for supporting notorious terror groups who committed horrendous crimes against the Syrian people.
Mr. Hoekstra, when we come to your country as migrants or refugees, you tell us we need to respect your laws and values and rightfully so, while all we ask for is to stop supporting genocidal death squads in our country!
Kevork Almassian is an award-winning political commentator from Syria. He is the founder of Syriana Analysis and is known for his contribution to the literature on the Syrian war.