Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary General, and now the U.N.’s special rapporteur on the situation in Syria is briefing S.C. members on progress in that country.  His comments are, generally, upbeat and optimistic. While the exile opposition continues to carp about this violation and that, it cannot be lost on all parties that the Syrian government will continue to attack terrorist holdouts in any city.  Syria will not pull its heavy armor out of any populated area until the terrorist infestation has been removed.

Kofi Annan (pronounced like “cannon”) gained SyrPer’s respect when he declared the U.S. and U.K. invasion of Iraq “illegal” under international law.

China announced the arrival of two of its monitors to join Colonel Ahmed Hinniche’s group.  Colonel Hinniche is a Moroccan officer placed in charge of the monitoring mission and is known to have little patience for unctuous displays of anti-government vitriol.  Syria has made it clear that she will not accept any monitors from nations belonging to the embarrassingly inept “Friends of Syria” grouping.  This is the right of the country under international law. Syria does not have to entertain her own enemies.  Damascus has made it clear that Russia, China, South Africa, Brazil, Venezuela,  Cuba and Nicaragua are acceptable nations to fill the ranks of the monitoring units.  

While the BBC and other western media continue to lambaste the Syrian government over opposition claims of “violations”, the facts are that the terrorists are not stopping their attacks on Syrian infrastructure or personnel.  Unless the monitors reach a level of 300, it is unlikely that they will impact heavily on the Islamist murderers infiltrating the country. 

Colonel Hinniche is surrounded by a group of Islamist criminals as he walked the streets of Homs two days ago. You can tell the murderers around him are Islamist extremists by their beards. To the Colonel’s right is Abdel-Razzaq Tlas, a relative of the former Syrian Defense Minister, Gen. Mustafa Tlas.   
Fighting continues somewhat in Douma and Zabadani.  Our forces aborted an attempted terrorist effort to penetrate Syria from Turkey.  One terrorist was killed while his other cohorts sped to safety behind the Turkish lines.  A large cache of weapons was seized by security forces and displayed on television. 

The Turks are heading for trouble as they continue to provide safe haven for the criminal Islamists.  The PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) has already warned that any effort by Turkey to violate Syrian territorial sovereignty will be met with violence the likes of which the Turks have never seen.  The PKK’s leader declared that Turkey will be turned into a “war zone” if Ankara chooses the route of confrontation.  Of importance is that the PKK stalwarts have been trained extensively by certain parties to use anti-armor and anti-aircraft missiles.  The equipment will be delivered when the Turks choose to overtly interfere in Syria’s internal affairs. 

There are some incidents in Aleppo which are mostly annoying.  Near the Turkish border, incidents are on the decline because of Syria’s landmine network.  However, this does not mean that criminal elements still on the loose in the Idlib and Jisr Al-Shughour countryside, are not creating problems for merchants and tourists. They are being discovered, albeit slowly, by the security forces.  We are taking casualties – that cannot be denied. 

 In discussions with our relatives in Latakia, the mood is rosy and inviting.  I have been told that the coastal region of Syria is without any incidents of any kind. 

It is time to reiterate our adulation for Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.  His stewardship over the Syrian portfolio on behalf of the Russian Federation has been remarkable, to say the least.  The cunning manner by which he finagled the Western Powers into irrelevance by first; providing Syria with the technology needed to crush the opposition criminals; and two, helping to arrange Venezuelan diesel oil shipments to Tartous (allowing the Syrian mechanized military to maintain mobility) and three, bringing the entire issue to conclusion with U.N. monitors selected by Damascus is redolent with pure brilliance.  I also must praise Syria’s foreign minister, Walid Mouallem, for his patience in the face of a virulent international campaign to ostracise Syria in the media.          

Dr. Assad, like his father, is steely and shrewd, but one must admit that he can learn a great deal from the man in front of him, Sergei Lavrov.  Incidentally, Lavrov speaks English fluently as does Dr. Assad.

I am not getting the number of calls from my sources that I used to over ten days ago.  Monzer tells me by E-mail that the situation in Syria is calmer than what the Western media is trumpeting.  People go to work and play in much the same way as two years ago.  One difference is the increasing chances of being stopped by highwaymen.