Tuesday 28 January 2020

Assad mocked Arab League monitors with YouTube link

Amy Willis

AT THE height of the Arab League visit to Homs in December, Bashar al-Assad ridiculed Arab League monitors amid claims of the regime hiding tanks, leaked emails show.

In an email dated December 29, 2011, Assad shared a link to a YouTube video portraying an Arab League monitor as the Fat Controller from Thomas the Tank Engine and a toy car with a tea straw “turret” as a makeshift tank.

"Check out this video on YouTube," Assad wrote to his media adviser, Hadeel al-Ali, in the email. The video is believed to have been produced by regime sympathisers.

"Hahahahahahaha, OMG!!! This is amazing!" the adviser replied. "Everybody was talking about Ghalion and his theory about the tanks."

In the video, the Fat Controller, aka the Arab League monitor, is unable to see the tank due to a magical incantation making it appear as a toy car. Four biscuits are used to demonstrate a fragile four storey buildings at the brink of collapse.

“Before we starts the explanation we would like to thank Professor Burhan Ghalion, who drew our attention to the ‘satan’ plan that the Syrian regime is using to hide tanks in Homs,” the video narrator says.

Burham Ghalioun, the leader of the opposition Syrian National Council, is believed to have suggested tanks were being concealed in government facilities.

The video continues, explaining how the tank driver removes the tea straw turret upon seeing a monitor, and turns into a toy car to conceal itself.

“They have developed a special incantation that turns the tank by some Godly miracle into a toy car for children and a Mate tea drinking straw.

“Now, as the Arab monitor comes to check whether the Syrian regime has complied with the Arab initiatives or not … very lovely person, sorry, he does not know what is going on.”


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