By Ziad Ghosn, chief Editor, Tishreen Newspaper
“No sane person can be convinced that the European governments and intelligence agencies are not aware of the hundreds of terrorists who swarm to Syria. Everybody knows that in the decade that followed the 9/11 events has witnessed a drastic change in the intelligence agencies’ interest priorities and their performance, to the extent that they allow themselves now eavesdropping on their citizens and arbitrarily arrest and torture them, under the pretext of combating terrorism.
“Therefore, the UK authorities’ speaking about over 50 UK citizens who participate in the fighting, killing and sabotage that target the people in Syria cannot be understood separately from the official UK government position vis-à-vis the current events in Syria and its relationship with the armed group there. Actually all the odds indicate an official UK involvement in encouraging the phenomenon of the terrorists’ migration to Syria. Thus it hits two birds in one stone: on the one hand, it supports the efforts of the terrorist groups which work in order to destabilize Syria and bring down the state institutions there; on the other hand, it will get rid of some of those terrorists when they are killed by the Syrian Arab army troops.
“This applies to other European countries, and for the same goals.
“However, these countries do not realize that even if they make some profit now, using terrorism for their benefit, they will soon be victims of the very terrorism they support now.”
The Guardian has published that security sources believe that dozens of British extremists, possibly as many as 50, have travelled to Syria to join the fighting and some may have been recruited by Bashir. According to the leading UK paper the security services are concerned that the brutal conflict in Syria could become a "new Afghanistan" drawing in young men who return to Britain radicalized and keen to continue a fight to spread Islam.