Me, Clinton and the funding ISIS scandal

So it was bound to come out sooner or later; Me, Clinton and the funding ISIS scandal.

Thanks to that bloody Assange and his leaking Wiki tittle-tattle, like a jealous teenager Julian it seems has been scrolling through Hilary’s Whatsapp messages and internet history to find irrefutable proof that the inevitable leader of the free world has been funding the Islamic State.

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That the Democrat nominee is corrupt would not come as a surprise to many, that she has been funding ISIS is, albeit unlikely, hardly something she would shy away from had the deal something to offer in her interests such as, well you know, profit, no, obviously the shock of the revelations is my involvement.

So the accusation that Hills back in the early 1990’s was a board member of the French cement company Lafarge, the same company may have received micro finance loans aimed at development projects in third world countries, Lafarge has a cement factory in Raqqa province in Syria, in the heart of the short lived (I am sure) Caliphate, the French CEO is reported to have paid via a series of middle men, or as we prefer to call them; blood sucking parasitic war lords, substantial amounts of cash to keep the factory operational, ISIS taxes or protection money call it what you like, the factory was able to continue production and importantly continue to employ and pay local staff until it finally closed in 2014.

So where in this sordid story does Wreford come in I hear you ask; In the summer of 2011 I was commissioned by Lafarge to visit Raqqa province and photograph the factory, staff and some of the surrounding area, the revolution in Syria was well underway by that time and fighting was taking place in Homs and the south but Aleppo and the north still relatively calm, it proved to be one of my last paying jobs in Syria.

I flew with a representative of Lafarge to Aleppo, as usual on arrival my camera equipment caused a degree of excitement with the security guys, journalist, journalist one was the cry of one young recruit almost weeping with pleasure, we calmed them down with some official paperwork and set of for our hotel.

We checked into the brand new Carlton Citadel hotel, a swanky palace of a place that was once a beautiful Ottoman hospital, I had already visited the hotel just before it opened the previous year, its only redeeming feature being the views over the beautiful old city of Aleppo. Syria in 2010 was a very different place and tourism investment was flourishing, the Carlton though was in the wrong place at the wrong time, the time being 2014 and the wrong place being the front line between the Syrian regime army who were using it as a base to attack the rebel opposition, in an audacious attack opposition forces tunneled under the hotel and laid enough explosives to raise the hotel to the ground, its Google + page now declaring it permanently closed.

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The Carlton Citadel just before it closed.

Early the following morning we drove the 150 Kms or so via a few military checkpoints without problem to the factory where we spent the day, unlike cement factories I have photographed in Egypt this was pristine, efficient, safety conscious and came with the usual overwhelming Syrian hospitality that included not only a substantial lunch but also a porta-cabin with bed and shower to relax in. The afternoon was spent visiting some of the local farming villages, remote and beautiful countryside, Bedouin shepherds and fields of smiling sunflowers, it was a calm and peaceful time but the war was very close and would inevitably arrive.

The factory eventually closed its doors in 2014, the staff were paid for a while but soon mostly fired, and the local villages were overrun by the godless animals of Daash, now as I write this the trip is fresh in my mind yet so much has changed, I hope those beautiful people have survived all that has been wrought upon them.

My name has been redacted from the emails but I will confess here and now I did take money from Hilary Clinton via a Syrian intermediary working for Lafarge during the Syrian uprising.

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29 thoughts on “Me, Clinton and the funding ISIS scandal

  1. Thank you. I thought I’d totally lost my sense of humor about Syria, the Middle East, the U.S. presidential campaign, Julian Assange, the trashing of Hillary Clinton, and a few other things. Turns out I haven’t: That tweet was so ludicrous that I laughed out loud — until it dawned on me that some people will believe it, and Syria has been destroyed, and some USians actually plan to vote for the most appalling presidential candidate to come along in my lifetime, maybe ever. As always, your photographs are eloquent and moving and beautiful.

    1. Thank you Susanna,
      Really there is not much to smile about, the absurdity of reality, only if I don’t try and retain something of a sense of humor god knows where I would be.
      I hope your novel is coming along?
      John

  2. From this to claiming that you – or Clinton, for that matter – paid Daesh is a bit like claiming I’m a supporter of the communists because I once had the fidelity card of a union pub… Wikileaks must’ve come down quite a lot if this is the sort of ‘scoop’ they boast these days.

  3. Great story John. The humour sets us up for the sad reality that follows. And exposes how much propaganda the internet encourages. Good to hear another perspective on this. And yes, I hope those beautiful people people have survived.

  4. John? You are an answer to my dilemma with this beautiful, brave but totally oppressed and fearful people in Jordan. I can’t make head or tails of anything that is going on with Syria or the rest of the world because nobody ‘knows’ anything. They fear to get their heads chop off by an invisible ghost. They love & protect me to the max but? Don’t say that ‘word’! Don’t go there! Quickly, quickly! Don’t look to the left or to the right! Don’t talk to anyone!

    O well, after seven years, by the grace and favor of the Father/Creator of us all who sent me here, I am beginning to understand it all. Father leads me all the way. Thus your visit to my blog. You welcome to email me if you wish for fellowship. Great honest info. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you.
      Its complicated and its simple. Understanding the complexities of the crisis is not easy without patience and dedication and even then, the simple part is as you say the the fear and oppression, of this there is no doubt, the politics is an agenda that does not consider the appalling effect it has on those unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

      1. O John, you are so right! It’s a simple thing–the thing? Behold! The power of love from on high. It never fails. It always avails!
        After 9 years, the simplicity of such love has descended on me big time.
        The power to love and be loved.
        The power to endure.
        The power to remain when quitting is big & strong in the mind’s terrain.
        The power to laugh & cry as it best fits the occasion.
        The power to kick the fear of man on its rear end!
        The power to rest underneath the everlasting arms.
        The power to march fearlessly & joyfully praising the Father/Creator all the day long in His Presence on the valley of death we all march on!
        Behold! The power of love from on high. It never fails. It always avails!
        Thanks for your comment. Good things are happening at http://www.thia-basilia.com/ Your visits are always welcomed. πŸ™‚

      1. so well said πŸ™‚

        would love if you’d guest post on my blog – if you are interested, please type ‘call for writers’ into search bar at right of my site & email me at ContactdaAL@gmail.com

        wishing you & yours the best, John πŸ™‚

  5. I lived in Egypt during the 2nd Gulf War. Unless you are truly immersed in the Middle East you can’t understand the complexities of their individual governments/dictatorships nor the difficulty the west has trying to keep open diplomatic channels. It is always shades of gray. Great post and photographs.

  6. Ah, what I wirite through the device of Gallows Humor is true to life. I was hoping for someone else who went through the same kind of surreal existence. But kudos for taking a humorous spin on a controversial issue that has ruined so many precious lives – even my own.

  7. I wish I didn’t know some real people who would have read this as actual news … but because that’s just plain depressing, let me say that the close-up of the beautiful child at the end re-warmed my heart.

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