The new chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (also known as MI6), Alex Younger, used his frist major public speech to blame the “Assad regime” and Russia for their efforts to liberate the Syrian city of Aleppo from the al-Qaeda linked “moderate opposition”.
Mr Younger said Russia’s policy in Syria of backing Bashar al-Assad risked driving Syrians towards extremists.
He said: “In defining as a terrorist anyone who opposes a brutal government, they alienate precisely that group that has to be on side if the extremists are to be defeated.
“Meanwhile, in Aleppo, Russia and the Syrian regime seek to make a desert and call it peace. The human tragedy is heartbreaking.”
The terrorist threat to Britain from militant groups such as Islamic State in Iraq and Levant would continue as long as the Syrian civil war raged, he said.
Just look at this guy. There are two options:
- The new MI6 chief is a missinformed fool;
- He started his career as a MI6 chief with a dreict lie to the people.
Indeed, it’s hard to say what option is better.