VA Sen. Dick Black (R) Praises “Extraordinary Gallantry” of Syrian Armed Forces

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    If it’s humanly possible, Virginia State Senator Dick Black (R-Homophobia) has hit another new low, sending a gushing “thank you” letter to Syria’s war criminal President Bashar al-Assad. Keep in mind that al-Assad’s forces are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Syrian civilians, the use of chemical weapons (a war crime), widespread torture (also a war crime), and many other atrocities against their own people. Who in their right mind would actually write a letter thanking this guy — for his “extraordinary gallantry,” no less? Virginia State Senator Dick Black, who among other things has made some seriously insane comments over the years: Polygamy “just more natural” than homosexuality; Dick Black Rails Against Gays in the Military; Dick Black on Spousal Rape, “Nighties,” etc.; claimed that “children that have a homosexual parent, approximately 29% of children are molested by that parent;” etc, etc. So, yeah, the guy’s an extremist, but what’s really shocking is that he’s one of just 40 Virginia State Senators. And a Republican, of course. Ugh.

    h/t: Washington Post

    • Dave Webster

      Both Assad and the Al Qaeda jihadists who oppose him are morally bankrupt. One thing for certain is Christians are being persecuted in Syria. Israeli officials aren’t sure what to do about Assad because they are worried that whoever replaces him might be worse. My personal position is it would be better if Assad were toppled from power and thereby deny Iran its number one ally who they use as a conduit to send advanced weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon with which to attack Israel. But no US troops!  We don’t need US troops to get involved in a quagmire in Syria from which there would be no escape. Whoever succeeds the loser and terrorist Assad we can deal with then.

    • Dave Webster

      I am not sure what Senator Black was thinking but I don’t think praising anti-Israeli terrorists such as Assad who are in league with Hezbollah is a good idea.  

    • Dan Sullivan

      Yes, that’s right. Black’s lunacy represents Virginia worldwide.

    • From the DPVA:

      DPVA Executive Director Robert Dempsey released this statement following yesterday’s revelation that Senator Dick Black is spending time writing letters of admiration to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad instead of working with his party to pass a budget that closes the health care coverage gap.

      “The recent actions of Republican State Senator Dick Black are inexcusable. Black’s admiration of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad comes at the cost of thousands of Syrian lives, the use of chemical weapons, and widespread torture,” said DPVA Executive Director Robert Dempsey. “His letter also comes at a time when we have a budget and healthcare crisis here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Instead of focusing his energy to find a solution to pass a budget that closes the health care coverage gap for 400,000 Virginians, he’s writing letters of admiration to Bashar Assad, a dictator known for sacrificing lives of his people for his own political gain.

      “The behavior and negligence to do his elected job is upsetting and irresponsible. It’s time Pat Mullins and Republican leadership denounce Senator Black’s behavior and call on their party to focus on issues important to the Commonwealth, like finding a commonsense solution to the budget that closes the health care coverage gap.”

    • STATEMENT FROM SEN. MCEACHIN ON SEN. BLACK’S LETTER TO BASHAR AL-ASSAD

      RICHMOND – In response to Sen. Dick Black’s (R – Loudoun) recent letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Caucus Chair Sen. Donald McEachin (D – Henrico) issued the following statement:

      “It is bizarre that state Senator Dick Black would send a letter to the President of Syria.  Especially one  that heaps praise on President Bashar al-Assad – a  man who has presided over terrible massacres and atrocities, including gas attacks that killed hundreds of his own people.

      “As state legislators we should be spending our time on issues here in Virginia. Passing a budget that closes the coverage gap is job number one, and I don’t understand why Dick Black is flattering strongmen overseas when he could be helping hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians right here at home.”

    • (Loudoun) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad posted a letter on Facebook from Virginia Senator Dick Black on Virginia Senate letterhead. Senator Black confirmed sending the letter, dated April 1 2014, where he praised Bashar al-Assad, and undermined the U.S. State Department’s diplomatic efforts by saying that Americans “were tricked into supporting jihadists” and that “many U.S. officials disagree with equipping and training” Syrian rebels, who he referred to, repeatedly, as “terrorists”.

      President al-Assad is being investigated by the United Nations for various war crimes, including the dissemination of chemical weapons on civilians. UN Commissioner Navi Pillay has stated that they have gathered “massive evidence” of “crimes against humanity” that stem from the “highest level of government, including the head of state” thus implicating Bashar al-Assad’s involvement.

      In light of Senator Black’s open support for a suspected war criminal, and his transparent efforts to undermine the United States’ strategic objectives in the Middle East, Loudoun County Democratic Committee Chair

      Valerie Suzdak has called for Senator Black’s resignation. Said Suzdak, “Bashar al-Assad is a brutal dictator who uses Sarin gas on his own people. Writing a letter of support to him is a disturbing moral failing on the part of Senator Black. Further, he openly criticizes our operations in Syria, and implies that President Obama does not have the support of U.S. government officials. This is unacceptable. Senator Black owes our country an apology and should step down immediately.”

    • blue bronc

      How many Republicans are saying anything?  

      The crickets are chirping.

      How many of Boehners people are with this?