Which means the ‘open borders’ crowd have lots of explaining to do…
Ghouta, a besieged suburb of Damascus with some 400,000 inhabitants, is, he says, a scene of horrors that defy belief or description. This benighted area is the last bastion to hold out against the murderous regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and its luckless inhabitants are being bombed, gassed and starved into submission.
‘In my years of soldiering I’ve witnessed many atrocities,’ says Hamish. ‘But I’ve never seen anything as horrific as what is going on in Ghouta now.
‘It is ten times worse than Afghanistan was in 2007.
Unspeakable barbarity: An ex-army colonel who has travelled to Syria reveals a new horror in the country that shames the civilised world – and poses a chilling threat to Britain
- Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, 54, left the Army in 2011 after 23 years
- He served in both Gulf Wars, Bosnia, Kosovo and been to Iraq and Afghanistan
- But Hamish believes the West needs to wake up to the crisis unfolding in Syria
- Ghouta, a besieged suburb of Damascus, is a scene of ‘unimaginable horror’
Few military men seek sedentary retirements and Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon admits he is dismayed by the idea of a gentle slide into leisurely routine.
When he left the Army in 2011 after 23 years’ service, he swapped a career commanding troops in the world’s battlefields to volunteer in even more hazardous trouble spots.
The 54-year-old has served in both Gulf Wars, in Bosnia, Kosovo and been twice to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Julia, 50, his wife of 25 years, and their two children, got used to his absences — and his fizzing, restless energy. Why, the man holds a world record for performing 4,448 press-ups in the space of three hours!
‘It is the UK, the EU and the U.S. who are now at the top of ISIS hit lists — and unless we recognise this, we will see horrific ISIS attacks, such as those in Manchester and London, become as normal as chemical weapon attacks are now in Syria.’