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Why is David Cameron silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Isis?

In the end, it was the Syrian army, its Hizballah chums from Lebanon, the Iranians and the Russians - who drove the Isis murderers out of Palmyra

Published 28/03/2016

The ancient Roman city of Palmyra, north-east of Damascus (AP)
The ancient Roman city of Palmyra, north-east of Damascus (AP)
Smoke from the detonation of the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra. Photo released Aug. 25, 2015 (Islamic State social media account via AP)
(FILES) - A file picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows the courtyard of the sanctury of Baal Shamin in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. Islamic State group jihadists on August 23, 2015 blew up the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the UNESCO-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, the country's antiquities chief told AFP. AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EIDJOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images
An undated image published by Isis group in the Homs province (Welayat Homs) on August 25, 2015, allegedly shows explosives placed on parts of columns of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra. AFP/Getty Images
FILES - A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows the Temple of Baal Shamin seen through two Corinthian columns in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. Islamic State group jihadists on August 23, 2015 blew up the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the UNESCO-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, the country's antiquities chief told AFP. "Daesh placed a large quantity of explosives in the temple of Baal Shamin today and then blew it up causing much damage to the temple," said Maamoun Abdulkarim, using another name for IS. IS, which controls swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq, captured Palmyra on May 21, sparking international concern about the fate of the heritage site described by UNESCO as of "outstanding universal value". AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EIDJOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images
This undated photo released Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 on a social media site used by Islamic State militants, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows shows explosives in the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra. A resident of the city said the temple was destroyed on Sunday, a month after the group's militants booby-trapped it with explosives. The U.N. cultural agency UNESCO on Monday called the destruction of the temple a war crime. (Islamic State social media account via AP)
This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. (SANA via AP, File)
A file picture taken on January 13, 2009 shows a part of the ancient city of Palmyra.
An undated image, which appears to be a screenshot from a video and which was published by the Islamic State group in the Homs province (Welayat Homs) on August 25, 2015, allegedly shows Jihadists preparing explosives in the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra. The temple was destroyed by the extremist group and news of its demolition sparked international condemnation earlier this week. AFP/Getty Images
The ancient Roman city of Palmyra, north-east of Damascus, Syria (SANA via AP)

The biggest military defeat that Isis has suffered in more than two years. The recapture of Palmyra, the Roman city of the Empress Zenobia. And we are silent. Yes, folks, the bad guys won, didn't they? Otherwise, we would all be celebrating, wouldn't we?

Less than a week after the lost souls of the 'Islamic Caliphate' destroyed the lives of more than 30 innocent human beings in Brussels, we should - should we not? - have been clapping our hands at the most crushing military reverse in the history of Isis. But no.

As the black masters of execution fled Palmyra this weekend, Messers Obama and Cameron were as silent as the grave to which Isis have dispatched so many of their victims. He who lowered our national flag in honour of the head-chopping king of Arabia (I'm talking about Dave, of course) said not a word.

As my long-dead colleague on the Sunday Express, John Gordon, used to say, makes you sit up a bit, doesn't it? Here are the Syrian army, backed, of course, by Vladimir Putin's Russkies, chucking the clowns of Isis out of town, and we daren't utter a single word to say well done.

When Palmyra fell last year, we predicted the fall of Bashar al-Assad. We ignored, were silent on, the Syrian army's big question: why, if the Americans hated Isis so much, didn't they bomb the suicide convoys that broke through the Syrian army's front lines? Why didn't they attack Isis?

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Russian special forces officer surrounded by Isis calls in airstrikes on himself near Palmyra, Syria  

“If the Americans wanted to destroy Isis, why didn't they bomb them when they saw them?” a Syrian army general asked me, after his soldiers' defeat  His son had been killed defending Homs. His men had been captured and head-chopped in the Roman ruins. The Syrian official in charge of the Roman ruins (of which we cared so much, remember?) was himself beheaded. Isis even put his spectacles back on top of his decapitated head, for fun. And we were silent then.

Putin noticed this, and talked about it, and accurately predicted the retaking of Palmyra. His aircraft attacked Isis - as US planes did not - in advance of the Syrian army's conquest. I could not help but smile when I read that the US command claimed two air strikes against Isis around Palmyra in the days leading up to its recapture by the regime.

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An undated image, which appears to be a screenshot from a video and which was published by the Islamic State group in the Homs province (Welayat Homs) on August 25, 2015, allegedly shows Jihadists preparing explosives in the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra. The temple was destroyed by the extremist group and news of its demolition sparked international condemnation earlier this week. AFP/Getty Images
An undated image, which appears to be a screenshot from a video and which was published by the Islamic State group in the Homs province (Welayat Homs) on August 25, 2015, allegedly shows Jihadists preparing explosives in the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra. The temple was destroyed by the extremist group and news of its demolition sparked international condemnation earlier this week. AFP/Getty Images

Syrian president Bashar Assad hails recapture of historic Palmyra

Send in the archaeologists to help restore Palmyra - Boris Johnson  

That really did tell you all you needed to know about the American "war on terror". They wanted to destroy Isis, but not that much.

An undated image published by Isis group in the Homs province (Welayat Homs) on August 25, 2015, allegedly shows explosives placed on parts of columns of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra. AFP/Getty Images
An undated image published by Isis group in the Homs province (Welayat Homs) on August 25, 2015, allegedly shows explosives placed on parts of columns of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra. AFP/Getty Images

So in the end, it was the Syrian army and its Hizballah chums from Lebanon and the Iranians and the Russians who drove the Isis murderers out of Palmyra, and who may - heavens preserve us from such a success - even storm the Isis Syrian 'capital' of Raqqa.

 I have written many times that the Syrian army will decide the future of Syria. If they grab back Raqqa - and Deir el-Zour, where the Nusrah front destroyed the church of the Armenian genocide and threw the bones of the long-dead 1915 Christian victims into the streets - I promise you we will be silent again.

Aren't we supposed to be destroying Isis? Forget it. That's Putin's job. And Assad's. Pray for peace, folks. That's what it's about, isn't it? And Geneva. Where is that, exactly?

Smoke from the detonation of the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra. Photo released Aug. 25, 2015 (Islamic State social media account via AP)
Smoke from the detonation of the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra. Photo released Aug. 25, 2015 (Islamic State social media account via AP)

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