Tuesday, November 27, 2012
NOV 27 SYRIAN WAR CLOSES WORLD'S LARGEST RESTAURANT
Things are getting downright desperate for Syrian President BASHAR AL-BASHIR. For the last year, he's watched his once-unified nation fall to opposition armies...piece by piece...province by province. First, his armies were defeated in the Idlib Region. Then, the strategic city of Aleppo fell to rebel hands. Today, AL-BASHIR still controls the capital Damascus and the cities Homs and Hama...but even that is being threatened. Recently, rebel troops established a foothold in the sprawling Eastern Damascus suburbs. In retaliation, cowardly AL-BASHIR used Syrian fighter planes to drop bombs on his own people.
You might not know that the World's Largest Restaurant is located in the same Eastern Damascus suburbs...just off the airport highway. Thanks to Bashir's bombs, the doors are closed. But what an amazing restaurant The Damascus Gate (بوابة دمشق) was! It opened four years ago to great fanfare. The owner Muhannad Samman spent $50 million dollars to bring a slice of Las Vegas to the Middle East. To insure greatness, it was officially awarded the title of "World's Largest Restaurant" by the Guinness Book. (The Royal Dragon in Bangkok is now in second place: 6,014 to 5,023 seats.)
However...since the aerial bombardment began last week...the kitchen is closed. No more Syrian Lamb Stew with "thick coconut milk, kissed with ginger roots, fine onion and garlic." This must be particularly aggravating for Mr. Samman. See, he's paid billions of Syrian Pounds to Al-Bashir's government in tax revenue. And...as everyone knows...a hefty percentage of the sales tax goes directly to the military. Simply put, this means Mr. Samman is paying to have his own restaurant destroyed by the Syrian army's fighter planes. That makes no sense!
NOTE: The Free Syria Army has a new flag that will soon be hoisted in world's most beautiful city!! (The Prophet Mohammed said that about Damascus...not us!)