During the course of his speech, Griffin claimed credit for the authorship of this letter, which was sent from the parliamentarians of Syria to the parliamentarians of the United Kingdom, via the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, on 29 August 2013.
It was this, he said, which convinced just enough MPs to withdraw their support for military action against Syria, thereby preventing the possibility of a dramatic escalation of the war.
In Griffin's own words:
"We worked to phrase the letter so that it would undo to at least a small extent the deliberate dehumanisation policy of Western pro-war propaganda. We tried to bring home to MPs that a vote for an attack would have been a vote to kill real human beings, rather than some kind of bloodless computer game...I don't doubt that Griffin is telling as it is here. The mainstream media's conspicuous silence on a matter of such tremendous importance is a bit of a give-away.
The vote we helped sway stopped Cameron from launching a massive strike within hours. That would have blown at least £250 million of British taxpayers’ money, probably rising to at least double that within a week. Syria would have retaliated, with the result that the conflict would almost certainly have engulfed the entire Middle East.
Obama would have been able to involve the USA without a vote in Congress. The closure of the Straights of Hormuz would have pushed the price of oil to $400 a barrel and plunged the entire developed world into a full-blown Depression.
The systematic destruction of the Syrian Army and Air Force that would have followed would have opened the way to huge gains for the Wahhabi-funded Islamist rebels. As well as beheading thousands more prisoners and innocent civilians, the organ-eaters would also without doubt have seized control of stockpiles of Syria’s chemical deterrent weapons. At which point, rather than face the risk of future Westgate Massacres involving poison gas, British and US troops would have had to be sent in on the ground to try to prevent the arsenal falling into jihadist hands.
All that was stopped because President Putin used the time bought by Obama’s Congress battle to propose a peaceful settlement. But that delay only came about because Cameron’s bid to launch an immediate attack was thwarted by seven Tory MPs, individuals whose conscience-wracking decision is highly likely to have been influenced by the direct, personal letter from their Syrian counterparts. Most British politicians start wars. With your help, because if your efforts hadn’t mobilised the support and the votes that made me an MEP, I helped to stop one.”
From 2006 to 2010, Nick Griffin enforced a very strict, no-criticism-of-Israel-or-Jewish-misbehaviour policy within the BNP organisation. This veto, and the high-handed nastiness that went with it, cost the BNP a great many of its best activists. The poor showing at the 2010 election came about as direct result of this autocratic, my-way-or-the-highway behaviour.
He should have resigned. Autocrats, however, tend not to do so. Despite so very obviously getting it wrong, strategically and morally, he has never apologised for his extraordinary foolishness back then and many will never forgive him for it.
His excellent intervention here, however, which must, in the end, have saved many, many lives, deserves the congratulations of all, even from those who cannot and do not wish to forgive.
P.S. Griffin is, nowadays, back criticising Zion, where criticism is appropriate.