I’ve been one of a large number of people following A Gay Girl in Damascus. This has been a blog about a lesbian young lady in Syria listing the terrible things going on there at the moment. Having to move location constantly, describing someone killed directly in front of her at a riot, etc. Then a few days ago someone else reported on her blog that she’d been kidnapped by the police.

Now – some guy in Istanbul admits he made it all up.

I’m not just pissed at this guy for making so many people care about this girl and her welfare. No, I’m also really angry that the Syrian government now has another weapon in the propaganda war by pointing to this and saying – "look, it’s all lies".

There are awful things going on in Syria today and asshats like this, while briefly raising awareness in the West, are really counter-productive in the long run.