Where are we going?

Syria has been witnessing increased fighting since March 2011- what started off as a peaceful demonstration in the governorate of Dar’a was quickly hijacked by outside forces which exchanged these demonstrations for armed militias and gangs that have spread terror and havoc through certain parts of the country.

 As money and arms poured into the hands of what was later called the “ Free Syrian Army “ the fighting spiraled . It is very important to note that those fighting the government in Syria are many different groups of which the FSA is only one and not the most important . The “ Nusra Front “ which has been listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S and is a branch of Al Qaeda, has been the cause of many explosions and acts of terror and is stronger than the FSA . The different gangs and militias in the country act independently of one another and have no central command and so to label them all under the FSA is a mistake, giving the FSA far more weight and power on the ground than it really has.

Today, Syria has reached a critical stage where its future can only be determined through national dialogue – where the government and the armed opposition must initially give up their differences and sit around a table and discuss their options with no preconditions attached. Unfortunately up till now the outside opposition has refused to do this and it has been aided and abetted by the U.S and the EU . Just recently the “ National Coalition “ has again rejected dialogue. Moaz Al Khatib has in a very roundabout way shown a willingness to talk but the question here is really who does he represent? The SNC?The National Coalition? Neither apparently since they both rejected his calls for dialogue. The future of Syria should encompass a democratic political process where the first step is dialogue resulting in free parliamentary and presidential elections. The future of Syria must offer a guarantee to all different sects and religions that make up Syria . Up till this date the outside opposition has made no attempt whatsoever to offer the minorities any kind of guarantee or reassurance  - other than words. Moreover, it hasn’t presented the people of Syria or indeed the outside world with any political narrative. Their fixation is simply to oust the regime with nothing planned for the day after. In addition, the outside opposition hasn’t tried in any way to engage with the opposition inside Syria – the latter ,not being funded by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and so see things in a more realistic light than those feasting in 5 star hotels in Arab and European capitals . Sanctions are another problem that should be dealt with immediately . The US led sanctions violate international humanitarian law due to the negative health effect they have on the Syrian civilian population . These sanctions should be immediately lifted  so that the people of Syria can pursue the right to economic development.

 

Reem Hadad

When Homeland Calls Sons Must Answer

Meeting the needs of the homeland's prosperity, security and stability is a natural, logical and national duty of all who live on its lands.

One of the most urgent need of our homeland today is dialogue, so whatever our political orientations or social backgrounds are, we, as citizens of this homeland need to join efforts to ensure a healthy environment and a suitable ground for making this dialogue a success and fruitful.

The homeland, adores unity, seeks coexistence and respects tolerance, amity and cooperation among its citizens. It rejects fragmentation attempts and renounces all who are connected with foreign agenda's. However, the question is would sons of the homeland be honest enough to respond positively to its calls so as its bleeding wounds are cured?

What is sure is that a wide range of Syrians are convinced that the potentials of the homeland and the blood of its sons could be saved to the main battle with Israel, the homeland's sole enemy.

Therefore, it is time for all to stop the bloodshed in Syria, go back to the right track and unify efforts to defend the homeland, preserve the unity of its land and maintain its social cohesion and state of coexistence among all components and spectra of the Syrian society. All are invited now to contribute to enriching dialogues and consultative meetings which pave the way for comprehensive national dialogue that restores security and stability to the homeland. All must also contribute to rebuilding Syria on new bases under the umbrella of the homeland, the guarantor of its citizens' rights.

No need to remind of facts or repeat the talk about the common interest shared by all the Syrians. No need also to review the homeland's firm principles as they have become evident. What is the most urgent now is to mobilize the Syrians' efforts and work together for a better and a stronger Syria.

                          

Ahmad Orabi Baaj

 

Translated and Edited by H. Mustafa

Terrorism is but terrorism

Terrorism has no homeland; wherever it exists, it has the same tools and destruction, whatever its name and color are. However, the important question remains: is terrorism allowed in one country and prohibited or undesirable in another? terrorism must be fought and isolated in any country in the world and that all countries and peoples should cooperate to combat and surround it wherever it exists.

What is happening  now is that politics plays a big role in using  terrorism as a weapon to fight peoples, although, by the ultimate end  this dangerous weapon ends up in exploding in  the face  of its  supporters at any time without permission or notice.

Qatar, the «petrodollar» state supports and funds terrorism in Syria in order to please its American master, and its European followers helped to that by Erdogan of Turkey. Similarly, Qatar  also supports  and funds terrorism in Mali, but this time behind the backs of its masters, who do not accept rather  condemn it in a paradox  that sometimes seems difficult for the  mind to understand or accept.

Is what we hear about the connection between terrorism and  those States confuses things in the mind about what is happening these days  in the world and in Syria,  in particular.?

Why the West keeps a blind eye off terrorism in Syria , and supports funds and pushes it across the border, especially the Turkish border, and at the same time a high voice is heard in Washington, London and Paris to fight terrorism in Mali ,considering it a threat to world peace?

Do terrorists in Mali share labels and objectives with terrorism coming to Syria from outside its borders, or not?

Then why such duplicity in dealing with such a big and dangerous issue to this extent does exist!

Perhaps the  nearest  answer  comes in   what we know about the big colonial powers of  pursuing doubled standards in dealing with Arab issues, in return for  full support to Israel. It is evident that history has never known a dispute in which the West side by people and their legitimate rights.  Rather, it is always work for its own interest and does not shy away to do anything for that, even if it is through terrorism. 

Doubled standards in this matter will destroy world peace; Western countries and the USA tasted and tested in its long-term involvement in the Afghani issue. They lost a lot for pursuing this policy. . . When  they will understand that terrorism is but terrorism  which has no country, no religion, affecting  its backers, the same as  its  opponents, but, this time , according to terrorism agenda this time , conditions are appropriate  to pounce on its supporters and sponsors. The   experience in Afghanistan and the resulting fallout is the best example!!

Ahmed Orabi Baaj

The Handicapped Economy

Economic observers agree that the enhancement of economic growth in Turkey during the past few years was the result of the flow of foreign capitals taking the shape of debts.

Estimated at USD 32mln, the debts of the Turkish banks are mostly from Europe, but with the escalation of the European financial crisis, these banks are no longer able to ensure other debt sources and because of this huge financial obligation, Turkey has become vulnerable to economic shocks like its European creditors.

The economic crisis in Turkey has been created specifically under the Erdogan-Oglu ruling Justice and Development Party’s government. The policy of the ruling JDP in leading the Turkish economy towards obtaining more foreign loans to enhance economic growth has been the main problem in the structure of the current Turkish economy.

The debt policy of Erdogan government has plunged Turkey into crisis, as the country is expected to announce disability to meet its due debts for a long period of time.

Therefore, we witness a growing opposition and criticism by many Turkish parties and businessmen against the Turkish government’s stances towards the ongoing events in some Arab countries, especially its neighbor, Syria which was a key economic partner to Turkey. Due to its hostile and irresponsible policy against Syria, Erdogan’s government has lost Syria as a partner and led to the freezing of an important agreement on establishing a free zone between Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey. Besides, Turkey has also lost the Syrian road on which Turkish goods used to be conveyed to Egypt and countries of the Gulf.

However, the repercussions of the Turkish hostile behavior will sharply affect the Turkish economy before the economies of other countries. So what a zero problem policy with neighbors Erdogan is talking about?  Events on the ground prove the opposite.

The missing of some markets in the Middle East and the possible boycott between Turkey and its neighboring countries, other than Syria, has placed more obstacles before Turkish goods.

This economic problem emerged, because Erdogan’s government had escalated tension in the region by its collusive stances against Syria and its involvement in the country's events.

Thus, the current Turkish government has been the target of growing internal pressure, because its failing policy has placed Turkey in a wrong position as regards the Syrian issue.

Turkey should have been dealing positively with the events in Syria starting from the old friendship and strong cooperation between the two countries, but unfortunately, it adopted and implemented hostile political, economic and social policies which will negatively affect bilateral ties for many years to come, because the Syrian people never forget all who support them during the crisis, but at the same time never forget those who fight them and target their living.

 

Ahmad Orabi Baaj

Translated by H. Mustafa

Vision Between Two Scenes

 

 

 

 Attitudes towards the events taking place in Syria are full of differences that may be the decisive point between what had happened before and what may come after, not according to the judgments and actions, but on the basis of the establishment of precedents that will find themselves contradictory perhaps to the extent of cancellation with reality, and also contradictory to the level of impairing the international work rules, morally and politically.

Who works under the pressure of political passions, especially in international organizations "that are supposed to have sublime mission" certainly the results will be deviated and politicized in its findings and also in its conclusions.

According to this perspective, the work of the international organizations will be      unprofessional and immoral and far from what is happening on the ground of events, organized terrorism and supported by known states.

Human Rights Council was a blatant model of precedents in dealing with the events in Syria and adopted several politicized and selective decisions which were not entirely balanced. The council depended on media reports and fabricated certificates without checking the information that were based on false certificates of persons who have hostility to Syria and the Syrian people.

The legal logic demands international organizations of the United Nations and other human rights organizations to deal with the Syrian government, and hear what it has of documents and evidence against terrorism and terrorists and explain what is happening.

What happened to the Human Rights Council that it did not listen or respond deliberately to official invitations by the Syrian government to ascertain and verify of what Syria has of proofs that expose and condemn states and parties that impose their power on international organizations.

The Council has ignored the basic rules in the legal work and the fact that his vision was through forged certificates. So how can it, in this case, work professionally and impartially?!

Terms of success of the Human Rights Council are not available in Syria because of the dominance of the U.S. on its decision, and therefore these decisions can't be accepted.

On the contrary scene: there are international organizations and human rights that don't accept the political siege imposed on others, and refuse to politicize the work, such as the International Commission for Human Rights, whose president visited Syria, where he confirmed that he came to see reality as it is, away from the media fabrications and political agitation led by Washington.

 

And the results of his visit to Syria, saying that the International Commission of Human Rights doesn't accept foreign attacks on any people and there is no international law prescribed for such violations carried out by foreign parties against the Syrian people.

The difference is clear in dealing with the crisis in Syria between a politicized organization that  receives its orders from countries and parties with an interest in the continuation of the crisis and shedding the blood of the Syrians and  another organization that puts her hand on the origin of the problem which is the smuggling of weapons and militants into Syria to kill the Syrians.

How long those countries would remain playing a negative role in the Syrian crisis and when to stop funding, training and supporting for terrorists!

The speech of President Bashar Al-Assad on January 6 at the Opera House in Damascus have revived hope – according to the Syrians- in the presence of a political solution, where the speech has represented a national and political project based on a deep vision and understanding of the Syrian reality and more importantly that the project is  Syrian without external interference or dictating agendas and solutions that do not understand the nature and the reality of the Syrians.

It is still hoped to find a way to implement this political project which suspends terrorism and returns to Syria its balance and position.

 

Ahmed Orabi Baaj

Translated by: Sh. Kh.

 

 

 

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