The ‘’Sumptuous Summit‘’

Well sumptuous because Qatar has hosted it and had spent lavish sums of money on it. It had taken the Arab Summit and made it Qatari- a terminology more apt would have been the’’ Qatari Summit’’. Using and abusing its money Qatar manipulated ,coerced ( with the help of its more muscular friends ) and tricked those attending the summit into turning a blind eye to the farce that happened.

 It is very clear when reading the charter of the Arab league that no country has the right to oust another country out of its rightful place. The only way that can happen, is by consensus of all member countries attending- which didn’t happen! A lot of stealth was involved! It was only after all member countries had taken their seats, that it was announced that the Syrian delegation would be joining the summit – only this delegation wasn’t the legal one – the one representing the Syrian people. It was comprised of people that until recently no one in Syria had heard of – and in particular Moaz Al Khatib head of the delegation who had , four days prior to the summit, submitted his resignation from the Syrian National Coalition only to rescind it a day later and head the delegation and Hitto whom no one – no one in Syria had heard of until he became ‘’ Prime Minister ‘’!!! In addition there was a token Christian and a token woman. They grouped themselves uncomfortably- Hitto possibly thinking he should be leading that particular delegation. And so Moaz Al Khatib launched into his speech. To many it sounded like the sermon of an imam delivered during Friday prayers-which indeed is what he was prior to the ‘’revolution’’. His words were dramatic and they all rhymed- possibly more fit for a poetry reading. He asked for more intervention from the USA and from NATO. He asked for rockets to be placed in the north of Syria to ‘’protect’’ the civilian population. He urged jihad and then he said something strange. Something that should have rung alarm bells in the minds of those listening. He exempted from jihad those with needy parents – even , even if the parents were Christians!!

 This is something well worth pondering for those in the west who support that kind of thinking and that ideology. What exactly are they inviting in? Today they invite the Islamists and the fundamentalists into Syria. Tomorrow they won’t wait for an invitation to spread to Europe!

 Many questions arise from the Arab Summit- will it be normal practice now to allow the opposition a seat? Will next summit see a seat for the Bahraini opposition? Who chooses who keeps the seat? How did these individual countries decide? For example were the Somali people given a choice of who should represent Syria in the summit and they chose the opposition? Or is it only a designer opposition that they will go for- one that suits and caters to them ?

 

Reem Haddad

Gone With the Wind

Undoubtedly, the US is not interested in halting the ongoing crisis in Syria. But if things go in contradiction with its staunch ally in the region, Israel, then the ugly face of the US Administration will be unveiled.

Others, who do believe that they have deep ties the US are nothing but puppets and mere tools.

 The US thinks that it has two chances of what is going on in Syria: they believe that the current situation will strongly contribute in weakening the sole stronghold in the region that resists the Israel's project .The US has also another precious chance concerning getting rid of extremists of al-Qaeda through sending them to Syria.

Hence, when the Syrian army has the upper hand in the field and the political solution chances approach, we find an unprecedented media, political and diplomacy escalation in a bid to destroy Syria.

Actually, statements released by officials from ex-colonialism states as regards arming terrorists are not fresh as arming terrorist groups never stops.

The said statements urged terrorists to perpetrate heinous crime to the extent that they used chemical weapons against the Syrians.

France and Britain, indeed, are relentlessly running for a room in the rear seat of the Russia-US train.

The France-Britain policy towards Syria has urged the Arab League to give Syria's seat to the 'opposition'. This simply means that the US, which masterminds the play, lauded and praised steps to be taken regarding lifting embargo on weapons to be sent to terrorists in Syria.

To sum up, the vicious plans against Syria will go with the wind as the Syrians are insisting to defend their beloved homeland.

 

Ahmad Orabi Ba'aj

 

Edited and translated By: Mayssa Wassouf

Women and the Crisis

 

 

 

 

  It is only apt that on the occasion of mother’s day in Syria which falls on march 21st , the role of women should be mentioned .The role of women in general in Syria ,and the role of women in this crisis .

   The Syrian government has forever broadcasted how much it has pushed for women’s rights- but in reality much more should have been done. Although there is female representation in parliament and in the government it is nowhere near fair or enough. Divorce laws are still harsh and unfair to women as are inheritance laws. A Syrian woman married to a non Syrian up till this date isn’t allowed to pass on her nationality to her offspring!  And honour crimes are still not punished by law as they should be. Much more should have been done in empowering women and much more should have been done in planting the seed of gender equality in Syrian education and Syrian culture. The government treated such issues at a superficial level ,rather than delving  into the roots of the problem. Women themselves pose a problem sometimes, for in the hearts of their hearts they believe they are subservient to men no matter how educated they are or from what strata of life they come from.

    But having said all this – the question remains what is the position of women in this ‘’ revolution? ‘’ will it empower them? Will it give them the equality that they are sadly lacking? Will their voices be heard? Or their faces seen? Or their demands met ?

   Sadly it doesn’t look so for the pillars of this’’ revolution ‘’ appear to be religious extremism and radicalism which are knows to oppress women.

   The men of this ''revolution'' are Islamist men who want to institute sharia law and cut down on women’s rights. No one in the opposition is talking about women’s rights. The narrative of the opposition when found has no new insights to offer when it comes to women. The vast majority of the opposition’s political and media activists are men and this is proven just by following the reporting that is done on Syria on various TV stations- it is almost always male voices that narrating the numerous you tube videos. The women when present are always present as victims who have been tortured , widowed or raped- who are weak and helpless and have  no hold over their destiny.

    And in reality even worse happens to these women who have the bad luck to live in refugee camps outside Syria. There have been many documented cases of rape or else of young girls who are sold as brides for a cheap price to Gulf Arabs. The opposition has done nothing to protect these women , neither is it on their agenda .

   Even in the local opposition councils inside Syria women are grossly underrepresented as they are in the opposition bodies outside the country.

   There is no fair deal for women in general, but for those hoping to find favourable change and who support the ‘’revolution’’ their scenario reads far worse than others.

 

Reem Haddad

 

 

 

Birds Born To Fly

Needless to say ,Syria is currently under an international organized terrorism. Consequently, the said systematic aggression has severely affected the infrastructure and the economic format as well.All these relentless efforts aim at destroying the homeland's unity.

But ,there is an apparent fact that the Syrians are clinging to their homeland similarly as bird born to fly.

Actually, no one denies that some Arab countries spearheaded by Saudi Arabia and Qatar are sparing no effort to fund and arm terrorists groups in Syria with the aim of to destroy Syria,the cradle of civilization. out of envy and jealous as the said countries are nothing but a distorted and disabled new –born baby.

Syria,where history was born,do believe in dialogue ,differences and accept the other's thoughts while Syria's enemies are still living in medieval ages .It is worldwide known that women are prohibited from diving a car in Saudi Arabia while its rulers are deeply involved in funding ignorant across the globe.

To those ,there is a solid message by the Syrians ,hands off Syria .your terrorism has deepened our cohesion and responsibility towards our beloved country.

Ahmad Orabi Baaj

Edited and translated by:Mayssa Wassouf

“Non Lethal” Aid!!

Non lethal aid, a new deceitful term created by Western politicians to cover their support for the Syrian armed "opposition". But what does this term mean and can weapons be non lethal? Do they only wound or do they kill in silence? Can these lethal weapons distinguish between a Syrian and another?  How ironic is this!!

The new US Secretary of State announced during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia that the U.S. will continue to support the opposition until it is able to attain a peaceful solution. He also ignored and didn't comment on the Saudi minister's call for keeping arms supply to the armed terrorist groups in Syria. This means that the Syrian bloodshed will continue as it isn't among the United States’ priorities to order its agents and tools in the region to stop this bloodbath.

Those, who claim keenness to help the Syrian people, mainly in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States, are sending non lethal gifts, “peaceful” terrorists who will bring “peace” to Syria according to the American way!!

Statements by Western officials including the British, about their countries' intention to send “non lethal” weapons to terrorists and on easing the European Union’s arm embargo on the terrorists, are but a farce. What kind of embargo are they talking about and what sort of softhearted weapons are they sending? Does this mean that the stuffing of the explosive devices to be used in the coming terrorist bombings will be reduced or will children at the bombing site be excluded from death?!!!

In fact, neither a peaceful solution is possible in Syria nor bloodshed will stop unless the non stopped flow of trained terrorists and arms into Syria, mainly across the Turkish borders, is halted.

It seems that the U.S. is adopting a self distancing policy as regards the issue of indirect armament by ordering those who keep US weapons in their stores to send the arms to the terrorist groups in Syria and by providing secret training to terrorists in Jordan.

Thus, the US government eludes its electors, by adopting the evidently contradicted policy of supporting terrorism while claiming in the media that it is fighting it.

Actually, the U.S. has nothing to worry about as the French and British agents, not to mention their tools in the region, are ready to cover any shortage of open or direct support to armed groups in Syria.

Ahmad Orabi Baaj

Translated and Edited by H. Mustafa  

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