"Syria in Perspective" by Chilean Writer Pablo Sapag Exposes Western Country's Meddling in Syria

Within the activities of the 31st Book Fair, being held at Al-Assad National Library in Damascus, Chilean writer of Syrian origin, Dr. Pablo Sapag, an associate Professor at Complutense University of Madrid, has signed his book "Syria in Perspective" to uncover the western countries' destructive meddling in Syria's internal affairs and the anti-Syria propaganda launched by the Main Stream Media to distort facts about what is happening in the country.

According to the author, the book, written in Spanish, tells about what happened in Syria since 2011 until now and about the crisis that the Syrians have been suffering.

 "Syria in Perspective carries a humanitarian message. It is about the steadfastness,  the resistance and the victory of the Syrian people in the battle against terrorism," he said during the signing ceremony.

"I wrote this book from the depth of my heart and I am presenting it first of all to the Syrian people, to the martyrs of Syrian army, to the wounded and to all the displaced Syrians," he told the Syriatimes e-newspaper.

 The eight-chapter book sheds light in its beginning on the history, civilization and diversity of Syria and on the state of religious coexistence in the country as well as on Syria's geographic position which is very important to understand Syria's role in international affairs, Sapag said.

In the next chapter, the writer said, he explained how and why some countries, like the United States, France, Britain as well as some other actors in the region like the Zionist entity, Turkey and the Gulf states, have interfered  in Syria, noting certain political and economic interests behind this meddling. He also highlighted the position of Spain which has always had very good links with Syria.

Sapag went on to say that he put a special focus on the position of Latin American countries towards Syria. He made it clear that thanks to the active Syrian communities in Latin America, the positions of many governments there have changed as they abandoned the western narrative about events in Syria which is based on the claim that what is going on in the country is a "civil war". "They have understood that it is not in the interest of any country in the world to interfere in Syria," he stressed.

 Prof. Sapag also devoted some chapters to the propaganda war waged against Syria and explained how most MSM have lied to spread a false message about Syria in order to mislead the public opinion.

"Without  this propaganda, western countries couldn't have sustained their aggression against Syria. That is very important as it explains why this crisis has been so long and so painful to the Syrians," the writer said.

 In a later chapter, the writer dealt with the military perspective of crisis. "I talked about the different armed groups that acted against the Syrian state and how the Syrian government has managed in cooperation with allies and backup forces to achieve gains and liberate most Syrian areas from terrorism,  including the eastern districts of Aleppo, Eastern Ghouta in Damascus Countryside, Maaloula, Deir Ezzour, Qalamoun, Palmyra and many other Syrian villages and towns," Sapag said.

The ending, Dr. Sapag pointed out, threw light on Syria's reconstruction efforts that don't only include the physical reconstruction, but also "the reconstruction of people's confidence in the national reconciliation process."  

Sapag pointed out that the book was distributed in most Latin American countries that have Spanish as one of their languages and it also has an electronic version, so people from different platforms can reach it. An English version of the book will hopefully be available next year, he said.

He pointed out that among the reasons of writing this book is the fact that the Syrian expatriates can help build a bridge between our motherland Syria, and the countries in which we settle.

Syriatimes also had the opportunity to interview the Charge de Affairs of the Chilean Embassy in Damascus David Quiroga Hinojosa who expressed pleasure at introducing the book of a very important Chilean Syrian author like Prof. Pablo Sapag.

About the Book Fair, the Chilean diplomat said the embassy of Chile is honored to be to present in this huge cultural activity. He hoped that such important events would boost cultural relations between Syria and Chile, noting the existence of a big Syrian community in his country (around 50,000 Syrians) that effectively contributes to development there.

"I don't speak Arabic and for me, it has been a challenge to live and work here in this beautiful country, but although there are many miles of distance between Syria and Chile, we think that culture is a diplomatic means to strengthen our bilateral relations," he said.

Interviewed by Hamda Mustafa