It has indeed been an honor for the Syria Times Online Newspaper and its Editor-In-Chief to receive Eva Bartlett, a close friend of mine and co-founder and member of the Steering Committee of the Syria Solidarity Movement (www.syriasolidaritymovement.org).
Sharing and exchanging ideas and thoughts mainly about the ongoing in Syria with such a prominent brilliant activist (who also lived for 3 years doing solidarity work in the Gaza Strip, experiencing on the ground two zionist wars against Palestinians) is a journey into the heart of reality.
First, I would like to congratulate the Syrians, their heroic Army and defense forces, President Bashar Al-Assad, and allies for their steadfastness in the face of the ongoing terrorist war against Syria, said Eva Bartlett, the renowned Canadian peace activist and freelance journalist.
The Syrian Army is defending Syrians but the West falsifies facts and turns blind eyes to the truth, ignoring the immense number of civilians and army personnel martyred while fighting terrorists all over Syria, added Eva at Syria Times headquarters, highly lauding the Syrian Arab Army, defense forces and the role played by Russia, Iran, Hezbollah in defending Syria against foreign-backed terrorism.
I visited a number places in Syria during my four prior visits, including different Homs neighbourhoods (al-Waer, al-Zahra'a, the Old City), Lattakia, Sweida, Ma'loula, and Yarmouk neighbourhood. These are all areas where the Syrians have suffered a great deal from foreign-backed terrorism, and areas housing many other Syrians who have left areas occupied by terrorists--fleeing instead to government-secured areas where they area safeguarded and sheltered, Eva pointed out.
In my conversations with Syrians, they tell me first and foremost that they are Syrians, and only reluctantly mention their religion when asked; there is interfaith merger among them, intermarriage and joint-celebrations of religious holidays, unlike the extremism found and rooted in places like Saudi Arabia, said Eva describing Syrians as educated, cultured, modern, and warm, hospitable and generous, and deeply rooted in history and civilization.
Women in Syria are treated with respect and equal rights with men and their position in Syria is as equal as that of men, and are highly-educated and work in professional capacities in all sectors. They occupy high positions like Vice-President Dr. Najah Al-Attar, Parliament Speaker Dr. Hadiyeh al-Abbas, and the Presidential Political and Media Advisor Dr. Bouthaina Shabaan, among many others, added the independent writer, asserting that In her country, Canada, there are not many females in leading positions like the case in Syria.
Since 2006 and even before, the west has orchestrated to spread sectarianism in Syria. They wanted to spread sedition and mistakenly thought that Syria would fall in months after the implementation of the false "revolution" in Syria. The enemies of Syria have been working as to install a puppet government for the West, a government without sovereignty or independent decisions. They want to bring in multi-national corporations and destructive institutions which Syria has rejected, such as the IMF, the World Bank… They wanted to divide up Syria, Eva added, citing the destructive roles played by the neighbors of Syria in backing terrorists against the secular, civilized modern Syria.
The West has funded and supported terrorism against Syria. The NATO alliance and countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey, consisten violators of human rights, are exploiting the issue of human rights as a pretext to invading Syria. Reports in Western media do not honor the Syrians' sacrifices and fight against terrorism. They are launching media campaigns against Syria… they are lying…There is a media war to falsify facts and confuse people, said Eva.
Syria should be rewarded for its leading role and fight against terrorism, underlined Bartlett, asserting that UN Resolutions pertaining to fighting terrorism should be implemented, to end the flow of terrorists, money and arms to terrorists, as Syria's Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Ja'afari has endlessly requested of the UN Security Council and Secretary General.
They wanted to dismantle Syria, declared Eva and warned against the poisonous role played by some human rights groups which only aim to endorse lies about the Syrian government and army, groups like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Avaaz, and other Syria-specific poisonous institutions financed by George Soros and Wall Street, like the so-called "Syria Campaign" and the "White Helmets"...more accurately known as Al Qaeda With a Facelift (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aAaReVn2I4 ). In effort to raise awareness to these destructive groups, Eva created the page, “Human Rights” front groups (“Humanitarian Interventionalists”) warring on Syria (http://www.syriasolidaritymovement.org/human-rights-front-groups-humanitarian-interventionalists-warring-on-syria/ ).
The West does not act in a just way and those of us who visit Syria aim to depict reality and convey what Syrians in Syria have to say. Many people in western nations don't support the war against Syria, and instead support and stand by Syria in its fight against terrorism.
The US must realize, after over 5 years of its war against Syria, that Syria will not be defeated, and that it is to change US policy and stop supporting terrorism in Syria. All have to respect the sovereignty of Syria and to acknowledge its influential role in fighting terrorism, asserted Eva, calling on Western people to come to Syria to talk with Syrians as to know the reality of the matters on the ground.
H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad is a highly educated man, highly respected and has carried out many reforms and changes, including the writing of a new Constitution, and holding Presidential and Parliamentary elections, said Eva, adding that President Assad could have fled his country and lived at ease abroad but that he stayed heroically defending his country and Syrians in fighting terrorism on behalf of the world.
The First Lady, Asma Al-Assad's role and extensive humanitarian work should also be noted.
Last year, before Christmas, I attended an Al-Farah concert. The day before, at choir practice, the President and the First Lady dropped in on the choir. Photos and videos showed thrilled choir members, happy, smiling at the visit.
He has popular support as President more than most world leaders, including notably those in countries like France, Canada, the USA, Germany and others, confidently asserted Eva, by way of example, singing in Arabic what millions of Syrians chant: ' Allah, Syria, and Bashar'. Eva noted the many massive demonstrations in support for President Al-Assad, since early 2011 onwards.
The Syrians tell me that they are determined to restore Syria to what it was and even to better than before, and that they believe in President Assad, embodiment of sovereignty and independence, along with the Syrian people themselves will bring Syria back to peace and stability, concluded Eva Bartlett.
Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim