The Great Lives in Minds & Spirits & Deeds

Another great pillar of world justice- freedom and resistance succumbs to the will of the Creator, the Almighty God! The great live for their peoples' noble causes and aspirations, as the Late Jamal Abdulnasser and Hafez Al-Assad did for their peoples and nation. Such a blessing memory for such great are ever alive in deeds, sacrifices and heroism.

I remember that day, May 15th, 2001, when President Bashar Hafez Al-Assad  met  the then  visiting Cuban President Fidel Castro and the accompanying delegation.
Talks during the meeting dealt with some regional and international issues in light of the changes which swept the world by the end of the last century considering their impact on regional and international conditions politically and economically.
Talks also covered recent developments at the international arena, bilateral relations between Syria and Cuba and the importance of boosting them in the interest of both friendly countries. Cuban President Fidel

The next Day, May 16th, the Cuban President Fidel Castro and his accompanying delegation visited al-Assad library and laid a wreath at late president Hafez Assad's statue.

In a statement to reporters, Castro described late President as was one of the bravest men in the world. "The Syrians, Arabs, and the world freedom-loving people would never forget President Hafez Assad. The late Assad tops all in firmness, pride, and dignity; he never surrendered in all his life. Assad, indeed, knew how to raise his cause up to the top of glory and how to build for Syria her glory.’’ President Fidel Castro of Cuba said of the late president.

Ongoing Correction

Almost every country worldwide has remarkable landmarks, glorious transitional turning points and charismatic leaders to be proud of. On November 16th, 1970, Syria was on a vigil waiting for the man who was able to rescue her from bloody coups, chaos, unrest, a man to wash away the humiliation of June, 1967, a man to restore elegance and civilization role to a country, plagued with long thorny years of occupation, colonialism and all-related aspects of darkness and backwardness. There he came, the late President   Hafez Al-Assad.

Armed with strong and sincere Arab National commitment to every Arab citizen in general, and to every Syrian in particular, Al-Assad initiated the transitional landmark of Correction March. The voice of the once unheard poor, weak, suppressed majority of all walks of life started to be heard in every house, corner, school village and factory. The Syrians woke up to the resurrection of a new dawn, a new chapter of glory, correction and building. On this very day, 46 years back, a statement by the Baath Arab Socialist Party (BASP) temporary Regional Leadership topped ‘ the will and interest of the people as the second to none priority’’ As the President pointed out later to a Damascus crowded rally, ‘ The cornerstone for such a building is the freedom of the Syrian civilian and his/ her dignity, the most expensive of what Man possesses,’’.

The BASP Correction Statement cited the standing challenges including the insistence of imperial powers to liquidate the great cause of Palestine, consecrate the Israeli occupation, disperse and exploit Arabs resources. The Statement cited too: the massing up of the potentialities at the service of struggle and liberation, formation of people’s Assembly, the implementation of economic growth plans, the building of a united popular socialist society, bolstering of popular democracy, continuation of the building up of armed forces, local administration law issuance, and the protection of the citizen freedom and dignity.

As the late President, the Leader of the Correction, stated clearly in the 70's, through the correction Movement, " we have emerged out of chaos, ended the isolation between the masses and leadership,…. put an end to the spoiling of the country economy, as well as to the exploitation and wasting of the civilians means of living,’’

The March of Correction started with a strong belief in God as well as in the masses as to correct and rebuild what others in rubbles had left. The leadership was no more isolated from masses The process of Correction aimed at bettering the life and every condition of the Syrian Man; be it health, educational, political, social, psychological,  a new constitution was worded, National Front for Syria’s parties and popular organizations founded, more of hospitals, schools, infrastructure facilities, roads, dams and universities erected. Very noble the aims were as to achieve balance between expenditure and resources, solve economic crises and achieve speedy social and economic growth, set up popular democratic institutions and union organizations, broaden an enlarge the popular participation of masses in the shaping and making of their country politics and life, increase standards of living, democratization of education, strategic balance realization, and as to secure the social emancipation and bolster women role.

Immortal in Deeds Indeed!

 On the 46th Anniversary of the Correction Movement led by the late President and builder of modern Syria, Hafez Suleiman Al-Assad, the Syria Times On-line is indeed honored to republish but a glimpse of his life:

President Hafez Assad, the builder of Modern Syria, passed away on June 10, 2000 leaving behind unforgettable pages of glory and treasures of unshaken principles and doctrines. On his style-made correction approach, Syria follows the march under the leadership of his son, Bashar. Once the father changed Syria from a coup-plagued and unfruitful country to an oasis for progress, democracy and development. The son is highly expected to pursue the march on the way of modernization, welfare, steadfastness and progress.

16  years following his untimely demise, millions of the Syrians still feel today, more than ever, their urgent need for his fatherly smile, wise stances, peace efforts, prophetic visions, and the many of much of badly needed force. Personally, the tears of my son, Hafez, who was only six-years that day are still alive inside me with unanswered rhetorical questions: how is it possible even for children to so cry . Emotions, as all know, are never to be exported, imported, neither imposed or whatsoever; they are but to be felt! What might console us, however, is the presence of Assad’s son, Bashar, who, masterfully, has been professional in navigating the Syrian Ship amid the strong storms of today’s crazy world into the safety shores; and apart from the heinous treason of those who were supposedly, one day, close associates and comrades! And apart from the warmongers hunger for killing, disorder and for innocents blood in today’s jungle zoo!!!

Mr. President, Deeds or Words!

Almost 6 weeks back, my Colleague at the Syria Times, Mayssa Wassouf, asked me whether it would be for Mrs. Clinton or Mr. Trump. I said -to Miss Maysa's surprise- it would be for Trump.

For Mr. Trump, because a deep look into humans' inner oneness worldwide would but lead to the essence of human nature's goodness and rejection for bloodshed and evil. The US citizens, according to accumulated facts and failures of declared non-sense wars, are fed up! The running blood of the innocents raised and awakened the masses worldwide, and the Americans are no exception.

The democrats' , not to forget the Republican's Bush, alliance with Lucifire, extremism and Wahabbism has benefited Arms industry but has been counterproductive. Thus, the Americans opted for balance and for hopefully a positive U-turn, away from the Mrs. Clinton's warmonger sword rattling. The Americans opted for the man who expressed, so far in words, the intention to build relations with all in the interest of welfare, peace and reciprocity.

Thorough readings and deep analysis of what Mr. Trump has been saying would but give millions worldwide the hope that the globe is on for a less war, less use of terrorism as a political pressure means, less of bias, false flags, fabrications and arrogance. Hopefully the globe is to witness a new chapter of cooperation, peace and reconstruction with other international forces like Russia, Iran, China, BRICS…

For the Syrians, who have been paying heavy for their sovereignty, independence and civilization, it is important to have a clean white hand stretched from the White House as to help and in coordination with Syria, to cleanse Syria, if not the region from terrorism. Hopefully Mr. Trump's words in appreciation of the Syrians' fight against terrorism would be deeds indeed as to gather efforts to get the entire globe rid from terrorism, and as to build peace, given the fact that the USA is one of Madrid Peace Process sponsors!

On Sept. 12, 2001, H.E. President  Bashar  Al-Assad sent a heart-felt cable to the then US counterpart, George W. Bush condemning the terrorist attacks against innocent civilians and vital posts in the USA. Mr. Al-Assad, on behalf of the Syrians and of his own, offered condolences to the American people and to the bereaved families and urged for international cooperation as to uproot all form of terrorism and as to guarantee man's right to live in security and peace everywhere in the world.

On Oct. 31, 2001, and in a joint press conference  with the visiting former British premier, Tony Blair, President Al-Assad reiterated Syria's condemnation of the Sept. 11 attacks against the US saying '' The Syrian condemnation doesn't come from what happened on Sept. 11th, but as a result for other factors including the Syrian deep-rooted and old principles throughout ages, social, religious" recalling what Syria suffered of terrorism in the mid of the 70's and what follows, asserting the need for " tackling the causes which motivate and proliferate terrorism recalling the late president, Hafez Assad, 1985 dispatching of Syria officials worldwide as to call for the convocation of an international conference to define and combat terrorism. Mr. Assad said: "To tackle the issue of terrorism is to start with defining this vocabulary'' is to '' define its form and nature" and then is to '' analyze its causes"', '' We have to deal with the reasons and not with results" of terrorism.

Terrorism by US definition, according to the US yearly congress report, is the "premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against non-combatant targets by sub-national groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience." If so, why has the Government of the USA  been involved in backing, grooming up, and encouraging such a "premeditated, politically motivated violence'' against Syria, which according to a statement in 2002 by US State Department official, Richard W. Erdman, the chief State Department specialist for Syria, "saved American lives," in the aftermath of September 11 terrorist attacks! And not to forget, of course, the Syrian AbdelRahman Zeitoun , who emigrated to the USA two decades ago and  risked his life as to save many American lives during Catherina.


Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

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The White Helmets

With the recent events surrounding hospital bombings (real and imagined) in Aleppo, growing attention is now being paid to the "human rights NGO" known as the White Helmets, a supposed Syrian organization that focuses on rescuing and providing medical care to injured civilians in Syria. According to the Western media, the White Helmets are knights in shining armor, willing to risk life and limb to save innocent people from the fangs of the evil Assad.

A more realistic examination of the White Helmets, however, provides us with a much different view of the organization.

Essentially the White Helmets are nothing more than a terrorist rescue organization funded, directed, and promoted by Western governments, intelligence agencies, and Foundations aimed at assisting Western-backed terrorists in the destruction of secular Syria. The organization serves as a clever and opportunistic tool to be used by Western media for the purposes of sourcing false claims as coming from "impartial" "activist" groups on the ground in Syria and giving the source the credibility of a "human rights" organization.

The White Helmets should be considered nothing more than a branch of the Western destabilization apparatus, a wing of Jobhat al-Nusra, and an entirely discredited organization. Clearly, after examining the nature and reality of the organization, whatever claims made by the White Helmets should be immediately dismissed as yet another false statement in a long string of lies easily traced directly back to the United States and the UK.

The History And Formation Of White Helmets - The Founders And Directors

White Helmets was founded by James Le Mesurier, an admitted former British army officer and mercenary with the Olive Group, a private contracting organization that is now merged with Blackwater-Academi into Constellis Holdings.[1] Although White Helmets half-heartedly attempts to hide its source of funding, the organization is linked to George Soros through a PR firm named Purpose Inc., a pro-war firm that argues for Western intervention against Assad. The co-founder of Purpose is Jeremy Heimans, who also helped found Avaaz, a "pro-democracy" group connected to Soros' Open Society Foundation, SEIU, and

In her expose of White Helmets, "White Helmets: War By Way Of Deception," Vanessa Beeley summarizes the history and funding of the organization when she wrote:

The White Helmets were established in March 2013, in Istanbul, Turkey, and is headed by James Le Mesurier, a British "security" specialist and 'ex' British military intelligence officer with an impressive track record in some of the most dubious NATO intervention theatres including Bosnia and Kosovo, as well as Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine. Le Mesurier is a product of Britain's elite Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, and has also been placed in a series of high-profile pasts at the United Nations, European Union, and U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office.