Why to Silence Freedom of Speech!

The repeated aggressions against Syrian Mass Media Means do assert that these means are effective, influential and professional. The main task of these means is to objectively and transparently convey the reality of events in Syria, characterized mostly by an internationally supported al-Qaeda affiliated terrorism against the majority of the Syrians. Terrorists from more than 83 countries have been flocking into the cradle of civilization as to destroy every aspect and feature of the Syrian civilization.

The Syrian media heroes, encouraged by their people, government, and leadership, have been more than keen on conveying and reporting the truth on the ground; that is Syria is indeed exposed to terrorism by cannibals supported and groomed by the ewes, petrodollars, some Western countries. The picture is well-known by now to the majority worldwide, thanks to the transparent and objective coverage of the Syrian and other objective media outlets. Of no less importance are the consequent press interviews given by H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad to scores of international media outlets, aired in different international languages: English, Spanish, French, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, German…Actually and as events and changes of public opinions in different countries have shown, President Al-Assad not only conveyed the reality, but has been able to change and shape the public opinion in more than a continent.

Thus, the need is dire by the anti-Syrians to silence the voice of truth and logic; the anti-Syrians have assassinated and kidnapped scores of Syrian media personnel, carried out scores of attacks against Syrian Media organs, the last of which was yesterday's botched bid against Syrian TV and Radio, not to mention the sinister cutting of the Syrian Satellite transmission from NileSat.

Actually, we, in Syria, as H.E. President Al-Assad declared on November 10, 2005, the more we move ahead in terms of transparency and pass correct information quickly to our citizens, the more they will be immune. And no power whatsoever can make cause us neither panic nor fear. ''The Syrian people will not be defeated .We are not surprised by the attack, simply because these attacks reflect the bankruptcy of the terrorist groups. The professional performance of the Syrian media outlets made them the target for the terrorist attacks. Indeed, the Syrian media, under the wise directions of Minister Omran al-Zoubi, the long-awaited for field media soldier,  plays a vital role in confronting as well as foiling the plots against Syria.

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

The Syrians are defending Syria against al-Qaeda terrorists

 

Once the multi-national terrorism ends in Syria, there will be no more a crisis. The solution is simply to end foreign backing and logistic support to the Takfiri terrorists of more than 80 countries worldwide.

It is indeed as H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad stated to Der Spiegel Magazine that Killing innocent people and terrorizing them by explosions and car bombs, brought to our country by al-Qaeda, is what causes pain and fear to the Syrian people.

We "needed to confront terrorism; it’s the duty of the government to defend the country and take the relevant decisions to that effect,'' said President Al-Assad to Der Spiegel, asserting that What concerns the Syrians is but their country, which they are defending against al-Qaeda terrorists that have been attacking them for months.

The terrorism against Syria, with all of its components, infrastructure, heritage, culture. State and people, should be eliminated. We have no other choice but to defend our country, to trust and believe in our victory and in saving our great Syria.

When an end is put to billions of dollars flowing from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, when Turkey stops its logistical assistance to the terrorists, then we can solve the problem in a few months. And by then, the Syrians would restore stability.

That’s why we must get rid of the terrorists, of their ideology that has infiltrated certain areas of Syria, because it is more dangerous than terrorism itself, underscores President al-Assad to Der Spiegel, pointing out that such a rotten ideology has encouraged even an eight-year old boy to slaughter a man while adults and children watch and cheer as if they were watching a football match.

Unfortunately, all the decisions taken in the West for the past ten years have been in support of al-Qaeda, whose mentality and danger are even more grave than the chemical weapons. Some countries in the West might have supported al-Qaeda intentionally and some inadvertently. In any case, and through Western support, now we have thousands of al-Qaeda fighters from 80 countries.

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

The Liberation War of October for Just Peace

The late President, Hafez Assad confirmed that Syria’s objective is to restore the usurped rights; " We have fought in order to restore the land and rights. The struggle has been carried on to realize such objective. The wars we have fought and sacrificed for were not for the sake of exercising our strength or for the mere love of strife. We have always fought, to defend our right and dignity and to free the land.", "We want the honorable peace that will be acceptable to our peoples and will not cede a grain of our Homeland. It is the peace under which neither our rights will be relinquished nor the dignity of our Nation will be neglected".

The preparation stages were confined to Syria and Egypt being the two Countries capable of stirring the military and political situation under the general and particular circumstances prevailing at the time. It was obvious that any war to be waged against Israel would be a limited one because the international community would not support the Arabs further than liberating the territories occupied in 1967. It was by the end of 1972 that Syria and Egypt thought of the preparations for initiating the battle. Egypt set up the "Planning Commission" which was instructed to immediately consider the Israeli military potentials. After exhausting studies, it was concluded that the Israeli army’s fighting capabilities were based on four basic factors:

• A powerful air force,

• Adequate equipment and logistics living active support of land and marine forces,

• A reliance on the USA in risky times, and

• Training programs that ensure the highest technical standard of the warriors.

The following basic negative phenomena appeared in the meantime on the Israeli military situation:

• The control of vast territories resulted in very long transportation roads between the battle fields and the basic concentration points.

• The limited population potential necessarily imposed a limited fighting capability for a limited span of time.

• The economy which depended on foreign support and subsidy found itself unable to stand a long fighting period.

• The long disconnected fighting lines left vast open gaps of land full of Arabs who obviously opposed to the occupation.

Consultations continued until Syria agreed, in the meeting held in Damascus on June 12, 1973 between the two Presidents Hafez Al-Assad and Anwar Al-Sadat, to hold talks with the Egyptian side to set the bases of coordination between the Syrian and Egyptian armies. Soon after, both sides approved the plan of attacking Israel simultaneously from the north and south. The military operations coordinators initiated the first step early in February 1973 by working within one strategy to train the armed forces and provide them with a variety of equipment and weaponry necessary for the fight this required sophisticated weapons and advanced technological equipment to encounter the Israeli army. The Soviets agreed, in May 1973, to provide Syria and Egypt with the requested weaponry and to finalize the construction of a ground-to-air missile network similar to that available in Egypt. In the meantime Syria received the modern T-62 tanks, modern interceptor modified MIG-21MF planes.

Egypt, on the other hand, got a sufficient quantity of weapons which included planes, tanks, guided missiles and various ammunition. Hence the units dedicated to the war were ready and provided with the sophisticated weaponry awaiting the zero-hour which would be foreseen by such coordinators to be 14h00 on October 6th, 1973:

• Upon realizing, by the morning of October 6th, 1973 that the War was inevitably breaking out shortly, the Israeli Command put at alert only the regular forces and compulsory units of 95,000 men besides the most important personnel of the reserve fighting forces (commanders only ) taking for granted that the regular army, supported by the air force, would be able to quickly deal with the events to take place along the fronts of fight. The Government held a session on October 5th, 1973 attended by the Chief-of Staff, to discuss the extraordinary circumstances and the Arab military movements as indicated by the Intelligence reports the session called for the utmost alert of regular and compulsory units besides the important personnel of the fighting reserve forces only. This implied the excessive self confidence and belittling of the other side strength.

• The high-ranking war generals, headed by the two Generals Moshe Dayan and David Ali’azar, so belittled and completely disregarded the Arab military preparations that they declared that the Israeli army would surely be able to defeat and crush, within 48 hours, any attack through the Suez Canal. This was confirmed by the Israelis on the assumption that it would take Egyptians 24 hours to build up bridges and another 24 hours to cross the Canal, which would give them enough time to call for the strategic Israeli reserve forces to newly defeat the Egyptians and compel them to yield to the Israeli conditions.

• Air photos, taken few hours before the attack, showed the enforcement on the Arab lines and the huge military movements along the other side. The Israeli political officials and war generals did not assume their responsibility and behave as required under such extraordinary circumstances.

All the above however did not mean that Israel was taken by complete surprise , which was clearly indicated by Dayan’s visit on 26 September 1973 to the Occupied Golan due to his fears of renewal fight and at the information he received about Syria’s intention to carry out a limited military action in the north. At the end of such visit, Dayan interfered with the tasks of his subordinate military commanders and instructed the north region Commander to increase the number of forces concentrated in the Golan and to double the number of the tanks and other weaponry at the first front line in order to confront any Syrian attempt.

President Hafez Al-Assad confirmed in this respect that Israel was expecting a battle when he said, "I want to clear a point which must never be obscure to those who want to objectively and impartially write the history of the October War. The Arab attack has not been completely surprising to the enemy. This has been brought to us through the statements of the prisoners of war who have confirmed that their commands have been aware of the attack before it has occurred".

On the afternoon of 6 October 1973, at exactly 14 h 05, the Egyptian Southern Front forces and the Syrian Northern front forces launched the war against Israel on both the Egyptian and Syrian fronts, complete surprise was achieved, giving the Arabs a strong initial advantage and headed to the occupied Syrian Golan and Al-Houleh Plain to bomb their targets. Squadrons of such warplanes succeeded in hitting the Israeli concentrations and camps in Sheria Shafe and Mishmar Hyrden in Al-Houleh plain, whereas many others concentrated their attacks on the Israeli camps and military settlements in the Occupied Golan. At that very moment, the Helicopters full of commandos headed for their targets in the Mt. Hermon "Israeli" impregnable position, the Israeli Forces Head Quarter in Kafr Naffakh and other targets in the Occupied Golan. When the Israeli warplanes interfered, many air battles took place between the Syrian and Israeli warplanes over South of Lebanon, the Golan and Al-Houleh Plain.

The land attack was initiated on the same day by three infantry legions of 60,000 soldiers enforced with 600 modern T-54, T-55 and T-62 Russian tanks. The following forces were left behind, as a reserve of the Command-in-Chief which could be used upon need:

• Two armored legions

• Enforced armored brigade of the Defense Detachments and

• Many infantry battalions enforced with tanks.

The Syrian artillery began the liberation process with heavy shelling of about 1,000 guns of different calibres. The Syrian attack was a blitzkrieg. The Syrian forces, enforced with an Arab Moroccan brigade, advanced in huge numbers succeeding defeating the Israeli tanks. They were encountered on the other side by two Israeli armored brigades , and two mechanical infantry in addition to extra backing troops. The Israeli defensive lines consisted of a long trench, 4 m deep by 4 m wide, with a soil wall along its western side; to prevent the tanks from proceeding, in addition to mine fields and barbed wires. The Syrian commandos, air-borne in MI-8 Helicopters, landed near the "Israeli" impregnable strategically-important position in Mt. Hermon. The attacking force, consisting of two Syrian commando detachments, succeeded in surprising the Israeli forces at two infantry detachments enforced with some armored vehicles. The Syrian force controlled the position with the least losses, captured the defending force and seized the electronic equipment and devices as well as the sophisticated telescopes which were used by Israelis to monitor the movements of the Arab Forces and scout their positions. The Syrian Forces dashed in the Golan along three main axis. According to the analysts, the Israelis were much anxious by the Syrian attack than the Egyptian crossing operation of the Suez Canal and smashing of Bar-Lev defenses Line. The Syrian forces, in the southern sector, penetrated as far as El’al Village ; 32 km behind the enemy lines.

For better understanding of the nature and value of the military operations on the Syrian Front, it is quite vital to quickly review to the situation of this Front in the aftermath of the 1967-War. The Israeli forces built strong defensive posts in the Occupied Golan and anti-tank trenches along the cease-fire line about 1 km away on the Israeli side. It stretched along the confrontation line from the northern to the southern sector and enforced with a parallel soil wall from the Israeli side. Due to its importance, the Israeli forces concentration in such posts was very heavy in order to ward off any Syrian attack and prevent Syrian forces from restoring the Golan, or at least not to give them a place to easily attack such sector. It is important to mention that the fall of such sector would greatly affect the general situation in the whole of the Golan.; because it would give the Syrian force the possibility to descend southwards and turn around the Israeli lines along the mid and southern sectors besides the resultant complications throughout the Heights. Such complications would be obviously embodied with threats to the occupied northern Israel, Al-Houleh Plain and upper Hebron, not to mention the control of water sources emptying into the Jordan River. This sector technically allows the Israel forces free maneuvering and movement; a defensive position could be taken in case of a successful attack and a watchful control of both the Syrian forces and the middle and southern sectors.

Israel began the rapid mobilization of its reserve forces, the highly trained and numerically most important part of its defensive system. But before they could play an effective part, Egyptian armed forces had occupied the east bank of the canal to depth of several miles and by the third day were advancing to the strategic Mitla pass in Sinai at 16h15 on 6 October 1973, the Israeli Broadcasting Service stopped its programs to transmit, in Hebrew, the statement of the Israeli army spokesman who announced that, "The Syrian and Egyptian Forces have initiated at 14h05 today their air and land attacks on the Occupied Golan and Sinai. After a series of air raids on our positions and camps, the Egyptian infantry troops have begun the land attack and succeeded in crossing the Suez Canal in many points. The Syrian forces have begun a tank and infantry attack along the front of the Occupied Golan. Air and land battles are still going on."

The Syrian tactics seemed unexpected to the Israelis in the north with an attack of three infantry legions enforced with 800 tanks, 100 field guns and 100 warplanes, with the objective of quick penetration to the furthest depth and destruction of the Israeli forces available there.

On the south, the Egyptian forces of five legions, 800 tanks and 200 warplanes, were hurled into the battle.

In order to ward off the attacks, the Israeli Command ordered its air force to interfere. 40 minutes after the Arab attack, 70 Israeli warplanes soared in the south to destroy the bridges which were, or being, constructed and hit the Egyptian forces in order to impede their crossing of the Suez Canal. The Israeli objective was to stop the stream of the Egyptian forces across the Canal and keep them confined within the limits which would safeguard the defending forces until the strategic reserve reached.

• The Syrian anti-aircraft defensive network played a magnificent role in the War and achieved great success in the confrontations with the Israeli planes. The losses it inflicted upon them were so huge that the Israeli Air Force Command was quickly compelled to resort to the USA in order to compensate for the great shortage in the number of its planes which made the situation on the Fronts very much critical, confusing and worrying.

• The directed modern ground-to-ground, ground-to-air, air-to-air, air-to-ground and various anti-tank weapons which were successfully used by the two sides along with the astounding results recorded in the War.

• The use of the Arab oil as weapon for the first time in the history of Arab-Israeli conflict resulted in effective and active results. President Hafez Al-Assad said in this concern that, "If this gives any meaning, it is the truth of the Arab unity, and that our Nation is alive. Its unity and liveliness appear most magnificently during catastrophes and hardships". His Excellency confirmed that our steadfastness during the Liberation War started to give the motto of "battle nationalization" its applicable actual meaning. The President thanked the sisterly Iraqi Forces whose soldiers fought as heroes against the enemy and whose bloods mingled with those of their brothers of the Syrian and Moroccan Forces. His Excellency thanked all participating Arab Forces which, by such participation, actually expressed the nationalization of the battle.

The Tishreen War has revealed a series of historical facts, imposed the reorganization of international formulas, established new type of relations and eliminated many false statements. The Tishreen spirit still exists in spite of by opposed powers endless, efforts to eliminate its traces. Tishreen War proved a basic fact embodied by the rejection and confrontation of the aggression. It is still continuing in a way or another. It won’t fade away until it fulfills all its objectives of liberating the territories, restoration of rights and consequently realize the security and peace. Political action came to complement military action, as apart of struggle. It is within this framework that Syria has agreed on the peace initiative based to the two Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 and the "land for peace" Principle.

The Israeli concept is related to aggressive expansion. Expressing the Israeli concept of peace, Moshe Dayan said, "The peace that Israel wants was achieved in 1967. We are endeavoring to establish an informal peace with the Arabs. We are not in need of official peace. If we are trying to replace the Big Powers in the Area, we must have canine teeth which should be military, economic and geographical ones". on its head on 6 October 1973; the myth was undone, the earthquake knocked down Israeli made Israel lose its balance. To enable Israel and its army escape the eradicative defeat, America openly and directly interfered on the fourth day of the War. The most modern weapons were abundantly and incessantly sent to Israel from the American arsenal on a flow which was not match able along the history of wars.

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

The Late President Hafez Al-Assad: No Force on Earth Can Stop us from Restoring All Our Rights

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ The Late President Hafez Al-Assad hoisted  on June 26th 1974  the Syrian Arab flag fluttering in the sky of the liberated city of Quneitra. On this glorious occasion, the late President Hafez Al-Assad said: " Words are powerless to describe this event. I can only say that the people’s will is invincible, and nation is above all else. We should continue preparing for the expulsion of the enemy from every inch of our Arab territories. I am optimistic of our victory and future, as I am confident that no force on this earth can stop us from restoring  all our rights. All those supporters within sight are always ready to sacrifice, and  make efforts in order to achieve their will to confirm their freedom in this country and the Arab world. The Syrian people will remain a beacon for the Arab nation as well as a symbol of sacrifice. These masses will ever remain an illuminant glare for freedom, homeland liberation, and Arab nation dignity. "

"You were on an appointment with the sixth of October, an October of glory and honor, where all subsequent months are waiting to prove this year that the horse who once receded has risen again. This country is the home of valiant soldiers protecting it. As the Arab nation is worldwide known, as a radiant civilization and as a cradle of courage and heroism.

In October then  in Golan Wars, in all sites and battles, you have  fought gloriously. You have hold heads high through your  wonderful resistance and brave combat. Thus, Arabs hold their heads in glory in each of their home countries. All the Arab nation has offered condolences from Ocean to Gulf.  You became role models and legendary, after having smashed the enemy’s arrogance, and demolished its ego.  Giving the enemy war lessons in land, air and sea, lessons it will never forget. Proving that the weapon in your hands is a weapon in the hands of the heroes, competent fighters, faithful to their nation cause, experienced in fighting arts, well trained on modern weapons.

Dear brothers and sons:

In Teeshrin (October)  and  Golan Wars, we have raised up the slogan "No turning back, no retreat before the enemy, no movement but forward ", And you have incarnated that logo on the ground.

When you moved forward, you were heroes. when you stood fast  in your positions you were heroes. By your progress and resistance, you won this round, which forced the enemy to retreat from part of our land, after having profaned it through  seven years of occupation. History will record that we, by sweat and blood, have liberated this part of our land, and by  sweat and blood we will liberate what remains of our sweet Arab land.

Teeshrin and Golan Wars have proved that man is the decisive factor in the battle, as well as in achieving victory. The sole fighting soldier, not the  weapon, is who decides the outcome of the war. 

As Teeshrin and Golan epics were harsh, the forthcoming ones should be. Moreover,  they should be more intense and fierce. The battle is a battle of destiny. The enemy is avaricious of our land, but our land is sacred, we will not allow him to profane it. We have dedicated ourselves and possessions to defend it, and by  identified martyrdom is the  way to achieve our goal . "

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

October War of Liberation

Forty years have so far passed since the leader of November 16th 1970 Correction Movement, Hafez Al-Assad, took the decision along with the Egyptian President, Anwar al-Sadat, to launch October 6th, 1970 liberation war. Had the late Egyptian President not stopped this war, the destiny of all the occupied Arab territories would have been different. It was indeed the heroism of the Syrian Army and the subsequent war of attrition which allowed Syria to regain and liberate some of its occupied territories.

History will speak for long about the strategic role, tactics, and victories of October war, as the first victory for Arabs against the so-called ''invincible army; October war was for the Syrians an epic of steadfastness and heroism, especially when all of the enemy troops on the front with Egypt were moved to the Syrian front. I was 10 years old then, and I do remember the living memories inside me of that day. What a difference of feelings inside me  between the day of June 1967 defeat and October 1973. In 1967 I was forced to run away almost unclothed with the rest of my family and neighbors. It was indeed a day of hunger, suffering and humiliation!

My personal memories in October 1973 were different: joy, pride, and victory. We used to watch the sky over Damascus, where the Israeli warplanes were seen burning and downed and in big numbers, before the enemy resorted to chain its pilots with fetters to their seats. I still remember how we used to run in every direction as to catch an Israeli pilot following the downing of his warplane. The radio and news about the remarkable victories of our hero soldiers did change our life.

The late President Hafez Al-Assad addresses the Nation that the enemy would never be allowed to take us by surprise; thus we fought the battle of honor and pride, in defense of our precious land, for our glorious history, and of the heritage of our forefathers. We fight  the  battle, equipped  with faith in God and in ourselves; and with the solid  and compelling determination  that victory will be on our side, and asserted that Israel was stubborn  and  hit  by vanity,  and arrogance filled the heads of its officials. They continued their crime  and aggression. Their hearts  were filled with black hatred  against our people and against humanity. They were fret with thirst for bloodshed. Their footsteps disregarded the principles and ideals of humanitarian principles and sublime morals and the international laws and resolutions.

''Such persons are, the same, like their predecessors, among  the advocates of war,  do not confine themselves  to a limit, nor get deterred , unless they are deterred  by people who believe in their own  right, and fight for their freedom and own  existence. While we do our duty to defend our land and the honor of our nation, we are ready to make every sacrifice and accept all challenges in order to win the right and win principles, so that  just peace would prevail,'' underlined President Hafez Al-Assad.

''You are the sons of a nation, which has been known throughout history for stances of manhood and pride, of heroism and redemption.  You are the sons of the nation that had carried the message of light and faith into all the corners of the earth, and  the  entire world was a witness to its  highest traits and noblest morals… We are the rightful  owners and the owners of a just cause, and God grant victory to the one who is  rightful defending his right. You are defending today the honor of the Arab nation, preserving its  dignity and existence, and  rendering sacrifices , so that the future generations  are to live satisfied and secure,'' added the Late President.

In fact, as the Late President Hafez Al-Assad reiterated we are not amateurs of killing and destruction, but we are repulsing murder and destruction from ourselves. We are not the aggressors and never were   aggressors; but we were and are still defending ourselves, repulsing the aggression. We do not want death to anyone, but we repulse death off our people. We love freedom and we want it for ourselves and for others. We did  struggle and fight so that our people would  enjoy  their freedom. We have been advocates of peace work for peace for the sake of  our people and for all the peoples of the world. And we do fight terrorism today in order to live in peace and all the people of the world live in peace. It is not only Syrians' battle as much as it is the battle of every human being worldwide.

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim