What if Smuggling of Weapons and Terrorists Continues ?

If the smuggling of weapons and terrorists continues, there is no value for any political solution, underscored H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad, voicing the hope that the Geneva conference would  make this its starting point.

In his yesterday's published interview with the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, H.E. was, as ever, frank, decisive, straight to the point  and transparent in highlighting the main principles and guidelines for the solution out from the ongoing crisis, imposed on the Syrians by foreigners and their Takfiri and Wahabi affiliated terrorists from more than 29 countries. Thus, the Syrian government is to take part in the proposed Geneva 2 as to negotiate with the masters, hence "negotiating with those who have no autonomy over their own decisions essentially means that you are in fact negotiating with the decision makers who dictate to them how to act, what to accept and what to reject."

"You will have seen on television recently footage of the French ambassador to Syria giving the external opposition orders and insulting them, or the American ambassador to Syria shouting and insulting them. Therefore in reality, we are negotiating with the United States, Britain, France and their regional instruments, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Those groups who call themselves external opposition are mere employees; hence the masters and the slaves." Added H.E. President Al-Assad.

President Al-Assad expressed the hope that the Geneva conference would  "push forward the dialogue process in Syria especially since, earlier this year we presented a vision for a political solution based on the Geneva I communiqué. Actually, President Al-Assad's 3 phased solution for the crisis, as outlined in his January 6th, 2013, speech and the Syrian Government plan, is based on Geneva 1 communiqué. Hopefully, Geneva 2- if convened- is to be successful in preventing the smuggling of weapons and terrorists as to be a "catalyst for resolving the crisis in Syria.

The Government of Syria and since the year 2000  started the reform process in the country; this process, though hindered or slowed at times due to pressures, sanctions, was accelerated  from the first days of the crisis. H.E. President Al-Assad cited  the issuance of  a number of new legislations, lifting the emergency law and even changing  the constitution through a referendum.

The ongoing in Syria has never been a peaceful demonstration; but a war of attrition by many world countries and their affiliated terrorist groups. And since the very beginning of the protests, policemen were killed., "So,  how could such protests have been peaceful? How could those who claim that the protests were peaceful explain the death of these policemen in the first week? Could the chants of protesters actually kill a policeman?" wondered H.E. President Al-Assad.

"From day one we have extended a hand to all those who believe in dialogue; this position has not changed. At the start of the crisis, we held a national dialogue conference whilst simultaneously fighting terrorists." Underlined H.E. President Al-Assad, asserting that the "genuine Syrian opposition means representing the Syrian people - not foreign countries, it means being based in Syria and sharing the burdens and concerns of the Syrian people. Such an opposition would inevitably be part of any political process."

 Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

US Lies and Fabrications Lambasted

Unfortunately, the USA, and its affiliates, proxies and ewes aren't satisfied with the settling of the crisis in Syria via diplomatic means, nor with the accomplishments of the Syrian Army against al-Qaeda affiliates! Thus, the fluctuating and contradictory statements and deeds by the US can be understood as part of the US  blind reaction to Syrians' steadfastness and in a flagrant bias to the US affiliates and ewes.

The USA, in line with its egoistic and colonialist approach, has turned blind eyes not only to its Israeli nukes and mass destruction weapons, but also to its own manufactured and made al-Qaeda affiliates' chemical weapons.

Yesterday's Statement issued by Foreign and Expatriates Ministry, lambasted the recent US false accusations about the use of chemicals in Syria as in "conformity with  insolent practices previously used by the US to justify its policy" and as "full of lies and based on fabricated information to shoulder the Syrian government responsibility for using the chemical weapons."

Recently, many reports, including western ones, have confirmed that the extremist terrorist groups in Syria possess and stockpile lethal chemical weapons and technology needed to produce them and smuggle them from some nearby states, especially from Turkey..

" Providing military assistance to armed terrorist groups-cannibals-, who are perpetrating crimes against citizens, proves the US involvement in the Syrian bloodshed and raises a question about credibility of the US intentions to bring about a political solution to the crisis in Syria," the Ministry outlined.

Earlier, Russian President Aide, Yury  Ushakov, stated that the US claims regarding the use of chemicals weren't convincing.

“The Americans tried to present us with information on the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, but frankly we thought that it was not convincing….We wouldn’t like to invoke references to the famous lab tube that [former US] Secretary of State [Colin] Powell showed, but the facts don’t look convincing in our eyes.” Ushakov stated.

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

EU Democracy!

According to the Daily Telegraph, the majority of EU countries, including Germany, were opposed to supplying arms to the Syrian opposition, because they think arming the ''rebels'' would but worsen the crisis in Syria amid concerns about its spillover to all of the Middle East. Almost all EU countries, added the Daily, wanted to postpone the decision until after US-Russia peace talks in Geneva next month, an argument that Britain and France countered would bolster Syrian Government negotiating hand.  Britain and France were unfortunately able to blackmail the EU and impose a lifting of embargo on the export of arms to the terrorists- cannibals- in Syria.

Actually, only the UK and France alone among the EU 27 members stood behind such a blind arbitrary lifting, which, after all, would be but a stab- or even more Woolwich heinous slaughters- in their own courtyards.

Interestingly, according to scores of British media outlets, more than 80 Conservative MPs, in a joint letter drafted by MP Andrew Bridgen, urged Prime Minister David Cameron to hold a Commons vote before Britain sends any arms to the Syrian cannibalistic terrorists.

The Guardian, in tandem, disclosed that Ministers fear Blair 'parallels' as David Cameron pushes to arm the terrorists in Syria, amid fears that Cameron is in danger of aping Tony Blair as the prime minister pushes for the arming of Syrian terrorists.

Meantime, Sir George Young, the chief whip, has warned Cameron that he would probably lose a Commons vote on arming the terrorists. The leader of the house, Andrew Lansley, confirmed to MPs that a vote would be held if the government decided to arm the terrorists.

Further worthy statements by rational British officials, which Cameron has to heed if to make a stitch in time as to save nine, are those made by the former shadow defence minister Dr Julian Lewis., who underscored that any British intervention would be ''absolutely against our strategic and security interests."

Anyway, would/could Mr. Cameron consider-or not- the British National Party leader, Nick Griffin's recent statements that  "the Syrian opposition movement is dominated by Islamist jihadis committing terrorist acts" .


Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

The Question of Life and Death

On June 10, 2000, the builder of modern Syria, the late president Hafez Al-Assad passed away. 13 years following the untimely demise of the Late president, the question of life and death is still at times a puzzle, as realities on the ground do show; it is unknown whether death ends others’ life or brings it more and more into limelight ! Thus, there are many of the living but dead in spirit, the dead but ever living in deeds as well as words. This isn’t a philosophical theory but rather an observation by a journalist when it comes to the untimely demise of the late President, Hafez Assad, whose presence was very strong in the aftermath of demise. Almost all the said and done by the late Assad do remind the majority of his heroic principles stances. The very stances, which came in an accurate translation for a wise balanced policy, based on the principles of of unlimited belief in the power of masses and of the Arab Nation, betterment and improvement of the masses living conditions, welfare and prosperity, full return and liberation of the occupied territories and usurped rights, and of strong commitment to peace realization and world legitimacy.

 In the Arab masses and Syrians, the late president put his deep trust; they were one of the main sources of his power, and the driving force and objective for every measure and step taken. His 1970 Correction Movement targeted the majority, if not all. The masses, especially the millions of Syrians, were led out of chaos and coups to the shores of safety and rest on the long so far running march of building, development and modernization. The late president built on the rubbles of pre-1970; 30 years later, the masses voted for President Bashar, who non-stopping has been working to build on the achieved and accomplished during the said 30 glorious years. Remarkably, the symphony was orchestrated to the pulse of the public, their satisfaction and desire. New democratic institutions, constitution, organizations were enshrined; equality, justice the rule of law and its precedence did prevail. Redistribution of resources to suffice all, everybody was judged in terms of how much work and effort, not of what color or origin. The more you belong to your country, the more you deserve. This was a turning transitional point in the social life, promotion of peasants and farmers status, lifting of restrictions on political parties and on freedom of speech, emancipation of women and so many others.

The liberation Arab land occupied by Israel was always, and ever is, the objective and noble aim. For the sake of peace, a just war was launched. It was a war in defense of world peace and security, hence no peace and security without the liberation of the 1967 occupied land. This compelled the other side , some years later, following a further dealt blow and defeat in Lebanon, thanks to the late president for defending and preserving of its present demographic mosaic, to unwillingly take part in Madrid Conference, dragging peace efforts into years of procrastination and futility as Mr. Shamir pledged. During 10 years of on and off rounds of peace talks on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks of peace, others fell into the trap of behind curtains deformed deals! Such a deviation from Late Assad’s long sought for Arab solidarity and coordination did yield the fruits of Adam’s apple. You have by now to pluck the thorns from your hands by your bleeding without-fingers-hand! The issue of the liberation and return is still for us, as defined and underlined by the great leader of Syria’s most turbulent phase of foreign conspiracies and plots. 242, 338, UN Charter and resolutions are not only the most quoted terms of reference by Syrians worldwide, but also the most frequently repeated guidelines and principles used by the late president. These two resolutions besides 425 , not to mention Beirut’s Initiative, still dominate the political agenda in our country. Unfortunately, the other side has developed a UN Phobia, not even to mention any UN terms of reference. Israel has developed a complex of fear from its past, rather than capitalizing on the suffering imposed by others; Moslems defended Jews, when the world let them down. The Sephardem are those of Spain, when the origin of the world itself means the prosperous Jews of Spain under the protection of Arabs. Unfortunately, Israel paid no heed to the serious honest commitment of the late president to just and comprehensive peace. The Israeli side summarized the dispute as a matter of a few meters, when it was indeed a struggle between liberation and occupation, dignity and humiliation, logic and illogic. One would have no wonder that the assassination of Mr. Rabin was merely a further step on the long way of aborting every peace effort, and so were the Israeli ongoing slander campaigns of misinformation and distortion against Syria and Lebanon. Peace won’t only secure the interests of the oppressed but more that of Israel itself. So far, the majority in this part of the region are more than willing to build on the accomplished on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks of peace, and restart from where the talks broke off; it is a win-win solution for all.

Arab solidarity was and is still the unaccomplished goal. The late President nobly shelved every grievances and plot hatched by some close Arab neighbors and brothers against the stability of the country, for its modern reconstruction paid the most expensive. To the disappointment of many trouble makers, Syria withstood and survived every plot including the recently disclosed assassination bid against the late Assad’s life in Geneva by the presently deposed butcher of Iraq and the once used to be the US puppet leader. Actually, the repeated calls by the late president for a further Arab solidarity have been recently felt so direly needed for, in light of recent tragedies imposed on a fragmented in tatters Arab World! We do miss you especially in these dark times of twisted facts, unjust and groundless accusations, and denial of saving lives!

Further, the United Nations umbrella, Charter, and role have proved themselves to, as the late President for all his life held, the only possible exit out from the region dark tunnel. This exit is sadly still blocked and hindered by selectivity and multi standardization of world affairs and people destiny. Such a blind approach is still leading the region into the more of bloodshed and massacres. As long as big powers think of the region crises in terms of their own interests and election campaigns, no just solution can be found. Great decisions need great leaders, the decision of peace is the greatest and most noble of all. Neither the recent statements by Mr. Bush, nor by his ‘’ Man of peace", not even by the de facto appointed prime minister of the Palestinian Authority can make peace. The only way to peace is a unanimous reinvigoration of dormant peace on all tracks, where the occupiers would in full withdraw from the 1967 occupied territories. This necessitates renunciation of every act of violence and aggression by Israel, which usually perpetrates a massacre or carry out a large scale assassination bid before every glimmer of hope for peace realization! As the late president did believe, separate and one-by-one track tackling of the region problems, mainly caused by the Israeli occupation of the land, can never end violence and counter violence, never ends occupation and resistance; but will further aggravate and deteriorate conditions. The interlink and connectedness among tracks of peace have for long been the way out; Whether others would work accordingly or not depends on how much they are to be honestly involved and indulged in the process of peace making.

Another strong deep convention held by the late president was to resist occupation. Resisting and repelling aggressors has been the oldest practice by Man against every force of tyranny and oppression including that of nature. Once occupation ends, there is no justification for armed resistance against the other side. It might be changed into civilized peaceful resistance against acts of subjugations, hegemony and domination! The South of Lebanon was liberated, and so the remaining of the occupied would soon be. International ignorance of the late president 1980’s calls for a clear-cut definition of terrorism and distinction between resistance and terrorism went unheeded. The world had at large to pay for such carelessness and to bear the evil consequences of terrorism. To the disadvantage of every human, in a very short time in the aftermath of the late president untimely demise, the world had been swept by a wave of terrorist attacks by some outlawed gangs, which once were groomed up and patronized by the so called world big powers under different silly pretexts! Whether they be to encounter the then Soviet impact, Islamic Revolution in Iran, pan-Arab nationalism, or in the nearby surrounding to counter the influence of the nowadays under house arrest chairman. Dr. Faustus has to pay for his signed contract with the devil! The evil Lucifier and Mephostophilos caused unfortunately the massacring of many innocent civilians worldwide. The present wanted dead or alive forces of hatred are no more the closet allies of the so-called land of the free! What is even more painful happened when others tried to export their hand-made rotten and evil products to the victimized! Now that the region countries shelter the millions of the disposed refugees, that the press offices are closed, who is to be held accountable? Is it the generous who host them; or the oppressors who uprooted them? Is it the oppressed or the oppressor? If it is the oppressed, the world has to wait ,yet longer, for the more of chaos, killing and bloodshed! If not, the oppressors should by now have realized the futility of alliances with evil; so that a new chapter of coexistence, peace, and security for all can be written.

 Actually, an objective transparent reading for the glorious chapters of the late president’s epics would, undoubtedly, lead to the conclusion that the world has lost with this untimely demise, a staunch fighter for just and comprehensive peace, a strong advocate of tolerance, coexistence, and noble dignified life. The leader, who has never surrendered nor ceded a grain of the holy land, passed away only in body. It is an international loss by all accounts. To what extent the other side would capitalize and take advantage of Syria today’s honest and sincere peace commitments, and of her fight against terrorism, poverty and backwardness is still vague and ambiguous among different issued contradicting signals. Our loss has been so great; real estimation of and consideration for the needs and necessities of the public grievances and worries should be there! Modernization and development, needed for by all considering the natural course of changes, do need a different approach, especially by those who still occupy the land and kill the people, so that we all become blessed peacemakers to the rest of the great leader’s soul in his grave, a different grave which exists in every white beating heart.

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

If Only the Sultan Would Listen!

He who sows the wind would but reap the whirlwind; and this is exactly what the Prime Minister of Turkey has been sowing for more than two years of the crisis in Syria. Erdogan's reckless and uncalculated blind policies in supporting the extremists, takfiri, wahabi and terrorist groups in Syria have indeed crossed every red line and logic. All of a sudden, in implementation for a US-Israeli scheme paid for by the ewes and petrodollars, Erdogan made a U-turn in his relationship with Syria and left no stone unturned as to down the legitimate government of Syria and impose his affiliates of Moslem Brotherhood on the Syrians!

With this in mind, the Economist, on June 8th, 2013, published an interesting report about the ongoing anti-Erdogan protests in Turkey, which is in major part, according to many observers and analysts, the result for Erdogan's crazy policies towards Syria. According to the Economist, the protests are a sign of rising dissatisfaction with Erdogan, Over 4,000 people have been hurt and over 900 were arrested; three have died….But only after this first protest was met by horribly heavy-handed policing did the blaze spread, via Twitter and other social media. A local dispute turned national because its elements—brutal police behaviour and mega-projects rammed through with a dismissive lack of consultation—serve as an extreme example of the authoritarian way Erdogan now runs his country.

''The real lesson of these events is about authoritarianism: Turkey will not put up with a middle-class democrat behaving like an Ottoman sultan,'' said the Economist, citing the worries about Erdogan, who  once called democracy a train from which you get off once you reach the station. He is disdainful of the cosmopolitan bourgeoisie of Istanbul and Izmir. His party’s religious roots led many to fear the Islamisation of Ataturk’s proudly secular state: a new law restricting alcohol sales lent credence to those worries.

The Economist underlined that  there were many in Erdogan’s Justice and Development party who, like its co-founder, Turkey’s president, Abdullah Gul, disapprove of the prime minister’s authoritarianism and find his interpretation of democracy too narrow; ''The problem is not Islam but Erdogan. He has a majoritarian notion of politics: if he wins an election, he believes he is entitled to do what he likes until the next one. Sometimes, as in defanging the coup-prone army, he has used power well. But over time the checks on him have fallen away.  Justice and Development Party (AK) nominees fill the judiciary and AK people run the provinces; their friends win the big contracts. Erdogan has intimidated the media into self-censorship: as the protesters choked on tear gas, the television networks carried programmes about cooking and penguins.''

Erdogan, who missed no occasion to throw stones and fire balls at the neighbors, according to the Economist, imprisoned many journalists and ''locked up whole staff-colleges of generals. Within his own party, people are afraid to stand up to him. His self-belief long ago swelled into rank intolerance. His social conservatism has warped into social engineering.'' Thus, the Economist called on Erdogan, for two reasons, to abandon these ideas and prepare to pass leadership of AK, and executive power, to the more statesmanlike Mr. Gul at the next election. One is that many Turks are tiring of him …. And if Erdogan stays, he may find his country increasingly ungovernable.

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim