This is Syria

Two years have so far passed since the outbreak of the plague of present international epidemic of terrorism in Syria, which has been for long, particularly since the US failure invasion of Iraq in 2003 and Syria's national and principled stance in opposition to such a catastrophic invasion, the subject for every sinister move as to weaken, destabilize and dismember it.

To the tune of the US and Israeli dissonance music of death and destruction, some Arab ewes were involved in their fratricide adventures against Syria! The ewes, out of personal grudge and jealousy, have almost spent of their gas and petrodollars for the destruction of Syria more than for their own people and construction in their countries. A little amount of the billions of dollars squandered  on the destruction of Syria  is suffice to combat poverty and ignorance in dozens of countries. The ewes, along with some westerners and so-called brethrens, gambled on a quick downfall of Syria, but in vain: Even Syrians have suffered and paid a lot; today they are stronger, more immune and sharper mentally, morally and psychologically, because they  are more determined and adamant to steadfast, face up, challenge and vanquish. The Syrians, backed by their hero Army and Leadership, do possess the right.

We bury our dear martyrs, killed at the hands of takfiri killers armed, trained and  hired and paid for by the ewes, but with glory, honour, pride and determination to pursue the real path of martyrdom in defence of Syria's construction, building, welfare, security, stability  and leadership. One of the problems with the ewes and their allies is that they don't comprehend the nature of the relationship between the majority of the Syrians and their elected Leadership: it isn't only a citizen-president relationship, but that of a body-soul one, all for one and one for all.


Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

Let Genie out of the Bottle!

What a tragic-comic show by US President Barrack Obama and Israel's Premier Benjamin Netanyahu: the president of the first country which has ever started nuclear bombing of another country during World War 2 and premier of Israel which stockpiles tens if not hundreds of nukes. It was  a press conference between the president of the country which was built on the bodies and blood of the millions of Red Indians and the Premier of Israel, erected on the land of millions of innocent Palestinians.

Both leaders' bragging and showing off was clear. A flattery between both men for selfish interests was but the said. Two men with one identical stance addressing threats and ultimatum. They were two men living but in the past   unknowing that the time has been changed: Israel is no more the invincible, the USA is no more the unilateral supremacy. Obama's visit coincides with the catastrophic invasion of Iraq and its humiliating defeats along with its baby, Israel, in many places of today's global village.

'' Israel has a right to independently defend against any threat including the Iranian threat.'' according to Obama; Israel itself is the fatal threat even against Washington, which was once threatened by Bibi himself of being turned into a burning fire! Iran has every right to possess nuclear power for peaceful purposes and according to the rules and laws of the international atomic energy agency. Bibi has been threatening Iran; o.k. try it and ''let that genie out of the bottle'' and then  watch carefully, if your eyes were to be spared, the world map after such a folly.

The “eternal” alliance and “unbreakable bond”  between Israel and the US  is but the real threat, because it hasn't been used for peace in the Middle East, but for wars, killing and blood. The so-called US sponsor of Mideast peace process is busying itself nowadays with sponsoring sheikhdoms of petrodollars, Moslem Brotherhood, and every form of sectarian and ethnic divisions and Takfiri terrorism. If such a folly to continue, the USA, Israel and their ewes would definitely be the great losers.


Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

Qatari Waves of the Unreasonable

Muhammad Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami, was sentenced by the ruling Qatari family to spend  15 years  in jail in Qatar, because he posted a poem online that was deemed to offend the emir and contravene the Gulf state's penal code which explicitly bans calls for the overthrow of the government.

According to Derrick O'Keefe in an article republished by uruknet on Feb. 26th, that's apparently the technical basis of the outrageous criminal charge; however many believe the real reason for his imprisonment is his 'Jasmine Poem,':

Knowing that those who satisfy themselves and upset their people will tomorrow have someone else sitting in their seat,

For those who think the country is in their names and their children’s names — the country is for the people, and its glories are theirs.

Repeat with one voice, for one faith:

We are all Tunisia in the face of repressive elites.

We are all Tunisia in the face of repressive elites.

The question that frames the thoughts of those who wonder will not find an answer in any official channels.

As long as it imports everything it has from the West, why can’t it import laws and freedoms?

Why can’t it import laws and freedoms?

Qatar, which has been wasting  its gas  wealth to become a major international player, especially in recent years, has been spending the millions of petrodollars on the destruction of Syria and the slaughtering of the Syrians. What does the ruling family want from and for the Syrians? Does it want a Moslem Brotherhood Wahabi government for the Syrians, given the Qatari dirty role in supporting and even imposing such failing governments in other Arab countries; if such a model of governance is acceptable by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani; why doesn't he implement it in his own state and for his own people!


Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

dialogue means to provide a mechanism for free elections

 Ali Haidar raises prospect of free elections in response to surprise change of line by Syrian National Coalition leader.

The Syrian government is ready to send a minister abroad for talks with Moaz al-Khatib, leader of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, who recently threw "rebel" politics into turmoil by coming out in favour of dialogue with the regime.

"I am willing to meet Mr Khatib in any foreign city where I can go in order to discuss preparations for a national dialogue," Ali Haidar, the Minister for National Reconciliation, told the Guardian. His remarks were the most positive response the Syrian government has yet given to the opposition leader's surprise change of line.

In explaining the purpose of the national dialogue, Haidar raised the prospect of a genuine contest for a multiparty parliament and for the presidency when Assad's mandate runs out next year.

"The dialogue is a means to provide a mechanism for reaching free parliamentary and presidential elections. This is one of the subjects which will be discussed at the table. Such a thing could be the result of negotiations, but not a precondition," he said. "We reject a dialogue that is just to hand power from one side to another."

President Al-Assad offered talks with opposition leaders in a speech last month. But he appeared to rule out any contact with the Syrian National Coalition, which was put together under US, Turkish and Qatari pressure in Doha last summer in an attempt to unite the disparate opposition groups.

"Who do we conduct dialogue with? Those who are carrying extremist thinking and do not believe in anything except blood, killing and terrorism? Should we speak to gangs that receive their orders from abroad to reject dialogue because they believe that dialogue will foil their schemes aimed at weakening Syria?" Assad said.

Khatib's political bombshell came three weeks later, prompting debate in Syrian government circles. They also noted last week's revelations that Barack Obama rejected Pentagon and state department recommendations to arm the opposition. The US has since come out in support of Khatib's initiative, and there is speculation in Damascus that it was co-ordinated in advance with Washington.

Haidar's offer to meet the coalition leader is clearly designed to prevent Khatib's initiative from collapsing under resistance from "rebel" colleagues. Haidar pointed out that like other regime ministers he was banned from the EU under sanctions, but said Geneva was a possible venue for preliminary talks. "But we insist that the actual national dialogue take place on Syrian soil because it is a matter of Syrian dignity," he added.

He recognized that exiled politicians were concerned about being arrested if they returned to Syria. In announcing his shift toward negotiations, Khatib demanded the government renew the passports of all Syrians who were overseas so they ceased to be stateless. Haidar said the Justice Ministry had already started taking steps to cancel any proceedings against Syrians overseas.

"The ministry of the interior has agreed to relax its policies and give them all the necessary documents to return and let them in even if they don't have any. I don't want to close the door to any opposition people who have concerns. I personally invite anyone to return and guarantee their safe entry and departure, if that's what they want," Haidar said.

He made it clear the new impetus for negotiations came not just from Khatib's policy switch but from a change in the regional and international climate, as well as because of the military stalemate. "There are hardliners on both sides but 80% on each side now realise that no military victory is possible. I'm in contact by phone with some leaders of the Free Syrian Army and they used to say, 'We'll be in Damascus in a few days' time,' but today they say, 'We've found out that the international community is playing games with us and working for their own interests only so we realise we can't defeat the Syrian army,'" he said.

In spite of the Syrian government's apparent readiness to talk to representatives of the armed opposition, differences remain over the shape of any transition. Russia, the US and several other key players including Britain and France agreed in Geneva in June that one element should be the appointment of a coalition government that could include members of the opposition as well as the present government and would have "full executive powers".

"In his discussions here it was Brahimi who said it was a bit early to form a government. His point was that it's not possible because there are so many factions in opposition in exile who are not yet ready to participate. Unfortunately, when he left Syria we heard something else from him," Haidar said. "There were contradictions in his statements which weakened his position of being equidistant from all Syrians. We wouldn't say his mission has completely failed but he has to regain his previous position of equidistance."

Haidar's conciliatory views confirm his reputation as a regime dove. As leader of the Syrian Social Nationalist party, a small opposition party, he was among a group published the Damascus declaration, a manifesto for democratic reform and radical political change, in 2005. Some were jailed and others went into exile. He remained in Damascus and was appointed a minister in 2011. He continues to have differences with the regime and during last year's referendum on a new constitution he appeared three times on state TV calling on voters to reject it.

Under the constitution Assad would be entitled to put himself forward for a new term next year, after two terms in office. Haidar suggested Assad should do so unless the national dialogue resulted in major changes. "Personally I have not discussed this with the president. But the current constitution does not prevent him running. As a Syrian citizen he has the right like any other citizen," he said.


Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim




'Everyone Should Save Syria from Falling into Hell'

'Everyone Should Save Syria from Falling into Hell' underscored Faisal al-Miqdad, the veteran Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister in a recent interview with the German Spiegel Online

Mr. al-Miqda, in a distinguished interview by a high ranking Syrian official with foreign press published on February the 7th, reiterated that the Syrians are but to defeat the international conspiracy and "prevail", hence " We are optimists and strong enough to overcome this challenge, even against the attack of an alliance of Western countries and Gulf states which claims to be promoting democracy and freedom. Until four months ago, Aleppo was one of the safest cities in the world. So I congratulate the advocates for human rights and democracy on the destruction of the Umayyad Mosque, the historic souks and the old town of Aleppo."

The deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister warned  the Europeans  not to "go on supporting" the foreign-backed armed terrorist groups in action against the Syrians, and who are but to fight against "the order of all civilized nations" including Germany.

Dr. al-Miqdad, in reply to another question, outlined that H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad has "responded to the demands of the demonstrators" since the very beginning of events in Syria, citing  new constitution, the ending of the supremacy of the Baath Party, establishment of new parties, elections for a new parliament, and the enacting of  new laws concerning demonstrations, which, unfortunately  were completely ignored abroad, adding that " President Al-Assad has heard the political demands of his people and he wants to reconcile with them, and indeed with everyone, as he announced in his speech on Jan. 6. If the fighting and the outside support are brought to an end and everyone sits around a table, then we can begin to shape the future of the country.

"The armed opposition wanted the escalation from the beginning. They took that position from day one. The provocateurs hid among the peaceful demonstrators and shot down police and protesters alike." Dr. Al-Miqdad clarified.

al-Miqdad underscored that the crisis in Syria is mostly "externally organized, externally funded" and that the militant groups receive billions of dollars from certain Gulf states. It is a global, multi-billion-dollar mercenary business, reiterating that it is not for other countries to decide on the Syrian president: "Leave that to the Syrian people and the voting booths. We will not allow anyone to undermine the country's sovereignty. If the president were to give up, there would be nothing here but death and destruction. President al-Assad is ready to do anything to prevent that, no matter what the cost."

In reply to a question regarding Turkey, Al-Miqdad added: " We have long tried to maintain good relations, but we were forced to realize that the Muslim Brother Recep Tayyip Erdogan was pursuing a completely different plan. Namely, he wanted to legally bring the Muslim Brotherhood back to Syria with help from Al-Qaida, the Al-Nusra Front and other extremist religious groups in order to establish a powerful network from Egypt to Tunisia, Libya, Syria and Iraq -- a new Ottoman Empire. Because they now shelter all types of armed groups -- and opened the border with Syria for them -- Erdogan and his foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, are personally responsible for the deaths of thousands of Syrians. Why has Turkey not been reprimanded by the UN?

As for Syria's relation with Saudi Arabia, Dr. Al-Miqdad said: "Saudi Arabia is under immense American pressure and is therefore supporting certain religious groups that are fighting here. At the same time, the country understands very well that in doing this, it's working against its own interests. Therefore they should free themselves as quickly as possible from American dependency."

In reply to a question about the Americans desire to have Syria succumb to violence and destruction, the deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister pointed out  that "the protection of Israel is the only explanation. It began with sanctions, and now it's come to this. The so-called friends of Syria, who meet in Doha, Istanbul and Marrakesh, are actually the enemies of Syria and under the command of American ambassadors. But now the matter has gotten out of control for them. At least now they've put the Al-Nusra Front on the list of terrorist organizations, but unfortunately not the many others who are here indiscriminately killing my countrymen every day."


Dr. Mohammad Abo Al-Ibrahim