The Millions' Hope




President Bashar Al-Assad's represents but the hope for the millions among the majority, whose eyes, minds, hearts and every human sense of them  have been following for about an hour every letter of his historic and remarkable speech. His Excellency, President Al-Assad is the hope, the only salvation, resort and preservation. He is the salvation from the surrounding threats, fear and chaos, and preservation and protection from the sinister schemes and plots hatched. It is with and through him the transfer from  instability to stability , through constitutional means , in full abidance to the Syrian sovereignty  and the decision of the Syrian people.

The majority does fell in him and in his words a family member; his emotions, gazes, pride, and steadfastness make all of us proud, filled with hope, optimism, aspirations and better tomorrow. H.E. President Al-Assad spoke on behalf of every Syrian; our sadness, sorrow, happiness, agonies, and difficulties were translated; our pride, victory, steadfastness and unity with the defenders of Syria were echoed. The thrilling voices of the millions of Syrians were thundering to the tune of H.E. President Al-Assad's  words of honor, hope, challenge and soon to come victory.

The majority's message of dialogue with the worthy, needy and deserved was reiterated by His Excellency President Al-Assad:  " We will dialogue and extend our hands always and ever  to dialogue," and in his well-known civilized way of scientific logic, President Al-Assad underlined the only pure Syrian formula out from the ongoing crisis: commitment by the concerned countries to halt the financing, arming and sheltering of the armed men, and then military operations are to be halted , reserving the right to respond , the finding of a mechanism to assert the commitment of all to this, especially the border control, and then the convening of the national conference for dialogue  with the participation of all forces which desire participation from inside the country and from outside.

" The second phase includes the comprehensive national dialogue with a commitment to the sovereignty of Syria , halting terrorism and violence  and commitment to the unity and integrity of Syria;  this dialogue would present the constitutional system, issues and agreement on new laws for elections, which are to be put for popular referendum. An expanded government  is to be assigned the role of implementing  the said articles, the constitution is to be put  to a popular referendum  and then  new parliamentary elections are to be held , in case an agreement on laws and constitution was achieved," outlined President Al-Assad, whose repeated calls, words, deeds and tireless work for dialogue and solution have been concretely felt.

The Syrian citizens, the center and focus  of President Al-Assad's attention, care  and responsibility, are to be the deciding factor in deciding and reshaping the future; their  votes in popular referendums are the cornerstone. It is a crisis in Syria for Syrians, though of its foreign and international causes and sources, and the Syrians themselves have to sort it out in a peaceful, civilized way, away from foreign meddling, foreign-backed terrorists and agendas. A pure Syrian Government is to be formed, tailored to the needs and seize of every Syrian, along with the convening of a national conference for reconciliation, general amnesty and along with the working on reconstruction ,rehabilitation of the  infrastructure  and reparation for the damaged .


Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim




Syria Only Leadership with Capacity and Commitment to Stand on its Own as Arab Nation to Keep Arab Dignity Intact: Prof. Bhim Singh


DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Syria is the only leadership at present which  has capacity and commitment to stand on its own as Arab Nation to keep Arab dignity intact. That is the reason that Anglo American bloc is  using NATO via Turkey and Golan Heights of Syria to destabilize Syria, Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party and Chairman of Indo-Arab Solidarity Council

In an exclusive electronic questionnaire by The Syria Times Editor-Chief, Prof. Singh added that Syrian President Dr. Bashar-al-Assad is elected  Chief Executive with a popular mandate with a Parliament having a lawful democratic Govt. unlike many Arab Countries which are governed by the  Kingdoms, Sheikhdoms, sultanates which have not yet a word like democracy in their dictionaries yet they are most favorite nations of the Anglo-American bloc because they  have accepted the US as their masters, Let Us first start democracy from  those Arab countries.

About the situation in Syria, Prof. Singh said that as witnessed during my visit to Syria, 18-25 April 2012, my visit was quite normal with some disturbances here and there. Now the western media report are being exaggerated and blown out of proportion as we all know that the US media, 75% of it is controlled by the Zionist Lobby. The Zionist with the help and money of the Anglo American bloc have been supporting Israel  to realize its threatening expansionist designs right since 1947 when Israel  was created by an illegal resolution, 181, of the UN .

"There is the role of the NAM countries with an active participation of India, Iran and other countries to trash Zionist media aggression against Syria. They with the support of NATO, US UK, France played dangerous role in Iraq, Yugoslavia, Libya, Sudan and establish the US hegemony to grab Arab wealth, its oils, its waters, its strategic lands of Prophets." added Prof. Singh.

"UN resolution on Israel have not been implemented in half  century by the UN whereas  illegal resolutions against Iraq, Yugoslavia, Libya etc were enforced  in utter defiance of the UN Charter." Prof. Singh pointed out.

The Chief Patron of National Panthers Party  hailed the role played by Russia and China being permanent Members of the SC as  "laudable", saying " Mr. Putin’s air-dash to Istanbul and New Delhi gave a strong and desirable message to the Anglo-American hawks. How can they justify support to the terrorists in Syria, when they condemn terrorism elsewhere? Double standards of the Bloc and cannot be accepted by civilized nations. They enforced resolution of UN within days against Iraq whereas Resolutions 242,338 and dozen of them against Israel have been lying in their dustbins for 5 years."

"NAM countries should come forward, the Arab League should not submit to the dictates of NATO & US. Arab should learn from their past history of Balfour Declaration, partition of Palestine, Western betrayal of Nasir, Yasir and their shameful past acts against the Arab dignity. US ugly designs in Syria must be shut by the Arab Leaders." concluded Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party and Chairman of Indo-Arab Solidarity Council.


Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim




Every New Day Can Be a New Start

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change. As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those close to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now as I near the end of life’s road, I suddenly realized: if I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.

We suffered a lot last year,  let us begin this year with optimistic thoughts. Each event in person’s life,  each thought each decision, each bit of love and each interaction with someone else is like a thread in a tapestry.

Day after day, dark threads and bright threads are woven together, often, it seems, without rhyme or reason, but in the end they form a picture. When looking at the tapestry once finished, it’s beautiful, all the good things, the happiness and fulfillment, the love that was given and received, the lives that were better because of kind deeds, these are bright threads, the dark threads are the difficulties and disappointments, the trials and the tears. These are also necessary because they make the bright threads look all the brighter and help give the tapestry it’s rich, warm glow.

Wherever we are in life or business is a result of choices we’ve made. While there are outside forces that create setbacks, it is still our choice as how we will respond to those incidents that determine whether we move forward or fall behind.

I always ask myself: what am I doing well? Where am I off track? What correction should I make? What am I waiting for?

This year I decided to follow two choices:

The choice to give: Giving of my time, expertise, resources, or even a smile or praise,  “ praise to people what water is to flowers, pour it on and watch them grow”, without expecting anything in return I think it is an unselfish choice. Syria needs us to rebuild it again, it needs more givers. Amazingly enough, when we focus more on the wants and needs of others, more of our wants and needs are met. When we choose to hoard what we have rather than give, we become the center of our lonely universe. As a result, we repel both people and potential blessing,  “ A merry heart does good like a medicine” .

And the choice to connect with a higher power: Living a spiritual life adds a wonderful dimension to each day. It gives hope where others see defeat, energy when others are exhausted, wisdom when others are confused, and courage when others are fearful. Living without spiritual connectivity leaves us feeling empty and as if lacks a greater purpose,   Living with it the better route to take.

Every new day can be a new start. No matter what has happened up till now, we have a chance to make the right decisions today .We can’t change the past, but the future is what we make , starting right now, so let’s take full advantage of the present.

Let’s learn from the past mistakes and put them behind us today. Let’s forgive those who have wronged us and ask forgiveness from those we have wronged. That probably won’t  be easy, but let’s not put it off, let’s do it today.

Let’s dream new dreams in this new year, and set new goals, Let’s spend our time on things that truly count  this year, love our family, be a friend to everyone, do things better ,starting today.

At last I say : Happy new year to everyone in Syria, and in the whole world. I ask God that I may bring no tear to any eye, but wipe the tear of everyone.


Butheina  Alnounou

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New Year’s Eve! (2013)




What a year? to the living  memory of our departing beloved, martyrs, children, and innocents at the hands of the most heinous multi-international terrorists, I have spent many hours astray but awake contemplating the ongoing in my beloved homeland, Syria, the cradle of every civilization. Syria, our mother, which has been the unique model worldwide for amity, fraternity, harmony and everything noble and beautiful in the world, as the paradise for security, unity and stability,  is suffering nowadays  and increasingly is more eager to its security, unity and stability, which have been hit hard by  foreign-backed terrorists, more than by some of its ignorant, merciless sons!

The living memory of the Syrian Arab soldier who was targeted by terrorists while on the call of duty, with a dry loaf of bread , of the Syrian Army soldiers who were blindfolded and forced to knell down to be shot in their heads from the back, of the Syrian Army officer who was beheaded, of my cousin, who was snatched by the terrorists from his house in the poorest quarters of Damascus Countryside, tortured, killed and thrown a dead corpse, of the tears in the eyes of my brethren Syrians, children, young and elderly, have accompanied me to the rising sun of the new day of 2013.

No less painful were the unjustified stances of the brothers, neighbours, as well as of the minority of ignorant Syrians. The unjustified contradictory support to the terrorists on the ground against every thing Syrian has been the most painful headache; because once this tap of terror and poison off, the new Syria is to be born. Once the trouble makers bloody killers refrain from their sheltering, training, arming, and smuggling their means of killings into Syria, our country is against on the right path of reform, building, life and construction. The declared war by some Arab, European countries and Turkey, the USA against our Syria has made me lose every faith in political reasoning and science! The inexperienced in politics, handpicked and made by the petrodollars, are nowadays lecturing the big powers!

Syria's population is about 23 million; and the majority among us is optimistic. The majority also takes pride in our steadfastness, Army, Leadership, and in Syria's history, civilization and unique model of life and existence. What is right is always right and what is wrong is but temporarily right. Syria is sure to vanquish. Ballot boxes and not bullets are to decide our own future and by our own Syrian hands. It is but our own life afterlife, destiny and future!  Hopefully, my personal 2002 News Year's Eve- still mine- unfulfilled wishes are to be achieved in 2013!


Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim




New Year’s Eve! (2002)




In a family gathering on New Year’s Eve, my conscience recalled a series of painful memories of last year’s chaos. I tried hard to forget the many of disappointments associated with such memories which characterized our region, if not the whole world, at different levels. The most painful of all were the ongoing, even escalated by the new year, Israeli blitz against Palestinian civilians, especially the children among them. I had a glimpse of hope by then that this year would witness an end for a vicious cycle of violence and counter-violence, action, reaction and so on and so forth; I wish such a cycle would be replaced by, common agreement, concord, harmony and understanding. Of no less pain was the bloody memory, indeed an agonizing one, of Sept.11th terrorist attack against nationals of more than 60 countries. Many of those perished in the said attacks are being missed by their families in a moment of celebration like the New Year’s Eve. The dirty hands of evil and of the insane monsters targeted them for no justified reason whatsoever!

I gazed at each and every face of my family members. Indeed, it hurts deep to miss somebody so close and so dear to your heart. My second New Year’s wish was to spare the live of such innocent children , and all of the innocent every where, the plague of all forms of blind terrorism and hatred, unfortunately sweeping randomly the global village of today! It is only the realization of just and comprehensive peace which can do so. Why not! Isn’t it the right time to let bygones be so initiating a new page of glory, peace, and equitable security for all? Peace is part and parcel of any new year’s wish. I wish this year would witness a reinvigoration for the process of peace on all tracks, on the bass of related resolutions and principles, with an active, sincere, evenhanded and honest European, US, Russian and international involvement and sponsorship.

Another wish was for my country, destined ever to pay for Arabs’ national aspiration and steadfastness. My country, though anchored to safety shores by one of the most shrewd and professional sailors, not to mention the wildness of tides, storms and waves at different times, late President Hafez Assad, is in a dire need for concentrated efforts and for international support as to accelerate the ongoing pace of reform and modernization, pursued and masterminded by President Bashar Assad. I wish that the world would lend us a helping hand as to achieve designed programs and plans. Syria does deserve such a hand; frequently, Syria expressed and showed willingness and readiness as to cooperate in the interest of world peace, dialogue among civilizations, security and of balanced handling of stumbling issues. This is further boosted by its new non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council. Such a country has to be given every chance and to be well treated away from any pressures and away from whatever lists! Not for a single day, has this country been an aggressor; but ever at vigil to repel and deter any aggression. The right to self defense is enshrined and guaranteed by every law. Actually, this is not merely a personal wish; but almost a unanimous one by most Syrians and doves as to see this very region moving in the direction of a new era free of threats, terror and of occupation.

All these unfulfilled wishes seem interrelated and mingled with the realization of just peace. Syria, by all estimations, has no conditions for the resumption of just peace talks from where the talks broke off. I wish that the other side, many of whom do gaze at their family members too, would positively and sincerely respond accordingly, though facts on the ground, so far, point to the opposite, and would soon realize that the only option left and way out for the region is through negotiations tables, candid, sincere and honest reasoning and implementation of related international legitimacy resolutions and principles. Tens of years elapsed since the outbreak of the conflict; none can enjoy normality and tranquility away from mutual understanding and reasoning. No means of nuclear and mass destruction weapons can deter the will of people to regain their rights back. Sincere and honest involvement in peace negotiation, though of the standing deep gaps, can certainly help concerned parties to build for the future generations of tomorrow.

Will this remain a mere speculation and personal wish? Let us hope for the best; hence most of what Syria does has been with the aim of a better future for generations to come as the late president underlined in his last uttered words.


Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim