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President Al-Assad: the Warrior against Terrorism (8)

 Terrorism is has never been a Syrian Phenomenon; extremist Islamic matrices have characterized this unfortunately international phenomenon. Syria has faced and defeated a frenzy terrorist phenomenon by Moslem Brotherhood gangs by the end of the seventies and beginning of the eighties of the last century. Actually some of those who supported such a frenzy phenomenon are themselves the same now who support the ongoing terrorism against Syrians, particularly some ewes, Jordan and the USA. The Late President Hafez Al-Assad was able to lead the battle of all Syrians against terrorism and to put an end to terrorism against Syrians.

Syria, a secular peaceful country under the only secular leadership in this part of the world, since the beginning of the 21st Century once more has been the target of terrorism. This very terrorism under many forms: occupation, threats, sanctions, derailed the ambitious plans of reforms and modernization, not to mention the heavy losses inflicted on all sectors of Syrian life. The US-made terrorism and Wahabi exported terrorism from dozens of countries mushroomed and escalated. Foolishly, Israel the occupier of the Arab land, embraced, hosted and sponsored by itself this terrorism! Here comes the historic role and leadership of the Syrian Army and its Supreme Commander, President Bashar Hafez Al-Assad, the man who has been defending heroically not only his country, the region but the whole world against terrorism.

H.E. President Bashar Hafez Al-Assad is indeed the world number one man in combating terrorism; he has been in words as well as in deeds leading every effort as to outline, define , combat and eradicate terrorism. Among the points to be highlighted to this effect and for this noble purpose are:

“The problem is not whether Bin Laden is dead or alive. The problem is that there is a certain reality that is aggravating hatred and tension among peoples. It is this reality and its causes that should be addressed instead of looking for certain persons.”

“The advent of the 21st century came while the world was astonished at the criminal act of 11th September last year in the United States, which we immediately denounced and condemned, specially that Syria suffered from terrorism and has experience in combating it.”

“In order that the fight against terrorism achieve its purpose, there should be a clear definition of terrorism and discrimination between it and legitimate struggle against aggression and occupation.”

  “You are aware that Syria called for this several years ago, and you recall that the late President Hafez al-Assad called during his visit to Athens in 1986 for an international forum to define terrorism so that the peoples of the world may be fully aware of what they combat.”

  “However, to our surprise there was a reversal of conceptions and theories, and there appeared that in the war against terrorism some conceived this war as a war against people, who strive to restore their rights.”

 “There are terrorist operations in Iraq that claim the lives of innocent people; those we reject categorically. But there is also a resistance movement, and that's a different issue altogether -- a completely normal issue.”

 “It also accused Saddam of having weapons of mass destruction. But seriously, if you ask Americans whether they've been successful at sealing the border with Mexico, they'll tell you that it's a very difficult proposition. We've made it very clear to the Americans that it's impossible to completely control our border with Iraq. But we also tell them that the war itself is what's causing the chaos. It's not exactly fair to make a mistake yourself and then start blaming others for it.”

 "This new enemy that emerged in the nineties is our Islamic religion, the religion of justice, love and ethics, which was deformed in the media and education to look as a religion for killing, extremism and terrorism. Whenever there is unrest in any region in the world, fingers of accusation are pointed at Islam, even though there are no Moslems in that region. And every act of destruction or terrorism is considered done by a Moslem until the opposite is proven and most often the opposite is proven. But the accusation remains."

 Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim





The True Revolutionaries

H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's recent inauguration speech has outlined scores of important ideas, principles and guidelines; the most of which have indeed been the pioneering cornerstones of his transparent, frank, courageous, pragmatic and objective discourse. Among the highlighted by H.E. President Al-Assad is the Syrian Man. The Syrians, whose absolute majority elected His Excellency as the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, have been described by H.E. President Al-Assad and addressed as:  

The Guardian Angel (10)

 The path of President Bashar Al-Assad has been clearly outlined and mapped out to the tune of the Syrian masses and interests. Al-Assad's path of pragmatism, transparency, sovereignty, justice, peace, reason, and secularity has been targeted by almost every non-objective jealous leader!

The Syria Al-Assad's path has been made during more than 4 decades and especially made for the Syrians to follow. It is the path of sacrifices, martyrdom, work, and challenges. On this very path, not only the majority of the Syrians but every Syrian has been admitted to everywhere and every post in Syria. Learning has been for all and principles of equity prevailed. Syria has been moved from coup plagued country belonging to the elite of families from some cities into Syria for all families from all and every city.

Thus, the Syrians hand in hand continued and pursued the path; to the disappointment of the ewes, particularly of the Saudi and Qatari folks, and of course the old-new-colonials and US. These forces of evil allied themselves with their own made  cannibals and terrorists  as to end Syria. President Bashar Al-Assad has stood up to his words and principles; a fierce defense of His Syria and Syrians. He has been the Guardian Angel defending his country and people.

H.E. President Al-Assad masterfully defeated the aggressors inside Syria as well as in Iraq, Lebanon. President Al-Assad represented a phenomenon of nationalism, and thus he was the target. Those among the stupid who attacked him did not know that every national, honest and sincere person is but President Bashar himself, who is the only president in the world where one expects to see him alone driving his own car and with no body guard at all. Yes, His Excellency President Al-Assad is the Syrians guardian angel, and the majority of Syrians are his own bodyguards. Yes, our souls and blood we sacrifice for Bashar Al-Assad, under his leadership at least ISIS and Al-Qaeda affiliates  cannot eat our livers.

Better late than never! Hopefully the enemies of humanity, success and civilization would spare Syria during this presidential term the more of their presents of death and destruction. The Syrians are determined under the leadership of President Al-Assad, to pursue the path and continue the march of correction, reform and construction.

 Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

The Guardian Angel (9)

 On July 17, 2007, His Excellency, President Bashar Al-Assad took the Constitutional Oath before the Syrian Parliament , for a new 7-year presidential term, following H. E. landslide victory of the May-2007-held Presidential Referendum, with a 97, 62 YES by 95.86 percent of the Syrian 12 million voters.

 President Al-Assad delivered the much-awaited for Presidential- New- Term Inauguration Speech, to the standing ovation of Syria’s 250-member Parliament. H. E. outlined in his speech some of the achievements realized in Syria during his first 7-year presidential term, with particular reference to the process of reforms, and modernization of Syria.

President Al-Assad gave optimistic figures and statistics regarding what has been achieved in different economic, social medical, financial aspects, pledging to continue and speed up the process of reforms, notwithstanding the pressures exerted against Syria . Of no less importance was President Al-Assad reiterated commitment to the realization of just and comprehensive peace in the region, calling on Israel, to declare its real desire for the realization of such peace: announcing officially and clearly guaranteeing their withdrawal from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights to the line of June 4, 1967.

" We are firm to our stances and preparedness for the just and comprehensive peace on the basis of relevant International Legitimacy; ready for the resumption of peace negotiations on the basis of the principle of " the land for peace", and the full return of the Golan Heights to the line of June 4, 1967." 

" The real peace which endures has a cost less by hundreds of that of the occupation" added President Al-Assad reiterating the region urgent need for stability and security, reiterating that Syria does not favor ‘secret negotiations’ and the need is for ‘ an Israeli clear, serious official declaration’ regarding the desire for peace, suggesting a written-pledge regarding withdrawal from the Syrian Golan Heights to the line of June 4, 1967, citing the Israeli Premier, Mr. Rabin written pledge as to withdraw from the Syrian Golan Heights to the line of June 4, 1967; welcoming whatever third-party efforts to this effect hence Syria, " has direct interest in peace process" denying some Israeli claims regarding the Syrian want for peace " as to alleviate pressures".

President Al-Assad blasted the unjustified pressures, put by some countries, on Syria, as having negative impact on the Syrian process of reform and modernization, calling for a serious sincere dialogue , instead of merely conveying messages. 

 Regarding Iraq, H. E. President Al-Assad underscored that "the inability of the occupation forces to provide the minimum limit of security"; reiterating the need for "national reconciliation", on the basis of the dialogue among all its citizens, and a "timed-schedule for the withdrawal of occupation forces", pledging continued support to "the Iraqi brotherly People". 

Regarding Palestine, President Al-Assad voiced sorrow for what has been taking place; calling for Palestinian Unity in the face of the Israeli Occupation, declaring the Syrian preparedness as to exert efforts among the Palestinian brothers. 

His Excellency, the President the underlined the urgent need for a just balanced and even-handed world international and mechanism and legitimacy ; where, unfortunately, " the International Community lacks the serious will when it comes to our rights," and where " a big power controls" in the absence of an "international policy" for justice conditions, and where "some European countries conditioned their policy to that of the United States,". 

Domestically, President Al-Assad highly lauded the Syrian Citizens " giant national unity" , pledging to be up to their choice, trust, and the great responsibility, asserting that " the challenges have made us -the Syrians- stronger and more able to confront " and withstand standing challenges; " The strong State is so through the strength of its citizens and their all-participation" where every citizen " knows his/her duties, as much as knowing rights,", and where every citizen " takes part -in the process of development and stability- as a main player,". 

H. E., the president underlined that " raising the standard of living" , " increasing of wages and salaries, whenever the sources are available" is the " right for every citizen", and " the duty of the State". To the strong acclamation of the Parliament members, H. E. President Al-Assad pledged to continue the efforts as " to provide the appropriate political and political climate, build strong basics for the national economy" as to " improve sustainable standards of living" pointing to the hundreds of laws and legislations made for this purpose during the last seven years. 

Transparently, and in a scientific-statistical style, as the habit characterizing President Al-Assad discourse, H. E. points out that the economic growth rate reached to 5,1 in the year 2006, the Budget reached to 588 billion SP, with an increase of 113 billion SP, the salaries increased by 125 percent, more 45 new hospitals, 350 medical centres, more than 2500 schools, 8 private universities were built; where 70000 new teachers were employed, the Syrian foreign debts were settled from 160 percent in the year 2000, ( 20) billion dollar to ( 3) billion currently, making of Syria the country of the less foreign debt among the world countries. Further, President Al-Assad pledged to continue the amendment, and issuance of new reform laws and legislations, beside those issued in the fields of taxation, finance, monetary, investment, industry, and the like. H. E. President Al-Assad underlined continued work in the fields of administrative reform, educational, scientific research upgrading and reforms. 

The President declared that the process of the ongoing political reforms process in the country, notwithstanding the pressures and challenges, is to go forward, noting that the Charter of the National Progressive Front- grouping the Syrian active political parties, was improved, its action and role boosted, new parties joined the Front; "The preservation of security and tranquility, the safeguarding of stable life are the pillars national sovereignty, dignity, prosperity, and development," underlined President Al-Assad noting that democracy is " a group of integrated aspects, which to be developed altogether, as a means for development, prosperity and construction." 

The President promised as to speed up further the ongoing political reform process, where a special law for political parties, is to be issued, consultation council to be created enlarging decision-taking circle, local administration law to be improved, solving some citizenship issues dating back to the year 1962 , administrative infrastructure boosted, information law amended, within the framework of a team-spirit team in line with the Syrians desire and aspiration for development, growth and prosperity; pledging the more regarding unemployment, investment promotion, more of care for the Arab Language , as a means in the modernization process, women active and real role bolstering and corruption combating, where new mechanisms, control, evaluation and supervision moral education and upbringing , administrative reforms are needed as to get it uprooted.

H. E., President Al-Assad lauded highly the Syrian Citizens and prisoners in the Golan Heights, under the yoke of occupation, steadfastness and national stances " inside the steadfast Golan, which would , and I am quite certain of that, return to  Syria, the mother homeland,"

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

The Guardian Angel (8)

 Since November 1970, we have paid a great attention to the national economy and built an economic base upon which the progress of society and the country’s growth have relied. We are committed to comprehensive development as a national responsibility to the State and society. We have developed agriculture and industry, built dams, big industrial installations, set up economic pluralism, encouraged talents, given opportunities to all to contribute to society’s development.

We have created solid economic and social base which has enabled us to complete our infrastructure, such as, electricity, roads, dams, potable water projects, schools, universities, hospitals, medical centers, social educational, cultural and health services, which have all contributed to raise our people’s living standards and meet their material and spiritual needs.

These big achievements push us to exert more effort and to shoulder responsibility and to realize social and economic increases which enables us to be competent partners in this world, strongly defending our rights and future.

We have to concentrate on balance in the national economy by working to increase production, expand the base of development and investment, reconsider Investment Law in order to close the gaps which prevented maximum benefit from it and make new investments.

We believe that developing and modernizing banking systems has become an urgent and necessary requirement. The government, in the next stage, should continue to develop agriculture, modernize agricultural investment methods, reduce production costs, discover new markets for agricultural products, so that this huge production will be turned into a supply source for the economy and not a burden on it. Also points of failure should be tackled in the process of land reclamation and dam building which have caused long delays in finishing the projects and increasing the costs ratio really, something which has caused the loss of additional revenues to the country.

“I call upon all Arab officials everywhere to adopt brave and responsible stances capable of reviewing the Arab situation critically and objectively with a view to setting up a new course of inter-Arab relations conducive to ending the state of conflict and to reaching the state of cooperation and solidarity.” The Late President added.

What makes us anxious today is the state of the Arab nation, their weakness, divisions and conflicts, fear of each other, fear of all the foreign dangers threatening them and working to impose hegemony and control on the Arab homeland, besides the Israeli aggression. Narrow regional interests surpassed pan-Arab interests and hence foreign forces were able to impose hegemony, and Israel was allowed to go on launching aggressions, to the extent that the Arabs were about to lose the potential for progress.

 “Some talk about making peace with Israel while we refuse peace between us. Peace with Israel will not be achieved unless peace is materialized among the Arabs.”

All the efforts we have exerted and those made by the international community to establish a just and comprehensive peace based on Madrid’s terms of reference have not achieved objectives yet due to Israeli policies which have refused to abide by peace obligations, and are adamant to pursue the policy of settlement and annexation. We have spent years of negotiations with Israel and achieved some progress with the participation of the US on both sides’ agreement on two main issues: pullback to pre 1967 lines and principles of security arrangements.

 “We are confident of restoring our occupied land in the Golan regardless of time, the might of aggressors and the circumstances of the Arabs.”

 “Today’s world is likely to be converted into a forest where force dominates and the norms, principles and values for which nations have struggled are absent. No doubt that the absence of discipline, weakening the UN role and the imposition of hegemony on "third world" resources threaten peoples of the loss of freedom in achieving self-determination and determining their options. Nevertheless, the forces of hegemony talk about human rights while they are grossly violated.”

What is taking place in today’s world under the absence of the international balance is the domination of unilateral pole, the double criterion, the hegemony of monopolist superpowers, the great evolution in communications and informatics, the increasing gap between rich states and developing nations, the breaking out of regional wars and ethnic and clan conflicts in different parts of the world, the economic and cultural doctrine of globalization, the destruction of national borders and peoples’ identities and the stereotyping of peoples’ lives, conducts, moralities and priorities are altogether arousing fear and worries among nations.

 “The homeland is a question of destiny, of the present and of the future. Let’s work to safeguard the home irrespective of great sacrifices.”

We have many duties to carry out in the forthcoming stage. The duties are demanded by the stage’s circumstances inside and outside the country. Our success in achieving those duties is connected with faithfulness in words and deed, with abidance by national responsibility, with seriousness in action, with self-confidence and with the love of the homeland. The burdens shouldered by Syria in the current stage require high degrees of responsibility.

The homeland is in need of much work, much sweat and blood of each citizen. The homeland is a question of destiny, of the present and of the future.

Let’s work to safeguard the home irrespective of great sacrifices. I promise citizens to be always with them in shouldering the home’s burdens. And this is why are ever immune to defeat because the Late President had left for us endless treasures of strategic relations with the real brothers in Iran, Russia, China, and worldwide. The Late President had left us with his own groomed and brought up great son, the president of all leaders.

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim