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The Guardian Angel (2)

Syria’s Hope, Lt. Gen. Bashar Hafez Al-Assad threw his hat on July17, 2000, into the ring of regional and international politics as to continue the march of construction and modernization initiated and closely watched over by his father, President Hafez Assad. The legacy of the late President would ever illuminate the path for Syrians and all the honest; hence, President Bashar Hafez Al-Assad’s inauguration speech came as a landmark strategy and mechanism of action at all levels and fields. H.E reiterated Syria’s ever cling to the realization of just and comprehensive peace on the related UNSC resolutions, the full return of the land to line of June4 1967 lines, calling on Mideast peace sponsor to actively and evenhandedly be engaged in the process and for more Arab solidarity, cooperation and coordination.

The text of President Bashar Al-Assad's  historic speech underscored scores of principles, ideas, noble and sacred issues:

Yet, these tasks are difficult because the approach of the great leader, Hafez al-Assad, was a very special and unique approach and therefore it is not easy to emulate it especially as we remember that we are required not just to maintain it but to develop it as well.

I am not after any post nor do I avoid any responsibility. The post is not an end but a means to achieve an end.

I have assumed the post but I have not occupied the position; the post has changed but the position remains unchanged since I was born and where the Almighty God wanted me to be and where our people desired me to stand since they have known that there is someone who truly loves his people and whose people truly love him and are loyal to him and where my parents and my family wanted me to be and in the place which I am determined to maintain and cherish to be strong by it and through it.

The post is a responsibility but the position has imposed this responsibility on me beforehand. Some might say that the post gives the legitimacy, but the legitimacy is first and foremost the will of the people and their desire.

The responsibility is towards the interest of the people and the legitimacy is the people's will and their desire. The post is only the framework combines the two and regulates their relationship. Thus this post has added a huge burden to my position, a burden that consists of your love, trust, ambitions and hopes that I shall, with the will of God, be able to shoulder with your help and support.

Society will not develop, improve or prosper if it were to depend only on one sect or one party or one group; rather, it has to depend on the work of all citizens in the entire society.

Every single citizen is invited to participate in the process of development and modernization.

The priority for the public interest.

The creative mind that cannot be stopped at any limit and does not confine itself to any fixed framework.

Today and tomorrow we are in desperate need to creative minds in order to push the development process forward.

Some people of a young age have strong minds and some elderly people may depart this life with minds that are still so lively and creative.

Desperate need to constructive criticism which is the exact opposite of destructive criticism that often colors most discussions and proposals for various reasons whether they are personal or otherwise.

Accountability and the performance of institutions would be better and healthier.

Correcting mistakes, however, should never aim to revenge; rather it should be meant as a deterrent for others and not just for the one who committed the mistake but for all those who might think of committing similar mistakes.

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim