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:
Respect for law because it guarantees the state's respect for the citizen and the citizen's respect for the state.
The rule of law guarantees our freedom and the freedom of others.
We have to fight waste and corruption .
We have to distance ourselves from chaos and wasting time and to commit ourselves truly and sincerely to our work and to double our efforts in order to make up for what has been lost.
We have to give up the idea of uprooting the status quo in totality instead of working to develop and improve it basing our work on the view that human life has no ultimate truth. No matter how bad the reality might be it must carry within it some good things, and no matter how good or excellent it might appear it will not be pure from misgivings.
The march of people is made up of successive achievements, each group of which is built on what has preceded it.
Development comes as a result of building positive things on the good things that preceded them. A
We have to pay a very special attention to qualifying cadres and training them in all fields and at all levels through depending on national cadres both in Syria and out of it in addition to contacts with Arab and foreign cadres and through benefiting from countries which have successful experiences in various fields.
We have to stress the importance of planning and the quality of this planning in order to reach a qualitative society and state and in order to continue the building of contemporary and progressive Syria.
We also have to stress the importance of spreading education and knowledge and information technology as well as paying special attention to the trade of minds and to exporting ideas and developing scientific research through providing the infrastructure that starts with organized work through research institutions and ends up with the necessary technologies, according to the abilities and the necessity of linking this to the developmental needs of our society.
Reform and improvement are certainly needed in our educational, cultural and information institutions in a way that serves our national interests and strengthens our genuine culture that leads in turn to undermine the mentality of isolationism and passivism and addresses the social phenomena that negatively affect the unity and safety of our society.
Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim