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 "Free Syrian Revolutionaries", who wanted, decided and took action. The People whose response was to remain free in the age of subservience, to be masters in the age of slaves.
you chose your constitution, you chose your parliament, you chose your president. Throughout, the decision was yours and your will has created our democracy.
They chanted: “The Syrian people are united”– your response was to face their storm of sedition, never allowing the winds of division to poison your hearts and minds; you were truly one people with one heart.
They preached: “They bow only before Allah”–your response was to never bow before their masters, to never surrender, to never give up. You stood fast and held fast to your homeland, always believing in one God, a God who doesn’t share His powers with super-nations and who can never be substituted for oil or dollars. And when they said; “Allahu Akbar” – God was greater than them and their supporters, because God is always on the side of justice and justice is on the side of the people.
During these years, whilst they were talking, you were doing; they sank in their illusions, whilst you made today a reality. They called for a revolution and you rose to be the true revolutionaries; so, congratulations to you all on your revolution and your victories and congratulations to Syria for her great people and their steadfastness.
The Syrians defied all forms of hegemony and aggression with all the means available to them: with their reason, their intellect and patriotic consciousness.
There are those who fought with weapons in their hands, others who fought by speaking the truth and others still who fought with their resilient hearts despite all the threats.
The Syrian People defied all forms of fear and terrorism and voted under fire in the referendum and the elections, thwarting the aggression, the aggressors and their machinery. This steadfastness altered all expectations, circumstances and facts; positions changed, players withdrew, terminology dropped, alliances vanished, councils divided and other bodies disintegrated.
They failed to assure you of their concern for the rights and interests of the people. They failed to convince you that you needed guardians to manage your own affairs and the affairs of your country. And finally, they absolutely failed to brainwash you or break your will.
You defied the storm with your bear chests; you stood like spears in the face of treachery. You achieved your goal; you raised the voice of justice above all the lies, hypocrisy, distortion and deception. You forced the whole world to see the truth, a truth they tried so hard, for three years, to bury and eradicate; by ensuring its survival this truth emerged to destroy, within hours, empires – political, oil and media.
Yes, the few hours in which you expressed your views and showed your determination were enough to erase all the falsifications and the psychological and moral terrorism exercised against Syria for years. These elections were not just a political procedure as in other parts of the world; they constituted a multi-dimensional battle for which they tried to do everything possible to ensure our defeat.
Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim