Khaddam, accused the United States and Western countries of failing to confront President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

publisher: بيروت أوبزرفر

Publishing date: 2011-05-10


The former Syrian Vice President, Abdel Halim Khaddam, accused the United States and Western countries today, Tuesday, of failing to confront President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. He considered that the latter currently relies on the cover provided by the positions of major countries, despite the “atrocious acts” committed against the Syrian people.

Khaddam stated in an interview with “Radio Sawa” that Bashar al-Assad’s regime “is over and he will depart, but the current cover he relies on is the positions of some major countries that have taken fluctuating stances,” according to his expression.

Khaddam compared the stance of Western countries, especially the United States, towards Syria and Egypt. He pointed out that “when the revolution took place in Egypt against President Mubarak, who was a key ally of the United States and the West, and committed to the alignment approach with America, Washington demanded his departure after a few days. This is logical considering that the Egyptian people moved and it is not logical to support a president when his people are not with him. However, in Syria, no decisive word has been issued saying that Bashar al-Assad should leave.”

Khaddam continued by saying that “Bashar al-Assad is an ally of Iran and declares day and night that the United States conspires against him. He also arrests people under the pretext of foreign conspiracy. Nevertheless, after two months of bloodshed in the Syrian streets, no decisive word has been issued saying to Bashar al-Assad, ‘You have violated the values of the United Nations, human rights, and all laws. You should depart and your legitimacy should be undermined.'”

Collapse of the Regime

Khaddam affirmed that there will be no road map or political solution to the crisis in Syria, considering that “the only acceptable political outcome is the collapse of the regime and the establishment of structures for a democratic state.”

He further added that “a regime that uses tanks and artillery, enters cities, and kills civilians—no one can imagine that the people will accept to continue under its rule.”

Regarding the presence of papers in the possession of the Syrian regime that it relies on to mitigate international pressure, Khaddam said that “the Syrian regime does not have real cards in hand,” considering that Damascus “uses the Palestinian card, which does not belong to it.”

He added that “Hamas and Islamic Jihad have their main connection with Iran,” and suggested that there may be a change in positions after the Palestinian reconciliation mediated by Egypt.

Regarding Iraq, according to Khaddam, the role of Assad was to facilitate the training of elements to carry out operations against American forces in Iraq and against some gatherings there. However, in the end, he cannot play a significant role in Iraq except through an alliance with Iran because there are no Iraqi citizens in the area adjacent to Syria who have a relationship with Iran. This region belongs to a specific sect, which is sensitive to the ruling regime in Syria, referring to the Kurds in northern Iraq.

The former Syrian Vice President stated that what is happening in Syria is “natural after more than 40 years of oppression, injustice, persecution, discrimination, and deprivation of rights.” He affirmed that “it is the right of the Syrians to aspire to build a democratic state after more than 40 years of a corrupt and sinful dictatorial regime,” as he described it.

Khaddam expected the continuation of the Syrian popular movement until the aspiration of transforming Syria from a country ruled by a dictator into a country governed by the people through constitutional governance that establishes democracy and power-sharing.

External Conspiracy

Regarding the Syrian accusations that the protests are part of an external conspiracy against Damascus, Khaddam said, “There is indeed a conspiracy, but it is not external; rather, it is by the regime against the Syrian people and their aspirations for freedom,” as he stated.

He also stated that “the only fundamentalist regime in the region now is the ruling regime in Syria, which has deployed army units belonging to a specific sect and they are killing and slaughtering people, which is the worst expression of fundamentalism.”

He added that “the Syrian people were not sectarian people in the past. When they elected Hafez al-Assad for the first time, they knew he was an Alawite, but they chose him because they expected him to fulfill his promises to them,” considering that “the issue for the Syrians is not about the sectarianism of the regime’s leader, but rather about the sectarian behavior that is being practiced.”

Khaddam said that “there is no political system capable of accommodating the current situation in Syria other than a democratic system,” emphasizing that “the Syrian people cannot accept being governed by a part of the minority in the country that exercises systematic and sectarian authority,” according to his statement.