Khaddam: How can a regime that has shattered national unity, impoverished the country, and spread suffering in Syria be honest in what it says or serious in its actions?

Publishing date: 2009-01-09

In response to the brutal Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza, crowds of Syrians in cities and the countryside expressed their anger and outrage, demanding that their ruler take action in the Golan to assist the Palestinian people—women, children, elderly, and youth. Simultaneously, they called for rectifying the historical mistake that occurred in June 1967, leading to the occupation of the Golan by the Israeli enemy.

The Syrians' cry was heartfelt, hoping that Bashar al-Assad would cease playing with the blood of Palestinians and Syrians and respond to the Syrian people's call to intervene in the Golan, putting a stop to Israeli aggression and liberating the region.

The regime's rhetoric has increased in intensity, not only against Israel and its aggression, but also against Arab countries, accusing them of collusion with Israel.
What was surprising was the regime’s president’s talk to the British BBC. He talked about his efforts with some countries to stop the aggression and stressed the necessity of not smuggling weapons from Egypt to Gaza.

In the first days of the aggression, the big question for many was: Will Bashar al-Assad do it and respond to the call of the Syrian people and the Arab masses?

Will Bashar al-Assad believe his talk about steadfastness, confrontation and liberation for once?

Will Bashar al-Assad emerge from the position of tyranny, oppression, injustice, and corruption to the arena of freedom, honesty in speech, and seriousness in action?

Can a ruler whose people are imprisoned and subjected to the scourges of oppression, murder and terrorism carry the flag of freedom?
How can a regime that has destroyed national unity, impoverished the country, and spread suffering in Syria be honest in what it says or serious in its actions?

Some Syrians and Arabs have imagined that Bashar al-Assad would restore the role of Saladin al-Ayyubi in liberating the Golan, Jerusalem, and Palestine, and they forgot that the ruler who deprived his oppressed people of the blessing of freedom is in the position of exploiting the suffering of the Palestinian people and using media discourse to mislead people.

Many in the Arab arena have imagined that Bashar al-Assad is a leader of steadfastness, confrontation and liberation, while they know that Syrian prisons are full of freedom fighters.

Many have imagined that Bashar al-Assad is telling the truth, even though they know the corruption and persecution he is doing in Syria
Supporting the Palestinian people and stopping the brutal Israeli aggression and the danger that threatens to liquidate the Palestinian cause is not faced with fiery statements and accusations that further divide the Arab situation, but rather by mobilizing the army in the Golan, opening the doors of serious resistance, and carrying out work to liberate the Golan and save the Palestinian people.

The Palestinian people, who are being shed blood and whose homes and institutions are being destroyed, need historic decisions taken by the ruling regime in Syria and not the launching of slogans as it plans to reach peace with Israel and openness with the United States of America.
The Palestinian people, who have been living in tragedy for more than a century, need Arab unity in vision and position, and to remove the causes of alienation and division, and not to level accusations. A word we say to the Syrians: You have been sincere in your call to help the wounded, brotherly Palestinian people, but the matter is not in your hands. The tyrannical ruler has taken it away with oppression and force in order to preserve its integrity. The ruling seat, which is more important to him than the country

"Allah, the Almighty, said in His Noble Book: 'And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy...' (Quran, Surah Al-Anfal, 8:60). Allah, the Almighty, has spoken the truth."
Was Bashar al-Assad prepared to liberate the Golan and Palestine with the corruption group that surrounds him, including Rami Makhlouf, Maher al-Assad, Dhuwalhama Shalish, and the rest of his relatives and associates?

Do not be fooled by the rhetoric of the speech. Look at the regime’s practices and the suffering it has caused. Remember its efforts to secure communications for an agreement with Israel, and remember its statements and the statements of its aides about their eagerness to achieve broad relations with the United States of America.