Khaddam in a message to the Syrians: How can a people be victorious when it is divided into groups that do not compete to achieve victory, but rather compete to gain support from this or that country?

publisher: المكتب الاعلامي للسيد عب الحليم خدام

AUTHOR:  عبد الحليم خدام

Publishing date: 2014-06-30


Dear fellow citizens,

After more than three years of the crimes committed by the criminal regime led by the tyrant Bashar al-Assad, and with the fall of hundreds of thousands of martyrs and disabled individuals, the displacement of over ten million citizens from their homes, and the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of civilians, this regime has not fallen. We must ask ourselves about the reasons for its persistence.

Is it solely due to the imbalance of power between the regime and the people?

Is it because of the military aid, experts, and fighters provided by Russia and Iran?

Or is it due to the fragmentation of the opposition and its failure to strive for unity?

We need to see the truth and search for reality because knowing the truth and adhering to it opens the doors to victory, while ignoring it leads to weakness. The weak cannot achieve victory or protect themselves.

The murderous regime is unified with its army and supporters, while the opposition is fighting, divided at both the local and national levels.

Why have the Arab and foreign countries that condemned the regime’s crimes not provided substantial military, political, and financial aid that could enable the revolution to defeat the regime?

Is it because these countries are conspiring against Syria and the Syrian people, and what is their interest in conspiring and enabling the reasons for controlling the opposition, presenting a gift to Russia and Iran?

In such situations, it is essential to speak frankly because honesty alone can save Syria and empower the opposition to achieve victory. If everyone commits to the truth, walks in one direction, and works towards a common goal, which is to overthrow the regime and build a state of freedom, justice, and equality among citizens, each receiving the reward for their work, and those who do not contribute should step aside.

Assuming responsibility in national issues, despite being a heavy burden, is crucial. Peoples and groups that do not take on this burden place themselves in the dark corners of history, undergo suffering, lose their freedom, and allow tyrants and oppressors to prevail.

How can a people triumph when they are divided into groups that do not come together to achieve victory over an enemy that controls them and humiliates them, but rather competes to gain support from one country or another? This competition may be for financial gain or to meet with a certain official.

How can a divided opposition in cities and provinces face a unified enemy? Does anyone know of a divided and fragmented people that managed to repel aggression or achieve a victory leading to liberation from oppression and injustice?

National unity and the unity of Syrian opposition factions, as well as relinquishing factional, party, and personal ambitions, are essential conditions for liberation from the regime that sows fear, suffering, and oppression in Syria.

Every Syrian must realize that Syrians have one goal: the liberation of their homeland. It is not about seeking a personal or party gain or position. When the people triumph, every committed Syrian becomes victorious. If the people are defeated, everyone becomes defeated. In major crises, national unity becomes the lifeline to salvation.

I reiterate that any organization incapable of achieving victory, regardless of the number of countries recognizing it, will not succeed. Strength comes from the people, and anyone seeking power for themselves rather than for their people cannot lead or find a place among their fellow citizens.

On this occasion, I would like to point out that a few months ago, I sent a message to the National Coalition, asking them to work on unifying the opposition forces. I candidly told them that the National Coalition would not be able to defeat the regime or stop the killings because it was founded on the basis of seizing decisions and excluding other parties on the ground. I did not receive a response to this message. When someone asked Ahmad al-Jarba, the head of the coalition, why there was no response to Mr. Khaddam’s message, he replied that the time had passed.

I do not know what “the time had passed” means. Has the regime’s aggression against the Syrians ended, or has the revolution triumphed?

Apparently, the coalition was preoccupied with its internal disputes rather than unifying efforts to harness the energies of the Syrians.

One of the striking and concerning matters is that a leader of the fighting groups that reached the city of Kasab contacted me. They needed ammunition and weapons, so he approached the head of the coalition, asking for help with ammunition and some weapons. The response he received was, “You’re from the Qatar group; get out, and I won’t give you what you’re asking for.” The man left, wondering if the weapons sent by some Arab countries and delivered to the coalition are intended for defending the Syrian people and land or for gaining supporters.

We must realize that the only way to save Syria and its people is to restore national unity and use all forces, weapons, and capabilities to achieve the goals of the Syrians for salvation and liberation. Therefore, I call on the coalition and all opposition forces to initiate contacts among themselves and form a committee to prepare for a comprehensive national conference that excludes no one and is not monopolized by any one group.

I hope all Syrians carefully read the tragedy of Palestine and understand that what Iran and the Bashar al-Assad regime have in store for Syria could be the most dangerous catastrophe ever to befall the Arabs.

My message to the coalition:

Dear members of the National Coalition,

Greetings and salutations.

In this message, I wanted to be candid and clear due to the severity of the situation our people and country are facing, produced by the ruling regime led by the butcher Bashar al-Assad, supported by Iran and Russia, in the midst of a weak Arab stance and hesitant international position.

Firstly, when a people face external or internal aggression, they unite their ranks, mobilize their energies, and abandon their individual aspirations for a common goal against aggression. For our people, this goal is the overthrow of the murderous regime and holding those who committed crimes of murder, genocide, displacement, and humiliation accountable.

However, the current situation in Syria is different. Divisions, blocs, contradictions, and conflicts have increased at a time when the butcher Bashar al-Assad is committing his crimes.

The most dangerous aspect is the extension of divisions to the fighters of the revolution and members of the military group.

Secondly, the hot topic on both the international and Syrian fronts is the Geneva conference, agreed upon by the United States and Russia without specifying the objectives of this conference. Without considering the nature of the aggression faced by our people, it is not surprising, as Russia is a partner of the murderous regime and its protector. The United States is limited to statements without taking practical and serious measures to save the Syrian people. Furthermore, the two countries have not specified the entities, countries, organizations, and bodies that will participate in the conference.

What caught my attention is the leaked information regarding the coalition’s agreement to participate in the Geneva conference, and, on the other hand, the statements made on Al-Arabiya channel by some coalition members that reveal a lot of confusion.

A. One member declared the coalition’s readiness to engage in dialogue with Farouk al-Sharaa without considering that al-Sharaa has no authority, and all authorities are under the tyrant Bashar al-Assad. He did not take into account that one of the main non-negotiable goals is the change in the structure of the armed forces and security apparatuses that were used to commit crimes of murder and destruction. Continuing these institutions under the control of regime supporters will pave the way for Bashar al-Assad to return to power through elections conducted by the transitional government in difficult conditions suffered by the Syrians.

B. The announced goal of forming a transitional government where Bashar al-Assad is not present. However, representatives of this government will be powerless and unable to make decisions, maintaining the current dire and dangerous situation. The formation and subsequent division of this government due to internal disputes may lead to an international decision to divide Syria, similar to what happened in the late 1940s in the case of Palestine.

C. Another member stipulated participation in the Geneva conference based on building bridges of trust between the opposition and the regime. Such a statement is surprising because how can one build bridges of trust between a regime that has killed hundreds of thousands of Syrians, displaced them, humiliated them, and destroyed their villages and cities? Such bridges have never been established in history between a murderous regime and a people subjected to killing, genocide, and severe suffering.

D. A third member demanded the support of Arab and Islamic countries to agree to participate in the Geneva conference. Can this member clarify the capabilities that Arab and Islamic countries possess to ensure their support?

Thirdly, I hope that the coalition does not act on the basis that it represents the people and leads them for two reasons. Firstly, the coalition cannot bear this responsibility, and secondly, the reality on the ground contradicts this. Any action taken in the name of the Syrian people will only exacerbate the divisions in the country and empower the murderous regime.

Representation has two sources: either through popular elections or by holding a national conference that includes representatives from all Syrian fighting forces without exception, including military organizations, political forces, and a number of qualified individuals.

Convening this conference has become an urgent national necessity, both to save our people and to study the current situation, including the issue of the Geneva conference. The conference should bear the responsibility of accepting or rejecting it, to prevent unilateral actions leading to painful and unfavorable situations.

We must clearly see that the regime and its supporters have a unified stance and are committing their crimes. At the same time, the forces of the revolution are scattered and disorganized.

The grave situation and the hidden conspiracies against Syria can only be confronted through the unity of the Syrians.

I will send this message to all components under the possible circumstances.

Finally, I ask Allah to grant us success in uniting and to keep us away from division, and may He grant victory to our people.