Abdel Halim Khaddam’s message to Syrians about the current situation

publisher: رابطة ادباء الشام

Publishing date: 2013-10-12


Dear people of Syria,

No people in the modern world have been subjected to crimes of genocide, mass murder, humiliation, displacement, imprisonment, and destruction of economic and urban infrastructure in most areas like the Syrian people have under the ruling regime led by the serial killer Bashar Al-Assad, who is in alliance with Russia and Iran.

Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons, at the scale it has been used, is part of a Russian-Iranian decision. Bashar al-Assad cannot make this decision independently of his main allies who ensure its continuation.

With the escalation of murder and genocide in Syria, campaigns denouncing these crimes have also escalated, leading to a shift in the Arab position in support of Syria. There has also been a change in the attitude of some major countries towards the regime.

This development prompted the Russian-Iranian tripartite alliance with the deadly regime to decide to use chemical weapons, drawing attention away from murder and genocide and focusing international attention on the use of chemical weapons as the main issue concerning international peace and security.

During this international climate, Russia announced a project to destroy chemical weapons, which was received by U.S. President Barack Obama, leading him to abandon his position of using military force against the deadly regime. This decision has brought about a qualitative change in the international reality.

The question arises: why did President Obama make this decision? Less than 48 hours after announcing his decision to use military force and mobilize warships off the Syrian coast, was there an American-Russian agreement in which Russia emerged as the winner? Did the American president back down due to military incapability? This is unreasonable. Is there an American decision to open the way to deal with Iran, and is the announcement by the US Secretary of State that the United States accepts Iran’s participation in a peace conference on Syria if it recognizes the decisions of the First Geneva Conference part of the American attempt to contain Iran?

At a time when the United States of America considered Iran a hostile country, the Iranian president is engaging in talks with the American president. The big question that arises in this regard is whether the American administration has made promises to the Iranian president aimed at creating conflict in Iran.

Given all of this, what will be the position of the Revolutionary Guard in Iran?

Dear citizens,

When a people are subjected to external or internal aggression, the people of that nation, with all their social, political, and national components, must quickly unite their ranks, mobilize their energies and forces to confront aggression, and work towards achieving the country’s goals of advancement, progress, and prosperity, while enhancing their abilities to defend the country, protect its people, and ensure security.

In the current reality, despite more than two and a half years having passed since the beginning of the revolution, political, military, and social divisions still persist in the country.

It is in the nation’s best interest for everyone to overcome their differences, set aside party and personal ambitions, and combine their efforts to achieve a central goal: overthrowing the regime, saving the Syrian people, and working towards building a democratic civil state where citizens have equal rights and duties, regardless of religion, sect, race, or sex.

The interest of Syria necessitates holding a comprehensive national conference that includes all political, military, and social components of the Syrian people. This conference should discuss the current situation, how to overcome it, outline the fundamental principles for Syria after the fall of the regime, and select an interim leadership that genuinely represents the Syrian people based on the current data.

No political or military faction should have exclusive decision-making power, as it would only lead to further conflicts within Syria, and this should be prohibited.

Our people today need everyone to work towards achieving political and military unity. Those who have political or other ambitions should set them aside until after the fall of the regime and free elections are held in the country.

We should all deeply consider the threats that endanger our country, as they also pose a risk to the security and stability of the Arab peoples and their nations.

Failure to unite our ranks will open wide doors to extremism.

Victory or defeat is closely tied to the unity of Syrians or the continuation of their differences.

I appeal to all parties to exert every effort to unite all forces struggling to overthrow the regime and to join their endeavors to achieve victory.

We pray to God to protect Syria and its people.

Abdel Halim Khaddam