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The Syrian revolution and the speech of Bachar Al Assad

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  • Cort Greene
    *Iranian cartoonist Maya Neyestani on
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 7, 2013

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      The Syrian revolution and the speech of Bachar Al AssadJanuary 7,

      January 4 2013, Achrafieh, Aleppo : *We resist until the regime is
      overthrown, until all forms of extremism is overthrown, the building of our
      civil and pluralist Syria.*

      The speech of the dictator Bashar Al Assad on Sunday January 6, 2013 at the
      opera in the capital Damascus was not different to his last official
      speeches and was in many way a mere repetition. He once again appealed for
      the �*total mobilization of the nation*� to fight against the insurgents
      who he described as al-Qaeda terrorists. He also called for a
      reconciliation conference with �*those who have not betrayed Syria*� which
      would be followed by the formation of a new government and a new amnesty.

      The solution of the crisis of Bashar Al Assad is not a solution, but on the
      opposite a clear message to the Syrian people: the regime will continue its
      war against the popular movement, both peaceful and armed.

      This speech does not open new perspectives, other than the continuation of
      the revolution, to the Syrian people that has been struggling for nearly
      two years to overthrow the criminal and corrupt regime of the dictator
      Bashar al-Assad. The number of martyrs has now exceeded the 60 000.

      Nor is the so called �*peace plan for Syria*� suggested by UN Peace envoy
      Lakhdar Ibrahimi is a solution for the Syrian people as we said before in a
      previous article[1]<http://syriafreedomforever.wordpress.com/Users/joe/Documents/Syria%20and%20Bachar%20al%20Assad%20speech.docx#_ftn1>.
      This plan calls for the formation of a transitional government which holds
      the total responsibility of executive power to govern Syria until
      Presidential and legislative elections in 2014 under the auspices of the
      UN. During this period, the dictator Bashar al Assad would stay in function
      at the top of the State. The following sentence of the Russian
      revolutionary Trotsky, which was directed to UN ancestor the League of
      Nation, applies perfectly to the United Nations: �*The League in its
      defense of the status quo is not an organization of �peace�, but an
      organization of the violence of the imperialist minority over the
      overwhelming majority of mankind*
      The UN as its late predecessor the League of Nations is indeed the
      instrument of the imperialists powers of the world to guaranty their
      interests and the Syrian or Palestinian case also are examples among others.

      In both cases, these are not solutions, but the continuation of the
      suffering of the Syrian people and their denial to freedom and dignity
      which they have called since the beginning of the revolution.

      Assad repeatedly described parts of the opposition as agents of foreign
      powers who could not be included in any negotiations: �*We will not have
      dialogue with a puppet made by the West*�. The Syrian people agree with
      this quote, they refuse any negotiation with a regime that has not
      hesitated for the past 30 years to serve imperialist powers on many
      occasions. The great powers do actually not see any interests in the
      collapse of the regime. This regime has helped stabilize the borders with
      Israel and has worked with the Western powers repeatedly in the �war
      against terrorism� launched by former President George W. Bush, and in the
      wars against Iraq in 1991, and in 2003 the regime has participated in the
      �interrogation� of prisoners by the Western powers, not to mention military
      intervention in Lebanon in agreement with the Western powers and Israel to
      crush the Palestinian resistance and the Lebanese left in 1976. The
      neoliberal policy has accelerated extraordinary since the rise to power of
      Bashar al-Assad in 2000, and the regime had also opened Syria to many
      Western and the Gulf investors before the beginning of the revolution.
      These policies have plunged more than half of the population in misery and
      poverty. This is why until today the imperialists� powers have no advantage
      in seeing the regime collapse, for the above reasons and for the security
      of Israel, whose border with Syria has been quiet since 1973. Yes the
      Syrian people refuse to negotiate with a regime which served imperialists
      and a dictator that was called a reformist by US official Hillary Clinton
      for the Six first months of the revolution and who was having lunch at
      theElysee Palace with French President Sarkozy. The Syrian people will not
      negotiate, they will fight until you are overthrown.

      In the same time, the Syrian people will refuse any attempts to submit
      Syria to western control as a banner in Binich 2012, September, stated
      all who want loyalty in exchange of support*�
      will also oppose the section of the oppositions using a sectarian discourse
      and backed by the Arab Gulf states in their sectarian propaganda, to
      transform this popular revolution in a sectarian war to prevent the
      deepening and the spread of this revolution. In that manner, the evil of
      Sectarianism characterized by many in the popular movement as �*the tomb
      of the revolution or of the homelands*�, which was spread by the regime for
      decades, can only defeated by struggling in conjunction for democracy,
      social justice, secularism and real independence.

      Finally, in his speech, the dictator Bashar Al Assad said that �*This is
      not a revolution, a revolution needs intellectuals, where are the
      intellectuals of this revolution?� A revolution needs leaders who are the
      leaders of this revolution?* �This sentence symbolizes the lack of
      understandings of the Syrian dictator and regime, symptomatic of all
      dictatorships, in front the popular movement and the dynamics around it.
      The popular movement self organization through popular committees at the
      level of villages, neighborhoods, cities and regions have been the rule
      since the beginning of the revolution. These popular committees are the
      real backbone of the movement, mobilizing the people for demonstrations.
      They have also developed forms of self-management based on the organization
      of the masses in the areas liberated from the yoke of the regime. Popular
      elected councils have emerged to deal with and manage the liberated areas,
      proving that it is the regime that causes anarchy and not the people. In
      the same time, the armed resistance of the Syrian people on the other side
      is the expression of its right to defend itself against repression, and it
      has made possible the continuation of popular resistance in some regions in
      the face of the regime�s attacks. Revolutionary councils have been formed
      across Syria, as well as coordinating committees for political and armed

      The leaders of this revolution are every woman and man involved in this
      revolution and invested in these popular committees. The leaders of Syria
      are the people of Syria themselves.

      And for the intellectuals, they are all those who brandish their messages
      on their placards to demand freedom, dignity, a democratic, social and
      secular state, denounce sectarianism and repeat the Syrian people are one
      and united, or saying that the speech of Bachar al Assad only deserved a
      shoe in his face�

      Yes the intellectuals as argued by Gramsci can no longer consist in
      eloquence or restricted to its ivory tower as perceived by some, but has to
      join actively in practical life, as constructor, organizer, and permanently
      active persuader among the masses.

      The intellectuals are therefore every woman and men involved and invested
      in this revolution. The intellectuals of this revolution are the Syrian

      Without any doubt, this is truly a revolution and this since the beginning.
      And despite the harsh and criminal repression, the Syrian people have
      always the same answer to what next: permanent revolution until victory!

      Viva the Syrian Revolution and Peace for all the martyrs of the revolution!




      L. (1936). La r�volution Trahie


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