Saturday, December 6, 2014

Why did they oust Mubarak and Ben Ali and leave Bashar Al-Assad?

Dr Faisal Al-Qasim
Dr Faisal Al-Qasim

I don't know whether to laugh or cry as I hear Syrian media outlets pay lip service to Bashar Al-Assad for his steadfastness as he battles a so-called international conspiracy against him. These sources claim that Al-Assad managed to force the conspiracy towards the route of failure. So, if the failure of this international conspiracy led to the destruction of Syria and the displacement of its people, what would its success look like, God forbid? What would Syria look like? Perhaps with another victory of this nature the country would disappear from the map in its entirety.

To those of you who are applauding Bashar Al-Assad's steadfastness and the victory of the Syrian state, I say that if you only knew the truth, you would cry tears of blood. If only he had fallen just like Hosni Mubarak and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Syria would not have reached this state.
Bashar Al-Assad wanted nothing more than to see our enemies stay in Syria so that they could destroy our country for him and so that he would have a reason to stay. Those of you who insist on remaining ignorant should note that the fall of Ben Ali and Mubarak within a matter of weeks saved Tunisia and Egypt from a fate similar to Syria's. If they had stayed in power, God forbid, both Egypt and Tunisia would be in the same situation as Syria. Thus, I emphasise that Bashar Al-Assad is not steadfast and that his steadfastness is not a blessing but a curse on Syria and the Syrian people.
Syria's enemies, namely Russia and Iran, have swooped in and declared their support for Bashar Al-Assad since the very beginning. The real conspiracy here is that these foreign players have refused and prevented any of the regime's attempts to step down from power because Al-Assad's survival ensures more destruction and less distance in the face of Syria's enemies.
Al-Assad is a strategic treasure for countries like the US and Israel. He is the magnet that has attracted all bad things to Syria, ensuring its destruction into rubble. What could Syria's enemies want more than that? Thanks to Al-Assad's services, the entire region now finds itself on a tipping point. If his supporters had abandoned him at the beginning of the uprisings, he would not have succeeded in his chaotic project for the region, one that would encourage the likes of the US and Israel to make statues of Al-Assad in gold.
What confirms the veracity of what I have written above is a statement that was made at a conference on Syria recently, which was attended by numerous international and western officials. One of the participants asked a high-ranking western official why they did not interfere in Syria and he responded: "The situation in Syria is very ideal for us. We would like to see Bashar Al-Assad stay in Syria for a bit more time because he is like a magnet that attracts our enemies to the country and it is there that we can see them fall."
To those of you who are raving about Al-Assad's steadfastness: Do not be proud but cry over your destroyed homeland, which has been torn apart and whose population has been forced to leave because of your beloved Bashar. This is exactly what Syria's enemies want. This is an old game that has been going on for centuries. America calls on Al-Assad to step down and Russia refuses. One day you will all regret applauding the forces that made our people food for the fish in the sea and you will race one another to fill out asylum applications in places like Germany and others. Bashar's steadfastness is nothing more than an obscure cover-up for Syria's destruction. May the steadfastness that cost us our homeland be crushed! We used to have a homeland whose name was Syria!
Translated from Al-Sharq newspaper, 30 November, 2014

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