“The battle to topple the state is over,” Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad al-Makdissi told Syrian TV yesterday. He added: “Our goal now is to ensure stability and create a perspective for reform and development in Syria while preventing others from sabotaging the path of reform.”
For those of us who still remember the victory declaration of Hafez al-Assad in 1973, when his planes were still being blasted out of the skies by Israelis, will see a similarity between father and son in Assad‘s declaration. Assad father even declared victory in 1967 after Syria lost the Golan to Israel while he was Minister of Defense. Both Assads seem not to have learned their lessons and the unmistakable difference between declaring victory and the reality on the ground.
To those who expect reforms or national dialogue or whatever label you want to provide to concocting the dissemination of a just Revolution, you will be disappointed because Assad, thanks to the naive Syrian policy of this administration, will go on a killing binge like the world has never witnessed before and calling everyone he kills a “terrorist”. What is it with oppressed people who gain freedom? Their freedom suddenly is more precious than those of others.
I received this email from someone who seems to know enough to write the truth.
“It appeared that Assad‘s army was losing until Egypt allowed arms shipments from Iran through the Suez Canal and Russia resupplied Assad recently passing through Turkish controlled Bosphorus Strait. If the allies opposed to Assad do not block Russian and Iranian arms shipments, the Syrian people will be hurt.
Turkey and Egypt control water ways used by Russia and Iran. Turkey should block all Russian arms shipments going to Syria through the Bosphorus Strait and Egypt should block Iranian arms shipments going through the Suez Canal. They should even seize these armaments and give them to the opposition if possible.”
I doubt the smuggling would have happened without the White House support or turning a blind eye to arming Syria to kill its own people. Erdogan supporting Assad while claiming to support the Syrian Revolution does not seem to me too far fetched either.
Assad cannot even recognize the Revolution and has labeled the people fighting for their rights as terrorists. How does anyone expect him to be reformed is beyond me. It’s his death or the death of Syria. There are no other alternatives. People are not just going to let go of their arms and go home obediently. The war goes on and Assad can declare a thousand victories but his regime will be dismantled whether he likes it or not.
So Assad can dream and Obama can turn his back, at the end of the day those fighting on the street are unstoppable. The same methods used by Iran to force the US out of the region will be used to force Assad out of power. The world simply does not understand our resolve. We are going to show Assad soon how victorious he is.