President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday took the constitutional oath before the Speaker and members of the people’s Assembly in the presence of political, party, media, religious figures, and families of the martyrs and the injured.
President Assad opened his speech by saluting the army, armed forces, and the wounded, who had the main, if not the most important, role in protecting the homeland from an unconventional foreign invasion, which may be the most complex in Syria’s modern and contemporary history and had devastating consequences on the Syrian geography, history, and society.
The president had to praise everyone who defended Syria according to his position and capabilities.
Here, I would like to point out an important idea, which is, there may be Syrians who found themselves in the trench of defending the homeland from a purely personal point of view, that is, they are defending President Assad in particular, but the bulk of the Syrians defended the country on the basis of their values, morals, affiliation, and patriotism. And if any other leader who shares the values that Syrians believe in was in the position of Assad, we would have found millions supporting the captain of the ship that found itself in a turbulent ocean.
Some may disagree with President Assad’s approach, but whoever followed the speech carefully concludes that addressing the Syrian crisis from a historical and geopolitical perspective, and with full knowledge of the Syrian people with all their categories and idiosyncrasies is the correct approach to understand the roots of the war on Syria. Any other approach or interpretation is nothing but short-sightedness that offers a clear service to the descendants of the colonizers who are completing today their ancestors’ project in dividing the divided and keeping the region in a state of constant instability in favour of Israel.
President Assad spoke about the refugees and displaced Syrians who were intended to be a pressure card against their country, but have become an asset abroad, according to Assad.
Here, I only partially agree with the president because some of those who left the country unfortunately will remain a dagger that stabs the homeland and the people, as some of the Iranians, Cubans and Venezuelans became after liberating their countries from American hegemony.
In addition, there is a group of Syrians who found that silence is the best solution to preserve their residency, jobs, and scholarships they obtained in western countries. In my opinion, this type of people should be ignored and the battle for reconstruction should proceed without them.
President Assad defined the concept of legitimacy, as there is a misconception among a large part of people around the world, a matter that has been worked on for decades by the Western media and intelligence agencies, according to which there is no legitimacy for any authority that does not come to power in a western-style liberal democracy.
This, of course, is imperialist thinking, and the people who hold this conviction may not know that they have been infected with “intellectual imperialism”. For example, the popular participation in Cuba in the decision-making process is much greater than in the United States, where the so-called democracy.
President Assad addressed the issue of changing the constitution, which some people think Syria must compromise on, ignoring, intentionally or not, that the constitution is the backbone of the country, and that demands for demolishing the centralization of the state or calls for federalism are nothing but a prelude to division and fragmentation.
As I addressed in previous videos, federalism that leads to the unification of the divided is a good thing, like the federalism between Syria and Lebanon or Syria and Iraq. As for the federalism that leads to dividing the divided, such as the proposed federalism of the Kurdish separatists in the area east of the Euphrates, is nothing but madness that will plunge the divided regions into endless wars.
Therefore, the disagreement here is not in politics, but over the postulates and nature of the nation. And when postulates are absent, vision and balance are lost. Hence, we see a group of people holding Syrian citizenship, but they do not share the same identity and belonging with the rest of the people.
On a related topic, it was necessary for Assad to talk about liberating the rest of the Syrian land and facing the economic and living repercussions of the war that was imposed on all Syrians.
From this point of view, President Assad revealed the start of building 3,000 new factories and more than 10,000 new workshops, and heading towards local production and facilitating investments, whether by enacting new laws or relying on alternative energy in industrial areas that will reduce the burden of providing electricity in residential areas.
It is worth mentioning here that between 40 and 60 billion dollars for its Syrian owners are held in Lebanon’s banks which crumbled the Syrian lira in exchange for dollar, and this problem can only be solved by solving the political and financial intractability in Lebanon.
President Assad also spoke about fighting corruption in the sense that no one is immune from accountability and that the state is moving towards electronic payment for the sake of transparency and fighting corruption.
Externally, President Assad told his people that Syria is part of an international conflict between Russia and the United States, and that we will live in a jungle where there is no place for humanity and morals unless the outcome of the conflict is resolved in favour of one of the parties, or a balance of power is achieved. Therefore, there is no place to escape from this conflict or deviate from it.
President Assad explained the goal of contemporary wars that target the people before the land. Whoever defeats a person wins the war, he explained. This explanation reminded me of the words of the Chinese general, military expert, and philosopher Sun Tzu: It is better to attack the enemy’s thinking than to attack his fortified cities.
From this point, President Assad made it clear that Israel did not win the war in 1948 when it occupied the Palestinian lands, but when some Palestinians and Arabs were convinced that humiliating concessions would restore rights, and therefore they abandoned the resistance and started the struggle from hotels instead of the battlefields.
President Assad dived into the concept of Arabism and its importance from civilization and intellectual perspective based on geography, politics, society and economic interests without melting non-Arab components and preserving their identity.
Syria is diverse, but this does not mean that it should have several titles, because this necessarily means several countries, and thus division. Arabism, in short, is the title of Syria, and preserving diversity is the goal.
Finally, Assad addressed the issue of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and the rest of the areas occupied by terrorists and their Turkish and American sponsors, and expressed his confidence in the allies, particularly Iran, Russia and China, and stressed the importance of peaceful and armed resistance against the occupiers and the state’s legitimate, constitutional and moral duty to support the resistance against the Turkish and American occupiers.
In conclusion, it is easy to trivialize the content of any speech, but in my opinion, we can describe this speech as historical by a victorious man in a military war that is nearing its end, and a speech of a leader confident of winning an economic war that is still at its peak.
President Assad surpassed his opponents and enemies at home and abroad with a mixture of rationality, steadfastness, realism and experience.
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