'Everyone Should Save Syria from Falling into Hell'

'Everyone Should Save Syria from Falling into Hell' underscored Faisal al-Miqdad, the veteran Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister in a recent interview with the German Spiegel Online

Mr. al-Miqda, in a distinguished interview by a high ranking Syrian official with foreign press published on February the 7th, reiterated that the Syrians are but to defeat the international conspiracy and "prevail", hence " We are optimists and strong enough to overcome this challenge, even against the attack of an alliance of Western countries and Gulf states which claims to be promoting democracy and freedom. Until four months ago, Aleppo was one of the safest cities in the world. So I congratulate the advocates for human rights and democracy on the destruction of the Umayyad Mosque, the historic souks and the old town of Aleppo."

The deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister warned  the Europeans  not to "go on supporting" the foreign-backed armed terrorist groups in action against the Syrians, and who are but to fight against "the order of all civilized nations" including Germany.

Dr. al-Miqdad, in reply to another question, outlined that H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad has "responded to the demands of the demonstrators" since the very beginning of events in Syria, citing  new constitution, the ending of the supremacy of the Baath Party, establishment of new parties, elections for a new parliament, and the enacting of  new laws concerning demonstrations, which, unfortunately  were completely ignored abroad, adding that " President Al-Assad has heard the political demands of his people and he wants to reconcile with them, and indeed with everyone, as he announced in his speech on Jan. 6. If the fighting and the outside support are brought to an end and everyone sits around a table, then we can begin to shape the future of the country.

"The armed opposition wanted the escalation from the beginning. They took that position from day one. The provocateurs hid among the peaceful demonstrators and shot down police and protesters alike." Dr. Al-Miqdad clarified.

al-Miqdad underscored that the crisis in Syria is mostly "externally organized, externally funded" and that the militant groups receive billions of dollars from certain Gulf states. It is a global, multi-billion-dollar mercenary business, reiterating that it is not for other countries to decide on the Syrian president: "Leave that to the Syrian people and the voting booths. We will not allow anyone to undermine the country's sovereignty. If the president were to give up, there would be nothing here but death and destruction. President al-Assad is ready to do anything to prevent that, no matter what the cost."

In reply to a question regarding Turkey, Al-Miqdad added: " We have long tried to maintain good relations, but we were forced to realize that the Muslim Brother Recep Tayyip Erdogan was pursuing a completely different plan. Namely, he wanted to legally bring the Muslim Brotherhood back to Syria with help from Al-Qaida, the Al-Nusra Front and other extremist religious groups in order to establish a powerful network from Egypt to Tunisia, Libya, Syria and Iraq -- a new Ottoman Empire. Because they now shelter all types of armed groups -- and opened the border with Syria for them -- Erdogan and his foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, are personally responsible for the deaths of thousands of Syrians. Why has Turkey not been reprimanded by the UN?

As for Syria's relation with Saudi Arabia, Dr. Al-Miqdad said: "Saudi Arabia is under immense American pressure and is therefore supporting certain religious groups that are fighting here. At the same time, the country understands very well that in doing this, it's working against its own interests. Therefore they should free themselves as quickly as possible from American dependency."

In reply to a question about the Americans desire to have Syria succumb to violence and destruction, the deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister pointed out  that "the protection of Israel is the only explanation. It began with sanctions, and now it's come to this. The so-called friends of Syria, who meet in Doha, Istanbul and Marrakesh, are actually the enemies of Syria and under the command of American ambassadors. But now the matter has gotten out of control for them. At least now they've put the Al-Nusra Front on the list of terrorist organizations, but unfortunately not the many others who are here indiscriminately killing my countrymen every day."


Dr. Mohammad Abo Al-Ibrahim