Congratulation to the Syrian people

I am very happy today, I can't express my feelings; we have won, yes we have won, our army is now in control of the strategic Qusair town, thanks to our brave army, to our martyrs, and cure to the injured.

I want to ask those who armed those terrorists, and wanted to arm more, if you arm your people not terrorists, what will happen to your country? you want to supply arm and kill more people in Syria. You and your bloody ideas, when are you going to arm them? but I am sure you will face your own writhe one day.

It is not a wise thing to give weapons to one brother when two brothers are fighting. I do not believe that Syria will be more democratic country, if those terrorists win,  but it will fall into the hands of religious fanatics whose ultimate aim is the ''Jihad''.

There weren't any terrorism in the world. But when the West and US realized that this part of middle east is fast growing economically because of its reserves of oil fields, they changed their strategy that none of these countries should have  peace, when there is no peace, no one can think about development for their country. Exactly that is what US & Europe have been working for.

USA and Europe have already been supporting Al-Qaeda  affiliated terrorists against the Syrian army through their stooges such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordon, and Turkey. However, all their  efforts in toppling the Syrian government have failed and any direct involvement will have devastating consequences for USA, Europe, and its middle east allies including Turkey.

Syrian armed forces have now taken the  upper hand over  the Salafi/Wahabi sponsored terrorists and soon will get rid of these terrorists of Al-Qaeda and its offshoots. USA and Europe have suffered a lot due to their wrong foreign policies, as has been witnessed on 9/11 attacks, and recently in Boston and London. USA and Europe basically are strengthening the terrorists, however, they have forgotten that those terrorists which were once groomed  and supported by USA did not spare them and soon the terrorists from Syria will spread to all parts of the world, and the bloodshed by these terrorists will be beyond the imagination of western hypocrites. By such acts, USA and Europe are inviting trouble for themselves  and their  partners across the globe.

America and Europe will support anybody, dictator, killer, mass murderer anybody, as long as the killers keep off American and European citizens, and as long as the dictatorial regimes benefit their businesses, and Israel.

Butheina Alnounou 

Oh, how the tables have been turned...

On May 28, 2013, a few dozen activists headed to Gezi Park in Istanbul’s Taksim Square to peacefully protest the destruction of one of the last green spaces in the center of Istanbul. At 5 am, police invaded the park and used unnecessarily violent tactics, including tear gas and pepper spray, to remove the men, women and children from the park. This unwarranted police brutality was the catalyst to what became the largest backlash to AKP and Erdogan’s authoritative rule in ten years.

Despite being majority Muslim, Turkey has had a long standing tradition of secularism since it was founded in 1923. However, in the recent years secular freedoms and the foundation set by Ataturk, have been under attack, in what some claim to be AKP’s Islamification of Turkey and general disregard of secular Turks.

The protest, which started in defiance of Erdogan selling the last green space to his contractor friends to build another shopping mall, has now become a nationwide protest of the whole country, and discover Erdogan’s Islamist agenda. And his link to brotherhood, who are themselves linked to Al-Qaeda. AKP is wildly unpopular, with great swaths of the urban population and these people feel that they are not being represented in government, and that they are being punished by the AKP’s religious agenda.

While the dissatisfied people in cities across Turkey are taking to the streets to vent their frustrations with the government. Erdogan and his cabinet members have made it clear that any political dissent, whether peaceful or not, would be met with police brutality, arrests and insults from the government.

In an attempt to quell the rebellion, government censors forbid any Turkish media outlet from broadcasting any news related to the protests until day five. During the height of the clashes CNN Turk, a major news outlet, was broadcasting a documentary on penguins. Turkish citizens counteracted the media blackout by taking to social media sites and the internet to make their voices heard. There were some reports that facebook and twitter, the sites where a majority of protest organization took place, had been blocked or access severely restricted. Private television channel, Kanal D’s Ankara Chief  Erhan  Karadag was one of the many taken into custody under trumped up charges of ‘supporting the demonstrators.’

Erdogan who for years now was speaking of democracy, and give his free advises to Arab world, and support terrorists against Syrian Government, because he wants freedom to Syrian people, silly man, for the second time, cut a poor figure, the first was, when he appeared on TV, insulting Perez the Zionist president, then we discovered that he is a closest friend to Israel.

AKP Member of Parliament Sirin Unal took to his twitter feed to comment on the riots saying that, “Apparently people (in Taksim) need to be gassed.” In his speech addressing the political unrest, Erdogan said that, “social media is a plague against society.” Equating the peaceful protesters to ‘terrorists’ and that the million people in Taksim Square represented ‘marginal groups’ or ‘alcoholics’ of society.

The water tanks and riot police have been removed from Taksim, and protesters have occupied the Square once more celebrating victory of a now six day long, violent struggle with police forces. They have brought garbage bags and have organized city clean ups to help repair that damage caused by the clashes. The protest, now a thousand times the original size has returned to a peaceful state, because there are rumors that the destruction of the city center's historical park has been cancelled. Although there is temporary stability, Erdogan has not backed down on his threats and grandiose, accusatorial language. Only time will tell if Erdogan and AKP will listen to the people or will they once again violently attack anyone who disagrees.

How can a Erdogan extol the virtues of a democratic society and peaceful protest, when he cannot provide those conditions to his own people? Turkey ranks as one of the most dangerous places for journalists and has the highest number of jailed journalists in the world. Apparently, Erdogan and AKP can’t handle the truth and are so egotistical they cannot listen to criticism. It’s time Erdogan and AKP stopped oppressing the Turkish people, stopped eroding the constitution and started embracing true democracy.

At last I say: Erdogan don't speak again about democracy anymore, no one will believe you,  All the protests in your country were peaceful, and you did what you did, so if you have terrorists killing and destroying your country, what you will do.

Butheina Alnounou

The Sole Game-Changer!

Resistance has been the real game-changer during the last decades of Mideast history, starting from the glorious liberation war of October in 1973, passing through the heroic resistance of the Syrian Army, Lebanese and Palestinian freedom fighters in the face of the Israeli repeated aggressions against Lebanon and Gaza Strip, and not to mention the 2003 US crazy and futile invasion of Iraq.

The ongoing global war against Syria can be considered to a large extent as part of the western bids, backed unfortunately by the ewes and their petrodollars, to punish the Syrians for their unwavering support to the Resistance.

Thus, Israel has been coordinating its aggressive policy and strikes against Syria even with al-Qaeda affiliates! Israel, however, is the only loser in such a crazy suicidal coordination and strikes. Syria is definitely to retaliate against any further Israeli foolish attack, and through a strategic response, given the prevailing ''clear popular pressure for opening the Golan Front to Resistance,'' as H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad pointed out in his recent interview with Al-Manar TV.

With this in mind, Hezbollah Resistance is indeed recognized as the bastion of every genuine freedom fighter worldwide. The majority of the Syrians do consider themselves, given the increasing developments, foreign involvement and escalations in the ongoing crisis in Syria, not only as Hezbollah mongers, but as active members in this great Party of God. The principles national  Arab stances taken by Hezbollah, at least from a moral perspective, in support of the Syrian safety, integrity and steadfastness against the salafist and takfiri terrorism of al-Qaeda do deserve every appreciations, and gratitude. It is the real brotherhood and unity against the continued sinister Israeli bids-unfortunately backed by some Arab States and ewes, to stifle the Resistance.

''Our Army will fight the enemy wherever it is. When the enemy is in the north, we move north; the same applies if the enemy comes from the east or the west. This is also the case for Hezbollah. So the question is why is Hezbollah deployed on the borders inside Lebanon or inside Syria? The answer is that our battle is a battle against the Israeli enemy and its proxies inside Syria or inside Lebanon,'' underlined H.E. President Al-Assad in the same interview. The Resistance is indeed a political, ideological, and social issue, with the net result being military action. ''A state does not create Resistance. Resistance can only be called so, when it is popular and spontaneous, it cannot be created. The state can either support or oppose the Resistance, - or create obstacles, as is the case with some reckless Arab countries.

The majority does pin hopes on Resistance fighters to remind the Arab people, through their achievements, that our enemy is still the same, Israel and terrorists. Syria, as H.E. President Al-Assad reiterated, ''will always remain, even more so than before, supportive of the resistance and resistance fighters everywhere in the Arab world.''  

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

Struggle for National Sovereignty

The ongoing in Syria is but the legitimate right of self-defense in the face of the fierce global war targeting Syria. It is indeed ,as H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad outlined in Al-Manar TV interview, a struggle for "national sovereignty" and not for a post.

"No one would fight and martyr themselves in order to secure power for anyone else." It is the Syrians' only wise alternative and obligation to purge their country from al-Qaeda affiliates. In the year of 2013, the Syrians definitely can't withstand the Takfiri hired killers with their rotten backwardness and ignorance.

Actually, the ongoing struggle is but the actual objective representation of the free will of the majority. This very majority pertains the right to choose its democratically elected leadership. And this very historic leadership is the main source of safety, tranquility, tolerance and dignity.

This very leadership derives its power and inspirations from its great people, the majority. Thus, "the Syrian people alone have the right to decide whether the president should remain or leave. So, anybody speaking on this subject should state which part of the Syrian people they represent and who granted them the authority to speak on their behalf."

This leadership is the sole legitimate choice of the Syrians, who poured on June, 2000, as well as in July 2007, in millions to streets appealing for salvation, steadfastness and continued resistance. The Syrians, for this leadership, would be the criteria and the decision makers and would through a popular referendum decide whatever in the interest of Syria: "but nothing can be implemented without the approval of the Syrian people."

"the president cannot just relinquish his authorities, he doesn't have the constitutional right. Changing the constitution requires a popular referendum." And "the only desires relevant are those of the Syrian people." The reality on the ground does testify that the majority does ,with esteem and heart-felt gratitude and thanks, consider its safety, future, stability, tolerance and prosperity part and parcel of its historic leadership. 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

Just for Syria

During the  current critical days which our homeland Syria is passing through, we are in a real need to abide by the meaning of the word love. We must adhere to love, hatred, violence and bloodshed have spread all over the homeland.

No matter how much we are different in attitudes and opinions,no matter how much we love or hate each other, our love for Syria must be sacred and we must preserve this love through discarding dispute and hatred in our personal relationships. Moreover we must give priority to the strengthening of our social ties to save the homeland.

Syria is currently being transformed into a field for experiments for all parties especially for those with sick ideas, for those whoare pretending that they have revolutionary attitudes and for other parties who are working to implement certain political foreign agendas.

However when we reverse the very near history of our beloved  Syria we find a beautiful mosaic panel that is full of peace, security, and stability.

It must be taken for granted that the conflict in Syria is in part between some international forces, the same forces which are working on implementing a new colonial project in the region in the service of their interests.To achieve this aim they are in need for eliminating Syria, the heart of resistance in the Arab world.

This brings to our minds the Sykes-Picot agreement with all its dire repercussions on the entire Arab region, including the domination of its natural resources and the deformation of its bright history and civilization.

In spite of the deep wounds and the continued tragedy of our people in Syria, the political, social and intellectual life in the country are still full of hope, love and peace and our people is capable to proof to the whole world that we are able to overcome our ordeal through attaining national reconciliation .

Far away from disputes and violence that are currently taking place in Syria. Our homeland will continue to be the Arabs’ home and we, as Syrians, will work hand in hand to safeguard our country as a free and independent state.

NahlaMaaz –Syria Times