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An Open Letter to Syrian President Bashar al Assad

Date: November 15th 2011

President Dr. Bashar al Assad                                                                                      

President Office

People’s Council of Syria

Damascus, Syria

His Excellency Dr. Bashar al Assad,

AFTQ wants to bring to your attention that since the start of the Syrian Revolution from 15th March 2011, the world is witnessing the worst crisis of human rights violations in Syria. Though the constitution provides many benefits and protections to the Syrian citizens but in reality the Syrians lived under the unwanted regulations of your regime. After the years of your father Hafez al Assad’s authoritarian regime which from the beginning had suppressed the rights and liberty of a normal citizen has the most affected from your rule of suppression.

Syria is now standing at the crossroads of revolution where the government’s legitimacy and Syrians freedom is at stake. When you Mr. President took oath on 17th July 2000 to rein this beautiful and cultural country which have always introduced this world with something great and of a prosperous nature the innocent people of Syria, your own people who have believed in you, trusted you, when you assumed office of this great nation Mr. President these were the people whom you are killing like insects have believed in you and respected you more than ex President Late Hafez al Assad who was also your father had ruled at barrel of gun but His Excellency it was you who came as the ray of hope to this nation who had suffered hard under your father’s rule and now wanted a true democratic political system under which they can practice their rights granting them a complete guarantee of fundamental tools to them.

A law which never differentiate between the same citizen of the same country no matter whether he / she belongs to any communal group or culture or religion, a framework where everyone is equal, where a true Syrian secularism would be portrayed and practiced as the true living reality in which you have always believed into and has regularly said in your interviews given to the international media.

It’s been almost 12 years of your rule but the promise which you have made with undersigned commitments remained unfulfilled at large. Mr. President when you talked about peace it means you have to be at the compromising acceptance with some or more of your strategized demands / requirements. A peace in true meaning is that when two parties agree and respect on the compromising manner in order to serve the purpose of peace which will only be possible if your government thinks in a more liberal and transparent way keeping in view of interests of the common man. Peace cannot exist if you dictate your terms Mr. President but if you agree to common terms to get both ends meet at the juncture of harmony.

His Excellency you sound great when you speak but you felt worse when you work for peace. Shooting your own people, killing the innocents, not even sparing the families of those who stand united against you is not in the person’s faith who believes in bringing peace to his country and to the region as a whole. When you talk about secularism it is good sign of optimism but Mr. President till your speeches have delivered only the words not the actions. When a Syrian President talks about his nation being secular it means Syria being a secular nation but in practice and in reality the air taste’s something un-usual and different.

Secularism doesn’t mean that one single party and a community will rule the country and others will be denied the basic access to the functioning. When we say that we are secular then that means members of all communities shares the equal rights and power to rule and govern the country however this has never been the case in Syria under yours and your fathers regime as when the new constitution in 1973 was adopted for Syria.

Article #1 under Basic Principals of Syrian Constitution states that:

(1)   The Syrian Arab Republic is a democratic, popular, socialist, and sovereign state.  No part of its territory can be ceded. Syria is a member of the Union of the Arab Republics.

(2)   The Syrian Arab region is a part of the Arab homeland.

(3)   The people in the Syrian Arab region are a part of the Arab nation. They work and struggle to achieve the Arab nation’s comprehensive unity.

Article #7 the constitutional oath is as follows:

“I swear by God the Almighty to sincerely preserve the republican, democratic, and popular system, respect the constitution and the laws, and watch over the interests of the people and the security of the homeland, and work and struggle for the realization of the Arab nation’s aims of unity, freedom, and socialism.”

Article # 8 betrays the concept of democracy

The leading party in the society and the state is the Socialist Arab Baath Party.  It leads a patriotic and progressive front seeking to unify the resources of the people’s masses and place them at the service of the Arab nation’s goals.

Article # 10 which guarantees the right to practice democracy

People’s councils are establishments elected in a democratic way at which the citizens exercise their rights in administering the state and leading the society.

But till now nothing as mentioned in the respected constitution has ever been felt even by an ordinary citizen of Syria, none of the rights given in the constitution has ever practiced except the power vested under article #8 which betrays all the liberties and access given to the citizens of Syria.

Since the adoption of this amended constitution and the start of your respected family’s regime the great nation of civilizations never lived its glory in the modern era where people enjoys freedom, liberty, fundamental rights and power of being empowered remained always a distant dream to all living under the shadow of your vicinity.

Mr. President when you talk about democracy you say because the word is mentioned in your adopted constitution it gives a different meaning to it while disputing the same with the real one. Mr. President when you talk about this power system of governance it means that you have to provide every citizen an equal opportunity to take part in the administration of the country where person from every community can share the power on equal grounds with your respective authority.

AFTQ believes that the vibrant and working democracy is that where every citizen takes part in the election process, where public opinion is always consider in terms of passing any regulation, any law, where even single amendment in the law or even in the constitution seek common man’s opinion. Where people chooses their own leader not the assigned council or which the body which has never enjoyed the legitimacy of its own people, a true democracy is that where all the government bodies and its functioning are accountable to the general public and where even an ordinary citizen enjoys full access to all the public accounts and internal communication.

One cannot say that Syria is a democratic country where the word is just like dust in the eyes of the world irked people always throughout the independent Syrian history. There has never been any moment in the entire Assad’s regime tenure when the nation of Syria ever seen  the overwhelming support and contribution in the process of nation building in which Syrians happily taken part and been encouraged to do so and as a single party regime and its governance cannot bring the democracy alive in its country while functioning as the opposite, a liberal and open democracy is where when in the country multi party political system exists competing to rule the country and representing different communities hence satisfying also the criteria of being secular whereas another article of the constitution article # 12 disputes the single party regime and your ruling authority:

Article # 12 which guarantees the Syrians protection of their fundamental rights:

The state is at the people’s service.  Its establishments seek to protect the fundamental rights of the citizens and develop their lives. It also seeks to support the political organizations in order to bring about self-development.

After getting to this article #12 it has been clear by now that since the time your family has came to power Syrians were living their lives in the false statehood which have always cheated them either by making new amendments in the constitution or by just giving betrayal worded speeches. The people you think raise their hands in support of your rule will betray one day just like your friend late Col Gaddafi was betrayed by his own people who first at the start of the rebellion shook their hands in the streets of Tripoli and then they fought against him as the tide turned in the favor of rebels.

Mr. President, we at the AFTQ would like to make you aware that you still have got time to improve yourself and clean your leadership’s image in the eyes of your entire Syrian population. It is the time when you can decide about you and your family’s fate either by stepping down from your posts or by paving the way to true democracy which is the current need and the desire of your own nation at large.

His Excellency you talk about your legitimacy but AFTQ wants to make you clear that you and your government has lost their legitimacy in the minds, hearts and eyes of the general public and when the government or a leader losses his legitimacy then he must take the positive nation building measures which the nation requires and demanding the most at present, as in your case people and the nation of Syria wants the working democracy and freedom to practice their fundamental rights where they can elect and decide their future of the country and make accountable their leaders.

AFTQ urge you to take the immediate positive building measures otherwise the day is not far when you even would not have a moment to apologize to your people and to your nation at large. The same which was done in Libya and the kind of treatment there the leaders received at the hands of their own people should be an eye opener for you and for your cabinet which too has proven with the recent developments made by the respected Arab league by expelling your great nation from the regional grouping which you Mr. President has always supported throughout now stand against you and your regime.

Instead of warning the entire league Mr. President you should have taken it as lesson and approaching tide which could uproot your entire governance and political entity with its flow like storm.

Now standing at the juncture of heightening revolution of the Arab Revolution Spring’s series here are few questions which put you on account to the crimes and atrocities done by you and your forces on the innocent people of Syria:

1.)    Do you think it is right to suppress the people who are demanding their rights to live freely in their country?

2.)    How can you justify the genocide committed by you and your regime in which your killing drive has claimed 3500 innocent lives and still counting?

3.)    Will you justify your measures of handling the Syrian Revolution?

4.)    Is this true that your government and your policies discriminate among the distinct citizens of your country?

5.)    How would you prove that your forces and your ministers did not commit any human rights violations?

6.)    Is this justified in any manner to deny the rights and freedom of the people?

7.)    Do you think being a democratic country the Alawi community loses its presence in the new democratic Syria?

8.)    Did you expect the same fate as of Late Col Gaddafi?

9.)    Is your government fair enough to run the country transparently?

The nation His Excellency builds on trust, on harmony not on murders, not on hatred. A true leader rules his country not by stick but by love, by coordination. You can silent the cries of your people not by bullets but by meeting their demands, by standing tall to their aspirations.  Fulfill your unfulfilled promises and transform yourself as democratic leader not the dictator.

AFTQ hope and wishes that after reading this and witnessing the circumstances of this Syrian Revolution you will not stop yourself from laying the path to democracy and will stop killing your people who once honored and believed in you as their leader.

Regards

Hatef Mokhtar

Founder and Chairman

Armed For The Quill

Oslo, Norway

Syrian Hitler in the making – Bashar al Assad

Since the Arab Spring Uprisings I have been observing the entire phases of the Syrian Revolution which though was started modestly but largely the protests were organized outside Syrian state domain but there was something an incident which will fume the hearts of Syrians with the fire of freedom and the moment came which provoked the greater revolt of the 21st century Arab World in a Tunisian style by Hasan Ali Akleh who set himself on fire by pouring gasoline the same way as Mohamed Bouazizi of Tunisia did on 17 December 2010 who actually laid the foundation of Arab Uprising whereas the later laid the foundation stone for the historic Syrian revolution but why this happen in a country where people love to live in happiness, where even though the state is ruled by Islamic regime but secularism and freedom of religion is guaranteed under constitutional provisions.

However I looked back to the history of Syrian politics and its political sufferings of its citizens under the draconian laws nexus which forced them to stay behind closed doors of the silent streets. This uprising has its roots tracing to the event which would change the scenario of the entire Syrian heartland on 10th June 2000 when former President of Syria Hafez Al Assad passed away who was succeeded by his direct hair apparent Bashar Al Assad.

A bright looking with soft touch President of Syria – Bashar Al Assad used to be man who when took presidential oath in 2000 after his father’s death Hafez Al Assad who ruled Syria for 29 years until his death every Syrian thought that he is the leader who will give them their freedom, their authority to live freely in a democratic and fundamental society, a leader who will raise their lives in from the state of pariah where they will have values to live, where they can practice their rights to stand against the injustice being done from decades under the emergency rule which was imposed on them un-necessarily in 1963 but the eyes of this new wolf of Bashar were betraying the faith of his citizens.

From the date he was elected as the Syrian Premier countless allegations were made against him and his regime. Since the implementation of the emergency state the record of human rights has remain poor throughout which has now worsened and is termed as the worst in the world after 26 January 2011 uprising whose light continues to shine brighter. After the bloodiest of all massacre in Hama by Bashar’s father in 1982 by any Arab regime in modern day Middle East against its own people more than 10 – 40000 people were brutally killed under scorched earth which even today haunts the entire Arab world specifically Syrians.

Though belonged from a Alawite community which is a section of Shia Islam and is minority in the Sunni majority Syria, has been ruling the country now for more than 40 years but there had never been any problem in the lives of people much larger until the holocaust of Hama did not happened then with this incident of horror created the already much widened fault line between the historically divided people of this nation. Who had knew the one day even after that terrified event the land of silence will broke its silence and will raise its head against the monster who would never like to watch anyone taking a mass stand against it.

The protest started on 28 January 2011 in Ar-Raqqah for the killing of two soldiers of Kurdish descent but this will going to shape into a new raging storm hence Day of Rage wall called on February 5th through social networking sites of Facebook and Twitter which played an important role in organizing the entire series of protests across the country. Within no time world smells the flavor of Syrian air all across the globe in front of Syrian embassies which goes for sometime but with no response to receive from the deaf authorities while the developments in the oppositions were on the rise the city of Daraa was preparing to become the centre of first violent spree where over 100,000 people gathered to march against the regime in which at least 20 protestors were killed.

Since then the violence spread throughout the national territory and clashes now has become the daily part of everyone’s lives there. More than 3000 people have been killed so far by the political forces and more than thousands detained for breaching the law and for defaming the government. People in Syria are fighting for their rights since independence but whenever the demand arises it was crushed brutally by force.

The promising decade old leader Bashar too had denied the freedom and liberty to his people for which now he is facing the music playing with the lives lost fighting against him. He is turning no stone unturned to crush the rebellion which has shaken the very foundation of his Baa’th Party. The revolution is now progressing in its eight months of blood bath battling with no means to stand guard against the heavily armed and in control their president who has become an admirer of Adolf Hitler is now walking on his footsteps. Bashar al Assad regime though has always been criticized by the international community but has never been more brutal than ever before as it now.

When the innocent people are being slaughter in Syria by this monster dictator the international community is still enjoying its sleep in the warmth of its comfort. Till now the progress has been slow so far in terms of bringing the Baath regime and its leader the main guilty Bashar Al Assad who has not even forcefully tortured his own people but also have killed them brutally just like a butcher slaughter the speechless innocent animals in the same way he is slaughtering his own people just like anything.

Though International Court of Justice had said about the Syrian regime and its forces of being guilty but nothing till now has been concretize neither diplomatically nor strategically. But in order to break the complexities of Syrian protest killings and come out with any solution one needs to understand the Syria’s strategic importance and its undisrupted relations with Iranian Mullah Regime and terror outfits of Hezbollah and Hamas. Since the Iran’s Islamic revolution Syria has been the closest ally of Iran who had always supported unconditionally in every circumstances whether it was Iraq – Iran war of 1980 and 1988, providing strategic positioning and lobbying for Iranian cause or when USSR tried to isolate Iran from being a powerful neighbor of Afghanistan during Soviet invasion in the bordering country.

In return Iran too has always been supporting the Baath party government with economic and financial aid in large amount, technology, even with cheap oil supplies to Syria at time of embargo. This connection is not only on the basis of support but also on terms of the religious ideology which serves as the bond between the Shiite nexus which spreads from Persian Gulf to Eastern Mediterranean which places Syria in a centered location strategically placed.

Though dominated by the Sunni Muslim population but the Alawite minority which traces its roots to Iran Shiites has been ruling the country from last four decades crushing all the uprisings with a heavily armored fist. This makes the Assad Family the closest allies and aide to not only Iran but also Hezbollah. Bashar who enjoys the leadership position in the Shiite world had very holocaustic ideology against the other factions and sections of not only Syrian community but also the regional one.

Even though the secular state has been guaranteed under the adopted constitution but it’s only for the name sake which never has seen the reality where people who are Kurd, Sunnis, Catholics and Jews continue to face the discriminatory use of forces against them by the their so called leader Bashar Al Assad who had used and applied everything possible to crush the opposition voices.

With the help of Iran he had now procured the technology to monitor the communication of the people by tracing the mobile messaging, calls, internet and other communication network through highly sophisticated and electronic and cyber control system which has been recently introduced to control and monitor the revolt and break down the protests spreading like a wild fire in all the corners.

Technology is not the only way this butcher president through which he is able to closely monitor and trace the progress of this rebellion but also through illegal arms supplies from the Lebanese black markets where since the outbreak of Arab Spring uprisings the prices are going sky rocketing with the increase in demand along with the uninterrupted indirect supplies of advance ammunition from Iran helping Bashar to curb the all kinds of protests and voices raising their head against him and fortunately he is able to hold his position more stronger than before making him to successfully destroy every hurdle coming in his way of his political empire.

Apart from these indirect and direct support from friendly countries he has also followed his own measures of enforcement which he applied by cutting electricity and water supplies first in the unrest areas like Homs, Daraa and many other cities where even the food / ration supplies have also been stopped has changed the prosperous and flourishing settlements into a famine like situation where people not only dying from bullets but also from hunger and utilities shortage. The leader must be the savior not the killer but this hungry and thirsty beast has left no stone unturned to snatch away the lives of those who wanted a live in democratic free environment.

Nevertheless the story for his success which looks so simple is not so simple his forces and militants though have been able to control the revolution but the there is someone who has been sending his forces to support this devil to fight against the opposition and that supplier of the hidden army is Iran who has been accused several times for sending the direct forces of revolutionary guards well trained enough to handle these crisis and to save his best ally from the toppling of the Baath party government.

The uprising is not only for the freedom or liberty of their denied rights but between the two different ideologies which lives in the Muslim of world. This is all being done in order to tap the resources for their personal exchequer and challenge the very autonomy of other Arab states in the if Syria is gone from the hands of Iran the whole existence of the Iran regime and its diplomacy will be thrown away into the darkness of isolation. The existence of Bashar indirectly helps Iranian regime to play its strategic games in the region which provides it the safe gateway to both the extreme regimes of this volatile and unstable region.

So, in order to tackle the mess of this Assad rule then the world have to bring down Iran first who has created the whole mess in the friendly world of Middle East by aiding terrorism, supporting extreme regimes like of Syrian Baath Party Government under the control of those who just have the fascist ideology to live with and carry on to other regions. Hundreds and thousands of people have lost their lives under the rule of the Assad family and their Dictatorship which have no space for freedom, liberty, fundamentals of the human rights, peace and love.

This regime only knows to kill people, torture them hard, suppressing them brutally; being the leader of the masses doesn’t that everybody must be treated like slave. The cruelty of the Hafez’s rule and atrocities of Bashar’s governance has not only spread the discrimination but also the terrorism across already unstable Middle East. If the governments of the world along with UN are serious to bring stability and democracy in the lives of innocent people there then they have to bring down the Bashar Al Assad’s regime by all means possible and should work towards bring the normalcy through democratic process and under the more liberal constitutional framework.

Imposing the sanctions of the hostile regimes will not solve the crisis as it has already proven that even though after sanctions Bashar’s regime was successful in holding its position and surviving strongly on the basis of various parallel illegal channels which are out of bounds under the lose global monitoring system but through proper negotiations and bringing the culprits like Bashar and his armed personnel to trail in the International court of justice in Hague and sending them to life term imprisonment or hang them until dead.

World must take strong action against this Syrian Hitler before it’s too late to take any action if world is serious in bringing the region and the globe to a normalcy. As the land of silence has now become the raging storm so the global community should also break its silence stand united against these vampire of this modern world sucking the blood of his own people.

 

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