Why Syria is one thing and Assad is another

Hussein Shobokshi
Hussein Shobokshi
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Why did the United States carry out airstrike against Syria?

Firstly, the US did not strike Syria as proclaimed by the national media and the media that belongs to the terrorist group Hezbollah but it hit a military airbase fully operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards from where the chemical weapons were launched on Idlib. The US destroyed the military aircraft and Quds missiles, which were used to hit the Syrian cities.

Secondly, let us try to reestablish the facts to know the situation in Syria and why the regime of Assad was forced on the Syrian people.

Syria, once heart of the Arab world, allied itself with a revolutionary (non-Arab) sectarian regime Iran. Iran, whose main objective as outlined in its constitution, is to spread its extremist ideology in the region. Syria is also allied with the sectarian terrorism group (Hezbollah), classified as a terrorist organization by the international community and by most of the Arab countries (it has branches in those countries and it is accused of many terrorist acts in those states).

In addition, Syria is allied with Russia (the first country to recognize Israel and the Russian lobby which is the most important lobby inside Israel). This is the story of Syria under the Assad regime, a fascist, repressive and failed state changed from Ba’athist to sectarian state par excellence.

It is strange that Syria’s allies (Iran and the terrorist organization Hezbollah) do not see the comparison between what happened in Iraq, which they strongly supported at that time, while in Syria they rejected it. Iraq was ruled by Ba’athist dictator (just like Syria), a minority ruling a majority (again, just like Syria).

They exterminated the unarmed and defenseless civilians in Halabja in Iraq (Assad did the same in Hama and elsewhere). Saddam occupied Kuwait, Assad occupied Lebanon too but because of their exclusive sectarian outlook, they never see those issues with the same objective and fair eye.

It is strange that Syria’s allies do not see the comparison between what happened in Iraq, which they strongly supported at that time, while in Syria they rejected it

Hussein Shobokshi

A reckless system

This reckless system, which is supported by the scum of the “thugs”, killing and injuring hundreds of thousands of people and displacing millions, is not due any respect nor is Assad worthy to continue ruling the country.

The regime of Syria gave the Golan Heights to Israel in 1967 without any resistance or without firing a bullet against Israel and withdrew before the arrival of the Israeli forces. The Golan remained in complete calm for more than four decades. The Syrian regime has killed more Lebanese, Palestinians, Syrians, Iraqis and Jordanians, more than the Israelis did.

The removal of Palestinian resistance from Lebanon also contributed to ignite a civil war in Lebanon in which the Lebanese devoted sectarian presence, under the banner of terrorist Hezbollah, and yet continued with all despicable and shameless interference in the Palestinian cause with threats to assassinate its leaders, just like the assassinations of great political symbols in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

A wicked and phony political system inherited the rule of the republic from father to son, forcing the People’s Assembly to change its constitution in minutes to accept the age of the new president Bashar al-Asaad (by the way he was not the preferred first choice of his father).

The regime has enmity with all the countries in the region and have forced its people to leave and migrate, deprived them of their privileges, bitterly humiliated them by imprisonment and nationalized the major private companies.

The nature of the regime

This is the Assad regime which is now objecting to the military strike against it. The US did not target any civilians, no civilians were killed and there was no monetary cost on the people. All the military equipment that was destroyed at the targeted airbase was within the military deal between the Assad regime and Russia, in exchange for the establishment of its military base on the coast of Tartus in the Mediterranean Sea (as it is well-known).

Israel knows fully well that Assad poses no threat to them. There are three historical statements made at the time of the Syrian revolution when Rami Maalouf, the son of the uncle of Bashar Al-Assad and one of the most important pillars of the regime, said, “Security of Syria means security of Israel.” The next statement was by Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah terrorist group. He said, “We will fight until the end in the defense of Bashar Al-Asaad.”

And thirdly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself said, “the survival of Bashar Al-Asaad is a zguarantee for Israel’s security”. These statements need no analysis to understand the role of the Assad’s regime in the region and its importance to both Iran and Israel.

America attacked a military airbase which was used against the civilians in Syria and it is run entirely by Iran. What is not understood until today is that Syria is one thing and Bashar Al-Assad is something else. Bashar Al-Assad is exactly the opposite of everything beautiful that Syria represented.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on April 17, 2017.
(Hussein Shobokshi is a Businessman and prominent columnist. Shobokshi hosts the weekly current affairs program Al Takreer on Al Arabiya, and in 1995, he was chosen as one of the “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Management from the University of Tulsa. His twitter handle is @husseinshoboksh.

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