Why Syrian government is not anti-imperialist or even anti-Zionist
Let us go back to 1967 when Hafez Al-Assad was the Syrian minister of defence, he was directly considered responsible of the defeat in the Six-Day War in 1967,
On September 15 1970,
King Hussein declared martial law. The next day, Jordanian tanks (the 60th Armored Brigade of the Jordanian Army) attacked the headquarters of Palestinian organizations in Amman; the army also attacked camps in Irbid, Salt, Sweileh, Baq’aa,Wehdat and Zarqa. When a part of the Syrian army under the command of the Palestine Liberation Army’s (PLA) Syrian branch, decided to help Palestinian, They were met by the 40th Armored Brigade of the Jordanian Army. The Syrian Air Force, under orders of Assad, never entered the battle. Three thousand to more than five thousand Palestinian fighters were killed.
After being discredited by the failure of the Syrian military in the Six-Day War in 1967, and enraged by the aborted Syrian intervention in the Jordanian-Palestinian September war, the government faced conflict within its ranks. By the time President Nureddin al-Atassi and the de facto leader, deputy secretary general of the Ba’ath Party Jadid, realized the threat and ordered Assad and Tlass be stripped of all party and government power, it was too late. Assad swiftly launched a bloodless intra-party coup, the Corrective Revolution of 1970. The party was purged, Atassi and Jadid jailed, and Assad loyalists installed in key posts throughout the government.
The war with Israel on October 1973 (war of October) (for me it is the play of October) since it is presented by the Syrian government as a victory, although by the end of the war the Israeli army had invaded large areas of Syria, and taken up positions 40 km from Damascus.) after this date and until now Israel’s border with Syria was the most safe, calm, and quite borders .
On August 12, 1976. Al-assad army with some Lebanese farmed fractions (Phalange, Guardians of the Cedars and Tiger militia forces ), all those attacked the biggest gathering of Palestinians fighters in the camp of tel al-Zaatar, it was a massacre since the camp has more than 60000 Palestinian refugees in addition to 2500 PLO fighters, 1500 palestinian killed (1200 of them were civilians), between the leaders of the armed Lebanese fraction was (Michel Aoun ) the actual friend of the Syrian regime.
Another strike to the Palestinians after his role in black September
On May 19, 1985, heavy fighting erupted between Amal and Palestinian camp militias for the control of the Sabra, Shatila and Burj el-Barajneh camps in Beirut. Amal was supported by the predominantly Shiite Sixth Brigade of the Lebanese Army commanded and by some units of the predominantly Christian Eighth Brigade loyal to General Michel Aoun (again) stationed in East Beirut. Virtually all the houses in the camps were reduced to rubble.
Amal was heavily backed by Syria and indirectly supported by Israel (Yes , Israel), whereas the PLO did not enjoy much outside support. Amal also had the advantage over the PLO in terms of equipment, especially armoured vehicles (provided directly by the Syrian army), Amal was supported by the Israel Air Force (IAF) launched several air strikes against Palestinian positions (Saidon 1986).
This war (war of the Camps) has ended by getting all the Palestinian fighter expelled from Lebanon (Another dirty role by Assad against Palestinian resistance).
This is the support that Al-Assad regime has given to the Palestinian resistance, do you still considering him as an anti-Zionist and resistance supporting hero!!!!!!.
And his son
In 2000, When Bashar came to power, all the Syrian people was supporting him, though he wasn’t democratically elected, but for the people -who were thinking like some amnesiac now- for them a radical changes will get the country in the chaos and they preferred to have Bashar who promised them that there will be a huge political and economic changes, everybody believed him then including me.
In fact a lot of people believed him too, like Aref Dalila who in 2001 was among activists buoyed by a sense of optimism as Bashar al-Assad, the young, new president was feeling his way into office. Such was mood that the period was dubbed the Damascus spring.
But a bleak reality check hit in September of that year as Mr Dalila and nine others were rounded up in a government crackdown.
His crime was to argue for reforms and speak out against corruption from the top down – an issue he could claim to be an authority on as one of the country’s leading economists who had served as a professor at universities in Aleppo and Damascus. Others note that he stood out as a rare critical voice from the Alawite sect, the minority to which the president belongs and which has dominated power since the late Hafiz al-Assad took power in 1970.
And while the Syrian government has enjoyed a remarkable recent turnround on the diplomatic front, human rights activists claim little has changed in their arena since Mr Dalila was picked up at his flat by plain clothes security agents. A number of prominent activists arrested with Mr Dalila and released before him find themselves back behind bars, along with dozens of others detained for political reasons.
Few activists expect that situation to improve in spite of thawing international relations.
14 secret intelligence agents were active, while only 5 universities were available, and it was much easier to Syrian citizens to be captured and to get in on of these agents rather than get to study in the university.
In 11 year, nothing has change but to the worse, corruption is the daily bread of all Syrians, unemployment rate is 20% of active population, capitalism is slowly installed in Syria, and nothing left of socialism but a meaningless adjective on the official papers.
Why I am writing this?
Because I can see that some people doesn`t know the real face of Al-Assad regime, and their principal in life is (go where no Imperialist or US politician goes), so they see in the fake support of USA to Syrian people as an indication that their uprising is nothing but an occidental conspiracy?
This is completely wrong…
Wrong because USA and Allies are not supporting Syrian people and is giving time after time to Bashar to finish their uprising (and they keep their public speech about supporting Syrian people, in order to keep handling the stick from the middle.
We have seen USA invading Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Iraq, Greenland, and other countries without listening to the Russian or Chinese opinion or getting their approval, why now they are so interested in it and they do nothing with Security Council resolution?
We are living now this brutal repression underway in Syria. What is the proper response when the democratic impulse in any given country is thwarted by the excessive and inhumane use of state force?
Some still speaking about peaceful and democratic transition! isn’t it cruel to wonder about the very possibility of democratic transformation in the face of mass killings? When people are staking their lives on revolutionary ideals, is this just an irrelevant intellectual pursuit? As liberals or leftists, must we not believe that transformation is really possible anyway?
But then there are the facts. And one of them is that Syrian regime has long possessed one of the most brutal mechanisms of state control in the region. And as indiscriminate killing rains down on civilians, students of history cannot help but see echoes of the deadly 1982 Hama massacre.
Syrian people need nothing but humanity with conscious.
I still believe, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, that the “arc of history bends toward justice.”
(Note: An Italian version of this article is available now, thanks to Mary Rezzo for here valuable effort in translating it to Italian)