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Jamal al-Jamal wrote in Arabi21 about the return of the Syrian regime to the Arab League, stressing that “the Arab League is the one that has returned to Syria, not the other way around.” Al-Jamal stated that “This procedure, normal and expected, was a clear and scandalous indication that Comrade Bashar won the battle on all fronts, to tell us what we already know… regimes win all their battles, as long as these battles are against their people.”

“Syria’s expulsion from the Arab League lasted for more than 11 years in which nothing happened to Bashar and his regime”

Jamal al-Jamal

Since the summer of 2000, Bashar had been rising in power after inheriting Syria from his father, Hafez Assad. But when the uprising took place in the spring of 2011, protesters sang to Bashar: “The days of your rule are numbered,” al-Jamal goes on to say in his article published on May 10, 2023.

“Syria’s expulsion from the Arab League lasted for more than 11 years in which nothing happened to Bashar and his regime. The ophthalmologist remained in his palace eating Swiss bread while millions of Syrians battled hunger, exile, repression, and bombing in a country that is no longer a country,” al-Jamal elaborated.

“Therefore, if this “machine” [the Arab League] had expelled Syria 11 years ago for reasons related mainly to the Saudi-Iranian conflict, and what happened in Yemen after its “bloody spring”, it is logical that the “embargo” on Syria would end after the Iranian-Saudi rapprochement.”

“This method of work inspired me to link what is happening in the region (the new Middle East region) with what is happening in terms of apparent variables in which the regimes concerned play the game of prohibition and permission, allow modernization, openness, reform, dialogue, women’s rights, children’s rights, prisoners’ rights, emergency law cancellation, and inviting the banned to enter the barn!”

“In the barn, you will enjoy a longer rope, perhaps less oppression, and you will be able to enjoy the melodies of the pipers who talk about openness, achievements, raising the ceiling of freedom”

Jamal al-Jamal


Al-Jamal goes further to say that the barn, as we know, “is a walled place where movement is determined according to the will of the dominant sponsor. And it does not matter whether the barn is a state, an organization, or a tent. It is, in fact, a ‘prison’ even if it is the size of a homeland, or as Zorba (the Greek) said to the intellectual Bassil: ‘You are not free; it is just that the rope tied around your neck is a little longer than the ropes of others.’”

“In the barn, you will enjoy a longer rope, perhaps less oppression, and you will be able to enjoy the melodies of the pipers who talk about openness, achievements, raising the ceiling of freedom, and rejoice at the Arab reunion and the return of Syria to its home!” al-Jamal concludes his opinion piece in Arabi21.

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