Thursday, April 18, 2024
20.4 C
Damascus
Thursday, April 18, 2024

Thirteen years of struggle: The West should not forget about Syrians

Credit: Cory Michael Strachan

So far for Syrians, it has been 13 years of struggle, 13 years of torture, 13 years of disappearances, 13 years of rape, 13 years of displacement.

Today marks 13 years since the Syrian people rose up en masse against the Assad regime, demanding justice, democracy, and freedom. The uprising was peaceful, the protesters were holding flowers and simply expressing their hope for a better future, which is the right of every human being. As the protests grew, the people came under fire from the regime, for this is the way the Assad family has historically suppressed popular uprisings (e.g., Hama 1982).

Assad and his dirty regime would have fallen in the second year of the revolution if Israel had allowed it and if Obama had not abandoned the red lines he himself had set regarding the use of chemical weapons, etc. This was the message that Assad is not going no matter what he does. He understood that he would not be punished for anything and became a wanton monster. I have labeled him “the master of ethnic cleansing in the 21st century”, which is also stated in his Wikipedia entry. This is Assad with the blessings of the “humanitarian and liberal West” and with the support of Israel, whose interests have been served by the Assad family since taking power.

When the Syrian opposition had managed to dominate most of the country, Iran came in to shore up the regime’s weakened forces

Through my articles over the years, I have detailed the mistakes made by the West, the exploitation of the popular uprising by external regional and international actors and its complete control so that it never reaches the desired result for the people. When the Syrian opposition had managed to dominate most of the country, Iran came in to shore up the regime’s weakened forces. And when that too failed, the West allowed Russia (shortly after its 2014 invasion of Ukraine) to back Assad militarily with the results known to date.

Those who believe that today there is peace and prosperity in Syria are seriously mistaken. Syria before the revolution had a population of around 22 to 23 million. In the part of the country controlled by the Assad regime, the population today does not exceed 9 million. However, even now the Syrian refugees in Turkey are about 3.5 million, in Lebanon about 1 million, in Jordan another 1.5 million, and in the rest of the Arab countries a total of about 300-400 thousand, in Europe 1 million, 1 to 1.5 million have died, a total of about 9 million. In addition, 4 million displaced people live in Idlib and the rest live in the areas controlled by the Kurds and Turkey in the north.

You all gobble up what the media serves you because it suits the propaganda of their governments and the Assad regime

All these people prefer to live in tents rather than return to their regime-controlled towns and villages. Does anyone ask oneself why? Why do you all insist on the baseless argument that refugees are not going to Arab countries but are coming to Europe? Do you know who are those who have come to Europe? Has anyone bothered to look on the UNHCR website to see the correct information? Of course not. You all gobble up what the media serves you because it suits the propaganda of their governments and the Assad regime.

The regime-controlled area currently receives electricity only a few hours a day, inflation is galloping and oil is hard to come by. Arrests continue, torture continues. But no one talks about that anymore. On the contrary, even the Arab countries, seeing the reluctance of the West to topple Assad, are naively trying to normalize their relations with him, in their effort to prevent the influx of Captagon that is mass-produced in the regime’s factories. This is the only benefit of those who want relations with the Assad regime (including Greece): The import of Captagon.

The Syrians, however, even today hope and fight in every way for the democratization of their country

The war on Gaza has displaced interest and discussion of Syria. The Syrians, however, even today hope and fight in every way for the democratization of their country. In this fight they have supporters from all countries.

I am proud to contribute to this just struggle with whatever powers I have, even with my pen. Being a founding member of SYRIAWISE, an independent outlet that objectively informs about the real situation in Syria, I feel that I am also laying a small stone in the edifice of a free Syria, in which freedom and justice will prevail. If you really, and not hypocritically, care about these ideals, you should all contribute to this direction. This will “save” you from refugees as well. The only solution to all Syria problems is the overthrow of the murderous Assad regime.

Eva J. Koulouriotis
Eva J. Koulouriotis
Political analyst specialising in the Middle East with a focus on Syria, Iran, Iraq, Israel and Turkey; jihad and jihadist organisations and Greek-Turkish relations; Contributed to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, The New Arab, Al-Jazeera, Al-Sharq Qatar, Annahar, Orient News, Arab News, Huffington Post Greece, the Greek weekly Paraskinio and RT; Held several positions with the European Union of Women (EUW)

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest articles