Assad warns: The region will soon witness events that might have dangerous repercussions …

Posted by Alex 

Yesterday, President al-Assad again warned that the region will witness in the near future political events that might have dangerous repercussions on the future of its countries and peoples unless they were tackled in a rational way to serve the interests of all sides without favoring one side over another.

This was a recommitment to the warning Assad issued during his inaugural speech last July: "This year … perhaps not more than few months of this year, will determine the destiny and future of our area, and conceivably, the whole world."

These warnings might sound unrestrained… but this is how Dennis Ross evaluated the Syrian president’s comments, in 2003, on the future ramifications of the expected Iraq war:

“When Bashar spoke about the situation in Iraq just prior to the war, his comments bordered on the hysterical. At one point, he noted that a disaster on par with the creation of the state of Israel and the British betrayal of the Arabs after World War I would befall the Arab world” 

 

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Jordan's King Abdullah who avoided Syria for the past few years visited President Assad in Damascus this week. A joint communiqué following the talks yesterday included a number of Jordanian concessions to Damascus' demands:

According to a Royal Court statement, the two sides also agreed to expedite the implementation of existing bilateral agreements, especially with regard to both countries' shares in the water of the Yarmouk River basin.

On the issue of border delineation, the King, who returned home later Sunday, and Assad agreed that the technical committees should commence their work immediately to settle the issue.

Regarding joint Arab action, both leaders stressed their determination to activate Arab solidarity to face the challenges in the Middle East.

They expressed commitment to working and coordinating with Arab leaders to establish a unified Arab position on regional issues in isolation from external interference, and on bases that safeguard higher Arab interests and the interests of both countries in confronting political and security challenges as well as radicalism and terrorism.

The two leaders expressed keenness to intensify cooperation and coordination with Arab leaders to ensure the success of an Arab League summit that will be held in Damascus in 2008.

On the Palestinian issue, the two leaders stressed the importance of reaching a just and comprehensive solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict on the basis of the Arab Peace Initiative and international resolutions that provide for the return of all occupied Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese lands.

The two leaders also discussed the situation in Lebanon, underlining their full respect to the sovereignty of Lebanon and denouncing the assassinations targeting Lebanese people. Both leaders also rejected all foreign interference in Lebanon's internal affairs.

They underscored the need for Lebanon to reach consensus on the presidential election.

The King and Assad also stressed the importance of Arab support for Iraq's unity, sovereignty and stability. Both leaders emphasised that solutions concerning the situation in Iraq should primarily come from within the war-torn country.

They said they support comprehensive national reconciliation in Iraq and the ongoing political process there.

 

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151. Asim MA, San Antonio said:

Alex,
Why delete my comment? This is more of a censorship than reasonable editorial policy.My description of israel as a racist apartheid jewish theocracy is accurate and objective:even israel now and just before the Annapolis “conference turned meeting” is demanding that the Arab World/Palestininans recognize it as a purely jewish state-which means the first step to the transfer of its Arab population elsewhere which is 25% of its total population,around 1.5 million Palestininans AND, cancelling once and for all UN 194 of the right of return for millions of Palestinians who were ethnically cleansed in 1947/8 by jewish terrorist gangs such as Haganah,Irgun, Stern and Palmach as even revealed by revisionist israeli historians recently;

All this to make israel a puerly and exclusively jewsih state as it demands loudly in front of the whole world:if evicting the indigenous Plaestininas from their ancestrol homeland and trying to evict the balance is not racist,what is racist?

Am unequiovocally not anti-jewish whatsoever-am just objectively describing a fact on the ground as President Carter did in his recent book;by deleting the word jewish from “jewish theocracy” you are distorting a fact which israel is demanding openly. Am not against jews at all:only against their occupation,eviction,inacrceration,starvation and collective punishement of Palesininas-as done now in Gaza.

U say :” .. then I realized he-that is me-also had a link to some sales and marketing site which he claimed it is a page that is relevant to the point he was making.” This is a misrperesentation of my postion and of the facts: http://WWW.PLANDS.ORG is not at all a “sales and marketing site,” and is a scholraly and professional site that provides balnaced info on the Palestine issue and dialogues with jews and israelis among others-and is manged a prominant palestinian scholar based in London-Dr.Salman Abu Sitta-who was interviewed by AL Gazeera TV twice recently.Am not in any way connected with the site.

The site is very revelant to the subject of Palestine-which is revelant to Syria and Assad and any Arab or Muslim country esepcially when it comes to Jerusalem-after all the Palestine question is the prime issue in the Arab and the Muslim World.
I suggest you take a look at this site/link and judge for yourself.

Unfortunately,U say:” I decided to remove the whole comment.”

I beleive it is in the inerest of fair dialogue and open-mindness to allow opposing views to be heared and answered rather than repressed and removed all togther-where is freedom of expression? The practice of accusing any one criticizing israel or the jews of being anti-Semite-as was done to President Carter and De Walt and Mershmier-is all outdated and serves only to stifle the debate on the quetsionof Palestine.In fact am writing a book on the broader issue where the Palestine question is also discussed as a major item.

I hope u have the moral courage to post this response.

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November 22nd, 2007, 8:43 pm

 

152. Alex said:

Asim

As I mentioned, last time I deleted your second message only. There were two reasons

1) You were too confrontational … we allowed that in the past, AIG is very confrontational too. But you came here at the worst time .. yesterday we decided that .. enough is enough … free speech does not mean we will continue discussion Israel and Palestine forever … we really exhausted all the points relating to what happened in the past.

2) You made a mistake in that comment .. you linked http://www.pland.org and not http://www.plands.org 😉

I will email you your previous comment and you can see for yourself.

That made me think you are a spammer. try that link and you’ll understand why I removed your message.

But still … please understand that we need to calm things a bit for now … we need to go back to discussing Syria.

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November 22nd, 2007, 8:54 pm

 

153. Asim MA, San Antonio said:

Alex,
Thanks-it’s indeed http://WWW.PLANDS.ORG,I overlooked the “S.”

Yes,the discussion was on Syria BUT believe me “all the roads in the Arab World and the ME,lead or seems to ultimately lead to occupied Jerusalem-Palestine,” as Karen Hughes had discovered in her mission impossible to the region.

Yes,I might have been confrontional but in words only-the israelis have been doing it for the past sixty years with real state of the art weapons backed by a formidable nuclear arsenal;I sincerely wish words can replace weapons and the dispossessed Palestinians can recover their rights and homeland so we can close this endless subject.

History is very revelant but the human race does not seem to learn much from it-and is relevant to the issue,for now Palestine,because the jewsih occupation and tormenting of the Pals started sixty years ago and continues to this moment as we speak-history in the making.
And like all Arab countries, Syria’s position is essentially dictated by the Palestine issue and its posture towards the israeli occupation of its own land since 1967, the Golan Hts.

Thanks your response.

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November 22nd, 2007, 11:11 pm

 

154. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

Alex,
Instead of telling us you have a good argument, wouldn’t it be simpler to give the argument and prove you are “serious”?

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November 23rd, 2007, 12:22 am

 

155. Alex said:

Asim,

I agree. There is no way to ignore the Palestinian issue. Most the Syrian participants in this blog want Syria to keep the Palestinians in mind when it negotiates with Israel (…if we get to that point)

AIG,

There is no way to “prove” I am serious to you … we are on two different tracks on everything.

Nothing is wrong with that.

Did you have any guess about what I meant by linking to Analog to digital converters? … any idea what that have to do to our discussion about borders?

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November 23rd, 2007, 1:10 am

 

156. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

Sorry Alex, I did not get your point about A/D and D/A converters even though I am an expert on minimizing quantization noise effects on results of FFTs.

And really, is asking for an argument too much? It is the basic building component of any rational discussion. Don’t you want to have a rational discussion?

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November 23rd, 2007, 1:25 am

 

157. Alex said:

AIG,

If you try something and you fail, then you try harder and you fail … then for the 1000 time you try and you fail … don’t you start losing interest in trying again?

Maybe you don’t… But I do.

But since you are a digital filter designer/democracy activist, I will tell you why I felt like relating our discussion of borders and states to ADCs and quantization noise:

Assume the 10+ countries we now have in our part of the middle east are the result of digitizing (or quantizing) the analog free form (no borders at all) at 4-bits (which allows up to 16 states/coountries)

Imagine the difference between listening to a classical music concert in a concert hall with nice acoustics, or listening to it after it has been quantized at a 4-bit resolution.

Ignore sampling rates for now : )

Borders killed a large part of the “signal” (life) in the area.

Your solution is to create more countries … one for Kurds, one for the Druze …etc. going to a 5-bit resolution … this still won’t sound as good as analog.

The only way you can emulate analog reasonably well is by going to something like 24 bits … as in DVD audio

In the Middle East .. that means have an almost infinite number of countries … every house on every street becomes a country in that case … in your country you are free to set your own rules… no “Syrian regime” imposed on Kurds in north eastern Syria … no Sunni prime minister imposed over a Shiite village in south Lebanon … in your own house/country you are the ruler and the rules are perfectly to your liking.

But this is not feasible … we can’t have that much resolution in real life … our real options are

1) Analog
2) 4 or 5 bit quantization… very lossy.

Going to analog (no borders) is not possible for now, of course … but reducing the intrusive effect of these borders is what I would hope to see in the future … it is the next best thing to not going Digital.

Think of it as not quantizing the high frequency components of a signal … allow those to remain analog, then quantize the low frequency components … since they are not sensitive to quantization noise.

What is the equivalence of high-frequency? … culture … education … low frequency (which can still be subjected to the quantization effect of borders) could be anything not dynamic and not in need of information flow.

Ok … I have to go to sleep now… I got bored with my own analysis : )

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November 23rd, 2007, 5:16 am

 

158. Alex said:

Where is AIG? … if you look above, you’ll see that I gave you the answer you asked for, no?

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November 24th, 2007, 7:09 am

 

159. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

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November 24th, 2007, 5:43 pm

 

160. Alex said:

Dear AIG,

I explained to you many times so far that I expect you to not be rude when you debate me.

I realize your rudeness is a hopeless case. But the good thing about online communication is that you can edit before you post.

It is very simple. When you finish typing your comments, read them again … remove, or edit the rude part and then post everything else.

Now to answer the point you made:

I did not imply that YOU called for one (analog) state… with no borders. I am the one who would like to see only one analog state, but realize that it is not possible for now… just like the other extreme is not possible … breaking the region into infinitely large number of sates.

You insist that you have the perfect answer … you KNOW that Iraq will be happy being broken into three states … you KNOW that Syria is made from three or four groups max … the Palestinians of one or two …

One problem with debating you on anything is that you always KNOW … while the rest of the planet is busy trying to understand every stochastic variable in life, you achieved perfect knowledge already.

Back to the basic questions in your response (that I deleted):

1) Every week I receive emails form some Assyrian or Chaldean organizations in Northern Iraq highlighting their grievances under Kurdish rule. They want to go back to being ruled under a central authority in Baghdad.

2) Over ten years ago I took over the management of “the Syrian Cultural Center in Montreal” … This center started as Nadi Halab (Aleppo Club) … which was restricted to Aleppo Christian immigrants in Montreal… then it was opened up to other Syrians while remaining practically Christian (though not officially). When I took over, I made sure I made it exactly half Christian and Half Muslim Syrians of all types. I had so much pressure to keep it a Christian club only .. or even to revert to the Aleppo Christian restrictions … but even when they were restricting membership to Aleppo Christians only, there were some who complained that some members are not TRUE Aleppo residents … that they initially immigrated to Aleppo from the countryside … that they were not classy enough.

The moral of the story: Once you open the door to division … there is no end to it… I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yazidis would like to have their own country too.

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November 24th, 2007, 7:26 pm

 

161. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

Alex,
Histroy shows that division reaches an equilibrium and that your vision never materialized. Also, the only way to decide about the division is by democratic means, something you are not willing to do.

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November 24th, 2007, 8:15 pm

 

162. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

And by the way, telling someone that their post is unconvincing and rambling is not being rude, it is being matter of fact. My are you sensitive.

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November 24th, 2007, 8:20 pm

 

163. Alex said:

AIG,

There is no problem with an occasional “your opinion was unconvincing” … especially when many others agree.

I have tolerated your tone for many weeks now … but at some point I realized that you are almost always rude. You have this Netanyahu tactic of always starting his segment on TV by telling the previous Arab debater how silly, outrageous, unconvincing, hypocrite, terror-supporting, or bizarre his answer was.

Maybe that’s where I developed that sensitivity.

Go ahead and demonstrate that my arguments are unconvincing … that would be more “convincing” than simply calling them unconvincing rambling.

Besides, please note that SimoHurtta is still sticking to his promise to “send his keyboard on vacation” … I hope you can try a bit harder to control your negativity.

Back to your last comment:

“Histroy shows that division reaches an equilibrium”

Fine … how many of borders on earth were determined at least partially through wars? .. are you suggesting that we start such a process int eh Middle East? … until “division reaches an equilibrium?”… can you tell me how the Assyrians and Kurds will decide about that division “by democratic means”?

Will the Kurds agree to break their Kurdistan just to please the 50,000 Christians among them? .. because I assure you that those Christians do not want to end up in the Middle of Kurdistan.

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November 24th, 2007, 9:11 pm

 

164. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

Many borders were determined by war, and that is why if you do not go through a democratic process to determine them in the middle east, you will have a lot of wars. This is my point exactly. If there is a 50,000 christian minority living among a substantial kurdish population, they will have minority rights in a democratic kurdistan. What is the problem with that? Just as the Jews have minority rights in the US or France. Would the christians prefer having no rights under Asad than having full democratic rights like in Europe under the Kurds? Of course not. That is why a democratic dialouge needs to take place until an equilibrium is reached and it goes without saying that minority rights must be respected.

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November 24th, 2007, 9:51 pm

 

165. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

And by the way, Sim is not doing me any favors for not posting. Please Sim, post whatever you want. I will just point out the racism in his comments if I find it.

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November 24th, 2007, 9:55 pm

 

166. Alex said:

“That is why a democratic dialouge needs to take place until an equilibrium is reached and it goes without saying that minority rights must be respected.”

In theory, maybe … but in practice …

Here is an example:

During the last “democratic” elections in Kurdish areas, Kurdish militias took down the posters of Assyrian candidates and beat up their supporters and told them: “Don’t even dare”

And … I still want to understand this process of … we need to start breaking up Syria into four … but when Assyrians who fall in the new “Kurdistan” say that they hate it … then they are a minorty that has to accept living in Kurdistan and be happy and thankful that Kurdistan will respect their minority rghts.

Why not stay with the larger country (Syria) that respects the rights of its Christian, Druze, Alawite, Ismaeli, and even Yezidi minorites? .. why not add Lebanon to it and continue to respect minority right in a hopefully democratic (one man one vote) united Syria and Lebanon?

How can democracy decide if a group is large enough to deserve its own separate country or is too small to be anything more than a minority living within a majority?

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November 24th, 2007, 10:08 pm

 

167. Alex said:

As for Simo … Of course he should feel free to participate here again. But when he does, I will still remove your comments if you try again to start the game of “you are a racist, you are an anti semite…”

I think we all had enough.

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November 24th, 2007, 10:13 pm

 

168. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

Alex,
Democracy is messy and takes time to reach equilibrium but that is not an excuse for having tyrants and forcing people to do things against their wills which seems to be the method you favor.

But I agree that it is a good idea to start with a large country that respects the rights of all its citizens. Unfortunately, all you agree to is one big country in which no one has rights because you are afraid of the democratic process.

And again, the two wrongs make a right argument. Asad is good because the Kurds intimidated Assyrian candidates. When will you learn?

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November 24th, 2007, 10:36 pm

 

169. Alex said:

ok, please allow me to use the “two wrongs” arguments .. this time against you:

Why is it that you only object to Syrians using this arguemnt but when my friend Akbar Palace uses it in almost every comment, you never object?

Sample:

Ausamaa: Israel had no right to bomb the site on the Euphrates if there is no proof that it was a nuclear site

Akbar: Ausamma is upset because Israel did not wait for UN approval but he did not get upset when Hamas did not wait for UN approval before it attacked civilians.

Then he adds a couple of links to news of some suicide missions in Tel Aviv.

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November 24th, 2007, 11:12 pm

 

170. Alex said:

As for being afraid from the democratic process … yes and no.

I am afraid of it given the way things are now.

There are prerequisites that can make me a supporter of the process. I will write about it one day. It is not impossible, and it does not need to take a 100 years as you assume. I think within 7 to 14 years (one or two presidential terms in Syria) we can get there (or near there)

Dinner time for me. Have a good day.

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November 24th, 2007, 11:20 pm

 

171. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

Alex,
Akbar is pointing to Ausamma’s hypocrisy, not arguing that Israel had any special right to attack Syria. The fact that Hamas attacks without UN approval does not make the Israeli attack right or wrong for that matter. It is irrelevant. But that Ausamaa insists on UN approval is hypocritical of him.

You on the other hand use Kurdish behavior to justify Asad’s position and your support of him.

The trouble ya Alex when you write about the conditions you need for democracy is that you never look inside, you always have demands of others (US, Israel etc.) for implementing democracy. You never say what the regime needs to do, you always say what outsiders need to do and use them as an excuse. That is not serious, whatever you think of Netanyahu.

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November 24th, 2007, 11:44 pm

 

172. SimoHurtta said:

As for Simo … Of course he should feel free to participate here again. But when he does,

Sorry Alex, I do not need your “permission” to “participate”. If you claim more or less indirectly, that you have banned me for racist claims, that is your mistake. I have never made any racist comment. I explained perfectly well in my mind what I did mean in that comment (how the Jews are benefiting by selling internet surveillance tools for Arab dictators) what made AIG angry. That claim was a fact not racism.

Actually it has been very “nice” to concentrate in laughing a couple of times daily to these Israeli guys comments in stead of wasting valuable time in a non-productive discussion with them.

What I have been wondering lately, because Israel and Finland are almost on the same time zone, is that these Israeli guys must be either not sleeping at all if they go to a day work or they write these comments from their job during the nights. How else can they stay in the same rhythm as you North Americans? 🙂

And by the way, Sim is not doing me any favors for not posting. Please Sim, post whatever you want. I will just point out the racism in his comments if I find it.

Sorry to have disappointed you AIG, the father of political wisdom.

What I must still wonder is, that when you are constantly claiming that Jews are a nation, not a normal religion, and Israel is a “native country” for these “chosen people”, why are you so offended when somebody uses the terms Jew and Israeli. You yourself and others like you use constantly the terms like West, Democratic countries, Arab nations, Alawites, Baathists, Arabs, Muslims, Europeans and Americans perfectly well knowing that not everybody in this or that “group” share the same opinions. The same “problem” exists when somebody writes something about using the words Jews and Israelis.

You said in a past comment that “There were 6 million Jews murdered by the Germans.”. Do you seriously claim that all Germans murdered Jews? If not why are you being racist? Certainly I as a halve Austrian could claim that, if I would have an equally soft skin (low self-confidence ?) as you.

The equal problem as you have in your writings exists for an anti-Zionist if he says “that Jews murdered and performed ethnic cleansing in Palestine”. Certainly he doesn’t claim that all Jews murder Palestinians and steal their land. Like in Germany a tiny majority under a dictatorial rule performed the killings, also in Israel a minority is really responsible for violent acts though under a theocratic democracy. But Germans have to carry (and are demanded to carry) the collective quilt, why should it be different for Jews and Israelis for what “they” have been / are doing in Middle East.

Using the terms Jews or Israeli is basically equally racist as using the terms Syrians, Arabs, Muslims or Germans. If you begin to hyperventilate every time you read the term Jew, it is your problem. Or at least you in the name of some “intellectual honesty” yourself could stop using equal categorizing terms.

I understand that you Israeli guys are now in panic, when the world is fast chancing around you (meaning Israel) and with the relations with you (meaning Israelis). It must be hard to bury the dream of Eretz Yisrael Hashlemah and begin to think how to resettle the settlers.

Interesting column in JP some days ago:

The mood is dark in the IDF’s General Staff ahead of next week’s “peace” conference in Annapolis. As one senior officer directly involved in the negotiations with the Palestinians and the Americans said, “As bad as it might look from the outside, the truth is 10 times worse. This is a nightmare. The Americans have never been so hostile.

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November 25th, 2007, 12:13 am

 

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