President Assad: Speech #3, (Monday 20 June 2011) “We Control Events, rathern than Events Control Us”

DAMASCUS, (SANA)_ President Bashar al-Assad Speaks to the Nation

He reiterated Monday that Syria’s option is to look forward into the future and to control the events rather than to be led by them.

In a speech to the citizens at Damascus University Auditorium, President al-Assad said “Credibility has formed the basis of the relation between the People and me, the credibility which has been built on deeds and not words, on substance and not on form,” describing today’s meeting as coming in a decisive moment in the history of Syria as to separate a yesterday, burdened with confusion, pain, and innocent blood, and tomorrow filled with hope.

President al-Assad added that Syria has witnessed ‘difficult days’ during which a big price from our security, stability and growth was paid because of killing operations, and terrifying the citizens, destroying public and private properties, which took place during popular protests in which scores of citizens, security forces, policemen and armed forces were martyred or wounded; ” this is a big loss for their families, Syria, and a heavy loss for me personally.”

President al-Assad prayed to God to grant all martyrs mercy and forgiveness, offering their families and relatives heartfelt condolences.

“Our only option is looking towards the future… we possess this option when we decide to make the future rather than have events make it… when we control it rather than it controls us… we lead rather than it leads us,” President al-Assad said, noting that this requires building upon a rich experience that showed shortcomings and a deep analysis.

President al-Assad asserted that Syria, throughout all of its history has been facing conspiracies against it for several reasons, some of which are linked to Syria’s important geographic and political status and others are linked to its political stances committed to its principles and interests.

“Conspiracies are like germs which increase every moment,” said President Al-Assad asserting that the solution is to enforce the immunity of our bodies investigating the domestic points of weakness as to repair them and that the solution is to sort our problems out by ourselves.

President al-Assad classified the components of what is going on in the street into three categories: the first who have a need, a demand from the State, which is the duty of the Stat to meet, the second is a number of breakers of law and wanted for justice, and the third is those who have an extremist thinking.

”What is going on in the street has three components the first one people who have needs and they want the state to fulfill them, the second component is represented through the outlaws and the wanted due to different criminal cases and they found that state institutions are a target for them because these institutions stand in the face of their interests and because they were dismissed from them so chaos for them a golden chance that they should seize to remain free and boost their illegal acts,” added President al-Assad.

“The third component is the most dangerous despite of being small and it is represented through those who have the Takfiri extremist ideology which we have experience for decades when it tried to sneak to Syria and it could get rid of it due to its people’s awareness and wisdom.”….

Conspiracy
“What we need to think about is more important than analysis regarding the conspiracy, …

He said that saboteurs are a small but effective group that attempted to exploit others and took advantage of the good majority of the Syrian people to achieve several goals, stressing the importance of distinguishing between the two groups, noting that the first group is national and all the demands they relayed to him gave the homeland’s interest priority, saying “they want participation, not to be marginalized, and justice.”

President al-Assad pointed out that the recent pardon was the most comprehensive one for 23 years, with the last similar pardon being in1988, and that despite that there is desire for pardon to be more comprehensive, adding that pardon doesn’t take names into consideration but rather standards, pardoning everyone except crimes related to drugs, terrorism, armed insurgence and moral issues and similar crimes…..

Numbers
…..”The question may be the number of these people… personally, I was surprised by this number as I had beloved it to be a few thousands before… at the beginning of the crisis, the number was over 64,000… imagine this number of wanted people for various cases whose sentences range from a few months in prison to execution, and they are loose,” President al-Assad said, noting that the current number is now a little less than 63,000 as some of them turned themselves in…..

Reforms

….”I want to stress that the reform process is a complete and absolute conviction for us because it represent the interest of the country and the people’s desire… No sane person can stand against the interests of the country or the people”,President al-Assad stressed…..

President al-Assad considered the forming of a committee to set new parties law as basic step in the field of the political development and expanding the democratic life, adding that a new law for parties will enrich the partial plurality and open space for wider participation for the part of the different political parties…..

“As for the constitution for example… Should we amend some of its articles including the 8th article, or it will be better if we changed all the constitution…

Economy
“It’s very important that we all work on restoring trust to the Syrian economy… This is the most dangerous thing that we will face in the coming stage.”….

Fawaz Gerges on the President’s Speech in Arabic BBC. He says this speech is radically different from the first two because the Pres. spoke to the youth of Syria and said he was personally determined to reform.

Assad Acknowledges Threats Posed by Syrian Unrest
By ANTHONY SHADID, Published: June 20, 2011, NYTimes

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In his first address in two months, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria promised on Monday not to bow to pressure from what he called “saboteurs,” but offered a national dialogue that he said could bring change to a country where the ruling party and a single family have monopolized power for more than four decades.

For days, the speech had been anticipated as a crucial look into the leadership’s willingness to reform in the face of a three-month uprising and mounting pressure from Turkey, the United States and the European Union. In rhetoric at least, Mr. Assad offered a path for change, even if the speech lacked specifics and delivered somewhat vague deadlines.

But the sincerity of Mr. Assad’s leadership in surrendering real power remained a key question, and some opposition figures insisted that while some of his proposals had merit, the speech itself fell short of an ambitious program for far-reaching change in Syria.

“The speech was built on promises, and the street doesn’t trust the government to accept these promises,” said Louay Hussein, a prominent opposition figure in Damascus, the capital.

Shortly after the address, activists reported protests erupting around Syria, including in the suburbs of Damascus.

Mr. Assad’s speech was different in tone from his first address after the uprising erupted in mid-March, when he called the demonstrations a conspiracy fomented by foreign enemies. He deployed some of the same language in Monday’s address — describing some of the trouble in Syria as “germs” that had infected the body politic — but acknowledged the depth of the gravest challenge to his 11 years in power.

He warned that the Syrian economy was reeling from the unrest and urged thousands of displaced to leave the Turkish border and return to their homes.

“There are those who give them the impression that the state will exact revenge,” he said in a speech that lasted more than an hour. “I affirm that is not true.”

Since the start of the uprising, Mr. Assad has offered occasional reforms that his opponents have derided as either too little or too late. In April, he lifted draconian emergency law, but largely unaccountable security forces have persisted in a ferocious crackdown that activists say has killed more than 1,400 people and led to more than 10,000 arrests. The government says armed insurgents are to blame for much of the violence and says hundreds of its security forces have been killed in attacks.

Some of the reforms he offered Monday have been on the table since 2005 — including a new law that would make possible parties other than the Baath Party, the instrument of Mr. Assad’s power whose pre-eminence is enshrined in the constitution.

But the speech seemed to suggest a different inflection to the government’s long-standing message. For weeks, it has offered a mantra that has underlined its many years in power: either us or chaos, a compelling point in a county shadowed by tension between its Sunni Muslim majority and a heterodox Muslim sect known as Alawites, from which Mr. Assad’s family hails. In his speech at Damascus University, Mr. Assad appeared to offer himself as the best means to bring about a change in one of the region’s most authoritarian states. Rather than us or chaos, his message was that he alone could deliver.

Flanked by a row of six Syrian flags, Mr. Assad said the state made a distinction between protesters with legitimate demands “and the saboteurs who represent a small group which has tried to exploit the good will of the Syrian people for its own ends.”

He added: “There can be no development without stability.”….

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51. SYRIAN HAMSTER said:

IMPALER WANNABE
Your obsession with masturbation only equals Qnadhari’s obsession with Arooour. You have a lot in common. BTW: I know a good owel who doubles as psychologist, she can help you with your obsession.

I am not afraid of snakes anymore. Din’t you know, we broke the fear barrier three months ago, which your doctor called, respect for the state.

Have to go now, I have to get ready for the loyalist rally tomorrow, i heared they are giving away sunflower seeds. Yummy, my favorate meal. It is far better than the crappy feeding tabletts.

Bye now, try to saty sane, …..oops, another oxymoron.

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June 20th, 2011, 5:02 pm

 

52. Syrian Knight said:

SL, YOU are the stupid animal who does not value life. There was no killing before you Islamist retards showed up demanding Sharia law, segregation, death to minorities, etc all under the guise of ‘democracy and freedom.’ It was not the government who did anything, it was YOU low lives. Fuck you and the pig’s ass you came out of. You are the ones ruining Syria. There is no value to your own lives. Not even you scumbags value your own lives. You go out on the streets demanding violence, knowing full well that you may get shot by a terrorist trying to cause panic, but you don’t care. That is how all Islamists are. They don’t care about life. They only care about Sunni domination. Do you think the terrorists who flew planes into buildings cared about their lives or the lives they took??? NO! How about the countless barbarians who blow themselves up in Iraq every day just to do “God’s work” and kill two dozen “Heretical Shia???” NO. You Islamists are dangerous enemies. You give cancer to any country you touch. You are not afraid to die doing “God’s work.” Islamists are the lowest of the low. It’s time to send them to the lowest area possible; a little place us HUMAN BEINGS call Hell. You are not human, and no one like you is human. You are so full of shit. If Syria had ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT, there would be 100,000 people dead right now. ANY other government. Mubarak killed 900 people in 2 weeks, and there was not even any armed terrorists. The United States killed 1.5 MILLION people in Iraq without remorse. Now we have around 1,400 people dead in Syria in THREE MONTHS, plus over 500 killed by your terrorist friends. How many people would Mubarak have killed if he sustained steady attacks for 3 MONTHS??? You are looking at close to 11,000!! And yet NOBODY in the international community criticized Mubarak! NO ONE! They are all hypocrites! The US was CRYING to see Mubarak the murderer go! They didn’t want him to leave even though his ouster had popular support! Only a few Islamists in Syria want the government removed, and suddenly, the international community cares about the Syrian people??? Go choke on a pork chop.

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June 20th, 2011, 5:04 pm

 

53. vladimir-the-syrian said:

JAD #50

is it so ? unbelievable

i fixed this as you can notice

thanks

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June 20th, 2011, 5:04 pm

 

54. syrian kday said:

syrian knight,
it is men like you , we need to get rid off. we have no room for you in syria.
on another note: bisho doesnt understand: ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS!,
bashar has yet to show us , that he is up for positive criticism, and that no one is above the law…so far he has FAILED miserably.
to summarize:
i want a syria, where i have the right to criticize any one holding a formal position. be it, the president, the minister or the police chief. bashar still thinks hes immune to fault, he believes hes a prophet of some sort thats not prone to error. *this is whats devastating the nation*

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June 20th, 2011, 5:13 pm

 

55. why-discuss said:

AIG

“If Israelis do not like Bibi, they will vote him out.”

What is worrying is that you like this moron!

It says at lot about you Israelis and your fake Walt Disney apartheid democracy with “freedom of expression” and “economical success” that you repeat at nausea as if you want to convince yourself.
And hell with the palestinians refugees, they don’t deserve freedom of expression because their land has been stolen by the ‘God chosen people’…
I guess you prefer the yoyos of the US congress, 29 jumps in an hour! They should enter in the Guiness Book!

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June 20th, 2011, 5:17 pm

 

56. vladimir-the-syrian said:

#52 SYRIAN KNIGHT

your are right.

Mubarak stole 40 billions USD from his people. Barely 2 billions were “generously” offered back to Egypt. Not yet though only a promise by now. He leaves a fallen state with tremendous poorness and misery. With the MB taking over the power in the next months.

Syria is not a fallen state despite :

- heavy international sanctions
- unprecedented drought
- nearly 800 000 iraki refugees if not more, with their children and youth admitted for free in public schools and universities
- passive rampant sabotage (including low-level corruption) – by 20% of the population who dont accept the idea that the president is not a sunni muslim
- contunal efforts from KSA and its lebanese allies aka Haririe and cie to harm by all ways
- oil revenues diminishing
- clanic struggles
- sectarian divisions
- inefficiency of large sectors of obsolete public adminsitration
- inappropriate economy system
- stupid oppostion with no ideas and no program whatsoever
- state of war with Israel
- etc … etc…

and yet from 2008 to 2010 Syria achieved an avrage 5% GNP growth (more if you take in consideration the underground economy)

how much Assad’s assets were frozen in foreign banks. Could anybody dare tell ? Peanuts

ZOMBIES KEEP YOUR DIRTY HANDS OFF MY COUNTRY

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June 20th, 2011, 5:27 pm

 

57. why-discuss said:

Syria’s Assad hints at Baath monopoly’s end ( Turkish Newspaper)

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=syria8217s-assad-hints-at-baath-monopoly8217s-end-2011-06-20

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June 20th, 2011, 5:29 pm

 

58. why-discuss said:

Wannabe Syrian Hamster

You are staying so long in the darkness of your rathole that not you are becoming blind but you are subjected to hallucinations.
Get out and join the peaceful demonstrations asking for reforms and blood, that would do you good.

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June 20th, 2011, 5:32 pm

 

59. Aboud said:

@52

“Fuck you and the pig’s ass you came out of”

I don’t know what’s sadder, the fact that someone would write such a juvenile sentence, or the fact that it isn’t the most juvenile sentence to ever be typed out by a hysterical Baathist.

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June 20th, 2011, 5:41 pm

 

60. vladimir-the-syrian said:

#58 ABBOUD

i suggest for you the RUB3 AL KHALI in your cherished Saudia

hurry ! 72 virgins are waiting there just for you

plenty of room for you and your alikes. You will be free to rule omnipotently there , apply your chariah and chase the oxymoronic hamsters …

petit con

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June 20th, 2011, 5:51 pm

 

61. Mina said:

Gentlemen,

It looks like your swears have caused a panick among Canadian protestants and Aleppine Syro-Canadian teenagers with a Turkish background and a French education (but yet unable to speak French, until now).

Here is a link to an article about the visit of US Amb and Red Cross president to the 3rd mass grave of Josr al shughur,
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/185564.html

I hope they’ll give a phonecall to Kitty Ashton.

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June 20th, 2011, 5:58 pm

 

62. Aboud said:

Sorry, but I’m still shaking my head in bewilderment at the whole “Fuck you and the pig’s ass you came out of” business. I can imagine junior’s phone calls with world leaders;

Erdogan: President Assad, you should take care of the refugees on the borders and stop killing demonstrators. Please sir, for the sake of regional peace and stability.

Bashar: Fuck you and the Ottaman pig’s ass you came out of!

Somedays, the Baathists make things so easy for us, you wonder why the revolution even needs people to post anything here.

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June 20th, 2011, 6:08 pm

 

63. chris said:

thank you syrianknight what you have writtne is 100% what most syrians think!
the oppositions so called freedom is sharia and they dont even have a leader, maybe he’s still in jihad training to swipe the few remaining christians in the middle east and the preaching to his fellow western muslims to take advantage of their freedom!
jeez islam doesn’t like what goes around comes around do they! and they certainly don’t beleive in equality do they now!

By the way i luv that whole pig ass comment

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June 20th, 2011, 7:58 pm

 

64. vlad-the-syrian said:

#9 ABOALI

is this your proof ? very convincing

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June 20th, 2011, 8:14 pm

 

65. aboali said:

#60 hmmmm, well if you’d like even more proof I could always spray paint in big golden 10 meter high bold font “VLAD IS AN IDIOT” on the sides of the citadel. But that would be a bit extreme don’t you think?

Nope, perhaps I’ll get the Baathists and street kids to sing you a song along the lines of “Ya Obama Ya 3arsa, bidna n7arer el aqsa”

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June 20th, 2011, 8:41 pm

 

66. Usama said:

Aboud, #58

You should send that “exclusive” account of the Asad-Erdoghan phone call to someone like Thomas Friedman. It will make front page news on the NY Times and you’ll be the most famous anonymous “eyewitness” in the world!

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June 20th, 2011, 11:12 pm

 

67. Assad must turn words into action | tweetburger.com said:

[...] yesterday’s speech, Assad again reinforced a hazard of nonconformist Islamist elements within a republic focussed on commanding a will on [...]

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June 22nd, 2011, 6:12 am

 

68. Assad Speaks to Syrian People and Turkey said:

[...] on Monday, June 20, Assad broke his silence, stepped in front of the television cameras and spoke to the Syrian public for close to an [...]

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June 30th, 2011, 11:28 am

 

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