Posted by Joshua on Saturday, November 8th, 2008
Sami Moubayed asked Syria Comment to publish this clarification of his opinions and position
Clarification by Sami Moubayed
The Israeli press and several newspapers, wires, and Internet sites, have commented on an article I wrote last Friday for Asia Times Online entitled, “Abu Hussein’s invitation to Damascus.” They mistakenly claimed that my views represent the official stance of the Syrian Government. That is incorrect. My views in no way represent the official positions of the Syrian government but I firmly support its foreign policy, with regard to the Arab Israeli conflict, Syrian-US relations, and most importantly, restoration of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. Additionally, I NEVER said that Syria was willing to work for the disarmament of Hizbullah or Hamas. Anything to that effect was the product of the wild imagination of journalists, editors, and activists who wished to put words in my mouth; words that I never said. What I said was that Syria was willing to find peaceful solutions to the problems of the Middle East, based on international legitimacy and UN Security Council resolutions, which produced the Madrid Peace Conference. Our main goal as Syrians, government and public alike, is to restore the occupied Golan Heights; and this is a reality that everybody must accept, prime on the list being president-elect Barack Obama.
The 10-points mentioned in the article, as requests from Mr. Obama, are my own analysis and interpretation of the future of billateral Syrian-US relations. Being an independent writer, historian, professor, and political analyst, who has worked in the public life of Syria for the past 10-years, I believe I am able to express my own views, which might overlap with those of my government, vis-à-vis regional peace and stability. Any views expressed by Syrian writers are strictly their own. Only views expressed by Syrian officials reflect the official position of the Syrian Government.