In the years after the liberation of Aleppo and successive military victories, many lovers and friends of Syria and believers in her stature and role, acted as if the war ended and victory was sealed, with the diplomatic steps taken by countries in the war league heralding an overture with Syria giving the impression that things were moving towards the healing of Syria and restoration of her stature.
The question of the timing for Syria’s reinstatement in the League of Arab States became an expression of such climate, while the converse stance of Syria’s lurking enemies said that punishment for victory was another kind of war, putting their full weight to spoil the joy of victory lived by Syrians, and revealing the issue as far more complex, revealing that the intermarriage of the American, Israeli, and Turkish occupations of almost a quarter of Syrian territory, the control of large and small terrorist cantons in areas in the south, north, east, and northwest of Syria, the American theft of Syrian oil and gas, and to top it all, the siege and sanctions, are all elements of war no less menacing, and perhaps even more menacing, than the elements of war Syria has already faced.
The elements of this new war and their repercussions came together in this current year, transforming into daily suffering for each and every citizen in Syria, particularly in the area of energy, resulting in increased hours of power outage due to the unavailability of needed fuel, a scarcity in petrochemical byproducts in the markets, harsher governmental rationing measures, a strain on the currency due to high pressures, all that leading Syrians to feel the burden of the crisis on their daily lives, despite most goods, including consumer goods, being nationally produced, due to the impact of the energy crisis on the national industry and the prices of its produced goods. Concurrently, influential satellite channels and social media platforms enlisted their efforts to exploit the crisis and the suffering of the Syrian people and to void Syrian victories from their content, with the intention of instilling hopelessness in Syrians, posing questions about the use of Syrian’s defense of her sovereignty, her alliances, and her position in the resistance, while absenting the role of the cruel sanctions, oil theft, and the creation of separatist cantons. To boot, some of those channels attempted to exploit the crises by calling for new projects for division, while others tried to exploit the crisis by calling for a review of Syria’s position and her alliances.
“Mission not yet accomplished” is what the lovers of Syria, her friends, and her allies should be well aware, and that Syria’s leadership is singly confronting the repercussions of the crisis while pumping the spirit of resistance and fortitude among her people, and that the battle, most of its aspects won with enormous sacrifices, requires for winning this decisive round more of the honest and sincere support for Syria, her state, leadership, and people. If some of what is required from allies is more economic support to lighten the burdens of the crisis, and a good deal of political support to prevent anyone involved in the war on Syria from exploiting the crisis for political gains at the expense of Syria’s unshakeable tenets and sovereignty, especially in view of Turkey’s and Kurdish Groups’ leadership attempts for division, riding on the wave of Russian and Iranian search for political solutions for the situation in the north of Syria, what is required from friends and lovers of Syria, along with elites, parties, media persons, and the educated is more and more presence through positions, analyses, and explanations.
The previous stages of the war were sufficiently telling that such type of presence was necessary for winning the previous rounds, and of even exceeding importance for winning the current round. In this context comes the initiative organized by Arab, Nationalist, Islamic, and Parties’ conferences in support of and solidarity with Syria in the face of occupation, division, siege, and sanctions with the guiding principle that no Arabhood exists without the compass to Palestine at its heart, and there is no victory for Arabhood and Palestine except with solidarity with Syria until it reaches her victory.
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