“We will not fall until Syria is finished.” This is the implied message in the recent speech by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said Dr. Ammar al-Qurabi, executive director of the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria.
“The Syrian president gave one year for reforms to come to effect. If the regime goes on with this pace, the Syrian people will have been exterminated by then,” Dr. Qurabi told Al Arabiya’s program Panorama.
Dr. Qurabi added that, so far, Mr. Assad has responded to demands that he step down with more violence and escalation.
“It is as if he is telling the whole world, ‘It’s either me or chaos and destruction.’”
Former Jordanian Information Minister Saleh al-Qallab also told Al Arabiya in the same program that Syria has been living under a repressive regime for 50 years, ever since the Baath Party came to power.
“Those years saw the destruction of Syria’s values and the deterioration of its relationship with its neighbors, as well as the suppression of its own people,” he said.
Mr. Qallab added that the Syrian president’s stance is quite exceptional, since heads of state do not normally talk scornfully about the international community and the entire world.
“He did that even though he knows that the United States has an influence on China and Russia and many other countries.”
Mr. Qallab said that the UN Security Council is capable of putting an end to this regime and despite that, Assad behaves as if he does not care.
“He talks about the Security Council like Hassan Nasrallah does, as if the whole world is worth nothing at all.”
(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid)