"It was President Assad’s interview with RT in 2012 that started to wake me up about Syria in the first place. Until I watched that, I could not have picked out a picture of him or perhaps not even been able to confidently locate Syria on a map. I was an all-too-typical American, full of opinions about the Middle East but empty of knowledge, understanding or in many ways I’m ashamed to say, empathy.
While acting as Commander in Chief during one of the most complex and brutal conflicts in history, against an array of enemies including the US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and of course the Muslim Brotherhood, President Assad has also had to fight an unprecedented information war against the most well-coordinated and sophisticated media propaganda blitzes ever seen. This dark, false narrative has supported the terrorists on the ground and the diplomatic terrorism that’s been employed against Syria by every major western country and their allies as well as the UN.
That is all in addition to running a country in wartime and in the most conflicted region in the world.
Yet I have watched him rise to each challenge. He and the First Lady are exemplary in my opinion and personal heroes of mine now. Have mistakes been made? I would be shocked if there weren’t; he is human after all and these are extraordinary times. However, the foundation he was and is trying to build of quality secular education, health care, sciences and technology, opening and growing of the economy and tourism, respect and protection for women , all religious and people groups, is positive and productive. I particularly appreciate the Assads’ devotion and commitment to the younger generation. They know that that is where real change begins to defeat extremism. I am heartbroken when I consider what the past several years would be have looked like had the west and allies not intervened to try to crush the prosperity and stability that was growing.
Syria Times and the President Assad unofficial site I use again and again. Syria Times is a broad spectrum resource that is kept up to date and relevant both for the daily changing situation on the ground as well as general information about Syria. The President Assad page is a welcomed archive of news and information related to the president with invaluable articles, photos and background to help activists like me combat the constant slandering of that great leader."
US Peace Activist, Janice Kortkamp, January 17, 017.
by Jonathan Azaziah
Gotta love Bashar and Asma al-Assad. The Syrian Arab Republic’s President and First Lady, as well as their daughter Zein and two sons Karim and Hafez, spent Christmas Day at Our Lady of Saidnaya Monastery in the ancient Aramaic-speaking town of Saidnaya, which rests on the slopes of the rugged Qalamoun Mountains that were liberated from Takfiri terrorist occupation by Hizbullah and the Syrian Arab Army last Spring. The Assads visited with the nuns and orphans of the Monastery and spent the day eating, laughing, snapping photos, unwrapping gifts and just generally enjoying the holy occasion.
“God bless you!” is what Bashar and Asma were hit with when they first entered the Monastery, and as they made their way down into the courtyard where they were adorably mobbed by loving children, they were also told by the nuns, “Now we are truly feeling the holiday spirit!” ‘Twas one of those moments in which you realize that these individuals, Dr. Assad and First Lady Asma, truly are FOR the people, OF the people and BY the people. This is the kind of popular support that cannot be bought, nor staged, nor forced. One simply has it or one does not. Clearly the Assads ABSOLUTELY have it.
And this is the essence, isn’t it? Every drop of Zioganda that the mainstream media has spewed out like an obese ‘Israeli’ settler with a torn stomach tract over nearly 6 years is rendered useless with scenes such as these. If Syria’s First Family was as despised by “everyday Syrians” as the Zionist press says they are, why the warm welcome and embrace from nuns and orphans, i.e. some of the most vulnerable persons in all of Syria, especially during this “conflict”? If the Assads were so petrified of their well-being because of this aforesaid hatred from “the people”, why’d they travel to an area as volatile as Saidnaya, which had been attacked by Takfiri gangs at numerous points, with nothing but basic security?
And if Bashar, Asma and their children were “divorced from reality” as a cornucopia of officials from Western ZOGs, “activists” of the NGO-Human-Rights-Industrial-Complex and terrorist-sympathizers the world over have suggested since the opening days of the manufactured rebellion in March 2011, wouldn’t they be holed up in some mountaintop mansion bunker somewhere instead of traveling around Syria to be with their countrymen in these most desperate times? Yes. Certainly. Dr. Assad and the First Lady are in fact very much in tune with Syrians, hence why they were voted back to the People’s Palace in overwhelming numbers by Syrians, why the SAA is supported just about entirely by Syrians and why Syrians view the Assads’ leadership as a trusted source of guidance.
For posterity’s sake, let us be fully lucid: The Saidnaya visit was not some kind of publicity stunt or media operation but the latest stop in the routine nationwide rounds made by the Assads. The Syrian President has recently been in Kafar Souseh to celebrate Mawlid al-Nabawi and was also on the front lines of Aleppo to mark the liberation of the city. Asma, for her part, has been seemingly even busier, visiting wounded soldiers, the disabled, orphans, shellshocked students and the families of martyrs in and around Damascus, Latakia, Hama and Tartous.
Can the same be said about the Takfiri terrorist darlings of Washington, the EU, the GCC and ‘Israel’? No. Because celebrating Mawlid al-Nabawi and/or Christmas in the ever-shrinking “rebel”-held areas is grounds for lashes and beheadings. Zio-NATO’s proxies continue tormenting Syrians from all ethno-sectarian backgrounds and from every age bracket. And the only “martyrs” that these Wahhabi mercenaries have any interest in receiving are the ones who bring disgrace and dishonor to the very concept of martyrdom, i.e. those who are brainwashed as well as manipulated, among them children, into unleashing suicide operations on Syrian civilians.
Indeed, Christmas Day highlights the genuineness of the Assads along with the stark contrast between their commitment to upholding and safeguarding Syria’s pluralism vs. the hateful, destructive barbarity of the Takiri scourge. Imagine for a moment what life would be like for the people of Saidnaya, or Maaloula, or Halab, or Armenian Kessab in Latakia, or Wadi al-Nasara (Valley of Christians) in Homs if the Assads were no more and all that remained was the Christmas-hating Wahhabi fanatics bankrolled, armed, trained and politically supported by the US-‘Israeli’ Empire.
Let that sink in and try not to scream from the horror. So if it comes down to the democratically elected Resistance Axis leader and his brilliant, compassionate, composed-but-fierce and elegant missus, or the head-chopping maniacs that Zio-Imperialist powers keep referring to as “revolutionaries”, check the scenario: I’ll take the “dictator and his wife” over the “democratic freedom fighters” each and every day of the week plus twice on a beautiful Christmas Sunday in Damascus.
And you know what? Syrians–from liberated Aleppo to protected Saidnaya–would, and do, agree. Emphatically. #LongLiveSyria #LongLiveTheAssads #MerryMouqawamistChristmas
Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim
"Assad in Person: Confident, Friendly, No Regrets, he radiated confidence and friendliness as he ushered a group of British and American journalists and policy analysts into an elegant wood-paneled sitting room. Indeed, Mr. Assad has managed to hold on not only because of decisive intervention by foreign fighters, but also because of deeper support in some quarters than many thought he had".
"Mr. Assad, in a dark suit and trademark Windsor-knotted tie, met us at the top of the palace’s sweeping staircase, saying he found it “more cozy” than the official one. There were no security checks".
Anne Barnard, Beirut bureau chief at The New York Times, November 1, 2016.
Congratulations on Pope Francis letter
Dear President Bashar al Assad,
Congratulations on receiving letter from Pope Francis and the Syrian government troops success at liberating Allepo.
I am sorry that the US/Saud/Israel/Turkey funded terrorists are still creating chaos to still attempt to destabilize Syria for Israeli interests, but the Pope can clearly see the legitimate Syrian government fights with honor with its honorable allies, Lebanon's army of Hezbollah, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp, and the Russian Federation.
Our prayers are with you and your people to thwart this Despicable terror funded by the West that profits only Israel and it's parent World Bank.
Syriatimes.sy: Message to the President Mr. Assad
Just wanna say that I did work about 20 years ago in the Power Plant of Mehardeh under the government from the President Father Assad and everything in Syria was well...He was a very good President and He controlled all in the Region of the Arabien Countries! Well I am sure that Mr. President Assad Junior is same as He's Father and He is the only One and best President for Syria! I hope He get more support from around the World and I hope He does not listen to the stupid Europe governments! Putin knows what He is doing! I was in Aleppo, Hama and so on...all the beautiful Places from Syria and I feeld always sure and well! So my Heart beats for President Assad!!! Best Greetings from Switzerland!!! Kindly Regards Marcel Beck
Congratulation for liberation of Aleppo
Fri 12/16, 3:13 PM
Congratulation for liberation of Aleppo. The evil has failed and truth triumphed. Long live Syria.
Support for Assad from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Thu 12/8, 4:10 PMYou
Dear President Mr. Assad,
I'm Amer Spahić from Bosnia and Herzegovina, from Sarajevo, me and my people support you and your people to win in your war. We also have the war 1991-1995 and we win. We hope If you have time to give interview where you tell Bosnian people about the war in Syria because the people in Bosnian believe the American newspaper and Tv.
Dear Mr. President al Assad,
congratulations for your actual success in Aleppo !
I'm happy to hear about these positive developments in your county, and of course I'm ashamed for our criminal politicians in the west, also here in Germany, where I live.
But I'm also sure, that you already know that a lot of Germans know about the lies in the media and they know, that you're a good President, and really care for your people and your country.
keep going on the good work, god bless you and your country !
The very best regards,
syriatimes.sy: Thank you for this enlightenment.
nowhere else do we find such explanation and reasoning as we wonder why such terrible atrocities are committed against Syria and its innocent people
All of us should be reading the news from the Syrian point of view. How can we be aware without knowledge? Thank you Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim, Editor in Chief.
Dear Mr. Assad,
Good luck with your battle against terrorists and extremists in Syria. You are doing great work which western governments lack the courage to undertake.
If these terrorists are allowed to win in Syria then the rest of the civilised world will be under threat from them.
I wish that western governments would come to their senses and recognize that you are the only person who can end the war and bring order to Syria.
Mr D Haylett, United Kingdom.
To. President Assad.
I feel I have to e-mail you my support with your fight in your country against the evil terrorists and the US led coalition who are arming these rebels. The west interference in your country is shameful.
With your Russian friends i know you will win against these evil people.
My dear friends, let me tell my own point of view about last events in Syria.
I wish you realize that something wrong had happened in main stream media field. Some corporations which represent the joint NATO project are the organizers of all military coups. Media holdings are the carriers of information war which is impossible to understand. That’s why I want to divide business systems into two opposite groups. The first one is the business of knowledge focused on high technologies & peaceful partnership; the second type is the last century strategies of capturing territories, property redistribution & socio-economic deadlock as a result of it. Such kind of people have to bet on military coups (so called revolutions) ignoring all democratic tools. The terrorist state Daesh / ISIS / ISIL was formed after a series of so-called revolutions in the Middle East and Syria was no exception. In order to destroy the state it was necessary to discredit President and entire propaganda machine was turned on.
Bashar al-Assad is a legitimate popularly elected President of Independent country where there is Rule of law and religious moral and ethical criteria. It is not easy to Muslim leader to rise above religious prejudices and form a society of unity and brotherhood. I wish every human being to comprehend the consciousness of human spiritual. The path of hardship and pain of all Syrians & their Leader should be the lesson for war dreamers.
President Assad, It has come to my attention lately that the media in the "west" is completely controlled by, let us say, the Illumined ones". It seems they are "nation building" in your country, as they have all over the world and not telling us. I pray for the restoration and peace of your people. The Middle East was relatively peaceful and tolerant of the West and its' customs until they started destroying Iraq. Then came Egypt, Libia, parts of Africa, and now your country. We in the states united experienced a similar event called the Civil War. Really the whole thing was orchestrated by "money interests". I am a follower of Yeshua and I pray His grace and mercy on you and your people.
Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim
By evacuating and pardoning terrorists, is Bashar al-Assad being too nice?
Contrary to Western fake news, Assad's approach towards terrorists is deeply humane, some would say overly humane. Here is what we know and what must be answered.
Images of green bus convoys leaving Aleppo have provoked mixed reactions across the world. The coaches are filled with the surrendered terrorists who had occupied parts of East Aleppo prior to its liberation by the Syrian Arab Army.
Far from the fake massacres reported in the Western mainstream media, President Assad and his Russian partners are handling the situation in an utterly humane fashion, perhaps too humane. Assad’s rationale is that in order for Syria to once again be a peaceful and united country, as it was prior to 2011 when Western provocations triggered the current crisis, there needn’t be any Nuremberg style trials for the terrorists who continue to plague the country.
Assad has offered amnesty to any Syrians participating in terrorist activities in return for their pledge to lay down arms and permanently return to civilian life or join the fight against terrorism. He is also happy for the larger bulk of foreign fighters to peacefully leave the country, with many suggesting that Turkey, knowing that her plans for regime change in Damascus have failed, will cooperate in this.
It is a safe assumption that many of the terrorists formerly operating in Aleppo will flee to Turkey, where they will no longer be Syria’s problem. Others may flee into ISIS controlled regions of northern Iraq and others yet may seek safe passage further abroad, to the terrorist paradise that is the failed state of Libya. But the danger for Syrians are the terrorists who stay in Syria.
The buses from Aleppo are heading for Idlib. There is a high probability that many terrorists from Aleppo will refuse to disarm and simply join the battle that other terrorist groups are currently waging in Idlib. This strikes one as a consequence of short-term thinking on the part of the Syrian government.
In a recent interview, Assad has stated that because of the finite resources of the Syrian Arab Army, one must understand occupied regions of the country as a set of descending priorities.
According to the Syrian President, Aleppo was the priority for obvious reasons. Its size, its location within Syria, its historical importance and its importance as a large urban centre for the region, all meant that Aleppo’s freedom was essential to secure first and foremost.
Assad’s second priority are regions on the outskirts of Damascus which continue to be occupied by terrorists. It is only after this that regions around Idlib, Palmyra and ultimately Raqqa will be dealt with.
All of this is totally logical, except for the idea that terrorist fighters should live to fight another day. The move is clearly one born of humanitarian concerns, but the question which necessarily follows is, why should anyone show mercy to terrorists who showed no mercy to their victims, and, furthermore, why should they simply be transferred to another region of Syria to do in Idlib or beyond, what they did to Aleppo?
These are questions which Syria and her allies will ultimately have to address, either in a diplomatic forum or perhaps directly on the battle field as part of Assad’s long term solution to gradually eliminate all terrorism from Syria. With Obama on his last legs and a seemingly cooperate Donald Trump on his way to the White House, the idea of meeting Obama’s America half-way in terms of sheltering Al-Nura/Al-Qaeda is becoming a non-issue.
The matter as British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of all people said, is now in the hands of Syria, Russia and their allies. Terrorism cannot be tolerated in any form. This must be the long term and lasting message.
Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim