On July 16, 2014, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for his third 6-year term by Syrian Parliament. In his acceptance speech, al-Bashar saluted the patriotic Syrian people and their allies, Hizbullah, Iran, Russia and China. Among the four mentioned allies, Hizbullah and Iran have no diplomatic relations with Washington or Tel Aviv.
Assad praised the Syrians for standing against the military aggression and propaganda war by the western colonists and their regional stooges for the last three and a half years. He said Syria doesn’t belong to either of the two (US and Russia) western power blocks. He said that Damascus was against US-UK invasion of Iraq in 2003 because it feared that would spit Arabs against Arabs and create religious intolerance – and those fears have become realty in the region now.
Assad said that in spite some Palestinian leaders’ anti-Syria attitude, his regime never stopped supporting Palestinian military resistance against the Zionist regime.
Assad said that western imperialist use the terms “civil war” and “humanitarian invasion” to hide their state terrorism as was the case in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya and Ukraine. The events have proved that Western war against Iraq, Assad, Hizbullah and Iran were all based on Israel’s lies.
“They preached: “They bow only before Allah” – your response was to never bow before their masters, to never surrender, to never give up. You stood fast and held fast to your homeland, always believing in one God, a God who doesn’t share His powers with super-nations and who can never be substituted for oil or dollars. And when they said; “Allahu Akbar” - Allah was greater than them and their supporters, because Allah is always on the side of justice and justice is on the side of people,” Assad said.
“The war waged against the Syrian people is a dirty war. Despite all the injustice and the pain inflicted on every Syrian household, and despite all the blood and destruction, Syrians didn’t give up or give in. In fact, the exact opposite, as a people, we derive strength from adversity; the increased pressures drive us to be more defiant. We face attempts to humiliate us with more pride, dignity and self-confidence,” Assad said.
“Your resilience constituted the official obituary of what was falsely called Arab Spring and reset the course. Had this ‘spring’ been genuine, it should have started in the backward Arab countries. Had it been a revolution for more freedom, democracy and justice, it should have started in the most oppressive and tyrannical countries: the countries behind every catastrophe that befell this nation, behind every war against it, behind the intellectual and religious deviation and moral degradation. The existence of these countries is the West’s most important achievement and the most significant cause for Israel’s successes and continued existence,” Assad said.
“We should not forget to thank members of the faithful and heroic Lebanese resistance who stood shoulder to shoulder with the heroes in our army, fought honourable battles together on both sides of the border and provided martyrs in defence of the axis of resistance. I salute them and the families of every martyr who reciprocated our loyalty with loyalty and considered defending Syria a national duty like defending southern Lebanon,” Assad added.
“We also thank Iran, Russia and China, these states that have respected the decision and will of the Syrian people over the course of three years and have truly upheld the UN charter in respecting States’ sovereignty and non-interference in their domestic affairs,” Assad said.
Listen to President Bashar al-Assad’s full speech in Arabic below.