Opinion: Iranian agenda Syria’s burden

By: Ahmed Al-Jarallah

SYRIA is standing at a crossroad in history not only due its dire need for reforms and its internal conditions, but also in terms of its relationship with the Arab and international communities. How will Syria liberate itself from being used as a tool for the implementation of the Iranian expansionist agenda? This has become a pressing issue. It is now a burden on the Syrian neck because most observers consider the country an obstacle to any Arab alliance in thwarting attempts of some international bodies to impose their own standards on the whole world.

Ever since Damascus formed a strategic alliance with Tehran, it has ceased to be the pulsating heart of Arabism, as it was known in the mid-20th century. It has become a mere implementation tool for Iran. At every stage, it has always been with the other side. In Lebanon, it has been silent over the flagrant Iranian interference that thwarted efforts to build the nation for 20 years, allowing Hezbollah to kidnap all Lebanese and subject them to the Persian project.

In Yemen, Damascus has ignored the massacre committed by the Houthis. In Gaza, it has allowed the Mullah regime to tear apart the Palestinians, leading to an unprecedented bloodbath. There was no protest whatsoever from Syria when Iran committed atrocious acts in Saudi Arabia. The oldest Arab capital did not express support for Bahrain during the implementation of the inordinate plan of the enemy. In Kuwait, the Iranian spy network was uncovered, but Damascus did not utter a word of support.

Syria has transformed willfully into a front house garden for Iran in the region under the guise of resistance, confrontation and opposition to Israel. For 40 years, we have never heard a gun shot towards Golan and it has not been liberated by the Syria-Iran alliance. Syria has not allowed the Arab nations to solve the Palestinian crisis. It rather confronted the Palestinians to prevent the execution of peaceful resolutions. It has been calling for indirect talks with Israel not to liberate Golan, but to buy time for the Iranian nuclear project.

It is really unfortunate that the heart of Arabism has started to pulsate for Persia. It now wants to pump the Persian blood into the veins of Arabism, and anyone who dares confront this project is attacked fiercely. Despite all these, the Arab wisdom remains committed to reclaiming Syria to put it back to its natural place.

Syria has responded brutally. It has destroyed relationships up to the extent of disregarding norms. Damascus is facing a problem as its citizens continue to revolt against any supportive role in the Persian project. They have been trying to break the chain and remove the tapes placed on their mouths so they can shout out loud to demand for freedom.

The Syrians who have rejected the plans and slogans of resistance before it started and stood against the reinforcement of war efforts to confront Israel and liberate Golan, know very well that Golan will be freed only through the concerted efforts of the Arabs. Liberation efforts will succeed if Syria stops being the subordinate of Iran, returns to the Arab motherly fold and regains its natural place. Syria must allow its people to stand up and make a firm request before it is too late.

Syria can still accomplish internal reforms and dissociate itself from the Persian project. This is what the Syrians want and all Arabs as well. The people of Syria, who have been clamoring for freedom and an end to its subordination to Iran, know how to make future and historic decisions, far from the recommendations of a retarded ruffian regime whose only aim is to bring back the Persian Empire which has been forgotten for ages.

This is the truth, no matter how harsh it may seem. We hope it will find a listening ear, though we know beforehand that tens of trumpeters will accuse us of working for Israel after reading this piece. This is the least of accusations that are like recordings on damaged CDs due to the excessive repetition. arabtimes