السوري سوف يحاكي ثورة الأرز
بوست - 17/6/2007
السوريون لا يدافعون في العادة
عن إسرائيل, و لكن فريد الغادري
ليس ذلك السوري النموذجي
Syrian people will emulate the Cedar Revolution'
17, 2007 21:31
up through the Golan Heights last week, I put my pen
down after an hourlong interview, my wrist strained with
ink and my mind equally numb after listening to some of
the most progressive of ideas being married to one of
the most suppressive of societies.
the drive, my interviewee - Farid Ghadry, the president
of the Syrian Reform Party and the man who hopes to one
day take over from Syrian President Bashar
Assad - talks on the phone to a fellow Syrian
exile, Mahmoud Hamsi, in
across from Ghadry was the day's coordinator, speaking
in Hebrew with Likud MK Yuval Steinitz.
dichotomy represented in these two men, their
diametrically opposed historical backgrounds was
highlighted when they toured the Golan as friends as
well as political associates, pointing out various sites
where Syrian artillery killed Israeli citizens, and
where the IDF vanquished Syrian forces in subsequent
wars. In Katzrin, the "capital" of the Golan,
Steinitz (in the guise of tour guide) mentioned that it
was part of the historical
will defend that," Ghadry says.
do not typically defend
reform movement started to gain momentum after 9/11, he
knew there would be a shift in paradigm in the
says the Syrian people are ready for a change, which
means they are ready to push Assad out of power.
"At the right time, the Syrian people will emulate
the Cedar Revolution," he predicts.
rights need to come to
says the Ba'athist regime in place in
says there are those who do not want democracy to
succeed in the
"you," he says, referring to
from the oppression of Assad's regime, however, is no
easy feat, Ghadry insists.
point out that propping up premature Arab democracies
has failed many times, in
society, he maintains, is not the one depicted by the
media, calling for the destruction of the West and
Internet is being used by many young Syrians as an
alternative to a regime that only gives the people the
information it want to hand down.
don't even think 9/11 is an issue. They don't care. They
are taught to hate, they're taught that Zionism is the
problem. The regime hides the truth. Every dictatorship
needs an outside enemy to divert attention away. For
Assad, this is
Ghadry, the man as well as the politician, the important
thing is "coexistence and peace." This, he
says, will come through the "de-annexation of the
Golan," or the Jo'lan as he calls it. Asserting
that the Heights are the bridge to bring peace between
he thinks Kadima's Construction and Housing Minister
Meir Shetreet's proposal of a 25-year Israeli lease is
an "interesting idea," he himself has a
head-spinner or two in store for the future of the
Golan. Ghadry envisions a scenario where all Israeli
businesses and commercial areas would remain and be run
by Israelis, but taxes would be paid to
is more practical for everyone. It's the same concept as
[American defense contractor] Halliburton in Dubai.
It will mean open borders, which we have to
security concerns and the lack of trust
according to Ghadry, while Assad is in power, because
Assad is a "violent" man. For Ghadry, the
peace reached by prime minister Menachem Begin and
Egyptian president Anwar Sadat worked because Sadat was
a "peaceful leader."
King Hussein of
you make a deal with Assad, you get a 'buy one, get one
free' in the Golan. The 'get one free,' he says, is
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
about the stipulation for peace demanding that Assad cut
off ties with
gold he says. "You cannot peel
sponsored terrorism, he contests, is yet another
addition to a long list of reasons why
at the Palestinian terror victims we met in
many hope the regime in
Ghadry is not fazed. "You shouldn't seem so
worried," he tells me. "The French will
discover very quickly how violent Hizbullah is, and how
equally deceitful Assad is. It will fail."
main reason - Assad.
is prone to making mistakes."
what?" I ask.
killing [former Lebanese prime minister Rafik]
says he didn't have a hand in it," I point out.
and I'm Mother Theresa."
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