"I told my family and loved ones, this homeland is too small for you, you should rule the world."
Syrian Member of Parliament addressing President Bashar al-Assad.
I cannot express enough the disappointment I still feel several hours after President Bashar al-Assad's long-awaited speech. What a let-down it was.
I had fully expected him to say something of substance, to meet the expectations of not only his people but other regional statesmen who do not want Syria to go the way of Yemen and Libya.
But it was a vintage Baathist display that belonged in the 1960s and 70s: arrogant, intransigent, uncompromising, full of accusations of plots, conspiracies and blaming others. It was completely devoid of any apology for the shortcomings of the regime or admission of responsibility for the dozens of deaths of unarmed protesters. Not even "God rest their souls".
I really hoped for something different but I now admit; I was naive. I regret wasting an hour of my time listening to this drivel.
Perhaps Bashar al-Assad is a hostage of his father's regime. What he did not say but is now obvious is that Syria's Baathist regime is beyond redemption. I suppose the Syrian regime may interpret this statement as being anti-regime! Actually, it's pro-Syria, a truly strong, progressive, respectful and respectable and forward-looking and -moving Syria.
While the Gulf states, Europe and the US, and their media, have been careful not to add to the pressure with the Gulf countries even expressing their support for Bashar Assad, this is a matter for the Syrian people to decide. It is they who will judge if the pale-looking Bashar al-Assad's speech in the rubber-stamp parliament is acceptable. What a shameful display of hypocrisy on the part of these so-called representatives of the people. The Arab world is too small for you, you deserve to rule the world! I know King Philip told Alexander, "My son, ask for thyself another kingdom, for that which I leave is too small for thee," but Alexander earned the title "The Great" in his 13 year rule and achieved a legacy with action, not posturing or words.
I am not Syrian but it really irks me to hear the chants of birroh biddam nafdeeka ya Bashar, ie we will die for you Bashar. To have had to listen to the contrived poetry of hero worship and the atmosphere of imposed veneration that belongs in Kim-Il-sung's North Korea, let alone Kim-Jong-il's...
I guess April Fools' Day came 2 days early this year, and I was the fool.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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