In the evening of May 30 on 21-00, the inhabitants of Damascus were attached to the television screens. State television broadcasts an interview with President Bashar Al-Assad on the Lebanese television channel Al-Manar. The Syrian leader’s speech inspired compatriots. Immediately after the performance in the capital, there was a loud shooting. But it was not the disturbing shooting, which in the beginning of spring was often heard in Damascus and claimed the lives of people. No, it was an improvised salute, which the soldiers and militia welcomed the commander-in-chief's speech.
Next came the slogans: “Alla, Surya, Bashar at the bass!”, Which means: “God, Syria, Bashar - that's all we need.” Spontaneous rallies with Syrian flags drove through different parts of the city, the horns of cars buzzing merrily. This was not in Damascus for a long time.
Residents of Tartus and other Syrian cities also celebrated the President’s speech with spontaneous rallies and salute in the air.
The president’s interview took place against the backdrop of the successes of the Syrian army in the Al-Kseyr area of Homs province. The servicemen took control of the Al-Dabaa airfield, for which fierce fighting took place and where the correspondent of the Al-Ikhbariyya Syrian TV channel Yara Abbas was killed. In addition, several strategically important settlements near Al-Ksayra - Arjun, Al-Brak, Javadiya, were freed, which seriously complicates the position of the terrorists, making it impossible to send them reinforcements and weapons. In addition, on the Homs - Damascus highway, an army group was ambushed by an army team that was trying to flee from a city in which the army confidently wins. The bandits have not gone from the deserved retribution.
The next day, May 31, an action in memory of correspondent Yara Abbas, who fell for telling the truth and exposed the crimes of terrorists, took place in Damascus. Hundreds of people gathered around the building of Television and radio broadcasting on Umayyad Square. They brought candles and flowers in memory of the fallen.
The meeting was attended by many Syrian journalists, representatives of volunteer organizations, students and ordinary citizens. They were holding Syrian flags, portraits of the deceased journalist, as well as portraits of the leader of Syria.
It should be noted that the mass actions in Damascus were not long enough due to the fact that they are difficult to ensure security. And the fact that the people are finally starting to take to the streets again, once again shows that the successes of the Syrian army are significant, people believe in their defenders, and it is harder and harder for terrorists to intimidate people.
As a sign that Yara will remain in the memory of ordinary citizens, candles were lit that burned in the darkness of the evening capital and testified that the Light would sooner or later win ...
Full text of the interview with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad:
Al-Manar: In the name of Allah, the merciful and merciful. Bloodshed in Syria continues. This is the only thing that happens all the time. There are disagreements between those who support the Syrian state and those who oppose it. However, there is no point of contact, and the current crisis lasts for more than two years. Once a lot was said about the imminent fall of the state, specific dates were called, but all these rates failed.
Today we have gathered here, in the center of Damascus, taking advantage of the hospitality of the president, whom many opponents called the culprit of what is happening. They are still unable to understand that their calculations to eliminate him from the Syrian political arena turned out to be incorrect. This result is unpleasant and unexpected for his opponents and violates their plans and schemes. They did not take into account one obvious question: what to do if the state does not fall? What if President Al-Asad does not leave the Syrian scene? Of course, they do not have clear answers to these questions, and as a result there is more and more destruction, murder and bloodshed.
Today there is talk of a critical situation in Syria. The Syrian army went on the offensive on the offensive, achieving one success after another. At the same time, there is activity at the diplomatic level: the discussion of the Geneva-2 conference was a constant topic in the statements of all parties. There are many questions that need to be answered: a political settlement, the possibility that someone will resort to a military solution, the direct intervention of the Israeli enemy in the course of events during the current crisis, the new situation on the Golan, Syria’s relations with opponents and allies. What plan does the Syrian leadership propose for overcoming the crisis, the complex and dangerous consequences of which have begun to affect the neighboring countries? Today we are pleased that we have the opportunity to ask these questions to President Bashshar al-Assad. We welcome you, Mr. President.
President Al-Asad: Greetings to you in Damascus.
Al-Manar: Mr. President, we are in the heart of Damascus, in the People’s Palace. The Syrian crisis lasts two and a half years. Many relied on the fact that the president and his system of power would be overthrown in a few weeks. How did you manage to thwart the plans of your rivals and enemies? What is the secret of such endurance?
President Al-Assad: There are a number of factors that have played a role in this. One of them is the Syrian factor, which ripped off their intentions. Another factor is that the developers of these scenarios eventually outplayed themselves, because they do not know Syria and do not understand the details of the situation. They began with calls for revolution, but a real revolution requires many serious factors. You cannot organize a revolution simply by paying money. When this approach failed, they turned to the use of religious slogans to create a split in our society. Even if they were able to touch on certain strings in Syrian society, strings of ignorance and lack of understanding - and this happens in any society - they were not able to stir up sectarian strife. If they had succeeded in this, Syria would have split from the very beginning. They also fell into their own traps, trying to say that our struggle is in order to preserve power, and not to preserve national sovereignty. No one will fight and die to provide a fast for himself or anyone else.
Al-Manar: Fighting for the Motherland. Two and a half years later, the Syrian leadership is making progress on the battlefield. I would like to ask you why you just now decided to go on the offensive to the defense? In my opinion, this decision was belated, and the result was heavy losses. Take Al-Xayr as an example.
President Al-Asad: It is not a question of defense or attack. Each battle has its own tactics. From the very beginning, we did not make decisions related to the military aspects alone. We took into account social and political aspects, as well as the fact that many Syrians were initially misled. There were many friendly countries that did not understand the internal dynamics of events. Your actions will differ depending on whether there is a consensus on a particular issue. There is no doubt that as soon as events changed, the Syrians were able to better understand the situation and realize exactly what is under threat. This helped the Armed Forces to better fulfill their duties and achieve results. So, what is happening now is not a change of tactics, not a transition from defense to offensive, but a shift in the balance of forces in favor of the army.
Al-Manar: How was this shift achieved, Mr. President? Syria has been criticized for allegedly asking for help from foreign fighters. To be completely frank, it is said that the aid is provided by the Hezbollah fighters. In a previous interview, you said that there are 23 million Syrians, and they do not need help from anyone else. What is Hezbollah doing in Syria?
President Al-Assad: The main reason that the scale tilted in favor of the army is a change in the opinion of people in the provinces. These people supported the armed groups not necessarily because of the lack of patriotism on their part, but because they were deceived. They were led to believe that a revolution had taken place against the deficiencies of the state. Now their position has changed, many people left these terrorist groups and returned to normal life.
As for talking about Hezbollah and the participation of foreign fighters on the side of the Syrian army, this is a very important issue. There are several factors, and each of them should be clearly understood. Hezbollah, the battle for Al-Xayr and the recent Israeli airstrike - these three factors cannot be considered in isolation from each other. They are all part of the same problem. Let's be frank. In recent weeks, especially after Hassan Nasrallah’s speech, Arab and foreign media have argued that Hezbollah fighters are fighting in Syria and defending the Syrian state, or, as they say, “regime.”
Logically, if Hezbollah or other resistance forces wanted to protect Syria by sending their fighters, how many they could send - a few hundred, a thousand or two? We are talking about a battle in which hundreds of thousands of Syrian soldiers fight with tens of thousands of terrorists, if not more, because there is a constant influx of militants from near and far abroad. So it is clear that even if the Hezbollah fighters participated in the defense of the Syrian state, it would be a drop in the ocean compared to the number of Syrian soldiers fighting the terrorists. Given the vast space of Syria, this number could not protect either the state or the "regime" This is from one point of view.
On the other hand, if they say that the Hezbollah fighters are defending the Syrian state, then why now? Battles began after Ramadan 2011, and intensified in 2012. To be precise, in the summer of 2012. Then the terrorists began to fight for the "liberation of Damascus," three times declared "hour zero." Four generals were killed, several people fled from Syria, and many believed at that time that the state would collapse. That did not happen. However, at that time, Hezbollah did not intervene. So why then does she interfere now?
More importantly, why did we not see Hezbollah in the battles of Damascus and Aleppo? More significant battles take place in Damascus and in Aleppo, and not in Al-Xeira. Al-Ksayr is a small town in the province of Homs. Why haven't we seen Hezbollah in the city of Homs?
It is clear that all these assumptions are inaccurate. Al-Xayr is said to be a strategic border town. But all territories near the border are strategic for terrorists to deliver militants and weapons. Thus, all these assumptions have nothing to do with Hezbollah. Considering the groans of the Arab media, the statements made by Arab and foreign officials - even Ban Ki-moon expressed concern about Hezbollah in Al-Xayr - all this is being done to crush the resistance forces. This has nothing to do with the protection of the Syrian state. The Syrian army has made significant achievements in Damascus, Aleppo, Damascus and many other regions, however, we have not heard such complaints as about Al-Xeira.
Al-Manar: But, Mr. President, I mean the nature of the battle. Your critics say that you and Hezbollah are fighting in Al Xeirah to create a safe corridor connecting the coastal region with Damascus. Consequently, if Syria is to be divided, if geographic changes are implemented, this will open the way for the Alawites. So what is the essence of this battle? How is it related to the conflict with Israel?
President Al-Assad: Firstly, the Syrian and Lebanese coastal areas are not connected to Al-Xayr. Geographically, this is impossible. Secondly, no one will participate in the battle to move towards the division of the country. If you choose the path of separation, you are moving towards this goal, not leading battles across the country, but strive to liberate a specific part of it. The nature of the fight does not mean that we are moving towards separation. On the contrary, we guarantee that we will remain in a single country. Our ancestors abandoned the idea of separation when the French proposed it during the occupation of Syria, because at that time they were well aware of the consequences of such a decision. Is it possible that after several generations we are less aware of this?
Once again, the battle in Al-Ksayra, about which moans are heard, is connected with Israel. The time of the operation in Al-Ksayra was synchronized with an Israeli air strike. Their goal is to stifle resistance. This is still the same old campaign that takes on different forms. Now it is not Al-Xayr as a city that is important to them, but the border. They want to stifle resistance from land and sea. Here comes the next question. Some say that resistance must fight the enemy and therefore remain in the south. Opponents of the resistance declared this on 7 in May on 2008, when some Israeli agents in Lebanon tried to interfere in the structure of the resistance forces. They argued that resistance should turn its weapon inward. They said the same thing about the Syrian army: it must fight on the border with Israel. We have already said clearly: our army will fight the enemy where it is required. When the enemy is in the north, we move north. The same can be said if the enemy comes from the east or west. This is also true for Hezbollah. Thus, the question arises: why are the Hezbollah forces deployed on borders within Lebanon or within Syria? The answer to this lies in the fact that our struggle is a struggle against the Israeli enemy and its agents in Syria or in Lebanon.
Al-Manar: Mr. President, I want to ask about the participation of Israel in the Syrian crisis. For example, this is a recent airstrike on Damascus. Israel immediately declared that it did not want to escalate and did not intend to intervene in the Syrian crisis. Question: What does Israel want and what is the essence of its intervention?
President Al-Assad: This is exactly my point of view: everything that is happening at the moment is directed, first of all, at the suppression of the resistance forces. Israel’s support for terrorists had two objectives. First: stifle resistance, and second: open the Syrian air defense system. He is not interested in anything else.
Al-Manar: Mr. President, since the goals of Israel are clear, the Syrian state has been criticized for its lack of response. Everyone expected that there would be an answer, and the Syrian government declared that it reserves the right to retaliate at the right time and place. Why didn't your answer come immediately? Then you declared that the missiles were aimed at Israeli enemies, and any attack would be an immediate response, without waiting for an order from the army command?
President Al-Asad: We have informed all the Arab and foreign parties - mostly foreign ones - that the next time we will react. There is, of course, more than just one answer. There were several attempts to violate the agreements on the part of Israel, which were not followed by immediate retaliation. But short-term response measures have no real meaning. They are only political. If we want to respond to the actions of Israel, the answer will be of strategic importance.
Al-Manar: How? Opening the front in the Golan, for example?
President Al-Assad: It depends on public opinion. Does the society agree on the support of the resistance forces or not? That is the question.
Al-Manar: What is the situation in Syria now?
President Al-Asad: In fact, there is a clear public opinion that we need to open the front on the Golan. This enthusiasm is also shown by the peoples of other Arab states. We have received many delegations from Arab countries who want to know how young people can come and fight with Israel. Of course, resistance is not easy. This is not just a question of opening the front. This is a political, ideological and social problem, which can result in hostilities.
Al-Manar: Mr. President, if we take into account the incident in the Golan Heights and the strike by Syria on Israeli military vehicles that crossed the division line, does this mean that the rules for using military force have changed? And if the rules of the game have changed, how?
President Al-Assad: Real changes in the rules of engagement occur when society insists on resistance. Any other change is short-term if we do not go to war. The answer of any kind can only seem to be a change in the rules of the use of armed force, but I do not think that it really is. Real changes happen when people go into a state of resistance, and these are really serious changes.
Al-Manar: Don't you think it's belated? After 40 years of silence and the state of truce in the Golan, there is currently talk of movement on this front and of new rules of the game.
President Al-Assad: They always talk about opening or closing the front with Syria. The state does not create resistance. Resistance can be only when his idea is popular among the people. It cannot be created artificially. A state can stand for or against resistance, it can create obstacles, as some Arab countries do. I believe that a state that opposes the will of its people to resist is reckless. The question is not what Syria decided after 40 years. In order to move in this direction, we need an understanding from the society that our national army fulfills its obligations to protect and liberate our lands. If there were no army, as it was in the case of Lebanon, when the army and the state were separated during the civil war, there would have been no resistance.
Today, in the present conditions, there are a number of factors for moving in this direction. First, it is that the acts of Israeli aggression are repeated. This is a major factor in the need for a stimulus. Secondly, the participation of the army in battles in more than one place throughout Syria has shaped the mood of many civilians that it is their duty to support the Armed Forces in the Golan.
Al-Manar: Mr. President, Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would not be embarrassed to attack Syria if it found that the weapon is currently being transferred to Hezbollah in Lebanon. If Israel carried out its threats, I want a direct response from you: what would Syria do?
President Al-Assad: As I have already said, we have informed the relevant states that we will respond the same. Of course, it is difficult to determine which military means will be used; this will be decided by our military command. For different scenarios, depending on the circumstances and time of the strike, we plan to use different methods or weapons.
Al-Manar: Mr. President, after the Damascus air strike, there was talk about the C-300 complexes, that this system would change the balance. Based on this argument, Netanyahu visited Moscow. My direct question is: are these missiles on their way to Damascus? Does Syria currently have these missiles at its disposal?
President Al-Asad: It is not our policy to talk publicly about such military issues that we have or that we receive. As for Russia, the contracts with it have nothing to do with the crisis. We have been negotiating with it on various types of weapons for many years, and Russia is demonstrating its intention to fulfill these contracts. I want to say that neither Netanyahu’s visit, nor the crisis, nor the conditions around it, did not affect the supply of weapons. All our agreements with Russia will be implemented. Some of them have already been implemented over the past period, and we, together with Russia, will continue these contracts in the future.
Al-Manar: Mr. President, we talked about the resilience of the Syrian leadership and the state. We discussed the progress made on the battlefield and the strengthening of the alliance between Syria and the resistance forces. It is all on the same front. On the other hand, there is diplomatic activity that has intensified after stagnation for two and a half years. Before talking about this, about the Geneva Conference and the red line for Syria, I want to ask you about the proposal put forward by the former head of the coalition, Muaz Al-Khatib. He said that the president, along with 500, other senior officials will be allowed to leave the country within 20 days, and the crisis will be over. Why do not you fulfill this request, putting an end to the crisis?
President Al-Assad: I have always spoken about the basic principle: only the Syrian people have the right to decide whether the president should stay or go. Anyone who speaks on this subject should indicate which part of the Syrian people he represents and who granted him the right to speak on behalf of the Syrians. As for this initiative, I actually did not read these sentences, but I am very glad that they gave me 20 days and 500 people! I do not know who came up with such an initiative and I am not interested in their names.
Al-Manar: In fact, he said that you are given 20 days, 500 people and no guarantees. You will have the opportunity to leave, but without the guarantee that no legal action will be taken against you. Mr. President, this brings us to the negotiations, I mean "Geneva-2". The Syrian leadership announced initial agreement to participate in this conference. If this conference takes place, there will be a Syrian flag on the one hand and a flag of opposition groups on the other. How can you convince the Syrian people after two and a half years of crisis that you will sit face to face at the negotiating table with these factions?
President Al-Assad: First of all, as for the flag, it does not make sense to talk about it without the people he represents. When we put the flag on the table, we are talking about the people represented by this flag. This question can be put to those who raise the so-called "Syrian" flag, which is different from the official Syrian flag. Thus, this flag does not matter when it does not represent the people.
Secondly, we will attend this conference as an official delegation, the legal representatives of the Syrian people. But who do they represent? When the conference ends, we will return to Syria, we will return home to our people. But where will they return after the end of the conference? In five star hotels? Or to the foreign ministries of the countries that they represent - excluding Syria, of course - in order to submit their reports? Or will they return to the special services of these countries? So when we participate in this conference, we must very clearly know the positions of some of those sitting at the table. I say "some", because the format of the conference is not clear yet and we don’t have details of which Syrian patriotic opposition forces and parties will be present. As for opposition groups abroad and their flag, we know that we will not negotiate with them, but with those states that support them. Even if it looks like we are negotiating with slaves, but, in fact, we are negotiating with their masters. This is true, and we should not deceive ourselves.
Al-Manar: Is the Syrian leadership convinced that these negotiations will take place next month?
President Al-Asad: We expect them to occur if they do not face obstacles from other states. Two days ago we announced that we agreed in principle to participate in the conference.
Al-Manar: When you say “in principle,” does this mean that you are considering other options?
President Al-Assad: In principle, we are talking about the very concept of the conference, but there are no details yet. For example, will there be prerequisites for a conference? If so, then these conditions may be unacceptable, and we will not be present. Thus, the very idea of holding a conference is, in principle, a good one, but we will have to wait and see.
Al-Manar: Let's talk, Mr. President, about the conditions set by the Syrian leadership. What are the conditions of Syria?
President Al-Asad: Simply put, our only condition is that everything agreed at any meeting inside or outside the country, including at the conference, is subject to approval by the Syrian people in a referendum. This is the only condition. Everything else does not matter. That is why we agree to come to the conference. We have no complexes. Each side can offer anything, but nothing can be realized without the consent of the Syrian people. And as long as we are the legal representatives of the people, we have nothing to fear.
Al-Manar: Let's clarify the situation, Mr. President. There are many uncertainties that have arisen at the Geneva-1 conference and will arise before the Geneva-2 conference regarding the transition period and your role in the upcoming phase. Are you ready to transfer all your authority to this transitional government? As you understand, this is an ambiguous term.
President Al-Assad: I made it clear in my initiative proposed in January of this year. They say they want a transitional government in which the president plays no role. But in Syria we have a presidential system, where the president is the head of the Republic, and the prime minister heads the government. They want a government with wide powers. The Syrian constitution gives the government full power. The President is the Supreme Commander of the Army and the Armed Forces and the head of the Supreme Judicial Council. All other agencies report directly to the government. Changing the powers of the President is a matter of changing the Constitution. The president cannot simply relinquish his power; he has no constitutional right to this. Changing the constitution requires a national referendum. When they propose such things, they can be discussed at the conference, but when we agree on something - if we agree - we will return home and put it on a popular referendum, and then we will move on. But they are asking for amending the constitution in advance, and this cannot be done by either the president or the government.
Al-Manar: Honestly, Mr. President, all international forces are against you. All your political opponents stated that they did not want to see your role in the future Syria. This was said, in particular, by the Saudi Minister for Foreign Affairs Saud Al-Faisal, this is spoken by Turkey, Qatar, and the Syrian opposition. Will you run for the upcoming presidential election in 2014?
President Al-Assad: As far as I know, Saud Al-Faisal is an expert in US affairs, but he knows nothing about Syrian affairs. If he wants to study, then that's great! As for the wishes of others, I will repeat what I said before: this question depends on the wishes of the Syrian people. With regard to the nomination, some parties have stated that it is preferable if the president does not nominate himself for the elections in the 2014 year. This question will be determined in the future, it is too early to discuss it. When the time comes, and I feel, through my meetings and interaction with the Syrian people, that the society wants to nominate me, I will participate without hesitation. However, if I feel that the Syrian people do not want this, then naturally I will not be nominated. They waste their time on such conversations.
Al-Manar: Mr. President, you mentioned Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal. It makes me ask about Syria’s relations with Saudi Arabia, as well as with Qatar and Turkey. Especially if you consider that at the last meeting of the Arab Ministerial Committee, their positions were relatively moderate. They have not called directly and publicly to overthrow you. Do you think that their position has changed and they are now in favor of a political resolution of the Syrian crisis? And is Syria ready to deal again with the League of Arab States, given that the Syrian government has demanded an apology from the Arab League?
President Al-Asad: As for the Arab countries, we see temporary changes in their rhetoric, but not in their actions. This applies to statements, but not practice. Countries that support terrorists continue this support. Turkey has also not taken any positive steps. As for Qatar, its role is that of a sponsor of terrorists. He supports them with the help of Turkey. So in general, there is no change.
As for the Arab League, we never pinned our hopes on it. Even in recent decades, we tried to neutralize their “mines” planted against us at various meetings, whether at summits or at meetings of foreign ministers. So in the light of this and her recent actions, can we really expect her to play any role? We are open to all, we never close the door. But we also need to be realistic and face it: they are not able to offer anything. Moreover, a significant number of Arab states are not independent. They receive orders from the side. Some of them treat us with understanding, but they cannot act according to their thoughts, because they are not the masters of their own decisions. So, we do not associate any hope with the League of Arab States.
Al-Manar: Mr. President, this brings us to the next question: if the situation in the Arab arena is as it is, if we take into account the developments on the ground and the upcoming conference in Geneva, what will happen if political negotiations fail? What are the consequences of the failure of the negotiations?
President Al-Assad: It is quite possible, because there are states that, in principle, prevent the meeting. They are forced to attend the conference in order to save face. But they oppose any dialogue, whether inside Syria or outside. Even Russia in several of its statements does not expect much from this conference. But we must also be precise in defining this dialogue, especially in connection with what is happening directly on the battlefield.
Most of the groups that talk about what is happening in Syria have no influence on what is happening on earth, they do not even have direct links with terrorists. In some cases, these terrorists are directly connected with the states that support them, in other cases they are just gangs of mercenaries who receive money for their terrorist activities. Thus, the failure of the conference will not significantly change the reality in Syria, because these states will not stop supporting terrorists. Neither the conference, nor any other meeting can force gangsters to stop their subversive activities. Thus, the conference will not affect us or them.
Al-Manar: Mr. President, events in Syria spread to neighboring countries. We see what is happening in Iraq, we have seen explosions in the Reykhanly in Turkey, as well as terrorist attacks in Lebanon: in Ersal and Tripoli, the participation of Hezbollah in the fighting in Al-Xeyrah. How Syria relates to the situation in Lebanon. Do you think that Lebanese politicians still adhere to the principle of self-alienation?
President Al-Assad: Let me ask some questions based on the reality in Syria and in Lebanon, before talking about the policy of self-removal, so as not to be accused of value judgments about whether this policy is correct or not. Let's start with a few simple questions: were the Lebanese authorities able to prevent intervention in Syria? Have they done everything possible to prevent the smuggling of weapons to terrorists in Syria or the provision of safe haven to them in Lebanon? This is not true. In fact, everyone knows that Lebanon has had a negative impact on the Syrian crisis. Was Lebanon able to protect itself from the effects of the Syrian crisis, which are most noticeable in Tripoli? Rockets also fall in various parts of Beirut and its surroundings. So what self-talk are we talking about?
Lebanon’s desire to isolate itself from the crisis is one thing, and the government’s ability to withdraw itself is another. When a government distances itself from a specific issue that affects the interests of the Lebanese people, then in fact it is trying to dissociate itself from its citizens. I do not criticize the government of Lebanon, but speak of general principles. I do not want anyone to say that I am criticizing this government. If the Syrian government had fenced off problems that represent the interests of the Syrian people, that would also be a mistake. So in response to your question, which concerns the policy of self-exclusion of Lebanon, I will say that we do not consider this to be really possible. When my neighbor's house is burning, I cannot say that this is not my business, and sit back, because sooner or later the fire will spread to my house.
Al-Manar: Mr. President, what would you say to supporters of the resistance forces? We celebrate the anniversary of the victory of the resistance and liberation of South Lebanon in the atmosphere of the promise of victory, which Hassan Nasrallah spoke about. You say with great confidence that you will emerge victorious from this crisis. What would you say to this entire audience? Will we get to the end of this dark tunnel?
President Al-Assad: I believe that the greatest victory can be achieved at the expense of the Arab resistance forces in recent years and decades. First of all - this is an intellectual victory. Resistance could not have achieved military success if it could not resist attempts to distort concepts in the region.
Before the start of the civil war in Lebanon, some people said that the strength of Lebanon lies in its weakness. It’s like if a person’s intellect was stupid, or that honor is achieved through corruption. This is an illogical statement. Victory resistance at different times confirmed the incorrectness of this concept. They showed that Lebanon’s weakness is in its weakness, and its strength is in its strength. In the strength of those resistance fighters you mentioned. Today, more than ever before, we need these ideas, these thoughts, this steadfastness and the examples shown by the resistance fighters.
The events in the Arab world in recent years have distorted many concepts to such an extent that some Arabs have forgotten that Israel is still their real enemy. Instead, internal, confessional, regional or national enemies are created. Today we have high hopes for these resistance fighters in order to remind the Arab nations that our enemy is the same.
As for my confidence in victory - if we were not so sure about it, then we could not continue this battle for more than two years, in the conditions of a global offensive. This is not a tripartite attack that was in 1956. It is in fact a global war against Syria and the resistance forces. We have absolute confidence in our victory. I assure everyone that Syria will always be steadfast, it will become stronger than before, and will support resistance fighters throughout the Arab world.
Al-Manar: In conclusion, I want to say that it was a great honor for me to conduct this interview with you. Thank you very much.
President Al-Asad: I would like to congratulate Al-Manar as a resistance television channel, as well as the Lebanese people and every fighter on the Day of Resistance and Liberation.
Al-Manar: Thank you.