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Syrian government, nation strong enough in face of threats: Randy Short
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Interview with Randy Short
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It is time for the cooler heads within the Syrian opposition to recognize that they will be hated by everyone and they will not even attain their goals if the government stands, which it has, and they exhaust all of their friendships, all of the lines of money or arms and they will be alone.”

The Syrian government and the nation have proved to be strong enough in the face of any threat posed against Syria, says a political analyst.


Three civilians have recently been killed and more than 20 others injured in a car bomb attack carried out near the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Randy Short, of the Dignity, Human Rights and Peace Organization, Washington, to discuss the issue of Syria. What follows is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: The European Union has already decided to amend its arms embargo on Syria, to expand its support for the militants that are fighting there. Meanwhile, the Syrian government has reiterated time and time again that it is ready for talks. What do you make of this?

Short: The arrogant Western-European imperialism and white supremacy, they don’t recognize non-European people as having the right to sovereignty and rights over their own internal affairs.

So there seems to be a desire to return to the 19th century and wear pit helmets and shoot down people even if it’s through proxies, but it is clear that the Syrian government with almost the majority of the people have shown that they are not an easy toy to be played with.

Press TV: So as the UN-Arab League envoy has called for the different parties of Syria to sit down on the negotiating table and figure things out and come up with a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

What do you think is going to come of it? Is it even going to happen?

Short: I believe that if the military continues to show after twenty-two months of fighting and not really have a whole lot of help other than the good will of a few allied countries and just the people’s determination not to have these Salafi terrorists armed by NATO and the United States and the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council that just maybe some of the people who are trying to get reforms to the government or get a change will realize they can’t get it without sitting down and doing what will happen no matter what. And that is everyone talking.

They can no longer peg the changes to just saying we have got to get rid of Assad no matter what.

Perhaps he will end up staying because the country has managed to remain unified behind his leadership and that of the military. So right now some people are exhausted.

They thought that this would happen just like in Libya or whatever in just a few months and there seems to be a strong desire of the people that they not be forced by Turkey or other countries that are being proxies of the West that the things change without the people themselves making that decision, which is the best choice for Syria, as for the people to get the reforms that they want and need without the involvement of the violence and the bloody hand of the West menacing the people there.

Press TV: As you said that the government of President Bashar al-Assad is not an easy one to confront even to the West’s understanding from this proxy war that it has launched for the past twenty-two months against Syria.

Do you think that it is time for them to admit that or recognize that and really come to the negotiating table because this proxy war is only going to see more human costs and nothing more?

Short: I wish they cared about the loss of life among the Syrian people.

What I see going on now with this last deadly gust to try to take power by force; you don’t have a US secretary of defense.

So one of the countries that benefits from all this chaos going on is Israel. People who support the Zionist entity’s agenda want to try to knock this out before perhaps Chuck Hagel can be confirmed if he in fact will be.

So there are many different things at play that may have nothing to do with the fighters on the ground or the people resisting these bandits, but the fighting must, at some point, stop.

How many more people can they kill? -- when you have food production halved, hospitals and schools and everything else destroyed, tens of thousands of people if not hundreds of thousands displaced…

This is about to engulf the entire region in a configuration that no one wants.

So they have to do something and it is time for the cooler heads within the Syrian opposition to recognize that they will be hated by everyone and they will not even attain their goals if the government stands, which it has, and they exhaust all of their friendships, all of the lines of money or arms and they will be alone, and the European Union is hiding behind conflict in Syria while the people on the streets fighting against a government that will not even deliver the basic services that people in Europe need.

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