On that day victorious government forces entered Yabrud, the town which for months had been the bastion of radical Islamist groups who operate in Syria thanks to support from all kinds of Islamist dictatorships in the Persian Gulf, the radical Islamist regime in Turkey and a number of Western powers.
Syrian Christians in Yabrud remained under siege for months, assaulted by terrorists from the neighbouring city of Malula, where still today they speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Yabrud is a city that is well-known and loved in Latin America, because it was Syrian immigrants, both Christian and Muslim who returned to their country during the 1930’s, that brought with them the Yerba Maté tea that they knew from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay or Paraguay.
So after the countries of the southern Cone, Syria is the biggest consumer of Yerba Maté in the world, and before the present crisis the biggest importer, mostly from Argentina.
In military terms the liberation of Yabrud is a very hard blow for the enemies of Syria.
As a result they can no longer receive supplies and foreign fighters from neighbouring Lebanon: that route has ended.
It has been sealed off. And in the process has blown away the idea of creating an emirate perpendicular to the Mediterranean, to cut off Damascus in the north from the cities of Homs, Hama and Aleppo – where flights to Damascus have also been restored – and in the west from the coastal cities of Tartus, Banias and Latakia.
The success in Yabrud has left the enemies of the Syrian state with little alternative, tactically and strategically, apart from car bombs and indiscriminate terror, in a scenario similar to that which existed in Iraq after the US-led invasion of 2003.
Brutal terrorism is the only legacy which Syria’s internal and external enemies have brought: that and the destruction of its precious historical and archaeological heritage dating from the first millennium. It included the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Lady of Yabrud, destroyed with a clear conscience by Jabat al Nusra, one of the franchises under which Al Qaeda operates in Syria, with external political and media cover.
The prestigious British journalist, Robert Fisk has been to Yabrud and witnessed how the eyes have been cruelly gouged out of Icons in this and other churches, by those until recently described as ‘freedom fighters’ by Western propaganda.
Fisk himself collected statements from people around Yabrud who had been submitted to the most brutal sectarianism, previously unknown in multi-confessional Syria.
Christians in Yabrud, protected as much as possible, and risking their lives in turn for their Muslim neighbours, had to pay the Yizya until March 16th, a discriminatory tax imposed on Christians by the Islamist fanatics, as it used to be in Mediaeval times, wherever they were strong as it was too in the city of Raqqa.
The next step: to stop women from studying, working or driving cars, as is the case in the autocratic states of the Persian Gulf is not far off.
In the political scene, Yabrud reveals the coherence of the Syrian state, which is able to act on several fronts at the same time, and confront enemies who are supported by powerful allies ready to go to any lengths.
This is possible because the military successes of recent months would not have been possible without an intelligent and realistic political strategy.
Both Western and Islamist propaganda also hide the fact that for the last 2 years there has been a new constitution in force in Syria, which strengthens political pluralism while also guaranteeing a non-religious state to allow freedom of all religions in Syria.
These important changes, which have been silenced and ignored by other countries, explain the presence in the Syrian Government of a number of important members of the Syrian opposition.
Among them is the Minister for National Reconciliation, Ali Haidar, whose son was murdered at the beginning of the crisis – like the son of the Grand Mufti of the Republic, Ahmed Hassoun – by those who sought to destabilise the Syrian State, no matter what it cost.
Haidar has introduced a pacification programme in several medium-sized cities with remarkable success, encouraging the Syrian population to come together again and work together, to rid themselves of the thousands of foreigners who have arrived to sow death and destruction in the country.
There have been many examples of arms decommissioning, amnesties and the return to civilian life of thousands of fighters. In some cases the armed forces are organising patrols in conjunction with those who until recently were attacking them.
In this framework, it is the collaboration of Syrian citizens with the state which more and more permits the terrorists to be cut off from the society they have martyred, encouraged from outside by those whose actions or inaction have contributed to indescribable suffering for the Syrian people.
This has not included the majority of Latin American countries, who know Syria and its people thanks to immigration, as well as sharing some political values, like independence, anti-colonialism, and unconditional respect for the sovereignty of states to resolve their own problems, however serious they might be.
In Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Santiago or Caracas, it has been made clear from the beginning, that there was not going to be any interference in Syrian affairs.
In the foreign ministries of Latin America what was going on in the distant Middle East was always understood.
This is a rational and prudent foreign policy, which contrasts with that of some European countries, who betrayed Syria and its people by some shady dealings with the dictatorships of the Persian Gulf, who are supported by totalitarian and fanatical ideologies. Or else they did so through ancient and feverish delusions of grandeur, fantasised by mediocre leaders, in between trying to sort out their amorous adventures which have titillated the gossip press; meanwhile in Syria people are dying every day.
In this way, or through kowtowing to the aims of the Israeli state, which since its creation has had an interest in sabotaging states like Syria, which are multi-confessional, sophisticated and civilized, in order to turn them into backward fundamentalist enclaves. By doing this they seek to justify the existence of the Zionist state and their regional hegemony, which Syria has always resisted through its military strength, cultural integrity and political development: the same assets with which it is confronting the crisis today.
The media manipulation which masks the Syrian victory in Yabrud, reveals the desperation of the Western puppets, who, after their vacuous complacency are now beginning to understand the spectacular failure they are harvesting in Syria.
The consequence is that many hired terrorists sent to Syria have already begun returning to their own countries, or to their Western bases.
Demoralisation spread among them when they saw that, except for killing without any risk to themselves, they have achieved nothing concrete in Syria, where the population is rejecting them more and more firmly, and even attacking them directly.
Several terrorist commanders died in Yabrud, all of them foreigners. There are already massive desertions in the ranks of the enemies of Syria.
This why Western propaganda is trying to hide what happened in Yabrud from their own people, whom they have been disinforming with lies and exaggerations that are now rebounding on them.
Those governments, – who have supported people that in private they describe as terrorists, and in Syria call “freedom fighters” – are now having to face the return of their bastard sons.
In desperation they are trying to hide this cruel reality from their people. Pathetically too late for example, has been the manoeuvre by the Spanish Government to capture a terrorist cell that was sending suicide bombers to Syria.
These are people who have killed hundreds in Idlib, Aleppo, Homs, Damascus, Hasaka or Yabrud, and whose actions have been posted on Youtube for months or even years.
Now the Spanish Government is doing something, a Government which spent public money organising meetings in luxury hotels with the enemies of Syria, with those who have opened the door to a ruthless terrorism.
It is either corrupt cynicism or pure ignorance, because as everyone knows, only someone of the faith believes their own propaganda, especially when it is unethical propaganda, like that which has been used against Syria.
In Yabrud at least, and as in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile or Paraguay, you can now again have a Maté tea, while you wait for the end of a horror that the Syrians will never forget, an end which today seems to be getting closer.
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