For the US and EU, Syria’s elections changed nothing… and they’re happy with that – Al-Tahrir News Network


West would stand to lose millions of dollars supplying weapons to those terrorising the country. 

As expected, Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad enjoyed a landslide victory in the presidential elections. It was no surprise that Al-Assad won 88.7% of the vote, securing a third term in office and seven more years as president of Syria. Believe it or not, this is probably the first time that Syrians are really glad to see Al-Assad remain in office. Unlike many non-oil Arab states, Syrians used to have a self-sufficient economy but no freedom of speech. The ongoing fighting which has killed thousands and displaced millions became glaring proof that it’s not worth it to oust a corrupt and oppressive president. Syrians used to feed themselves, have good roads, water supplies, health care, and a decent education. In short, they used to have a roof over their heads and food on their table. Freedom of speech is equally important but who is going to enjoy it when they are displaced or live in refugee camps or are killed?

People in this region have learned the hard way that they can struggle for freedom of speech and force oppressive regimes to give them a space or rather a democratic margin than fighting a losing battle against terrorists funded by foreign powers. Both democracy and the freedom of speech mean nothing to Islamists be they moderates or radicals. However, the battle is fought under the banner of democracy. But the freedom fighters, as the US media called them at the time, and who launched the battle in Afghanistan against the leftist regime and the former Soviet Union, were later renamed by the West as Al-Qaeda. The group which was trained and funded by the CIA has been in high demand for the last three years to fight the battle against the old regimes in the Arab world. Now, they are no longer the ‘freedom fighters’ but rather the ‘terrorists’ who are still funded by the West. Currently, they are fighting in Libya, Egypt, Yemen and, of course, in Syria.

To maintain the ongoing fighting on a mass scale as is the case in Syria needs a destabilised and illegitimate state. But the election, which is part of a democratic process in the Western sense, rejuvenates the regime and re-legitimises it. As Reuters reported, “Tens of thousands of Syrians abroad voted in the early poll. Expatriates and those who have fled the war were casting their ballots at dozens of Syrian embassies abroad ahead of next week’s vote inside the country that opponents have dismissed as a farce as the fighting rages in its fourth year.”

The word “opponents” used by the international news agency probably refers to the European Union and the United States because those fighting the regime in Damascus are known to the world as terrorists. The EU said that holding an election “in the midst of conflict, only in regime-controlled areas and with millions of Syrians displaced would be a parody of democracy… have no credibility whatsoever, and undermine efforts to reach a political solution”.

The EU is right and its assessment might have been credible if it hadn’t endorsed as fully credible the elections in the Ukraine and recognised the pro-Western billionaire Petro Poroshenko. The Kiev elections took place only in the government-controlled areas. Opposition parties were harassed and assaulted. Moreover, the regime in Kiev was overseeing ongoing military operations in the eastern part of the country, elections were not held in Crimea, and no voting was held in the eastern part where Donetsk and Luhansk are situated. However, the elections in Ukraine were credible but not in Syria.

Although Israel is an occupying power and an apartheid system its elections are usually endorsed by the EU and the US. Racial discrimination is not only exercised against the Palestinians but among Jews of non-Western origins. Yet, Israel is supposedly the oasis of democracy in the Middle East.

For the US, nothing has changed in Syria or at least this is how John Kerry feels. The US secretary of state said that nothing has changed from the day before the election and the day after. Nothing. The conflict is the same, the terror is the same, the killing is the same. But Kerry forgot to tell us who has been orchestrating and funding this terror and killing.

In Syria, nothing has changed for the EU and the US or else they will lose millions of dollars supplying weapons of mass destruction to parties involved in terrorising the Syrians. The election has changed nothing because if the US and the EU recognise the election results then they have to deal with Al-Assad’s regime as a legitimate system fighting terrorism.