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|Announcing the "Saving the Syrian Homeland" Conference
by Building the Syrian State
The situation in the country has exacerbated to the point now it started threatening the social fabric and national sovereignty, which we and the national forces of democratic opposition sought to avoid compromising.
However, the authority neglected the social fabric and national sovereignty and placed them in the field of conflict to reaffirm the situation we have faced since the beginning: "either the authority or anarchy."
The authority is the primary party responsible for what has become of our country. Even if we were to accept the claims of a foreign conspiracy, it has failed utterly to address this alleged conspiracy and proved not to be capable of crisis management or leadership of the country. It became unable to protect the citizens and care for them and certainly unable at all to promote national reconciliation to rescue the country from the abyss that it has descended into.
With great regret some of the opposition parties have consented to this option, the option of "the authority or anarchy." Chaos has been chosen with the assistance of regional and international countries who are not concerned with the interests of the Syrian people, in contrast to their claims and what they declare day and night.
Thus, Syrians are made to face two catastrophic options. The first option, which is based on the slogan promoted by the authority, is "Assad or We'll Burn the Country." On the opposite side the second option based on the slogan adopted by some opposition parties through words and actions: "Burn the Country Until Assad Falls."
Such slogans, and the orientations of those who launch them, have dragged the country to:
Silence cannot be tolerated from anyone under the circumstances for any reason; there is no room for silence or confusion. Time is running out and options are narrowing. It is impossible to return to the way the country was run by a one-party monopoly over power, ruling the country in an autocratic manner.
As Syrians we have two choices only: either simply remain silent and accept the status of the victim helpless in the face of ultra-violence by all parties, while they take the country to chaos, destruction, and civil war with multiple characteristics and on multiple levels; or rise now and take the lead in moving the country into a just, democratic system able to protect the homeland and its people and satisfy its citizens.
We still have a chance; perhaps it is the last chance to save our homeland Syria. This chance is the mission of Mr. Kofi Annan, which cannot be successful unless we strive for its success. Mr. Annan is not the savior. He needs organizations, political and civil groups within the country, to take shape in these very difficult circumstances and to collaborate in the resurrection of and the making of the future Syria.
Hence, we have decided today to become a loud voice calling for all Syrians, inviting and appealing to all political forces, civil groups, youth groups, and public figures at home and abroad who are working on radically changing the system of government by the adoption of all peaceful means. We invite them all to hold a conference on "Saving the Syrian Homeland" in Damascus on Saturday 28/7/2012, to join forces, at this critical moment in history, in the face of all the risks and challenges, and to launch political and civil action to rescue the Syrian homeland, from the threats and possibilities of collapse.
This conference will have to work out clear, specific programs and road maps addressing what those attending see as the risks and challenges facing the future of our country; starting with how the transfer of power will take place in a safe way, governed by the will of the Syrian people alone, through to a transition phase, satisfactory to all the Syrians, involving all parties; and last but not least, establishing the mechanisms for returning the displaced people to their homes and the reconstruction of their areas.
Building the Syrian State is one of the Syrian opposition organizations based in Syria, led by Louay Hussein. Read the original statement in Arabic at <www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=437819689591970>. For more information: <binaa-syria.com>; <twitter.com/TayyarSyria>; <www.facebook.com/Tayyar.Syria>.