Syria has been scene of armed rebellion for almost over a year, where West and Saudi backed gangs do terrorist acts in order to destabilize the legitimate government of Bashar al-Assad.
A prominent professor believes that the Persian Gulf kingdoms and monarchies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar along with their Western allies have realized that they cannot play the Benghazi scenario in Syria because the Syrian government is backed by its own people and that is their reason to put tough sanctions on the country and “press the regime economically and politically”.
Press TV has conducted an interview with the professor of the Lebanese university; Mohsen Saleh to further discuss the issue of the foreign created and foreign backed havoc in the crisis hit country.
The program also provides opinions of two additional guests, political Analyst Waddah al-Khatib from the Syrian capital city of Damascus and also the political analyst; Jihad Mouraccadah from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut.
What follows is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: What do you think Dr. Saleh? Do you think that it is more like a war of two sides, both terrorizing the other?
Saleh: No, First of all we should define the situation in Syria. There is a regime and there are super powers in the world and there are regional powers who tried to topple this regime.
This regime collects and of course [is] supported by the majority of the Syrians by the military institutions and by the business and economic institutions in Syria. This regime has been stable for a long time and the Americans and the Israelis and some of the Arabs; they are pro-change as far as these changes serves their agenda in the region.
Especially in terms of the acknowledgement of the Israeli existence. And that is what the regime in Syria refused to do so and supported the resistance movements in Lebanon and in Palestine.
That would get us the signal that they are going to continue; the United States and the Western powers and some of the Arab countries especially Qatar and Saudi Arabia who declared overtly that they are going to support these gangs until they topple the regime.
The regime proved solidly that he [it] is strong enough to defend the country and the political agenda and the Syrians and that is why since they could not achieve their goals, the Western powers and the Saudis; they resorted to this damaging and terrorists acts in Syria, in Damascus and in Aleppo.
Press TV: Do you think that there is a contradiction?
Saleh: Probably they are going to continue to do this. They do not want a political solution as far as the regime preserves its identity in this conflict in the Middle East.
[In reply to Mouraccadeh]: Who does not want that? The Americans and the Israelis and Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
[In reply to Mouraccadeh]: It is a joke. The regime wants to show to its people that it can protect them and that is not what the terrorists want. The Riad Mousa al-Asaad, [the commander of the Free Syrian Army] what so-called the free army promised the Syrians to do these terrorist acts.
Two weeks ago told the reporters and the people of it.
[In reply to Jihad Mouraccadeh] No, they are defending the people. In Homs they are defending the people in Syria and the others, they are avenging from Damascus and Aleppo.
[In reply to Jihad Mouraccadeh]: [Do] You know why these explosions only hit Syria in Damascus and Aleppo, because these people, these terrorists try to avenge from these people; because they did not participate with them and [with] the so-called revolution or uprising.
That is why.
Press TV: Would you agree that the West does not want to cold war with Russia and China?
Saleh: That is one aspect, the other aspect is that the problem with these people in the Persian Gulf; they talked clearly with supporting the opposition and they said that we should arm these people and so and so.
The Westerners and the Americans, they always in their statements; they are vague. That is why the difference between the two teams influencing the situation and now the Americans and the Westerners; they are talking about a political solution.
Press TV: And they are reluctant to send the arms.
Saleh: The Arabs, the Saudi Arabia especially and Qatar; they cannot retreat from their statements.
They said they wanted to. They promised what so-called the free army to support them in arms and money and they are paying every day, they are paying millions of dollars and probably now billions of dollars by now.
The issue now is that Syria is strong. Syria as a regime, as a government and not fragile as they thought. They bet on this, that this regime is fragile and they can do this.
Press TV: so it s not neutralized?
Saleh: No, the issue is that the regime and the government [have] proved that they are strong. That is why the Europeans and the Americans now they do not want any military work on the borders.
They could not find another Benghazi, NATO would go to this Benghazi because in Homs or in Daraa or in other places, they could not find -really– a space in order to stay. That is why they retreat.
Now they are going to press the regime politically and economically, that is why they take all sizes of sanctions and boycotting the Syrians and the central bank and the companies there in Syria.
And I guess [that] they have a problem, they cannot continue; that is why in April or in other months to come, they cannot influence the regime because this regime is strong by its people and by its army.
I repeat, they are able to continue with the support of Russia and China, more than half of the world with the Syrian regime and the government, China and Russia and India and Brazil and Venezuela and Iran and the Arab people, most of them I have read many articles to the Egyptians today.
[In reply to Jihad Mouraccadeh]: No, no, no, no. that is what the media, that is what Al-Jazeera and AL-Arabia [say].
When you watch these two channels you think [that] the [Syrian] regime is going to fall tomorrow.
You watch deficit channels of deceiving eyes and ideas.
[In reply to Jihad Mouraccadeh]: If the Syrians are with the opposition, then the opposition would be powerful.
The weakness of the opposition proved that this opposition and its supporters are weak because the regime and the government are strong enough to defend their selves.