It is a tragic thought that the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad will stay in power.
As one of the most brutal rulers in history, having killed half a million Syrians and displaced 11 million more, he will not be allowed to survive, even if all efforts to oust him have failed. Even if the international and regional powers push to keep Assad and his totalitarian regime.
The Syrian people will continue their revolution to seize their freedom and dignity from the claws of the war criminals who pounded their own people with chemical weapons and banned cluster bombs.
Meanwhile, the Russian President Vladimir Putin is mobilizing support for his post-war agenda in Syria before the National Congress in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. Such a move ignites the fears of the Syrian people.
Assad’s warm visit to Putin and the sickening hug between the sincere allies in Sochi on Monday was foretelling a nightmare for Syrians: “Assad is saying.”
At a meeting with Putin’s top generals, Assad said that he passed to Russia’s president greetings and gratitude from Syrians for all the efforts made to save their country. Assad wanted to tell Putin: “Mission accomplished. Thank you, because of you I am still the president. No matter what the cost is. I am still the president.”
Putin’s major diplomatic push to end the Syrian war at the Sochi congress will not end the Syrian revolution to oust the Assad regime.
The opposition figures who bravely defied regional and the international pressure to accept Assad in the transitional period will continue their peaceful fight to oust him sooner or later. They will stick to their demand that Assad must leave.
The stricken people will not accept Putin’s framework for the future of Syria. His planned elections under United Nations supervision will bring Assad to power again.
It's been seven years since the boys from Daraa engraved on their school walls “The People Want to Overthrow the Regime.” This demand is still our priority, even if it will take seven more years of struggle.
This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.