The old man and the Syrian national anthem

By Dr. Ali al-Shoeibi

Just came back from a visit to the liberated  areas of  Raqqa. There, I found people eagerly looking westwards with high-expectations  in the hope of seeing the Syrian Arab Army coming. All of them are waiting for SAA.

An old woman from the village of al-Bu-Rajab, about  17 km ahead of  Raqqa, is praying for God  to let her live long  enough as to see the SAA coming. She solemnly swore  by God that she would lay down in front of   advancing tanks unless they (the Army men) allow  her to kiss the boots of the first SAA  solider she might see. She says these words with tears flowing from her eyes. She was weeping and sobbing.

Another old man we saw  on the side-road while we were  driving back from the petrol station of the oil-rich al-Thawra town. We gave the stranded old man a lift. He sat in the back seat of the car. After a while, we  turnedthe tape-recorder  on and  the national anthem of the Syrian Arab Republic was played. The  old man began to sigh deeply and sob silently. Looking at him through the  mirror,  my son asked him:

Uncle, why are you weeping?

The Old man answered: This  anthem would make even stones  melt from emotions. May God never help the traitors  who betrayed the homeland.

From the journey of Dr. Ali Shoeibi

Translated into English by Syrianfacts



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