Highlighting the cultural vision of President Bashar al-Assad

By: Dr. Ali al-Shoaibi

We cannot embrace the full cultural vision of President Bashar al-Assad, as his cultural spectrum is very broad, but we can take three very important ideas that he addressed in more than one speech since the unjust war began on our beloved country in an attempt to eliminate it and divide it.

The Syrian Arab Army won over the tools and assets, and the intellectual war led by the President on various topics haven’t stopped since eight years, but we’ll highlight the moral issue and its relevance to the national renaissance, Mr.

president has focused much on ethics because it is related to the building of the civilized human, and because morals are the first brick in building society, besides he who has no morals has no religion, no dignity and no homeland. He also talked about those who lack this morality wondering how can they build a country or work for it.

Even though his spectrum of speech was broad on more than one occasion, he frequently pointed out that people should return to ethics honestly, focusing on two derivatives of ethics: corruption and selfishness, stressing that who speaks about these values and calls for it must represent it,which rings a bell of what Al-Mutanabbi once said: people are what their kings are, and Arabs will never win with foreign kings.

The subject is broad but I tried to make it short so I can talk about corruption that has many kinds, but the most important kind which we have suffered from during this unjust war is the religious corruption -that was waged by the enemies of God and the enemies of man-, political corruption and economic corruption, although many plans have been put to fight corruption in its forms.But will the corrupt hear us if we addressed him ?

Oh you corrupted man! Don’t you think how much mess you make when you turn what is wrong right when you take a bribe?

Oh you corrupted man! Don’t you think when you eat the food that was supposed to be for the poor and orphans?

Oh you corrupted man! Don’t you think about your homeland? If we look up the definition of corruption in Oxford dictionary we will find that corruption is: Dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery.

The unjust war had given way to all kinds of corruption and the president had to fight on all fronts; both military and intellectually so in his speeches he often talks about corruption and how to fightit, about reform and about how to not misuse authority.

The president wanted to show himself as a model for his people, and he had to fight a battle in the real march till he became a parable of righteousness and humility as well.

He saw that people who do not take this march are prisoners of selfishness. As if he was reading to people the poem of the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, addressing the selfish:

As you prepare your breakfast, think of others

(do not forget the pigeon’s food)

As you wage your wars, think of others

(do not forget those who seek peace).

As you pay your water bill, think of others

(those who are nursed by clouds).

As you return home, to your home, think of others

(do not forget the people of the camps).

We can see that our president is putting the right rules for building a right society and calling people to have morals by fighting bad behaviors and holding to ethics in fighting corruption and selfishness.

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