What most drew attention in al-Assad's recent statement was that sharp gesture towards the Kurds and Kurdish issue in Syria. While he used to say that the Kurds are indigenous people within Syria and part of the Syrian fabric, and that without them, homogeneous Syria cannot be built, he goes back to say this time, contradicting himself, that the Kurds came during the past century because of the Turkish repression, and that they hosted the Kurds in Syria!?.
In a statement of the Syrian regime President Bashar al-Assad to Russia 24 TV on the fifth of this March, he said, "There is nothing entitled the Kurdish issue in Syria. The Kurds came from Turkey to Syria in the past century." By returning to al-Assad's previous statements, we notice that he contradicts himself.
Without the Kurds, a homogenous Syria cannot be built
In a previous statement of al-Assad to the Russian RT TV on October 15, 2015, he affirmed that the Kurds are part of the Syrian fabric, and said: "They are not strangers. They live in Syria as the Arabs, the Circassians, the Armenians and many of the sects that have lived in Syria for centuries. Without these components, a homogenous Syria cannot be established."
As for the last meeting on the fifth of March, conducted by Russia 24, he said: "There is nothing called the Kurdish issue in Syria, for a simple reason .. There are Kurds who live in Syria historically, but those groups that came to the north came only during the last century because of the Turkish oppression of them, and we hosted them in Syria. Kurds, Armenians and various groups came to Syria, and there is a great diversity in Syria. We do not have a problem with them, so why is the problem with the Kurds ?! The problem is with the groups that started to offer separatist proposals several decades ago. When the Turkish state at various stages repressed and killed the Kurds in Turkey, we stood with them and did not stand against their cause if they call it a cause."
Al-Assad forgot that the Kurds are the second component in Syria, and that Yusuf al-Azma was the minister of war during the era of the Syrian Kingdom that ruled between 1918-1920 under the leadership of King Faisal I. He was the minister of war and chief of staff, and refused to bow in June 1920 to the French army that directed its famous warning to King Faisal, known as the Guru's Warning. During the start of the march towards Damascus on July 24, 1920, Yusuf al-Azma stood in the face of the French army, and the French army was unable to enter Syria only after Yusuf al-Azma was martyred on July 25.
Bashar al-Assad also forgot that Ibrahim Hananu, the Syrian leader who resisted the French Mandate and led the Syrian army in the Battle of Maysalun, as the French Public Prosecutor said after arresting Ibrahim Hananu and presenting him to the court on March 25, 1922, which ordered his execution: "If Hananu had seven heads, I would cut them all together." But the French judge released Hananu, considering his revolution a legitimate political revolution, declaring the independence of the French judiciary authority from the military authority.
Now, al-Assad forgot that the Kurds were the ones who liberated - through their democratic projects that were adopted by all components of the region from the Kurds, Arabs, Armenians, Syriacs and Circassians - the regions of north and east Syria from ISIS mercenaries, starting from Serêkaniyê now occupied by the Turkish army and ending with the last strongholds of ISIS mercenaries in al-Baghoz in Deir ez-Zor. He also does not see that the Kurds have always sought, since the outbreak of the revolutionary movement in Syria, to consolidate the bonds of affection and peoples' fraternity among the components of the region, and that they preserved the unity of the Syrian lands without engaging in regional and international projects and agendas.
Observers believe that the main goal is to create a sectarian strife among the components of the region and destabilize the security and stability achieved by the components of the region with the blood of thousands of martyrs.
While others concluded, through considering in greater depth the policies of the Syrian regime that destroyed Syria in order to remain in power, that these statements are tantamount to passing a new barter and a message to Erdogan's regime that seeks to occupy Syrian lands, especially as they are considered statements consistent with Erdogan's statements.
Furthermore, 30 political parties, movements and forces in north and east Syria responded in a joint statement on March 6th to Bashar al-Assad, calling on the Syrian government to search well for those who divide, threaten and deal with the original Syrian geography, as if without any Syrian affiliation. They made it clear that denying any component is a "detachment from reality".