Between two places "Damascene and Syrian"

Bashar Jarrar writes from Washington about the most dangerous battles of al-Assad

Only a few seconds until I realize the extent of the frustration and fear that Rami Makhlouf, the famous "businessman", the privileged and the powered for a period of time in the video that was released a week ago in a way that brings more indignation and panic than sympathy and reassurance.

I wouldn't have wasted time on following up if it wasn't for Russia Today's Facebook feed. I was attracted by the editorial decision in the broadcast,  then the background of the photography, stones and wood. The latter dominated the scene of the messages he deliberately carried, miscalculation or sheer coincidence in the sense of "Just as well I brought this one along!"

In the Islamic heritage, the images of "Abu Lahb" and his woman "the firewood porter"  are remembered and in the Arab, Oriental and human heritage. The image of the wood cutter is symbolized as a person in demand for livelihood or warmth, but another image is the one where the axe fell alight on to cut the tree's trunk to prolong the flames under the ashes.

The director of Makhlouf's film left us with no sign of his plot except deaf stones built in a way that shows the luxury of architecture, and the absence of the characteristics of asceticism. Therefore, he did not help him with the beard, nor the absence of the tie, the sound or the rattle of speech. The story is not crying about the wealth of the homeland and the livelihood sought by the comrades or the "aggressors" in the alleys of the neighborhoods of Damascus and Latakia and other cities, villages and the Arab country.

James Jeffrey, the U.S. envoy in charge of monitoring the Syrian file, believed that Russia knew exactly who al-Assad's allies were, as he knew the extent of corruption in Syria. Jeffrey added in a telephone interview with the Saudi-based newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat days ago that his country is continuing with sanctions until al-Assad accepts a political settlement. Those sanctions have succeeded , as has always been proven in tightening the stranglehold on the pillars of corruption that has apparently been overthrown by his biggest force, Rami Makhlouf.

It is no secret that Makhlouf is for Russians undesirable, and that he is Tehran's strongman in Syria. The successive strikes against Makhlouf  in Syria and his counterparts in Lebanon came after a lightning visit by the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to Damascus, where he hastily met with the Syrian president after meeting his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moallem. Two things were remarkable: the timing of the visit in the light of the diplomacy of the masks that everyone was wearing out of fear of the new Coronavirus! What made this visit so important is that it could not be discussed through a "secure" telephone line? Another striking phenomenon was the only feature of a high-quality U.S. 3M mask.

What I see is unprecedented Russian pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to wage a real war on corruption before moving forward with the latest battle against terrorism in Idlib. Likely, the ambassador Geoffrey said all foreign forces must withdraw from Syria, which was not there before 2011, stressing the need to get Iran out of Syria, while defending Israel's repeated strikes on the Iranian targets in Syria.

Iran has become a burden on everyone, and it was necessary to "feel the pulse" or arrange what is known as the policy of "exit" or withdrawal, and as it is always the role of the media, it must precede a media withdrawal from the scene before implementing or imposing a military withdrawal. This is now done in my estimation.

 What is going on is the overthrow of Makhlouf, who either remains a "burning ram" or turns into wood added to the accumulation of decades under the ashes.

If Bashar al-Assad's best friends, loyal friends and close clan advise him well, he will cooperate with those concerned in winning the battle for corruption, and hastening the resolution of the battle of terrorism to remain the last benefit, most importantly, the elimination of tyranny.

"Abu Hafiz" never, as it was said, aspired to the rule if it were not for the disaster of the death of his brother Basil - May God rest his soul – a fate sought to lead him to where we are today. Does "the eye doctor" see the road map clearly to move his family and his people from Damascene palace to Syria. The safe transition is available, and according to the interview of the U.S. envoy, the way is to get Iran out, and to disengage with the ambitions and hostile policies of many neighboring countries.

The safe exit is an election under the auspices of the United Nations. If al-Assad had a honest advisor to him, he would have said to him: "Win the battle of corruption as you won the battle of terrorism, and hand over the flag to the builders of the future Syria or carry it with your right, but with a popular mandate that no one can challenge, the road is thorny but safe and secure."

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