Syria is the
Middle Eastern Stalingrad
By Andre Vltchek
January 02, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "NEO"
- Day and night, for years, an overwhelming
force has been battering this quiet nation, one of
the cradles of human civilization.
thousands have died, and millions have been forced
to flee abroad or have been internally displaced. In
many cities and villages, not one house is left
But Syria is,
against all odds, still standing.
last 3 years I worked in almost all of Syria’s
perimeters, exposing the birth of ISIS in the
NATO-run camps built in Turkey and Jordan. I worked
in the occupied Golan Heights, and in Iraq. I also
worked in Lebanon, a country now forced to host over
2 million (mostly Syrian) refugees.
reason why the West began its horrible
destabilization campaign, was because it “could not
tolerate” Syria’s disobedience and the socialist
nature of its state. In short, the way the Syrian
establishment was putting the welfare of its people
above the interests of multi-national corporations.
More than two
years ago, my former Indonesian film editor demanded
an answer in a somewhat angry tone:
people are dying in Syria! Is it really worth it?
Wouldn’t it be easier and better for Syrians to just
give up and let the US have what it is demanding?”
petrified, this young woman was always searching for
easy solutions that would keep her safe, and safe
with significant personal advantages. As so many
others in this time and age, in order to survive and
advance, she developed a complex system resting on
betrayals, self-defenses and deceptions.
How to reply
to such a question?
It was a
legitimate one, after all.
Galeano told me: “People know when it’s time to
fight. We have no right to tell them … but when they
decide, it is our obligation to support them, even
to lead them if they approach us.”
In this case,
the Syrian people decided. No government, no
political force could move an entire nation to such
tremendous heroism and sacrifice. Russians did it
during World War Two, and the Syrians are doing it
Two years ago
I replied like this: “I have witnessed the total
collapse of the Middle East. There was nothing
standing there anymore. Countries that opted for
their own paths were literally leveled to the
ground. Countries that succumbed to the dictates of
the West lost their soul, culture and essence and
were turned into some of the most miserable places
on earth. And the Syrians knew it: were they to
surrender, they would be converted into another
Iraq, Yemen or Libya, even Afghanistan.”
And so Syria
rose. It decided to fight, for itself and for its
part of the world.
again, it retained itself through the elections of
its government. It leaned on its army. Whatever the
West says, whatever the treasonous NGOs write, the
simple logic just proves it all.
nation does not have its own powerful media to share
the extent of its courage and agony with the world.
It is always the others who are commenting on its
struggle, often in a totally malicious way.
But it is
undeniable that whilst the Soviet forces stopped the
advance of the German Nazis at Stalingrad, the
Syrians have managed to stop the fascist forces of
Western allies in its part of the world.
Russia got directly involved. Of course China stood
by, although often in the shadow. And Iran provided
support. And Lebanon-based Hezbollah put up, what I
often describe as, an epic fight on behalf of
Damascus against the extremist monsters invented and
armed by the West, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
But the main
credit has to go to the Syrian people.
Yes, now there
is nothing left of the Middle East. Now there are
more tears than raindrops descending on this ancient
But Syria is
standing. Burned, wounded, but standing.
And as is
being widely reported, after the Russian armed
forces came to the rescue of the Syrian nation, more
than 1 million Syrian people were able to return
home … often to encounter only ashes and
devastation, but home.
returned to Stalingrad, some 70 years ago.
So what would
my answer be to that question now: “whether it would
be easier the other way”, to surrender to the
something like this:
meaning, it is worth living, only if some basic
conditions can be fulfilled. One does not betray
great love, be it love for another person or love
for one’s country, humanity or ideals. If one does,
it would be better not to be born at all. Then I
say: the survival of humankind is the most sacred
goal. Not some short-time personal gain or ‘safety’,
but the survival of all of us, of people, as well as
the safety of all of us, humans.”
itself is threatened, people tend to rise and fight,
instinctively. During such moments, some of the most
monumental chapters in human history are written.
during these moments, millions tend to die.
devastation is not because of those who are
defending our human race.
It is because
of the imperialist monsters and their servants.
Most of us are
dreaming about a world without wars, without
violence. We want true kindness to prevail on earth.
Many of us are working relentlessly for such a
But until it
is constructed, until all extreme selfishness, greed
and brutality are defeated, we have to fight for
something much more “modest” – for the survival of
people and of humanism.
The price is
often horrible. But the alternative is one enormous
gaping void. It is simply nothing – the end, full
millions died so we could live. Nothing was left of
the city, except some melted steel, scattered bricks
and an ocean of corpses. Nazism was stopped. Western
expansionism began its retreat, that time towards
quietly but stoically and heroically, stands against
Western, Qatari, Saudi, Israeli and Turkish plans to
finish the Middle East.
And the Syrian
people have won. For how long, I don’t know. But it
has proven that an Arab country can still defeat the
mightiest murderous hordes.
Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker
and investigative journalist. He covered wars and
conflicts in dozens of countries. His latest books
Lies Of The Empire” and
Against Western Imperialism”.
Discussion with Noam Chomsky:
On Western Terrorism. Point
of No Return is his
critically acclaimed political novel. Oceania -
a book on Western imperialism in the South
Pacific. His provocative book about Indonesia: “Indonesia
– The Archipelago of Fear”.
Andre is making films for teleSUR and Press TV.
After living for many years in Latin America and
Oceania, Vltchek presently resides and works in East
Asia and the Middle East. He can be reached through