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Bashar Assad: The Last Bastion Standing in ISIL's Way

© AFP 2021 / HO/SANASyrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview. File photo
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview. File photo - Sputnik International
In a joint op-ed written especially for Sputnik, representatives of France's Les Republicans party Quentin Vercruysse, Pierre Gentillet and Alexandre Moustafa urged their country's leadership to provide the Syrian government with diplomatic, economic and military support in its struggle against ISIL.

The Last Bastion Standing in the ISIL's Way

A government soldier with the Syrian flag on a location on top of a hill not far from Kessab on the Turkish border following an Islamist takeover of the town - Sputnik International
If Assad Falls, West Will Be Unable to Defeat ISIL –French Politician
Some have accused Bashar Assad of being a dictator, assigning him the blame for the blood which has been spilled in Syria, and calling him an enemy of the West.  As with Iran, Venezuela or Russia, Syria has unjustifiably become a victim of the West's contempt, contempt which can be explained only by Syria's refusal to submit to Atlanticist tutelage.

Despite numerous criticisms regularly appearing against the Syrian Republic, Bashar Assad's Syria today is actually the last bulwark against Daesh, facing the relentless rise of a vast Islamic state advocating the purest form of Sharia law, the antithesis of the so-called 'values' espoused by the West. Assad has the support of most of his people, and will remain the democratically legitimate president of the Syrian state until 2021. If the head of the Syrian state were truly as isolated as Western media depicts, how has he been able to stay in power through a crisis lasting over four years?

Bashar Assad: 'Wartime President in the Service of His People'

French Foriegn Minister Laurent Fabius - Sputnik International
Syrian Foreign Minister Calls on France to Halt Anti-Damascus 'Conspiracy'
Bashar Assad is not a bloodthirsty dictator or an enemy of the West. He is a wartime president in the service of his people and his country. While the Islamic State continues to attract terrorists from around the world, creating a virtually inexhaustible army, the international community condemns the existence of this self-proclaimed state, while the Syrian opposition consists only of Islamists. France, which was once an ardently independent state, must once again find its pedigree, at least in the area of foreign policy, and to reverse its position on the Syrian issue. France must openly and proudly support the Syrian Arab Republic, and provide it with military and economic assistance.

Syria is a nationalist, secular and multicultural state; it is a sovereign nation in which women are free and Christians are protected. It's worth recalling that before the foreign intervention, Syria was one of only a few Arab countries which saw demographic growth among its Christian community. It's also worth recalling that, after the American intervention in Iraq, nearly 90 percent of Iraq's Christians were killed or fled the country.

Neither Bashar Assad nor Saddam Hussein were responsible for the extermination of the Middle East's Christians. This genocide was accentuated by the West's interference, and especially that of the US, in this region of the world. This interference is illustrated not only through military interventions, as in Iraq or Libya, but also through active support for the Islamists, called 'rebels' by our media. Who is responsible for funding the Syrian opposition? The West. Who is the Syrian opposition? Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria.

France Must Stop Playing Into the Hands of Islamists

Syrians walk past a giant campaign billboard of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on June 1, 2014 in the capital Damascus - Sputnik International
No Solution to Syria Crisis Without Assad – French Politician
Thanks to the actions of Russia and China in the UN, secular Syria has not yet fallen to the influence of Islamist forces in the chaos of civil war, as happened in Libya. But what awaits her in the future, if France, the chief defender of Christians in the East, continues to play into the hands of Islamists?

Following Iraq and Libya, chaos and barbarism await Syria. After that, one day it will become Beirut's turn, and finally the Islamic State will be at the gates of Jerusalem. Today Daesh operates in Bosnia, in the very heart of Europe…

Before it's too late, let's stop blindly following Uncle Sam, and begin to exercise a truly independent and pragmatic foreign Policy, in the interests of France and the French people, to neutralize Daesh before it's too late!


Quentin Vercruysse is a national advisor to The Republicans, and member of the national bureau of the Popular Right Youth. Pierre Gentillet is the president of the Popular Right Youth. Alexandre Moustafa serves as a national advisor to The Republicans.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.

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