Jürgen Todenhöfer: The West doesn't want democracy in Syria

Posted: March 31, 2012 in Sideviews
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The Middle East expert and former member of the German Bundestag for the CDU party, Juergen Todenhoefer (Jürgen Todenhöfer), has sharply criticized the one-sided coverage of many media about the conflict in Syria. The known German publicist Juergen Todenhoefer (Todenhöfer) accuses the governments of Europe and the United States, that they aren`t really interested in a democracy for Syria.

For example, Mr. Todenhoefer has said in a new interview about the situation within Syria that “the biggest resistance to democratic reforms in Syria comes currently out of the Western policy”. The 71-year-old former politician and author Juergen Todenhoefer (Todenhöfer) was in Syria and also at the so-called “strongholds” of the “uprising” last year.

In addition to his last statements that, at least, the half of all reports about the situation in Syria are false, Todenhoefer again blames the media and also the Western governments in his new interview for the Catholic Sunday-newspaper in Germany – e.g. that they aren`t really interested to resolve the situation democratically and peacefully.

The German journalist Todenhoefer (Todenhöfer) is also convinced that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom he has met in the Syrian capital in last November, is seriously interested in reforms. Todenhoefer certifies serious the willing of President al-Assad for serious reforms in Syria. He said about this, for example, that he has “the impression, that al-Assad really wants to transform Syria into the direction of democracy”.

The German publicist also believes that the Syrian President al-Assad apparently tries to get at the top of the reform movement in Syria, against the opposition of the enduring forces in this country of the Middle East.

In his latest interview with the German Catholic Sunday-newspaper, Todenhoefer (Jürgen Todenhöfer) has also said, that “al-Assad is not the typical macho-dictator as he is portrayed in the West”.

Instead, he had experienced the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad as a quiet man, who argues rationally. Mr. Todenhoefer underlines this with his experiences of the two-hour conversation with the Syrian president al-Assad. In his two-hour conversation with al-Assad, so Todenhoefer, the Syrian president has also answered critically statements and questions with great objectivity.

The German former politician Todenhoefer seems convinced that the West had taken the side of the so-called Syrian external opposition, because the West hopes that this eliminates the Syrian President al-Assad and the Syrian government, the main ally of Iran.

Juergen Todenhoefer (Jürgen Todenhöfer) speaks true words when he says, that the Syrian President al-Assad could introduce a perfect democracy in Syria tomorrow, but as long as he is an ally of Iran, the United States (and other Western governments) would always find a reason to fight him.

The new constitution for Syria, which was put to vote by the Syrian President al-Assad at the end of February this year, and formally puts an end to the decades of autocratic rule of the Baath Socialist Party in Syria, is a positive step for Todenhoefer.

Of course, this new Constitution for Syria comes too late, but as Todenhoefer also said in his latest interview about Syria, this Constitution is in their approaches further than any Constitution of the allies of the West in the Arab world.

Understandable, Mr. Todenhoefer isn`t convinced that the newly registered parties in Syria have enough time to prepare themselves for the general election in Mai. But this topic seems to have changed in the last week. It seems that this general election will be postponed.

For the German publicist Todenhoefer (Todenhöfer), the civil war within Syria is no “popular uprising”. Todenhoefer is convinced after his visits, talks and impressions, that this “Syrian civil war” is not a “popular uprising” and that the sold image about the situation in Syria by Western media is false.

Mr. Todenhoefer said about this, that “the people in the West believe, that a whole nation have risen against a Arab dictator in Syria, just like it happened in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya”. The truth is, so Mr. Todenhoefer, that the Syrian President al-Assad and his opponents have a high percentage of the Syrian population behind them.

The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has probably still more Syrians behind him, as Juergen Todenhoefer also has stated. As many other people in and outside Syria, Mr. Todenhoefer is also not able to recognize a unified (external) Syrian opposition.

“There are peaceful protesters against al-Assad, and there are also armed rebels, Syrian and foreign,” he has analyzed. “There are still internal Syrian opposition parties in Syria which are looking for real political solutions”, so Todenhoefer.

The external Syrian opposition (e.g. the dubious “Syrian National Council” / SNC), which is courted and also supported by the West, only plays a totally minor role in Syria, like the German author Todenhoefer also has said in his interview.

A solution of the Syrian conflict could be a national dialogue. A national dialogue was offered by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to his opponents several times in the last 13 months.

The Syrian President “al-Assad is willing to negotiate on the condition, that the rebels lay down their arms”; which is totally understandable. This is also a legitimate demand in the opinion of the German journalist Todenhoefer (Todenhöfer). However, the Syrian government must also cease all hostilities.

Source: http://www.katholische-sonntagszeitung.de/

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