Amid Foreign Imposed War, Syrian Government Works For Reconciliation
by Ken Stone in Damascus
Despite the foreign-instigated mayhem and war in Syria, the government is making strenuous efforts at reconciliation. The Second International Tour of Peace found this out during their meeting with the Syrian Minister for National Reconciliation, Ali Heidar. Canadian Peace Activist Ken Stone files this report from Damascus.
Friday April 15, 2016, 08:57 DST
The western corporate media portray Syria as a brutal dictatorship. However, that description does not at all fit Ali Heidar, Syria’s Minister for National Reconciliation.
Our Second International Tour of Peace visited Mr. Heidar at 8 pm in his private office in downtown Damascus two nights ago. Like Syrian President Bashar al Asad, the minister is an opthamologist by profession. Unlike the president, his faith community is not Alawite (cousins to the Shia Muslims) but rather Ismaili, which is yet another branch of Islam that follow the Agha Khan. The pluralistic nature of the Syrian government reflects the pluralistic history of Syrian society. Canadians understand pluralism. It’s something we prize.
However, what’s even more surprising is that Minister Heidar doesn’t even belong to the same party as President Asad. The minister for reconciliation is the leader of the Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party’s opposition wing and has been part of the national opposition since the crisis in Syria began in 2011. That fact did not stop the armed opposition, the terrorist foot soldiers of the West and Arabian kings, from targeting one of his sons, and gunning him down in cold blood about three years ago as he was heading home near the town of Houleh. Continue Reading
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