June 4, 2014
June 4, 2014
Although Western media outlets are predictably attempting to portray the Syrian elections as “sham elections” or merely the beginning of a corrupted process, the evidence coming out of the country paints quite a different picture.
Despite the propaganda coming out of establishment media outlets like NPR claiming that the almost assured election of Bashar Al-Assad is tantamount to a rigged election, the truth is that the Assad government is widely popular in Syria, a notable consequence of the Anglo-American/Anglo-European destabilization effort.
Assad is one of three candidates running for President of Syria, the other candidates being Maher al-Hajjad and Hassan al-Nuri. Assad is expected to win in a landslide both due to popular support before the destabilization when he was viewed by ordinary Syrians as a reformer of the heavy-handed policies of his father Hafez as well as the even larger amount of support he has garnered as a result of his resilience in the face of the Western onslaught.
It is also important to note that Hajjad and Nuri focused their campaigns mainly on issues such as corruption and basic economic policy, putting them out of touch politically with the average Syrian citizen. Nevertheless, after three years of war, Syrians are ecstatic to finally be able to cast their ballots in the first presidential election in Syria in nearly fifty years.
For instance, in a recent article from the Associated Press, reports of Syrian refugees in Lebanon wishing to vote (mostly for Assad) were so ready to enter the polling booth in the Syrian embassy in Lebanon, that a virtual riot ensued, resulting in Lebanese security beating the voters with batons and sticks.
The Syrians flocked to the voting stations by the thousands, causing traffic jams, with some even abandoning their own vehicles and walking the distance to the embassy. Such is the desire to participate in the vote.
The majority of those amongst the crowd in Lebanon were Assad supporters, with many chanting their support for Assad while waiting to cast their vote.
The elections are being held inside Syria but also at Syrian embassies that are not controlled by the Western-funded opposition due to the displacement of Syrian citizens across the world.
Predictably, many European countries like France and Germany have refused to allow Syrian expatriates to vote in their capitols.
Regardless, however, voter turnout in war-torn Syria has been virtually unimaginable to an apathetic Western audience as the process has been marked with excessively long lines and overwhelmed voting stations.
One need only take a look at the photos below in order to see just how much the Syrian people desire to make their voice heard amidst the howling of the West that the elections are illegitimate.
In reality, one of the biggest obstacles to the voting process in Syria are the very nations that have made such a stir over the lack of elections in Syria for the last three years. The United States, Britain, France, and others are the biggest obstacles to the voting process second only to the death squads still fighting across the country today which they themselves are responsible for organizing, funding, training, and directing from the very beginning.
Regardless of the outcome, the Syrian elections have already showed the hypocrisy of the United States and the Anglo-European establishment when it comes to their support for the vague concept of “democracy.” Indeed, the elections, while important to the Syrian people in terms of choosing their President as well as the political ramifications of that choice, stand as much as a rejection of Western imperialism as they do embrace of democracy.
Take a look at some of the photos of Syria in its first election below. Surely, this form of democracy is preferential to that which would be brought by the Anglo-American and Anglo-European establishment.
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