Indeed, Nasr Al-Hariri is “Patriotic and Nationalist”!
Reem Issa Reem Issa

Indeed, Nasr Al-Hariri is “Patriotic and Nationalist”!

After he performed his sabotaging role over two and a half years within the Negotiations Commission in its second version, and before that for about another two years in the delegation of the Negotiations Commissions in its first version, al-Hariri is continuing these days his sabotaging actions.

Before presenting his current work, we should first ask: Should we recall that he was among the group of 44 that rejected the Geneva Communique? And he continued to reject it until a little bit before 2254, to change positions and accept the Geneva Communique and even hold on to it, while rejecting 2254. Then accepting the latter and rejecting the Astana track, then accepting the Astana track and rejecting the Sochi Conference and the Constitutional Committee, then agreeing to the results of the Sochi Conference and obstructing the formation of the Constitutional Committee. Amid All these stations, he was one of the “best” among those who went on and on with vulgar rhetoric that was giving to the extremists on the other side, and with astounding and unrivaled generosity, all kinds of pretexts and excuses to obstruct and evade the various critical events in the political process.

Do we have to remind the readers of his approval and praise of the US and Western sanctions on the Syrian people, under the pretext that they are sanctions targeting the regime? (Although everyone knows who is really hurt by these sanctions). Should we also remind of his positive stance on Tillerson’s non-paper or Pompeo’s, both of which literally call for something worse than federalism, and even open the door to partitioning Syria?

As a reminder, among the provisions of the US non-papers is the following: “Decentralization of authority/balancing of regional interests: Clearer grants of authority to regional governance units based on the principles of decentralization/devolution of authority and separation of powers.”

US talk about “regional governance units” did not anger al-Hariri, nor raise his concerns about the partition, but rather considered it positive. However, the talk about an evolvied relationship between centralization in fundamental affairs and decentralization in other affairs seemed dangerous to him, of course after he distorted it and inserted therein words that were not there like “federalism”. This example alone is sufficient to show the extent of lying and duplicity.

The non-paper also states that Syria should be a state that “does not threaten its neighbors”. It seems that it was difficult for al-Hariri to conclude that the US specifically meant by these words “Israel”, and therefore that did not prevent him from expressing his approval of the US non-paper. Furthermore, the US position of agreeing to the annexation of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights to the Zionist entity, did not push him to remove the US from the “Friends of the Syrian People” list on which he relies.

One of the blessings bestowed upon us by the internet age is that everything is recorded and stored, and there is no room for evasion and manipulation.

His latest is that he sent a letter to the Arab League calling for an urgent meeting to confront the “separatist” and “terrorist” PYD policies; a day earlier, he had tweeted obliquely against the memorandum of understanding between the People’s Will Party (PWP) and the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), repeating the lie that the memorandum promoted federalism.

It is interesting to note that al-Hariri never shied away from SDC’s meetings with the Americans, and at least his “patriotic” fierceness did not push him to request an emergency meeting of the Arab League, except when SDC met with the PWP and with the Russians.

However, we should first recall that Mr. al-Hariri agreed to, supported, and encouraged the use of a currency other than the Syrian currency in northwestern Syria. Indeed, al-Hariri goes a lot further in a video on 29 August 2020 saying: “This matter (negotiations with a communications company) prompted us to look again at issues that we had previously thought about, the liberated areas’ need for a legal system, and perhaps even a constitutional one.” During his appearance, al-Hariri talks about on the “need” for a political party law that regulates “work within the revolutionary situation” as well as an elections law.

In other words, al-Hariri, who accuses others of being separatists, agrees, encourages, and supports that a non-Syrian currency and a non-Syrian flag, and even an elections and political party laws, and even a constitution, be established in the northwestern Syria, and even widespread use of the Turkish language in schools, to organize “work within the revolutionary situation”. What other trait or behavior can be added on top of that to characterize separatism?

But no, Nasr al-Hariri is not a separatist, he is a loyal patriot and nationalist to the greatest extent possible, and that is proven by his second citizenship that he has obtained not long ago. In this sense, and in this sense only, he is precisely: patriotic and nationalist.