Syrian Elector, Washington D.C. (May 25, 2007)
It has become clear to us all over the last period that our beloved country is indeed in grave danger, and that we as a people and as individual human beings are in danger, on account of the corrupt, authoritarian and greedy policies and practices of the Assad regime. Regardless of how this danger is manifested, whether through renewed international isolation, a new war, a new crackdown on our basic freedoms, or some combination of all that, we should admit now, at least to ourselves, that the greater burden of guilt here falls squarely on the shoulders of the regime, and that we cannot continue to blame others for what continues to befall us.
For this reason, it is now up to us to act to save ourselves and our homeland from the deadly grips of this decrepit regime. For as long as we allow ourselves to remain hostages to its whims so it can use us in its attempts at blackmailing others, while simultaneously blackmailing us as well, it won't be long before the entire system comes tumbling on our heads. For wood cannot coexist with termites for long.
For this reason, we chose to call for boycotting the presidential referendum on May 27, for only in this way can the Syrian people refuse to take part in the ongoing conspiracy against their freedom, and will they be able to find ways to reach out to each other again.
By staying at home on May 27th, people will give themselves the chance to see that their neighbors and relatives are doing the same, that many of them have indeed chosen to stay at home, seeing that with their own eyes will make them realize that they are not alone and that they are, in fact, surrounded by people that they can trust, people who share their disgust and apprehension with regard to the status quo and who are willing to do something about it, people who want to bring back hope into our lives and who are willing to take the necessary risks in this regard, because there is no other way now. There is simply nothing left to lose. This is not just about our national dignity and honor. This is about our continued existence as a people.
In this way, the Syrian people will cease back control over their lives and destinies, regardless of the wishes and calculations of both the regime and the opposition. For in this way, the Syrian people will be empowered to generate their own civil and political currents and movements that will correspond more closely with their true wishes and aspirations.
No, this will not all happen overnight, but it could begin in the pan of a single day, a particular day when the Syrian people choose to stay at home in the face of their fears and all acts of blackmail and intimidation to which they are subjected.
Indeed, let's all work together to make May 27th a day to remember, a day that we can all be proud of.