Sultan Basha Al-Athrash, the Banned Anniversary
How bizarre! 30 years have passed and celebrating the anniversary of Sultan Basha Al-Atrash, leader of the largest Syrian revolution, is still banned!
We uncover day after day how the regime has been trying hard to block and obscure our Syrian history to keep the focus on its dynasty. The reason is quite simple and self-evident. This family has no real history and it is simply making up for an inferiority complex by hijacking the country and its history.
Naturally, it would be challenging to create any sort of personal glory with strong rivals around, so they were blocked out, which left Hafez Al-Assed with no competition and allowed him to claim grandeur and glory and adapt our history to his advantage.
There are a few guesses and stories to how the ban on commemorating the anniversary of Sultan Basha Al-Atrash’s was imposed, the most probable of which is the incident in 1966. Sultan Basha had addressed a letter to the army leadership, at the time when Hafez Al-Assad was the minister of defense, protesting what he saw as a systematic campaign of purging the army of Druz officers. This campaign followed the failed attempted coup by Salim Hatoum against Salah Jdeid.
Another narrative attributes the ban to Al-Assad family’s reservation over considering Sultan Basha the leader of the Syrian revolution. They claimed putting Sultan Basha ahead of the other revolution figures, Ibrahim Hananou, Hassan Al-Kharat and Saleh Al-Ali, would cause sectarian and regional tension; an excuse uglier than the sin and one that shows the family’s sectarian tendencies.
Today and just as the Dignity Revolution has allowed us to celebrate other banned anniversaries over the past year, painful and happy alike, such as the 30th anniversary of Hama’s massacre and the 8th anniversary of the Kurdish uprising, it allows again to go on reviving our history without any of the reservations revolving around the ruling family’s inferiority complex.
Sultan Basha Al-Atrash:
He was born in Graia, Salkhad, in 1891. He is the descendent of a renowned family. His grandfather, Ismael the second, was a resistance leader in his region. He led the resistance in the well-know battle the Ottomans launched on Jabal Al-Arab in 1910 and was hanged in 1911.
Sultan Basha is the oldest in a family of 6 children. He had 2 sisters, Sumaiah and Naiaeim, and 3 brothers, Ali, Zaid and Moustafa. He got married at 19 to his cousin Ghazia, who died young without giving him any children. After his military service, he married Tourkia Ibrahim Abou-Fakhr.
He is one of the most renowned characters in Jabal Al-Arab in modern history. He led the Great Syrian Revolution that erupted against the French in 1925 in Jabal Al-Arab and the south of Syria and spread to the rest of the country re-uniting it after the four-state division imposed by the French.
He passed away on 26-3-1982.
It is hard to sum up his history in a few lines as celebrating other figures and reviving our obscured history, which was always so glorious before the past 4 decades of decline, deserves and requires a lengthy and careful treatment; something that was only made possible by our glorious revolution. This revolution has given us back the freedom to celebrate and revive our history before it fades away into oblivion.
And we feel so honored and proud that on the day of liberation, the leader of the Great Syrian Revolution raised the same flag we’re raising today.
By God’s will and blessing, the revolution will triumph