The National Council of the Revolution, 1965-1966
A progressive Arab revolution took place on 8 March 1963, led by an Arab progressive revolutionary party that battled plots, was aware of the needs of masses and led their struggle for more than sixteen years. The party's militant and nationalist visions became the principles in the hearts and minds of its strugglers, many of whom died in order to achieve these principles: unity, freedom and socialism.
Led by the Arab Socialist Baath Party whose inspirations are derived from the people, and realizing the interests of the people and employing all efforts in this direction, the Revolution aimed at discovering the creative potentials of the people and eliminating all obstacles to development, growth and construction.
Armed with scientific theory and revolutionary approach when linking the national struggle with socialist struggle, the Party is of the people, seeks to achieve their goals, is the most aware and familiar with their social reality, and struggles to achieve their goals in unity, freedom and socialism. Millions of our people have adopted these goals and other millions in the Arab world struggle to achieve.
The Revolution moved Syria radically and changed the political, social, economic and legislative life and all infrastructures qualitatively. Power became in the hands of the masses as a tool to serve their struggle to build the united Arab socialist society.
Only three months after the Revolution, legislation power transferred to the National Council of the Revolution under Decree No. 68 dated 9 June 1963. This Council was also assigned the task of developing a Constitution adapted to the new situation in the country; this was based on the concept of the Revolution that the masses, through their representatives in the popular organizations, should enact laws that ensure their interests.
However, over the following years, things, including the state management, went the other way round in different direction away from the principles of the Revolution and the Party. The Revolution suffered from ossification and conflict in vision and thought with maneuvering mentalities, which isolated the Revolution from the masses and diverted the Party from its goals, that is why dedicated cadres abandoned it. In addition, the National Council headed by Mansour Al-Atrash failed to perform its assigned duties.
But, the revolution managed to overcome all of that and survive the pitfalls and eliminate obstructive elements, motivated by the faith in the people and the determination to achieve its goals through the glorious Corrective Movement which has brought back the Party to the people and led the Revolution.
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