Commenting the New York Times’ article « After a Year, Deep Divisions Hobble Syria’s Opposition », I would like to stress that the Syrian National Council doesn’t represent but foreign and Gulf countries’ leaders and governments.
As for the internal opposition, it has no power because it receives no money from the Gulf countries. The US is right to be afraid that Assad, if overthrown, will be replaced by extremist Islam like Al Qaeda, Salafis and the Moslem Brothers, because these are the forces that are fighting him, financed and supported by Gulf theocratic money and propaganda machines.
When the New York Times writes that Qatar and Saudi Arabia are paying, we should understand they are paying for extremist Wahhabi Islam and not for democracy and human rights.
What’s the solution? The US and Europe should sit down with Russia, Iran, China, the Syrian government and its opposition, whatever it is, to discuss a way to make change slowly, cautiously, prudently, reasonably and peacefully.
As for the fighters in Homs and other cities, better advise them to stop fighting after taking a promise from the Syrian government to be just and lenient with them, especially when they are Syrians.
Why am I advising this move? Because the other options are more deaths, more suffering, less human rights and less democracy at best, while civil, confessional, regional and even world wars are now very real possibilities, because Assad, Iran and Russia will never accept less and they have the power and the will to fight for it.
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PS: Roger AKL is a former Lebanese navy officer, former Assistant armed Forces Attaché at the Lebanese Embassy in Washington D.C., former Second in Command of the Lebanese Navy (1981- 1984) and former head of the Lebanese liaison bureau with the American forces in Lebanon (1983-1984), former chairman, CEO and director of the board of companies in the INTRA Investment group (1984-1990). Currently he is a writer in Middle Eastern affairs.