Nov 122012
 

Syria has long been a source of frustration to those of us who would like to see Assad deposed, but do not want direct military intervention by the US.  The problem is that the Syrian opposition to Assad has been so disjointed, that it was impossible to know where aid would be most effective.  Fortunately, that has changed.

12KhatibThe leader of Syria’s newly united opposition headed to Arab League headquarters in Cairo to push for diplomatic recognition on Monday, buoyed by the hard-won unity deal among the disparate factions.

Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, 52, a moderate Muslim cleric who quit Syria three months ago, was to be accompanied on his visit by Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, whose government hosted the marathon four-day talks that culminated in Sunday’s agreement.

The deal to form a new broad-based opposition structure to take the 20-month uprising forward drew a warm welcome from Western governments that had expressed mounting frustration with the leadership divisions that have plagued the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

The new National Coalition wants to build on that support to win the sort of diplomatic recognition that the Libyan opposition won in its successful uprising against veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi last year… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <Raw Story>

Photo Credit: The Herald Sun

Since this man is a moderate and the two VPs are quite progressive, given the region, I think the US should provide them material, logistical, and political support.

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  6 Responses to “Support the Syrian Opposition”

  1. Thanks Tom

  2. Khatib, the imam of the historic Umayyad mosque in Damascus before he was arrested for supporting the uprising, is seen as an independent as he is not linked to the Muslim Brotherhood or any other Islamist party.
    The National Coalition also appointed two deputy leaders — prominent dissident Riad Seif, who was the architect of the new opposition structure, and secular female opposition figure Suhair al-Atassi, who hails from the central city of Homs, one of the bastions of the uprising.
    A third post was left vacant for a representative of Syria’s Kurdish minority.

    For me, it is still too early to tell if this will provide the stability and peace that the Syrian people so richly deserve.  However there is hope in the base of the leadership.  It is too bad that so many people died to get this far.  I hope that this will hasten the end of conflict.

  3. Will there ever really be stability in the Middle East? These tribes have been fighting amongst themselves for millenia.