By DEVIN DWYER (@devindwyer) and DANA HUGHES (@dana_hughes)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2012
In a diplomatic shift, President Obama said today his administration now formally recognizes the newly-formed, leading coalition of Syrian rebels who are fighting to topple Syria’s embattled President Bashar Assad.
“We’ve made a decision that the Syrian Opposition Coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in opposition to the Assad regime,” Obama said.
Well, now that they have killed all the Christians then I guess the remainder is inclusive. Other than those who support the current regime of course.
Here is a link to the infamous clip of muslim anti Asaad fighters letting or making a child behead a prisoner. Here is a link to a Christian village wiped out, the Christians “slaughtered like animals”. So I guess these guys weren’t included. The rest of the article can be read here. H/T Martin via vladtepesblog.com
BEIRUT — Syrian main exiled opposition group on Friday accused Washington of undermining the country’s revolution by seeking to overhaul how regime opponents are organised.
Two days ahead of key opposition talks due in Qatar, the Syrian National Council lashed out at US criticism of the group for not being fully representative of Syria’s diverse dissident groups.
“Any discussions aimed at passing over the Syrian National Council or at creating new bodies to replace it are an attempt to undermine the Syrian revolution by sowing the seeds of division,” the SNC said in a statement.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced frustration with the SNC this week, calling for a new more expansive opposition that would include more activists from inside Syria.
“There has to be a representation of those who are on the front line fighting and dying today to obtain their freedom,” Clinton said during a tour of the Balkans, insisting the SNC “can no longer be viewed as the visible leader of the opposition.”
Talk of an overhaul “is a sign of a lack of seriousness of the forces meant to support the Syrian people who are facing the murderous regime” of President Bashar al-Assad, the SNC said.
Reacting to accusations it is not inclusive, the group said it had grown from 280 to 420 members, that a third of its members are on-the-ground activists and that 15 percent of its members are women.
The SNC said on Thursday it had received $40.4 million (31.1 million euros) in international aid since it was set up a year ago, half of which came from Libya and the rest mainly from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
Washington has accused the SNC of failing to unite the resistance to Assad’s regime beyond a small group of Syrian exiles, some of whom Clinton said have not set foot in their homeland “for 20, 30 or 40 years”.
Clinton also warned of radical Islamists trying to “hijack” the revolution, prompting SNC chief Abdel Basset Sayda to blame the international community’s failure to act for the rise in extremist sentiment.
I hate to say this, but Nasrallah has so much more credibility then Hariri. Lebanon is the middle East’s confused and abused fickle whore who changes her mind everytime the wind blows. It is impressive that Nasrallah would stick by Assad even now. I notice even Hamas is trying to distance themselves from the Allawites. The odd thing is that I was led to believe Assad’s religion is a heresy to Islam, but if it is… the religious Shiites are very loyal to it. Perhaps it isn’t as heretical as I thought. To be loyal to Assad at this juncture takes a certain amount of religious blindness.