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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:26 PM

Moves to form Syrian opposition look set to end in failure

Source: guardian

Moves to form a credible alternative to Syria's Assad regime look set to end in failure, with the main opposition bloc refusing to endorse a broad-based government in waiting or contribute to how it might take shape.

The Syrian National Council, supported by opponents of Assad earlier in the uprising and more recently derided, continued to stall over a response to the formation of an umbrella group that aims to forge stronger alliances with groups inside Syria.

At risk of being sidelined by its former key backers, the SNC had used a week-long summit in the Qatari capital, Doha, to fight a rearguard action, which shored up its position in any new group and conveyed an image that it was reinventing itself. The SNC nominated a new leader, an exiled member of Syria's Christian minority, George Sabra, who called for the international community to resume funding the organisation and not link support to an opposition revamp.

"Unfortunately we get nothing from them, except some statements, some encouragement", while Assad's allies "give the regime everything," Sabra told the Associated Press.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/10/syrian-opposition-assad-end-failure

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:26 PM

1. Thankfully Obama was reelected.

Romney would have sent heavy weapons to the Syrian terrorists.

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Response to David__77 (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:30 PM

2. You are right on both counts. Obama seems to be searching for a way to help

the Syrian opposition without helping the minority of them who are terrorists.

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Response to pampango (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:56 PM

3. How do you know it's a minority? I do think that's probably the case.

Most opponents of the government are blowing themselves up, bombing infrastructure and public property.

I disagree with Hillary Clinton's attempt to subvert the SNC and having the gall to hand a list of names for inclusion in a new leadership body. That reeks of an imperialist arrogance I would hope this administration would move past, or at least hide.

I do not want the US to support armed groups, but rather to support a political solution, which requires unconditional dialogue.

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