Syrian Officials Assail Foreign Support for the Opposition
Senior Syrian officials lashed out on Sunday at foreign governments that have recognized the opposition, while armed skirmishes around the country included a fresh salvo across the border with Israel.
The information minister, Omran al-Zoubi, accused France, Turkey and Qatar of supporting “terrorism” in Syria by extending diplomatic recognition to the new National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, including the acceptance of an official envoy in Paris, according to a summary of his remarks carried by SANA, the official news agency.
The new coalition does not represent anybody, Mr. Zoubi said, calling it a creation of the foreign states and thus ineligible to participate in any national dialogue.
In Tehran, Iran held a meeting on Sunday of some 200 members of the officially sanctioned opposition, but no members of the new coalition were invited. It was unclear who those attending actually represented.
NYT editorializing about peaceful Syrian opposition forces is ludicrous. Groups like Front for Change and Liberation represent themselves, of course, so why it is "unclear who those attending actually represented" makes no sense except as a ham-handed means to denigrate those forces.