Salafist. A reliable Syrian opposition source tells me that two more members are secretly Islamist tools. This was far in excess of theproportion of those forces in the revolution. In short, the U.S. government was helping to turn Syria's revolution over to the Islamists. Ifthis group had succeeded, the West would be facing still another radical Islamist regime that hated the West, wanted to go to war withIsrael, and would be imposing a new dictatorship on its country."Further down in the same article titled The Obama Administration's Pro-Islamist Syrian Opposition "Leadership" is Collapsing, Barry Rubincomments that "As the New York Times admits, al-Labwani, "accused Muslim Brotherhood members within the exile opposition of`monopolizing funding and military support.'" Yet there is not a word about how the Obama Administration pushed this Brotherhood-dominated leadership onto the Syrian opposition.""Most of the Kurds involved in the original talks angrily walked out of the negotiations because of their objection to Islamist leadership.The Obama Administration's choice of Turkey to coordinate this operation made it even harder to bring in Syrian Kurds, who play animportant role in the revolution, since Turkey has fought a long war against Kurdish nationalism at home."He continues by stating that "The Obama Administration collaborated in creating an anti-American leadership group. This is anotherexample of the administration's terrible policy and promotion of Islamists who oppose U.S. interests and who want to create a newdictatorship.""The Turkish regime, Obama's favorite Middle East government, betrayed U.S. interests (and those of the Syrian people) in assembling agroup dominated by its fellow Islamists who hate the United States and would link up with other radical regimes in Egypt, the Gaza Strip,and Tunisia. This shows that the Turkish regime cannot be trusted."This article by Barry Rubin is not based on supporting Syria under Bashar al-Assad, far from it, the main purpose of his article is about theneed for America to support so-called moderate forces and then create safe havens in order to bomb Syria. Clearly this argument basedon so-called human rights doesn't wash -- after all, why attack Syria which is multi-ethnic and multi-religious? Surely the nationalistelement is much more severe in Israel with regards to the Palestinian community and the same applies to Turkey and the Kurdish issue.It is ironic, that the Christian minority in Syria have much more economic, political, and military influence, than their co-religionists inIsrael. Meanwhile, in Turkey this nation discriminates against Christianity and the Alevi Muslim community. Therefore, on what groundscan Barry Rubin, just like Obama, justify their anti-Syrian stance apart from self-interests based on geopolitics and political motives?Bashar al-Assad and the government of Syria are fighting to maintain the sovereignty of Syria and the military of this nation, which ismulti-religious, is fighting to protect the rights of all Syrians irrespective of religious persuasion or if secular. The best interest of Syria isunity, political independence, internal political reforms, and to defeat the forces of Sunni Islamic terrorism and political opportunism whichis working for outside forces.The last secular powerhouse in the Arabic speaking world is facing many attacks against the sovereignty of this nation. This applies toeconomic sanctions, terrorist militiasbeing supported by outside forces, the global Al Qaeda and pan-Sunni Islamic terrorist network, hostile nations which seek a weak Syria,and other important factors. Therefore, it is essential that nations like the Russian Federation, China, Brazil, and others, don't give in topolitical manipulation and media lies. After all, it is the opposition which did the ethnic cleansing of Christians in Homs, forcing women inthe shadows, and which is responsible for the brutal reality of Sunni Islamic terrorism against all moderate forces in Syria.Hung Li, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman, commented that "We hope that all the Syrian sides will be able to join the mediationefforts exerted by Annan to ensure the conditions for a political settlement for the situation in Syria." Likewise, Mikhail Bogdanov, DeputyForeign Minister of the Russian Federation, who had a meeting with the President of Algeria, Abdul-Aziz Bouteflika, commented that "Thetalks dealt with the situation in Syria… there was agreement in the Russian and Algerian stances."However, it must be stated that all terrorist networks which are reaping carnage in Syria must be rebuked by all opposition forces whichseek a political solution. At the same time, the political opposition movement must break free from outside military and political meddlingand they must renounce all terrorist networks which seek to destroy the multi-religious and secular nature of Syria under Bashar al-Assad.Therefore, they have to distance themselves from the foreign policy objectives of Obama and outside nations which seek to destroy theinfluence and importance of Syria within the Middle East.If America is concerned about hostile military forces invading a sovereign nation then Obama should pressurize Turkey to leave northernCyprus. Similarly, if Obama and the leader of Turkey are concerned about human rights then focus on the Kurdish issue in Turkeywhereby approximately 30,000 people have been killed. The same applies to the Palestinian issue and the fact that 60% of all Christianshave fled Iraq since the American invasion. Not forgetting the deteriorating reality of Coptic Christians in Egypt and the continuing chaosand mayhem in Libya.
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