The rebel Syrian National Council eventually gave way to a new umbrella group called the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), and now that too faces an uncertain future as the group’s leadership disputes grow and its viability as a political mouthpiece for the rebellion at large is in increasing doubt.
Four separate rebel groups issued a joint statement about the SNC’s ongoing problems, insisting that the group is losing touch with fighters on the ground and is increasingly falling under the control of foreign backers, with the Saudi government and Qatar seen as the primary culprits in “hijacking” the group.
The Saudi-led GCC and Western nations have been pushing for the SNC to piece together some sort of palatable leadership for the rebellion at large, but even among the group’s limited constituency they are struggling to choose leaders, with Moaz al-Khatib, the last president, resigning because he insisted no one would listen to him.
A big issue is that the SNC’s leadership is mostly drawn from political and religious opposition figures, while the people doing the heavy lifting in fighting the rebellion are seeing little representation. The combat groups are demanding big changes, and more influence over where the rebellion is going.
This problem is compounded by Western interests, particularly from the US government, urging the SNC to add more secular voices to their mostly Islamist leadership, which will dilute the combat groups even more, since Islamist fighters are dominating the battle on the ground. Losing the faith of the fighters risks making the group irrelevant.
That’s doubly true with next month’s peace talks in Geneva, as the rebel fighters aren’t keen on the idea of having a group that doesn’t represent them negotiating on their behalf. The SNC’s status in those talks is still somewhat up in the air, as they have repeatedly issued conflicting statements on whether or not they will participate, and today conceded that they haven’t really decided yet, let alone gotten to the point of negotiating who to send or what their platform will be.
In the end this could mean the Geneva Conference will amount to Syria and Russian negotiating with the US on stopping a war in which one of the primary belligerent factions isn’t at the table, and has no intention of abiding by any “deal” reached in their absence.
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One major point is missing. None of those groups represent the VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE OF SYRIA. This is hardly possible to believe that the mighty West will resort to scouring the world for some palatable people to be "legitimate' representatives of Syrian people! Majority of Sunni Syrians do not support the "rebels" nor their woud-be mouthpieces that they never heard of. All of Allevites, all of Christians, all Palestinians, and majority of Kurds — do not, REPEAT DO NOT — support the "rebels" they call terrorists. Since all they do day in day out — is organize terrorist attacks against civilians, the name fits.
Now, how on earth will these people represent anyone but themselves? And those on the ground are mostly Salafis funded by Saudi Arabia, and are imported from Bosnia, Kosovo, Libya, Pakistan, Iraq, etc. etc. They are more often then not — fighting each other. What "secular" crap are we talking about?
Good. Hopefully when the terrorists get all the weapons from the stupid Americans, the English fruits, and the French cowards, they'll start wiping each other out.
Its only US managed cleansing the leadership structures between good and less good US-/Saudi-controlled fractions.
Seriously! France, UK, US – the leading warmongers who love their warriors (until they come back home damaged) but are too cowardly, fruity and STUPID to do the dirty work themselves! They all deserve whatever Hell they have coming towards them.
Syrian national coalition.., what dose it mean.., where is the Syrian government, where is the wording of the majority of Syrian people, if is a national coalition it means that everything needs to be decided by the majority of syrian nations.., they vote for what is to be and what is to become.., so how many "nation" is there in Syria for theses foreign "elements" calling their organization "Syrian" "national" "coalition", if there is only the "Syrian nation" then "coalition" of the "national" become irrelevant to the Syrian nation.., unless the idea is to divide the nation then forming it to a coalition.., as these un-united foreign elements are doing and have done, following the lead of Saudis, the Qatari and UAE and their "coalitions" of tyrany serving the USA and EU interests.
From what I've read recently, the overwhelming majority of Syrians just want all the foreign fighters out. They are vicious thugs, who abuse even opponents of the government if they aren't sufficiently Salafist. If that's true, there may be hope, because the foreign fighters will be readily identifiable by through physical and language differences and a lack of local ties.
No wonder – Obama had paused its drone killings within the leadership structure of Al CIAda in Afghanistan. So now some local killings are required.
This is becoming farcical and reads like a sequel to the British satirical comedy "Carry One Follow That Camel".
Obama cannot control his Assets as they fight because Saudi, Qatar and the Modlem Brotherhood, who all prove to be bitter rivals, cannot get their act together as to who will be America's project manager and agent for all of this.
It is also said Saudi and Qatar both want to take over key areas of the Syrian economy and the list was actually published in the original SNC document.
However Syria negotiating directly with America is a good thing and what is required as America initiated and is responsible for it.
Also, the SNC has signed deals with various foreign backers to give away Syrian interests. They have given away a wish list of what everyone wants from Syria. For example, the promised the Golan to Israel, and its water. So much for Israel has no part in this.
Of course Israel has an interest in the outcome of the Syrian conflict- it would be irresponsible of Tel Aviv to not take advantage of the situation to boost their territory and security needs (real or imagined). Any national leader in such a situation would do the same. You can bet Turkey, and Jordan, and Lebanon, and all of Syria's neighbors and economic partners are sharpening up their carving knives for the main course, so you can't fault Israel for doing the same.
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