|Syrian opposition conference may prove futile|
Ad Hoc Friends of the Syrian People Ministerial hosted by Hilary Clinton in New York City (Photo courtesy of State Department/Public Domain)
Written by Scott Taylor
Since the outbreak of violence in
The diverse collection of ethnic, religious and political ideologies appears to illustrate a widespread dissatisfaction among the people. In other words, if these disparate factions have a common hatred for their president, then he must be a really evil dude.
This was, of course, the simplistic assessment made by the United States Department of State and parroted by John Baird,
Mobs in the street toppled Hosni Mubarak, then the president of
When the rebellion in
In a typical
As for the Syrian conflict, the very fact that Assad has been able to cling to power this long has given observers more time to assess the root causes and possible consequences. It is now obvious that while Assad has an abundance of detractors, he also has loyal support from certain factions, including his own Alawite minority and Syrian Christians.
On the flip side, the duration of the fighting has also given us the opportunity to examine exactly what constitutes the Syrian opposition coalition. After 19 months of providing the rebels with political support in the form of sanctions and covert military aid directed through
To rectify this, the
However, the entire four-day conference, even if successful, may prove to be an exercise in futility. Most analysts now realize that these Syrian political leaders who are living in exile abroad have far less actual influence than those military commanders who are busy battling Assad’s forces inside
Recognizing this, the US State Department is pushing for the loose-knit Free Syrian Army to take the lead role in future combat operations. The name Free Syrian Army was, of course, coined by the same spin-doctors that want us to recognize the good guys from the bad guys. How can any force wanting freedom be bad?
Unfortunately for their Western mentors, those wacky Free Syrian rebels haven’t seen enough
Allegedly captured near the northern town of
I’m sure that when Baird has finished his daily bellowing of “Assad must go!” he will take a moment to condemn this latest atrocity by these rebels to whom he has committed