“The Formation of Syria’s National Coalition: An Assessment and Analysis,” By Amr al-Azm

Dr. Amr al-Azm

The Formation of Syria’s National Coalition: An Assessment and Analysis
By Amr al-Azm
Syria Comment – November 13, 2012

Following talks with a number of people who attended the Doha meeting of November 8-11, this is my assessment of the newly formed “National Coalition for Revolutionary Forces and the Syrian Opposition”. The coming together of the various Syrian opposition factions to finally strike a deal based on a 12 point agreement that would unify them under the umbrella of a newly created coalition body is remarkable considering the obstacles that had to be overcome. It faced intense opposition by some groups, particularly the SNC, which viewed this as a blatant effort to sideline them. Its members have fought for a leading role in the new group.

The original Riad Seif plan called for a council of 51 seats, a joint supreme military council, a judiciary commission and the formation of a provisional government selected from technocrats.

The new National Coalition that emerged in Doha on Monday ended up comprising of 65 seats. The SNC was earmarked 22 seats, the local administration councils were allocated 14 seats (one for each of the provinces in Syria), national figures were allocated initially 8 seats, eventually rising to 10 seats, with the balance (19 seats) to be distributed amongst the various remaining opposition groups and entities. The new coalition eventually managed late on Monday evening to eventually select Moaz Al-Khatib (a cleric and former imam of the Ummayad Mosque in Damascus) and two deputies (with a third still to be named by the Kurds) who are Riad Seif (both prominent dissidents and activists). A third position, which is until now poorly, understood is that of Secretary General, to be occupied by Mustapha Sabagh (head of the Syrian Business men Group). It is rumoured (by Al-Jazira and others) that the position would carry sweeping powers to rival even those of the head of the coalition Moaz Al-Khatib and seen as a principle demand by the Qataris.

Yet there are few details regarding the structure of the new coalition, or the mechanisms for decision-making within it. Nor is there a timeline for achieving its political goals in place. This all points to a clear lack of strategy and planning on the part of those who put this coalition together and those currently leading it. This in turn raises a number of serious challenges that need to be quickly addressed if this coalition is to have a chance of succeeding and not succumb to the same malaise that afflicted its much vaunted predecessor the SNC which is now reviled and delegitimized by many within the opposition and having lost credibility amongst its chief backers in the international community.

Immediate Challenges: The most immediate challenges are going to be those pertaining to strategic planning as well as transparency and legitimacy. These coupled with an ability to produce quick if not immediate tangible results to satisfy high expectations (often unrealistic) by the opposition.

  1. The most critical challenge of all is the clear lack of an agenda or any strategy and planning for the next steps by the new coalition and its leadership. This is further exacerbated by the lack of any real political experience at the international and domestic levels by those heading the coalition. This lack of experience and ability to strategize will very quickly affect the organizational and implementation abilities of the coalition. Left unaddressed this could easily lead to major errors, poor performance, mismanagement, dysfunctional decision making processes, ultimately degenerating into stasis and stagnation mirroring what happened to the SNC before them.
  2. The Doha meeting was expected to also produce a provisional government of technocrats. This did not happen and there are clearly a lot of reservations both within the SNC and the opposition at large for such a proposal. Yet the ability of the coalition to form such provisional technocrat government (relatively smoothly) will be taken as a critical sign by the international community of the measure of stability and maturity that the Syrian opposition has reached (or not!!!)
  3. The actual number of SNC members versus the officially stated figure of 23. Many of the names that appear on the list are known SNC members or belong to entities already represented in the SNC yet have been given independent seats separate from those belonging to the SNC. Whilst the figures fluctuate due to the fact that some may have already resigned from the SNC, it has been suggested that there are at least 10 names that are not listed with the SNC but are still members or represented within it. These include Riad Seif, Najib Ghadban, Mustapha Sabagh to name but a few. This discrepancy has already been noted by many and whilst there has been no major outcry as yet, that is more likely because people want to give the new coalition a chance. At the first sign of trouble however it will represent a soft underbelly on issues of transparency. Also makes for a poor start.
  4. The selection of representatives to fill the 14 seats of the Local Administration councils for the provinces is quickly proving to be controversial. Already there are voices being raised from within the provinces in Syria (the real people who are engaged in local administration) that they have not been consulted and that they object to many of those appointed. The selection was always going to be problematic but the lack of a clear and transparent mechanism is a serious problem that will have to be quickly addressed. Already there are accusations (unsubstantiated as yet) of cronyism profiteering and nepotism with the ink not even dry yet.
  5. There are prominent opposition entities inside and outside Syria such as the NCC (National Coordination Committee) that have yet to join in addition to any new entities or major defections that may emerge in the future for which no clear mechanisms or strategies for their inclusion appear to have been devised.

Suggested Responses: The following suggestions are made to help address the challenges raised above and are listed in order of priority rather than to reflect the above order of the challenges listed above.

  1. The first and most immediate response should be the bringing in of a team of professional consultants to assist and advise the leadership of the new council particularly on setting a agenda and matters strategy and planning. Ideally this team should have been in place to step in the minute the coalition was formed so that they could heat the ground running. Rapid demonstration of results is critical as there is a golden window right now that should be exploited to the maximum. Any errors will be quickly seized upon magnified and amplified. Its not too late yet but this should be a top priority. (you don’t want a re-run of some of those awkward meetings between Secretary Clinton and the SNC).
  2. A second priority is the need to quickly form the provisional technocrat government. All efforts should go into encouraging and helping/supporting the formation of this provisional government preferably before the meeting in Marrakesh. Whilst the Arab League and the GCC with perhaps one or two international countries such as France might be will to recognize the new coalition immediately, it is significant that the EU has chosen to be more circumspect opting to wait and see before formally committing. Given the challenges ahead that may be a wise choice.
  3. It is also critical that the issues of honesty and transparency highlighted above are addressed as quickly as possible. Whilst it is perfectly understandable that a significant amount of negotiations and horse-trading went on during the preliminary meetings prior to the announcements, it is essential that the outcome appears to be as honest and as transparent as possible. The glaring discrepancies mentioned above should not be discounted just because no one has yet objected aggressively. My suggestion is that the list is amended and relabeled to accurately reflect the true proportions. Those who wish to take up their seats in their new designation in the coalition should publicly resign from the SNC explaining why they have chosen to do so. I think if done quickly it will pass without much fuss. Failure to address this issue promptly will result in serious blowback. I sense a head of steam building already particularly from those on the ground inside in the provinces all you will need is a trigger. Also efforts should be made to encourage and, if need be, pressure the coalition to continue to work to be as inclusive as possible, again with a view to avoiding the errors of its predecessors.

In conclusion, this coalition will be given its honeymoon with the opposition in general and the internal opposition in particular. Its predecessor, the SNC, was given a honeymoon after all. But this will not last for long. The poor performance of the SNC and its causes are well known to most people. It will not take them long to conclude that due to the unfortunate overpopulation of SNC members in the new coalition, the virus that struck down the SNC has been transferred to the new coalition and that it is now stricken with the same malaise much to the embarrassment of all.

*Amr Al Azm is an associate professor of Middle East history and anthropology at Shawnee State University in Ohio.

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51. Warren said:

Abu Qatada release: Cameron ‘fed up’

Prime Minister David Cameron says he is “completely fed up” about the release on bail of Abu Qatada after the Muslim cleric won his deportation appeal.

Abu Qatada was earlier freed from prison after a UK court ruled he might not get a fair trial if deported to Jordan to face bomb plot charges.

Mr Cameron said ministers had “moved heaven and earth” to try to deport him and would continue to do so.

Labour said people would be “horrified” and urged ministers to act quickly.

Mr Cameron told BBC News: “I am completely fed up with the fact this man is still at large in our country, he has no right to be there, we believe he’s a threat to our country



Why doesn’t this Sunni terrorist go back home to Jordan? Why does this Sunni terrorist and his family prefer to live on welfare in a “kaffir” country? Is this just another example of Sunni Taqqiyya?

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November 13th, 2012, 7:05 pm


52. habib said:

Hmmm, from all this vague mumbo jumbo, it seems this group will have as little influence on the ground as the last one…

Where’s Fadwa Soleiman, couldn’t she be another of their token Alawite poster-children?

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November 13th, 2012, 7:07 pm


53. Tara said:

Would Khatib convince the opposition to dialogue an exile with al Assad?  The real problem is Bashar is out of touch with reality and therefore has deep conviction that he is truly loved.  He would never agree to leave by choice and will drag his Alawi supporters with him until the end. The Sunni supporters will easily switch side once the balance of power is tipped toward the revolution.

Khatib also said he was not averse to negotiating with Assad. He added that political dialogue didn’t mean “surrendering to the regime’s cruelty” but was the pragmatic “lesser of two evils”.

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November 13th, 2012, 7:08 pm


54. Warren said:

Coptic Pope Warns of Extremism In Egypt’s Constituent Assembly

Bishop Tawadros II has said that the Orthodox Church is committed to keeping Article 2 of Egypt’s draft constitution intact, as it was in the old constitution.

In a meeting with a delegation from the syndicates of journalists and lawyers at the Monastery of Saint Bishoy yesterday [Nov. 12], Tawadros threatened to withdraw church representatives from the Constituent Assembly, should the extremist atmosphere within the committee continue to prevail. He also explained that the church is coordinating with Al-Azhar University on the constitution.

Karem Mahmoud, secretary-general of the Syndicate of Journalists, said that the syndicate has postponed its Extraordinary General Assembly meeting until Nov. 25, as the previous date coincided with the papal inauguration ceremony.

Mohammed Abdel Qoddous, rapporteur of the Freedoms Committee at the Syndicate of Journalists, conveyed greetings from the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood and added that there were three fundamental problems that the pope hoped to solve. These include the equal rights of Egyptian Copts and Muslims to hold positions of public office — a national, not sectarian, demand — the freedom to build churches and the prevention of sectarian incidents.

The pope met with Mukhtar al-Hamalawy, the governor Beheira governorate, and said that he believes that the situation in the country changed following the January 25 Revolution, since Copts began to resort to the government and the parliament — rather than the church — to demand that their problems be resolved.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/politics/2012/11/egypt-coptic-pope-would-keep-constitution-article-on-religion.html#ixzz2C9R8Kinw

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November 13th, 2012, 7:13 pm


55. Warren said:

Salafist Influence Grows in Tunisia

“It was an emotional reaction by one of the brothers,” said Ahmad, a follower of Jihadist Salafism in Tunisia, about the statements made by the Imam of al-Noor Mosque in the town of Douar Hicher in which he called on the Salafist youth to carry their coffins over their shoulders, in a declaration of armed jihad.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/politics/2012/11/tunisia-salafists-clash-with-security-forces-ennahda-on-the-fence.html#ixzz2C9RnXgee

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November 13th, 2012, 7:15 pm


56. Warren said:

Germany debates help for Syrian Christians

In Syria, the Christian minority was long left in peace by the Assad regime – but they are between the front lines in the civil war. Germany is considering offering them a safe haven.

Germany taking in Syrian Christians – it would be an act of humanity. This is how the chairman of Chancellor Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats’ parliamentary group, Volker Kauder, described it to the “Frankfurter Allgmeine Zeitung” daily. Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich agreed in the newspaper to grant refuge to Syrian Christians, because they face “persecution of the highest order.”

Christians under pressure

Christians have lived in the area of ​​modern Syria since their religion came into being about two thousand years ago. The Syrian Orthodox Church is one of the oldest churches. Some of the faithful still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Christians have always played a clear role in the present-day Syrian Arab Republic. In the 1940s, for example, the country had a Christian prime minister, Faris al-Churi.


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November 13th, 2012, 7:22 pm


57. Syrian said:

هلال الاسد يأمر بقتل جورج سليمان
نوفمبر 13th, 2012 by admin
مراسل المحليات : كلنا شركاء
في واحدة من حالات الاختطاف الكثيرة في هذه الايام في اللاذقية , تم اختطاف السيد جورج سليمان (34 سنة ) اثناء جولته بسيارة الشركة التي يعمل بها ……وحيث ان الشركة قد وضعت جهاز تعقب داخل السيارة فلقد لجأ أهل المختطف وادارة الشركة لاحد الاجهزة الامنية لاخباره بامكانية معرفة مكان المختطف من خلال تعقب السيارة , ونظرا لاهمية الشركة الكبيرة بالمحافظة وافق الجهاز الامني وتم متابعة الجهاز الموضوع بالسيارة ليوصلهم الى منزل مساعد بالامن العسكري ….عمار في قرية بيت ياشوط وتحت الضغط اعترف بانه يعمل لصالح هلال الاسد وانهم فعلا من قاموا باختطاف السيد جورج .
وفعلا توجهت دورية امنية لمقر تواجد هلال الاسد من اجل التوسط لديه لاطلاق سراح المختطف دون ان يطلبوا فدية كما في الحالات السابقة , ولكن شبيحة هلال الاسد قاموا بمنعهم من الوصول لهلال وابلغوهم رسالته بعدم التدخل بهذه القضايا وعندما قال لهم احد افراد عائلته “انه مسيحي ولم يؤذ اي شخص بحياته ” اجابوه المسيحيون هدول كلاب عند بيت الاسد لو لم يحموهم لقتلهم العراعير ؟؟…..والمضحك بانهم ذهبوا لفرع الامن واخرجوا ….عمار واستعادوا السيارة ؟…وقاموا في اليوم التالي بقتل السيد جورج بثلاث رصاصات نكاية بالثالوث المسيحي كما اخبروا اهله !؟ وتقام الان مراسم العزاء باللاذقية

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November 13th, 2012, 7:46 pm


58. Amjad of Arabia said:

“Have you seen elBatta lately? I hear he’s hiding in Tartous waq waq”

The only people who ever see Batta these days are the foreign media. He hasn’t even given an interview to Syrian media lately.

“Christians in Syria, Seperating Fact from Fiction”


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November 13th, 2012, 7:50 pm


59. mjabali said:

Observer Old Money Syndicate:

Ya munafiq: I always call for political parties, elections and negotiation, from the first time I started writing in this blog.

You, were posing as a man who is for justice and civility to solve problems: but your words show that you are for revenge and violence. Blood thirsty is what you are at the end of the day.

You, the ACLU card member holder calling for revenge. This is bad senior.

AS for your old money and the Ottomans: I have this to say to you: till today people in Syria are holding into property given to them by the Ottomans. So what the hell are you talking about when you claim that the Ottoman influence is gone from Syria. Wake up.

By the way, your post is boring as usual. Some parts of it made me think that you are on planet Kooko.

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November 13th, 2012, 9:43 pm


60. Visitor said:

President Hollande is ready to send weapons to Syria, calling on all countries who will recognize the coalition to do the same,

““On the question of weapons deliveries, France did not support it as long as it wasn’t clear where these weapons went,” Hollande said.

“With the coalition, as soon as it is a legitimate government of Syria, this question will be looked at by France, but also by all countries that recognise this government.””

More ….


Get your radar up on the roof immediately. Back to Homs right away before those backward Saudis hear from mjabali about your sixth sense, and use six poled-pillars for radar support.


Nice to meet you true True.

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November 13th, 2012, 10:08 pm


61. zoo said:

52. Tara

If Khatib tries to convince the SNC that the only valid and bloodless solution is to negotiate with Bashar, there will be criminal attempts on his life to scare him away.
Of course the Syrian government will be conveniently accused.
The Islamists that are behind the SNC want the end of the Baath party, its replacement by a Moslem Brotherhood leadership, like Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. To destroy the Baath party, they will not tolerate any chance of negotiation, they want the head of the party, Bashar al Assad at any cost.

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November 13th, 2012, 10:15 pm


62. corporatist said:

Seems this new group will have all the success of the old group. I can’t imagine any Syrian applauding a foreign imposed and hand-picked group like this.

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November 13th, 2012, 10:21 pm


63. zoo said:

While the GCC, the USA and some EU members expressed their satisfaction and reservations about the new coalition, why is Turkey still silent?

Is Erdogan furious that the SNC that he pampered and spend money on are in minority in the new coalition?

Is he annoyed that a moderate sheikh and not a Moslem Brotherhood member has taken the leadership?

Is he worried that this group will not achieve any tangible result on the ground soon enough and that Turkey will be obliged to act militarily to stop the continuous flow of refugees and protect the bordering villages.

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November 13th, 2012, 10:37 pm


64. Ghufran said:

قال وزير الدفاع الفرنسي جان ايف لو دريان, يوم الثلاثاء, انه من السابق لاوانه الاعتراف “بالائتلاف السوري المعارض” , داعيا الى بذل جهود من اجل توحيد الفصائل المسلحة تحت مظلته.
واوضح الوزير الفرنسي, في تصريحات للصحفيين في باريس, نقلتها وكالة (رويترز) للأنباء, ان “ما جرى في الدوحة خطوة للامام, نعتبرها مهمة ولكنها غير كافية لتقود إلى المسار الصحيح”, مبينا ان “الوحدة السياسية مهمة ولكن ينبغي ان يصاحبها توحيد جميع الجماعات المسلحة”.
It is very early to assess the impact of Doha conference. The big guys have yet to speak, Hammoudeh is not one of them., my own prediction is that the new alliance will not do much until there is a real shift in US and Russian policies, such a shift requires a similar shift on the battle field, the rest is empty babbling.

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November 13th, 2012, 10:48 pm


65. ann said:

News Analysis: AL recognition of Syrian opposition coalition ” hesitant,” adding “intricacy” to crisis – 2012-11-14


CAIRO, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) — The Arab League (AL)’s recognition to the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces is believed by some experts to be “hesitant” and adding complexity to the 20-month-old Syrian crisis.

Despite the positivity manifested in favor of the opposition side, some experts believe the admission does not add anything conducive to solving the Syrian crisis; on the contrary, it adds to its perplexity.

“Recognizing the new coalition as a representative for the aspirations of the Syrian people is in fact an ‘undecided’ move,” Noha Bakr, political science professor at the American University in Cairo told Xinhua.

The recognition seemed reluctant; though many members of the AL want to root for the opposition, the group does not yet have a plan to go with a full recognition of them, so it preferred to recognize them “in a diplomatic way,” according to analysts.

“The AL thinks the Syrian crisis will follow the path of Libya, and that once they recognize a ‘replacement,’ the current government will stagger, but the Syrian issue is totally different from the Libyan one”, Bakr said, adding that due to factional, ethnic, and religious splits in Syria, the international community must view the Syrian crisis in a different light.

Agreeing with Bakr’s view, political expert with Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies Saed Lawendy said the AL recognition of the coalition “added to the crisis complexity”, ruling out the possibility that the Syrian opposition groups could be united under this umbrella.

“I don’t think the internal Syrian factions will join this coalition,” he said. “The oppositions abroad are too different from those inside Syria.”

“The AL, though keen on supporting the Syrian people, did not say if it will call on the conflicting sides to have a dialogue,” Lawendy added, advising the AL on the necessity of a plan for averting a full-scale civil war in Syria.



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November 13th, 2012, 10:58 pm


66. Ghufran said:

The old thugs are gone, welcome the new thugs:

شن ناشطون معارضون في مدينة اعزاز هجوماً على قائد لواء عاصفة الشمال عمار داديخي، لتنصيبه نفسه بديلاً لبشار الأسد في المدينة .

و يأتي ذلك بعد اعلان تشكيل مجلس مدني لمدينة اعزاز بطريقة التعيين من قبل “الحاكم العسكري عمار داديخي” ، بعد أن “افتى أحد تابعيه أن الانتخابات حرام “.

الذي عين نفسه “ملك اعزاز”،بحسب تعبير الناشطين .
و رفض ناشطون يديرون صفحة شباب حلب اعزاز (كبرى المجموعات المعارضة في مدينة اعزاز) المجلس لأنه لا يمثل كافة فئات و أهالي المدينة ، معتبرين اياه مجلس تصفيق ثاني يشابه إلى حد ما مجلس التصفيق السوري في إشارة إلى مجلس الشعب السوري .
و تساءل الناشطون” من هو عمار داديخي ليقرر بدلاً من اهالي المدينة المجلس ؟؟”.
و يعرف عمار داديخي بأنه أول من حمل السلاح في وجه القوات النظامية في المدينة و كان له دور كبير و مجموعته في تحرير المدينة من القوات النظامية ، إلا أن الناشطون يقولون قتاله ضد النظام يجب ان لا يكون للجلوس مكانه و حماية مصالحه الشخصية “.
و يسيطر عمار داديخي على معبر باب السلامة الحدودي و يفرض رسوم على القادمين و المغادرين ، الأمر الذي قال عنه الناشطون بأنه “يدر ملايين تكفي أهالي منطقة أعزاز بكل مدنها و قراها “.
و ختم الناشطون كلامهم بالقول ” لسنا نحن من يقبل بمبدأ، مات الملك بشار،  و عاش الملك عمار”.

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November 13th, 2012, 11:33 pm


67. Ghufran said:

Smuggling of weapons has not stopped since March,2011 or before but large scale weapons delivery is a different matter. Calling the new opposition creature a legitimate rep of syrians is not the same as ” the sole” rep of syrians,and giving this new body a seat at the UN requires a UNSC resolution not just a statement from a French politician.
أعلنت وزارة الخارجية الفرنسية، ان “فرنسا لا تزال ملتزمة بحظر ارسال اسلحة الى سوريا بقرار من الاتحاد الاوروبي، الذي يستطيع من جانبه رفع هذا الحظر”، الا انه اوضح ان “اي نقاش حول هذا الموضوع لم يقرر بعد”.
وردا على سؤال حول امكانية ارسال اسلحة الى المعارضة السورية قال المتحدث باسم الخارجية الفرنسية فيليب لاليو، ان “فرنسا مرتبطة في الوقت الحاضر بحظر اوروبي يشمل جميع دول الاتحاد الاوروبي”.
ولفت إلى “ان هذا الحظر واضح خصوصا المادة الثانية منه التي تحظر تسليم اسلحة الى سوريا، والاستثناءات الموجودة لا تطبق على الوضع القائم”، مضيفا ان “هذا الحظر عندما اقر لم يحدد بمهلة زمنية”.
However, there might be benefits from this new entity if other forces join in and if a similar move at the rebels level is taken, either possibility is a tall order for now, I also welcome any measures that can pressure the regime but I only heard calls for more fighting and more blood shed,that (coming from Doha) will seriously hurt the SNC.2’s chances of winning support inside Syria, I have not seen any reasonable assessment of this new political initiative except an attempt by Amr who avoided explosive issues that can easily make this initiative more of a theatre than an actual piece of work.

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November 13th, 2012, 11:52 pm


68. Johannes de Silentio said:

55. Warren

“Germany debates help for Syrian Christians, is considering offering them a safe haven.”

Amazingly good news. This is like when Israel airlifted thousands of Falashas out of northern Ethiopia to save them from genocide at the hands of the nasty Sudanese Muslims.

Also, with the Christians gone, it would leave dear, dear Syria to be fought over by all those freedom-loving, democracy-loving Syrian Muslims who can’t understand why nobody likes them.

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November 14th, 2012, 1:31 am


70. True said:

Wazzup Visitor?

Seems like you kept these retarded apologists on a tight leash eh, very well done buddy.

I’ll grant immunity to every Qurdahan who could say 2erd instead of Qurd, see my big heart and they say we’re not tolerant 🙂

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November 14th, 2012, 2:36 am


71. annie said:

Speech by Sheik Moaz Al Khatib, head of the Syrian National Coalition

Posted November 14, 2012 by bandannie in Sheik Moaz Al Khatib, Syrian National Coalition. Tagged: Sheik Moaz Al Khatib, Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces. Leave a Comment | Edit

Sheik Moaz Al Khatib, head of the newly established Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces November 11, 2012, Qatar

The Syrian people are the product of 10,000 years of civilization. The great people of Syria are facing daily, a programmed war of extermination and savage destruction. It can be safely said that there is not a citizen that has not been harmed by this regime. Many parties have exerted much effort to pull this regime out of its primitiveness, its savagery and its stupidity but have been put off by its stubbornness and its arrogance. The regime has destroyed all aspects of normal life and turned Syria into ruins; it has worked for fifty years to negate the will of the people and to play on its contradictions using them to tear apart our people.

After a long struggle, numerous patriotic groups have now united as one to stop the massacre to which our people are being subjected to daily as the rest of world passively listens and watches.

Our primary task is to provide emergent humanitarian relief to our people and to stop the torrent of blood the runs day and night, as we unite our ranks to remove this tyrannical regime with all it symbols and build a righteous society based on justice and the dignity that is bestowed by god on every human being.

I would like to alert you to certain issues, even if I deviate a little from the norms of diplomatic protocol.

The first issue is that our revolution is a peaceful revolution from its beginning to its end and it is the regime alone that bears the moral and legal responsibility; for it is the regime that forced our people to resort to armed resistance to defend themselves, their families, their property and their religion.

In dozens of cities flowers were carried during demonstrations by thousands of young men and women. They carried flowers and cold water to give to members of the security forces to ask for their right, to simply express themselves. This monstrous regime responded with arrests, jail and torture and then proceeded to destroy the physical, social and economic structure of the country after destroying its intellectual and moral fabric for the past fifty years.

We salute the struggle of this great people, men, women and children and we salute their legendary courage in the face of oppression and destruction as we stand with respect in memory of the souls of our martyrs. We also salute with loyalty all of the fighters of the Free Syrian Army who defend the revolution in the face of tyranny.

The regime has destroyed our people, our country and our army that we honor and feel the pain at the sight of every coffin of a dead soldier. This is the army built by the people’s hard work, sweat and tears to defend the country only to be turned by the regime against the people.

Our people’s demands were very simple, brothers, all our people wanted is for every individual to be able to go to sleep without fear. This was the demand of our people, brothers, and the regime did not respond to this simple demand, and today there are no acceptable decisions short of the departure of the regime and the complete dismantling of its monstrous structure.

The second issue has to do with the Islamisation of the revolution and what is said, day and night, about the savagery of the Syrian people and its rebels.

Oh brothers, and I take full responsibility for what I say, every fighter is looking for freedom but some are driven to extremes by the savagery of the regime’s forces. Efforts are underway by legal councils to regulate the behavior of the rebel fighters even when it comes to their dealings with enemies.

This revolution uses “takbir”(the chanting of Allah is great) in all its corners, not to push anyone away for our brothers from all faiths are our partners. Many of our Christian brothers have joined us as we started demonstrating from within mosques and chanted “Allahu Akbar” in the face of the tyrant. The Islam that we carry with us is an Islam that builds civilizations and honors human beings, an Islam that embraces Christianity in the most sacred of lands, an Islam that unites people not divides them, an Islam that considers that strength is in diversity not in isolation.

And at the wake of the first martyrs in Douma, it was made very clear that we are demanding freedom for every Sunni and Alawi, every Christian and Druzi, every Ismaili and Suriani. We feel the pain of every one of them, from the injustices perpetrated against our Arabism to the injustices perpetrated against the great Kurdish people and to the injustices dealt to every segment of our society. What is present in our country is not only coexistence but true compassion and love for the other. Our work will end, and I say this specifically to our brethrens inside Syria, as soon as free elections are held. Every legal and constitutional question is suspended until then so that the people will decide on their legal system and their constitution with free elections after the fall of the regime and in an atmosphere of total freedom and equality.

Thirdly, the revolution distances itself from the idea of revenge against anyone and there will be judiciary committees to hold accountable anyone who commits crimes against innocent citizens. I also plea, knowing that many Syrian army officers and soldiers are honorable people suppressed by iron and fire as we all were, I plea with them to prepare to defect from this corrupt body and to help us build the Syria of the future. The majority has suffered and the minorities have suffered and the regime has turned us against each other; it is time to unite in love to face the long night.

Fourthly, we as individuals and communities, do not and will not pledge allegiance to any side or cause that is harmful to our people, our unity or our land and this blood is the signature of our commitment. We pledge in front of our people to protect their interests, their land, their religion, their morals, their freedom and the rule of law. The coming Syria will be for all its sons and daughters. I pledge personally in front of my brothers, to be at the service of my people, to unite them and that every decision made in their interest to regain their dignity.

Fifthly, we call on the international community, on its governments to honor pledges of help to our people. Our people, Oh brothers, are not a primitive or marginal people, they are the makers of a great civilization and when our people’s rights are returned they will rise again and create a great civilization after the fall of the regime.

We ask for all forms of humanitarian, political and economic support.

In the name of all of our absent brothers in Syria, I extend my thanks to the government of Qatar and its people, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. I thank our partners in civilization and history, our Turkish brothers as well as our brothers in Libya, Jordan and Egypt. I hope we can work together to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people. I would also like to thank all of our brothers who worked tirelessly over many nights to put together this coalition. I would also like to thank the Syrian National Council for working with us as brothers, because in the end we are brothers. Finally I want to address our great people with reverence and kiss the hand of every mother and father. I also want to salute the steadfastness of our young men and women. I want to salute especially the Syrian woman, the greatest woman on this earth, who made the human beings who conquered iron and blood. I would also like to address our children with they have my unconditional love and tell them that we will shed our blood so that they can go to bed happy, with a smile on their lips and with love and peace in their dreams. I want to tell all Syrians that if you find good in what I do then keep me, but otherwise ask me to leave; I love you all and I ask god for success, praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds.

source : posted by N.Z. on Walls (https://7ee6an.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/superior-my-a/comment-page-3/#comment-16444)

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November 14th, 2012, 2:45 am


72. ann said:

Report: Rebels seize villages on Israel-Syria border – 11.14.12

At least 200 rebel soldiers took over Beerajam and Bariqa in demilitarized buffer zone, Israeli military intelligence source tells The Telegraph


At least 200 rebel soldiers had taken over Beerajam and Bariqa, two isolated villages nestled in the buffer zone established between Israel and Syria, an Israeli military intelligence source told The Telegraph.

Over the past week, two Syrian mortar shells landed inside Israeli territory. The IDF retaliated on two occasions by firing a missile and tank shells. Reports said that the Syrian army scaled down its deployment in the region following the Israeli response.

“The rebels are employing a clear tactic of drawing the regime forces to fight in these demilitarized areas because of the limitations on the Syrian armed forces,” the source said.

“Rebels have seized control of the area north of Quneitra and the area to its south. If they are brave they will try to make a swift move to cut off Quneitra city and cut off the road to Damascus. We cannot rule that out as a next step.”

The armistice agreed in 1974 prohibits the Syrian government from engaging in military activity within a buffer zone that runs along the length of the Israeli border, with a width just under six miles.

According to Israeli officials, the rebels in control of Quneitra are members of a radical Salafist faction calling itself “Eagles of the Golan”.

The group, made up largely of foreign fighters, including al-Qaeda militants from Iraq, boasts that that once it has ousted the Assad regime, it will focus its attention on Israel.

“We are used to a Cold War situation between Israel and Syria but what we are seeing along the border now is a situation similar to that of Lebanon or Sinai, where a weak sovereign state is failing to exert its control over an area that different rebel groups can use to attack Israel,” a source said.

On Tuesday, Israel’s Channel 1 reported that Assad’s regime had conveyed a message to Israel that it will act to prevent accidental fire in the Golan Heights. The message was relayed via the United Nations headquarters that is enforcing the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Syria.

The Free Syria Army warned Israel on Sunday against interfering in the civil war which has been ravaging Syria since March 2011.

A report by Turkey’s Anadolu news Agency quoted a statement issued by the FSA saying that Israel’s rocket fire at Syria on Sunday afternoon was aimed to help the Assad regime in his war against opposition forces.

“Israel assisted Assad’s criminal regime by firing at FSA forces that were closing in on Damascus forces and negotiating their surrender,” the Free Syria Army statement said.

“The Israeli forces interfered with the intent of saving Assad’s force by delivering a direct hit to the rebels and breaking their siege over Assad’s criminal forces.”

‘Israel aiding Syrian regime’

On Tuesday, Mustafa al-Sheikh, the head of the Free Syrian Army’s military council said that “Israel is aiding the Syrian regime and its allies in accordance with their partnership.”

In an interview with the London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat, al-Sheikh said that “this agreement was clearly evident when Israel allowed Syrian forces to enter UN-controlled zones in the Golan without any objection.



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November 14th, 2012, 2:48 am


73. Mina said:

Seems hard to motivate the rebels without promessing them the Golan. They are ok to kill Syrians but only if the stakes are high!

Hatham Manna’ on the last Doha circus

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November 14th, 2012, 3:30 am


74. Citizen said:

لمقداد: نزهة البريطانيين والفرنسيين لن تكون ممتعة لهم إذا حاولوا الاعتداء على بلد عربي آخر

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November 14th, 2012, 3:36 am


76. Citizen said:

This is the true essence of the CIA

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November 14th, 2012, 6:01 am


77. habib said:

70. ann

Can it be any clearer that the Israelis are rooting for the insurgents, even the Salafist parts?

I’d like to see what the retards who claimed Israel is in bed with Bashar have to say…

We can only hope these groups will do what they promised and attack Israel once they enter Golan, but I highly doubt this will happen. They can sit snugly in Golan and let Israel fire at Syrian tanks if they come too close. Disgusting.

I have vowed to critisise both sides, but with developments like this, it is already becoming a challenge.

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November 14th, 2012, 6:19 am


78. Observer said:

Majbali you really have lost it

How is it that holding property makes Ottoman influence still present. I told you all of it was confiscated. There is nothing left.

Also why is it that asking for criminals to be brought to justice is revenge?
Why is it that asking for a truth and reconciliation commission asking for revenge?
Why is asking for the abolition of the death penalty revenge?

I think the paranoia of past persecution and years of indoctrination has clouded your judgement.

I also love it when you clearly show the grudge you have against so called old money.

Life is not fair, some have genes to make them super athletes and others are born with genes that make them unable to process table sugar and yet others are born with genes that cause brain toxicity.

No one is born into a hatred gene. It is taught and nourished and eats away at everything.

Your rants are to me a very clear indication that the regime is losing and losing big time.

Who would have imagined that whole swaths of the country are no go zones for the hundreds of thousands of security troops and thugs and corrupters that the regime had at its hands. Who would have imagined that the prime minister of the Prethident would defect on him and yet in typical fashion like the man who puts the skin of his behind on his face goes on without embarrassment?

Here are the news from the pro regime sides

Iran is to call for a conference of dialogue
Medvedev says Russia is neutral but others are not
Mikdad says attacking Syria will not be easy
Freddo says that Syria will affect the world from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Holly cow, is this the regime that you support? Is there an indication from the interview that Freddo gave to the RT channel that he is in full possession of his mental faculties? How can you dialogue let alone negotiate with delusion?

Finally: what would be an unboring comment to you?

Would it be hmmmm : the Prethident issued a decree to pardon street vendors from soiling the streets? would be it the news of the 10 agreements we signed with North Korea in the field ( oh my ) of electricity generation? Would be the decision to open a university in Quneitra? ( the latest news from SANA by the way ).

So cheers, I am now going to read every word of the SANA report with excitement for it is so unboring and then go one to Addounia also so inspiring.

Justice for Hamza Alkhatib

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November 14th, 2012, 7:05 am


79. Observer said:

This is a question for all on this blog

Is there a Massada complex among the regime and its head?

Are we to expect a Samson action?

How many are willing to go into this scenario from the regime side in your opinion?

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November 14th, 2012, 7:20 am


80. Visitor said:

True said,

“I’ll grant immunity to every Qurdahan who could say 2erd instead of Qurd, see my big heart and they say we’re not tolerant “

I have no problem with good causes, as long as they prove their worth obedeiently serving our brothers who will move to town shortly.

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November 14th, 2012, 7:45 am


81. Visitor said:

Habib is eager to liberate the Golan,


I will paraphrase this guy for you. What did you use to call him? Jin-blat?

يا أرنبا في الجولان وكلبا في قطنا والشام.

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November 14th, 2012, 8:42 am


82. Dawoud said:

Stop Hizbistan’s (Hasan Nasrillat’s Hizb al-Shytan) and Ayatollahistan’s (Iran’s) Terrorism in Syria!

Free Syria, Free Palestine, Stop Shia Terrorism!

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November 14th, 2012, 8:45 am


83. Warren said:

Israeli air strike kills Hamas military chief Jabari

Hamas says the head of its military wing has been killed in an Israeli air strike.

Israel said it had targeted Ahmed al-Jabari because of what it called his decade-long terrorist activity.

He is the most senior Hamas official to be killed since an Israeli offensive in Gaza four years ago.

Witnesses say Jabari was traveling in his vehicle in Gaza City when his car exploded. There are reports his deputy has also been killed.

The Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet said in a statement: “Jabari was responsible for financing and directing military operations and attacks against Israel.

“His elimination today is a message to Hamas officials in Gaza that if they continue promoting terrorism against Israel, they will be hurt.”

The BBC correspondent in Gaza says the sound of gunfire is echoing through the streets. He says there is a lot of anger in the City, and there are fears the attack could lead to a major escalation of violence.


Another filthy Sunni Pallie terrorist bites the dust! Watch how the Pallie parasites cry, scream and do nothing!

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November 14th, 2012, 9:49 am


84. Warren said:

Israel threatens to topple Abbas if Palestinians win U.N. bid

Israel’s foreign ministry has proposed in a policy paper “toppling” Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas if a Palestinian bid of state observer status at the United Nations is approved later this month.

“Toppling Abu Mazen’s (Abbas’s) regime would be the only option in this case,” the position paper obtained by AFP says. “Any other option… would mean waving a white flag and admitting the failure of the Israeli leadership to deal with the challenge.”

The position paper is a draft document that is expected to be endorsed by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who would then present it to the Israeli officials charged with formulating Israel’s response to the Palestinian bid.

Lieberman has already reportedly expressed his view that Abbas’s Palestinian Authority should be dismantled if the U.N. bid succeeds.



No doubt the Pallie prostitutes new client and sugar daddy Qatar will come to their resuce! (Sarcasm)

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November 14th, 2012, 9:57 am


85. annie said:

Hello True, had not seen you. Happy to know you are still with the Revolution and have not forgotten your mates.

this is THE speech in the original http://youtu.be/5ihiBBv670M

Oh, and this is for the menhebaks, look who is supporting you and your criminal prez http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/security/01/11/israel-is-better-off-with-assad.html#ixzz2CCm6gVpA

And finally 45. True If I had any say I would forbid the humiliation of anyone whether it be in Qardaha or any place. Humiliation debases the person who dishes it out.

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November 14th, 2012, 10:43 am


86. erin said:

the new coalition is compounded of people who will be killing each other in the future to be the next dictator of Syria.
it is not a democracy it is a new slavery in Syria.
Arabs will never have democracy, under the title of Islam.
get rid of Islam and democracy will flourish by itself.

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November 14th, 2012, 11:18 am


87. mjabali said:

Observer Old Money Syndicate:

Again, you rant and rant and rant and rant and accuse me of that.

A cheap and primitive technique like this is not going to work with me. Go try another method.

Nevertheless, let me smash your weak logic as my habit:

Yes, the Ottoman’s influence is still felt in Syria today. You could see that on the material level and on the ideological level.

The Ottomans and their gang ruled what came to be known as Syria for 600 or 700 years or so. They influenced everything in that place, including the demographics and of course the distribution of wealth. They also controlled every institution existed. They counted the breath you could intake. So, their institutions and establishments did not disappear when Nasser came and took the land away from few of that class. It was well entrenched within.

A real example for you mr. old money, my friends’ mother who came from a family whose’ land was supposedly taken away by the state. She inherited, from her family of course, the rights to small properties here and the in the heart of the city I came from. When Nasser came he was not able to corral all of the holding of that class, and therefore left small properties here and there. These small properties are fortunes in Syrian standards. To make the story short: the Ottoman benefits to the few is still felt today, even though the “Ottomans” are out of Syria.

The ideas the Ottomans set in Syria regarding minorities, as an example, are still the rule today in Syria. The Sunnis of Syria never made the attempt to step out of the way the Ottomans thought of the Syrians. The Sunnis of Syria, except for a small portion, still think the way the Ottoman wanted them.

AS for your revenge calls; you astonish me sometimes mr. “observer.” Some days you say you want to start reconciling Syrians while on other days you show clearly that you are for the military solutions and do not mind violence. There are contradictions in your stances.

As for Hamza al-Khatieb: Yes Justice for this little Syrian boy.

Call for the immediate end of violence in Syria. Call for political solutions and not for the death and destruction of the country.

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November 14th, 2012, 12:02 pm


88. mjabali said:

It is funny when some of those pretending to defend Islam are the ones who end up putting there feet in their mouths.

So, after their leader called his dick the 6th pillar of Islam, today we have two characters (probably the same person), making fun of the letter Qaf and slandering the Alawites who pronounce in a certain manner.

So, if you take the theory of these two characters the word Quran قرآن should be pronounced Aur’an ئرآن، i.e switching the Qaf with a hamza. Therefore the Qura’ain Verse : Iqra’ should be pronounced U’ra’
حسب رآي الجهابذه علينا تبديل حرف القاف بالهمزة.

إستمروا في شتم الدين الاسلامي ياجهلة..

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November 14th, 2012, 12:09 pm


89. zoo said:

Obama’s Nightmare
Published: November 13, 2012

So the situation is not hopeless. I know American officials are tantalized by the idea of flipping Syria from the Iranian to the Western camp by toppling Assad. That would make my day, too, but I’m skeptical it would end the conflict. I fear that toppling Assad, without a neutral third party inside Syria to referee a transition, could lead not only to permanent civil war in Syria but one that spreads around the region. It’s a real long shot, but we should keep trying to work with Russia — Syria’s lawyer — to see if together we can broker a power-sharing deal inside Syria and a United Nations-led multinational force to oversee it. Otherwise, this fire will rage on and spread, as the acid from the Shiite-Sunni conflict eats away at the bonds holding the Middle East together and standing between this region and chaos.

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November 14th, 2012, 12:13 pm


90. zoo said:

Where is the Arab League?
Hit on Hamas military chief is only the beginning


This is not just “another” assassination, but rather a hit on one of the top people in the movement and the person in the leadership most identified with the terror struggle against Israel.
The Israeli action today is the beginning of the story, not its end. All of the Palestinian factions will try in the upcoming hours to avenge Jabari’s death by every means. The confusion of the first hour in Gaza is now being replaced by an unambiguous call for vengeance.

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November 14th, 2012, 12:26 pm


91. zoo said:

Another tap in the back?
U.S. stops short of recognizing Syrian opposition body

Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:05am EST

* U.S. praises coalition, but holds off on full recognition
* France leads the diplomatic charge on Syria, as in Libya
* Syria denounces new coalition as bent on war

By Mariam Karouny

BEIRUT, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The United States declined to follow France in fully recognising a fledgling Syrian opposition coalition on Wednesday, saying the body must prove its worth, after its predecessor was dogged by feuding and accusations of Islamist domination.

Syria decried the new grouping, which it said had closed the door to a negotiated solution with President Bashar al-Assad.

“The whole world, and Syria too, says the problem in Syria should be solved in a peaceful framework and through a national dialogue, (but) the first decision taken after forming the coalition in Doha was to reject dialogue and to continue the war,” Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said.

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November 14th, 2012, 12:39 pm


92. zoo said:

New Syrian opposition body chooses Cairo as base

CAIRO, (Reuters) – Syria’s new opposition coalition will set up its headquarters in Cairo, the hub of Arab diplomacy, as it lobbies foreign powers for recognition as the war-torn country’s legitimate government, officials in the movement said.

Mouaz Alkhatib, a moderate Sunni Muslim cleric who fled Syria for Cairo in July, was elected on Sunday to head the coalition, the latest attempt to present a united front after more than a year of bickering among Bashar al-Assad’s opponents.

Twenty months of conflict have killed more than 38,000 people, leaving insurgents with few weapons to fight Assad’s air force and heavy artillery.

The opposition is under growing pressure to form a body that can rule after him as rebels advance on the ground and the country slides further into economic and social chaos.

“The decision has been taken to make Cairo the permanent headquarters for the Syrian opposition coalition to meet and plan ahead,” an aide to Alkhatib said on condition of anonymity.

Prominent coalition member Walid el-Bunni from the former Syrian National Council (SNC) confirmed the decision on Wednesday and said the movement was in talks with the Egyptian government to finalise arrangements for the new headquarters.

Six Arab Gulf countries and France have announced their support for the coalition but it still lacks full recognition from the United States, other European countries and the Arab League.

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November 14th, 2012, 12:58 pm


93. Tara said:

Zoo@ 89

Shouldn’t Miss Peggy offer her criteria or define how the Coalition body can ” prove it’s worth”. We have only seen empty rhetoric from this administration . What exactly they would like to seer before helping the revolution topple Batta, or is it just the usual lip service?

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November 14th, 2012, 1:06 pm


94. Syrialover said:

A closer look at the picture shows that Israeli claims justifying its strikes in Gaza don’t stand up.

Analysis shows that Palestinian projectiles are largely generated as a response to Israeli strikes.

The data also shows factions in Gaza are restraining themselves and are not responding to every Israeli escalation.


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November 14th, 2012, 1:57 pm


95. Visitor said:

There are four issues facing the newly formed coalition. They are resistance, governance, diplomacy and aid, Khoury says.


I think we kind of figured that much here if we overlook the love-u-4ever-die-without-u distractors.

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November 14th, 2012, 2:20 pm


96. zoo said:


The requirements of the Western countries, friends of Syria are clear
1) The new coalition does not include opposition groups within Syria: It must reach them and try to convince them to join.
3) It does not include the FSA commanders, it must reach them AND control them.
3) It should work toward a political settlement and not a military one. That implies some sort of negotiations with the regime.
Unfortunately the Moslem Brotherhood in the signed deal creating the coalition have made sure that this is explicitly forbidden.

In summary, by having their headquarter in MB lead Egyt thus embracing the strong influence of MB (dictated by Qatar), they have put themselves in a corner by appearing to be the Moslem Brotherhood servants, just like the SNC.
The chosen leaders, the sheikh, the woman and the businessman, are only for the facade, they have no decision power whatsoever and the huge tasks require not only courageous but powerful leaders.

As long the opposition focuses exclusively on a military solution to the issue, they will never get the West on their side and without the West, they are bound to fail while more syrians will die.

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November 14th, 2012, 2:20 pm


97. ALI said:


I enjoy your comments but I find your language a little bit harsh. I don’t suppose you like to be called a Sunni terrorist or servants of Alawis for 40 years?

I’m really sorry but I just wanted to highlight to you and your folks that we’re more civilized than you guys and if we don’t reciprocate the insulate it doesn’t mean we’re not able to.

Most of Alawis who controlled you for 40 years could easily pronounce Qerd as 2erd, so I don’t believe your sectarian filter would work here.

Would you agree to sit around the table and start a dialog?

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November 14th, 2012, 2:44 pm


98. Mina said:

Might not be available for reading for too long (and appreciate the moral offered)

Jon Williams BBC Foreign Editor tweets: 11 month old son of BBC colleague killed in #Gaza. Sister-in-law killed, brother critically injured. Civilians always casualties of conflict.

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November 14th, 2012, 3:13 pm


99. Warren said:

French Authorities Launch Investigation Into Arafat’s Death

Stratfor’s Vice President of Intelligence Fred Burton discusses the low probability of investigators finding any evidence indicating that Yasser Arafat was poisoned in 2004.
For more analysis, visit: http://www.Stratfor.com

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November 14th, 2012, 3:16 pm


100. ALI said:

The invasion of Gaza has started and now all real Arabs should stop everything to support our Palestinian brothers in Gaza. Although Hamas’ stand of the situation in Syria was not really pleasant but we still need to stay behind them for the core case of our existence, for Palestine.

If Jihadists and what you call FSA have a little amount of decency should stop their unexplained attacks against the state and channel their efforts to Palestine. Will the opposition stick to our commitment to Palestine? Or it’s an ideal opportunity to submit its credentials to Israel?

Watch and see Jihadists.

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November 14th, 2012, 3:17 pm


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