How can terrorists turn into a terrorist? They already are terrorists. The dreadful thing with this whole civil war in Syria is that the UK and US actually are dumb enough to believe the ‘rebels’ are actual rebels, not grasping that these are not rebels but radicals who fight for another Muslim Brotherhood leadership and Sharia law.
They want a singular Caliphate ruling over the Middle East. After the Middle East, they want to bring the combined forces of all Islamic nations to fight for a worldwide Caliphate.
There are no battles for democracy in Syria amongst Hollywood fantasy ‘rebels’ intended to liberate people. Russia has somehow grasped this and has backed the government with support rather than the radicals. Unfortunately, civilians are stuck in the middle and are being targeted by radicals – and are also standing in the cross fire from government security forces.
The ‘rebels’ don’t care about civilian casualties, but exploit the situation by playing victims and turning international media against the government. Once ‘rebels’ can install a new government, they oust in another radical.
The Daily Telegraph: The leader of the Free Syrian Army has called on the outside world to back the rebels before they all “turn into terrorists”.
By Richard Spencer, Idlib Province, Syria, and Ruth Sherlock in Doha
6:55PM GMT 09 Nov 2012
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph in his base in rebel-occupied Syria, Gen. Mustafa al-Sheikh unveiled a new leadership of the Higher Military Council of the FSA, which he heads.
He also said he welcomed David Cameron’s decision to engage with the rebels and even consider organising arms supplies, but he added that war was spreading to surrounding countries, the rebels were fractured and speed was of the essence.
“If there’s no quick decision to support us, we will all turn into terrorists,” he said. “If you apply the pressure that’s been applied to Syria, it will explode in all directions. Terrorism will grow quickly.”
Gen Sheikh was the first of a number of regime army generals to defect to the rebels, joining Col Riad al-Assad at the head of the FSA. The rebels fighting the battles on the ground though are not only divided among themselves but often refuse to recognise his leadership.
Aware that this is a major reason for the reluctance of Western powers to arm them or encourage their Middle Eastern allies to supply rebel forces, on Friday announced a new unified command structure, dividing Syria into five commands each with a defected general at its head.
He has also published a manifesto, demanding respect for Syria’s unity and for human rights, especially the rights of prisoners, which he wants all rebel leaders sign. He suggested it might even become the basis of a new Syrian constitution.
He said that Britain and other countries should tie aid to this manifesto – alleging that at the moment other rebel groups are better funded. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and private fund-raisers, are said to favour Islamist rebel groups over those with a secular bent.
Qatar is currently hosting a fresh attempt to unite the political leaders of the opposition, which has been dogged by rows within the Syrian National Council and between it and other ideological groupings.
The Syrian National Initiative will consist of a core of 60 members, a military committee and a judicial committee. The 60 will then appoint a technocratic government to ‘run the revolution in Syria’, including the administration of rebel-held areas.
“The Qataris are sick of funding a circus. This is why this new initiative has been proposed. This is why the opposition know there has to be an outcome from the meetings,” a western diplomat told the Daily Telegraph.
If it is agreed, Middle Eastern diplomats involved in drawing up a blueprint for a transitional Syrian government say it has been promised huge financial backing, including $280 million (£175 million) from the United States.
There will also be discussion of military support.
What form that would take or who would supply it is less clear. But Jamal al-Wa’ard, an SNC member, said: “We have negotiated a mechanism by which we can defend ourselves against Assad’s planes,” suggesting it had been promised better anti-aircraft weapons, such as modern shoulder-mounted missiles.
The new initiative does not solve the problem of how to get aid into Syria, or whether rebels fighting on the ground will agree to take orders from politicians who have spent in some cases decades in exile. Sceptics also say it is too bureaucratic and complex to appeal to ordinary Syrians.
“This reminds me of when we started the SNC. It is the same plan all over again,” said Khaled Salah, an executive SNC member.