Syria's Al Qaeda-Backed "Opposition" Rejects Appeasement Plan; People Grow Resentful
In a not-so-shocking turn of events, the Syrian 'opposition' is disappointed by the apparent shift in the US administration's warmongery.
As Bloomberg reports, Najib Ghadbian, special representative of the Syrian opposition coalition, explained that they "definitely want this strike; we're using the words and decisive and strategic," adding that the strike "is a necessary step" to make the Assad regime agree to a political solution.
In a separate discussion, Farah Al-Atassi - a Syran coalition member - said Russia's proposal to isolate and destroy Syria's chemical weapons was not sincere. Oh, but of course, they concluded that, "we definitely want it to lead to a democratic solution." In the meantime, Syrian people's resentment grows, "Why is there silence?" Abu Abdu asks. "Is it because we're Muslims? Is our blood cheaper than yours?"
However, as The BBC reports, the people in Syria are growing resentful of the American promises and lack of action:
While some Syrians inside the country welcome the idea of military intervention, many are critical of what they say has been indifference to their plight for the last two-and-a-half years
If America decides to put its plans to attack on hold, which is looking increasingly likely, it will only make that anger worse, highlighting fundamental differences between the view on the ground and that in Western capitals.
"Why is there silence?" Abu Abdu asks. "Is it because we're Muslims? Is our blood cheaper than yours?"
"Before this strike they'd shell us with missiles and artillery, for no reason, there are only civilians here," he says.
"But in the last few days it just got heavier. I think it's because of American statements about strikes on Syria and the regime wants to prove it's still strong and won't surrender."
Abu Mohammed, a commander with Ahrar al-Sham, one of the largest rebel groups in the north, says he wants the West to attack President Assad.
"Wherever they strike, we will strike. In fact we're already doing this but it will make our mission easier and quicker."
Syrians have starkly different views on their future and the role, if any, for the outside world. One thing most do agree on though is the need to end the bloodshed.
Many of those in the north whose lives have been forever altered by this war desperately want help from the outside world. But after two-and-a-half years of war and appalling suffering, they have given up hope it will ever come.
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