Syrian opposition woos support by pledges to sever ties with "terrorist groups"   2011-12-05 17:46:41 FeedbackPrintRSS

DAMASCUS, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Syria blames its months-long unrest and snowballing pressure on countries that are unpleasant with its stands supportive of some resistance groups in the Middle East, groups considered by these countries as "terrorists".

On the other hand, the Syrian opposition groups, including the Syrian National Council (SNC), regard showing a different attitude as a trump to garner support from foreign countries, even including the military intervention.

In an attempt to placate the Western countries, Bourhan Ghalyoun, head of the fledgling Turkey-based SNC, told the Wall Street Journal that the council will "cut Syria's relations with Iran, the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Islamic Hamas movement once it assumes power in Syria."

A number of members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood have shown readiness to recognize Israel and even to establish relations with the Jewish state to entice foreign intervention in Syria.

Former Syrian Vice President Abdul-Halim Khaddam has also repeatedly called for a military intervention by the NATO.

Syrian observers believe that such statements reveal that the Syrian opposition have been ready to make every possible concession to assume power.

The Syrian government has said it won't rupture its strategic alliance with Iran and showed unrelenting willingness to remain supportive of the resistance groups in the region.

Ammar Musavi, Hezbollah's head of international relations, reportedly said that "what is going on in Syria is an alliance of Satan in the face of the alliance of resistance."

He said some Arabs have been shocked when Syria agreed to the Arab League (AL) plan reached last month, adding that the AL rushed to stymie every solution and worked to provide pretexts for war.

If the Arabs wanted a peaceful solution in Syria, they would not have imposed economic sanctions against the Syrian people, he said.

Musavi contended that the United States wants to take revenge on Syria, Iran and some resistance groups for their roles in foiling its project in controlling the region.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said during a recent meeting with a Lebanese delegation of Islamic scholars that the United States was trying to cover its withdrawal from Iraq by igniting troubles and problems inside Syria.

Assad indicated that the U.S. plan had been initially devised to partition Iraq, but the Americans have discovered that it is impossible to divide Iraq so long as Syria is standing alongside it.

"So either a divided Syria and later a divided Iraq, or no division in both countries," he said.

Although it has missed another deadline on Sunday set by the AL to sign a protocol on an foreign observer mission in Syria, the Syrian government is expected to announce its official attitude later Monday, and the attitude is supposed to be positive so as to fend off pressures from the opposition and some other countries.

By signing the protocol, Syria would also avoid a looming danger of referring its crisis to the United Nations Security Council.

Mohammad Habash, a Syrian parliamentarian and a moderate Islamic scholar, said the government must spare no effort to make the AL plan a success and to allow observers into the most hot- spot areas.

He warned against the internationalization of the Syrian crisis and a possible military intervention in Syria, saying that this would be catastrophic for the Syrians.

"Signing the Arab protocol is the only way out of the crisis," he stressed, calling the Syrian government to sign the protocol " as the Arab initiative should not die because it is the sole and rational solution so far."

Hamdi Abdullah, a political analyst, warned that the instability in Syria would reverberate the entire region.

Meanwhile, Syria counts on the Russian support to avoid any military intervention. Assad told the Lebanese scholars that what was put forward by Russia was strategic, shrugging off claims that Russia would back down.

"It (Russia) is alongside us in the battle," the president said, adding that "losing its role in Syria means getting out of the Middle East once and for all."

Editor: Bi Mingxin
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