Fake revolutionaries attack Syrias opposition SNC chief

Abdulrahman al-Rashed
Abdulrahman al-Rashed
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For years, Assad misled a super power, the United States, claiming he was against Islamic extremist groups and al-Qaeda. The Americans believed him to an extent that they shared with him their data

Abdulrahman al-Rashed
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It is hard for people like me to believe that they are independent and at the same time, working with Assad's security apparatus. This is what we have been saying about Hassan Nasrallah and his party; when he had raised the slogans of Palestine and Lebanon, he was actually nothing but an Iranian-Syrian battalion, and if Israel wanted to eradicate him, it would not have failed. The organizations that previously developed in Damascus like the Palestinian, Turkish, Iraqi and Gulf ones, were employed under the same Syrian domination and leadership, but when some of them saw Assad’s ship sinking, they ran away just like rats escaping from sinking ships.

But what does all the above mentioned have to do with the title and Moaz al-Khatib, the President of the National Coalition for Opposition Forces and the Syrian Revolution, i.e. the man responsible today for the Syrian uprising?

When he took over the leadership of the organization, many statements and groups emerged against him; the statements were directed to the West claiming that he is an Islamic extremist who was secretly linked to “al-Qaeda”, and many other contrasting statements were issued under the Islamic, national and revolutionary names, attacking and claiming that he is an Israeli and American agent. In fact all these statements emerged from one source: the Syrian regime that has mastered misleading campaigns and forgery. This is similar to what the Syrian regime used to do in Iraq where it used to issue statements on behalf of al-Qaeda and the different national Iraqi forces, while at the same time, it was working with Iran to appoint Nuri al-Maliki as prime minister despite Iyad Allawi’s victory in the elections; this is a documented story to be told later on.

For years, Assad misled a super power, the United States, claiming he was against Islamic extremist groups and al-Qaeda. The Americans believed him to an extent that they shared with him their data; they have even sent him al-Qaeda suspects so that his security services would investigate them, while his intelligence service officers with false beards, claimed to be Jihad leaders secretly working in Syria, receiving Arab, Gulf, Libyans and other misled soldiers, and trained them to kill and lead unprecedented terrorism operations that our region has never witnessed in its contemporary history.

Fake revolutionaries

Assad has a timeworn experience in the “reincarnation” of groups, which he initiated in Lebanon. Back in the eighties, the regime used to train Lebanese groups to abduct Arab and foreign diplomats, and carry out suicide operations under Shiite, national and Palestinian causes. Through these violence workshops, Assad was able to control Lebanon for three decades, then Assad Jr. tried to imitate his father, so he assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 20 other Lebanese figures, to terrorize his opponents and control the entire country, only if it had not been the Achilles’ heel. Hariri was the weakest Lebanese leader military wise, because he had no militias; nevertheless, his death became the beginning of the end, so the fire that was ignited by Assad in Lebanon and the region, extended and reached into Syria as we are witnessing today.

We should say to those who are engaged by the Syrian revolution and its millions of sympathizers, that they should not judge a book by its cover. There are jihadist and national groups that are fake or infiltrated: they aim at dismantling the revolution’s huge rally, and turn the rebels’ weapons against each other, so the Syrian people will be preoccupied by discord and sedition for many long years and Syrians will wish to go back to Assad’s days.

We have to realize with this huge amount of evidence that Assad is not irresponsible, as some like to describe him, and that he knew for more than a year now that his regime will eventually fall but he refused to step down before destroying Syria and its tolerant and reconciled society, and before igniting the civil war between the rebellious people, in the name of religion, identity, history and conflicting individual interests. Those who accuse al-Khatib of being an agent are nothing but fake revolutionaries employed by Assad to crush his opponents.

*This article was first published in Asharq Alawsat on Jan. 5, 2013. Link: https://www.aawsat.com/leader.asp?section=3&article=711813&issueno=12457

(Abdelrahman AlRashed is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. A veteran and internationally acclaimed journalist, he is a former editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq Al- Awsat where he still regularly writes a political column. He has also served as the editor of Asharq Al-Awsat’s sister publication, Al Majalla. Throughout his career, AlRashed has interviewed several world-leaders whilst his articles provoked worldwide recognition and has successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly-regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today.)

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