Leaders in the West seem keen on offering their support to the Syrian rebels. These people are now often referred to as the opposition. It strikes this blogger as noticeable that in a country such as Afghanistan they would be called insurgents.
It may be that it is time for the people of Syria to rise up and take their country back from Assad and his cronies. That however must be down to the people. If it is not in no time at all they will be back to square one.
The rebels, opposition or call them what you will have been fighting hard to oust Assad. Whether they have been acting alone is not really known. Has the West meddled more than it should? For sure Syria is a different kettle of fish to Libya. A no fly zone, for example over Syria, would be nigh on impossible to enforce.
Today there is news that :
A group of extremist Islamist factions in Syria has rejected the country's new opposition coalition, saying in a video statement they have formed an "Islamic state" in the embattled city of Aleppo to underline that they want nothing to do with the Western-backed bloc.
In Qatar on November 11, 2012 the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces was formally created. Although at its head is a senior Musilm Cleric, Mouaz al-Khatib, hard line Islamists are far from happy with this turn of events. Syria has many different religious groups. Mouaz hopes to include all.
In many ways such splits were bound to happen. However without a known entity to replace the Assad regime Syria could be doomed. Such political power vacuums have a habit of becoming places of violent disorder and conflict.
13 Radical Factions joined together to voice concerns in the video. Worryingly for the West it did include Al-Qaeda representatives. This was probably inevitable. As the people of Syria look to reform their country their vision of the future may be at odds with other Syrians but is bound to be at odds with the West's view. It has to be for the Syrians to decide but getting such a large and divided population to agree will be a monumental challenge.
You have to wonder, does the West have a vested interest in a divided Syria?