Syrian rebels get new leadership in bid to unite

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    Tamarama

    two of the most extreme groups fighting in Syria were not invited to the rebel meeting in Turkey

    No doubt most of the Syrians are sensible and they would not enjoy the foreign fighters amongst their ranks, and likewise the extremists. Whilst they may be useful in tying down and fighting the regime forces, they would want them out of the picture as soon as possible - and certainly not involved in any decision making.

    The rebel commander from near Damascus said the group had chosen Brig. Gen. Salim Idriss, who defected from Assads army, as its chief of staff.

    A Brigadeer General from the Army, huh? Aren't all the rebels meant to be Al Qaida, according to some? I wonder how long people are going to try to maintain the untenable....

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    SuperLib

    while sidelining extremist factions that have become a vital part of the rebels’ ground forces.

    Well I'm glad to see that someone is doing it. Assad's plan of throwing more gas on the fire has had the results we're seeing today. If only he hadn't ordered the murder of peaceful protesters.

    Tamarama: Aren't all the rebels meant to be Al Qaida, according to some?

    Yep, he's Al Queda. If he's fighting against Assad then he must be.

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    ubikwit

    The fact that the so-called opposition is comprised of such a fractious agglomeration of disparate entities is indicative of the fact that they are not all of indigenous origin, and are therefore not representative of the Syrians.

    Covert foreign intervention in the name of regime change is more likely what caused this calamity in the first place.

    All of this "blame everything on Assad" type of stuff would not seem to be productive in bringing about the conditions necessary to resolve this conflict before it becomes potentially much worse.

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    SuperLib

    ubikwit: The fact that the so-called opposition is comprised of such a fractious agglomeration of disparate entities is indicative of the fact that they are not all of indigenous origin, and are therefore not representative of the Syrians.

    From the article: "Scores of rebel groups battle Assad’s forces across the country, many coordinating with no one outside of their own area." Do you believe that "outside their own area" means a foreign country?

    Covert foreign intervention in the name of regime change is more likely what caused this calamity in the first place.

    From the article: "Disorganization has bedeviled Syria’s rebel movement since its birth late last year, when some protesters gave up on peaceful means to bring down Assad’s regime and took up arms, forming the base of what became the Free Syrian Army."

    All of this "blame everything on Assad" type of stuff would not seem to be productive in bringing about the conditions necessary to resolve this conflict before it becomes potentially much worse.

    Perhaps, but this "blame everything on foreigners" type of stuff isn't doing much, either.

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    ubikwit

    I'm not trying to blame everything on foreigners, but you have to admit that for such a disorganized bunch of poorly armed groups, they sure are meeting with fairly respectable results against a well-armed modern army.

    I would like to see the people of Syria that are more interested in leading normal lives in a modern society in the spotlight, not people that are promoting themselves as having a cause for which to fight against society at large. But the West, in supporting the position that Assad has to go, as per the Sunni extremists, have perpetuated this scenario. They were only interested in a geopolitical outcome, not the human rights of Syrians.

    Excuse me for becoming a bit cynical.

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    slumdog

    I'm not trying to blame everything on foreigners

    You are trying to blame most of it, if not all, on supposedly non-Syrian rebels. Witness:

    The fact that the so-called opposition is comprised of such a fractious agglomeration of disparate entities is indicative of the fact that they are not all of indigenous origin, and are therefore not representative of the Syrians.

    You are clearly attempting to claim the rebels have no legitimacy because some foreign fighters may be among the ranks of the rebels. What about the rebels of indigenous origin who clearly seem to be in the majority of the rebels? Don't they count?

    I would like to see the people of Syria that are more interested in leading normal lives in a modern society in the spotlight, not people that are promoting themselves as having a cause for which to fight against society at large

    The Syrians want to live normal lives. The ones rebelling seem to want to be able to criticize their own government, as you may do, without the fear of being tortured or arrested. They are fighting against 'society at large' whatever you think that means, they are clearly fighting against the decades too long rule of the Assads.

    Excuse me for becoming a bit cynical.

    Actually, I see it as more of a clear bias in favor of the Assad government than cynicism.

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