Abdembasset Sieda, the new president of the Syrian National Council, speaking in Istanbul, 10 June 2012
But he holds all the right positions:
“Sieda has publicly repeated most of the positions the council has become known for: do not negotiate with Assad, continue to request foreign intervention through the establishment of a no-fly zone and a humanitarian corridor to ultimately unseat Assad…”
Also helpful in spook-chosen leaders, “Sieda is an independent and does not represent any single party or political interest on the 300-member council.”
The same Washington that shrieks back in horror when the government of a foreign country chosen for regime-change fights off a foreign-sponsored invasion force, would fill a thousand Guantanamos with “terrorists” should a foreign-funded (or purely domestic) force attempt to overthrow the US government.
Oh but the Syrian government is “illegitimate” because it uses force against its own people! Perhaps, but in the era of NDAA-sanctioned indefinite detention of Americans and “kill lists” has no one noticed the proverbial elephant in the living room? It doesn’t happen here? Ask innocent 16 year old American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. Oh, that’s right, you can’t. Obama murdered him by drone without trial or charge because his dad happened to be a “bad guy.”
Sadly, in our day of role reversal where the US has become the force for Global Revolution and the export of political systems by force, it is again the Russians who make the most sense. Perhaps they have actually learned from the mistakes of their own history. At the G-20 Summit in Mexico yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin refuted the lies of British poodle David Cameron, who claimed that Putin had gotten behind Syrian regime change, and stated what should be the cornerstone of US foreign policy: No state can decide another’s government. Let us not put too much faith in the Russians, as all governments are first in the business of self-preservation. But we can at least draw some momentary satisfaction in this stand for non-interventionism.
Meanwhile let’s keep an eye on Abdulbaset Sieda, possibly the Syrian Chalabi.