SNC official : Hezbollah has lost Syria

“What’s next?” This is the question being asked by the Arab and international public regarding the Syrian crisis that has lasted longer than any other revolution in the Arab Spring. The recent massacre in Houla, in the Homs governorate, has overturned the plan of Kofi Annan, the joint UN and Arab League special envoy to Syria. It has also pushed the Syrian National Council (SNC) to call on the international community to intervene immediately by invoking Chapter VII of the UN Charter [which empowers the UN to use military action to restore international peace]. While the head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, Robert Mood, said his observers cannot end Syria’s violence and monitor all of its cities and villages, the Annan plan is the last chance to prevent Syria from falling into a civil war.

On the eve of talks between Annan and Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, An-Nahar interviewed Georges Sabra of the SNC’s executive branch. The interview covered the latest updates in Syria and the SNC‘s opinion regarding the Lebanese government and Hezbollah. According to Sabra, what is currently taking place in Syria is not and will not be a civil war. He added that although the Syrian regime has been striving to drag the country into a civil war, the Syrian people are determined to avoid the dangerous skidding and consequences of the war, as seen in both Lebanon and Iraq. He also described the ongoing violence as a bloody military conflict between two armed forces that has gone out of control.

Assad Or No One

Sabra said that some slogans such as “Assad or no one!” or “Assad or we will burn the country!” reveal the potential divisions in Syria. If the Assad regime remains in place, it will exacerbate the divisions with its oppressive and brutal practices, political emptiness and provocative approach. He also stressed that the entire opposition is in complete agreement on the future of Syria. Sabra noted that today, Syria lives with an artificial pulse thanks to the blue berets that are the foundation of the Annan plan. The SNC official also revealed that the Syrian regime is hiding disguised armored vehicles in narrow alley-ways and that military personnel are wearing police uniforms and exercising their functions. Sabra also accused the regime of making a mockery of the Annan plan, adding that the daily facts, the observers’ reports and the audio visual records of the international organizations prove these violations against the people and kill the Annan peace plan.

Russia’s Position

Georges Sabra told An-Nahar that the regime would never commit to the Annan plan, since it guarantees the regime’s end. He also wondered if anyone could imagine the size of the [demonstrations] when the violence stops for just one day. Sabra called on the international community and the UN Security Council to think about the next step, and asked Russia — which has supported the Annan plan and continues to protect the regime through its veto — to answer the question “What’s next?”

Sabra said that it is time for the international community and the UN Security Council to understand that the Syrian regime only understands the language of force. He added that the Syrian people deserve to be protected and supported much more than it is. An Arab and international alliance is needed in this regard. He also asked, “What is the importance of Chapter VII, if not being used in the Syrian crisis?

Minorities In Syria

Commenting on the criticism regarding the SNC’s lack of representation for minorities from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sabra answered that the different components of the Syrian people are included in the council. According to him, many believe that the West is exaggerating, especially since a minority group [the Alawites] has governed and driven the country to this stage. He added that a civil and constitutional government based on the rights and obligations of equal citizenship is required. Sabra explained that while he is a Christian, he is a Syrian first. He noted that the Christians of Syria have always been true patriots and well integrated in society. Regarding the SNC’s members that have come to outnumber the People’s Assembly, Sabra said this issue is the result of over half a century of tyranny and political rights denial. This policy made the Syrians lose their political courtesy. Whenever they had to choose a place in politics, it had to be in the opposition, and they had to either leave the country or spend their lives in prison. In both cases, they had failed to exercise their political rights. The components of the Syrian opposition are getting to know each other, using their natural skills without any experience or examination. Sometimes they succeed and other times they fail. But the depth and originality of the revolution, as well as the magnitude of awareness and the youth’s ability to sacrifice are revealing their weakness. This makes them seem late and striving in vain to catch the revolution.

No Fear of Islamist Governance

Although the Arab Spring revolutions have raised fears both within the region and internationally about the potential for Islamist governance, Sabra said that in Syria there is no fear that an Islamist religious fundamentalist state would emerge. He stated that political Islam in Syria is based on moderation and openness to other social groups. Sabra insisted that the revolution was based on a rejection of the authoritarian state, and that it would never allow for the reemergence of another totalitarian regime.

The Lebanese Situation

As for the situation in Lebanon, and the rumors about Free Syrian Army presence there, Sabra questioned if there was even a need for it to do so, and if it had the surplus of capacity that would enable it to move to neighboring countries. He added that the Syrian territory is vast and the Free Syrian Army’s responsibility is to exclusively protect Syrian towns and villages and defend the protesters to ensure the continuation of the peaceful revolution. He said that Syrians have fled their homes to neighboring countries to seek safety and expressed his gratitude to the Lebanese people, families, charitable and humanitarian organizations for alleviating the suffering of those who escaped the violence and death in their homeland.

The Mikati Government’s Dereliction

While some oppose the Lebanese government’s policy on the Syrian crisis and its dereliction vis-a-vis the displaced Syrians, Sabra stated that he understands the political conditions facing the Lebanese government. However, he excuses any negligence when it came to humanitarian aid. He mentioned that protecting displaced Syrians in Lebanon is a primary responsibility of the Lebanese Government. The Syrian revolution has a lot to say in this regard, but is comforted that the Lebanese people are showing sympathy and providing relief to their brothers and neighbors like they deserve.

Sabra talked about Hezbollah’s political views on the revolution as well. He believed that Hezbollah’s position would make the party lose Syria. Despite the close relationship between Hezbollah and the regime, the Syrian people will not understand the group’s hostility to the revolution, nor accept any intervention that goes against the Syrian people’s aspirations for freedom and dignity. Sabra stated that it was preferable that Hezbollah remain silent, because only the people are permanent. Sabra noted that it will fall within their rights to discriminate between those who supported them and those who backed the criminal regime.

Our Right To Weaponry

As for the uproar that was raised about the ship Lutfullah 2, Sabra stated that there is evidence to indicate that the arms shipment story was fabricated by the Syrian regime. This story aims to support the regime and their propaganda, that goes hand in hand with the terrorist bombings that took place in some Syrian cities, including Damascus. He continued that it is no secret that the Free Syrian Army is keen on obtaining weapons, nor is a secret that the SNC is supporting this army. Sabra wondered what the world expects from the Syrians as they abandon them. The world has been a spectator of daily crimes against humanity in Syria, he said.

Sabra didn’t express any fear of who is going to replace President Assad, and declared that the Syrians will elect the one who deserves the leadership post. He stated that there will be dozens of qualified candidates competing for the presidency. Sabra concluded by saying that the regime will not last long. He stated that it is dying, the funerals arrangements are to be made, and the date and time are to be selected, and that several factors are to blame for this delay, especially the international community.

 

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  • Patience2

    Assad knows that his actions are about to bring on civil war … this is exactly his plan.  In this civil war, he can kill every Sunni of note, hoping that in the remaining ashes the relatively untouched Alawites will be able to re-constitute power and return to the ascendancy.  This is my speculation, we’ll see.

    • dateam

      i dont know patience i think its a bit more complicated than that…i think certain countries prefer the civil war as a tool to oust him….think about it…the majority of the population is sunni…that means the majority of the army would be sunni? if the army dosent turn on him this will drag on and on….which i think is what will happen…obama hasnt the stomach or time for another war due to his elections….also the russian and chinese stance is an obstacle….further i think the minorities would be with him as well….i think the christians would prefer him to the salafis…as well as druze and shiites…obviously the alawites are with him too….it would be interesting to see what the make p of his government is interms of what sects his ministers are from?

  • Patience2

    Assad knows that his actions are about to bring on civil war … this is exactly his plan.  In this civil war, he can kill every Sunni of note, hoping that in the remaining ashes the relatively untouched Alawites will be able to re-constitute power and return to the ascendancy.  This is my speculation, we’ll see.

    • dateam

      i dont know patience i think its a bit more complicated than that…i think certain countries prefer the civil war as a tool to oust him….think about it…the majority of the population is sunni…that means the majority of the army would be sunni? if the army dosent turn on him this will drag on and on….which i think is what will happen…obama hasnt the stomach or time for another war due to his elections….also the russian and chinese stance is an obstacle….further i think the minorities would be with him as well….i think the christians would prefer him to the salafis…as well as druze and shiites…obviously the alawites are with him too….it would be interesting to see what the make p of his government is interms of what sects his ministers are from?

  • C S

    Bashar Assad is a dead man walking. Neither Russia nor the second coming of the Czar can save him. He’s done, and he won’t see the end of this summer…

    • bs244846

      i dont think assad is a dead man; he lost the position of arab hero or leader since arabism is finished but now he is an alawi leader and he is building the alawi republic

      • 5thDrawer

        Must be hard being the ‘Last Of The Phonecians’. 

        • bs244846

          a pride certainly but for sure we are much more numerous than your brain can count….if stupidity was painful you would be shouting from pain

      • 5thDrawer

        Must be hard being the ‘Last Of The Phonecians’. 

  • C S

    Bashar Assad is a dead man walking. Neither Russia nor the second coming of the Czar can save him. He’s done, and he won’t see the end of this summer…

    • bs244846

      i dont think assad is a dead man; he lost the position of arab hero or leader since arabism is finished but now he is an alawi leader and he is building the alawi republic

      • 5thDrawer

        Must be hard being the ‘Last Of The Phonecians’. 

        • bs244846

          a pride certainly but for sure we are much more numerous than your brain can count….if stupidity was painful you would be shouting from pain

  • C S

    Not only Hezb e’Shaitoun, but Iran, Russia and China have all lost Syria…..the clock is ticking louder and faster, ya Bashar, so you and Maher and Assef and your sneaky uncle, and all your family are doomed…your day is coming and  for sure, it will be soon……no more messing around, ya Bashar, as everyone in Damascus can clearly see you are sweating beads…..how are the new food taster’s doing, ya Bashar? I bet they are sweating just like you….:)

  • C S

    Not only Hezb e’Shaitoun, but Iran, Russia and China have all lost Syria…..the clock is ticking louder and faster, ya Bashar, so you and Maher and Assef and your sneaky uncle, and all your family are doomed…your day is coming and  for sure, it will be soon……no more messing around, ya Bashar, as everyone in Damascus can clearly see you are sweating beads…..how are the new food taster’s doing, ya Bashar? I bet they are sweating just like you….:)

  • C S

    The Iranian government is the most evil in the world, and if there is to be peace in the Middle East, three things need to happen. Wipe out the Iranian leaders. Wipe out Bath Assad. Wipe out Hassan Nasrallah and HizbShai’toun. Very simple and needs to be done. Once that happens, the Iranian people will rejoice, so will the Syrian people, so will the Lebanese people and so will the Israeli people. Anyone with half a brain, who looks back on the past 35 years, clearly knows the leaders of what two countries have caused so much trouble and killed so many people, not only in the Middle East, but elsewhere? Iran and Syria, and their proxy Hizbollah. End of story.

  • C S

    The Iranian government is the most evil in the world, and if there is to be peace in the Middle East, three things need to happen. Wipe out the Iranian leaders. Wipe out Bath Assad. Wipe out Hassan Nasrallah and HizbShai’toun. Very simple and needs to be done. Once that happens, the Iranian people will rejoice, so will the Syrian people, so will the Lebanese people and so will the Israeli people. Anyone with half a brain, who looks back on the past 35 years, clearly knows the leaders of what two countries have caused so much trouble and killed so many people, not only in the Middle East, but elsewhere? Iran and Syria, and their proxy Hizbollah. End of story.

  • C S

    The Iranian government is the most evil in the world, and if there is to be peace in the Middle East, three things need to happen. Wipe out the Iranian leaders. Wipe out Bath Assad. Wipe out Hassan Nasrallah and HizbShai’toun. Very simple and needs to be done. Once that happens, the Iranian people will rejoice, so will the Syrian people, so will the Lebanese people and so will the Israeli people. Anyone with half a brain, who looks back on the past 35 years, clearly knows the leaders of what two countries have caused so much trouble and killed so many people, not only in the Middle East, but elsewhere? Iran and Syria, and their proxy Hizbollah. End of story.

    • Moe2000

      The Houla killing was carried out by someone outside of the Syrian government
      to upset the international community and provoke them into taking
      action against Syria. Which as we all know hasn’t worked so far. I
      sincerely doubt Assad is this stupid. Wake up people.

      • MekensehParty

        Yeah, I believe too that the Dingo made the Houla massacre.
        Thanks for waking me up!

      • dateam

        apparently theres claims the some of the images of the houla massacre were faked? im not denying it didnt happen but if you go to you tube slaughter slant: houla massacre sparks media blame game….theres an axis that the west and israel cannot break…iran hezb and syria…they gone into syria and help create this situatuin to cause a civil war and hence weaken the link externally….one of many possible scenarios….

        • MeYosemite

          When bashar shuts off foreign media he lost all credibility.

    • Moe2000

       What you copy and paste your IDF Hasbara propaganda on every article?

      • C S

        yes, I like when you keep following me…get a job you moron

      • C S

        yes, I like when you keep following me…get a job you moron

  • C S

    The Iranian government is the most evil in the world, and if there is to be peace in the Middle East, three things need to happen. Wipe out the Iranian leaders. Wipe out Bath Assad. Wipe out Hassan Nasrallah and HizbShai’toun. Very simple and needs to be done. Once that happens, the Iranian people will rejoice, so will the Syrian people, so will the Lebanese people and so will the Israeli people. Anyone with half a brain, who looks back on the past 35 years, clearly knows the leaders of what two countries have caused so much trouble and killed so many people, not only in the Middle East, but elsewhere? Iran and Syria, and their proxy Hizbollah. End of story.

    • Moe2000

      The Houla killing was carried out by someone outside of the Syrian government
      to upset the international community and provoke them into taking
      action against Syria. Which as we all know hasn’t worked so far. I
      sincerely doubt Assad is this stupid. Wake up people.

      • MekensehParty

        Yeah, I believe too that the Dingo made the Houla massacre.
        Thanks for waking me up!

      • dateam

        apparently theres claims the some of the images of the houla massacre were faked? im not denying it didnt happen but if you go to you tube slaughter slant: houla massacre sparks media blame game….theres an axis that the west and israel cannot break…iran hezb and syria…they gone into syria and help create this situatuin to cause a civil war and hence weaken the link externally….one of many possible scenarios….

        • MeYosemite

          When bashar shuts off foreign media he lost all credibility.

    • Moe2000

       What you copy and paste your IDF Hasbara propaganda on every article?

      • C S

        yes, I like when you keep following me…get a job you moron

  • bs244846

    its high time we start to understand middle eastern politics….all parties are pawns in the chess game and the master player is USA None needs anyone ….all you need is to be on the white list of USA and if you are, USA may even allow you to destroy the israeli merkavas as hizbollah did…..so lets make it clear once and for all: USA is the boss all others are pawns….not a single hair will fall in the middle east if USA does not want it….capito?????

    • 5thDrawer

      Must be REALLY hard being the ‘Last Of The Phonecians’.  🙂

  • bs244846

    its high time we start to understand middle eastern politics….all parties are pawns in the chess game and the master player is USA None needs anyone ….all you need is to be on the white list of USA and if you are, USA may even allow you to destroy the israeli merkavas as hizbollah did…..so lets make it clear once and for all: USA is the boss all others are pawns….not a single hair will fall in the middle east if USA does not want it….capito?????

    • 5thDrawer

      Must be REALLY hard being the ‘Last Of The Phonecians’.  🙂

  • Fauzia45

    This regime has said from the very beginning that it was determined to stay in power and would fight till the end and one thing it is committed to is  silencing the opposition at any price!As we have seen it has used the most repressive measures against its own people creating fear and terror, ;burning,killing,torturing etc!!!!!

  • Fauzia45

    This regime has said from the very beginning that it was determined to stay in power and would fight till the end and one thing it is committed to is  silencing the opposition at any price!As we have seen it has used the most repressive measures against its own people creating fear and terror, ;burning,killing,torturing etc!!!!!