Syrian opposition groups reach deal, announce coalition

Various groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime today announced the formation of a coalition called the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces. Islamic preacher Maath al-Khatib was elected president of the new coalition, while Riad Seif and Suheir Atassi will serve as vice presidents.

Assad’s opponents hope that presenting a single, unified face to the international community will assist with relief efforts.

The move comes on the heels of Syrian mortar strikes on Israel, and a return of fire by Israel. Israeli TV reports that Qatar and Turkey have recognized the new opposition group as the sole representative of the Syrian people.

  • Christian Heiens

    Do you think we’re approaching the time that the USA should support the Syrian opposition? There’s the same risk in Libya regarding Al Qaeda but if we help them do you all think they’ll be friendly to the USA?

    • 5n4k33y35

      This war against the government of Syria is stupid. It’s about prestige for Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice.

    • SpinMeNot

      forget the political points, another fight that will just end with us announcing our time-table for withdraw. Some of you young folks go and find a video of the last chopper out of Saigon.

      I’ll pass on this one… call it it from orbit, or let the be.

  • Josephine (D)

    Sometimes I wonder if these Middle East revolutions are really going to bring any good to the rest of the world. Yeah, Mubarak and Gaddafi(?) were evil, as is Assad, but at least the Muslims weren’t persecuting the Christians like they are now. Look at groups like the Muslim Brotherhood fighting for power now. “Democracy” doesn’t bring fairness; it just opens the door for radical groups to take power. Government should be moral and Christian(not necessarily prefering a particular faith, but have its laws based on God’s laws[i.e., protecting life, traditional marriage, etc.]).

    • SpinMeNot

      Josephine, that is a fine sentiment, and I applaud you for it. But as far as the monkeys running Egypt today — they think they are moral and just and living Allah’s law. We are the corrupt ones in their eyes.

      Nothing good comes from tyranny, ever. Islamic states must be tyranny. Islam teaches that everything that is, is because God will’s it from second to second. One minute its a bottle of floor wax, poof — its a desert topping. There is a common phrase among Muslim, insha allah, meaning roughly if allah wills it. They don’t believe that anything they do is their actions, but rather Allah carrying out his will through them (in the most fundamental of Islamic sects).

      It gives them great freedom to do whatever the hell they want. So they enact Sharia law — which provides a modicum of control for those in power, and keeps the masses one step away from anarchy.

      Some crazy shit, you really have to experience it first hand to appreciate just how nuts they actually are.

  • Steve_J

    Freedom will follow just like it did in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. In the Mid East when a dictator falls; the moslem brotherhood is not far behind ready to fill the void.

    • SpinMeNot

      Good try, but look what got elected president of the new government.

      They already have, they already have. Its Syria after all — you don’t think Mahmoud Imawackjob and the krazy Khamenei would let just anybody have the keys to the palace do you?

      If I was a goat in Syria, I’d be a bit nervous. There are going to be some happy jihadis looking to party.

  • Tyler

    Screw the whole region. We go in to help and then they turn on us.

    • SpinMeNot

      They are going to turn on us anyway … I’d rather take the fight to the them and help out an ally … oh wait, sorry, I forgot. by bad, nvm.

  • AlertUpUSA

    Al-Bashar is a genocidal dictator. The murder of his own people ha nothing to do with Hillary C. He is a remorseless psychopath who has been allowed to blow up innocent civilians. The entire global community stands by in shame and impotence. It is sickening. For a year and a half. Murder. Shame!

  • SpinMeNot

    Ok, well this about covers what happened in Israel this morning. Somebody start the clock …

    *wonders if that old sod dugout can be converted to a shelter*