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Humanitarian aid, codename for foreign intervention in Syria?
  Maybe the best definition for the “Friends of Syria” Conference is the one provided by the “Coordination Committee.” The representatives of the committee went to Tunisia but refused to attend the Qatar-led conference in the very last moments.
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Thursday 1 March 2012 17:52
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Humanitarian aid, codename for foreign intervention in Syria?
Bfnews: The group in a statement mentioned the results of the conference as following: appointing a group in the name of the Syrian nation in place of the opposition council approved by the Arab League, and providing an international atmosphere for military intervention in Syria.

The “Coordination Committee” is one of the main oppositions of the Bashar al-Assad government. The “Syrian National Council” that attended the conference was unofficially chosen to be the representative of the Syrian people, but not in all aspects. They, therefore, objected to the results of the conference, saying the results had not granted the Syrian people’s wishes.

The efforts of the Western powers and the Arab League to unite the two opposition groups during the past year have been futile. The “Coordination Committee” is opposed to the militarization of the Syrian uprisings, foreign intervention and civil war. In contrast, the “Syrian National Council” along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar insist on arming the opposing groups and call for the foreign intervention. The members of the National Council chant slogans in different parts of Syria and perform deeds that cause dissension among the groups; such an act which highlighted the religious and tribal tensions, for instance, has led to the death of several people in Homs and Halab.

The future “Friends of Syria” conferences are planned to be held in Turkey and France. Militarization of the Bashar al-Assad government opposition, known as a revolution or an uprising by the opponents, has topped the agenda of the Western governments, Arab league and Turkey. After failing to gain the Security Council's permission to intervene in Syria, they are looking forward to the Tunisia conference as the next step.

There have been reports in the Western media about the deployment of spy drones by the US over the Syrian airspace. A committee consisting of the NATO and military representatives of some Arabic governments is formed in the Incirlik Base in Turkey. In a recent interview, one of the Syrian opposition leaders announced the ongoing arming of the opponents.

It is believed that the US is trying to benefit from its previous experience of overthrowing Sandinista Nicaragua and supporting the Contra group in Syria to create a safe zone on the borders of Turkey, Lebanon and even Jordan, and thereafter equip the internal opponents for a war of attrition with the government forces.

Most of the conflicts between the Syrian army and the armed opponents happen in the Baba Amr district and the city of Homs, both of which are located near the borders of Lebanon and Turkey. These two countries send the most arms aid to the Assad’s opponents. This comes while the coordination operations are performed in Turkey. The Syrian army has blocked the road from Homs to Talkalakh on the Lebanese border and have laid siege on the armed forces in Baba Amr district hoping to either destroy the group or force them to surrender.

Tunisian President Moncef al-Marzouqi prior to the “Friends of Syria” Conference expressed his opposition to military intervention in Syria, stressing that he is not willing to have such a decision be made in Tunisia. The NATO Secretary General also said the alliance would not participate in any military operation in Syria, even if the act is approved by the United Nations. On the other hand, the US foreign minister emphasizes that the Syrian opponents are arming themselves by any possible means. Such statement, however, is considered as the US approval of the military aid to the opposition groups.

The Saudi foreign minister focused on the issue with more transparency. In this regard, the Arab committee acted in a revolutionary role and left the conference, saying the meeting had been inefficient. The Qatar government again brought up the necessity of sending Arab military forces to Syria.

The ‘humanitarian aid,’ as mentioned in the Tunisia Conference, has become the codename for the primary step of military intervention in Syria. In order to deliver humanitarian aid to the conflict zone, a truce, such as the one declared for four hours in Homs on Friday, is needed to enable the Red Crescent Society to transfer some of the injured people. A military protection of the aid is the second option in this regard.

Just as the humanitarian approach is a pretext for military intervention in Syria, arming the opponents would also pave the way to deteriorate the situation in the country. Militarization of the popular uprisings usually makes certain people to split up with the movement. Even the Syrian opposition leaders have admitted a decrease in the number of protests in the Syrian cities.

The situation has also worried the governments that support Syria, possible leading to counter-attack. This may turn Syria into a scene where the regional and international forces clash, while both sides are trying to improve their position in the Middle East region.

This situation makes the mission of United Nations Special Envoy Kofi Annan and the Arab League, who have insisted on the necessity of finding a political solution for the Syrian crisis, very difficult. 

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Source : Press tv