Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:53AM
If the insurgents take control, it will be a breeding ground for international terrorism.”
The Syrian opposition groups seek to attract the “Western-backed attention” to establish a so-called “government in exile that has no basis in Syria,” says political analyst. The Syrian opposition groups recently signed an initial unity agreement in Qatar to form a new leadership against the Syrian government. Press TV has conducted an interview with Isa Chaer, a member of the Syrian Social Club from London. Chaer is joined by two additional guests on Press TV’s News Analysis program: Michael Burns, political and military analyst from New York and Jihad Mouracadeh, political analyst from Beirut. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview. Press TV: How significant do you see this agreement that has been made in Doha? Chaer: I think for the Syrian people who live in Syria it is insignificant because the coalition or the opposition coalition is still divided. They have no control on the local coordinators as some of the news that have come up yesterday that the local coordinators have withdrawn from this opposition coalition and they are the ones who are effective on the ground. So in reality they are still divided and they represent nothing but themselves. They do not have any representations of the Syrian people. In our opinions this is just another ploy to try to attract attention, the Western-backed attention, to have some kind of a government in exile that has no basis in Syria but has basis and affiliation with the Western countries and their backers in the Persian Gulf region. Press TV: Looking at one of the aspects of the agreement that they have okayed in Doha, what aspect is it, basically, that they will not be involved in any dialogue with the Syrian government? I want to look at that aspect. If the reality is, first of all, bringing stability to the country for the sake of the Syrian people, why would not they be willing even to sit down and talk in your perspective? Chaer: Well, let me follow your guest there from Lebanon suggesting the insignificance of this meeting. It is insignificant because the Syrian people want peace and stability. They do not want people who would actually agitate the situation in order to create further havoc in the country and further bloodshed. This coalition now will not bring peace to Syria. It will bring further chaos. So in reality it is insignificant for the people who are inside, it may be significant for the people outside, for the backers, but for the people inside it is insignificant. To come back to your question about not going for negotiations with the government, this is an outrageous proposal. Actually in our views at the end of the day the Syrian people are still united for peace and security in Syria and not for further havocs, and the majority of the Syrians still have faith in the Syrian army as the legitimate force on the ground that is keeping the country secured. So in reality if this group does not want to come and sit at the table and have dialogue with the government and the government is still strong in the opinions of many of the Syrians who are living in Syria, then it is not significant and it is a further call for bloodshed. I would call on those opposition members to reconsider what they are stating, to reconsider the needs of the Syrian people, the needs of the Syrian people, their brothers in Syria who are calling for peace and security and to try actually to sidestep those insurgents who are coming from outside of Syria and are trying to create havoc. According to George Sabra, who stated yesterday that we have hundreds of Jihadists or fundamentalist terrorists in Syria, the insurgents are coming from outside Syria. I can go further than that and say that there are thousands of them in Syria. So in reality we have to actually try to sidestep those people and return back to dialogue for the benefit of Syria and for the benefit of the Syrian people. Press TV: If Americans are saying they wish they go away, I am sure the Syrians are definitely saying that they hope that this would go away. When you are sitting in London and hearing about the situation that is taking place in Doha, are you optimistic that stability can return to Syria soon? Chaer: I hope so. I do not see it as long as there are external powers that are involved in the situations that are using Syria as a playground for political agendas. I do not see it as long as there is an extreme factor in the conflict and the voice of the weapons and the voice of the guns override the mind and the logic inside Syria. I hope for the sake of the Syrian people that there will be peace in the near future and there will be an end to this crisis. I hope that the countries in the region would return back to their senses to see that if this conflict is not stopped soon, it will actually expand and propagate to include countries in the region and we will have a regional chaos that we will not be able to control not even in Syria and not outside of Syria. Let me just highlight what the gentleman was saying. In Syria and Syria’s topography and geography, if it is not controlled well, and if the insurgents take control, it will be a breeding ground for international terrorism. We have to look after this country and look after the region and we have a duty of care not just for this future but for future to come. So the voice of the dialogue has to override the voice of guns and violence. MY/HSN