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Syrian Opposition Groups Draft Post-Assad Plan

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Posted on Dec 31, 2011
AP / Scanpix Sweden, Christine Olsson, File

Syrian National Council leader Burhan Ghalioun.

Two of Syria’s major opposition groups, the Syrian National Council and the National Coordination Committee, overcame fracturing to sign an agreement Friday to set up an egalitarian democracy that will draft a new constitution and operate without foreign military aid, in the event ongoing protests succeed in ousting President Bashar al-Assad. —ARK

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Burhan Ghalioun, leader of the SNC, and Haytham Manna of the NCB, signed the agreement in Cairo on Friday night, according to officials from both parties. The draft agreement states both groups reject any foreign military intervention in Syria, a move previously advocated by the SNC and opposed by the NCB, and calls for the protection of civilians by all legitimate means under international laws.

It also states that as soon as Assad’s regime falls a “transitional period” would begin by preserving all state institutions and then drafting a new constitution that guarantees a “civilian pluralist parliamentary democratic system”. A new parliament and president would then be elected.

The draft also states that all Syrian citizens are equal and the country’s Kurdish minority is a “fundamental and historic” part of Syria’s national structure. It also calls for “liberating Syrian territory”, an apparent reference to the Golan Heights occupied by Israel since 1967.

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By diamond, January 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm Link to this comment

“They’re expecting that the director of ALOM, Mustafa al-Dabi, a former Sudanese general, like IAEA director general Yukiya Amano, will follow US dictation. To their great bewildement, Mustafa al-Dabi has described the situation in the opposition stronghold of Homs as “reassuring”.

Of course the situation is reassuring to al-Dabi who is wanted for crimes against humanity and genocide. How could someone like that see anything wrong with the wholesale slaughter of civilians by snipers firing on them from rooftops? That’s how he does business too. The Arab League delegation is there to keep Assad in power but the protesters want him gone and eventually, after oceans of blood, he will be gone. His contempt for his own people is infinite but his use-by date is not. Hopefully one day al-Dabi will be in the Hague on trial for his crimes too.

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By Rehmat, January 1, 2012 at 11:39 am Link to this comment

The US-Israeli ‘Libya-type’ revolution is not going to work in Syaria which had been on Zionist Lobby’s raddar since 2001.

The whining western ZOGs and their Arab poodles have now turned against the leadership of the Arab League Observation Mission (ALOM) in Syria which they choose themselves. They’re expecting that the director of ALOM, Mustafa al-Dabi, a former Sudanese general, like IAEA director general Yukiya Amano, will follow US dictation. To their great bewildement, Mustafa al-Dabi has described the situation in the opposition stronghold of Homs as “reassuring“.

Remember the Zionist propagada crook, Tom MacMaster, faking Syrian lesbian blogger, Amina Abdallah Arraf, ‘A Gay Girl in Damascus’ who fed lies to the Zionist-controlled media.

In June 2011 – US Congressman Kucinich had blasted western media for exaggerating events in Syria.

French journalist and author, Thierry Meyssan has claimed that the so-called ‘Free Syrian Army’ doing most of the killing inside Syria is headed by the US-Saudi asset, Aldel Hakim Belhaj, the military governor of Tripoli (Libya).

http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/zionists-target-al-observation-mission-in-syria/

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By gerard, January 1, 2012 at 11:27 am Link to this comment

Parties in opposition to Assad getting together and overcoming differences would seem to be a very good idea.  Also beginning to make some concrete future plans. From what I read, I gather that Egypt would
have benefited from doing this also, and before now.
But who is to say what “they” should do—especially people like us who have little or no grasp of their realities? It seems to me at least, that compared to their problems, ours seem much simpler and easier to solve.  Yet look at us—tied in knots about how to stop our imperial wars, our loss of civil rights, and our economic imbalances, drug “wars”, prison injustices, election frauds etc. etc.

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By oddsox, January 1, 2012 at 9:31 am Link to this comment

Thousands more will die in Syria before Assad goes, but he will be gone by year’s end and it will be worth it.

http://open.salon.com/blog/oddsox/2011/12/31/12_predictions_for_2012

Happy New Year.

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