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Opposition … ‘The Present Absentee’

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This weakness has become an indivisible part of the opposition, which could not get rid of its opportunism, nor could it get actually involved in the conflict. It dreams of reaching power through extremism, which only brings destruction. States and societies can never be built through extremism and terrorism.

The weakness of the Syrian opposition in comparison with the different fighting powers in Syria, does not exempt it from bearing its responsibilities towards the Syrian people. The opportunist opposition, as described by the Syrians themselves, has lost its revolutionary image after it adopted foreign agendas to achieve financial interests.

The nearly absent cooperation between the opposition factions inside Syria and those abroad added to the weakness of the Syrian opposition that should play a more vital role in supporting its battered people. Moving from one luxurious hotel to another on allegations of attending conferences can never help lift the disasters in Syria. The opposition factions abroad would have been of more value if they sought controlling the Syria areas that the regime relinquished. Leaving these areas in the hands of the terrorists, would only bring destruction to Syria.

The corruption that distinguishes the organizational structures of the opposition factions adds to the disaster. This corruption appeared clear from the unilateral fateful decisions each faction is taking.

So far, this opportunist weak opposition has not taken a vital role in the conflict, nor has it sought a political solution to rescue Syria. The main goal of the opposition was to reach the seat of power, but through terrorism in the name of Islam, ignoring the fact that extremism is not that lamb which we fatten for the coming Eid. They hail the victories of the terrorist organizations, thinking they would bring their dreams into reality. They ignored the fact that terrorism can only bring war disasters and sectarian conflicts that destroy Syria.

This is deemed another indication on the opportunism of these factions. Many of their leaders, even the seculars amongst them, built iron fist strategies to combat the regime. The savage regime can only be combatted by a similar savage power.

This weakness has become an indivisible part of the opposition, which could not get rid of its opportunism, nor could it get actually involved in the conflict. It dreams of reaching power through extremism, which only brings destruction. States and societies can never be built through extremism and terrorism.

The Syrian opposition that represents Syrian people in international congregations should wake up from its dreams and play its role in supporting its people and easing their sufferings. It should be modest and seek any solution to end bloodshed, bring peace to Syria and help the Syrian people to rise over their wounds and return to normal life. The wheel should finally roll over the right trail, even if the dream of freedom is a bit delayed.

Laila Safadi
Syrian writer, journalist and activist; RFM Chief Editor
The Occupied Golan Heights
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