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The Syrian Opposition Is Worse Than the Syrian Regime

The Syrian Opposition Is Worse Than the Syrian Regime
Jwan Dibo

Ten years have passed since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011 and there are still only two options in Syria, bad and worse. The Syrian regime represents the bad option and the Syrian opposition represents the worse option. Or at best, Assad regime and the Syrian opposition are two sides of the same coin. Syrian Regime

History and the present are replete with examples that demonstrate that most oppositions in the world are almost a replica of ruling systems or ruling parties. For sure, this golden rule has exceptions, yet, Syria is not one of them. On the contrary, the only exception in this context is that the Syrian opposition has surpassed the Syrian regime in adopting degenerate political discourse. Moreover, despicable policies on the ground in the areas it controls with the help of the Turkish occupier.

Most prominent figures in the Syrian opposition are either former supporters of Assad regime or belong to political Islam, more precisely, to the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. In other words, the Syrian regime and its opponents have the same values and culture. Therefore, throughout the Syrian crisis, the opposition has adopted similar policies and agendas to Assad regime, if not worse.  

Since the first bullet was fired in the Syrian internal strife in 2011, the Syrian armed opposition has deliberately pushed populated areas into the circle of armed conflict with the merciless Assad regime. The armed factions, that intentionally implicated residential areas in the bloody conflict, were aware of the brutal response by Assad regime. However, they did not care about the lives and livelihood of civilians and did not respect international conventions in this regard. Their goal was to bring in Western military intervention to topple Assad regime and to seize power.

After the Syrian political and armed opposition became certain that the West would not intervene, then they invited Turkey to invade and occupy many areas in north and north east Syria. They called the areas occupied by Turkey as liberated areas! Like Assad regime, pro-Turkish factions liquidated opponents. They carried out demographic changes in the occupied city of Afrin when they expelled its original inhabitants of Kurds and settled Arabs and Turkmen instead.

They changed the names of the cities and towns they occupied, especially the Kurdish one, and then applied the policies of Arabization and Turkification. They raised the Turkish flag and pictures of their Sultan, Erdogan, in the occupied territories. Turkish language has become the official language in schools. Turkish lira is the main currency in commercial and financial dealings in all occupied territories. Turkish government appointed Turkish governors to these areas. So, practically, all these occupied areas have become a part of Turkey.  

The Syrian opposition, especially “National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces” supported by Ankara, adopted an extremist sectarian and nationalist rhetoric. They have always insisted on imparting the Arab and Islamic character to Syria according to their project, which posed a flagrant threat to the other non-Arab components.

Hundreds of extremist armed factions affiliated with the Syrian opposition have emerged, including the Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda branch). Hundreds of battles were fought by these radical groups against each other for influence. Thousands of its members have turned into mercenaries on demand under the supervision of Turkish intelligence and to serve Turkey’s agendas and interests. Then they were sent to Libya, Azerbaijan, Venezuela, and other places.

The Syrian opposition is divided into many platforms. Istanbul platform, Moscow platform, Cairo platform, and the ‘patriotic’ opposition platform at home according to the classification of Assad regime. Each platform represents the agendas of its sponsoring state.

The above is some of what was provided by the Syrian political and armed opposition, especially those affiliated with Turkey. Unfortunately, after ten years of crisis, hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of people displaced, Syrians have only two options. The bad choice represented by Assad regime and the worst choice represented by the Islamic opposition that implements Turkish and Qatari agendas in Syria. Syrian Regime

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