As the revolt against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad deepens, opposition groups have spoken out against United Nations (UN) plans to impose a settlement.
A UN summit in Geneva last Saturday proposed a transition government of “unity”. This would include opposition representatives as well as members of the Assad regime. Russia and China want Assad himself to have the right to remain.
British foreign secretary William Hague claimed the UN is intervening “in the interest of saving thousands of lives and of our international responsibility”.
But in reality the international summit is part of the battle for who will have control over the region in the future. The West wants to hijack the revolution and shape whatever new government takes Assad’s place.
One Syrian opposition fighter, Haitham Maleh, expressed his disgust at the idea of sharing government with members of the Assad regime.
“Do they not see how the Syrian people are being slaughtered?” he said. “It is a catastrophe, the country has been destroyed, and they want us then to sit with the killer?”