Syria has been the scene of unrest since March 2011. Because the presence of armed groups who are supported, financed and armed by Washington, Tel Aviv, Ankara, London, Paris, Berlin and certain Arab regimes.
Damascus said the Western and some Arab media are working with the armed terrorist gangs to sway public opinion against Syria and its people by accusing the government of the killings on the eve of a UN Security Council meeting.
Damascus blames “outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, asserting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.
The US has not objected to its allies aiding rebel groups, and is rather facilitating the arms flow on the Turkey-Syria border, according to a Washington Post report in May.
The CIA’s ability to operate inside Syria was hampered severely by the decision to close the US embassy in Damascus earlier this year, officials said.
The US administration is exploring ways to expand non-lethal support to Syrian opposition groups, officials told the Washington Post.
It said that the agency has supplied encryption-enabled communications gear to opposition groups, presumably enabling the United States to monitor their talks, and that a team of about a half dozen CIA officers based along the Turkey-Syria border has worked to coordinate the flow of equipment.
An interview with Mohsen Saleh, professor at the Lebanese University, to hear his opinion on this issue.
Q: The question that we raised to you was whether, at the same time the government is accusing of course the armed groups and the opposition who it says are backed by Western governments for these kinds of massacres in which civilians are killed and at the same time those groups are saying that this is the work of the government. Now, who will benefit from this massacre and who is to blame?
Saleh: Well every time, whenever we see a kind of failure or they could not politically achieve anything the opposition parties and their armed gangs and these people they commit many atrocities against the Syrians and they go into some innocent and peaceful villages and kill some people in order to show that the security measurements in these villages and towns are not enough and to pressure on the Security Council to take measurements against the state.
I guess that is why they declare every time that the state is responsible, of course but let Qatar and Saudi Arabia and the Americans stop their armament of the gangs and I guess the security is in the purpose of the state not the gangs are playing in the security of the people and then they label the government at doing such massacres.
I guess these gangs who are not united in any way of having a one goal to bring peace to these people I guess they are a big threat for the Syrians in these areas especially in Hama and other places of course near to the Turks borders and also I guess they are pressured by the Saudis and Qataris in order to commit such atrocities because they are paying the money and the arms from the borders in Lebanon and in Turkey and I guess that is why they are doing so.
Q: Well right now the situation that the world is taking rather the stance the world is taking towards the Syria situation has been along two different lines. We are seeing for instance Kofi Annan who went ahead with the Geneva conference and then went on a tour of Middle East countries to continue to hold on to his peace initiative on the case of Syria.
At the other side we are seeing Western governments including the US, France, Britain and others and of course the countries you mentioned in the Arab world taking part in the Paris conference in the “Friends of Syria” meetings and pushing for more pressure on Damascus.
Basically why do you think we are seeing two diverse international reactions to this and which reaction is going to be to the benefit of Syria?
Saleh: Well the what so-called opposition party they could not convince the Russians and they could not convince the world of their plans and their unity and their performance towards bringing peace in Syria or to come to the table and have dialogue with the state.
However I say the Americans and some of the [Persian] Gulf States they are encouraging these people not to come to terms in order to bring a new way of thinking towards the solution in Syria.
And I guess the Americans and Europeans are weaker than taking practical steps towards intervening in Syria. That is why they pressured from one side Annan to continue his initiative and they pressured the opposition parties also to commit atrocities we are talking about and also to raise the Turks against the regime.
Now we are having two battles in fact, the diplomatic one and the military one but it seems that the regime, the state is strong enough not to be influenced or to be pressured by these sayings from the statements of the opposition or from the United States.
The United States wants to really cross this time of the American election in order to go into a new phase in dealing with the Syrian problem, the Syrian issue.