Opposition leader vows to break Syria's ties to Iran, Hezbollah

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Leader of the exiled Syrian opposition grouping, the Syrian National Council, Burhan Ghalioun (R), attends a press conference in Moscow, on 15 November 2011. (Photo: AFP - Natalia Kolesnikova)

Published Friday, December 2, 2011

A Syria run by the country's main opposition group would cut military ties to Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas, the group's leader told the Wall Street Journal in an article published Friday.

This would remove a crucial Iranian military ally believed to play a key role in supplying Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Palestinian Hamas, potentially leading to a dramatic reordering of regional power.

The interview with Burhan Ghalioun, president of the Syrian National Council (SNC), came eight months into an increasingly violent uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad. Rebels are seeking international support to overthrow the regime while the regime is drawing on financial and military support from Iran and Russia to ruthlessly suppress the uprising.

"There will be no special relationship with Iran," Ghalioun, a 66-year-old university professor, told the Journal in an interview at his home in Paris.

"Breaking the exceptional relationship means breaking the strategic, military alliance," he said, adding that "after the fall of the Syrian regime, (Hezbollah) won't be the same."

He also called for more robust international support for the rebels, including the possible establishment of a no-fly zone.

"Our main objective is finding mechanisms to protect civilians and stop the killing machine," Ghalioun said.

"We say it is imperative to use forceful measures to force the regime to respect human rights."

The rebels may well fail to topple the 40-year-old Assad regime established by Bashar's father Hafez, but a reorientation of Syria away from Iran and towards the West would have major implications across the region.

Ghalioun said an opposition-run Syria would be committed to recovering the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau captured by Israel in the 1967 war, but would pursue its return through negotiations rather than armed conflict.

The SNC have enlisted key Arab support, particularly from the oil-rich Gulf states, in their struggle against Assad.

(AFP, WSJ, Al-Akhbar)

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Now we see the real face of this so called Revolution and so called National Syrian council! They want in fact to realize the Zionist dream to abolish the Resistant role of Syria and Refernces to any Resistance or Arabity!
He is a real puppet in the hands of Zionists and Imperialists, cooperating in killing his own people and selling them his own country

I am very sorry for all those from the people manipulated by him, who believd they are going into democratic revolution, I hope they will open their eyes and join the resistance camp for defending Syria and the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance !

Iran's & Hezbolla's role in the syrian uprising has been very negative. They have been supporting Assad's militia consistently in oppressing, kidnapping, and killing syrian protesters, not to forget the technological contributions they've been offering across the borders. The syrian people would revolt against the SNC if they felt the council is betraying their cause & not fighting their enemies.

Therefore it's important to evaluate the power of the people in shaping Ghaliun's decision, although not fully, rather than emphasising the role of zionism only.

So, "people" of Syria are ONLY for SNC, and who is against - is non people? Yes, SOME people is happy with ditching any vestige of anti-Zionism in Syria. But sure not all of them.

"The syrian people would revolt against the SNC if they felt the council is betraying their cause & not fighting their enemies" yes, sure, so first Zionists in SNC is going to win (just like in Libya) and THEN Syrians could be against their Zionism, right? As if it would be possible, and, anyway, it is very odd to claim that SNC which is openly pro-NATO/Saudis is going to "fight Syrian enemies". NATO is being friend of Syria, thus? Nice try.

technological contributions...wow that's a first. Your evaluation is sound if it wasn't based on hearsay and if it wasn't defending Ghalyun in his sleazy position of appeasement to the zionists and his saudi masters.

If this shows anything is that he's a puppet, no different than Mahmoud Abbas or the late and great Fuad teary-eyed Sanyoura. The pro-zionist, pro-saudi syrian "uprising" will fail. Where are all the intellectuals that said that the zionist entity prefer Assad over any other option because he provides stability. I am sure they prefer a Mahmoud Abbas on their border with their syria. And I am sure they're shaking in their boots because they're gonna get a leader who will negotiate the Golan Heights out of their hands.

Yes, at least he is candid in his pro-Zionist promises. Now it could be no doubt quo bono from Syria' s "revolution".

And of course, if the majority of Syrians are NOT Zionists, only very non-democratic regime could achieve such Zionist goals. Not mentioning sectarian nature of this "revolution".

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