Syria: Clinton warns of 'hijacking'

2012-10-31 22:18

Zagreb - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that Washington wanted to help the Syrian opposition unite against President Bashar Assad's regime, but urged it to resist efforts by "extremists" to hijack the revolution.

"There are disturbing reports of extremists going into Syria attempting to take over what has been a legitimate revolution against an oppressive regime for their own purposes," Clinton warned during a visit to Croatia.

The opposition should "strongly resist the efforts by the extremists to hijack the Syrian revolution".

Clinton's comments as international Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi urged China to help end the escalating conflict that has killed more than 36 000 people since an uprising against Assad's rule erupted in March last year.

"We are working very hard with many different elements of opposition inside and outside Syria," Clinton told reporters, saying the US was interested in "helping the opposition to unite strongly and resist the Assad regime".

Washington wanted to assist the opposition "to unite behind a shared effective strategy that can resist the regime violence and begin to provide for a political transition".

The opposition umbrella group the Syrian National Council (SNC) "can no be longer be viewed as the visible leader of the opposition," Clinton said.

"They can be part of the opposition, but the opposition must include people from inside Syria and others."

Clinton also called for an opposition "leadership structure" to ensure that all Syrians are represented and protected, adding: "There has to be a representation of those who are on the front line fighting and dying today."

Earlier on Wednesday, Syrian opposition groups, including representatives from the SNC and leaders of the Free Syrian Army, called for a transitional government in exile to be formed to win greater political support from the international community.

But in Paris, Russia warned that the "bloodbath" in Syria would continue if the West stuck to its demand for Assad's ouster.

"If the position of our partners remains the departure of this leader who they do not like, the bloodbath will continue," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.

Fabius also said France and Russia failed to bridge their differences over Assad's role in any future transition government at a meeting in Paris.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-31 22:40

    At last the truth comes out and sanity begins to prevail,how quick they were to support these rebels and now they back track and say..ooops we made a mistake maybe we should condemn these Islamic militants that are involved in Syria the same ones we helped with arms,political and material support..and all Russia says is"I told you so"

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 04:53

      I think you've misread the article. I recommend rereading it sans your anti-US lenses.

      braddo.ct - 2012-11-01 10:57

      You mean Hilary was LYING all along ? That cannot be, surely ? I've seen in the movies that the US government ONLY speaks the truth ?? *faints* Actually, Russia has been the voice of reason in this stupid geo-political adventurism by Hillary Clinton and her media arm (CNN, Fox, Reuters)

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 13:09

      Russia the voice of reason, arming the unelected dictator and his brother who have been killing, detaining, torturing and raping Syrians and their families by the tens of thousands in a futile attempt to hold onto unelected power. Yeah right. If that's what you call reason, I'd hate to think what you call brutality.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-31 23:00

    But you and your client states in the region have already hijacked it. Fake, foreign-sponsored revolutions will never yield anything good. Libya and Syria are the prime examples. Listening to Hillary Clinton pontificating on Middle Eastern affairs is a nauseating affront to reason, and proves how far the US has crawled into its own bunker of ignorance.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 04:56

      Listening to you, Fidel, pontificate that Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom is what's nauseating, followed in quick succession by your similarly faulty and delusional perspective on what is obviously happening in Syria: the freedom of Syrians from a decades-old oppressive regime.

      braddo.ct - 2012-11-01 11:27

      Actually, this latest move is more astoundingly-opportunistic than many of us can conceive of. This..This.. Ok, lets call her a woman, reduced Libya to a pile of ashes where anarchy rules, and even the puppet government she installed admits they have no control. bouyed by this she gets her client Turkey to build huge "refugee centres" and starts a fake revolurion in Syria. 2 years later, she realizes she knew nothing about Syria, and her mercenaries are failing miserably while flailing out at civilians. NOW she is ditching her puppets and trying to reposition the US to huddle closer to the legitimate oposition in Syria. (The ppl who have nothing to do with the fighting and massacres)All so she can save face.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 13:11

      Keith, you're a genocidal racist and extremely dark human being. You openly call for the killing of all Jewish people, and promote all kinds of violence.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 13:15

      Braddo, clearly it's more than what YOU can comprehend. What a load of twisted, crazy, made up nonsense.

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-11-01 06:39

    Ha! this woman has got to be joking, the peaceful revolution was hijacked by her and her friends in the first place! They pumped in the weapons and mercenaries and now wonder why it's out of control?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 07:29

      clearly you've been watching something other than what's actually been happening in Syria. Making things up would be an even more accurate descritpion of what you've been doing.

      derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-11-01 09:50

      Fred, unlike you I have not been watching nor believing the lies of her mouthpiece CNN and Fox among others.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-01 10:52

      If you don't watch how do you know they lying?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 13:19

      Precisely Derek. That's what I'm saying: you're making up what's going on in Syria. No wonder you're so wrong. How big of a fool do you want to make yourself out to be.

  • braddo.ct - 2012-11-01 10:49

    C'mon Hillary. You are asking us to believe you are as ignorant as the average News24 commentator. You start a war by inflaming internal tensions within Syria, and feverishly inject your pet AlQaeda fighters fresh from trashing Libya for you, NOW you realize they are off the leash?? Nobody can be that stupid.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-01 11:01

      I just recommended this comment, but I agree with it so much I feel the need to add an approving comment too.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-01 11:10

      You make a good point , either the average New24 commentor is somewhat in agreement with the US Sectary of State who probably has better , more accurate intelligence , greater knowledge and experience in foreign affairs as well as access and dialog with all the regional leaders than lets say the internet conspirators , masochists and bloggers where you appear to have found your information. I don't think I'd give these equal weighting not to mention a rather arrogant accusation of stupidity and the underlying assumption of moral superiority. I'd say look a little closer at Libya who seem quite happy without Gaddaffi , have elected a govt and agreed cabitnet , they seem on their way dispite a few relegated spots like Bani Walid unless you expected it to be Norway a year after the popular uprising. Perhaps support for the large volume of people fighting for the right reason should be supported especially in rejecting the terrorists rather than letting them go back to tyrannical rule which will only further entrench its rule but as long as its anti-american screw those guys.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-01 11:26

      "I'd say look a little closer at Libya who seem quite happy without Gaddaffi , have elected a govt and agreed cabitnet " Yours is typical of the democracy fanatics, both Iraq and Afghanistan held elections, and what does that mean really, nothing, as both of them lack any meaningful legitimacy or governing mechanism, and Libya is going the same route. People lie and so do governments, especially a government that has been caught numerous times lying even if by omission. Watch what they do and not what they say!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-01 12:08

      Please describe your definition of meaningful legitmacy? What is your alternative to democracy ? Is lets say Joseph Kony the legitimate leader of the area's he controls via military power in Uganda? Its ridiculous , its just anti-american anarchism.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-01 12:41

      The ability for a government to provide and/or enable its citizenry social security, social justice and social development. People do not eat ballot papers!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-01 12:51

      By your definition then ,in Iraq and Afganistan those govts were not legitimate . If thats the case then the US (world super power) who has the ability , has a duty to those countries and the international community to install a Govt that can make that a reality.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 13:24

      Braddo, a massive red flag to your thinking is if Fidel agrees with you. He even believes Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern day Uncle Tom. He is commending your perspective. Two delusional peas in a pod.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-01 13:31

      The US government has a duty to its citizens ONLY! It seems that it's not only Americans who bask in the delusion of their power, their importance, etc.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-01 14:35

      What do you think the AU is trying to do in Somalia ? Should they be left to the wills of war lords ? Its been hugely successful , like the UN's shame of letting genocide occur in Rwanda when they knew it would happen or leaving DRC alone to kill 5 million people since 1997. Its about those who can do something , doing it when they can see a catasrophe happen. It not this evil oppertunity to colonise or spead imperial power or to bask in self importance , by the same logic giving aid even in times of natural disaster should be off limits , 'not our citizens'.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-01 15:52

      The AU has political legitimacy to mediate in countries that fall within its sphere of influence, and Somalia being a signatory to AU statutes. Pacifism is better than the long term repercussions of western states pretending to be carrying out humanitarian interventions. It's all about vested interests, not bringing democracy. There is absolutely no morality or altruism in US foreign policy whatsoever. No self-respected government trades its national sovereignty for aid! Author Garry Wills has commented on this American benevo-lence toward foreigners: "We believe we can literally 'kill them with kindness', moving our guns forward in a seizure of demented charity. It is when America is in her most altruistic mood that other nations better get behind their bunkers." The emperor is just another emperor. Nice clothes, same mentality.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-01 17:02

      lol, allowing genocide, massacres and oppression is the moral choice because of losing the regimes sovereignty as you clarified had already been lost and of course the long term affects of intervention ,i'm sure the tutsi's or whats left of them would disagree about the long term affects. It just rolls back to anti-american bigotry .

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 17:24

      Fidel is rabidly anti-West is not even funny. He'd allow hundreds of thousands of Africans to be sightseers as long ax the West doesn't help. Crazy. If Nelson Mandela even meets a Western leader, he's a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. Highly immature, antisocial, sociopathic and reactionary.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-01 17:53

      @Ninja Imagine going into an arranged marriage (Tutsis and Hutus, to name but a few) wherein there is little attraction, commonality, or love, and your relation being essentially to serve the interest of your parents (West, France in this instance), 99.9% of Westerners would/have rebel and reject such a marriage. Africa has a bigger land mass and population than Europe, with almost an identical number of countries or states, because Europeans rejected these arranged marriages. Why should Tutsis and Hutus accept this marriage if Spain and Portugal couldn't or Serbia and Croatia, etc. Western intervention to "remedy" the damages ensuing from past Western foreign policy interventions aimed at stabilising these regions? If this isn't the theater of the absurd, I don't know what is.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 23:23

      Fidel is rabidly anti-West is not even funny. He'd allow hundreds of thousands of Africans to be slaughtered as long as the West doesn't help. Crazy. I wonder what he'd say if God forbid his family depended on Western help, like the Syrians. To Fidel, if Nelson Mandela even meets a Western leader, he's a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. Highly immature, antisocial, sociopathic and reactionary.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-01 19:04

    By your definition then ,in Iraq and Afganistan those govts were not legitimate . If thats the case then the US (world super power) who has the ability , has a duty to those countries and the international community to install a Govt that can make that a reality. Just read carefully what this commentator has written..did you ever see a more arrogant and bigoted view of world affairs..especially about the US has the duty to install a government to make peace and stability a reality..this is typical self justifying US mindset that they and only they have the ability to decide for the world what is right and what is stinks and furthermore the writer will then have to agree that Adolf Hitler had the answer to the worlds problems and through his war machine was only determined to change the world for the better...HA..HA..HA..HA..what a simpleton..!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-01 19:21

      It is this arrogance and perceived exceptionalism that is at the heart of US/western foreign policy failure. If they are not civilising Africans, they are turning them into Christians, or bringing them democracy. If the USA/west is the beacon of democracy and the moral argument has been won, why does it still need to spend so much money defending itself against those who have quite clearly lost the argument? They should leave other people alone and there will be no need to bomb the crap out of other people.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 23:32

      Dunkie, you're looking at the works through the eyes of a child, and you're misinformed. The US is not installing anything. It's learnt from its past mistakes. It supports the freedom of self determination of the Syrian people. Unfortunately at the moment it doesn't have a leader to fulfill this responsibility. Your neo-Soviet Russia in the other hand is arming Assad and his brother, who are openly killing, detaining, torturing and raping Syrians and their families in a futile attempt to hold onto unelected, minority rule. There is zero sense in what you're doing, none whatsoever.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-01 23:33

      The fact that Fidel agrees with you is, again, a huge red flag. He is better placed in neo-Colonialist Africa in the 1960's. He hadn't moved or changed one iota. The world has.

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