Through its threat of a military strike against the Syrian forces, the United States is aggravating the conflict in Syria instead of resolving it.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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Syrian Independent Opposition: “Ignored by the World”

RIM TURKMANI, rimturkmani@gmail.com, @Rim_Turkmani

Turkmani is a co-founder of Building the Syrian State Current. She is available for a limited number of interviews. The group recently released a statement:

“We condemn utterly the use of chemical weapons in Syria whether by the regime or by any other party, just as we condemn all forms of violence in the Syrian political conflict and we continue to work hard on ending the violence and the armed conflict.

“At the same time we oppose any foreign military intervention in Syria under any pretext, because it does not serve the Syrian aspiration for freedom and justice. Instead it will exacerbate the crisis, push the parties of the armed conflict to escalate their armed actions, and push them to use the worst of weapons.

“Through its threat of a military strike against the Syrian forces, the United States is aggravating the conflict in Syria instead of resolving it. This risks the security of the whole region and directly contributes to fueling the conflict in Syria, including the civil fight.

“At the same time, the Syrian regime is pushing the country to devastation by provoking, though its behavior, an external aggression that will destroy what is left of Syrian society. The regime is doing this through its obstinate rejection of any genuine political solution to the Syrian crisis, and by acting like a big militia in dealing with the political conflict in the country. It has limited its action to the dealing with the armed conflict and treating all the armed groups as terrorist organizations. It has also continued to suppress and arrest nonviolent activists.

“We dispute the claimed U.S. motives for this strike, and we refuse its role as the world’s policeman, judge and jury. We do not see it as a neutral party to the armed conflict in Syria. Just like Russia, the U.S. is involved to the fullest extent in this conflict. And as a party to the conflict, we demand it makes serious and responsible efforts to end the Syrian crisis.”

See full statement

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