December 20, 2012
Syrian Opposition Leader: Rebels to Target Russian, Iranian Civilians
In response to both the Russian and Iranian governments arming Syrian leader Bashar al-Assadís murderous campaign against his country's citizens, a prominent leader of the Syrian opposition abroad has declared terrorism against Russian and Iranian citizens will be a justifiable tool in the Syrian peoplesí fight for independence.Meanwhile in Russia, Putin said he recognized the need for 'change in Syria'.
The opposition leader, Haitham al-Maleh, claimed, "Russia, along with Iran, provides Bashar al-Assadís regime with weapons and ammunition, and supports it politically, therefore the citizens of these countries present legitimate targets for militants in Syria."[More...]
Russia realizes changes in Syria are needed but is concerned that the push to unseat President Bashar Assad's regime could plunge the country even deeper into violence, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.I would expect there has been a hit put out on Haitham al-Maleh, and rightly so. It's one thing to attack Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards but civilians? That's crazy talk. I know, I know, that's what is happening in Syria.
Putin's assessment came just a week after Russia's top envoy for Syria was quoted as saying Assad's forces were losing control of the country. Although the Foreign Ministry backpedaled on that statement, analysts have suggested for months that the Kremlin is resigned to losing its longtime ally.
No, I am not for killing anyone but.. Wait, bronco bama officially recognized this group as the one to help. Will he now?
This new approach could possibly frustrate western nationsí efforts to recognize the opposition and assist the rebels against the al-Assad regime. Complicating the matter further, al-Maleh also stated that his interpretation of the Geneva Convention allows citizens who collaborate with an opposing side to be targeted for death.Just when you think Syria can't get any worse, it does.