The Obama administration has made complete hash of the ME region, with fundamentalist Islamic groups being dubbed as “freedom fighters” in the “democracy project” called the Arab Spring, and who represent just one more form of tyranny as the ones they’re replacing. Barry Rubin provides proof that Obama gets it wrong again. KGS
H/T: Barry Rubin
SCOOP: Obama Administration Does it Again!: Empowers Largely Islamist Leadership for Syrian Revolution
By Barry Rubin
The leadership of the Syrian revolution, or at least those who are recognized as such abroad, has released the names of 19 of the 29 members of the General Secretariat and five members of the Presidential Council. A lot of research should be one done on the individuals but let’s do a quick ethnic and political analysis based on this information.
But first let me give you my analysis: I believe that the Turkish Islamist regime deliberately helped produce a Syrian leadership that is more Islamist and more Muslim Brotherhood controlled than was necessary. Since Turkey’s government was empowered to do this by the Obama Administration, the White House is responsible for this extremely dangerous situation. It is a blunder or a betrayal–in effect, the motive and cause don’t matter–of the greatest dimensions. The Obama Administration may “only” have paved the way for the triumph of Islamist regimes in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia–we don’t yet know the final result–but it has been actively involved in helping promote an (avoidable) Islamist revolution in Syria.
Of the 19 members of the committee whose names have been published, 4 are identified as Muslim Brotherhood and 6 more as independent Islamists. That means 10 of the 19—a majority—and hence 10 of the 15 Sunni Muslim Arabs (two-thirds) are Islamists!
Of the non-Islamist Sunni Arabs, two are leftists, two are liberals, and one represents the tribes.
Thanks, Obama Administration, for putting Islamist Turkey in charge of the negotiations!
There are also two Christians (one a representative of the small Assyrian community), one Druze, and one Kurd. So that 40 percent of the non-Sunni Arab population (there are no Alawites listed) has only 20 percent representation. This might partly be due to the walk-out of many Kurds to protest the Turkish bias favoring the Islamists. But the over-representation of Sunni Arabs sends a signal to the minority groups as well as helps empower Islamists.
Of course, it is true that 10 members remain anonymous because they are inside Syria but there’s no particular reason to believe they are of a different composition.
To my knowledge, not a single journalist or expert in the entire world has yet used this publicly available information and done the simple math involved.