This isn’t going to end well.

Regardless of whether Assad can manage to hold on to a mere portion of what once was Syria, the areas under control of the jhadists/opposition forces, are going to be sharia run hell holes.

George Galloway has criticised opponents of the Syrian regime for not “lifting a finger for jihad” by challenging rulers in other countries including Saudi Arabia.

Syria’s new opposition in race to convince skeptical Islamists

By Erika Solomon and Mariam Karouny

BEIRUT | Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:08am EST

(Reuters) – Syria’s new opposition leaders are struggling to win over powerful Islamist rebel combat units, whose radical elements question whether the “hotel warriors” of the fledgling coalition can offer their fighters any real support.

Islamists have established themselves as the most effective, best armed and fastest growing units in the 20-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

Many of them are wary of the National Coalition for Syrian Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, set up earlier this month in an attempt to unify Assad’s fractured opponents and win greater international support.

“They are the hotel warriors, we are the men in the trenches. No one should be allowed to marginalize us, politically or militarily. These coalitions are just fighting over us and not for us,” said Yassir al-Karaz, a leader in the rebel Tawheed Brigade in northern Aleppo province.

Most rebels are conservative but politically moderate and willing to work with diverse opposition groups. But they were left to their own devices for months in an uprising they dubbed an “orphan revolution” and the challenge to bring them into the fold is made bigger by the rising role of radicals, including al Qaeda-style fighters in Syria.

The problem for the new coalition is maintaining the backing of this crucial bloc of Syrian fighters on the ground while bolstering support from Western powers wary of funding a movement that may be linked to extremist groups.

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