The last two weeks witnessed million-man marches in Damascus, Aleppo, Hasaka and Latakia. The participants raised slogans in support of President Al-Assad and his reformatory program and focused on the rejection of foreign intervention regardless of its source. This could be interpreted as being an embodiment of the choices of the popular majority in Syria, at a time when the protests were limited to the narrow border of the opposition organizations’ partisans, knowing that these organizations’ leading structures are divided between the internal arena – that is rejecting interference and showing leniency towards the calls for dialogue – and the external arena that was described by the American-Israeli coordination team as being a gathering of old people yearning for money and positions and have been linked to the Western and regional intelligence apparatuses for many years. This opposition is extremely fearful that dialogue might take place between the national state and some leaders in the internal opposition, especially after the Turkish and Qatari governments failed directly and indirectly –via the Arab League- to impose the Istanbul council as the exclusive representative of the conflicting opposition movements domestically and abroad.
At this level, it would be useful to look into the fictive depiction of the Syrian events. Indeed, Al-Jazeera channel aired on Friday a series of footages showing the funerals organized in a number of cities and towns in Edlib, Homs and Hama, some of which for armed men belonging to the militias of the Istanbul Council who were killed in clashes with the Syrian Arab army. Although coffins could be detected in many scenes, still, the channel said that the participants in the funerals were protesters in the demonstrations organized by the opposition on the “Friday of the air ban”.
The funerals seen on the screens went by peacefully and did not witness any security incidents, which caused clear confusion at the level of the media fabrication plan led by Al-Jazeera in cooperation with the Syrian opposition movements from an operations room in Doha.
The confusion and political turmoil were also clear in the interviews aired by Al-Jazeera with the opposition spokesperson, some of whom had been dubbed eyewitnesses during the last few months. When Al-Jazeera’s anchors asked those whom they contacted about the marches, the demonstrations and the gatherings and whether or not they were subjected to shooting, the spokespersons could not present one incident confirming their claims regarding the shooting at the alleged demonstrators by the army or the security forces.
The falsification of the facts then reached a high level of bankruptcy after the crowds gathered by the opposition movement became limited to a few hundred people in the towns and the cities’ streets outside the mosques, as they barely amounted to a few thousands throughout Syria. On the other hand, signs pointing to divisions in the ranks of the Syrian opposition movements have emerged and the evidence witnessed on Thursday and Friday could be summarized by the following.
1- Abdul Halim Khaddam decided – along with a number of partners – to found his own transitional council from Paris after he has become an excluded symbol from the opposition’s meetings in Istanbul and Doha.
2- The Kurds of the Istanbul Council condemned the statement which was issued by the council and in which it described the Kurdistan Workers Party as being a terrorist organization, while reports revealed it as likely to see a Kurdish dissent within the council imminently.
3- Dispute erupted within the Istanbul council over its chairmanship between several figures, namely Borhan Ghalioun and Haitham al-Maleh.
4- Mohammad Rahhal, who calls himself the head of the coordination committees’ union, publically announced the presence of four military formations affiliated with the democratic opposition, rejecting the calls to uphold the peacefulness of the protests.
5- A number of opposition movements abroad attacked one of the symbols of the democratic opposition, i.e. Michel Kilo, accusing him of treason for having published an article in which he called for reconsidering participation in the dialogue with the state.
In conclusion, the opposition movements that are implicated in the foreign plan are turning towards terrorism while facing a new and serious predicament, i.e. the presence of an overwhelming popular majority that is supporting the state, its president and army.