I have been meaning to write something about the SNC for some time now, but always delayed it because I felt I did not know much about them, who they are, what do they stand for, and what they want to do. But now I feel I don’t have to wait anymore, I think that is exactly the problem, WE DON’T KNOW. With latest development there might not be an SNC to write about if I waited longer.
I know some of its members (I learned of them through TV shows and hosting of Arab news channels) I know that media say that Muslim Brotherhood have big representation in the counsel, and that it is very close to Turkey. I do realize that Syrian regime do not allow any opposition (even the puppets they create inside are not safe, if for some reason regime decided to change its mind they can be arrested and jailed and not to be released again maybe forgotten by the regime itself), and therefore I don’t blame the apposition for not being known or united, since many of them are new to the seen.
But that is not good anymore, after ten months they have to realize that this is one of the major problems they face. They have to work on gaining people trust by having more transparency, they should introducing themselves to the people, they have to show us who they are, and what they want to do, what do they stand for, who do they represent (do they represent tribes or a sect or an ethnicity or geographical area and why they are on the counsel). I keep seeing new people for he first time on TV introducing themselves as SNC members, and part of this committee or that committee, while i dont know which line of thoughts they represent within the SNC. I tried to research some more about them through their official web site and through facebook and twitter, but I did not find anything about who they are, not even how many members they have or how many committees they have, what are methods of taking decisions. Few weeks ago they held first meeting in Tunisia and I thought, finally now we will have a clear picture of the members and clear vision for what they want to do, but unless I missed something beside the short press conference at the end I did not get anything (please correct me if i am missing something).
It seems to me they dont even know what they are; last month the head of the counsel state that when they will be in charge they will stop relations with Iran and they will not support hizbullah, have they forget that they are merely a transition counsel, their job is to make the transition from dictatorship to democratically representative system, they cannot decide on direction of the country or any strategical decisions. They are boxing themselves and limiting options of Syria for no apparent benefit, except trying to please the west by giving such statements.
The revolution in syria was made by Syrian people, kept against all odds by Syrians, forced itself into the international and regional agenda by the Syrian people (no one wanted the regime to fall, not the regional players from turkey to Jordan to Lebanon or Iraq, no one from the international scene not the US or EU or Russia or Iran) and paid for it by Syrian lives. The SNC has to realize only the Syrian people can change the equations, calculations and interests of the regional and international powers, and Syrian people are the only ones who came true over and over again not the UN nor the AL or Islamic counsel or the church in the Vatican.
SNC biggest asset is the Syrian people, and their perception that it is the only option for the revolution, once that is gone they are gone. I think the SNC should be;
– more transparent; talking to people and explaining what they are doing and why
– giving a clear plan for what happen in the day after the fall of the regime, how they intend to move to democratically representative system.
– concentrating efforts on the inside, by organizing the revolution and trying to support it by logistical means as for supplying food medicine and supplies or lifting the spirits by gathering public figures support (politicians, artists writers signers actors,,,)
Once they do that, they will win more support from the remaining silent Syrians who are fearing anarchy now, and the revolution will grow and become stronger. When others see the revolution is strong and organized with a clear plan and transition you will see the west knocking on their doors, then they can negotiate from position of power not weakness by giving concessions to please others.
PS; please consider this entry as an open discussion area, feel free to comment and correct any of the points mentioned above, more specifically please suggest more points for what SNC should be doing.