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Syria's Divided Opposition

Obama's war rages in Syria.

Violent and nonviolent elements comprise Syria's opposition. Peaceful ones want differences resolved diplomatically and politically. 

Violent ones are responsible for ravaging Syria since March 2011. No end of conflict looks imminent.

From October 1969 - October 1976, and from October 1982 until his February 1986 assassination, Olof Palme served as Sweden's prime minister. He led the Swedish Social Democratic Party. 

He supported decolonization and nonalignment. He was for Palestinian rights. He compared the Vietnam war to the holocaust. He opposed apartheid and other authoritarian regimes. He strongly opposed US and Western imperialism. At the same time, he maintained ties with NATO.

In 1992, the Olof Palme International Center was established. It works "in (his) spirit".for democracy, human rights, and peace." In May 2012, it published a report titled "Divided They Stand: An Overview of Syria's Political Opposition Factions."

It lists nine opposition groups. They include:

(1) The Syrian National Council (SNC). It's Syria's largest. It gets substantial Western and regional support. It's dominated by extremist elements. It favors violently ousting Assad. It's allied with US proxy Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants. 

They're heavily armed, well funded, trained, and directed Washington proxies. They're fighting Obama's war against independent Syria. They want a pro-Western puppet regime replacing it. Thousands of casualties mount. Assad is wrongfully blamed for death squad crimes.

(2) National Coordination Bureau for the Forces of Democratic Change (NCB). It wants democratic governance replacing Assad. Its principles are "no violence, no sectarianism, no intervention."

(3) Syrian Democratic Platform. Ideologically it replicates NCB goals.

(4) Building the Syrian State (BSS). Its members include dissidents, apolitical elements, and pro-reform independents. It rejects armed struggle and seeks peaceful transformation.

(5) National Change Current (NCC). It supported the SNC, but wouldn't initially join it. It's allied with SNC fringe groups.

(6) The "loyal opposition." Since violence erupted last year, eight new political parties were formed. Some are allied with Assad. They comprise no real opposition.

(7) Syrian Sunni Islamism. It's the Syrian opposition's "single strongest force." Its members include the Muslim Brotherhood. Its Syrian branch was created in 1944. It lacks a significant internal organized base.

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