Moaz al Khatib heads SNC 2.0. Until July, he was Damascus Umayyad mosque imam. He favors Sharia law governance. Most Syrians oppose it.
He's relatively unknown abroad. Heading Washington's belligerent regime change agenda won't gain him support at home.
Syrians want no part of Western interference. Khatib sided with the enemy. He'll have a hard time explaining why. Extremist elements support him.
Syrian businessman and former parliamentarian Riad Seif was Washington's first choice. He declined but agreed to serve as deputy president.
Suhair al Atassi, a female Assad opponent, was elected second vice president. Businessman Mustafa Sabbagh serves as general secretary.
SNC members secured 22 seats of a new coalition body. SNC secretary-general, Bassam Ishak, said it "will help us mobilize more international support and resources for the Syrian opposition."
Expect the same imperial support as before. It remains to be seen how long so-called unity holds.
US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said America looks "forward to supporting the National Coalition as it charts a course toward the end of Assad's bloody rule and the start of the peaceful, just, democratic future that all the people of Syria deserve."
Washington, of course, deplores "peaceful, just, democratic" rule. It tolerates none at home or abroad. It wants pro-Western puppets running Syria.
It wants Iran isolated in preparation for longstanding regime change plans there. Syrians and Iranians have other ideas altogether. They want no part of Western dominance. They'll resist strongly to prevent it. What's ahead remains to be seen.
Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said individuals who "meet in hotels" abroad are "deluding themselves" if they think they can oust the government.
Consider their arrogance. Syrian loyalists and most others internally have no say in deciding who'll lead them. Dissidents convening abroad have no legitimacy whatever.
Forming a government in exile violates fundamental international law. There's no ambiguity. It recognizes sovereign states rights, equality among all states, non-interference in their internal affairs, and responsibility to settle disputes peacefully by refraining from threats or use of force.
Under no circumstances may one nation, or combination thereof, intervene in the internal affairs of others except in self-defense if attacked.
Article 8 of the 1933 Montevideo Convention of Rights and Duties says, "No state has the right to intervene in the internal or external affairs of another."
Under Article 10, differences between states "should be settled by recognized pacific methods."