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The 'revolutionary' face of the Syrian conflict

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Reports are abound by international organizations about the responsibility of the Syrian government for the human rights violations in the ongoing conflict in Syria, now in its fourth year, but the responsibility of the insurgents has been kept away from media spotlight for political reasons.

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However, the horrible image of the "revolutionary" performance imposed itself on the media and public opinion to an extent that it has become impossible to black it out anymore.

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Internationally last Thursday, for example, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said that Russia's and China's vetoes against a United Nations Security Council resolution to refer allegations of war crimes in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) "protect monstrous terrorist organizations operating in Syria " who are pursuing a fundamentalist assault on the Syrian people that knows no decency or humanity."

Regionally on the same day, The Yemeni Coordination Committee for the Support of Syrian Revolution dissolved itself in protest against what it called in a statement "the diversion and transformation of the leaders of the revolution and opposition into terrorist gangs and groups."

Since U.S. President Barak Obama imposed sanctions on April 29, 2011 on some Syrian officials reportedly accused of using violence against civilians, the U.S., European and regional sponsors of a "regime change" in the country have so far held the Syrian government as the only party accountable. The UN and western international human rights organizations followed suit.

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Their blackout of the insurgents' responsibility could not be avoided otherwise those sponsors would be held accountable as well and consequently could not continue their support to the insurgents with impunity, because without their support the insurgents would not have survived.

Their reluctance to arm the Syrian rebels with advanced weapons lest they fall into the hands of the terrorist organizations could not cover up their initial and ongoing arming and recruitment efforts, which empowered the militarization of the peaceful civilian protests with its most extreme Syrian and non-Syrian insurgents.

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*Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist in Kuwait, Jordan, UAE and Palestine. He is based in Ramallah, West Bank of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.
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