Syrian Christian revolutionaries have also been part of the uprising. Security forces killed many Syrian Christian activists.
In addition to delivering supplies to victims, several churches in Damascus and other Syrian cities have been giving lectures against the Syrian regime and its brutal repression of peaceful protestors. The Syrian regime issued instructions to all banks across the country to stop transactions with the Greek Orthodox Mariamite Church on charges of money laundering. In retaliation to the claim that Christians would be in danger if the regime was thrown away, they reminded Christians have lived for “hundreds of years along with their Syrian brothers without fear and nobody, absolutely nobody, has any merit at this level: Christians are an indivisible part of this country.”
The Syrian coordination committees in the country denounce sectarianism and defend the unity of the Syrian people. The Syrian Revolution General Commission, which now boasts nearly 120 local committees, has also called for a peaceful revolution in order to build a democratic and socially just Syria. The Assad regime has always portrayed itself as the protector of the minorities against a so-called Islamic extremist threat. The movement has united people, just as Egyptians and Tunisians united during their revolutions.
Turkey has always been a support to the revolution.
The Syrian revolution has always been characterized by its non-violent actions, from demonstrations to civil disobedience and strike campaigns. The use of arms by some sections of the Syrian opposition in self-defense has been condemned. People in Syria and elsewhere have the right to defend themselves and their families against the oppression of an authoritarian regime.
The right to self-defense against the regime’s repression is not in contradiction with the peaceful struggle of the popular movement and the overthrow of regime. FSA is not a single and unified institution; it has a number of independent armed groups located in various areas of Syria. The FSA purchases their weapons locally on the black market, from arms dealers and smugglers who are profiting from the violence in Syria, while also sometimes purchasing weapons via smugglers from Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey.
It is claimed that the Free Syrian Army (FSA), composed of defected regime soldiers and civilians carrying weapons in self-defense. This group lacks any sustained support, and lacks a unified command and control, which has affected the FSA’s performance and could have disastrous consequences for the entire nation after independence from the current criminal regime.
The LCC and different groups such the Syrian revolutionary left, have called for unification of the various armed groups in Syria under a civil authority towards which they would be accountable. The action of the FSA is protecting the demonstrators. The struggle of the Syrian people must not be transformed into in a violent clash with the militarized regime. Such a battle would give the upper hand to the regime. ?The Syrian army is composed of about 295,000 active members. FSA should be supported on the ground because of the wide intelligence and armed forces on the ground, and air.
Local groups and coordination committees are the effective and direct organizational format for the revolution. The political groups should support them and work on developing a clear and unified revolutionary strategy.
What are the interests of other countries in the Syrian Revolution?
The US and its allies in the Gulf Arab countries, especially Qatar and Saudi Arabia, hope to hijack the revolution and take control of Arab revolutions. Western and Gulf countries aim to use Syria to weaken Iran, by undermining the alliance between Syria, Iran and Hezbollah. Russia, China and Iran support the Assad regime for their own geo-political interests, and fear that the US would increase their influence in a post-Assad Syria. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia and including many nations even NATO, US and the European nations are not interested in Popular Movement opposition to regime, and over throw of Regime.
Extract from article of Khalil Habash is an activist of Syrian origin, and a member of the Syrian revolutionary left