“Muslim extremists are hijacking the pro-democracy movement that came out of the March demonstrations,” sources told AsiaNews. Like in Egypt, Libya and other countries that revolted against longstanding dictators during the Middle East’s ‘Arab Spring’, Christians will be among the first to suffer if Islamists gain power in Syria.
3/5/2012 Syria (AsiaNews) – “Muslim extremists are hijacking the pro-democracy movement that came out of the March demonstrations of young unemployed Syrians,” sources told AsiaNews. In their view, what started out as peaceful protests against the regime has morphed into an armed struggle that is leading the country in the direction of a bloody civil war.
“So many interests are involved in the fight against Assad, and not all of them with the well-being of the Syrian people at heart,” the sources said. “Foreign Muslim terrorists, some from al Qaeda, have joined the ranks of the rebels. They are in Syria to fight a jihad against the regime and defend the interests of countries in the Arab League. This is fuelling a climate of violence and hatred and is undermining hope for a diplomatic solution based on talks between the parties.”
“People are afraid,” they added. “A curfew has been imposed on Damascus. The city is divided between those who are in favour of the regime and those in favour of the rebels. The same is true in other cities.” For the sources, Syria is at impasse as violence begets counter-violence.