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  •  That's interesting. (1+ / 0-)
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    But were they invited in by the opposition or did they move into an unstable situation?  I don't know a lot about it, but I've been told that the rise of fundamentalism among city people and college students in Syria was because it was a way of opposing the government, so I could see some of the opposition groups wanting Islamist allies right away.  But I certainly got the impression that there is a large secular element to the opposition groups.

    “If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.” - state motto of Fitzwalkerstan

    by non acquiescer on Tue May 07, 2013 at 03:12:19 PM PDT

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    •  I don't know if they were invited in, (8+ / 0-)

      but they were allowed in and allowed - by Turkey - to bring in weapons.

      From what I have observed the secular elements of the western supported opposition group (SNC/NOC) and of the rebel groups are in the minority.

      There are many secular opponents but they are generally not part of the western supported opposition group because they want a negotiated politcal solution. And for that reason secular opponents often don't join the armed rebel groups.

      And many who initially did join are now leaving because they have seen how radical Islamic rebel groups behave in the areas they control.

      Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

      by InAntalya on Tue May 07, 2013 at 03:26:30 PM PDT

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