"Only one point continues to divide the two camps: the question of foreign intervention in Syria"
Personally, I am reluctant to work with either of these organisations, both of which have postive qualities and flaws. The Syrian National Council is struggling to establish itself
as the sole, legitimate voice of the Syrian opposition because it was created later.
What’s more, the SNC acts as though the major issue at hand is how to reconstruct the country when in reality we’re still trying to get rid of dictator. At this stage we don’t need a council of 190 members. Today, our only goal is the regime’s downfall, and a team of 15 would be enough to convey this message. Lastly, the more members there are, the more risk there is of discord.
"To make matters worse, the Syrian authorities recognised the National Coordination Committee as a legitimate opposition group with the goal of dividing the opposition"
To make matters worse, the Syrian authorities recognised the National Coordination Committee as a legitimate opposition group with the goal of dividing the opposition. This move discredited the organisation in the eyes of protesters [the Syrian regime offered to hold ‘national talks’ with the opposition
in July, 2011]. National Coordination Committee leader Haytham al-Manna has also contributed to the fratricidal struggle within the opposition by accusing the SNC of being financed by ‘American companies
’. This echoes allegations made by Assad’s regime, which claims the opposition has been manipulated by foreign agenda.
"The National Coordination Committee’s message has been well received by those who want reform"
On the other hand, presenting itself – even if it’s not really the case – as a moderate opposition organisation gives the National Coordination Committee a certain degree of popular support. Its message has been well received by those who want reforms but fear the chaos that could be brought about by radical change. However, those in favour of a ‘moderate’ approach are not necessarily going out to protest, which explains why we see so many signs supporting the SNC during demonstrations.
Today, however, the National Coordination Committee is calling for the regime to end. Only one point continues to divide the two organisations: the question of foreign intervention in Syria. The SNC does not exclude the possibility whereas the National Coordination Committee firmly rejects
it. By doing so, the National Coordination Committee has distanced itself even further from protesters as a number of them support the idea