‎‘Syria insurgents akin to MKO terrorists’‎

An analyst says the Syrian people reject the insurgents in the country because of their “grotesque ‎terrorist-type” destruction of non-military targets which resembles the actions of the anti-Iran ‎Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO). ‎

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March ‎‏2011‏‎. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and ‎armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition ‎accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.

Western states have been calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. However, ‎Russia and China are strongly opposed to the Western drive to oust him.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and ‎there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals, mostly ‎from Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Beirut-based international lawyer and director of the ‎Americans Concerned for Middle East Peace movement, Franklin Lamb, to further shed light on ‎the issue.

The video also offers the opinions of two other guests: political analyst, George Jabour in ‎Damascus and political commentator, Joseph Zrnchick, in Chicago.

The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Mr. Franklin Lamb, what is it about these various groups that even the US has said ‎that they’re extremely disorganized. What is the main problem behind all of these different ‎groups that it seems that they just can’t get it together?

Lamb: ‎Well, as the report suggested it looks like the inability to collaborate has to do with a number of ‎factors including personal ambitions of different groups. Funding from outside Syria of certain ‎groups where the paymaster expects certain results. I think there is a great deal of suspicion ‎among these different groups. We’re seeing even on the ground in Syria among the fighters, ‎suspicions greater actually than we’re seeing in Libya. ‎

So I think that’s a problem but I want to note that the recent report seemed to suggest that the ‎population of Syria are rejecting these rebel groups because of their behavior...

Press TV: Mr. Lamb, we look at the situation with some of the armed opposition in Syria and ‎some people are making analogies to an Iranian group that has just become delisted from the ‎terrorist list, the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) that during the time of the war they ‎fought against their own people and these people now they are within Syria itself but many ‎would say actually fighting against the people not fighting for the people. Do you see similarities ‎in these groups?

Lamb: Well, I do see a similarity and I just want to pick up on what our colleague from Chicago ‎said you know about what some of these rebels are doing. It seems to me that the pendulum is ‎decisively now moving against these armed groups by the population at large. If we consider the ‎case of Aleppo, the last three days that is an irreplaceable city, the south west part, the ‎Salaheddin part; it’s a UNESCO historic site, to be preserved from the seventeenth century.

These rebels are burning irreplaceable shops, there is no military target there and the population ‎knows it and the population is horrified that they’re destroying the soul of that region in many ‎respects being the special aspects of Aleppo. So I think these disorganized groups are doing an ‎awfully lot of grotesque terrorist-type destruction, much like the MKO (MEK) has done.

I think that this is why the population of Syria is increasingly rejecting them as they see needless ‎destruction that are not military targets. There is no reason for those rebels to be burning those ‎shops and destroying Syrian culture.

Press TV: Mr. Franklin Lamb, what’s your take on that? What needs to be done?

Lamb: Well, as you know there are now six peace plans, even Tunisia came up with another one ‎out of the United Nations. What has to be done is the international community, the UN, the Arab ‎League, the International Islamic Conference; they just got to put pressure on both sides to do ‎the first thing that Morsi says has got to be done. The same thing that Anan said and that’s a ‎ceasefire; ceasefire and then dialogue.‎