The story of the Arab League & the Gulf Cooperation Council, we believe
needs to be told at this time, since they are the main drivers for
regime change in Syria.
It cannot be ignored that their part in this human drama is not inspired
by high ideals of a better life and a democratic path for the people of
this unfortunate country.
In the ongoing context of Syria and the GCC ruling families’ antagonism
to Syria’s al Assad ruling family, it is worth observing that no member
state of either the League or GCC, is even approaching democracy, in
terms of the familiar criteria of media freedom, human rights, political
rights, a fair system of justice and the absence of public corruption.
It is pointless, hypocritical even, for western foreign ministries to
suggest or infer that democracy is what this uprising is about, as the
alternative option for Syria. It is however noteworthy that the ruling
families of the more involved (on this issue) GCC states are all Sunni,
even though they control often substantial Shi’ite minorities – in the
case of Bahrain, an oppressed Shi’ite majority.
They have two perceived priorities for Syria: to put a Sunni government
in place and to extract Syria from its connection to Iran, in which
latter objective of course, they are joined by the western powers and
THE ARAB LEAGUE