Syrian Opposition Leader Warns Conflict Threatens Global SecurityBy Alexandra Jaffe | Sunday, July 15, 2012 | 1:07 p.m.
A Syrian opposition leader slammed President Obama on Sunday for staying out of the conflict for what he characterized as politically-motivated reasons, echoing calls from some GOP senators for the U.S. to support the Syrian opposition.
"With regard to America specifically, we would like to say to President Obama that waiting for Election Day to make the right decision on Syria is unacceptable for Syrians," said Syrian opposition leader Abdul Basit Sieda on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS. "We cannot understand that a superpower ignores the killing of tens of thousands of Syrian civilians because of an election campaign that a president may win or lose."
Sieda's comments come as violence has recently escalated in the country, causing the Red Cross to declare the conflict there an official civil war. Sieda said he would like to see Western nations "carry out their responsibilities through the security council" by issuing a resolution in support of the opposition under Section 7 of the U.N. Charter, which deals with breaches of peace and acts of aggression.
Following Thursday's burst of violence in Damascus, which, by some accounts, resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people, Sieda took an apocalyptic tone on the conflict, warning that if it remains unaddressed it could have dire consequences not just for the Middle East but for the world.
"This regime, if it continues like this, it will lead to the explosion of everything in the Middle East," he said. "It will threaten the security and the peace of the region and even the world. For this reason, everybody must move before it is too late, before this situation heads to the unknown."