Syria State Media Slams Brahimi as 'Aging Tourist'
[An Nahar] Syria's official media lashed out at U.N.-Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Monday, denouncing him as an "aging tourist" after his criticism of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
Lord of the Baath...
's peace plan.
The latest attack on the veteran Algerian diplomat follows stinging criticism by the regime and its media since Brahimi last week termed the plan announced by Assad as "perhaps even more sectarian, more one-sided" than previous initiatives.
"Lakhdar Brahimi is like an aging tourist traveling for pleasure to capital cities across the world," said Syria's official newspaper Al-Thawra.
"He has done nothing but try to make political settlements for Syria's crisis fail."
Al-Thawra criticized the envoy for not denouncing Syrian rebels, which the regime terms "armed terrorist groups".
"If he doesn't have a solution, he'd better leave the Syrians alone," the paper said.
The ruling party mouthpiece al-Baath also targeted Brahimi.
"He tries to choose on behalf of the people which parties to engage with in the settlement," it said referring to Brahimi's frequent suggestions that the solution to the conflict remained in the hands of the Syrian people.
In "three brief visits to Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
... he has not visited other Syrian provinces in order to hear the opinion of different kinds of people," al-Baath said, adding that the diplomat "has enough" just speaking to U.S. ambassador Robert Ford.
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-15