Rebel Envoy Says World 'Passivity' Boosts Syria Jihadists
[An Nahar] Syria's rebel ambassador to La Belle France warned Sunday that the "passivity" of the international community was boosting the rise of Islamist Death Eaters in his war-torn country.

Monzer Makhous, named last month as the Syrian opposition National Coalition's envoy to Gay Paree, also called in a newspaper interview for the weapons embargo to be lifted so rebels could better arm themselves.

"The international community must understand that its passivity favors the rise" of jihadists in Syria, he told the Journal du Dimanche. "The arms embargo voted by the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
must also be lifted."

Makhous is due to travel to the eastern French city of Strasbourg Tuesday on a "Syria peace train". With him will be dozens of French intellectuals, actors and celebrities who are calling for an end to the conflict.

He and other Syrian opposition figures will meet members of the European Parliament in the city the same day.

In mid-November, Syrian opposition factions agreed to establish the National Coalition and bring together rebel forces under a supreme military council.

Posted by: Fred 2012-12-10