A group of peace activists recently gave a press briefing at the United Nations regarding their visit to Syria where they had a chance to speak with government officials as well as civil society, including members of the legitimate, nonviolent opposition. All give the same assessment: that what’s going on in Syria is not a “civil war” but an invasion by armies of terrorist mercenaries funded and backed by foreign governments.
“This is not a civil war in Syria,” said Madelyn Hoffman, executive director of New Jersey Peace Action and a member of the delegation.
“This is probably the first thing we heard, and we heard it over and over again. It is not President Assad against his own people. It is President Assad and the Syrian people all together, in unity, against outside forces, outside mercenary forces, terror organizations–and the names change every day or every other day, to try to protect their identity and maybe keep the connection between the country that funded it and that group kind of a little bit more nebulous–but there are groups, mercenary forces supported by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United States, and, underneath it, Israel.”
A video of the group’s full presentation is available on the UN website here. In the following video, you can see members of the delegation in Syria meeting Dr. Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, mufti of the Syrian Arab Republic, as well as journalists.