December 24, 2013

Syria's Rebels Must Talk to 'Frightened Middle'

Faisal Al Yafai, The National

The Associated Press

The opposition are not speaking to what I call the “frightened middle”, those Syrians who don’t favour the regime or the rebels and simply want the violence to end. This constituency must be addressed by the opposition. These are people who, given the choice, would probably prefer to go back to early 2011, with substantial reforms. They are people who want security restored, who want to maintain the value of the property, savings and businesses they worked so hard to build, and a chance of a reasonable future for their children. They are not revolutionaries.

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