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Syrian opposition pushing Libyan scenario

Syria's opposition has rounded on the Arab League observer mission whose presence has failed to quell a government crackdown. They say the League is giving succour to Assad’s regime, and are urging the UN to approve a Libya-style no-fly zone.

­The Cairo-based body denies its observers are being misled by either side, and says the accusations are pre-emptive. The League claims its mission has made Damascus compromise by pulling its tanks out of civilian areas, and releasing more than 3,000 prisoners in recent weeks.

Richard Spencer, a founder and co-editor of the online magazine AlternativeRight.Com, says the opposition is taking its lead from Libya and using foreign forces to help propel itself.

“This is once again an example of rebels who will want to make a deal with the United States and use their power to topple their enemies,” he told RT. “In many ways the UN remains a tool of the global American order.”

Spencer noted that the Libyan situation accelerated once America said it would enforce a no-fly zone.

“Once that ball gets rolling, so to speak, it’s ultimately going to eventuate in regime change, war and rebels being lifted up to a new position after their enemy is taken out,” he said.

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