The Syrian foreign minister addressed the security council today and proved that he has taken flight from reality.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem accused some U.N. Security Council members Monday of supporting "terrorism" in a speech colored by conspiratorial undertones that clearly aimed at the United States and its allies that support the Syrian opposition.
Addressing the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders, al-Moallem said that efforts by Syria and the world to end the 18-month war will fail unless Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya and others stop arming and financing the opposition and instead "encourage dialogue and renounce violence."
Al-Moallem argued that the Assad regime is confronting a myriad of conspiracies by internal and external forces determined to end its 40-year rule and accused forces as diverse as the media and international organizations of attempting to destabilize the country.
"This terrorism, which is externally supported, is accompanied by unprecedented media provocation based on igniting religious extremism sponsored by well-known states in the region," he said, adding those states "facilitate the flow of arms, money and fighters through the borders of some neighboring countries."
These forces were "fabricating a refugee crisis," he said, and "inciting armed groups to intimidate Syrian civilians in border areas and forcing them to flee" to neighboring countries like Turkey, which says it is hosting nearly 100,000 Syrian refugees.
"Fabricating a refugee crisis?" I guess those 300,000 internally displaced people and the 150,000 housed in camps in countries around Syria are figaments of the security council's imagination?
Most of the armed opposition are former Syrian soldiers who have defected. There is a small - but growing number - of Islamists who are fighting under the black flag of al-Qaeda. There is an even smaller number of actual terrorists who have come over from Iraq and Yemen who are detonating car bombs and assassinating Syrian officials. So much for foreign controlled terrorists running the opposition.