Libya: NTC recognize Syrian National Council & the Syrian Grand Mufti goes haywire

According to AFP the Libyan NTC announced they recognize the Syrian National Council as the sole representative of the Syrian people. The Syrian Embassy is Tripoli is to be closed.

That Libya, an Arab state, recognize the SNC as the representative of the Syrian people is momentous. Maybe, just maybe we will see another Arab state follow? Why not UAE? On the ‘dark side’ the recognizion by the NTC might also heightened the risk that the struggle in Syria will turn more violent, because the regime will get even more desperate but also because the protesters will take NTC to their hearts.

Speaking of desperation the statement made by the Syrian Grand Mufti, who just days ago aledgedly lost his son to a terrorist attack outside Aleppo, was nothing short of crazy: “I say this to all of Europe, and I say this to America: We will prepare suicide bombers, who are already in your country, to strike you if you strike Syria or Lebanon. After today, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth and the initiator is the aggressor.”

“After the first rocket hits Syria, Lebanese and Syrian children will set off for Europe and Palestine where they will be martyrs.”

The full statement can de viewed on youtube at:


About Leif Eriksson

Leif Eriksson has worked in the field of asylum at the Swedish Migration Agency specializing in the Middle East, Schengen and the Dublin Regulation, as Migration Attaché and head of the migration section at the Swedish Embassy in Damascus 2005 - 2008, as a resettlement consultant at the UNHCR branch office in Damascus 2008 - 2009, Consul at the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem 2012 - 2013 and associate RSD/RST officer at UNHCR in Beirut 2013 - 2014. He currently lives in Tbilisi, Georgia.
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