The Security Council met Friday night at the request of the Arab League to examine the conclusions to be drawn from the observer mission report. However, the text of the report not having been distributed by the League, the session focused on a draft resolution tabled by Morocco, but written by the Europeans. It was turned down by Russia.
Saturday, the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council met in Istanbul with their Turkish counterpart to weigh the possible diplomatic recognition of the Syrian National Council to be followed by an Arab and Turkish military intervention. Sunday evening, the Secretary General of Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, arrived in Brussels to meet with his NATO counterpart, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
The Syrian army continued its operations to liberate the cities still in the hands of the Wahhabi Legion.
The Arab League secretary-general decided on his own initiative to freeze the observer mission (recently renewed for one month by the League’s ad hoc Committee of Ministers with the agreement of Syria). Nabil Al-Arabi took the view that the observers were at risk after the spiritual leader of the Syrian Salafists, Sheikh Adnan Al-Arouri, announced over the Al-Arabiya airwaves that it was lawful to kill the Arab observers.
The Western and Gulf press turns a blind eye to the Arab League’s failure to submit the observers’ report to the Security Council, to the preparations for an Arab-Turkish war, and to Sheikh Adnan Al-Arouri’s assassination call. It peddles Russia’s stance at the Security Council as an anti-American posture in the context of Vladimir Putin’s electoral campaign. It characterizes the freezing of the observer mission as a protection measure not vis-à-vis the Salafists, but the against the loyalist troops. Most importantly, it spotlights the massacre that took place at Homs on Thursday, which it previously omitted to report on. Relying on a fanciful testimony, it attributes the massacre to loyalist forces when it occurred in an area controlled by rebels. The foremost objective of the Western communication services is to color the conflict as a struggle between a state and its child population. To reinforce this image, some articles are illustrated with photos of children protesting and wielding weapons.