A member of Syria”s parliament who defected to Egypt by convincing his
superiors that he was leaving on a business trip says Syrian President
Bashar Assad is receiving help from its radical Islamist buddies to
combat the country”s popular uprising.
Imad Ghalioun is quoted as saying, “Iran is supporting the regime with
all its might [because] sustaining the Syrian regime is protecting
Iran itself and it”s interests.
However, he also added that, “Iran
knows the Syrian regime is weakening and is using it as a bargaining
chip for negotiations with the West.”
Ghalioun also charged that the Lebanese terrorist organization,
Hizbollah, is providing logistical support and fighters to Assad”s
Iran and Hizbollah have both denied providing support to Assad, but
just last week a number if Iranian trucks containing weapons were
intercepted by Turkey.
Even though the rebellion has devastated the Syrian economy, Ghalioun
said that the coffers are full for the military who has an “open
budget” to brutally squelch the protesters. Syrian military forces are
active on the streets; “ghost hit men,” pro-government snipers, provide
support from hidden positions.
Ghalioun said that many more Syrian officials also want to defect, but
The day after Ghalioun and his family left Syria, travel by government
officials was banned.