NGO’s on the ground in Syria tell UK MP David Davis that NO groups exist among the opposition that the West can describe as moderate

As The WIDER View has reported from it’s inception, despite a deceitful ongoing narrative by Western politicians and main stream media news outlets to their respective public, no groups exist among the opposition in Syria that the West can describe as moderate.

BBC The Andrew Marr Show (17 Apr 2016): (Fast forward to 26 minutes and 40 seconds to see the interview with David Davis).

Youtube video David Davis interview with Andrew Marr following his recent visit to Damascus, Syria – (17 Apr 2016): (Fast forward to 2 minutes 40 seconds):

That is according to MP David Davis on the Andrew Marr Show this morning after speaking with what he described as well respected NGO’s on the ground in Syria.

The moderate narrative has intentionally pushed a ruthless simplification of the complex reality on the ground to western audiences, following the general theme of IS and Assad bad, the opposition good. The reality is far more blurred and fluid with many fundamentalist opposition groups aligning, re-aligning, switching sides and merging throughout the conflict.

Only a matter of months ago, the moderate narrative was still in full swing among politicians and main stream news outlets. Toward the end of 2015 Prime minister David Cameron claimed that moderate opposition groups numbered around 70,000 with Philip Hammond just three months later claiming it was even larger, now 150,000.

No evidence of who these groups are has ever been made clear to the public nor any description of exactly what justified the label of moderate in the view of the West or its financial support provided by it’s tax payers.

Now it appears that these figures given by politicians including the UK and US were wholly deceiving, attempting to  portray the opposition to Assad as majority moderate opposition groups that wish to see a free, democratic Syria.

The WIDER View has long reported that this is not the case, that so called moderate deemed groups have worked with fundamentalist groups on the ground time and again (and continue to do so in the latest offensives including southern Aleppo).

The WIDER View has maintained that should the opposition ‘win’ the conflict, the likely outcome will see opposition groups turn on themselves with large, powerful and influential fundamentalist Islamic groups vying for and ultimately taking control of the country.

Now, NGO’s on the ground in Syria are reporting the very realities that The WIDER View has reported many times. Maybe David Cameron and others should either fire their intelligence analysts and hire The WIDER View, or inform the public honestly about realities on the ground, not vague simplified narratives that hide further catastrophes.

MP David Davis goes on to say that the same NGO asserted Assad would win an election if it happened tomorrow, principally due to the fact that the Syrian public are terrified of the alternative.

The alternative being the chaotic opposition landscape of fundamentalist groups and coalitions with their own interests and visions for the future. Many of which share similar views and visions of Syria’s future to that of IS, despite opposing them on the battlefield.

This has remained largely unreported by main stream media news outlets throughout the conflict, choosing instead to label the myriad of opposition groups other than IS as simply rebels and moderates, but now it is becoming unavoidable.

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