Q&A with the Syrian Observatory’s Rami Abdulrahman

by Nuha Shabaan 

February 20, 2013

Q: Nearly two years into the revolution, where are we today?

A: The Syrian crisis is now an armed conflict between two sides. Syria and Iran support the regime; Islamists support the opposition. What we wanted was to bring down the regime by a peaceful uprising. In the first eight months, 5,000 citizens were killed, but now more than that die every month. We’re expecting the death toll since March 18, 2011 to reach 100,000.

Q: We are seeing increasing foreign money and fighters on both sides in Syria. Thoughts on that?

We want to bring down the regime and establish a democratic state, but the countries who had conflicts with the regime wanted to destroy Syria as a nation.

The truth is some countries’ dream is to divide Syria and what’s happening in Homs is a good example of that.

Q: Did the rebels join Jabhat al-Nusra because of the logistical support it’s getting?

A: I think the regime’s policies and the international community’s hypocrisy drove people to look for an alternative.