We can hardly criticize the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for being overly quick to take action in response to the bloodcurdling violence in Syria. As we know, the Syrian people have chosen to rebel against the long-standing rule of the Syrian government by President Bashar al-Assad and members of the governing family. We take notice of the wisdom, patience, and insight which the Muslim alliances show in dealing with the crisis.
The Muslim group OIC, after considerable discussion, elected to suspend Damascus from the Islamic Cooperation Organization. They could easily have formed some other judgment, particularly in view of the opening provided for adversaries to suggest Western influence. In what was deemed an “emergency summit” today, Thursday, in Mecca, the 57 nation body referred to “deep concern at the massacres and inhuman acts suffered by the Syrian people.”
The Arab League suspended Syria last November. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem at that time accused the United States of masterminding a conspiracy against the Syrian regime, and using middle-of-the-road nations Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia as tools of the U.S.
In reply to Thursday’s decision to suspend, the Syrian state-run press lashed out at the OIC, defining an OIC “sectarian doctrine”, and calling the OIC a “cunning devil.” Editorials in the state paper said the OIC furthered a “Western colonialist project.” That press referred to the rebels as terrorist groups.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in attendance at the summit. Iran, Ahmadinejad expressed, would prefer dialogue to suspension. He was critical too of the failure to include the Syrian regime in the summit. Sounding in touch with the changing world, the Iranian president said Syria must respond to the legitimate demands of the Syrian people. Voicing the Iranian position, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said,t “[Iran] should seek a mechanism to exit the Syrian crisis, through which the opposition and the government engage in talks to create favorable conditions.”
Photo: Press TV (Iran)