A glimpse at Manaf Tlass--the possible new leader in Syria
Published July 10th, 2012 - 07:13 GMT
The defection of Manaf Tlass is more than suspicious and could be a clue as to what's going on behind the scenes; a bull loose caught on tape; Arabs flock to London before Ramadan, and a simple 'Why?' to violence.
This blogger thinks Russia and the West made a deal to get Tlass in power.
"Something stinks to high heaven. First there is the defection of Manaf Tlass, a Republican Guard General, son of Mustafa, the former Syrian defence minister under Hafez Assad, and friend of the latter's son, Bashar.
In one news story I heard Tlass referred to as a member of the Damascene "aristocracy", and then we hear reports that Michel Kilo gives a radio interview to a Russian station saying that Tlass is an acceptable head for a transition government. "
Wikileaks, Assad and Syria Comment – The Dispute about Tlas – Assad Interview
"Repercussions from the Tlass defection are still echoing. Sharmine Narwani claims his departure was not that important. Michel Kilo has recommended him as the transition leader of Syria. Others say it signifies the beginning of the end. Many opposition activists detest everything he stands for. I have tried to collect a cross-section of views on him"