General Idris said rebel brigades regard the proposed US-Russian deal to eliminate Assad’s chemical arsenal as a blow to their two-and-a-half-year uprising to remove Assad. He said that the rebels would co-operate with the UN but that the initiative would not resolve the crisis or help ordinary Syrians.Only 2 percent of the 100,000 deaths so far in Syria have been caused by chemical weapons.
Another member of the Syrian opposition military council took a harder line: Qassim Saadeddine told Reuters – “Let the Kerry-Lavrov plan go to hell. We reject it and we will not protect the inspectors or let them enter Syria.”
Qassim Saadeddine was listed as the spokesman for the Supreme Military Council. He’s also a colonel on the ground in Homs, which means in the real world he has more sway than Idris does.
And that means UN inspectors will be leery of entering areas under rebel control, which means that, paradoxically, the best places for Assad to stash his weapons may be in disputed areas, so long as he can hold on to them.
All that will make the war even messier than it already is.