SYRIA- Syria's official media blasted the Arab League (AL) decision taken a day earlier to suspend the activities of Syrian delegation in the pan-Arab body, confirming that the country is still capable to encounter the challenges and even to emerge stronger.
Syria’s government-controlled news media criticized the Arab League on Sunday for suspending the country’s membership and accused the pan-Arab group of following an American agenda that is pursuing military action against Syria.
"Syria is immune to humiliation," Tishrin newspaper said in a thick blue headline on its front page.
In an article titled “The American League,” Tishreen newspaper wrote the similarity between the League’s decision and the American desires reflects the close cooperation between the two.
The newspaper accused the Arab League Secretary-General Nabil el-Arabi of having relied on “misleading” news media in preparing his report on the Syria.
The paper also criticized Arabi for not sending a team to Syria to see for itself the reality on the ground instead of relying on “unfounded” reports.
Tishrin said the Syrians would "respond by crowded angry rallies."
Tishreen added that Arabi’s decisions point to plan already in place.
Another state-run paper, al-Baath newspaper said the AL's decision was not a "big surprise as it has come in the context of the collapse of the national Arab project."
It stressed that Syria is still having "strong delayed choices," adding that the country would be "more able, with its national and Arab weight, to confront the repercussions of this decision."
Al-Baath said Syria will go on with an "earnest political work" to solve its crisis depending on its own potentials and the coherence of its people and army. Shops and schools were closed to give a chance to Syrians to participate in the protests.
In turn, al-Thawra (revolution) newspaper, in a front page article, accused the Arab League of “treason” and of taking orders from Western powers, namely the United States.
The Arab decision was “almost identical to and a copy of U.S. instructions,” the paper wrote.
The al-Watan newspaper also quoted Syria’s envoy to the Arab League, Yousef Ahmad, as saying “The Arab League’s decision is an obituary for joint Arab action and a declaration and a flagrant declaration that his (Arabi) administration is subject to American and Western agendas.” Ahmad described the Arab League as “Hebrew” League.
For its part, Syria’s official news agency SANA quoted Ali Haidar, Syrian Social Nationalist Party, as saying that the Arab League’s decision was tantamount to “declaring war” against his country.
The Arab decision was also slammed by some opposition figures inside Syria. Mohammad Habash, a parliamentarian and a member of the Third Way movement that gathers around 40 politicians and intellectuals, said in a statement that the Arab League has " deviated from its charter and internal system" by suspending Syria 's membership.
He said in a statement that "instigating the Syrian army to rebel and the decision to impose economic and political sanctions are primarily targeting the Syrian people and are a literal implementation of what the United States and France have decided .. . to turn the Arab League into a platform for foreign interventions."
"This is a first step to attack and occupy Syria," it said, urging all Syrian people to reject such decisions that would destroy their homeland.
For his side, Hussain Owdat, spokesman of the opposing National Coordination Body, told Xinhua by phone that various opposition figures inside Syria will meet soon to determine wither to take part in the Arab League meeting that will be held within the next three days to discuss the transitional period in Syria.