05/02/2013 09:20 am ET

Syria's Opposition Hopes To Win The War By Selling Oil


Given the many resolutions on Syria that have hit a brick wall at the U.N. Security Council, and the endless wrangling among Western leaders over how to end the calamitous two-year war, the April 22 decision by E.U. foreign ministers to lift the oil embargo against Syria looked almost like tangible progress. “We wish for good economic development in the areas controlled by the opposition,” Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told reporters before the vote in Luxembourg. “Therefore we lift the sanctions that hinder the moderate opposition forces’ work.”

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