"At a time when there's so much baggage in the
Middle East, they need an
outsider. He's an outsider in the sense of no political loyalties."
Hitto has Kurdish heritage, one of the ethnic minorities in diverse
The general view about the civil war is that the al-Assad government is dominated by Alawites, and Sunni Arabs represent much of the opposition membership. But there are many more groups in
and religious, and questions of allegiance or nonallegiance can be complicated
and fluid. The choice of Hitto suggests that the opposition is working to be