Obama’s America Allied with Jihadists in Syria

The trumpeted meme in American media regarding the Syrian civil war holds that there is an evil tyranny fighting courageous freedom fighters supported by the Obama regime. It’s not true. Syria, like Egypt and Libya before it is besieged by terrorists funded and equipped by Saudi Arabia and its Wahhabi allies. For some reason, the United States has lent its aid to the very Jihadists who are seeking to oppress women, obliterate democracy and exterminate secularism. Morally the U.S. is in the same position as it would have been in 1939 if FDR had chosen to send arms and advisors to support the Nazis as they invaded Poland.

According to reporting by foreign media, jihadists are
playing an increasingly powerful role in the fighting.
“The Islamist groups, which are superbly financed and
equipped by the Gulf states, are ruthlessly seizing
decision-making power for themselves,” Randa Kassis, a
member of the opposition Syrian National Council told
Der Spiegel. “Syrians who are taking up arms against the
dictator but not putting themselves under the jihadists’
command are being branded as unpatriotic and heretics.”

While the Syrian National Council and the Free Syrian
Army disavow the more extreme jihadists, the latter hold
the whip hand because of their support from Saudi Arabia
and Qatar, the main source of weapons and funding. The
rising number of car bombings is the signature of such
al-Qaeda-affiliated groups as the al-Nusra Front.
Speaking in Jordan on September 9, al-Qaeda leader Abu
Sayyaf called for a jihad against the secular Assad

French surgeon Jacques Beres, a founder of the
humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders who
recently returned from treating wounded in Syria, told
Reuters that 60 percent of his patients were foreign
fighters. “It’s really something strange to see. They
are directly saying that they aren’t interested in
Bashar al-Assad’s fall, but are thinking how to take
power afterward and set up an Islamic state with Shariah
law to become part of the world emirate.”

The surge of extremism is not restricted to Syria. Iraq
has been convulsed by bombings aimed at the Shiite
community, killing over 300 people between July 21 and
August 18. On September 9, nearly 400 people were killed
or wounded in 13 Iraqi cities. Alawites have been
targeted in Turkey and Shiites in Lebanon, the latter in
a replay of sectarian attacks five years ago in Tripoli
by the Saudi-funded Fatah al-Islam.

While Turkey’s Islamist Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is
playing a key role in the war by supplying the rebels,
Ankara is discovering that the dogs of war are ranging
uncomfortably close to home. Iraqi-based Kurds, who have
long fought for an independent state made up from parts
of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran, have stepped up
operations against the Turkish military, and the Turks
are apprehensive that Syria’s Kurds might join in.
Turkey’s “Kurdish problem” might explain why Erdogan has
toned down his rhetoric against Syria, though the
explanation might also be simple politics-Ankara’s
involvement in the Syrian civil war is not popular with
the average Turk.

The conflict has also damaged the UN, though that is
mainly fallout from the organization’s role in the
overthrow of the Gaddafi government in Libya. Moscow and
Beijing backed UN Security Council intervention in Libya
because they were assured that there would be an attempt
to negotiate a political solution. The African Union
(AU) had already begun such talks when the French
started bombing and the war went full-tilt.

The AU is still unhappy at the United States, France,
and Britain over Libya, and the African organization’s
warning that the collapse of Libya might fuel
instability in other areas of the continent appears to
be coming true. The current war in Mali is a direct
result of the massive number of weapons that poured into
the rest of Africa following the Libyan war, as well as
the empowering of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, an
extremist group that played a role in overthrowing

Excerpt from “Syria and the Dogs of War”, by Conn Hallinan
Foreign Policy in Focus  September 27, 2012


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