President pushes to aid Syrian rebels who are led by the al-Nusra Front
September 11, 2013
President Barack Obama suggested yesterday that the Syrian opposition, dominated by al-Qaeda militants including those who killed American troops in Iraq, “just want to live in peace with dignity and freedom.”
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During his Sept. 10 speech from the White House on Syria, President Obama pressed his case for the U.S. to enter the Syrian civil war on the side of the rebels, who are being led by Jabhat al-Nusra, the direct offshoot of Al-Qaeda in Iraq now described as the “most effective fighting force in Syria.”
“The majority of the Syrian people — and the Syrian opposition we work with — just want to live in peace, with dignity and freedom,” he said.
In the past year, the al-Nusra Front has emerged as the best equipped, motivated and financed opposition to Bashar al-Assad’s government, pushing out the more secular factions of the Free Syrian Army.
Al-Qaeda fighters from all over the Middle East are flooding into Syria to fill the void left by the secular opposition who lack the weapons and supplies to continue fighting.
In fact, at least since May the FSA has lost fighters and resources to the al-Nusra Front, turning the civil war into a battle between Islamic extremists and Assad’s forces.
Even the noncombatant anti-Assad activists are fleeing Syria to avoid being killed by al-Qaeda fighters as the al-Nusra Front conquers city after city in the country.
“Our city has changed and I cannot wear my normal clothes,” Khoula Alrafe, a secular Syrian activist said after al-Qaeda took control of Ar-Raqqah. “I’m forced to cover myself.”
“I no longer feel it’s my hometown.”
Last year, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Shaffer (ret.) revealed that Turkey partnered with the CIA to depose Assad.
The late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, worked with Saudi Arabia to coordinate the recruitment of North African jihadists who were then armed by CIA agents in southern Turkey before being sent into Syria.
Due to the great conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims, both Turkey and Saudi Arabia, dominated by Sunnis, are motivated to topple the Alawite Shia Syrian government in an overthrow that could also bring trillions of dollars in oil revenue to both Sunni countries.
Saudi Arabia has even offered to pay the U.S. as de facto mercenaries in Syria.
“With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a recent hearing. “They have. That offer is on the table.”
Ambassador Stevens was murdered one year ago today in an attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya which was connected to an arms transfer between the CIA and al-Qaeda mercenaries in Syria.
President Obama, who believes he is the President of the “world’s oldest constitutional democracy” (the U.S. was founded as a republic), also mentioned in his speech that Americans have asked him “Why should we get involved at all in a place that’s so complicated, and where those who come after Assad may be enemies of human rights?”
Someone should ask Obama why we have been arming and sending these militants to Syria in the first place.
This article was posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm
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