No, These Are Not All Nice People – They Are a Disparate Group, Some of Whom Are Al Qaeda Supported
For Senator John McCain there seems to be no war that he does not like, no conflict that he does not want to involve
The various debacles in the Middle East
are all in part a result of Mr. McCain and his ‘let’s go to war’ cohorts
involvement in situations which they just did not understand. Now Mr. McCain is at it again.
May 27, 2013, 3:49 pm
McCain Travels to
By MICHAEL S.
SCHMIDT and ERIC SCHMITT
to Meet With Rebel Forces Syria
WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who has called for the United States to intervene militarily in Syria, traveled to Syria on Monday to meet with rebel forces fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, according to a spokesman for Mr. McCain. It was the first time that a
senator had gone to
to meet with the rebels since the conflict there began two years ago. Syria
Mr. McCain entered
Syria from southern Turkey,
according to his spokesman, Brian Rogers, who added that the senator had been
in the region to attend the World Economic Forum meeting in over the
The problem here is that like many other people who see the world as simply black and white, Mr. McCain does not understand that the rebel forces in
are not a single group of freedom fighters.
Instead they are a complex mixture of sects, some of whom really, really
hate us and some of whom are really, really a bunch
of bad people.
AS THE civil war in
has dragged on, the rebels have become more Islamist and extreme. For
Western governments pondering whether to arm them, Jabhat al-Nusra (Victory
Front) is the biggest worry. Its global jihadist ideology justifies violence to
bring about a nation where all Muslims unite. It enjoys murky sources of
private funding, including regular payments from al-Qaeda in Syria . Ahrar
al-Sham has more local aims, but its comrades are also vehemently Islamist. Other
umbrella groups, such as Liwa al-Tawhid in Iraq ’s
embattled second city, are harder to classify, in part because they serve as
franchises or bring together smaller groups with a range of ideas. Aleppo, Syria
The Farouq Battalions, whose territorial reach goes from
to Hasaka in the north-east, is another
mixed bag, ranging from Islamists to people with no particular
ideology. The Supreme Military Command, led by General Salim Idriss, a
Sunni defector from President Assad’s army, includes some able commanders but
still lacks the cash and arms to match either the regime’s forces or Jabhat
al-Nusra, which ignores the military command. Ominously, rebels from more
secular-minded or more moderately Islamist groups speak openly of a second war
to come—against Jabhat al-Nusra. Homs
Thanks in large part to the wrong headed policy of the United States in the 1950’s when it deposed an elected government in Iran and installed the Shah, there is now in the nation of Iran a government that could well unleash a region wide war in the area.
So if Mr. McCain is successful, here’s the group he could bring to power.
For Western governments pondering whether to arm the rebels rather than merely advise them and provide non-lethal support, Jabhat al-Nusra is the biggest worry. By some estimates, it now has 6,000 carefully vetted men, mainly Syrians but under foreign leadership. Its global jihadist ideology justifies violence to bring about a nation where all Muslims unite. “Most groups are a reaction to the regime, whereas we are fighting for a vision,” explains one of its fighters.
Look Senator McCain, while you are in the Middle East take a look at your work in
Iraq. Not a pretty picture, is it.
At Least 53 Are Killed in
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