War in Syria Empowering Islamists: With the United States Working to Help Overthrow Syria's Assad Regime, It Bears Remembering Whom We Are Helping to Take over There: Al-Qaeda

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War in Syria Empowering Islamists: With the United States Working to Help Overthrow Syria's Assad Regime, It Bears Remembering Whom We Are Helping to Take over There: Al-Qaeda


Newman, Alex, The New American


With the war in Syria raging on, estimates suggested that well over 100,000 people had died in the conflict by September, with the body count rising daily. Of the dead, tens of thousands were civilians--women. children, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters. To escape the terror, more than 1.5 million Syrians have already fled abroad to countries such as Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, and beyond. Foreign jihadists, meanwhile, are flooding into the country from around the world as part of a "holy war" against the existing regime. After two years of war, the carnage shows no signs of slowing down--especially with foreign powers, including the Obama administration, pouring ever-greater quantities of fuel on the blazing inferno.

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A decade ago, Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad was a little-known U.S. government terror-war ally who tortured terrorism "suspects" for the George W. Bush administration. As late as 2011, top American officials such as then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were praising the autocrat as a "reformer." Even before the bloody civil war in Syria began, though, the U.S. government had for years been funding forces opposed to the ruthless Assad regime. According to official State Department documents released by WikiLeaks, from at least 2005. American taxpayers were unwittingly supplying millions of dollars to anti-Assad causes run by what the cables described as "moderate Islamists" and Muslim Brotherhood operatives. Among the schemes being financed was a television station dedicated to regime change.

Under the Obama administration, support for overthrowing Assad has gone from quietly handing out taxpayer hinds to openly arming, funding, and training rebel forces marauding throughout Syria. Today, U.S. military assets also surround the nation on all sides--from American troops in Jordan and Turkey to Navy ships off the coast and Patriot missiles along Syria's borders. Even after a deafening rebuke by Congress and the American people forced a change in plans, at least temporarily, Obama was still threatening to unconstitutionally launch a full-scale attack on Assad's forces without a congressional declaration of war. Various pretexts were cited to justify another war: upholding the "international order," deterring the use of chemical weapons. protecting civilians, and more. Nothing Americans have not heard before.

As THE NEW AMERICAN online and numerous other sources have documented for more than two years, though, the entire public narrative surrounding Syria is based on more than a few falsehoods. For one, Assad's crackdown on a supposedly "peaceful uprising" of "democracy activists" really began with armed assaults by militants on the Syrian regime--police, courts, and personnel--almost .certainly backed by foreign powers. While there is no question that Assad's dynastic autocracy is tyrannical and ruthless, it is also true that more than a few alleged atrocities blamed on the secular tyrant were later found to have been perpetrated by rebel groups. Finally, the notion that opposition fighters are mostly "moderate" democrats striving for "human rights" and "democracy" is easily shown to be blatantly false.

Today, despite increasing amounts of exposure even in the establishment press, the bogus storylines on Syria continue to be perpetuated by the Obama administration and its allies seeking regime change, allies such as the Western establishment and its various components, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and other Islamic terrorist organizations, and a motley coalition of Sunni Arab dictators. The alleged solution, however, could be worse than the problem. According to countless analysts, the rebel forces being supported by the "regime-change" coalition may be even more monstrous than Assad--especially for Syria's minority communities, such as Christians and Shia Muslims, who were permitted to live in relative peace under the existing regime.

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