Helping Islamists Take Syria

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The U.S. is calling on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to step down and is increasingly persuaded that the uprising against his rule will be victorious. As the world wonders who will replace the regime, an Islamist-dominated group called the Syrian National Council is being embraced by Turkey and the Obama administration State Department. Genuine secular forces, meanwhile, are being left to the wayside as they struggle to save their country from both Assad and the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood has stated, “We have a desire to coordinate the position of the opposition.” With support from the Turkish government and a naïve U.S. State Department, it can achieve this objective. On September 15, opposition activists formed the Syrian National Council in Istanbul, the latest in a long list of umbrella groups to be formed since the uprising began.

Ammar Abdulhamid, a secular democratic activist based in the U.S., published a list of some of the members. Of the 71 named, 34 are Islamists. The Muslim Brotherhood has not officially joined the alliance, but many members of it have.  The composition of the Syrian National Council is frightening other opposition groups who do not want Syria to become the next Gaza Strip. A leader of the leftist Kurdish Party said, “Turkey supports the Islamists in Syria and puts them out front. These Syrian opposition meetings in Turkey prevent the creation of a democratic, pluralistic Syria in which the rights of the Kurds are constitutionally protected and they are recognized as the second largest ethnicity in the country.”

Shockingly, the U.S. State Department and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Hamas-tied front for the Muslim Brotherhood, are together supporting the Syrian National Council. On September 24, the Los Angeles chapter of CAIR held a townhall event featuring a member of the SNC and Frederic C. Hof from the State Department’s Office of the Special Envoy for the Middle East. This isn’t the first time the U.S. has supported the Islamist opposition in Syria. Files released by WikiLeaks show that the State Department funded the Movement for Justice and Development. The group split from the Muslim Brotherhood and was described in the files as “liberal, moderate Islamists” who sought to “marginalize” the Brotherhood.

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  • Bowmanave

    A series of attacks by extremists on security forces in Syria has triggered fears of an Islamist insurgency against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

    Thats the headlines on Sundaytimes , i can't get access to the full article, but apparently the regime claims of Islamists armed gangs are true and the reporters of Sundaytimes was an eyewitness to one of their operations.

  • Chezwick_mac

    Well, the 25 to 40% of Syrians who are NOT Sunni will disappear into oblivion once the MB comes to power….just as the Palestinian Christians were forced into exile once Islamists came to power there after Oslo.

    While the West grows more diverse, Islam becomes more of a monoculture.

  • StephenD

    They'll tell us whatever we want to hear so long as we keep the money flowing to them. Once our usefulness to them is minimal they'll "come out" and the world will see them for what they are. The M.B. will rule the M.E. with Europe and America to thank for it.

  • maturin20

    An umbrella is stronger than a splinter.

  • msmii

    al-Assad and Ahmedinijad are laughing themselves sick over Obama.

    Obama has chosen to allow Assad to continue slaughtering its own citizens, just like Iran did two years ago. Why? Because Iran is there and Obama has neither the spine to stand up nor the guts to see tough decisions through.

  • Flipside

    Coalition of Secular and Democratic Syrians looks like an astroturf group. Two dollar website:

    The Reform Party of Syria is a US based Jewish think tank:

    Thanks for the wooden nickels, Ryan.

    • James C, L'Angelle

      The Coalition of Secular and Democratic Syrians website is not intended to look like a Nintendo video game; the overthrow of a dictator is not a video game one can play on the web. It's usually a bloody campaign that can last many months, even years. The site will certainly reflect the seriousness of the effort in the months to come. The site belongs to me.
      I thank the author of the article for posting a link.

      • Flipside

        OK. Great. I look forward to (any) informational content.

        • Flipside

          I am concerned, because it appears that you are merely an impresario from California who writes screenplays, and a number of your Internet business personas no longer exist. To pose as an organization of Syrians trying to change their government when you are just a guy who comments a lot on the Internet, had a collapsed blog and floated some screenplays seems a really disingenuous hustle.

  • mlcblog

    Our State dept has always been leaning left, since its inception, or at least a large handful of them at the top. Always.

  • Jim

    we need some light on the internal workings of the state department

  • Mark

    this has been going on since the Assad family took power.

    I also ask what is it in Syria that keeps Obama quiet? I think it is the presence of IRan that Obama is afraid of.

    If you go to my blog and search Syria you will find a list of articles which I have researched, written, and posted. Thank you!!!