Syrian Opposition Council Meets with Extremist Cleric


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On September 24, the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations helped put together an event featuring an SNC representative. CAIR is another Brotherhood front tied to Hamas. Shockingly, Frederic C. Hof from the State Department’s Office of the Special Envoy for the Middle East participated.

The most popular opposition group in Syria, by far, is the Free Syria Army. It consists of defectors from the Syrian military who are carrying out attacks to defend the people. On the plus side, it is staying away from endorsing any opposition political body, including the SNC. Its members are mostly secular who are Muslim but do not characterize their fight as a jihad. However, it is based in Turkey and out of necessity, is beholden to the Erdogan government.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry required the New York Times to go to it first for media access to the group. The interview took place in a government office in the presence of Turkish soldiers. The Turkish government even bought the suit for the leader of the Free Syria Army to wear. Like Qatar, Turkey is in a position to strengthen the hand of its ideological allies within the Syrian opposition. The leader of a Kurdish party says, “Turkey supports the Islamists in Syria and puts them out front.”

The growth of Islamist power within the Syrian opposition is particularly disappointing because the country is much less suited for an Islamist takeover than Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. The demographics of the country are not as favorable to the Islamists and there are strong secular trends.

Farid Ghadry of the Reform Party of Syria told FrontPage that Syrian secularists are frustrated with the perception in the West that it must choose between the Assad regime and the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Millions of Syrians don’t understand why the West believes their country has to be ruled by a secular terrorist or an Islamist extremist,” Ghadry said in an interview with FrontPage.

The Obama Administration is keen on letting allies (or in this case, so-called “allies”) take the lead in handling such problems. However, if Turkey and Qatar spearhead an effort to support the Syrian opposition, then the Islamists will be given an upper hand over the secularists and the future of the country will belong to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    In the screen shot above the caption reads, “I support Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, and Hizbullah.” since all Muslims and all Muslim clerics also support Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, and Hezbullah, which are jihadist groups, then why single out Sheik Yousef al-Qaradawi as being an extremists, while giving a free pass to all the others and confusing your readers at the same time? Isn't that absurd?

    Meanwhile, the secularists fighting for a democratic Syria are left wondering if the Brotherhood, Qatar and Turkey will decide the fate of their country.

    I hate to rain on this Wilsonian neo-con writer's clueless parade again, but those secularists fighting for a democratic Syria have exactly zero chance for success because the freedoms and liberties Western-style democracy embodies leave the door wide open for its ultimate demise. Thus, with the exception of only a short temporary amount of time, Western-style democracy in the Islamic world is simply impossible, as Islam does not allow for any other forms of governance unless those forms of governance are extremely authoritarian and ruthless enough to maintain power. Thus, those secularists can fight for a democratic Syria all they want, but the reality is that fight is as misguided as the US's two silly fantasy based nation-building missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, which couldn't have been anymore counterproductive, misguided, and preordained to fail.

    He is the most powerful cleric in the Muslim Brotherhood and is known for his vocal support of Sharia-based governance, suicide bombings, terrorist groups and genocide. He openly says he wishes to die as a “martyr” fighting the Israelis and he is virulently anti-American.

    Which, with the exception of terrorist groups, because terrorism is un-Islamic, while jihad, on the other hand, carries Islam's stamp of approval, everything Qaradawi embodies is also embodied by ALL MUSLIMS, and the few that don't aren't Muslims at all, but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam should be executed. Indeed, if what Qaradawi embraces makes him a radical, then ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS are also radicals too.

    Ammar Abdulhamid, a U.S.-based Syrian secular opposition activist, says that the purpose of Qaradawi’s meeting with the SNC was to give it legitimacy amongst Islamists even though it has secular leaders.

    Does anyone know what constitutes an Islamists relative to a Muslim in this writer's warped mind? Anyone have an idea?

    He was suspended as a lecturer for the military in February 2010 because of a criminal investigation.

    In case anyone is wondering how our military has become so incompetent, the above is one of the many reasons why.

    That means the Islamists have a slight majority in a council that supposedly represents a country where Islamists are probably not the majority.

    Is this writer making the absurd claim that Syria, a country that is at least 90 percent Muslim, is not a Muslim majority country as I believe he is? Talk about delusional.

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