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New Muslim Brotherhood Leader of Syrian Opposition Stands Up for Al Qaeda

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On December 12, 2012 @ 11:23 am In The Point | 6 Comments

In other news the UK is pressuring the US to act as the air force of the Free Syrian Army Al Qaeda. Sheikh Mouaz Alkhatib was supposed to be the face of the new “moderate” Syrian opposition, no longer associated with Islamists.

The first hint that this wasn’t going to work out was that the entire conference was held in Doha under Qatari supervision. Even the Obama Administration has slowly admitted that Qatar was funneling weapons to Al Qaeda. So why give Qatar control over a conference meant to break the Syrian opposition from Al Qaeda? That question answers itself.

When Sheikh Mouaz Alkhatib was chosen to head the newly legitimate and US recognized Syrian opposition, he was repeatedly hailed as a moderate. Being hailed as a moderate Islamist by the media usually means that you’re a violent bigot who wants to kill everyone who isn’t a Salafi and to no surprise, Sheikh Mouaz Alkhatib was that kind of moderate Islamist.

Khatib’s website features numerous instances of anti-Semitic rhetoric. In one of his own articles, he writes that one of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s positive legacies was “terrifying the Jews.” He has also published others’ anti-Semitic observations on his site: In one article, written by Abdul Salam Basiouni, Jews are described as “gold worshipers.” Finally, in an obituary of a Gaza sheikh copied from IslamSyria, Jews are dubbed “the enemies of God.”

While Khatib used his post-election speech to call for equal rights for “all parts of the harmonious Syrian people,” his previous rhetoric toward his country’s minorities has been nothing short of virulent. One of his articles describes Shiite using the slur rawafid, or “rejectionists”; he even goes further, criticizing Shiites’ ability to “establish lies and follow them.”

Calling the Shiite rafawid is a fancy way of saying that they can be killed and their mosques can be burned. But according to every mainstream media outlet, Sheikh Mouaz Alkhatib is moderate. The BBC and the Guardian and the New York Times and the Washington Post say so.

The troika of Obama, Cameron and Hollande have elevated Khatib as their Moderate-in-Chief of the Syrian opposition while listing the Al-Nusra Front, an outlet of Al Qaeda, which with Qatari and Turkish help appears to be winning the war, as a terrorist group.

This was supposed to reassure everyone that Obama was safely and carefully dividing the “good” Muslim Brotherhood Islamists (who are moderates) from the “bad” Al Qaeda Islamists (who are extremists.) But then good moderate Sheikh Mouaz Alkhatib came out for Al Qaeda.

The leader of Syria’s opposition coalition urged the United States on Wednesday to review its decision to designate the militant Islamist Jabhat al-Nusra as a terrorist group, saying religion was a legitimate motive for Syrian rebels.

“The decision to consider a party that is fighting the regime as a terrorist party needs to be reviewed,” Mouaz Alkhatib told a “Friends of Syria” meeting in Morocco, where Western and Arab states granted full recognition to the coalition seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

“We might disagree with some parties and their ideas and their political and ideological vision. But we affirm that all the guns of the rebels are aimed at overthrowing the tyrannical criminal regime.”

Just to repeat this, Al Nusra is Al Qaeda. The entire purpose of the song and dance, the new opposition coalition and Al-Khatib’s appointment was to split away the “moderate” Syrian rebels from Al Qaeda. And so much for that.

Forget the Al Qaeda part of that for a moment. Aside from the whole “killing Westerners” business, the Salafist armies are only in this to establish an Islamist state, kill and drive out Christians and Alawites and turn Syria into another Afghanistan. And this is what Obama’s legit opposition supports.

Alkhatib, a Sunni Muslim former preacher at the ancient Umayyad mosque in Damascus, said the opposition coalition which he leads was committed to a pluralistic future “based on justice, equality and respect for human rights and preserving (Syria’s) unique social fabric”.

“This coalition… was born to restore hope and smiles of the Syrian people. Its objective is to bring down the Syrian regime and prepare for a national conference that will be inclusive and that will guide Syria towards the future.”

Hope, smiles and Al Qaeda. It’s a winning formula.


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