Syrian Rebels Now Threatening War with the United States

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


This cheerful Christmas message comes to us from the Al Nusra Front, which the US has unsuccessfully tried to isolate and which forms the core of the Sunni Syrian rebel forces. Sure its author might be making a lame effort to become the illiterate Syrian Stephen King, but it shows the level of confidence on the terrorist side and their contempt for Obama’s weakness.

The land of Greater Syrian awaits you with great suspense for your hearts to be roasted in a sea of hot coals, for your fat to melt, and your meat to be grilled; today you will no longer be able to manage a single battle much less several battles. This is by the Grace of God, then by the grace of the soldiers of Osama who will frighten you and paralyze your thinking; come to the land of Greater Syria, if you be you men or if there is in you the remains of rest manhood. Ah, why are you reluctant to come Oh, Obama? Perhaps you remember the tragedies of your friend Bush in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the bad luck you inherited still bears the burden of its consequences.

About the only genuinely interesting things here are that

1. Al Nusra has stopped trying to pretend that it’s not Al Qaeda. They are now openly calling themselves the soldiers of Osama.

2. Al Qaeda wants Obama to intervene in Syria.

3.  This isn’t just about Syria, it’s about Greater Syria, a territory that includes Syria, Israel, Lebanon, a piece of Turkey, and Iraq.

What that means is when Assad falls the conflict moves into its next stage. Our “good Syrian rebels” already have a deal with the Salafi militias. The Muslim Brotherhood will set up its government in Damascus and suck up Western aid. The Salafis will hold a number of cities and towns, and will continue killing Christians, enforcing Islamic law, etc, but will begin focusing on the next phase of a Greater Syria program.

The Salafis are talking about Israel, which means expect the other side of the Syrian border to turn into Lebanon and Gaza, with shelling and cross border raids. But the backers of the Salafist groups know that they can’t expect to stroll into Israel and knock it around the way they did Syria.

So phase 2 is likely to be Jordan, Lebanon or Iraq.

Jordan is the obvious target. The government is weak and is seen as a Western puppet, in this case somewhat rightly, and the Muslim Brotherhood is in ascendance there. Taking it with the help of the sizable Palestinian presence in Jordan would be a lot easier than taking Syria was and would move closer to surrounding Israel turning border after border into a war zone.

Think of it as the Lebanization of Israel’s borders.

Lebanon, overrun by Christian and Shiite militias, will be a major target, Hezbollah isn’t just fighting in Syria for its health, it knows that the Salafis will come there next, and with heavy firepower, training and experience, a full on fight between Al Qaeda and Hezbollah, will be a truly ugly thing.

Iraq, constantly on the brink of a new civil war is the biggest target, with a Shiite government on the verge of war with Sunnis and Kurds. Many of the Salafis already have been fighting in Iraq for some time and the more ruthless members cut their teeth on the American presence there. They are the modern equivalent of the veterans of the fight against the USSR in Afghanistan, and they have plans for going beyond the usual suicide bombings.

The worst is yet to come.

  • JacksonPearson

    Tsk, tsk, not to worry. Closet Muslim Barack Obama will befriend, then fund them to attack us. /Sarc

  • Thomas Wells

    Since the agents of the : "Greater Free Syrian Liberation Army" can cross into the USA from many points on our nonexistent border; if they have, or get, their hands on Assad's Biological infectious germ weapons such as plague, smallpox, modified influence, and the like, worse may indeed be coming our way. Given the ability of Homeland Security/FEMA to screw up emergency responses, it might be wise to check on your vaccinations and antibiotic supplies now.

  • Rifleman

    It's starting to look like Libya all over again. I like the way they just annexed Iraq, kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, the PA, and the whole Sinai. They don't demand much, do they?

  • W. C. Taqiyya

    First, those guys in the Al Nusra Front have every reason to be confident. Second, even if they didn't, they are intelligent enough to know that putting a brave, bold face on everything they say and do is just smart policy and politics. Mr. Magoo knew as much. Third, if by worse to come you mean more Muslim on Muslim violence, then I agree. Except, I like that idea, to an extent. I only hope the redrawn map of the region, after the battles, will be something a bit more amenable to stability than the current version. As the major regional powers swing their elbows a bit, it may even settle out that way. None of them can afford a major regional conflict, but if the Kurds and a few other minority types get some land, so much the better. American and European involvement should be minimal. Meanwhile, this "Greater Syria" mirage is sort of amusing. Yes, it will instill panic in some gullible quarters, but it's just not gonna happen. Syria was inherently weak as a nation state before this latest ruckus, it will be weaker and likely more fragmented when it simmers down. If and when it simmers down. Eventually it will, but it could take a long while, depending on how much foreign fuel is poured on the fire in the form of money and weapons and false hopes. The imaginary Greater Syria will not happen mostly because it is surrounded by powerful countries who have no intention of allowing a Greater Syria to develop. No, Jordan is not powerful, but it has friends and even it's rivals value it's role as a buffer and counterbalance to their more significant rivals. It's going to be quite a shindig over there for a while. But, historical adjustments are seldom polite matters.

  • Mary Sue

    Maybe helping these freaks is Obama's idea of showing he's 'down with the struggle'…

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    I can't believe Obama is aiding these lunatic monsters. We have an insane man for a President. And to make matters worse, the majority of the American people are so mindless and ignorant of the consequences of this strife, it is truly scary and sickening. Let's hope Israel get's off its cloud and realizes that it has more than just a possibility for a riot on its hand. In 7 years, the entire Middle East may be nothing more than a graveyard.

  • http://twitter.com/USnavy1967 @USnavy1967

    The stupidity of our president is shining threw. The Muslims brotherhood is nothing more then thugs dressed in suite and tie. If Muslims kill Muslims that's ok with me, but the aftermath that is going to be the Middle East is as one comment said, Nothing more then a grave yard. We are in for a very long ride for four more years of this insane POTUS and his leftist/Marxist administration.

  • HiPlainsDrifter

    Seems not to matter much who Obumbler selects as SecState…all these incompetent, anti-American morons are all on the same page of the Obama Manifesto…
    A not for prime-time Islamic how-to manual on negating American power and influence, so the world is more "fair"…

  • EarlyBird

    The contempt for reason and facts on this board is funny, but terrifying knowing that you all have the right to vote and affect American policy.

    First, George W Bush' ENTIRE point of invading Iraq, by his own admission, was to light a candle for the Arab world to enact their own spontaneous uprisings. By that measure, the Arab Spring has been a rousing success. From Algeria to Syria Arabs have overthrown their masters.

    But because they are not all quoting Thomas Jefferson, it's Obama's fault! And it's been a bad year for the flu, so it must also be the fault of the Marxist Muslim Al Queda Manchurian Candidate. "Where's his birt certiffikate?!"

    Further, the biggest and earliest supporter of arming the Lybian and Syrian rebels has been good ol war hawk John McCain, whose never seen a conflict he hasn't wanted the US to dive headlong into.

    But because Obama smartly tried to stay out of that entanglement, he's being pilloried for somehow not being able to control the rebels? Unbelieveable. Grow up.

  • bob day

    seems like everyones got their theorys but no one really knows. i figure the showdows coming for Israel! the Sunnis and Shiites wll tangle sooner or later but the Sunnis are more numerous so they might win. too bad they can't negotiate .were they not brothers a long tome ago?