Syrian Jihadists Get Obama’s Blessing


President Obama chose an exclusive interview with ABC News’s Barbara Walters to announce his decision that the United States now formally recognizes the recently formed umbrella coalition of Syrian rebels who are fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad. The coalition is known formally as the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. In yet another example of leading from behind, Obama’s decision follows recognition of the rebel coalition by France, Britain, Turkey, the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

“We’ve made a decision that the Syrian Opposition Coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in opposition to the Assad regime,” Obama said.

Providing arms openly and directly to the rebels, rather than relying solely on the indirect channels set up by Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, may be next.  Obama may also give in to pressure from Turkey and establish some sort of no-fly zone over Syrian territory near the Turkish border. Although Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said this week that the relevant intelligence had “really kind of leveled off” with regard to Assad’s plans to move forward imminently with the use of chemical weapons, any intelligence assessments suggesting more aggressive preparations by Assad can be used by the Obama administration as a pretext for military intervention.

In short, it looks like the Obama administration has made a strategic decision to position itself for possible direct military intervention in the 21-month-old civil war and to gain influence during any post Assad transition by putting its money on what it thinks is the most inclusive opposition group.

The question remains, however, as to the composition of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces that the Obama administration has recognized as “the legitimate representative” of the Syrian people. And just because we confer that mantle of legitimacy on the coalition does not make it so.

In his interview with Walters, President Obama sought to isolate extremist elements.  “Not everybody who’s participating on the ground in fighting Assad are people who we are comfortable with,” Obama said. “There are some who, I think, have adopted an extremist agenda, an anti-U.S. agenda, and we are going to make clear to distinguish between those elements.”

Shortly before Obama’s decision to officially recognize the opposition coalition became known, his administration designated a militant Syrian rebel group known as the al-Nusrah Front as an al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist organization.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland explained that “al-Nusrah has sought to portray itself as part of the legitimate Syrian opposition while it is, in fact, an attempt by [Al-Qaeda in Iraq] to hijack the struggles of the Syrian people for its own malign purposes.”

Obama is taking us deeper into some very choppy waters in a very leaky boat. He stubbornly continues his refusal to recognize the broader transnational threat posed by Islamic jihadists who use many front groups to spread their Islamist ideology by force or stealth.

Jihadists play on a global field, but are now focusing their attention on destabilizing and replacing regimes in the Middle East and Africa.  They go under many names and migrate back and forth among bases in Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Algeria, Mali and Nigeria, just to name a few locations.  Syria is their current front-line target.

According to the co-founder of the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, Dr. Jacques Beres, who treated Syrian rebels in the city of Aleppo, about half of the rebels he treated were jihadists, many of whom were foreigners.  “It’s really something strange to see. They are directly saying that they aren’t interested in Bashar Assad’s fall, but are thinking about how to take power afterward and set up an Islamic state with Sharia law to become part of the world Emirate,” Dr. Beres told Reuters.

The most cohesive ideology fueling the best armed groups, whether affiliated with the opposition coalition the Obama administration chose to recognize or remaining outside the coalition, is Islamic jihadism. At least twenty-nine different Syrian rebel groups, including fighting “brigades” and civilian committees, have reportedly pledged their allegiance to al-Nusrah. More than 100 anti-government organizations and fighting battalions are planning demonstrations under the rallying cry “we are all Jabhet al-Nusra.”

Blackballing the al-Nusrah Front means nothing. If they deem it useful to do so, that particular al Qaeda front group will merge with other jihadist groups or re-organize under a different name, enabling them to infiltrate the opposition coalition undetected.

The Obama administration believes that it can co-opt the Islamist influence by working with the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. Given the deteriorating situation in Egypt under Muslim Brotherhood rule, the Obama administration’s assumption of a cooperative Muslim Brotherhood in Syria is naive at best. Their ultimate goals are the same as the more violent jihadists. They just use different tactics to get there.

Any doubt as to the Muslim Brotherhood’s true intentions in Syria should be dispelled by the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood chapter’s denunciation of the Obama administration’s decision to designate the al-Nusrah Front as a terrorist organization. A Muslim Brotherhood official said the U.S. had made a “very wrong” decision.

The leader of the coalition itself, Sheik Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, agrees with the Muslim Brotherhood’s sentiment.  “The logic under which we consider one of the parts that fights against the Assad regime is a terrorist organization is a logic one must reconsider,” he said. On other occasions, this leader of the coalition we are now backing has called Americans “stupid” and, according to Foreign Policy, claimed that users of Facebook “involuntarily become Israeli or American spies through information-sharing.”

Let me say this as clearly as I can. We are getting into bed with pathological, deceptive savages who passionately hate us and want to do us harm.  The liberal secular activists who are part of the opposition are more likely to face beheadings if the Islamists take power than to have any role in Syria’s post-Assad future.  Experience has shown that secularists are good at taking to the streets and starting revolutions in Islamic countries such as Iran and Egypt, but they invariably are overwhelmed by the better organized and armed Islamists.  And without a strong, effective secular bloc truly dedicated to a democratic, pluralistic society, we will have no influence to speak of.

Many members of the Syrian opposition want the United States to simply butt out at this juncture, except to supply them unconditionally with money and arms. The train has already left the station and left America behind, they contend. Obama’s attempt to run after this train and climb aboard now smacks of desperation to remain relevant. It won’t work.

Other than to do what is absolutely necessary to prevent Assad’s chemical weapons from getting into the wrong hands such as al-Qaeda or Hezbollah, President Obama would do well to get off the train and let events take their ugly course as they will do anyway.

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  • Anamah

    Our sailor has a broken compass. At least is disgraceful.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    This Israeli blogger has been beating the (war) drums ad infinitum, over the Islamist-in-Chief's purposeful empowerment of the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia, all over the Mid East and beyond. Commentary after commentary attests to its warnings – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/13/coming-full-c

    here too – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/20/the-islamist-… elsewhere.

    And the above was written knowing full well what its effects meant for the entire region, as well as the west in particular. So, it should come as no surprise to read this too – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/25/the-coming-en

    And 1 + 1 always = 2…unless one is a leftist/Islamist and attempting to sell a pig in a poke!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "“We’ve made a decision that the Syrian Opposition Coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in opposition to the Assad regime,” Obama said."

    Translation: 0'Bama serving OIC MB interests again with the usual lies as excuses.

  • Arlie

    0 is not going to get off a train that he started as the behest of Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood. Even if it means ww3. Benghazi explained at canada free press is out. Chemicals are a false flag to cause outrage and allow no fly zone and further escalation. America is paying for and Saudi Arabia is using US military for this jihad caliphate war. Our dollar will collapse when the oil stops. We will be at war with Iran, Russia and China. We are being lied to and the cover-ups by the media continue. It is going to be dreadful. There is not much sunshine at this point in time. We are entering profound darkness lead by the chief liar of the world; our own evil pResident. The nobel peace prize winner….what a travesty.

    • Felice

      Ditto.

  • SoCalMike

    Democrats just can't resist helping people who lust for murder and power.
    They did the same thing during the Vietnam War and during the Cold War.
    Aiding and abetting tyrants and mass murderers is what Dems are all about.
    They don't feel right if they aren't doing just that.

    • mlcblog

      Sad but well documented.

  • Yephora

    In Islam's ongoing war on America and all things Judeo-Christian you have to wonder, Whose side is this guy on?

    • curmudgeon

      when the political winds blow in an ugly direction, i will stand with the muslims—barack hussein obama. why should anyone be wondering which side our muslim in chief is on? he already told us. and we voted for him anyway. the problem is not the muslim in chief. the problem is the kind of voters who could vote for an admitted traitor.

  • pierce

    These Syrian jihadists Obama is backing could be Al Qaida. I personally would not back any one, I would not know who to trust. One look at the middle east tells me butt out, we are already in enough trouble. We backed Mubarak, now look what we got, something worse, a whole lot worse. We have got more problems here at home, mind our businesses, make a difference, Obama, here in the good old USA.

  • Marty

    There is some good news in all of this. If the jihadists take power, they will have to devote several years to corcibly converting or slaughtering syria's religious and ethnic minorities. After all, christians, alawites, druse, and kurds are certainly on the hit list. If we get lucky, the turmoil and masscres could result in the de facto partition of syria into political enclaves that will be in conflict with the jihadists and probably with one another. turkey may seize this opportunity to detach part of western syria and use it as a buffer zone. There could be a lot to look forward to in a macabre sort of way.

    • Mohammad Izzaterd

      Best to HELP your enemies fight among themselves. Isn't that what CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, MPAC are doing here with their 'interfaith' outreach and constant whining? Then we should assure that Syria cracks up and Muslims are fighting Muslims all over the middle east. Doesn't cost our treasury and a lot of our enemies will be killed by the same. How Muslim is That!

  • κατεργάζομαι

    .

    "You can’t teach a monkey to speak and you can’t teach an Arab to be democratic.
    ~You’re dealing with a culture of thieves and robbers.
    ~Muhammad, their prophet, was a robber and a killer and a liar.
    ~The Arab destroys everything he touches!"

    ~ ~ Moshe Feiglin –

    "In every generation, there are always a few who understand.
    Always understand… even if you remain among the few."
    ~ Rabbi Meir Kahane

  • marios

    Obama is MB proxy. He was financially supported by them in 2008 Pres. Campaign. That is why MB leaders were on the first rows listening BHO Cairo speech when he said that USA was the biggest Muslim countries and that it was time to change US policy to better toward Islamic world. …And Arabs "spring" started. All ME leaders pro-Western and pro-USA were toppled and radical Islamists, including Muslim Brothers and al-Qaida seized power. It is only for worse for us and our the best loyal ally Israel. Syria's war will trigger the same in Jordan, Lebanon, etc. …countries not good but better than it will be with Islamists. Obama working hard to build world wide Caliphate. Non-Muslim leftists soon will find themselves that they were used as "useful idiots" as well.

    • malicious12

      You won't find more bizarre conclusion then this…Obama is MB proxy and is working hard to build world wide caliphate?. Even a 12 years old would not buy that. The fact is that events are still unfolding and I don't think the MB will be around for long. There is no way that Obama or MB could have forseen what the Arab spring turned out to be few years ago

      • Gee

        Actually I personally was one of many that did predict this exact outcome. Yes there are a lot of us that are better informed than you will ever be and we put in writing.

        Syria as I predicted 2 years ago will not last. They will splinter into at least 4 more likely 6 enclaves – committing genocide and ethnically cleansing those within the enclave that are not part of the majority.

        The truth is one would have to be totally stupid not to have seen this coming for several years now, you included

      • curmudgeon

        i dont have the cia at my beck and call, but i dam sure knew how the "arab spring" was going to turn out. you might ask, how does an ordinary citizen know what our enlightened intelligencia cannot fathom with all their resources? the answer is, THEY ARE MUSLIMS, STUPID. keep that in mind and you will never go wrong in guessing the outcome of anything having anything to do with muslims doesnt 14 centuries of ignorance, superstition, murder, rape genocide, and slavery mean anything?

        • malicious12

          It looks like the ignorance and supersitition is actually a creed of both both of you and in case of Gee add liar. Your comments does not reflect any intelligence or knowledege but rather blind hate and bigotry. look how you generalize Muslims as having 14 cent. of ignorance, superstition…ect. How come they were able to build and empire and spread their religion to wide expanse. While Islam is not my cup of tea from the little I know about it (but a lot more then you do), I am not willing to be charged with so much hate, anger and desperation , like in you case, to paint anyone with too broad of a brush, Here read this you may learn somthing:
          http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFAArchive/1990_1999/19

          • curmudgeon

            "your comments does not…………". lol. when you claim superior wisdom and knowledge, it would be a good idea to use correct grammar. correct usage is "your comments DO not…..then continue your lies". i am not about to be taking lessons from you, who are obviously either a muslim or a liberal. anyone who would make an absurd statement like "look how you generalize Muslims as having 14 cent. of ignorance, superstition…ect. How come they were able to build and empire and spread their religion to wide expanse." without laughing out loud would have to be a muslim–and lying through his turban, or a liberal–one who really, truly, is that appallingly ignorant. there are tracts of informed writings on the reality of the spread of the islamic blight on the world, the reality of all of islam's scientific gifts to the world, and the peace and tolerance of the "religion of peace", but you have skillfully avoided contaminating your mind with any truthful information.

  • Ghostwriter

    I have no idea who katepyatohai is talking about. Who is Moshe Feiglin anyway?

  • David Conn

    Regarding Obama and his ties to Islam, I suggest you read "Jonestown, Its Portent Has Arrived." I wrote it in the Winter of 2007-2008,

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