In Syria, the Choice is Clear: Assad or Muslim Brotherhood/Al Qaeda

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.


It’s not a choice that we have to make, but anyone backing the Sunni rebels, many of whom are actually foreign Jihadists, has to make it.

The New York Times and the Washington Post have run stories admitting that much of the country “liberated” by the rebels has fallen into the hands of Islamists enforcing the same kind of laws as Mali.

The question is why did the media oppose the Islamist takeover of Mali but act like we should support the Islamist takeover of Syria?

Assad is not nearly as secular as some of his Socialist supporters in Europe like to pretend, but he is no worse than the Islamists he is fighting and arguably he is somewhat better.

After Egypt and after the Islamist takeover of Aleppo, it is undeniably clear that an Islamist regime in Syria will not protect or promote human rights. It will allow for less freedom than Syrians have now and it will mean the complete end for the large Christian community in Syria.

A young activist, Wael Ibrahim, took the banners down and threw them into the crowd, an act that was posted on YouTube. The local Shariah Board summoned him and sentenced him to 10 lashes. Mr. Ibrahim then circulated a picture of the welts on his back.

“We did not rebel to have a caliphate,” he said afterward, objecting that foreign Islamists were involved in his sentence.

Is this something we should support? How is this any different than Mali?

Maybe we could have supported some secular military dictatorship alternative early enough in the game. But we didn’t. The reason we didn’t is because Obama Inc. chose to put Qatar and Turkey in charge of American foreign policy.

That is how the Muslim Brotherhood took over. And Qatar and Turkey are still in charge of our foreign policy in Syria. This is an Al Jazeera administration and all it does is endorse Muslim Brotherhood run rebel organizations and funnels aid to them while turning a blind eye to the weapons smuggling in defiance of an embargo.

Here in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo, more than half of which has been under rebel control since July, Jabhat al-Nusra is also widely identified as the leading force behind the Hayaa al-Sharia, which loosely translates as the Sharia Authority and is known simply as the Hayaa.

Based out of the city’s former Eye Hospital, which was damaged during the fighting and then occupied by Jabhat al-Nusra as its headquarters, the Hayaa is also backed by other rebel units, including the Tawhid Brigade, the city’s biggest fighting force, and the Ahrar al-Sham, a homegrown Islamist force that has played a relatively minor role in Aleppo but is powerful in several other provinces.

The Tawhid Brigade is the Muslim Brotherhood.  Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood are working together, which is why the so-called Free Syrian Army and Al Nusra are working together to implement Islamic law, just as they have in Egypt.

The UK and France are still pushing on to arm them and support them. Obama Inc. has opted out of that for now, but it’s important to communicate clearly and distinctly what we will be supporting if the UK and France drag us into this war, just like they dragged us into the Libyan War.

  • Joe shmoe

    Hey Daneil,

    Syrians arent fighting for their freedoms, they are defending themselvs sgainst wholsesale mass murder. 70,000 so far.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Syrians arent fighting for their freedoms, they are defending themselvs sgainst wholsesale mass murder. 70,000 so far."

      We're trying to bring clarity in who to blame.

  • JacksonPearson

    When are people going to realize that the name of the Muslim group fighting is irrelevant. Blowing away the smoke and mirrors, the name in the end result will be Islam, in the name of Allah, that will prevail.

    ISLAM: The Religion of Peace (and a big stack of dead bodies)
    Islamic Terrorists Have Carried Out More Than 20,611 Deadly Terror
    Attacks Since 9/11. Source: http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

    Wherever Islam Spread, are followed by Darkness, Death and Destruction

  • Fady

    "The UK and France are still pushing on to arm them and support them. Obama Inc. has opted out of that for now, but it’s important to communicate clearly and distinctly what we will be supporting if the UK and France drag us into this war, just like they dragged us into the Libyan War."

    The US, UK and France already have been arming the rebels with heavy weapons. The west has been using its Turkish and gulf proxies to do it for them to maintain plausible deniability. Now they claim it's going to the secular rebels, which for the most part DON'T EXIST. What a duplicitous game of regime change disguised as humanitarianism.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/world/middleeas
    "“A conservative estimate of the payload of these flights would be 3,500 tons of military equipment,” said Hugh Griffiths, of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, who monitors illicit arms transfers."

  • Jones

    you seem to be in support of ayatolahs. the choice is between a thug ( bloody assad) and democratic syria. do noty try to frigthen people by calling all muslims as Al Qaede. syrian people are muslim but to say that they wqant a reactionar islamic state would be an injustice. anyone who says "alaho akbar" is not a follower of Osama. you must be mesmerized by the lies of Press TV.

    • Pierre Ouellet

      been long time i did not read something so stupid. Or you are blind or your are a moron…

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    MORE than clear…these are the choices – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/27/chemical-aler

    Let us all give credit where it is due – to the Pyromaniac-in-Chief. He set this in motion through Benghazigate, a weapons running operation to ARM the so called "rebels"!

    Clear as a bell.
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Matt

    It is clear stay in your house behind your fence, mind your own business, me, me, me. That is all anyone ever hears. Fear of what. If you bomb my soldiers I will come with hordes. Sit back and watch them gassed because of game changing weapons. The Russian used has in Afghanistan and they lost, they had to cut a deal in Chechnya with a faction.

  • Matt

    I am going to win just to spite everyone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0_vnon5owE

  • Matt

    Kerry can talk post Assad harmony, the alawite they are for the history books, no chemical weapons. They are finished.

  • Matt

    Srebrenica will look like a Kindergarten. School of the America's.

  • Matt

    You are a pathetic animal the great Syrian Arab Army, a few defectors, the FSA a little bit of help from some of the Arabs with light arms, and some tactics. You have to resort to Sarin Gas. I use too war game with the PRC all the time they get frustrated and nuke me.

  • Matt

    the pak keep theirs in ISI safe houses.