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Is the Free Syrian Army Finished?

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On December 12, 2013 @ 10:35 pm In The Point | 5 Comments

I’ve said before that the Free Syrian Army is largely a myth. It was initially sold as a secular force of ex-soldiers. It turned out to be a collection of Islamist militias loosely aligned with the FSA in exchange for the expectation of American aid.

Even Obama wasn’t stupid enough to begin shipping anti-aircraft weapons to terrorists directly, though he let “our allies” in the Gulf go on doing it. And the CIA didn’t seem eager to even sign off on any heavy weaponry, which the current collapse of the FSA and the capture of its gear by said Islamist militias, demonstrates the wisdom of.

The chemical weapons deal with Assad made the FSA puppet show irrelevant. The Syrian militias recognized that Obama wasn’t coming. And they began realigning. Now what’s left of the Free Syrian Army has collapsed. Its fake commander has scampered back to his real masters in Turkey and Qatar– which were responsible for starting this whole war on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The collapse of the Free Syrian Army was entirely predictable. It was there to disguise the true nature of the Sunni opposition. Now the mask is off. If we had backed the FSA, it would have been another useless militarily inept millstone like Abbas’ Fatah forces in the Palestinian Authority or the Afghan military. It would have done very little fighting, but would have spent most of its time reselling American aid.

Qatar and Turkey will go on working with forces openly hostile to the United States. Columnists who urged us to intervene on behalf of the FSA will bemoan the missed opportunity. Books will be written claiming that we could have saved Syria if only we had acted in time.

Hogwash.

The FSA was a scam. The scam ended when we wouldn’t take the war bait. The only thing its collapse proves is that it was never viable to begin with.

The Free Syrian Army was a lie from beginning to end. Now even the non-violent aid is done. And we can stop pretending that either side in Syria are the good guys.

Fighters from the Islamic Front, which groups six major rebel brigades and which said last week it had quit the FSA, seized the headquarters of the Syrian Military Council and weapons warehouses at the Bab al-Hawa crossing on Syria’s northwestern border with Turkey.

A U.S. official said FSA leader General Salim Idriss had fled into Turkey during the takeover of the warehouses, which contained trucks, food, medical packs and communication equipment including laptops and radios.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based anti-Assad monitoring group, said the Islamic Front had seized anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons from the SMC arms stores in fighting on Saturday.

The Islamic Front’s battlefield success in capturing the stores could undermine SMC assurances to the United States that no supplies sent to their fighters would fall into the hands of Islamist brigades.

Five rebel fighters were killed in the clashes at Bab al-Hawa, but it was not clear which side they were on.

Five.

The FSA lost warehouses full of heavy weapons. Its general had to run for his life. And the whole conflict cost 5 lives. When you stop laughing, consider that this is how this war has gone. There’s a reason mostly civilians die in this conflict.


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