Qatar appears to be shipping heavy weaponry to the Syrian Sunni Jihadists and the terrorists are feeling emboldened enough to threaten a boycott of a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry.
It’s a telling sign of how much American influence has slipped that rather than America having the upper hand in dealing with the Syrian rebels, it’s the rebels who are acting as if they have the upper hand. And under Obama’s weak and inept leadership, they probably do.
As John Kerry arrived at his first stop on his maiden trip as the United States secretary of state, American officials were struggling on Sunday to salvage an important meeting with the Syrian opposition.
Mr. Kerry and foreign ministers from Europe and the Middle East are scheduled to meet in Rome on Thursday with opponents of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, including Sheik Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, who leads the opposition. But they are threatening to boycott the conference to protest what they see as fainthearted international support.
Sheik Moaz al-Khatib, the Muslim Brotherhood’s head of the “new” opposition legitimized by Hillary Clinton and Qatar. Unfortunately al-Khatib is at least as bad as Assad.
From an American point of view he might even be worse as he has supported collaboration with Al Qaeda linked militias in Syria.
“The logic under which we consider one of the parts that fights against the Assad regime as a terrorist organization is a logic one must reconsider,” Al-Khatib told reporters in Marrakesh, Morocco.
And as a minor point, Al-Khatib has some things in common with Chuck Hagel.
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.”
So that’s whom Kerry is pleading to meet with. A supporter of collaborating with Al Qaeda and a rabid bigot.
However NBC, the lead agency of the government-media complex is spinning the willingness of Al-Khatib to meet with Kerry as a “coup”.
In initial coup for Kerry, Syria’s opposition to attend Rome meeting
Responding to appeals from Secretary of State John Kerry and his British counterpart, Syrian opposition leaders reversed course Monday and agreed to attend an international summit to address the ongoing violence that has ravaged Syria for almost two years.
The opposition’s about-face came as welcome news for Kerry, who is facing his initial test as America’s chief diplomat. In the midst of his first overseas trip, Kerry phoned al-Khatib on Monday and urged the group to attend the meeting with 11 western nations.
During a press conference in London with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Kerry also hinted that the United States could be open to revising the current policy of not providing weapons to the Syrian rebels.
The bar for Obama Inc. is currently set so low that convincing a rebel group that gets millions in American aid to meet with the top American diplomatic official is considered a “coup”.
Next up, Kerry’s ability to walk and chew gum at the same time will be hailed as a breakthrough. And after that, there’s always the Nobel Peace Prize. I hear those are easy to get these days.