When last we met Mouaz Moustafa, a Palestinian Arab Muslim supporter of Hamas who seems to have been involved in nearly every Muslim Brotherhood revolution, he was posing with Senator McCain in Syria and using the soon-to-be-discredited Elizabeth O’Bagy to front for his Muslim Brotherhood pro-rebel front group.
McCain called Mouaz Moustafa a “patriot” and the Hamas supporter claims to be telling the State Department which Syrian groups to send aid to. That was a problem because surprisingly, Mouaz Moustafa had very low standards for who should be getting aid.
“I think the way they were thinking is, ‘you don’t support us, you don’t give us arms, you don’t give us anything, but then you tell us whose good and whose bad within us?’ So first support, then dictate.”
Despite America’s lack of ability to influence the Islamic Front, the Obama administration now has no choice but to keep trying, said Mouaz Moustafa, the executive director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force, an American NGO that works directly with several Syrian opposition groups.
“The Islamic Front did not meet with the United States because of certain preconditions the U.S. had insisted on, as well as the fact that the Islamic Front wholly rejects a second Geneva and the premise of the meeting would be to pressure the Islamic Front to attend the conference,” he said.
The United States must pragmatically engage with the Islamic Front while keeping in mind that the Islamic Front was formed without the objective of gaining U.S. or Western support, Moustafa said. The Islamic Front works with al-Qaeda out of convenience, but doesn’t share their ideology.
“Alienating the Islamic Front puts the U.S. at risk of losing any leverage or influence within the armed opposition,” he said. “It’s not about whether they are good guys or bad guys. The Islamic Front is the only counterbalance to extremists in Syria. The U.S. must recognize that.”
The US has to support the Islamic Front, which is allied with the Al Nusra Front, because they’re the only counterbalance to the Al Nusra Front.
Sure they might be the bad guys, but who really cares anyway?
At this rate in a year we’ll be told that we have to support the Al Nusra Front as a counterbalance to ISIS. There are probably foreign policy experts out there already arguing that we should engage with the “moderate” elements in the Syrian Al Qaeda to counterbalance Al Qaeda in Iraq.