Syrian Rebels Admit They Don’t Care About Assad’s Chemical Weapons


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We’re supposedly intervening in Syria because the government used chemical weapons in the civil war. Meanwhile the Syrian rebels are making it clear that they couldn’t care less about the chemical weapons.

Qassim Saad al-Din, a spokesman for the Syrian opposition military command, told the London-based paper Asharq Al-Awsat that the Russian compromise with the US regarding Syria’s chemical arms was reached “at the expense of the blood of the Syrian people.”

According to al-Din, “the only thing the West is interested in is protecting Israel and disarming the arms threatening it. The 100,000 killed in Syria do not top their priorities.”

Head of the Military Revolutionary Command in Aleppo, Abed al Jabar al Akhidi, said that “the international ploy to cancel the attack on Syria in return for the neutralization of chemical weapons is a dirty deal between Russia, Assad’s regime and the West.”

“Neutralizing Assad’s chemical weapons serves Israel, not the Syrian people, because the international community’s attempt to disarm Assad from his chemical arms stems from the public outcry and not from the killing.”

Setting aside the expected rants about Israel, the Syrian rebel leadership is making it clear that they couldn’t care less about Assad’s WMDs. What they want are airstrikes that will cripple his military capabilities.

Al-Akhidi says it rather clearly. Taking away Assad’s chemical weapons doesn’t serve their purposes. For one thing they want to get their hands on those weapons.

Reasonably speaking, you might expect the Syrian rebels to be upset at the delay. But this is a complete disregard for the foundational issue of the intervention.

  • Biff Henderson

    Want help? All I ask is they stop screaming Death to America and praying for our destruction. Allah took that off the table. 1400 years ago a slick hustler set the wheels in motion. There you have it. Nothing more to say.

  • jakespoon

    I don’t trust any of them. Let them have at one another,sooner or later they’ll get tired and quit. Maybe the last two will gas each other.

  • Solo712

    The CWs were never a “foundational issue” of the intervention. The clear intent in attacking Syria was to tip the balance of power on the ground in favour of the rebels.

  • Texas Patriot

    Just another example how Al Qaida-influenced jihadists are always at work trying to dupe America into fighting their wars for them. We were duped into assisting in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, duped into assisting in the overthrow of Muammar Ghadaffy, and duped into assisting in the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. Hopefully we will stop short of aiding Al Qaida even further by assisting in the overthrow of Bashir Assad.

  • Aizino Smith

    They do not care.

    i.e. We did not bomb Syria, we did not do their bidding and all this goading us into toppling Assad or getting involved into a Middle East Quagmire is taking too long d/mnit!

    That is what the rebels are belly aching about.