There are a lot of Jihadist groups in Syria that claim to be the moderate alternative to Al Qaeda. Most of them turn out to be the Muslim Brotherhood or Al Qaeda.
There are also a lot of Jihadist groups in Syria that claim to be the real Al Qaeda. And lately they’ve been killing each other to prove that they’re the real Al Qaeda.
The Islamic Front, which is against democracy and for the Caliphate, was being held up as the moderate alternative to Al Qaeda by the lunatic fringe of foreign policy experts who keep insisting that we have to arm everyone in Syria except Al Qaeda to beat Al Qaeda… even when they’re actually Al Qaeda.
John Kerry tried to reach out to the Islamic Front, but they weren’t interested. But then again who is interested in meeting with John Kerry? The Israeli Defense Minister just expressed a wish that Kerry would win a Nobel Peace Prize and leave Israel alone.
One of the people making the pro-Islamic Front argument was Mouaz Moustafa, a Palestinian Arab supporter of Hamas who runs the Syrian Emergency Task Force and is a pal of Senator McCain.
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 plan to arm allies of Al Qaeda to counterbalance Al Qaeda is now on the skids since a top Islamic Front leader just announced that he is Al Qaeda.
A top official of a major Syrian rebel group acknowledged Friday that he considers himself a member of al Qaida, an admission that undercuts Western hopes that the new Islamic Front would prove to be an acceptable counter to the rising influence of other al Qaida affiliates in Syria.
Abu Khaled al Suri, who is a top figure in the rebel group Ahrar al Sham, made the statement in an Internet posting in which he argued that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, another radical rebel group, was not al Qaida’s representative in Syria and was not doing the work of al Qaida’s founder, Osama bin Laden, its current leader, Ayman al Zawahiri, or al Qaida’s late leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, who was killed by an American missile in 2006.
Ahrar al Sham’s conservative philosophy has been well known, but its ties to al Qaida had been unclear until Friday’s statement, which al Suri made through Twitter.
The good news is that this opens the door to John Kerry negotiating and arming moderate Al Qaeda leaders to counterbalance extremists.
Give Kerry three weeks and he’ll be on it like a yacht in Nantucket.