Robert Fisk writes in the UK Independent:
“If Barack Obama decides to attack the Syrian regime, he has ensured – for the very first time in history – that the United States will be on the same side as al-Qa’ida.
Quite an alliance! Was it not the Three Musketeers who shouted “All for one and one for all” each time they sought combat? This really should be the new battle cry if – or when – the statesmen of the Western world go to war against Bashar al-Assad.
The men who destroyed so many thousands on 9/11 will then be fighting alongside the very nation whose innocents they so cruelly murdered almost exactly 12 years ago. Quite an achievement for Obama, Cameron, Hollande and the rest of the miniature warlords.
This, of course, will not be trumpeted by the Pentagon or the White House – nor, I suppose, by al-Qa’ida – though they are both trying to destroy Bashar. So are the Nusra front, one of al-Qa’ida’s affiliates. But it does raise some interesting possibilities.
Maybe the Americans should ask al-Qa’ida for intelligence help – after all, this is the group with “boots on the ground”, something the Americans have no interest in doing. And maybe al-Qa’ida could offer some target information facilities to the country which usually claims that the supporters of al-Qa’ida, rather than the Syrians, are the most wanted men in the world.”
It’s worth reading the whole column.
To answer Fisk’s question: Of course Obama knows he is arming al Qaeda. We, the public, have known that many of the “rebels” in Libya and Egypt were not only Muslim Brotherhood, but literally al Qaeda. While it has been the alleged policy to arm the so-called “moderates,” as Fisk points out, how do we know who the moderates are: al Qaeda is the side with the boots on the ground, and it’s not so hard to sound moderate one day, and fight with al Qaeda the next. If in fact Obama doesn’t realize he’s siding with and arming al Qaeda, then the “incompetence” (the media’s new favorite word to describe the president’s pro-Brotherhood foreign policy) reaches the level of gross negligence.
How did we get here, that the United States, with the UK and France are so eager to bomb secular strongman and Russian/North Korean puppet Assad? According to the White House, Assad and the Syrian military used chemical weapons last week, killing hundreds of people. Yet here are a few questions for the ever-so-confident White House:
1. Why would Assad, who was winning the war, decide now to use chemical weapons, which he certainly knew would provoke this kind of response?
2. Who was shooting at the U.N. weapons inspectors? Do you really think that Assad would both invite them in to investigate, and then fire at them?
3. How do you explain this video, which clearly shows the Free Syrian Army launching chemical weapons attacks on civilians?
4. Russian military doctrine instructs that chemical weapons are to be delivered only after the area is shelled with two round of artillery. Assad would have followed these instructions. Yet so many of the bodies shown apparently died in their sleep. You don’t sleep through artillery fire.
Here’s what (we hope) Obama does not know. That he’s siding with a the narco-caliphate, the modern day Nazis who treat Orthodox Christians like Hitler treated the Jews; the home of Al Jazeera, Qatar; and crime boss Dawood Ibrahim. In doing so, he is helping al Qaeda wage a turf war against the organized crime interests of Russia, like the PKK. What’s at stake is no less than the global heroin market. For the powerful Orthodox backers of Assad, this looks like holy war. But to others, it’s just another day on the street, winning territory for their gang.
Sound too cynical? Consider that in January, three prominent Kurds involved in the heroin trade were assassinated – two in Paris, one in Moscow. The two women in Paris were leaders of the PKK, a Kurdish terrorist organization who has been at war with (Arab Spring supporting) Turkey for several decades. The PKK is is heavily involved in heroin smuggling out of Asia and into Europe. Ditto al Qaeda, as Afghanistan produces upwards of 85% of global opium. Wrapped in the flag of jihad is crime boss Dawood Ibrahim, who allegedly gives 30% of his revenue to the Pakistani ISI for “terror.” For Ibrahim, this is strictly business.
Since the Arab Spring, chaos in has engulfed the region. The model at work here is best seen in Lebanon during the Civil War, when the anarchy led to an explosion of the narcotics trade. Drugs have long been an important source of revenue in the Middle East. With the Brotherhood now in charge of Libya and Tunisia, their drug problems have increased substantially. Both Libya and Tunisia are frequented by al Qaeda in the Islam Maghreb, who are not only religious fanatics but drug, cigarette, and alcohol smugglers.
Finally, nobody should be surprised with France’s rhetoric. President Hollande sold Parisian suburbs to Qatar for “development,” right after the PKK murders in Paris. Can you say distribution? And in June he visited Doha, meeting with Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa, then leader of Qatar (his son is now in charge) to discuss aiding Syrian rebels. David Cameron, well, it wouldn’t surprise me if he was the one who pushed Obama into this dumb decision.
Syria is a vital for trafficking into Europe. Few things would be more profitable for al Qaeda and Don Ibrahim than chasing the Russians out and establishing narco-dominance. This is what Obama will be doing when he strikes at Assad.