Monday, June 03, 2013

A Look At The Free Syria Army Thugs Supported By Barack Obama And John McCain

The opposition in Syria, represented primarily by the so-called Free Syria Army, is being represented by much of the media as "freedom fighters" and "liberators". President Barack Obama has barely been able to restrain himself from inserting our military forces into that quagmire. Senator John McCain has become a virtual press secretary at large for the FSA. But the video of a PressTV report embedded below provides a glimpse of the real Free Syria Army. The clip shows the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorists in Syria executing a group of eleven Syrian soldiers summary-style. The incident reportedly took place in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour sometime in 2012. In the video, the terrorist executing the soldiers is speaking with a Saudi accent. The action has been condemned by more moderate elements of the FSA:

Is this a fluke? Not so. Since Syrian President Bashir al-Assad is an Alawite Christian, some FSA units have been deliberately targeting Christians. On May 27th, 2013, armed rebels affiliated to the Free Syrian Army raided the Christian-populated al-Duvair village in Reef (outskirts of) Homs near the border with Lebanon and massacred all its civilian residents, including women and children. Furthermore, back on May 12th, rebels attacked the St. Elijah Orthodoxy monastery, ransacking the cloister, destroying the sanctuary, blowing up the belfry and tearing down the statue of St. Prophet Elijah who is equally revered in Syria by both Christians and Muslims alike. It is said that many of the attackers were actually foreign mercenaries.

The involvement of foreign mercenaries is particularly troubling. It's believed that fighters from as many as 29 countries have filtered into Syria to join the rebels; most are Sunnis from other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, with a sprinkling from Europe and North America. But of the total of 100,000 fighters opposing the Assad government, at least 7,000 belong to the Islamist al-Nusra Front, an ally of al-Qaeda in Iraq. After his recent lovefest with the rebels, Senator John McCain insisted that said such radical fighters make up only a small part of the rebel forces, and that we can identify who these people are and re-direct help to the right people.

But if the 7,000 al-Qaeda fighters are better organized than the rest of the rebels, they can exercise more effective control. We saw first hand what a mere 19 al-Qaeda members could do in the United States on September 11th, 2001.

Now it appears as if the FSA may have bitten off more than they can chew. They made the mistake of allowing the fighting to spill over into Lebanon, and Hezbollah responded by attacking FSA forces east of the city of Baalbek. Furthermore, it appears that Hezbollah is taking the fight into Syria; thousands of Hezbollah fighters are reportedly massed around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah has pledged to back Assad to victory. And Hezbollah earned its spurs against the varsity; in 2006, they fought Israel to a draw for a month until Israel went all out to beat them. Hezbollah fired 3,970 rockets into Israel, and claimed they had 13,000 more in reserve. No way can the Free Syrian Army stand up against Hezbollah.

Fortunately, there's an additional restraint against further American imperialism in the Middle East. In mid-May, Russia announced their intent to deploy a permanent group of as many as six combat ships to the Mediterranean Sea. This group will operate under the command of the Black Sea Fleet. The last time a Russian fleet operated in the Mediterranean Sea was from 1967 to 1992. At the time, Russia's Fifth Mediterranean fleet of Navy ships, consisting of at least 30 to 50 vessels, was intended to counter the US Navy's Sixth Fleet.

Intervening on the ground in the Syrian conflict would be one of the biggest mistakes America could make. It is NOT our fight.

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