The American Government’s Narrative that “We Must Stop Assad Because He’s Brutally Crushing a Spontaneous Popular Uprising” is False

The civil war in Syria started in March 2011. And see this.

However, the U.S. has been funding the Syrian opposition since 2006 … and arming the opposition since 2007.

So the American government’s argument that “we must stop Assad because he’s brutally crushing a spontaneous popular uprising” is false.  The U.S. started supporting the rebels 5 years before the protests started.

Moreover, reports from mainstream media sources such as the New York Times, (and here), Wall Street Journal, USA TodayCNN, McClatchy (and here), AP, TimeBBC, the Independent, the Telegraph, Agence France-PresseAsia Times, and the Star (and here) – confirm that supporting the rebels means supporting Al Qaeda and two other terrorist groups. Indeed, the the New York Times has reported that virtually all of the rebel fighters are Al Qaeda terrorists.

By supporting the rebels, we’re supporting our sworn terrorist enemies.

A War 20 Years In the Making

If there is any doubt about this timeline, please keep in mind that the U.S. and Britain considered attacking Syrians and then blaming it on the Syrian government as an excuse for regime change … 50 years ago (the U.S. just admitted that they did this to Iran)

And the U.S. has been planning regime change in Syria for 20 years straight.

The Last “Humanitarian War”

Libya’s Gaddafi claimed that the rebels in that country were actually Al Qaeda.

That claim – believe it or not – has been confirmed.

According to a 2007 report by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center’s center, the Libyan city of Benghazi was one of Al Qaeda’s main headquarters – and bases for sending Al Qaeda fighters into Iraq – prior to the overthrow of Gaddafi:

The Hindustan Times reported:

“There is no question that al Qaeda’s Libyan franchise, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, is a part of the opposition,” Bruce Riedel, former CIA officer and a leading expert on terrorism, told Hindustan Times.

It has always been Qaddafi’s biggest enemy and its stronghold is Benghazi.

(Incidentally, Gaddafi was on the verge of invading Benghazi in 2011, 4 years after the West Point report cited Benghazi as a hotbed of Al Qaeda terrorists. Gaddafi claimed – rightly it turns out – that Benghazi was an Al Qaeda stronghold and a main source of the Libyan rebellion.  But NATO planes stopped him, and protected Benghazi.)

Al Qaeda is now largely in control of Libya.  Indeed, Al Qaeda flags were flown over the Benghazi courthouse once Gaddafi was toppled.

There is a direct connection to Syria.  Specifically, CNN, the Telegraph,  the Washington Times, and many other mainstream sources confirm that Al Qaeda terrorists from Libya have since flooded into Syria to fight the Assad regime.  And the post-Gaddafi Libyan government is also itself a top funder and arms supplier of the Syrian opposition.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that there are no few good guys involved in the Syrian war.

The solution is not to bomb the country … or to send more arms to the rebels.

The solution is to make sure that less weapons – chemical and conventional – get into that tinder box of a country.

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7 Responses to “U.S. Backed Syrian Opposition YEARS BEFORE Uprising Started”

  1. Gonzop says:

    arm and train the Talibans against USSR
    arm and train Iran against USSR
    arm and train Irak against Iran
    arm and train rebels against Assad/Iran

    same old, with the same old track record

  2. capitalistic says:

    The US doesn’t intervene anywhere for humanitarian reasons. On a positive note, “war” is good for business :D

  3. Init4good says:

    How are we supposed to gain more leverage in that region without going after the bad guys? We must start trouble so that we can stop it later, and “save the day.” (Because for most americans, days are the most convenient units to measure memory.)

  4. CitizenWhy says:

    The Prince Bandar Doctrine: When I want war, I stage a chem attack, then I unleash my attack dog the USA to destroy the country.

  5. panskeptic says:

    It’s about Iran. This is not a secret, though the Washingtons blog has trouble focusing and is sometimes downright misleading.

    Iran’s sole ally in the region is Syria. Iran is Shiite, as is the Assad family, though not the population of Syria, which is Sunni.

    Iran needs Syria to funnel arms to the Iranian-founded Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah. Syria has never drawn a map showing a country of Lebanon; they have always claimed the territory as part of Syria. In addition to the flow of arms, Iran, Syria and Hezbollah all profit from the mighty drug trade based in Beirut.

    We used to have Iraq as a buffer against Iran, but Bush threw that away, removing Tehran’s stopper. Now Iran has both nukes and missiles but can’t yet combine the two. This alarms Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, predominantly Sunni. We don’t want them getting too nervous and plunging into an arms race with Iran. Things are messy enough now.

    Once and for all, we don’t like anybody in Syria. (Someone needs to tell John McCain about this, but he still thinks he won the election and that somebody cares what he says.) Not liking either side, if we can keep Syria stirred up and dysfunctional, it disrupts Syrian attempts to absorb Lebanon, and it thwarts Iran’s efforts to become the dominant country in the region. Since Assad learned from his father never to hesitate at a massacre, this means a lot of Syrians get killed, but then how many people would Iran kill if given the opportunity? Ask the Iraqis. They had eight years of war on that border before Bush pulled the plug.

    Add to the mix, our almost century-old taboo against chemical warfare. WWI taught the world to shun poison gas. Even a young corporal named Adolf Hitler got gassed on the battlefield, and it was so traumatic he refused to use it in WWII no matter how badly things went for the Germans. (He did use it on Jews, of course, but for him they didn’t count as human.) So now Assad is using it, and we still have these pesky international laws against it.

    Obama hates every minute of all this and prefers to end wars rather than start them, but he’s at least clever enough to force Congressional Republicans into owning part of it. (Never short Obama, it’s a losing trade.)

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