The bosses in the U.S./EU, the monolithic West, will of course continue to support the Syrian rebellion. It just makes less sense than ever today, this week. That rebellion has come a very long way from its peaceful 2011 origins and is now widely understood to be a religious war — whether the rebels are led by the Muslim Brotherhood or the Al Nusra Front and Al Qaeda– against a secular Syria.
And how obvious can the following be after Boston: violent Islamic extremism is a bad thing. And it is not as if who they oppose, Bashar Assad, is anything more diabolical than a run-of-the-mill non-ideological tyrant who’ll cling to power whichever way he can, but at least he has a desire not shared by the rebels: he has kept Syria secular and wants it to remain that way.
Specifically, Assad has refused to turn his country into an extreme (Salafist/Wahhabi) Sunni Islamic and grossly misogynistic state, i.e., into another Saudi Arabia. In contrast, folks like Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cheered for those fighting and killing to remake Syria into another Saudi Arabia:
There are signs that the brothers showed interest in the conflict in Syria, which has drawn al Qaida fighters and other militants from across the Muslim world and Europe, according to a U.S. counterterror official. …
The brothers had viewed videos about the plight of Syrian Muslims, the official said. Syria is the latest hotspot on the world map of jihad. Holy warriors a decade ago were inspired by videos about brutal combat between jihadis and Russian troops in the brothers’ family homeland …
But we can’t agree in the West that we should do whatever necessary to make sure the Tsarnaev brothers’ favorite rebels do not win in Syria or anywhere else? Why not?
Another thing, please look at the headlines below. After Boston, and knowing that the West is doing all it can to support the rebels, do they generate even a little cognitive dissonance:
Iraqi al Qaeda wing merges with Syrian counterpart
By Sami Aboudi, Reuters
Tue Apr 9, 2013 2:09pm EDT
Islamic Extremist Rebels In Syria Pledge Allegiance To Al-Qaida
By Barbara Surk, AP
April 10, 2013
Finally, please check out a little truth and wisdom on the current situation:
“The West has paid heavily for funding Al-Qaeda in its early stages. Today it is doing the same in Syria, Libya and other places, and will pay a heavy price in the heart of Europe and the United States.” — Bashar Assad
“The United States has brought insecurity to Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan and now the threat has spread to other parts of the world. … When terrorism spreads in the world and the media supports that, then the extremists will be encouraged to commit more crimes and insecurity spreads across all countries.” — Iran’s Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi