web analytics
July 4, 2015 / 17 Tammuz, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


US Has to Decide to Back Hezbollah or Al Qaeda in Syria

US policy in the Middle East never has been brilliants, but deciding on whether to arm Syrian rebels means either backing Al Qaeda and the rebels or letting Hezbollah move into the regime.
Hezbollah  terror group shows off its arsenal in Lebanon.

Hezbollah terror group shows off its arsenal in Lebanon.
Photo Credit: Ramiro Carlos Ramos

The quickly changing face of the Syrian civil war has left the United States with the dilemma of having to decide whether to arm the rebels, which are heavily backed by Al Qaeda, or remain on the sidelines and allow Hezbollah to continue to prop up Assad by crushing the opposition with more brutality.

Whether or not the Obama administration could have avoided putting itself in a corner of thorns is arguable, but its totally misreading the Syrian conflict make its position all the more difficult.

All polls show that the American public overwhelmingly does not want the United States getting involved in another messy conflict.

After the President Barack Obama’s Council of Sages’ decision to “engage” the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and dump Hosni Mubarak, then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided that Syrian President Bashar Assad should remain in power in the face of the sprouting Arab Spring protests in Syria more than two years ago She solidly backed Assad, calling him a “reformer.”

It took more than a year and tens of thousands of murders before the Obama administration realized it could not back a man whom Pulitzer Prize journalist Joel Brinkley once called “the most dangerous man in the world.”

The United States huffed and puffed and Assad’s goon quads tortured and murdered thousands of Syrians, but all that changed was a situation that went totally out of control.

If the control of a dictator is better than the control by anarchy, Assad would have been the man to back, except that American experts without much contact with reality continued to totally misread the social mood in the Middle East.

The United States cannot be seen as allowing a butcher like Assad to continue to rule.

But the last year of devastation and anarchy has allowed Al Qaeda and offshoots to fill the same vacuum that the License government left in the southern part of the country more than 20 years ago.

Jihadists from the Al Qaeda-affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra are taking care of the social needs of Syrians, a copy-cat tactic perfected by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.

“They don’t push their ideology at us,” Hassan, a driver, told Fox News. “They aren’t corrupt like the others. What they capture from government bases they distribute.”

Like Hezbollah, the al-Nusra terrorists are brutal and ruthless when at war, no less than so than Assad’s loyalists.

When Assad lost control of areas in the civil war, leaving millions of people not only without basic necessities but also without some kind of due process of law.

“We promise that we will ensure accountability for anyone committing violations and they will be sent to the Sharia court,” said one al Nusra notice that was posted. “Anyone who might have a complaint against any element of the Islamic state, whether the Emir or an ordinary soldier, can come and submit their complaint in any headquarters building of the Islamic state.”

In Aleppo, “You see streets being cleaned by al-Nusra and schools organized by al-Nusra and also more moderate groups cleaning streets and operating school,” German filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen told Fox.

“Most civilians are saying [al-Nusra] may be quite radical, but at least they are helping and doing things, and the strategy is working.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hague this week to discuss the rebels’ urgent request for arms as Assad prepares for a massive assault to retake Aleppo.

Kerry, like his predecessor, talks a lot and says almost nothing.

“We are determined to do everything that we can in order to help the opposition to be able … to save Syria,” Kerry told reporters at a news conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague Wednesday.

“People are talking about what further options might be exercised here … but we don’t have anything to announce at this moment.”

The Obama administration reportedly is split on what to do, but to some extent it can blame itself.

Officials for years have sought political solutions in a region where leaders do not play by American and British rules of democracy and “engagement.”

“Our efforts in Syria have been to try to save lives, to prevent radicalization, to send a message to the regime that in the end there does have to be a political solution,” said Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

10 Responses to “US Has to Decide to Back Hezbollah or Al Qaeda in Syria”

  1. John Keytack says:

    How about “none of the above.” Either side will just end up using the weapons against us, anyway.

  2. I agree with you John .

  3. That won’t happen. If they end up with weapons it may well happen as is the nature of weapons.

  4. The US should support neither. Let them kill one another off. No big lose.

  5. With Al Nusra in Syria The American Gov. help going to give birth to another Osama bin laden.

  6. Alan Kardon says:

    Don't back either. Give the money saved to Israel. Whoever wins will surely blame Israel and the US for the problem. This way we have only one enemy to fight.

  7. Uziah Isaak says:

    JUST LET THEM FIGHT EACH OTHER,, BUT DO NOT HELP THEM,, BOTH OF THEM ARE ENEMIES OF ISRAEL…

  8. They should fight each other, this will take many years to get a end, the US and EUshould not disturb then, good for Israel.

  9. They should fight each other, this will take many years to get a end, the US and EUshould not disturb then, good for Israel.

  10. Obama now says the red line has in fact been crossed in Syria and he is going to Europe to discuss what action should be taken. Those actions taken against Syria, if effective in Assad’s eyes, may bring him to the conclusion that a strong strike against Israel is his only option to make Israel the focus of this war and not himself. If this strike by Assad is not successful he may move to the use of missiles armed with BIO/CHEM warheads in order to force Israel to get into the war. If the west moves to take effective military actions against Assad because he is using BIO/CHEM weapons then Assad no longer has any reason not to use them to their fullest extent because he is already paying the price for their use. With that in mind, we will likely see a large increase in Assad’s use of those weapons sooner rather than later. If Assad uses BIO/CHEM missile attacks against Israel, Israel will have little choice but to stop it fast and that cannot be accomplished by air strikes alone. In my opinion Israel would likely be forced to respond with nuclear retaliation. I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 is likely to take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Prime Minister Netanyahu in 2012.
Hillary Clinton Says She Will Be Better Friend than Obama to Israel
Latest News Stories
Young teenagers point rifles at Syrian soldiers at ancient Roman amphitheater.

ISIS released a video of a modern-day replay of the thirst for blood in ancient Roman amphitheaters.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Prime Minister Netanyahu in 2012.

The woman who once said “F… the Jews” has a different attitude when it comes to funding her campaign for president.

Rocket that hit a field in the Eshkol region on July 3, 2015

A third Grad rocket was found in the Eshkol region on Saturday.

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid.

If Lapid decides that his party will support the proposal in the Knesset, he will go down in history as the man who saved Israel’s gas industry and credibility.

The House of Bishops, led by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, overwhelmingly defeated the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions resolution.

US alone voted no on UNHRC Resolution condemning only Israel for wrongdoing in last summer’s conflict.

Sinai terrorists expanded their range of attack Friday, aiming rocket fire at southern Israel as well.

5:21 PM The rocket landed in a field in the Eshkol region. Apparently from Sinai. 5:06 PM Channel 1 reports that citizens say they saw the rocket fly over from Sinai. 4:49 PM IDF Spox says they believe only 1 rocket was launched. The IDF is examining if the rocket was launched from the Sinai. […]

Iran is not budging in nuclear talks on its refusal to allow spot inspections of military sites.

Nothing like a Kosher frank for the 4th of July, even if this year, you have to cook it before Shabbat.

Nothing quite like Hamas terrorist supporters on the Temple Mount openly waving their flags..

Machsom Watch women came to harass IDF soldiers in Hebron but embarrassed themselves instead.

A Palestinian Authority Arab was shot and killed after he attacked an Israeli army commander driving in near Jerusalem.

The US Mennonite church votes to table an anti-Israel BDS resolution for two years.

Israel has tightened security and is on high alert for Friday Ramadan prayers.

An Arab man was caught by Border Police on his way to committing a terror attack in Hebron on Thursday night

More Articles from Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Young teenagers point rifles at Syrian soldiers at ancient Roman amphitheater.

ISIS released a video of a modern-day replay of the thirst for blood in ancient Roman amphitheaters.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Prime Minister Netanyahu in 2012.

The woman who once said “F… the Jews” has a different attitude when it comes to funding her campaign for president.

Yochanan Danino also distributed 200 books written in his honor and called, “My Father, the Commissioner.”

“The Jewish people and the State of Israel owe an eternal debt to Nicholas Winton who singlehandedly saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday after hearing of his death. Winton died in Britain at the age of 106. He saved hundreds of Jewish children from the gas chambers […]

Israel, like the non-radical Islamic world. will be happy see the ISIS beheaded for once.

IDF okays Egypt’s heavy arms in Sinai. Al-Sisi claims it is in total control over the Sinai.

Egypt attacks jihadists with F-16 warplanes. Israel closes borders to Gaza and Egypt.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/us-has-to-decide-to-back-hezbollah-or-al-qaeda-in-syria/2013/06/13/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: