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September 25, 2016 / 22 Elul, 5776
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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

No one has grasped the truth that no Middle East rulers outside of Israel only want political solutions when they know they will be the winners. They play an “all or nothing” game that is foreign to Western culture.

Associated Press reporter Matt Lee had the best word of the day on Syria at Wednesday’s daily press briefing.

State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki opened up with a lofty and wordy statement that “the Syrian regime’s aggression is an unacceptable provocation and risks dragging Lebanon into the Syrian conflict…. We equally condemn the brutal, unprovoked gunfire by Hezbollah supporters on peaceful protestors outside the Iranian Embassy on Sunday.”

Lee replied sarcastically, “That wasn’t bad…. So, all of this bad, nasty stuff is going down. What are you going to do about it? When are you going to – are there any decisions forthcoming on changing strategy or adding – giving the opposition additional support or taking any kind of action which might make the Syrian regime less likely or less inclined to send helicopters over Lebanese territory to bomb them or tell Hezbollah to stand down? Anything?”

Her answer, of course, was the that President Obama’s “national security team continues to consider all possible options, barring boots on the ground, that would accomplish our objectives of helping the Syrian opposition serve the essential needs of the Syrian people and hasten a political transition to a tolerant and diverse post-Assad Syria.”

The administration has been considering options for a long, long time, and now it is forced itself to consider the option of arming Al Qaeda-linked terrorists or allowing Hezbollah terrorists to win.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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.


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