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

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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.

Hizbullah Denies Syria Rebels’ Claim They Hit Nasrallah’s Deputy

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Syrian rebels have claimed that they wounded Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s top deputy in the bombing of a Syrian army convoy, but Hizbullah immediately denied it.

A Lebanese newspaper reported that rebels said Naim Qassem was with senior army officers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad when the explosion hit the convoy on the Damascus-Beirut highway.

Nasrallah is scheduled to make a speech Wednesday night to squelch a report by the Turkish Anatolia News Agency that he flew to Tehran for medical treatment, Lebanese sources said he suffers from cancer.

“Such news is totally incorrect, and Nasrallah did not leave the country,” Hizbullah sources said.

Updated: Heavy Fighting in Syria. Hundred Reported Dead.

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

12:30 AM (Sunday) Syrian tanks shelling the town of Juvta Al-Chashav, 2 kilometers from the Israeli border.

11:50 PM Rebels looted and then burned 30 Turkish trucks at a border crossing.

11:45 PM Al-Arabiya reports that the Rebels have taken over the city of A-Ruchiyana near Ramat HaGolan.

11:30 PM Arab sources are reporting over 100 people were killed in Syrian-Rebel battle on the Syrian-Lebanon border within the past 20 minutes.

11:29 PM Heavy fighting reported on the Syrian side of the Hermon. The battle was heard by Israeli soldiers on the Hermon.

11:00 PM Reports that the Rebels are again trying to take over a Jordan-Syria crossing point.

9:30 PM  Reports are coming in that the Free Syrian Army (Syrian Rebels) are fighting at the international airport in Hallab and the Damascus International airport, and trying to take them over.

Additional reports are coming in that the Jihad branch of the Free Syrian army on the Golan (“Golan Eagles Brigade”) took over three Syrian military positions near Israel-Syrian border.

And finally, the Free Syrian Army is reporting they have taken over crossing points between Syria and Iraq.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/syrian-rebels-attacking-airports-and-other-locations/2012/07/21/

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