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There are no “moderate rebels” in Syria

Jamil Saleh, "moderate rebel"

Jamil Saleh, “moderate rebel”

There are no “moderate rebels” in Syria and there never were.

The entire concept of “moderate rebels” has been put forth by mainstream media propagandists such as Susan Rice, Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the New York Times, John McCain, Anne Barnard, Helene Cooper, Michael R. Gordon, and the mass media in general.

At best, the above propagandists put the number of the “moderate rebels” at 3,000 to 5,000—including the five or six rebels officially backed by the U.S. to the tune of half a billion dollars.

One of the groups of “moderate rebels” hit by the Russians is led by Jamil Saleh who said his group had been hit by the Russians in Hama Province, wounding eight of his men. This was “confirmed” by American officials.

Jamil Saleh said, “We are on the front lines with Bashar Al-Assad’s army, “We are moderate Syrian rebels and have no affiliation with ISIS. ISIS is at least 100 kilometers away from where we are.” True, perhaps, but Jamil Saleh’s “moderate rebels” are in the immediate area as the al Qaeda group al-Nusra?

So how can anyone say who is being bombed by Russia—al Nusra or Jamil Saleh’s small group or both?

Strangely, the worst characterization of the “moderate rebels,” comes from President Obama. In an interview with Thomas Friedman over a year ago, Obama stated, “It’s always been a fantasy, this idea that we could provide some light arms, or even more sophisticated arms, to what was essentially an opposition made up of former doctors, farmers, pharmacists, and so forth, and that that they were going to be able to battle not only a well-armed state, but also a well-armed state backed by Russia, backed by Iran, a battle-hardened Hezbollah. That was never in the cards.”
Why Obama is keeping silent now is anybody’s guess.

Actually, Obama contradicted himself as his administration the Utopian view of the “moderate rebels” is favored by his staff—Susan Rice, Samantha Power and Vice President Joe Biden.

The confusion in Washington is due to a lack of knowledge, not only of the Middle East, but also of history.

Concepts such as “balance of power” and “sphere of influence” are unknown or ignored by Washington. Toppling Saddam and Gadhafi removed their part in resisting revolution or invasion.

Toppling Saddam and Gadhafi brought about the birth of ISIS. Not only ISIS but now both Russia and Iran have rushed in to fill the power vacuum in Iraq and Syria. Obama’s unintended consequence of unseating Syria’s Assad would be but a third step to the disasters following the removal of Saddam and Gadhafi.

The dreamers in Washington, including McCain and Petraeus will have to face that they have given away America’s influence (and allies) in the Middle East to Russia.

Note: The author, John Harding has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for over nine years.

October 9, 2015 Update:

It would appear that the Obama officials in Washington have read my post, as they have now decided to abandon the “moderate rebels.”

WASHINGTON, OCT. 9, 2015 — After failing totally to identify groups in Syria that it can confidently support, the Obama administration has abandoned its effort to build a rebel force inside Syria to combat the ISIS. It acknowledged the failure of its $500 million campaign to train thousands of fighters.

Unfortunately, the C.I.A. has for some time been covertly training and arming “moderate rebels” presumably fighting Mr. Assad.

“We need to be flexible. We need to be adaptive,” said Brett McGurk, a top adviser to Mr. Obama on the fight against ISIS. This is even though McGurk, a legal advisor, has little or no knowledge of the Middle East.

Pentagon officials announced what they called a face-saving “operational pause” in the training program on Oct. 9th.

October 12, 2015 Update:

Going back on its word of no longer supporting “moderate rebels,” U.S. forces airdropped small arms ammunition and other supplies to Syrian Arab rebels.

Only last week, Washington shelved a program to train and equip “moderate rebels” opposed to Assad who would join the fight against ISIS.

The U.S. military confirmed dropping supplies to opposition fighters vetted by the United States but would say no more about the groups that received the supplies or the type of equipment in the airdrop as it is known that the U.S. is arming Sunnis, any Sunnis, to topple Shia Bashir al Assad.

Russian’s intervention in the four-year-old Syrian war has wrong-footed U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, which has been trying to defeat ISIS while still defeating their enemy – Assad in a strangely triangulated war where friends and enemies unite to fight enemies and friends. Yes, it doesn’t make any sense at all.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was rebuffed in his bid to gain support for his country’s bombing campaign, with Saudi sources saying they had warned the Kremlin leader of dangerous consequences and Europe issuing its strongest criticism yet.

Putin met Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Russia on Sunday.

A Saudi source said the defense minister, a son of the Saudi king, had told Putin that Russia’s intervention would escalate the war and inspire militants from around the world to go there to fight. Russia and many others suspect that Saudi Arabia has been and is the main backer of ISIS from day one. Both Saudi Arabia and ISIS are united in that both profess the Wahabi brand of Islam.

Moscow says it targets only banned terrorist groups in Syria, primarily ISIS. In its briefings, it describes all of the targets it strikes as belonging to ISIS.

October 25 2915 Update:

The United States and Saudi Arabia agreed to increase support to Syria’s moderate opposition while seeking a political resolution of the four-year conflict, the U.S. State Department said after Secretary of State John Kerry met King Salman on Saturday.

“They pledged to continue and intensify support to the moderate Syrian opposition while the political track is being pursued,” the State Department statement said after Kerry’s meetings in Saudi Arabia. It did not spell out what kind of support would be offered—or named the rebel groups current receiving support from the CIA. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have named the “good” rebels as being the Free Syrian Army headed in part by terrorist, Jamil Saleh.

Saudi Arabia, the founder of ISIS and whose citizens attacked the U.S. on 9/11, so far has offered no support to back the mistaken U.S.-backed “moderate rebels” in Syria and Iraq.

Russia would be ready to help Western-backed Free Syrian Army rebels, if it knew where they were. Just who is the “Free Syrian Army” and where are they?

Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has come out and apologized for his part in the Iraq War. He has admitted in a TV interview the conflict caused the rise of ISIS. We have Blair and Bush to thank for the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and Hillary Clinton for the rise of ISIS in Libya. Apparently, Blair received $19 billion for his cooperation, but we do not know how much the Clinton’s received for the destruction of Libya. We do know that several oil companies, hoped, in vain, that they would be the beneficiaries of the removal of Ghaddafi. With Hillary Clinton’s email server under her control and not that of the State Department, she attempted to cover up all her deals in turn for favors from the State Department.





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