Barack Obama and his Administration have now recognized the Syrian Opposition Coalition, the group of rebels against the Assad regime in Syria, saying that because they are now “inclusive enough”, they should be considered a legitimate representative of the Syrian people in the international community. Obama warned the group that if they wanted legitimacy, they had to be well-organized and make sure they treated women and minorities fairly. This action allows the U.S. to offer more aid for the rebels, following in the steps of European allies who want to do the same. Obama pontificated:
We’ve made a decision that the Syrian Opposition Coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in opposition to the Assad regime, and so we will provide them recognition. It’s a big step.
It’s a big step, all right. It’s a big step in recognizing a group that is infiltrated by many members of al-Qaeda terrorists, which is exactly what Obama has done all over the Middle East, recognizing and encouraging movements that are dominated by Islamists and who hate the West. Obama’s announcement preceded an international conference in Morocco tomorrow that seeks to aid the rebels.
Obama protested, “There is a small element of those who oppose the Assad regime that are affiliated with al Qaeda in Iraq…and we are going to make clear to distinguish between those elements of the opposition.”
Sure he is. We all know how successful he’s been in quelling al Qaeda in Libya and Egypt. Can you say Obama’s best friend Morsi? Can you say Benghazi?
Meanwhile, ironically, Obama’s minions released intelligence that shows how al Qaeda, in the form of a group called Jabhat al-Nusra, is aligned with the rebels, and said they have frozen its assets in the U.S. U.S. Treasury officials said 600 terrorist attacks have been linked to Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria since 2011.
One diplomat said, “Can the Friends of Syria out-buy the extremists? Buying loyalty on the ground, that’s one of the big questions on the table.”
The idea that Syrian rebels fighting alongside al Qaeda members to oust Assad would suddenly throw them out because of the largesse of the West is ludicrous. They will simply take the money and arms, oust Assad, and then remain steadfast allies with al Qaeda.
There is no doubt Assad is a tyrannical, bloody president. And there is no doubt that he is a proxy for Iran. But for Obama to pretend that those who oppose him are any better is either willfully blind or a part of his strategy to Islamize the Middle East. There is no “good” side in the Syrian conflict.