Thursday, November 1, 2012

US to Focus Exclusively on Arming Al Qaeda in Syria

US dumps Syrian proxy political front in latest move to accelerate long-stalled regime change. 

Tony Cartalucci, Contributor
Activist Post

The Washington Post in its recent article, "U.S. looks to build alternative Syrian opposition leadership," claims:
The Obama administration has spent the past several months in secret diplomatic negotiations aimed at building a new Syrian opposition leadership structure that it hopes can win the support of minority groups still backing President Bashar al-Assad. 
The strategy, to be unveiled at a Syrian opposition meeting next week in Qatar, amounts to a last-ditch effort to prevent extremists from gaining the upper hand within the opposition and to stop the Syrian crisis from boiling over into the greater Middle East.
The Post also indicates that de facto "administrative zones" are being set up along the Turkish-Syrian border with "nonlethal" assistance provided by the United States, France and "other like-minded governments." The so-called "Syrian National Council" is being discarded, as it is wholly seen as illegitimate by both Syrians and the world at large.

Image: Will the West's new "resistance front" in Syria officially include Libyan Mahdi al-Harati of the US State Department, United Nations, and the UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf)-listed terrorist organization, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG)? Here he is addressing fellow terrorists in Syria. Harati is now commanding a Libyan brigade operating inside of Syria attempting to destroy the Syrian government and subjugate the Syrian population. Traditionally, this is known as "foreign invasion," not rebellion. 

The Washington Post would also quote Secretary Clinton:
The SNC, Clinton said, should no longer be considered the 'visible leader' of the opposition.
'There has to be a representation of those who are on the front lines, fighting and dying today to obtain their freedom,' she said during an unrelated visit to the Balkan states. '. . . And we also need an opposition that will be on record strongly resisting the efforts by extremists to hijack the Syrian revolution.'

It is clear that both the West's political proxies, and its armed militant proxies have been compromised and the narrative that tentatively worked against Libya, is now unraveling and failing against Syria.

While the US attempts to portray this latest move as an attempt to "prevent extremist elements from gaining the upper hand within the opposition," it must be remembered that as early as 2007, US officials had admitted that efforts to overthrow the governments of Syria and Iran would include primarily US, Israeli, and Saudi armed extremists drawn from across the Arab World, and sent into Syria to create the very sectarian bloodbath now unfolding. Rhetoric of "freedom" and "democracy" serve merely as cover within which foreign military aggression is couched.

This was first exposed by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 New Yorker report titled, ""The Redirection: Is the Administration's new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?"

In the report it specifically stated:
To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A byproduct of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda. -The Redirection, Seymour Hersh (2007) 
Hersh's report would continue by stating: 
the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government of President Bashir Assad, of Syria. The Israelis believe that putting such pressure on the Assad government will make it more conciliatory and open to negotiations. -The Redirection, Seymour Hersh (2007)
The link between extremist groups and Saudi funding was also mentioned in the report, and reflects evidence regarding the origin and backers of similar extremists who flooded Iraq during the US occupation, sowing sectarian strife and killing Western troops alike:
...[Saudi Arabia's] Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House that they will keep a very close eye on the religious fundamentalists. Their message to us was ‘We’ve created this movement, and we can control it.’ It’s not that we don’t want the Salafis to throw bombs; it’s who they throw them at—Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah and Iran. -The Redirection, Seymour Hersh (2007)
Image: (Left) West Point's Combating Terrorism Center's 2007 report, "Al-Qa'ida's Foreign Fighters in Iraq" indicated which areas in Syria Al Qaeda fighters filtering into Iraq came from. The overwhelming majority of them came from Dayr Al-Zawr in Syria's southeast, Idlib in the north near the Turkish-Syrian border, and Dar'a in the south near the Jordanian-Syrian border. (Right) A map indicating the epicenters of violence in Syria indicate that the exact same hotbeds for Al Qaeda in 2007, now serve as the epicenters of so-called "pro-democracy fighters."

It was exposed in "NATO Using Al Qaeda Rat Lines to Flood Syria With Foreign Terrorists," that indeed, the very networks used by Al Qaeda to flood Iraq with foreign fighters is now being used by the United States, NATO and the Persian Gulf States of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to violently overthrow Syria. The narrative that recent US efforts aim at heading off "extremists" from "hijacking" the armed violence in Syria, is exposed as a blatant lie. Extremists have constituted the so-called "opposition" from the very beginning, by design, with explicit US, NATO, Saudi and Qatari funding, weapons, and support.

Image: The most prominent routes into Syria for foreign fighters is depicted, with the inset graph describing the most widely used routes by foreign fighters on their way to Iraq, as determined by West Point's 2007 Combating Terrorism Center report "Al-Qa'ida's Foreign Fighters in Iraq" (page 20).  These same networks are now being used, with the addition of a more prominent role for Turkey, to target Syria directly. (Click to enlarge)

Tony Cartalucci's articles have appeared on many alternative media websites, including his own at Land Destroyer Report.   Read other contributed articles by Tony Cartalucci here.


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Anonymous said...

Recipe for failure.

Anonymous said...

Interesting report but the headline is overdone.
I am starting to really hate articles in which the title leads to a promise not fulfilled.

I would have said: Extremists dominate
Syrian opposition as US splits hairs over who is
an "acceptable" rebel.

Can the US support a faction of the rebels without helping their allies from the al Quada faction? Can people on the same side in a conflict be labeled both freedom fighters and terrorists?

Isn't it inherently extreme to take up arms against an elected secular government, with a new Constitution voted by a majority just a year ago?

And isn't extremism in defense of liberty (or religion or oil or............) a virtue?

Scientific conclusion: Syria is in a civil war, with the opposing forces dominated by foreign extremists, including al Quada. Perhaps, as in Vietnam, we are on the wrong side

American policy in the Mid East is insane. Stopping oil from Iran will drive the cost of oil up and return us to recession; overthrowing a secular government we had once armed, a traditional enemy of al Quada and Iran, and replacing it with a corrupt government, now embracing Iran, and with Sharia law, etc.

If we really wanted to promote "democracy" and freedom abroad, we would 1) practice it at home
2) not confuse democracy with bombocray and
3)we would support elected leaders, not try to overthrow them because they did what Alaska has done: nationalize the resources (like oil) and negotiate contracts which would compensate the citizens with (in Alaska) cash...or as in Venezuela, with schools, microloans, medical clinics, etc.

Nationalizing oil (or other resources) to return a nation's natural wealth to its citizens in the form of cash or services is the crime for which leaders in Iran, Venezuela, Libya, et al have been violently removed. Helping the people with oil profits is, among the fascists, bribing them for votes. Yes, that is democracy: the elected leaders allow ordinary citizens to bribe them with their votes. This is the way it should be: politicians serving not billionaries and wealthy industries but rather the people, whose support is earned with providing services and opportunities to them.

A vote is a legal bribe in the spirit of democracy. Any other form of bribery (cash/superpac ads/vacations, future jobs)should be punishable by prison.

Here's the common man's bribe: I vote for you and you represent my interests, my welfare, my

The billionaire says: I give you millions and you, in turn, serve me, my interest, my welfare, my agenda. This kind of legal bribe has totally corrupted our political process.

One man/one bribe: that is the rule. Any other system is tyranny of the few (those with the wealth to spend millions to capture politicians).

End all institutional money in politics Only individual contributions with limit of $100 and free airtime based on grass roots support (petitions showing some degree of support).

This would be a revolution: elected leaders would be compelled to serve their constituency of citizens (real people).

Short of that, nothing can change as the rich rule with their wealth and power to their own benefit and in 94% of the elections, the party with the most money wins, which means: the rich win and rule......extracting wealth from both workers and the government through paid for special favors, subsidies, tax loopholes, etc.

We don't need to fix the old system. It's broken and no longer functions. We need to replace it with democratic elections, a democratically run Senate, and an economy in which everyone has a voice through unions, co-management plans, or worker ownership of the enterprise to insure shared prosperity in good times and shared sacrificed in bad.

Anonymous said...

RE Dale......comment @ 9:53 : A nations economy is the life blood of it's society. A tipping point in the demise of a economy is reached when it becomes more effective to use the power of the State to accumulate wealth than to gain wealth by being productive. This is true regardless of the system of government; it is a function of the degree of power that has been invested or seized by the State. The founders of the US understood the dangers of accumulating power in the State. They sought to disperse that power through limits, decentralization and other checks and balances. Many of those restraining constructs have been negated over the centuries.

Wealth is drawn to power. As a State gains in power and authority, those that control it seek methods to further empower the institutions of that State. "Democracy" and "government as a force for good" is easily manipulated by those that control the State. Control of the media and educational institutions has allowed the powerful via the State to manage the opinions of the people via propaganda. This has been understood for almost a century now.

Those that wish to further empower the State should take a look at the reality: In present day USA, "If-you-build-it-they-will-come" pertains not to a "Field of Dreams" but to a "Field of Nightmares".

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah. Thanks Tony C. I am aware of what your article pointed out, but the details are "good" to have. Actually, "the devils in the details", no?

Anonymous said...

There is no Al Qaeda, period! Don't you people know already that was all a CIA ploy in order to justify the illegal invasions on an entire continent? Jaysus! You would think that the likes of you would stop repeating that meme and thus give credence to the Boogie Man myth. Stop it already! You're aiding and abeting the crimes against humanity!

Anonymous said...

Now repeat after me! Al CIAduh, Al CIAduh, Al CIAduh, now wash, rinse, and repeat. It's all becoming so much clearer now.

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