It’s Official: Times Admits al Qaeda Role in Syria
According to an October 14th New York Times artice: “Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle Eastern diplomats.”
Thanks to former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds at Boiling Frogs, most of the blogosphere knew the truth about the Syrian civil war twelve months ago. I guess the recent acknowledgement in the New York Times – the mouthpiece of the Pentagon, US State Department and CIA – makes it official.
So why now? Why would Obama suddenly decide to disclose the truth about Syria three weeks before an election?
The answer seems pretty obvious: to undercut a Republican opponent who has made Syria a campaign issue by promising to provide Syrian rebels with the more powerful weaponry, including antiaircraft and antitank weapons that the US and its allies have are thus far declined to provide.
The article stresses the dreadful consequences of such weapons ending up in the wrong hands. Unnamed officials even express concern that ousting President Assad could have extremely negative consequences: “American officials worry that, should Mr. Assad be ousted, Syria could erupt afterward into a new conflict over control of the country, in which the more hard-line Islamic groups would be the best armed.”
Imagine that. Sounds like what Americans of conscience – as well as Russia and China – have been saying all along.