Al Qaeda in Syria

Okay, so Dick Morris, Karl Rove, and other so-called pundits completely screwed up calling the election for Romney.

But they look like a pair of Nostradami compared to whoever coined the term Arab Spring:

The U.S. State Department is planning to designate the al-Nusra Front, a radical Islamist group in Syria, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, according to two U.S. officials who spoke to CNN on background.

The announcement is likely to come within the next week, the officials said. The State Department has been building the case against the group, which is called Jabhat al-Nusra in Arabic, for several months, according to the officials.

The goal of the designation is to isolate extremists groups in Syria while giving a boost to the new political opposition group unveiled at a summit in Doha, Qatar, last month. The United States and other western governments had pushed for the formation of a new opposition group that was more representative of people inside Syria, as opposed to a group mostly comprised of Syrian expatriates.

Al-Nusra and several other groups announced their opposition to the new anti-government coalition last month. “An agreement has been reached to establish a just Islamic state and to reject any foreign project, alliances or councils that are forced on us domestically from any entity, whatever it is,” the statement read.

The latest U.S. data estimates al-Nusra makes up roughly 9% of the rebel forces battling the regime.

Yeah, and Romney had Ohio and Pennsylvania in the bag.

Egypt, Libya, even Tunisia have fallen under radical Muslim leadership—all under the benevolent gazes of President Obama and Sec’y of State Clinton. To lose one Arab nation to shariah law may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose four looks like carelessness.

The al-Nusra Front has emerged as one of the most effective groups in the Syrian resistance over the last few months, often drawing on the experience of foreign fighters who have had combat experience in Iraq and elsewhere.

It has claimed responsibility for a number of complex attacks in Damascus and Aleppo, frequently involving suicide bombers.

Analysts who follow the group have told CNN recently that al-Nusra has been preparing to intensify its campaign of suicide bombings against the regime’s military and intelligence facilities. At the beginning of October, al-Nusra carried out a series of devastating, coordinated attacks in Aleppo. The first phase was by suicide attackers with car bombs, followed by a gun attack by men disguised in Syrian military uniforms, and then the detonation of two parked car bombs.

Analysts believe the group has close links with al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq. Noman Benotman, a former Libyan jihadist now with the Quilliam Foundation in London, told CNN recently that al-Nusra’s “focus now is on recruiting suicide bombers. They want to copycat the Zarqawi model.”

Seriously, are you willing to bet against them? I’ll take their 9% of suicide bombers against the 91% of poets, artists, and democracy advocates who make up the rest of the opposition. After Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, I’d be an idiot—or a member of this administration—not to.

Which is why Aggie and I have thrown our support behind that tough and tested leader of the Syrian people, Bashar Assad (and the lovely Mrs. Assad, of course). Who else is willing to do whatever it takes—and I mean whatever it takes—to keep the likes of al-Nusra out of power?

Four more years! Four more years!

PS: She must have lost a bet, or something. It makes no sense otherwise!

1 Comment »

  1. Buck O'Fama said,

    December 8, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    Do you remember during the Viet Nam War, LBJ went on TV and offered to build the Viet Namese a TVA-like dam project on the Mekong River if they would only agree to a ceasefire and peace negotiations. LBJ was absolutely sure this would work.

    This reminded me of that story – the Obamaphiles think that the whole world is stupid enough to believe the glow around Obama’s head is a halo, but everybody outside of the US knows it’s just the light emanating from the holes in his head.

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