West Pours Arms into Syria as Al Qaeda Mass Slaughters Civilians
Repeat a lie often enough, and hopefully people will begin to believe it. That is what a concerted effort by Western media houses hopes to achieve as they claim the recent flow of heavy weaponsÂ from Western nations and their Arab-Israeli partners is boosting âmoderate rebelsâ and âtiltingâ the balance of Syriaâs conflict against the Syrian government.
The Washington Post in particular, sets the tempo for this coordinated propaganda campaign, claiming in their report, âIn Syria, new influx of weapons to rebels tilts the battle against Assad,â that:
A surge of rebel advances in Syria is being fueled at least in part by an influx of heavy weaponry in a renewed effort by outside powers to arm moderates in the Free Syrian Army, according to Arab and rebel officials.
The report also states:
The officials declined to identify the source of the newly provided weapons, but they noted that the countries most closely involved in supporting the rebelsâ campaign to oust Assad have grown increasingly alarmed at the soaring influence of Islamists over the fragmented rebel movement. They include the United States and its major European allies, along with Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the two countries most directly involved in supplying the rebels.
The Washington Post refuses to use the term, âAl Qaeda,â and instead labels the international, Persian Gulf financed, armed, and harbored terror organization as, âradical Islamists.â It quotes an unnamed Arab official as saying,:
Al Qaeda and the âModeratesâ are One in the Same
Al-Nusra, of course, is Al Qaeda in Syria and is linked directly to the openly Western-created and backed âmoderateâ opposition. Moaz al-Khatib, leader of the so-called National Coalition, demanded the US take al-Nusra in particular off their list of sanctioned terrorist organizations. In December of 2012,Â Reuters quoted al-KhatibÂ as saying:
âThe decision to consider a party that is fighting the regime as a terrorist party needs to be reviewed.Â We might disagree with some parties and their ideas and their political and ideological vision. But we affirm that all the guns of the rebels are aimed at overthrowing the tyrannical criminal regime.â
In the same article, Reuters would admit:
The United States designated the Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) as a foreign terrorist organisation and said it was trying to hijack the revolt on behalf of al Qaeda inÂ Iraq.
While the Washington Post tries to claim Al Qaeda is somehow a separate entity from the âSyrian opposition,â the Westâs own opposition front openly defends and supports Al Qaedaâs ongoing violence, which most recently manifested itself inÂ a car bomb targeting scores of civilians, including school children.
As theÂ West simultaneously accuses Saudi Arabia and QatarÂ (and here) of being the primary financiers of Al Qaeda, it itself has admitted years before the so-called âSyrian uprisingâ began that it was itself funding and arming extremist groups with direct ties to Al Qaeda with the goal of fostering the very violence now taking place in Syria and along its peripheries. The purpose of now repeatedly lying about arming only âmoderateâ militants in Syria, is to cover up both past admissions that the West planned to overthrow both Syria and neighboring Iran by arming and funding Al Qaeda since at least 2007, as well as obvious evidence that they areÂ in fact doing just that in Syria now.
Image: (Left)Â The US Army West Point Combating Terrorism Centerâs 2007 report,Â âAl-Qaâidaâs Foreign Fighters in Iraqâ indicated which areas in Syria Al Qaeda fighters filtering into Iraq came from. The overwhelming majority of them came from Dayr Al-Zawr in Syriaâs southeast, Idlib in the north near the Turkish-Syrian border, and Darâa (Daraa) 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 âpro-democracy fighters.â TheÂ Washington Post now claimsÂ that arming militants near Darâa (Daraa) will help keep weapons out of extremistsâ hands, despite the US Army long-ago identifying it as one of many Al Qaeda hotbeds.
US Admissions to Arming Al Qaeda in Syria as Early as 2007
In 2007, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled, âTo Check Syria, U.S. Explores Bond With Muslim Brothersâ which stated:
On a humid afternoon in late May, about 100 supporters of Syriaâs largest exile opposition group, the National Salvation Front, gathered outside Damascusâs embassy here to protest Syrian President Bashar Assadâs rule. The participants shouted anti-Assad slogans and raised banners proclaiming: âChange the Regime Now.â
Later in the article, it would be revealed that the National Salvation Front (NSF) was in contact with the US State Department and that a Washington-based consulting firm in fact assisted the NSF in organizing the rally:Â
In the weeks before the presidential election, the State Departmentâs Middle East Partnership Initiative, which promotes regional democracy, and NSF members met to talk about publicizing Syriaâs lack of democracy and low voter turnout, participants say. A Washington-based consulting firm, C&O Resources Inc., assisted the NSF in its planning for the May 26 anti-Assad rally at the Syrian embassy, providing media and political contacts. State Department officials stress they provided no financial or technical support to the protestors.
The article then admits:
One of the NSFâs most influential members is the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood â the decades-old political movement active across the Middle East whose leaders have inspired the terrorist groups Hamas and al Qaeda. Its Syrian offshoot says it has renounced armed struggle in favor of democratic reform.
Also in 2007, reported by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his New Yorker article, âThe Redirection,â it was stated (emphasis added):
âTo 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 coĂ¶perated with Saudi Arabiaâs 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.Â A by-product 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.â
Hershâs report would continue by stating:
âthe Saudi government, with Washingtonâs 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.â -The Redirection, Seymour Hersh (2007)
Further admissions of a joint US-Israeli-Saudi conspiracy against Syria included:
ââŠ[Saudi Arabia's] Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House that âthey will keep a very close eye on the religious fundamentalists. Their message to us was âWeâve created this movement, and we can control it.â Itâs not that we donât want the Salafis to throw bombs; itâsÂ whothey throw them atâHezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah and Iran.â -The Redirection, Seymour Hersh (2007)
In regards to sectarian extremism in particular it was forewarned that:
âRobert Baer, a former longtime C.I.A. agent in Lebanon, has been a severe critic of Hezbollah and has warned of its links to Iranian-sponsored terrorism. But now, he told me, âweâve got Sunni Arabs preparing for cataclysmic conflict, and we will need somebody to protect the Christians in Lebanon. It used to be the French and the United States who would do it, and now itâs going to be Nasrallah and the Shiitesâ -The Redirection, Seymour Hersh (2007)
While the Western media now concedes thatÂ Al Qaeda is playing a primary role in Syriaâs violence, it not only is pretending as if open, and repeated admissions by US, Saudi, and Lebanese officials as far back as 2007 to organize and arm Al Qaeda in the first place never happened, it continuously attempts to frame Al Qaeda as being somehow separate, even opposed to âmoderate rebelsâ â despite these âmoderatesâ defending and embracing Al Qaedaâs al-Nusra front by name.
However, the West most certainly did organize, arm, and fund Al Qaeda ahead of the so-called âuprising,â and for each time the Washington Post, CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, or any other corporate-financier propaganda organization attempts to repeat lies regarding the Westâs role in fomenting Syriaâs current crisis, the truth must likewise be repeated.
The West with its Israeli, Saudi, and Qatari partners, created and have since fueled Al Qaeda for over 3 decades using them both as the ultimate casus belli and as an inexhaustible mercenary force from Mali, Algeria, and Libya, to Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan. Al Qaeda linked extremists are finding themselves a lynchpin in the Westâs geopolitical agenda even as far as Southeast Asia where so-called âfundamentalistâ groups are linking up with Wall Streetâs proxy Anwar Ibrahim in Malaysia.
Ultimately, the Washington Post concedes that terrorists are failing in Syria, and that even with the influx of heavy weapons, regime change may still be a far fetched goal. By matching the Westâs repeated lies, with the repeated truth, we can prevent the attempted rewriting of the Westâs admitted and shameful role in creating this 2-year long bloodbath as far back as 2007. Similarly, we mustÂ identify the corporate-financier interestsdriving this agenda â interests we most likely patronize on a daily basis,Â and both boycottÂ andÂ permanently replace themÂ to erode the unwarranted influence they have used to both plan and execute this assault on Syriaâs people.
Tony Cartalucci is the writer and editor atÂ Land Destroyer