US Anti-Terrorism Should Focus on Internal Issues, Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia: Syria is Fighting Terrorism
Murad Makhmudov, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
The Syrian armed forces and National Defense Force in Syria are killing more international terrorists than any other nation on this planet. At the same time, the mosaic of this nation survives in areas under the control of the Syrian government. This is in complete contrast to areas that have fallen to a plethora of terrorist and sectarian forces, irrespective if this applies to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), ISIS (Islamic State – IS), al-Nusra and so many other barbaric terrorist forces. Despite this, America is continuing to support nations that are openly supporting terrorism, cleansing religious minorities and spreading Takfiri Islamist ideology.
Before focusing on post-Syria since fighting a War of Liberation once outside nations began to destabilize secular Syria the lies about this nation must be focused on quickly. Under President Bashar al-Assad you had no major convulsions prior to outside meddling. Indeed, Christians fleeing the vacuum created by America in Iraq – alongside the Gulf petrodollars funding various al-Qaeda affiliated groups – fled to Syria because they knew the government of this nation would protect them. At the same time, Syria is a land full of Christian churches unlike Saudi Arabia whereby Christianity is illegal. Therefore, for Christians fleeing the nightmare of Iraq, it was obvious that the government of Assad provided them with breathing space and a chance to recover.
Of course, while Gulf nations and Turkey have spread sectarianism based on supporting a plethora of terrorist groups against secular Syria, the government of this nation is just the opposite. After all, not only did Christians from Iraq find a safe haven prior to the destabilization of this nation because the same applies to vast numbers of Sunni Muslims from Iraq – and other religious groups like the Shia. Palestinians, the majority being Sunni Muslim, also found safe havens in Syria therefore this reality shames the brutal sectarian lies of Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
In 2010 prior to the destabilization of Syria the New York Times reports that the US government was highly unhappy about events in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Leeks reported by the New York Times – and other media groups – stress a “Mixed records against terrorism: Saudi donors remain the chief financiers of Sunni militant groups like Al Qaeda, and the tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar, a generous host to the American military for years, was the “worst in the region” in counterterrorism efforts, according to a State Department cable last December. Qatar’s security service was “hesitant to act against known terrorists out of concern for appearing to be aligned with the U.S. and provoking reprisals,” the cable said.”
Re-focusing on the current climate then it seems absurd that America claims that its policy agenda is “Defending the Syrian people from attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and securing territory controlled by the Syrian opposition …(and)… Protecting the United States, its friends and allies, and the Syrian people from the threats posed by terrorists in Syria.”
However, Nick Nolan, D-Minnesota, told the US government “We [have] spent literally trillions of dollars in the Middle East in what many would describe as wars of choice and nation building…(but) All too often, the moneys have made a mockery of our good intentions and ended up in the wrong hands and in many cases used against us.”
Indeed, if America is concerned about the threats posed by terrorism, then clearly it is the friends of Washington in Ankara, Doha, Paris and Riyadh that are responsible for the growth of ISIS, al-Nusra, the FSA and so many other brutal terrorist and sectarian groups. Indeed, the FSA melts into ISIS and Nusra – and others – naturally therefore many past members went on to join – or praise – these brutal terrorist groups. Also, the United States must look at the intrigues of the CIA on the behest of political elites in Washington because clearly many ratlines involve America.
Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky, says “ISIS has grabbed up U.S., Saudi, Qatari weapons by the truckload and we are now forced to fight against our own weapons … So, yes we must now defend ourselves from these barbarous jihadists, but let’s not compound the problem by arming feckless rebels in Syria who seem to be merely a pit stop for the arms that are inevitably scarfed up by ISIS.”
Biden, the Vice President of America, stated openly “Our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria. The Turks were great friends, and I have a great relationship with Erdogan, [who] I just spent a lot of time with, [and] the Saudis, the Emirates…”
Biden continues by saying “What were they doing? They were so determined to take down Assad, and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad – except that the people who were being supplied, [they] were al-Nusra, and al-Qaeda, and the extremist elements of jihadists who were coming from other parts of the world.”
President Obama therefore is either ignoring the truth mentioned by Biden – or, his administration is even more sinister. After all, Obama knows full well that it is the allies of America in Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia that are enabling al-Qaeda affiliates and ISIS to prosper in Syria (the knock on effect also spells disaster for Iraq). Likewise, in other parts of the world, for example in Libya, nations like Qatar and Turkey are openly funding Islamist intrigues.
Biden continued: “Now, you think I’m exaggerating? Take a look. Where did all of this go? So now that’s happening, all of a sudden, everybody is awakened because this outfit called ISIL (ISIS), which was al-Qaeda in Iraq, when they were essentially thrown out of Iraq, found open space and territory in [eastern] Syria, [and they] work with al-Nusra, who we declared a terrorist group early on. And we could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them.”
In other words, the cleansing of Christians in Mosul and in other parts of Iraq is based on the intrigues of the friends of America. The same applies to the enslavement and systematic persecution of religious minorities including the Shabaks and Yazidis. Therefore, why isn’t America focused on political elites in Ankara, Doha and Riyadh that are behind the religious cleansing of religious minorities, funding sectarianism, destabilizing the region, creating mass poverty and shackling women?
Fox News reports “Ankara may deny helping ISIS, but the evidence for this is overwhelming. “As we have the longest border with Syria,” writes Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a Turkish newspaper columnist, “Turkey’s support was vital for the jihadists in getting in and out of the country.” Indeed, the ISIS strongholds not coincidentally cluster close to Turkey’s frontiers.”
Ali Ediboglu, a lawmaker representing the CHP (Republican People’s Party) in Turkey reports: “$800 million worth of oil that ISIS obtained from regions it occupied this year [the Rumeilan oil fields in northern Syria — and most recently Mosul] is being sold in Turkey. They have laid pipes from villages near the Turkish border at Hatay. Similar pipes exist also at [the Turkish border regions of] Kilis, Urfa and Gaziantep. They transfer the oil to Turkey and parlay it into cash. They take the oil from the refineries at zero cost. Using primitive means, they refine the oil in areas close to the Turkish border and then sell it via Turkey. This is worth $800 million.”
He continued: “Fighters from Europe, Russia, Asian countries and Chechnya are going in large numbers both to Syria and Iraq, crossing from Turkish territory. There is information that at least 1,000 Turkish nationals are helping those foreign fighters sneak into Syria and Iraq to join ISIS. The National Intelligence Organization (MIT) is allegedly involved. None of this can be happening without MIT’s knowledge.”
The armed forces of Syria – just like the Houthis in Yemen – are fighting al-Qaeda affiliates, other sectarian Takfiri groups and the growing menace of ISIS. However, the allies of America are funding various terrorist and sectarian groups that will continue to threaten Europe and America based on blowback. America, of all nations, knows all about this reality because it was mainly Saudi nationals that did September 11 – and the same applies to other brutal terrorist attacks like Madrid being based on the Bosnian Islamist terrorist connection that the friends of America – and Washington itself – supported against the Orthodox Christian Serbs. Can anyone in Europe and North America claim that they fear the supporters of the Syrian government? Of course not, instead returning jihadists based on the intrigues of Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia – alongside the evil deeds of Gulf petrodollars that spreads Islamist Takfiri ideology – are the real threats whereby internal security services must monitor daily.
Overall, the international jihadist threat and the destabilization of nations are based on the friends of America that support countless terrorist and sectarian groups. Also, various intrigues emanating from Washington are endangering several religious minorities and enabling Islamists to shackle women. Therefore, it is essential that the government of Syria survives the many intrigues against this nation, if not, then the Levant will face further bloodshed and mass uncertainty.
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