12 September 2013, 18:16

Barack Obama, Al Qaeda's Big Patron

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Barack Obama

Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama's speech on Syria has led to an array of commentaries. Among them, one topic has apparently attracted the attention of too many diverse authors – from a local Lieutenant Governor to a potential presidential contender in 2016. All of them have unanimously declared that Barack Obama is trying to ally with Al Qaeda. All this comes against a background of new reports that the CIA has started delivering weapons to Syrian insurgents where Al Qaeda-affiliated groups play the upper hand.

"The majority of the Syrian people – and the Syrian opposition we work with – just want to live in peace, with dignity and freedom," said Barack Obama in his Tuesday's address.

In fact, this does not even need commenting. Calling the Syrian opposition "peace-loving people of dignity striving for freedom" after the same people massacred thousands of civilians, forced even anti-Assad activists to flee Syria to avoid being killed by the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front, which is the strongest and most militant wing of the armed opposition, and supposedly used the chemical weapons laying the blame on the government forces, is really crossing the "red line" of decency and common sense.

Fortunately enough, Americans, after the two unsuccessful military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, are no longer as credulous as they used to be 12 years ago. The opposition to a military action against Syria is growing, and has even forced Barack Obama to postpone the voting in Congress, with the probability of losing it rising day by day.

What is significant, though, is the fact that volens nolens Obama has acknowledged what exactly forces in Syria the administration is aligning itself – that is the "dignified" Al Qaeda affiliates.

"It’s true that some of Assad's opponents are extremists. But Al Qaeda will only draw strength in a more chaotic Syria," said the US President who can hardly be as naïve as to suppose that a military strike will bring stability to Syria and eliminate, rather than aggravate, the chaos created by the militants.

American commentators were quick to notice it.

"Someone should ask Obama why we have been arming and sending these militants to Syria in the first place," writes Kit Daniels onInfowars.com website.

Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey tweeted that Barack Obama "attempts to ally with Al-Qaeda".

Republican Senator Ted Cruz had earlier said that the US should not act as "Al Qaeda's air force".

But one of the most significant remarks came from another Republican Senator Rand Paul widely tipped as a probable contender for presidency in 2016.

"Twelve years after we were attacked by Al Qaeda, 12 years after 3,000 Americans were killed by Al Qaeda, President Obama now asks us to be allies with Al Qaeda," Paul said in a video posted on the Internet responding to the president's Tuesday address.

Of course, Obama's supporters (if there are any left in the US) may dismiss the remarks as malicious attacks by Obama's ill-wishers. But the recent reports coming from the ground prove that Obama is helping the Al Qaeda-affiliated rebels in Syria.

Thursday's Washington Post publishes a story stating that "the CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration."

The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear – a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war, writes The Post.

Knowing that the most militant, powerful and best-equipped part of the rebel forces is the Al Nusra Front, it is not difficult to assume where the weapons will finish their journey.

If this is not, in Obama's own words, creating "a more chaotic Syria" in which "Al Qaeda will only draw strength", then what is it?

Boris Volkhonsky, senior research fellow, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies

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