has the US-led conspiracy against the sovereign state of Syria been so
transparent. When recently a Syrian warplane crashed near the Syrian
capital of Damascus and its pilot parachuted to safety, he was captured
and promptly executed by US-backed “moderate rebels.” In what was
clearly an inexcusable war crime, the story began to change almost
immediately in order to shift the blame..
Reuters in its article, “Syrian warplane crashes near Damascus, rebels say pilot killed,” would report (emphasis added):
rebel group Jaish al-Islam said the pilot had been killed by a Nusra
Front fighter while being held at a joint command centre. Jaish al-Islam had earlier said he would be handed over to them because they had shot down his plane.
Jaish al-Islam, which controls territory on the Syrian capital’s
eastern and northeastern outskirts, had earlier circulated a photo that
it said showed the pilot.
The incident highlights several
inconvenient facts. First, it exposes the fact that Jaish al-Islam
through its own admission maintains a “joint command center” with Jubhat
al Nusra – a US State Department designated foreign terrorist
organization – meaning that Jaish al-Islam itself is coordinating with
and fighting alongside listed terrorists.
That Jaish al-Islam receives significant
material support from US allies including Saudi Arabia and NATO-member
Turkey implicates both US allies in supporting Al Nusra as well – as
these resources are demonstrably being shared.
should also be noted that it was Jaish al-Islam – a militant front
openly collaborating with Al Qaeda – that was chosen by the so-called
“Syrian opposition committee” to represent them at so-called “peace
talks” held by the UN earlier this year.
The BBC’s article, “Syria conflict: Islamist rebel named opposition chief negotiator,” would reveal in January of this year that:
A Syrian opposition committee has
named an Islamist rebel as its chief negotiator at peace talks that the
UN hopes to convene in Geneva on Monday.
Mohammed Alloush is the political leader of the powerful, Saudi-backed group Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam).
This links the rest of the so-called “moderate opposition” directly to foreign-sponsored terrorist organizations as well.
al-Islam and Nusra’s joint atrocity earlier this month in the execution
of a Syrian pilot also reveals another inconvenient fact – that the US
is maintaining a duplicitous double game in which it is supporting
terrorists fighting in Syria, using the misnomer of “moderate
opposition” to condemn any Syrian and Russian attacks on these terrorist
groups, then citing and shifting blame on the listed terrorist
organizations operating side-by-side these supposed “moderates” when
It is a pattern that has – in recent
weeks – accelerated, with Al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups dominating
fighting across the country portrayed as “moderates” to shield them from
joint Syrian-Russian anti-terror operations, while simultaneously
disowned as Al Qaeda when atrocities are committed.
In reality, Al Qaeda has from the
beginning, and still does, represent the vast majority of those fighting
Damascus and its allies in Syria. Regardless of superficial labels used
mainly by the Western media to delineate specific groups, it is clear,
even through official statements by both the wider militant movement and
specific groups like Jaish al-Islam itself, that they fight beside and
under Al Qaeda’s banner.
Talking points revolving around the
necessity of removing the Syrian government in order to eliminate the
extremists of Al Qaeda and the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” are
rendered moot when considering that the entire so-called “opposition” is
comprised of Al Qaeda and the “Islamic State,” along with a myriad of
subsidiaries openly fighting alongside both.
Business Insider in its article, “The US and Russia may have just sealed Al Qaeda’s fate in Syria,” would cite corporate-financier funded thinks tanks in concluding:
US reportedly has begun urging rebel groups to leave areas where Nusra
is present so that Russian warplanes can target them without hitting the
mainstream opposition. To that end, the US has demonstrated that it is
more willing to work on the Kremlin’s terms than on those of the
Ultimately, many experts say, the opposition groups Russia has
relentlessly targeted since late September 2015 are the only actors on
the ground capable of challenging the influence Nusra is trying to
cultivate among Syria’s Sunni Arab population
The bizarre conclusions drawn by the
writers at Business Insider openly admit that “rebel groups” are
operating side-by-side Al Nusra, but paradoxically claim they are the
“only actors on the ground capable of challenging the influence” of Al
Business Insider, and the think tanks it
is providing a platform for, admit that so-called “rebels” are entwined
with Al Nusra on the battlefield, but attempting to portray Syrian and
Russian strikes on these targets as specific only to the “rebels” and
not to the listed terrorists of Al Nusra they are literally
shoulder-to-shoulder with in the trenches and collaborating together
with inside their “joint command centers.”
In reality, the removal of the Syrian
government from power will lead to the same predictable and catastrophic
power vacuum that has consumed previous victims of US-led regime change
including Iraq and Libya.
It should be noted that while
publications like Business Insider attempt to claim the Syrian
government has served as a catalyst for Al Qaeda’s rise in Syria, it
does little to explain the terrorist organization’s spread elsewhere
including Afghanistan, Libya, and Iraq. In fact, the only single common
denominator shared by all of these nations, including Syria, is the fact
that each has been targeted for regime change, division, and
destruction by Washington – primarily through the use of US-backed
armed proxies aligned with Al Qaeda.
Ironically, it would be the dismantling
of the regime on Wall Street and in Washington that would do infinitely
more to undermine the viability of Al Qaeda than yet another toppled
government and subsequent power vacuum in the Middle East.
Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.