Al Qaeda Leader Backs Rebels in Syria

Thursday, September 13th, 2012 and is filed under Foreign Policy, News

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While Bashar Assad is definitely an enemy of the United States, we should not get involved in the civil war there.  Unlike in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and Bahrain, there actually is some justification for pursuing regime change in Syria; however, it is clear that the “rebels” will not make the situation better.  The latest sign?  Al Qaeda’s leader is calling for everyone to support the rebels.  Oh, and John McCain too.

Speaking on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Zawahri criticized Muslim governments in the Middle East and in Asia for failing to pursue the cause of political Islam. He chastised the new leadership in Egypt in particular for sticking to its 1979 peace treaty with Israel and Pakistan, which he described as a “government for sale and an army for rent”.

The 2011 Arab Spring revolutions have redrawn the political landscape in the Middle East, bringing in Islamist governments in Tunisia and Egypt and increasing the influence of Islamist political groups throughout the region, which Western governments have watched with concern.

Zawahri said the United States was propping up Assad because it feared the rise of another Islamist regime to threaten its ally Israel.

“Supporting jihad in Syria to establish a Muslim state is a basic step towards Jerusalem, and thus America is giving the secular Baathist regime one chance after another for fear that a government is established in Syria that would threaten Israel,” he said.