Al-Qaeda Leads Rebel Fight in Syria

Monday, October 15th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, News

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Many conservatives have gotten ensnared in the idea that it is in our best interest to intercede on behalf of the Syrian rebels in their bid to oust Bashar Assad.  After all, unlike Qaddafi and Mubarak, Assad is truly a terrorist-supporting nemesis of the United States.  However, in order for us to even consider expending time and treasure for such intervention, we must be assured that the vacuum of power will be filled by those who are at least slightly more friendly to the West and acrimonious towards Iran than the current regime.

When you read stories like this, it is not hard to understand why we should be rooting for casualties on both sides:

A group of fighters with links to al-Qaeda joined the ranks of Syrian rebels as they seized a government missile defense base near the northern city of Aleppo.

Activists report that battles began around 9pm last night and continued until early this morning.

This heightens fears that extremist jihad soldiers are are taking advantage of the chaos among the rebels to acquire advanced weapons.

The last presidential debate will be dominated by foreign policy.  We need Romney to issue a scathing indictment of Obama’s failed support of the Arab Spring.  But if he continues to intimate that it’s a good a idea to intervene in Syria, we will lose our superior position on the issue.  We already saw that happen with Paul Ryan during his debate with Joe Biden.

As much as we would love to stick it to Iran and oust its greatest ally, we must not get sucked into another Arab Spring folly – one which will ultimately strengthen the hand of Al Qaeda.  People like John McCain and Lindsey Graham erroneously frame this debate as a contention between isolationists and interventionists.  In reality this has nothing to do with intervention.  We don’t argue with the virtues of intervention when such an effort is advantageous to our cause.  We argue over the perspicacity of this intervention.  Nobody has answered the question of who would replace the current regime in Syria.