posted on Sep, 18 2016 @ 08:49 AM
a reply to: Mousygretchen
Because the enemy of my enemy is my friend, my dear! Syria is a close ally to our power competitor Russia, who even have a
there. As Russia is a nuclear nation, we cannot attack them directly, so we do the next best thing. A proxy war.
In the same way that we armed the mujahideen in Afghanistan
to fight the Soviet Union, we
are once again supporting rebellious groups as a means of miring rivals in expensive, pointless conflicts. You see, people are only "terrorists" when
they attack us. When they attack our enemies, they become "freedom fighters".
This has happened since time immemorial. In ancient Persia, the Empire was being harassed in the western frontier by Greek colonies in Anatolia
(Turkey). Various attempts were made to suppress this, including several planned invasions of Greece. The Greeks would form the
to force the Persians to back off.
Long story short, several members of the alliance would be resentful of Athens' totalitarian control and demands for money. Some members revolted and
were brutally suppressed. Persia saw this as an opportunity to remove their power rivals. They secretly funded Sparta in the Peloponnesian War.
Funding their former enemy was a means of making two enemies weaker at once. Just as we fund ISIS secretly today to strain our rivals.