Originally posted by solarstorm
For the past many months, Assad has been the one finishing off the FSA/CIA scum. He isn't going anywhere.
A total of 29 opposition groups, including fighting "brigades" and civilian committees, have signed a petition calling for mass demonstrations in support of Jabhat al-Nusra, an Islamist group which the White House believes is an offshoot of al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Although Jabhat al-Nusra remains separate from the Free Syrian Army, many FSA leaders now recognise its strength and order their forces to cooperate with it.
The decision to blacklist the group, which according to the Washington Post will be announced today, raises the prospect of a drawn-out, anti-American insurgency if and when the rebels succeed in forcing out President Bashar al-Assad.
The rise of Jabhat al-Nusra represents the Americans' worst fear – they refused to arm the rebels earlier in the conflict to avoid weapons falling into the hands of jihadists, only to find that in their absence, jihadi groups well-funded by supporters in the Gulf have risen to prominence.
Opposition fighters inside Syria told The Daily Telegraph that the US announcement was too little too late, and that any attempts by the West to intervene in Syria would be rejected. "We don't support the new FSA military command," said Ous al-Arabi, a spokesman of the Deir al-Zour Revolutionary council.
"For Deir al-Zour province they have chosen people who are not representative. Jabhat al-Nusra is the strongest group here and they ignored that.
Secular rebel commanders have gone even further than that. One told me the next war will be against the Islamists. Another was cocky: If we can get rid of Assad, don't you think we can get rid of the Islamists?
But will it be so easy? By many accounts, the militant Islamist groups now number in the thousands and are growing every day.
The interview ended with Ahmed volunteering that eventually Muslims must reclaim Andalucia in Spain for the Islamic Caliphate.
His logic, that it was justified because Spain used to be under Islam, was somewhat undermined when he went on to say that Islam should move on to bring the UK under its control and indeed, eventually, the whole world.
Originally posted by jimmyx
the islamic fundamentalists are killing themselves and other muslims, as ordered by old men that call themselves allahs leaders...funny how these old men in robes that order young men into battle for the sake of their god, always stay home and never pick up a rifle and fight alongside them...that alone says enough about the divine faith of the mullahs.....the young guys can have their 72 virgins in heaven, while the mullahs have them now back in their own home, safe from any battle.
Had anyone thought to ask BY WHAT authority does that extremists sought to speak for Islam?
Originally posted by Jason88
reply to post by Skywatcher2011
Without nuking the whole populace while aiming strictly at the terrorists, it is worth noting the US has *always* had issue with this faith (see why below). Founding Father & President, Thomas Jefferson, was no fan of Islam.
In his autobiography, Jefferson recounted with satisfaction that in the struggle to pass his landmark Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom (1786), the Virginia legislature "rejected by a great majority" an effort to limit the bill's scope "in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan." George Washington suggested a way for Muslims to "obtain proper relief" from a proposed Virginia bill, laying taxes to support Christian worship. On another occasion, the first president declared that he would welcome "Mohometans" to Mount Vernon if they were "good workmen" (see page 96). Officials in Massachusetts were equally insistent that their influential Constitution of 1780 afforded "the most ample liberty of conscience … to Deists, Mahometans, Jews and Christians," a point that Chief Justice Theophilus Parsons resoundingly affirmed in 1810.
Originally posted by coolieno99
They are also a menace to Israel as evident from their Nazi salutes. Israel should support Assad.
Originally posted by MmmPie
They can't be serious...can they? I guess they never said anything about "winning". Is that the over all objective? What's the End Game here???