A couple of weeks ago I demonstrated my hatred of freedom and my desire to see the suffering peoples of the world exterminated by madmen by wondering if, maybe, rushing to send advanced weaponry to the Syrian rebels without knowing who those rebels are, exactly, might not backfire on us. Yesterday, when Dawlat al-Iraq al-Islamiyah (The Islamic State of Iraq), the al-Qaeda affiliate in Iraq, announced that it had “claimed” the Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusrah under a new organization called al-Dawlat al-Islamiyah fi al-Iraq wa-al-Sham (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), I thought that my fears might be legitimate.
Today, however, I have been given a very clear and harsh comeuppance:
A rebel group in Syria denied on Wednesday that it was officially merging with the Iraqi branch of Al Qaeda,
When you’re wrong you’re wrong. I’m adult enough to admit when I’ve misjudged someone or something, and Jabhat al-Nusrah explicitly denying that it’s merging with…I’m sorry, that was a comma up there, not a period. Is there something else to add?
instead pledging allegiance to core Al Qaeda,
Well, there you go. Nothing to worry about there. Let’s send them some tactical nukes and maybe a couple B-2s, an aircraft carrier…hey, what about a ballistic missile submarine? That ought to come in handy.
raising questions of just what this means for counterterrorism efforts in the region and U.S. support for the ongoing struggle against the Syrian government.
You think? I don’t see why it should.
Some have suggested that the newly strengthened ties in either case opens up the Syrian offshoot to military targeting under the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), the Congressional approval for the Executive Branch to carry out strikes against terrorist groups responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
If we start bombing the Syrian rebels while we’re denouncing the Assad regime and calling for its overthrow, does that seem to anybody else like mixed messages? Or is it me? Maybe it’s just me. There’s also the small problem of Jabhat al-Nusrah having in no way planned or participated in 9/11 and having made no threat to act against American interests, the two conditions for bringing the AUMF (not to repeat myself, but possibly the single worst law Congress has ever passed) into play.
Wonder what we’re going to do now. Obviously we’ve got to Do Something, because People Are Dying, Man!
On Tuesday, CNN learned that the White House has finally signed off on a new aid package to the Syrian opposition, including possibly including such “non-lethal aid” as night-vision goggles and body armor.
Cool. Night-vision goggles and body armor. Terrorists wouldn’t have any use for that kind of stuff.
And the contractors who make body armor and night vision goggles just got a sweet slice of government cheese!