I read this morning in Stratfor in an article entitled: “Are there Moderate Salafists and Jihadists”, that the United States is trying to recruit moderate Salafist-jihadist rebels in Syria for its fight against al Qaeda.
I don’t know what to think anymore. This an oxymoron, not to mention a moronic action. Have we become so blinded by the goals that the means, however abhorrent, are justified?
As I sit at my desk in Lebanon, I fear the repercussions of swath politics. More and more Lebanon is becoming like Iraq. Jihadists in Iraq experienced a great deal of success after the 2003 U.S. invasion of the country. In 2004, one of the largest of these groups — Jamaat al-Tawhid and Jihad, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — became an al Qaeda franchise group and renamed itself al Qaeda in the Land of the Two Rivers (Iraq). In Syria, jihadist groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra, now perhaps the strongest jihadist group operating in Syria changed its name to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. As far as I know Lebanon is part of the Levant, so this does not bode well for their future commitment to destroy the country.
I have to ask therefore why is the USA so blind to this threat? You cannot tame a terrorist. It is time that whatever distorted understanding the foreign intelligence services have about the games of mice and men that they play, they should stop and look at their track record in the Middle East. When will the incompetence end?