Al-Qaeda Faction Carves Out Second Jihadist ‘Mini-State’ In Syria To Rival Islamic State; This Is No Time For “Strategic Patience; But, Confrontation With The Banality Of Evil Called The Islamic State And Al Qaeda
Larisa Brown, writing in the February 6, 2015 edition of TheDailyMailOnline, writes that a “a jihadist group that has pledged allegiance to al Qaeda — has taken over swaths of Syria, — as Western forces have focused their efforts on defeating the Islamic State. The al-Nusra Front have carved out their own territory in the region, raising fears that a second jihadist mini-state could thwart any attempts to end the barbarity.”
As Ms Brown notes, “the hardline Islamist fighting group has been [steadily] gaining access control across the Idib Province in northern Syria since November, driving out other rebel groups — including Western-armed moderates.” She adds that “Syrian rebel activists and commanders have said that in the past week — as airstrikes have focused around Islamic State strongholds in the region — the al Nusra Front has begun to extend its control into the northern Syrian city of Aleppo [Bashir Assad’s hometown].” Mazen Ahor, an opposition activist in the city said: “al Nusra are trying to do in Aleppo, what they did in Ibid — they want to wipe out the [Western-backed] Free Syrian Army. They are starting to behave like ISIS — kidnapping; enforcing Islamic rules;” and, yes, establishing their own Islamic State. Sami Mashaai, the Head of the Shura Council for the Revolution of Aleppo, said that on Wednesday, “the al Nusra Front began establishing checkpoints inside the city. They are harassing people, trying to enforce Islamic rules — and civilians are getting angry about it.”
Ms. Brown writes that “the al Nusra Front was established inside Syria, in 2012, under Abu Muhammad al-Julani, a Syrian al-Qaeda commander; and, was originally allied to the extremist group that eventually morphed into the Islamic State. It rose quickly to prominence among rebel organizations in Syria, for its reliable supply of arms, funding, and fighters. While it has avoided some of the more extreme techniques, such as beheadings, that made al Qaeda unpopular. And, it was the first Syrian force to claim responsibility for attacks that killed civilians.”
Al Nusra and the Islamic State, “share the same ideology and rigid Islamic beliefs; but fell out during a power struggle that pitted Islamic State head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – against al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri, and al Nusra Front leader Abu Mohammad al-Golani. There were reports at the end of last year that the two groups would form an alliance. But, despite the occasional coordination on a tactical level; al Nusra and the Islamic State continue to fight each other — while also fighting the Assad regime.”
And, the ‘new’ U.S. national security strategy is concerned with climate change, civil rights for gay, lesbian, and transgender people, civil rights and strategic patience — while “Rome burns.” Don’t get me wrong, I am against discrimination; and how someone lives their personal life is their business. But, there is a time and a place for that discussion and debate. A banality of evil not witnessed to this extreme since the gassing of Jews during the 1930s/40s, with buring children alive, beheading men, women and children, burning a pilot alive in a cage,” and so on — and, this POTUS gives these evil men top cover, by morally equivocating the Western Crusades with what is transpiring on the ground in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.
In Dante Alighieri’s 14th century epic poem, Divine Comedy — Dante’s [Italian for Hell], Inferno, “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those, who in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality..” While this administration sin’t neutral with respect to the Islamic State, morally equivocating the crusades with what the Islamic State is doing in Syria and Iraq is very unfortunate and in essence gives top cover for the atrocities that this despicable and evil groups is doing. This is no time for “strategic patience.” It is time for demonstrable and serious action. Otherwise, a moral stain will begin to reflect on America as a beacon of the defender of freedom, and a ‘prosecutor’ of evil. Dante would not be impressed with the United States, and the West’s lack of resolve and will to confront the most evil entity since the Nazi war criminals demonstrated just how evil human beings can be. Jordan’s King Abdullah may be small in physical stature; but, he is a giant in leadership — compared to our POTUS and his national security team, who believe strategic patience and climate change are as dangerous, if not more so — than the Islamic State and militant Islam. And, as for National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s contention that the Islamic State “does not pose an existential threat to the U.S.,” she may want to consider the fact that the Islamic State and/or al Qaeda would love nothing more than to detonate a nuclear device in the U.S. homeland — a goal that these groups have been wishing to do since they burst onto the scene on 9/11.
This isn’t a time for “strategic patience,” and whack-a-mole. It is a time that “tries men’s souls,” an SOS, and a time for “all hands on deck;” and — demands that the U.S. and the West confront and destroy this banality of evil called the Islamic State. V/R, RCP