WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT?
I don't know about you but I am disturbed by seeing pictures glorifying armed Islamic terrorists brandishing AK47s shouting, "Allah U Akbar!" on my TV and in newspapers. I think we are being asked to sympathise with these 'armed revolutionaries'. There is now growing evidence that these 'revolutionaries' are in fact members of or sympathetic to al Qaeda. So how, when and why did this rebranding of al Qaeda, from terrorist to freedom fighter, occur?
The first war after 9/11 was on Afghanistan. Colin Powell promised evidence that Osama bin Laden was behind 9/11, but none was presented, not in public anyway. Bin Laden was said to be hiding in Afghanistan so Afghanistan was invaded. One of the true reasons why Afghanistan was invaded was because the Taliban had eradicated the opium crops. Within a few years of the invasion the opium crop was up to record levels. The Anglo-American establishment has been running opium for centuries.
The war on Iraq was the first in a series of wars that was revealed to General Wesley Clark shortly after the attacks of September 11th 2001. The plan was for war on seven nations in five years. But the plan stalled in Iraq. To get the plan moving again a Faustian pact was reached between the USA, Israel and Saudi Arabia to unleash Sunni terrorists onto the nations on that list of targets given to Clark.
In Libya BSF fomented what was portrayed as a civil war. Gaddafi had cooperated in the Global War on Terror, giving the names of suspected al Qaeda in Libya to MI6 and CIA. He had also renounced his WMDs and invested billions in The City of London. But that was not enough. BSF and special forces from other nations armed, trained and advised al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorist groups in Libya, who with air support from NATO following the distortion of UN SCR 1973 eventually took Tripoli and killed Gaddafi.
Now in Syria this alliance between NATO and Arab Gulf state special forces and al Qaeda is once again becoming more and more apparent. The Guardian seems to have stumbled upon this significant al Qaeda/Jihadi presence in Syria, with two articles today.
As they stood outside the commandeered government building in the town of Mohassen, it was hard to distinguish Abu Khuder's men from any other brigade in the Syrian civil war, in their combat fatigues, T-shirts and beards.[source : Al-Qaida turns tide for rebels in battle for eastern Syria, The Guardian, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/30/al-qaida-rebels-battle-syria, 31/07/2012]
But these were not average members of the Free Syrian Army. Abu Khuder and his men fight for al-Qaida. They call themselves the ghuraba'a, or "strangers", after a famous jihadi poem celebrating Osama bin Laden's time with his followers in the Afghan mountains, and they are one of a number of jihadi organisations establishing a foothold in the east of the country now that the conflict in Syria has stretched well into its second bloody year.
They try to hide their presence. "Some people are worried about carrying the [black] flags," said Abu Khuder. "They fear America will come and fight us. So we fight in secret. Why give Bashar and the west a pretext?" But their existence is common knowledge in Mohassen. Even passers-by joke with the men about car bombs and IEDs.
[source : Syria: foreign jihadists could join battle for Aleppo, The Guardian, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/30/syria-foreign-jihadists-aleppo-al-qaida, 31/07/2012]
Scores of foreign jihadists have crossed into Syria from Turkey in the past two weeks, some of them telling Syrians that they are planning to travel to Aleppo to join a decisive battle against regime troops.
Syrian residents and a Turkish smuggler interviewed by the Guardian say many of the men have come from the Caucasus, while others had arrived from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Gulf Arab states.
According to locals who have dealt with them, the new arrivals embrace a global jihadist worldview that sets them apart from most leaders in the armed Syrian opposition and is stirring deep discontent among the rebel leadership.
In Libya last year the NATO media did not reveal al Qaeda affiliations. But in Syria the NATO media has gone just that bit further and actually shown and reported on a video of the alleged leader of al Qaeda Ayman al Zawahiri calling for all Muslims to join the fight against Assad in Syria, calling the armed opposition "Lions of Syria". By the way, Al Qaeda is Sunni.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaida, has called on Muslims around the world to support rebels in Syria who are seeking to overthrow Bashar al-Assad.[source : Al-Qaida leader Zawahiri urges Muslim support for Syrian uprising, The Guardian, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/12/alqaida-zawahiri-support-syrian-uprising, 12/02/2012]
The statement is the most explicit attempt yet by the terrorist group to intervene in the ongoing Syrian conflict.
In the eight-minute video titled Onwards, Lions of Syria, posted on extremist websites on Saturday, Zawahiri calls on Muslims in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to join the uprising against Assad's "pernicious, cancerous regime", and warned Syrian rebels not to rely on the west for help.
So from now on, when ever you see a photograph or TV report of the Syrian rebs with AK47s and/or RPGs shouting "Allah U Akbar!" you should ask yourself, "Is he al Qaeda?", "Is she al Qaeda?", "Are they al Qaeda?".
And then say to yourself, "Hmm. Who would have thought it, eh? Al Qaeda: from terrorist to freedom fighter.".