Monday, February 20, 2012
Peter Oborne on the western/al-Qaeda alliance in Syria
So, it’s official. Al-Qaeda is acknowledged as an ally of Britain and America in our desire to overturn the Syrian government.
Think about it. Ten years ago, in the wake of the destruction of the Twin Towers, we invaded Afghanistan to eliminate al-Qaeda. Now the world’s most notorious terror organisation wants to join a new “coalition of the willing” in Syria (not just al-Qaeda: yesterday the Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir staged a march through west London in support of their Syrian brothers and the establishment of the Khilafah state).
You can read the whole of Peter Oborne’s brilliant piece on the west’s allies here.
The only point I’d take issue with in Peter’s piece is his line that:
This may be the most profound turnaround in global politics since the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of 1939 converted Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany from bitter enemies into allies –
For, as I’ve said here and here, the west and al-Qaeda being on the same side is really nothing new.