Sunday, February 12, 2012

Al- Qaida leader urges support for Syrian uprising

The Guardian reports:

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.

The statement is the most explicit attempt yet by the terrorist group to intervene in the ongoing Syrian conflict.....

At the weekend, US newspapers cited American officials blaming al-Qaida in Iraq, a largely autonomous affiliate of the main group, for two recent bombings in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and a suicide attack in Aleppo on Friday that killed at least 28 people.

Time to read again Professor Peter Dale Scott’s 2011 article from Global Research Libya in 2011 we see a more complex marriage of convenience between US and al-Qaeda elements: one which repeats a pattern seen in Bosnia in 1992-95, and Kosovo in 1997-98. In those countries America responded to a local conflict in the name of a humanitarian intervention to restrain the side committing atrocities. But in all three cases both sides committed atrocities, and American intervention in fact favored the side allied with al-Qaeda.

And now the latest conflict in which the US (and Britain) is lining up on the same side as Al-Qaida is Syria.

Of course, its no surprise that al-Qaida would want to overthrow a secular regime which governs a

Middle Eastern country where Christian celebrations are official state holidays and civil servants are allowed to take Sunday morning off to go to church, even though Sunday is a working day.

And “a place where women can smoke and wear make-up and are active in public life.”

But citizens of US and Britain should be asking why on earth are their governments lining up on the same side as the al-Qaida fanatics?



Anonymous said...

Very depressing story, but it must be heard. Thank you for your work, Mr. Clark.

Neil Clark said...

Thanks very much, John.

brian said...


The State Department Lies With Its Satellite Pictures Of Syria - No Artillery "Deployed"

Douglas said...

Many people (including me) pointed out the connections between the Libyan NTC and Al-Qaeda. However, President Obama didn't ask my opinion before acting against Gaddafi. He's not asking my opinion now, either.

A cynical possibility is that Al-Qaeda is making this pronouncement in an attempt to rehabilitate their brand as a major player in the Islamic world after the death of Osama bin Laden. Perhaps they are trying to rebuild credibility particularly among Sunni Muslims.

Anonymous said...

I've also been following the selective (if not outright misleading) coverage coming out of Russia and Syria, as well as the non-coverage of the criminal human rights abuses committed by the rebels in Libya. Not a pretty picture.

I greatly appreciate what you're doing here, Mr Clark. Keep up the great writing!


Czarny Kot said...

Don't Al-Qaeda also urge support for the Palestinians? Should we therefore get behind Israel more?

Did Al-Qaeda urge support for the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings? (Not a rhetorical question, I don't know)

If they did then perhaps we should also bemoan the fall of Mubarak and whats-his-name from Tunisia.

At the time, of course, the Arab Spring only affected pro-Western Arab leaders and was therefore a Good Thing (or a Bad Thing)

Now those awkward Arabs have muddied the waters by rising up against anti-Western leaders, which is of course a Bad Thing (or a Good Thing)


jack said...

It is questionable how much Zawahiri actually had over jihadist movements apart from his own fringe group that amount to no more than 100 people prior to 9/11 certainly not the media Al Qaeda global terrorism myth which was admitted in a Newsweek article a couple of years ago.

@Matthew Franklin Cooper

At least in the case of Russia despite it being obviously tilted in a pro-Syria direction it is acknowledged that armed groups are instigating a causing the bloodshed something which even the Arab Leagues own report confirms.

@Czarny Kot

Yes they were warned if you promote this Neo-con democracy march in the Mid East supporting and sponsoring all these Mid East Islamic groups they would come to power including Hamas in Palestine or at least have representation in the new governments despite the fact that Muslim immigrants are not even assimilating in Europe.

Anonymous said...

Czarny, in defence of Mr Clark's position (and as one of the resident Americans in the left-conservative circle), I don't really think it's so much an issue of being on whatever side al-Qaeda is against, so much as having a realistic foreign policy which is not informed either by misguided ideological premises or by old grudges and old friendships which are more costly to maintain than they are worth.

I mean, we helped the Libyan rebels to oust Qadhafi ostensibly to prevent a genocide, and yet right now some very heinous things are happening in Libya which approach that. In Syria, we're on the brink of intervening in a civil war between the FSA and the Syrian government on similar grounds, in spite of numerous leftist and palaeoconservative voices very reasonably explaining why this would be a bad idea. In Russia, we're basically in the midst of a propaganda war in favour of the 'white-ribbon' protest movement, also for ideological reasons. But in doing so, we may be undermining all of the good work that we had been doing with Russia to decrease nuclear weapons on both sides. Which is more in our actual interests?

Though I do have some problems with realism as a prescriptive foreign policy viewpoint, it does often ask the right kinds of questions.

Neil Clark said...

Matthew: Very well put.
On the subject of the 'liberation' of Libya, and the 'very heinous things' going on there now, have you seen this chilling report in the Mail on Sunday?

best wishes,

Czarny Kot said...


Thanks for your reply. Reading your comment, it seems that your stance on all of this is more or less identical to mine.

The point I was trying to make is that Neil Clark seems to be suggesting that it DOES matter that Al-Qaeda happens to agree with the West on this issue.

However, take a look at Al-Qaeda's and Mr. Clark's reactions to the Tunisian uprising and you will see that they concur. This does not in itself invalidate Mr. Clark's position.

I am quite sure that my views on Western military presence in Afghanistan match those of Al-Qaeda.

Whatever else we can say about Al-Qaeda, they are certainly consistent when it comes to the 'Arab Spring'. In a way, I am too-- I am consistently sitting on the fence because I do not know enough about these countries, nor is it really my business.

The inconsistent ones are those who were pessimistic pragmatists in Tunisia and Egypt before becoming idealistic revolutionaries in Libya and Syria. And those who went through the same process in reverse.

Neil Clark said...

Hi Czarny,
The point is that we in the west have been told ad infinitum that our biggest enemy is al'Qaida. Yet, time after time, we've been on the same side as the terrorist group. Surely that should make us pause for thought as to what it really is all about?
As I said on RT, what the west really hates most of all is not radical Islamic groups, but secular regimes, and it's willing to encourage religious extremists in order to destablise/topple those regimes. We're seeing that happening again in Syria.

Ian said...

As ever Czarny is saying everything I wanted to.

I don't really get your secular state argument. Yes all those states you name are secular, but the majority of states are.
And it seems at odds with your own narrative. In your recent pieces you have said the West is pressing for a war against Iran, how does that follow your toppling secular state idea?
Likewise with the most recent episodes in Afghanistan.

Neil Clark said...

Hi Ian,
Good to hear from you.
What the US hates most of all is secular regimes which try and paper over, or minimise, religious & ethnic differences, and of course which are not in the western 'camp'. Their strategy has been classic divide and conquer (just think how they encouraged and supported anti-Yugoslavia nationalists and separatists in the Balkans.)
Leaders who talk of/espouse Pan Arabism (the Baathists) or Pan Africanism,(Gaddafi in his later period) or Pan Slavism are seen as a big danger, precisely because of their attempts to bring people together and form blocs, or even new countries, (think of Nasser's UAR) which would be strong enough to prevent western hegemony being established. The US has encouraged nationalists around the world, and religious movements too, when it serves their purpose to destroy these secular regimes.
Iran is obviously not a secular state, but it's being targeted because it is not in the western 'camp'. The idea that it's being targeted BECAUSE it is a religious Islamic state is absurd.
So, as I said to Czarny, we need to think why it is that on so many occasions, the US and al-Qaida are lining up on the same side.

Ian said...

Interesting idea on the states that minimise ethnic differences, but I didn’t understand that from your original arguments. It has some logic to it, with the divide and rule idea, but I am not sure if it is a post-hoc relationship, rather than an actual goal.

Personally I don’t think the hypothesis is correct, but it has got me thinking about the issue.

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