U.S. Creates Deadly Islamist Movement in Syria
The United States, by doing nothing in Syria, has created an Islamist movement that may well eclipse the deadly Taliban al Qaeda alliance of the 1990s. American isolationism and failure to see the lessons of post-Soviet Islamist Afghanistan may lead to another Islamist threat that will quickly spread beyond Syria’s borders.
The growing power of hard-core Islamic radicals among the [Syrian] rebels has made the White House, and many in Congress, look upon the Syrian opposition with little enthusiasm.
America ignores the rebels at its peril. [W]hat [American] anti-interventionists don’t realize is that the president and Congress may have already done their part to create the most deadly Islamic movement since the Taliban merged with al Qaeda in the 1990s.
Shatter Syria into fragments, and radical Islamists who appeal to a higher calling, just as they did in Afghanistan, are guaranteed to attract young men who yearn for a mission beyond their destroyed towns and villages.
It’s not too late for the U.S. to influence the war in favor of the rebels who are not bent on establishing an Islamist state.
But if the U.S. continues to do nothing other than entertain the chemical-weapons disarmament theater orchestrated by Russia, the West will surely rue America’s passivity. Hard-core holy warriors won’t leave Americans alone because the U.S. has declined to fight. That’s the painful lesson of the 1990s.
One thing is certain: The anti-American Sunni Islamic militancy in Syria is now hotter and more magnetic than the latent jihadism that came to power with Mullah Omar and the Taliban in 1996. Block quote credit REUEL MARC GERECHT “The Next Breeding Ground for Global Jihad” Wall Street Journal 10/8/13
Once again, we are reminded that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana) Sadly, it may take another attack on the scale of September 11, 2001 for the United States to open its Obamian eyes. –Grizzly Joe