British journalist and writer Robert Fisk has scoffed at US President Barack Obama’s double-edged view of the terrorists in Syria and Iraq calling them “moderate” in Syria to whom he recently granted 500 million dollars in aid, while warning against their threat in Iraq.
In an article published by the Independent under the title “Syrian ‘moderates’ aren’t so moderate in Iraq”, Fisk said “Well, God bless Barack Obama – he’s found some ‘moderate’ rebels in Syria. Enough to supply them with weapons and training worth $500m. Congress wants to arm these brave freedom fighters, you see. “
“And Obama,” he added, “having sent his 300 elite Spartan lads to Iraq to help [Iraqi PM] Nouri al-Maliki fight the rebels there, needs to send help to the rebels in Syria.”
Fisk described Obama’s contradictory classifications of terrorists in the neighboring countries as “confusing”, asking “how do you actually find a ‘moderate these days in Syria’s war? The extremist militants fight to the death. No ‘moderates’ they.
“Who are the ‘moderate’ rebels whom Obama wants to train and arm?,” he asked, and made a bid to offer an explanation by saying that Obama “doesn’t name them – and he can’t, because the original ‘moderates’ whom America swore to arm (with the help of the CIA, the Brits, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey) were the so-called ‘Free Syrian Army’, mostly composed of deserters from Assad’s government forces.”
He pointed out that the so-called FSA has decomposed and “switched to the bearded extremistss of the Nusra Front or the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)” because “they weren’t given enough weapons, we are told.”
“Now they’ll get more. And no doubt sell them – as they did the last lot,” Fisk added, a fact acknowledged by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel who admitted that “weapons given to Syrian rebels had fallen into the hands of the bad guys.”
“These are the very same rebels now threatening the Iraqi state,” he proclaimed.
According to reports, Western powers and their regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – are supporting the insurgents operating inside Syria.
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