By Theodore Shoebat
We have gathered from Arab sources explosive and horrific videos captured by the Free Syrian Army and other Syrian rebels. While what we present is a fraction of what we have, the evidence will show that contrary to the praise of many in the West, the footage illustrates their wanton cruelty, and their absence of any sentiment for human suffering; masses gathered in lynching festivals, human beings chopped up like animals, executions without trials, all done under the shouts of Allahu Akbar. Masses are seen demonstrating with the same Islamist banners of al-Qaeda, and people are ritually slaughtered by the rebels. In this rough documentary, we complied the bulk of this footage to show to the West the savagery of these rebels, and the utterly dark future for not just Syria, but for the Near East as a whole if the Islamists dominate the region.[wposflv src=http://www.shoebat.com/videos/syriaProject.flv]
These atrocities are continuous in Syria; but still a good amount of thinkers and politicians express their support for the rebels, and their want for U.S. intervention and aid.
But from the footage linked in this article, it is only obvious that the peace of the world will only be assaulted if the revolutionaries of Syria are given the aid and sympathies of the West. Such condoning and praise will only empower the rebels to keep fighting, increasing their confidence that their Islamic government will vanquish Syria.
The current policy against Syria has not sufficed for senators John Mccain, Joseph Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham, who together released a statement calling for military intervention, and weapons and ammunition supply for the rebels:
What opposition groups in Syria need most urgently is relief from Assad’s tank and artillery sieges in many cities that are still contested. Providing military assistance to the Free Syrian Army and other opposition groups is necessary, but as Assad continues to intensify his assault, that alone will not be sufficient to stop the slaughter and save innocent lives. The only realistic way to do so is with foreign airpower.
It would be only dangerous for the U.S. to lend support militarily to the Free Syrian Army; for this group is but an oppressor, kidnapping, torturing, and murdering any who are against their cause. The targets are counter-revolutionaries, Christians, Shia, Alawites, and government workers. But nevertheless, these three senators have been vocal with intense opinions on giving weaponry, ammunition, and air support, as they make clear in their own statement:
The ultimate goal of airstrikes should be to protect civilian population centers from Assad’s killing machine and establish safe havens in which opposition forces can organize, rest, refit, and plan their political and military activities against Assad. These safe havens could serve as platforms for the delivery of humanitarian and military assistance – including weapons and ammunition, body armor and other personal protective equipment, tactical intelligence, secure communications equipment, food and water, and medical supplies. These safe havens could also help the Free Syrian Army and other armed groups in Syria to train and organize themselves into more cohesive and effective military forces, likely with the assistance of foreign partners, and provide political space for the Syrian National Council to organize on Syrian soil.
If this plan is ever executed, then the U.S. would only be making the same mistake it did with Afghanistan: supplying weapons to rebels so that they may topple their current government. But, the plan is absent of any prudence, since it does not take into consideration what sort of government the rebels themselves would establish if they are victorious. It is also necessary to keep in mind that the leaders of the Syrian National Council (SNC), whom the quoted statement speaks positively of, have now went into exile. Therefore, it is irresponsible to place trust on the Free Syrian Army when the SNC, once a major funder for the revolution, are now an enemy of the rebels.
Moreover, the politicians who are in support of the Syrian revolution have not looked to the example of Egypt. The Egyptian revolution had obtained the praise of the mainstream media, and politicians such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, who had saw the revolt as a cause for freedom and democracy. But once the people of Egypt were given the option of partaking in democratic elections, the majority had voted for Muhammad Mursi, thus having the Muslim Brotherhood take control of the nation. The revolution of Egypt is interconnected with the present revolt of Syria. Nizamaddin Taj, a former member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), made it quite clear in a recent interview:
The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria is the only party that can seize power after the collapse of Assad, but Israel, the U.S. and Europe are very worried about the Muslim Brotherhood of Syria and believe that they are different than the Muslim Brotherhood groups of Egypt and Tunisia.
The network between the Muslim Brotherhood and the rebels is clearly shown by the financial support, and the provisions of weapons and ammunition, which the former is giving the latter. But sadly, few in intellectual circles have realized that the revolution in Egypt is a foreshadowing of what will happen in Syria if the Assad regime is ousted.
Conservative talk show host Dennis Prager, as much as I agree with him on many issues, has mistakenly taken the side of the revolution, saying in one episode:
I cannot envision anything worse than the Assad family
But by watching the footage shown in the documentary, it is most obvious that there truly is something worse than Assad, and that is Islamic fundamentalism.
With all of the reports recently presented on Syria, the most lacking element is the truth on the Syrian rebels. The sympathy and praise for the revolutionaries is reminiscent to the high esteem which certain individuals had for the French Revolution in the Eighteenth Century. But when the nature of the rebels in Syria is finally revealed, hopefully many will realize the cruel and conquering spirit of these renegades, just as numerous persons were disturbed at the use of the guillotines by the revolutionaries in France, who had caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of their own countrymen.
The misconception which has largely been subscribed to by our culture, is that dictatorship is automatically wrong, and thus deserves to be toppled; while a nation governed by the people is always a pure aspiration worthy of being fought for. But, this is certainly not the case for all nations. Governance at the hands of the people, is only safe if the bearers of power respect the spirit of liberty. While dictatorship is at times a necessary evil for a country where the people, at any given moment, may arise and shatter the rights of the individual, enforce collectivism, and rule by the might of the mob. Syria, at this time, is defending itself from an internal invasion by a multitude of violent and warlike bandits. Surely if the power of Bashar al-Assad, the current dictator of Syria, was toppled, the supposed totalitarianism of the government will be far surpassed by the rebels, who will rule purely by the creeds of the Koran.
Theodore Shoebat is the author of For God or For Tyranny