Syria’s Bashar al-Assad: ‘Political Islam has Failed’ (how will U.S. and Turkey respond?)

With four words, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad has publicly put the Obama administration, Turkey, and NATO on the side of political Islam. The slaughter of Christians in Syria is being done in the name of political Islam, which is what makes Assad’s comments so significant relative to the U.S. and Turkey. While celebrating the anniversary of his Baath Party, Assad said:

“The project of political Islam has failed, and there should be no mixing between political and religious work.”

That concise and unequivocal statement puts the ball in the court of U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey’s AKP Party was founded on political Islam and is in solidarity with the Muslim Brotherhood. As laid out, the Obama administration is allied with Turkey through NATO. If Obama objects to Assad’s statement, it’s a public endorsement of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political Islam ideology. If Obama agrees with Assad’s statement, he will agree that the U.S. has been on the wrong side in Syria and he will further alienate Erdogan in Turkey.

Assad awaiting response from U.S. and Turkey.

Assad awaiting response from U.S. and Turkey.

Any non-response from the Obama or Erdogan administrations would serve as the equivalent of a defense of political Islam as well.

Welcome to another in a long line of examples that explain why Syria’s Christians choose Assad over Jihad.



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