The world is upside down. Here in the United States those of us who believe in individual rights and freedom from government intrusion into our lives are extremists and terrorists. At the same time, our government is sending weapons to real terrorists in Syria. A British analysis of the situation finds that about half of the rebels in Syria are jihadists or Islamic extremists, but these are the people the United States is putting its weight behind.
Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented into as many as 1,000 bands.
The new study by IHS Jane’s, a defence consultancy, estimates there are around 10,000 jihadists – who would include foreign fighters – fighting for powerful factions linked to al-Qaeda..
Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share much of the outlook of the jihadists, but are focused purely on the Syrian war rather than a wider international struggle.
There are also at least a further 30,000 moderates belonging to groups that have an Islamic character, meaning only a small minority of the rebels are linked to secular or purely nationalist groups.
The stark assessment, to be published later this week, accords with the view of Western diplomats estimate that less than one third of the opposition forces are “palatable” to Britain, while American envoys put the figure even lower. (Read More)
If you need a visual of how barbaric these people are watch this video. Just be warned, it’s fairly graphic, but could be much worse.
Go here for a fuller description of what went down in this chilling video. The young man who was beheaded did not have a trial. His executioners decided he was guilty of something, so they cut off his head. How is that better than gassing someone? Our tax dollars are funding these savages, and idiots like Senators McCain and Corker think they have a fine leader and that we aren’t arming them fast enough. It makes me sick just thinking about it. How does helping these people, no matter how bad the other side may be, make us exceptional?