Do not help the Syrian rebels; that which helps jihadists hurts U.S.

We must not interfere in Syria, especially not on behalf of jihadists. Photo: Black columns of smoke rising from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood in East of Damascus, Syria, August 25, 2013 / AP

FORT SMITH, Ark., August 28, 2013 ― Under the pretense of the Syrian government supposedly using chemical weapons against its citizens, the West is poised to attack Syria’s lawful authority.

There is no definitive proof that the Syrian government, headed by Bashar al-Assad, has used chemical weapons against its citizens.


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Yes, chemicals have been unleashed, but by whom is still unclear. UN Inspection teams have still not offered a determination, so we can only act on speculation. 

Assad is winning against the rebels already, so what would he have to gain from an unnecessary chemical strike? The answer is: nothing. Meanwhile, he has everything to lose, as Western powers have made abundantly obvious, so to consciously choose this accused course of action would be to commit both metaphorical and literal suicide, and not just for himself, but probably for his family, as well.

Anyone familiar with the Assad clan knows that family comes first, so it would be quite unusual for the leader of the clan to sentence his dynasty to death.

Also, hardly anyone appears to be mentioning that the Syrian government had many troops in the gassed areas. The government would be foolish to waste troops on unimportant targets, especially at this critical juncture.


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Assad himself made this point.

“The statements made by the politicians in the USA and in other Western countries represent an insult to common sense and neglect of the public opinion of citizens in those countries. It’s nonsense: first, they bring charges, and then they collect evidence. … They accuse our army of using chemical weapons in the area that’s reportedly controlled by the terrorists. In fact, there is no precise front line between the army and the insurgents in that area. And how can a government use chemical weapons – or any other weapons of mass destruction – in the area where government troops are concentrated? This is against elementary logic,” he said in an interview with Russia’s Izvestia newspaper.

On the other hand, the rebels would have much to gain from pinning such an aggressive action on the Assad regime. As we now know, this kind of accusation would likely secure more direct support from America and Europe. So, perhaps they set this up. Fueling this possibility is that some reports have suggested that the rebels do indeed have access to chemical weapons.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said that the government has “incontrovertible proof” that the rebels launched the chemical weapons, and Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mikdad claims that the government has handed over this proof to U.N. inspectors.


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As for the sniper attack on the U.N. Inspection team, it was done in a rebel-controlled territory, but of course, this too has been blamed on Assad. This is rather convenient for the rebels.

Thankfully, in the midst of this confusion, some people like Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the U.N., are urging caution and demanding more evidence before any action is taken against Syria.

Russia and China are also encouraging prudence. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a phone conversation with British Prime Minister David Cameron, repeated the point that there is no proof that the Syrian government used chemical weapons.

Western leaders are far too war-hungry. This egregious attitude, apparently instilled in every major Western leader, is precisely what causes many problems in the Middle East.

We do not need to interfere in Syria, most certainly not in defense of the predominantly jihadist rebel groups over a religiously tolerant government. Syrian rebels have killed Christians, even going so far as to target priests and churches.

Syrian-born Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregory III Laham warned against foreign intervention in Syria, saying that it “would be a tragedy, a tragedy, a tragedy – for the whole country and the whole Middle East.”

Oppose all possible military interventions in Syria. The rebels are not friends of ours.


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Matthew Olson is a journalist in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His primary interests are theology, Church history, and ecumenism. He enjoys the thrill of politics, and always seeks to enlighten politics with Catholic principles. He writes for The Washington Times, Ignitum Today, and other outlets.

 

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