US “officials” admit Al Qaeda running loose in Syria, fail to mention 2007 US plan to put them there.
by Tony Cartalucci
May 12, 2012 - Regarding the recent, devastating bombings in Damascus, Syria, an Associated Press report, “Syria opposition: Assad trying to destroy UN peace,” featured the “chief of Syria’s major opposition political group Syrian National Council,” Burhan Ghalioun, baselessly claiming “the relationship between the Syrian regime and al Qaeda is very strong.” Also included was the comments of a “Free Syrian Army” commander who claimed, “the Syrian regime wanted through these terrorist explosions to support its silly story of the presence of armed and terrorist gangs.”
However, not even a day passed before another AP report has now confirmed that the terrorist Al-Nusra Front has claimed responsibility for the deadly blasts that ripped through Damascus this week, killing scores and injuring hundreds, and shattering opposition claims that the Syrian government was behind them. The Al-Nusra Front has been at the center of several acts of violence across Syria, as part of a wider Sunni-extremist led, NATO and Gulf State-backed, militant campaign to destabilize and overthrow the Syrian government.AP’s “Militant video claims responsibility for deadly Syria blasts,” also states that, “Western officials say there is little doubt that Islamist extremists, some associated with al-Qaida, have made inroads in Syria as instability has spread since the start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad 14 months ago.” What AP fails to mention is that the West, in coordination with Israel and Saudi Arabia, have been building up an extremist, militant Sunni front since at least 2007, according to a 2007 New Yorker report by renowned journalist Seymour Hersh titled, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?.”
In Hersh’s voluminous report, it specifically states that, “a by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda,” and that “the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government of President Bashir Assad, of Syria.”
The report also states in regards to the means of US and Israeli support, that “the clandestine operations have been kept secret, in some cases, by leaving the execution or the funding to the Saudis, or by finding other ways to work around the normal congressional appropriations process, current and former officials close to the [Bush] Administration said.” Because US and Israeli support is covertly funneled through Saudi sponsors, Sunni extremists forming the rank and file of the West’s terrorist proxy war against Syria, and ultimately Iran, have little idea that they are in fact being used as tools by the self-serving machinations of the West to divide and destroy not only Shi’ia Muslims, but the Arab World in general.
As the violence in Syria escalates through US, Israeli, and Saudi funding, weapons, and support, the Western media is clearly obfuscating the truth – a truth articulated in immense detail by the New Yorker in 2007, and instead portraying the violence as a spontaneous, natural progression of a conflict that has been demonstratively premeditated by the West years in advance. And while US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta admits that Al Qaeda Sunni-extremists are indeed operating in Syria, his feigning ignorance of the extent to which they are operating there should be considered in the context that he and his colleagues are the very ones that organized, armed, and sent them.