THE VULTURES ARE CIRCLING
By: Justin Raimondo
Neocons call for "safe zones," Washington
The way she
talks, one would think Hillary Clinton is the commander-in-chief of
the Syrian rebels:
"The Obama administration is weighing its options for more direct involvement
in the Syrian civil war if the rebels opposing the Assad regime can wrest enough control
to create a safe haven for themselves, U.S. officials said.
"Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says it's only a matter of time before
the rebels have enough territory and organization to create such areas. ·eMore and more
territory is being taken,' Clinton said this week. ·eIt will eventually result in a safe
haven inside Syria, which will then provide a base for further actions by the
There is Gen. Hillary, Amazonian warrior-goddess, directing her Hellions to take this town, seize that territory, and get on
with "further actions" such an inspiring sight for feminists and
warmongers the world over! At last, a woman who can muster as much blood-lust as any man!
So what are these "further actions" our Secretary of State anticipates with
According to a briefing by the BND to the German Diet, Al Qaeda has pulled off
90" terrorist attacks in Syria since the fighting began. And
their success isn't limited to suicide bombings: their anti-Christian terror campaign is
taking off by leaps and bounds. Der Spiegel reports:
"There had been many warnings that the Khouri family
wouldn't talk. ·eThey won't say a word -- they're too scared,' predicted the mayor of Qa,
a small market town in northeastern Lebanon where the Khouris are staying. ·eThey won't
even open their door for journalists,' said another person, who had contacted the family
on behalf of a non-governmental organization.
"Somehow, though, the interview was arranged in the end. Reserved and halting, the
women described what happened to their husbands, brothers and nephews back in their
hometown of Qusayr in Syria. They were killed by Syrian rebel fighters, the women said --
murdered because they were Christians, people who in the eyes of radical Islamist freedom
fighters have no place in the new Syria."
Kind of reminds me of another Clintonian production Waco. There, too, Christians were slaughtered as the whole world watched, sending
a message unmistakable in its ominous implications. Unfortunately for the Khouris of this
world, the fashion in Washington isn't defending Christians where they face persecution,
but Muslims well now, that's a different matter.
This taking up of Islam's cause is highly selective: only Sunnis need apply. The Sunni "turn" was initiated by George W. Bush at
the height of the Iraq war and taken up by the Obamaites with a vengeance. The
dumping of Hosni Mubarak, the Libyan operation, and now Syria have taken this strategy to
its "logical" conclusion: a de facto alliance with Al Qaeda.
When a suicide bomber blasted the Syrian Defense Minister into the next world, along
with Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law and several other top officials, the US refused to condemn the act a terrorist attack almost
certainly carried out by jihadists close to bin Laden's boys,
if not Al Qaeda itself.
One of the big criticisms of the Iraq war was that, prior to the US invasion, Al Qaeda
had no presence in Iraq, and bin Laden had no links to Saddam's regime -- this in spite of
the efforts of an entire mini-industry to create
one where none existed. Syria is replicating this well-known
history, while the very people who invoked it to criticize a Republican administration are
following in the Bush's footsteps.
Yet the Obamaites are going several steps beyond anything the Bushies ever imagined:
their attempt to hijack the "Arab Spring" and cultivate "moderate"
Islamists, including the various national sections of the Muslim Brotherhood, has turned
into an aggressive military campaign to topple governments from the shores of Tripoli to
those of the Persian Gulf and some conservatives are balking. They began asking
questions when Washington and its NATO allies bankrolled the Libyan Islamists,
and now that Al Qaeda is acting as the fighting vanguard of Hillary's Hellions in Syria,
they are beginning to ask some of the right questions, such as: what
role does Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin,
play in this tilt toward the Brotherhood in Egypt, Syria, and
That a flake like Michele Bachmann is raising this question doesn't invalidate the need
for an answer. Andrew McCarthy, writing in National Review online, links Abedin's mother,
Saleha Abedin, a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, to two organizations run by Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi,
the Brotherhood's chief jurist and an ardent advocate of suicide
bombings. The Sheikh has a regular program on Al Jazeera, which is run by the
ultra-conservative Qatari emirate, where he commands a substantial audience, one highly
receptive to his message that the murderers of Jews and American soldiers will be amply rewarded by
The Qaradawi-State Department connection is nothing new: he was our go-between during the Obama administration's efforts to negotiate with the Taliban. Did
Abedin use her family connections to recruit Qaradawi for the job? And, by the way, what
exactly has been Abedin's role in turning the administration toward a de facto alliance
with radical Islamists in their efforts to topple Assad and take Tehran? These are
entirely legitimate questions that a lot more people than Rep. Bachmann and her fellow
McCarthyites over at National Review ought to be asking.
Again, the Bush administration took the lead in this
strategic turn, forging links with Jundallah, a Sunni terrorist organization operating out
of Iranian Baluchistan, but since it was Seymour Hersh reporting on this,
the Andrew McCarthys of this world turned the other way. Now that the
Sunni strategy is being taken to its bizarre albeit entirely "logical"
conclusion in Libya and Syria, however, our professional Islamophobes previously
solidly in the neocon camp are about to defect.
usual neocon suspects have issued a letter endorsing Hillary's
"safe zones" initiatives, anticipating the next step in our ever-escalating
involvement in the Syrian civil war: the signers include Karl Rove, as well as a few
"liberal" shills like Paul Berman, tired old Shachtmanites like Joshua
Muravchik, and a whole platoon of mini-neocons you never heard of. Yet the actually
existing conservative movement is going to have a really hard time swallowing this one: do
we really want to ally with the perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their fan
club in order to take out Iran?
It's no accident it
was John McCain, the Senate's most vociferous warmonger, who rose to defend Abedin on
the Senate floor, where he disdained "a few vague and unsubstantiated charges."
Yet there is nothing vague about the charges: indeed, they are very specific. Saleha
Abedin belongs to an organization with links to individuals who advocate suicide
bombings and promote a hateful ideology: and, no, it's not a distant relative, it's Huma's
mother, not to mention her
If the United States is now engaged in a relentless campaign to provoke a devastating
internal conflict in the Muslim world one that pits fanatical Sunnis is a war of
annihilation against Shi'ites, Christians, Alawites, and other "heretics"
then McCain is all in favor of it, and he is certainly eager to defend its advocates in
the State Department from having to answer any inconvenient questions.
This has nothing to do with "Islamophobia," and everything to do with the War
Party's latest scheme, which is to play the Sunni card for all it's worth. If we let them
play it, the consequences for the Middle East -- and the world -- will be nothing less
than catastrophic. The neocons know what side they're, but the question is: do the rest of
I see Richard Seymour, the blogosphere's pet Trotskyist, has come
out for the Syrian rebels: the antiwar movement, he writes, is
"understandably" suspicious of an uprising that has "made in
Washington" stamped all over it, but, hey, it's really a "peoples
revolution," and those bad old American imperialists are just trying to
"hijack" it. "It isn't clear" that the "non-interventionist"
faction of the Syrian opposition has been "marginalized" just yet, avers Comrade
Seymour I suppose we'll have to wait for Al Qaeda to knock them off, just like
they're knocking off the Christians, the Alawites, and anyone else who looks at them
There's a sea-change in the air when the Andrew McCarthys
descry an American administration's war machinations and the Richard Seymours hail
US-supported "insurgents" as "liberators." Remember this happened
during the Clinton era, when the left supported the Balkan war of "liberation" in which we were on the same side as
Al Qaeda and conservatives
balked. When the Republican-dominated House of Representatives threatened to withhold funding from Bill's Balkan adventure, neocon grand strategist Bill Kristol threatened
to leave the GOP.
Maybe this time he'll carry out his threat. Kristol and his neocon comrades can issue
all the letters they want, but it'll be a cold day in Hell before grassroots conservatives
will support the modern equivalent of the Hitler-Stalin Pact a grand alliance
between Washington and the world's radical Islamists. It doesn't matter that the Israel
Firsters are demanding they get in line and join the anti-Iranian popular front: any
decent self-respecting conservative has to draw the line somewhere.
As the Obama administration launches a campaign to extend the Empire to include most of
what we used to call the "Near East" and North Africa, they'll get no serious
opposition from the left. Even the supposedly "far" left, exemplified by Seymour
a member of the British Socialist Workers Party, a Trotskyist organization -- have
given up their "anti-imperialist" position in favor of the identity politics
that have grown up where the old Marxism used to thrive. Muslims, you see, are an
Oppressed Minority, at least in the West, and therefore they must be championed
internationally, no matter what the cost to reason or a long anti-imperialist tradition.
What this means is that us anti-interventionists will be more isolated than ever,
politically, with the "left" in Hillary's apron pocket and the neocons in firm
control of the Republican party machinery. As the vultures circle over Syria, it won't be
long before they descend to make their kill. When they do, only a very few on the
"far" left and the paleocon-libertarian right will be warning of the disaster
looming just down the road a bit: it's the Clinton years all over again.
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