22 Jul




The O’Leary: And stupid Americans ask “Why do they hate us?”

Earlier this week, US & UK -backed Syrian rebels (See Note 1) ghoulishly beheaded an 11-year-old boy near the city of Aleppo and published a video of the deed.

The rebels were members of Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki, which receives arms and money from the US government as part of the coalition of rebel groups trying to overthrow the Syrian government. Al-Zenki receives money directly from the CIA and was one of the groups given anti-tank missiles by the US.

Al-Zenki claimed the 11-year-old boy, who was of Palestinian ethnicity, was a spy aligned with Syrian government forces. Video shows the al-Zenki rebels laughing and teasing the boy before cutting his head off with a dull blade then throwing his head into the back of a pickup truck.

The video sparked outrage on social media, especially because it was from one of the so-called “moderate” rebel groups that America was backing. State Department spokesman Jack Kirby responded to the controversy by raising questions of whether al-Zenki were really the culprits before concluding, “Regardless of who may be culpable, we strongly condemn what appears to be ?the brutal murder of a minor.”

According to Amnesty International, al-Zenki has been part of a “chilling wave of abductions, torture and summary killings.” The report makes clear that the gruesome beheading is far from an anomaly.

Al-Zenki’s brutality is not the only problem for the US. The group is closely aligned with Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, Al Nusra Front, and considers itself to be part of a Sunni jihadist war. In the event al-Zenki prevailed in overthrowing the Syrian government, there is a high likelihood al-Zenki would be part of a genocidal campaign against Shiites and other religious minorities in Syria.

President Barack Obama infamously bypassed a rule against arming terrorists (See Note 1)to start throwing weapons into the Syrian Civil War. Those weapons are now in the hands of terrorists and brutal militants that see the United States ultimately as an enemy, even if they are happy to make temporary alliances.

But as bad as the PR was for al-Zenki, the Obama Administration was even more back on its heels this week when it was revealed that a US air strike killed nearly 60 Syrian civilians mistakenly believe to be ISIS fighters.

The US is really winning the hearts and minds of the people in Syria, in the sense that it’s tearing people’s torsos apart with bombs and funding terrorists who cut people’s heads off.

Note 1:

Obama Bypasses Terrorism Rule To Give Weapons To Syrian Rebels

President Obama, in order to arm Al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels, has waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups. Not surprisingly, federal law currently bans giving weapons to terrorists. Though it seems Obama does have the authority to bypass the restriction and he is choosing to do so by arming the Syrian rebels who have links to Al Qaeda, a group still listed as supporting terrorism.

The president, citing his authority under the Arms Export Control Act, announced today that he would “waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40A of the AECA related to such a transaction.”

Those two sections prohibit sending weaponry to countries described in section 40(d): “The prohibitions contained in this section apply with respect to a country if the Secretary of State determines that the government of that country has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism,” Congress stated in the Arms Control Export Act.

The Syrian rebels not only include factions that are explicitly loyal to Al Qaeda but, according to US intelligence and experts analysts, those factions are now dominant within the opposition. So it is highly likely that some of the arms being shipped into Syria right now by the CIA will fall into the hands of Syrian rebels loyal to Al Qaeda.

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Note 2:

Modified by The McGlynn to include the UK

Note 3:

Video added by The McGlynn, via The Daily Star

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