By Adrian Wylie via Facebook
“Confused by what’s happening in Aleppo and Syria in general? Here’s a simple synopsis:
Syrian president Assad’s forces have driven both the Syrian rebels and ISIS out of Aleppo, with assistance from Russia. People there are celebrating in the streets, and the US State Department is calling it a horrible tragedy. Most of the people in Aleppo probably don’t care about the ideology, they’re just glad the fighting has ended. Both the “U.S. backed rebels’ and ISIS are withdrawing to Palmyra and Iraq.
So, why is the U.S. State Department upset that ISIS/ISIL has been driven out of Aleppo, and the fighting there has ended? Because they are backing the other side of this war.
When you hear “U.S. backed Syrian rebels” in the media, they’re generally talking about any group who opposes Assad. The major players opposing Assad include the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), al-Nusra (formerly al-Qaeda), and ISIS/ISIL.
The U.S. government has supplied at least 2,000 tons of weapons and ammunition to the FSA and SDF in the past two years…at least that’s how much we know about. Sometimes, the “U.S. backed rebels” also includes factions of ISIS, if Sen. John McCain is to be believed.
That’s right, the U.S. government seems to be totally OK with ISIS and al-Qaeda, as long as they’re fighting against Assad. It’s that whole “enemy of my enemy” foreign policy rearing its ugly head again.
Alliances between the various anti-Assad groups are constantly being formed and broken. Fighting between the groups is common. Currently, ISIS/ISIL is sometimes cooperating with FSA and sometimes fighting them, depending on the situation. Part of al-Nusra/al-Qaeda is fighting part of the FSA and another part is fighting ISIS. Some other al-Qaeda groups are fighting the SDF and ISIS/ISIL. The SDF is consistently fighting ISIS/ISIL and al-Qaeda, but also occasionally fights the FSA. Forces within the FSA are fighting each other. There are at least a dozen other smaller factions that are all either enemies or allies of the above groups, depending on the day.
The only common thread is all of them are fighting Assad.
So obviously, with all the inter-alliances between the various factions, many of the U.S. supplied weapons end up in the hands of ISIL/ISIS, either through conquest or occasional cooperation with other groups. That means the U.S. is supplying arms to everyone who opposes Assad, including some of our mortal enemies. And, yes, both the Pentagon and the CIA are fully aware that these weapons are making their way to ISIS and al-Qaeda. It’s part of their game plan in Syria.
Just like in the good ol’ days of the Cold War, Russia is our real nemesis in this fight. Russia backs Assad completely, and will defend him against all comers. The primary U.S. mission is to topple Assad, and they don’t care who fills the vacuum. That’s why the U.S. government isn’t too concerned about helping al-Qaeda and ISIS/ISIL, as long as it helps them achieve the primary objective of taking down Assad.
We’re repeating the exact same mistakes as when the U.S. government gave weapons to the Mujahudeen in Afghanistan to fight the Russians in the 1980’s. As you know, the CIA’s middleman for supplying weapons to the Mujahudeen was a guy named Osama bin Laden.
We all know how well that turned out for us.
But, because of the bizarre and nearly incomprehensible bedfellows in the Syrian war, occasionally Russia and the U.S. share common allies. The SDF is one group that is supported by both the U.S. and Russia.
The SDF seems to hate ISIS/ISIL a little more than they hate Assad, which is probably why the Russians help them. But the Russians bomb the FSA, because the FSA seems to hate Assad more than ISIS/ISIL.
Confused? You should be.
The more you know about this clusterfuck of a war, the less sense it makes. The one thing I know for sure is that there are no good guys, and there are no American national interests at stake.
The first American soldier was killed in combat last month in Syria. More will follow if we continue on our current course.
The United States government needs to immediately end all involvement in this quagmire. Our continued meddling will only lead to more suffering for the innocent people of Syria, and more wasted American blood and treasure.”