The Enemy of My Enemy
Moderate Rebels Caught Between ISIS and Assad
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  • Pete

    Please … don’t dare propose bring the ‘moderate’ rebels here.

  • FriendlyGoat

    The “enemy-of-my-enemy” stuff does not seem to work for moderates in Islamic places. Being against Assad is not enough to satisfy either Isis or Jabhat al-Nusra. I presume that moderates in other places are taking note of how this works with Islamic radicals.

    • Breif2

      That the extremists will turn on you once you’ve jointly overthrown The Power That Be is so predictable you would have to be an idiot not to expect it. But that they are doing so now is indeed indicative.

      • FriendlyGoat

        Yes, it’s indicative that Islam is a dangerous mess because it always contains people—of various degrees of delusion—- whose admitted goal is domination of everyone else because of false prophecy. (No, I did not go to your link. If you can explain something, explain it yourself.)

  • gabrielsyme

    Entirely predictable, and, at least from the point of view of Assad, entirely rational. From a strategic point of view, the rise of Islamist groups was always going to be a consequence of the Syrian rebellion. The only sensible policy from the very beginning was to starve the rebellion of funding and external support, thus allowing Assad to reassert control.

    Even the “moderates” have proven exceedingly happy to target minorities, especially Alawites. One hates to say this, but Iran and Russia have done the world a favour by sparing the West the chance to see the genocidal consequences of a rebel victory in Syria.

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