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We have all heard the old foreign policy saying…….especially if you keep an eye on wars here and there…..
Let’s be honest the fight against ISIS is not going well regardless of what the State and Defense Department puts out in their daily briefings……we are not gaining any high ground against ISIS…….
Could there be answer that we seemingly overlook simply because they were are enemy also? Al-Qaeda is the organization that gave us 9/11 and so many other attacks across the world…..but as hard line fundamental as AQ is they think that ISIS is even too extreme……..
Adam Gadahn was a US citizen and an al-Qaeda rep; he’s now dead, having been unintentionally killed in a January drone strike that accidentally killed an American hostage. But sometime in the fall before his death he apparently gave an interview that’s been published in an al-Qaeda magazine, and the resulting 80-page article largely features the former Californian calling out ISIS for killing Muslims and other tyrannical acts. ABC News has excerpts:
- "While no one can deny the considerable strength and prowess of the Islamic State group in military terms, at the same time, the crimes it has committed against Muslims cannot simply be overlooked or forgotten with time, because in Islam there is no statute of limitations."
- "And if these wrongs are not brought to an end and rectified here in this world, then a severe punishment has been promised both for those who committed them as well as those who encouraged, condoned or justified them, even if from behind a computer or mobile phone thousands of miles away."
- "Frankly, all of us used to be sympathetic to varying degrees towards the Islamic State of Iraq [ISIS]—despite its mistakes—when it was seen as a weak and oppressed force valiantly fighting brutal tyrannies. But now that it has become clear that it has—unfortunately—adopted some of the traits, methods and tactics of those same tyrannies, it no longer holds the same place in our hearts that it did once upon a time."
In ABC’s view, Gadahn’s comments don’t jibe with other parts of the interview, where he praised the 9/11 attacks and the more recent attacks on Canada. The 36-year-old was on the FBI’s "Most Wanted Terrorists" list, and was indicted for treason in 2006, reports CNN. His last propaganda video was posted in September, and called for the Saudi Arabian and Pakistani governments to be brought down.
AQ is showing concern that ISIS will become the prominent and that they could lose their international standing as the flagship of Wahhabism……but never fear the neocons have a suggestion……
The latest evidence of a sea change in establishment thinking is a blog that Ahmed Rashid, a prominent Middle East correspondent, recently published on The New York Review of Books website. Entitled “Why We Need al-Qaeda,” it argues that Al Qaeda and its Syrian affiliate, Al Nusra, are evolving in a more moderate direction in growing contrast to its rival, the super-violent Islamic State. So why not use Al Nusra as a counterforce against both Bashar al-Assad and ISIS?
As Rashid puts it: “Unlike ISIS, which demands absolute subjugation of the inhabitants of any territory it conquers (surrender or be executed), al-Nusra is cooperating with other anti-Assad groups and recently joined the ‘Army of Conquest’ alliance of rebel militias in northern Syria. Moreover, in contrast to ISIS’s largely international and non-Syrian fighting force, al-Nusra’s fighters are almost wholly Syrian, making them both more reliable and more committed to Syria’s future.
Would Syrian AQ be a reliable force against ISIS? Would they cooperate only long enough to gain the upper hand? If they gain would they then be a bigger threat than ISIS?
So is the "enemy of our enemy truly our friend"?