Why would the US arm Syrian Rebels?
Recent news that Syrian President Assad crossed President Obama’s “red line” by using confirmed amounts of chemical weapons means that the White House will soon be aiding the rebels with weapons and potentially other forms of military aid. The main question Americans should ask themselves is, who are these rebels we’ll soon be aiding? And why are we helping them? What will Syria look like if Assad is removed? Why aren’t other countries taking the lead over there? Here’s a recent story by the Washington Post that should give us all reason to be weary.
Syrian Rebels Execute a 14 Year Old Boy
By Max Fisher | Washington Post
When a 14-year-old boy from the Syrian city of Aleppo named Mohammad Qatta was asked to bring one of his customers some coffee, he reportedly refused, saying, “Even if [Prophet] Mohammed comes back to life, I won’t.”
… A group of Islamist rebels, driving by in a black car, reportedly heard the exchange… The rebels waited for a crowd to gather; Qatta’s parents were among them. Speaking in classical Arabic, they announced that Qatta had committed blasphemy and that anyone else who dared insult the Prophet Mohammed would share his fate. Then, the shirt still wrapped around the boy’s head, the rebels shot him in the mouth and neck.
As Islamist groups continue to take territory in the Syrian civil war, more Syrians are coming under the control of armed extremists who enforce an austere and sometimes violent version of sharia law. The Washington Post’s Liz Sly has reported on other such punishments in Aleppo, where the al-Qaeda-allied group Jabhat al-Nusra is thought to lead the newly established sharia enforcement authority.
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