Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Syrian Opposition Vows to Conquer Israel and then the World

A recent news item that should be of interest to Secretary of State Kerry and his boss, but probably will be ignored by them:

In a video interview with Vice News Network, linked in this story posted at Jerusalem Online, a young Islamist militant fighting with Al Qaeda in Syria declares, "After liberating Syria, our next mission is to liberate Palestine and the Golan, and then continue our conquests." One may safely assume the young fighter was not limiting his target for conquest to Gaza, Yehuda and Shomron and the Golan Heights, but rather has all of Israel in mind. Al Qaeda's forces in Syria now number over 30,000 well-trained, well-armed and highly motivated fighters. Fortunately, Israel takes this threat very seriously.

Of course, the Baathist Syrian regime the Islamist radicals are fighting is murdering men, women and children, combatants and non-combatants, by any means necessasry other then chemical weapons, including starvation. However tempting it might be to blithely wish both sides in the conflict continuing success in killing one another, given the suffering of innocents among the Syrian people, one must not do so. Hopefully, the West will recognize and prepare to face the threat from Islamist militants allied with Al Qaeda that the fall of the Assad regime, or even its loss of territorial control over portions of Syria, will inevitably create.

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