Wednesday, July 20
White House consides pausing its support for Syrian group that beheaded sick child
As the horrific consequences of U.S. policy in Syria continue to unfold I find myself more and more ashamed of myself, as an American citizen. There are limits to how much the Obama regime can be blamed; they are getting away with atrocities in Syria year after year because the American public and news media that is supposed to serve it have been turning a willfully blind eye to clear evidence that the United States of America chose to support the overthrow of Syria's government as a quid pro quo for two powerful Gulf allies -- Saudi Arabia and Qatar -- and Erdogan's regime and to support the French regime's machinations in Syria.
From Moon of Alabama; July 20, 2016:
Yesterday some ten year old kid in Syria was beheaded by U.S. supported "moderate rebels".
The "rebels" alleged that the boy was a fighter for a Palestinian group on the Syrian government side. But the boy looks very small and weak, has infusion tubes in his arm and no military attributes like a uniform or weapons.
There is now additional information about the case:
8:08 AM - 20 Jul 2016 Elijah J. Magnier @EjmAlrai
#Palestinian child, Abdullah Issa, was at Hospital, beheaded by Mateen al-Nahlawee coz his father is a militant.
#Palestinian Abdullah Issa was suffering from lack of oxygen n the bloodstream causes thalassemias and needed blood transfusion every month+
He was not fighting among Al-Quds pro-gov group but his father. He was a patient at the Hospital in #Aleppo when beheaded by pro-#US Zinki.
The five "individuals" who killed the child are members of the Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki, a group supported by the CIA as well as with Saudi money and weapons. The group issued a statement on the case. It called it "an act of an individual" and blamed the "international community" for its problems. While only one person does the cutting the video shows that the five "individuals" are clearly acting as a group, cheering Takbeer and Allahu Akbar during and after the beheading.
Despite the publicly available video and the statement by the Zinki group leaders admitting the case, the U.S. State Department had only a very subdued response to it:
QUESTION: Is this the kind of thing that would affect assistance, U.S. assistance to this specific group but also just in general to the FSA?
MR TONER: Well, I think we’d take a – if, as you said, if we can prove that this was indeed what happened and this group was involved in it, I think it would certainly give us pause.
QUESTION: It would give you pause?
MR TONER: Well, give us pause about any assistance or, frankly, any further involvement with this group.
QUESTION: So, in other words, so it will draw – there will be some kind of consequence if you’re satisfied that this actually happened?
MR TONER: I can’t – again, I can’t say what that consequence will be, but it will certainly give us, as I said, serious pause and we’ll look at, frankly, any affiliation or cooperation with this group we may have going forward, if these allegations are proven true.
We may expect, says the State Department, a "serious pause" in the delivery of new lethal U.S. weapons to the group. Will a day or two do?
And here is how a western expert, who is paid by Qatar and other Gulf states to support the head choppers, responds to the case:
8:17 AM - 19 Jul 2016 Charles Lister @Charles_ListerZinki’s beheading is 100% reprehensible. Simple.
But for #Assad supporters to suddenly claim the moral high-ground is rank hypocrisy.
7:04 AM - 19 Jul 2016 Charles Lister @Charles_ListerAnd yes - today’s event notwithstanding - I stand by this statement. Comparing ISIS/AQ to these groups *is* absurd.
Amnesty International provides material that proves how both, Zinki and ISIS, abduct people, torture and commit summary mass killings. But the Islamic State is bound by a brutal but strict interpretation of Islamic law. It would likely never behead a sick child on camera for the fun of it. Neither has any element of the Syrian state ever done such crime.
Comparing the Zinki group to the Syrian government or even the Islamic State savages is indeed absurd.