February 6, 2014
Who is the Nicest Terrorist of Them All?
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the nicest terrorist of them all (or the worst)? The world is witnessing the riveting spectacle of terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq feuding and grading each other in terms of their brutality, lack of collegial behavior, and ultimate objectives. Watching the skirmish becomes even more tantalizing as it coincides with ostensible peace talks over Syria taking place in Geneva. There are now three wars occurring in Syria: one between the regime of President Bashar Assad and the rebels, the second between the regime and the Kurds in the northeast part of the country, and the third the confrontation and vicious fighting between al-Qaeda and other rebel groups in at least four provinces: Hama, Idlib, Aleppo, and Raqqa. On a number of occasions, President Barack Obama has declared that al-Qaeda had been "decimated" or is "on the path to defeat." We now know that in fact, it is alive and well. It has mutated...(Read Full Article)