The leading rebel group supporting the overthrow of the Syrian government is the group Jabhat al-Nusra, designated by the United States, and later by Britain, as a terrorist organization. They most likely would take ruling control of Syria if Bashar al-Assad is deposed, which is their goal.
This group refers to the United States and Israel as enemies of Islam, and were actively involved in fighting American forces in Iraq. Their modus operandi includes suicide bombings, kidnappings, torture and execution-style murders. An example of their methods occurred in June, when members of Jabhat al-Nusra attacked a Christian convent, and killed a Catholic priest and two of his assistants seeking sanctuary.
In May, Al-Nusra members were arrested in Turkey, and reportedly had two kilograms of sarin gas in their possession. Apparently both sides have access to gas, and can we be 100-percent sure that Assad was the one who used it first? Many believe the U.S. was wrong about weapons of mass destruction.
Either way, both sides of this civil war are capable of great evil, and both sides of this civil war hate America. Now we are contemplating a course of action that not only could help a regime that would be worse than the current government, but also would further the world’s increasing negative opinion of our great country.
Looking back on U.S. history, aren’t we lucky that other countries didn’t band together to attack us for our destruction of innocent people? There is too much gray in this current situation to make a black-or-white decision.
This is one time we need to heed the advice of the international community and stand down at this moment in time. Human tragedies are being performed by both sides of this civil war. Military involvement would just shake world stability, causing panic economically and politically, and the forming of alliances that historically have led to not-so-good conclusions.
Do we really want to help the rebels?