“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The face of FSA (Free Syrian Army), the Syrian rebels and who they really are

The confrontation between jihadists and moderates in Syria, is just beginning.

Why are we getting involved in this?

The alternative power center in the Syrian revolution is the emerging Salafist jihadist network, Al-Qaeda affiliates or wannabes. Many are Sunnis. The power of these extremist groups is growing across Syria.

One example is a Salafist group in Idlib called Soukor al-Sham, headed by a man who calls himself Abu Issa. He is now working to form an alliance with a similar Salafist group known as Ahrar al-Sham. To gather funds, Abu Issa was said to have visited the Turkish border city of Antakya last week to meet with Saudi businessmen who might contribute to his group.

Another jihadist group bidding for power is known as the Majlis al-Shura, or Shura Council. Finally there is Jabhat al-Nusra, which openly boasts of its links with Al-Qaeda. This video uses video clips made by different factions in the FSA:



  1. Meanwhile there is a false flag move by Turkey to drag Nato into this debacle.

    If you take Romney at his word, he will jump right into this as well.

    1. Not only would he jump in he'd do it with PRIDE flexing his muscles all the way. If you take him at his word he will also keep his lips glued to Bibi's ass and take on Iran as well. But, hey, you don't like Obama so Mitsters your man!

    2. Fuck you Ash.

  2. LONDON (AP) — British police searched two east London properties Wednesday as part of the investigation into the activities of a man and a woman arrested on suspicion of supporting terrorism offenses in Syria.

    Police took the pair, both aged 26, into custody late Tuesday, after they flew into Heathrow Airport from Egypt. Police provided few details.

    Most of those fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad are believed to be ordinary Syrians and soldiers who have defected, having become fed up with the authoritarian government, analysts say. But increasingly, foreign fighters and those adhering to an extremist Islamist ideology are turning up on the front lines.

    The rebels are trying to play down their influence for fear of alienating Western support, but as the civil war grinds on, the influence of these extremists is set to grow.

  3. A U.N. panel warned last month that the number of foreign fighters in the conflict was growing — a development which it said could radicalize the rebellion against Assad’s rule. The Quilliam Foundation, a London-based think tank studying extremism, estimated that there were a total of 1,200-1,500 foreign fighters across Syria.

  4. 1200-1500 “foreign fighters”1 no problem in a country the size of Syria? How about 19 jihadis in a country the size of the US?

  5. The United States military has secretly sent a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists to Jordan to help the armed forces there handle a flood of Syrian refugees, prepare for the possibility that Syria will lose control of its chemical weapons and be positioned should the turmoil in Syria expand into a wider conflict.

  6. Our Middle East expertise and the dolts that are our masters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior State Department official says his department never concluded that the consulate attack in Libya stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam, raising further questions about why the Obama administration initially used that explanation after assailants killed four Americans there.

    Briefing reporters Tuesday, officials provided a more detailed rundown of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi. They said the attack came without warning and involved multiple groups of men armed with weapons such as machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

    But asked about the administration's initial explanation linking the violence to the video, one official said, "That was not our conclusion." The official called it a question for “o/thers” i>to answer.

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