December 04, 2013

FSA Fighters Take Nuns Hostage

How's that war in Syria working out for ya?

Opposition fighters abducted 12 nuns from a Christian village overrun by rebels, Syria’s Greek Orthodox patriarch and the head of a convent said Tuesday, adding to fears that hard-line Muslim rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad were increasingly targeting Christians....

The nuns and three other women were seized Monday from the Greek Orthodox Mar Takla convent in the village of Maaloula and taken to the nearby rebel-held town of Yabroud, which also has a large Christian population, said Mother Superior Febronia Nabhan, head of the nearby Saidnaya Convent.

Often times we mix up the Free Syrian Army with the various Islamist groups which are not part of the FSA. So, the FSA gets blamed for a lot of bad things that aren't, in fact, being done by them.

But this time? This time it looks like the FSA, which our government is funneling money to, is really behind the kidnappings:

Loay al-Mikdad, a spokesman for the mainstream rebel Free Syrian Army, denounced the behavior of some groups in Maaloula, but blamed the regime for placing tanks and other military hardware inside the village. Speaking to Al-Arabiya TV, he said rebels went into Maaloula not for sectarian reasons but because of its strategic location.
So, if the secular moderates no longer have any control over the various "moderate" groups fighting under the FSA umbrella, then why should we be giving them money?

As a matter or regional and global strategy, it is in our interests that the Assad regime fall. But as a matter of tactics, it's not clear why falling to this particular group of rebels will actually improve the strategic situation. Sure, Assad's fall will bloody the nose of Iran and a resurgent Russia, but I really don't know if the chaos that ensues will strengthen our global position.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:26 AM | Comments |