2014 December 07 Sunday
Moderate Opposition Collapsing In Syria

Obama wants to prop up the moderate (at least by Middle Eastern measures) opposition in Syria to create an alternative to Assad and the Jihadists. But the moderate opposition continues to lose territory and the moderate opposition in Syria is collapsing. The Al Nusra Front is taking their territory.

The Middle East is one of the regions of the world that challenge the conventional wisdom that the whole world is going to embrace Liberal Manifest Destiny. Some parts of the world seem highly resistant to liberalization. Will this continue to the be case?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2014 December 07 11:52 PM 

AMac said at December 8, 2014 3:35 AM:

Reporter Liz Sly is naive. She could get up to speed by reading back posts of The Long War Journal, which for years has discussed what the "moderate opposition" leaders say in (Arabic) interviews, and which other groups they have allied with and shared U.S. weaponry with -- al Qaeda franchises and allies, including the Al Nusra Front.

The US "support the secular moderates" policy has been a mirage from the start. Part GW Bush style wishful thinking, and part Build-A-Narrative cynicism.

"Who lost Syria?"

"Not me! Why, if only you had poured billions into my Support-The-Moderates policy, Syria would be another flourishing Mideast secular democracy!"

(Just like Iraq.)

Jim said at December 8, 2014 5:02 AM:

US foreign policy in the Middle East can be best described as "bat-shit crazy".

Mike Street Station said at December 8, 2014 7:23 AM:

It's hard to believe that it's still conventional wisdom that the whole world is going to embrace Liberal Western style democracy. It made since to believe that during the cold war, but that's decades in the past. There has been no evidence for that since after the fall of communism.

Stephen said at December 8, 2014 3:00 PM:

I'd have thought that Assad is clearly the secular moderate in Syria. We even fought side-by-side during the first gulf war. Funny how he's suddenly deemed evil and we're doing our damnedest to replace him with crazies.

It's almost as if our leaders are lying about their motives and the media are happily regurgitating their propaganda. No, that would never happen.

Wolf-Dog said at December 8, 2014 6:42 PM:

The moderate opposition cannot win against the fundamentalists because the latter believe in afterlife privileges that are tantamount to immortality in exchange for human sacrifice (of the former). When the prize is so valuable, the latter would fight better than the former.

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