When we all suddenly heard about the bombing of the Khorosan group, it sounded like these were made-up terrorists. Now the National Review has gone public with the suspicion in Andrew McCarthy’s editorial, “The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist.”
And he adds that the Sunni Muslim partnership that is supposed to assist the U.S. in fighting ISIS does not really exist either.
Finally, the story goes, Sunni governments were acting decisively to take Islam back from the “un-Islamic” elements that falsely commit “violent extremism” under Islam’s banner.
Sounds uplifting … until you read the fine print. You’ve got to dig deep to find it. It begins, for example, 42 paragraphs into the Wall Street Journal’s report on the start of the bombing campaign. After the business about our glorious alliance with “moderate” allies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar who so despise terrorism, we learn:
Only the U.S. — not Arab allies — struck sites associated with the Khorasan group, officials said. Khorasan group members were in the final stages of preparations for an attack on U.S. and Western interests, a defense official said. Khorasan was planning an attack on international airliners, officials have said. . . . Rebels and activists contacted inside Syria said they had never heard of Khorasan and that the U.S. struck several bases and an ammunition warehouse belonging to the main al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria, Nusra Front. While U.S. officials have drawn a distinction between the two groups, they acknowledge their membership is intertwined and their goals are similar.
Oops. So it turns out that our moderate Islamist partners have no interest in fighting Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate. Yes, they reluctantly, and to a very limited extent, joined U.S. forces in the strikes against the Islamic State renegades. But that’s not because the Islamic State is jihadist while they are moderate. It is because the Islamic State has made mincemeat of Iraq’s forces, is a realistic threat to topple Assad, and has our partners fretting that they are next on the menu.
So this is an important dangerous group… that no one has heard of and which U.S. officials admit have “intertwined” membership with standard Al Qaeda-related fighters trying to take over Syria (and elsewhere). Does this not have “fictional excuse to bomb” written all over it? I guess they felt that they couldn’t accuse the group of possessing WMD since that had already been used.
I don’t agree with how McCarthy presents all this. He simply wants to make out Barack Obama as a failure at fighting terrorists who is now trying to cover over that failure by made up terrorist groups. I think it is far more plausible that in supporting “moderates” in Syria and playing the same game in Libya before, Obama has armed or encouraged the arming of Sunni Muslim Jihadists. Sadly, while Obama has gone far with this policy, he probably did not start it. This is a bipartisan problem.
It isn’t enough to point to the Quran or to the nature of Islam. You have to show me how these people get their money and their weapons and are able to support all this activity. People who live for killing and torture do not produce wealth to finance themselves. That either comes from our Sunni Islamic “allies” or it comes directly from Western countries.
So if we don’t want to see Sunni Jihadist armies kill and torture and rape, it would be a good idea to stop training and financing them. Sadly, Obama has received support in Congress to double down on training even more Islamists. Perhaps future presidents will give them more made-up names.