<a class=”colorbox” href=”http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3785/us-intervention-jihad”>by Clare M. Lopez, GATESTONE INSTITUTE
With the June 13, 2013 confirmation by senior Obama administration officials that the president has authorized sending weapons directly to Syrian rebels, there is a trend developing that can no longer be ignored. This is the third country and the third instance in which Barack Obama has leapt into the fray of revolution to the defense of al-Qa’eda and Muslim Brotherhood forces within days of an explicit call for action by Yousef al-Qaradawi, the senior jurist of the Muslim Brotherhood. While no ironclad case for linkage can be proven, even just the appearance, in and of itself, of responsiveness by the U.S. government to declared Brotherhood imperatives ought to be concerning.
Speaking on Al-Arabiya Television on June 9, 2013, al-Qaradawi called for jihad in Syria:
Four days later, on June 13, Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, announced that the intelligence community had arrived at an assessment “that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, on a small scale against the opposition multiple times in the last year.” This conveniently-timed and entirely unsourced finding set the stage for the White House announcement the next day about Obama’s authorization of military aid to the Syrian rebels. The Supreme Military Council, which claims leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Free Syrian Army and is headed by BG Salim Idriss, has been selected to receive the weapons.
This pattern of an al-Qaradawi pronouncement quickly followed by White House action began in Egypt in January 2011. On January 26, 2011, speaking in an interview on Al-Jazeera television, al-Qaradawi issued an unambiguous demand that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak step down:
“President Mubarak … I advise you to depart from Egypt … There is no other solution to this problem but for Mubarak to go…”
By January 29, a mere three days later, Obama fell in line and told Mubarak that “an orderly transition must …begin now…”
It was not long afterwards—on February 21, 2011—that al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa, again on Al-Jazeera television, calling for the killing of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. The Islamic revolution against Qaddafi’s regime had broken out just days before, on February 17. The news that President Obama had signed a secret order, known as a “presidential finding,” to authorize covert U.S. government support for the al-Qa’eda-dominated militias then fighting to oust Qaddafi, emerged in late March 2011. Reports cited “government sources,” however, who said the president had signed the finding “within the last two or three weeks.” In any event, by March 14, …read more