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Navid Nasr
Navid Nasr

Location: Croatia

Specialization: Global security, Politics

FSA: Free Syrian Army or Fruitcake Salafi Army?

Some of the biggest lies repeatedly told, and repeatedly debunked, over the course of the past several years include "the Assad regime's" supposed propensity for using chemical/biological agents on "ITS OWN PEOPLE!!!"

The Five year-long war that has been waged on Syria by the NATO-GCC powers and their proxy ethno-sectarian chauvinist and revanchist death squads has the distinction of being both the most covered war in history -- with the Syrian Arab Army, the National Defense Forces, Hezbollah, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, the Kurdish YPG/YPJ, and every single one of the thousands of brigades in the opposition all having dozens of YouTube channels and Facebook and Twitter accounts with which they document their battles and tell their story -- while at the same time, the war on Syria is one of the most lied about wars in history. Which is really saying quite a lot.

Some of the biggest lies repeatedly told, and repeatedly debunked, over the course of the past several years include "the Assad regime's" supposed propensity for using chemical/biological agents on "ITS OWN PEOPLE!!!"... right at the precise time that United Nations inspectors are in the country, for some odd reason. The lie about the town of Madaya (and before that the Damascus suburb of Yarmouk) being besieged and deliberately starved are additional examples. And of course, the neverending story of the worst, most horrible weapon that mankind has ever used since Fat Man and Little Boy were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima... DUH BARREL BOMZ!!! Despite the fact that all of these lies have been thoroughly refuted, they are still considered to be incontrovertible truths chiefly because authoritative voices in NATO governments, and in their dutiful "independent" media, still talk about them as if they are. And well, conditioning being what it is, most folks still take what those higher on the food chain tell them at face value.

But most pernicious myths and lies about this entire civil war/regime change operation that has persisted is that of the Free Syrian Army. You might know them better as the "moderate rebels" that all the nations of the anti-Assad ("anti-terror") alliance rhetorically trot out when it's time to publicly acknowledge some small measure of their involvement in Syria -- via arms shipments, opening the jihadi spigot, and other means -- in order to place them firmly on the side of the angels and "the Syrian people"©™ and to ensure that no one questions the purity of their motives, as opposed to the nefarious motives of those Persian/Russki "imperialists."

The legend of the FSA encompasses within it all the hopes, dreams and wishes of the NATO/Atlanticist empire's ruling class, and its dutiful think tank/media/academia mandarin class, for the break up and dissolution of the regional Resistance bloc -- namely Iran; Syria; Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq, Kataeb Hezbollah, Saraya al-Salam, Liwa al-Youm al-Mawud and other brigades and battalions in Iraq; Hezbollah and the March 8 bloc in Lebanon; and Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine within the Palestinian territories.

It also encompasses within it all the hopes, dreams and wishes of a resurgent Sunni Arab and Turkish chauvinism and revanchism that sought, and seeks, a return to their "rightful place" of all the peoples in the region, particularly in Syria and Iraq. You know, "the natural order of things," with "the Lions of the Ummah" at the top of the food chain and everybody else as their footstools, just like in the good ole' days of the Ottoman Caliphate.

And the foundation of the myth, of course, is the bedrock of lies and deceit disseminated by all the parties that sought to gain from it.

The FSA seems to have been (and I'm deliberately employing the past tense here) all things to all people when it was still a force on the ground. All things except what it actually was. Those of us who followed a few of the hundreds of "rebel" YouTube channels that were up and active as of 2011 (many of them are still up) were fortunate to base our perception of the "Free Syrian Army" on their own words and deeds, not through the filter of the friendly western media, the foreign policy establishment, Muslim Brotherhood front groups or gusano Arab expat communities in the West. We saw the names they gave their Brigades ("Malik Abdullah bin Abdelaziz," "Sheikh Adnan al-Arour," "Sheikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah," "Yazid bin Mu'awiyyah", "Farouq," "Tawhid," "Ummah") and recognized their significance even if it was lost on, or willfully ignored by, those whose understanding of what was going in Syria was limited by their focus on bringing down the "Assad regime." We saw them call for the downfall of the "regime" and the implementation of Sharia law. We saw them "respectfully escort" the Christian population of Homs out of town. Again and again and again they themselves never, never, made any attempt at hiding or disguising who and what they were. It was only their obfuscating and dissembling fanclub in the West that attempted to portray them as latter-day Jeffersonian Democrats or Spanish Anarchists, depending on the target audience.

And some of these modern-day mandarins still have the nerve to try to explain and dissemble and intellectualize away the reality on the ground in Syria, much as they did (and continue to do) with Libya, Iraq, Yemen, etc.

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