US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel funded and have backed regional army of Sunni terrorists since 2007 specifically to overthrow Syria and Iran.

Tony Cartalucci

A 2007 New Yorker article written by renowned journalist Seymour Hersh revealed a plan under the Bush Administration to organize, arm, train, and deploy a regional army of Sunni terrorists, many with ties directly to Al Qaeda, in a bid to destabilize and overthrow both Syria and Iran. The plan consisted of US and Israeli backing, covertly funneled through Saudi proxies to conceal Washington and Tel Aviv’s role, in building the Sunni extremist front.

According to Seymour Hersh’s 2007 article, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?,” (1) Saudi Arabia, a more credible candidate for openly interfacing with the militants, openly admitted that it was a danger, but that they “created it,” and therefore could “control it,” in meetings with Washington. The plan called for not only setting up terrorist enclaves in nations neighboring Syria, including Lebanon, Jordan, and US-occupied Iraq, but also for building up the Muslim Brotherhood, both inside Syria’s borders and beyond – including in Egypt.

Hersh’s work now holds new relevance as revelations that indeed a Sunni-extremist element is behind the violence in Syria, including a horrific bombing in Damascus (2) that has killed scores and injured hundreds. That these Sunni elements are openly supported by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, with militants and weapons flowing in from the above mentioned Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon, (3) just as planned in 2007, shows clearly that the US-Israeli-Saudi plan is unfolding as intended.

As the West feigns shock and horror over the rise of their Sunni front, from Egypt to Syria, and beyond, along with the resurrection of the Muslim Brotherhood, who Hersh confirmed was already benefiting from US and Saudi aid in 2007, it is clear that in reality this is the fruition of a complex premeditated plan, years in the making.

The accomplices include Neo-Conservatives Dick Cheney, Elliott Abrams, and Zalmay Khalilzad – who also serves on the board of the US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy, (4) a chief facilitator of the US-engineered “Arab Spring” (5) destabilization that brought the Muslim Brotherhood (purposefully) back onto the Middle East’s political landscape. This after Arab nations fought long difficult battles against the Brotherhood’s brand of violent extremism and anti-secular policies. Martin Indyk of the US State Department under former President Clinton, a former Ambassador to Israel, and a director at the corporate-financier funded think-tank, the Brookings Institution, was also mentioned in Hersh’s report, and was a co-author of the infamous 2009 “Which Path to Persia?” report,(6) openly declaring US machinations in bringing down the Iranian government, including the use of listed terrorist organizations.

Image: Twin car bombings in Damascus Syria kill scores and maim hundreds – the final result of years of US-Israeli-Saudi backing of vicious Sunni terrorists, admitted in both Seymour Hersh’s 2007 article, “The Redirection,” as well as across US policy think-tanks openly conspiring to fund and arm listed terrorist organizations for use against Syria, Iran, and even Pakistan.

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Bandar is noted by Hersh as instrumental in coordinating efforts between the Saudis, Israel, and the United States, while the political party built up around pro-Saudi Lebanese tycoon Rafic Hariri set the groundwork in Lebanon for the creation of staging points for the violent Sunni front.

With Sunni-extremists committing increasingly frequent and violent atrocities across Syria, the US and the Western media in general, have attempted to portray it as a natural progression of Syria’s internal conflict – when in reality, based on Hersh’s report and confirmed again more recently as the source of the rebels’ funding and support is revealed, it is clearly the result of this long-planned act of foreign aggression against Syria, perpetrated by the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and their Sunni proxies in the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hersh’s report had warned of the tragic consequences to be expected once this Sunni-front had been unleashed, namely, according to former CIA agent Robert Baer in Lebanon, ” Sunni Arabs carrying out a “cataclysmic conflict.” Baer warned of the need to protect Christians from a predictable onslaught by Sunni extremists – an onslaught now playing out against Syria’s 10% Christian population, according to the LA Times’ “Church fears ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Christians in Homs, Syria,” (7) and more recently in USA Today’s distorted, but still telling, “Christians in Syria live in uneasy alliance with Assad, Alawites.” (8)
Christians are not the only minorities being targeted by the US-Israeli-Saudi terrorist front, but all minorities are as is secularism itself, being systematically attacked, as is the case in the wake of the NATO-backed dismemberment of Libya. (9)

As the US attempts to portray terrorist violence in Syria as the fault of Syria’s government for not yielding to “international” pressure – we must remember that while they are absolutely correct – it is not because the Syrian government has reaped the consequences of inciting its own people to violence, but is instead suffering at the hands of a Sunni-extremist front, created by the West and its allies years in advance for the sole purpose of sowing terror to destabilize, divide, and forever destroy Syria and Iran. Should Syria or Iran fall to such machinations, their fate will be no different than that of Libya, now lying in absolute ruin, without a government, without law, but with torturers and militants roaming the streets and preying on the population as Libya’s oil is pilfered by foreign contractors.

There will be no winners if Syria falls, no appeasing the reckless forces of terror manufactured and thrust at the Syrian people. Only unity and perseverance will save Syria from suffering Libya’s fate. The Arab World itself must make a reassessment in the midst of a geopolitical landscape manipulated by the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, pitting Muslim against Muslim for the sake of destroying the stability needed for all to prosper.

1. “The Redirection,” by Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker, March 5, 2007
2. “Susan Rice seizes on horrific bombings to push NATO political agenda for regime change,” by Paul Joseph Watson, Prison Planet, May 11, 2012 3. “Iraqi fighters, arms trickle into Syria as violence grows,” Reuters, Feb 14, 2012
4. “NED & Freedom House are run by Warmongering Imperialists,” Land Destroyer, November 24, 2011
5. “U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings,” New York Times, April 14, 2011
6. “Israel & US: Partners in International Crime,” Land Destroyer, March 6, 2012
7. “Church fears ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Christians in Homs, Syria,” LA Times, March 23, 2012
8. “Christians in Syria live in uneasy alliance with Assad, Alawites,” USA Today, May 10, 2012
9. “NATO’s Slow Genocide in Libya: Syria is Next,” Land Destroyer, April 19, 2012

US “officials” admit Al Qaeda running loose in Syria, fail to mention 2007 US plan to put them there.

Tony Cartalucci

The term “Sunni extremist” refers specifically to terrorists who have been approached by, manipulated, and used to carry out violence across the Arab World, as specified in Seymour Hersh’s 2007 article, “The Redirection.” It by no means indicates that Sunni Muslims as a sect are behind the violence – as many Sunnis have been targeted by the West’s terrorist proxy forces as well.

Regarding the recent, devastating bombings in Damascus, Syria, an Associated Press report, “Syria opposition: Assad trying to destroy UN peace,” featured the “chief of Syria’s major opposition political group Syrian National Council,” Burhan Ghalioun, baselessly claiming “the relationship between the Syrian regime and al Qaeda is very strong.” Also included was the comments of a “Free Syrian Army” commander who claimed, “the Syrian regime wanted through these terrorist explosions to support its silly story of the presence of armed and terrorist gangs.”

Image: The extremist “Free Syrian Army” is the result of a years-long premeditated plan by the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia to leverage violent militants against the Syrian and Iranian governments – according to a meticulously detailed report from renowned journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection.”

However, not even a day passed before another AP report has now confirmed that the terrorist Al-Nusra Front has claimed responsibility for the deadly blasts that ripped through Damascus this week, killing scores and injuring hundreds, and shattering opposition claims that the Syrian government was behind them. The Al-Nusra Front has been at the center of several acts of violence across Syria, as part of a wider Sunni-extremist led, NATO and Gulf State-backed, militant campaign to destabilize and overthrow the Syrian government.

AP’s “Militant video claims responsibility for deadly Syria blasts,” also states that, “Western officials say there is little doubt that Islamist extremists, some associated with al-Qaida, have made inroads in Syria as instability has spread since the start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad 14 months ago.” What AP fails to mention is that the West, in coordination with Israel and Saudi Arabia, have been building up an extremist, militant Sunni front since at least 2007, according to a 2007 New Yorker report by renowned journalist Seymour Hersh titled, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?.”
In Hersh’s voluminous report, it specifically states that, “a by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda,” and that “the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government of President Bashir Assad, of Syria.”

The report also states in regards to the means of US and Israeli support, that “the clandestine operations have been kept secret, in some cases, by leaving the execution or the funding to the Saudis, or by finding other ways to work around the normal congressional appropriations process, current and former officials close to the [Bush] Administration said.” Because US and Israeli support is covertly funneled through Saudi sponsors, Sunni extremists forming the rank and file of the West’s terrorist proxy war against Syria, and ultimately Iran, have little idea that they are in fact being used as tools by the self-serving machinations of the West to divide and destroy not only Shi’ia Muslims, but the Arab World in general.

As the violence in Syria escalates through US, Israeli, and Saudi funding, weapons, and support, the Western media is clearly obfuscating the truth – a truth articulated in immense detail by the New Yorker in 2007, and instead portraying the violence as a spontaneous, natural progression of a conflict that has been demonstratively premeditated by the West years in advance. And while US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta admits that Al Qaeda Sunni-extremists are indeed operating in Syria, his feigning ignorance of the extent to which they are operating there should be considered in the context that he and his colleagues are the very ones that organized, armed, and sent them.