In two windowless offices just one block away from the White House, Mouaz Moustafa is working to persuade Congress and the executive branch to put the weight of American power behind the Syrian rebels seeking to overthrow the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad.The 28-year-old leads the Syrian Emergency Task Force, the group that famously snuck Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain into Syria in May to meet with leaders of the Syrian opposition. McCain calls Moustafa a “patriot” and says he is “a tireless champion for the cause of freedom for Syria.” Robert Zarate of the Foreign Policy Initiative, a think tank that supports greater American intervention in Syria, says that Moustafa’s group has been “indispensable” in fight to get American power more involved in the Syrian conflict.
[ed note; the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) is a ziocon think tank begun in 2009 by William Kristol, the founder of the Project for the New American Century
“The Syrian Emergency Task Force, along with the Syrian Support Group, both have played indispensable roles in helping U.S. policymakers and lawmakers not only to better understand, but also to respond more effectively to, the escalating crisis in Syria,” he told TheDC. When TheDC met Moustafa in late June, he looked as if the weight of Aleppo was on his shoulders. He had just returned from one of his regular trips to Syria, where the over two year long revolution-turned-civil war has not been going particularly well for the rebels. Moustafa argues that if the U.S. doesn’t act soon to help the opposition forces succeed, the consequences could be dire for Syria — and bloody for America. Among the parade of horribles Moustafa foresees is a decade-long civil war that tears the “social fabric of Syria apart,” that destroys the institutions that exist in Syria, that empowers Iran and
[ed notes;intern for rep. vic snyder??? Legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by Vic Snyder http://beta.congress.gov/member/victor-snyder/1530/ H.Res.833 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)
RESOLUTION Latest Title: Honoring the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and the [[[Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan]]]]....
H.Con.Res.206 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)RESOLUTION Latest Title: Commending the soldiers and civilian personnel stationed at Fort Gordon and their families for their service and dedication to the United States and recognizing the contributions of Fort Gordon to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom
Moustafa [[[[first worked for a group that supported the Egyptian Revolution and then as executive director of the Libyan Council of North America]]]]
, which [[[[[[supported the Libyan Revolution. In that role, he says, he met with White House National Security Council staff, briefed congressmen and advised the Libyan ambassador to the United States when he defected]]]]]]]. But the revolutionary dominoes in the Middle East continued to topple — until they finally reached Syria in March 2011. “When Syria began, it was scary, because it was much more home for me,” Moustafa said.
[ed notes:taken part in two zionist western sponsored revolutions then he wants to give impression he was caught by surprise on the third?lol
The Syrian Emergency Task Force is one of several organizations pushing America toward greater intervention in Syria (Moustafa himself is actually the political director of another.) As executive director of SETF, Moustafa says he leads a staff of eight in Washington and roughly an equal amount in field offices in Syria. In the small office where TheDC met Moustafa, an American flag was leaning to the side, its base tipped over a bundle of open boxes.[[[[ A Syrian rebel flag with the words “Freedom” hung on the wall, along with a map of the country. Above Moustafa’s desk was a framed document marking an alliance between the Syrian-American community and the Cuban-American community. Both communities, he said, understand the perils of “facing a dictatorship.”]]]]] Testifying to the gravity of the issues he deals with, Moustafa’s desk was littered with defense journals, like “Jane’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense 2010-2011” and “Jane’s Mines and Mine Clearance 2010-2011.” While advocating for greater intervention in Syria, Moustafa says he has gone to Tampa to meet with Central Command, to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and to the White House “every couple of months” to meet with staff of the National Security Council. And if you are wondering who is sorting through the Syrian morass to find groups that are suitable for American aid — in other words, not members of al-Qaida — Moustafa says it’s a task his group performs as well.[[[[ “What we try to do is make sure is that the aid is going from the State Department is going to the right people,” he said]]]. “There are hundreds of groups, and most of them Islamist. So even worse prospects, right?,” Moustafa said when presented with the Economist magazine statistic. He countered, however, by saying the statistic was actually an argument for why America needs to be more involved in the conflict. “Weapons are coming in” now, he said, and in the absence of American leadership, they are not going “to the guys we want.” But considering the Islamists seem to be far and away the most successful and arguably most zealous of the opposition forces — in at least one case literally eating the heart of their enemy — wouldn’t American intervention just be helping to bring about an Islamist state in Syria? [[[“Anyone that tells you that they would know what will happen after [Assad falls] is a liar,”]]]] Moustafa said.
[ed notes;i do!reconstruction efforts and money will ,and can only come from western lending institutions,and whatever puppets are hushered in will follow the Egyptian,Tunisian neoliberal model,wether they are seculars or islamists wich will be chosen by west...
“I could tell you that when [the good elements of the opposition] are supported, people rally around them more, the hierarchy becomes more clear,” he added. “People are looking for a third option. Many people in Jabhat al-Nusra would like to find somebody else to join on to that agree with their ideology or with their outlook on Syria.”
[ed notes:is he arguing that al nusra terrorists now seek to join third party groups,under moderate label???al nusra facelift anyone?
Jabhat al-Nusra is widely considered the strongest rebel group. It also happens to be an al-Qaida affiliate. Late last year, the U.S. deemed it a terrorist organization. Is Moustafa suggesting that members of the group are not really supporters of it? “Absolutely, by no means at all [do all those fighting with the group] identify with that ideology,” he claimed. “Let’s look at the Jabhat al-Nusra. Didn’t exist, then existed. Came up to numbers [of] about 5,000 or 6,000. Then we put them on a terrorist list — increase their profile and people stood with them. I think the way they were thinking is, ‘you don’t support us, you don’t give us arms, you don’t give us anything,(your client regimes in gulf give us everything however) but then you tell us whose good and whose bad within us?’ So first support, then dictate.”
[ed notes:but the us does support them,thru its allies...you see us treasury sanctioning nusras financial backers in Gulf?Course not,,why not?becaus ethey are proxies used by us client regimes,utilized to acomplish a desired goal..what hes asking openly(and mind you he coordinates funds to opposition thru zionist ran us state dept*)for us to fund al qaeda,openly mind you(they cant however,due to contrictions wich expose their fake war on terror),openly!!!
The conservative Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes has argued, in a very realpolitik way, that the West benefits from a prolonged civil war in Syria in which Hezbollah terrorists supporting the Assad regime and al-Qaida terrorists in the opposition continue to kill each other. Moustafa says that while this may sound appealing in some abstract way in the short term, in the long term, such a policy would be disastrous.
“You don’t even have to look too far ahead to see that this is a disaster, and the thought that ‘just let them kill each other and see what happens after’ is only going to come back to haunt us ten times more,” he said.
“At the end of the day, Iran and Hezbollah, regardless of how many losses they have, they would have recruited more. They would have instilled their interests in the region, without the hassle of having to deal with a regime, at the same time giving a reason for extremist groups to take a foothold. In Iraq, it was the Sunni Awakening, for example, that got rid of some extremist elements. You would have that on a national level in Syria if you were able to save the country.”
[ed notes;sunni awakening in iraq got rid of some extremists?when?how?>by sending them to Syria to fight against overwhelming majority backed Assad?Same Assad who allowed them to use Syria to go and fight american occupation???
While Moustafa praised President Obama’s June decision to provide some weaponry directly to the Syrian rebels after the U.S. concluded the Assad regime had used chemical weapons, he believes the U.S. needs to do much more. He says the U.S. must take the lead as the world’s superpower and “[unite] the funders” to “support the Supreme Military Council under General Idris,” which he believes will weaken the extremist elements among the rebels that are currently being funded by Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar. He also believes a U.S.-sponsored no fly-zone is necessary, and possibly strategic air strikes as well.
[[[[[[“We are looking for something in the style of Bosnia and Kosovo, where we lost no soldiers, where it was mostly an aerial campaign, where the United States led, and where you have democracies [today],” he said]]]]].
Among the legislators who have been most helpful to his cause, he said, are (all zionists) McCain, New York Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, Democratic Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, as well as Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.