‘American Cannot Defeat ISIS by Aligning with Dictators Because the Two Exist in Symbiosis‘ (Rula Jebreal, The Huffington Post)
“The old Arabic proverb ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’ appears to have just arrived in the U.S. Serious American analysts have been promoting Egyptian President el-Sisi as a ‘moderate’ leader who can defeat the threat to the region posed by ISIS. These same analysts are also seriously proposing cooperation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has fueled the growth of ISIS in Syria and emboldened it in Iraq.
If the U.S. decides to partner with Assad to defeat ISIS, they will be embracing a policy that legitimizes a war criminal who gassed his own people, and — so far — is theprimary culprit in a conflict that has killed some 200,000 Syrians. Clearly, Assad has seen the opportunity to exploit the ISIS threat as his latest means to cling ruthlessly to power.”