Grim Reality of Extremism Eludes Kerry: Iraq crisis: John Kerry’s search for moderates is five years late

The International Correspondent: Peace Pursuit

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/iraq-crisis-john-kerrys-search-for-moderates-is-five-years-late-9570460.html

Iraq crisis: John Kerry’s search for moderates is five years late

The US Secretary of State talks of ‘pushing back’ against Isis – but who will do this pushing?

The crucial point here, one that Kerry and Washington should try to grasp, is that the opposition in Syria is controlled by jihadis, and within the jihadi constellation it is Isis that dominates more than ever. Yet it is at this moment that President Obama is asking Congress for $500m (£300m) to equip and train “appropriately vetted” opposition fighters who are supposedly going to fight both Bashar al-Assad and Isis, Jabhat al-Nusra and the other jihadis. And, of course, these fighters will be seen by all sides as mercenary pawns of the Americans, Saudis and Qataris.

Again, the idea is so silly that maybe the US administration is only pretending to have a policy in Syria and Iraq. Maliki has…

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