The Twilight of the Moderate Rebels

Yet another tired meme of the Lamestream Media is biting the dust.

Tulsi Gabbard is a Democrat who is on good terms with Trump – indeed, she was once viewed as a feasible if highly unlikely candidate for Secretary of State. She has gone to Syria, talked with the people, and confirmed that the “moderate rebels” are anything but, and has since proceeded to castigate CNN on their fake news (her interviewer wasn’t happy about that).

Incidentally, as Alexander Mercouris points out, it is most curious that the most fervent proponents of that meme never seemed to want to spend much time with the objects of their veneration:

A key point to make about Tulsi Gabbard is that she has made these comments after actually visiting Syria, and going to places like Damascus and Aleppo.

As I have previously pointed out, since the end of the fighting in Aleppo, the city is now safe to visit by Western journalists, which is why Tulsi Gabbard has been able to go there, and has been able to speak to people there.  By contrast the Western media, which throughout the autumn was full of lurid reports of atrocities supposedly committed in Aleppo during the fighting there by the Syrian army and the Russians, is staying away.

Here is Gabbard’s official statement:

“I return to Washington, DC with even greater resolve to end our illegal war to overthrow the Syrian government. I call upon Congress and the new Administration to answer the pleas of the Syrian people immediately and support the Stop Arming Terrorists Act. We must stop directly and indirectly supporting terrorists—directly by providing weapons, training and logistical support to rebel groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and ISIS; and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and Turkey, who, in turn, support these terrorist groups. We must end our war to overthrow the Syrian government and focus our attention on defeating al-Qaeda and ISIS.

“From Iraq to Libya and now in Syria, the U.S. has waged wars of regime change, each resulting in unimaginable suffering, devastating loss of life, and the strengthening of groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS.

This jives with Trump’s inauguration promise: “We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

Anyhow, stinging from their defeat in Aleppo, the rebels in the Idlib pocket have descended into something resembling a civil war in record time. The eastern front remains stable – Deir ez-Zor has continued to hold out, despite Islamic State throwing so many men from their Iraqi wilayats and matériel captured from Palmyra at it in the past couple of weeks.

As this new reality dawns, Western states are beginning to publicly accept Assad’s right to a political role in the future Syria.

Anatoly Karlin is a transhumanist interested in psychometrics, life extension, UBI, crypto/network states, X risks, and ushering in the Biosingularity.


Inventor of Idiot’s Limbo, the Katechon Hypothesis, and Elite Human Capital.


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  1. German_reader says

    Isn’t there some talk however in the Trump administration about creating “safe zones” in Syria? Not really clear to me what Trump’s position will be on the conflict in Syria.

  2. Fortunately the concept of a safe zone, apart from being absurd, is vague, so Trump has the opportunity to interpret it in a harmless way.

  3. Kyle McKenna says

    Israel–and its partisans in the USA, particularly those in the CIA and NSA–has always viewed the destabilisation of its Arab neighbors as “Job 1” …or “Job 2” if you assign primacy to its trampling of Palestinians.

    There are so many benefits to Israel of wrecked societies in places like Syria and Iraq that it would be idle to count them.

    BTW, the word is ‘jibe’ not ‘jive’. Our Brit friends spell it “gybe”.

  4. The woman has her head screwed on straight. She manages to stay on message, despite the interviewer’s many attempts to deflect and derail. Let us hope that there will be found ten righteous persons in Congress.

  5. michael dr says

    Twilight Zone. Not so much the end of the day for them, as the end of the fiction.

  6. There’s already a “safe zone” in Syria – that part of Syria controlled by Assad. I never thought I’d end up sticking up for this guy, but he’s so obviously the best of a bad lot in this conflict, it’s not even up for discussion. The lies of the American media complex are so mind-bending on this matter, it’s unbelievable.

  7. Erik Sieven says

    it would be good for the Trump administration to realize that there already are safe zones in Syria, which are the regions controlled by the Syrian government