If one were to ask average American citizens to explain the nature of the conflict in Syria, and to offer their opinion of whether the U.S. should be involved, we suspect one would get a lot of blank stares. That’s not that a slam at Americans, it just illustrates the fact that people have enough going on in their own lives, that studying what is happening in a foreign land with a foreign culture just isn’t on their radar screens.
The danger, of course, is that this allows politicians with particular agendas to release selected information and make claims that the people, by and large, are in no position to evaluate. To put it bluntly, should the U.S. military be ordered into Syria to kick the daylights out of whomever is running the place and install new leadership? Americans remain at the mercy of the news media and their politicians for answers to such questions.
While that issue or one like it is up for discussion, we’ve learned that one individual, the CEO of Palmyra Corporation, has decided to circumvent the government and intervene directly. As a result, Mr. Rasheed Al Jijakli, who leads that firm, has been indicted for smuggling rifle scopes and other such military gear into Syria.
“Rasheed Al Jijakli, 56, was the CEO of a check cashing business, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) statement. He allegedly avoided U.S. sanctions on Syria by carrying contraband such as rifle scopes, laser sights, bulletproof vests, and other military equipment through Istanbul, Turkey and giving them to combatants in Syria. Jijakli is charged with smuggling and both violating and conspiring to violate trade sanctions. If convicted, he faces up to 50 years in prison.”
There are a number of belligerents involved in the Syrian war, so many so that alliances are not only convoluted but shifting. This is really the situation with much of the Middle-East, as artificial nations like Iraq try to deal with internal problems that are often exacerbated by foreign actors.
“Jijakli is the most recent of several DOJ arrests or convictions against Americans providing material support to militant groups in the Middle East. In July, Yahya Farooq Mohammad, a citizen of India who married a U.S. citizen in 2008, pled guilty to traveling to Yemen to provide thousands of dollars, equipment, and other assistance to notorious now-deceased terrorist recruiter Anwar Al-Awlaki. His plea deal stated that he will be sentenced to 27 years in prison.”
And just to let you know that these supporters of terrorism and various belligerents who are active in the Middle-East mean business, the next paragraph makes that point clear.
“Mohammad also pled guilty to attempting to hire a ‘hitman,’ who was actually an undercover FBI agent, to kidnap and murder U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary, who presided over his case in 2016. He offered to pay up to $15,000 to have the judge ‘taken care of.'”
Some of our friends on the left, in their perpetual drive to include everyone in American society, should read this story and think about the consequences of having these sorts of people on the loose in America. Any kindness or accommodations liberals want to make to such misanthropes and terrorists are unlikely to be met with similar courtesies.
To borrow a phrase, the left is simply feeding the alligator in the hope that it will eat them last.
Source: Daily Caller