Perhaps Kerry has his conflicts muddled, because it's
difficult to see how a failure to strike Syria will 'embolden' AQ. There seems
to be unanimity in the assessment that 'AQ and AQ affiliates' are playing a
major role in fighting with forces loyal
to Bashar al-Assad - perhaps the leading role due to their superior fighting
skills and commitment to jihadist goals. It's quite obvious that any strike on
Assad's forces or infrastructure will be useful assistance to opposition forces including AQ.
Kerry would struggle to argue convincingly that US strikes will not
embolden Al Qaeda in Syria. Anyone can see it will be a boost - a small boost
or a big one - depending on how far the US goes. But perhaps more important
than that is the suspicion held by some that Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri's broader goals and
strategies are served by once more sucking the US into an unwinnable war, and
it seems to be going his way. That's not
to say that Obama has fully taken the bait, but Kerry's suggestion that the
last thing AQ needs is a 'humanitarian attack' on Syria is far from the truth.
Kerry warned a sceptical and sometimes raucous panel that
failing to strike Syria would embolden al-Qaida and raise to "100%"
the chances Assad would use chemical weapons again. Link