It must have been one of the few times, when Syrian President Bashar al-Assad laughed after watching members of a Syrian extremist group on an Arab television channel, threatening that their organization is going to establish a radical Islamic regime to replace al-Assad’s.
That interview can frighten the already hesitant and anxious countries, and prove stories by the Syrian regime also repeated by its Russian counterpart as “correct.”
These stories warn that the West will regret overthrowing al-Assad’s regime because it will be repeating the same mistake it made in Afghanistan, and that it will have to wage a new war this time to fight al-Qaeda in Syria.
Some of them [extremist groups] were formed by the regime itself for this specific purpose, and some others were promoted and circulated by al-Assad regime to scare the world from another AfghanistanAbdulrahman al-Rashed
We see that the French forces are currently waging one of their biggest wars in Africa, in the northern Mali, to fight extremist groups there.
There is no doubt that the West, in addition to some Arabs, are afraid that the Syrian revolution would turn into another Afghanistan especially due to the flow of jihadists into Syria to aid in combat. But instead of supporting the Syrian rebels, and stop al-Assad regime’s brutalities, they are just watching and monitoring the extremist groups.
The Syrian regime wants the West to accept that al-Assad regime is a guarantee for stability and works as safety valve against terrorism. The regime will therefore intensify the talks about the extremist groups –unfortunately they do exist.
Some of them were formed by the regime itself for this specific purpose, and some others were promoted and circulated by al-Assad regime to scare the world from another Afghanistan.