HOT BLAST: Question the ideology of Syrian rebels
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A Free Syrian army fighter stands on a damaged military tank in Zabadani, near Damascus, Syria, on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Syrian Revolution against Bashar Assad)
A Free Syrian army fighter stands on a damaged military tank in Zabadani, near Damascus, Syria, on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Syrian Revolution against Bashar Assad)
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The headline atop John Judis' New Republic article is, John Kerry Says Syria's Moderate Rebels Are Rising. Here Is Why You Should Be Skeptical.

Among the seemingly endless angles of the Syria thing to follow, this one is worth your time. The question: Who or what follows President Bashar Assad as leader of Syria? Judis writes that until recently, the Obama administration:

had opposed sending lethal aid to the rebels for fear it would fall into the hands of Islamist extremists. But in the hearings, Kerry expressed confidence that the “moderates” of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) now had the upper hand in the struggle and could be expected to benefit from an American military strike.

Judis continues:

One cannot answer this question definitively. Reporters and independent researchers have very limited access to Syria; and the situation on the ground continues to shift. When I asked Yezid Sayigh, who is a senior associate with the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, about the relative strength of the moderates and extremists, he said, “None of use really knows, not us outsiders and not most Syrians.” But this much can be said: There is at least as good evidence against the administration’s claim of rising moderation as there is for it. 
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