Republican Sen. John McCain made a surprise visit to war-torn Syria on Memorial Day to meet with rebel leaders, making him the highest-ranking U.S. official to enter the country since war broke out there.
McCain leads an effort within Congress pushing for the U.S. to take on a greater role in securing the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, primarily by providing lethal aid to opposition forces.
A decision opposed by many Americans because the “revolution” in Syria has evolved into a civil war and many of the Syrian rebel groups have been linked to al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.
Arming these groups is not unlike what happened in Afghanistan in the 70s when America supported the mujahideen — to include Osama bin Laden — fighting the Soviet army, and we know how that turned out.
While no one condones the atrocities against the Syrian population that are attributed to al-Assad, a look at current day Egypt and Libya, countries now dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic extremists, gives reason for such skepticism.
Mouaz Moustafa, a Syrian-American who was involved in the so called revolutions in Egypt and Libya, helped plan McCain’s trip to Syria and discusses details of the trip with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer:
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