The Bigger Villain Whitewashes the Crimes of the Lesser Villain

(Jerusalem Post) Yoram Schweitzer - We watch in amazement as Islamic State, a terrorist entity which employs extreme, particularly grotesque violence, becomes a rallying point for a coalition of terrorist perpetrators that are just as bad - among them Syria led by Bashar Assad, and Iran and Hizbullah working alongside Russia in order to block the Sunni jihadist terrorism. Suddenly al-Qaeda and its affiliates became "light Salafi jihadists" and are presented today as pragmatic. Bashar Assad murders hundreds of thousands of his people and is presented as a legitimate ruler, and Iran, the world leading state sponsor of terrorism, is presented as a stabilizing force in the Middle East. The writer is head of the research program on Terror and Low-Intensity Conflict at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.

2015-10-14 00:00:00

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