It has now become clear why the the United States insisted that its Syria ceasefire deal with Russia was kept secret.
In John Kerry’s testimony before the United Nations on Thursday he let slip that one of the US demands was that the Syrian air force were prohibited from attacking al-Nusra Front (aka al-Qaeda in Syria).
“It was also very importantly part of the plan, that when those efforts of cooperation commenced, Syrian warplanes would be prohibited from flying over areas where the legitimate opposition and al- Nusra were present, in order to give us the opportunity to work out the separation,” Kerry said.
Ron Paul Institute reports:
Crazy conspiracy theory? Listen to John Kerry’s own words at the UN yesterday:
Why US kept Syria truce terms secret:
Syrian planes prohibited from flying over areas where al-Nusra is present
i.e. US protecting al-Qaeda pic.twitter.com/LQ6NuUZqSI
— the Lemniscat (@theLemniscat) September 22, 2016
Kerry argued at the UN that it would be impossible to separate Washington’s “moderates” from al-Qaeda while al-Qaeda was under attack:
Now, I have said to Russia many times it’s very hard to separate people when they are being bombed indiscriminately and when Assad has the right to determine who he’s going to bomb, because he can, quote, ‘go after Nusrah’ but go after the opposition at the same time because he wants to.
Does this make any sense? It seem much more logical to argue that the threat of being bombed alongside al-Qaeda would be the greatest incentive for “moderates” to separate themselves from al-Qaeda as soon as possible!
You would think Washington would tell its “moderates”: “You must cease and desist from fighting alongside al-Qaeda in Syria within the next 48 hours or you will yourselves become targets of Syrian, Russian, and coalition planes.”
Instead Washington argues that because its “moderates” refuse to separate from al-Qaeda the Russians and Syrians must stop attacking al-Qaeda!
George W. Bush famously said, “either you’re with us, or you are with the terrorists.” But what happens when Washington itself is “with the terrorists”?