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  •  If Al Nusra wants an islamic state there is no (3+ / 0-)
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    OIL GUY, mickT, Fire bad tree pretty

    reason to support them. An islamic state means loss of freedom for half the population (the females). Not the freedom to say your political mind, but the very banal freedom of moving outside your house unsupervised.

    He who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

    by Sophie Amrain on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:30:24 PM PST

    •  I agree there's no reason for anyone (0+ / 0-)

      outside Syria to support Jabhat al Nusra, but for those fighting on the frontline inside Syria there is the rather good reason that for a time they were the only people with the military skills to neutralise Asad's armour.
      Its a simple equation - supply of decent weapons to the mainstream FSA would have meant no JN threat.

      •  The US, UK and EU would have to break their own (0+ / 0-)

        arms embargo of Syria. If they did, it would make a mockery of these laws. They have to change the terms of these embargoes without looking like blatant hypocrites.

        Another problem is that there is no way to control the arms once they enter the country. If they fall into the hands of the terrorist designated Al-Nusra Front then it opens up a new can of legal worms. They would be placed in the very awkward position of providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations.

        Pakistan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are now in violation of these laws if they continue to support Al-Nusra with arms OR money. This may be part of the reason for arms supply into Syria drying up.

        He who sows the wind reaps the whirlwind.

        18 USC § 2339B - Providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations

        (a) Prohibited Activities.—

        (1) Unlawful conduct.— Whoever knowingly provides material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both, and, if the death of any person results, shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life. To violate this paragraph, a person must have knowledge that the organization is a designated terrorist organization (as defined in subsection (g)(6)), that the organization has engaged or engages in terrorist activity (as defined in section 212(a)(3)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), or that the organization has engaged or engages in terrorism (as defined in section 140(d)(2) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989).

        (2) Financial institutions.— Except as authorized by the Secretary, any financial institution that becomes aware that it has possession of, or control over, any funds in which a foreign terrorist organization, or its agent, has an interest, shall—

        (A) retain possession of, or maintain control over, such funds; and

        (B) report to the Secretary the existence of such funds in accordance with regulations issued by the Secretary.
        (2) Extraterritorial jurisdiction.— There is extraterritorial Federal jurisdiction over an offense under this section.

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