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WikiLeaks recently published hacked emails from the global intelligence firm Stratfor, and in one of them, Reva Bhalla, the Director of Analysis, said he attended a meeting at the Pentagon in December of last year and was told U.S. and NATO soldiers are in Syria giving training to the rebels there. The email went on to say the newly trained troops were to “. . . commit guerrilla attacks, assassination campaigns, try to break the back of the Alawite forces, [and] elicit collapse from within. . .”

Other cables released by WikiLeaks have shown the U.S. State Department has secretly funded Syrian opposition groups for at least half a decade through a group of Syrian exiles in London called the Movement for Justice and Development.

Last year the U.S. and NATO decided to support the terrorists who toppled Gaddafi and used their airpower to install them as the new government. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, told the U.N. Security Council this week the new Libyan regime has set up training centers for Syrian rebels, and after training they’re being sent back into Syria to attack the rightful government there. Russian television is also reporting a Syrian rebel general claimed the French and Americans are supplying anti-aircraft missiles to the opposition forces.

If these Libyan training camps exist, chances are they have the tacit approval of the U.S. and NATO. The U.S. aircraft carrier George HW Bush is also parked off the coast of Syria in preparation for a possible repeat of Libya.

I’m still confused as to why we’re supporting these Syrian terrorists. They’re being portrayed in the Western press as freedom fighters who want to bring Democracy to Syria, but that’s a lie. Ayman al-Zawahri, the global head of al-Qaeda, just called on the Muslim world to join the Syrian rebels because many of the men opposing Assad are allied with Al Qaeda, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. The U.S. government knows this, but they’re still proceeding with a flawed plan.

Our leaders seems to think we’re creating puppet regimes throughout the region, but we’re really only sowing the seeds of a future conflict we can’t control. Things are somewhat calm now, but the next time there is a flare-up between Israel and another Middle East group, there will be no strong-men we can buy or threaten. The fragmented and far-flung groups that hold power will find they’re united by only one thing, a shared hatred of Israel and the West. And there’s a good chance the next major war will be a region-wide conflagration.