It’s a case of gunpowder calling the kettle black. A senior commander of a Palestinian terror group was killed in Syria, and the group is blaming… Terrorists.
Specifically, the PFLP-GC group is accusing a terror group fighting the Syrian regime of killing the PFLP-GC terrorist with a car bomb, according to the Ma’an News Agency. If you’re confused, you’re not alone. Syria is a tragic mess.
Why are we talking about Palestinians in Syria? Because there are thousands of Palestinian “refugees” in Syria who fled there during past conflict with Israel. Unlike most refugees around the world, the Palestinians never were absorbed into their host country, but still live in refugee camps in Syria to this day.
So back to Tuesday’s terrorist attack of terrorists. That an opposition rebel group attacked the Palestinian terror group is somewhat understandable, since the Palestinian group is on the side of the Syrian regime in that country’s civil war.
But just because the PFLP-GC is backing the regime doesn’t mean the regime likes all the Palestinians. Some are backing the rebels, and so the refugee camp where Tuesday’s bombing occurred is also under siege by the Syrian army.
Ma’an said the siege has lasted more than 80 days, with no electricity in the camps for months, according to locals.
So get all that? The Syrian civil war has drawn the Palestinian camp into the fight. The Syrian army is blockading the camp, despite the fact that one of the Palestinian groups in the camp is actually on the army’s side.
Then a rebel terror group fighting the army targeted the Palestinian terror group on Tuesday.
And if that’s not enough, Tuesday’s bombing occurred after a truce was announced that would send fighters out of the camp. Guess the bomber didn’t accept that.
The Syrian crisis is so complicated in part because the US never adequately backed the “good rebels” and terrorists moved into the void. Now it may be best for Syria to just break up into smaller nations led by the different factions amidst a peace accord to end the fighting.
Not that truces have a good record in Syria these days.
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, November 12, 2013)