By Martin Mawyer
Sen. John McCain’s daughter, the silly, politically moderate Meghan McCain, recently called her dad “one of the last remaining badasses around.”
That must be why he’s hanging around so many other badasses lately—like members of the mis-named Free Syrian Army, the Islamic Al Qaeda-controlled rebel force fighting against the corrupt and brutal Islamic regime in Syria headed by Bashar al-Assad.
McCain needs to take a timeout from his grandstanding (and his sour grapes over losing to Obama five years ago) and actually log onto Wikipedia and read about this group of terrorists that he has befriended.
They are not fighting for freedom in any sense of the word. That’s because—to put it in terms simple enough for both McCains—they are Islamic jihadists who may just be more depraved and violent than even the insane regime they want to overthrow.
First, listen to how Sen. McCain praised these bloodthirsty jihadists in a recent interview with ABC news:
“They (the rebels) are there. And you put them inside Syria … these jihadists, there aren’t that many of them. They’re just so good, because they’ve been fighting all over the Middle East for all these years and they are not afraid to die. … Look, we can do this.”
Say what? Yes, that’s Sen. McCain, war hero, former POW and elder statesman who should know better, praising the jihadi skills as being “so good” because they’ve had so much practice and are willing to die for their cause.
Actually, Sen. McCain, that’s what makes them so bad, and so crazy and evil. That they’re willing to die for Islam – and not to die as if they’re making some ultimate sacrifice to protect Islam, as if Islam was under attack in Syria. They’re ready to die in their fanatical efforts to FORCE Islam law on others. Being ready to die for your cause is only a good thing if the cause is good. Being a martyr for Islam is BAD, Sen. McCain.
Sen. McCain was so heady with excitement after his meeting with the terrorists that he tweeted: “Important visit with brave fighters in #Syria who are risking their lives for freedom and need our help.”
To which fellow Sen. Lindsey Graham promptly responded with a tweet of his own: “If he doesn’t make it back, best wishes.” Graham then called “dibs” on McCain’s office.
Here are some actual facts about the Free Syrian Army that Sen. McCain either doesn’t know, or he doesn’t want to understand their significance:
The Free Syrian Army is nearly 95 percent non-Syrian, meaning that its members are mercenary jihadists pulled from Al Qaeda training camps and caves from around the world. A large number of the fighters are children, who are forced to enter into bloody battle at a young age.
The Free Syrian Army is also brutal to anyone who gets in their way, displaying neither freedom nor tolerance for opposing views. In a comical move, they told the United Nations that they will abide by the rules of the Geneva Convention and treat prisoners with dignity and kindness, then they promptly chopped off another head.
In a gruesome video, the FSA is shown hacking away at a civilian prisoner’s head with a machete before holding the severed head in the air as those around hoot in celebration. For those with the stomach, the video can be viewed here. Be warned: It is graphic and disturbing in nature.
This was not the first time FSA jihadists were caught on camera beheading civilians. Last December another disturbing video surfaced featuring Syrian rebels forcing a child to behead a bound prisoner. Warning: The video can be viewed here.
The same month the FSA was forcing a little child to hack off someone’s head, they beheaded another man, a Christian named Andrei Arbashe, because he complained that these “freedom fighters” were acting like bandits. After cutting him up into pieces, FSA fighters fed Arbashe to the dogs.
John and Meghan—are you listening?
The Free Syrian Army is committing atrocities as ferocious as Syrian President al-Assad’s. And al-Assad is a real badass, having murdered more than 70,000 of his own people, with more than 1,300,000 refugees displaced. This qualifies him to win the title as biggest genocidal maniac of the century (so far).
The only difference between al-Assad and the FSA that wants to overthrow him is that the FSA doesn’t yet have enough weapons of mass destruction to unleash death with the same speed and on the same scale as al-Assad. But they’re hopeful.
(Note: The FSA does have enough chemical weapons to do some serious killing. A chemical attack in Aleppo, Syria, in March was carried out by FSA “freedom fighters” with at least 25 killed. Evidence was obtained that the FSA has enough chemical weapons to devastate an area one kilometer in circumference.)
Another video which emerged recently shows McCain’s Syrian “freedom fighters” chanting “Allahu Akbar” before cutting off the head of a civilian and dumping him in a hole in the ground. Be warned: The video is disturbing and graphic.
McCain’s Syrian buddies who are “so good” at jihad despise Americans. Yes, Sen. McCain, prepare yourself for the truth: They despise you, too, although they will gladly use you to obtain American-made weapons so that they can kill more quickly and effectively.
They routinely ransack Christian churches, burn American flags, chant anti-U.S. slogans, glorify the 9/11 attacks, and praise their fallen leader, Osama bin Laden.
Why would Sen. McCain want to meet, let alone even recognize, such a savage group of Islamists whose goal is the imposition of Sharia law across the region and the destruction of the United States?
Shouldn’t we want to replace a corrupt and brutal Islamic regime with REAL freedom fighters who love democracy?
We expect the Obama Administration to surreptitiously get in bed with Islamists, as they have done since their inauguration in 2008 when the Muslim Brotherhood was given a free pass into the White House. Obama has already sent at least $500 million of our tax dollars to the Syrian rebels who despise and revile us, even while they take our money.
But John McCain should know better.
McCain was a POW in a North Vietnamese prison camp for more than five years. His captors used rope bindings to put him into prolonged, painful positions. They severely beat him every two hours, all while he was suffering from dysentery. They re-broke his right leg, they cracked his ribs, they broke his teeth at the gumline, and they re-fractured his arm.
McCain was actually treated better as a POW than Islamists treat their prisoners, because he was at least allowed to live and was eventually freed. The Syrian “freedom fighters” he praises—the jihadists who are “so good” at what they do—would have forced a young child to saw his head off slowly with a dull knife.
When will our leaders ever learn the basic lesson that Islamists are not our friends? Why don’t we just take them at their word when they quote the Quran, their holy book and combat field manual:
“Act like you are a friend, then kill him.”
Martin Mawyer is the Founder and President of Christian Action Network, a non-profit public advocacy and education group based in Lynchburg, Virginia. He began his career as a freelance journalist and has authored several books, including “Silent Shame,” “The Pro-Family Contract With America,” “Pathways to Success,” and his most recent, “Twilight in America: The Untold Story of Islamic Terrorist Training Camps Inside America.” He has produced a number of documentary films, including Homegrown Jihad, Islam Rising, Sacrificed Survivors and America’s Islamic Threat. Mawyer has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, Larry King Live, Pat Robertson’s 700 Club, NBC’s Today Show, Entertainment Tonight and Fox and Friends. His latest book, “Twilight in America,” co-authored by Patti A. Pierucci, details the activities of Islamic terrorist training camps scattered throughout the United States. It can be purchased at TwilightInAmerica.com or Amazon.com in book or Kindle version