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The Syrian rebels are terrorists

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Started: 1/13/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I am going to be proving (or at least try to) that the Syrian rebels are terrorist who want to rule Syria by using Al Qaeda as its official government.

First round is acceptance.


Well I accept, I also would like to limit the sources in todays debate to credible news sources, not blogs, and no tin foil hat sites.
Debate Round No. 1


I would like to thank Con for accepting this debate, I look forward for a great debate.

We knew that the Syrian rebels are mainly Al Qaeda, and that the U.S. has been supporting these terrorists for years.

And we knew that rank-and-file Syrian rebels have:

-Burned American flags
-Threatened to attack America
-Said: "When we finish with Assad, we will fight the U.S.!"
-And said: "We started our holy war here and won"t finish until this [Al Qaeda] banner will be raised on top of the White ---------House. Keep funding them, you always do that, remember? Al Qaeda for instance."
But even we were shocked to learn that the head of the Syrian rebels is also the global boss of Al Qaeda ... and that he is calling for fresh terrorist attacks on America.

CBS News reports:

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri called has called on Muslims to continue attacking Americans on their own soil in order to "bleed" the U.S. economy.


"To keep up the hemorrhage in America's security and military spending, we need to keep the Unites States on a constant state of alert about where and when the next strike will blow," Zawahiri said.
Reuters noted in February 2012 that al-Zawahri is backing the Syrian rebels, and asking his followers to fight the Syrian government.

But al-Zawahri has since taken control of the main Al Qaeda rebel terrorist group in Syria: al-Nusra.

Terrorism experts at the Bipartisan Center's Homeland Security Project (co-chaired by 9/11 Chairs Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean) report (page 24):

A recent illustration of the fractured nature of the al-Qaeda network was provided during the spring of 2013 when Zawahiri [the global head of Al Qaeda] personally intervened to settle a dispute between Jabhat al-Nusra and al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). Zawahiri rejected AQI"s assertion of control over al-Nusra and declared the Syrian group to be under his direction.

In doing so, Zawahiri was trying to assert control over two of al-Qaeda"s most virulent affiliates. AQI had mounted a series of spectacular attacks in Iraq over the past year, demonstrating that it was a force to be reckoned with. According to the Congressional Research Service, there were some dozen days in 2012 in which AQI carried out simultaneous multicity attacks that killed hundreds of Iraqis. And the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria is widely
acknowledged as the most effective fighting force in the war against Bashar al-Assad"s regime.
Let's put this in context. Most of the Syrian "rebels" are Al Qaeda. The U.S. government has designated these guys as terrorists.

Things are getting better, not worse: Al Qaeda is gaining more and more power among the rebels.

And the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel have been backing these guys for years. Indeed, they have long known that most of the weapons we"re shipping to Syria are ending up in the hands of Al Qaeda. And they apparently have chemical weapons.

They are arming the same guys who are threatening to blow the US up.

This is even stupider than creating Al Qaeda in the first place to fight the Russians in Afghanistan. At least then, they didn't threaten America while we were arming them.

We may also know that Syria have been an opponent of Al-Qaeda for years, but Al Qaeda wants to change that, they want to win more power to make more terrorists attacks on the US.

Sources: (Page 24);


I eagerly wait for your response Con, good luck, hope we have a great debate.


I"m glad this didn"t end right after the first post, To start I would like to point out the technicality required to debate, My opponent has classified ALL REBELS as TERRORISTS, we must take this into account when reading all of his posts, this also means if 1 REBEL IS NOT A TERRORIST, then I have won todays debate.

"We knew that the Syrian rebels are MAINLY Al Qaeda, and that the U.S. has been supporting these terrorists for years."

You clearly state that MAINLY all are terrorists, Inferring that some are not, so basically you have said you do not feel that the statement Syrian rebels are terrorists is true.

But to expand anyways Rebellious in the oxford dictionary is defined as "showing a desire to resist authority, control, or convention." Not actually resisting this control or authority, thus you are claiming ANY SYRIAN CITIZEN WITH A THOUGHT OF REBELION IS A TERRORIST. Even a Syrian fighting against rebels is thus a REBEL against the Rebels and in turn A TERRORIST. You have categorized innocent civilians as those who wish to fight others with fear incorrectly.

Thus my burdon is purely to fight against you claiming Syrians as a whole are terrorists, we cannot make this claim, people around the world should not consider anyone a terrorist simply because of the fact they have a desire to resist authority. These Syrians live in poverty, Accourding to the telegraph "Akram stares up at the cardboard boxes that have arrived at his door. Ten years old, on a cold and rain-soaked day at the beginning of winter in Lebanon, he is barefoot. His shelter from the bitter chill and swampy muds in the country's Bekaa Valley " a mere taste of the weather to come - is a wooden frame, wrapped tightly with plastic sheeting. Two tents along, a baby diagnosed with malnutrition is crying.
Akram is Syrian. He and his family fled at both the height of the bombings and of the baking summer temperatures. After a dangerous journey, they arrived with only the clothes on their back. Now they are facing the threat of the cold and lashing rain of Lebanon's winter with little means to protect themselves.

Akram is one of the nearly six million Syrian children inside the country and across the region who are in desperate need of aid in what is now the largest humanitarian operation in history. More than 400,000 Syrian children have fled to Lebanon alone so far. I travelled to the country with Unicef and met children who have lost everything they have ever known. Akram has seen loved ones killed, been ripped away from his friends and his home, and has run for his life - all before he reached double digits."

These are not terrorists, simply innocent people.

Debate Round No. 2


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Debate Round No. 3


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YAY VOTE FOR ME, go preston!
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Segnit 3 years ago
Interesting proposition but I feel that the instigator has dumped too many arguments in round 2 without including a coherent narrative.
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