Training Possible Terrorists?

America training Syrian rebels photo by Reuters/Muzaffar Salman 

    Americans were sent to Syria to train members of the free Syrian Army to protect themselves from thier goverment. The last time the US trained people in the Middle East it was a man named Osama Bin Laden. While the cause seems noble, how long before one of the American trained Syrian troops branches off and creates their own rebellious faction. "The latest setbacks came this month, when CIA-backed factions were routed by Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s primary affiliate in Syria" (Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung, Washington Post). The trained rebels in Syria were found to be lead at times by Al-Quaeda members. Lets rewind for a second. Al-Quaeda, the terrorist organization that Osama Bin Laden lead. Osama Bin Laden, CIA trained terrorist that was behind one of, if not the most detrimental and horrible terrorist attacks our nation has faced. Now we have the CIA training rebels in a failing nation. This story rings a bell for some reason.

   Did you know who is in the Free Syrian Army? I did not. Turns out the Free Syrian Army or FSA, is actually a "constantly changing network of thousands of armed groups" (BEN PLESSER, AMMAR CHEIKH OMAR AND ERIN MCCLAM, NBC News). Who is the US really training? We have no way of knowing till the FSA takes down Asaad or produces a mass murderer like Bin Laden.

   I am not saying that we should let a government slaughter it's citizens but we should know who our government is training. It only takes one bad apple to spoil a bunch. America's training is priceless to enemies. It would only take one spy who received American training to spread his knowledge to anyone he wanted, including terrorists.

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