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Dear Europe: If You're Serious About Fighting Terrorism, Then Syria Is an Ally — Not an Enemy

The same extremists who have been attacking Syria for seven years have now turned their sights on Europe

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A  quick reminder: Salman Ramadan Abedi, the man allegedly responsible for the Manchester Arena bombing, has a family history of terrorism. His father was a part of a group funded, aided and trained by the UK to assassinate the late Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi in 1996. 

Everyone should ask themselves: Why haven't western governments accepted responsibility for the terror they have helped create, and why are they treating Syria as an enemy, and not an ally, in the fight against terrorism?

What do western government think would happen if ISIS and other terrorist groups were able to operate unopposed in Syria?

Amazingly, many western nations have cut all lines of communication with Syria on a security level and instead have linked their security with their politics; even the west's communication lines with Russia have suffered from choosing politics over security—a bad move since Russia has access to Syrian intelligence pertinent to the fight against ISIS and other terrorist organizations. 

However, a few European governments (that will not be named) are attempting to establish lines of communications with the Syrian security services; at least some understand that national security should never take the back seat to petty politics. 

On a personal note, and this is coming from someone who knows the ugliness of this war, I hope that the people of the United States and Europe will eventually understand that their governments have been supporting extremists in Syria—and that these same kinds of people are now attacking Europe. 

I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. A friend of mine currently serving in the Syrian Army has a similar message:

"The Syrian Arab Army is in solidarity with the families of the victims of Manchester Attacks. Today we fight on the battlefields so the whole world can continue to sleep safely in their homes."

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