And here’s what the “desperate” doctor had to say:
Syrian doctor called me, furious. Desperate. Says if US doesn't do strike, all rebels will grow hopeless, become al Qaeda.
— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) September 9, 2013
Some tweeters suspect that Engel had political reasons to share the doctor’s feelings:
Check the feed of @RichardEngel bit of subtle advocacy there perhaps?
— TJ Hatter (@TJ22Hatter) September 9, 2013
— Benjamin Dover (@DoverBd) September 9, 2013
— Amaterasu Solar (@AmaterasuSolar) September 9, 2013
Could be wrong, yes. But one thing we can be absolutely sure of is that pretzel logic is a lousy way to make a point:
.@RichardEngel So now both U.S. intervention and non-intervention are al Qaeda recruitment tools. Funny how that works.
— John Monahan (@John_Monahan) September 9, 2013
— MARCAG (@gmarc1232) September 9, 2013
So now if we DON'T bomb… MT @RichardEngel Syrian doctor says if US doesn't strike, all rebels will grow hopeless, become al Qaeda.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) September 9, 2013
@RichardEngel Damned if we do, damned if we don't strike. THe Rebels are ALREADY infiltrated with AL QAEDA, won't make any diff what we do!
— David Whitten (@david_whitten) September 9, 2013
Indeed. Rebels led by al-Qaeda-linked fighters are already wreaking havoc on the Syrian citizenry.
First it was kill Syrians to stop Syrians from killing Syrians. Now, @RichardEngel says we need to help Al Qaeda to stop Al Qaeda. Huh?!?!
— moodyredhead (@moodyredhead) September 9, 2013
— Greg from 108 (@greg_from_108) September 9, 2013
Our heads hurt.
@RichardEngel This post gives all common sense cancer.
— Cornbroker21 (@Cornbroker21) September 9, 2013