Syrian Rebels Ban Croissants in Aleppo

From al-Arabiya:

“A sharia committee in a rebel-held area of Aleppo issued a fatwa deeming croissants ‘haram’ (forbidden in Islamic law) because of their “colonial” significance, pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Tuesday.

Croissants’ crescent shape celebrates European victory over Muslims, according to the fatwa (religious ruling). Rebel-controlled areas of the Syrian city have experienced several strict fatwas recently from Islamic sharia committees. Such edicts are uncommon in Aleppo’s society, which usually adheres to moderate Islamic teachings, Asharq al-Awsat reported.”

Really? The Syrian rebels are getting their butts kicked by government forces day in and day out. Aleppo is ruins and many of its citizens lack access to food and water. But apparently croissants are the biggest problem they’re facing right now. Those buttery bread rolls must be stopped!

Why are the rebels suddenly focus on French pastries? In all likelihood the guys making these are rules are not Syrians themselves, but rather foreign jihadists from elsewhere in the Middle East. Their singular goal is to establish an Islamic state with a strict interpretation of sharia law. And if that law says no croissants, then there will be no croissants.

All in all, things have not gone well lately for the Syrian rebels. On most fronts loyalist forces have the upper hand, or at best it’s a stalemate. Their leadership is divided and there are many competing elements with different goals and ideas for a post-war Syria. The whole situation is FUBAR.

I used to be optimistic about the end of Assad’s rule, but that is looking less and less likely every day, And even if they do get rid of him, what will take his place? In 1917, Woodrow Wilson announced that America’s goal in World War I was to “make the world safe for democracy.” Why will make Syria safe for croissants?

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