Writing today in the Daily Telegraph, London mayor Boris Johnson says it is madness for the west to arm the Syrian rebels. Unfortunately, I must agree, the conflict has now become one without good or bad guys, now it seems the war has become a war between an oppressive, brutal totalitarian regime in Assad and an opposition infiltrated by Al-Quaeda bent on establishing an oppressive religious Sunni theocracy. I don’t believe this was always the case. Syria’s revolution originally started with people demanding freedom from Assad. However, with Russia and Iran’s (Iran acting through their proxy Hezbollah) support of Assad coupled with the west sitting on the fence the war got uglier and the rebels found their only strong ally to be extremist Sunnis. As the war has dragged on extremists have taken over the opposition instituting strict Islamic law in rebel territories, with, like Iraq, much of their supporters being foreign born.
Even though Assad has used chemical weapons (which fyi probably came from Iraq for all the people who said Bush & Blair lied about Saddam) we in the US and in the UK cannot in good conscience arm a rebellion with taxpayer money, who if they are victorious will likely induce great suffering on the Alowite, Shia and Christian minorities in Syria. The situation is so dire because the likes of Barack Obama was weak and clueless in finding a solution from the start and nations like Russia saw war as an opportunity to make money selling arms. I think now Israel may become involved if the war spills beyond its borders. Sadly, I think there are now two solutions. Prayer and Boris’ obvious band-aid “This is the moment for a total ceasefire, an end to the madness. It is time for the US, Russia, the EU, Turkey, Iran, Saudi and all the players to convene an intergovernmental conference to try to halt the carnage.” Assad should step aside, no doubt about it. But as for now, the US & UK taking sides is not likely to solve the carnage. Saudi Arabia and maybe if Iran’s leader is truly a moderate for peace they might be able to help; but the situation looks dire. Let this be a lesson in the future that when we fire starting to burn we put it out before it burns down a whole city. Do you agree or disagree with Boris & I? Or do you agree with David Cameron and William Hague? Thoughts would be appreciated. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/10123938/Weve-left-it-too-late-to-save-Syria-this-conflict-can-never-be-won.html & http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/408151/Britain-MUST-protect-Syrian-rebels-William-Hague-hits-back-at-Boris-Johnson