RUSSIA WARNS BRITAIN IT WILL PROVIDE MISSILES TO SYRIA IF BRITAIN ARMS SYRIAN REBELS – Russia provided a resounding and unequivocal response to Britain’s plan on lifting any arms ban which would allow it to supply Syrian Rebels with arms; by announcing it would arm dictator Bashar al-Assad with anti-aircraft missiles to prevent any other country interfering with Syria’s civil war.
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Should we help Syrian Rebels or will we just be arming Al Qaeda terrorists? Have your say… leave your comments below.
While not a fan of Russian politics this recent development could be good news for the British public in that our Government would be forced to keeps its snout firmly out of the trough of Syria.
Yesterday news broke that William Hague, Foreign Secretary, spent the entire Bank Holiday weekend in Brussels trying to convince EU member states to lift the current arms ban on Syria so that the British could supply the Syrian Rebels with arms. Only France agreed, along with Britain, that the EU member states should lift the ban in order to help remove Bashar al-Assad from power.
It was interesting to read some of the comments on the news sites running this story. Many were highly suspicious of William Hague’s intentions. The question most asked was; “Would we supply weapons commercially or is the taxpayer yet again asked to pay to fund a war?”
The other main question was; “Why are Cameron and Hague so anxious to provide arms for Al Qaeda terrorists at the taxpayers’ expense?”
It is understandable why the British public is concerned as this conflict, similar to the one in Libya, has nothing to do with us. Yes we deplore the violence and yes, through the news the images of men, women and children being slaughtered is immensely disturbing, but does that give us the right to effectively assist in over-throwing a foreign Government?
According to reports there have been over 70,000 Syrian nationals die in the conflict to date but will Britain arming known Al Qaeda terrorists really bring about peace or will this simply escalate the situation further.
The truth is, regardless of what you might think, this is a ‘foreign’ conflict and must remain that way. Britain, along with Europe and the United States should have no involvement in the conflict. Removing Bashar al-Assad from power must be achieved by the Syrians and regardless of what we think of a Bashar al-Assad style of Government there are those who obviously feel it is better suited to running the country rather than the rebels.
Russia has, for all intents and purposes, accused Britain of ‘throwing petrol on the fire’ and I for one have to agree. However; what ALL other nations should agree to, including Russia, Europe, the United States and Britain- is to remain firmly out of a conflict that could not only backfire but cost billions which will yet again fall on the backs of the taxpayers.