SYRIAN CRISIS ESCALATES AS PUTIN AND CAMERON TALKS COLLAPSE WHILE IRAN PREPARES TO SEND IN TROOPS TO SUPPORT BASHAR AL-ASSAD REGIME – It is reported that some 90,000 Syrian rebels and civilians have been killed so far during the Syrian civil conflict.
President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of atrocities as the U.S Government last month declared it had clear evidence that Sarin Gas had been used against the rebels and civilian population in order to quell the rebel fighting.
Yesterday David Cameron met with the Russian President Vladimir Putin, in order to get him to agree that the West should intervene and arm the Syrian Rebels in order to overthrow Bashar al-Assad.
Vladmir Putin however is refusing to support such a move as this would, as he sees it, simply arm known Al Qaeda terrorist. Putin went onto say that Cameron and Obama were simply attempting to side with cannibals; a reference to horrific video footage of rebel fighters apparently eating the liver of a dead solider.
To date the British and U.S Government have declared their support to provide Syrian Rebels with small arms and RPG’s and recently the British Government has petitioned the EU to lift the ban on selling arms to Syria in order that they can openly supply the rebels.
During an intense meeting with Putin, Cameron accused all those who support President Bashar al-Assad to have the blood of Syrian children on their hands. Putin clearly angered responded by noting that both sides of this conflict are equally responsible for the deaths of children and innocent citizens but the rebels are hardly an innocent faction in this conflict.
Putin went on to dismiss Cameron’s plea to stop arming President Bashar al-Assad as he viewed Russia’s involvement as merely supplying arms to the ‘legitimate’ Government of Syria, not known terrorists and said that Russia was in full compliance of international law.
While Cameron and Obama may want to arm Syrian rebels their plans to do so have come under serious attack from Boris Johnson, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, other MPs and the military; as there appears to be the notion that arming Syrian rebels will achieve nothing more than arming Al Qaeda terrorists.
“This is not the moment to send more arms. We can’t use Syria as an arena for geopolitical point-scoring or muscle-flexing, and we won’t get a ceasefire by pressing weapons into the hands of maniacs.” Boris Johnson, Lord Mayor of London
On another related matter Iran has announced that it is preparing to send up to 4,000 Iranian troops to support President Bashar al-Assad; which only fuels the deepening divide between Iran, the U.S and Great Britain.
President Barack Obama has pledge his support for the Syrian rebels earlier last week due to the ‘conclusive proof’ that Assad has been using chemical weapons against the rebels and civilians in order to quash the conflict.
While Cameron and Obama have made their position clear, in that they want to arm the Syrian rebels, it is clear that they both face growing opposition.
While there are few that would find President Bashar al-Assad anything other than deplorable we face being drawn into a conflict that might never be resolved due to the opposing religious regimes.
As the UK faces more austerity measures at home and the taxpayer is continuously squeezed to find more money for Government expenditure, there are few that could justify the expense of getting involved.
Some quarters feel that arming the rebels is tantamount to arming know terrorist and that the West should not get involved in a conflict that it could never resolve.
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