The Syrian rebels somehow manage to keep getting worse every month. Now the New York Times, the house organ of the White House, which has been used to deliver a lot of information about weapons smuggling in the Syrian Civil War, informs us where Qatar has been getting the weapons that it’s been sending to the Syrian rebels.
In deals that have not been publicly acknowledged, Western officials and Syrian rebels say, Sudan’s government sold Sudanese- and Chinese-made arms to Qatar, which arranged delivery through Turkey to the rebels.
The shipments included antiaircraft missiles and newly manufactured small-arms cartridges, which were seen on the battlefield in Syria — all of which have helped the rebels combat the Syrian government’s better-armed forces and loyalist militias.
The ugly truth is that Qatar and Turkey, our “allies” are on the same team as Sudan, a genocidal state run by a leader under indictment for numerous war crimes.
They’re on the same team because Syrian is a religious war and Turkey, Qatar and Sudan are all dominated by Sunni Islamists. Until the chattering classes get that simple fact through their heads, there is nothing to talk about.
Turkey and Qatar are as moderate as Sudan.
“Qatar has been paying a pretty penny for weapons, with few questions asked,” said one American official familiar with the transfers. “Once word gets out that other countries have opened their depots and have been well paid, that can be an incentive.”
Analysts suspect Sudan has sold several other classes of weapons to the rebels, including Chinese-made antimateriel sniper rifles and antitank missiles, all of which have made debuts in the war this year but whose immediate sources have been uncertain.
And as the New York Times documented, Obama Inc. deliberately turned a blind eye to Qatari weapons-smuggling into Libya and Syria and perhaps even aided and abetted it to some degree. Now we know that those weapons were coming from a genocidal state.