UK Aims to Provide Body Armor and Night Vision Goggles to Syrian Terrorists

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Hague is the one on the left. The murderous Islamist Muslim Brotherhood rebel leader is the one on the right.

UK’s Cameron has made cuts to services at home,  but seems determined to keep plowing money into the Islamic takeovers of the Arab Spring.

In Libya, the UK took the lead in pushing the war, arming the rebels and working for regime change on the ground. Now it’s trying to do the same thing in Syria. The push began in Libya when it no longer looked like the Libyan rebels could win on their own. If the Syrian Sunni terrorist forces ever really begin losing, look for a major push for intervention. But meanwhile though the UK wants to “relax” the arms embargo and give the Sunni terrorists some gear that they can resell to the Taliban to use on NATO ISAF troops later.

William Hague, Britain’s foreign secretary, signalled on Thursday that the UK is looking to amend the EU arms embargo on Syria to allow the export of more non-lethal military equipment to rebels fighting the Assad regime.

In a statement to MPs in the House of Commons, Mr Hague said there was a “serious risk” that the violence in Syria would increase in the coming months and that the international community’s response “will have to be stepped up”.

So far, Britain has provided £7.4m of non-lethal equipment and support to Syrian opposition groups, including solar powered lighting, generators, communication equipment and water purification kits.

The rebels have for some time been receiving weaponry from groups inside Saudi Arabia and Qatar. However, members of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, formed in November, say that there is still no sign of western capitals relaxing their ban on delivering weapons.

This is a step midway to providing them with actual weapons because no one involved has learned anything at all from what went on in Libya. And it’s even worse in Syria because Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood militias have become absolutely dominant here, while they didn’t entirely dominate in Libya. So we know that anything given to the rebels will be controlled by Islamist groups that are at war with the free world.

Asked whether Britain would rule out giving weapons to the rebels, Mr Hague replied: “We’re not taking any options off the table, we’re not excluding any option given the worsening situation and given that no resolution to it is in sight at the moment. At the same time, I stress we haven’t changed the British Government’s policy on what we will supply.”

Yet.

  • Keiko_Infidel

    The UK government are professionals at working against the British people. And they are severely and pathologically in love with Muslims. Cuts and austerity measures for the native-born/ethnic Brits, and more entitlements and rewards for the Muslims. That's the UK way.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Yes, Britain (others too) and their cozy relationship with terrorists, nothing new under the sun. Here is some background on the "rebels" – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/21/islamists-of-

    And this Israeli blogger takes the above very personally, as she is too close for comfort to the regional borders!
    This is not a political science exercise, it is life and death!
    Adina kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • JacksonPearson

    In the long haul, I think the British government are cutting their own throat. Why?…Like "Fast and Furious," those same weapons being supplied to Syrian/al Qaeda rebels, could easily end up in multicultural, Islamofascist hands, in England.

  • John Stone

    It would seem that the combination of routine lefty disapproval of their own society along with Arab oil money has produced several Western governments that no longer represent their own populations. If somebody wrote this up as a fiction story I would regard it as too unlikely to be believed.

  • Tan

    Not only is supporting the Syrian terrorists a big mistake for the UK, but also giving away technology like NVGs that can be used against Western Countries later on in the future. I still wonder to this day who was the lunatic who gave Hezbollah a Predator Drone last year, which led to the Israelis shooting it down.