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.”