The Syrian conflict regularly hits the headlines but little changes for the better. The public reads of the huge humanitarian crisis and wants governments to act, but philanthropy will not motivate Western intervention. If that were the case, there are many countries around the world where the West would be active.
The rebels, now often called the Free Syrian Army (FSA), are making advances and this time it is due to heavy weapons from sources outside of the region; however no person, country or organization wants to accept responsibility.
According to the Washington Post, anti-tank weapons and recoilless rifles are being transported into Syria via the Jordanian border.
The report claims that these weapons are for moderate Syrian rebels, to counteract a growing hardline Islamist faction.
The report cites the United States and its major European allies, along with Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as most likely supplying the weapons. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the two countries most directly involved in supplying the rebels.
US involvement may be nothing more than intelligence assistance but that must hold some responsibility. Their involvement could be compared to being an accessory to murder.
When is a rebel not a rebel? This question has been given a great deal of thought and media attention. If the West truly has the people of Syria’s best interests at heart they would not be procrastinating and carefully considering who to support. If Syrian President Bashar Assad is the monster that he is painted surely ousting him is the sole purpose of the revolution?
Of course that is not true. The Arab Spring has left many Middle Eastern countries in turmoil. Upheaval is often reality in the short term following a revolution, however the situation in the Middle East continues to worsen rather than improve. The West has learned that ousting one regime may not lead to positive government changes.
A power vacuum in Syria could cause the West a great deal of problems. Having taken the side of the FSA initially, there are now many factions at work in Syria. The West is worried about who will replace Assad, although that should only really concern the Syrian people. It is, after all, their country and their uprising. If you believe that will be allowed to happen, then you are living in cloud cuckoo land.
Syria is a vast country, and strategically it is important to the West. The US administration has already said that it is now looking to the East as far as any military concerns. North Korea, China and Iran immediately spring to mind. A crumbling Syria is useful to the West. Syria with the “right leader” could be very useful.
In September 2012, the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked. This resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. As details of the tragedy unfolded there were accusations that US agents were gun running through the embassy. It was alleged that the weapons were destined for Syria. Tough Libyan Jihadists were part of the operation, although the FSA did not want their involvement.
It now seems likely that this was happening. People in the West are largely not informed of their country’s involvement in places such as Syria and many people are looking at the humanitarian crisis and see a long, overdue need for help.
Our governments are helping already though but not in an open or constructive way.
It is obvious that the West and others are manipulating events in Syria, presumably for their own ends. We are playing a dangerous game that could easily backfire. No doubt all of this is part of a bigger master plan. The most famous despot with a master plan who springs to mind is Adolf Hitler.
In the end will the Middle East region be sacrificed for Western peace? If it is, heaven help us all.
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