Despite UN Warnings, US and EU Talk Up Arms to Syrian Rebels

EU Conference on 'Ending the War' Centers on Escalation

European Union Foreign Ministers are discussing “ending the war” in Syria, by which they mean dramatically escalating an already out of control situation.

With Britain in the lead, several of the FMs are pushing a proposal to “end the war” by throwing massive amounts of additional weaponry at the Syrian rebels, who have control of much of the northern half of the country, assuming that will allow them to conquer the rest.

This move is being pushed in spite of a panel of UN investigators delivering a report today warning massive human rights violations on both sides of the war and urging people to stop arming the two combatant factions as the war continues to worsen.

But just because arming Syria’s Islamist rebels is a shockingly bad idea doesn’t mean the EU isn’t going to eventually cave in to British demands, and likewise the US seems to be giving strong consideration to “revisiting” their previous position, which is to smuggling other peoples’ arms to the rebels but not provide any of their own. That revisiting, needless to say, is going to be about getting the US deeper involved, not less involved.

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  • mojo

    Although they are very well aware of their war is not winnable and that they have made a mistake…, but is a matter of prestige for vulture capitalism still wanting to keep its face to its terrorists saying that we trued…, but it didn't worked.., this war was not about humanity, nor democracy.., they all know that it was a lost war before it began.., by now they all know that Barack Hussein Obama ideology.., the one that he got the noble peace price for…, nor the ideology of Paul Wolfowitz the father of all the zionism in america is working anymore.., once again they are lying to their teeth and they know it.

  • Ben_C

    Israel, by their own admission–via Bibi Netanyahu himself–is now treating the mercenary terrorists fighting inside Syria in Israeli hospitals:

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/

    On top of that, Bibi 'says':

    "(Syria) contains the most lethal weapons on Earth, short of nuclear weapons…. Israel can't sit idly by and see these weapons transferred to Hizbullah or other terror groups. So we will do whatever is necessary to defend ourselves.”

    Some idiots 'still' seem to deny Israeli "direct" involvement in Syria… Any such idiots must be mentally retarded… I mean: if Israel is killing scientists in Iran for weapons Iran does not have, how could anyone reasonalby conclude Israel is not directly involved in Syria?

  • Ben_C

    Israel, by their own admission–via Bibi Netanyahu himself–is now treating the mercenary terrorists fighting inside Syria in Israeli hospitals:

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/

    On top of that, Bibi 'says':

    "(Syria) contains the most lethal weapons on Earth, short of nuclear weapons…. Israel can't sit idly by and see these weapons transferred to Hizbullah or other terror groups. So we will do whatever is necessary to defend ourselves.”

    Some idiots 'still' seem to deny Israeli "direct" involvement in Syria… Any such idiots must be mentally retarded… I mean: if Israel is killing scientists in Iran for weapons Iran does not have, how could anyone reasonably conclude Israel is not directly involved in Syria if Israel is 'concerned' about weapons Syria might actually have?

  • Ben_C

    Israel, by their own admission–via Bibi Netanyahu himself–is now treating the mercenary terrorists fighting inside Syria in Israeli hospitals:

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/

    On top of that, Bibi 'says':

    "(Syria) contains the most lethal weapons on Earth, short of nuclear weapons…. Israel can't sit idly by and see these weapons transferred to Hizbullah or other terror groups. So we will do whatever is necessary to defend ourselves.”

    Some idiots 'still' seem to deny Israeli "direct" involvement in Syria… Any such idiots must be mentally retarded. If Israel is killing scientists in Iran for weapons Iran does not have, how could anyone reasonably conclude Israel is not directly involved in Syria if Israel is 'concerned' about weapons Syria might actually have?

  • Jaime

    Problem is that psychopaths cannot help themselves: they need to murder and make others suffer, and then they feel satisfied.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    The only reason Obama isn't arming them now or using the US military to attack Syria is 1) last year was an election year, and 2) he doesn't want to be BLAMED for starting another Mid-East war – which is the NOT the same as NOT wanting a new Mid-East war.

    I stand by my prediction that the US and NATO and Israel will attack Syria this year, with Israel using that war as cover to attack Hizballah in Lebanon. This is a strategic necessity for Israel and the US – they HAVE to do it if they want a war with Iran.

  • THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD PROPOSE THE GOLAN HEIGHTS BE GIVEN TO THE REBELS WITH AUTONOMY INSTEAD IF THEY CAN REGAIN IT FROM THE ISRAELIS AS A FIRST STEP TOWARDS RECONCILIATION??!!!

  • THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD PROPOSE THE GOLAN HEIGHTS BE GIVEN TO THE REBELS WITH AUTONOMY INSTEAD IF THEY CAN REGAIN IT FROM THE ISRAELIS AS A FIRST STEP TOWARDS RECONCILIATION??!!!