Wishing Is Nice, But Not In Syria

28 May

bp8.jpg Joshua Landis is much more level-headed than Shadi Hamid about why Syria is a disaster: Russia and its UNSC veto.

The United States is reportedly developing a plan to vet members of the Free Syrian Army before Arab nations transfer arms to them. It hopes to avoid arming muhahideen who turn against America should they succeed in bringing down the Assad regime. The US does not want another al-Qaida on its hands. The race to arm Syria is heating up as Saudi arms shipments are said to be getting through now. Russia reportedly also has an arms shipment en route to Syria. The UN is asking both sides not to send arms to Syria, but in vain. A new U.N. report blamed both sides for human rights violations, but explains that the Syrian army is killing many more people than the opposition. This also includes arbitrary arrests, torture, enforced disappearance and summary execution of activists, opponents and defectors.”To underline this, Syrian activists said government troops killed at least 50 people in the town of Houla in Homs province on Friday.

It’s clear, this is no humanitarian crisis. It’s an international conflict that looks like a civil war.

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Hamid has a wonderful imagination, but Russia would have none of his fanciful plans.

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